The HTTP/2 protocol was published in 2015 with the aim of creating a faster, more secure Internet. Adoption has been gradual and is ongoing, but there are clear benefits for marketers who make the upgrade. So what exactly is HTTP/2 and how does it affect SEO? The variety and quantities of information transferred on the Internet have changed dramatically in the past decade. Content formats are larger and more complex, mobile usage has increased significantly, and there is a growing global population of Internet users on a daily basis. It is within this ever-changing landscape that a group of developers built SPDY (pronounced ‘speedy’, aptly enough), to build on the syntax of the original Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP). As the name suggests, SPDY was developed with the core aim of finding faster ways to transport content on the Internet that would reduce page load speeds. SPDY was primarily developed by a group of Google engineers and it provided the platform for … [Read more...] about What is HTTP/2 and how does it benefit SEO?
Did you know that more than 50% of online shoppers turn to Amazon to begin product searches? “Amazon has become the reference point for shoppers,” Jason Seeba, head of marketing for BloomReach told Bloomberg Tech. “Shoppers will go to Amazon first to find a product and check prices.” If you are looking for a launching pad for your products that your target audience likes and finds useful, Amazon is it. To get the most from your listings on Amazon, however, you will need to employ some SEO tactics to showcase your products and business. The following will serve as your guide to expert Amazon SEO and ranking your products on the largest online retail site in the world. Understanding Amazon results pages Knowing the intricacies of how Amazon displays products can be very beneficial to getting your products seen. They pretty much have two results page formats. There is the list view with 15 product results covering all departments. Also the gallery view with … [Read more...] about Amazon SEO: A guide to improving your rankings on Amazon
For local businesses, having a strong presence in local search results is fundamental to those all-important conversions. Just to be clear, a “local business” refers to any business that has either a physical location that offers face-to-face contact with the customer, such as a showroom or shop, or one that offers a face-to-face service within a certain area. When it comes to local search, it’s simple: if searchers can’t find you on the web, then frankly, you don’t exist. It’s the way of the modern world. It’s all very well dominating the SERPs for your more general target keywords, but if you fail to rank highly for location-specific terms then you are missing an almighty opportunity. When users are searching for a local term, they are far more likely to be looking for a service or product. Hence why the conversions on local search tend to be higher, and why you need to ensure that your local search engine marketing is up to scratch. Of … [Read more...] about How to make sure your local search marketing is up to scratch
Content marketing is a highly viable digital marketing strategy, designed to attract and drive traffic to your website or specific landing pages. But you could be the best writer and still not attract qualified readers (or worse, any at all). The importance of an effective, attractive headline cannot be overstated. Think of your audiences as hunters and gatherers. They’re constantly scanning and searching online for what they need. And most of the time they don’t find it. A good headline that catches their attention and entices them to click through to read the rest solves their problem – and creates coveted lead generation opportunities for you. Make headline writing (and perfection) a key component of your content marketing strategy. Follow these simple rules and you’ll appeal to audiences as well as search engines. 1. Use keywords But just one. Including keywords in your headlines is important, as major search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing will … [Read more...] about How to write blog headlines that drive search traffic
SEO can help a growing startup establish its presence and meet business goals. Here’s how to get started with search engine optimization and which areas to focus on. It’s a common challenge for early-stage and growing startups to find the resources and the time to focus on many different activities that can take their business to the next level. It’s also easy to feel lost among all the tasks, being unable to decide where to start. SEO is sometimes ignored as an activity when it comes to setting priorities, but it can be very useful in: establishing your startup’s authority reaching a wider audience building traffic and brand awareness improving engagement generating interest in your business This is an overview of how startups or new businesses can get started with SEO by following a series of steps that can help them improve their online presence and find a new audience. Set your goals One of the most important steps when starting with SEO … [Read more...] about Ten steps to successful SEO for startups
A lot of people still rely on guest blogging as an ongoing part of their link-building strategy. If you think about it, getting links through guest blogging is much easier than getting links through some other channel. So it’s no wonder that a lot of bloggers and SEO experts still favor this method. The main question is, are these guest post links still safe and viable? The answer is yes. It is still possible to build our link portfolio by contributing on authoritative websites. However, there are certain rules that we need to follow in order to avoid any issues with Google. Guest blogging 101 One of the beautiful things about guest blogging is that it gives us the opportunity to score some great links from high-tier websites. To be honest, we probably couldn’t have gotten those links with any other method. This is why guest blogging is always worth bearing in mind as a link-building strategy. But, we need to be very selective when choosing the … [Read more...] about Still doing guest blogging? Keep these 4 tips in mind
Search marketers rely on tools to make sense of what it is a very complex, fluid environment. With the increasing importance of mobile, the list of tools grows even longer. Which platforms should search marketers use to devise a mobile-first SEO strategy? While we await the launch of Google’s mobile-first index, search marketers are aiming to capitalize on the growing quantity of searches made on smartphones. We spent a long time anticipating the ‘mobile era’, but for many businesses it has been a reality for some time now. The numbers certainly tell their own story. Mobile searches now outnumber desktop queries, and mobile advertising spend is projected to exceed $100 billion worldwide this year. (Source: Statista) Of course, this means that the ranking signals for mobile are different to those used for desktop results. That stands to reason; smartphones are used for different purposes and they provide Google with different data sets to calculate its … [Read more...] about The 5 best tools to develop a mobile-first SEO strategy
Websites are like cars: they need maintenance. That may come in the form of updating the CMS, security or plugins. The same goes for SEO. A great SEO strategy will always need reviewing and constant scrutiny of analytics, in order to ensure that you remain on the intended path. To garner the most success from search engine traffic, a fully-fledged campaign is the best bet, where an individual or team can dedicate the correct amount of time to deliver results. SEO audits are a slightly different beast. Audit. A word associated with redundancies or the tax man knocking at your door. It’s a word devoid of happy connotations. But don’t be afraid, they can be very helpful. So where do they fit into the SEO ecosystem, and how can you tell if your website needs one? What’s involved in an SEO audit? Carrying on with the car metaphor, not all cars are the same. The fundamentals might be the same: cylinders, internal combustion, suspension, gears, wheels. But a … [Read more...] about Does your website need an SEO audit?
This month’s Brighton SEO delegates all hoped for Google’s Gary Illyes to enlighten them on the major talking points in search this year. They weren’t disappointed. Google algorithm updates are frequently on the minds of SEOs and webmasters, and have been a hot topic for years. We are always on tenterhooks, waiting for the next change that could damage our site’s rankings. We are never able to rest, always at risk of being penalized by the next animal to enter Google’s zoo of updates. Past assumptions about Google Fred Back on March 7th 2017, many webmasters reported unexpected fluctuations to rankings. The name Google Fred then began to circulate following a chat on Twitter between Barry Schwartz and Google’s Gary Illyes where Gary joked about future updates being named Fred. We safely assumed there was an adjustment to the algorithm as Google confirmed there are updates happening every day. As usual, Google did not confirm any details … [Read more...] about The last word on Fred from Google’s Gary Illyes
I have to be honest. When approaching this article, my initial reaction was something along the lines of, ‘Ha! Bing doesn’t do anything better than Google!’. But on brushing aside my Google superiority complex and after a bit more considered thought and research, I came to the realization that Bing does do some aspects of search better. Quite a few things actually. Let’s first take a look at the market share between the two rivals. In the US, Bing occupies a third of the market. A third! That’s pretty high given that ‘Google it’ is now a heavily used phrase by the masses, whereas have you ever heard anyone say ‘Bing it’? Probably not. In the UK, Bing isn’t far behind with a 26% share of the market. It is, however, worth noting that worldwide Bing only has 5% of the desktop search engine market share, whereas Google has 87%. That’s a big discrepancy. Bing is undeniably still a key player in the search engine rivalry … [Read more...] about 5 things that Bing does better than Google