share tweet share pin it e-mail share On August 6th, Google publicly announced HTTPS being a ranking signal / giving websites a boost in rankings. I’d like to quote the article because it implies a few important points: “[…] we’re starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal. For now it’s only a very lightweight signal — affecting fewer than 1% of global queries, and carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content — while we give webmasters time to switch to HTTPS. But over time, we may decide to strengthen it, because we’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.“ This is the first time that Google has ever explicitly called something a ranking factor. Even though they mentioned some factors to have an impact on ranking, such as site speed (where we saw a significant increase in importance in our 2014 Ranking Factors … [Read more...] about HTTPS as a ranking factor
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?
A study of 700 top ecommerce brands found that the majority are underperforming when it comes to optimizing their sites for speed. Find out how you can avoid the same mistakes. Web users are not patient. The speed of your site can make a massive difference to whether people will visit your site, whether they’ll stay on it, and whether they will come back. Not to mention whether they’ll make a purchase. A massive 79% of shoppers who have been disappointed by a site’s performance say that they’re less likely to use the site again. But what constitutes ‘disappointed’? We’re only human after all Kissmetrics research on customer reactions to site speed has resounded across the industry, but it’s not something that should be forgotten: “If an e-commerce site is making $100,000 per day, a 1 second page delay could potentially cost you $2.5 million in lost sales every year.” That’s a 7% reduction in your conversion … [Read more...] about Site speed tactics in a mobile-first world: Why ecommerce brands need to step up their site speed game
Here’s our daily recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web. From Marketing Land: Nielsen: One-Third Of Bloggers Are Moms It’s difficult to define the typical blogger, but new research from Nielsen/McKinsey says that more than two million of them are moms. In a blog post yesterday, Nielsen says that about 6.7 million people are currently using blogging websites — which I take to mean sites like Blogger, WordPress.com, Tumblr and services like those. Of […] Marketing Biz: Proving Social Ads Work, Enterprise-Level SEO and Social Solutions, and DIY Reputation Management There were a few interesting and contrasting trends this week. The first was around enterprise-level solutions to Internet marketing challenges. Major brands and Fortune 500 companies are investing in solutions that can help them with both SEO and social media. At the other end of the spectrum you have solutions for SMBs and … [Read more...] about Marketing Day: March 9, 2012
Today, I’m bringing you the latest scuttlebutt in Advanced Technical SEO, from a session at SMX Advanced moderated by Barry Schwartz with presentations from the following industry veterans: Jenny Halasz, President and Founder of JLH Marketing Christine Smith, Technical Lead at IBM Search Marketing Maile Ohye, Engineer with Google’s Senior Developer Programs I believe the majority of technical SEO involves many of the same, basic best practices that have been established for some years. The “advanced” portion of technical SEO is often to be found in the nooks and crannies around the edges — it’s in the extreme extents of large enterprise e-commerce site development, or it’s in exception cases and poorly-defined situations. But that’s not always the case, as you’ll see below in some of the highlights of the material I’m covering. Maile Ohye, Senior Development Programs Engineer, Google Maile Ohye was up first, and she did her … [Read more...] about The Latest In Advanced Technical SEO From SMX Advanced
With New Year’s Day still fresh in our memories, there is no better time to step back and take stock of your SEO campaigns. Look for any quick wins and identify the larger projects that will help you start the year in great shape. Hygiene: Quick wins These are the actions you can do tomorrow. In my view, there are two keys areas to focus on. 1. Google Search Console review Google Search Console is often neglected, but it can be one of the best sources of information for identifying quick wins. Working through Search Console’s navigation from top to bottom, I would look for any errors or warnings. The main areas to review include: Structured data. Ensure there are no errors within your markup. HTML improvements. Revising duplicated or lengthy meta descriptions and page titles can be an easy method of increasing CTR for your existing rankings, especially if you work closely with your paid search counterparts to identify their top-performing ad copy. Mobile usability. … [Read more...] about SEO priorities for the new year