Put simply, UX is important in every part of our daily lives, probably more than most of us even notice. Let’s walk through an example. The 2000 U.S presidential election was extremely contentious. Here are the results: Pay attention to the highlighted “Electoral vote” and “Popular vote” statistics. In the United States, the president wins by getting a majority of electoral college votes. Each of the 50 states has a number of electoral college votes and whichever candidate wins your state gets all of the electoral college votes from your state. The election that year came down to the state of Florida and its electoral college votes. George Bush won the state by 537 votes out of almost six million votes. Crazy! It gets even more interesting. Here is what a ballot looked like in a county in Florida that year: If you were voting for George Bush, which button would you press? The answer is the button marked with an A. Easy. What would you press if you … [Read more...] about UX: What Is It And Why Does It Matter?
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Many variables play an important role when you’re analyzing search engine optimization efforts. This includes factors such as site keywords and content development, as well as the queries being searched for. It can be tempting for marketers to optimize results for shorter queries and ignore the long tail, but how much traffic is overlooked this way? And how does the quality of that traffic impact its relevance? Data provided by advertising network Chitika shows the correlation between query length and ad performance, looking at user engagement as well as the volume of traffic on a given site. In the image below, you can see the relationship between query length by character count and raw impression volume: As might be expected, the data shows that a majority of search engine queries are shorter. Almost 75% of impression share comes from queries shorter than 30 characters. The remaining 25% is comprised of longer queries, with a steep decline in volume the more verbose the … [Read more...] about The Long Tail Effect: Why Word Count Matters In Search Query Optimization
Last month, Google announced some changes in how Quality Score is being reported. While it’s been described as just a reporting change (as opposed to a change in how Quality Score is calculated), some of my respected colleagues have pointed to the news as evidence that Quality Score somehow doesn’t matter any more! I respectfully disagree with that point of view, and I’d like to share some additional data and insights about this confusing Quality Score metric, including information on how it’s historically been calculated and reported, as well as my take on why so many SEMs get confused and frustrated by it. Quality Score Is Essentially Click-Through Rate At a high level, you can get a decent enough idea of what Quality Score is by graphing the volume of weighted average quality scores for search network campaigns (or keywords or ads) that have met a minimum threshold of significance and then comparing that to their associated click through rate. The figure … [Read more...] about What The Heck Is AdWords Quality Score And Why Does It Matter Anyway?
I’ve spent the last three years of my life professionally obsessed with links. My agency’s primary specialization is link-building, but it’s often impossible to build links if the site itself isn’t well optimized, and furthermore less likely to have the desired impact. Link-building is the majority of what we do, but we have to do everything in between in order to really make the link-building shine. My day-to-day job is 100 percent content marketing, but I work for a link-building agency. I very much have a foot in both worlds, which I’d like to think gives me a unique perspective. Today, I want to share with you my perspective on link-building and why I think links will continue to matter for real businesses in 2015. The Evolution of Link-Building and My Definition Despite having the job title of “link builder” for longer than a year, explaining the term “link-building” is surprisingly hard. I’ve had to do it for friends, … [Read more...] about What Is Link-Building, and Why Does It Matter in 2015?
Continuing my promise to deliver a slightly more wide-eyed ingenue spin on all things search related, here is an exploration of another important term that crept into the SEO conscience way back in 2013: semantic search. What is semantic search? It’s probably easier to give you examples rather than trying to paraphrase the rather verbose Wikipedia entry. Remember how ‘back in the day’ you would type a search query into Google and it would hit you with a result based purely on your keywords? Like if I had typed in ‘Portishead’ without context I would have been offered a mixture of results based on the band and possibly the town in Somerset. However right now in this modern semantic world of ours, if I type in ‘Portishead’ I’m purely given results about the band, mainly because most of my search history is music related and not at all Somerset related. That’s semantic search at its most simplistic. Taking various details about the … [Read more...] about What is semantic search and why does it matter?