There’s tons of value in Meetup.com groups. If you’ve never taken part, they’re organized get-togethers that can resemble little mini conferences, meet & greets, networking events, game nights, and basically any idea that can bring together a group of like-minded people. That’s right – a bunch of people, united by a common interest in something, all under one roof and talking about that something.
Have you ever been tasked to audit a website, only to run it through your crawler and find that the site consists of a single page? That was exactly what we ran into recently with one of our client websites. The client’s site was robust to say the least, so when good ol’ Screaming Frog returned just 5 URLs we knew that something was wrong. It turned out that our client’s site was built in Ajax!
Social media is changing the way events are planned and run, giving new insights into your audience and expanding your reach more than was even thought to be possible. But when the event ends and the guests return to their normal lives, what tactics beyond social media can you use to keep the relationship with those customers and build an even stronger brand?
Chances are the disavow.txt file you sent to Google is outdated. As Google keeps discovering and rolling out Penguin updates, it’s discovering links that were missed on the first go-round. It’s important to also realize that the link data tools you used for your disavow are typically much slower at finding links than Google.
During the middle of last month Apple released their latest mobile operating system update. While iOS9 boasts a number of features designed to improve usability, there are some takeaways that are shaking up things for site owners and Internet marketing folks. Let’s dive into each area a little bit more.
Before Google Analytics blew up, I was most in Omniture. It had some pretty advanced dashboard and bookmark features. I find myself missing that easy functionality in Google Analytics. But behold, it’s not unavailable… it’s just not necessarily an out-of-the-box item in Google Analytics.
When you’re prospecting for hours and hours, you can only use site modifiers for so long. Let social media help you with your work – rather than distract you. Friend or Follow is a site that tells you information about your personal Twitter account, specifically by “giving you the ability to quickly and easily sort, filter, follow, and unfollow your contacts.” Basically, it’s a way to see who has unfollowed you on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. That person you went to college with and are only following out of guilt? The coworker from your last job who you despised? Friend or Follow gives you a guilt-free out to unfollow those people who are clogging up your feed.
Over the last few years, SEOs have been talking about relationship building as a concept. We’re often reminded how link building is becoming digital PR. And with that, I’ve been pitched more and more by big brands looking for a collaboration of sorts, using a different spin. Note: This is not new by any stretch, but I’m writing about it because it seems to be a current trend.
These days, most clients and prospects I talk to believe they’ve run out of things to write about. One ceaseless option is to update (and improve upon) their existing assets and stale “evergreen” pieces. Yes—evergreen pieces do go stale. But this post is about new ideas in a modern age. The days of “one landing page per keyword” is SEO history. The emerging best practices for SEO content—in text form—is (again) long form, holistic copy. Searchmetrics has told us this for years. It’s not a 1:1—it’s not because Google inherently thinks long copy is better for them to serve. The correlation is likely related to Hummingbird, Google’s improvement in comprehension, and good old fashioned keywords and synonyms. Or maybe it has to do with the content’s improved power to convert (and lower the bounce). At the end of the day in 2014, the bigger net you cast, the more likely to capture Google’s attention and trust. At SMX East, Search Metrics’ Marcus Tober gave a great presentation providing more context. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t really need a study. I’ve been seeing it myself.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Many years ago, one of our clients bought a popular, content-rich website and redirected it to their current domain. SEO (and retaining the backlinks) were not on their radar at that time. Upon learning about the migration, we asked if they had redirected the site at a page-level or just redirected the site to their own homepage. The client had no idea how the redirection was done and they didn’t have a redirect list (list of the old, legacy URLs) to work from. We needed to invent a plan to gather up the data.