When working to improve a website’s ranking on Google, we are often quick to assess what more successful competitors are doing (and for good reason). It can also be helpful to review factors that are keeping lower-ranked websites off the first page of the search engine results pages, and make sure to avoid them ourselves. In August, Moz released results of its 2015 Ranking Factors Survey, a biennial assessment of the current and future state of Google’s search algorithm by the best and brightest minds in the SEO and search marketing space. The report covers a broad spectrum of ranking factors — including the negatives. That’s what I want to explore today. Negative Ranking Factors The report mentions 17 negative ranking factors and rates each on a scale from 1 (no direct impact) to 10 (strong impact). Today we are going to look at the top five. 1. Total number … Continued
As consumers are becoming more comfortable using the Internet to research businesses, customer reviews play an increasingly vital role in marketing. According to a 2014 survey, about 88 percent of consumers trust online reviews in their purchasing decisions, and the number is still growing. If you think that customer reviews don’t impact business, you might want to think again.
As you’ve probably noticed, public relations and advertising are important parts of running your business since these efforts help bring in more customers, who in turn help your business grow and succeed. If you’ve been trying to increase your PR presence, but you think you’ve exhausted all the possible outlets, think again. One way to up your PR presence on the web is to write a press release for your business. According to Wikipedia, “A press release, news release, media release, press statement or video release is a written or recorded communication directed at members of the news media for the purpose of announcing something ostensibly newsworthy.” Now, you might be thinking that you can’t write press releases because your business doesn’t do anything that is really “newsworthy,” but this isn’t true. If your company has recently started offering a new product or service, won a local award, or set … Continued