The best way to grow your website is with organic traffic from the big search engines out there. The only way to garner the necessary clicks, however, is to rank high enough in the first place. Unfortunately, finding a balance between the two is where too many websites spin out of control. The surest search engine optimization (SEO) strategies incorporate both on-site and off-site planning. While the building blocks of your off-site efforts are all about honing your backlink portfolio, which you likely have a fairly solid handle on, your on-site or on-page plans involve SEO elements that are more content-driven, including meta tags and keywords. This is the stuff that speaks both to your target audience and to the search engines, and it deserves closer attention.
We made it all the way through 2020, and all the SEO bigwigs out there have had a minute to reflect and to offer their predictions for 2021. It’s true that 2020 was a doozy, but SEO experts are optimistic about trends for 2021. While spam reduction was on everyone’s wish list for 2020, the global pandemic had other ideas, and Google had bigger fish to fry.
Google rolled out a core update on December 3 that is so broad in scope it may rival the massive core update the goliath debuted in May (a mere seven months – and many lifetimes – ago). Googles’ December offerings are sure to reverberate throughout most (if not all) vertical markets, so let’s take a closer look and make sure to contact our digital marketing experts with any questions you may have.
It is fair to say that 2020 has been a game-changer in every industry, and digital marketing is no exception. Many office buildings, work floors, and other workspaces locked their doors and instructed their employees to set up shop at home. It was an eventuality that no one saw coming – and that many wouldn’t have considered possible before the pandemic. Fortunately, the resourceful and flexible digital industry – as a whole – has managed quite nicely. This isn’t to say, however, that it’s been easy or that there aren’t ways we can continue to stay nimble and to roll with the evolving landscape of the new normal.
In the digital shopping arena that is becoming increasingly more relevant, building online trust is critical. No one would argue with this sentiment, but figuring out how to foster trust in this nebulous arena is less clear. Fortunately, the precepts of successful marketing apply fairly evenly across the board and translate nicely to online marketing – especially with the application of savvy tweaks and nuanced adjustments that are in keeping with the medium and that experienced digital marketing specialists have on tap.
Google My Business is an effective tool that allows many, many companies to garner views from the vast throngs of online viewers. GMB, however, is only as powerful as you allow it to be. When you invest the time and effort it takes to optimize your GMB profile, you exponentially increase your chances of unleashing the power of GMB at full throttle. Because the devil’s in the details, invest some time and forethought in the creation of your profile and watch your world expand from there. Yes, GMB is powerful, but without your well-crafted input, it remains unplugged.
When it comes to your online business, stellar customer reviews are the gold standard. If you don’t have firsthand knowledge of a company’s wares and services and you don’t personally know anyone who’s already taken the plunge, there’s no better way to assess what a company has to offer than to read up on what their customers have to say. Because it’s gotten to the point that many of us go online for everything from toothpaste to legal services, savvy shoppers are in the habit of regularly perusing customer reviews when they’re in the market for just about everything.
If your site is experiencing a slow decline in traffic, you may be quick to blame your content and links, but Google’s John Mueller says the reasons are probably far more nuanced. Better understanding the backstory can help you break out of this downward trend and keep your site moving forward. In the Webmaster Hangout, Mueller answers specific questions about traffic declines, and his answers are illuminating.
The best relationships are solidly forged on a framework of trust. In fact, the only relationships worth having, in the long run, are trust-based. The fact is that this truth about interpersonal relationships also applies to your brand’s relationships with your customers and potential customers. The good news is you can use the same principles of trust that apply to your close personal relationships to your brand’s relationships – and can reap the rewards in the process.
You recognize that better understanding how online queries related to know, do, and go can help put you out in front of your potential customers at every purchasing stage, but you might not know what to do with this information. The fact is that Google didn’t coin the term Zero Moment of Truth for nothing – it refers to that period in the purchasing cycle when the consumer is doing his or her research on a product. In other words, it’s that rarified moment that comes between becoming aware of an interesting product and interacting with a specific brand online – and it matters.