2015 Google News

What 2015 Google Updates Did I Miss? #FAQuesday

Posted on: January 12, 2016

If you hit the snooze button at all last year, you may have missed an alarm for one of the huge updates from Google that hit the digital marketing stratosphere — hard. Businesses that didn’t keep up with crucial 2015 changes felt the pain. But there’s still time to wake up and do something about the latest SEO developments. Grab a cup of coffee and see what you missed and how The Web Guys can get you ready for 2016. Mobilegeddon: Go Mobile or Get Left Behind From asking for driving directions to shopping for shoes, almost anything can be accomplished using a smartphone or tablet. Google took note of the continued growth of mobile searches and made a significant change to its search algorithm. As of April 21, mobile friendliness became a search-ranking factor, ensuring users receive high-quality results when using mobile devices. Don’t worry you haven’t gotten on the mobile trend yet. Our Web design team can revamp your … Continued

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Continue Working on SEO, or Get Left Behind

Posted on: January 7, 2016

Your company has a well-structured and optimized website, local listings, and profiles on the top social media platforms. So now you can sit back, run your business, and let the magic of SEO (search engine optimization) take care of making your phone ring and filling your inbox with leads. Right? Not so fast… It’s Changing Again? Because the landscape of search is always evolving, one of the most important pieces of digital marketing is keeping up with changes made by Google as well as countless other websites, search engines, and platforms across the Web. In fact, according to Moz, Google changes its search algorithm 500-600 times each year. That’s an average of about 1.5 changes per day. Moreover, Moz’s biannual Search Engine Ranking Factors Experts Survey shows the expected influence of ranking factors in Google’s algorithm. With so many changes, who is keeping up with SEO on your behalf? Research … Continued

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What is Digital Marketing Part 2: Joining the Local Search Community

Attract New Customers by Improving Online Visibility

Posted on: December 17, 2015

At The Web Guys, we know that the foundation of great digital marketing is a killer website that engages customers and motivates them to act — whether it’s scheduling an appointment or booking a reservation online. But how do you get new clients to your website in the first place? Considering that 97 percent of consumers search online for goods and services at some point in their decision-making process, it’s important to make sure that your business’ website shows up in local search results. What is Local Search? Local search is any type of online search — whether it’s on Google, Bing, or Yahoo! — that’s aimed at finding a service within a specific geographic area. For example, to find a hotel for a vacation to Disney World, families can search “hotels in Orlando.” If they get hungry on the trip, a quick search on a smart phone for “best restaurants near me” will point … Continued

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What is Digital Marketing? Part 1

Start at the Beginning for Digital Marketing Success

Posted on: December 10, 2015

In the fast-paced world of digital marketing, it’s easy to get distracted by the never-ending array of shiny objects designed to get Web surfers’ attention. But even the latest and greatest innovations can’t accomplish much unless they’re supported by the right infrastructure.It is crucial for businesses to build a solid foundation for their digital marketing efforts before attempting anything else. At The Web Guys, we start at the beginning by designing engaging websites that appeal to potential customers and search engines alike. Craft a Custom Strategy Our website-development process begins with a deep dive into your business, exploring everything from its history to its ambitions. We also research the broader industry to make sure we understand the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for you and your customers. Understanding who your targeted audience is — and what they’re searching for online — empowers our team to create a well-thought-out website … Continued

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Seasonal Digital Marketing

Can a Seasonal Business ‘Turn Off’ Digital Marketing? #FAQuesday

Posted on: November 24, 2015

At The Web Guys, we serve many businesses that provide seasonal services: snowmobile rentals, lawn care, watersport rentals, and even construction. These firms tend to bring in the majority of their income during specific times of the year, offsetting the months when they are simply hoping to break even. Over the years, a number of our clients have asked if we can deliver our digital marketing efforts during the months they are “in-season” and pause them during down times, hoping to save money when things are tight. While it might seem like something that can be turned on or off like a light switch, that isn’t the case, and trying to do it can actually negatively affect your online visibility in the long-run. Google Doesn’t Stop When Your Business Slows Down Digital marketing is a year-round activity because although your business may slow down during certain times of the year, Google is constantly working to provide … Continued

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Negative Ranking Factors

Finding the Positive in Negative Ranking Factors

Posted on: November 12, 2015

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

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Should my website have an SSL?

Should My Website Have an SSL? #FAQuesday

Posted on: October 13, 2015

Great question. Let’s begin with the definition of an SSL. It’s an acronym for Secure Socket Layer. At the most basic level, an SSL creates a secure connection between an Internet user’s Web browser and the server where the website is hosted. The simplest way to determine if a website has an SSL is by looking for HTTPS at the beginning of the website address. HTTP by itself is short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Add the S, and you have Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. Before we get too technical, let’s flip back to the main point here – just look for the HTTPS or the lock icon in your browser. See what Google has to say on the subject. What Are Some Benefits of an SSL? Information Security – Having a secure connection between Internet users and your website means that information sent between the two (names, phone numbers, credit … Continued

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Will Google’s Local Pack Changes Affect My Business? #FAQuesday

Posted on: October 6, 2015

That tremor felt throughout the SEO world in early August may not have been as earth-shaking as Google’s spring Mobilegeddon update, but the latest change in local search results still set the industry abuzz. The Google “local pack” that used to show the top seven results was downsized to display only three, even when the search is conducted on a desktop computer. In addition to showing fewer business listings, the new local pack — dubbed a “snack pack” by some observers — was also redesigned to resemble the mobile interface, which makes sense considering that mobile search surpassed desktop earlier this year. So what does that mean for companies in the fourth through seventh positions that dropped out of the featured box? Don’t panic yet.  What Will Happen to My Ranking? Although it may seem like a lost opportunity, Google assures us that the top three local-pack positions already were getting the vast majority of clicks from users, … Continued

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Should My Business Subscribe to Customer Lobby?

Posted on: September 24, 2015

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.

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How to Add Your Website to Google Search Console

Posted on: September 17, 2015

In case you’re not familiar, Google Search Console is a free service that assists in monitoring and maintaining a website’s presence in Google’s search results. Formerly known as Webmaster Tools, its name changed to Search Console back in May, and if you’re anything like me you are still getting used to it. Why Use Google Search Console? Before adding your website to Search Console, it’s important to know a few basic reasons why most digital marketing agencies use the tool and why you should too. Ensure Google can easily access the content on your website. Submit new content to be crawled. See which search queries caused your website to appear in the search results. See what sites are linking to your website. Identify crawl errors to be fixed. Click here to see more reasons and other information about Search Console. Now let’s get started. Step 1: Verification Log into your Google account. … Continued

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