SEO Tips for Small Business, Google & Facebook Redesign
A summary of news and articles published on our Hebrew internet marketing blog on March 2014 including small business SEO tips, Facebook pages redesign, Google search results redesign and Pinterest advertising.
Tips for Small Business SEO
SEO is one of the most important aspects in the marketing strategy of small businesses. Using some simple steps, including on-page SEO, local directory submission and blogging, a business can improve its search engine visibility and at the same time support its presence in social media, review sites and off-line.
Full post: Small & Local Business SEO
Facebook Business Page Update, the End of Facebook Organic Reach
Facebook announced updating the layout for brand pages, removing the two-column design with a single-column flow, similar to the personal profiles’ layout. In addition, a new report by social@Ogilvy indicates a continuous decline in the organic reach of Facebook page posts and predicts the demise of Facebook organic marketing
Full post: Facebook Marketing News
App Content Search using Google Search Engine
Google may be the leading search engine in mobile devices, but most mobile users consume their content via applications and use search engines less often. According to Search Engine Land, Google are trying to deal with this challenge by indexing application based content, including deep links (currently, only from Android devices).
Full post: Google to index Mobile App Content
Google removes Underlined Links
Google announced changing the search results and removing the underline mark for links, the last characteristic remained from the search engine’s early days. In addition, Google increased the titles’ font size and added “Ad” tags to paid search results
Full post: Google Search Results Redesign
Google Redesign Effect on SEO
Google’s search results redesign is not just cosmetic but it also affects SEO; by increasing the title’s font size the titles got shorter and titles optimized for 70 characters are now cut, what can lower CTR and affect SEO efforts negatively. This topic was reviewed by Search Engine Watch and Moz.
Full post: SEO Titles following Google Redesign
Promoted Pins coming to Pinterest
Pinterest will offer its advertising product Promoted Pins to wider audiences of brands and advertisers starting next month, according to Marketing Land and Wall Street Journal. Promoted Pins will be available on the website and mobile app and apparently the payment models will be CPM and CPC.
Full post: Pinterest Advertising is coming Soon
Is Google Pushing Paid Results on New Redesign?
When Google announced redesigning the search results they spoke about readability and consistency. eyequant suggests Google had better reasons for redesigning the paid search results and that the new design draws users’ intention to the top paid results in a clever and sophisticated way, without irritating the users or betraying their “Don’t be evil” motto.
Full post: Google Adwords New Design
Facebook answers Questions about Brand Pages Redesign
Facebook recently announced updating business pages design, cancelling the two-column layout and merging to one. Following page owners and Facebook marketers responses, Facebook posted answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, including the left column layout, applications and tabs and the new marketing tool Pages to Watch.
Full post: Facebook Pages Redesign Q&A
Facebook Marketing Trends, SMX Israel and Search Marketing News from January 2014
A summary of news and articles published on our Hebrew internet marketing blog on January 2014: Google’s guide to mobile SEO, Twitter new advertising tools, Facebook marketing news, trends and stats and the best of SMX Israel 2014.
Mobile Site Optimization according to Google
Google produced a series of instructional videos about mobile site optimization. This video focuses on optimizing the main tasks for smartphone users and improving their user experience using tools such as Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics.
Twitter Advertising: New Tools for Mobile
Full Post: Twitter New Advertising Tools
Facebook Advertising and Organic Marketing
Facebook marketing arena has changed significantly in the previous year and many marketers have increased their Facebook advertising budget in 2013. However, organic marketing on Facebook is still relevant as the social network remains a communication platform between brands and customers.
Full Post: Facebook Marketing: Organic vs. Paid
Facebook the Most Popular Social Network and Other Stats
PEW Research Center released a social media report for 2013. The survey included 1,445 18+ internet users and focused on five social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram. The results show that Facebook is still the most popular social network with the highest engagement rates.
Full Post: 2013 Social Media Report
Improved Search Queries Report on Google Webmaster Tools
Google announced two major changes at the Webmaster Tools report: a display of search queries of mobile sites with separate URL and a display of accurate statistical data of search queries, impressions and clicks.
Full Post: Google improves WMT Search Queries Report
Google released a WordPress Plugin
Google released a first official plugin for the blogging platform WordPress. Google WordPress Plugin, currently in a beta version, supports only two Google products: Google Adsense and Webmaster Tools.
Full Post: Google’s Official WordPress Plugin
Facebook Advertising & Marketing in 2014
Facebook marketing is usually influenced by trends, and it makes sense to assume that the tactics and strategies that worked last year will be efficient this year too. We review 12 trends in Facebook marketing, advertising and targeting for 2014.
Full Post: 12 Facebook Marketing Trends
The Best of SMX Israel 2014
The best PPC, social media marketing, content marketing, link building and mobile SEO tips and ideas learned from SMX Israel, the search engine marketing convention held on January 26, 2014 in Jerusalem.
Full Post (English): SMX Israel 2014 – Top Tips
Retargeting and Call to Action Buttons on Facebook Ads
Facebook launched two new tools for advertisers: the Custom Audiences tool was updated, and it now allows Facebook advertisers to display targeted Facebook ads to users who visited the website or application, and some of Facebook Page post ads will also include direct calls to action such as Shop Now, Learn More, Sign Up, Book Now and Download.
Full Post: New Facebook Advertising Tools
Internet Marketing News November: Facebook Q3 Revenue, Google Hummingbird & CRO
Search marketing news, articles and guide published on our Hebrew internet marketing blog on November 2013 including Facebook mobile advertising revenue, keyword research and social media marketing in the post Google Hummingbird era and optimization for tablets.
Facebook Q3 Revenue
Facebook earned more than 2 billion dollars on 2013 Q3, making it the most profitable quarter in the social network history. 1.8 billion dollar of Facebook revenue was from advertising – a growth of 66% from 2012 Q3. About half of the advertising revenue was from mobile devices – a growth of 41% from 2013 Q2.
Keyword Research & Content after Google Hummingbird
Google’s new Hummingbird algorithm is alive for some time, but search marketers are still not sure how it will change SEO. The main debate is about the effectiveness of keyword research and content creation in the post-Hummingbird, especially since the organic keyword data is disappearing from the analytics report.
Full post: Hummingbird and Keywords
Tools and Methods for Conversion Optimization
Conversion optimization or conversion rate optimization (CRO) refer to all the marketing, research and analysis done to improve the number of converting visitors to the site, visitors who purchase items, download an application, sign up to a newsletter, etc. Conversion Optimization basically focuses on identifying the obstacles for conversion and removing them.
Full post: Conversion Rate Optimization Guide
Hummingbird, Social Signals & Links
The SEO industry is still trying to predict the influence of Google Hummingbird on search marketing. According to an interesting assumption published on Search Engine Land Google’s new search algorithm would change the way social signals effect search engine rankings.
Full post: Algorithm Hummingbird & SMO
Social Media Statistics & Online Marketing Strategy
Social media managers can improve their marketing strategy by following demographic data and behavior statistics published by the different social networks. Fast Company published some statistical data about Facebook, Linkedin, YouTube and other social sites which can assist your social media marketing campaigns.
Full post: Social Media Marketing using Statistics
Mobile SEO usually refers to both smartphone and table optimization, but statistics show significant differences between users’ behavior in different mobile devices. Tablets users usually search the internet from home, often while watching the TV. Another data worth mentioning is that by 2015 tablet usage is expected to go over desktops and laptops.
Full post: Tablet-friendly Websites Optimization
Internet Marketing News October 2013
International SEO and keyword research, Google Analytics new acquisition reports, Facebook advertising during the holiday season and other internet marketing issues published on our Hebrew internet marketing blog in October 2013:
International & Multilingual websites using the hreflang tag
Google Webmaster Central Blog uploaded an instructional video focusing on technical SEO for international and multilingual websites and including recommendations for webmasters who target several countries and languages. The video explains how and when to use the rel=”alternate” hreflang tag, which was designed to signal Google search engine about additional versions of a website, in different languages or targeting different countries.
Full post: Google guidance for International SEO
Geographic Targeting on Google New Keyword Tool
Google new keyword tool, the Keyword Planner, offers several features that help in local targeting and can be used in international SEO and PPC. Following webcertain group post, we discussed language and geographic targeting options and local keywords using Google Keyword planner.
Full post: Google Keyword Planner for International SEO
Google Analytics New Navigation and Traffic Reports
Google announced changing the navigation menu in Google Analytics and adding two new reports: acquisition overview and acquisition channels. These acquisition reports replace the old traffic report and they are part of bigger change, which also includes the omission of the organic search keywords.
Full post: Google Analytics New Acquisition Report
Google+ User Profiles will be used by Advertisers
Google announced expanding Google+ Shared Endorsement feature, allowing advertisers to use users’ profile pictures, +1s, comments, reviews, ratings and other social interaction for commercial purposes. Google+ users can opt out of appearing on brands’ business pages, but social activity such as rating and reviewing can also appear on Google shopping search results.
Full post: Google+ “Shared Endorsements” Advertising
Bing Search Engine Ranking Factors
Searchmetrics published its SEO ranking factors report for Bing. An examination of about 10,000 keywords and 300,000 websites on Bing 30 top search results showed a high correlation between social media signals and (mainly Google+) and incoming links and top rankings on Bing search results. The report also showed that there’s a huge difference between Google first page results and Bing.
Full post: SEO Ranking Factors on Bing Search Engine
Facebook Advertising on 2013 Q4
The fourth quarter of the year is an important period for advertisers, and according to statistics, Facebook is going to be a very crowded and competitive advertising platform. Nanigans’ Facebook Advertising Benchmark Report shows that Facebook users’ engagement, CTR and ROI are increasing. Facebook simplification of the advertising process and its recent news feed algorithm changes could also lead to an increase in Facebook advertising, including page post promotions.
Full post: Facebook Year-End Advertising – Data & Tips
How Hummingbird will change SEO?
Although Google’s new search algorithm Hummingbird implications on search results are not seen yet, its semantic and voice search will probably change searchers’ behavior and SEO strategies. Natural language search queries will replace keyword searching and search marketing professional will be required to provide relevant content to answer those queries. Top ranked websites may lose traffic as Google advanced search features (such as the Knowledge Graph) provide visual and detailed answers.
Full post: Google Hummingbird Algorithm and SEO
Google Penguin 2.1
Penguin 2.1, Google fifth Penguin algorithm update, was released early October. Similar to previous Penguin updates, Penguin 2.1 focused on webspam activity, mainly websites with unnatural backlink profile and low quality content, but it seem more aggressive, focusing mainly on deep links.
Full post: How to Recover from Google Penguin 2.1
Google Webmaster Tools New Security Issues Section
Google announced adding a new section to Webmaster Tools, Security Issues, replacing the former Malware part at the Health section and allowing webmasters to find out about malware, hacked sites, spam and other security issues, recognizing the issues using snippet codes and submitting review request on one page.
Full post: Google WMT Security Issues
Internet Marketing News September 2013
A summary of internet marketing news and guides published on our Hebrew internet marketing blog in September 2013:
Facebook Updates Privacy Documents
Following the court settlement over Facebook “Sponsored Stories” lawsuit, the social network has updated its users’ privacy documents, especially the parts about users’ private data and the way it could be used by brands for commercial purposes. In short, by “liking” a page, Facebook users allow the liked brand to use their personal data (name, profile picture and posts) on Facebook ads.
Full post: Facebook: Brands can use your Private Data
Rosh Hashanah Blessing
Nekuda’s traditional Rosh Hashanah blessing for the Jewish New Year, this year featuring some Facebook celebrities, meme icons and other addictions.
Google+ News: Automatic Authorship & Embed Posts
Google announced adding new features to Google+: an automatic integration to Google Authorship Program, in the meantime only on WordPress and Typead blogging platforms, and an ability to embed Google+ posts on any external websites.
Facebook Promoted Posts New Study
A new study by Wisemetrics about Facebook Promoted Posts proves that promoting page posts does not affect the organic reach of the page. The study found that the organic traffic of paid and unpaid posts is about the same.
Google Trends Top & Trending Charts
Google Trends new tool, Top Charts, displays lists of the most searched search words in the US, sorted by different topics including athletes, car companies, business people, countries and more. Now the tool has a new feature, the trending button displaying the most talked about people and subjects at the moment. A new feature on Google Trends Hot Searches displays the most popular search terms for the previous month.
Image: Inside Search
Full post: Google Trends displays Trending Search Terms
Google Webmaster Tools Markup Data Helper
Google introduced a new schema markup tool, designed to help webmasters to mark structured data for various types of content including articles, events, restaurants, local businesses and others without messing with the code. The Markup Data Helper is available via Google Webmaster Tools.
The End of Keyword Reports on Google Analytics
Google will encrypt all searches starting December. From the search marketer perspective, this decision means that Google analytics organic search report will display 100% “not provided” keywords. We look at the alternatives according to MOZ and ask about the reasons for Google decision: privacy issues or Google adwords promotion?
Introduction to Google Hummingbird
Google introduced a brand new search algorithm – Google hummingbird – which replaces the old algorithm and designed to answer complex search queries. Its main innovation is the conversational search which combines voice search with semantic and local search, and is no longer limited to Google knowledge graph. According to Search Engine Land, the new algorithm will not have an effect on SEO.
Full post: Google’s New Search Algorithm – Hummingbird
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