How to know if you’ve been hit by Google Penguin

Posted on October 20, 2014 under SEO

If you have problems sleeping at night, and every morning are checking rankings to see if today’s the day that your business gets wiped off the face of the earth then maybe Penguin 3 has caught up with you.

This advice is probably of no value to you, as you’ll no doubt already know the devastating news.

If you’re a business owner that’s in the dark and maybe oblivious to the strategies employed by your SEO team then here’s a couple of quick ways to check.

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Google Can I have my Content Back?

Posted on October 18, 2014 under SEO

Check out this screenshot below, not sure I’d like Google scraping content from my sites and displaying the content as their own.

google scraping content

Couldn’t we have a meta element NO SCRAPING content!?

There’s a feedback button at the bottom, to allow you to add your disapproval.

[update] Here’s another one I found ‘how to delete a tweet’

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Update a Meta Description Snippet in Google

Posted on October 18, 2014 under SEO

How long does it take to update a meta description snippet in Google?

Google suggests that this takes usually less than 24 hours using their Fetch and Submit to Index tool provided by Google Webmaster Tools.

A recent test I did on a small buiness website took 36 hours to flush out an unwanted homepage meta description.

Removing URLs from the index took less than an hour.

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Gumtree Appearing for Web Design SERPS

Posted on September 20, 2014 under SEO

This is interesting for those of us who like to study the SERPS.

For the first time Gumtree is on the first page of Google SERPS for ‘web design Belfast’. I’ve checked this over the last couple of weeks and http://www.gumtree.com/website-design-services/belfast appears at number 6 in Google (see the screenshot below).

gumtree web design SERPS

Google stopped showing Places listings for ‘Web Design’ terms along time ago, though maybe the effect of Google Pigeon is to have boosted directories such as Gumtree in the Organic search results as well.

I’ve also noticed that one of my own directories Graphic Design Belfast is no1 in Google for ‘Graphic Design Belfast’.

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The Best Ways to Optimise for Mobile Search

Posted on September 2, 2014 under PPC, SEO

Without a mobile strategy, you’ll be left behind. According to Search Engine Journal 1 in 4 searches is being made on a mobile device, though from a quick look over in analytics this varies considerably from site to site and market to market. Nevertheless, how should you capitalise on the ever increasing popularity of mobile search?

Everyone owns a mobile device nowadays, and many of you reading this will be doing so on a phone or on a tablet; for some, a tablet may be your first choice device for browsing the web, communicating, absorbing online video, reading for pleasure, or any online activity. We’ve truly gone mobile mad. Why? Convenience, practicality, and usability.

Now, 91% of everyone currently on the earth owns a mobile phone, and 72% of tablet users are making purchases online on their tablets on a regular basis (according to research by AF-Studio.pl and Super Monitoring).

Who’s doing it?

So, while mobile is booming, what is your company doing to incorporate mobile into your marketing?

If you’re still failing to integrate mobile into your marketing, you are ignoring a significant portion of the market that your competitors will be snatching up.

Almost 50% of all enterprises include defined mobile strategies as part of their marketing plan. 81% have said that mobiles have affected how they run things on a fundamental level.

Also in this study, Conducted by IBM, 90% of enterprises aim to engage with their audience, inform customers, employees, and grow their business by optimising their mobile experience as part of their overall marketing strategy.

There are no excuses to put it off any longer as there are many easy and affordable ways to optimise for mobile search, available to businesses with any marketing budget. Whether you’re already considering mobile in your strategies or not, the following tips will make sure you’re optimising effectively in the mobile environment.

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Is eBay dominating your Google Shopping Ads

Posted on August 18, 2014 under PPC

Below are two screenshots showing a comparison of last year compared to this year. This year for Shopping Ads it’s almost all eBay. In this market eBay is aggressively bidding on all the shopping ads and those businesses that are just running Google Adwords without an eBay strategy are getting significantly less traffic than last year.

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google shopping for wine labels 2014

2013

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What is noticeable having looked at the products on eBay, and the ones that are showing up in the Ads, is that they are much cheaper to buy (particularly as a single item, though if you buy multiple labels they may not be), and certainly of poorer quality.

With eBay swamping some Shopping Ads if you’re not selling through eBay, then it might be time to reconsider.

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Referral Spam in Google Analytics

Posted on August 13, 2014 under analytics, SEO

This is quite annoying, every Google Analytics account I look in has referral spam from Kambasoft.com, Semalt.com, youtube-downloader.savetubevideo.com and one or two others.

Log into your Google Analytics account, if you’re running the universal ‘analytics.js‘ version of Google’s tracking code click on ‘Admin > Property > Tracking Info > Referral Exclusion List’
Google Analytics Referal Exclusion List
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Common Google SEO Myths Dispelled

Posted on July 27, 2014 under SEO

Not everything you read about SEO is gospel truth, far from it. There’s so much information on blogs and forums that clearly isn’t true or is written with an agenda. Below are my SEO Myths based on working on personal and client projects.

1. Rankings Don’t Matter

I’ve seen this quite a lot over the last number of years, it tends to go along the lines of ‘rankings don’t matter, it’s conversions that are all important‘.

Surely higher rankings with a better conversion rate is the target?
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How Webmaster Tools Can Help Small Businesses

Posted on July 21, 2014 under SEO

Linking Google Webmaster Tools with your website is an absolute must. Aside from the software being free, other perks include the ability for webmasters and site owners to ensure that they’re running a healthy and well optimised website.

If you’re a small business on a budget, Webmaster Tools offers the same value and more as other commercial SEO tools – but you just need to know what to do with the data in your interface to make the most of it.

In this article, I’m going to highlight the most important characteristics of Webmaster Tools that will benefit the small business.
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Damaging SEO Mistakes in 2014

Posted on June 5, 2014 under SEO

The practice of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) has been in a state of flux in recent years. The main catalysts were a number of Google’s algorithmic updates, including Penguin and Panda. Both of these updates penalised websites for attempting to manipulate Google’s search results through spammy techniques.

keywords associated with seo

Penguin, which was first rolled out in 2012, penalised sites for over-optimisation and attacked a number of web-spam tactics such as keyword stuffing and overuse of keyword rich text backlinks. The first Penguin roll-out was estimated to have affected 3.1% of English queries and had a considerable effect on many business websites, transforming many page 1’s overnight, and no doubt crippling many businesses that had relied too heavily on Google’s traffic.

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