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Posts on Websites: SEO and Analytics

  • Google continues to emphasize mobile

    The statistics on mobile and tablet use continue to skyrocket. People are spending more time on their mobile devices than ever – mobile usage is now at 60% of time spent online, vs. 40% of desktop-based activity. Some 20% of millennials aren’t using desktop at all.

    These statistics and many others present a compelling case for why your website must be mobile-friendly. But in case that’s not enough to convince you – the search engine giant Google continues to emphasize the importance of mobile. Here are two of the most important ways, and what they mean for your business.

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  • Google Says Go Mobile — Or Else

    User experience (UX) and search engine optimization (SEO) can give your company website an advantage over your competitors. Often, these items have been considered two independent areas, with care taken to ensure one doesn’t negatively impact the other. However, beginning April 21, 2015, UX and SEO are officially married at the hip.

    Search engine giant Google’s primary goal is to ensure users are getting search results they can use — which will now include particular emphasis on the fact that more and more users are performing searches using mobile devices. Google announced on their Webmaster Central Blog that, “Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.” The bottom line is that pages optimized for the mobile user experience will have one more plus in their favor, and will be listed higher in search engine results pages.

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  • Google+, YouTube, and Your Website: Establishing the SEO Trifecta

    Establishing a Google + Page and linking it to your website should be an important part of every company’s digital promotion strategy, because it creates significant benefits in search engine optimization (for a detailed discussion on how this works, review an earlier Learning Center podcast/article). Further, your Google+ Page should be linked to your YouTube channel, if you have one – YouTube is actually part of Google, so those two social media complement each other in a uniquely direct way, thus further amplifying the SEO benefits.

    The concept is simple enough – but the implementation can be challenging. Virtually every business we’ve worked with on this has encountered significant difficulties in getting the website-G+-YouTube trifecta set up optimally. Here are a few of the issues we’ve encountered, and some possible solutions. Read More »