Why Google Relies On SEO More Than It Will Admit

If you speak to any number of SEO professionals many of them will describe their relationship with Google as a kind of duel, with them being the knights in shining armour, trying to defeat the evil Google algorithm. As weird as they may sound it isn’t too far from the truth.

A website’s ranking on Google’s search listing is reliant on a multitude of factors that Google measures and then its algorithm calculates what is in effect a ranking score, which is where the website will appear in the search results. This process is repeated for every search term that anyone on the internet types into top Google’s search box.

Although google publishes general advice for website owners, they obviously do not publish the specific details of their algorithms. This is why SEO professionals and agencies are in such high demand as they have the knowledge based on their research and experience to make the most accurate assessment of what Google gives the most weight to for a whole series of ranking factors.

Accordingly, business owners will employ these SEO experts to help get their website ranked higher, with the obvious uplift in the amount of traffic coming to their website. Now, if you were to take Google at their word, SEO is not a practice that they specifically endorse. They are dead set against any action being taken that might alter or skew a website’s ranking, especially blatant cheating.

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Email Marketing: Best Practices & Strategies

Email marketing can be a powerful tool for businesses to communicate with customers and prospective customers. When executed well, it can help cultivate relationships, generate leads, increase sales, and bolster customer loyalty.

Here are some best practices for your email marketing efforts:

Segment your Audience:
Not every customer is the same. Divide your audience into segments based on criteria like purchasing habits, browsing history, location, etc. Tailored messaging to these segments often leads to higher engagement rates.

Personalization:
Personalize your emails beyond just addressing the recipient by their name. Use data about their behavior and preferences to tailor the content. Personalized emails typically receive a higher click-through rate than generic ones.

High-Quality Content:
Ensure your content is high-quality, relevant, and provides value. This could be in the form of educational content, discounts, or exclusive offers. High-quality content encourages subscribers to open your emails and engage with them.

Mobile-Friendly Design:
Most people check their emails on their mobile devices. Make sure your emails are optimized for mobile viewing.

A/B Testing:
Test different email components (such as subject lines, content, call-to-action, etc.) to see what works best with your audience.

Consistent but not Overwhelming:
Consistency is key in email marketing. Decide on a frequency that you can maintain (daily, weekly, monthly) and stick to it. However, do not overwhelm your subscribers with too many emails, as this may lead to unsubscriptions.

Tracking and Analysis:
Use email marketing tools to track your campaigns. Key metrics include open rate, click-through rate, conversion rate, and bounce rate. Analyze these metrics to understand what’s working and what’s not, and adjust your strategy accordingly.

“Email has an ability many channels don’t: creating valuable, personal touches—at scale.” – David Newman

Online Marketing ROI – 5 Key Metrics You Must Measure

The whole point of any business to exist is for it to generate profits, and for that to happen it must create a return on any investment made. That is not just the capital that the company’s shareholders or owner have invested but relates to return on investment on all aspects of the business such as product development, staff training, and marketing for example.

Given we are an SEO agency, one of the most important ROIs we look at for any client we work with is that which is generated from the online marketing that we do for them. Within that overall return on investment there are specific metrics that we and our clients can assess, and in this post, we are going to look at 5 of the most important in detail.

Cost Per Lead

The definition of a lead may vary from industry to industry but for us, it means someone who has indicated that they interested in a product or service. That indication might mean they have entered their email in an opt-in box for more information or clicked on a link, which subscribed them to a message bot series.

Bear in mind a lead is not yet a customer, but the cost of acquiring leads from any marketing campaign is important. This applies particularly to PPC campaigns especially as it a simple metric to calculate as follows: Ad spending divided by the number of leads created. Otherwise, it will be the amount spent on marketing divided by the number of leads.

How To Defend Your Website Against Negative SEO Attacks

For any business owner to discover that their website is being targeted by others using negative SEO, it can feel almost as if they were burgling your business for real.

In both scenarios you can feel helpless, and whilst we hope that neither of them ever happens to you, in the case of negative SEO we can at least give you some advice with regards to defending yourself, or more precisely your business’s website against it.

One of the primary objectives in defending yourself against an ongoing negative SEO attack is to discover who is actually carrying out that attack. As there are several ways that they may attack you, you need to go through the most common ones, to see if you can uncover the culprits.

Incoming Links

This will require you to use a link analysis tool, so ideally you want one which you have used and know how to assess its data. Be aware that not all tools analyse and score links in the same way so make sure you are comfortable with how you determine whether a link is good or bad.

Ideally, you want to look at some of the footprints that the negative SEO links are creating. In particular look for,

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Why Internal Linking Must Not Be Ignored

It is almost comical sometimes to see website owners, and sadly, SEO consultants who should know better, scurrying around desperately trying to find backlinks from every possible place they can think of. It almost seems that they are like mice in a wheel, constantly chasing the next link they can get their hands on.

Now, we are not saying backlinks should not be sought, and they are indeed extremely important when it comes to SEO process. However, external backlinks are not the only type of linking strategy you should follow.

Including an internal linking strategy as part of your SEO also pays high dividends in terms of ranking. There is also the very obvious fact that internal links are much easier to create, and as you are the website owner, you should not need anyone’s permission to create them either.

Having a carefully planned and implemented internal linking has a number of advantages, and while it can certainly help boost your SEO, not all of them are simply for Google’s benefit when they are deciding how to rank your website.

When it comes to planning your internal linking, this is one of the times where doing so visually can make it easier and more effective. Bear in mind, you are in effect, creating a network within your website, and to try and visualise that in your head, while not impossible, is difficult.