Online spending increased 15% for 2012, with 139.4 million people making online purchases during the Black Friday weekend alone. For Q4 2013, more than half of online shoppers are already shopping for the holiday — and have been doing so since April!More people are shopping online for Q4 2013. Is your online store ready for the holiday season?Here are three ecommerce areas you can maximize to increase online sales for your ecommerce store.
Google’s latest algorithm update, Hummingbird, appears to put less emphasis on matching keywords and more emphasis on understanding what a user hopes to obtain in their search results. What does that mean for internet marketers? It means writing clear, concise, compelling web copy that converts your target audience into buyers.How do you create that kind of copy? Here are a few suggestions to help you out.
Fall conference season is under way, so buy your tickets and dust off your passports! We hope to see you at the following events.
In today’s highly competitive online world, you’ll need the cutting edge to keep your brand on top. This holds especially true when it comes to helping your name or brand rank with the specific keywords you’d like to target. SEO is never an easy task thanks in part to its ever-changing requirements. But with the help of a few tools, you can keep yourself on the top of the SEO game, and also keep your brand well-managed.
We all know that Google and every other search engine on the planet uses an algorithm to rank websites for their search engine results pages. Algorithms determine what your site is about, how fast it is, how important it is in the scheme of the Web (how many links it has from other sites), and whether or not your Web pages are properly prepared to be presented to their search clientele.Panda and Penguin wreaked havoc.
Marketing conference season is upon us, and that means it’s time to do some networking. Every conference you go to someone’s going to say, “You know, the real value of these things is in the conversations you have at the bar afterward.” Personally, I’ve learned a ton of stuff from the actual speaker presentations at conferences (and I hope at least some people have learned things from mine), but there’s definitely a serious added benefit to the after-hours networking.
Social Signals: the topic that’s got content writers the world over reaching for their “How-To” guides, as the goal posts appear to be moving again in the ever-changing Google game.If you don’t yet know it, a social signal is a link that joins a person's social networking profile to your website. For example, you may decide to hit ‘Like’ or ‘share’ in this very article — you have given my good friends at SEMrush a social signal.
For years digital marketing was easy: Build a ton of links, send out targeted emails and get involved in some industry forums. The problem is that over the last few years what we as marketers think of as digital marketing has started to rapidly change. And we are just at the tip of the iceberg.In this blog we will take a look at how digital marketing has changed, and how you need to adapt your marketing strategy to ensure success.
Search Engine Optimization as we know it today began in the mid-90s when a number of search engines began indexing web content in an effort to make it easier for people to find things quickly and easily. Back then, the dominant player was America Online (AOL) who controlled a lot of the content and distribution.AOL provided millions of people with their internet browser and controlled a lot of the SEO by having a search box called “AOL Keyword.” Anyone remember that.
A few weeks ago, Eric Enge wrote this great article over at Search Engine Watch about ranking (which both he and I feel is not a good SEO metric), and how hard it is to really understand the “ranking gap” between site #4 and site #5. He explains why moving up in the SERPs, especially up a spot or two on page one, can be much harder and take far more time than a site owner may have realized.