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What to Do When Google Treats You like a Russian Gymnastics Judge

Posted Wed, June 25, 2014 by Julie Short

Most business owners and Internet marketers are already at least somewhat familiar with the concept of the Google AdWords Quality Score. It basically amounts to a numerical evaluation of how relevant and effective your pay-per-click ads are, which in turn affects how often they are shown and the prices you need to pay to maintain a certain ad position.

The basic idea is that, when your Quality Scores are high, Google will allow you to bid very little for a prime advertising position; with low Quality Scores, though, you'll pay through the teeth to even show up for your most important keywords (because your Quality Scores vary from one keyword to the next, the best way to check them is by logging in to your AdWords account).

The net of all of this is that it's impossible to run an efficient and effective paid search campaign with low Quality Scores. Getting clicks and conversions will just cost too much, especially if you want to maintain a high bid position.

So, what can you do when Google's Quality Score evaluation process treats you like a Russian gymnastics judge at the Olympics and marks you with a lower number than you expected?

The first step is to understand where your score actually comes from. Here are a few of the ingredients that are known to be important:

Click-through rate. Google runs ads to make money, but also to help searchers find what they're looking for. Running ads with lots of click-throughs helps them do both, since it's a sign that searchers find the offer to be relevant.

Content on your site. If relevance didn't matter, people would simply choose the keywords and search phrases with the highest traffic and put unrelated ads with them. That would lead to a lower-quality experience for end users, so Google evaluates the content on your site to make sure it matches up with your keywords and ad copy.

How focused your campaigns and groups are. Google likes to see campaigns and ad groups that are tightly focused. If you have too many keywords stuffed together, your Quality Score will suffer.

Account history. Google factors your account history (and even other accounts for the same keyword or search term) into your Quality Score, so it pays to be an excellent advertiser over time.

There are other things that factor in, but these are the most important and easiest to change. So, if you find your Quality Scores are suffering, your best course of action is to first reevaluate your ad groups and keyword combinations, and then start testing new versions of your ads to increase your click-through rates.

The important takeaway here is that bad Quality Scores can be overcome, but it's always going to be easier – and less expensive – the sooner you start.

Need help getting your AdWords account in order? Let the team at WebRevelation help.

 

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM , Website Content | 
Tags : google , quality , scores


Optimizing Web Content As You Write

Posted Mon, April 29, 2013 by Julie Short

Search and social media technologies have evolved vastly in the last few years by modifying and building tools to make digital media landscape more accurate, useful and interactive. 

SEO isn’t a purely a technical concept. At its core, SEO revolves around marketing. As technology changed and evolved, SEO became more content centric. SEO gives brands with good content, especially smaller operations, the ability to put themselves in a winning position. SEO boils down to technology and human behavior. Content marketing and content management systems play a large part in this relationship. 

The Shift
In the past, content marketing and SEO departments generally have been separate disciplines. Originally, CMS systems weren’t designed with SEO as we know it in mind. SEO was a totally different game. Mastering SEO would help brands trick their way to the top of search engines. Uploading thin content just to have something on your website, forgetting about design and focusing on rankings are ways of the pasts. 

As Google has shifted to focus on quality, relevance and content, it's essential that brands bridge this gap and time lag between authoring and optimizing content. Published content that isn't search engine friendly with errors that can be easily penalized by Google. To make the most of this content marketing opportunity and it's important to optimize content as you write it.

Integrating your content and SEO process provides you with learning, scale, and efficiency across content and SEO teams. Users can create and optimize in sync without having to switch from SEO tools to CMS systems. 

The result is great content that is SEO friendly that allows you to maximize results from search (search rankings, traffic, conversions, and revenue).
As an organization you can coordinate content creation across SEO and editorial teams to ensure the content turns is optimized, of high quality and produced efficiently. Any content changes can also go live sooner and impact results faster.

The Relationship Between CMS and Content Creation
Having a content management system empowers people within your organization to actively contribute relevant content to your website. What type of content am I talking about? This content could be blogs, news, adding to your growing portfolio as you complete new projects or adapting your descriptive information to reflect your evolving business. Your business is alive and changing. Search engines reward websites that regularly contribute quality content because they expect for your site to be an extension of your living business. 

SEO as You Go
Before you start adding content to your site, make a strategy. What do you want to accomplish with your site? What does your target audience search for online? Those are the kinds of topics you want to address within your site. Here’s some SEO best practices to apply to your content as you write:

  • Create a simple directory. Avoid having subdirectories and using directory names that have no relation to the content in them. 
  • Improve your URL structure. URLs that are simple to understand and easy to remember will help people reach your content. Use real words in URLs. 
  • Use brief, but descriptive titles. If it’s too long, search engines will only show a portion of it in the search result. 
  • Accurately describe page content. Titles that don’t specifically describe what they’re about could get lost in search. Often, inferences won’t cut it, even if they’re cute or funny. Be as direct as possible. 
  • Customize your post by being as unique as possible in content descriptions. Also, mention any sub-topics in the content. 
  • Offer exclusive content. When you’re writing something, find your unique perspective and insight. Ask yourself, what can I offer that will set this apart from anything else online?
  • Write content that’s easy to read. You’re not writing a scientific study. Make sure what you’re writing isn’t boring. Don’t fill sentences with unnecessary or difficult to understand words and ideas. 
  • Organization is key. Don’t write a long block of content. Break things up with subheads and bullet points. 
  • Create content directed at the user, not the search engine. Your content should be easily accessible to search engines, but should accommodate the visitor’s needs as well. 

Concluding Thoughts
Empowering content writers with SEO capabilities allows your business to scale the impact of your SEO team. Technology and CMS integration enables your content team to make optimizations that drive traffic and conversions. SEO professionals can also analyze error distribution, identify common SEO errors and the source of these errors, and take corrective action.

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : content , google , seo


How Being Active On Google+ Will Improve Your Search Traffic

Posted Wed, April 24, 2013 by Julie Short


After Google Plus was launched a year and a half ago, it became clear it would alter a lot of things we knew about search engine optimization. It’s existence also changed the predictability of Google’s search engine. 

They added a personal element to search. Most small brands discovered over the past 18 months they don’t know how to work with this new element in search to increase traffic, and continue delivering quality content. In this blog, you’ll find some suggestions to utilize Google+ work for your search traffic’s benefit.

You’ve got to think about Google’s search engine like a giant web instead of an engine.

Before Google+, search traffic was much more predictable. While Google constantly changed their algorithm, search was a predictable flow; it was, keywords + backlinks + quality content + competition = winner. The Google+ era completely transformed the system, so you had to actually participate on social platform for more traffic. It’s a brilliant, dirty trick, but it’s their world and we’re just all trying to succeed in it and reach as many eyes as possible. 

In the past, a site with no history could, when created in accordance with Google’s rules, drive massive traffic. That’s a big reason a lot of people are still struggling with the new rules. Now, the process works in reverse. The more attention and authority you have the more traffic you receive.

You need to connect with your market on Google+, so they can drive traffic to your site. The larger your Google Plus network, the more chances you have to drive traffic. You want to activate as many people to advocate and share your brand. You’ve got to strive to be relevant instead of just existing in the Google universe. 

What You Should Do Now
First, start connecting with your target market on Google+. Add them to your circles. An easy way to do this is add shared circles from other Google+ users. You would be surprised at the number of users who have hundreds of people in their circle, and can provide you with access to their circle for free. All you have to do is add the circle to your list of circles. 

Second, join relevant Google+ Communities. If you want to find the best prospects for your business, you might want to consider joining Google+ Communities. If you have ever participated in a forum or Facebook group, you can easily use a Google+ community.

Third, add your name to Google Authorship. Google is starting to help bloggers increase their personal search relevance by creating Google Authorship. Google Authorship links content you write on certain sites to notify Google of your status as an author on a particular site. If anyone blogs on multiple sites you can increase your authorship, and in essence carry your Google reputation across the search spectrum.

Google+ has changed the search and social media game. Are more people still using Facebook for daily social media use? Yes. But, ask yourself how many people use Google on a daily basis. Driving the most people to your basic information is what you’re striving for. One of the best things about this is that you’ve got a great, low-cost opportunity with Google+ to drive additional search traffic to your website. 

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : google+


How SEO Drives Web Traffic for Small Businesses

Posted Tue, January 1, 2013 by Tim J Short

Search engines are the biggest driver of web traffic to individual sites. Optimizing your websites and blogs to land higher in search results opens your brand up to more unique visitors. WebRevelation offers strategic SEO marketing services for small and medium businesses and here’s three reasons why local search engine optimization is crucial to digital marketing.

About one million Google Places pages are claimed per month.

Competition is stiff. Your business is a needle in a haystack. Google’s not just going to automatically list your site first in searches because your website exists. When you’re a small to medium business you’re not usually going to generate as much regular interest as a large corporation. Strategic SEO is basically anticipating where your customers are going to be on the internet and trying to pick them up.

Increasing web traffic generates leads and could boost sales.

SEO is like a good pick-up line. It positions your brand positively in front potential customers. Interesting web content has to exist to support that initial attraction when someone lands on your site from a search engine, but people can’t buy if they don’t know you exist. In the past, a business owner might pay for a billboard, newspaper or TV ad to expose a brand to new consumers. Investing in SEO is more affordable, targeted and can be deployed locally, nationally or even worldwide. Unlike a traditional ad, you’re not regularly paying for an ad and people are able to instantly interact with your company.

Using strategic SEO targets unique website visitors.

When people search for topics related to your brand, will your website appear? Every business owner must ask themselves this question when evaluating your website’s success... How effectively is your site is reaching potential customers? We specialize in making sure your website is organically optimized to land in front of the right new eyes when people search for topics related to your brand. Well-placed local rankings get more eyeballs.

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : SEO , Search Engines , Google Places


Your Reputation is at Stake!

Posted Wed, October 24, 2012 by Julie Short

I recently met a business owner who asked me to review his website. If I had just randomly run across his website without meeting him, I would have thought he was out of business!

A contact (who isn't in the web development business) said that YELLOW PAGES are obsolete, if you don't have a website people won't do business with you!! 
 
You - SMART BUSINESS OWNER - require 
Professional employee attire
Clean and Organized Store front
Top-of-the line customer service
 
But you may be OVERLOOKING that your website is the first impression of your business!  
It is where the reputation starts, and it could be your SALES COFFIN.

•Has it been updated in the last 3 years?

•Does it fit wide screen monitors?
•Is the navigation easy to use?
 
Want to simple tool to fully evaluate your website? Use this easy tool Should Your Website be Fired?
 
Let me light the fire even further.  
Standard websites are NOT mobile websites.  
 
Mobile websites are websites designed specifically for smart phones and tablets.  
6 billlion smart phone users at the end of 2011!  
And their expectations are astronomical!  
( See the Mobile Content - Useage & Expectations graphic  for these details)
 
Google believes that your SUCESS IN MOBILE (websites) will determine the FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS! (Google Mobile Playbook
 
40% of smart phone users have turned to a competitor’s site after a bad mobile experience. 
 
 
There is an on-going war with changing consumer preferences, and if you do not keep up with it, 
your reputation will be eaten alive.  I would prefer not to attend your business’ funeral!!!
 
 
 
 

 

Posted in : Online Profile Management | 
Tags : The Mobile Playbook , Google , mobile , mobile content , mobile usage , mobile expectations , customer service , store front , reputation ,


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