Meta descriptions have no ranking value… right?
If you take Google’s word for it — they don’t have value. But, if meta descriptions don’t affect a website’s ability to rank and don’t help you at all when you’re competing for the click of the customer, you may wonder, “What’s the point?”.
What if I told you that despite not being a direct ranking factor, a meta description can still change a user’s perception of website value or it could indirectly affect rank. To unpack this, let’s talk about what meta descriptions are and why you should bother with them after all.
There’s a distinct learning curve to Google Ads, which can be disconcerting to small business owners. How are you going to set up your new campaign? How much should you pay per impression? There’s no end to the questions.
Who has the time to learn an entirely new skill from scratch while trying to run a business?
Hiring help to manage online advertising is always an option because the problem is many business owners aren’t aware of the capabilities of PPC ads. One of the most useful features of Google Ads, especially within the Google Display Network, is undoubtedly retargeting. Let’s have a look at retargeting in more detail, as well as why you should use it.
Blogging is one of those things that new business owners are generally discouraged from. Many marketers will tell you that it doesn’t pay off or it is too late to get into blogging in 2018. Those observations are undoubtedly correct in some cases.
However, painting the question of blogging with broad strokes leaves out a few crucial points. Is there no value at all to be had from showcasing your expertise via an SEO blog? It depends. Before you can find out whether that’s true for you, we need to dig a little deeper and ask a few critical questions.
For business owners who are starting with their digital marketing efforts, choosing an advertising platform can be agonizing. When your marketing budget isn’t expansive enough to cover experimentation with all of them, you need to make a choice.
More often than not, that choice comes down to whether you should use Google AdWords or Facebook ads. Both platforms have their distinct advantages and differences. But what are they and how do you choose which platform is right for you?
In the marketing realm, we are all aware of the importance of providing quality and relevant content to your audience. It’s what drives a return to your website and increases your website traffic, helping you move up in Google’s search results. However, when work piles up, people tend to neglect their blog because there’s not enough time to focus on giving their readers engaging content on a regular basis. If you’ve encountered some of these signs, then it’s time to consider to invest in blogging.
For a business owner looking to hit sales targets on a budget, what matters is results. When it comes to digital marketing, one of the most effective ways to increase growth is through search engine marketing (SEM).
What is SEM? SEO vs. SEM
Plenty has been written about the differences between search engine optimization (SEO) and SEM, and the merits of each for small to mid-sized businesses. The truth is
The world of digital marketing is incredibly data-driven. Performance indicators are used to measure every square foot of the digital landscape: from user experience mapping to sourcing the origins of website traffic, estimating the average reach of a social media post, and so much more. These are the metrics that a digital marketing company looks at every day to help define search technique and branding strategy.
However, there is one fundamental approach that underlies all of these individual metrics, and it defines the success or failure of a websites digital performance. The strategy is inbound marketing.
What is Inbound Marketing?
After making a recent visit to the website of the Museum of Natural History, I was struck by how the human body has changed over the past few hundred years. We know that average body height has steadily risen since the 17th century, mainly because of improvements in nutrition and quality of life – but just imagine what humans will look like in 100 years after industrial work is given over to robots and machines!
As is usually the case, my thoughts circled back round to SEO. How will SEO marketing change in the next century, I wondered? How will content for your website look after all the major trends we are predicting now have come and gone?
A lot has changed for SEO consultants over the years. It used to be that backlinking in whatever form or fashion you could produce them was the norm. Also, before Google announced Rankbrain in 2015, it was a much different process to rank for keywords. While publishing a site full of meaningful and in-depth content is always the goal, it was easier back then for some SEO services to advertise and utilize bad practices (like keyword stuffing) to get a higher rank.
Now that Google has adjusted their algorithm to deal with “blackhat” link building and keyword stuffing, attention has turned to content as the means for keyword ranking and link building. Writing for search comes with its own set of challenges – namely, picking keywords that are achievable to rank for you in your niche, writing better content than competitors in your niche, and getting authentic backlinks to blog articles. However, if done correctly, writing effectively for search can improve site rank like nothing else.
Problem – Ineffective Keyword Research
We all want to rank for the high-volume keywords in a niche, but the reality for small and medium-sized business owners is that
There is no “one-size-fits all” prescription for a brands online marketing strategy. So many important variables play a role in determining the overall approach, including budget, relevant industry, marketing goals, and so on. However, while the online advertising goals might be client-specific, there are some fundamental tools