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#Hashtags Have Value in Search

The search industry has clearly had its’ fair share of developments over the past few weeks — first with Google’s Hummingbird, and then Penguin 2.1.  Additionally, one enhancement that has quietly become more and more ubiquitous across Google properties is the incorporation of hashtags in search.

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Designing an Effective Landing Page

Your marketing initiatives may be first class and successful, but unless you are delivering what the user is looking for in a direct and compelling way – you will always have limited time to make a connection with the consumer.  Therefore, designing an effective landing page remains one of the most important investments your business can make.

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Optimizing for Mobile

The significant growth of global search volume has been accelerated by the increasing use of mobile devices including:  smartphones, iPads, and an array of new Tablets.

For the first time, Google has also publicly confirmed that mobile optimization is a ranking factor for mobile search results. There are two things webmasters need to consider:  #1.) Responsive Site Design for mobile, and #2.)  Addressing common errors which have been plaguing smartphone search results.

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Integrating Social Media & SEO

Businesses are always looking for ways to enhance their connection with their target audience – but, doing so in a cost-effective manner is often the challenging part.

Obviously, this challenge remains at the heart of every marketer.  However, it’s becoming more and more clear that sound integration of a site’s social media channels, coupled with a consistent SEO program often create a solid communication platform and yield a positive ROI acquisition channel. Continue reading →

Finding Your Next Customer

Forrester Research recently published its Annual Report on how consumers find websites when they’re exploring new products and/or services.

Organic search remains the clear winner with 54% share, an increase of 4% year-over-year.  Following is the summary of Forrester’s Study comparing 2011 –vs- 2012:

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Earning Top Rankings is a Marathon

We are firm believers in a data-driven approach to SEO, which means we track every ranking fluctuation across our customers’ keywords, and the competitive landscape to ensure that we’re adapting and delivering results effectively.

Over the years, we’ve invested at every turn to further enhance our platform and the analytical foundation to help thousands of businesses earn prominent rankings in Google, Bing & Yahoo!.

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Learnings from Google’s Penguin 2.0

Penguin 2.0 launched this week and the impact seems to be right in line with the expectations which Google has set over the past month.

Penguin 2.0 reinforces the need to adopt a structured, disciplined and consistent link-building strategy that is not only from a diverse range of sources, but which link into multiple lower level or “deep” pages of site , not just top level.

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Maintaining Social Profiles for SEO

Google and Bing have made no secret regarding their support that Social Media signals represent a strong ranking factor.

It’s impossible to calculate the exact weighting of Social Media signals, however we believe that maintaining your profiles will continue to be increasingly more important, not less.

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301 Redirects & Rel=Canonical

There is a frequent issue which creates challenges for SEO practitioners, website owners and search engines alike: canonicalization.

The issue surfaces because it’s common for duplicated pieces of content to occur multiple times on the same website. For instance with product descriptions which are common across multiple options, or similar examples occur with how tags and categories work which means multiple pages of content are duplicated in the eyes of the search engines.

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Commit to Experimentation

There is much more to marketing than SEO, and it’s often a challenge to balance the new and existing marketing channels to get an optimal mix.

Also, there is more to simply driving traffic through SEO as once the visitor is on your site, you still have to help find a connection between your product or service with the customer. Continue reading →