Again, we’ve been asked to re-publish our piece from 3 years ago on UIX – the Usability Testing section from our own Online Marketing eBook and we’re doing so again right here fyi. If you are an SMB owner and you have a site, the use of UIX for same is imperative! You would have no idea as to the number of mistakes that are made on site after site after site! So give this a look/see and learn how to spot those mistakes and how to test for same!
Okay, you’re working on your site design, and the navigation and how the user is expected to use the site looks pretty easy to use, right? Well, have you tested that user interaction?
This was drilled into me personally by mentor after mentor, by marketing prof’s 40 years ago and by my own realizations that they were right!
Think about a realestate salesperson.
They get licenced, join a brokerage and then are shown the front door…with an “out there is where you’ll find buyers and sellers” type of charge and the door slams behind them.
What I mean is, could the information that you receive via a real, live book be “better” than the information you receive from an eBook ? Ahh….better you say you’re thinking about that word and what I might mean and what the definition would be of that word?
Better in this case means not the actual information because to all effects and purposes, no matter if it’s a book or an ebook the contents are usually identical.
Yup, great week just getting completed put a real smile on my face this am and for the most part, it was a great one. Did have a hiccup or two…and I’ll blog probably next week on why some clients just shouldn’t ever be in an SEO Campaign…but that’s next week.
One more thing on that next-week topic though….have you ever searched Google for “why does SEO take so long to work” type of query? If you’ve not bothered, you should as the length of time it takes to get traction is a major stumbling block for too too many SMB owners….sadly!
Today being Friday, is our usual Infographics day and I’ve a few to share that I found over the past 10 or so days and they all are or at least could be helpful to anyone who is in the SEO world or web developer world or Social Media community building universe too.
You know I’m pretty easy going when it comes to marketing, in that I’ve about seen everthing, tried everything and yup, remembered what works and what didn’t work, but if there is one thing I do know it’s never ever do something stupid. Something that shows that you’re so much a newbie in marketing that your attempts to capture some of the market shows up badly for your firm.
That said, I just had to share this today. About a week ago I noticed that someone, a young woman had given me great rankings in my Linked In Top Skills by endorsing me for items all accross the top.
What kind of tests you might ask? Directory SEO linkjuice tests is the answer and that’s perhaps “counter-intuitive” to some of our readers, eh!
What do I mean and hey, wait a minute, doesn’t Google treat directory IBLs (inbound back links from directories) as pure garbage?
<headshake here> Not no more…
Wait, you say…what’m I talking about?
Okay, backstory first….
Google back in June of 2011, announced that it “would begin to support authorship markup. The company encouraged webmasters to begin marking up content on their sites with the rel=”author” and rel=”me” tags, connecting each piece of content to an author profile…” as Eric Enge put it so well here.
About a month ago now, Google rolled out a brand new update to it’s web results search algo, and it was quickly noted and named by the SEO community as the “Pigeon” update. And while it did make changes to the overall rankings for web search result serps, it didn’t happen up here in the google.ca world till just this past week – at least our whole Canuck client roster was unaffected till then.
So, what’s this Pigeon update and what do you need to know about same?
It’s always a surprise when I get a new LOCAL SEO Campaign client and do a competitors analysis for their channel – and when I say surprised what I mean is that it’s really a set of on-page factors that must be done – and they’re not! That is, while the new client may not know what to do it’s the lack of just about anyone in their city and channel too, that always makes me shake my head with a “doh!”
Let’s say you run a legal firm in your city. You have (like any professional does) certain “areas of expertise” like perhaps “personal injury” or “trademarks and patents” – which ones you choose to specialize on is of course up to you but when it comes to Google et al, what you want to do is to let them know – yup, you’re the leader in that type of legal area in your city.
I received just yesterday, the email mission that I’ve been a part of now for 4 years….yes, I got the call to help as one of the 2014 Local Search Ranking Factors study, originally created by David Mihm, now of moz.com – and I am once again delighted! And, worried too.
Originally started back in 2008, the rationale behind the study was put in the following manner by David…
What are long-tail keywords and why might they be important to an SMB owner? Ah…some of the finest friends your website will ever have are “long-tails” when it comes to Google search results, so let’s get into it!
A long-tail keyword is – as Google itself reports here - “Long-tail keywords are longer and more specific keyword phrases that visitors are more likely to use when they’re closer to a point-of-purchase. They’re a little bit counter-intuitive, at first, but they can be hugely valuable if you know how to use them…”
SSL – the acronym means Secure Socket Layer is something that many SMB owners – perhaps other than those in the eCommerce space – have bumped into, and it’s now becoming more important than ever for your website. It’s the modified notation up front in any URL – the HTTPS instead of the HTTP notation that indicates that an SSL is being used by that site.
Why do I post about that here today?
Okay, the topic today is again, Negative SEO – the tactic that both exists and is in use by some to try to knock down the competition’s rankings and replace their page 1 spots with your own. You know…more of a DEFENCE type maneuver than an OFFENCE one….and yes, I’ve reported on same before at some length too!
There has been much blogging press on this lately….perhaps because our own SEO guru Rand Fishkin over at moz.com has asked for some help in developing a case study that will irrefutably prove once and for all that it exists….I believe this to be a “cart ahead of the horse” type quest as I know for a simple fact that yes, it does exist….but that’s not what today’s post is about…
I found this link earlier in the week….and thought I’d share it with our readers…and for me having been on the web since the days of Lynx and text-only based communication….it’s surely a look back to the past!
Search engines…there’ve been a few…and here’s the link to same - http://www.thesearchenginelist.com/ – and it’s a long long scrolling list that for many of us brings back memories.
Yup, I know…what is Hilltop and what do I mean by ‘AuthorRank’ too? Simply put, what I’m going to be talking about in this Canadian SEO blog post is what might be the newly intended value of the patented Hilltop algorithm that Google bought about a decade ago.
First, what’s the Hilltop algo?
It was as Wiki states “…an algorithm used to find documents relevant to a particular keyword topic. Created by Krishna Bharat while he was at Compaq Systems Research Center and George A. Mihăilă at the University of Toronto, it was acquired by Google in February 2003…and Bharet is employed at Google now…are you getting my “drift” on this?
One of those weeks, eh…where you work hard for clients….invest time in networking and meeting up with your Mentorees…and still find time to stay aware of what’s new in your SEO channel. Yes, one of those weeks that for the most part are busy busy. Which gets me to the point of what we do here at KKT INTERACTIVE Inc. – we do online marketing for clients.
Which means that we like all the other SEO firms out there, pay particular attention to Google et al….well to Google for sure.
If there’s a change, a ripple, a modification, a “what the heck is that” kind of sudden difference from what we’ve been seeing to what we see….we notice.