Author - Joel

Black Friday SEO: Last-minute tips for the holiday season

Black Friday kicks off a shopping season that lasts through Christmas each year, with online retailers vying for the profitable attention of consumers. With spending expected to rise by 47% this year, competition will be fierce. SEO can make a significant ecommerce contribution; some final tweaks can make the difference between rising to the top of results and languishing at the bottom of page one. The holiday season begins in earnest for ecommerce companies with the Black Friday weekend, bookended by Black Friday (November [...]

Left is Right & Up is Down

Probably the single best video to watch to understand the power of Google & Facebook (or even most of the major problems across society) is this following video about pleasure versus happiness. In constantly seeking pleasure we forego happiness. The "feed" based central aggregation networks are just like slot machines in your pocket: variable reward circuitry which self-optimizes around exploiting your flaws to eat as much attention as possible. The above is not an accident. It is, rather, as intended: "That means that [...]

Here’s how to get executives excited about SEO

As an SEO expert at your company – maybe the SEO expert – you may find yourself needing to persuade executives to invest more in your company’s SEO practices. Championing SEO means successfully selling the right company leaders on the benefits, demonstrating the effectiveness and wisdom of your specific SEO strategy, and, more often than not, including a few convincing facts about why it will make them look good. Here are four practices you should use to your advantage when trying [...]

A search marketer’s guide to using paid social media

The battle between those who specialize in certain marketing practices is prevalent throughout the industry. Individuals, departments and indeed agencies are all involved. After all, they are often competing for the same budget, beating their chests and promoting their own channel as the most valuable. It is understandable. We all need to make a living. But in reality they should all be working together to deliver economies of scale. Fully integrated campaigns can deliver far better results than the sum of [...]

4 safe search engines for kids

Young children are using the internet to search and find content more than they ever have before—but we can all understand some of the trade-offs that come with this technological advancement. Typical search engines (think Google, Bing, etc.) do not default to kid-friendly settings, and it takes a lot of adult monitoring to make sure that nothing is appearing and getting clicked on that isn’t age-appropriate. Luckily in recent years, more and more safe search engines for kids have been emerging. [...]

What factors should you consider before choosing a web crawler tool?

The goal of any business serious about SEO is for prospective customers to find them through search. The reason is simple: these leads are more qualified, and are already looking for what the business has to offer. But SEO is a many-headed beast. There are just too many rules, guidelines and things to look out for. From off-page elements to on-page elements, covering all aspects of SEO can easily become a Herculean task, especially when dealing with large websites. That is [...]

Image optimization 101: How to rank higher in image search

SEO is not only about optimizing written content. The increasing dominance of visual content online has brought with it new opportunities for increasing a site’s search traffic by optimizing videos and images. Optimizing your images gives your website an additional chance to be found via image search, and a good logo or some eye-catching graphics can be just as effective at attracting visitors to your website as your written content. But even if you’re highly familiar with optimizing written content for search, you may not know where to [...]

The ultimate guide to choosing keywords for ROI

Let me say this first – keyword research is hard! Every SEO has done it, but few will ever master it completely. This is not supposed to be just another keyword research post. This post is about going beyond raw search volume data, using metrics which will help you choose keywords which deliver the best ROI for you right now. To start with I am going to assume you have carried out your keyword research already, and are starting off with a comprehensive [...]

Google Shopping: What do marketers need to know about the latest updates?

In the battle with Amazon, Google is betting on its Shopping services to attract merchants and customers alike. A raft of product announcements has arrived just in time for the holiday season, including new ad formats and AdWords reports. What do marketers need to know, and will these new products be enough to take market share back from Amazon? Google has announced a variety of upgrades to its Shopping offering with a clear focus on improving the mobile experience, utilizing automation [...]

AdWords Auction Insights report: A key to understanding the competition

People have a natural tendency to care about what others are doing around them as a means of validating themselves. This is true in our personal lives when the Joneses come home with a new sports car, but also in paid search when brands want to outrank their competitors. In our personal lives, it does not often do us much good to compare to others, but in business, it is more important to be aware so that you can take advantage of opportunities. In [...]