If you are hearing a lot of references to the phrases “mobile-friendly”, “responsive mobile” or “mobile responsive” in regards to website design and not quite sure what all this means, you are not alone.  You may also be aware that these phrases somehow play into your Google rankings but are not entirely sure how or why? Let’s review so we can come away with a clearer understanding.

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We’re a little under a week away from the April 21st mobile search deadline and we know that you’re thinking, “This is the end!” And if this was Penguin/Panda, we’d be right there with you, screaming that the sky was falling and everything (non-mobile) was coming to an end. However, It’s not.

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As search engines have evolved, so has the process of getting your website indexed and ranking well on them. It’s no longer possible to add some keywords to your website and expect it will be returned in search results when someone searches using those terms. Search engines today return results based on what they interpret the searcher’s query to mean, rather than by just picking out certain “key” words or phrases.

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Without delving into a deep thesis on the basis of human interaction, I think it’s safe to say that people want to feel a sense of community. We, as consumers, tend to define ourselves based on what groups we belong to and what products we buy. Are you a Mac or a PC? Do you drink Coke or Pepsi?  Any big fan of Coke will have plenty of reasons as to why they won’t drink Pepsi and vice-versa. We tend to find ourselves segmented into niches of things that we like.

Enter: Brand Identity

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Today Google announced a new feature that will let search users see whether or not the site they’re about to click on is “mobile-friendly.”

Now, you’re probably asking “what does mobile-friendly mean?”

Well, Google says that a site needs to meet the following criteria in order to be labeled as mobile-friendly:

  • Avoids software that is not compatible with mobile devices (i.e. Flash)

  • Text is easily readable without needing to be zoomed in

  • Content is sized to fit your screen so that your users don’t have to scroll horizontally or zoom

  • Links are displayed in a way that can be easily clicked on

mobile friendly search result example

To learn more about Mobile and Responsive Web Design, you can explore the following articles:

Which “mobile” option should you choose for your website?

Why your company needs a mobile site.

If you’re unsure whether or not you site is mobile-friendly, and want to be sure you can offer the best user experience on mobile, call us today at 352-732-7700.

What Is It?

The highest amount you are willing to pay for a click on your pay-per-click ad for a particular keyword.

Important Caveat

The value you set for your Max. CPC is not necessarily, and in most cases is not, the amount you will actually pay for a click on your ad. Average CPC will show you how much you are actually paying for clicks on your ads.

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Google AdWords accounts have many options for advertising your product and services. One of the first things you’ll need to consider is what type of campaign (or campaigns) you would like to run. It’s important to understand the differences between the various campaign types so you can get the most from your advertising budget.

Two of the most commonly used campaign types within the AdWords interface are Search campaigns and Display campaigns. These campaign types can be used to accomplish different goals, so it’s good to know when it’s best to use one over the other. Let’s take a quick look at some of the differences between the two campaign types. […]

On April 2, 2014, Google officially released Universal Analytics, a new tracking code created to replace their Classic Analytics tracking code. According to Google, the Classic Analytics tracking code will continue to function for two years from the release of Universal Analytics; however, being proactive in upgrading will help ensure you don’t lose any Google Analytics data.

For in-depth details about upgrading to Universal Analytics, visit the Universal Analytics Upgrade Center. […]

What Are Impressions?

The number of times your ad was shown during a specified time frame.

How Are They Calculated?

Every time your ad is shown, your Impression count is increased by one.

Why Are They Important?

Impressions get your ad in front of your audience. They build brand awareness and get searchers one step closer to completing an action on your website that you want them to complete such as buying a product, requesting more information or downloading a white paper.

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