First, what is SEO? Check out our blog article on “What is SEO and why it matters.”

Read our “Comprehensive Guide to Building your Business Presence Online” to learn about all the services you should use to maximize your marketing presence.

Now let’s talk about the huge announcement from Google:

Mobile Search Index Prioritized over Desktop Search Index

Big changes are coming to Google across all their services and at the forefront is the push to a mobile-first world. At the recent Pubcon in Las Vegas, Gary Illyes announced a major change to the Google Search Index: Mobile & Desktop will be separated into 2 different indexes and the mobile index will take priority over the desktop index.

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Asking your customers for reviews on Google is a great strategy for building your local search results and positively managing your reputation online. However, Google has safeguards in place to discourage fraudulent or spammy reviews, and you don’t want to run afoul of their guidelines which can end up costing you. You reviews might be removed from Google, and your “bad reputation” might have a negative impact on your local search rank.

Here are some methods of getting legitimate reviews from your customers without violating Google’s policies:

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It’s no secret that the world is obsessed with their phones, studies show that we spend, on average, five hours a day on our phones and check them about 85 times a day! Why is this so important? Enter Google, the dominating search engine in the world and a mainstay of digital advertising. At the recent Google Performance Summit, Google revealed big additions to the PPC world revolving around the idea of a mobile-first world and “micro-moments.”

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For many business owners, your business’s Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, might as well be your annoying younger sibling. It’s always bothering you and you’d rather ignore it than try to understand what it’s talking about.

However, ignoring your SEO is NOT the right decision. No matter how hard you try to pretend it doesn’t exist, SEO makes a huge difference in driving potential customers to your website.

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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

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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.