Accelerated Mobile Pages, AMPs, is an initiative to build “mobile optimized content and have it load instantly anywhere.” These pages adhere to strict guidelines set forth by Google and are essentially stripped down versions of a normal webpage designed for one purpose, speed. Because of the stripped functionality, the use of AMPs are still limited to content pages such as news articles and blog posts but can still see major benefits when used appropriately.
Optimized Pages that seem to load instantly on mobile devices
Studies show that mobile users typically abandon a website if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load thus the main benefit of AMP is speed, being to load up to 85% faster than non-AMPs. This will enhance user experience immensely as content will be delivered to users at lighting speeds.
Woo, glad we got that out of the way! Now if you read any of the articles above or have browsed the internet in the past, oh let’s say 2 years, chances are you’ve heard about the seismic shift of consumer device usage from desktop to mobile. In response, Google has been announcing big changes left and right, starting with the Mobile algorithm update, dubbed “Mobilegeddon,” continuing at the Google Summit and more recently the upcoming split of the search index into the mobile index and desktop index. So how do we take advantage of these changes in 2017?
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.
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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If you’ve got a business that fits Pinterest’s demographic and focus, your online store needs to be there. This social network consistently drives referrals, traffic and sales to websites. But what you really need to know are two things:
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.
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.
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.
You may have heard the phrase “content is king”, but weren’t sure you believed it. After all, you’ve spent so much time, money and effort getting your website in perfect working order. Fresh new design? Check. Responsive to mobile devices? Check. Search engine optimized? Check. What else could you need? Well, quite a bit actually.
Google (and all search engines for that matter) has been changing the way it ranks websites and quality content has become a major component in their ranking algorithms. When you think about it, that makes perfect sense. Google makes most of its money through paid advertising which it displays above, next to and below organic (non-paid) search results. Google wants people to use their search engine as often as possible, as this gives them more changes to show their ads which they hope will get clicked (this is the point at which Google gets paid). If you were to use their search engine and didn’t get the information you needed, you’d stop using their search engine. This is why quality content is so important.
Keyword ranking has long been a method used for determining how well your website is performing in the search engines for a specific term. Although this used to be a great tactic, things have changed. Search Engines, Google in particle, have been encrypting more and more of their keyword data making it difficult for website owners to determine which keywords drive traffic to their site. […]
If you want your site to perform well in Search Engines, the best practices to follow are known as White Hat. White Hat marketing is when you put the time and effort and use integrity to create a website that your potential audience will find useful; nothing more, nothing less. There are no skip the lines or get out of jail free cards; if you want your site to rank well, you need to make sure you are following White Hat SEO best practices. […]