So you finally got your website up, running, and ready for client/customer interaction but what comes next? Many people think you just stop there and let the website do its magic. However, one of the best things you can do to increase customer interaction and referrals is to add videos to your website yet many find the idea a daunting one. I am here to tell you that it does not have to be hard at all and, in fact, it can be quite a lot of fun too. So here are five ideas to get you started. […]
It may seem odd that we are at the fifth stage of this blog series on Business Website Success for redesigning your website and we have yet to talk about website design or budgeting. You may already have some initial design ideas in your head or a rough budget projection, but until you determine all aspects of what it takes to have a profitable business online – design AND marketing – your design concepts or budget may be off base from your true needs.
In this stage of the planning, we are going to look at initial marketing ideas. I say initial marketing ideas as we are not locking anything down yet. Instead, we are getting a clearer assessment of what is needed to promote the website (or more importantly, your business) after launch and what options are available. Marketing can be a hidden or overlooked expense for many business owners, so getting this information up front helps to avoid surprises later. […]
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.
Before we dive in, lets test your knowledge!
- What is the best way to build your web presence? Social Media? PPC? SEO? If you have no idea where to start, read- A Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Presence Online
- What is SEO? Any business owner that owns a website should know what SEO is and why it’s important to their business. If you have no clue, then read- SEO Matters: What it is and why you can’t ignore it
- Did you hear about the BIG Google changes? Learn more about the changes coming to Google AdWords and the Search Index. Read- Google AdWords Update: New Local Search Revealed & Google Splitting Search Index: What does that mean for you?
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?
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.
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:
Does your business have a strong online presence?
Volatile and ever-changing, the business world is tough and becoming increasingly harder to stay ahead of the competition and reach new customers. However, most business owners simply don’t have the time to research about best web design practices and new and innovative marketing strategies. Our research here at NetSource Inc. involves everything in the digital world including, but not limited to, Web Design Best Practices, SEO, Social Media, Paid Advertising, and Remarketing. This comprehensive guide will give an overview of all the services offered here at NetSource Inc. and provide specific articles about each subject to further your knowledge in these areas.
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:
- Is Pinterest right for your business?
- If so, how can I use Pinterest effectively?
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.