Twenty percent of searches in Google’s mobile apps and on Android are voice searches and many of us talk to smart speakers and similar devices every day. Seventy-one percent of smartphone users in the 18-29 age group use mobile personal assistants. In 2017, there were an estimated 33 million voice-first devices in use. Search engine … Continue reading "Voice Search: SEO in the Age of Conversational Interfaces"
On 1st August 2018, Google announced a broad search algorithm update, which lead to a frenzy of SEO communities and forums reporting of ranking and traffic fluctuations. Whilst Google updates its algorithm on pretty much a daily basis, this was considered a significant update and the third main update this year. In fact, some SEO … Continue reading "Key Takeaways from Google’s Latest Algorithm Update"
It’s an exciting time for us, a new beginning with a tool that we’ve grown (and grown together with) for the past 5 years. After some consideration, we came to the conclusion that the core concept of AWR Cloud deserved a new approach that would bring it closer to how SEO and marketing are being … Continue reading "Advanced Web Ranking – New Release"
Before going into why a hacked website is bad for your rankings (and your business as a whole), it’s important to understand and ask why hackers hack in the first place. Hackers can exploit website vulnerabilities (or create their own entry points) for a number of reasons, ranging from someone looking for an ego boost … Continue reading "Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Your Website Security Anymore"
As search engine algorithms and SEOers get increasingly sophisticated, the human experience becomes more and more the centerpiece of the search experience on the web. And that’s a good thing. New tech isn’t groundbreaking tech unless it adapts to real needs in the user experience. It’s not about tricking robots anymore – it’s not about … Continue reading "How to Optimize for “Searcher Task Accomplishment”"
Google has rolled out a new security standard this month, and site owners, as well as SEO experts, may notice a significant dip in their search ranking if they don’t make changes to their site now. With the new Google Chrome 62 update, the search engine will mark any HTTP page that contains a form … Continue reading "Update Your Site Before Google Chrome 62 Kills Your Rankings"
In the San Francisco area, beta testing of the Google Guarantee program has been launched for some service providers and contractors. The idea is that Google wants to show consumers the best results. And by “best” they mean legit. Towards the end of 2016 it was reported that locksmiths and plumbers in San Francisco were … Continue reading "Is the Google Guarantee a Direct Competitor to Existing Review Sites?"
Research from W3Techs suggests that more than half (54.4 percent) of all websites on the Internet use Google Analytics, including popular sites like YouTube, Tumblr, Reddit and even WordPress. Google Analytics offers in-depth traffic analyses on a wide variety of metrics, but in my experience, one of the most telling is direct traffic. Here’s what … Continue reading "The Value of Direct Traffic in Google Analytics and How to Report on It"
Getting ranked in major search engines is all about making those search engines happy. You want Google to see you making efforts to give your users the best possible experience, and in turn reward you for those efforts. In a perfect world, this call-and-response style of search engine optimization (SEO) happens flawlessly. Of course, we … Continue reading "How to Find Crawl Errors with Google Search Console"
Despite the link-baity headline, don’t get me wrong, I friggin’ love Google. I’ve been drinking their Kool-Aid for over ten years. There are only two things I really enjoy in life: SEO and spending time with my family. OK, I like fishing too, but it really isn’t about that. I am writing this post to … Continue reading "Five Ways Google Breaks Its Own SEO Rules"