Posted by MiriamEllis
â€śShow your siteâ€™s credibility by using original research, citations, links, reviews and testimonials. An author biography or testimonials from real customers can help boost your siteâ€™s trustworthiness and reputation.â€ť â€“ Google Search Console Course
2017 may well be the year of testimonials and reviews in local SEO. As our industry continues to grow, we have studied surveys indicating that some 92% of consumers now read online reviews and that 68% of these cite positive reviews as a significant trust factor. Weâ€™ve gone through a meaningful overhaul of Googleâ€™s schema review/testimonial guidelines while finding that major players like Yelp will publicly shame guideline-breakers. Weâ€™ve seen a major publication post a controversial piece suggesting that website testimonials pages are useless, drawing thoughtful industry rebuttals illustrating why well-crafted testimonials pages are, in fact, vitally useful in a variety of ways.
Reviews can impact your local pack rankings, testimonials can win you in-SERP stars, and if that isnâ€™t convincing enough, the above quote states unequivocally that both reviews and testimonials on your website can boost Googleâ€™s perception of a local businessâ€™ trustworthiness and reputation. That sounds awfully good! Yet, seldom a day goes by that I donâ€™t encounter … Read the rest
Posted by Tom.Capper
Sampling is a process used in statistics when it’s unfeasible or impractical to analyse all the data that exists. Instead, a small, randomly selected subset is used to keep things manageable. Many analytics platforms use some sort of sampling to keep report loading times in check, and there seem to be three schools of thought when it comes to sampling in analytics. There are those who are terrified of it, insisting in unsampled versions of any report. Then there are those who are relaxed about it, trusting the statistical logic. And then, lastly, there are those who are oblivious.
All three are misguided.
Sampling isn’t something to fear, but, in Google Analytics in particular, it can’t always be trusted. Because of that, it’s definitely worth your time to understand when it occurs, how it affects your work, and how it can be avoided.
When it happens
You can always tell when sampling is being used, because of this line at the top of every report:
If the percentage is less than 100%, then sampling is in progress. You’ll notice above that I’ve produced a report based on more than half a billion sessions without any sampling … Read the rest
Posted by Mike_Arnesen
Structured data has never been more important than it is today. Weâ€™ll talk about why briefly below, but thatâ€™s not what this post is about. This post is about giving you a new tool to add to your semantic SEO tool belt. My goal is to empower you implement semantic markup and structured data with greater ease and enable you to architect a more robust and complete web of linked data on your website (and beyond).
Structured data is more important than ever
I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s an exaggeration. When Schema.org launched in June of 2011, search marketers gained access to an incredibly powerful tool: an extensive vocabulary, agreed upon by the worldâ€™s leading search engines, with which we could give our data meaningful structure.
However, there were two things holding us back from realizing the dream of a truly semantic web.
- The difficulty of actually implementing said markup on our sites.
- The markupâ€™s limited utility in actually achieving some kind of tangible SEO return on our investment.
Posted by MiriamEllis
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Why proper onboarding matters
Imagine getting three months in on a Local SEO contract before realizing that your clientâ€™s storefront is really his cousinâ€™s garage. From which he runs two other â€ślegitâ€ť businesses he never mentioned. Or that he neglected to mention the reviews he bought last year. Worse yet, he doesnâ€™t even know that buying reviews is a bad thing.
The story is equally bad if youâ€™re diligently working to build quality unique content around a Chicago clientâ€™s business in Wicker Park but then realize their address (and customer base) is actually in neighboring Avondale.
What you donâ€™t know will hurt you. And your clients.
A hallmark of the professional Local SEO department or agency is its dedication to getting off on the right foot with a new client by getting their data beautifully documented for the whole team from the start. At various times throughout the life of the contract, your teammates and staff from complementary departments will be needing to access different aspects of a clientâ€™s core NAP, known challenges, company history, and goals.
Having this information clearly recorded in shareable media is the key to both organization … Read the rest
Posted by SamuelScott
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No one cares about your company or product.
Unless your CEO is Steve Jobs or your product is Google Glass, very few journalists and bloggers are going to write about you directly, because they’re reluctant to give free press to for-profit businesses. Few people are going to share something on social media that will only help a corporation to make more money. To gain significant media coverage and launch creative campaigns that spread through the Internet, companies usually need to insert their brands into larger stories.
In this post, I will help readers to do exactly that by detailing nine of the traditional publicity strategies that PR executives have developed over the past century. The point to remember:
Successful creative publicity campaigns can lead to countless new customers, sales, leads, social followings, and backlinks.
(Just see this recent study by Moz and Frac.tl that Kelsey Libert posted on the Moz Blog!)
By the end of this extensive post, readers will learn the answers to these questions:
- What is Promotion as part of the Marketing Mix?
- What specifically is publicity within the Promotion Mix?
- When should marketers use publicity campaigns?
- What is