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The History of SEO {INFOGRAPHIC}

SEO has played a large role in online marketing over the years, we take a look back at over two-decades worth of development since the World Wide Web was created.

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Google Pigeon increases businesses visibility in directories

So on the 24th of July, Google rolled out another new algorithm update, this time affecting local searches.  The algorithm update, aptly nicknamed "Pigeon"  by Search Engine Land, has been created to give more accurate searches for local businesses, giving businesses better visibility in organic search. So why has this update happened?

Well, local listings will now be set out in the results section, similar to where you'd expect a website to be, with less favouritism being placed on "Google my business". There has been a lot of speculation over why Google have released this update, most believe that it was due to Google's own directory "My Business" appearing higher in Google rankings than other online directories, even when people include the directory in with the search of the business.  This was commonly known as the "Yelp problem" as Yelp noticed that there search prominence had dropped with the integration of Google places in 2012, it was thought that Google may be manipulating rankings so Google places appeared higher (bad Google).   

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Google, Pigeon, Update, Algorithm, Seo

5 ways take advantage of the Panda 4.0 update

I briefly touched on the recent Google Panda update in my last blog, so I thought I'd give you a better insight into what's changed and how this will affect your website performance.

Google rolled out Panda 4.0 in May of this year, but what is Google Panda? Well, Google Panda is an algorithm Google uses to rank websites, ranking higher quality sites and improving overall user experience. So what's changed and how will this affect your SERP (search engine ranking performance). Well, the update is mostly centred around having quality and original content on your website, but there are other areas that it has affected.

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Google, Panda, Seo, Serp, Update, Search Engine1 Comment

The Dark Side of SEO: 6 Black Hat Techniques to Avoid

What is a black hat technique? Well there are two types of techniques when trying to improve your search engine rankings. If we use a star wars analogy white hat techniques are the light side, ways of improving your search engine rankings while adhering to search engine rules/policies and focusing on a good user experience. Black hat techniques are the dark side, ways of improving search engine rankings in an unethical manner, often breaking search engine rules and not focusing on the user's experience because you are trying to manipulate website rankings.

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Seo, Black Hat, Dark Side, Google, Search Engine, Rankings1 Comment

Outsourcing vs. In-house Marketing: What's right for your company

With the pace at which marketing changes, as a marketer you have to adapt very quickly to match changing trends. There's a lot to consider, I like to imagine a person spinning plates, rushing from one to another, sweating profusely. Trying to manage SEO, PPC, web development, PR, social media, blogs, branding, design, print media (the list goes on), all at once is a very hard task to undertake, one that should not be taken light heartedly. The debate is, do you manage all this in-house or do you outsource the work? There is no straight answer, there are a number of variables to consider, no one company's situation is the same and what works well for one may not work well for another! We are going to try and help you reach a decision, in the least biased way possible, highlighting the benefits and pitfalls of both, when compared to different variables of your business!

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Marketing, Outsourced Marketing, In-house Marketing, Seo, Ppc, Social Media, Content, Blogs, Cost, Size Of Company, Adwords, Marketers, Business

9 reasons your business should utilise social media

Social media, since its conceptualisation, has skyrocketed to be as important to some people as breathing, with a staggering average of 13 minutes an hour being spent checking it in the UK. As a business, if you’re not taking advantage of some form of social media, then you’re missing out a key element of your online marketing strategy. Not convinced? Here are a few more statistics to mull over:

  • There are 1.4 Billion users on Facebook, 500 Million+ on Twitter, 500 Million+ on Google +, 238 Million+ on LinkedIn and 130 Million+ users on Instagram. Not only this, YouTube receives 1 Billion unique monthly visitors.
  • 4.2 billion People access social media via a mobile device.
  • The leads that social media generates is almost double that of leads generated by trade shows, mail, ppc, and telemarketing.
  • 46% of web users say social media is key to making purchase decisions.
  • 80% of customers prefer to connect with brands via Facebook.
  • 70% of marketers have successfully gained new customers from the use of Facebook

These stats might be nice to look at, but I’m sure you want the reasoning as to why so many businesses and marketers are utilising social media. Well here are 9 for your deliberation:

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Social Media, Seo, Marketing, Business, Brand Awareness, Brand Loyalty, Word-of-mouth, Engagement, Mobile, Market Research, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Youtube, Communication, Google+, Instagram1 Comment