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April 8, 2017

Google: it is unlikely mobile-first index will launch by the end of the year

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Article written by : Internet Marketing Showtime

In November 2016 Google launched their first experiment with a mobile-first index. While there was no announcement, comments from Googler’s on the mobile-first index team indicated that they expect the launch to be towards the tail end of 2017. However, that does seem unlikely to happen now. At the Next10x conference, Garry Illyes from Google said: “that’s unlikely to happen, at least fully.”

The mobile-first index is the same Google index optimized entirely for mobile devices. With this index, Google will only index content for mobile devices and rank them accordingly. This way, a search on a mobile device is likely to be more context relevant. This index is supposedly going to use mobile metrics more heavily. Mobile design, responsiveness, page load speeds and navigation will all play a part. Sites that do not have a mobile site will see their desktop site ranked the same as before. However, there is a chance that sites with mobile content will rank higher.

This change had a lot of companies, webmasters and optimizers worried. Fortunately, with this delay, anyone who has not setup a mobile version of the website or has a re-design in the works has more time to complete the implementation.

With the majority of search traffic coming from mobile devices, a change in the index that so heavily favors mobile content could mean big changes to rankings.

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November 23, 2016

Running web apps on Microsoft Azure

wmseo NovThe most common use of the cloud is for running websites and applications. When it comes to Azure, this can be done with a virtual machine or as a web app. The virtual machine route will require administration and maintenance of the server. This is fine for a single server application, but this will become tedious at scale. This is where the web apps come in.

Web apps on Azure are a managed environment that does not provide access to the admin interfaces of the platform it is running on. Once a web app is up and running, it can be given more or less in terms of computing resources. Alternatively, to counter growth, additional instances can be started and stopped when required. Web Apps supports .NET, PHP, Node.js, Java and Python along with SQL Database and MySQL.

For applications that will need to support lots of users and automatically scale instances up and down, there is Azure Cloud Services. This is designed for scalable, reliable and low-admin applications and is perfect for Saas (Software as a Service) providers. Unlike web apps, these are VM’s which you can access but unlike the standard VM, the patching, updating, and restarts are handled by Azure.

It is clear which roles will be required for which type of application. However, for websites, unless there is a certainty, start with a web app and then proceed to migrate to cloud services should be requirement exist. Any server based role will likely need a virtual machine.

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September 23, 2016

Reasons why your e-commerce SEO is failing

wmseoOne of the sad realities of selling products online is that in order to succeed at e-commerce, you need to be good at or have good SEO. According to PracticalCommerce, approximately 80% of e-commerce stores fail. There are varied reasons for this, from poor marketing to poor image quality but one of the standout reasons is a lack of traffic. This is where a lack of SEO comes in. Here are a few of the SEO related reasons that your e-commerce store is lacking traffic:

Architecture

There is a general rule that every page on your store should be within three clicks of the homepage. In fact, the fewer the better. Some stores place product pages too deep within the structure to get any link value or clicks.

URL

Another issue is URL structure. Long and nonsensical URL’s should be avoided. They should be readable and not too long. An example of a bad URL would be http://www.site.com/en-gb/productid/a/144534 while a good page URL would look like http://www.site.com/phones/galaxys7. The same goes for category pages which should look like http://www.site.com/phones.

Duplicate Content

This is one of the easiest SEO concepts to understand but is something nobody seems to take seriously. Most e-commerce stores have plenty of duplicate pages. A prime example would be getting to the same product page with more than one link. These should be checked and cleaned up as soon as possible.

 

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September 10, 2016

Prepare for 2017 with these Trends

2017California search engine optimization strategies businesses can employ to catch the attention of click-happy searchers involve more than just selecting the right keywords and phrases. It’s just as important to be mindful of the latest SEO trends.

Social Media Content is King

Search engines will continue to place added weight on content posted to social platforms. Facebook has already embraced this trend with Instant Articles, which allows for faster access to relevant content.

Video Rules

California SEO should definitely include video since it’s what more than 60 percent of Google searchers look for already when browsing. Content with video also means a higher click-through rate — a boost of 40 percent, according to some estimates.

Local Matters

More than half of all mobile searches are conducted with the hopes of finding something local. Embrace this trend with geo-specific info in your content and make sure your business info is consistent and accurate in directories.

Mobile-Friendly Isn’t an Option

SEO efforts aren’t going to be effective if your site isn’t designed for the growing number of mobile searchers out there. Four out of five consumers already use smartphones to shop.

Long-Tail Keywords for Voice Searches

Don’t forget to account for voice-activated searches in your SEO strategy. Long-tail keywords are more effective for this purpose since people tend to use more than just one ore two words when speaking a search request.

While an effective CA SEO strategy should include some of the trends mentioned here, it’s also a highly personalized process that’s based on your specific short-term and long-term goals and factors such as your dependence on online revenue.


Sticky Web Media is a California SEO firm specializing in Web design and search marketing. Learn how to get your website to rank better at Sticky Web Media.

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August 9, 2016

An easy advanced SEO strategy for improving your inbound marketing

wmseoAs skills go SEO is easy to get started in but very difficult to master. The basics can be mastered in a few hours to a few days depending on how far you are willing to go. This will involve on page optimization, quality content, link building and social media management. These are all critical to a basic SEO strategy and will hold most sites in good stead.

Experience SEO practitioners on the hand will want to take it a little further. This is where some advanced SEO tactics come in. The good news is that there are plenty of those and here we will focus on probably the easiest and most bang for buck tactic: Site Speed.

This is probably the easiest to implement out of all the advanced techniques. The first thing to do is to set up a caching plugin for your CMS. Every popular CMS has one and is very easy to setup. You can also take it a step further and use a CDN to host your content worldwide but that can be costly and sometimes unnecessary. There are also free alternatives like Cloudflare. Compress and minify as much as possible, the smaller the files, the less the compression and caching will matter. Optimize the images as much as possible before uploading.

None of this will do you much good if your hosting provider is running slow servers or has poor internet connectivity. Compare good hosts and decide on what the best performance that is affordable.

As with any campaign, a little bit of tweaking goes a long way.

 

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July 26, 2016

SEO: Redirect rule changes

wmseoFor seems like forever, webmasters and seo professionals were hesitant to use redirects except in the most extreme cases. There was no real choice when it came to redirection so you did it knowing that there were going to be issues that could not be fixed quickly. Things have changed now but for the sake of illustrating the changes here are how redirects were handled until recently:

301 redirects lose about 15% of pagerank. This was confirmed back in 2013 by Matt Cutts when he explained that Google treated a 301 redirect the same way it treated a link.

302 redirects do not pass any pagerank at all. 302’s are supposed to be temporary redirects and as a result were not expected to last long.

HTTPS migrations result in a lot of pagerank losses due to the massive number of 301 redirects required. The bigger the site, the more pagerank was lost due to the compounding nature of internal links.

Now, Google has revealed the following changes:

Back in February in a Q&A about migrating a site to HTTPS, Google’s John Mueller announced that no PageRank is lost for 301 or 302 redirects:

“Do I lose “link juice” from the redirects? No, for 301 or 302 redirects from HTTP to HTTPS no PageRank is lost.”

This is largely seen as a move to encourage hesitant webmasters to move their sites to HTTPS.

Then Google’s Gary Illyes told the SEO world that Google doesn’t care which redirection method you use, be it 301, 302, or 307. Basically Google will figure it out and they all pass PageRank.
He went further recently and tweeted that 3xx (meaning all 300 redirects) no longer lose PageRank at all.

This move should greatly speed up the adoption of HTTPS now.

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June 30, 2016

How Mobile Affects SEO

smartphone-seoIf you run an online business, then you might be wondering how to implement an effective search engine optimization strategy so that you can get more targeted visitors to your website. But search engines are always changing their algorithms, and you must keep up with the latest trends if you want to rank well. A good search engine optimisation agency will tell you how the popularity of mobile devices impacts your SEO efforts.

Mobile Friendly

The goal of any search engine is to provide users with the best possible experience. Because more people are now surfing the web from their mobile devices than ever before, search engines favor websites that are mobile friendly. So, any search engine optimization agency will tell you to ensure you have a mobile version of your website when you want to rank on the first page of any search engine.

Efficiency

Many mobile devices have limits placed on how much bandwidth they can use in a given month. Websites that have a lot of graphics and videos can quickly cause mobile devices to reach their data limit. So, if you want the mobile version of your website to rank well, then you must take steps to ensure it does not consume too much bandwidth.

Final Thoughts

No matter how tempting, you must never overlook the importance of optimizing your website for mobile devices if you want your SEO efforts to pay off. A search engine optimization firm will help you stay informed about the latest mobile trends so that you can get the best possible results.


Sticky Web Media offers content marketing solutions. The Search engine optimization agency, based out of Los Angeles, is one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies.

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