New Ways To Approach SEO in 2019

Search engine optimization (SEO) has changed a lot since its humble beginnings. It’s a method of gaining free organic traffic from natural search results on prominent search engines like Google, who dominates the search market, Bing, and Yahoo. The primary search results along with local listings and videos appear on the search engines ranked according to what the engine deems most relevant to its audience.

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SEO has so many more uses than it started with and it hasn’t yet reached its full potential. Whether it’s connecting family members who are scattered about the globe or helping large corporations market their products and services, search engine optimization can be used for an impressive number of tasks and we haven’t discovered all of them just yet.

As for SEO in 2019, it’s an exciting time with artificial intelligence (AI), enhanced customer … Continue reading

Ad Fraud: Brand War Against Bots

Ad fraud on apps and the web is an endemic problem. Advertisers, publishers and agencies are engaged in a war against digital ad fraud bots. In a reaction to ad frauds, recently P&G cut $140 million and Chase slashed the number of websites carrying their advertisements by almost 99% without experiencing any change in business outcomes.

Ad fraud is the practice of serving digital ads that have zero chance of being seen by a human user or are intentionally misrepresented. Nonhuman, or bot, traffic use tactics like rotating user agents, random proxies to generate fake pageviews and fake clicks, even fake form submissions and, more for paid ad impressions. In 2018, nonhuman fraud traffic in digital advertising is estimated to cause losses of around 19 billion U.S. dollars to advertisers worldwide. Continue reading “Ad Fraud: Brand War Against Bots”

Prepare Now For Voice Commerce

There is a debate raging about whether a new economic revolution has started without the masses realizing it. And people are voting with their dollars and their voices: the new economic trend that is quietly gaining traction is voice commerce. This trend makes use of a software application on smart speakers, all mobile phones and is commonly used on commercial websites. It lets people use their voices to order products and services instead of the mouse or the keyboard. Some of the voice commerce platforms come replete with sophisticated voice recognition capabilities and are able to process complex sentences and responses.

A Growing Trend

While one study showed only 2% of people who own Amazon Alexa have used the smart speaker to make a purchase using their voice, others show more than 35% of respondents had made a purchase using a smart speaker. And with about 21.9% of the internet … Continue reading

6 Major Elements Of An Expertly Designed PPC Landing Page

PPC is short for pay-per-click, wherein advertisers have to pay a publisher, like Google, a given fee each time someone clicks on their ad. These ‘Sponsored Ads’ are displayed on the search engine results pages whenever a user does a search for their relevant keyword(s). The idea is to leverage PPC ads to drive targeted search engine traffic to an optimized PPC landing page and prompt an action. These specially designed landing pages have strong call-to-action and inspire the visitor to click on the CTA button to take specific actions such as Buy Now, Subscribe, Email Us, Call Today, etc.

Over 60% of users with the intent of purchasing a product find PPC ads most relevant to their search and are more likely to click on it instead of organic search results. Users reaching your landing page by clicking a paid ad are 50% more likely to click on your … Continue reading

Rank Higher In Search Engines With Paid Search Advertising

As the web continues to grow, an increasing number of websites compete for the same digital real estate on search engines and they compete using search engine marketing tactics (SEM) that can be either paid or organic. A well optimized website can help your business to rank high in organic searches and appear on the first page of search engine results, but organic search tactics are rigid and you can’t control how far or how fast your website will move up in the rankings. This is why a website can benefit immensely from paid search advertising. It is only through an effective paid search strategy using a variety of tactics, that a website can gain adequate exposure to the right people at the right time with the correct messaging. This is because with paid search you have the flexibility to pivot and make continual changes to impact search results. Read on to learn more about paid search ads and gaining exposure from active potential customers/clients searching for your business or products/services.

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Ad Extensions: Introduction – Getting the Most Value out of Your Marketing Dollars

Ad Extensions: Introduction – Getting the Most Value out of Your Marketing Dollars

It’s no secret that the first step in converting customers is to drive prospects to your website. To do cost effectively through paid ads it is essential for you to ensure your ads are not only relevant to the person’s needs but also that your ads stand out from your competitors.

Historically, the only option available to accomplish this goal was a 70 character written description. Today, the description is not enough. If you perform a query for most any product or service, you will notice that other than promotions, pricing, or years in business, most ads to not contain anything that is truly unique.

Even when companies create ads that offer something unique and valuable to their prospects, this message is often overlooked as the ads themselves blend in with the all the other ads. … Continue reading

Google Authorship Removed… But Why?

From time to time, LocalDirective team members will share their views on a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, Mark discusses the recent change to Google’s search results.

What happen to the little photos in the Google search results? Josh Mueller, a Google webmaster rep, announced that Google was doing away with the authorship photos. In his short post (see here) he reasoned that Google was trying to make search results consistent across devices and photos basically clutter up the search results. Understandable.

What‘s the real reason Google removed the Authorship photos?

While I do believe Google is always making an attempt to improve search results for users, at the end of the day, I think it’s possible that the photos were drawing too much attention. Yes attention. Attention from Google’s Ad platform Adwords (of course this is all speculative).

Adwords may not be as popular as … Continue reading

5 TED Talks Every Business Leader, Entrepreneur and Creator Should Watch

Before I ever watched a single TED video (or even knew what it was), I saw huge red and black TED banners, draped on the street lights in Downtown Long Beach. I was on my way to the gym, and told myself, I’d Google it when I returned home. Well I forgot about TED and about a month later, a friend sent me a link to TED.com, and told me to check it out. And I’m glad I did. TED in a word is Awesome.

I get to consume the best ideas in the world, ideas that in some cases have taken a lifetime to develop. And I have the opportunity to act on those ideas or build on them and create something new. This is the stuff businesses are made of. The great business thought leader Peter Drucker once said, “…business enterprise has two–and only two–basic functions: marketing … Continue reading

Don’t Believe Everything You Read – How Quality Scores Impact Adwords Campaigns. Part 2

In my last article, I talked about the flawed logic regarding Google Adwords Quality Score (QS) that some writers were presenting in articles. To summarize, many writers were stating that the QS was not only unimportant and should be ignored, but that the QS didn’t impact the cost advertisers were paying. I pointed out the errors in their logic and provided you with insight into what exactly QS is and how a higher QS could save you money.

As promised, this article will focus on giving you suggestion on how to increase your QS without you having to obsess over it. The QS shouldn’t be looked at as the magic pill that will lower the cost, but as a leading indicator of potential red flags or that you are moving in the right direction. It definitely is important, but shouldn’t be obsessed over.

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read – How Quality Scores Impact Adwords Campaigns. Part 1

Over the last couple months, I’ve seen several articles, from various sources, alluding to or even bluntly stating that the Google Adwords QS (Quality Score) should be completely ignored because it was meaningless. Since I strongly disagree with this sentiment and the logic behind the writers’ opinions did not make any rational sense, I simply dismissed these articles and went on with my day.

Recently, however, someone whom I greatly admire as an extremely intelligent business person forwarded me one such article and requested my thoughts. That made me realize these articles can be misleading and this type of information could result in the most savvy business people potentially making bad decisions.The purposes of this article is to provide you with suggestions on how to critically evaluate the logic in articles pertaining to Adwords QS using a recent example of an article from Search Engine Watch. In my next … Continue reading