Breaking Down Page Speed Events For SEO Gain

PageSpeed Vs Time to First Byte

It’s important to get clear the value of changes in terms of SEO impact before allocating in-demand tech time to work on fixes. To throw up just one example: if your page returns in less than one second what impact will fixing render-blocking CSS have on absolute page load times?


Google Analytics Now Separates Brand And Non-Brand PPC Traffic

google-analytics-600 Brand and non-brand paid search terms typically perform very differently and most paid search teams analyze these sets of keywords separately. To make this task easier, Google has added a handy feature to Analytics that automatically segments brand and non-brand, or generic, paid search terms into distinct channels. No more building custom segments or filter strings. Analytics makes assumptions about which keywords are brand terms based on factors such as click-through rate, text string and domain name and buckets them in the Brand Paid Search channel. Non-brand terms are grouped under [...]


Now You Can Apply AdWords Conversion Settings To Goals Imported From Analytics

new-google-adwords-logo The ability to import goals from Google Analytics into AdWords just got even more useful. Now you can tailor them to your paid search objectives by adjusting the conversion settings on each imported Analytics goal and transaction within AdWords. Flexible conversion counting, customized conversion window and editable conversion values can now be applied to any goals and transactions imported from Analytics. Conversion windows can be set between 7 to 90 days. Flexible conversion counting gives advertisers the option to count unique conversions only or every conversion action that occurs [...]


Using Campaign Tracking To Measure Link Building Success

google-analytics-600 Ask any SEO what the most difficult, confounding and valuable part of optimization is, and you'll invariably get a consensus: link building. Even the term "link building" has become so controversial that many marketers are shying away from it in favor of "content marketing" or "online PR." Marketers know to log, track and report on the volume of links they are creating over the course of the campaign, but very rarely do they consider the future business implications of these links. Since externally-placed content (like guest blog posts) now must be highly authoritative and highly relevant, [...]


SEO Plus PPC Equals SERP Real Estate, Content Glue & ROI

hairy_ideas Most marketers would agree that to be competitive, we do not operate in an either/or environment. It’s not a choice between either SEO or social, or SEO and PPC. It’s a requirement that we understand how these channels work together to impact one another, and a website’s ability to stay afloat in the growing search results. The surge in content marketing, including the focus on organic content and social media as a pair has perhaps taken some focus away from the synergy that SEO and PPC have together. The numbers don’t lie. Brands are still heavily investing in PPC – and man [...]


Keylime Toolbox And Moz Analytics Debut “Not Provided” Data Recovery Solutions

not-provided-600 Today, two companies announced new solutions to help solve the "not provided" problem that leaves SEOs in the dark about the search queries that lead users to their sites. Moz has added a new report to Moz Analytics, and Keylime Toolbox is a new company offering SEO Analytics Software that helps recover "not provided" data. Start-up Keylime Toolbox was founded by Vanessa Fox a former Googler who helped build Google Webmaster Tools and most recently sold her previous search analytics software, Blueprint, to RKG. Keylime Toolbox pulls in Google Analytics and aggregated, de-duplicated Google W [...]


Deliver Transformational SEO Performance With Simple Techniques

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I find huge value in big site analysis, as the subtleties of prioritisation can have multi-million dollar impact for a business. This analysis can be informative about approaching a new SEO strategy for any site, and reveal a few truths about the true value of a number of SEO techniques.


6 Steps To Boost The Profitability Of Your SEM Acquisition Program

cpaclvwee Imagine that your job is to stand outside a barber shop and bring in new customers. If a businessman with shaggy hair comes walking by, you give him a big wave and a hello. If a bald man walks by, not so much. This analogy is used by Google AdWords to describe its Enhanced cost-per-click (ECPC) feature. The feature is intended to identify auctions that are more likely to lead to conversions -- and to automatically raise bids to "work harder" for those sales. It's a powerful concept, and one that has understandably gained traction in the SEM community. Imagine if you could take this logi [...]


The Aftermath: Clarifications & Expert Reactions To Google’s Move To Secure Paid Search Queries

no-keywords-not-provided-featured Yesterday, Google announced it is expanding secure search to clicks on paid ads. The change means that the search query a user typed in before clicking on an ad will be dropped from the referrer string in the URL and won't be passed to analytics or other software other than AdWords. The move is aimed at bringing parity to the treatment of search query referrer data from search ad clicks and organic clicks, which have had search query referrer data stripped from all Google secure search queries since last year. This Not A Huge Disruption As Jeremy Hull, director of bought media at iProspec [...]


Marin: If Google Applies “Not Provided” To PPC, Paid Search Management Platforms Will Still Work

no-keywords-not-provided-featured Yesterday, we reported that it seems likely Google will soon stop passing search query data on paid search clicks, as it already has for clicks on organic search results. With the news came questions -- among them whether paid search management platforms such as Marin, Acquisio and Kenshoo would be done in by such a change. In response, Matt Ackley, CMO of Marin Software has issued the following statement clarifying that its capabilities -- and those of most other paid search platforms -- would not be affected if Google does opt to keep search query referrer data from passing through on pa [...]


Report: Google To Block Paid Search Keyword Data With Not Provided; Like Organic “Not Provided”

keywords-not-provided-featured There are reports we are receiving from a few sources, including AJ Ghergich who posted it on his blog, that Google will soon stop passing keyword data to analytics software, even for AdWords advertisers. We expected changes to not provided in the near future, and based on these reports, the likelihood of advertisers being stripped of keyword data is high. When Google moved to secure search in October 2011, it was a major setback to publishers, who began losing data about the keywords used to reach their sites. That opened up Google to claims of hypocrisy, in that advertisers continued t [...]


Google Makes Linking AdWords Accounts Easier With New Bulk Linking Feature

google-analytics-featured Today Google announced a new bulk linking feature that allows Google AdWords account users to link all of their accounts with a quick click of a button. Google said the new "linking wizard" will be available to anyone who has access to an AdWords MCC (client center) with multiple AdWords Accounts. To use the new feature, users must log into their Analytics account and click on the "AdWords Linking" section in the Property column of their Admin page. From here, users can link any of their AdWords accounts by marking "X" in front of the account: According to Google, the new "linking [...]


Manual Spam Action Revoked! A Case Study

road-to-recovery-featured Checklists of how to get out of a Google penalty abound. Five things you should do, five things you shouldn't do, etc. But the number one thing you shouldn't do is ignore it. I want to tell you the story of a two-year long penalty, the steps we took and how something we never thought would work… finally did. No Impact On Organic Traffic The client was a purveyor of a highly competitive retail product -- one of the top in the world, with over 10 million visits per month. Back in July 2012, the client received the first notice that there were "unnatural links pointing to the site." But the c [...]


AdWords Mobile App Download Campaigns Get Deeper Reporting In Google Analytics

adwords mobile app download ad This week, Google added new reporting available for mobile app campaigns in Google Analytics. By linking AdWords and Google Analytics accounts and enabling auto-tagging, mobile app advertisers will be able to access more detailed performance reports about their campaigns in Google Analytics. New reports on mobile app campaign performance include day parts, destination URLs and keyword positions. They'll be found in Google Analytics under the Acquisition menu for Google Analytics App Views over the next few days. The reporting applies to both display and search campaigns. Advertisers wil [...]


EU Wants More Search Concessions, Google Defies French Authority

Google Europe Round and round she goes. The European Commission is seeking a final round of "concessions" from Google in an 11th hour effort to settle potential antitrust claims against the company. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia made public statements asserting that Google needs to deliver additional, revised proposals within weeks to avoid a formal antitrust proceeding. What we have now is a kind of high stakes game of chicken. For well over a year there has been a very public back and forth between Google, the European Commission and Google's rivals, who object to the various proposals [...]


Traffic: How To Analyze Quantity Vs. Quality

google-adwords-featured1 Google has released some great traffic-boosting campaign types over the last year, such as dynamic search ads and product listing ads (PLAs). While it's great to be bringing in this additional traffic year-on-year, it's important to analyse this traffic increase against Analytics metrics to ensure that the quality of your traffic is also improving. Are You Checking Your Year-On-Year Data? It is easy to get distracted with week-on-week and month-on-month data, but you really should be looking at the bigger picture and seeing what's going on year-on-year. If you're not sure how to go about che [...]


Designing Analytics Dashboards From Google Webmaster Tools Keyword Data

Google Webmaster Tools - Facebook Featured Ever since Google made the move to encrypt all searches, marketers have been searching for alternative ways to glean keyword referral data -- and many have turned to Google Webmaster Tools (WMT) data as a replacement source. To be clear, the data from Google Webmaster Tools is limited. You can only see your top 2000 terms, your data only goes as far back as 90 days, and the information is related to user interaction with the SERPs rather than with your site. But, while you can't use WMT data as a true replacement data source for keywords, you can use it as a proxy. In my article on Ma [...]


A Mature Digital Marketing Industry Provides SEO Opportunity For Small & Ambitious Businesses

Localisation Opportunities for Small Business & Large Alike

As we are approaching the end of the year, I thought it would be worth reviewing 2013 from the perspective of a UK based SEO with a diverse range of multinational clients and what opportunities lie ahead for all things SEO.


Uncloaking Keyword-Specific Organic Traffic To Your Site In The Not Provided Era

no-keywords-not-provided-featured Google recently released news that it is now moving to encrypt all organic search activity. This means that analytics programs will no longer be able to report on keyword terms that drive organic traffic from Google, instead noting the data as being "not provided." This could be devastating to marketing managers and webmasters who rely heavily on this search data to determine ROI on their organic campaigns. With the data obfuscated from analytics programs, many feel that the organic search marketing channel has been stricken from the record as a legitimate marketing channel. This data o [...]


5 Conversion Tracking Tips For AdWords

google-adwords-square-logo Last month, I covered how to use call tracking for AdWords to shed some light on how to track phone calls as conversions. This month, I'd like to continue in that vein and share some more tips for tracking and optimizing by conversions, whether they are of the call or online variety. When I first joined Google in 2002, conversion tracking didn't even exist in AdWords until I helped build it. So it gives me great pleasure to see how much more advanced it's gotten since those early days of PPC. 1. Automate Bidding Based On Call Data Shortly after I wrote about the complexity of counting the [...]


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