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12 SEO Trends Heating Up 2018

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On the off chance that your business isn’t exploiting utilizing SEO systems on its site, sites and online life pages, you’re feeling the loss of the vessel as far as positioning your business in web looks. Website design enhancement is a standout amongst the best approaches to guarantee your clients discover your business and purchase your items.

As straightforward as SEO can be to use, it is an always developing procedure that needs a decent understanding and a learning base of what is new or not too far off for positioning plans. This year is the same, as a few SEO patterns are becoming exposed that can enable your association to accomplish a best outcome in a Google look, giving your business an edge over your opposition.

SEO pattern or change that is affecting their work this year.

  1. Voice Search

Voice hunt will change how we make content. Profitable substance will have a more conversational tone that answers questions specifically. Creating content around a particular catchphrase pail will never again exist. It’s tied in with making content for searcher expectation. Web search tools can decipher setting with the goal that substance that answers an inquiry and contains data about a point will win. – Loren Baker, Foundation Digital

  1. Connection Worthy, Useful Content

In 2018, commitment will assume a significantly bigger job in making SEO progress by and large. Making join commendable, client driven substance that answers applicable inquiries and gives helpful data to prospects is crucial. Outline is another territory that will keep on being a point of convergence in accomplishing quantifiable outcomes inside natural pursuit on the web. – Bryan Shetsky, Lamark Media

  1. Secure Links (SSL)

Two or three years prior, Google declared that anchored site testaments (SSL) were beginning to affect the positioning of sites. As of late, we saw that programs, for example, Chrome are hailing destinations that don’t start with HTTPS as being possibly perilous. At $39/year, this is one of the minimum costly and least demanding fixes to help SEO positioning in 2018. – Ahmad Kareh, Twistlab Marketing

  1. Searcher Intent

Google’s attention on coordinating indexed lists to the remarkable expectation of a searcher’s question will most effect our SEO work this year. We currently should look past catchphrases and customary positioning components to comprehend the kinds of substance the web indexes consider significant for need terms. We’re additionally looking past the primary page to comprehend exceptional chances and dangers by vertical. – Nina Hale, Nina Hale, Inc

  1. Subdomain Versus Subdirectory

We as of late relocated our blog from a subdomain to a subdirectory in our root space. We have been perceiving how this can be advantageous for our root area to expand space specialist. We have likewise put the majority of our endeavors into our blog to not have the advantage of expanded perceivability for our best level space, or, in other words vital one over the long haul. – Martha Madero Gonzalez, GROU Crecimiento Digital

  1. Video SEO

An examination done by Cisco a year ago anticipated that by 2021, video will represent more than 82% of all shopper web movement. That implies in the following couple of years, video substance will by a wide margin outperform all types of other substance. Over that, YouTube is the second biggest web crawler on the planet. The huge chance to get your image before your prospects is making improved video content. – Marc Hardgrove, The HOTH

  1. Clash Of The Snippets

The greatest change is the extended Google SERP highlights. Notwithstanding accomplishing page one, top three rankings, we will likely have our customers be highlighted with extended diagram use, and additionally changed included bits. – Charles Kim, Executive Digital

  1. Website optimization Rich, Long-Form Content

We are composing all the more long-frame content in 2018. Content pages of 1,500 words or more are performing better in the web index rankings and drawing more natural activity than shorter pages. Studies demonstrate that clients remain on these pages longer and long-shape content gets more backlinks and social offers. Concentrating on evergreen subjects and fantastic composing is critical to progress. – Peter Boyd, PaperStreet Web Design

  1. The Power Of Social Media

While this may not be a surprising bit of information to many, it surely is to other people. Google and other web indexes are setting an apparently consistently expanding need on substance commitment crosswise over stages, making likes, retweets, offers and social snaps more essential than any time in recent memory. Guarantee you have a procedure that fuses internet based life and that you are posting content your group of onlookers will connect with. – Jacob Hanson, PR with Panache!

  1. Site Speed

While there have been various clues paving the way to it and we’ve been getting ready customers for it, Google has formally declared site speed as a positioning element. Clients need results and they need them quick. Site speed additionally drives higher transformation rates so it’s a speculation that can make pennies (see what I did there). – Jon Clark, Fuze SEO, LLC

  1. Portable Renaissance (Again)

The change from a work area based to a portable based Google file is up and coming, requiring responsive plan or better arrangement between substance on versatile and work area locales. Google authoritatively reported that page speed is a positioning component for versatile outcomes, making its AMP innovation all the more engaging. In conclusion, Progressive Web Apps will have more noteworthy help on iPhones, affecting versatile plan patterns. – Paul Shapiro, Catalyst, a GroupM and WPP Agency

  1. Multiplication Of Smart Devices

The one generally speaking thing I can consider is the expansion of keen gadgets like Alexa, Google Home and Apple Home Pod, notwithstanding the savvy aides on our gadgets like Siri and Google App. There is more common dialect inquiry and voice input going on, and it’s the manner by which one sets themselves up for SEO achievement in a voice-driven pursuit world. – Timothy Nichols, ExactDrive, Inc

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Differences between Users, Sessions, and Pageviews (and a Google Analytics Update)

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Last week, Google rolled out an update to their Analytics platform that impacts virtually all users.

You can now see all of your data for a profile (both app and web views) from within the same display at the same time. If you happen to have both app and web data in the same profile and would like to continue to see it separately, you can create a filter to show only the relevant data.

They also renamed many dimensions and metrics so they are the same across web and app view. For those of us who use GA on the web, Visits is now Sessions, Unique Visitors is now Users, and Pageviews are…well still Pageviews.

To help clarify any confusion, let’s talk about the difference between Sessions, Users, and Pageviews…just to make sure we’re all on the same page. Or pageview. Or whatever. 🙂

 

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THE STORY OF USERS, SESSIONS, AND PAGEVIEWS

Say I come visit your site on March 1. While I’m there, I visit your homepage, your about page, and your contact page. If I’m the only one to your site, here’s how your analytics profile is going to read:

Sessions: 1
Users: 1
Pageviews: 3
So I’m one user, I’ve created one session, and I’ve viewed three pages.

Now let’s pretend I come back to your site (using the same machine) on March 2. Again, I visit your homepage, about page, and contact page. Now here’s how your total will read (assuming no other activity on the site):

Sessions: 2
Users: 1
Pageviews: 6

A session “resets” by default after 30 minutes of inactivity or at the end of the calendar day. Because I came back to your site twice on different days, it’s going to register as two sessions. However, as long as I haven’t cleared my browser cookies and come back from the same device, it will still see me as one user. If however I look at your site on my desktop and then from my mobile, Google Analytics will likely show two users since (generally) it doesn’t do well tracking across devices.

Finally, pageviews just counts the number of webpages actually loaded. Every time someone loads a page on your site, it will show a pageview.

Pigeon: Search Engine Land’s Name For The New Google Local Search Update

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Last night, Google released a pretty significant local search algorithm update. Google told us there was no internal name for the update, but now that we see that it was fairly significant, we decided to give it a name: Pigeon.

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Pigeon is the name we decided on because this is a local search update and pigeons tend to fly back home.

When the Google Panda update launched, there was no official name from Google, so we named it the “Farmer” update. A few days later, Google told us they internally named it thePanda update. So we switched names from Farmer to Panda to avoid that confusion.

Since this update was nameless at Google, we named it the Pigeon update so that we have a name to reference in the future.

For more details on this update, see our story from last night.

10 Lies You Should Never Believe From SEO “Gurus”

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1. I Can Get You The #1 Position On Google.

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Why this lie continues to perpetuate, I’ll never understand. Hear this, and hear it well: no one can guarantee rankings on search engines. Except maybe Google, but you’re not Google, and neither is that guy you hired to work on your SEO.

Google’s Webmaster Guidelines state very clearly that you should be wary of SEO firms and web consultants or agencies that guarantee a #1 ranking on Google. Be very skeptical of anyone who promises you top positioning.

2. Every Industry Is The Same In The SEO World. I Don’t Need Specific Experience In Your Field.

This is in response to your question, “Do you have experience helping companies in my industry?”

Ideally, the SEO professional you work with will have expertise in your field. The truth is that all industries are not equal in the SEO world. Some, like business services, are much more competitive for top keywords — others, like manufacturing, are less competitive and therefore easier to dominate.

Unless you’re in a very small niche that no one will have experience in, keep looking until you find an SEO expert who has a proven track record in your field.

3. Duplicated Content Is Fine.

The person or firm you hire to help with SEO may or may not also be a content marketing expert. It helps if they’ve got skills in both areas, because content is essential to your SEO strategy.

No matter how awesome or well-written it may have been, re-posting an article you published elsewhere on your own blog is not a good idea. This is due to duplicate content filtering and the effects of the Panda 4.0 algorithm which launched a few weeks ago.

4. The More Links, The Better.

Just a few years ago, SEO “experts” would use many spammy tactics for acquiring links to their clients’ websites, and Google largely permitted it. Though it wasn’t officially allowed by Google, Google did nothing to penalize those who were doing it. And the sad truth is that those tactics worked extremely well. As such, SEO was mostly a popularity contest driven by the number of inbound links you had to your website.

Those days are gone, so don’t let anyone tell you differently. While the acquisition of inbound links is still an important part of any SEO strategy, Google has shifted their emphasis from quantity to quality. Large quantities of spammy inbound links can now harm your rankings — or even get you slapped with a manual penalty.

5. The More Keywords, The Better.

While keyword density (what percentage of the total copy of a page your keywords comprised) was a major buzzword a few years ago, the focus now is on using a variety of keywords and their variations (known as long-tail keywords) sprinkled naturally throughout the body copy.

“Naturally,” you will note, does not mean that every third word is that keyword. Don’t work with anyone who tells you differently.

6. I’ll Submit Your Site To Hundreds Of Search Engine Directories.

And you’ll be wasting my time. Yes, while you can submit your site to the major search engines, this will yield absolutely zero benefit. There are not hundreds of legitimate directories you want to be found on. Honestly, there never were. This tactic can actually trigger an unnatural link warning or penalty from Google, so stay far away from anyone who says they’ll do any link building or “submissions” on such a large scale.

7. My Techniques Are Too Complicated To Explain.

You may not be a tech head, but you are perfectly capable of understanding how someone you’re paying money to can improve the rankings of your site. In all honesty, it’s not complicated at all. Good SEO campaigns are the result of the successful melding of what I call the Three Pillars of SEO: Content, Links, and Social Media. Each pillar is not complicated nor difficult; it’s just a matter of having the resources to implement each, and the expertise to implement each according to best practices.

8. You Don’t Need To Worry About Google Algorithm Updates.

The truth is, we all need to at least be aware of them and how they change the industry. In general, if you’re practicing above-board SEO strategies that involve producing useful and relevant content in order to build your brand organically and naturally, you should be fine. But still keep your ear to the ground on what Google’s up to.

Here’s a handy resource for keeping track of each Google algorithm update, when it occurred, and what it changed: Google Algorithm Change History.

9. All You Need Is SEO.

No marketing plan will succeed if it’s focused on a single marketing discipline. Your website rankings can improve through your active presence on social media, consistent blog posts, and even your offline marketing efforts. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, but ensure that each piece of your marketing strategy maximizes your SEO benefits.

10. I‘ll Get Your SEO Fixed In A Month For A Flat Rate.

SEO is not a “set it and forget it” strategy; it needs ongoing attention. Remember that SEO does not happen in a vacuum. Your competitors are constantly working to improve their SEO, so if you stop doing so, you’ll fall behind. Certain one-time projects can be extremely beneficial, such as initial SEO website audits, link profile audits, and professional keyword research. But these should be treated as foundations and starting points of successful ongoing SEO campaigns.

Ultimately, you need someone who’s willing to work with your company for the foreseeable future and make recommendations for improvement as you go along.

Google’s New AdWords Editor Version Offers Shopping Campaigns Support, More Display Targeting Options

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Roughly a month ahead of the rollover to Shopping Campaigns, Google has released a new version of AdWords Editor that supports the new campaign type. Google announced the old style of PLA campaigns will be shut down at some point in late August.

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Note that support is limited to editing Shopping Campaigns that are already set up, so you’ll still need to create your new campaigns and product groups via the AdWords web interface.

Other updates for display advertisers include support for more audience targeting. Interest categories and in-market audiences are now available from the “Assign Audience” drop-down.

The “Targeting optimization” drop-down now includes “Aggressive”, “Conservative” and “Disabled” options for auto-targeting on Display Network campaigns.

The new version is now available for download, though the upgrade alert is not yet showing for everybody who already has Editor installed. Keep an eye out for that in the next day or so if you don’t see it yet. Update: Scratch that, Google says there will be no alert in AWE. You’ll need to download the new version this time.

If you are still working on setting up your Shopping Campaigns, check out these these articles for tips:

On-Page SEO Checklist

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Content

1 Content is original – copyscape checked?
2 Content is first published on your website?
3 Content has enough descriptive text?
4 Content is well researched with references?
5 Do you have a clear publishing strategy?

Pages Titles, description and formatting

6 Page titles are unique for each page?
7 Descriptions are unique and up to 150 characters?
8 Text is properly formatted using H1, H2, Bold, Italics?
9 Text is split into small paragraphs?
10 Font size is easy to read on small screens (tablets) as well?
11 Image size is optimized using smushit?
12 All images have alt tags defined?
13 Image filename is descriptive?

URL Structure

14 Permanent links use ‘-’ as separator ?
15 Website pages/posts are grouped into categories?
16 There is breadcrumb on all posts/pages?
17 There is an HTML User Sitemap?

Internal Links

18 Pages have internal links?
19 There is a ‘Related posts’ section at the end of each page?
20 Internal links use both keyword and non-keyword anchor text?

Speed and Authorship

21 Website scores more than 90% when checked by Google page speed insights?
22 Google Authorship is implemented for each and every post/page available on the website?
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SEO Techniques for Better Rankings

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2. Page titles, description and formatting

This is SEO 101 but very important as well. When search engines are reading your pages among the things they check includes the page title, the description of the page, the major headings and images. They do so because they need to understand what the page is all about and then based on other factors as well (off page SEO, domain authority, competition etc.), they will place your page in a position in their index.

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Page titles – Each page must have a unique title that will help both search engines and users understand what the page is about. A page with title “On Page SEO Tips” is better than a page with title “index.html”.

Descriptions – The page description is what the searcher will see in the search engine results page. So it has to be descriptive, up to 150 characters and unique for each page. It’s your opportunity to advertise your page and convince the searcher to click your link and visit your website rather than selecting one of the other links.

Formatting – A page needs to be properly formatted. Think of it like a report which needs to have a heading (h1) and sub headings (h2). Important parts of the report are highlighted with bold, underline or italics.

Do not just throw text on the page but make sure that it is readable as well. Besides the formatting practices explained above you also need to use a good size font (at least 12px) and split the text into small paragraphs (max 4-5 lines).

Images – Images are important but these should not increase the loading time of the website. Best practices for using images:

1) Use original images. If you need to use an existing image from the web you need to reference the source.

2) Optimise the size of the images – the smaller the size (in bytes) of the image the better. Use yahoo smush it to reduce the size of an image without sacrificing the quality.

3) Use ALT tag to describe the image – This helps search engines understand what the image is about.

4) Use descriptive filenames – Don’t just name your image ‘image1.jpg’ but try to use descriptive filenames, for example ‘Man doing push-ups’.

5) Use a Content Delivery Network – If you have a lot of images in a single page you can use a CDN service (from Amazon or Google) that will make your page load faster. In simple terms your images will be hosted and served by a number of servers and this speeds up the loading process.

You can also read my seo tips for beginners article for more examples of optimized titles and descriptions and for best practices about the use of images.

3. URL Structure

The URL structure is an important part of on-page SEO. Whenever I talk about URL structure, I prefer to split it into 4 major parts:

1) Permanent links – Permanent links are the URL’s of each page. Good URLs should be less than 255 characters and use hyphens to ‘-‘separate the different parts.

For example a good URL is:

https://onlinepagetraffic.wordpress.com/seo-tips-for-beginners/

A bad URL is:

https://onlinepagetraffic.wordpress.com/p?165 or

https://onlinepagetraffic.wordpress.com/seotipsforbeginners/ or

https://onlinepagetraffic.wordpress.com/123131/publish/data2/seo_Tips.html

2) Categories – Group your pages into categories to help users and search engines find what they want faster. It’s like having a warehouse with lots of uncategorised items versus a warehouse with all the items assigned to a dedicated category. You can have sub-categories as well but my advice is not to go over one level. For example a good category structure is:

Reliablesoft > Social Media > Facebook and not Reliablesoft > Social Media > Facebook > Tips

3) Breadcrumb – A breadcrumb is also important for all your pages because it allows users to navigate your website in a structured way since they always know where they are and how deep below the home page.

4) User Sitemap – One of your options in the main menu should be the User Sitemap. This is an html file that represents the structure of your website. Visit my sitemap for an example.

4. Internal linking

Linking to pages within your website is very important for SEO because:

1) It’s like building your own web: If you watch the nice tutorial by Google on how search works, you will see that the first step a search engine spider will do is follow the links they find. So when they arrive at your page, if you don’t have any other links within the text they will read your page and go but if you have links pointing to other pages within your website they will take those into account as well.

2) It’s a way to let search engines know about your other pages: As explained above when search engines find a page with links, they will go and read those pages as well so you can use this technique to tell search engines about pages of your website they have not yet discovered.

3) It’s a way to tell search engines which are your most important pages: Every website has some pages that are more important than others. Internal linking is one of the ways to pin-point the most important pages by sending them more internal links.

4) It’s a way to increase time on site – A user that is reading your post is more likely to click on a link to read more about a certain subject and thus increase both the time spend on your website and the number of pages per visit.

Best practices for internal linking:

1) Don’t use keywords only for your internal links

2) Add internal links when they are useful for your reader

3) No more than 7-8 internal links per page (this is my opinion and not based on any research or studies)

4) If applicable you can also use ‘related posts’ at the end of each post for internal linking

5. Speed and authorship

Last but not least, 2 SEO techniques that are becoming more and more important especially after the release of penguin 2.0 (or 4.0 as some people like to say it): Speed and authorship.

Speed: Google is investing a huge amount of money to make the web faster. In every Google I/O someone will talk about the importance of speed and their desire to include the fastest websites in their index. In order to ‘force’ web site owners to take speed into account they have officially added speed as one of the ranking factors.

So, we know for sure that web site speed does matter when it comes to SEO and ranking. As a webmaster your job is to make sure that your website loads as fast as possible by taking into account Google’s recommendations.

Google authorship: Google is preparing for the next generation of Search and their effort is to rank higher webpages written by people who have authority on the particular subject. One of the ways to establish authority is by correlating the content you publish on the web with your Google+ profile. Then depending on how many followers you have and who follows you, your ranking may change.

Google authorship is still at its early stages but it’s gaining ground fast so you have to create a Google+ profile and bind the profile with your content.