Blog Archives: Search Engine Optimization

April 16, 2015: Late last year I wrote about important changes Google has launched for B2B marketers to be aware of (you can read that post here). Needless to say, Google continues to launch new functionality and change product offerings. In this blog post, I wanted to highlight eight key (and free) Google resources that B2B marketers should keep bookmarked for future reference.

Google AdWords Features History

Google AdWords Feature Announcements

The recent launch of Google’s AdWords Features History timeline was what prompted me to write this piece in general. With AdWords becoming such a significant part of many of our clients’ online marketing initiatives, keeping up to date on changes and enhancements is critical.

April 14, 2015: Google made an announcement explaining its mobile-friendly ranking signal will expand to cover a larger portion of search queries as of April 21, 2015. Google started using the “mobile-friendly” label in November 2014, so we can infer that the original rollout of the label has led to a positive user experience, ultimately facilitating the decision to have mobile ranking signals carry more weight in its algorithm.

mobile friendly label

In this post, I will walk you through what you need to know about the update and share how we have helped our B2B clients prioritize mobile initiatives and set expectations internally regarding the impact the update might have on organic traffic performance.

March 19, 2015: At the beginning of March, I was lucky enough to head out to California, where the sun was shining, there was no snow in sight, and oh yeah, SMX West was taking place.

While this was my fourth SMX West and ninth SMX overall, each conference experience is a little different and as search evolves and new things arise, I always come home with a ton of great information and really interesting tactics to test.

This year, I tried to attend some different sessions (those a bit outside of my usual space of content and link building) and I wasn’t disappointed. So without further ado, here are my top takeaways from SMX West 2015:

March 17, 2015: One of the significant discussions happening in the search community, and highlighted at SMX West earlier this month, is the evolving look of the search engine results page. There is rarely a classic, “ten pack” of organic search engine results when searching Google.

Evolution of Google SERPs

This change has become even more pronounced in the past few years, with the influence of several key factors.

First, and often through the webmaster integration of structured data, Google is able to provide a more detailed search result experience. Oftentimes, searchers will find everything from ratings to site-specific cross-links to supporting e-commerce information within individual organic and paid search engine results.

February 24, 2015: 6 Search Engine Marketing Tactics for Manufacturing and Industrial Marketers

A while back we detailed several tactics B2B manufacturers and distributors should consider when seeking to improve their visibility in search engines and social communities. It is encouraging to note that all but one of those tactics remains relevant more than half a decade later, albeit with a few modifications to specific steps or updated resources.

Those tactics in summary:

  • YouTube Integration
  • Trade Show Appointments
  • Generate Leads for Exports
  • Local Optimization (Office / Dealer Locations)
  • Leverage Technical Support
  • eBay As An Additional Channel

February 9, 2015: Multilingual Web TranslationIt is becoming more common for B2B organizations to offer website visitors content accessible in multiple languages. That doesn’t necessarily mean the organization wants to market to multiple countries either. Rather, an organization – particularly one based in a country outside the United States – will need to market their solutions to visitors using their native language and other languages in proximity of their country, as well as English potentially.

January 27, 2015: Late last year I touched on 3 ways SEO can work with social media initiatives. This time, I wanted to build on the concept of SEO working in conjunction with broader marketer efforts. In this post, I will cover how you can improve upon your SEO skills by asking certain questions to other members of your company.

Before I get started, take a look at the slide below from Rand Fishkin, which sums up a handful of the factors that can influence SEO today:

randfishkin SEO slide

January 6, 2015: It’s (fortunately) not a surprise that as the fourth quarter drew to an end, our team was (and still is) engaged in several discussions with prospects about SEO projects kicking off in the New Year. A few weeks ago, I prepared for three, back-to-back-to-back, preliminary sales discovery meetings.

One Size Fits All Products on Conveyor

As I reassessed those discussions, I thought about how different each program could be. Even though the broader goals and objectives appeared very similar at the start (traffic, leads, conversion improvements, etc), each meeting revealed vastly different tactical objectives, competitive environments, organization-specific resources, and ultimately scopes of work.

December 18, 2014: The best B2B online marketers are constantly integrating SEO into their organizations’ broader marketing initiatives. My colleague, Casie Gillette, has touched on a few ways to break down those silos and get your B2B search and social teams working together. You can find those resources below:

I wanted to do something similar while focusing specifically on how social media can tie into your link building initiatives, designed to improve SEO performance.

December 4, 2014: This April will be my 10th year in the search field. TEN YEARS! I know it’s hard to believe with how young I look (*cough), but it’s true. And in those 10 years, I have learned something new every year. Actually, I’ve probably learned something new every month. It’s why I love this industry.

So, as 2014 comes to a close and I look back on the year, here are a few things I learned about search, the industry, our business, and more.

1. Education is Still Needed

SEO Chalkboard

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