Three Steps to a Better-Performing About Page

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Posted by AnnSmarty Somehow, many businesses I’ve come across online have one glaring problem in common: a very weak and unconvincing About Us page. This doesn’t make any sense in my mind, as the About page is one of the most important brand assets, and unlike link building and social media marketing, it doesn’t require any ongoing effort or investment. An About page is often part of a buying journey. It can drive people to your site and help convince them to deal with you. And, in these uncertain times , you can use it to help build trust in you and your business. Creating a solid About page is a one-time task, but it will boost both brand loyalty and conversions for many months to come. Why is your About page so important? It is often an entry page Whether you’re a business owner or blogger, your About page tends to rank incredibly well for brand-driven search queries (those that contain your name or your brand name). If nothing else, it shows up in your sitelinks: Or your mini-sitelinks: This means your customers will often enter your site through your About page. Is it making a good first impression to convince them to browse your site further (or engage)? Let’s not forget that branded queries have high intent, because people typing your brand name in the search box already know you or have heard about your products. Failing to meet their needs equals a missed opportunity. It is often a conversion trigger (and more) How often have you checked a business’s About page before buying anything from them? I always do, especially if it's a new brand I haven’t heard of before. Or maybe it’s not even about buying. Anytime someone approaches me with a quote or an interview request, I always check their About page. I refuse to deal with bloggers who don’t take themselves seriously. Likewise, I often look to the About page when trying to find a press contact to feature a tool in my article. On a personal level, I always open an About page to find a brand’s social media profiles when I want to follow them. A lack of a detailed, well-structured About page often means leaked conversions as well as missed backlinks or follows. It is an important entity optimization asset We don’t know exactly how Google decides whether a site can …

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The Secret Guide to VSEO: Video and SEO

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Since the Google Penguin and Panda updates, a lot of SEOs finally have realized that ranking a website in the long term is not just about building a large number of links. It’s also about creating high-quality content that will attract links naturally over time. However, one type of SEO that still is underutilized is VSEO: video search engine optimization. Although a lot of brands are incorporating video content into their overall online marketing strategies, most SEOs don’t place a high priority on it. Usually, they opt for creating various other types of content (e.g., infographics, images, written content, etc.). If used correctly, video can be an extremely powerful form of content and make a significant contribution to your overall SEO strategy, in more ways than one. Avoiding a Common Trap and Defining Your Goals Although the idea of producing a video might seem like a “nice” idea, it’s important …

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A Straight-Forward Guide to Funnel Optimization

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You’ve created a funnel, but it’s not working. Now what? If you thought you could set it and forget it, you’ve got another thing coming. That’s where funnel optimization comes in. Maximizing your conversion funnels can only happen when you experiment with each element of customer interaction, dig deep into the analytics and then optimize the design. Fortunately, you don’t have to test everything at once, but where should you start? In this article I’ll walk you through funnel optimization, including: Where you should start The most important interaction points to test The essential elements at those interaction points to test Different tests you can run. Let’s get started. 1. Create Google Analytics Goals Your first step to building a well-built online conversion funnel is to set up a goal in Google Analytics . If you don’t have this setup, then stop right now and go set this up. The …

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How Lead Generation Tactics Can Boost Your Link Building Results

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Posted by AnnSmarty How effective is your link building campaign? I bet your answer is “I wish it could be better.” Talking to business owners and executives on a daily basis, I have yet to meet one who would be satisfied with their link building strategy. Everyone needs links, yet they are getting harder and harder to get. The solution? Change your link building mindset. How link building is similar to lead generation In any business marketing strategy, we’re really interested in one thing: sales. Yet, if we keep focusing on that end goal, we won’t achieve much. A customer may need up to eight touchpoints before they finally make a purchase. If you only focus on that final sale, you’re missing out on all those extra steps that drive your customer to buy. It may sound obvious (so I’ll stop here) but the point I’m trying to make is: …

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8 major Google ranking factors — SEO guide

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The SEO community is always looking for new ranking factors and we have discovered over two hundred of them so far. But there may be hundreds more actually used by Google. Luckily, we don’t have to work on all of them. Most have very little weight in SEO and are often used as tie-breakers rather than ranking signals. Instead, here is the definitive list of Google ranking factors, each of which can make or break your search optimization strategy. 1. Backlinks Even though Google is planning to move away from backlinks in the future, they still remain the most important ranking factor for your pages. Except it is now too risky to use black hat SEO strategies — your links have to come from a variety of high authority websites that are similar to yours. Furthermore, some Google patents say that freshness and traffic may also be important backlink metrics. …

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8 major Google ranking factors — SEO guide

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The SEO community is always looking for new ranking factors and we have discovered over two hundred of them so far. But there may be hundreds more actually used by Google. Luckily, we don’t have to work on all of them. Most have very little weight in SEO and are often used as tie-breakers rather than ranking signals. Instead, here is the definitive list of Google ranking factors, each of which can make or break your search optimization strategy. 1. Backlinks Even though Google is planning to move away from backlinks in the future, they still remain the most important ranking factor for your pages. Except it is now too risky to use black hat SEO strategies — your links have to come from a variety of high authority websites that are similar to yours. Furthermore, some Google patents say that freshness and traffic may also be important backlink metrics. …

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The Step-by-Step Guide to Improving Google Rankings Without Getting Penalized

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Top Google rankings are a pinnacle of online business success. According to Backlinko , the first result on Google gets 31.7 percent of all clicks — while results on the second page receive just .78 percent of clicks. I’ve talked to a lot of business owners and managers – newbies and veterans – who have gone crazy trying to unlock the secrets of how to improve Google ranking without getting penalized. I wish I could tell you there’s a magic button that ranks your site #1 without fail. The truth is, it takes resourcefulness, dedication, persistence, and creativity. This is especially true because of the constantly-changing nature of Google’s algorithm. While there’s no magic, there are steps you can take to soar to the top of a search engine results page (SERP). I learned this the hard way. But luckily, you don’t have to. I’m going back to basics with …

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SEO Competitive Analysis for B2B — Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by Joyce.Obility In the B2B space, it's important to be realistic about who your competitors are. Keeping that rule in mind, in our last Whiteboard Friday episode before 2021, guest presenter Joyce Collardé of Obility walks you through how to conduct a competitive SEO audit, helping you address your improvement areas and surpass your competition in the SERPs.       Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi, Moz fans. Thank you for joining me today as we talk about SEO competitive analysis for B2B businesses. My name is Joyce Collardé. I am the SEO Supervisor at Obility. Obility is a digital marketing agency based out of Portland, Oregon, with offices in Austin and Boston and that specializes in B2B businesses. So I wanted to talk about SEO competitive analysis because it is a …

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How to Create a Useful and Well-Optimized FAQ Page

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Posted by AnnSmarty The golden rule of marketing has always been: Don’t leave your customer wondering, or you’ll lose them. This rule also applies very well to SEO: Unless Google can find an answer — and quickly — they’ll pick and feature your competitor. One way to make sure that doesn’t happen is having a well set-up, well-optimized FAQ page. Your FAQ is the key to providing your customers and search engines with all the answers they might need about your brand. Why create an FAQ page? Decrease your customer support team’s workload. If you do it right, your FAQ page will be the first point of contact for your potential customers — before they need to contact you directly. Shorten your customers’ buying journeys. If your site users can find all the answers without having to hear back from your team, they’ll buy right away. Build trust signals. Covering …

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Why You Should Audit Your YouTube Channel

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How do you ensure your YouTube channel is reaching the right audience and helping you achieve your marketing objectives? By performing a YouTube audit. With over 2 billion active users , YouTube is among the world’s most popular social media platforms. Roughly 73 percent of US adults have a YouTube account, which means it’s an excellent opportunity for marketers to generate new leads and promote content. But, if you want to make the most of this channel, you need to ensure your content is high-quality, targeted, and optimized. Why Your YouTube Channel Needs an Audit YouTube isn’t just a social media platform. It’s also a highly sophisticated search engine, just like Google. In other words, you need an effective YouTube search engine optimization or “SEO” strategy to maximize your chances of: Appearing in video search results Reaching the right audience Converting users into subscribers and, ultimately, paying customers If you’re …

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How to Get Google to Instantly Index Your New Website

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Do you want more organic search traffic to your site? I’m willing to bet the answer is yes – we all do! Organic search traffic is critical for growing your website and business. Some research claims around 53% of your site’s traffic can be attributed to organic search. But the stats don’t matter much if your site doesn’t show up in the search results at all. How do you get your new site or blog indexed by Google, Bing, and other search engines? Well, you’ve got two choices. You can take the “tortoise” approach – just sit back and wait for it to happen naturally, but this can take weeks or months. (Trust me, I’ve been there before – not fun.) Or you can make it happen now, giving you more time and energy to put towards increasing your conversion rate , improving your social presence — and, of course, …

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