Yearly Archives: 2016

13 SEO Features that can Improve your Product Page Ranking

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With increasing digitalization, online shopping is getting more popular, everything you need from grocery to personal care is now just a click away. But, with the increasing demand, competition is also increasing. Hence, it is very important to know that how your business is doing in this competitive scenario and how can you improve your page ranking. 

We have brought you 13 SEO features that High Ranking Product Pages have in common. To improve your page ranking you can practice these features.

1. Short and appropriate URL with keywords describing product

Avoid long URLs, rather than long URLs use short and simple URLs for the page. Don’t use unnecessary content which the consumer don’t need to know, use good keywords describing the product that can help search engines to suggest your website to the searchers. It is necessary to check how your URL looks when shared. The shared URL should look simple and clear for users to understand. Also, sharing long URL many times breaks the link resulting in showing error 404. 

2. Your Title Tag should be related to product and its specification

A title tag is one of the crucial element in search engine ranking, so it is essential to choose your title tag that can be optimized. If you want a perfect title tag, include keywords citing Brand Name, Product Name, Specification e.g. Size, Unique Feature e.g. Light Weight, Part Number, Application.

Consider following tips while optimizing title tags:

  • Avoid duplicate words
  • Your URL text should be clear and visible
  • Your important keywords should be mentioned in early 65 characters 
  • Don’t include your company’s name or website name in the tag

3. Mobile Friendliness 

Your site needs to be either responsive for mobile devices or it must have a mobile counterpart like AMP. It is found that more than 50 percent of customers are using their mobile phones for online shopping . So, if your product is not mobile friendly you are already losing half of the customers. Also, mobile friendly sites have higher ranking on google.

You can review your site on Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test to know how friendly your website is,  it will test one page at a time as it identifies other issues as well. 

4. Having Site Search is must

Site search feature is commonly found in most of the e-commerce websites and very importantly in every successful e-commerce site. It indicates about your business and on what platform you are working. Site search has benefits like you get to know what your customer is looking for. And the keyword data can be beneficial for optimizing your customers’ experience and can also help you in developing a strong keyword research. Other benefits are that site search grants you a search box in google’s organic search results, benefiting customers as well as you, having search site reduces competition from rival sites, as it gives your site more screen in the search results.

5. Post Unique Product Description and Attractive Images

To boost your search results, post unique descriptions and attractive images of your product. Many times online sellers post descriptions and images provided by manufacturers, which he shares with other clients as well. So create your original content as search engine detects duplicate content and avoid showing it to the users.

You can increase your website ranking using image optimization. You can upload a smaller size image with a link to a larger pop-up version, this will speed up your website’s page loading. Image optimization can increase traffic to your website from image search. 

6. Provide detailed specification of the product

A detailed specification about the product helps the customer in making  decision. Specifications include size, color, weight, dimensions, unique features, warranty details, link to product instructions and replacement of parts, etc. Don’t hide pricing from the customers make it visible and easy to find.

Including Q & A section on your website can be beneficial, many e-commerce websites are doing it these days. Q & A clears customers doubts and encourages them to buy the product. It also helps you to create customer-centric content on the page. 

7. Customer Reviews

Whenever someone is buying a product online, they surely check reviews given by other customers and many customers make their buying decision based on customer reviews. Hence, it is very important to display customer reviews on the product page. Also, reviews provide additional benefit by generating original content on the page.

Google scans your website reviews regressively, so make sure you follow google’s guidelines relating to reviews:

  • Reviews on your site must be generated by your site.
  • You must publish both the good and the bad reviews.
  • All reviews must be genuine, independent and unpaid. 
  • All the reviews are supposed to represent the specific product or location that is on that page not company wide or different location.

We have our own review widget which sits on your website and gets you positive reviews on Google, Yelp and Facebook. This widget filters negative reviews thus displaying positive reviews on your website which increases your brand authority.

8. Mark up Product Page with structured data

Marking up your content with the structured data will enable your website to generate a rich search result. You can use schema.org markup.  Marking up your content with Schema will provide you with Rich Snippets listing which is really attractive . You can also markup specifications of the product like color, size, etc. 

9. Pictures Create More Impact than Text, Videos create greater impact than picture

Visual content is the most powerful and easy way to deliver your message. You can tell the customers about the specifications of the product or can also give instructions. Either way, it is the most powerful content by far and utilizing it is a no brainer.  Other benefits of videos are that it exceeds the time duration a customer spends on your page as well as it reduces the bounce rates, both yields positive and good results.

But, posting videos on your page can result in more loading time so, use it wisely and wherever it is necessary or you think can have more impact. You can also use an image link which opens on an another page with the video, to reduce the loading time. 

10. Describe the Product in easy and simple way that customer can understand

It is very important that your customers understands and are satisfied from the product specifications and descriptions, because if your customers are not satisfied they may call up to clear it and make an order, or may not order, both will reduce your online sales. Design your website in a manner that it is easy to understand and is user-friendly.

11. It is Very Important to have a secure server

Your server has to be secured with a DV (Domain Verification) certificate. A secure server is important not only for scoring good rank but also, to attract customers and protect their safety. Google consistently warns the customers, whenever they connect to a non-secure website, this will result in losing customer’s trust. A secure site attracts customers.

12. Focus on Page Load Time

Page loading time plays a crucial role in search engine ranking. Customers prefer faster loading website. Google also wants sites to load within few second and that is not an easy task to achieve. It is recommended that your pages load within 8 seconds or faster than your competitor’s website. So implement measures that will ensure your website loads faster and avoid elements that can slower your website. 

13. Focus on Copywriting and Keywords

A strong content is  a must to attract customers towards your website. A copywriter has the ability to optimize the keywords and make a sales copy superior using  high traffic keywords.

If you are in need of Ecommerce SEO services for your website, please connect with us at sales@ebrandz.com or call 1-888-545-0616 directly to speak with our rep.

What Not To Do After A Major Google Algorithm Update

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Whenever Google makes some changes in its ranking algorithm, the usual reaction of some SEO “experts” is to panic and start assuming things. The irresistible urge to make predictions about what can possibly go wrong and what was the “main intention” of Google behind the update, has increased the blood pressure of many.

In this industry, the only thing which is constant is “change”. Usually, Google updates its algorithms almost 500 to 600 times each year. Most of these updates are small and often go unnoticed, but some are major & raise a lot of eyebrows.

Instead of getting anxious after a major update, you can respond to it in a calm and constructive way by following the below tips:

1. Don’t let anxiety win

What’s your usual reaction after a major algorithm update? Read post after post, and allow the anxiety of unknown to throw you into a panic! Well, instead of doing that, you should wait for Google to release the detailed information regarding the update.  

However, most of the people do just opposite, they start panicking about something they don’t even know about. Also, most of the self-proclaimed “SEO Experts” start “assuming” things and add fuel to the fire. So resist the urge to read “his or her take on the recent update” and refer to Google’s own blogs or authority websites for information. 

2. Let the mud settle down

Whenever we hear about a major algorithm update, the marketer inside us gets restless. It compels us to take action as soon as we hear about the update, but we have to resist the temptation. Because it’s not necessary that your site will get impacted negatively, especially when you are doing SEO the right way. 

Understand that the paramount goal of Google is to provide the most useful answer to the users. So if you are doing all the “right” things, then you don’t really have to “worry” about the algorithm changes at all.

So next time you hear about any major update, wait for few days and see whether it has impacted your site or not, and then respond accordingly.

3. Do your own research

Some times it happens that Google releases a major update but does not mention about it in their blogs. For instance, the Possum was a major update targeted at Local SEO. Removing spam and diversifying the listings was the main aim. However, they never mentioned it on their blog.

In such cases, you will have to do your own research. But be informed that everybody out there shares their own insight and perspective. So you have to read few posts from credible sources, figure out what’s common and then come to a conclusion. 

If you find out that your site has been impacted by the update and you will have to make changes, make one change at a time. That way, you will be able to see the effect of that adjustment & can have a better idea about what’s going on.  

Takeaway

Major algorithm updates can be stressful. But if you are doing all the right things like creating high-quality content, acquiring links from credible sites, providing consistent NAP information – then you don’t have to worry. 

As I said earlier, Google’s ultimate goal is to provide users with best possible searching experience. And as long as you are doing things for the users, you do not have to worry about Google. 

Google is Going to Separate Mobile and Desktop Search Indexes

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Seems like Google is on a revamping spree. After making the penguin real time and doing some major changes in the local search, Google is now going to take a much bigger step.  The Google’s Webmaster Trends Analyst Gary Illyes has announced that Google is going to split its index between mobile and desktop, within the next few months. 

We all very well aware of Google’s obsession with Mobile devices, but now they are taking it a bit too far! They are going to have a “Mobile first” approach. OK, we understand that Mobile users are most likely to use the “Near me” feature hence it seems logical to provide them with the latest information, but doesn’t a desktop user require the latest information as well? 

However, it’s not clear that how out-of-date desktop index will be. But one thing is clear that Google will run ranking algorithm in a very different way across mobile content rather than the current pattern that extracts data from desktop content to determine mobile rankings.

Google Announced A New AMP Testing Tool

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Google announced the launch of a new testing tool for Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP).  

The tool is available in the Google search console and also at  https://search.google.com/search-console/amp 

The tool works on mobile devices with the help of Google’s live web search infrastructure & analyzes the AMP pages in real-time using Google bots.  The tool helps with testing the validity of structured data & markup on the page.

It also has links that show a live preview of how the page get displayed in Google’s search results, and if you find any issues, you can click on them to see the details.  After clicking on it, even the source code will be highlighted, showing you exactly where the error is.

It even has links to show you a live preview of how this page may appear in Google’s search results.

Below are the screen shots.

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Here’s What’s New in Google My Business for 2016

Just like life, some of the best things in digital marketing space is also free, biggest of them all is “Google My Business Tool”. This is one heck of tool that drastically simplifies the whole process of managing & updating business listings on Google. To ensure that this Mega tool meets the changing needs, they constantly update it and add new features. Let’s have a look at what’s new this month: 

YOU CAN NOW ADD MULTIPLE OWNERS

If you own a multi-location business, you know how tiresome it is to manage and update the listings of different locations. You wanted to divide the responsibility among others, but the security concern that comes with sharing your personal account was hindering you from taking that decision. But now you can do that! You can add multiple owners to individual locations and GMB accounts without sharing your personal info. As an owner, you can assign people to three different levels of access to GMB – Communication Manager, Manager & Owner. 

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Source: Google Support

TAKE A QUICK GLANCE AT ALL YOUR LISTINGS

List view is the best for making edits, hands down. But what if you want to view all the business listings at once? The map view is the answer! Now you can look how far you have expanded your kingdom (Business locations) just by clicking the map icon at the top of the list view. You can also know the status of your listing by seeing the color. Blue denotes the published listing while pink denotes that the listing is either incomplete or require some action on your part.

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 AUTOMATICALLY MANAGE UPDATES MADE TO YOUR LOCATIONS.

To ensure complete accuracy of location information, Google collects data from third-party sources as well.  It means that the data provided by you can sometimes be marked as incorrect, even due to the slightest difference. Google often update these listings and you can see them listed with a “Google updates” status. It’s advisable to review your listing after each update to make sure it’s correct. 

INTRODUCTION OF “HOURS” FORMAT FOR BULK UPLOADS

Using bulk upload spreadsheets to verify multiple business locations can save you a lot of time. But be informed that Google has launched a new format for the “Hours” column and you need to change to the new format because the old one is no longer supported.

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GOOGLE MY BUSINESS API UPDATE

Although most of the small business owners have nothing to do with the API, but those selected few who take services of a third party to manage their listings should be aware from the New API update, which is as follows:

  • Push notifications for new reviews.
  • You can now Add the URL attributes.
  • Map URLs are included in location responses

HELP CUSTOMERS FIND YOU WITH GOOGLE MY BUSINESS

GMB is a wonder tool that lets you manage the information with ease. Using the tool you can also add photos and respond to the reviews. It offers many other things as well and so you need be updated about the changes.

GOOGLE LAUNCHES SPRINGBOARD SEARCH TOOL TO HELP USERS SEARCH ACROSS ITS SUITE OF APPS

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Google recently introduced a new search tool on the platform known as Springboard. This tool is designed to conduct searches across Google’s collection of apps that includes Google Docs, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Photos, etc.

Besides being a search assistant, Springboard also proactively provides pretty handy, actionable information and suggestions. No such examples are provided as to what those suggestions may be.

Springboard is specifically so designed to cater to business oriented people who make use of Google’s productivity apps on a regular basis; especially the high performance driven tech savvy individuals.

As part of the announcement, the company also issued a major upgrade to Google Sites, which is a tool designed by Google for creating pages on the web. The update will help users to conveniently fetch information from other Google apps and flaunt responsive design for all web layouts.

As per reports, Google’s currently testing both Springboard and the Google Sites upgrade with a select bunch of users in Google’s early adopter campaign. If you are looking forward to use this feature early then just fill out the form here before Google officially announces its public release date.

AMP ENABLED ADS OFFER BETTER VISIBILITY & HIGHER CTRS, REVEALS AN ONLINE STUDY

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Google introduced AMP technology to content publishers promising that they would not only be able to sell and distribute their own ads on AMP enabled pages, but also keep the revenue generated from those ads.

When it comes to loading speed, AMP enabled pages are miles ahead of the non-AMP enabled pages, but it remains to be seen if they deliver on the revenue front as well. The study tracking the performance of ads on AMP enabled pages so far drew following conclusions.

“We compared ad performance on AMP and non-AMP mobile pages across 150 publishers (large corporations and small businesses in different geographic regions) on our programmatic platforms. The preliminary results are encouraging.”

The study observed that

  • Around 80% of advertising brands received higher viewership of their ads on an AMP enabled platform as compared to a non-AMP platform.
  • Almost 90% of advertising brands received higher CTRs on their ads through an AMP enabled platform as compared to a non-AMP platform.

As per the survey, advertising brands themselves vouch for the fact that AMP technology has played a significant role in driving greater results for their brands.

Let’s see what Conor Beck, representative from one of the advertising brands TownHall Media, has to say about the performance of their ads on AMP enabled pages.

“We’ve seen a 90% decrease in page latency, 96% decrease in unfilled impressions, 65% increase in ad engagement and 32% increase in eCPM. Perceived load time improved from approximately 17 seconds to 2–3 seconds.”

So far so good. However, it’s still too early to actually make a fair assessment of the performance of ads on AMP enabled pages. There’s still a lot to be done in terms of enhancing the quality of published content and audience experience, opines one of the AMP project representatives.

As far as the future of AMP pages is concerned, the company plans to introduce two new ad units. Sticky Ads, AMP ads and Flying Carpet Ads are some of the support forums that provide help related to advertising on an AMP enabled platform. More information pertaining to AMP page advertising will be made available to businesses in the near future.

USING HREFLANG DOESN’T HELP YOUR SEARCH RANKINGS, REVEALS GOOGLE’S JOHN MUELLER

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Businesses with multiple online presence tend to use hreflang as a markup on their websites to cater to users in their native language. This way businesses communicate to Google to show only the localized version of their website content in SERPs. For instance, if a business caters to both Spanish and French consumers then it tells Google to serve only co.es version to Google Espana users and only co.fr version to Google France audience.

But its use is limited to serve only that purpose. As Google’s John Mueller was quoted as saying, addition of hreflang as a feature won’t help your site climb the ladder in search ranking. But it helps in informing Google which URL is to be displayed, on the basis of the region or language based searches.

Let’s see what Google’s John Mueller revealed through a video session on Google+

“Kind of think if you didn’t have those local pages would the dot-com pages rank in the local search results? And if they would rank then we’d like to swap at the URLs out against the appropriate local versions. So if you have a website, I don’t know that, that’s targeting furniture and you have a UK website and it doesn’t show it all in in France for example, then just setting up at the href lang with completely new pages for France wouldn’t change anything because we wouldn’t have anything to swap out. It wouldn’t be that your UK page would be excessively ranking.

Another hand if you have liked for Germany and Austria where the content is German both the same and your pages for the country of Germany happened to rank in Austria then that would be something that we could swap out.”

With that said, it becomes quite evident that hreflang feature may not help businesses deal with their search ranking woes.

MOVING TO A KEYWORD-TLD WON’T BOOST YOUR SEARCH RANKINGS, REVEALS GOOGLE

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The latest buzz doing rounds in the SEO industry is that moving to Keyword-TLDs (top-level domains) can boost your search rankings. This means, if you’re planning to shift your existing domain name from say .com to .Live , .News, .Attorney or any other industry specific domain then it will lift your search rankings. According to some media reports, a lawyer reportedly used the formula with tremendous success when he decided to migrate from a .COM domain to a domain called .ATTORNEY.

Contrary to these reports, there’s a bunch of old school SEOs who believe that .COM domains are the only safe options. This affirms Google’s school of thought that businesses who still use generic TLDs aren’t at a disadvantage in the searches.

In fact, Google’s John Mueller took note of these reports and posted a reminder to businesses through his twitter handle saying:

Moreover, he gave instances through the official webmaster forum on how Google handles these new top level domains in search ranking algorithm. This, however, sparked off a series of debates between Google’s webmasters, with Gary Illyes responding through his twitter handle saying: 

To which, John Mueller replied through Google+ saying:


This time an agrument came from Danny Sullivan, co-founder of Search Engine Land who tweeted to John saying: 

John is yet to respond to that query. But frankly speaking, businesses willing to try this suggestion, can do so at their behest. However, this idea of changing domains or even URLs may do more harm than good and you’re more likely to see a drop than a hike in your existing search ranking.

US ADULTS PREFER REDDIT OVER FACEBOOK AS A NEWS CONSUMPTION SOURCE, REVEALS A PEW SURVEY

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According to latest survey by Pew Research Center, more than half of US adults get their regular dose of news updates from social media networks. Going by the survey, which was carried out on 4,654 members of Pew’s American Trends Panel, it was observed that 70% of Redditors get news updates from microblogging sites. Over 60% Facebook users get news from the social media network, whereas around 59% of Twitter users get their news updates from there. This leaves us the other social sites like Tumblr at 31%. Surprisingly Instagram is at 23% and believe it or not, YouTube is at 21%. LinkedIn does the catching up at 19% and the same goes for Snapchat at 17%. Vine features towards the end of the list at 14%.

According to Pew report, both YouTube and Twitter had equal amounts of exposure. As far as reach is concerned, YouTube has about 48% of US adults hooked on to its network, with 21% users getting their dose of daily news updates from there. While around 16% of US adults visit Twitter handle frequently, only 59% of them access the network for regular new updates.

Talking about social media as a source of news consumption, Facebook is frequently accessed for general news updates with over 60% US adults visiting the site on a regular basis. 26% of US adults use more than one social network to get their daily dose of news updates, whereas the remaining 10% visit three or more sites.

As per Pew’s latest social media news consumption report, Facebook’s social giant status doesn’t seems to help much as Reddit holds the top position in terms of news consumption on regular basis. This means Facebook is down at the second position, being widely used as a social sharing network. It is followed by Google’s own YouTube channel, which continues to hold the third position despite being viewed as a popular video uploading solution. The question is why YouTube is lagging behind Facebook in terms of news discovery. Credit to Facebook on developing its network as a news discovery channel; but it needs to evolve further if it wants to topple Reddit as the top social media news consumption network.