Five ways to improve your website’s bounce rate (and why you should)

Bounce rate is the percentage of site visitors that land on your website and leave before viewing a second page. You can easily determine your website’s bounce rate by setting up Google Analytics.

Now, if you’re thinking this isn’t such a big deal and that as long as they visit your website, irrespective of how long they spend on it or how many pages they view, they at least know your business exists, that’s not good enough. The longer visitors stay on your site, the more time you have to turn them into subscribers and customers. But how can you convince users to stick around longer and visit more pages?

Luckily, there are a number of easy and free ways to improve your website’s bounce rate and grow your business.

Here are five ways to improve your website’s bounce rate

1. Create content consistently

Creating content consistently is one of the best ways to keep users around longer and get them to view multiple pages. Useful, engaging content will drive traffic to your website. Once that traffic is there, they’ll stick around, keep reading, and eventually become a subscriber or customer if you have a wide array of informative blog posts for them to read. In fact, according to HubSpot, companies that published 16+ blog posts per month got about 4.5 times more leads than companies that published zero to four monthly posts.

So, create a content plan that’s consistent and offers something for everyone. Not everyone prefers written content, so include a mixture of formats such as written, video, infographics, audio recordings, and more.

Another important tip for your content: Practice effective internal linking. Relevant and useful internal links sprinkled throughout your content can guide users to more of your awesome content and keep them reading.

2. Add images and videos

Speaking of a mixture of formats, to improve your website’s bounce rate, be sure you add eye-catching images and videos to your website. Many users won’t spend a lot of time reading your website content, so you need to grab their attention with images and videos.

Add a large high-quality image or video to your homepage to grab the attention of viewers as soon as they see your site. Most websites do this while keeping everything else on the page simple

3. Speed up your site

You may not have realized it before but your website speed is important for improving your website’s bounce rate. In fact, according to Google, 53 percent of mobile site visitors leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load. And for every extra second that your page takes to load, the probability of users bouncing dramatically increases. So, don’t make your website visitors wait.

You can use a site like GTmetrix to test the speed of your site. Not only will it tell you what your site speed is, but it’ll also give you advice for improving it. If you’re running your website on WordPress, it would also be wise to download and install some free plugins like WP Smush and W3 Total Cache to help boost the speediness of your site.

4. A/B test

As you’re attempting to improve your website’s bounce rate, don’t leave it up to chance. You should be A/B testing everything in order to determine what’s working and what’s not. You might be surprised by the small things that can cause users to abandon your website. It might even be something as simple as the color of your call-to-action button.

So, perform A/B tests, or split tests, of every aspect of your website. Does your bounce rate improve with a popup on your homepage or does it get a bigger boost on another page? Does one font convert more visitors over another? Does showing or hiding a progress bar help or hurt your bounce rate? When we say A/B test everything, we mean everything.

5. Target abandoning visitors

Did you know that over 70% of people who leave your website will never return? If you don’t start to improve your bounce rate now, that’s a lot of potential leads and customers your business is missing out on. One effective way to stop those users in their tracks and get them to stay on your website longer, and eventually convert them into subscribers or customers is by utilizing exit-intent popups.

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Overview on Google’s “Test My Site”

Hi now we have learn about all SEO, and Social media content every week(read our blog here). I really like to talk about new technologies and the technology used by few. Here we talk about google tool “Test My Site” to test website speed.

Test My Site: 

Test My Site is an easy way for businesses to measure their site’s performance across devices, from mobile to desktop, providing them with a list of specific fixes that can help their business connect more quickly with people online. Businesses just need to type in their web address and within moments they’ll see how their site scores. They can also get a detailed report with tips on what to do next, and where to go for help at no charge.

What you get through this ANALYTICS?

It was divide into three containers like:

1) Overview – Where you can get details of the website speed and its ranking.

2) Optimize – Here you can understand how we can fix the site & we can generate a detailed report of the test result.

3) Other tools like: a) Benchmark site: It helps us to know about our opponent website speed.  b)Impact of faster site: here we can evaluate the impact given by faster site on visitors and revenue .

What is the definition of Fast, Average, or Slow site and page speeds?

Thresholds for each category are applied consistently across site and page speed as well as across country and connection type. These are the same thresholds shown in PageSpeed Insights (PSI). The thresholds for each category are as follows.

Fast: 0-1 second
Average: 1 second-2.5 seconds
Slow: 2.5 seconds and up

How can We speed up the site?

After testing the website we get the ranking of our site. If our site was slow we cannot get more visitors and they are not going to convert as customers. In that data we will know what need to be update. It show as suggestion what need to be update for better speed like minify css, compress images, and all other recomendation to speed up our website.

Why isn’t my site speed available?

Site speed measures the speed of all of the pages on your site based on world data collected via the Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX). Site speed is only available for top performing sites. If your site speed isn’t available, then your site isn’t included in this data set, and it’s important to focus on improving your page speed to eventually enhance the overall performance of your site.

You can use the steps within the Test My Site tool to begin improving your page speed, see the speeds of other sites in your industry, evaluate the impact a faster site can have on revenue, and receive a detailed report to continue improving your page speed, and, ultimately, your site speed.

 

 

TO POP UP OR NOT TO POP UP

With all the websites out there, you’ve likely by now stumbled upon a few riddled with frustrating pop ups. These sudden, un-welcomed blurbs asking if you need help, to subscribe or to download a whitepaper disrupt your reading and either startles or annoys you. Why do companies use these on their websites? Are there any purpose or effectiveness to a pop up?

While many marketers have become aware of the displeasure pop ups cause to visitors to their website, they are still nevertheless used. This is because pop ups get conversions. According to Sumo, the average pop up gets a 3.09% conversion rate, with the top 10% of pop ups getting a decent 9.3% click through rate. The very best pop ups that are near perfect in every way can get an astronomical 50% conversion rate! This means that pop ups certainly don’t hurt your marketing efforts. The conversion potential of pop ups can be huge with adequate time and effort.

To understand how to best utilize pop up ads, it helps to understand that not all pop ups are equal and that its success is dependent on the appropriate wording, context, location, size and timing of the pop up. For instance, the top performing pop ups such as those with a 40% conversion rate appeared on pages with corresponding, relevant content and only 8% of the top 10% of pop ups appeared for less than 4 seconds.

Types of Pop Ups

There are three main types of pop ups: the new page pop up, the in-browser pop up, and the full page pop up.

New Page Pop Up

Like the name indicates, a new page pop up creates a new page in a new tab or window. The use of this type of pop up has pretty much gone by the wayside as these pages are often blocked by a user’s computer’s built-in pop up blocker. If the pop up page is not blocked, the configuration is poor as it gets covered behind the main window and won’t come back up again after the user closes it. New page pop ups are also poor on the small screens of mobile devices. This type of pop up, however, stays open even when the web user goes to a different website on the main window. As these pop ups aren’t commonly used, there aren’t many cases of their effective usefulness.

In-Browser Pop Up

In-browser pop ups are the most commonly used type of pop up. These pop ups are the small dialogue boxes that appear either along the side in the form of a chat box, as a floater on the side or as a tiny text box when one hovers their cursor over a “trigger” word. These types of pop ups are more effective than new page pop ups and are less distracting and disruptive than full page pop ups. Some of the benefits of in-browser pop ups include:

  • They are small, contained and only fill up a small part of the page
  • Does not force a user to take an action or even to open it
  • Acts as a single, stand-alone element
  • Its content is context dependent, with the content in the pop up relating to the content either of the page or “trigger” word

These types of pop ups are great for subscriptions, remote, on-demand chat help, and free download offers.

Full Page Pop Up

Full page pop ups are the ones that make one cringe as they cover the whole page and prevent the user from reading the content or navigating the website unless an action is taken. These are common for subscriptions and appear when a user is about to navigate away from a webpage. These specific types of pop ups are often overused and misused by advertisers and third parties and have contributed to a poor online experience for the user.  Because of their disruptive, distracting nature, they should be used sparingly. Instances with license agreements and payment processing are the most appropriate uses for full page pop ups.

Pop Up Advantages

Now that you know that each type of pop up has its purpose and place, here are some of the advantages pop ups have in general:

  1. Catch visitors’ attention
  2. Remind visitors of important/urgent information
  3. Can keep a visitor on the page longer and stop them from exiting
  4. Engage the visitor and encourage interaction
  5. Interrupt “attention blindness” of visitors
  6. Encourage conversions
  7. Are effective in gathering small amounts of information that can be used as a stepping stone to sales and marketing conversions
  8. Are good gateways that require visitors leave information in order to proceed

Pop Up Disadvantages

Each type of pop up has its advantages and appropriate time and place to be used. However, pop ups in general have some great disadvantages that warrant their careful, sparse use. Some of the top disadvantages include of using pop ups include:

  1. Pop Ups Are Annoying. Regardless of the size and location of the pop ups, the vast majority of website visitors find them annoying and un-welcomed. Some web users will be so annoyed by them that they will immediately exit the site once the pop up appears.
  2. Pop Ups Can Distract and Confuse Visitors. In addition to pop ups being annoying to site visitors, they can also distract, confuse, frustrate and scare site visitors if they have irrelevant messaging or if the messaging appears at the wrong time on the buyer’s journey or appear on the wrong page of the website. This is most commonly seen in pop ups with asks that are either too small or two big based on the funnel stage.
  3. Pop Ups Can Lower Your UX and SEO Rankings. Some pop ups can slow down your website’s load time which annoys and frustrates impatient, time-crunched site visitors who will likely exit your site to visit a competitor’s site if the page doesn’t load quickly. Page load speed is also a ranking factor Google uses in its search results page ranking algorithm. Slower loading websites won’t appear high in the search results which means less website traffic.

Conclusion

The best pop up for your marketing strategy will depend on a variety of factors including your company’s buyer’s journey, market, brand, the objective of the marketing strategy and purpose of the pop up. JustUno has some excellent examples of different pop ups with different personalities, asks and purposes to help spur those creative juices.

Source : seo.com

Choosing KPI’s in google analytics

As more brands continue to invest in their online persona and digital marketing initiatives, it’s becoming increasingly important for marketing service providers (MSPs) to verifiably demonstrate the value of their work. The most successful and recommendable MSPs push to measure the impact their work has beyond a simple transactional level; by mapping and tracking multiple touch points throughout the customer lifecycle.

Know Your Client Inside and Out

When it comes to choosing appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs), it’s crucial to go beyond the surface level of sales. Every client has a different set of core business objectives, so the web analytics strategy that you implement should align with those objectives and be catered to your customer’s overall vision of success. The first step in defining the key performance indicators for a given campaign is to get to know the needs of your client and their business.

“Meet with your client. Call them on the phone. Shoot them an email. However you prefer to communicate, just get it done! Learn the history of your client. Meet or talk to the people that work there. Find out a bit about their local area. Get to know their business’s previous and current struggles. Discover the ways in which their business has had success in the past.”*

Once you have a deep understanding of your client and their business, you can more effectively map out the touch points that you’ll track and the metrics you’ll use to measure success. There are three key areas that you’ll want to focus on when it comes to mapping KPIs at different phases of the customer journey:

  1. Acquisition
  2. Behavior
  3. Conversion

Allow the Customer Journey to Determine Your KPIs

Keep in mind: these are only a few of the most common KPIs that marketing service providers track. The possibilities are endless!

Acquisition

Websites without a steady stream of traffic are dead in the water. Regardless of the amount of time you’ve spent designing your site and crafting the perfect copy, there won’t be any action further down the funnel until you start to attract new visitors. Luckily, there’s no shortage of opportunities to demonstrate the effect you’ve had on generating new traffic!

1. Traffic by Channel

Google Analytics captures and records the performance of each of your marketing channels so you can clearly attribute traffic to individual campaigns; how granular you’d like to get in your reporting is up to you.

Each channel will increase depending on the number and type of marketing campaigns you put in place. Strong search engine optimization will lead to an increase in organic search traffic; great PR work and reputation management may lead to increases in direct and referral traffic. It’s up to you to determine which channels you’ll focus on in order to tell the most compelling narrative of success to your client.

2. Users/New Users

In the screenshot above, you may notice that there are multiple data points in the columns labeled Acquisitions. Google Analytics provides more than one metric in each category so that you have more flexibility in determining what constitutes success for each campaign. A client looking to increase their brand visibility may be more interested in the number of new users to their site, whereas a client looking to increase user retention or new user sign-ups may be more concerned with the total user number.

3. Sessions

Depending on your client’s goals, it may be more beneficial to focus on sessions versus users. For example, a client hoping to increase the engagement rate of their current customer base may hope to increase the number of monthly sessions that their site receives.

Behavior

Once a user has landed on a site, understanding how they interact with and flow through the various subpages is essential. Under the Behavior area in Google Analytics, you’ll find a number of reports that include metrics like page views, average time on page, bounce rate, and more. These metrics will allow you to map the ways in which your work on the website have directly affected customer behavior.

1. Page Views

Describing the total amount of traffic you’ve generated is important when discussing the acquisition phase, but when focusing on user behavior and the next step of the customer journey, it’s necessary to get more granular. We all know website design projects and digital marketing campaigns involve new pages, new menus, and new forms. Being able to track which areas of the site are most engaging and effective is crucial. In Google Analytics, the Site Content section will provide numerous views to allow you to analyze the performance of individual pages on a site.

2. Average Time on Page

Being able to show a client that a page you created is garnering a significant amount of new page views is great, but not if those users are dissatisfied. A simple way to understand the effectiveness of a page is to analyze the average time that a user is spending on the page. Depending on the purpose of a page, it may be more beneficial to have a longer average time on page. For example, a lengthy and informative pillar page should keep visitors reading; alternatively, sites with video may have longer average time on page, since users will be watching a clip and remaining on the page. In contrast, an FAQ page or a contact page should have a comparatively lower average time on page since you expect users to find information quickly.

3. Bounce Rate

To take an analysis of page interactions one step further, you may want to look at the bounce rate of individual pages on a site. In Google Analytics, the bounce rate metric shows the percentage of sessions that include only a single page visit and zero interactions. In other words, if a user visits your site and leaves without interacting at all, that session will be considered a “bounce.” A high bounce rate isn’t always a negative! As in the example above, depending on the objective of a page a high bounce rate may actually indicate success. For example, an FAQ page that seeks to provide users with quick and simple answers to everyday questions might have a bounce rate that verges on 90% or higher; this could indicate that users were able to quickly find the info they needed and then left. Ultimately, it’s up to you to determine how to interpret the data.

Conversion

What exactly constitutes a conversion will differ from client to client based on their overall business objectives. E-commerce clients may want to increase website sales or newsletter sign-ups; service-based clients may want to increase the number of calls they receive or the actual number of bookings the site generates. Regardless of what type of conversion is chosen, this should be clearly defined at the start of a campaign so all parties are on the same page since conversions come in many forms.

Note: tracking conversions requires the additional setup of goals in Google Analytics.

1. Number of Conversions

Once you set up a goal in your account, Google Analytics will begin to track the number of conversions that take place connected to this goal. Number of Conversions on its own is a powerful metric; however, it is best used in conjunction with fiscal data from your client to calculate the ROI of your campaigns. Be sure to ask your client the average value of a conversion for their business. Remember that this will differ depending on the conversion type you choose: a phone call and a closed sale may both be conversions, but they aren’t valued the same. Once you understand the value of each conversion type for your client, you’re able to multiply the total number of conversions by that number to provide a monetary value for ROI.

2. Conversion Rate

When comparing the effectiveness of two pages side by side, it’s often easier to compare their respective conversion rates over a defined time period rather than the total number of conversions. Conversion rate is the total number of conversions divided by the total number of visitors a page received during a given time period, giving you a better idea of a site’s top performing pages. A page that receives 100 visits and converts 50 of them is much more powerful than a page that receives 5 visits and converts all 5.

Use Multiple Metrics to Demonstrate Success

The most important lesson to be learned when it comes to web analytics is that one metric is never enough. Numbers don’t lie, but interpretations do. Before presenting a particular narrative to your client, be sure that you have the necessary data to support it. Following the suggestions outlined above will help you track and analyze the effect of your work for your clients in a compelling and data-backed way.

 

Source: https://upcity.com/blog/choosing-kpis-in-google-analytics/

Basic of See Think Do Act Care – SEO Strategy

Hey, today we are going to discuss about the SEE-Think-Do-Care strategy for digital marketing.

The “See- Think – Do-Care” Strategy:

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See Think Do Care Strategy Framework-plus91 

See :

I see something interesting that resonates with me and my view of the world. Largest addressable qualified audience. It will establish what i like most, i need most. it may help full to attain brand awareness on me by knowing what i like to see. This method use in SEO, Social media marketing & PPC. There my post or ads or website will shown to people who search about specific things or interest on that thing.

            Objective: To know about you

            How: Drive awarness; inspire, entertain, and inform

            KPI’s: Brand Awarness

            Medium: Social media, SEO, paid media, Tradeshow / event           

Think :

I start thinking that may be i should investigate more to understand if this is a solution or ide for me.

This method will make option for user consider to make on action. We have to inspire them to do an action on our page like share, email subscription, download app, call actions. We can use this on SEO, Youtube, PPC Display ads medium.

             Objective: To look for you

             How: Drive Consideration; education, inform, and inspire action

             KPI’s: Branded queries

             Medium: Email marketing subscribes, onsite page content, downloading.

Do :

I do something concrete to connect and express serious interest by signing up for a free trail or consultation. A lot of commercial intent.

It about to make action on our website. We have to Convense customers to buy a product or subscribe. This comes on medium like PPC, Affiliate marketing, SEO, and Email.

              Objective: To buy from you

               How: Drive Conversion; enable a seamless purchase

               Medium: Subscription, meeting, proposal, trail

               KPI’s: Conversion rate, sales, profit

Care :

I am now a committed customer and i care about the company and solution, i have chosen.

Here they are current customers we have to taking care about their satisfaction, which helps us to re-marketing. we do it through SEO, SMM and PPC ads. It drives loyalty to repeat the purchase.

               Objective: To come back to you

               How: Drive  loyalty; surprise, delight, and reward

               KPI’s : Repeat rate, customer lifetime value

               Medium: invested customer, repeat payment, refer/promote

Top 5 Blog of this week 16-02-2019

Hi,

Plus 91 Ultimate Cinemas found some useful articles on the internet, which is related to a Social Media Marketing and Search Engine Optimization.

  • 9 Tips for writing Great for SEO by Jill Kocher Brown.
  • Claire Eby teaches how to position your business in 2019 with a strong company tagline.
  • Giselle Waters highlights the latest trends in Local SEO along with ways to optimize your presence in Local Search.
  • Debby Haynam discusses why it is imperative to improve page loading speed and remove unnecessary navigation links, for optimizing Mobile landing pages.
  • Vinay Koshy draws special attention to the Social Media visual content trends that can boost your marketing results.

Google Page Ranking through SEO Techniques in Link Building

What do you mean by backlink?

When we refer to a backlink we mean a reference from another web page to your own web page. This is very different from the “outbound” or outgoing links from your page.  A back link is also called an inbound link (IBL) sometimes and these links are very important in determining the popularity (or importance) of your web site for search engines like Google.

Can a website rank without back links?

We are 100% sure that a website cannot rank without inbound links.

Why is link building important?

  • because links are Google’s #1 ranking factor
  • because links are the WEB
  • because links point to great content (that deserves to rank well)
  • because links pass power
  • because links pass trust
  • because Google confirmed that it would be unnatural to find a web site without back links
  • because it’s through links that Google discovers your website…

“I can tell you what they are. It is content. And it’s links pointing to your site.” (Andrey Lipattsev, Search Quality Senior Strategist at Google)

case study by Stone Temple published in 2017 proved again that links remain a powerful ranking factor and are likely to remain so for many years to come.

What are Google’s rules when it comes to link building?

Because not all links are equal, you need to be very careful when you start a link building campaign. Build links for your business, for your customers, make them relevant and associate them with great content. Your users will be happy, Google will keep you in the search results and your business will grow.

Make sure that the links you build are natural and that Google doesn’t conclude that you’re trying to manipulate its search algorithm.

Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site’s ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. This includes any behavior that manipulates links to your site or outgoing links from your site.

(Google Quality Guidelines)

We explain Google’s Quality Guidelines regarding link schemes, to give you a clear picture of how to build high-quality links and how to stay away from building bad links. It’s all about quality, relevancy, and user focus.

1. Ask for Backlinks

This is a good way to start, especially if you are a beginner in this job. Think about your friends, relatives, colleagues, partners, clients that have a blog or a site. All you have to do is ask for a backlink. Ask for in-content links instead of links in the sidebar or footer.

But be careful and make sure that the backlink comes from a website that is relevant to your niche. Otherwise, it will not have too much of an impact and may even be harmful.

2. Build Relationships

For good link building, you need to build good relationships. There are plenty of opportunities to build new contacts. You should start with niche-related communities: forums, blogs or social groups, such as the Link Building Experts Group on Facebook.

Make the first step and start contributing with interesting and relevant comments and posts, providing contextual value to each discussion.

By actively participating in these online communities focused on your niche, you will not only gain some good backlinks, but you will always have access to the newest industry news and be able to connect to some interesting people that share your passions.

3. Give a Testimonial

Testimonial link building is a win-win scenario. Many businesses offer you the chance to say a few words about your experience using their products.

On the one hand, this is a perfect way for them to build customer trust. On the other hand, it’s a great opportunity for you to get a backlink and potential traffic from that site and it usually has a much higher approval rate than your standard link request e-mails.

Companies get another testimonial to place on their site, while you get a new backlink.

4. Start a Blog

Don’t make a blog with one post and one backlink to your site. If you do, you not only wasted your time but probably also just created another risky link for yourself. If you want to have your own blog, you need to keep it alive.

Write posts on a regular basis. Focus on your industry and on your client’s needs! In time, it will most likely gain authority. Make sure that your content is relevant, useful and well-structured.

This is the only way to ensure that the world will want to link to it again and again. That’s how you get great backlinks; you earn them!

5. List your site in trustworthy directories

A directory that not only gives you the chance to post a link to your website, but also provides useful information for your potential customers is a directory you want to be listed on.

Niche directories and directories attached to informative websites for a specific industry are a good choice. Having your business listed with such directories makes it easier to get indexed in the major search engines and helps people find you online.

6. Write a good guest post

There are many sites and blogs that will accept to publish your article. Before you write an article somewhere, make sure that:

  • the website or blog is relevant to your topic;
  • the article is NOT about how great you are/ your company is;
  • you have a focus on quality (well written, professional, and interesting);
  • you keep in mind that a poor article can bring bad reputation.

It’s important that you build links that help your website and not links that can negatively impact your website’s ranking in search results.

Source:

  • https://www.linkresearchtools.com/case-studies/link-building-techniques/
  • https://neilpatel.com/blog/9-link-building-resources-thatll-increase-your-search-rankings/
  • https://www.postmm.com/seo/backlinks/

 

Important Digital Marketing Modules available in 2019

Digital marketing is the marketing of products or services using digital technologies. In fact, digital marketing now extends to non-Internet channels that provide digital media, such as mobile phones (SMS and MMS), callback, and on-hold mobile ringtones.

Major Modules should be covered in Digital Marketing:

  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Media Advertising
  • Email Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Marketing Automation
  • Analytics
  • Integrated Digital Marketing

1) Search Engine Optimization:

SEO is a three letter acronym short for Search Engine Optimization. Search engine optimization about trying to rank higher in search engines. To rank higher you make changes to your website that make it easier for search engines to understand your content.

Through SEO getting Backlinks is also easy i.e getting links from other websites. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results

2) Search Engine Marketing:

Search engine marketing, or SEM, is one of the most effective ways to grow your business in an increasingly competitive marketplace. With millions of businesses out there all vying for the same eyeballs, it’s never been more important to advertise online, and search engine marketing is the most effective way to promote your products and grow your business.

Search engine marketing (SEM) is a form of Internet marketing that involves the promotion of websites by increasing their visibility in search engine results pages (SERPs) primarily through paid advertising

3) Social Media Marketing:

Social media marketing is the use of social media platforms and websites to promote a product or service. Although the terms e-marketing and digital marketing are still dominant in academia, social media marketing is becoming more popular for both practitioners and researchers.

Most social media platforms have built-in data analytics tools, which enable companies to track the progress, success, and engagement of ad campaigns. Companies address a range of stakeholders through social media marketing, including current and potential customers, current and potential employees, journalists, bloggers, and the general public.

4) Social Media Advertising:

Social media advertising is a term used to describe online advertising (paid efforts) that focus on social networking sites. Social media advertising combines current targeting options (like geo-targeting, behavioral targeting, socio-psychographic targeting, etc.), to make detailed target group identification possible. With social media advertising, advertisements are distributed to users based on information gathered from target group profiles

5) Email Marketing:

Email marketing is the act of sending a commercial message, typically to a group of people, using email. In its broadest sense, every email sent to a potential or current customer could be considered email marketing.

It usually involves using email to send advertisements, request business, or solicit sales or donations, and is meant to build loyalty, trust, or brand awareness. Marketing emails can be sent to a purchased lead list or a current customer database.

6) Content Marketing:

Content marketing is a form of marketing focused on creating, publishing, and distributing content instead of pitching your products or services, for a targeted audience online.

Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.

7) Analytics:

Web analytics measure things a webmaster or technical SEO specialist cares about, like page load speed, page views per visit, and time on site.

Digital marketing analytics, on the other hand, measure business metrics like traffic, leads, and sales, and which online events influence whether leads become customers

8) Marketing automation:

Marketing automation refers to the software that exists with the goal of automating marketing actions. Many marketing departments have to automate repetitive tasks such as emails, social media, and other website actions. The technology of marketing automation makes these tasks easier.

9) Integrated Digital Marketing:

Integrated digital marketing is, as it sounds, the integration of multiple marketing strategies to form a cohesive online approach for your business. Here’s what it typically entails: web development and design. search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) content marketing

4 building blocks to help your brand’s SEO strategy succeed

Crawlability, optimization, brand engagement and knowledge-content creation are all important pieces to create a more competitive SEO program.

In a competitive and increasingly online environment for brands, SEO matters more than ever. One-third of U.S. consumers in 2018 started their online purchases with Google or another search tool — more than three times the number who started at retailers’ sites or apps, and second only to searches beginning at Amazon. To do well in organic search results, brands must have a solid SEO strategy. Before you can take your SEO to the next level, you need to know where you are now and what to do next. Let’s look at four building blocks you can use to create a more competitive SEO program for your B2C or B2B brand.

Crawlability: lay your SEO foundation

To appear in search results, your site must be found by search engines. That means if you’re starting from the ground up or have never engaged in SEO, your first task is making your site visible to search engine crawlers. One common problem here is also an easy fix: your site’s robots.txt file. Retailers and brands often neglect this little file, but adding instructions to it tells crawlers which pages you want indexed and which you don’t.

You’ll also want to show crawlers your site structure for better indexing. To do that, you may need to update and expand your sitemap or build one from scratch. The ideal sitemap for SEO crawlability includes all of your site’s categories, subcategories, and product pages. If you’re wondering how long it will take to map or update your site’s thousands of product pages, services like Screaming Frog can generate a sitemap you can link to in your robots.txt file. After you update robots.txt, submit it to Google and other search engines so they can re-crawl your site as soon as possible.

If your site uses older plug-in technology like Flash or Silverlight to display content, you face a bigger crawlability challenge. Flash and Silverlight content is invisible to search engine crawlers so it can’t appear in search results. To make that content visible, you’ll need to convert it to a format that can be indexed, like HTML5 or JavaScript. The conversion process can take a few months, and you may need new software and coding talent to make it happen. After the conversion is complete, you can map the content, update your robots.txt file, and submit it to Google.

Content optimization: leverage your existing assets

When your robots.txt, sitemap and crawlability issues are solved, the next SEO building block to put in place is content optimization. This requires making better use of your current assets to improve your rank for specific keywords. You can use Google Keyword Planner to develop a list of target keywords based on volume and ROI. Then use the list to enhance your meta tags and content, starting with your top-level pages and working down through your categories and subcategories and finally ending with product pages.

An alternative to working through your entire site is to focus on optimizing a few select pages. For example, if product category “Page A” does reasonably well, use Google Search Console to evaluate its performance. Does the page align with particular keywords? If so, you can optimize the category page for those keywords to boost its performance. This will serve to enhance, but not replace, your programmatic SEO tools.

Offsite: build links and brand engagement

The next stage of building your SEO program is pursuing offsite strategies like link-building and social influencer relationships. You don’t have to wait until all your existing content is optimized to start your offsite work, but the more complete your content-optimization process is, the more SEO benefits you’ll see from your link-building and influencer efforts.

Link building requires research, and it’s a good idea to review Google’s link-building ethics and best practices before you begin. The most efficient way to find possible links is with a tool like SEMrush that shows you where your competition’s backlinks originate. That tool displays a list of potential sites to reach out to with link requests. Narrow that list to high-quality sites with good traffic and a strong social media presence. Don’t expect a huge response to your outreach — a 10 to 15 percent response rate is good for link-building campaigns.

Finding the right influencers requires research, too. You need to know your product and your audience. You also need to identify the social media users who’ve built a following by posting about your industry or niche and then learn who their audience is. It’s also important to understand that the best-known influencers in your niche may not deliver the best ROI for you. You can break the bank working with high-profile influencers, or you can choose to work with micro-influencers. These are people who may only have tens of thousands of followers, but they’ve earned a high level of trust and authority within that group. Depending on your niche and your goals, micro-influencers may prove to be more cost-effective.

Content creation: expand into knowledge topics

If your company is mature in its SEO program, you can focus on content creation at a whole new level. At this stage, your content should expand beyond describing your products and services to answering consumer questions related to what you sell. For example, instead of creating more content about the shoes you sell, create content about how to choose shoes for different events, how to care for leather shoes and so on. Deciding what topics to focus on requires keyword and competitor research.

Use a tool like SEMrush to do a content gap analysis based on your products, segment, market and relevant search phrases. For example, a watch retailer’s keywords include basics like “men’s watches” and “women’s watches,” but there are other popular search phrases they can leverage, too, such as “watch repair” and “types of watches.” By doing this analysis, you can typically generate somewhere between 750 and 6,000 keywords that you can use to create non-promotional content.

You’re not going to use all the keywords, though. The next step is to segment your new list of keywords and analyze how you perform for those phrases versus how your competition performs. This sifting can take anywhere from a few days to a full month. The time you spend on this is an investment that leads to a content road map for your SEO program. For example, you can prioritize the keywords where you have a competitive opportunity and make them the focus of your content creation program over the coming year.

To summarize, to get to this level of SEO, you have to build up the other levels first. Crawlability gives you the foundation to optimize your existing content. Optimization makes link-building and influencer marketing more effective. Knowledge-content creation is the capstone on these other steps. Together, these building blocks give you a durable SEO strategy to help you win organic search traffic.

 

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How to Perform Competitor Analysis with SEMRush

Competitor analysis cannot be ignored when it comes to the SEO of a blog or website. You can valuable information by running a website analysis test on your competitor. It helps you to make future strategy and makes you aware of the keywords that are driving most of the traffic for them. Here you can learn about Competitor Analysis with SEMRush

You can learn a lot from your competitor especially if you are a digital marketer. You can perform competitor analysis to check what is working for them and you can also apply those techniques to get more traffic. The first step in competitor analysis is to identify your competition.

Competitor Analysis with SEMRush

SEMRush is a tool that allows you to identify your closest competitor in the search engine. It also shows you the data that can help you to analyze the performance of your competitors. In this article, I will be showing you how you can use SEMRush tool to beat the competition and outperform the best in your field

1. Identify your organic competitors

The first task is to identify your organic competitors. There are a lot of competitors that are fighting to rank for the same keyword that you are fighting for. To get started, go to the SEMRush dashboard and select Organic Search in the drop-down. Now select ‘Competitors’ to view a list of the competitors that rank for the same keyword that you want to rank for.

Scroll down to see a list of domains that are competing with your blog or website. These websites are ranked on the basis of their competition level. The competition level is based on the number of common keywords that the websites want to rank. Therefore, the more domains two websites have in common, they are more likely to compete with one another.

2. Monitor your Competitor’s Rankings

The position tracking tool allows you to track the rank of your competitors as well as your own website. You can also view the overall ranking or the ranking for a particular keyword. Let us check how you can use the SEMRush position tracking tool. First, you need to create a new project on SEMrush. Once the project is created, you can set up the position tracking campaign for your domain as well as your competitor’s domain. You can add up to 20 competitors to your campaign.

You can add the keywords manually from the SEMRush report, from Google Analytics or from a txt file. Once all the keywords are added, you can press the “Add to Project” button and then click “Start Tracking” to start the position tracking campaigns.

3. Keyword Gap Tool

Keyword gap tool is a great tool that compares your domain’s keyword portfolio to the closest competitors. The Keyword gap tool allows you to add up to 5 domains and compare different types of keywords. For getting started, go to Gap Analysis > Keyword gap and then enter the five domains that you would like to compare. In the next step, select the keyword type.

You can also compare the organic, paid and PLA keywords between the domains.

Next, select the keyword type. You can compare the organic, paid and PLA keywords. Next, select the intersection type by clicking on the Venn diagram. Each intersection type will be able to tell you where you stand in the competition. The common keywords let you see the keywords in which both the websites have a rank.

4. Discover New Link Building Opportunity

SEMRush can help you to discover new links for your website or blog. With the help of the Back Link gap tool, you can analyze the backlink of up to five competitors. This data can then be used to generate the new backlinks for the website.

To get started, go to Gap Analysis > backlink Gap and add up to 5 domain URL that you want to compare. You can see your own backlinks by adding your URL to this tool. After entering the competitor’s domain, press the green button and SEMRush will get the data for you.

The backlink gap tool will compare the backlink profiles of the competitive websites. You can see the competitor generating most backlinks at the top of the graph.

Now, comes the real work. Identifying the link building opportunities for your domain. This means that you have to identify the domains that your competitors are having a link from and you are not. Identify these links and start working to get links from these websites.

5. Follow your Competitors Social Media activities

Social media Tracker allows you to follow the competitor’s social profile performance. You can use this tool to compare your social presence with your competitor’s profiles. To get started, go to the project dashboard and click the “Setup” button under “Social Media Tracker”.

A window will open and you have to connect your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin) etc.

On the next step, you need to enter your competitor’s domains. Once you have entered your competitor’s name, click on “Start Social Media Tracker”. SEMRush will automatically populate the data for you. The data will reveal on which platform your competitors have the maximum followers. You can also select the date range to analyze.

 

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