Does it seem like Google makes drastic changes to its algorithms every time you start to see solid results from your search engine optimization (SEO) strategy? You’re not alone! SEO is a fast-changing art and science. The kind of business you run affects your SEO strategy, but so does the way Google processes information and produces its search engine results pages (SERPs). The company – like Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines – is constantly tweaking things. So how can you keep up? One way, of course, is to hire SEO experts like the team here at Vizion to do it for you. But if you’re not ready to do that just yet, or you enjoy doing it yourself, here’s a list of five SEO tools we use to stay ahead of the curve for our clients. Google Webmaster YouTube Channel Moz’s Google Algorithm Change History Mike Blumenthal’s Local SEO blog Google Analytics Google’s Search Console (aka Google Webmaster Tools) …Read entire entry »

Over the last year we have heard a lot more combined usage of the terms HTTPS and SEO. HTTPS is an acronym for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. This is basically HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) + Secure which notes the usage of SSL or Secure Sockets Layer. This encryption protocol is used to aid in the ability to have a secure internet connection. This becomes a need in the ecommerce arena when one is submitting credit card information in a purchase. The bridge between HTTPS and SEO began a little more than a year ago as Google announced HTTPS as a ranking signal. This perked the interest of many SEOs as Google was providing insight into how one might rank better by utilizing this secure connection. The even larger interest was how significant the signal boost was. Many in the SEO industry took the advice from Google and made the move to HTTPS. What was found in several tests were tha…Read entire entry »

Has the Age of “Paid SEO” arrived?   Picture this: Google crawls your site, matches a search query to one of your most important keywords, and then places a related, automatically-generated listing, pointing to the appropriate landing page – in the part of the SERP reserved for ads. Paid organic rankings? The death of keywords? Google took a step in this direction recently when it announced completely-revamped Dynamic Search Ads (DSAs). Originally made available three years ago, this already-powerful tool has been “enhanced and retooled from the ground up.” Basically, the DSA functionality allows advertisers to display customized ads in reaction to search queries – without specifying keywords. Google actually uses its organic indexing technology to crawl the advertiser’s site and automatically display ads that are relevant to its pages. Google creates a headline that is appropriate for the page’s product or service, and the descr…Read entire entry »

If there’s one thing that drives users insane on a site, it’s when things go a bit . . . awry—broken links, links that redirect to the page they’re already on, and many others. In this article, I’m going to address some of the more common issues as well as some ways to spot and resolve them quickly. Broken Forms and No Way to Contact Support When people fill out a form, they are looking for some kind of response. If the fields and submit functions aren’t working, how …Read entire entry »

If you are a site owner or manage your company's website, inevitably, you will have to grant access to your site's analytics. I find myself walking new clients through the process of granting access to Google Analytics so often that I thought it would be a good idea to document the steps needed. Granting Access 1. Access your Google Analytics Account Dashboard 2. From the upper right hand of screen click on Admin button …Read entire entry »

As digital marketers we can all likely agree that with a multitude daily metrics to assess, the ability to use software tools to help us in our daily work lives is essential. With that, this Tool Tuesday we are taking a look at CognitiveSEO. CognitiveSEO, the brainchild of Razvan Gavrilas, has been live since 2011 and to this day is used by thousands of today’s top brands and agencies. Off the cuff, the tool gathers data across link data, organic visibility and social media presence and is presented in a dashboard tab view, much the same as other tool solutions provide. So, what makes this tool different? Let’s take a look at each one of these sections and highlight why we think this tool is a must-have in your digital marketing toolbox!   Campaign Management In order to analyze data we can utilize the Instant Backlink Explorer or we can create an on-going campaign. To get the fullest benefit out of t…Read entire entry »

Drafting an eBook is a great value proposition for your audience – or at least, it can be. Businesses often employ this type of content to provide readers with focused content that delves into whatever issue they are researching. This could be an evaluation of SEO trends in 2015, how to employ a new technique in a business, or explaining a new industry revelation. Simply providing an eBook, though, is not enough. Make sure your eBooks include these three elements to guarantee you get the most out of this content. Empathize With Your Target Audience Understanding your ideal consumer’s pain points is an essential part of the conversion process. Of course, considering these needs when you…Read entire entry »

The world of SEO, SEM, and ROI can make an in-house marketer’s head spin. As these individuals reach out to the world of digital marketing professionals to make their content headaches go away, agencies are presented with the perfect opportunity for new business. However, if prospective clients get a hint of ineffectiveness, dated information, or results that fall short of their expectations, they will take their business elsewhere. Is your digital marketing agency losing ground to these ideas? Conduct a self-audit by asking these questions and make sure you can meet the expectations of a growing client base. What Process Do You Employ to Ensure Your Recommendations Are the Best Thing for Your Brand? How do you discover changes to the industry, and what steps do you have in place to implement new policies? SEO and SEM are …Read entire entry »

One of the main strengths of the Google Display Network is the wealth of targeting options. Advertisers can choose to target site pages or groups of people by: Site or page topic using keyword or topic targeting Specific sites using placement targeting Previous advertiser-site visitors using Remarketing People with specific interests using affinity targeting, in-market targeting and custom affinity audience targeting (Note that up until February 2015, there was an additional targeting option called interest targeting. This option has been retired and Google advises advertisers to switch to affinity or custom affinity instead.) In this article I’ll delve into the newest targeti…Read entire entry »

Have you ever found yourself recommending a particular tool and realize pretty much no one has ever heard of it or has used it as consistently as you have? I totally feel that way about OneTab. OneTab is an extension for Chrome and the simplest way to describe what it does is this: Import a list of URLs into OneTab and the extension will open them all at once Export a list of open tabs from OneTab and paste them into Excel or another document So why do these functions make OneTab so wonderful? I was really tempted to write “Onederful” in reference to the movie …Read entire entry »