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6 On and Off-Site Actions to Improve SEO

Image from: SEO / Shutterstock Google’s algorithm is constantly changing. As a marketer or entrepreneur optimizing your site, it’s important to know where to focus your energy to get the best returns. Each of these techniques plays an important role in your SEO strategy, and they work with synergy to give you the best chance of hitting the first page of Google. Here’s a guide to understanding the difference between

Seeing Between the Lines of the Search and the Click

Image from: Online Search / Shutterstock Search marketing is an intense and competitive battlefield, and for those of us in the trenches it can feel like being dropped in an unknown location without a map or GPS to guide us. To date, the ability to track actual consumer behavior from a search to a click has been virtually non-existent. Because search engine results pages (SERPs) are different for every consumer

July 2012 US Search Market Share Report: Bing grows, Google down. AOL and Yahoo! remain flat

The recent share trends between the two largest search engines continued this month. Google’s share declined by 0.2ppts from June to July, while Bing picked up that share. Both Yahoo!’s and AOL’s share remained flat M-O-M. Google Powered now represents 66% of the market and Bing Powered has over a third of the US web search market at 34%. When looking at Y-O-Y query volumes, Google’s core search query volume

Digressing to Discounts: Digging for Deals Online

Image from: Discount Shopping Online / Shutterstock With school right around the corner, I have found myself shopping for the best deals around. Whether I’m looking for furniture, books, or nearby deals, discounts are always on my mind. With that being said, I was curious as to see as to what types of discounts consumers alike are looking for. When I did a broad keyword search for the word discount

June 2012 US Search Market Share Report: Bing grows, Google down, continues trend seen over last 12 months

There were smaller changes in market share this month, with overall query volume slowing down for the first month of summer. Google’s share declined by 0.2ppts from May to June, while Bing and AOL each picked up 0.1ppt in their share. Yahoo!’s share remained flat M-O-M. Google Powered now represents 66.2% of the market and Bing Powered has over a third of the US web search market at 33.8%. Bing’s

Is Search So Easy a Caveman Could Do It?

As far as auto insurance goes, buying has only gotten easier. In fact, GEICO would say it’s so easy a caveman could do it. And while Progressive’s Flo might think differently, I decided to look and see how well these sites are performing. Last year we took a look at some of these celebrity icons in “So This Gecko, Caveman, and a Woman named Flo Walk into a Bar: Part 1”…

May 2012 US Search Market Share Report: Bing Up, Yahoo Up, Google Down

We return to the recent trends in search market share in May, with Bing and Yahoo’s respective share of the market increasing slightly and Google’s share decreasing. Bing gained 0.3ppt’s and Yahoo! gained 0.1ppt’s, driving the Bing Powered market share to 33.7%. Google’s share declined by 0.4ppt’s, and now garners 65.5% of the market. AOL’s share remained unchanged at 0.8% for the third month in a row. The overall search

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Losing the Race For Search Referrals

Image from: Indy 500 Image / Shutterstock According to their website the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indy 500, has “long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence.” That may be true, but their online presence has a much less spectacular following. Their site, indianapolismotorspeedway.com, usually sees a fairly low number of unique visitors each month, but experiences huge month-over-month increases (590% last year, and 821% the year before) around

Publishers Clearing House: Giving away money to make money?!

Image from: PCH We’ve all seen the videos online, where a TV crew pulls up to some lucky, unsuspecting household and they roll up to the doorstep with a bunch of balloons and a check the size of highway billboard to make someone rich.  The first thing that always pops into my mind when I come across these clips is “can you cash those checks at the bank?”  The second

April 2012 US Search Market Share Report: Bing up, Google up, Yahoo down

For the first time in months, the usual market share trends changed for Google and for Yahoo!. Google increased its share for the first time since December 2011 to 65.9% of the US core web search market. Yahoo! had been experiencing small increases in share steadily since December 2011, but saw a decline of 0.7ppt’s from March to April. Bing continues to gain monthly share since October 2011, and experienced

Your Report Card Is In; Search Marketing Plays Well With Others

Image from: Student Image / Shutterstock The old model of communication (sender -> receiver) doesn’t really cut it anymore, especially with the ubiquity of social media in our digital world. Your search marketing efforts shouldn’t be any different. Allowing your search ads to be more interactive for consumers is a great way to increase engagement with your paid search campaigns, and at the same time, shows your potential customers that