Paul Thornton - Tuesday 22nd November 2016


Google’s Mobile First Index – what it means for you

For only the second time in history, Google have announced that they will be conducting an update to their algorithm before the update goes live. The previous time was what SEO’s dubbed “Mobilegeddon”, and this time it’s also specific to mobile, however, the forthcoming change also affects desktop. Although the exact date has not been set, we expect the ‘mobile first index’ to launch early in the New Year. The fact that Google has made the announcement ahead of time, giving SEOs and Webmasters time to get their sites in order tells you all you need to know about the importance and impact the update is likely to have.

 

What is the planned update?

Google announced on Friday 4 November that they are going to split the index and will have a separate desktop and mobile index. Currently the index on both desktop and mobile is based on your desktop…

Gavin Hirst - Wednesday 16th November 2016


Influencer marketing – time to join the party?

Every year we seem to go through a cycle of the next big thing in Digital Marketing and judging by the articles landing in my inbox of late, influencer marketing is THE big thing to focus on right now. Influencer marketing is not a particularly new concept. Driven by social media, brands have had to shift tack in order to appear in people’s feeds with the introduction of Facebook and Instagram’s algorithm which controls the content that is delivered into your feed. In order to combat this, people have turned to highly influential individuals on social media in order to reach out to their target audience with a different kind of message.

Influencer marketing is growing

A simple search on Google Trends shows us how much influencer marketing is growing worldwide. Those who jumped on board early have been reaping the benefits since early 2015 but I think we can expect…

Gavin Hirst - Thursday 10th November 2016


Earning links that matter for SEO

Link earning is the new link outreach

The difference between being on the first page of the search results and being on page two comes down to a number of factors, however one of the most important is still links. Yes, the laborious and often painstaking work of manually reaching out for links still matters. Gone are the days when it was a simple case of going out and buying some links from sites with a good domain authority score or going even further back, just buying links period.

Link building, link outreach, link acquisition – whatever you want to call it has now evolved to link earning and this requires a much more scientific approach.

Link earning takes time and effort

The question abounds today as to whether it is worth the time and resource that many companies still invest in link earning. And…

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