How to remove default site name from post SEO titles on Yoast WordPress Plugin

Vooodoo Internet MarketingYoast is a great WordPress plugin for blog SEO, but one default which gets on people’s nerves is adding the site name to blog SEO titles by default. You add you perfectly measured SEO title and bosh! it makes it too long by adding the site title. These are the two easy steps to get rid of it. Continue reading

A21 Update: Mobile-friendliness Google Ranking D-Day

Barry Schwartz writing for seoroundtable.com today quotes Google’s Zineb Ait Bahajji, a Webmaster Trends Analyst, revealing that Google’s Mobile Friendly algorithm will have a bigger effect than that of Panda or Penguin.

Barry writes that although this mobile-friendly algorithm only impacts mobile search, this “can be around 50% of all queries on Google these days. If your site is not mobile-friendly, it will suffer greatly in the mobile search results. So make sure to get ready now for this April 21st launch.”

Related post: April 21: Mobile-friendliness a ‘significant’ ranking factor on Google mobile searches

Best time to follow up a property lead? Three stats you should know

ad Generation & Follow UpEstate agents occasionally ask us about lead follow-up. They want to know when the best time to follow up a lead is, fearing they might come across as desperate or trying hard sell tactics if they respond too fast. There are three statistics which real estate professionals should know… Continue reading

Google using HTTPS as a ‘lightweight’ ranking signal

Https Google Ranking SignalGoogle invests a lot in making sure that their services use industry-leading security, like strong HTTPS encryption by default. That means that people using Search, Gmail and Google Drive, for example, automatically have a secure connection to Google.

Zineb Ait Bahajji and Gary Illyes, Webmaster Trends Analysts wrote on the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Continue reading

Do Google algorithms affect sites the same way in all languages?

Google Algorithms languagesEver been flummoxed by a site’s ranking getting nailed in English on Google.co.uk but still ranking high and dry in other languages? Me too. Try telling the client “English? Naaaaah. Don’t worry about English. You’re page 1 for Latvian!”

But if Google has a problem with your site, why only in English? Whyyyyy? Continue reading

Walkthrough: How to invite LinkedIn connections to Like your Facebook page

invite-Linkedin-connections-to-Like-facebook-PageSetting aside that most of the people who have Liked your Facebook page probably don’t get to see your posts anyway, size still matters – at least to company bosses. Unless your page is about laughing babies or cars or Justin Bieber, building your audience of Likes for a Facebook page can be a little hard work, especially if you’re not prepared to pay Facebook Inc for a get more likes campaign… But those of you in LinkedIn know that once you get rolling, it is eeeasy extending your network of connections. Did you know you can invite your LinkedIn connections who have Facebook profiles to Like your Facebook Page? Of course you didn’t. Here’s how you do it. Continue reading

How many leads is your Google AdWords campaign generating?

Google-AdWords-PPCIf you’re currently running a Google AdWords PPC campaign do you know what your cost per conversion (lead) is? Can you tell which leads are organic and which ones come from PPC? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, chances are you’re wasting your money. Continue reading

SEO: is it science fiction or science fact? The SEO Periodic Table

SEO-periodic-table-2Search engine optimization — SEO — may seem like some form of obscure magic code known only to a handful of overpaid consultants. The truth is there is a science to it. Search engines reward pages with the right combination of ranking factors, or “signals.” SEO is about ensuring your content generates the right type of signals which search engines look for when determining the relevance of a site to a search query. Continue reading

Google launches search removal tool after EU ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling

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Google has launched a new online search removal request tool via a submission form as it starts the lengthy process of executing the “right to be forgotten” rule following its recent loss in a landmark EU court case.

Individuals will now have the right to request “irrelevant, outdated or inappropriate” information about them or their company to be removed from Google’s search results.

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Comment: Google’s Panda 4.0 possible effect on real estate websites

spamGoogle’s recently released an update to the way its search algorithm works, dubbed “Panda 4.0″ aimed at discriminating against websites that publish duplicate or spammy content. It has long been a conundrum as to the SEO value of real estate website listings which are imported from and exported to third party sites. So how will Google”s Panda 4.0 update affect real estate websites?

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Google releases Panda 4.0 causing havoc among major brands

Google releases Panda 4.0Pandas may look cute and cuddly, but they can be extremely hazardous to your health. The same can be said about Google’s most recent update to the way its search algorithm works, dubbed “Panda 4.0,”which is said to be wreaking havoc with some major brands on the web, according to Business Insider.

“The intent of Google’s updates is the same as all its previous updates: It is attempting to discriminate against spam webpages that publish duplicate, thin, or useless content simply for the purpose of getting search traffic from Google,” writes Jim Edwards for BI. Continue reading

(Q&A) EMDs – to buy an exact match domain or not?

Exact Match Domains EMDA client of ours – we’ll call him John Smith – wrote to us with this very good question:

“I’m thinking of buying ExpatRemovals.co.uk for my removal service for expats. The chap I am buying it from says that from an SEO point of view, ‘this domain name will drive substantial targeted traffic to your website for years to come as each and every month 1000’s of people type the term ‘Expat Removals’ into Google, making this name an absolute category killer!’

“Would this be a good domain for us and to run landing page traffic? Would it receive a lot of traffic because of the keywords in the domain?” Continue reading

Is Facebook forcing page owners to pay to have their posts shown?

Voodoo Internet MarketingThe newish corporate face of Facebook has proven that indeed there is no such thing as a free lunch. Let me ask you this: when you post on your facebook page do you feel snubbed by your thousands of followers? Feel like you are speaking to yourself? Unless you’re posting funny videos, pictures of cute kittens or Justin Bieber it seems most people can no longer see them. Continue reading