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In this digital age, it is all to easy to jump to the conclusion that online marketing is dominating over offline marketing methods… but is it fair? Just like “video killed the radio star” (as the song goes), can online media really kill the once all mighty print media star?

One dinosaur of print media which seems to be, all too often, in the firing line is the Yellow Pages.  Sure, on an environmental level, the Yellow Pages [physical book], may be seen as a colossal waste of paper but what about its effectiveness?

It seems that those who are most aggressively against the Yellow Pages are typically the ones who have the most to gain from its demise – namely online marketers, SEO and SEM companies.

So, before condemning the Yellow Pages, we decided to hit the streets of Melbourne to hear what the everyday person thinks. I guess you could call it some old fashioned market research :)

Watch the video below to see a quick summary of what we found…

The Survey Results

Q1. How often do you use the print version of the Yellow Pages? Read More>>

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website metrics

Make it easy for people to browse through your website.

I’ve recently been asked to contribute to an expert roundup blog post and they wanted me to give the best piece of advice I could to business owners looking to increase their traffic with Google.

I thought I’d give you the head start, so here it is…

Focus on improving your website visitor’s user experience above all else.

With the constant changes in Google’s algorithm, stop chasing “loop holes” and “quick fixes” that try to game the search engines.

Your time is best spent improving website metrics like: time on site, bounce rate, number of pages viewed and loading speeds. By focusing on these metrics you will ultimately give Google what they want and in return you’re rewarded with higher rankings, more traffic and higher conversions.

So, whether your rankings improve directly due to these metrics or there’s simply some sort of correlation – either way, it works! You’re making the internet a better place by improving people’s experience when visiting your website. Read More>>

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Doorway Page Penalty Algorithm

It’s time to check if you have doorway pages of your own.

 

Have you been keeping up to date with all the SEO news? It’s a little like drinking from a firehose these days. To help, I’ve cherry picked the most important headlines worth reading over the past week.

Google To Launch New Doorway Page Penalty Algorithm {time to remove thin content!}
www.searchengineland.com/google-to-launch-new-doorway-page-penalty-algorithm-216974

Google confirms watching clicks to evaluate results quality {the algorithm is changing}
www.twitter.com/dannysullivan/status/580632457877331968

Google: The Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Will Be Larger Than Panda Or Penguin {21st of April is the big day!}
www.seroundtable.com/google-mobile-algorithm-big-20010.html Read More>>

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It’s been another big week in SEO with Google announcing its intention to squash doorway pages. You know, the pages that add little or no unique content and often target geographic terms like “your product/service + suburb”. It’s an outdated strategy that will shortly do you more harm than good.

It’s a big wake up call for many website owners as Google has been getting more brutal with their ranking calculations. But before I get stuck into this week’s news, I wanted to mention…

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Ok back to the news… here’s what I spotted this week.

Google to start taking further action on doorway pages {best to remove these pages}
www.googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/an-update-on-doorway-pages.html

How Much Traffic Will You Lose From The Upcoming Mobile SEO-Pocalypse?
www.searchengineland.com/much-traffic-will-lose-upcoming-mobile-seo-pocalypse-216564 Read More>>

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mobile usability ranking factor

Google is now checking your website’s mobile usability.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the news over the past couple of weeks and I cherry picked the ones worth reading. Anyway, here they are:



Google To Use Mobile Usability As A Ranking Factor In Mobile Search Results {the deadline is the 21st of April}
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-use-mobile-usability-ranking-factor-mobile-search-results/127045/

15 SEO Best Practices for Structuring URLs {most eCommerce sites have it wrong}
http://moz.com/blog/15-seo-best-practices-for-structuring-urls

How To Do A Complete SEO Audit {this is actually pretty good}
http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/150241055-how-to-seo-audit.html

The Four Horsemen: Amazon/Apple/Facebook & Google {interesting predictions}
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCvwCcEP74Q

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mobile-friendly ranking update

Google wants your website to be mobile-friendly.

I wanted to give you the heads up if you missed it…

Google has officially said “Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.” Google never announces updates like this and when combined with all of the Google Webmaster Tools notices they have been sending out saying “your website isn’t mobile responsive” – this is going to be epic!

It wouldn’t surprise me if the mobile-friendly ranking update will have as much impact as Penguin or Panda. Basically they’re saying, if you’re not mobile responsive, don’t be surprised if you start to disappear from search results in the near future.

You can read their announcement here:
www.googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ca/2015/02/finding-more-mobile-friendly-search.html

If you need a hand and want me to take a quick look at your website and ensure you’re all safe – just email me back with your website url. I’ve got a few tests I can run to see if you need to fix anything. I’m looking out for you :)

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Melbourne Video

MelbourneVideo.com.au recorded the latest Key Person of Influence event in Melbourne.

 

I’ve been keeping my eye out on the news for you this week and I spotted some things I think you should check out. There have been a few big changes, a few opportunities and some things you just need to know. I figure, I’m reading this stuff anyway, I might as well save you some time and be your filter!

Anyway, here’s the big news for the week:

Building High Quality Backlinks in a Scalable Way {some smart ideas}
www.neilpatel.com/2014/12/30/how-to-build-high-quality-backlinks-in-a-scalable-way

Google Will Get Access To Twitter’s Firehose Again:
www.searchengineland.com/report-google-will-get-access-twitters-firehose-214220

Google’s Sitelinks Search Box: What You Need to Know {we just did this}
www.moz.com/blog/sitelinks-search-box Read More>>

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mobile usability warnings

Does your website have mobile usability features?

In this post, I share only the best bits from all the latest news headlines I’ve been watching. I’m like a filter to keep you focused on what’s most important in your business.

So here’s what I recently spotted:

Google Sending Mobile Usability Warnings To Huge Number Of Webmasters
www.searchengineland.com/google-sending-mobile-usability-warnings-huge-number-webmasters-213113

The 6 Step Online Marketing Strategy Every Small Business Should Follow in 2015
www.problogger.net/archives/2015/01/26/the-6-step-online-marketing-strategy-every-small-business-should-follow-in-2015

Google Knowledge Graph Now Showing Social Profiles For Brands
www.searchengineland.com/google-knowledge-graph-now-showing-social-profiles-brands-212823

Google Overtakes Traditional Media To Become Most Trusted News Source
www.searchengineland.com/google-overtakes-traditonal-media-become-trusted-source-news-online-213176

Top 10 “Best Perceived” Brands: Amazon & YouTube Take The Lead
www.marketingland.com/top-10-best-perceived-brands-amazon-ranks-1-youtube-2-114668 Read More>>

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internet marketing plan 2015

I’m going old skool and testing out an analog calendar with brightly coloured post it notes. How have you made your plans for 2015?

FYI, we’re back to business. How about you, are you back and did you have a good holiday season?

We’ve got some big plans for 2015 and it got me thinking about you and now I’m curious… if I asked you what were your *top 3 must complete* projects for 2015 – do you know the answer?

Having a clear internet marketing plan for 2015 and consistently working towards it is one of the keys to success – especially with so many distractions these days. You’ve got to keep focused!

I’ll help out where I can and keep you focused on what’s important for your website (the 80/20) – with so much crap out there on the internet – it’s easy to get off track.

To start, perhaps the best SEO and online marketing advice I can give you is to watch this YouTube video. I’m not too sure if you watched it already but I give my predictions for winning online in 2015:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xltDo5NSQRM

And if you want to grab the slide deck, you can get that here:
www.slideshare.net/davidjenyns/modern-seo-authority-content-for-2015-keynote

Also, over the break, I kept an eye out for any other news I think you’d find important. Here’s what I spotted:

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Melbourne SEO and Video

Woohooo, I’ve made it to the big time 😉 Front cover of Internet Marketing Magazine!

Looks like I’m the last one in the office and all is quiet. As I tie up loose ends for the year, it’s made me a little reflective and what a big year it’s been!

It never ceases to amaze me the speed at which the online landscape changes. To win online, you need to bring your A-game and be switched on 24×7. The holidays is actually pretty much the only time my team and I take off.

So with that, our head office is closed from the 24th of December through to the 5th of January. There will still be a couple of account managers lurking around during the break and some of the SEO.

If you’re having some down time, I encourage you to reflect on the year and start to plan out 2015. Once you have a clear vision of what you’d like to achieve, my team and I will do my best to help you get there!

So, from all the team at Melbourne SEO and Video, let me wish you a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2015!

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