Search engine marketing

5 tips for your first Google AdWords campaign

Starting your first online marketing campaign is a serious challenge. Alongside e-mail marketing and search engine optimisation (SEO), display advertising is a key component of any good online marketing plan. When it comes to running your first Google AdWords campaign, you’ll need a great strategy, sensible planning, and expert know-how to give yourself the best possible chance of success. Here’s our top 5 Google AdWords tips to help get your campaign started. [...]  

SEO ranking factors 2016: the Searchmetrics study at a glance

With the annual correlation study on the topic of ranking factors, Searchmetrics has been taking care of the SEO sector since 2012. The prominent search and content performance platform also presents the most important findings each year in Google rankings – this comes in the form of general ranking factors and rank correlations. We have summarised the key learning points of the 2016 study for you. Considerable changers are afoot in how google operates. [...]  

SEO basics: what is black hat SEO?

Today you launch your website and tomorrow you’re ranked at the top of the list of search results? This is every website operator’s dream, but it’s sadly not that easy. SEO is an effective and sustainable marketing method, but it takes a while before the success starts to show. Some marketers use black hat SEO techniques to accelerate this process and in doing so are taking a big risk. [...]  

What is the Alexa ranking and how can I improve it?

The Amazon daughter company Alexa Inc. collects lots of data relating to how often and from where a website is visited, and then builds a ranking list from this data. But for many website operators, the Alexa rank is a bit of a mystery. How does the internet giant actually calculate the ranking, and what exactly does it signify? This digital guide offers the best tips and measures which can all help to improve your Alexa ranking. [...]  

Keyword Planner: 5 alternatives to the Google tool

Google‘s Keyword Planner has already undergone numerous changes; new features have been added and existing features have been optimised. Since the end of 2016, the keyword-based tool has only had limited usability unless you have a larger AdWords campaign. Instead of obtaining exact values for the search volume of reviewed keywords, users of the free edition only get approximate range values that aren’t very meaningful for keywords with little search power. It’s time to look for a suitable Keyword Planner alternative. [...]  

Optimising websites for voice search – future-oriented SEO

The process takes place rather quietly and unnoticed, but then again, voice search is becoming more and more important for search engines – and also for SEO. Changes in user behaviour and the first adjustments in search algorithms that take this trend into account are already noticeable. Future-oriented SEO starts right now with voice search optimisation. Get to know the most important voice assistants and learn about the latest trends and the most important measures for optimising your website for voice search. [...]  

Local SEO: how local search engine optimisation works

Small and medium-sized companies are often hesitant about taking their first steps into the world of online business: the competition is too big, they don’t have enough online experience, etc. Even if you’ve decided against selling online and have instead chosen to go for brick and mortar trade, you still can’t afford to neglect online marketing. An increasing number of people go online to look for shopping possibilities in their region. If your company doesn’t rank highly in the local search results, you could lose potential customers. Local SEO helps to prevent this from happening. [...]  

Google search results: the evolution of the SERPs

Google has more or less shaped the way that we search for things online. The undisputed market leader among search engines has consistently found new features and functions to simplify and speed up the methods we use to find web pages and information on the internet. Since the foundation of the Google search back in 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s internet giant has consistently kept things moving – giving both users and marketers alike food for thought. [...]  

Google mobile search: the evolution of the Google search

In the modern world you don’t just have your smartphone on you at all times – you have Google as your daily companion as well. Through its broad range of services and applications for mobile devices the search engine market leader has taken a firm grip of the mobile phone industry with the help of its many partners. Google offers more than just a mere mobile search, the company provides personal digital assistance on smartphones designed to help users organize their day-to-day life, get from A to B, and always stay on up to date with the things that matter. [...]  

SEO basics: link building—the right external links

Despite the radical change Google Penguin brought to the function of search engines, a website’s link structure still remains an important component of search engine optimization. Gone are the days where websites were able to increase their ranking through the dubious practices of link farming and using expired domains. Nowadays, organic link building is the best method for improving a site’s search engine ranking with external links. This approach also features its own unique set of measures that, when properly used, allow website operators to rise up in the search engine result pages (SERPs). [...]