The New Google Ranking Factor: Page Experience

The New Google Ranking Factor: Page Experience

When Google releases an algorithm update that changes the way websites are ranked the digital marketing field has to adapt.  On May 28, 2020, Google announced an upcoming change to their algorithm in which a new metric will play heavily in the ranking of websites: page experience.  The Google Page Experience algorithm update is expected to go live early in 2021. In a nutshell, page experience is the perceived experience of users that interact with a web page.  Google measures page experience with a set of metrics referred to as the Core Web Vitals.  Like with all Google updates, it is important for businesses and digital marketers to research and understand the update and make changes to their websites if necessary, so that they will rank well under this new metric.  In this guide, we will discuss page experience and the metrics that measure it, as well as website optimization steps you can take to get your site ready for the update. If you would rather work with a digital marketing expert like Proceed Innovative to ensure that your website is optimized, we provide professional search engine optimization (SEO) services to help your website rank well within the search engine results pages (SERPs). What is Page Experience? According to the developer’s document on page experience from Google, “Page experience is a set of signals that measure how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page beyond its pure information value.”  The metrics used to measure page experience include what Google calls Core Web Vitals as well as other search signals that are currently part of the algorithm....
Best Ways to Optimize Your Website for Google Discover

Best Ways to Optimize Your Website for Google Discover

There is no question in today’s digital marketing world that if you want your website discovered, you need to be present in the Google search results.  The search engine giant has been the main search engine used by people browsing the internet for nearly two decades which is why marketing departments and digital marketing agencies focus their attention on getting good rankings and appearing high within the Google search engine results pages (SERPs). Over the years, Google has introduced and updated many tools that are crucial for digital marketers trying to improve their rankings and visibility on Google.  Tools such as Adwords, Google Analytics, and Google My Business are heavily used to track and improve the performance of websites and the online presence of businesses.  Google always strives to improve the experience of marketers with new tools and best practices, while focusing on improving the user experience.  One tool that Google has introduced to improve the experience of mobile users that is often ignored by digital marketers is Google Discover. Google works to create the best user experience by analyzing data gathered from its users to create a unique experience based on their behaviors and search habits.  Google Discover is a personal feed available on mobile devices that shows users content related to their previous searches and interests without performing a search.  Links on Google Discover have been shown to get good traffic and high click through rates (CTRs) as this software is highly optimized. Though much of the content on Google Discover is based on the hobbies and interests of individual users, brands can also appear within these...
2019 SEO Content Writing Checklist

2019 SEO Content Writing Checklist

With so many people searching online for all types of businesses, from restaurants to auto mechanics, it is very important for businesses to invest in search engine optimization (SEO) to ensure that they can be found online.  Shockingly, many businesses will invest in several digital platforms to promote their business and drive traffic, but SEO is not an area where most businesses choose to invest.  A recent survey from Clutch found that only 44% of businesses invest in SEO, but more than 70 percent of businesses invest in digital marketing through social media (81%), website promotion (78%), and email marketing (69%). Every bit of digital content created by a business, including blogs, web pages, and social media posts, can benefit greatly from effective SEO.  Search engines like Google rank every bit of digital content and if your content is not properly optimized, it will not rank very well.  When businesses invest in SEO, they can greatly improve the performance and ROI of their social media marketing and website promotion. A solid SEO strategy is built upon quality SEO content writing.  Search engines have gotten much better at identifying quality, user-focused content and it is this type of content that gets the highest rankings.  As you form the SEO marketing plan for your company for 2019, you must emphasize the importance of content marketing and focus on creating quality content for your audience.  Creating quality, user-focused content across all of your digital channels, including your website, blog, and social media profiles, will help you rank higher and drive more traffic for an improved ROI. The following are tips to help...
Google Mobile First Index and How It Impacts SEO

Google Mobile First Index and How It Impacts SEO

Everyone’s been hearing a lot about Google’s Mobile First Indexing and how it has impacted the search results – all in order to provide better experiences for mobile users. It was also done as a result of consumer behavior trends as they continue to flock to mobile devices to learn about or buy just about anything. As for business owners, there has been lots of confusion and even frustration as to what this means. In sum, if a website is not mobile-friendly, its rankings will suffer the most. But this does not mean that mobile-friendly websites’ rankings will improve. So what needs to be done? Or if the site is already mobile-friendly, what else needs to be done? This blog will cover the basics of Google’s Mobile First Index and how it impacts SEO. It will also provide the answers to common questions regarding the new index and what can be done to improve or maintain your rankings on Google. Find below the answers to all of the following questions about Google’s mobile-first index. What is mobile-first indexing? What needs to be done about mobile-first indexing? Is mobile-first indexing adding mobile pages to another mobile index? Is the mobile-first indexing happening everywhere? Will Google only use my mobile site to determine rankings? When will Google use the desktop site to determine rankings rather than the mobile site? What if I don’t have a mobile version of my site? What will happen if I have a large desktop site and a large mobile site? Will that content still be indexed and appear on mobile searches? How does this affect my...
Tips to Boost your Business Listing on Google

Tips to Boost your Business Listing on Google

Google has made a clear attempt to localize its searches over the past couple of years to show users a list of related businesses in their area when they search for a particular product or service.  This makes it especially important for businesses to make sure that they not only have a Google Business listing, but also that their listing is accurate and easily found on Google though local search.  The majority of local searches, around 80%, are done by users on mobile devices and studies have shown that mobile users that conduct local searches are much more likely to respond to the Call to Action.  In order to capture more local search traffic with your Google business listing, you can improve your listing with the following tips. Maximizing your Google My Business Listing The first step to getting your business noticed on Google Local is to create a business profile in Google My Business.  This listing must be complete and accurate so that you show up in relevant local searches and users can locate your business in Google Maps.  Whether you have a Google My Business account that needs to be updated or your company is creating a whole new profile, make sure you complete the following to maximize your Google business listing. Complete and Accurate Information The information on your Google My Business profile should be accurate about the products or services you offer, where you are located, and how users can get in touch with your company.  Choosing the right category is important for attracting traffic from relevant local searches and you should always update the...