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...
Is Your Website Up to Date? SEO Audit 2020

Is Your Website Up to Date? SEO Audit 2020

Consumers search for everything online whether they are looking for specific products, a service to be performed, or a place to eat.  This makes a business’s website extremely important as this is often a consumer’s first introduction to a company.  It is one thing to create a visually appealing, user-friendly website that contains valuable information, but it is quite another to have your website perform well from an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) standpoint so that users will find and visit your website. High performing websites that are well-optimized and appear high in search engine results pages (SERPs) will attract more traffic and leads which can lead to high conversion rates and an increase in revenue.  This makes the SEO performance of your website very important for your bottom line.  Even if your website is performing well in the rankings and getting good traffic, you cannot simply let it be.  Changes in search engine algorithms and the improvement of your competitors’ websites can bump your website from its top positions in Google. The best ways to ensure that your website is well presented on Google and other search engines is to constantly monitor its performance and schedule an SEO audit.  SEO audits of your website should be done at least once per year and a good time to remember to do them is at the end of each year. So as 2020 approaches, it is time to review your website’s strengths and weaknesses, fix all SEO and marketing issues, and build up a new marketing and SEO strategy for the new year.  This guide will help you do an SEO...
Mobile and Organic Search Market Share Growth – Q4 2018

Mobile and Organic Search Market Share Growth – Q4 2018

The organic and mobile search market data for quarter 4 of 2018 reaffirms what digital marketers have been preaching for the last several years.  Effective search engine optimization (SEO) strategies, especially strategies that involve mobile friendly SEO and mobile responsive web designs, are of paramount importance for driving more traffic to your website.  The number of online searches done on mobile devices has grown each year since it surpassed desktop searches in October of 2016 and Google continues to account for the largest share of overall organic and mobile searches by far. In Merkle’s Digital Marketing Report for Q4 2018, the data shows that Google accounted for 93 percent of all organic searches in the U.S. and 96 percent of all organic mobile searches.  Both figures are an increase from Q4 of 2017.  With such a high share of internet users turning to Google for their searches, especially on mobile devices, it is important for businesses and digital marketers to focus on optimizing their website for Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs) and ensuring that it is mobile friendly.  If your website is not optimized for mobile search, you will quickly be left behind. In this guide, we will cover the importance of optimizing your website for organic search, especially for mobile devices.  Your website needs to be well optimized and have a mobile responsive web design so that it displays properly for the growing number of users doing online searches on their mobile devices.  If your website is not optimized for mobile searches, you can enlist the help of a digital marketing agency like Proceed Innovative and their...
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...