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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Google Updates: Gmail Inbox in Search Result, WebMasters Guideline Changed

Google is in mood of updates or makeover I guess. In the past few weeks, so many small and big updates it has announced, including, Panda, Pirates, Penguin. Last week, Google announced two more updates including Gmail Inbox in web search, webmaster's guideline changed.

Gmail Inbox Result in Web Search
Don't get confused or panic with the heading :) People won't see your private messages, Google takes care of security concerns as before. According to this update, if you are logged in to your account then you can access your all mails without opening gmail mail-client. A user can access all gmail tabs, including, Inbox, social and promotion directly from the Google web search or Google now. As per the TheAndroidSoul, users can search with any of the below queries to access their emails.
  • gmail inbox
  • my inbox
  • show inbox
  • get inbox
  • inbox by gmail
  • inbox from gmail

This update seems to be rolling out as a few users are not getting the results as mentioned. You can try in your Android. ;)

Gmail Inbox in Search Result
Gmail Inbox in Search Result

Another update is an update in the Google Webmaster Policy. If you are a webmaster, you must understand how serious it is....!! This update was announced by Webmaster Trends Analyst of Google, namely, Pierre Far. An official blog has been published on the same subject on googlewebmaster blog, too. According to this update, now Googlebot is modernized. So it will crawl websites as modern browsers. [People who are not aware of it, Google was crawling websites as text browser like Lynx before]. With the technology, Google has changed its bot as well. So the updated guideline in brief is, DO NOT BLOCK GOOGLEBOT FROM CRWALING IMAGES, CSS & JAVASCRIPT. The reason behind this is, Googlebot needs to crawl and index all images, CSS and JavaScript for optimal rendering and indexing of webpages. Google's webmaster has written the main point in bold as below:
Disallowing crawling of Javascript or CSS files in your site’s robots.txt directly harms how well our algorithms render and index your content and can result in suboptimal rankings.
It means, it can harm your search rankings and results directly. You must have understood the seriousness of the update. So take instant action. You can use GWT's Fetch and render tool to check how your website will be viewed by Googlebot. Previously, Google suggested to use the Lynx browser to check the same.

There is one more update deemed to be coming, will write about it in upcoming Blog. So stay tuned.

Hope this Blog added some value to your knowledge-base. :)

*Image credit goes to searchengineland.

Ash Vyas SEOAsh Vyas is working in Internet Marketing field for 6+ years. Have experience in handling projects of SEO, SMO, SEM, Content Marketing, Branding etc.
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Google Launched Penguin and Pirate

As Google announced, it has released Penguin 3 update in Google. On 17th Oct, 2014 Penguin 3 was rolled out. Many webmasters has seen major updown in the rankings. As per the sources, it has affected 1% of English search query. Some even got positive result because they were penalize in last Penguin and finally recovered their site. Those who are not aware of this term, Penguin algo is a spam fighter algo of Google which penalize websites with low quality backlinks. Point to be consider is that it's just a refresh of existing algorithm and not a full change.

Another update was "Pirate Update". After almost two years, Google has updated this algorithm. So it's a good news for those who got hit by this algorithm last time. This algorithm is to fight against Piracy. Basically it's to fight movie and album piracy, so not to get confused with other kind of websites.

Google Pirate algorithm is a filter which review each website and penalize those website which violates it's rules. The website cannot recover until the next algo update. According to this, if any website had penalized at launch of this algo then now they got chance to recover :)

To fight with the Piracy, Google has also started to showing ad and planning to show knowledge base kind of concept in search result. Let's get ready for the new changes.

Ash Vyas SEOAsh Vyas is working in Internet Marketing field for 6+ years. Have experience in handling projects of SEO, SMO, SEM, Content Marketing, Branding etc.
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Basics of Google Analytics - Hangout

Rohan Gupta, Online Strategist at Google, conducted a hangout  on 30 Sep, 2014. He talked about the "Basics of Google Analytics". That video is private, so I thought to share it for you. Have a look at it and learn the Google Analytics basics.



If you can't acces above video, then explore it on Youtube. Here is the link, http://youtu.be/2LIp1sqocvA

Hope this helps!

Ash Vyas SEOAsh Vyas is working in Internet Marketing field for 6+ years. Have experience in handling projects of SEO, SMO, SEM, Content Marketing, Branding etc.
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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

SEO News: Panda Is Running, Penguin is Coming

On 25th Sep, 2014 Pierre Far, representative of Google announced on his Google+ page that they have launched a slow roll out of the Panda Algorithm- algo to fight low quality content. This algorithm has woven the Webmatsres' feedback which helped to discover a few more signals of low quality content. Though this is the 27th Google Panda update after it launched first time, but Google itself called Panda 4.0 to its last update. So SEO people gave the name "Panda 4.1" to this update.

Though there isn't any official announcement, the algorithm has almost completed its roll out. It has affected 3-5% search queries depending on the region. This update is a boon for them who had a Panda hit in the last update. So if you are one of them and had made the necessary changes, you will get your rankings back. At the same time, sites with thin or duplicate content got penalty. Below is the screenshot of top 10 winners and losers published by searchmetrics.

Google Panda 4.1 Top 10 Winners List
Google Panda 4.1 Top 10 Winners List
Google Panda 4.1 Top 10 Losers List
Google Panda 4.1 Top 10 Losers List
If you will check the list closely, you will witness an honesty of Google. Google.co.in is on the 7th rank of the loser's list and have faced significant loss due to Panda. 

There is one more news from the Google's corner for the SEO industry. In Search Marketing Expo East, Gary Illyes, Google Engineer announced launch of "Google Penguin Algorithm Update" in upcoming weeks. As per his announcement, the newly developed penguin algo is going to make both users' and webmasters' life happy. Currently, it's in testing phase and if it get through the quality test, it will be launched in upcoming weeks. It can be delayed if it find any issue(s) through the testing phase. He further added, disavowing links after or before two weeks of new penguin update won't help. Although there will be frequent penguin refresh which might make recovery faster.

So brace yourself as Panda is running and Penguin is coming. Hope this article help.

Ash Vyas SEOAsh Vyas is working in Internet Marketing field for 6+ years. Have experience in handling projects of SEO, SMO, SEM, Content Marketing, Branding etc.
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Top 5 Tips To Write Awesome and Attractive Content

Tips To Improve Your Writing Skills
Recently I have been part of a tweet discussion on the topic of an effective content writing. Today in this blog will share the tips for writing attractive content based on the discussion, experts' point of view and my own experience.

The online marketing industry has changed drastically in a past decade. A quality content has become a most vital aspect of any marketing strategy. The way of crafting the content has changed.

A good piece of content is the one which is original and grammatically correct. It should have good use of voice so the targeted users can easily understand it. To make it more effective, usage of visuals can be an icing on the cake. Last but not the least, in this social era, the content should be easily sharable on social networks.

Be Original and Unique
The most important thing is to have an original idea. If you will write a content by spinning an article or by taking a topic then it won't attract much visitors. You have to come up with your own idea. The best way to get the topic is to be part of good Blogs, communities and social media. You can get topics from the discussions and comments of the people. You can find what people are interested in and write on what your targeted audience is looking for.

Write a Title Which Grab An Attention
Typically, a Title is 60-120 characters long first impression on your readers. If the title is not so appealing, people might not bother to visit or read your article. A few tips to write a standout article title are listed below:

  • Article gist must be clearly conveyed.
  • Make it exciting, for instance, use "Start Raving Made"  instead of "Crazy".
  • Arouse Curiosity.
  • Try to fit the keywords, but don't stuff it.

Maintain Quality With Easy To Understand Language
Usage of good English is one of the important factors for the quality writing, but never ever use the jargons. You might have a very good English vocab, but your article is not the place to show off your vocab. Make the language easy to understand for third person.

Promote Hard
No matter how good content you have written, if it can't go to your targeted users' sight then it's of no use. Share your contents and try to promote it as much as possible. You can also reshare the same content. Make sure you are not feeding the timelines of your connection at extent that they find it irritating and spammy.

Get Feedback
This is one of the most important, but overlooked aspect of writing a good content. The key factor of improvement is to get genuine feedback and work on it. Get feedback from your field's influenecer, readers, friends, colleagues, or third party people. This feedback will help you to write more user friendly and awesome content.

Hope this article helps in one way or another.

Ash Vyas SEOAsh Vyas is working in Internet Marketing field for 6+ years. Have experience in handling projects of SEO, SMO, SEM, Content Marketing, Branding etc.
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Why Online Marketing Is The Best Marketing Channel?

Recently I had a conversation with an online marketer which inspired me to write this Blog. The online marketer is practicing inbound marketing, but amazingly he was more in favor of offline marketing. This can be the case of many similar marketers who are still confused and don't understand the worth and power of the online marketing. This is a very broad topic to discuss on. Let's explore why online marketing is the best "Marketing" Channel in brief.

Offline marketing Vs Online Marketing
Offline marketing Vs Online Marketing
In the 90s and before that time, people had only one major marketing channel which is offline marketing. In offline marketing, people perform different activities like Telecalling, door to door selling, etc.

After the invention of Google, online stores and other such major entities, people started using online world more. Another point to consider is, people are more busy in the life race. People are struggling to maintain work life balance. In such scenario, people get irritated and frustrated when an anonymous salesman gives a call or come to the doorstep to sell something. Today's user buy something only and only when he is looking for something and he wants to buy, not because a salesperson wants to sell. Simply ask yourself, how many sales call had you attended in the past month and bought something?

Today's marketing fundamentals are changed and more focused. An effective marketing helps people to buy what they want to and delight them during their buyer's journey instead of irritating them with old fashioned marketing activities.

Today's Marketing Mantra is "Reach Right People, At Right time, At Right Place"

Another major benefit of online marketing is that it's measurable. There are so many advanced tools which helps a marketer to measure the success and failure of different marketing campaigns. The marketers can run AB testing and select what is best for their business. It might not be possible with this much accuracy in offline marketing. This aspect of inbound marketing makes it better than the offline marketing.

A few people argue that inbound marketing is too slow. I must say they are unaware of different channels like PPC, Affiliate marketing, et cetera which gives an instant result. Even if SEO is a bit slow, but it gives long lasting results and there are so many benefits of it which shouldn't get ignored.

Last and the most important thing is that calling the prospect and having personal meeting is still important. In this digital world, people still cherish emotions and personal touch. So as a marketer, you must be in touch via phone, email or personal meeting with your existing clients and prospects. You can't ignore the power of it!

Conclusion
Even if people making statements like they close deals of $$$ just by calling or having meeting or using some other offline tactics. The experience of the industry experts and evangelist as well as the concrete stats indicate that online marketing is the most effective marketing channel now-a-days because of its nature of helping a prospect instead of interrupting or irritating them and providing measures of success and failure.

The words of wisdom are "Stop interrupting & irritating people to sale your product; Reach right people at the right time and help them to buy the Best Product".

If you want to explroe this topic in more details with stats and other facts then refer this infographic: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/370702613052098133/

Hope this helps. Feel free to share your views via comments.

Ash Vyas SEOAsh Vyas is working in Internet Marketing field for 6+ years. Have experience in handling projects of SEO, SMO, SEM, Content Marketing, Branding etc.
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Monday, 15 September 2014

Bing Algo Update: URL SPAM Keyword Stuffing

People are more likely to keep their eyes and ears open for the algorithm updates of Google. They usually overlook the changes in other search engines. Bing has announced one of the changes which has affected considerable search queries and URLs. Let's explore it in a bit detail

Bing Algorithm Update: URL SPAM
Bing Algorithm Update: URL SPAM


On Bing Blog, Igor Rondel, the Principal Development Manager, Bing Index Quality posted a few days ago regarding the launch of a search engine algorithm update. According to that Bing has changed its algorithm to target the URLs which are stuffed with the keywords. It is somewhat similar to Google's Exact Match Keyword and Payday loan algo updates.

According to Igor, it has been launched before a few months. It has affected 3% of overall search queries. To make the update transparent, Igor also documented the types of URL on the blog which counted as spammy and got hit by this algo. The types of domains are:
  • Keyword rich hostname with multiple hosts 
    Example:
    free.online.moviesticketsforsale.com
  • Domain name with repeated keywords
    Example:
     home-decore-homedecoreforsale.com
  • URL with Keyword Permutation
    Example:
     homeloan.paydayloan.com
                     houseloan.paydayloan.com
                     cheaploans.paydayloan.com
  • URL Squatting Here people try to take advantage of human tendency of misspell.
    Example:  calculatar.com [misspelling of calculator.com]

The bing algorithm update has hurt the websites with any of the above kind of keyword spam. Bing is now more committed towards the quality of search result and this algo update is one of the proofs.

To get more such insight and news, stay tuned with me.

Ash Vyas SEOAsh Vyas is working in Internet Marketing field for 6+ years. Have experience in handling projects of SEO, SMO, SEM, Content Marketing, Branding etc.

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