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SEO Starter Kit for our Readers

I would like to thank – HubSpot and Ryte for this SEO Starter Kit template for our audience.

SEO is a very dynamic domain with new technology parameters, new algorithms, new local seo, mobile seo, video seo and lots more changes every couple of weeks.

Google is the leading Search Engine all over the world with an exception or two,,,and is releaasing Algorithm updates to enhance the content ranked and displayed online in search results.

With such enormous knowledge bank to work with, the SEO optimizer mostly gets taut with expectations with starting off with the SEO project.
Lately, many SEO optimizers begin off with keyword targeting mostly and kinda run into u about turn with the project in the middle of the ongoing submissions and on page work.

So I would like to share the updated SEO Starter kit template here with you.


Ahrefs' free SEO product to help small & medium (SME) website owners compete in Google

Today Ahrefs, an SEO toolset for digital marketers, releases a new free product – Ahrefs Webmaster Tools – to make SEO more accessible for website owners and help improve the discoverability of valuable content in Google.

Big players invest vast budgets in professional SEO tools and expertise to dominate organic search, making it difficult for small and medium businesses to compete in search results.

To level the playing field for content creators, Ahrefs releases a free product – Ahrefs Webmaster Tools.

The initiative aims to improve the discoverability of valuable content from nonprofits, educational institutions, small businesses, and others who can’t yet afford to hire SEO specialists or invest in professional SEO tools. Dmitry Gerasimenko, CEO and Founder of Ahrefs explains,

“Our goal is to facilitate the infrastructure of the free and independent web, where everyone has an equal opportunity at getting discovered online. The competitive advantage should lie in the utility and quality of the information you produce, not in the knowledge of optimizing it for search engines.”

How does Ahrefs webmaster tools work?

A completely free SEO tool, Ahrefs Webmaster Tool (AWT) allows website owners to get deep and actionable insights to improve their website’s performance in search.

AWT scans any verified website for 100+ technical issues that might hinder its search performance, highlights what they are, and explains how to fix them.

It also shows website owners their backlinks, most linked pages, keyword rankings, and estimated monthly organic search traffic.

To get started, all users need to do is sign up. Then, upon registering for a free account, users will need to add and verify ownership of their website(s) via Google Search Console.

Ahrefs new webmaster tool to help content creators fight in the Google SERPs

Once done, users get access to two tools: Site Audit and Site Explorer.

Site Audit lets users scan their website(s) for 100+ SEO issues that could be hurting their performance in organic search. It also shows a breakdown of the most critical issues, how to fix them, and the affected URLs.

Ahrefs site audit report

Site Explorer shows website owners important SEO data, including their backlinks, keyword rankings, most linked pages, and more.

This data will help make better SEO and marketing decisions.

“Great content always needs to be the starting point. However, any result beyond the first page won’t get found. Through our current SEO strategy, we’ve seen traffic increases up to 62%, and Ahrefs’ toolset has been a key part of that,” says Fergus Taylor, an SEO specialist at Typeform.

Ahrefs Webmaster Tools provides website owners with the data and insights they need to outrank big players with deep pockets for free.


How Businesses can gain in Brand SEO & Visibility from the updated Google Maps of Feb 2020

Here are seven mind-blowing mobile stats that explain why you must bridge the gap into the mobile Maps world :

  • Around 90 percent of all global sales will happen in stores, as opposed to online.
  • Nearly a third of mobile searches are related to location.
  • Location-related searches have been growing 50 percent faster than mobile searches overall in the past year.
  • Over a billion people now use Maps.
  • Google searches (on Google.com and Maps) guide consumers to 1.5 billion destinations every year.
  • 84 percent of consumers conduct local searches.
  • Three out of every four people who search for something nearby using their smartphone end up visiting a store within a day, and 28 percent of those searches result in a purchase.

Starting today, you’ll see an updated Google Maps app for Android and iOS that gives you everything you need at your fingertips with five easy-to-access tabs: Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute and Updates,” shared Google in their blog post.

Here’s a lowdown on the various new and upgraded features as Google celebrates 15 years of Google Maps:

  • Explore tab: The Explore Tab offers reviews and details regarding restaurants, shops, theaters and other venues, taking advantage of location-sensing capabilities in your Android and iOS smartphones.

Businesses with retail presence will now get enhanced business profile information  on Google Maps via the Google Business Listing features. Having a verified business profile helps greatly in being noticed in the Google Maps outlay. And with regular posts on offers and events occuring in the business retail locations by business with photos and reviews by their consumers will enable more visibility to them.

  • Commute tab: This tab will make sure to provide efficient routes to or from work whether people are driving or using public transit. It will also set up your daily commute to get real-time traffic updates, travel times and suggestions for alternative routes.

Business and Corporate must have a verified profile on the Google Business listings with complete NAP (Name Address Phone Number) in the listing.  And for every search by a commuter to the same building or block of the business area will ensure more visibility to the brand. With many cab ride commuters, car pooling apps using Google Maps info in their apps, the businesses pinned in Google Maps will get enhanced visibility in the maps info shown to their users too.

  • Saved: Saved tab will give the user access to more than 6.5 billion places saved by Google Maps users. One can also share recommendations of the places that you have been with others.

    This is more useful for businesses that are in the entertainment, dining and group gathering and literary or performing arts domain. Businesses must ensure that more of their visitors recommend their venues for the above domains on their online profiles in the popular platforms relevant to Search engines with ratings and reviews. This will enhance visibility to the businesses.
  • Contribute: The new Google Maps look introduces a “Contribute” tab to a menu at the bottom of the service’s mobile app, Google said in a blog post. With the new Contribute tab, you can easily share local knowledge, such as details about roads and addresses, missing places, photos etc to help others looking for recommendations.

    The contribute section enables a searcher on Google Maps to upload photos of the business or venue along with a central repository of the users engagement with Google maps, google local, google business etc. i.e. ratings, reviews, edits etc. A business must ensure that their users have a good customer experience in their outlets and encourage them to publish the same online. And engage with influencers to ensure timely ratings for their new products, new events and special occasions.
  • Updates: This is another useful tab that will help you in being up to date with the trending spots around you. In addition to discovering, saving and sharing recommendations with your network, you can also directly chat with businesses to get questions answered, adds Google.

    Here businesses get to engage with the their users for any queries they have on their brand experience or product query etc. So it is important to have a messaging option open and manned for replies on Google Maps.

Google has more than one billion monthly active users for its app, and has mapped more than 220 countries and territories and is an unmissable platform for businesses to promote their presence.


eCommerce SEO in 2019-20

How important is e-commerce product search in 2019-20?

In the past few years, consumer search behavior has begun to change, and when looking for what they want, they are increasingly savvy at detailed search queries or browsing the specific attribute they seek in their to be purchased product in their online quest.

According to Wolfgang Digital, Search directs 58% of traffic to e-tailers on their eCommerce stores on marketplaces, websites, apps & on social media platforms, whether it’s an organic search or paid search. eCommerce marketers have to start considering ‘SEO’ and ‘ecommerce SEO’ as two distinct areas to work upon the product visibility of their products.

What drives online eCommerce search vs. search engines?

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Google AdWords Digital Marketing

Search Marketing provides many users who have Attention, Interest, Engagement and Intent behavior with Brands, Businesses and Services.

“A digital Searcher is one of the most fertile consumer online with a primary goal to learn, discover, explore, research, view, read, engage, absorb, share, review, opinionate, buy, subscribe & recommend brands, products, services, businesses, corporates, news, pages and celebrities”

Google AdWords is the World’s largest and termed as the most Measureable Performance oriented Digital Advertising Platform for Businesses and Brands. Since the past 15 years, it is the preferred Performance Marketing program for worldwide businesses and advertisers from all sectors and domains of industry and services.

Google Ads as it is now known as recently, has ad targeting and ad serving algorithms which ensure that the best quality relevant ad is served to their Searcher audience in the best time. This ensures that even smaller advertisers can get good impact on it even with the presence of bigger deep pocket advertisers.

Ad innovations like Sitelinks, Click to Calls, Day parting targeting, Goal Target specific ads have all ensured that all advertisers present on it can utilize Google Ads for the maximum returns for their advertising dollars.Given our extensive experience in search engine marketing across different geographies, we can call ourselves “Search Marketing Ninjas”. Without going into too many details, let’s just say we know insights and tweaks to get your campaign results progress you towards your business goals.e’re so confident in our abilities from our experiences with our Ninja’s having past experiences of managing some of the biggest Adwords advertisers like ICICI Bank Retail Assets, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Reliance Capital, Reliance General Insurance, ICICI Bank Credit Cards, Dr. Batra’s Positive Health Clinics, Apollo Hospitals, Education Brands etc. to now power our Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts.


The crucial importance a SEO Expert brings to a website migration

Change is a natural part of a business, particularly when it comes to your branding, technology, content architecture, user experience & even product enhancements in the business’s digital presence. It is inevitable phase of a business life cycle at many points during the journey to progression and success. One such major activity is the migration of the SEO optimized website migration to a newer website along with its content and features.

And whatever the goal may be, it is not uncommon for all major initiatives to fall upon the work bench of the contemporary digital marketer or the head of techonoloy for major technology changes.

One crucial thing to be mindful of is Google’s tendency to be least accommodating towards major website changes, especially Web Content, technology used and URL changes. The Google algorithm relies heavily on indexed historical data for it’s rankings results & a change in the primary web page or content information leads to disruptions of crawling and indexing.

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Google adds PodCasts to Search Results Pages for Desktop & Mobile Search

Google is adding audio podcasts to its Search Results Pages including the FIRST Page, alongside news, videos, photos and web links. You’ll be able to play the audio podcasts directly from within Google Search Results Pages. This feature is being rolled out to Web Search Results as well as the Mobile Search Results properties. And the clicked podcast can be started on your desktop and later continued on your smartphone seamlessly.

That means searchers won’t have to leave the Google Search Page and go to an external audio media player or elsewhere to listen. They’ll be able to listen via the Google Podcasts app on phones or on the Web.

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A New Visual Look for Google Search Results Pages (SERPS) for Mobiles

Google SERPS for the Mobile Pages have a new look for their listings. They have introduced websites favicon & branding for the listings for the Mobile Search Engine Results Pages.

With this new design, a website’s branding can be front and center, helping you better understand where the information is coming from and what pages have what you’re looking for.

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Google launches new visual features of 3D & AR results in Search Engine Results (Enhanced SEO)

Google recently announced that it is introducing a new 3D / Augmented Reality technology for its search engine that will allow customers to see 3D renderings of a number of visual product results.

Users will also be able to place these into the real world through their phone cameras, using AR.   

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The India Digital News Report 2019 by Reuters UK shows Search Engines as major Traffic sources

India Digital News Report

 

In this report we show that English-language Indian news users with internet access are embracing a mobile-first, platform-dominated media environment with search engines, social media, and messaging applications playing a key role in how people access and use news in a setting characterised by low trust in many news media, high concerns over the possible implications of expressing political views, and widespread worries about different kinds of disinformation.
KEY FINDINGS INCLUDE

  • A mobile-first market: 68% of our respondents identify smartphones as their main device for online news, 31% say they only use mobile devices for accessing online news. These figures are markedly higher than in other markets,including developing markets like Brazil and Turkey.
  • A platform-dominated market: an overwhelming majority of respondents identify various forms of distributed discovery as their main way of accessing news online. Search (32%) and various kinds of social media (24%) are particularly important. Only 18% consider direct access their main way of getting news online.
  • Facebook and WhatsApp are particularly widely used, with 75% of respondents using Facebook (and 52% saying they get news there), and 82% using WhatsApp (with 52% getting news there). Other social media widely used for news include Instagram (26%), Twitter (18%), and Facebook Messenger (16%).
  • Online news generally (56%), and social media specifically (28%), have outpaced print (16%) as the main source of news among respondents under 35, whereas respondents over 35 still mix online and offline media to a greater extent
  • Many of our respondents say that they share (50%) and/or comment (33%) on online news, with particularly high levels of engagement on Facebook and WhatsApp, but many also express concerns that openly expressing their political views online could make their friends of family think differently of them (49%), make work colleagues or other acquaintances think differently of them (50%) or, perhaps most worryingly, fear it could get them into trouble with authorities (55%).
  • The most widely used online news sources (beyond platforms) are generally the websites of leading legacy media including broadcasters and newspapers, but some digital-born news media have significant reach, including some alternative and partisan sites who despite limited name recognition have built relatively large audiences.
  • Our respondents have low trust in news overall (36%) and even the news they personally use (39%), but interestingly express higher levels of trust in news in search (45%) and social media (34%) than respondents in many other countries. Partisans at both ends of the political spectrum have similar levels of trust in the news, whereas non-partisans have lower levels.
  • 57% of our respondents are worried whether online news they come across is real or fake, and when asked about different kinds of potential disinformation, many of our respondents express concern over hyperpartisan content (51%) and poor journalism (51%) as well as false news (50%).
  • Looking to the future, significant numbers of respondents express an appetite for more personalised mobile news alerts, more online news video, for donating to support news organisations, and to pay for news in the future, with 31% of those who do not currently pay for online news saying they are ‘somewhat likely’ to pay, and 9% saying they are ‘very likely’ to.

The report is based on data from a survey of English-speaking, online news users in India – a small (but important) subset of a larger, more diverse, and very complex Indian media market. Our respondents are generally more affluent, have higher levels of formal education, skews male, and are more likely to live in cities than the wider Indian population and our findings only concern our sample, and thus cannot be taken to be more broadly representative.
Source : https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/our-research/india-digital-news-report