October 1st, 2013 I CayenneRed
When you are paying out for any type of advertising you want to see results. Checking the ROI for PPC campaigns ensures you get the maximum benefits with the minimum cost as no funds or time is wasted.
Simply put the ROI for PPC campaigns is the Return on Investment; basically what you received or are receiving back from a marketing campaign that your business is paying out for. It makes good business sense to monitor PPC (pay per click) results regularly to ensure that money is well spent and that any changes required are made swiftly.
Assuming a pay per click is properly set up with appropriate key words and similar data it has the potential to be a highly efficient way to target an audience and meet business goals. As with all forms of advertising however things do change in the digital world very quickly therefore keeping on top of changes is paramount.
This type of advertising offers an easy and targeted way to direct traffic to your website which in turn should, if the website is set up properly, increase successful lead conversation i.e. more sales. Where these ads are shown, what time, how frequently and to which people determines how successful they will be. Keywords change popularity very quickly and monitoring your ROI shows just how effective current keywords are in terms of locating and encouraging profitable click-throughs.
Ads may need to be changed to focus on current events, new products, services or developments pertaining to the business and of course altered if they are simply not hitting the mark as expected. While there is a lot of science and expertise required when putting together a goal-orientated pay per click campaign there is also an element of the unknown as regardless of how targeted an ad is, your PPC agency cannot physically make someone click and visit your website. Changing an ad placement, keyword or the time of showing could however make it more visible and therefore clickable.
To ensure that all bases are indeed covered keeping a daily check on the ROI of a campaign will monitor effectiveness and so determine if changes to the ad need to be made while also providing data that the business owner and PPC agency may look at to decide on future directions and whether a larger budget might be advantageous.
There are a number of online tools which assess key metric in terms of what the ROI for a campaign is which are used by PPC agencies and business owners alike. Google Adwords is a key piece of programming which helps to set up and monitor the effectiveness of a PPC campaign and in turn the ROI for the business owner.
If you bought a property or a classic car as an investment you would keep an eye on whether your investment was paying off, how quickly and would base additional financial decision on this, especially in terms of future investments. Investing in a pay per click campaign for your business works the same way and therefore monitoring the ROI here too is a necessary task.
September 3rd, 2013 I CayenneRed
PPC Remarketing is one of the most interesting additions to Google AdWords and an effective way to staying engaged with your target audience.
If you’ve been using remarketing as part of your AdWords strategy, then you it’s likely you will have seen the benefits it brings to your conversion rates and how easy it is to keep your messages in front of your target audience.
However, you will also know that implementing Remarketing doesn’t guarantee an increase sales and you may pay twice to acquire the same customer. So you will never know if the person you are targeting was ever going to come back to your website and convert anyway. This is one of its downsides and for many websites, the conversion may take place months later which means your Ads don’t have an additive effective on your visitor.
Despite this, Google Remarketing has tons of benefits and they include easy setup and a CPC pricing model that is easy to manage. It also allows you to reach a wider audience within the Google network and management of remarketing is within the same interface as your Google search and display networks.
According to Google, Remarketing can radically improve your ROI and one of its key benefits is the ability to keep your brand at the top of the minds of your visitors when they are ready to buy. You can use various targeting methods that include interest categories, demographics and even keyword campaigns.
In this post we will be talking about tips that you need to undertake to make remarketing successful for your organisation:
Get at least 100 visitors
Before you can commence a remarketing campaign, you will need to have at least 100 people in your list and the sooner you get the code installed on your site, the quicker you will be able to start building your list. Even if your campaign start date is later, you can still install the code because lists take a long take time to build so implementing the code early will give you a good head start.
Use the Google Analytics code only
Installing remarketing in the early days was a time consuming process and the only way to install it was via AdWords. A separate piece of code had to be installed to each page of a site in order to build lists. Then Google released an update that allowed advertisers to make a change in the Analytics code which was to be implemented across the website.
However, many advertisers who did this still left the AdWords code on their websites alongside the Analytics code. So it is important to run only one code and because Analytics provides you with more flexibility, it is the code we recommend.
Refine websites showing your Ads
One of remarketing’s compelling features is the ability to see sites your Ads are running on and you can utilise this information to refine continuously where Google is placing your adverts as well as find better sites that will work harder for your business. You can see this data by going to the Display Network field and then selecting the sub tab for Placements. By continuously refining sites in your list, you will managing your account much easier and will get better results from your campaign.
September 2nd, 2013 I CayenneRed
What is Negative SEO?
Negative SEO is the practice of using discredited or black hat techniques against your website by a competitor or other rival. Since the Google Penguin update of 2012, the focus of huge linking campaigns has shifted from promoting a website to causing harm to competitor sites through a very underhand but still common practice of creating hundreds of irrelevant links so Google penalises the attacked website and drops it’s ranking in the Search Engines.
Run a Backlink Audit and Disavow bad links
A regular audit should now be a part of any SEO campaign. Backlinks can be simply downloaded from your Google Webmaster account, then analysed for suspicious and outdated links. The owner of the originating site can be contacted to remove the link and/or the Google Disavow Link Tool can be utilised to disavow and negate the effect of poor quality links.
Look out for links from:
- Sites that are not indexed in Google
- Link or article directories (but not all are bad)
- Sites which are virus infected or have malware
- Paid links, those with a high PR ranking can be paid links and are ones to watch
- Site’s with irrelevant titles, if the title and subject don’t match it could be a sign of a problem
Find out more on uncovering a back link attack at Search Engine Watch
Do be a little careful though as Google warns us to use Disavow Links with “caution” as it “can potentially harm you site’s performance in Google’s search results” it may also take some time as your site is re crawled and re indexed by Google and your ranking set back to where it should be if you have been affected. If you are disavowing poor links and contacting webmasters one by one you may find the process a little frustrating too.
If you are not currently working with SEO specialists now may be the time to employ a good SEO consultant as SEO techniques and challenges have changed dramatically in the past 18 months, and you may need that extra advice from an expert firm.
Can I protect my website?
Actually yes and no, no because there is no method in place for preventing negative backlink attacks and controversially Google’s only aid so far is the Disavow Links Tool, which has been reported not to work and can take some time. It also does not protect against repeat attacks so a regular Backlink audit must be essential.
However yes you can protect your website by ensuring that the SEO consultant, firm or techniques you use are current and reputable methods and you have an overall goal of providing natural, quality content. If you have a well optimised site with a healthy backlink profile and good domain authority you should survive all but the most insistent of attackers.
Attributed to Cayenne Red. Cayenne Red is a Digital Marketing Agency specialising in Bespoke Web Design, SEO, PPC, Affiliate Marketing Management & Social Media Marketing.
August 2nd, 2013 I CayenneRed
Is Your PPC Agency Doing What You Need Them To?
When you invest in a PPC agency you expect your investment to reap the rewards. Often your goals are geared towards increasing profits. If you see that the bottom line is not improving, you may want to review your agency’s performance. The following are considerations given as an aid to reviewing your PPC agency.
Getting Started and setting goals
When you first met or spoke to the PPC agency did you feel that they asked for enough information about your business? Was there adequate discussion regarding your goals and did you feel these goals were understood? When you signed on the dotted line, did you receive a plan of action detailing what your money would be paying for and how the company were planning to tackle any hurdles and achieve your goals?
Communication & Reporting
Are you kept in the loop at all times? Do you receive regular reports outlining performance and changes to the PPC campaign aimed at improving performance? It’s essential your agency out lines on-going performance changes.
Ad Copy Testing
Does your agency continually test and optimise adcopy? Do they constantly look to improve your campaign’s click through rate (ctr)? It’s important your agency demonstrate how they are testing new advertising copy. The higher your campaign’s CTR, the lower cost per click you will pay.
Managing and Reducing your cost per click
Does your agency overly use broad matching when setting up your campaign? Broad matching allows an agency to target many related keywords. However, there is a down side to using broad matching and that is your advert may be shown on irrelevant keywords costing you needless money.
Your PPC agency must demonstrate how they use negative matching to remove unrelated keywords picked up through broad matching. Your agency should demonstrate how they are saving you money and reducing your cost per click.
Has your agency made any recommendations on how to improve the sales conversion performance from your PPC traffic? It is essential your agency understand how well your PPC traffic converts. They should review your website and understand how well it will convert and provide recommendations on improvements. There is no point paying for traffic if that traffic does not convert.
Do you need to review your PPC agency?
If any of this sounds familiar and your agency is undertaking some of the considerations outlined, it is more than likely they are doing a good job. If not, then it may be time to review your PPC agency. If you have any questions regarding PPC management, CayenneRed will happily answer those questions.
Cayenne Red is a Digital Marketing Agency specialising in Bespoke Web Design, SEO, PPC, Affiliate Marketing Management & Social Media Marketing
July 30th, 2013 I CayenneRed
An Introduction to Page Title Tags
SEO is a fast moving sector and Google’s frequent algorithm changes make it difficult for some businesses to get a grip of what they need to do to get ahead. For many though, getting higher in the search ranks may be as easy as altering their page title tags.
Many people seem to neglect page tags or page title tags when working on the SEO of a site or creating an SEO how-to guide. This article misses nothing out yet doesn’t blind you with science (or bore you will long-winded explanations).
What is a Page Title Tag?
The page title tag are keywords that appear in the header of each and every website page.
Why is a Page Title Tag so Important?
As part of an SEO campaign, the page title tag often proves very useful to those in SEO. The page title tag includes keywords relating the topic, aim or theme of each page and if properly optimised increases the chances of the site being more highly ranked and therefore more visible.
Valuable inclusion within Back Links
Backlinks are a tried, tested and frequently used method of increasing visibility; particularly when linking with high ranking and relevant sites. When websites create a hyperlink which leads to your web page they often link using your page title tag as the anchor text. If your SEO expert is looking to fully cash in on this then they may be looking at how important keywords are when used within the page title tag.
Ensure you include your keywords and your business name
Points to consider here are having a business name with the keywords within them, ensuring that if keywords are to appear in a title tag that they appear at the beginning of the tag rather than the end and to consider amalgamating two keywords in one to make the best of a tagline search as “IT Development, IT service | Joe’s business”
Page title tags add more specific information about the type and purpose of your site which makes it easier for Google to rank it properly and those looking for your product or service to find you. Remembering to be specific, so using “SEO Berkshire | Cayenne Red” rather than “welcome”, “About us” or similar will make a big difference to how your site is ranked.
CayenneRed is a Digital Marketing agency specialising SEO, PPC, Social Marketing, affiliate marketing & Web Design
June 20th, 2013 I CayenneRed
5 SEO Myths You Need To Stop Believing
Perhaps nothing in marketing creates as much anxiety, as much speculation and as many theories, as the topic of search engine optimisation. To the modern marketer, Google has become the all-powerful god who works in mysterious ways, which explains the whole body of myth and legend about how to appease, trick and satisfy its appetites.
But there is a way from the darkness into the light. It’s time to stop believing in these five SEO myths that are still being recited in offices and marketing departments throughout the world.
1. “Get a few more keywords in – the more the better”
This is the most ancient tale of all, basically SEO’s answer to the Creation Myth. If you still haven’t realised that keyword stuffing belongs in the mists of Internet time, perhaps a verse from the SEO bible, or Google’s own guidelines, will enlighten you:
“Keyword stuffing” refers to the practice of loading a webpage with keywords or numbers in an attempt to manipulate a site’s ranking in Google search results. Filling pages with keywords or numbers results in a negative user experience, and can harm your site’s ranking.
Use relevant keywords of course, but don’t overdo it! Copy should be well-written and natural.
2. “We need to get as many links to our site as possible”
Another misguided path, the discredited cult of link-building still has its devoted adherents. These believers cling to the hope that building as many links as possible to their site on external pages is the key to rising in the search engine rankings.
And to be fair, for a long time, it was. SEO consultants and DIY web marketers happily went about embedding backlinks in directories, and buying links on sites, often with little regard to quality and relevance.
But then Google sent Penguin and Panda, two major updates of the ranking system, to punish the bad and reward the good. Suddenly, many sites were suffering because of those poor ‘link-farming’ practices. The focus now has to be on quality links i.e. on relevant sites and pages, and quality content.
3. “We need to cut down all our links
Another thunderbolt from heaven came earlier this year, when well-known flower company, Interflora, suffered a dramatic loss of ranking because it had been paying for backlinks on reputable news sites. Interflora was temporarily removed from the search results for relevant terms, including its own brand name.
In the wake of this and similar horror stories, a wave of repentant SEO marketers have been trying to redeem themselves by overzealous link cleaning. But beware going too far in the opposite direction. When it comes to link-building, it’s a case of ‘all things in moderation.’ Too many links can be harmful, but so can too few. As always quality, not quantity, should be the rule of thumb.
4. “The SEO team is responsible for SEO”
Blasphemy! No one who writes, posts or manages any kind of online content for the company can wash their hands of SEO. In a truly effective search strategy, there needs to be an broad awareness of the relevant keywords, techniques and aims of the approach. That includes the PR team, whose press releases end up online, the community managers, whose social media posts contribute to rankings, and even the HR department, who need to be optimising job specifications. Good communication between the SEO team or agency and the rest of the company is vital.
And as time goes on, and content marketing becomes more and more the norm, the lines between SEO and other departments will slowly fade.
5. “SEO – it all seems a bit dishonest, doesn’t it?”
Although there are probably as many sinners as saints in the church of SEO, don’t be left thinking that the whole business is a sordid one. The mighty Google itself dedicates a large section of its guidelines to search engine optimisation, do’s and don’ts, and how to find the right SEO consultant.
Done right, good search engine optimisation is an excellent way to promote your business and get the attention of customers.
Let’s finish with some key commandments:
- Focus on building links from good-quality, relevant sites
- Keep abreast of developments in SEO, as search engine algorithms are frequently updated
- Make sure your content is unique and interesting
- Don’t panic!
Want to know more about the shift to quality content in SEO? Read What is Content Marketing.
February 27th, 2013 I CayenneRed
Without SEO your fantastic website will remain largely undiscovered by the majority of browsers which will not increase your customer numbers or indeed your sales. If you need help with SEO then this article may help.
There’s no point in having an impressive website with great content and a range of services or products laid out for your potential customer if they don’t know you exist. Visibility is key when it comes to increasing sales or referrals and so your SEO efforts are crucial.
Running a business is expensive however these five brilliant tools will not only help with SEO, they are also free.
1. Open Site Explorer
Open Site from SEOMOZ is a back-link investigator. Google place a fair amount of importance on back links when ranking a site therefore it is important that not only do you have them, that you have the right ones.
The aim as far as SEO is concerned is to gain genuine back links from sites which rank well themselves and where possible are found within your own niche, though are not in direct competition obviously. These relevant links are what make all of the difference. Open Site allows you to view links (your own and your competitors), enables you to assess how your back links are helping with your SEO efforts and of course enables you to make more informed choice regarding who to link to / with.
Rank checker will enable you to see where your site ranks for certain keyword searches and similarly how your competitors rank for the same or similar. This information is great for choosing keywords and assessing performance. Assessing performance in terms of SEO will enable you put in place plans for future SEO campaigns and to know when to ditch something that clearly isn’t working as effectively as you might have hoped which will clearly help with SEO.
The Google Adwords Tool enables you to find relevant keywords to your business or niche and to ensure that you are using keywords that your potential customers are searching for. Using relevant keywords properly will enable Google to rank you properly, taking into account your sector or area of interest.
4.Meta Tag Analyzer
If set up properly your website will have meta tags (a kind of html tag) inserted into the pages. This further enables Google to index your pages and your site properly. The Meta tag Analyzer will assess any tags of any sort across the site and show you what isn’t working or is being used incorrectly. These may then be rectified either by yourself or by whoever is responsible for your web design.
5. Google Alerts
Google alerts may be sent to email you when it notices something that hits Google which matches your inputted search term. This will give you a better insight into what people are searching for when looking for anything relevant your business, will let you see how people are finding your competitors and will also aid you in regards to fine-tuning your SEO efforts.
February 15th, 2013 I CayenneRed
The Google Penguin update released a few months ago was the final nail in the coffin for those who were still trying to manipulate the SERPs via keyword stuffing, multiple (perhaps not wisely chosen) back links and poor quality content that was fine provided it contained enough words. It is unlikely that your SEO consultancy will have recommended these methods to you recently as the digital world has moved on from this type of marketing in recent years. It is however a common practice and one that is outdated.
The way forward in terms of increasing visibility and ensuring that the content you upload to your website, blog or associated online social media accounts is not only SEO optimised, but also readable and interesting to readers is to hire a copywriter to write your content for you.
It is recommended that you don’t take a chance with your content. There is a fine art to creating copy which conveys a message yet ticks all of the boxes that are important for your SEO campaign. Employing a copywriter will enable you to ensure that the keyword density is correct, that the work flows and that you receive an altogether top quality piece which visitors will want to stop and read.
Working with a copywriter is easier than it sounds. Your SEO consultant will be able to recommend a few that they have worked with in the past when putting together websites for clients and similar work. The beauty of employing a copywriter is that not only do they keep up to date with Google updates in terms of what you should and should not do when looking to increase visibility; they also work closely with a brand in order to convey a consistent message and tone which compliments the business.
There is a lot more to producing online content nowadays than there has been previously because all SEO consultants will be advising their clients to try and go one further in terms of creating a more varied array of content types. For example, using videos such as content from YouTube, audio, info graphs and pictures / photos to push the impact of the content in terms of both interest and how easy it is to “share”. This is an essential part of creating top content for your website however the basis for any website or social media account is the written content; which needs to be strong in order for these additional types to bear fruit.
If you want your business to boast top quality content that keeps your UK SEO consultants happy in terms of following Google’s rules, regulations and recommendations and additionally engage website visitors in order to convert them to customers, then employing a copywriter really is the best solution all round.
Attribute to: Duncan Cumming
Duncan has been writing for over 5 years. His sales and marketing background has helped him write informative articles in areas including digital marketing; specifically, PPC, SEO, Affiliate Marketing and Social Media Marketing.
February 4th, 2013 I CayenneRed
Not satisfied with already being the largest and most popular social media network on the planet, Facebook’s next coup it appears is to play Google at their own game in terms of running their own search engine, Search Graph.
It is unlikely that Facebook will be able to unseat Google as king of the search engines, despite having over one billion users (a number which is growing daily) and having the inside scoop as it were on how people interact with the internet on a personal level. At least that is what the assumption is at this early stage.
Facebook is already aligned with Bing whose SEO practices are different once again to Google’s. It would seem however, that in terms of search engine optimisation Search Graph will work in a different way to both of these leading search engines.
Throughout the early beta roll-out Facebook have concentrated on introducing search for photos, specific people, interests and geographic area information. Instead of receiving results based on a range of traditional ranking variables, Facebook’s results rely upon information shared with the platform by the businesses involved, for example local restaurants, and the information and connections of the user searching. This will result in a highly personalised set of results as opposed to ones which are led purely by keywords (etc).
As with all systems there are ways to manipulate or use this new search engine to the advantage of businesses looking to become more visible. The pay per click agency will need to re-evaluate how they work in order to accommodate this new SEO player and Facebook pages will need to be better optimised in order to ensure that they have a better chance of coming up in searches to relevant users.
The main benefit to Search Graph as far as many can ascertain is that the results produced by the person searching are likely to be highly targeted and specific to their wants and needs which is great for some businesses who fit the demographic perfectly however is likely to be a very narrow field which will exclude other results and businesses that are very close to the specification.
In order to ensure that Facebook business pages are in a position to take advantage of this new type of search engine SEO consultants are urging page owners to ensure that their page is fully up to date with information such as ensuring that the “About” section is complete and contains relevant keywords (we can only assume at this point that the Search Graph will look for specific words or terms). Paying attention to other relevant information such as location, category and anything else that is likely to make the business come up in the search results needs to start now so that everything is in place before a wider roll-out occurs.
What the impact of Search Graph will have in terms of business visibility and on lead generation remains to be seen however it is considered wise for PPC agencies and SEO consultants to be making the necessary changes now so that businesses are ready should this new platform search engine prove to be as important as some assume it will be.
Attribute to: Duncan Cumming
Duncan has been writing for over 5 years. His sales and marketing background has helped him write informative articles in areas including digital marketing; specifically, PPC, SEO, Affiliate Marketing and Social Media.
December 12th, 2012 I CayenneRed
Most business owners and service providers are well aware of the huge impact that social media may have on their business and a SEO consultancy will of course incorporate this into their overall plans to increase the visibility of a brand. Recently however we have had panicked page owners loudly protesting against recent changes that they presume have or will kill off their following and drastically reduce their visibility.
Across Facebook similar messages to this have been broadcast indignantly by business users:
**********IMPORTANT FACEBOOK CHANGES**********
Facebook is doing major updates and many pages are currently affected. If I disappear completely from your feed, check your page for a new tab on the left called ‘pages feed’ with a little orange flag. We are all now getting 2 separate news feeds – our usual news feed will have all our personal friends posts in it and all posts that are sponsored (paid for) and as for the rest of us who can’t afford to pay for every post we make, our pages will be put into the new tab called ‘pages feed’ which you will need to physically click on to see my posts and majority of all your other favourite pages. "
Thankfully the panic is now starting to subside as SEO and social media experts have been able to calm their clients and explain that the changes have not been put in place in order to penalise those that don’t pay to promote posts and that a drop in visibility, should it occur, will likely be due to other issues and not to the new page system.
The Page Feed is set up to effectively reduce the number of spammy page updates that users see in their everyday timeline. Over-enthusiastic businesses that clog the timeline with update after update will get marked as spam by some and as a consequence become less visible. What Facebook are trying to do is make it so that users get to see more of the content that they want and need to see rather than that which they are clearly seeing too much of.
There are many ways for a business to maximise their visibility online, including social media and business users are now realising that the find art that is SEO and social media management is something often best overseen by their SEO consultancy company. Facebook, as with other social media networks changes and grows as time goes on and keeping on top of the updates and understanding the true impact of them is often a full time job in itself. To avoid the panicked and misinformed rants, arguments and confusions that have been seen this week, talking to the experts before panicking is better for the blood pressure and undoubtedly better for the visibility, profitability and likeability of a business page.