Google Web Stories WordPress Plugin Overview

Google have recently announced that their Web Stories WordPress plugin is officially out of beta and available to download within the WordPress plugin directory.

This plugin enables creators to easily make and publish Web Stories to attract more visitors to their sites.

 

 

What are Google Web Stories?

Web Stories is powered by AMP technology and allows you to create full-screen, tappable, engaging visual stories. They have a magazine-style layout that includes short videos/images with captions or large text headlines which link to longer content.

The plugin provides you with a way of turning your long-form, existing content into short-form content that users can easily digest. If the user is then interested in the content, they can click through to read the rest of the article on your website.

 

Where are Web Stories Shown?

Once published, Web Stories can be found in:

  • Google Search
  • Google Images
  • Google Discover
  • Google App

This means that your content will appear in more areas, to a wider audience, which will assist in bringing more traffic to your website. The plugin also improves your SEO and rankings, but more on that later.

 

How do you navigate the interface?

Web Stories has an extremely easy-to-use interface that allows you to simply drag-and-drop text and images to your preferred location on the workspace. There are also multiple fully designed templates, which help you to get started quicker.

 

 

You can either upload your own photos and videos or use the free stock videos and high-quality images provided through a collaboration between Google, Unsplash and Coverr.

For more information about navigating the interface click here to read Google’s Guide to the Web Stories plugin.

 

Web Stories and SEO

As we mentioned earlier, this plugin can actually help with your SEO and rankings, but only if your content is optimised correctly. There are a few ways to do this:

  1. Add metadata.

This ensures maximum compatibility with search engines and certain discovery features.

  1. Optimise the images and videos you use.

For images, Google advises that you use PNG8+alpha/WebP for images that require transparency or JPEGs/WebP for any other image. In terms of videos, Google advises that you encode with the highest compression yielding acceptable results.

  1. Add analytics.

You can do this by either adding your Google Analytics ID in the ‘Editor Settings’ or by using the Site Kit by WordPress plugin.

 

Final Thoughts

Google’s Web Stories WordPress plugin is a great way to get your content seen by a wider audience. It is simple to install and has a very easy-to-use interface, with many features that will be updated regularly.

If you are thinking of installing this plugin on your website and would like more information or even just a helping hand, then do not hesitate to get in touch. We would be happy to get you set up and make sure your SEO works in your favour.

Get in touch now on 01543 495 752 or click here to book a free 15-minute consultation.

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How to Search Google for Licensable Images

When looking for images to use on your website/blog posts, the first place you may go to is Google Images. Sometimes, it can feel impossible to find the right image and it’s often difficult to know how to use them responsibly.

Google have addressed this issue and released new features that allow users to easily and effectively use images more responsibly.

What changes has this Google Update made?

Licensable images will now have a ‘Licensable’ badge appear over them in Google’s search results. This will make it a lot easier for photo buyers to effectively locate licensable images.

 

 

After clicking on the image, the user will be presented with a link to the license details and information regarding the credit, copyright and creator. It is also an option for the owner of the image to add a secondary link that takes the user to an external website where they can purchase or license the image.

 

How do I locate Licensable Images?

Licensable images can be located in three easy steps:

  1. Search for your required image on Google Images.
  2. Select ‘Tools’ which is located just under the search bar.
  3. Select ‘Usage Rights’ and choose the option you require.

 

What are the benefits of this Google Update?

Photographers and publishers will benefit the most from this update. The chance of their images being misused will be greatly reduced. Users will now find it much easier to give credit correctly, get consent to use the image and even give compensation if needed.

 

How do I implement this on my images?

In order to tell Google which images are licensable, you will need to add structured data or IPTC photo metadata to each licensable image on your website.

Google have created detailed instructions which you can follow here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with the marketing people on 01543 495 752 and we would be happy to implement it for you.

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5 Common Mistakes you are Making with your SEO

If done correctly, SEO can be a very powerful way to bring potential customers to your website. However, search engines are constantly changing so it can be very difficult to keep on top of the most effective SEO techniques.

This blog discusses five of the most common SEO mistakes we see businesses make and what simple actions they can take to resolve them.

 

1. Ignoring your Analytics

Data is everything when it comes to SEO. It is solid evidence that explains whether or not your SEO techniques are actually working. You can assess how well your website is performing and even pinpoint certain pages or areas of your site that are getting more attention than others.

Google Analytics is a great tool to use to get an overview of your website’s performance. You can find out information about demographics, traffic, bounce rates, and more. It will provide you with heaps of information that you can then use to make even more improvements on your website. Without this data, it is impossible to track whether or not your SEO techniques are actually working.

 

2. Optimising the wrong keywords

When choosing which keywords you want to optimise, it is vital that you do your research. You should be using specific keywords that are relevant to your business and bring you a lot of traffic.

Relevance is key. If you only offer services to local customers, don’t waste your time optimising global keywords. Equally, certain broad keywords will have a lot of competition and you would be wasting your time trying to compete to rank on the first page.

Instead, make sure you optimise relevant but specific keywords. For example, if you are a small iPhone repairs shop, you would be wasting your time trying to rank for the keywords “iPhone” or “Apple” as these would be far too competitive. However, if you optimise the keywords “iPhone repairs shop in Birmingham” (or wherever you are based) there would be less competition and you would find your website ranking a lot higher, a lot quicker.

 

3. Overlooking your content

Content is so important when it comes to SEO. If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: content is key.

Make sure you produce new content as often as you can, but most importantly update the existing content on your website regularly, as Google loves fresh content. You should be writing over 300 words on each web page to inform Google that you are an expert in your field.

Don’t forget that the purpose of search engines is to provide users with relevant, quality information, so the better your content is, the higher it will be rewarded.

 

4. Not adapting to search engine updates

Search engines are constantly updating and making changes to their algorithms. One of the worst mistakes you could make is not adapting to accommodate these changes.

You may have created the ‘perfect’ SEO strategy that brings loads of traffic to your website and gets you multiple conversions every day, but there is no guarantee that this strategy will work as perfectly tomorrow. With one major update, your whole SEO strategy could end up working against you, so make sure you keep on top of every update.

 

5. Not hiring an expert

SEO is not a five-minute job. In order to get any worthwhile results, SEO requires advanced knowledge and a lot of time and effort. Whoever manages your SEO should be an expert on current trends, strategies, they should also know your website and business inside out.

SEO should never feel like an experiment. Every change that is implemented should have been planned out and analysed to ensure that it will work effectively.

 

If you need any help with your SEO strategy, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are happy to talk through your business goals and discuss how we can help you to achieve them. Give us a call now on 01543 495 752.

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What is Google Search Console Insights?

Google recently announced that they are rolling out a new Google Search Console Insights tool that combines data from both Search Console and Google Analytics. Throughout this blog, we will be taking an in-depth look into what benefits this new tool can bring to you and your business.

If you’re new to Google Search Console and/or Google Analytics then this may seem a little overwhelming but fear not! Before we go any further, click here to read our short blog which explains what Google Search Console is and watch our short video below to get you up to scratch with Google Analytics, so you can fully understand how Google’s new insights tool works.

 

 

On August 17th Google tweeted that the tool will “provide content creators with the data they need to make informed decisions and improve their content”.

 

What is Search Console Insights?

This new experience is designed to show content marketers an overview of how audiences have discovered their website’s content. It also provides insights about their audience and which pieces of content have resonated with them.

 

How do I access Search Console Insights?

Currently, Google Search Console Insights is a closed beta, meaning only a small handful of people have access to it. If you’ve been lucky enough to receive an invite then here are the ways that you can access it:

 

  1. Follow the link that has been provided to you in the email you received from Google.
  2. Click the link here and log in with your Google account.
  3. Access it from the “Search Console in Search results” feature. (Search for a query that your beta listed site ranks for. You should see a Google powered result titled “Search performance for this query”. That result will contain a link that will take you to Search Console Insights).

There is no information regarding when this new tool will be available for everyone, but beta testers are being encouraged to share feedback with Google to help improve future versions.

How will Search Console Insights help me?

Here are the five main questions that Search Console Insights will help you to answer about your site’s content:

 

  1. Which pieces of content are performing the best?
  2. How well are your new pieces of content performing?
  3. How are people across the web discovering your content?
  4. What are your site’s top and trending queries on Google Search?
  5. What other sites and articles link to your site’s content and did you get any new links?

 

The main advantage of this new tool is being able to access the data from Search Console and Google Analytics in one place. We understand that data can sometimes be tricky to navigate, so if you need a helping hand then get in touch on 01543 495 752, we’d be happy to help.

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5 Top Tips for a Successful COVID-19 SEO Strategy

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During Covid-19 we have seen a massive 70% increase in internet traffic. This means that SEO is now more important than ever before. In this blog post, discover our 5 top tips to help you continually improve your SEO strategy, during and after COVID-19.

During lockdown, businesses had to shift their sales from their stores and offices to online. SEO played a massive part in enabling businesses to be discovered online, and if it was done correctly, it presented a massive opportunity for businesses to convert new customers.

We are now approaching light at the end of the tunnel. Shops have reopened and we are no longer relying so heavily on the internet to gain customers. However, this does not mean that SEO should now be ignored. Now is not the time to take your foot off the gas.

This blog discusses our five top tips to help you to continue to improve your SEO strategy during and after COVID-19.

1. Fresh and relevant content

Just because we are coming out of lockdown, it doesn’t mean you should stop creating content. Google loves fresh content. And before you start panicking and trying to type up a million and one new blogs – fresh content just means up-to-date content.

So essentially, re-visit some of your old blogs and repurpose them. Update the statistics, add more photos, maybe even add a couple more paragraphs; do whatever you need to do in order to update that piece of content.

This is not to say that you can’t type up new blogs if you wanted to. If you have the time, type up a backlog of blogs ready to be released over the next couple of weeks/months. Websites such as ExplodingTopics.com and Google Trends show you what topics are currently trending so you can find out what people are searching for and answer the questions they are asking.

2. Use your data to your advantage

If your website has had an increase in visitors over the lockdown period you are at a major advantage, even if this didn’t actually lead to any extra conversions.

You can use the data gained through customers visiting your website to assess how well your website is working. Has a certain page led to more conversions than others? Are customers adding items to their basket and not purchasing? Are hundreds of potential customers viewing your website but not one of them have made a purchase?

All of this data is invaluable. It will allow you to make necessary changes to ensure that your website works effectively. Work with your data and use it to your advantage, and don’t be afraid to make changes to continuously improve your website.

3. Keep on top of the basics

It should go without saying; you need to keep on top of your SEO. SEO rarely gives you instant results (in some cases it could take up to six months to start seeing any results) so if you decide to suddenly stop your SEO campaign, you are setting yourself up to fail later in the year.

There are a few items that you should be checking regularly, such as your keywords. You should also check your page speed to see if your site is running quickly enough. Google offers a free tool to check this which can be found here.

Running a site audit can also be very beneficial. It will provide you with a full report on all of the technical aspects of your website, allowing you to see what areas of your website need improving. Click here for a free site audit from The Marketing People.

4. Update your listings

As we entered lockdown during COVID-19, you may have had to list your business as ‘temporarily closed’ or add limited hours to your Google My Business page. As we are slowly returning back to normality and businesses are opening back up, make sure you have updated your Google My Business page so all of the information is correct and up-to-date. The last thing you want is to open back up to no customers as Google is telling everyone that you are still shut.

To find out how to update your business hours on Google My Business, watch our short video which walks you through the simple process here.

Also, don’t forget to update every directory that you are listed on – not just Google My Business. All of the information online about your business needs to be consistent.

5. Get your website converting

If you follow the previous four tips your website should be updated and healthy, so all that’s left to do is make sure that your website is actually converting.

There are a few ways to increase your conversion rates. You can create more opportunities for visitors to sign up to newsletters/downloadable content through sidebars or popups. You could even run a special offer or promote certain freebies throughout your website.

If you need any help with your SEO or getting your website to convert potential customers then please get in touch with us today on 01543 495 752.

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5 Ways to Gain More Customers in Your Area Through Local SEO

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Would you like to grow your business online and attract more customers? We will show you how. In this blog, we will explain what local SEO is, why you need it, and give you 5 ways you can use it to generate leads and sales for your business.

What is local SEO and why do I need it?

Local SEO (Local Search Engine Optimisation) improves your business’s online visibility by helping you promote your products or services to potential customers in the local area, as and when they are looking for them.

By utilising local SEO strategies (we will discuss these in more detail below), your business will appear as one of the most relevant local results to customers searching for your product or service in your area. For example: hair salon in Staffordshire, emergency locksmith in Birmingham, Indian restaurant in Lichfield.

If your business has a physical location or you serve a geographical area, no matter how big or small, local SEO will enable you to capitalise on these local searches that have more purchase intent behind them.

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Before we get started…

Make sure your website is responsive, error free and there are no underlying technical issues on the site.

Would you like a free report on the technical aspects of your website, and advice on the areas that need improvement to ensure your site is fully optimised for search engines?

Click here for your FREE website audit.

  1. Google My Business

Google My Business is one of the most important parts of local SEO, and the good news is that it’s totally free and easy-to-use.

Claiming and optimising your Google My Business listing will drastically improve your local search rankings.

The information you provide in your business profile will be fed to the knowledge panel, the local pack and Google Map search results, so the more detailed and up-to-date your Google My Business profile is, the more likely you are to appear in front of prospective customers.

Knowledge Panel
Local Pack
Local Pack

For a step-by-step guide to set up your Google My Business account, click here.

  1. Local Keywords

Local keywords are keywords that contain geographical phrases to help people find your business online.

Start by conducting local keyword research and look at the search volumes for each. Review the branded keywords your competitors are ranking for, then target these so that your business will appear above theirs.

You want to identify and include local keywords that combine your products or services with your location. The overall objective is to identify commonly used phrases that potential customers will be searching for. By including them in your content, you will rank higher in Google for those searching for your particular product or service.

It’s important not to become too excited and include lots of different keywords for the sake of it – this is known as keyword stuffing, and Google will penalise you for this.

  1. Local Content

Google loves great content, as do your customers. It’s important that you regularly update and share relevant content on your website, your blog and across your social channels.

If you serve specific geographical areas, you may want to look at creating location landing pages within your website and include local keywords and citations within the in-page copy.

Once these landing pages are implemented, you will want to direct your Google My Business pages to these, to get the most benefit from them.

  1. Reviews

90% of consumers read online reviews before visiting or buying from a business.

Not only will positive reviews help build credibility and the reputation of your business, they will also improve your search listings.

Customer feedback means fresh content, which Google rewards. It also increases the number of keywords you can rank for.

By replying to these reviews, you show your business cares about its customers, plus it increases interaction, which Google loves.

If Google sees positive reviews, it will trust your business and recommend you in search. At the end of the day, Google wants its users to be satisfied with the results of their search.

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  1. Links

Backlinks from authoritative websites help search engines recognise your site as a trusted source of information, thus boosting your rankings. They also increase your chances of appearing in the local pack on Google.

Links from local newspapers, magazines, blogs, newsletters, directories and social posts can all help to improve your online visibility.

So, how do you get these links? By building your reputation as a trusted source, by regularly posting quality content, hosting events, building relationships with organisations, and utilising local business directories.

Do this and you will build brand awareness and drive relevant traffic to your website, increasing your opportunities to sell.

 

So, there you have it. There’s 5 ways to use local SEO to gain more customers in your area.

Local SEO is a fundamental part of your overall SEO strategy to attract, engage, convince and convert customers.

If you would like to drive more prospects to your website to increase your sales, contact The Marketing People today on 01543 495752.

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What you need to know about Google’s Page Experience update

Google has recently released information about a new page experience metric that they are going to be including in their algorithms from 2021.

This may potentially only be a small update, however, we would like to inform our clients and businesses about this change now, so you can bear it in mind for the future.

Read below to find out how this may affect your business in 2021.

What are Core Web Vitals?

To be able to understand a little more, we need to dive a little deeper into core web vitals.

Core web vitals include metrics such as:

  • User metrics
  • Page load times
  • Page interactivity

You can now split the core web vitals into three areas.

Although there are many more ranking/algorithm factors, the three listed below are key to improving the page experience.

These are:

  • Largest Contentful Paint (LCP)
  • First Input Delay (FID)
  • Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS)

Let’s look at them in more detail.

Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) measures the loading performance.

It looks at how long it takes to load the largest content element in a user’s viewport (when everything becomes visible on your screen on a desktop or mobile.)

According to Google, a decent LCP should be within the region of 2.5 seconds. Anything over 4 seconds requires looking into, to make improvements.

Common issues include:

  • Slow servers
  • CSS or JavaScript issues
  • Application issues or resources to your websites, and Google Fonts or font awesome

Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) optimal performance metric

First Input Delay (FID) measures interactivity with your website.

When a webpage loads, this is the first user interaction, compared to when the browser can respond to that action.

According to Google, a good first input delay should be around 100ms. Anything over 300ms you should be looking into improvements.

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Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) measures visual stability.

If an element moves on the page and creates a bad user experience, then the CLS is taken into account. This then increases or decreases the LCS accordingly.

An example of this could be the size of a video or an image (usually missing width and height dimensions) or if a button loads in the top half of the viewport and then moves/jumps to the bottom half. The CLS calculates these errors and adjusts the experience score.

According to Google, good CLS should be anywhere between 0.1 seconds and 0.25 seconds for a decent experience. Anything over this takes longer to load and offers a poor user experience.

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UPDATED 20TH AUGUST 2020 – This week, we have discovered that part of Google’s update will include a ‘fast page’ label that websites will be assigned if they provide a good user experience.

If a website meets the Core Web Vitals benchmarks for LCP, FID and CLS, users will see the badge of honour when they long-press on any link within the Chrome mobile browser for android.

Want to know how your website can be awarded the ‘fast page’ label? Read on…

How will Google Page Experience affect my website?

Your website is an extension of your company. Google is helping you make a good first impression and offer a good user experience with this implementation.

We know there are over 200 ranking algorithms that Google uses, making updates daily, some very small which we never really see and then some of the major ones like The Google Bert update.

Firstly, we advise that you ensure your website is:

  • Mobile-friendly – Is your website responsive?
  • Secure (https enabled) – If you’ve got an online shop and your website is unsecure, it could lead to potential issues
  • Free of any intrusive popup ads that are annoying to the user

With the Google Page Experience update due to roll out in 2021, Google has advised they will offer at least six months’ notice before they implement it into its algorithms, so webmasters have plenty of time to adjust.

What we can do to help

The Marketing People are not here to scaremonger, we are always here to help and offer advice.

We recommend that you run an audit on your website which we can offer free of charge – just click here for the free site audit.

We also recommend to:

  • Keep your website up-to-date – Content is king, so its important that you provide updated, relevant information
  • Blog regularly – Give your visitors regular updates and information that they want to see
  • Make sure the content is relevant to your business/industry
  • Keep building and growing great content

Conclusion

In relation to Google’s Page Experience update, we recommend that you take the following steps, to ensure your business isn’t negatively impacted.

  1. Take advantage of our free website audit. Make sure that you constantly update any issues, using search console and any SEO related software.
  2. Review your Google Analytics and ensure that pages with a high bounce rate are reviewed and content for these pages is checked.
  3. Make sure all your content is up-to-date and relevant.

If you start working towards making these changes now, then these core web vitals should be easy to manage and maintain. It will give you a good platform for its implementation, and a sound base to improve your Google rankings and website.

If you would like to talk to us about implementing these changes to your website, please call on 01543 495752 and we’d be happy to help.

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A Guide to Image Alt Text

Optimising your Image Alt Text makes your website more accessible and helps you rank higher in Google. But what actually is Image Alt Text? How do you optimise it? And what benefits can it bring to your website?

Read on or watch our short video to find out the answers to all of these questions…

What is Image Alt Text?

Simply put, Image Alt Text is a brief description of the appearance/function of a particular image on a webpage.

It’s usually a short sentence and helps users with visual impairments understand the image within the context of the website. If an image doesn’t load correctly the Image Alt Text will still allow the user to fully understand what the image is.

Every webmaster should be utilising this and incorporating it into every website. It’s also extremely good for SEO, but more on that later.

Best Practices

Your Image Alt Text should be:

  • Short
  • To the point
  • Descriptive

From an SEO perspective it would be beneficial to include a keyword relevant to the page but no keyword stuffing as this will negatively impact your Google Rankings.

Examples of Image Alt Text

Here are some good, mediocre and bad examples of Image Alt Text for the following image:

Oatmeal with a glass of Orange Juice

A bad example would be either no Image Alt Text or ‘Cereal’.

These examples are not descriptive enough and could negatively impact your rankings and how accessible your website is.

A mediocre example would be ‘Cereal bowl with juice’. There’s slightly more description in this example but still not enough.

Now a good example would be ‘Oatmeal with bananas and a glass of orange juice’. This describes what the cereal and juice is and provides the user with plenty of information.

Locating Image Alt Text

We’re going to be using Amazon.co.uk as a great example of Image Alt Text and how you can find it.

Step 1: On Amazon’s home page we firstly scrolled down to the ‘Everyday essentials’ section.

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Step 2: Right click on the image you want to see the Alt Text for and select Inspect.

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Step 3: A box will appear on the right-hand side giving you all the details relating to that image.

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Step 4: Rolling over the image will highlight a certain section in blue. Right in the middle of this section is the Image Alt Text which says ‘Pringles Sour Cream and Onion Crisps, 200 grams, Pack of 6’.

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Image Alt Text and SEO

One question we get asked a lot is “Is Image Alt Text good for SEO?” and the answer is yes, of course it is. You can include your targeted keywords within the description of each image which helps them to rank individually in Google Images. Just make sure that each image is relevant and in context to that page.

It is also good for site audits. A common error/warning that appears on site audits is when your images do not have a description, so by adding Image Alt Text you’re minimising your errors and improving your website.

Click here for a FREE site audit from the marketing people.

Another reason Image Alt Text is great for SEO is because it helps spiders crawl the website better. This means that Google and other search engines can gather a better understanding of your website, making it more likely to rank for relevant search terms.

If you have any questions or need any help with your marketing, then give the marketing people a call on 01543 495752.

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What is Google Search Console?

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Google Search Console (previously Google Webmaster Tools) helps you maintain, monitor and troubleshoot your site’s presence in Google’s Search Results. It ultimately helps you to understand and improve how Google sees your site and best of all, it’s completely free!

Watch our short 1-minute video to find out how Google Search Console can help you:

What can Google Search Console do for you?

Google Search Console provides you with some great insights into what is actually happening with your website. It assists you in finding and fixing any website errors you may have, as well as allowing you to submit a sitemap and create/check a robots.txt file.

Should I use Google Search Console?

If you have a website then you should be using Google Search Console, no matter your expertise. It can provide you with information from the last 30 days, three months, six months, whatever time frame you are interested in.

It also allows you to identify:
• How many users are accessing your site
• What pages they are going to
• What search queries they are using to find your site
• Which countries they are coming from
• Which devices are being used
• And much more!

Google Search Console and SEO

Google Search Console is essential in helping you monitor your website’s traffic. It supports you in optimising your rankings and allows you to make informed decisions about the appearance of your site’s search results.

Technical decisions can also be made based on the information provided by Google Search Console. Tools such as Analytics, Google Trends and Google Ads all work in conjunction with Search Console, which allows you to do sophisticated marketing analysis.

Overall, Google Search Console can provide you with great insights into your website.

If you have any questions or need any help with your marketing, then give the marketing people a call on 01543 495752.

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How to Rank Higher with Google Page Speed

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Google rewards websites that load quickly. Fact.

Pages on fast-loading websites have been found to actually rank significantly higher than the pages on slow-loading websites. This means that page speeds are a critical factor in getting your website to rank higher on Google.

Watch our 90 second video to find out how you can get your website to rank higher using Google’s PageSpeed Insights.

So, what is Page Speed?

Put simply, page speed is the time it takes to fully load the content on a specific page. The longer it takes for your website to load, the fewer pages Google will crawl on your website, which may have a detrimental effect on your Google rankings.

Not only is it essential for ranking higher in Google, it is also important in terms of the user experience.

Did you know: 53% of site visits on a mobile device are abandoned if the page takes longer than 3 seconds to load.

This goes to show just how important a fast-loading site is.

How can you check your Page Speed?

Use Google PageSpeed Insights to check the performance of a page on both desktop and mobile devices.

This will provide you with not only a score out of 100, but also suggestions on how that page can be improved.

How do you use PageSpeed Insights?

1. Go to Google’s PageSpeed Insights, input your URL and click Analyze.

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2. Once your website has been analysed, you see a score out of 100 which summarises the page’s performance for a mobile device

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You should aim for a score of 90 or above as this is considered fast. Anything below 50 is considered slow and should be improved as soon as possible.

3. The page speed will differ on mobile and desktop so don’t forget to check both.

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4. Look at the suggestions and make the necessary changes to make your pages faster.

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So, if you want your pages to rank higher in Google Search it is essential that your pages load quickly. Your bounce rate will be lowered and your website is more likely to convert.

If you have any questions or need any help with your website, then give the marketing people a call on 01543 495752.

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