2013 in Review: What's New in Organic Search?

We like to say the winds of change are constantly swirling when it comes to organic search engine optimization. One of the biggest changes ever to happen was the launch of Google's new ranking algorithm back in August 2013, titled Google "Hummingbird".

In the latest edition of 2013 in Review, learn more from Dave and me about how Google Hummingbird is impacting your your company's web presence. 

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Google is Blocking Organic Keyword Data

Fair Warning: you’re not going to like the news I’m about to share with you.

Yesterday, Google confirmed that they are encrypting all organic search activity. Translation: you won’t be able to see data for specific organic keywords from Google anymore, regardless of your analytics platform.

This is a major blow to companies that implement responsible organic web marketing strategies, and a hypocritical move by Google. If you’re at all familiar with the search engine giant, or if you have ever worked with a web marketing partner, you have probably heard that the formula for organic web marketing success starts with providing content that’s valuable to your end users. With this latest move, it's clear that Google isn't taking its own advice!

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How Soon Will I See SEO Results?

It’s not uncommon for us to get this question from prospects who are considering an SEO campaign: “If I do SEO, how soon will I get results?”

Patience

It’s a valid question to ask. After all, you’re considering spending money, and you want to know as soon as possible that you’re going to get a good return on investment.

Unfortunately, it’s not a question that can be easily answered. What we can tell you is that it’s not uncommon to see little or no return on your investment for as long as six months.

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Why Aren't My Title Tags Showing Up Properly in Google?

When a user makes a search query in Google, their first impression of a website is the title tag. An effective title tag will make it more likely that a searcher can find the most relevant content more quickly and with less frustration. In other words, Google can use title tags to promote a good user experience.

Unfortunately for Google, many websites ignore or under-utilize their title tags. To combat this, Google started looking for "clues" around these un-optimized pages to make inferences about what a good title tag would be.

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What We Can Learn From the BBC and Mozilla Google Penalties

Google Spam Penalty

Back in March, BBC, the world’s largest broadcast news organization, was hit with an unnatural link notification. A little more than a month later, Mozilla was hit with a manual spam update.

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Group Management Services: A Content and SEO Success Story

Content and SEO

So you're a company that provides a great service. This service is proven to save your customers time and money. But your target audience doesn't fully understand your service or, even worse, they don't even know that your industry exists. To make matters more complicated, your website doesn't reflect the high level of quality that you provide to your existing customers. What do you do to grow?

Consider web marketing.

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SEO: Checking Under the Hood

Organic search engine optimization has three parts:

  • Onsite optimization
  • Offsite optimization
  • Technical optimization

Technical SEO Looks Under the Hood

Onsite SEO includes elements like title tags and on-page content. Offsite means things like social media presence and sharing as well as inbound links. And technical optimization means things like XML sitemaps, URL structure, 404 error pages, and other web elements “under the hood.”

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Penguin on the Prowl

Google Penguin Update

Fresh on the heels of Pat's announcement of the most recent Google Panda update, it looks like the other black-and-white animal-named update, known as Google Penguin, is also due for an update. More...

Panda on the Prowl

panda update

If you’re an avid reader of our blog, you’ve probably encountered something about the Google Panda update. If you’re not an avid reader (you should be!) or if you’re not familiar with Google Panda, it’s simply the name for a series of ranking formula updates aimed directly at sites with thin, poorly written, or duplicate content. More...

SEO Corral

White hat SEO

It is high noon at the SEO corral, and in the battle between white hat and black hat, it looks like Google is arming itself with a shiny new six shooter. Google has been granted a patent for technology that uncovers hidden text and hidden links on web pages.

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Who are these guys anyway?

Aztek is a web design, web application development, web marketing, and hosting firm in Cleveland Ohio. We’ve been around for more than 16 years, and we’ve worked with more than 600 clients. Aztek is not affiliated with the unfortunate car of the same name, nor are we descended from a fifteenth century Mesoamerican civilization. At least, not that we know of.