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The urban pigeon is a relatively wily creature. Not cunning like a fox – more of a fearless perennial weed with wings, waddling amongst the human populace, waiting, waiting… The pigeon’s famous appetite for discarded chips and salty snacks is satisfied when these treats are dropped by passers-by. So; is Pigeon then an apt name for Google’s local search algorithm refresh, clearing the streets of Google one peck at a time? Can this post harbour the most bird references ever?
Google Webmaster Tools is an all too often overlooked resource in the Digital Marketing realm. Overshadowed by the ridiculously powerful Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools (or GWT) has something of an ugly sister status – penalties, warnings and site messages from Google – all of these are administered via this platform after all. But aside from the obvious, what can GWT offer a business?
If your website was a person, would it be saying this to your customers? “You never visit me anymore. We used to be great together. You’d fill my basket page with products and I’d get them out to you as fast as the postal service could carry them. What happened to us?! Did I get old? Is it a case of out of sight, out of mind? IS THERE SOMEONE ELSE?! I used to be NUMBER ONE!”
Anyone can tell you that Google Trends is not a perfect prediction of the future, but when it comes to making smart business choices it’s a tool that can deliver more for free in 20 minutes than years of surveying and research can.
Want to build a site for your small business, with the potential to get ranked and all the social media trimmings, in just one day? It’s possible! I did it myself not long ago – aside from a few tweaks along the way, it’s all worked out nicely – and it’s all SEO friendly. I’m going to share how I did it with you.
The battle for online visibility is relentless. You need allies, advocates and supporters. The good news is if you run a business online, those allies and supporters are already out there. But how can you show their feedback to the rest of the world? Even just trying to get reviews can be tricky and fraught with issues. How can you get them without begging, bribery or attracting untoward hatred?
Shopping online – I love it. Be it for therapy, for fun or for gifts, it’s faster and cheaper than traipsing through towns and shopping centres. But it’s not without annoyances – in this post, I’m going to talk about what gets my goat when shopping online and how ecommerce sites can help their customers get to the checkout.