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2019 the year of biometric payments

Alastair Johnson, CEO and founder of blockchain-based secure payments and identity verification platform Nuggets believes 2019 will be the year of mainstream biometric payments. Here are his thoughts below –

“2019 will be the year that biometrics payments go mainstream. Consumers are already used to the idea, thanks to payment apps like Apple Pay that use our phones’ biometric scanners. But this is just the start of things to come. Fujitsu and Singapore-based Touché are currently trialling payment terminals that incorporate palm or finger scanning technology, and California’s CaliBurger is testing a system that lets customers serve themselves after linking their faces to loyalty cards.

The race to make shopping more convenient with biometric payments and as friction-less as possible will gather pace. Having to remember passwords and use PINs will become a thing of the past, so too will be having to fill in long online forms to make payments. Credit and debit cards will begin to feel outdated. Major players like Visa and Mastercard are already working hard to bolster our reliance on them, by working on fingerprint scanning cards. But technology is likely to leapfrog plastic cards altogether by enabling our biometrics to be directly linked to our accounts in 2019, allowing purchases to be authorised just by having those biometrics verified.

In 2019, there will be a proliferation of payment apps and wallets launched by brands, like the M&S Payment App & Walmart Pay, but the vast majority won’t get the take-up they need. The industry need a universally accepted payment wallet – for convenience, but also for security.

As consumers’ awareness of the value of their data grows, and data breaches continue at an alarming pace, consumers are more likely to gravitate towards brands and spend their money with retailers who actively go out of their way to protect their data, and save them from sharing details with hundreds of different retailers every year.

The emergence of sovereign biometric payments solutions will be a big story in 2019. These are platforms that allows users to make payments to businesses online or offline without giving that information away to a third party. Advances in the fields of biometric payments, blockchain technology and cryptography will make this possible.”

Of course this has implications for e-commerce transactions and IRL world transactions. In theory it will be easier to buy and checkout in both scenarios. The point made above about consumers giving their business to brands who go out of their way to protect their data, will become ever more important. Brands will need to remind their customers via marketing and CRM that they will protect consumer data.

Amazon shopping is already quite easy but will it be as smooth with biometric payments? The user journey and user interface for bio payments will need to be clearly thought out. Payment solutions on the blockchain will be even more popular simply because of the security. The user experience will be akin to two step authentication and the authenticator app, except instead of entering a code all you will need to do is scan your fingertip.

Nuggets is a consumer blockchain platform giving users a single biometric tool for login, payment and identity verification, without sharing or storing private data. See how this works across desktop and mobile in the video above.

Perhaps, the fact that you accept bio metric payments will be something you want to optimise for search

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Growth Hacking Strategies Neil Patel Video – Tips to Get More Traffic

Growth Hacking Strategies Neil Patel

Everyone has an opinion on what is Growth Hacking .

You’re not going to increase your traffic, your sales unless you take growth very, very seriously.

What channels your customers are using or your potential customers? When you’re trying to do growth, you can’t just look at the most popular channels like Facebook, Twitter. These channels get crowded very fast. Share of voice is very tricky. This video was shared on YouTube on Dec 4th 2018.

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Local SEO Growth Hacking

Is Local SEO on your agenda? It should be.

Overview

Brands with a real world presence have a huge opportunity for increased traffic to website and footfall to outlets. This would translate to significant ROI. This can be achieved by simply taking ownership and optimising Location profiles and listings on major networks like Google My Business [GMB], Facebook Places, Yelp and Tripadvisor. There are of course many other channels to exploit [click on the image to expand below]. Over 50 possible “location” networks could be claimed and optimised. However “The Big Four” Google, Facebook, Yelp and Tripadvisor get 90% of traffic. Two others not covered in this post so much but that we would recommend to look at in a Phase 2 would be Bing and NavMii which powers navigation systems like Waze.

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Goals you might have

  1. To increase Brand Awareness
  2. To increase traffic to your website and social media
  3. To increase footfall to outlets
  4. To drive reviews and engagement on networks like GMB, Facebook

Essentially you want prospects searching for you, viewing you and taking an action. There are many solutions available to optimise for local SEO and different approaches for a Local SEO campaign.

However, many technology/software based solutions are very expensive and cost prohibitive for most small brands. One leading software solution would cost a brand £100,000 for 100 locations and that’s JUST for the software. Resource would be required to then run the software. 600 locations would be six times as much. If you only have one shop or location then £100k will be complete overkill.

As is always the case with optimising for Google you need to consider the Algorithm. More searches, more visits to your site, more people getting driving directions will only help boost you in local search results.

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How do they find you? Via Maps? Via Search?
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Assessing how your business is doing in local searches via number of people asking for driving directions, number of phone calls you receive and how many visit your website.

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Claiming ownership for multiple and large volume locations could be a very complex process. Google do offer a Bulk upload feature but Tripadvisor do not for example.
For 100 locations across 4 networks [GMB, Facebook, Yelp and Tripadvisor] it is actually 400 listings which will take some time. If its done manually then an estimated 3 months but this depends on how the “claim” process goes.

Reviews Management in context of Local SEO

Number of reviews and Rate of Reviews also sends signals to Google which will help determine your ranking in search results. This is a critical factor for Local SEO. reviews managementAlways ask you customers to leave a review. Mention it on your site. Have signage in store calling it out. Train staff to bring it up in conversation whilst they are in your venue. Try and get customers to leave you a review before they leave the store. Its quite easy to do from a Smartphone.. Ask them to search for your brand on Google. They should see a listing like the one below. Tell them to look for the “write a review link”. Tell them to click and review! Also encourage customers to take pictures and upload to your venue listing.

 

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Not only do negative reviews need responding too but even for positive reviews, consumers will expect a response e.g. a thank you.
Google has recently updated the Google MY Business that if a brand replies to a review the consumer will get a notification that the brand has responded so potentially continuing the conversation.

Also a caveat that volume of reviews are reasonable and manageable per location [assumption being we would only have to deal with a small volume of reviews daily. If you are getting 100s of reviews, you may need to a software solution to help you manage the replies.

Once you have a good volume of nice reviews about you, close the loop on your Local SEO by then automatically updating your website to show the latest reviews by way of Google , Facebook, Yelp etc APIs. They can be easily embedded and update in real time. Don’t worry negative reviews can be hidden from your website. But both negative and positive reviews do look more authentic.

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Finally, having regular status updates on your locations and adding new pictures/updates regularly boosts search engine rankings in Local SEO. It would be difficult to manage status updates for 100 locations daily. So again if you have more than one location then you may need a software solution.

Create you updates on Google My Business much like you would on FaceBook. Some copy, a link and image/video and share. Regular posting sends a signal to Google this business is active and if a customer’s search matches some of the variables we should show their listing.

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Other SEO ranking factors to think about.

 

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How to Host a Website

As of 2017, the number of websites worldwide stood at more than 1.2 billion, great for web hosting companies. This figure comprises everything from simple personal blogs to more elaborate websites and ecommerce platforms. Suffice to say, anyone with a message to convey or a product to sell has a website. Although the majority of people know what a website is, not too many actually understand how they work.

In this essential guide, we’ll cover the details you’ll need to understand the concept of web hosting, how it works and the process involved in owning a website.

So, let’s get started.

How web hosting works

Web hosting refers to a place where a website is stored or located.

A website is made up of numerous files, HTML, CSS, PHP, images and videos – all of which need to be stored somewhere so that visitors can access them. Typically, the files that make up a website are stored on a computer connected to the internet; this is known as a web server. Meanwhile, web hosting simply refers to storing your website files on a webserver.

Web servers are usually owned, sold or rented out by web hosting companies. When paying any of these companies to host your website, you are effectively paying for web hosting. Once your website is stored on their webserver and you’ve completed the web hosting process, your site can then be accessed by visitors from any part of the world.

The web hosting process also involves registering a domain name, as well as marketing, so as to let people know your website is now up and running.

What different types of web hosting are there?

While all web servers serve the same purpose, they come in different shapes and sizes to meet people’s individual requirements. When you want to buy web hosting, you’ll have to choose from one of the different web hosting variants covered below. Be aware that the performance and functionality of your website could depend largely on your choice of web hosting.

  • Shared Hosting: Shared web hosting means you’ll be sharing one web server with a number of other websites. This type of web hosting is suitable for new websites or those that don’t expect much traffic to begin with. Everything about this type of hosting is shared – including the cost – which makes it the most affordable variety of web hosting. However, it’s also the least reliable, as a breach on one website can put the other websites on the web server at risk. Before choosing shared web hosting, it is therefore important to understand the pros and cons to be entirely sure that it’s something you can work with.

 

  • Virtual Private Servers (VPS): A virtual Private Server (or VPS) is just one step above shared hosting. It is essentially one web server, divided into a number of virtual servers. Each website is hosted on a virtual server, though still on the same web server. VPS hosting provides more resources, more privacy and is more reliable than shared hosting. In fact, it is the ideal solution for a website owner looking for a reliable hosting option, without the financial commitments of dedicated hosting. There are several reasons to consider VPS hosting once your website outgrows shared hosting.

 

  • Dedicated Hosting: Dedicated hosting is a web hosting system whereby you have the entire web server to yourself. You won’t share it with any other website and have the freedom to customise and utilise as you see fit. Dedicated hosting is highly reliable, but fairly expensive and also requires a high level of technical expertise. For this reason, dedicated hosting is ideal for big businesses and websites with a high volume of traffic. Once your website has grown beyond a VPS system, you can perhaps consider dedicated hosting.

 

  • Cloud Hosting: Despite having been on the market for a number of years, Cloud hosting is seen by many website owners as being the new technology in web hosting. Cloud hosting uses a series of networked servers to provide resources for websites. It provides optimum performance and reliability, with very little downtime. Because it works with multiple servers, the moment one goes down, another takes its place immediately; suffice to say, this is the most reliable of all hosting types. Cloud hosting is also highly scalable and will automatically adjust to suit your website’s changing needs, eliminating the need to change servers as your site grows. This system of hosting is equally ideal for small websites or those with a high volume of traffic.

 

  • Managed WordPress Hosting: There are more than 75 million websites built on WordPress. This highly popular CMS accounts for an impressive percentage of websites online. However, because of the special server requirements of WordPress, not every web host can accommodate it. Managed WordPress is a system of hosting whereby every technical aspect (of hosting and running a WordPress website) from installation to upgrading and monitoring is left in the hands of a reliable web hosting company. This type of web hosting is ideal for WordPress site owners who would rather focus primarily on growing their business than the technical aspects of running a website. To be honest a lot of our websites are on Managed WordPress Hosting sites. Read this post for more info on Managed WordPress Hosting

Choosing the right Hosting Company

At this point, you should know enough to choose the web host that would best suit your needs. However, it’s also important to know how to identify a reliable web hosting company. After all, you can’t trust every web hosting company you find via Google search results; there are several factors you need to take into consideration. These include server performance, data centre location, server features, customer support, and price.

Choosing the wrong web hosting company can negatively impact the success of your website, so you’ll need to make the right choice at the first time of asking.

How domain names work

Every website comes with a string of numbers known as an IP address, which will look something like this: 183.162.87.651. However, because it’s difficult to recall the IP address of every website we visit each day, domain names came into existence. The domain name is an easy to remember, easy to use representation of the IP address attached to a website. When you enter a domain name in the address bar of your browser, the web server checks to confirm the IP address associated with that particular domain name. Once confirmed, the website attached to the IP address will be displayed.

Every website has a domain name, which you’ll also need if you want visitors to be able to access your site.  To use a domain name on your website, you’ll need to register it with an ICANN accredited domain name registrar. This is not as tedious as it appears; in fact, major web hosting companies also register domain names for their customers. Some of them even allow you to register a domain name and use it free of charge for the first year.

Domain name extensions

A domain name is made up of at least three sections – the first of which is WWW. This is usually found at the beginning of every domain name. The middle section is made up of your actual domain name, while the third is the domain name extension.

Popular domain name extensions are called ‘Top Level Domain Names’ (TLDs). Examples of TLDs include .COM, .NET, .ORG and .INFO.

There are also other domain name extensions known as ccTLDs, which stands for Country Code Top Level Domains. These are domain extensions each associated with particular countries of the world. A ccTLD is ideal if your website provides goods and services to local customers. For example, if your website is targeted at people in New Zealand, you may want to consider .CO.NZ as your domain name extension with a dedicated NZ host such as www.discountdomains.co.nz/web-hosting to help you access the local market. Popular ccTLDs include: .CO.UK, .FR, .ES, .JP, .RO, and .US.

In addition to, there is also a series of new domain extensions, known as gTLDs. These were created to appeal to website owners who would rather show a clear association to their niche. Popular gTLDs include: .BAR, .LAW, .FOREX, .CLUB and .WEBSITE.

All together, there are more than a thousand domain name extensions available. You can view the full list here.

How domain name registration works

As stated earlier, before you can use a domain name, you’ll need to register it with an ICANN accredited domain name registrar. Buying and registering a domain name is relatively easy and not time consuming. In fact, the hard work is finding the perfect domain name that properly represents your brand and subsequently attracts visitors to your website. If this proves difficult, these tips can help you. It’s vital to get your domain name right the first time, as changing it in future can cause you to lose important page rankings and website visitors.

When you register a domain name, it is for a fixed period (usually a year). At the end of this period, the domain name is placed back on the market (unless you renew before this time). Your domain name registrar will typically send you an email before the expiration period, reminding you to renew. Unless you’re no longer interested in using the domain name, it is certainly in your best interests to renew it.

As we’ve already pointed out, major web hosting companies will give you the domain name of your choice for free when you buy web hosting from them (if your preferred domain name is available). However, this is usually for the first year and you’ll be required to pay for it if you want to use it thereafter. It’s always a good idea to use just one company for your domain name and hosting needs. This way, you can manage both products from the same account, whilst avoiding any technical hassles associated with using separate providers.

You can also opt for separate providers; that is buying your domain name from one company, but web hosting from another if you so desire.

Conclusion

This marks the end of our web hosting beginners’ guide. We hope you’ve found it useful and that it will help in no small way you when next you want to buy a domain name or web hosting.

In case you are thinking of hosting a chatbot on your site. Check our chatbot guide.

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Step by Step Guide – Making Ideal Website

This is the 21st century, and due to platforms like WordPress CMS, Squarespace and Shopify you can build your website from scratch without any professional help or coding knowledge. What we have provided here is a step by step guide to building your own website today. You will be required to make some crucial decisions. Since you are probably a beginner, we are going to help you make those decisions and provide you with the tools needed in each step. If you have decided to build your website yourself, don’t forget we can help . Building a website comes in three major steps.

First, you have to choose the right platform that suits your needs. We recommend you use WordPress CMS. In this article, you will learn why WordPress is your best option. After that, you will need a domain name. Its easy to register one for free on a plethora of websites. Lastly, you have to choose a theme. The third step includes customising your theme so that it suits your needs and your content. Every other thing in between these will be covered in detail as we go on.

Before you go ahead, do a quick check of all the tools required so you don’t get caught halfway. These include a domain name, WordPress CMS hosting, which will be where your website files are stored, and enough time to focus without interruption. In total, the website’s cost will depend on the kind you decide to build. But we have taken the time to do a lengthy article on what it will likely cost you to build a website. You can check it out later. We advise you start small and work your way up by adding one feature after another.

Setup

This stage includes getting all you will need for your website. Remember, choosing the right platform will determine the success of your website generally. Get your WordPress CMS first. It comes with tons of designs and addons that allow you to create the website of your dreams. All you need to do is imagine it and you will have all the functionality at your finger tips. We have also prepared a detailed article on the benefits of using WordPress and why you should choose it.

What’s more, WordPress CMS is free for download. The only parts where you’ll spend money are in getting a domain name and hosting it. Domain names cost about $14.99 a year while hosting will cost you about $7.99 a month for a start. Some of the top trusted and most recommended web hosts are Bluehost, GoDaddy, Freeparking, Hostgator and iPage.  They have been working with WordPress for over a decade and would be delighted to help you finish building your website if you encounter any difficulty along the way.

But if everything is going smoothly so far, next is to go to the Freeparking’s WordPress hosting site, for example, on a different browser window and click on “Get Started Now”. It will take you to the price page. Choose a plan. Basic and Plus are the recommended plans for beginners. Once you select one, you will be taken to a new page where you choose your domain name. After this, press continue to be taken to a page where you will provide your account information, email, and so on. As this stage is completed, you will receive an email with details on how to access your web hosting control panel. This is where you install your WordPress CMS, which is the next step. Also, you can perform other setups here.

WordPress installation

Installing WordPress CMS is a crucial part of website creation that used to require technical skills and focus. Today, it is much easier. On your cPanel, you will find a host of icons, but you will find you don’t have to use up to 5% of them. That’s how easy it is now. What you do is go to the website section of your cPanel and select the WordPress icon. Once you click on it, it will prompt you to choose the domain name you want to install WordPress on. Select yours and click on next. The next page will require you to provide your website name, admin username and password. Carefully check all the boxes there and click on the “install” button, then continue. While it is running, you will be presented with an array of website themes for your website. But you mustn’t attend to that immediately since we will still show you how to do that right.

After installation is completed, you will be notified with an “installation complete” link which you will have to click on to get to your WordPress login URL and password. Now, if for some reason, this “one click” installation method doesn’t work, there is no need to be anxious. There is a manual option available to you. Check out this manual installation of WordPress. Some hosting companies do not allow for automatic WordPress installation. This might also be a sign that you are dealing with a bad hosting company. In the absence of such a hitch, you have successfully created your WordPress website.

Choose your website theme

This is the fun part where you unleash your creativity. This is the physical part of your website. How it looks when someone clicks on your link will be determined in this stage. Fortunately, your website theme will also be controlled by WordPress, which is pretty easy to work on. WordPress is designed with lots of professional templates which, when installed on your website, will allow it change appearance whenever you want. There is a default theme for all WordPress websites, but I’m sure you will want to personalise yours to give it character.

To customise your theme, you’ll have to go to the admin dashboard where you will click on “appearance”, then select ” theme”. You will then click on the “Add New” button which will present you with over 4,492 free WordPress themes in the directory. This process has been made so easy since you have different filters like “industry”, ” layout”, and so on, to help you get to the ones that are suitable for your business. They are also sorted by latest and featured to help you see newer additions. But if you have any theme in mind, just enter the name in the search field and you will see it in the search results. But if you are having trouble selecting the perfect theme for your business, we have prepared an article to help you out. After installing your selected theme, click on the customise link right under “appearance” to apply all the changes you want on the theme and better make it yours.

Further settings and installations

The process is really as easy as it sounds. Now you know why we recommended you choose WordPress CMS as your preferred platform. You can now begin using your website which means adding content to it. On a WordPress website, content is added as posts and pages. Posts are your blog posts which are published on your blog while pages contain such content as your About Us, Services, FAQs, and so on. As a default, the blog posts are at the front page of your website, but you can change that if you want. You can even have your blog as a separate page or create a website without one.

The posts show on your page in reverse chronological order. This way, visitors see your latest posts first and follow a navigation button to see the older ones. You mustn’t add every page you need in one day. WordPress CMS allows you to always edit and update. To add a new page entirely, you just go to “Pages” and click on “Add New” in the WordPress admin area, provide a title for the page and go ahead to create.

If you want to customise and tweak your website further, just head to “Settings” and follow the prompts like “Reading”, “General”, “Discussion”, and so on, depending on what you want to do. These are to be conducted in the admin area. For more features, you have to install plugins which you do by choosing any of the free 49,000 plugins available on WordPress.

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Most Important SEO Ranking Factors 2019

You may or may not be aware that SEO Ranking factors, one of which is number of backlinks will make a huge difference to the success of your website. You may not be aware that these factors change very often. What worked for you last year may not be as effective this year. Hence, this is why you need to keep up to date with current trends in SEO.

Websites that are properly optimised for search enjoy more visibility and, consequently, more traffic. Don’t forget that more traffic will lead to more sales and more profit, so if you neglect SEO, you are essentially shooting yourself in the foot; your website will not enjoy enough visibility on the internet and you will end up losing potential traffic.

In this article, we will be sharing some of the essential SEO ranking factors that will help you dominate SERPs in 2019. By the end of this post, you will know enough to properly optimise your website and attract more traffic to your business.

To make for easier reading, we have created a table of content for you:

  • Referring domains
  • Organic click-through-rate
  • Domain authority
  • Mobile usability
  • Dwell time
  • Total number of backlinks
  • Content quality
  • On-page SEO

But first, a little background.

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What does ranking in SEO mean?

Ranking in SEO refers to the current position of your website in search results. A # 1 ranking means that your web page is the very first result on SERPs when people search for a particular term. This does not include promoted results, answer boxes and snippets.

Appearing in the top 5 results is great because this accounts for more than half of clicks on search results page. Appearing on the first result page is also a great achievement because literally no one goes beyond the first page of search results.

Ranking high in Google SERP involves a lot of work and patience. There are certain things Google look for when ranking a web page. The search giant checks things like:

  • The relevancy and authority of the content
  • The quality and amount of content
  • The reputation of the website
  • Information on the site and its owners

Google will consider all these factors when ranking web pages.

It is important to point out, though, that there is no guarantee that your website will appear on the first page or #1 of search results. However, with the right techniques and enough effort, you stand a very good chance of making that happen.

Now, let us look at the essential SEO ranking factors for 2018.

Referring domains

Referring domains are the domains or websites that refer visitors to your site.

A referring domain is different from a backlink in that backlinks are URLS that direct visitors to your website while referring domains are websites that contain backlinks to your site. For example, if a site like www.123articlesdirectoryxyz.com (does not exist) has about 1000 backlinks to your website, www.123articlesdirectoryxyz.com is a referring domain. Note that an extremely high number of backlinks per referring domain will likely earn you a penalty from Google as this will be seen as the result of black SEO practice.

While it is definitely suspicious for one website to hold hundreds of backlinks to your website; if used properly, it can help with link building, which is essential for the visibility of your website.

Referring domains to your website can be found in the Acquisitions Report of your Google Analytics dashboard.

Creating an effective referring domain strategy for link building will help enhance your SEO efforts and deliver valuable results. Websites at the top of SERP have backlinks from a number of high-value, credible sources, and a proper referring domain strategy can help you achieve this.

An effective referring domain strategy will help you with the type of links that are likely to send viable traffic to you by using the content that already exists on your website.

While it might appear that its good to have a lot of backlinks to your website, it is better to have high-value referring domains with backlinks pointing to your site.

A good way to achieve this is by guest posting. Look for authority websites in your niche that accept guest posting, then submit high quality content that may entice people to click on the link to your website.

Organic click-through-rate

Organic click-through rate is the number of clicks your web page receives on search results, then divided by the number of views/impressions or times it was viewed on the search engine results pages. Because no page ranking is created equal, knowing your organic CTRs will help you determine how important each rank position is to your website. Knowing your organic CTRs will also help you estimate the amount of organic traffic to your website. When you have a good idea of how much traffic is driven to your website, you will be able to set realistic expectations for your website and know how to measure the success of your expectations.

However, before you can get to this point, you should first work at improving your website’s organic CTRs. Doing this will help improve your search page rankings, ensure better website visibility and drive reliable traffic to your website. At its core, improving your organic click-through rate simply means making the extra effort to attract clicks on SERPs.

Methodology you can adopt to improve your organic CTRs include:

  • Using effective meta-titles – The titles of your content and webpages are the first thing a user will see in search results. A descriptive and engaging title will do a lot to attract the attention of a search user and compel him or her to click on your web page link. This is why it is a good idea to pay attention to the titles you use for your pages. As much as possible, use natural keywords in your title that reflect what your content is about. This makes it easier for search users to determine its relevance to their search.
  • Writing effective meta-descriptions – Meta-descriptions are as important as meta-titles, but, with meta-descriptions, you have a higher word count to describe the content of the page you are promoting. The typical search user will quickly skim through the brief description below the title to see if the page actually offers the information they are looking for.. Subsequently, if you want to improve your organic CTRs, it is important that you properly optimise your meta-descriptions to contain the relevant search keywords and other important information relevant to your web page.
  • Using long-tail keywords – Long-tail keywords are essential for SEO success. By researching long-tail keywords and implementing them in your website content, you can greatly increase the volume of organic searches related to your content you rank for. For example, a customer is more likely to buy when they search for “Adidas sneakers under $500” than when they simply search for sneakers. If you are a shoe retailer, you will get more qualified click-throughs because of the long-tail keywords included in your content.
  • Implementing structured data – Structured data or schema markup is an important component of the content found on SERPs. Structured data helps Google understand the purpose of each page on your website and how they relate to a particular search query. It is essentially a structure of all the pages on your website and is necessary for Google to show up the right page in response to an individual search query.

Without structured data, you risk being invisible on the internet. Fortunately, creating and uploading the schema mark-up for your website is not difficult. In fact, if you have a WordPress website, there are dozens of plugins that can automate the process for you.

Domain authority

Very few people are aware that more than half of the websites that rank in the top 10 SERP position are three years old or older. Research suggests that very few websites younger than one year old achieve such an impressive ranking. This means that if you have had your site for a while, and it is properly optimised, you already have an advantage.

Domain authority (DA) is a critical factor which helps determine how well your site will rank in SERPs. In almost every instance, the age of your website plays a vital role in your domain authority, although there are smart ways to improve the domain authority of a young website. The DA score ranges from 1 to 100, with a higher score improving your chances of faring better in search results. It, therefore, follows that to enjoy improved visibility in search results; the domain authority of your website must be very high.

Before looking at how to improve your domain authority, you may want to first check your score. You can do this by using Open Site Explorer by Moz. Just type your URL in the search box, hit enter and you will get a report showing everything from page authority to domain authority and established links.

In some cases, exact-match domain names not associated with spammy websites can enjoy boost in page rank, but for established websites without exact-match domain names, implementing better on-page SEO, building quality backlinks, turning out high quality content and staying active on social media are some tactics to employ to increase the domain authority of a site.

Mobile usability

Google implementing its mobile-first indexing in 2018 means that mobile versions of websites will be indexed differently from desktop versions. The less obvious but more important implication of this development is that Google will now analyse websites against ranking signals, of which mobile responsiveness is an important one to determine how a site will rank in mobile and desktop search results.

The implication of this is that if your website is not optimised for mobile, irrespective of how pertinent your content is, and how much your domain authority score is, or how well you meet other SEO benchmarks, it will not show up in results for relevant search on mobile devices. You might think its much adieu about nothing until you realise that mobile searches now far outweigh searches done on desktop computers. Not having a website optimised for mobile means you have to effectively remove yourself from the possibility of ranking in mobile SERPs. Even though this will not affect your ranking for desktop search, it will limit the size of your visibility and cause you to lose a countless number of potential visitors. Also, Google recommends that websites implement a responsive design pattern.

If there is doubt about the usability of your website on mobiles and tablets, your next step is to test your site for mobile responsiveness. Google’s mobile test tool will tell you if your website is responsive enough to display properly across devices. If it isn’t, you should immediately consider optimising your website for mobile so as not to lose out on organic traffic from mobile search.

Dwell time

Dwell time is one of the least used, yet most important, site metrics that help search engines determine the relevance of a website.

Dwell time is literally what it says on the tin. Its the amount of time a user spends on your site before returning to the search results. A longer dwell time means that the visitor found what they were looking for on your website, and this is good for your page ranking. A short dwell time, on the other hand, indicates that your website did not live up to the user’s expectations.

While the precise threshold that indicates a poor or excellent dwell time is not exactly known, it follows that to improve your page ranking; you should work at keeping organic traffic visitors on your site for longer. Sometimes its easier to say things than do them ; however, there are certain things you can do that will help keep visitors on your website for longer.

The first thing you can do is to produce better content. A visitor is more likely to remain on your site for a whole if you provide them with high quality, engaging content.

Since dwell time is a measure of the time between arriving from SERP and returning, it makes sense that providing your visitors with more things to occupy their time will help improve your dwell time. Creating a strong internal linking system to other engaging parts of your website can do the trick.

You can also adopt more effective engagement techniques that will keep users on your site for longer. This can be by providing related content, polls, engaging media and so on.

Improving and Increasing the time spent on your website will improve your website reputation and help you rank better on SERPs.

Total number of backlinks

Since the beginning of SEO, a lot of trends have come and gone, but backlinks remain one of the important signals necessary for Google page rankings.

The number of quality backlinks to your site will have a huge impact on your rankings. In fact, more links result in better ranking as long as these are not bought links or links gotten via schemes. Note that backlinks coming from the same source are not as effective as quality links coming from a multitude of authority websites, so when creating a backlink building technique, bear in mind that it is the source of the links that matter, not the amount. The best scenario is when an authority website includes a link to your site in one of their pieces of content related to your niche. This will tremendously improve your relevance and make Google see your website as an authority in that niche.

Of course, it makes sense to have a few links from low-quality websites too, but make sure that building links is an integral part of your SEO campaign.

There are several effective methods you can adopt to get a good number of quality backlinks, including guest blogging. However, if you site is suffering from an acute lack of backlinks, it may be a good idea to involve an SEO expert. There are a lot of things you may not be aware of, or might overlook, that an SEO expert will cover properly. Luckily, the internet is full of reliable agencies like Synapse SEO.

Content quality

The phrase ‘content is king’ has been prevalent on the internet for a long time. Quality Content effects website visibility and is actually one of Google’s most important ranking factors.

The importance of high-quality content is aptly covered in Google’s rating guidelines where they say they aim to provide search users with only the most relevant and high-quality results, related to what they are searching for. Any content that does not meet this criterion is bound to affect your page rankings.

One of the best ways to optimise your content is to include relevant keywords. These are keywords people use when searching for the type of content your website offers. You need a good keyword research system to come up with relevant keywords for your website.

Additionally, long-tail keywords will significantly improve the relevance of your content in search results. Google appreciates long-form content and that is something not to ignore. Therefore, when creating content for your blog posts, endeavour to reach the 1000-word count. However, your long-form content should be relevant, rich and engaging.

On-page SEO

On-page SEO are those activities you carry out directly on your content to improve relevancy and visibility. These behind-the-scenes activities are crucial to the success of your SEO efforts.

Some effective on-page SEO you can implement include:

  • Optimising meta-titles and meta-descriptions
  • Optimise header tags to help search engines read your content properly
  • Optimise image tags to help search engines understand the purpose of your image files
  • Have a rich internal linking system to direct visitors to other feature-rich sections of your website
  • Where appropriate, use structured data to help Google understand the content on your site and how relevant it is to search users

Final words

There you have it, some of the most essential SEO ranking factors for 2018. However, understand that SEO is a dynamic field, this means you need to keep abreast of the trends in SEO to stay ahead of the competition.

Hope you have a better understanding of the SEO ranking factors for 2018, and now understand better ways to optimise your website for search in 2019. Before we go, check out an ecommerce checklist .

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5 Energy Saving Tips For Your Business

Energy Saving Tips – Businesses can save a lot of money by cutting down on energy costs and these tips are here to help you do so, making your business more efficient.

Energy Saving Tips

  1. Energy Saving Tips – Start With The Light

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel if you want your business to become more energy efficient. And by starting with something as small as a light bulb can ultimately make a big difference. Keep in mind that there are typically a lot of lights being utilized within an office or business setting, meaning they add up at the end of the month.

And the keywords you are looking for here are “energy saving bulbs”. Compared to a traditional light bulb, you can look to save quite a bit, given that energy savers only use about 20% of the energy associated with traditional bulbs.

If you are worried about the aesthetics, you’ll be happy to know that energy saving bulbs have come a long way. And while they might still need a little more time to warm up, you can choose between different brightness options, as well as color.

  1. Energy Saving Tips – Get An Energy Management System In Place

One of the best ways a company can start saving money on energy is by going into the details. In other words, an energy audit should be carried out according to Josco Energy Conference. This audit should reveal where most of the energy is being used, as well as where energy is being wasted.

Use this information to set up a team or individual who can monitor energy usage on a regular basis. If energy is being wasted somewhere, they should know about it and make sure the issue gets addressed. This way you know you’ll constantly be saving money on gas and electricity.

  1. Energy Saving Tips –  Use Air-Conditioners Wisely

Even though air-conditioners can be a necessity for keeping employees productive, it can also become a big drain on energy usage. Seeing as they constantly run while people are in the office or business, it’s only logical that they become such a big liability.

An effective way to approach this problem is by making the air-conditioners stop when the room reaches a comfortable temperature. What this temperature is going to be, depends on the people inside the building. But it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a common ground in this regard.

  1. Energy Saving Tips – Motion Sensors Can Be Helpful

It happens. People forget to switch off the light when they walk out of a room nobody is using. And sometimes employees simply don’t care because they don’t have to foot the bill. Luckily, there is a single solution to both these problems, and it comes in the form of motion sensors.

Motion sensors can detect when people leave the room, which is when they trigger an automatic light switch. The result is that no lights will be left on by employees, whether they give a damn or not. And the small changes like these can lead to big savings down the line.

  1. Energy Saving Tips –  Renewable Energy

If you are looking for a dramatic change, renewable energy is definitely the way to go. Not only does it make your business more independent from the grid, but it can significantly cut down on your expenses.

At the moment, solar panels enjoy the most popularity. This is because they are easy to implement, they are effective, they require little to no maintenance, and they last for years. At this point in time, nothing is more practical than getting a few solar panels up on the roof and using solar power on demand.

The alternative would be wind turbines, although they are more expensive and require constantly windy conditions. Yes, they produce more energy than solar, but there is a better chance of the sun shining than the wind blowing. Plus, there are moving parts involved with a turbine, which results in more maintenance and repairs.

Either way, you can’t go wrong with renewable energy. These are systems that pay for themselves, and they support a sustainable future.

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Tips for Marketers to Get a Job in Online Marketing

 Marketers looking to grow in their career will need to update their skills set using the digital tools that are desired by employers.

 

 The advancement of technology has been able to improve the lives of the human race. This is why marketing companies have been able to find out that digital and social media tools are important when it comes to revenue generation. This is why digital space plays a big role when it comes to making decisions. Some of the things in the digital space include mobile and social media and marketing tools. 

The sub-40 demographic has become the gold standard in marketing and has become appealing to marketers. Revenue generating actions such as one-click purchasing has become common on websites and social media. Marketers have the ability to target a given group with content and messages that are currently being demanded. This means marketers interested in growth can add the skills to their resume. 

Digital strategists have continued to be in high demand because of technological growth driving the demand. The ones being looked for are the ones who are able to quickly move, think on their feet, and influence the market. There is no sign that there will be a slowdown in this industry, which means there will be even more opportunities for a career in this space.

Marketers Winning the Talent War 

The growth of the digital industry has enabled digital marketers and strategist to move to the very top of the recruitment list of marketing organizations. Some of the qualities the employers consider very important when hiring include those found in digital marketing directors, SEO manager, and social media analysts.

 What ways can professionals use in setting themselves even further apart from the rest? Below are the four tips that any digital marketers should be keeping in mind.

 Be the influencer who is able to think fast and move on your feet. What worked in the past no longer works today, especially plug-and-chug marketing activity. You will need to e fluent in the social and digital spheres so that you will be able to keep up with the trends and changes in the industry or else you will be left behind and you won’t go far in your career. They should also have the ability to leverage the environment as important elements of an impactful marketing role.

 Knowing the content is still very important: the ability of the candidate to drive, utilize and manipulate content is more important than ever and is a must for any marketing professional. Coupling it with being able to manage a team, and this will involve identification of the key areas that each of the members of the team need to work on. For many leading employers, this is very important and a must-have.

 You should always hone your creative portfolio. You will realize that many of the employers see the creative portfolio of a marketing candidate as very important when it comes to comparison with the resume. The candidates must be able to show what they can do, not just to say. It is normal for employers to focus on digital expertise, but there is also the collaborative angle. They want someone who can work as a team.

 Gaining expertise by industry. You should try your best to specialize. Trying to work on a broad area is no longer a good idea. You should narrow down, and then hone the skills in that specific niche. Employers are looking for people who are fit for the specific type of job.

 If you’re looking for a strong start in a good company, a career with NPower could be a wise idea.

 

47 x Free Organic Ways to Grow Your Twitter Followers

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47 Free Organic Ways to Grow your Twitter Followers

Twitter Followers  – Learn 47 Organic Ways to grow your Twitter Followers. Twitter is one of the Biggest Social Networks on the planet and a very Powerful Tool to Grow your Business or Brand.

 

Twitter is great for generating leads, rocket boost your branding, and garner connections with people in your niche. Regular followers who are active is not just prestigious, and they aren’t just making up the numbers. Twitter followers have real and concrete value for companies; Stats as high as, 36% of marketers say they have acquired a customer by using Twitter.

For Best results Tweet content that’s so amazing or informative that it’s likely to be retweeted.A retweet is essentially a share of your content by another person to their network of followers.

1. Follow for Follow .This strategy still works a treat in 2018 .Simply follow people in your Niche and you will see a dramatic Growth in your Followers.But be careful not to follow people to quickly otherwise you can get banned. Twitter has Follow Limit’s depending on the Stat’s of your Account.

2. Optimize your Twitter bio. Make sure it’s professional, complete and does a effortless job in representing you and your business.

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3. Use 1-3 Relevant #Hashtags in your Tweet.People often search for #Hashtags , so if you use it your very likely to be found for it.i.e #football #fashion #food etc

4. Direct people to your Website or Blog by adding Links in your Tweet.

5. Everything can be SEO’ed, including your Twitter Bio. Load it with relevant keywords. Utilise your city or region name to get local visitors.

6. Cross-promote your Twitter profile on your other social media accounts.Facebook ,Instagram , Snap Chat & LinkedIn have Millions if not Billions of active users you can freely reach out to.

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7. Tweet on the weekends. Dan Zarrella’s research suggests some brands get 20% more engagement on weekends vs during the week.

8. @mention users in your tweets. Mention multiple people in a tweet and you get a conversation going which can also be fun.

9. Stating the obvious but share your Twitter account on all your marketing collateral. This means your cards, stationary & website.

10. Use a personal headshot in your profile picture instead of your company logo. Nobody wants to follow a brand, especially when they dont know it. Let people see there’s a person behind your brand and that will get you more Twitter Followers

11. If you are on WordPress, use a WordPress plugin to embed content boxes full of Twitter feeds on your website or blog. This is awesome for getting your site visitors to see your Twitter Followers & content, potentially expanding your reach and attracting new fans.

12. Try Twiends to find new Twitter users you can follow and they follow you. Once you’re listed on the platform, other Twitter accounts with similar interests will also be able to search for you and follow you.

13. @mention influential users as much as possible without spamming them. You might catch their attention, which may end up leading them to follow you or even retweet your content to their gigantic Twitter Followers for free.

14. Embed tweets in your website content.

15. Participate in Twitter Conversations. Taking part in chats are a brilliant way to engage with your customers in a personal level. Follow those you come across in the chat, and they’re very likely to follow you back.

16. Pin an eye-catching or an Amazing  tweet to the top of your stream.When they land on your page they will see your awesome content.

17. Use Ignitwit to discover new followers. Select interesting topics and you will get a list of users you could follow. You will also be told if anyone has decided not to follow you back…giving you the ability to unfollow uninterested parties. Manage Flitter is another great tool for this task.

18. Use Buffer a affordable Social Media Tool to increase your Twitter Followers.

19. Use a follow button on your website.

20.Tweet motivational  or inspirational quotes. These are great for getting retweets because they give a feel good factor to your Twitter Followers.

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21. Use a tool like Hootsuite and Buffer to plan, automate and schedule your tweets.To increase your engagement and visibility, thereby increasing your follower count, the key is to post regularly and consistently.

22. Make sure you share a link to your @username in the author bio of your guest posts.

23. Monitor your Brand by using tool’s like Social Mention, find out what other Twitter users are saying about your brand, products or industry.

24  Ask for retweets. If you dont ask you dont get. Tweets that include “Please retweet” in their text get 4x more retweets.

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25. Mine your email contacts and connect to Twitter.  The Twitter algorithm will tell them about you and vice versa. They are likely to follow you back, especially since they know you in real life.

26. Include Beautiful Images with your tweets. Research suggests that tweets with images receive 20% more engagement than those without. One Good picture says a 1000 words.

27. If you send emails to a mailing list. Ask them to follow you on Twitter.

28. Twitter is about helping, making connections and providing great content. Its not a sales channel. Build a reputation as someone who puts others first, and your follower count will grow organically.

29. Twitter search to find users, its really powerful and can unearth some gems. Follow them, engage with their content and wait for them to follow you back!

30. Always, always reply to questions. Its just good manners, but it also conveys the signal that you notice and care about your followers, and that you’re a worthwhile account to follow.

31. Post engaging, informative content. Posting what you had for lunch, or random thoughts about life are NOT fine for a business brand.

32. Make use of social proof by utlising a follow button with a counter on your site.

33. Tweet often, but DO NOT Blitz it ,Your Twitter Followers won’t like being Spammed with too many Tweets of your Lunch . lol

34  Try tweeting between 1pm and 3pm and 3-4 pm when Twitter traffic is at its peak.

35. Share the love and be a generous retweeter. The more you retweet, the more likely you are to be retweeted, thats how you attract more followers.

36. Strike up a conversation with your Twitter Followers by asking simple questions to increase engagement and visibility.

37. Share Breaking News stories that are relevant to your audience /niche. The news category is one of the most retweeted types of content.

38. Offer your Twitter followers exclusive coupons. Discount codes .94% of Twitter users follow brands for the discounts and promos.

39. Don’t buy fake followers! While it may be an easy way to boost your twitter followers quickly , over the long run it WONT add any value and is likely tobe declared as a spam account and get you banned.

40. Use Followerwonk to discover more profiles, and to find out which acrtions drive the most new followers to your account.

41. Use LinkedIn to build professional real connections on Twitter.

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42. Make it easy for people to share your wonderful content. Add a tweet button to each and every post on your site to make your content easy to share.

43. Use Twitter cards to increase visibility and engagement. Its easy to add some simple code to your site, and soon as someone tweets your content, the rich media you’ve included will show alongside their tweet.

44. Use words like ‘you’, ‘twitter’, ‘please’ and ‘retweet’, that are more likely to get retweeted.

45 .Retweet influencers and give valuable feedback.

46. Tweet the same content multiple times. Moz SEo estimates the lifespan of a tweet at around 18 minutes. How many of your followers are actually on Twitter in those 18 minutes? Tweet out your links multiple times over the course of a day or two to give your tweets as much visibility as possible.

47 . Link to your Twitter profile on your other social media profiles.

To summarize the Best Way to Increase your Twitter Followers  is to be active and tweet Amazing Content as the very basic foundation for your Twitter Growth Strategy.

Once that’s in place follow our helpful 47 Growth Hacking Tips and you will see your account Sky Rocket !!

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Social Media Guidance For Exhibitions

Social Media Tips – Today, most companies that host trade shows or exhibitions rely on social media as a way of connecting with participants. If you are setting up a trade show of your own or are going to be participating in a large exhibition, it is absolutely essential to integrate social media into your marketing plan. There is no better way to keep people informed and to attract new clients. Try putting these social media tips into action the next time you participate in a trade show:

Social Media Tips

Begin Promoting The Event On Social Media Well In Advance

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Try to build anticipation for the trade show by promoting it ahead of time. Provide teasers for your followers including examples of the types of products that they can see at the show, any contests that you will be holding, and prizes that they could potentially win. This type of advanced promotion is excellent for convincing people to attend.

Create A Special Hashtag For Your Show

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Make it easy for people to find others who are talking about your event by creating a special hashtag and encouraging attendees to use it. Use the hashtag in all of your posts and encourage people attending the event to do the same. Remember to add this to any banner, sign or gazebo printing you will be using in the event.

Give People An Incentive To Visit Your Booth

You have to do more than just tell people about your booth if you want them to show up. Instead, you need to give them some sort of incentive for visiting. Techniques like holding a book signing or giving away a free product are highly effective at driving more traffic to your booth. Be sure to use the special hashtag that you came up with every time you talk about your booth so that it is easy for people to find you online.

Use Images And Videos

 Don’t just post text-based content. Instead, post images and videos. Researchers have found that posts that include images get people twice as engaged as posts that just have text. Create a visual story for your followers, showing them photos of your booth, videos of some of the prizes they could win, or a behind-the-scenes look at the show when you are setting up. The goal is to create entertaining content that gets people engaged.

 Create A Show-Related Hashtag Specifically For Your Company

Along with coming up with a general hashtag for the show, you should also come up with one that is used specifically in relation to your company or your booth. Encourage people to use your hashtag by holding a contest on social media. Another option is to create a funny or interesting backdrop where you can take photos of attendees and share them through social media using the hashtag. Create a prize for the best or funniest photo.

 Follow Up After The Show 

After the show, search social media for people who attended. Try to connect directly with them, thanking them for dropping by and finding out if they have any questions. This type of follow-up can help you gain long-term customers.

Participate In Relevant Groups On Facebook and LinkedIn

Large trade shows usually have pages on sites like Facebook or LinkedIn. Try to get active in these groups. Avoid being overly promotional. Instead, create buzz about your business by asking intelligent questions or posting interesting content. This will help you connect with people who are attending the show. Try to position yourself as an expert in your industry.

Assign The Role Of Handling Social Media To A Dedicated Staff Member

If you want to succeed on social media, you need to regularly post content. The best way to stay on track is by giving the job to an employee or team member. Make sure they understand that they are responsible for adding fresh and engaging content to your social media accounts throughout the duration of the show. Assigning the task to a specific person helps ensure that it doesn’t get overlooked when things get busy at the show.