Author Archive » Sam Harries
Google Places, Google Local, Google+ Business Pages, Google Places for Business; whatever they are called nowadays, they remain a vital part of any digital campaign for websites with physical brick and mortar locations.
Google have been very actively changing this service in the previous year or so and sometimes it alone can feel like a full time job trying to keep up to date with all the changes, especially if you have to manage large quantities of listings as I do.
One of the most commonly recommended topics, useful Chrome Extensions for doing technical SEO or SEO in general. Everyone has their own favourite set of tools for the job, whether you are using MajesticSEO for link data or Ahrefs, the industry is divided, and quite likely there will be a number of tools people use that do similar things to the ones I’ll be talking about.
It would be good to get the conversation moving regarding this type of thing, so please do comment below or contact me on Twitter. It is always good to audit your own processes or tools to see if you are using the best possible tool for the job.
Google has now fully moved to using secure search even for non-logged in users, which will skyrocket the percentage of (not provided) keywords in Analytics packages up to 100%!
Essentially, encrypted Google searches do not pass any keyword data to the websites, as such webmasters will no longer be able to track the keywords that users are using via Google to arrive on their website. We were talking about not provided count back in the beginning of August, which even then was still under 50% of total traffic.
It is almost a year now since the original release of iOS6 in September of last year, which introduced problems for tracking visits from iOS6 traffic. I wrote about this issue a few months ago and some methods of helping to assist in attributing the data to something in an attempt to reclaim the data.
The core of the issue is that iOS6 Google search traffic does not properly attribute as organic search traffic, it instead comes as direct traffic even when coming via a Google search result page to a page on your website. This is obviously causing webmasters to lose a large amount of their search traffic data for mobiles. Especially with mobile traffic increasing more and more over the years, there has never been a more important time to optimise for mobiles.
The technical reason for this not working properly is that iOS6′s Safari did not support the “meta referrer” tag, which appears to now have been resolved
comScore recently released their United States search engine rankings market share report. Back in February, Google posted its highest U.S. market share on record and clearly still holds the lion’s share of the U.S. search market currently, their biggest competitor Bing, and similar search engines “Powered-By-Bing” such as Yahoo are making a good bid to compete in the same space as the gargantuan search company.
At the tail end of 2011, Google announced that they would stop providing the keywords of logged-in user’s searches to webmasters. The main reason this was done was in the name of privacy; Google are making the assumption that users searching “securely” would not want their search term to be passed on to the destination site.
The impact of this change has started off small with the original release of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) version of search. As the updates have come in one by one, the snowball that is “(Not Provided)” continues to gain in both size and momentum as it travels down the digital mountainside.