Keyword Encryption and You
Keyword Encryption means that Google will no longer reveal the keywords that sent traffic to websites from search queries. By the end of 2013, Google intends to encrypt all keyword search activity, with the exception of clicks on Adwords PPC ads.
Much of SEO reporting is based on Google keyword traffic data. Currently, Google has 68% of search engine marketshare; in comparison, the other search engines (Bing, Yahoo, Ask, AOL, etc.) share a meager 32%. Hence, there is no alternative to the prolific keyword traffic data thatused to be available from Google.
In the absence of Google keyword traffic data, SEO reports will employ other pertinent measurements, such as organic traffic over time, domain authority, root links and top entrances (number of pages that receive organic referrals), to demonstrate results.
The changes from the rollout of Encrypted Search have nothing to do with the effectiveness of SEO campaigns. SEO is still an essential service for companies that want their websites to be found on Google search.
Nothing new about Twitter tweeting, but on September 12, Twitter’s tweet was significant:
The official IPO announcement was retweeted 14,844 times! That’s nearly as many retweets as the official Twitter announcement of the recent royal birth. Neither is close to the retweet record holder of 2012 (data from 2013 not in yet). But still, the Twitter IPO is big news.
Twitter and other social media platforms are fast becoming go-to sources for breaking news. The recently launched Twitter Alerts is likely to bring even more people to the site. Twitter and other social media formats are impacting our culture and drawing hugely engaged crowds--consider how Twitter is impacting TV-watching behavior.
Every business has a place inside the energetic social media crowd. We recommend that every small business make a serious commitment to a social media plan.
You Mean Some of Those Reviews are Fake?!
Obviously, some online reviews are fake.
According to a 2012 report from Gartner Research, “between two and six percent of online reviews are fake or deceptive.” Jenny Sussin, a Gartner analyst and co-author of the report, found that, “In the hospitality industry, you are more likely to see bookings go up when you have better ratings. For restaurants, a half-star increase in the review average can cause 7:00 pm bookings to go up 30 to 49 percent.”
Based on that research, why wouldn’t every business post some fake reviews? Perhaps because it’s unethical and...illegal! The FTC’s guidelines for online reviews say that it’s illegal to write fake reviews for your business or to pay someone else to write reviews for you, unless you can prove that the review was an endorsement.
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman enforced those guidelines in Operation Clean Turf:
Operation Clean Turf targeted the “reputation enhancement” companies that wrote the fake reviews, and the companies that purchased them. Fake reviews are bad business!
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