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A couple of days ago Google switched on a new search algorithm, new Google Hummingbird Algorithm, the system it uses to sort through all the information it has when you search and come back with answers.

It was merged together with 15th anniversary of Google.

We love Google for its great search engine, for helping us finding the most relevant information, for collecting so many information globally.

I believe that Google is a great source for education, business and inspiration. It gives equal opportunity for all people with Internet access to the knowledge and information.

Yes, we are in an information age.

Recently I read a couple of post about SEO changes due to Google recent algorithm. It looks like Google finally judges the content value, brand and technical preparedness – not links, backlinks and all SEO hidden activities.

This will change the whole situation.

“Hummingbird” Algorithm

I see it very well on my own websites. It looks that natural search rules, like great content, great meta tags, alt tags and speed of website, are the most important now.

Google said that Hummingbird is paying more attention to each word in a query, ensuring that the whole query — the whole sentence or meaning are taken into account, rather than particular words. The goal is that pages matching the meaning do better, rather than pages matching just a few words.

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I see it – my websites statistics show better data now and are more visible in natural search.

Paid Search – Google Adwords

On the other hand I noticed that Google Adwords take now 6 lines on each page and sidebar.

It looks like it is the very important change and income source for Google.

Let’s see if this recent change has impact on average conversion rate.

We managed a couple of campaigns recently for our clients and we noticed many major changes: more functions and more customization possibilities.

How to create a successful website – It is a common question. Every day we are being asked for helping in making it happen.
Some people think that only search engine optimization is a key for success.
Guys, it is not true.

STEP 1: Start by creating a basic road map.

This will help you in keeping the directions and your dreams together. Keep in mind that this is an evolutionary process. You can change it and modify. The most important thing is to start doing it. The visions and dreams are really important but building a great website, portal or online shop like e-bay, Amazon or onet.pl takes years.  Please remember it. Evolution is the best solution at the beginning. Start small and grow big.

STEP 2: Determine what the main goal for your website is:

  • informative about you, your current or future business,
  • a lead generation to concrete group of clients,
  • e-commerce,
  • fun,
  • content sharing, etc.

Each goal requires different tools, skills and investment of time, money. It can be a hybrid of many goals but please remember to start with realistic goals for you and your resources. Building some tools require a time ( 6-12 months) and money.

STEP 3: Once you choose your goals we can concentrate on designing your website:

  1. do you have your logo, visual identity
  2. what is your style – colors, behavior, clothes
  3. what are your clients that you have already and you would like to have
  4. what other websites you like and enjoy
  5. tools to drive traffic into your website or online shop
  6. and many other detailed questions

STEP 4: We present designs, layout of major pages for you, some tools:

like sliders, video or photo galleries, forms, quizzes and others that are in the scope of your initial project.

STEP 5: Development

Once you approve the designs  a typical agency will start working on coding and development of your website or online shop.

STEP 6: Tools creation or configuration to help drive the right traffic to your website.

The web is a very competitive space- over 11 billion web pages, so you need to be strategic in deciding what works best  for you. Some of these tools include search engine marketing, e-mail marketing, social media marketing and search engine optimization. We help in:

  • newsletter configuration
  • linking to most popular e-mail marketing tools like mailchimp, getresponse.com or Polish  freshmail.
  • setting social media:  Facebook fanpage, Youtube channel, twitter, etc.
  • setting web statistics

STEP 7: The time to decide how and where you’re going to spend your (limited) marketing budget.

At the beginning your website, domain is unknown. You need to start with some SEO elements:

  • adding urls to most common search engines ( we can help in it)
  • adding good content with key words you would like to be searched
  • adding meta descriptions and alt descriptions to your pages, photos and videos

STEP 8: If you have budget, it would be good to  start also:

  • paid search activities to promote your website.
  • adding your website to some professional catalogs
  • adding your online shop to price comparison portals like ceneo.pl, nokaut.pl
  • adding some offers into allegro.pl or any other partner portal

These activities depend on your main goal, budget and strategy.

Some tools work very well for online shops, some work better for websites and portals.

STEP 9: At the end what is the most important? CONTENT and CHANGES

You need to spend time to build your brand, your website, products to change it frequently.  Please apply what you learn from your web metrics. These include page views, length of visits, traffic volume and trends, and you should study them to improve your site’s content, navigation and performance.
This enables you to offer a better experience to your visitors and create a successful website.

Good luck! Of course we can help:)

Google officially announced some changes in its web search – Penguin 2.0.

Yesterday Matt Cutts, the head of the Google Web Spam team, presented one video with the information about near future changes. He is also seen in the SEO community as the SEO spokesman for Google.

The changes coming in Penguin 2.0 update related to web security are:

  • Improved detection of hacked websites.
  • Improved communication with webmasters when your site is hacked via Google Webmaster Tools
  • A differentiation between sites that are hacked and sites that serve up malware.
  • Better tools to diagnose and clean the hacked website available via Google
  • Webmaster Tools will be providing more concrete details and “example URLs” that you can go to to diagnose your site

Other interesting changes related to SEO are:

  • Google will still give preference to high quality content that “users love, bookmark, come back to and visit over and over again”. It means that content strategy and a great content creation are key drivers for Google.!
  • They will penalize paid links and paid websites that attempt to boost the ranking of other websites by linking to those other websites. They will be removing any PageRank that those paid sites pass on to the sites they’re trying to promote.
  • They are making two algorithm changes that will significantly affect the ranking of sites in sectors that are particularly spammy.

These changes looks promising. I always believed that the great content and usability were a king or queen for your clients, customers or readers.

It is a good approach.

Let’s see.

 

No man is an island, entire of itself every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee. ~ John Donne

It is a great beginning of our understanding what the social network means.

Not only online social network but overall – our family, close friends, friends from school, from work, friends from our societies, people that we meet everyday on the street and on our way to work.

We are connected.

What is the main goal of social network?

1. deeper relationship or

2. better understanding of ourselves and brands

3. building our image or keeping it

4. getting more relations?

I think these are the main goals of being there – in facebook, twitter, goldenline, linkedin, pinterest.com etc.

the question is what our strategy should be in such world

Think about it positively

It can help you in your life by: getting better products, better services, better customers, better knowledge, trusted reviews.

Of course you can feel some manipulation. But you are wise and you will know when it happens.

Not all companies want to spend their money in social network because of time, because of difficulty to maintain the interest.

We have the same problems. On the other hand our clients and friends prefer get better information form time to time.

Maybe your clients would like to get it on quarterly basis for example.

Try to understand their needs and expectations. They will come back to you.

Nobody like spamming.

iPad and other tablets usage is growing rapidly. Two years ago I got my first iPad and I truly didn’t know why I need it. I had to learn how to use it, navigate, download apps, etc.

Of course it was a fast curve of learning but still it required my concentration.

ipad usability

Nielsen Norman Group posted their reports of iPad usability.

They looked at how iPad users interact with apps and websites on their devices, and whether usability improves with time as people practice and learn new interfaces. The design guidelines are based on 2 rounds of usability studies, conducted in 2010 and 2011.

What is the most interesting:

How People Use the iPad – simply no surprise  – it is exactly like me:

  1. games,
  2. checking email and social network sites,
  3. watching movies and videos
  4. reading news
  5. e-commerce: most of our users said that they had not done any purchases on
    the iPad because they didn’t know if it is secure. Others felt that it was easier to shop on the desktop computer. But they did some researching, browsing, checking classifieds (e.g., Craigslist) or auctions (e.g., eBay).

Who is using iPad

one device is used by many people. It is an interesting observation. It looks that it is a different situation than mobile phones or laptop’s usage.

  • children can play games or watch cartoons
  • family member use one device when it is available
  • some problems appeared like password changing, application installation that is available for everybody

Where is used

  • 50% carry iPad frequently with them
  • rest of users keep it at home and take outside only where they have to wait for something for a long time. It is typical for me:) I take it during flights.

The typical functionality of tablets like iPad are applications that should enable better usability and friendliness for users.

The research shows also some examples of websites and iPad applications that provided a different and surprised user experience. For example Amazon application and website – totally different user interface, navigation in application. That situation made a confusion.

The report also provides some tips for application developers:

  1. Design for repeat users
  2. Your iPad app should have a secret weapon compared to your website.
  3. Do not make users work more in your iPad app than on your website.
  4. Do not design an iPad app as if it were an iPhone app.

and many other nice findings related to usability – please read the full reports – here.