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SmartFinds is a web-marketing agency with over 20+ years experience in the Internet industry. As a full service, broad competency and experience agency we are able to become our client’s strategic partner managing all aspects of the digital presence, technologies and vendors.

Web search engines are a software system that is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. The search results are generally presented in a line of results often referred to as search engine results pages (SERPs). The information may be a mix of web pages, images, and other types of files. Some search engines also mine data available in databases or open directories. Unlike web directories, which are maintained only by human editors, search engines also maintain real-timeinformation by running an algorithm on a web crawler. Google is the world’s most popular search engine, with a marketshare of 67.49 percent as of September, 2015. Bing comes in at second place. Many search engines such as Google and Bing provide customized results based on the user’s activity history.

Using Expert Tools Will Insured A Well Performing Website

Expert tools in the world of information makes managing a website's health and performance easy. A business has many performance tools to choose from. These performance expert tools help a company improve their web presence. A healthy website has improved search engine visibility, speed and include improved user experience. The most important thing to remember is these expert tools are free! You will find they recommend corrections to improve various web and website metrics. After all, you spent time and money to build a website to make you proud. The website looks the way you desired. The website has the information you want to present to visitors. What do you need, right? A healthy functioning website will have many advantages. The advantages include higher conversion rates from website visitors, higher search engine rankings, and improved digital marketing performance. The below-listed expert tools provide a wealth of information. You can be downright foolish to not take a few minutes to learn about these tools. After all, who needs a well-performing website, right? Let’s take at look at the technical items Google is looking to be included with a healthy website. Then we can review tools, which will ensure you are meeting [...]

By | 2016-09-24T15:08:30+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Articles, Digital Marketing, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Search Engines, SEO, Website Development, Website Marketability|Comments Off on Using Expert Tools Will Insured A Well Performing Website

Google’s Penguin Algorithm With New Real-Time Results Now Released

It has been two years since Google updated the Penguin algorithm. The most significant change is Penguin runs in real-time, meaning the algorithm is no longer an add-on. Penguin will make decisions at the time of a search. This, also, means the Penguin algorithm no longer will receive updates, as it is part of Google’s core algorithm. August and September months have historically been when Google makes these changes impacting the search engine ranking positions (SERP) of websites. Including Penguin into the core algorithm, means the changes will happen immediately. You’ll know if you’ve been affected…NOW! Understanding The Google Penguin Algorithm? Google Penguin was a filter to run as part of Google’s ranking algorithm. Penguin was introduced in April 2012 designed at decreasing the SERP of websites using spamming techniques. These methods violate Google's Webmaster Guidelines with gimmicks like manipulating the links and volume of links pointing to a web page. "Steps To A Google Friendly Site" gives good points to staying on Google’s good side and staying out of black-hat SEO tactics. Google;s Announcement Of The Penguin Algorithm 4.0 "Penguin is now part of our core algorithm" is the headline on Google's Webmaster Central Blog. Here is the most [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:23:09+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Articles, Digital Marketing, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Search Engines, SEO, Smartfinds|Comments Off on Google’s Penguin Algorithm With New Real-Time Results Now Released

Google’s SSL Security Algorithm Will Affect Your Website’s Ranking

Google announced in August 2014 ranking websites in the organic search results was going to include if the website was using an SSL certificate for the entire website. This would mean using a SSL 2048-bit key certificate (preferably using SHA-2) and provide a small ranking benefit. Google did mention the algorithm change would carry “less weight than other signals such as high-quality content.” While this may carry less weight in improving the ranking position of a web page, what do you think the algorithm will do if your website is not using an SSL certificate? After all Google added they “may decide to strengthen” the signal because they want to “encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.” At Google’s 2014 I/O Conference one of their sessions was named “HTTPS Everywhere”. The concept is if all legitimate business websites implemented an SSL certificate the Internet would be more secure. The concept certainly has merit because in order to implement an SSL certificate your business has to disclose its information. Spam and fraud websites certainly are less likely to decide having an SSL certificate on their website under these circumstances. The last [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:26:25+00:00 March 1st, 2015|Articles, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Search Engines, SEO, Smartfinds, Website Development|Comments Off on Google’s SSL Security Algorithm Will Affect Your Website’s Ranking

How Pandas, Penguins and Pigeons Are Affecting Your Business

You probably didn't realize that zoo animals would affect your website, your business or revenues, right? Google has been naming its algorithms based on zoo animals and the three having the biggest impact in the past three years is a bear and two birds! Google's algorithm changes are designed to provide quality websites while pushing down thin or low-quality websites in the search results. Google's efforts are certainly admirable as they are the most used search engine and over years the impact has been one for the better. What is harder to deal with is that we have a small group of people causing the majority of people a lot of hardship. This is affecting business revenues and expenses alike. Your revenues are affected because your web site's ranking is affected negatively. Your expenses are affected because you have to spend money to make corrections. Of course we could spend a lot of time fretting about these changes or we can cowboy up and push forward. Fretting about these things is an emotional response that will have not value other than to let off steam. Pressing forward to accept the changes and objectively making corrective decisions is probably a better [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:27:02+00:00 October 7th, 2014|Articles, Internet Marketing, Local Store Marketing, Marketing, Practical Ecommerce, Search Engines, SEO, Smartfinds, Web Marketing Today, Website Marketability|Comments Off on How Pandas, Penguins and Pigeons Are Affecting Your Business

Compelling Studies Show Local Consumers Shopping Habits Have Changed To Reach Local Businesses

Consumers have been relying on Internet and digital resources to find businesses, products and services in their local area for a number of years. They are using social media, review websites, and mobile search to do their research before making their final purchase in the local store. These changing consumer habits have been evolving over a number of years and they tend to adopt new technologies much faster than businesses (large or small). When we talk about a local business we are referring to any size local business. This can be a small business operation a local store or a national multi-location company with local stores. The reality is all business is local regardless of the size of business you are and the consumers are validating this through a variety of studies, which have been conducted over the past years. Businesses may look at online marketing as too complex to tackle. This complexity has been created by multiple marketing and advertising channels and each of them seems to change every few months while new ones are being added. The environment is dynamic, fluid and seems to spin on all three axes simultaneously. Having access to the marketing expertise across all [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:27:44+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Articles, Customer Ratings and Reviews, Geographic Marketing, Google Places for Business, Internet Marketing, Local Business Marketing, Local Marketing, Local Store Marketing, Marketing, Practical Ecommerce, Search Engines, Smartfinds, Web Marketing Today|Comments Off on Compelling Studies Show Local Consumers Shopping Habits Have Changed To Reach Local Businesses

Google Adwords Express 101: Hyperlocal Advertising To Reach Local Consumers

We recently discussed "Use Hyperlocal Advertising to Reach Nearby Consumers" in which we mentioned Google Adwords Express as one method of hyperlocal advertising. The response regarding this advertising tool certainly required a more in depth look at how to best use Google Adwords Express. Whether you are a national multi-location brand or a local small business you will need to use a multi-channel approach in trying to be visible to the local consumers. The primary multi-channel options would include would include desktop search, mobile searches, map searches for both organic rankings and to use advertising. Certainly everyone wants to be ranked in the free organic listings such as the websites, maps, videos and images, however, it is not always easy to get ranked. Patience is always a necessity and you never know from one day to the next if your ranking will stay in place. Google's algorithm changes or competitor efforts can always make organic rankings difficult to sustain. In a separate article are we did discuss "5 Reasons to Use PPC Ads for Local Marketing" in which a few things I outlined included: Targeting local consumers by geography Dominating the first page of Google search results Instantly showing up [...]

How Google Algorithm Changes Are Impacting Marketing Processes

Ever notice how you have to go back and make changes to your website when Google makes an algorithm change or adds a new algorithm? Some of the most significant changes that have taken place since 2008 have had an impact on not only website changes, but how a business markets itself on the Internet. Google makes many changes over the course of a year, and trying to address each and every one of them is not necessary. Many of the changes are designed to hinder cheaters and fraud websites from abusing the system and getting to the top of the search results. Conceptually, it is important to understand the impact on your business when these changes are made. It is equally important to understand that web marketing has no endpoint and change is inevitable. "Expect change and accept change" is something I have presented in years past. Trying to fight the dynamic and fluid environment of the web is not logical for your business, nor is it fruitful use of your time. Keep emotion out of it, press forward and adapt to the changing environment. We will review a few of the more prominent algorithm changes by Google and [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:28:08+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Articles, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Search Engines, SEO, Smartfinds, Website Marketability|Comments Off on How Google Algorithm Changes Are Impacting Marketing Processes

SEO Tasks Are Dead, Marketing Processes Are Alive: A New Era In Web Marketing

In the past week a small business was referred to us asking about search engine optimization (SEO). When someone asks me about "seo" in 2014, the first thing in my mind is they are not familiar with the realities of website marketing and web marketing in today's world. This was certainly going to be a educational conversation requiring patience and asking the right questions to bring this business owner up to speed. The conversation started out by finding more about: the business, their web address, whether they are dependent upon a specific geography for their revenue, and what keyword or phrase did this business owner want to show up in the search results. I'm in the Detroit Metropolitan area and the business is in Denver, CO. In order to reasonably duplicate the search results I would need to change my location in my Google search to Denver, CO. You can do this clicking on "Search Tools" in the Google results and then clicking the down arrow on the location. At this point change your location to a specific city and state. You will notice in this same area you can change the time frame and type of results if you [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:28:10+00:00 April 21st, 2014|Articles, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Search Engines, SEO, Smartfinds|Comments Off on SEO Tasks Are Dead, Marketing Processes Are Alive: A New Era In Web Marketing

How Negative Keywords Optimize Your Advertising Campaign Budget

Last week we discussed "High Quality Scores Mean Lower Pay-per-click Costs". This week we are going to continue discussing ways of optimizing your advertising budget for pay-per-click (PPC) ads by understanding negative keywords this week. Unfortunately computers are computers and unless you give them specific instructions, they will run-a-muck with your money. This tends to happen when your ads show for unintended topics making you cringe when you learn how much money you wasted. Let's say you have a key phrase in your ad campaign for "leather shoes" and Google displays the ad for "cheap leather shoes", yet your business is high-end craftsmanship shoes. If your ad shows for "cheap leather shoes" and someone clicks on it to your web page that is anything but cheap, you will have wasted your money on that visitor. The trick is to tell your ad campaign to not display for for searches with the word "cheap" in them. Understanding Negative Keywords The short description of a negative keyword is they prevent your ads from being shown in a word or phrase search. By setting up negative keywords you are telling Google not to show your ads if the conditions match your adwords campaign. [...]

Lower Your Google Adwords Advertising Costs With Higher Quality Scores

Your Google Adwords advertising Quality Score is a weighted average from 0 - 10 based on how relevant your ads, keywords, and landing page are to a person searching and engaging with your ad. The reality is that having a high Quality Score can lead to lower prices and better ad positions. Quality scores are measured per keyword and can be found in your Adwords campaign under keywords and displaying the column. The Quality Score of each keyword is calculated every time your keyword matches a search. The more relevant your ads and landing pages are to the person searching, the higher your Quality Score. Your keyword scores will affect your ad position on the page as well as your prices. Factors Determining Keyword Quality Score: Your expected click-through rate (CTR). The ad relevance of each keyword as it relates to the Ad Groups. The ad relevance as it relates to your text copy. Landing page where people are sent when they click on your ad. The quality, relevance and page experience. Your overall historical AdWords account performance. The keyword scores is evaluated depending on what network your ad appears, meaning that you have a different Quality Score on Search [...]