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Google’s Speed Update Makes Speed a Ranking Factor on Mobile

Google’s latest algorithm will focus on mobile search results, giving priority to faster ranking pages and moving the slowest pages down. The speed update will only affect a small proportion of web pages – the ones that deliver the slowest experience to users. However, search intent is still a priority...

How To Improve Your SEO Performance

What is SEO? Search engine optimisation (SEO) is a widely implemented online marketing strategy that attempts to increase brand awareness, influence relevant traffic and improve the performance of your business in the search results of different engines. Although the benefits of effective SEO are evident, they often come at quite...

3 Ways to Add Authority to Your Content

Blogging plays an integral role in attracting and building an audience of potential customers, as well as increasing your rankings in Google. As it becomes more and more crucial for the success of your business, the need for it to be of exemplary quality is also increasing. But if you...

How to Recycle Your Content

Content creation provides an excellent opportunity for lead generation. However, writing a thorough and well-researched piece of content can take up a great deal of time and effort, of which you may not always have a lot to spare. While it’s certainly important to generate original content at a consistent...

What is The Future of Voice Search and SEO?

Siri, Alexa, Cortana and other digital assistants are slowly but surely altering the way in which we search the web. Although once a novelty, voice search is becoming increasingly more popular and, in time, may even exceed traditional search methods, such a typing on a keyboard. In fact, these digital...

Google to Announce ‘Not Secure’ Forms from October 17

Google have been encouraging webmasters to add SSL/HTTPS to their sites for the last 3 years, even offering SEO benefits to people who adopt the 2048-bit key certificates on their sites. Most recently, Google have sent out email notifications via Search Console (previously Webmaster Tools) to let site owners know...
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Voice Search Makes Position 0 Even More Important

Hot spots in SEO are always fought over – previously position 1 got the majority of clicks with around 30% of visitors relying on the top spot alone. More recently, position 0 was the most coveted, offering the most exposure for your content and even doubling organic traffic. But AI...

SEO vs PPC – Which is Right for You?

It can be difficult to choose between SEO and PPC – ideally, your budget should cover both. We always advise our clients to work on SEO for long-term growth but use PPC for immediate traffic and conversions. That way, you can slowly reduce your spend on PPC as your rankings...
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Why Have My Rankings Dropped? Diagnosing Your SEO Problem

Losing rankings isn’t just disheartening – it can have a huge impact on your business and profits if you rely on organic traffic for sales. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses experience a sudden and dramatic change in rankings and don’t always know how to find the reason behind it. This...

How to Hire an SEO Agency, According to Google

Google have released a video with their official advice on how to hire a SEO. The 11-minute talk goes over the basics, including how to tell whether the SEO agency you’re speaking to is legitimate, how to hire an agency, and how to make sure that you actually see improvements....
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How to Make the Most of Your Digital Marketing Agency

Working with a digital agency can make a huge difference to any business, from opening up new channels to reach potential customers to drastically decreasing the cost per acquisition online. However, it is important to properly manage your relationship to ensure that you get the most out of your agency...

Better Than #1: Getting to Position 0 on Google

Until very recently, the majority of SEO efforts were focused on ranking on page 1 and in position 1 for chosen key terms, usually based around your products, services, and service location. Two years ago, Google introduced Featured Snippets, which are slowly changing how people use Google and therefore changing...
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SEO Trends to Consider in the New Year

It’s that time of year where the Internet becomes increasingly buried in reflections of the past year and forecasts of what lies in the year ahead, particularly for digital marketing and the technology industry. Not only has demand from consumers increased but market conditions have become more unpredictable than ever,...

6 Things You Should Do After Your Website Goes Live

A new website can give your business a boost, especially when it is properly planned, well-written, and has sound SEO foundations. Concentrating on good content and user experience can provide a huge improvement in both rankings and conversions, but relying on the new site alone isn’t enough for sustained growth...
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It’s Time to AMP Up Your Website

A year on from the launch of AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), Google have announced a global rollout in mobile search results. Now that there are over 600 million AMP-enabled pages online from top publishers such as Washington Post, Slate, Gizmodo, Wired, Pinterest, eBay, and Reddit, Google are moving to the next...

It’s Official: Popups Will Damage Your Mobile SEO

If you’re working to improve your rankings on Google, it’s essential that you offer a good user experience. This week Google announced that sites need to make content easily accessible to mobile users if they want to rank. This means that sites using popups that cover the main content, interstitial ads,...
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SEO Spring Clean Your Site for 2016

Ideally, all site owners should spend some time every single month working on their SEO – adding fresh content to their website, working on their link profile, and optimising things like images so that they have the best possible foundation for their off-site optimisation. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses don’t...

What is RankBrain and How Does It Affect My SEO?

The terms ‘Google’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’ in the same sentence have worried Digital Marketers over the last few weeks. Fortunately for us, it looks like RankBrain is likely to help your rankings by improving semantic search, and grouping terms and ideas together to deliver even more relevant results to users....
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5 Things to Ask Before Choosing an Agency

Finding a good agency to build and maintain your website can be a stressful process, especially if you don’t have the technical expertise in-house to find out whether or not they’ll do exactly what you want. In our years of building, fixing, and maintaining a huge range of business websites,...

Is Your Digital Marketing Ready for Christmas?

As consumers we can bemoan the Christmas decorations hitting shops mid-October, but as business owners we can’t wait until December to start preparing for Christmas. Did you know that a quarter of shoppers have already started buying gifts and decorations this month? By Cyber Monday (which falls on 30th November...

Is Google Plus Over?

Last week Google announced that users won’t need a Google Plus profile to use YouTube and other Google products. Bradley Horowitz said, “we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve need to rethink” and explained that users will only need a Google Account to “share content, communicate with contacts, create...

Sites, Stats, and SEO: Our Year So Far

We’re already half way through 2015 and it’s been a busy 6 months; Google’s latest update encouraged a lot of old clients to upgrade their websites, and we’ve designed dozens more sites for schools and businesses throughout London and the UK. Here’s a quick look at some of our work...

Google’s Adding a Button to Buy Straight from Search Results

Soon people will be able to buy your products online without going to your website. Google’s Chief Business Officer, Omid, Kordestani, announced that ‘there’s going to be a buy button. It’s going to be imminent’ at the Code Conference in California on Wednesday. The change will be rolled out on mobile...

Does Social Media Help with SEO?

This is a question clients ask us all the time; will the resources used to maintain their social presence provide results in SEO too? The short answer is ‘it depends’ – it depends on the platform, how you use it, and what Google is going to do in the next...

How to Justify App Development for Your Business

Your business needs to be mobile. It needs to be mobile-friendly, mobile-optimised, and ready for mobile conversions – how many times have you heard that in the last few months (if not years)? Last year we passed the mobile tipping point, and the internet officially saw more traffic from mobile devices...

Is SEO All About Linkbuilding?

Linkbuilding is one of the most discussed aspects of SEO; whether it’s finding ways to get authoritative links to your site or discussing Google’s latest way of identifying spammy links, there are so many discussions that it’s easy to think that it’s the most important aspect of SEO. While it’s...

Case Study: One Activity Improved Conversions (and Rankings, and Shares…)

Conversions are essentially the reason why most business sites exist; while traffic and engagement metrics are important in understanding how people get to the site and travel through it, everything that we do when working on a site is geared towards getting those enquiries or sales. The Challenge and the...

4 SEO Mistakes You Can’t Afford in 2015

  More than ever, SEO needs to be ethical, intelligent, and robust. This article discusses SEO errors that are vital to avoid in 2015.  The best reason to avoid SEO errors is the most obvious one: to prevent manual and algorithmic penalties.  Google can take up to 9 months to...

3 Ways to Generate Traffic After a Manual Penalty

What is a Manual Penalty? A Manual Penalty is when Google removes your site from search results (or pushes it way to the bottom) due to unnatural links. They wreak havoc with businesses, who see a sudden and significant drop in traffic as almost all of their organic visits disappear...

29 Reasons Why You Need Content Marketing

29 Reasons Why You Need Content Marketing  Content is arguably the most important part of your site – it’s why people come to your page, and if you don’t deliver what they expect they’ll just leave and find it elsewhere. Even if you rely on PPC and other lead generation...

How to Use Pinterest as a Small Business

Pinterest is one of social media’s latest success stories. In 2013 it was already delivering more traffic to publishers than Twitter, LinkedIn, and Reddit combined, and it just keeps on growing. Now, a third of users follow a brand and 52% of daily users look on Pinterest for guidance while...

Local SEO is a Popularity Contest

There are a lot of factors that contribute to your local SEO and a good placement on Google Maps (and the maps within search results) is a major one. Some businesses are having trouble getting their listing to come up in local searches, even though the profile is properly optimised...

20 Common Digital Marketing Problems (and Solutions)

Digital marketing is a fantastic way to reach a huge audience with much lower set up and maintenance costs than ‘traditional’ media. That said, there are still a lot of challenges to overcome, and businesses often have the same issues when it comes to increasing engagement and conversions online. That’s...

New Year Resolutions for Small Businesses

January is a great time to make lifestyle changes and set goals for the next 12 months, but why limit yourself to making personal changes? When it comes to digital marketing, most businesses can make a few resolutions to improve their presence, increase their conversions, and get more customers in...

Is Pinterest a Search Engine?

As search engines go, Pinterest seems like an unlikely contender. The ‘browsing’ nature of the site meant that search wasn’t used extensively, but the platform has evolved from its origins as an online scrapbook. Pinterest now sees itself as a personalised search site, and it can actually offer unique features...

Web Success for North London Flying School

We’re absolutely delighted with North London Flying School’s website. The school came to us for a new site, booking system, and help with their social media to reach out to people who are interested in a flying experience or even gaining a pilot license. The new, clean design makes it...

What is SEO?

Simply put, SEO is a way of helping your website rank well on search engines – since Google is the dominant engine, most efforts are targeted towards their algorithms. Unfortunately. SEO is far from being a simple discipline. It has evolved from the early days of search engines where algorithms...

Google’s SEO Guide: The New Approach to Ranking

Google’s 2014 quality guidelines have been leaked; the 160-page document explains how page quality is determined and what a page needs to do to fulfil the raters’ quality requirements. The document has been leaked repeatedly – in 2008, 2011, and 2012 – so many times, in fact, that they considered...

How to Use Videos to Boost SEO

Content is the lynchpin of SEO, but you don’t necessarily have to create written content for it to work. In fact, a multimedia approach can provide more traffic variety and increase your gains. That’s why video provides fantastic opportunities for SEO and general online exposure.     Why Make Videos...

Should I Redesign My Website?

For most businesses, the website (and homepage in particular) forms the first impression for the majority of customers – your website needs to be easy to navigate, attractive, fast, and it needs to meet your visitors’ expectations. However, website redesign can be a time-consuming and costly exercise, so despite the enormous...
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Google’s Speed Update Makes Speed a Ranking Factor on Mobile
Google’s latest algorithm will focus on mobile search results, giving priority to faster ranking pages and moving the slowest pages down. The speed update will only affect a small proportion of web pages – the ones that deliver the slowest experience to users. However, search intent is still a priority...
A Quick Guide to GDPR for Businesses
GDPR is the biggest change to data privacy and processing in the last 20 years, and will be coming into force on the 25th May this year. It is essential that your business is ready and compliant by this date, or you risk fines of up to 20 million euros...
GDPR for Schools – Are You Ready?
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on the 25th May this year – your school will need to be ready to comply with this new regulation by this date, or risk significant fines. What is GDPR? In short, GDPR is a piece of legislation that aims...