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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,...

Onsite Optimisation: Keyword Relevance and Better Strategies

Lately quite a few of our clients are asking us if they should buy URLs that have keywords in them. Here’s what we have to say about keyword presence and search visibility. What’s Happening to My Precious Keywords? Google functionality is ever working to outsmart those who skimp on quality...

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...

Google’s New Mobile Ranking Changes

Google announced on its Webmaster Central Blog that mobile search is changing on April 21st, 2015.  This is in response to the growing number of internet users now conducting searches on mobile devices.  As Google warned in 2014, new algorithms are being introduced to accommodate this increase. What Effects Does...

7 Rules of Killer Content: Then and Now

Great content has always been at the heart of compelling messages; from landmark speeches and ground-breaking novels to the finest internet landing pages. Leaders like Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou and Winston Churchill knew how to engage audiences through language. The principles they used still apply in business today. So...

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...

5 Remote Website Usability Testing Options for Under £31

How do you know if your website is usable?  More companies are testing the same way their clients are buying; remotely.  In your quest to improve conversion rates, crowd sourcing can save you the money and time you’d otherwise spend building your own test environment.  Here are 5 options for...

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...

Finding Your Voice: Copywriting for Brands

Writing’s easy – we all learned it at school, right? Getting the right words on paper (or screen) can be surprisingly difficult, especially when you’re counting on the vocabulary, tone, and register to tell the reader who you are and what you stand for. Finding a brand’s voice is an...

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...

How to Choose Between SEO and PPC (Spoiler: You Don’t Have To)

Choosing where to allocate budget is an incredibly difficult task – especially when it comes to different digital channels. But the truth is that it’s a mistake to choose between them rather than finding great ways to make them work together. It’s best to vary your traffic generating activities online,...

SEO for Schools: Build Your Online Presence

SEO is increasingly important for schools, particularly independent schools that rely on brand awareness and recognition to fill places. Being at the top of Google’s results for your search term means that you gain far more traffic. It also provides an opportunity to engage with your audience on their terms...

How to Get Business Reviews Without Breaking the Rules

Good reviews have huge benefits for local businesses. The improve your traffic and conversions while boosting your reputation (which improves traffic and conversions again). You can even increase the number of business listings on the first page of Google since your review profiles will be featured as well as your...

Beyond Updates: What are the Benefits of Blogging?

Regardless of your personal interests or age, it’s likely that you’ve read a blog. 8 out of 10 people read blogs and, as a result, they expect businesses to have them. Blogging is huge; 27,000,000 pieces of content are shared every day on the internet and are read by 329,000,000...

Stop Obsessing Over Your Web Traffic – It’s Not Human

In 2012 bot traffic took over and 51% of web traffic was officially non-human. In 2013 that number jumped to 61.5% as search engine bots, scrapers, hacking tools, spammers, and other impersonators scuttled over your favourite and not-so-favourite sites. In 2014 the proportion of humans will reduce even more. So...

Loyalty Bonus: FREE Website upgrade worth £1000

As a Loyalty bonus we are offering you the opportunity to upgrade your existing website, at no additional charge, to the popular platform WordPress when you opt for a 3 month search engine optimisation (SEO) campaign costing just £250 per month. During this 3 month period our team will optimise...

Increasing Your School’s Online Presence Through SEO

The online presence of your school is vitally important in order for you to continue to appeal to prospective students and parents, as well as compete and stand out from the growing number of schools with similar offerings. However, just simply having a website for your school and hoping for...

June sees Google and Bing Reach all time search market share high

The latest comScore search market share numbers for June reveal that both Google and Bing have had their best month as Yahoo’s share of the market continues to decrease. comScore’s figures, which only represent desktop searches and not mobile searches, are due to be published later today and what is...

Google Places replaced with Google Plus Local

Google Places, often seen as the centre of local search, has been entirely replaced by the new Google Plus Local pages. The move has been anticipated by digital marketers for quite some time, ever since Google introduced their Google Plus business pages. This means that businesses that used to have...

“Knowledge Graph” Launched by Google

Google has formally launches its “Knowledge Graph”. The latest technology addition to the search engine has been hinted at for months and it is now ready to provide Google users with a better display of factual information about people, places and things. The “Knowledge Graph” will not show for all...
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Instagram Tests Hiding Like Counts
According to leaked information, many Instagram users in Canada will not be able to see how many likes other users are getting on their posts in the coming days. This test is designed to put the focus back on the photos, rather than on the popularity of other users. In...
Is Facebook Organic Marketing Dead?
Facebook has changed and if you work in a social media role, or look after your own business’s Facebook content, then you will have noticed that your organic marketing efforts are falling on deaf ears. The reach has declined and the engagement just isn’t there. So what can you do...
Local SEO – 5 Actionable Tips You Can Do Today
Did you know that according to Google 46% of searches made now have a local intent? What is Local SEO? Local SEO refers to the process of optimising your online presence for searches made in your local area or looking for results based on location. Here are 5 handy tips...