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Google Mobile Penalty

How to Get Ready for Google’s Mobile Annihilation

Google announced back in August 2016 that it will begin to devalue web pages in mobile search with intrusive interstitials as of January 10, 2017. Going forward, Google recommends using interstitials on mobile pages that only take up a “reasonable” amount of screen space.

Here is an example of what Google considers to be “intrusive”:

Google gave site owners plenty of time to prepare for the update, but in case you have not yet done so, I have rounded up 10 pieces of expert advice that will ensure your web pages are not affected by this penalty.

How to Avoid Google’s Mobile Interstitials Penalty.
Advice from Google.
The first piece of advice comes from none other than Google itself. Here’s how Google defines the penalty:.

” To improve the mobile search experience, after January 10, 2017, pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as highly.”.
Takeaway: Content on the pages you have indexed in mobile search must be readily available when a user clicks through to the page from Google.

Be Honest With Yourself: Do Your Pop-Ups Serve a Purpose?
Ben Silverman from Brafton Marketing shares this advice:

” The easiest way to avoid the mobile interstitial and pop-up penalty is to think like Google, whose main objective is to make the internet more accessible, browsable, intuitive and honest, especially for mobile browsers. This means there are some exceptions to Google’s pop-up policy: If yours serves a real, honest purpose, chances are you’ll be okay.”.
Takeaway: Some pop-ups are still acceptable if they are either required by law, such as age verification, or if they don’t detract from the main content on the page, such as a small banner at the top.

Hiding Content With Ads is Now Against Google Guidelines.
The Verge shares this advice:

” For the most part, Google is targeting overlays that gray out the content beneath them to prevent you from reading a website, either for a few seconds or until you find and very carefully tap a little X to dismiss them.”.
Takeaway: Publishers may not be happy about this, but ads that are displayed over top of the main content are no longer acceptable. This includes ads that appear when you land on a page, as well as ads that appear as you scroll down a page. There should be no barrier preventing a user from reading content on the page at any time.

Ad Publishers Need to Adapt and Look Into New Strategies.
HubSpot’s Senior Product Marketing Manager, Marcus Andrews, shares this advice:

” … if they haven’t done so already, marketers solve for mobile SEO. The pain that comes with changing a revenue model is inevitable, but shorter-term– and businesses that rely on advertiser dollars, should figure out ways to make money that doesn’t totally disrupt the mobile user experience.”.
Takeaway: Removing revenue-generating interstitials might hurt at first, but losing organic search traffic could hurt even more. Site owners must adapt and look for non-intrusive ways to generate revenue.

Develop a Content Marketing Strategy for Generating Revenue.
Sitepoint shares this advice:

” The consistent creation and distribution of relevant content attracts users without beating them with a hard-sell stick. Use content– including blog posts, round-ups, guides, videos, infographics, and more– to educate audiences and guide them through the buying process.”.
Takeaway: Since the goal of Google’s interstitials penalty is to make content more accessible, use that to your advantage. Develop a content marketing strategy to sell users on your products and services, rather than intrusive pop-up ads.

Mobile-Friendly Label is Being Removed for All Sites, But Being Mobile-Friendly Still Matters.
Syed Balkhi of OptinMonster shares this advice:

” The first part of the announcement that a lot of journalists skipped over is that the “mobile-friendly” label that Google is currently displaying in search results will be removed for everyone on January 10, 2017 … Since over 85% of all pages in mobile search results now meet the criteria, they will be removing the label for everyone.”.
Takeaway: Google will no longer consider pages with intrusive interstitials as being mobile-friendly, but don’t panic once you don’t see the “mobile-friendly” label next to your content in search results. The label is being removed for everyone, although being mobile friendly is still as important as it has ever been.

Intrusive Interstitials Not Allowed on Mobile, But Desktop is Still OK.
Icegram shares this advice:

” Use display targeting rules in your popup/ interstitial program, and show them only on desktop/ larger screens. Don’t use pop-ups and interstitials on mobile. Instead use smaller messages like banners, inlines or slide ins.”.
Takeaway: You don’t have to remove intrusive pop-up ads and interstitials altogether, you only need to remove them on mobile pages. They can still be displayed on desktop browsers without incurring any kind of penalty.

Check Your WordPress Plugins.
Sarah Gooding of WP Tavern shares this advice:

” WordPress users who use plugins to display pop-up messages, whether it’s for coupons, membership offers, promotions, or another form of advertising, will want to carefully review Google’s size guidelines or consider a different approach for reaching visitors.”.
Takeaway: If you use WordPress plugins to display interstitials, staying in compliance with Google’s new guidelines may be as simple as adjusting sizes using the plugin settings. Remember, keep them small and non-obtrusive. Content should be the main focus of the page.

Interstitials Triggered by Exit Intent Are Still Allowed.
Google’s John Mueller shared this advice when asked if the penalty would apply to pages with an interstitial triggered on exit intent:.

What we’re looking for is really interstitials that show up on the interaction between the search click and going through the page and seeing the content. That’s kind of the place we’re looking for those interstitials.
Takeaway: Interstitials triggered by exit intent are perfectly fine. Google is only targeting interstitials that appear when a user lands on a page.

Page-to-Page Interstitials Will Not Be Penalized.

Takeaway: Google is not looking to penalize all pages with interstitials, only the ones which searchers can land on from search results. It’s still OK to display an interstitial when a user navigates from one of your pages to another.

Conclusion.
Google is always looking for new ways to improve the search experience. There are both positive and negative aspects to this update– site owners just have to keep rolling with Google’s proverbial punches.

Why Text Messaging Marketing Is Essential

Text messaging marketing involves sending text messages to mobile users who have opted-in to your mobile subscriber list. The basic premise is to remind consumers your company exists, which leads to repeat sales and customer loyalty.Mobile App Explosion Image

Mobile phone users keep their phones near them at all times and they love to receive and send text messages. The key to text messaging marketing involves providing a discount, a free item, or something else that the consumer finds valuable.

But how does text message marketing actually help small business owners?

Here are 5 of the top benefits a text message marketing campaign can bring:

1. Get Instant Sign-Ups From Customers

Text message marketing is a great way to establish an instant connection with your customers and potential customers. By getting consumers to opt-in to your mobile list, you now have permission to communicate with them via text messages to offer coupons, content, and information.

2. Consumers WANT What You’re Offering

By opting-in to your list, consumers are giving you their permission to stay in touch. Studies show that many consumers want to receive special offers on their mobile devices from the businesses they like doing business with.

Just make sure your messages are useful, timely, and valuable in order to keep unsubscribes down.

Digital Assistant Image3. Text Messages are Opened and Read Instantly

Consumers today love to text! Approximately 95% of text messages are opened and read; better yet, these messages are instantly delivered. They are also quick, concise, and easy to read.

So they’re the perfect way to really get in front of your target audience.

4. You Can Say a Lot With a Little

Text messages do not have to be long to achieve their desired result. In fact, your messages can only contain 160 characters if you want to fit everything within one text message.  Furthermore, consumers today like to receive short, quick messages due to their busy lives – so keep them short and simple for the best results.

5. Text Message Marketing is Cost-Effective

Text messaging is quick, easy, and concise. Even better, it is also cost-effective compared to direct mail since no paper or postage costs are used in their transmission.

Furthermore, the cost to send text messages is very minimal – in fact, it’s just a fraction of traditional marketing costs.

As you can see, text message marketing is a great way to grow your local business and keep your customers coming back to do business with you.

To Higher Profits!

Alex, MPeMG

Co-Founder & CMO

(412) 374-1558

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2016 Digital Trends Roadmap – Need to Know

The online marketing industry is volatile and complex, but an exciting one for anybody who stays up on modern trends. Each year, new hardware, new software, new companies, and new user preferences dictate a host of sweeping changes that either get adopted or ignored by the businesses of the world. Early adopters get a leg up on the competition, appealing to new markets or cementing their reputations as industry leaders, while those lagging behind miss out on a key opportunity to retain their positions.

2016 looks to be a great year for online marketing, and I anticipate it shaking up the game with these trends:

Video ads will start dominating. Video ads are certainly nothing new, with social channels like YouTube dedicated to hosting billions of videos and advertising platforms like Facebook and Bing alreadVideo Ads Imagey offering advertisers video options. Because Google is finally getting on board with in-SERP video advertising, 2016 is set to be different. It’s a sign that users are becoming more accepting of video ads online, and as that trend continues, expect to see more types of video ads popping up in more unexpected places. With Google’s ownership of YouTube, the possibilities are virtually limitless.

App indexing will lead to an explosion of apps. Google has offered app indexing for a while, but as the ranking possibilities for apps become more complex, 2016 will be the year more business owners realize the online visibility advantages of a dedicated app. A mobile-optimized site works wonders for appealiMobile App Explosion Imageng to the mobile crowd, but soon, apps will begin to replace them. Apps can do everything that websites can, except in more intuitive, convenient, accessible ways. We’re still several years away from apps completely replacing websites as a medium, but 2016 will be a pivotal year in app adoption from business owner’s perspectives.

Mobile will completely dominate desktop. 2015 was a big year for mobile– not only did Google announce that mobile traffic finally overtook desktop traffic in 10 different countries, it was also the year they released the “Mobilegeddon” algorithm update to phase out sites not optimized for mobile. Apparently, you don’t have to have an optimized desktop site in addition to a mobile version– according to Google, a mobile-only site with no desktop counterpart is perfectly acceptable. This alone won’t be enough to drive down desktop traffic, but it’s clear what side of the fence Google’s on; they’re banking on desktop traffic fading away, meaning the smart money rests on mobile-focused online marketing.

Digital Assistant ImageDigital assistants will lead to a new kind of optimization. Search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising are two highly popular strategies for getting your site seen by thousands of previously unknown visitors. The rise of digital assistants is going to lead to a new kind of optimization. Digital assistants like Siri and Cortana do utilize traditional search engines, but only when necessary to find information. The key to optimizing in this new format is to make sure your business information is easily accessible to these assistants, rather than trying to funnel people to your site specifically.

There are dozens of different virtual reality devices set to release in the next few years, some of which are dedicated for specific applications like video games, and others which are available for general use. Oculus Rift, arguably the most hyped VR device, is set to release in the first quarter of 2016. Oculus Rift and other VR devices will introduce an entire new medium of online advertising, with integration to popular social media platforms, video channels, and even forms of direct messaging.

Wearable technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) will pave new ground. Such devices will change the landscape of local marketing, and will do more to blur the lines between “online” marketing and “real” marketing.

Advertising will become more expensive. Competition in the online marketing world has increased dramatically over the course of the past few years. 2016 will see it increase even more. As the basic laws of economics suggest, an increase in demand is often accompanied by an increase in price, so all those new online marketing competitors will drive the prices for online advertising even higher. Realistically, online ads are pretty cheap, but the increases in price may drive some smaller companies out of the landscape.Advertising is Expensive Image

These trends aren’t the only ones that will emerge over the course of the next year, but they will be some of the most significant. There’s no guarantee exactly when or how these trends will manifest, as much of that is driven by consumer adoption, but it’s worth hedging your bets in at least a few of these tent pole technologies and strategies.

Each year, new hardware, new software, new companies, and new user preferences dictate a host of sweeping changes that either get adopted or ignored by the businesses of the world. Early adopters get a leg up on the competition, appealing to new markets or cementing their reputations as industry leaders, while those lagging behind miss out on a key opportunity to retain their positions.

Video ads are certainly nothing new, with social channels like YouTube dedicated to hosting billions of videos and advertising platforms like Facebook and Bing already offering advertisers video options. Oculus Rift and other VR devices will introduce an entire new medium of online advertising, with integration to popular social media platforms, video channels, and even forms of direct messaging. As the basic laws of economics suggest, an increase in demand is often accompanied by an increase in price, so all those new online marketing competitors will drive the prices for online advertising even higher.

 

To Higher Profits in the New Year!

Alex, MPeMG

www.MPeMG.com

(412) 215-3650

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