Breaking: New Google Design

Over the past decade and a bit, we’ve seen Google evolve in many ways, but something they’ve been somewhat shy about is change in terms of design, but that seems to be changing a little as of today.

Google’s announced that they’ll be rolling out some new changes across their applications including the search engine. I’m sure you’ve noticed that little cog that appears in applications at the top left of your screen, the settings menu so to say, we’ll this area and the...

By imod.co.za, 28 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

Panda 2.2 is Just Around the Corner

Attention all SEO experts, marketers web masters and business owners! Panda 2.2 is coming up and soon. Is your site ready for the next algorithm update?

At the SMX Advanced Marketing Conference held two weeks ago, Matt Cutts confirmed that the Panda 2.2 update has been approved, but not yet rolled out.

The next update will reportedly target sites that re-publish content and are out-ranking the original source of the content. This was a common...

By Nick Stamoulis, 20 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Google’s Me on the Web Online Reputation Management tool

Managing your identity online has become more and more important as social networks have allowed us to publish all sorts of information really easy. A lot of people aren’t aware at just how much of their information is entering the network and it’s not their fault! Google crawls most things online, in fact, literally anything it can find that hasn’t told it not to. With content being king, and especially refresh content, Google...

By imod.co.za, 16 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Search Marketing.

How to increase ROI on PPC Facebook ads

A study from TBG Digital has suggested that advertisers can significantly boost ROI on Facebook advertising by incorporating social context into their campaigns.

TBG tested social context ads, which list friend endorsements, detailing which of the users friends ‘like’ the specific Facebook page, group, event, or application that’s advertised, against ads with no social context.

The study revealed that social context resulted in a 29% reduction in CPC for advertisers. The data came from a...

By Matt Henkes, 10 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Paid Search, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Embedded ad sitelinks now appearing within Google AdWords PPC ads

Today Google has introduced a new feature of Ad Sitelinks - embedded ad sitelinks - which brings targeted links to within the advert itself. e.g...

How does it work? There are no additional lines available for the ad text. Alternatively, text in your advert that exactly matches one or more of your existing sitelink extensions in that campaign will automatically be linked with that sitelink’s URL....

By Gareth Morgan, 08 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Google acquires social media analytics firm PostRank

Google has bolstered its social media arsenal with the acquisition of the Ontario-based social media monitoring firm PostRank.

The service is used by publishers and marketers to measure the engagement generated from content and marketing campaigns. It provides real-time data on the number of comments, tweets, bookmarks and other social responses that a particular piece of content or information has been able to generate on the social web.

With Google chief Larry Page’s ambition to firmly establish the...

Content Strategy: Keeping it fresh

A while ago I posted an article on the DigitLab blog that spoke about the need to use fresh content in your online marketing strategy. I believe this is one of the most integral elements of any successful marketing campaign. Keeping this in mind I decided it would be worthwhile to share a few comments on this topic with you.

Social media loves fresh content

Fresh content released on a blog often ends up in the social media sphere, and is shared around by interested people until the content has become dull and...

By Mike Saunders, 07 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

Is Google’s +1 “Pretty Cool”?

As you’ve probably heard, Google has officially released the +1 button for websites. It rolled out to a smaller audience in March within search results and ads and continues to be seen by a larger English-language search audience on Google.com. +1 shows up next to the title of a search result in Google and going forward this button will also be popping up on websites. Google has partnered with sites including Mashable, The Huffington Post, Nordstrom, The Washington Post, Best Buy, and TechCrunch...

By Nick Stamoulis, 06 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Search Marketing.