March 20, 2016
In October 2015, Google introduced RankBrain — now the “third most important ranking factor” for website search results according to a Google interview published on Wikipedia.* Wikipedia provided this definition: “RankBrain uses artificial intelligence to embed vast amount of language into mathematical entities called vectors. If RankBrain sees a word or phrase it isn’t familiar with, the machine can make a guess as to what words or phrases might have a similar meaning and filter the result accordingly, making it more effective at handling never-before-seen search queries.” And, “The general consensus is that RankBrain interprets the user searches to find pages that may not have contained the exact words that were used in the user search query.”
So, what does RankBrain mean for your pet or veterinary website results on Google?
June 13, 2015
I recently wrote a guest blog post for SEOCopywriting.com, and it’s all about the many benefits of creating a “mini USP” for each product or service you offer.
My post explains that in marketing, the USP (Unique Selling Proposition) is a well-known acronym for explaining why your products, services and business uniquely offer the best solutions for your customers. I like to call it a “Unique Solution Proposition.” And, you not only need a USP for your company, but also for each solution you offer.
Your USPs are important because you need to find a way to stand out from the clutter. You’ll want to articulate them on your website, blog and other materials.
Let’s look at some easy and specific ways to use this mini USP approach for big wins on your pet or veterinary website. (more…)
March 12, 2015
Last week at the Global Pet Expo 2015, the American Pet Products Association (APPA) released its 2015 numbers on pet spending. The APPA’s annual comprehensive report covers pet spending in the segments of food, supplies/over-the-counter (OTC) medications, veterinary care, live animal purchases and other services.
Overall, pet spending reached $58 billion in 2014. But get ready. In 2015, pet owners are going to bust through all previous spending records by shelling out a projected $60 billion. Wow!
Let’s look at the highlights of that report, and what they mean if you’re responsible for marketing pet products or veterinary services. (more…)
August 5, 2013
The other day, David Beart from PetYak.com alerted me to a growing problem where bad links are seriously hurting pet websites with poor rankings and traffic in Google, Bing and other search engines. He said, “I found out the hard way that my website had 54,000 bogus links pointing to it, and I got penalized. Several hacked sites from Russia and Poland, and from.info and .net sites using cloaking, are hitting all types of verticals (including the pet industry).”
But before I explain bad links, let’s back up a bit.
Google is always trying to give searchers the best possible results. Throughout each year, Google updates their search algorithms (formulas) to clamp down on entities trying to hack the system.
Google’s latest update, Penguin 2.0, is clamping down on bogus inbound links/negative SEO. QUALITY inbound links from legitimate websites/companies… especially links to internal pages of your website, using anchor text such as “See their complete selection of dog treats” (not a real ink) — are fine. However, hackers are flooding unsuspecting pet websites (and other industry websites) with bogus text links from “fake” referral pages, and Google sees those links as “unnatural.”
When this happens, Google can slap your site with a penalty, which can kill its traffic. This is something you need to know about and address with your pet website now. Here’s how. (more…)
July 16, 2013
There’s nothing more tragic than updating your pet website or launching a new site and it’s not designed for SEO (search engine optimization) OR for the best visitor experience.
I’ve heard horror stories about pet businesses working with a web designer who creates “very nice looking sites,” but who didn’t know a thing about SEO. In fact, in a couple of cases over the past few years, web designers have ignored the SEO tags I had written for a client, and therefore completely missed the boat in helping the site generate great Google results. Recently a graphic designer wiped out all the previous SEO content during a site update, and the client lost rankings, traffic and sales as a result — costing her serious revenue. Yikes!
A key component of your website’s success is a pet web design professional who knows how to follow SEO best practices. Here are three ways to make sure your designer has your back.