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7 SEO tips for better Google Image search results

The present day SEO has been on a roller coaster ride. From the enthralling excitement to the utmost fear; this field is full of varied experiences. Being a digital marketer, you have to play the game carefully in order to gain maximum.

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This field is undergoing a change. One has to observe clearly and follow smart tactics in order to gain maximum out of SEO practices.

Well,

Talking about SEO in a nutshell – it includes content and that too optimized one. Be it text, image, gif or anything, it has to be according to the SEO guidelines. You might be surprised to know that:

Google Image Search is one of the prominent search criteria that searchers use to search for the content they are looking for.

We have come up with some of the SEO tips for Google Image Search Results. Here you go:

1. Choice of image

While including image to your content, you should take care of the quality of your images. Images look more appealing than the text.

Also, finding the right type of image for your content is vital. Nowadays, a lot of online platforms are there where you can find your taste.

Therefore, adding quality image will increase product or service ranking on search engine results page.

2. Optimize chosen images for the web

We all are aware that large-sized image overloads web page, thereby increasing the loading time of the page. Are you thinking of compromising with the quality of the image by reducing the size? Don’t do this. There are a lot of online image resize tools available.  You can easily reduce the size of the images without compromising on the quality.

You can also use file format converters to reduce the size of the images. For example, JPEG format to PNG format. JPEG format is heavier than PNG format. It is recommended most of the time to use the images in PNG format. Some of the tools that can be used are TinyPNG, CompressJPEG, etc.

2. Informative names of image

When you download an image from your camera, give a new, descriptive name to your downloaded image.

Informative names of image

For example, the above image could be named as: IMG_ RoseBlossom_2017_01.

When search engine will crawl the image, it will include the description of the image while indexing the website.

3. Use of Alt text

Alt text, short form for alternative text, is used to highlight the identity of an image when the mouse cursor is hovered over it. It shows the text to all users when there is problem rendering the image. It is also very helpful for screen readers who help the visually impaired to navigate the web.  Also, in the alt text you can add brief description of what the picture is about.

Well, you can add other properties to your image; but alt text is enough to rank better in the SERPs.

4. Segregate thumbnails and main images:

As preferred, the thumbnails have to be possibly very small in order to reduce the page loading time. You have to compress the images to be used as thumbnails. In doing so, you might have to sacrifice a little bit of picture quality to ensure increased speed. You can make use of online picture editing tools like Pixlr, PicMonkey etc. which can do most of the things that Photoshop can do.

5. Image sitemaps:

A sitemap consist of list of pages that are accessible to crawlers or users. Google encourages using image sitemaps. This gives the search engine required information about your image that is available on your website. Also, it allows search engines to find even those images loaded by JavaScript code like in slider galleries.

6. Social media integration:

Social media plays a vital role in the overall SEO process. Therefore, you should integrate your images to social media platforms. The handiest way is to add social media buttons to your website. Also, you can use the image sharing platforms like Pinterest and ask your users to share your images.

Further, you can use ImageSharer by SumoME. It allows visitors to share the images on your site and give link back to you.

Over to you

I hope you found the above tips really helpful for better Google Image search results. search engine results page.

I would like you to share your views in the comments below.

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5 Software Testing Trends to watch out in 2017

So far, we have done half way through the year 2017. Along with drastic changes and improvements in the trends of designing and development, software testing trends have also seen major movements. With a structured design and increase in virtualization, multiple new aspects and elements require a detailed consideration. Consequently, software testing has become a challenge for quality analysts.

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These are the top 5 software trending trends which you need to watch out in the year 2017:

1. Improved Focus on Security Testing

Mobile users have surpassed the desktop users. Since mobile app security testing has become the headliner, quality analysts need to equally focus on mobile app testing.

Trends show that ordinary users do not click on the links that appear either strange or spam to them. They have become more cautious in downloading files too because of threat of viruses and cyber attacks. Here, quality analysts from software testing team look through the small print to get an apparent understanding of the app’s permissions and usage of safety protocols. Such protocols comprise of two-factor authentication.

Practically, there are still considerable security loopholes for mobile app testing. So, quality analysts need to develop a sight while testing the threats that can potentially result loss of personal and financial information.

84% of cyber-attacks aimed to penetrate the application layer.  Checkmarx, 2016

2. Independent software testing

It might sound strange, but this trend is in high demand. Software testing is gaining more attention. And hence, many organizations exclusively depend on professional QA companies to hire testing services. Such expert services from skilled QA resources help businesses in terms of both technology and process. As awareness also, it is advisable to have a well built and futuristic quality assurance process to maintain their edge in the industry.

3. Test automation growth

Increasing test automation coverage is the front line of the immensely growing use of continuous testing and incessant deployment for software companies desiring to stay competitive. It implies that quality analysts need to identify bugs quicker and consequently overall test turnaround gets quicker. Especially, during each cycle of development automated integration testing needs to be executed flawlessly.

4. Test design automation is gaining position

Automated testing design has become a talk of the town since the past two years. Based on the anticipations of many experts, there will be a significant progress in automated test authoring and its design. Because testing design is still mostly done manually, engineers are diverting their core focus from how to automate process of execution to designing programs; and from manual designing to automating test generation. In the nearest future, the entire testing process might completely get automated, all thanks to Artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, machine learning, etc..

5. Payments through Mobile phone

When it comes on Mobile e-commerce, till now traditional payment methods were popular; like online card payment or PayPal. The year 2017 has shown diverting trends in payment alternatives such as, Samsung Pay, Apply Pay, Microsoft Wallet, and Apple pay among others on the basis of the internal proprietary protocols. Hence, as a quality analyst, you need to know this gradual shift.

Conclusion

The above mentioned top 5 software testing trends are must to know for each and every quality analyst. Staying updated with the trends will help you to excel your skills of software testing.

How to exercise Social Media to build your personal brand?

Social media is an impressive platform where you can build your personal identity, establish a social reputation, and mark your presence in your industry. Building a personal brand on social media is one of the best ways to become a thought leader in your industry.

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Your personal brand is what others tell about you when you leave the room. It’s your professional reputation.

Dorie Clark

Brands often work vigorously to influence social media with the intention to boost online visibility and revenue. They want more clicks, more likes, and they want to create a positive user experience.

But what happens when a brand is a person instead of a company? When it’s just you, you need to take a different approach to growing your brand through social media. Since over 90% of customers trust information from people they know when making a purchase decision, building personal connections might be the most effective way to develop trust and authority with your audience.

Here are nine ways you can use social media to make that happen.

1.Find the Right Groups

Facebook and LinkedIn both offer great opportunities to join groups focused on specific topics or industries. If you can find groups that line up with your area of expertise, then you’ll be able to share that experience and build authority around your personal brand.

Industry groups are good bets, but they might already be overcrowded with your competitors. Instead, think outside the box and find other groups where you’re likely to find your audience.

2.Keep the Image Consistent

Across all of your social profiles, you have to maintain a certain consistency with your brand. When people want to learn more about you, they may search for you on a number of social outlets. Presenting yourself in a consistent manner helps you control their perception of your personal brand. You can damage an otherwise impeccable reputation if one of your profiles shows up with content or images that don’t represent you well.

3.Engage Regularly

Building a brand takes a lot of effort, and it should be treated like a job. Every day, you should be sharing and producing content. Adjust the frequency and types of content based on the audience presence.

We already post a lot on the social accounts for Web Profits, but I still make time to post on each of my personal social profiles.

“A once-weekly Twitter post or monthly Instagram photo are not going to accomplish much, if anything,” writes Michael Noice, founder of Entrepreneur Coach. “For this reason, it’s best to focus on two or three carefully chosen social networks and try to be active on them, rather than posting sporadically to a half-dozen.”

4. Diversify Your Content

I recommend crafting a communications strategy for your personal brand that includes an editorial calendar and a diverse content plan so that you won’t resort to publishing the same types of articles every single day.

Be sure to include images, videos, articles, and even questions. I see a lot more reciprocal engagement when I change up the type of content that I post daily.

Another benefit is that this diversity prevents you from oversharing your own content. Even if your own content is fantastic, your followers will appreciate when you source and share authoritative content from other people.

5. Study Influencers

Connecting with and even collaborating with influencers is a smart way to build your personal brand. and get yourself seen, but it takes time You have to develop a relationship with influences before they’ll want to work with you.

To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You                                                                                                                 Tom Peters

Digital marketing trends that will change the face of social media

Digital marketing is a constantly evolving field. Each day lot many discoveries and researches happen. Daily new things pop up and adds something new and exciting element to your existing digital marketing strategies. Evolution in digital marketing trends takes place like a wildfire that change the entire existing scenario into something completely different picture.

We are also a digital marketing agency based in Perth. And we are also not an exception here; we have to keep making changes in strategies to stay updated with the latest trends. In this article, let us focus on how changing and evolving digital marketing trends can have impact on the way social media works for search marketers.

Here we present the Top 5 digital marketing trends that will change social media:

Digital Marketing Trends that will Change Social Media

1. Increasing fever of video content

Let us imagine an advertisement of garments, a plain textual format advertisement in newspaper and the same advertisement in the form of audio and video on television – which one will you like more? The answer is obvious – you will surely like and understand more the advertisement which is in audio-video format. Likewise, all brands are now focusing on video content. It is one of the most anticipated SEO trends for the year 2017 and beyond. This will also impact social media marketers and their strategies. There will be more focus on Instagram stories, Facebook LIVE, and Snapchat stories considering the importance of video content.

2. Booming mobile advertisements

The entire world is moving to mobile from desktop. Mobile devices are booming. All online businesses are taking care of responsive website designs that can be well operated from mobiles.  According to Forbes, “the effectiveness of mobile video content and advertising is set to reach new heights in the year ahead—particularly now that mobile video is also rising up to take a central role in influencing and enhancing the purchasing process.”

3. Rising usage of mobile messaging apps

To grab the advantage of mobile marketing, marketers are taking huge benefits of mobile messaging apps. It being convenient to access from any place and at any time, there are higher chances of conversions. Mobile messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WeChat, WhatsApp, Viber, and Google Hangouts are used by social media marketers these days. And, this usage is going to increase in the near future.

4. Changing market place for buyers – Social Media eCommerce

As mentioned in the above point, traditional market places are rapidly replaced by social media ecommerce and online sites. People have more preferences of online shopping or offline shopping.  Even prior to making any purchase decision, most of the people prefer to surf online world (including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus) to check reviews and experiences shared by other users.

5. Others – Virtual reality, Short life Content, and Shift towards Instagram platform

Virtual reality (VR) paves new way for marketers. It allows experiencing and feeling a product/service, theme or scenario without any sort of direct physical impact. Online marketers can dig huge opportunities with the help of VR since it can improve consumer engagement experiences.

In addition, along with growing attraction of Snapchat stories, Facebook LIVE and Instagram stories, there will be a trend of short life content which will disappear after a certain time on achievement of its content marketing goal. Not just visual content, but it might also apply to textual content.

Last but not the least, an interesting shift has been experienced and that is a gradual switch from Snapchat platform to Instagram platform. This will also pushes major brands to shift their focus towards growing social media platform.

Closing thoughts

There are some interesting statistics fetched from most popular articles. Have a look at few eye-grabbing social media marketing statistics:

  • A report on TechCrunch found that Snapchat Stories view counts dipped by 15-40 percent after Instagram Stories launched, and posting volume declined as well.
  • As per Verge, there are approx 11,000 active Facebook Messenger Bots and over 300 million people actively use audio video calling features on Facebook Messenger.
  • As per IAMwire, 31% of online shoppers responded they are using social media specifically to look for new products to purchase
  • As per Shopify, an average of 85% of all orders from social media comes from Facebook
  • WhatsApp has a 70% opening rate that implies you are almost guaranteed exposure of your message if your customer is in your WhatsApp list.
  • 78% of local-mobile searches result in offline purchases. (Search Engine Land, 2014)
  • 20% of search queries on Google’s mobile app and on Android devices are voice searches. (Search Engine Land, 2016)
  • 72% of marketers say relevant content creation was the most effective SEO tactic. (Ascend2, 2015).

The entire above numbers cumulatively suggests that changing digital marketing trends are going to have thrilling impact on your social media marketing.

High demand for affordable SEO services in Perth

Day by day online world is expanding its foothold in each and every industry, each and every segment – be it commercial or non-commercial. However, big or small your business is, you must be having at least a website to demonstrate your online presence. And once you create a good, aesthetic and informative website providing details of your business, you tend to promote in on the internet.

You need the help of various social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google plus, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and others. Open an account on all possible and relevant social media platforms and keep your profile active with relevant and consistent posts to spread awareness of your business in front of target audience.

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Do you think it is enough? No, simply not. You need to put in extra efforts to get listed your website on top of search engine page results. And for this, you need to have an SEO in place.

Demand of affordable SEO services in Perth

Due to the solid competition in the field of internet marketing, professional SEO services are gaining popularity among the companies at a global level. Each and every business will definitely want to get noticed for their offerings and affordability. Perth is also not behind in this race. According to recent stats of Government of Western Australia, by virtue of its population and role as the administrative centre for business and government, Perth dominates the Western Australian economy, despite the major mining, petroleum and agricultural export industries located elsewhere in the state.

Why businesses need SEO services in Perth?

It is obvious that any online business can boost its chances of sales and profits by directing traffic (both organic and paid) on its website. However, not all companies can always afford paid search traffic. It is costly! In addition, PPC results are though instant, they are for short-term. PPC can give you run time customers and boost your sales for specific time period, for which you have run your campaign.

However, to drive traffic organically is difficult and takes a good amount of time as well as patience. This is only possible by hiring a professional SEO company who provides SEO services at affordable rates. You need such companies since they hold expertise in search engine optimization.

How SEO services in Perth are proved as affordable?

Perth has a good amount of start-ups. And one of the biggest challenges faced by start-ups is the budget of digital marketing activities. Not all can afford PPC at the very first place. But of the companies can invest in data driven marketing i.e. SEO. The major reason behind the success of SEO services providing companies in Perth is the low operational cost.

Hiring a profession SEO company or a team for promoting your online business and optimising your website will eventually increase the visibility of your site on SERPs. You will start getting organic and real traffic. By hiring a professional SEO company for promotion of the website, clients can get the visibility of their site increased. SEO companies in Perth use several techniques, which include:

  • Database of a keyword rich content with a right placement of keywords
  • Optimization of meta tags
  • Optimization of H-tags
  • Quality link building
  • Excellent content creation

All these activities result in high ranking of the website on SERPs.  Most of the SEO companies in Perth also provide website designing and developing services along with entire digital marketing package.

Conclusion

SEO is, though slow, a consistent and dedicated process of optimization. It provides long-term results. Once you are in top of SERPs, though your keyword ranking fluctuates, you will not slide down to the bottom on SERPs. This is the biggest benefit of SEO over PPC. Apart from this, the return on investment is accelerated and long-term position in the search engine is gained.

Without SEO, your website existence is of no use. Similarly, without website visitors, your online presence is of no use. So, you definitely need SEO services.

Content marketing trends that are ruling the year 2017

In the world of digital marketing, content marketing and SEO are the two most significant elements. Both the activities act as a backbone to each other. SEO is incomplete without content marketing and vice-versa. Lot many articles have focused on SEO Trends of 2017. In this article, let us talk about the content marketing trends that are ruling the year 2017.

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Most prominent content marketing trends

Content marketing is not a new phenomenon; however, in this fast-paced contemporary world, it has gained much more importance. Certain trends have continued same as the past year and new have emerged which are predictably going to stay for years and years.

1. Personalized content experiences

Personalization here means attention on one-to-one.

survey by Forrester revealed that 92% of marketers said that interest in personalization had increased in their companies.

Personalization largely depends upon the data you have. You should know more about your customers to provide them personal touch. If you know them by their names, emails or company URLs, you can send them more personalized emails. You can gather such data by offering freebies like an ebook. On downloading this ebook, they will fill out all the necessary details which you want. Accordingly, you can build your database and can start a lead nurturing campaign.

2. User generated content

According to a research, 85% of the people have trust in the content generated by other users.

Nowadays, all content marketers are highly focused to incorporate user-generated content in their digital marketing campaigns as part of their content marketing strategy.

User generated content is essentially any content created by unpaid contributors.

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Such action has so far helped them in many ways. Few of the benefits comprise of: strengthening brand/customer relationships, building SEO value, intensifying social reach and increasing followers on social networks, building customer trust, increasing sales, and boosting brand authenticity. As a conclusion, user generated content is more trusted over brand created content.

3. More creative with the format of content

Gone are the days when people used to read plain and bland content. This is fast-paced world; nobody actually has a time to read even long emails. More and more focus is emphasized on variety of content like visual content and voice content. Content marketers are trying numerous varied formats including Infographics, videos, webinars, and others for story telling to their target audience.

According to a CMI research, 65% of senior marketers believe visual content is a core means for transmitting the brand’s story.

4. More focus on value by considering length

As discussed in the earlier point, none really likes plain textual content. Content should be enough pleasing to eyes. Other than visual content, one more focus has been brought into limelight i.e. long-form blogs composed of lots of headings, sub-headings, images and important statistics. This not only provides them value but also help your SEO. Such sort of content will make your visitor stay on your site for little longer time.

Closing thoughts on content marketing trends

These are not the end of trends list. There are many more trends in practice. However, we have curated the most prominent trends for you. Incorporating these content marketing trends will surely boost your SEO and increase your brand value. Remember, as Lee Odden has said, content is not just king, its kingdom.

 

Know how to deal with Google updates and their Impact on SEO

Many SEO updates were declared by Google in the year 2016. The entire updates have a significant impact on your SEO in the year 2017. Search marketers have to ensure which update significantly affect their SEO strategy. These updates can help a user in understanding changes in rankings and organic website traffic, and ultimately improve SEO.

These are the SEO Updates that published by Google in 2016.

SEO Updates in 2016

How to Deal with Google’s Algorithm Changes:

In the world of SEO, the only constant thing is “change”. Each year, in various SEO communities, SEO strategists discuss the updates and its probable impact on the various sites.

Alike you all, I am also going through a lot of the changes and they do affect my site. Meanwhile, let us have a look on what the basic strategies and common tips are, for the every webmaster, once a big update is announced.

1. Don’t Take Stress:

As we know, every algorithm update is stressful in terms of their impact on the website. However, here I want to advise that do not take too much stress and not to feel panic about the Google SEO updates. Though Google do inform about the update through the Google Webmaster Central Blog, it never provides a detailed list of changes. Panicking about something, we know little about, is hard to work on it.

2. Impact of the Update:

Once the Google release an update, you have to keep a tight eye on the update. Analyze what the update is, how it affects your sites now, and what impact it can have in future. It may be tempting to instantly act upon the update and make changes to either your site or your process, but that could be a mere wastage of your time and work. The smart way out is to wait and watch if your site has really been impacted and if yes, till what extent.

3. Research the Resources:

Once the analysis part is over, you have to make a note on the basis of the entire researches what you want from the Google and how Google can offer it in a better way. Research a lot on the entire possible changes, their possible best solutions as required improvements, and accordingly craft your SEO strategy.

4. Let’s start:

When you have done all the things then you can start your work as per Algorithm changes. However, while making amendments to your site after an update, ensure you make one change at a time. That way, you can see the impact of the amendment and have a better idea of what is actually going on.

Conclusions

All the Major search algorithm updates can be scary. However, if you are doing SEO in a right way— e.g. creating good quality and user-focused content, earning links from credible and niche-specific sites, and others — you should not be in a worried state. Conversely, if you are doing some unethical or incorrect activities which are subjected to penalize by Google, Google is following you!

SEO Updates of 2016 that still have impact in the year 2017

Google has a giant record of prominent search algorithm updates, search index changes, and refreshes. Since its launch in 1998, Google has been persistently refining its search algorithm to align search results with users’ intent. Every year, Google comes up with almost 500+ changes in its search algorithm. However, not all but only major updates like Panda and Penguin can have significant impact on search results.

SEO Updates

Search marketers have to ensure which update significantly affect their SEO strategy. These updates can help a user in understanding changes in rankings and organic website traffic, and ultimately improve SEO.

Rumours are flying about Google’s updates; hence, we, at QL tech , have researched a lot. From the research we conducted, bits of reliable information have come from several sources about the all the possible changes which took place in 2016. Accordingly, we have made a note for user experience.

For carving a perfect SEO strategy and boost rankings, each and every search marketer has to be sure about the dates when, and which updates took place.

“Check out the list for all SEO Updates published by Google in 2016.”

1. Core Ranking Algorithm Update (January):

When the update was announced by Google on 8th January 2016, most of the webmasters were expecting it to be a Penguin update. However, on 18th January 2016, Gary Illyes, from Google, officially confirmed on Twitter that this was not a Penguin update, but details remained cloudy.

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Majorly, this update was about shift in rankings of keywords and websites. This update caused much volatile search results for both the automated tracking tools and the chatter in the community

2. AdWords Shake-up (February):

The major update that took place on 23rd  February 2016 relates to Removal of AdWords ads sidebar. Google confirmed that right-column ads have been entirely removed and rolled out 4-ad top blocks on many commercial searches. Now, only 4 ads at the top of the search and 3 ads in the bottom of the search will be displayed, right sidebar ad would never show up again. The site will only display product listing ads (PLA) and knowledge graphs. Being it a paid search update, it had significant repercussions for CTR for both paid and organic results, particularly on competitive keywords.

3. Mobile-Friendly updates (May):

Google indicated in the month of March that they are arranging to boost the mobile-friendly algorithm in May, and clearly, they rolled out on 12th May 2016. This was the second version of an original Google Mobile friendly update which was announced a year back. The new Google mobile-friendly algorithm is hypothetical to give an additional ranking boost for mobile-friendly websites in the mobile search results.

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Since the majority of sites tracked these days are already mobile-friendly, the impact of this update is likely to be very minor.  To ensure that your website is mobile friendly, check the Google mobile-friendly tool and Google’s mobile guidelines. It is never too late to gain from mobile-friendly algorithm; it is real-time based on how quick Google crawls your web pages.

4. Possum (September):

On 1st September 2016, Google simply released a new update, which was nicknamed “Possum” by the SEO alliance. The main purpose behind this update is to diversify the local results and prevent spam from ranking. Through this update, Google applies filters on Local Searches based on address and affiliation. Post this update, businesses that fall outside of the physical city limits saw a huge spike in ranking. For businesses and SEO strategists who depend on traffic generated from local searches, Possum is significant. Experts have quoted, “Google Possum as being the biggest update to Local search since Pigeon in 2014.”

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Possum has enhanced the importance of a searcher’s location on local search engine results pages (SERPs). However, businesses that share the same physical address as other organizations may face challenges. Google does filter out duplicate content in organic search, but ‘punishes’ a business who operates in shared offices. Such businesses may experience fall in SEO rankings since Google aims to become more precise.

“Study shows Google’s Possum update changed 64% of local SERPs”

5.      Image/Universal Drop (September):

Google dropped image results from a large percentage of Google search results on 13th September 2016, which contributes to the instability in search results.  Mozcast recorded a significant nearly 50% drop in search results that feature image results appearing within the organic search results.

These updates play a huge role for all businesses and SEO users who are merely dependent on images from search results for getting traffic from there.

The above chart depicts scenario of 30 days (from 28th August 2016 to 26th September 2016). This shows searchers are only seeing images in 15.8% of search results, down from about 33%.

6. Penguin 4.0 (September-October):

At the end of two year’s wait, Google announced its fourth major release, Penguin, on 23rd September 2016. Primary impact assessments were minor, but it was later revealed that the Penguin 4.0 rollout was unusually long and multi-phase. Its phase 1 and phase 2 was announced on 27th September 2016 and 6th October 2016 respectively.  Penguin was first released in April 2012.

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Based on this update, Penguin’s data is refreshed in real-time, so changes will be noticeable much quicker, typically taking effect shortly after Google recrawls, and reindexs a page. Penguin now devalues spam by adjusting ranking based on spam signals, rather than affecting ranking of the whole site.

This update has its impact on all levels of domain, folders, pages and probably also keywords and keyword groups. So whatever that goes into the organic rankings will now be affected by the Penguin algorithm on a fine level. Here, it would be tougher to analyse “small penguin penalties” in many cases.

The Google Penguin positive or negative signal is now recalculated on the crawl.

The penguin updates have corresponded to an algorithm temperature spike (113°) on 27th September and had had one final peak on 6th October (116°)

7.      Phantom 3 (November – unconfirmed by Google):

There was a major algorithm update on 19th November 2016. No one has exact clue about what it is. However, this update is related to Quality update in relation with the previous phantom update 2 of Google. Due to the lack of information (or confirmation) from Google, whatever has affected the search rankings is referred as phantom 3 update. The said update seemed to be connected with the appearance or removal of rich snippets in the SERPs.

8. New Roll out (November-December):

In order to filter out fake news sites, or rather, promote higher quality news sites; it seems that Google has worked on tweaking the top stories algorithm. This is around Google’s efforts to hide fake news including banning some Ad Sense publishers.

Booming SEO Trends In the year 2017

There has always been an inclination on the significance of UX and mobile-based search results by Google. The chief focus of is on advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). Preferences of search engines have a huge impact on SEO and SEO trends.

Let’s walk through what all trends that have so far marked significance in the year 2017. Keeping an eye on these trends and staying in line with the algorithm updates will make you prepare to amend your on hand SEO strategy in the latter half of 2017.

  1. Powerful content is getting more attention

SEO content is any content created with the goal of attracting search engine traffic.
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Content is still king in SEO and it will remain as is in the upcoming years. You should optimize your content rather than optimize for keywords. Searchers are fed up with surfing the messed up content again and again. You should use the words in your content that your users use so that your reader can very well get engaged with your content. Your content should not be too crisp or too comprehensive; however, it should be succinct. Currently, content marketing is overflowing with scattered content, crisp as well as comprehensive. In the year 2017, optimised and powerful content is getting more attention and ultimately more traffic.

Refresh your old content and make it more relevant for your target audience.

  1. Video and image content is ruling

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As compared to plain textual content, video and image content has an advantage of providing understandability in an easier manner. It isn’t very easy and straightforward for everyone to read technical content and grasp within seconds. However, if presented correctly, image content and video content can surely grab attention and it helps a user in getting the exact message. In the year 2016, websites that included videos had enjoyed nearly 88% more time by site visitors.

52% of marketers worldwide insist video content has best ROI.
Adobe research

Videos are flexible; it unquestionably adds value to your overall content. Even Google is going to give more importance to the content that will have images and/or videos. Stay updated and optimize your site in view of the search engine algorithm.

  1. Voice search is growing more and more

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Based on a research conducted by Google, 41% of adults and 55% of teenagers perform at least one voice search per day.

In the last year 2016, voice search was one of the most prominent trends. Industry experts have agreed that voice search is even growing more and more this year, 2017. Customers are also preferring to speak in front of their mobile device rather than typing out. Popular platforms like Google Now, Siri, and Cortana are extensively used for voice searches.

Voice searches are widely used to call someone, ask for directions, and read out texts to help with homework.

Uses of Voice call - SEO Trends in 2017

Consider your website to optimize for voice search. For 2017 and ahead of, websites which most narrowly match the user’s query would be able to defeat their competitors by being the foremost source.

  1. Mobile friendly websites is ranking higher

Mobile searches have already surpassed desktop searches. Top of it, Google has also officially declared that non-mobile friendly sites will get penalized. In fact, many Google actions have symbolized that mobile should be marked as the default user experience. Google favours the websites which have switched over to AMPs. More and more brands are expected to take benefit of this option in 2017.

Apart from these top four trends, do not miss out to follow the most recent SEO trends of 2017. You can also checkout a detailed blog on: https://www.qltech.com.au/blog/. Buckle your seats for the ongoing trends and get a boost in rankings of your website as well as web traffic.

How to boost traffic to your website

Drive Traffic to Website

You might be well-aware that your website can dramatically act as a marketing tool for your business.  A website is the best platform of blogging and communicating your areas of interests across the globe. What all you need to grow well and earn huge profits are the website visitors. However, imagine if neither knows about your business nor anyone visits your website. If so, driving traffic to your website is hell difficult for you. For your online business, you can definitely earn well provided you will get visitors reading your content or visiting your business. But to do so, you need to employ multiple strategies to drive traffic to your website, in both ways – organic and inorganic.

Tips and tactics to drive traffic to your website

Here we suggest TWO simple yet effective tactics to drive traffic to your website.

Article Marketing

Ad much as possible, you should write articles related to the topics on your web site. Once you are ready with final draft of your article, sign up for an author account on various article directories. There are various recommended article submission sites where you can submit your content for free and those sites help you gain relevant traffic to your website.

Few article submission sites that are exceptionally trendy are:

Website Traffic Ranking

On these sites, what you need is to create a brief bio about yourself or your business and insert a hyperlink to your website in the bio box if the site permits it. At the end of each article submission, describe about your website and your business in the resource box beneath the article content. Alternatively, you can also insert a link to your homepage or any particular landing page. It is advisable to submit approximately 10 articles each day to varied article submission sites. Users searching for a variety of information on internet can accidently land up on your article. If they found your article useful or relevant, they will read through it and may get diverted to your website through hyperlinks inserted in it.

Social networking and social bookmarking

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Similar to article marketing, social networking and social bookmarking is another effective way to drive organic traffic to your website. Social bookmarking websites are the websites on which Internet users share their web pages, blog posts, Infographics, articles, and videos. You can reap a number of benefits on submitting your varied types of content to either one or more of these sites. Remember, this will not only drive organic traffic but also help to increase your brand awareness.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr., Reddit, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, and others are most popular and most preferred social bookmarking sites.

While making social bookmarking sites as part of your digital marketing strategy, your focus must be on the ‘social’ part. Do not try to directly sell your products and services on social media. Social media followers are more interested in engagement. You need to act as a good online friend and “pin” other users’ content, Retweet and repost other users’ content, participate in discussions and invite people for various discussions.

Conclusion

It is not that you might not be aware of these strategies to drive traffic to your website at all. But probably you are lacking a discipline to adapt and follow these tactics. Start from today, stick to it and then sit back and relax – you will surely experience a significant boost in the traffic to your website after following our tips and tactics.