Dan Patrick is the Digital Media Group Manager at Dealer Product Services. He also served as a SEO Analyst and Copywriter at Walgreens, CouponCabin, and LocalLaunch! Prior to his career in Search Engine Optimization, Dan was an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist in the Chicagoland area. In his personal life, Dan is a major automotive enthusiast, having attended major events including the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and the Indianapolis 500. Thus far, he has attended major events for Indycar, NASCAR, NHRA, TUSCC, ALMS, GRAND-AM, TRANS-AM, and more.
In the last few days, there’s been some earth-shaking developments in the SEO world. Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, John Mueller, announced that link building, one of the cornerstones of a solid Search Engine Optimization campaign since the beginning of the field, can do more harm to your site’s health than good.
There’s been a metamorphosis in Search Engine Optimization over the past few years. We’ve gone from keywords to content and from rankings to traffic, however, among all the changes, some things remain the same. You just can’t forget the basics, like how to write a good robots.txt file. Since this is such an essential element to a website, they can completely block your site from the Search Engine Results Pages of both Google and Bing if written improperly. If this doesn’t sound very appealing, you must learn how to properly format a robots.txt file in order to avoid crippling your site’s traffic.
For the last few years, Google has made a real effort to optimize the experience for each and every searcher. In the SEO industry, if you haven’t been tracking rankings in specific geographic areas, you have been woefully behind the times. Google created yet another big update during the past weekend – this one nicknamed “Pigeon”.
While the “Pigeon” name didn’t officially come from Google, instead, it came from Search Engine Land, it stuck in a major way among SEOs because of its emphasis on local search rankings as well as pigeons’ tendency to ‘fly back home.’
How natural speech tech and content can make or break you, and how to properly assign credit in automotive search engine marketing
While SMX Advanced Seattle Day One was filled with useful SEO, PPC and Social Media nuggets, the second day of the digital marketing conference had a bit of a slower pace, but still plenty of lessons for both the novice and veteran search engine marketer. The biggest takeaways were, again, that natural speech is coming and quality is better than quantity in content. While these two ideas were already set in stone prior to SMX, the conference further reinforced these ideals.
How content and another barrage of Google updates have changed the game for Automotive Search Marketers
SMX Advanced is now behind us and digital marketers have finally landed back at home to digest all of the great information gleaned from the conference. Within the SEO industry, content creation has become a major part of what we do. For the good ones, it’s become second nature. If it hasn’t, you’re no longer an SEO, or, at least you will be soon looking for a new job. As a result, this year’s SMX Advanced Seattle based a huge majority of its presentations around Content Marketing and how to properly create and execute Content Marketing strategies.
There was a great quote buried in a mundane SEO article almost two years ago – ancient history in our industry – that still rings true today. Now, I would modify this statement by taking out “SEO” and replace that acronym with “Search Engines” in general.
Perception can often be the enemy of innovation in the digital space. Too often a great idea is disregarded because of an undeserved image problem. Google+ is an example of this. Google+ is completely misused in the automotive world because of a perceived lack of interest by potential customers.
Many believe no one is using Google+, so why should they take the time to post to their Google+ pages?
Google+ is obviously a fantastic SEO tool, but its value stretches far beyond the realm of Search Engine Results Pages. Some companies even use Google+ purely as a SEO tool, but even this is a mistake. Next time, don’t let anyone tell you that it doesn’t have any value as a Social Media platform. There are several reasons for this.
Why Knowledge Graph logos need a mix of patience and a willingness to embrace your Google+ page
Each time a potential client asks our one of our Social Media staff about the Knowledge Graph, it reminds me of a cartoon I saw in a recent Search Engine Journal Facebook post. It shows Google as the vengeful father of the shunned Social Media platform Google+, determined to make the world love his son. The cartoon is utterly hilarious for people within the SEO industry.