Errors, they may your heart beat faster and stomach clench especially when they impact your website. But, not all errors that are reported in plugins such as Yoast or even WordFence are real errors.
For example, today the Yoast SEO plugin flagged my site as not having a home page that was visible to search engines. But on additional testing and review of files; both the robots.txt and .htaccess file there was not issue. Additionally, on testing in the Google fetch feature in the Google Search Console – no errors were triggered. The Google bot was fully allowed even though Yoast said it was not.
Sometimes errors you see are false positives. But, that does not mean you can simply mark them as ignored or disregard them all together.
All website errors should be reviewed and corrected if found to be true. Don’t guess, make sure that you do not have a problem each time one is brought to your attention.
Seems simple, just install code and you’ve got a chat app. But not so fast. I am finding out from personal experience that not all chat apps are alike.
I started out with Drift and still have that chat app on my blog (for now). What I found as I used the app was it slowed my website to a crawl for load time. I think much of this is the code is installed in the head tag as instructions state, but may be better installed before the </body>.
What is happening on my site is the page is taking so long to load and the navigation does not operate until the chat app function appears – I consider this very bad. Drift must have made a code change to the asynchronous code recently as the page load time was not an issue before but started about two weeks ago. As a result I have been actively looking for a website chat app replacement.
I have tried three Tawk.to, MyLiveChat, and now Pure Chat. I am using Pure Chat on my website right now and so far I do like the free version. What I consider important for a website chat app are the following:
Easy to install
Able to configure colors
Has a rock solid mobile app
Does not impact page load speed
So far Tawk.To and My Live Chat were too complicated for my needs and cumbersome to use. Pure Chat has easy set up and I do like the mobile app which is simple to use.
I will be doing additional testing in the weeks ahead and when I settle on one, I’ll post it on my blog.
As a Google Partner, I get access to interesting information, statistics, seminars, and trend notifications. One of the most interesting I have received lately is that of “right now” searches are trending up.
For example, searches like pizza place open right now, flower shop open now, and other similar searches showing a desire to act immediately are trending strongly upward on Google.com. Another term “best” is also trending and surprisingly “near me” is trending down.
Here’s why these terms are “hot” for searches – consumers are using smartphones more and more for search. The desire for immediate information that is immediately actionable is driving these numbers. In fact, traffic for terms that contain “open now” have tripled in the last two years alone.
“Near me” is a term that is trending down as mobile phone users now expect to see data that is relevant to their own personal location and so no longer feel the need to specifically state “near me” in a search query. You may still want to use those terms in AdWords for now but not for much longer.
“Best” is another term that appears to be trending up at this time in addition to immediate-related terms.
How can you leverage this information?
Make sure you are using these terms in your query strings in AdWords and in your ad text. Know that immediate, now, and best are surfacing strongly showing that users want to be able to take immediate action.
Make sure you are using a chat function on your website to help feed this need to interact with you and your sales team on a moments notice.
What’s the connection between citations and local ranking? Well, first Google uses citations which include your phone number and address for location specific ranking in the organic index.
Because citations are important to place for local searches here are some of my tips to assure that you do everything in your power on your website pages to try to place for location specific searches in your local area.
Make sure you have your full address and phone number in your footer.
Make sure to spell out your state and not use the abbreviation.
Format your phone number either as 540-693-0385 or (540) 693-0385 and do not use . as separators. Google’s preferred use in AdWords is (540) 693-0385 for all instances that they call in phone numbers.
If possible get local links that feature your website URL, business address and phone. I like the Chamber of Commerce for links like this.
Make sure to claim your Google My Business and Bing My Business pages. These are great ways to also add your address and phone number.
Make sure that you review online what your address and location shows. If it is incorrect, make attempts to correct the data.
Most businesses want local placement. Assuring that you are reference properly in citations around the web starts first with assuring that you have the information posted clearly on your own website.
Shoppers expect to act on their decisions immediately!
Google states that shoppers have been empowered by the immediate gratification and knowledge from fast online research done on smartphones – AND now shoppers are acting on that information.
That means that mobile is a key driver for the purchase cycle and that information found to assist in making a decision to buy, needs to be immediately actionable.
“This ability to get things done in the moment—paired with the fact that brands are getting better at delivering speedy, frictionless mobile experiences—is driving expectations higher than ever. “
Google says that with mobile research completed, on the spot decisions have tripled in the last two years.
Terms with “open now” are trending up, just as searches with “near me” are declining.
Amazon is leveraging this emerging consumer trend with one day delivery, same day delivery, and even local pickup options.
I’ll keep you posted on more trends as Google shares them with us Google Partners. But for now the key takeaway is that mobile is a huge disrupter and now is driving the need for more personalization, streamlined checkout, and an immediacy of contact on websites.
AdWords dashboard reporting will soon be changing my life, and I can’t wait. Managing 30+ client accounts is a big job, but the monthly reporting and communication, although important, is very time consuming.
In the Beta New AdWords, customized dashboard reporting is one of the biggest enhancements that will help clients to visually understand what I, as their account manager, think is important to know about in their AdWords account.
Not only does dashboard reporting make my life easier, but I do feel that this important enhancement will really help clients to gauge what is happening in their account easily, at a glance.
The interface is powerful. I can set up grid tables, pie charts, bar charts, and an account scorecard, that updates every month. Plus, I can download the report and send it on a schedule as a PDF to the client.
This is such a huge improvement for AdWords account managers and for clients that I cannot wait to see it appears in all of my client accounts.