Just two days after Christmas, I received a message from the site owner asking if there was some type of update over the holidays. Traffic dipped sharply on Christmas Day, which it typically wouldn’t do based on their niche, and had gone down more and more since. Traffic typically only goes down by about 20% on Christmas Day and it was down 50% this year. That’s typically not the case from a historical perspective for the site and they were worried that an algorithm update impacted the site again.

Modern-day digital marketers are expected to be competent in a host of skills, including analytics, copywriting, creative direction, sales, digital media, and more. But unless you’re ready to invest tens of thousands of dollars and commit years of your life to get a degree in each discipline, you need a faster, more effective way to close the skills gap and keep yourself relevant in a changing market.

There is no doubt the wide spread of the Internet, its adoption rate and the continuous development of connected user devices has changed the way we do business. The boundaries or barriers that once existed like physical distances, new product education, and start-up costs are now easier to overcome by leveraging the Internet in your favour. However, to really take advantage of this leverage, the way we approach online markets needs to be strategic, well implemented and relevant to this medium of communication. This is where Internet marketing takes the front seat.
Below, I’ll take you through the timeline, with data and screenshots, to show you how Google treated the problem. Note, every site is different, so this may not apply to all performance problems you run into. But, it should help you understand how those performance problems could impact crawling, indexing, and ranking. It’s also worth noting that the duration of performance problems would surely impact this situation. For this case, the site owner and CTO completely fixed the problem within seven days. But, it wasn’t all fixed at one time. More on that soon. Last, I unfortunately don’t have logs from the site yet. I’m still working on getting them, though, and will update this post if I do.
Today, it’s important for you to be where your potential clients are looking. More and more, that means your firm needs a robust and diversified presence online. From our research, we found that purchasers are looking for experts online in a number of ways, including in search engines, by reading online reviews, on social media, through webinars, and more.
Twitter can be used for pretty much anything. You can launch a political campaign, start a non-profit hashtag movement, spy on your competitor, track down your long lost friend… it is a world of opportunities on a single open platform. It is no surprise that people have been turning to it for professional uses over the years. Prospecting is one that has been a little controversial, with some claiming it… [Read More…]
When it comes to digital marketing, there’s always more to learn. New technology and changing trends mean that if you don’t make an effort to regularly do research, you’ll be at constant risk of falling behind. Luckily, a number of great digital marketing blogs stay on top of the most important digital marketing news and trends you should be aware of. Add these to your list of subscriptions to stay in the know.
Lauren is a communications and operations strategist who loves to help others find their idea of success. She is passionate about techonology education, career development, startups, and the arts. Her background includes career/youth development, public affairs, and philanthropy. She is from Richmond, VA and now currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Udemy is another online learning platform that focuses specifically on courses related to skill building for working professionals. One thing to note about Udemy: The classes we've highlighted are free, but it offers a myriad of other paid options for as little as $10, in some cases. If you have a good experience with a free course, it could be worth a small investment to deepen your skills, too.

Online success relies heavily on a brand’s ability to drive traffic to its site. Focus on how to drive traffic through search engine optimization to gain an organic audience. Review online advertising opportunities, including cost per click, cost per thousand, and others. Examine various providers and gain an understanding of how search engines, social media networks, media sites, and ad networks differ in terms of structure, and the roles each plays in the development of online advertising. Additionally, explore other means of creative advertising and driving traffic. 
There is a multitude of benefits to marketing online and many opportunities a company can take advantage of with internet marketing. Our society today is very digital and constantly plugged in. It only makes sense for a company to take advantage of this information to connect better with their customers. Marketing a product or service online is the best way to reach the most people in the shortest amount time for the lowest cost.
This free online marketing course is offered by WordStream, a PPC-focused marketing company. It’s no surprise that they focus on PPC and digital marketing skills. But that’s a benefit to you as PPC is such an integral part of any online marketing strategy for an online business. You’ll learn how to generate leads, test ads, optimize landing pages, optimize conversion rates, and more.
And why not? Human beings have always enthralled themselves into one pursuit after another, all with a means to an end of improving our lives. Clearly, the conveniences afforded by the internet are quite literally earth-shattering to say the least. Three decades ago, few could have ever imagined the present state of our on-demand-everything society, with the ability to instantly communicate and conduct business in real-time, at a pace that often seems dizzying at the best of times.
Eyeballs are getting harder and harder to grab, especially on Facebook, where the auto-play feature has completely changed the landscape of the platform, both on desktop and mobile. Right now, video is the most engaging Facebook format. Uploading 60-90 second, funny, evergreen videos with captions and short text introductions is one of the most successful tactics to slow down scrolling on the app, at least according to Buzzsumo. A good… [Read More…]
Most online marketers mistakenly attribute 100% of a sale or lead to the Last Clicked source. The main reason for this is that analytic solutions only provide last click analysis. 93% to 95% of marketing touch points are ignored when you only attribute success to the last click. That is why multi-attribution is required to properly source sales or leads.
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