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The April 21st Mobilegeddon: Here’s What the Impact Looks Like

May 1, 2015 by Josh Hamit

If you have been following our blog, by now you probably know every detail about the April 21st “Mobilegeddon”.

For those who just want a quick recap, it is arguably the largest mobile-friendly algorithm update by Google.

In a nutshell, the April 21st “Mobilegeddon” was supposed to push you (as website owners) to make your websites more mobile friendly.

On the other hand, it was also supposed to penalise the websites that are not mobile compliant and do not have a user-friendly mobile experience.

The update was scheduled to roll out on April 21st … and it did. The impact, however, has not been very prominent.

Why is that?

It’s only logical that the impact of this update will take some time before becoming more visible. According to Google’s John Mueller, the full roll out can take a week or more. So, as a webmaster, if you haven’t seen any noticeable impact on your website traffic, stay patient. It’s coming soon!

Here is what John Mueller said:

“It’s definitely rolling out. I know in some of the data centers, it is already rolled out completely. So that is something where I think you will probably see that change over the course of a week, maybe a week and a half — something like that.

From the first day to the next day, I do not think you will see a big change. But if you compare last week to the next week, then you should see a big change. And I have seen some blog posts out there have noticed it is different, and tried to document the difference between the desktop results and new mobile results. So there are definitely people noticing it.”

And it is true. Some websites are noticing the result.

For instance, SEO Clarity has been showing the impact they had after this particular mobile update, and the effect is very clear.

Here is a screenshot of their database.

Desktop vs Mobile Rank comparison

As you can see in the above image, the difference is definitely becoming more noticeable. And, with the passing time, they are now seeing a 5.1% variation in their results. That’s a big difference!

 

Final Words

So if you haven’t noticed the impact of this latest mobile-friendly update, sit tight. You will see it sooner rather than later.

And don’t forget to compare and evaluate your results and take the necessary steps to minimise the damage — if any.

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5 Modern SEO Myths That You Shouldn’t Pay Attention To

April 29, 2015 by Josh Hamit

In this post, we are going to debunk 5 modern SEO myths.

Have you seen these strategies outlined elsewhere on the web?

 

1.  Build a Site; People Will Come

It’s not 2002 anymore. Merely building a website, thinking that people will automatically find you, is like living in a fool’s paradise.

SEO is real and it takes a lot of effort, consistency, dedication, and time before people start finding you on the internet. It’s actually very tough out there and, in almost every niche, you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of direct competitors fighting with you for a spot on Google’s 1st page.

Obviously, there are ways — proven SEO techniques — by which you can beat those competitors. But there is simply no way you are going to get a lot of public exposure and targeted organic traffic by simply building a website.

It just does not work like that anymore.

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How to do Email Segmentation and Get Better Conversions and Sales

April 24, 2015 by Josh Hamit

Do you have an email list for your blog or online business? If yes, then you get the thumbs up from us!

However, if you do not have an email list, it is highly recommended to start building one right now. Email marketing is arguably the most productive and profitable online marketing methods. Email marketing offers the best return on investment (ROI) of 40:1. It means that, on average, for every £1 spent you get a profit of approximately £40.

There really is no reason not to have an email list.

But sometimes, even when you do have an email list, things do not work out as you’d thought they would.

There may be several reasons why your email list isn’t that profitable, but the lack of proper email segmentation is often one of the biggest reasons.

In this post, we are going to learn several important things about email segmentation and how it can improve your click through rate (CTR), conversions and sales.

 

What is Email Segmentation?

Let’s start from the top.

What is email segmentation?

Simply put, it is a process of “segmenting” or dividing your list into different categories. Once you do that, you can then customise your emails to perfectly suit those different segments or group of recipients. When an email is customised on an individual level, it has a better chance of performing well and increasing CTRs and conversions.

Now that you are aware of the basic concept and definition of email segmentation, let’s take a look at some of the important tips and tricks that can help you achieve significantly better conversion rates.

 

1. Segment by Geographical Areas

It does not matter how big or small your email list is, you can always segment it by geographical areas.

This is an important tip because different countries have different cultures, economic strength, and buying patterns. By closely following those patterns and particular characteristics, you can improve CTRs and conversions.

Moreover, another great idea is to send emails to people in different time zones at their own appropriate time. If you time your email correctly, it can achieve a better open-rate.

 

2. Segment by Purchase History

Most businesses design at least two different types of promotional emails.

One of the emails is usually for the potential leads you have. It introduces you, your business, and some of the products you have.

The second email, however, is usually designed for your existing customers. These are the people who have already bought from you. Unlike the 1st email, this one does not introduce you or your business. Instead, it focuses more on the related items, accessories, special discounts for your existing customers, etc.

The idea is to segment your email list by purchase history and send the first, introductory email to potential leads and the second email to your existing customers.

None of your existing customer would appreciate receiving an introductory email and vice versa. However, by properly segmenting your email list by purchase history, you can easily make your emails more targeted.

 

3. Segmentation by “Abandoned Carts”

Do you know that approximately 88% of buyers abandon a shopping cart every year?

This is a common phenomenon and by email list segmentation, you can overcome this problem.

You see, there are two major reasons why those 88% people abandon a shopping cart:

  • 1. The cost was too high, or
  • 2. The timing wasn’t right and they weren’t prepared to purchase.

If you could identify those people and either send them an email on a different time (hoping this time would be right) or offer them a good discount on shipping or a free-delivery package, you may get them to finally purchase from you.

But it’s only possible if you have them properly segmented.

 

In Conclusion

It may seem hard work, but email segmentation definitely has its rewards. The difference between a properly segmented list and a non-segmented list is massive.

For instance, according to MailChimp, segmented lists resulted in a 90.7% better click-through rate (CTR) than non-segmented lists.

As you can see, the difference is huge and you should avail the benefits email segmentation has to offer. The tips that are mentioned in this post will definitely help. Just make sure to follow them.

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