How to Make your website work across Multiple Devices and Provide High Customer Satisfaction?

90% of people move between devices to complete a goal on PC, Mobile, Smartphone & others. 86% of people use their smartphone while consuming other media. 75% of customers prefer a mobile friendly site. Sites that work across multiple devices are more enjoyable & successful as well.

These are the main parameters to keep customers happy:

Usability
content
consistency
paths to purchase and
m-commerce

The 3 main ways of delivering them are

Responsive web design
Dynamic serving
Separate sites.

Source: Google Think Insights

Responsive web design

Responsive web design

How to Create Search Friendly Infinite Scroll? – Recommendations from Google Webmaster Central

If the Infinite scroll is not implemented in search engine friendly way, crawlers find it difficult to crawl & index. Then the content will not surface in search results. Google Webmaster Central has a great article on how to implement the Infinite Scroll in a search engine friendly way.

1) The webpage or the CMS used should produce a paginated series to go along with the infinite scroll.
2) All the individual items are accessible. However, with the normal infinite scroll, crawler can’t discover individual items displayed after the initial page load.
3) Decide how much content to have in each page.
4) The content should be so divided that there is no overlap.
5) Each component page contains a full URL.
6) Use rel=next and rel=prev values in the section to configure pagination.
7) Implement replaceState/pushState on the infinite scroll page.

Infinite Scroll - Google Webmaster Central

Infinite Scroll – Google Webmaster Central

Google’s “Hummingbird” Search Algorithm Update

Google has overhauled its search algorithm to answer complex & longer queries from web users. Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search, announced on Thursday that Google launched updated algorithm “Hummingbird” about a month ago & it currently affects 90 percent of worldwide searches via Google.

Google used to match keywords with the web sites to provide results & as the search is getting complex over the years, this new algorithm would be able to handle complex queries. With the exponential growth of web across desktop, mobile, smartphone, tablets & others, search is evolving rapidly. This week marks the 15th anniversary of Google. Larry Page and Sergey Brin set up shop in the garage of Susan Wojcicki in September 1998 & Susan Wojcicki is now a senior Google Executive.

Google is trying to keep pace with the rapid growth of internet. Google previously had made Caffeine, Panda, Penguin & other updates. But the “Hummingbird” update is a very important algorithm change & this has been done after a very long time.

How to Make Smartphone Sites Load Faster?

Google Webmaster Central Blog has come out with a list of measures which can be used to make smartphone sites load faster. Today’s avreage mobile page takes more than 7 seconds to load. Google has announced new guidelines to help webmasters optimize their mobile pages for best rendering performance & also updated Pagespeed Insights tool. These guidelines focus on rendering above the fold content to users in one second or less while the rest of the page continues to load. The above-the-fold HTML, CSS, and JS is known as the critical rendering path.

Following are some of the best practices & guidelines which can be applied.

1) Server must render the response (< 200 ms)
2) Number of redirects should be minimized
3) Number of roundtrips to first render should be minimized
4) Avoid external blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content
5) Reserve time for browser layout and rendering (200 ms)
8) Optimize JavaScript execution and rendering time

More about this can be had at Google’s mobile-specific help pages.

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https://developers.google.com/speed/docs/insights/mobile

2013 Local Search Ranking Factors

Overall Ranking factors are

1) Place Page Signals
2) External Loc. Signals
3) On Page Signals
4) Link Signals
5) Review signals
6) Social Signals
7) Mobile Signals
8) Personalization

Some of the top foundational ranking factors are – Proper category association, physical address in city, Structured Citations, Domain Authority of Website, Proximity of Address to Centroid & others.
Some of the Competitive Difference Makers are – Quality/Authority of Inbound Links to Domain, Overall Velocity of Reviews, Click-Through Rate from Search Results, Location Keywords in Reviews & others.
Check out results of Moz’s 2013 local search ranking factors survey.

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Pepsi ‘Oh Yes Abhi’ Campaign

Pepsi’s ‘Oh Yes Abhi’ campaign is a new campaign of Pepsi in India featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Priyanka Chopra. It captures the new face of young India, which wants to do things right now. This went on air from Feb 1st. This is the first marketing initiative of Pepsi this year & this is created by JWT India. It has been shot in different locations like cricket stadium for Dhoni, crowded mumbai street & others. This concept is of living in the moment. Digital media like facebook, twitter, websites have also been used to promote the campaign.

Pepsi Oh Yes Abhi Website
Facebook Pepsi India
Twitter Pepsi India

Bing Webmaster Guidelines

Bing webmaster guidelines provide guidance on links, SEO, social media, content & others. These can be accessed under the content guidelines section. Technical part covers robots.txt, sitemap, site technology, redirects & others. It calls out to avoid cloaking, link schemes, social media schemes & duplicate content. They have also introduced Bing webmaster webinars covering different topics during Nov to Feb. More information about the webinars can be found here. From an SEO point of view, it covers all the major important issues.404 pages best practices is also included covering no advt, page returns a 404 status code & smart 404 pages.

Drive Traffic through Organic SEO

Search Engine Optimization has become essential to succeed in the online marketplace. It helps drive traffic, leads, increase visibility & revenue to your business. Competition has become very high in the online marketplace & steps should be taken to stand out in the competition. some of the tips in SEO include

1. URL’s should be rich in keywords. This helps ranking in search engines.
2. Website should be simple & easy to navigate. Also there should be forms to get customer info.
3. Use a good linkbuilding strategy.
4. Follow search engine guidelines for search marketing activities.
5. Use analytic tools to find info about the metrics & others.

The NYTimes Story on JC Penny’s Dirty Search Secrets

NY times has a great article on how JC penny ranked for a wide range of words in the top position & the little secrets of search. Google has been policing the Search engine optimization world since it went live. Black hat SEO techniques can be used to gain top rankings. JC penny has ranked for a wide variety of words in Google. Several sites have been linking to JC penny site through a wide variety of keywords. After the issue broke out, rankings of the site has gone down in Google. Also the company has fired its SEO consultant company.

SEO tools for Competitive Analysis

Competitive analysis for SEO is one of the important aspects. It helps understand how the competitors are doing with respect to ranking, keywords, website & others. This helps implement some new strategies for your website. Some of it can be done manually in Google by searching for their website. There are also some tools available which helps in this process. Earlier Alexa was one of the important tools. Now a variety of free & paid tools are there for the analysis. Some of the free tools are 1) Alexa 2) Compete.com 3) Google ad Planner 4) Google Insights 5) Google trends for the website 6) Quantcast. These provide a wealth of information for the SEO purposes. This would help outrank your competitors website.