Category : Digital Marketing

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Country Code Top Level Domains – ccTLD and SEO

What are ccTLD Domains?

ccTLD stand for Country Code Top Level Domain name extensions. We are familiar with common domain name extensions and their purpose:
.com – Commercial
.net – Networking
.org – Organization (Main Non Profit)

Every country has an ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes and their respective country codes can be used as domain extensions too.
Country code of India is IN and hence the ccTLD of India is: “.in”
Similarly country code of USA is US and hence its ccTLD is: “.us”

How do ccTLD Affect SEO?

Search Engines results are based on the précised location of individuals initiating search queries. Google search engine even redirect users to their country specific Google Search.
USA – Google.com
INDIA – Google.co.in
CANADA – Google.ca
United Kingdom – Google.co.uk
Similarly for every country there are their respective Google search engine domain names.
If a website belongs to India then it will be easily recognized by local audience and it can be optimized for India specific search queries.

There are some ccTLDs which are not allowed to be registered directly.

There is also a Country Code Second Level Domain, i.e commonly called ccSLD and it is not like Top Level Domain.

Like mentioned above if ccTLD is .IN its ccSLD version is .CO.IN.

First preference of every customer is a .COM domain name. .Com domain names are so common that most of the common words are not available. .IN and .CO.IN are also cheaper than .COM domain names (by many domain name registrars).

ccTLD domain names have gained huge amount of popularity in the recent past and they can be seen competing with other TLDs in search result.

Search Results are also giving more preference to factors like Page Authority, Domain Authority and Content Value rather than domain name extensions but many users prefer common TLDs over comparatively new TLDs.

We have seen great results for .IN domain names as far as SEO is concerned.

.IN is shorter to type and can be remembered easily as it mixes with domain names in some cases. Similar is the case with domain names like .IT, .US etc.

Note: There are some exceptions in ccTLDs.

Country Code of United Kingdom is ‘GB’ but it’s ccTLD is .UK.

Please share your experience with ccTLDs for in our comment section.

If you are planning to buy a ccTLD for your company or online business please share your views.

You can also Contact us for Digital Marketing Consulting or Training.

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Website SILO Architecture for SEO

SILO Architecture is a kind of website structure that can be applied in websites for the sake of optimizing it for Search engines.

If Silo is applied correctly in any website then according to statistics that website will start getting higher rankings in search engine results.

Silo Architecture uses the concept of grouping posts and articles that belong to same category, together.

If your blog is about any single category of topic then you can keep writing your articles without labeling the category but most of the websites and blogs write articles in different categories, users may or may not be interested in reading articles belonging to all categories. If we can present pages that are dedicated to a certain label or category Eg: Computers and Electronics, Money Making, Digital Marketing etc.

Stacking Posts of same category together in one page and providing easily navigable url of that page in the home page, top menu will let users in finding topics of their choice easily.

Sometimes we use information like Our Services in our website and Our Services can be further classified into sub categories and in the pages of those sub categories there can be a list of pages belonging to respective category.

You can refer to this example –

Website using SILO Arhitecture

You can view this image which is taken from the Wikipedia page of Silo Architecture –

Ofiicial SILO Architecture

And you can compare it with the example of one website given above.

This structure will result in better indexing of grouped pages. Every page can be optimized for respective keywords.

We can take example of these squares.

If I ask you to find All Red Squares in this image then you will be able to find them but let us take another example

Website SILO Architecture

Which of them was easier to find All Red Squares?

Grouped Pages also work in a similar way. Users and Search Engines will be able to recognize and find articles and content related to a particular topic easily.

If you have anything to share with us on Silo Architecture, please comment below.

If you worked on this architecture to create a website please share the name and link of your website so that our students and other users can analyze.

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What is SEO and Why it is Important?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, it is the process of optimizing a website or a blog by updating its programming code and content such that it gets indexed in the top ranking search results.

People Trust Search Engines for their queries, getting amongst top results for search queries will help any business in getting potential customers.

  1. SEO helps in Growing a Business.
  2. SEO helps in Meeting Business Objectives.
  3. SEO helps in improving Online Reputation of any brand.
  4. SEO helps in getting more visitors to your website.

Search engine optimization is classified into two parts:

  1. On-Page SEO Topics:

These optimizations are fully in our control

Optimizing Website Structure or Architecture

Knowledge:

Understanding Domain Names and Extensions

Understanding Basic HTML Structure

Better UX and UI.

Activities:

Optimizing HTML Code

  • Analyzing Deprecated Tags and replacing them.
  • In-page, in-line and external CSS & JavaScript

Optimizing Meta Tags

  • Title Tag
  • Meta Description
  • Social Media Optimization Meta Tags

Optimizing Content

  • Keyword Density
  • Use of Heading Tags
  • Optimized Paragraph Tags
  • Optimized Images

Images Optimization

  • Alternate Text Attribute
  • Title Attribute
  • Image Compression

Website Speed Optimization

  • Compressed HTML
  • Compressed CSS
  • Minified JavaScript

Optimized Page URLs

  • Pretty Permalinks Setup

Optimized File URLs

Google Analytics Integration

Sitemaps Creation

  • Dynamic Sitemaps
  • Static Sitemaps

RSS, Atom, Comments Feeds – XML

Optimizing Robots.txt

Canonical attribute in link tags of web pages for duplicate content.

 

Understanding Schema Markup and writing Microdata & JSON-LD scripts to implement Rich Data and Structured Data on Your Website

 

  1. Off-Page SEO Topics

Understanding Domain Authority & Page Authority

Understanding Page Rank

Back-link Building Strategies

Google Business Page Optimization

Directory Listing

Classified Advertisement that works

Linking website to Social Media Profiles

Forum Participation

Commenting on Blogs (Non –Spam)

Webmaster Tools for Submitting Websites to Search Engines

  • Google Webmasters
  • Bing Webmasters
  • Yandex Webmaster

Online Reputation Management

Guest Blogging Concept

We have a Module of Search Engine Optimization in our Digital Marketing Course.

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How to Display Corporate Contact Information in the Google Search Rich Cards

Corporate Contact information helps business owners in displaying various contact numbers and details on the search engine results page in the Google Knowledge Panel for business.

Let’s consider a simple example If you have a business and you want to display your company’s Customer Support Number to the searchers with and information about toll charges on the number then you can use the Structured Data code on your website at prescribed locations.

If a user searched for Customer Care Number of Flipkart, the SERP on desktop web appeared as follows:

 Google Search Rich Cards

You can see the Card Result with customer care number and also the Customer Service number in Orange Circle which is Google Knowledge panel in searches.

 

Also look at this result in mobile based search for same query and here also you can see the number clearly display in bold and increased font size.

This is done to help searchers in finding accurate results without much hassle. It saves time of searchers as well.

Business owners publish these Corporate Contact information numbers in order to help their customers in finding correct information.

Here you can see Logo of the Organization as well and in order to publish it you have to use following code in your website:

<script type=”application/ld+json”>

{

  “@context”: “http://schema.org”,

  “@type”: “Organization”,

  “url”: “http://www.SlideScope.com”,

  “logo”: “https://slidescope.com/slide-scope-logo.png”,

  “contactPoint”: [{

    “@type”: “ContactPoint”,

    “telephone”: “+91-8604000569”,

    “contactType”: “customer service”

  }]

}

</script>

You have to replace your details with our contact details.

You can also add the Area Served Option and Type of Contact Number as well:

“contactOption”: “TollFree”,

    “areaServed”: “US”

Note: You can see that last entry is written without a comma. Remember this to avoid mistakes.

Where to Place the Structured Data JSON-LD code to get rich cards in search results?

You can place the above given JSON-LD code in the HTML of your Contact Us page or About Us Page.

Please make sure that your code is correct as per the standards of Structured Data Schema Markup.

You can use the Schema Markup Testing Tool to verify the correctness of your code:

Visit:  https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool

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How to add Video Object Rich Card in website or blog

In order to get a Fully enhanced Rich Card for video objects in your website you have to use the Structured Data Markup for Videos.
If your website supports AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages, then Google Search will work as an entry point for Searching and viewing videos and you will see rich cards of your video in search results.

There are three conditions or solutions to Add Video Structured Data in your website.

1. IF you are Using AMP and want to use JSON-LD code.
2. IF you are not using AMP and want to use JSON-LD code.
3. If you want to use the Microdata code for video objects which is the Standard video markup.

Video Markup results appear with a badge which encourages users to click on them.

For Case 1-
AMP and JSON-LD Code You can take reference of following code –

<script type=”application/ld+json”>
{
“@context”: “http://schema.org”,
“@type”: “VideoObject”,
“name”: “Website Development Training Using Php and MySql”,
“description”: “Learn website development from scratch. Learn the concepts of Core and Advanced PHP with MySql Database Management”,
“thumbnailUrl”: “http://digital-marketing-course.slidescope.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ista.png”,
“uploadDate”: “2017-08-25T08:00:00+08:00”,
“duration”: “PT2M56S”,
“publisher”: {
“@type”: “Organization”,
“name”: “Slidescope”,
“logo”: {
“@type”: “ImageObject”,
“url”: “http://digital-marketing-course.slidescope.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/green.png”,
“width”: 240,
“height”: 40
}
},
“contentUrl”: “http://digital-marketing-course.slidescope.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Rec-057.mp4”,
“embedUrl”: “http://digital-marketing-course.slidescope.com/website-development-training/”,
“interactionCount”: “250”
}
</script>

You have to replace the content of your video with our content.

Change – Name, Description,
ThumbnailUrl – Web address of the Video Thumbnail you want to show,
date of video upload in the format given above,
duration of the video in the format given – 2 minutes and 56 seconds is PT2M56S,

For Case 2
IF you want to use JSON-LD code for a non AMP version of your website you can use this code in script tags:

{
“@context”: “http://schema.org”,
“@type”: “VideoObject”,
“name”: “Your video title here”,
“description”: “Your Video description here”,
“thumbnailUrl”: “urlofthumbnail.jpg”,
“uploadDate”: “2017-02-05T08:00:00+08:00”,
“duration”: “PT2M34S”,
“contentUrl”: “http://www.example.com/video567.flv”,
“embedUrl”: “http://www.example.com/videoplayer.swf?video=567”,
“interactionCount”: “1234”
}

For Case 3 – If You want to add schema to your page in Microdata format you have to change the HTML of you video object refering to following code :-

<div itemscope itemtype=”http://schema.org/VideoObject”>
<span itemprop=”name”>Title of your video</span>
<span itemprop=”description”>Your Video description here</span>
<img itemprop=”thumbnailUrl” src=”https://www.example.com/thumbnail1.jpg” alt=”thumbnail text”/>
<meta itemprop=”uploadDate” content=”2015-02-05T08:00:00+08:00″/>
<meta itemprop=”duration” content=”PT1M33S” />
<link itemprop=”contentUrl” href=”https://www.slidescope.com/video567.mp4″ />
<link itemprop=”embedUrl” href=”https://www.slidescope.com/videoplayer.swf?video=567″ />
<meta itemprop=”interactionCount” content=”4321″ />
</div>

In all the cases the interaction count is the number of times the video has been interacted.

You can refer to official Google Help Page for Structured Data Type = Videos – https://developers.google.com/search/docs/data-types/videos

 

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What are Accelerated Mobile Pages and what do they actually do

What are Accelerated Mobile Pages?

Accelerated Mobile Pages is a project of Google for making user experience better and faster on mobile devices. User count of mobile devices like smartphones, tablets etc. is increasing rapidly. Number of visitors from mobile devices is a serious number to consider. If your website is not optimized for mobile then you might be losing potential clients. Google and other search engines are also taking the mobile compatibility factor seriously for evaluating the search engine rankings of website.

In simple words – Websites that are optimized for mobile viewing will get advantage in search engine ranking methodology and algorithms.

Why are Mobile Compatible Websites so important afterall?

  1. Mobile consumes less electricity than laptops and desktop computers and has almost same computing power if viewing websites for getting information is considered.
  2. Number of users who own a laptop or laptop is less than the number of smartphone and tablet owners.
  3. Mobile devices have better portability.

There are many other factors that conclude importance of mobile devices for searching information on internet and visiting websites.

Mobile Data Charges are considerably high and users get a limited amount of data in a month. Desktop version of website consumes more data and all the components are really not required to be loaded on mobile version of the same website.

Media size, page size, etc can be reduced and compressed for mobile screen which will save data and hence data consumption charges.

AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages is a technology that can be used to build separate mobile pages for your website with the same content that is already created for the main website. The only difference will be the page size and removal of unnecessary scripts and media.

In short – AMP produces lightweight and fast loading pages for mobile devices.

You will get a better chance of ranking your website higher in search engines for mobile originated searches.

Users will be automatically redirected to your AMP enabled website if they are searching from their mobile devices.

You can see a Desktop Version of my website:

http://digital-marketing-course.slidescope.com/

& the Amp enabled version of the same website.

http://digital-marketing-course.slidescope.com/amp

You will notice that the AMP version loads much faster than the Desktop version but the desktop version is way prettier than the AMP version.

I am keeping both of them and majority of users on my website are from Web (Desktop).

After installing and configuring AMP for my website I am able to see a small AMP logo besides my listing on Google search result from my android smartphone.

How to get amp logo on search result

In order to check number of AMP pages indexed in search engine you can see your Google Webmaster Tool Dashboard.

Accelerated Mobile Pages in Google Webmaster Tools

How to Get Started with AMP?

If you are using a CMS like WordPress then it is a lot more easier to setup AMP on your website by using a plugin that will do almost everything for you.

If you have website which is not built on any CMS tool then you have to do some basic coding to get things done.

You must be familiar with Basic HTML coding, CSS and Javascripts to better understand AMP coding.

You can get started by following this documents:

https://www.ampproject.org/docs/getting-started/

If you want AMP enabled for your website you can Contact Us

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What is Google’s Fred Update?

“ Fred Update ” is Google’s unconfirmed search engine ranking update in March 2017. Web analysts and many bloggers have collected data from 100 + websites that claimed about sudden drop in search engine ranking after 7 and 8th of March 2017.

It has been a couple of weeks since this New Algorithm Update in the working of Google’s search engine.

This update was considered to target “LINK SPAM” mainly but it has also targeted those websites which have low value content on their blog with too many ads.

Search engines are focusing on providing higher ranks in search results to those links which have trustworthy and useful content with some unique information.

What are Low value and ad heavy websites considering Fred Update?

There are many websites on internet which have blog posts written for monetization purpose mainly. The content in these websites is considerably not up-to the mark for many readers and they are also annoyed by sponsored banners and affiliate links.

Bloggers and article writers put a lot of effort while preparing a good content. They need some monetary benefits for keeping things going for them. Bloggers might think :

What is wrong in making money from website traffic?

Placing Affiliate links and Sponsored banners etc it good; overdoing it is not acceptable by google or other search engines.

As per the latest Fred update a blog post should be of high value and a proper answer for searched queries, preferably with statistical and analytical data supporting the answer or solution.

 

What should we do to avoid decrease in traffic after this update?

  1. Write content in such a way that it answers all queries of the visitor.
  2. Place social share links on your article to increase its social following.
  3. Write précised post Titles with lesser amount of stop words
  4. Do not write your articles with too many focused keywords.
  5. Some webmasters are suggesting removing “tag” pages from sitemaps. Search engine indexed tag pages are considered to offer little value to users.
  6. Do not write blog posts with sole purpose of selling something from affiliate links write something useful for visitors.
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Basic Elements of an E-Commerce Website

What is E-Commerce ?

E-Commerce deals with all the Commercial activities performed in electronic form. It mainly deals with online transactions.

Some Examples of E-Commerce Websites and Mobile APPs?

1. Booking Website – Movie Ticket, Railway Ticket, Bus Ticket, Flight Reservations, Hotel
2. Shopping Website – Eg; Websites are Amazon.com, Flipkart, Taggedjeans.com
3. Classifieds Website – With Paid(Freemium Model) advertisements Eg: Olx, Quikr, Craiglist, Trademyad.com
4. Directory Websites – Paid (Freemium Model) directory listings Eg: Sulekha, Yellow Pages, Indiamart, EnergyConsultants.in
5. Service Websites – Accpeting payment online
6. E-Wallet Websites / APPs – BHIM, Airtel Money, Phonepe, Paytm
7. Recharge Websites – Freecharge, Paytm
* Note : Most of the payments are made through payment gateways like Paypal, Payoneer, Paytm etc.

As a digital marketing professional you should always consider the different modules in these websites and particularly which modules can be promoted in SEO. All the modules will not be suitable for Search Engine Indexing

(Basic Elements of an E-Commerce Website are as follows:)

From the Development point of view we can divide these websites in following modules:
1. Administration – Roles : Setting up protocols (Terms, Conditions, Policies etc.), Design Management Module, User Access, Initial Setup of Website Pages, Setting Report Headers, Creating, Read, Update, Delete (CRUD Capabilities), Managing Logistics, Managing Marketing Activities,
media management, Offers / Coupon Management, Order Management, Logistics Mgt., Products / Services management etc.

2. Customer / Client – Registration, Profile Creation, Selecting/Accepting Roles (Like – Buyer OR Seller), Placing Orders (Making Transactions), Money Withdrawl, See Statistics / Reports

3. Guest / Anonymous – Can visit website / app, see pages and information, fill contact forms etc.
As a Digital Marketing Manager you have to create offers on festive or special occasions.
You can do that by using Coupons Management Module.
*Note : An E-Commerce website is mainly divided into two sections for all users, namely – Frontend & Backend.
SEO activities are mainly focused on Frontend Pages.
You can do SEO of various category pages, tags pages, individual products pages and vendor/sellers shop individual pages etc.
You can promote the backend functionality of your website / app using graphical presentations, images, explainer videos etc. on social media and your website itself.

If you are looking for E-Commerce Web Development Services – Contact

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What are Search Operators ? | Digital Marketing Lesson 11

Search operators are combination of Symbols and words that can be used to make a search more precised and relevant. Search operators can be used by digital marketing experts and students to analyze results for particular queries.  You can use these operators for preparing reports as well.

List of Search Operators

site:
To search something within a given domain name or to see the number of urls indexed for a site
example –  site:slidescope.com

link:
If you want to find out some websites that link to a mentioned domain you can use this operator
example – link:swapthebook.com

intititle:
If you want to find which websites are using a particular keyword in their title tag you can use this operator.

example – intitle:digital marketing

Remember when we are using two words in our search query, search engine will look for both words separately or together in the SEO titile of the page.

intext:
Use this operator If you are looking for websites with some text that should be there in the page content.

inurl:
This operator is used for viewing web results with mentioned keyword in the url (slug of url)
example – inurl:summer-fabrics

inanchor:
Main thing here is anchor text in the link. If we want to search for links with mentioned word in the slug.

example – inanchor:airplane ; will show all results like : example.com/abc/airplane , example.com/abc/big-airplane

inpostauthor:
To find Blog posts that are written by a specific author. You will find article results written by author mentioned in your query.
example – inpostauthor:ankit srivastava

related:
Find sites that belong to the same category as entered sites.

example- related:facebook.com

Search operators mentioned above can be used in combination using AND and OR condition to get more accurate results.

For example – intitle:digital marketing AND intext:Lucknow

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Understanding SERP | Digital Marketing Lesson 10

SERP Stands for Search Engine Results Page. It is important part of Digital marketing course.

What is SERP ?

SERP is the web-page that appears when we place queries on search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex etc. The webpage has mainly following elements :

  1. Paid / Sponsored Results (Top):

    These are paid results by search engines and Advertisers are charged on mainly Pay Per Click (PPC) basis.

  2. Organic Search Results :

    Organic search results are obtained by search engines on the basis of Search Engine Optimization. These are relevant results that match the query entered in search box.

  3. Map Results :

    Map results are graphical map based business results that appear when searchers are looking for a particular type of business or a specific place.

  4. Paid / Sponsored Results (Sidebar) :

    These results often appear in the sidebar of search engine results page. These are similar to results mentioned in point 1. Sometimes users will see Sponsored Shop Results when they are searching for a particular product like – Solar Panel, Inverter etc.

  5. Business Profile in Sidebar:

    These results are mainly displayed in google search results page and are fetched from the official Google + profile of business / organization. It becomes an important step in digital marketing to create google + profile.

  6. Business Wiki in Sidebar: 

    Business wiki page appears in the sidebar with company’s information like Founder, Turnover, Headquarters etc. These pages appear for famous website and search engines must be convinced from various reliable sources (like authentic business listings, social media profiles, schema meta data etc. ) that business is real.