Kristi Hines

How Many (Not Provided) Keywords Are There Really?

It’s been about the month since Google made the switch to SSL search for users signed into their Google accounts. With this change came the loss of receiving keyword data from organic search which now shows in your Google Analytics under Traffic Sources > Sources > Search > Organic as (not provided) keywords. Initially, Matt Cutts said webmasters would only see (not provided) keywords in single-digit percentages which made it sound like it would be something that would be hardly noticeable. Maybe what Google didn’t factor in was how many people would be staying logged in to their Google accounts thanks to Google+, but regardless of whether it is a single-digit percentage or not, it is noticeable. After a month, I decided to take a look at my own analytics. Compared to the keyword data you are still getting using an Advanced Segment for (not provided) traffic vs. all visits, it doesn’t look so bad and is as promised, a single digit percentage of 4.59%. What bothers me is this… The fact that (not provided) is now my top referring keyword. That’s 1,129 visitors in the last 30 days that I cannot analyze correctly. That’s 1,129 keywords whose bounce rate averages out to 83.97% that I won’t be able to work on. Is it really about privacy? Another thing that gets me is that this doesn’t really seem to...

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11 Ways to Get Results on 11-11-11

Are you ready to start making your own luck 11-11-11 ? Then take action with these tips on productivity, blogging, digital marketing, organization, social media, and more. Photo Credit 1. Give people options to subscribe to you. If you have a blog or website, you probably want people to subscribe in a specific way. Maybe you are trying to build your mailing list or your RSS feed subscriber numbers. But if you want everyone to follow, then you need to give everyone options they will like. One thing I have noticed is that certain people follow me in only one place. There are some people who will not interact with my posts (or possibly even read it) if I don’t share them on Facebook. There are other people who will not interact with my posts if I don’t share them on Google+. There are people I know will only see my content if I share it on a particular network which means they are not following me closely elsewhere. Hence, there are people you will lose out on as followers if you don’t give them options to follow you on the networks they prefer. So if you only have one or two subscription options on your website, now is the time to change that. Be sure that you offer RSS (by feed and by email), Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn,...

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How to Optimize 7 Popular Social Media Profiles for SEO

If you want to strengthen your personal or business brand’s visibility, then one of the top things you will want is to have strong social media profiles that rank in the top results for your name along with your website and blog. Having a strong online reputation that is comprised of nothing but content that highlights the best about your personal or business brand will allow you to keep undesirable results at bay, such as bad online reviews or mentions. You’ve probably read lots of posts talking about how to properly optimize your social media profiles for search, and they’ve probably all sounded a little like this. Be active – Yes, this is true. Just like Google loves regularly updated blogs and websites, they equally love regularly updated social profiles. Optimize photo filenames – This only works on some networks, which I will mention below. It doesn’t hurt to upload photos with your name or keywords in the filename, but networks like Facebook rename the photo filenames anyway, so for some networks, it’s useless. Engage with your followers, fans, and connections – This is a good thing to do regardless of the SEO value of it. Engaging with others will keep your profile updated often, and being helpful will also lead to other’s recommending you to their audience. Search #FollowFriday to see what I mean. Vanity URL – From...

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9 Search Optimization Tips with Benefits for Your Visitors

This is a guest post from Kristi Hines . It is part of The “Bad Ass” SEO Guest Blogging Contest. There are many SEO tips that are not only good for search engines but they are very helpful for people looking for and perusing through your website. Here are nine SEO tips you can do to help search engines and visitors love your site. 1. Keywords and Research If you choose the right keywords for your homepage and your internal pages, blog posts, etc., you will be helping visitors find what they are searching for easier. The best way to do this is to think of a keyword that fits your page, then a 2 – 3 word phrase that fits including that keyword. It’s really as simple as that. Keyword Resources Google Adwords Keywords Tool Google Insights (plus ideas on how to use Insights) Microsoft Advertising Intelligence plugin for Excel (plus how to use it) Popular Searches Anchor text 2. Titles The title tag is important because it is the heading for search engine listings and it is usually the anchor text when people bookmark your homepage, blog post, or single page on your website. The easiest way to create a title for your page is to include the keyword phrase you thought of during keyword research and include it in the up to 70 character description of...

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