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Custom Google Analytics Reports You Can Actually Use

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As a business owner, you’ve probably heard of a little thing called Google Analytics. Google Analytics (or GA) collects data such as referral traffic, paid search traffic, social traffic, and more to help you track where your visitors are coming from and what they’re doing. But these default reports just barely scratch the surface of what Google Analytics has to offer. In fact, if you just use the defaults and regular configurations, you’re only utilizing 30% of what Google Analytics has to offer. Let’s talk about the other 70%: Google Analytics Custom Reports. Like its name, a custom GA report is one that you create and customize based on the information you need. You can create your own report or you can utilize the reports from the Google Solutions Gallery – which allows you to access to custom reports created by others. Here are five GA custom reports created by the experts that you can either import into your own account or re-create to customize further. Site Speed Metrics by Browser & Browser Version This site performance custom reports allows you to identify browsers or versions of browsers that have slow load times. You’ll want to keep a close eye on how long before the page is actually usable, known as the average document interactive time. Make sure your site is loading quickly to keep your bounce rate low – especially since slow sites are a conversion killer. Metrics by Day of Week Name & Name This custom report is great for finding out when an online store or site is most active. This is especially helpful if you’re planning to run a promotion or flash sale. It’ll show you the day of the week and even hour of the day when your customers are most active on your site….

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How to Get Your Site Featured in Google’s Snippet

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How Do You Get Your Site Featured in Google’s Snippet? Getting to the top of Google’s search pages is no longer enough to dominate your completion. While good SEO keeps your site on the first page, and well-written ads keep you atop the PPC results, there is a newcomer in the search world: Snippets Snippets Google wants to help searchers. It’s what launched them to become the dominant search engine that they are today. Anyone who remembers the frustrating search results on Yahoo, Lycos, or Dogpile will attest that Google simply delivers better search results. With mobile and “question” searches rising, Google has changed the game again. In almost any search you’re now bound to find a snippet of info, often enumerated, in a small box between the final PPC ad and the first organic listing. Below is the snippet that appears for the search “How to Get More Leads:” Snippets Are Quick Answers Google puts up snippets with the best info available. This allows users to get the answers they’re looking for without clicking the link. However, since the snippets tend to display only part of the info, the links inside of the snippet box tend to be clicked a lot. Google can source simple, direct answers from their own knowledge base. But, most business or product related queries are sourced from third party sites, i.e., your web site. Imagine the potential traffic that would result in an SEO strategy that lands you in the top 3 of the PPC ads, with a featured snippet, and then the top organic search result. How to Get a Featured Snippet The problem is that getting your site featured isn’t easy. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. And, with snippet results being so new, we’re not even exactly sure how Google pulls…

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The Three Reasons Your Landing Pages Don’t Convert

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Landing pages are still the most important pages on your website. They are the funnel that allows you to convert your ad traffic and social media traffic into paying customers. landing pages are the pages that showcase your value proposition, your product and close your leads. These landing pages are the life blood of your business. At Retaliate1st, we specialize in developing landing pages that convert, that achieve their goal. We want to showcase the landing page mistakes we continually see, so that your business can thrive. Why Your Landing Pages Don’t Convert Too Many Options Barry Schwartz wrote about the paralysis that sets in in many shopping situations in his book the Paradox of Choice. He uses the example of a man shopping for shampoo at a grocery store. He is faced with hundreds of choices – for dry hair, for brittle hair, for oily hair; olive oil base, coconut oil base; flower scented; and just about every color imaginable. This leads to frustration, and often people with either simply leave the store, or buy the closest option and later be unhappy with it. Now, take a look at your landing pages. Are they leaving your customer in the isle frustrated because there are so many options they’re not sure which to choose? If so, narrow it down to one choice (two, maximum). What’s the goal of your landing page? Email opt-in? Make sure the opt-in form is easily accessible, easy to read, and has a strong, clear call to action. Do you want phone calls? Make your number big and visible and clickable. Would you take either a phone call or a web form opt-in? Make it clear that either option gets them the same result: contact, free estimate, discount, services, etc. Too Many Visual Distractions It can be tempting…

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The 6 Best Extensions for Your Site’s SEO and Adwords

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SEO is the perfect tactic to optimize to drive free traffic to your website. While organic traffic is fantastic and can be created through optimizing web pages, this organic traffic can be amplified by using SEO extensions. Here Retaliate1st list our favorite SEO extensions to boost your organic traffic. The 6 Best Extensions for Your Site’s SEO and Adwords Google Tag Assistant IF you are running your company’s SEO without help from a professional firm, or if you just want to check up on your SEO investment, Tag Assistant can help you verity that Adwords and Analytics are up and running properly. The best part about this extension is that with one click it lays out everything you need to see without digging around in the minuteau of Adwords (and it’s oft-lugubrious interface) or analytics. Builtwith Builtwith works with Google Chrome, and Is an excellent way to see what your competitors are up to by letting you know what they’re using to build their site. You can see PageRank for Firefox This is a great tool for evaluating other sites when it comes to building links, guest posting, forming joint ventures, etc. The best part is, you don’t have to dig at all – the site’s Page Rank is displayed right in the toolbar at the top of your browser. Further SEO Extensions Majestic SEO Backlink Analyizer If linking building is part of your SEO strategy, you need to make sure those links are not coming from bad neighborhoods. Further, you want the best quality links possible to your site. You can check out anchor text, site reputation, as well as Page Rank and a few other key indicators. Boomerang This isn’t so much for SEO as it is a productivity tool. Boomerang for Gmail allows you to schedule emails…

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Buying Facebook Ads Directly

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Facebook is the great advertising platform of our time. Were once television ads and billboard ads were the go to platforms for advertisers, they have now lost ground to Facebook ads. Retaliate1st discuss the reasons why you should focus on this platform for your advertising. Customers Can Buy from You Without Leaving Facebook This is huge for both your business, where can sell directly to a warm audience that you’ve built a strong relationship with, and for Facebook, which can help businesses sell more products, buy more ads, and have the whole thing take place on Facebook’s platform, without having users click away from the social media giant. It works by giving your customers the option to buy products in Facebook messenger. If they’ve already filled in their Name, address, phone number, etc. for their profile, all they have to do is click “pay.” If not, they can do so at point of purchase. Payments will go through PayPal or Stripe. At this point, these are the only two usable payment platforms, and you can only sell in the U.S. However, both of these rules will likely change as the program grows. If you’ve ever fretted about the transition your customers make between Facebook and your landing or sales pages, now you don’t have to worry. If you crafted a great ad or promoted post, your customer can now buy with one click. How to Sell In Messenger This will take some finesse. Facebook is allowing click from ads in the newsfeed to be sent directly to messenger now. This is a slow roll-out, but it will take off soon enough. Obviously, some customers will be put off by having their messenger blow up with ads, but it seems Facebook will allow consumers the ability to choose who they receive…

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3 Steps To Designing a Landing Page That Converts

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Running adwords, Facebook ads, or even pouring time and effort into SEO campaigns only to drive traffic to a landing page that doesn’t convert is maddening. It’s also a waste of resources. Even if you craft a fantastic ad, your landing page must walk the visitor from curious clicker to lead. This is an art and a science, and its why designers and marketers charge so much to develop high-converting landing pages. If you have the budget for it, get a pro to build your landing page. If you don’t, learn how to do it yourself until you can raise the capital to hire someone. Follow these – tips and you’ll build a landing page that converts visitors into leads, and leads into sales. Even if you do have the budget to go pro, you can use these tips to evaluate what the marketer has designed for you. 3 Steps To Designing a Landing Page That Converts Every Page Must Have a Clear, Powerful Headline Many businesses make one of two mistakes when developing landing pages: Their headline is weak and does nothing to inspire visitors to take the step of buying/signing up/calling. Their headline is well-written, but is confusing or doesn’t mesh with the test of the ad and landing page Writing great headlines has been the subject of countless books and sales courses, so it’s beyond the scope of this article to explain it fully, but if you lead with benefits, ask a question or create interest, you’ll be head-and-shoulders above your competition. If you manage to create a great headline, don’t waste it by matching it to a landing page with text that doesn’t quite fit the main message. Also, keep your headline in form with your ad text. The headlines of your ad and landing page can be…

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5 Steps to Dominating Google Local

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Google Local is a great way for start-ups and small businesses to grab a foot hold in their industry. It allows marketers to target local customers and consumers to search for local businesses and products. Here we list our 5 keys to dominating Google Local. 5 Steps to Dominating Google Local Consistency in NAP Consistency in branding is important. It’s even more important when it comes to your listing on Google MyBusiness (Google Local) and across the internet on local sites. If you want to crack the top 3 in map listings, your business’ info must be on point. Make sure that your business’ name, address, and phone number is the same on all sites. This can get tricky if you are using local numbers for different offices, but if you can manage to use an 800 number as your go-to, then add the locals as secondary points of contact, that’s a safe bet. While it may seem trivial, make sure your address is the same on all sites that list your business. Sometimes this can be daunting because dozens of new sites pop up every day, and many of them simply scrape your info and post it. They make mistakes. If your office is on 100 Third street, and one of them lists it as 100 3rd street, you will run into problems. Your business name should be consistent as well. Keep it simple! If you’re Joe’s Plumbing, don’t get cute with Joe’s Plumbing Brooklyn, Joe’s Plumbing Staten Island, Joe’s Plumbing and Hot Tubs. Pick one, and stick to it. Google Local Guidelines From Google’s guidelines regarding business names: Any additional information, when relevant, can be included in other sections of your business information (e.g., “Address“, “Categories“). Adding unnecessary information to your name (e.g., “Google Inc. – Mountain View…

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Why Your Pay Per Click Campaigns are Tanking

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For many businesses, Pay Per Click advertising is their go to tactic for paid media. Pay Per Click has been the largest spend for over 85% of online advertisers since its inception. However, with the market being saturated, it can be difficult to market your ads to maximize your clicks. The first thing any advertising team must do is to eliminate the mistakes. Here we list 3 of the biggest mistakes that PPC advertisers make: 3 Reasons Your Pay Per Click Campaigns are Tanking Your Ad Stinks Listen, no matter how many metrics you can drown yourself in… no matter what new analytic buzzword is being written about on the digital marketing blogs… no matter what new secret trick is being spewed by the experts, one truth remains about pay per click ads: They mustn’t suck Look at your PPC ads. Are you proud of them? Would you run them in a magazine? If you were handed budget to run that on page 3 of the NY Times, would you use that ad? Granted, print ads have a different structure, but, the content of the ad is key. Frankly, most PPC ads are nothing more than follow-the-leader, me-too marketing pieces that are written with weak wording, and yawn-inducing calls to action. Your headline must be strong. If it wouldn’t pull in a newspaper, sales letter, magazine, billboard, or direct mail piece, then it won’t pull on Google, either. You can take a different approach. You can get more creative since the feedback loop is faster. But, if the headline is weak, forget about sales. You literally have to drag someone by the eyeballs from the white, black, and blue jungle of the SERP to your ad. To do that, you need a strong headline. You get very limited space in…

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The Pitfalls of SEO

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Getting to the top of the Google rankings can be extremely difficult, especially in a competitive market. But, it is possible if you optimize your website in the right way. SEO or Search Engine Optimization is so ubiquitous at this point that it’s very meaning has become lost in the shuffle. This leads to much confusion about how a business should optimize its website. This causes two problems for business owners: You either have to hire an SEO firm. Finding a good one can take a lot of expensive trial and error. You need to learn how to do SEO by yourself. This can take years, and the rules of the game constantly change. If you’re not a marketer or computer genius, mastering it alone is near impossible. You can make your digital marketing life much easier by knowing what to look for when hiring an SEO firm. If you’ve handed your site over to a pro, but aren’t getting results, see if they’re making any of these mistakes: 5 Common SEO Mistakes for Business Websites Entering duplicate material on your site’s pages or blogs – identifying duplicate content is essential because most of the search engines do not accept duplicate material. This will crush your ranking. There are tons of solid tools and software available to check for duplicate content. Using bad backlinks – links to unrelated pages or directories; or to spam websites- spam links coming into your site is a sure-fire way to kill your rankings. Over-Optimization of required keywords – Although putting your target keywords as much as possible can be a good idea, blatantly over-optimizing will hurt your SEO strategy. Make sure your text sounds natural, and you aren’t stuffing in keywords to please Google. If a human would have trouble reading your text, Google will penalize…

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AdWord Extensions You Should Be Using

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AdWord extensions can be a fantastic way to increase your clicks and lower your spend on your SEM and Pay-Per-Click advertising. Here we list the 7 Adword extensions that you should use: 1) Sitelink Extensions Sitelinks enable advertisers to incorporate up to four website links with their advertising. Not only does this stand out from the other ads and take up more Pay per click real estate, yet it gives a chance to locate the page that is most useful for them to a searcher. Sometimes these sitelink extensions will give an instant summary of the subpage that will be particularly useful for adding more call-to- descriptions and activities of your products / services.   2) Call Extensions When a searcher comes across your advertising (particularly on a mobile phone), you want to give them the choice to telephone you. Your telephone number is incorporated by call extensions into your ads so searchers don’t needs to go to your website to locate your telephone number. They call” just click “ and you have a conversion! 3) Organized Snippets In case your business offers various types of products or services, snippets that are organized are an ideal means to lay out these. It’s possible for you to talk about different styles of products, neighborhoods you serve, kinds of services, etc. in organized snippets.   4) Callout Adword Extensions You cannot articulate everything you want to say into two lines of Ad Copy? Use callout extensions to include up to four messages in your ads. Callout extensions are excellent so the same information appears on each advertisement, irrespective of what your advertising copy says to use campaign wide. Use a callout if you want to let everybody know that the pipes company has forty years of expertise! Use a callout if you want to declare your…

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