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12 SEO Trends Heating Up 2018 - Forbes.com

Posted by Tim Nichols on Apr 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

ExactDrive is excited to be included in a recently article posted on Forbes.com.

If your business isn't taking advantage of using SEO strategies on its website, blogs and social media pages, you're missing the boat in terms of ranking your business in internet searches. SEO is one of the most effective ways to ensure your customers find your business and buy your products.

As simple as SEO can be to utilize, it is a constantly evolving technique that needs a good understanding and a knowledge base of what is new or on the horizon for ranking schemes. This year is no different, as several SEO trends are coming to light that can help your organization achieve a top result in a Google search, giving your business an edge over your competition. 

Twelve members of the Forbes Agency Council share the SEO trend or change that is impacting their work this year.

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Topics: SEO, SEO Recommendations, Forbes, Forbes Agency Council

Is SEO Still Relevant?

Posted by Adam Parikh on Dec 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Times have changed. As a result, many business owners and marketers are wondering whether search engine optimization (SEO) is still relevant. In what seems like a fit of desperation, some people even wonder if SEO is dead.

Actually, SEO is still hugely relevant in business today – it’s just changed. For starters, the increase in social media activity and social media marketing has lessened the need for SEO skills for those with big advertising budgets. But what about those who can’t afford to pay for advertising? Like start-ups or small businesses?

People need SEO more than ever.

The statistics indicate that consumers are searching online more than ever. Google alone processes over 40,000 search queries every second. That adds up to 3.5 billion searches every day and 1.2 trillion searches each year.

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Topics: SEO, SEO Recommendations, Search Engine Optimization, Google SEO

Types of Online Advertising

Posted by Scott Bagguley on Jun 16, 2016 12:20:51 PM

Online advertising is perhaps one of the most important forms of marketing available today. If you aren't making yourself heard online, then the chances are you're missing out on the majority of the traffic, and profits you could otherwise be benefiting from.

The term "online advertising" is incredibly broad, and refers to everything from banner ads, to YouTube video ads, dynamic retargeting, and keyword search. Following, we're going to address some of the most popular forms of online advertising around in 2016, and how you can use them to drive traffic towards your website.

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Topics: display advertising, retargeting, remarketing, Video Advertising, SEO, Social Media Advertising, Display Retargeting, Keyword Search Advertising

Upgrade Your Online Marketing For 2016

Posted by Tim Nichols on May 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Online_Marketing.jpgThe world of online marketing is constantly evolving, with new concepts and techniques emerging on an almost constant basis. It's safe to say that the current approach to digital advertising is far more refined, and sophisticated than the horrific banner ads and flashing graphics that dominated the early days of ecommerce. In fact, a report published by eMarketer indicates that 2017 will mark the first year in which digital ads surpass television ads in marketing expenditure.

For professionals that want to take advantage of the potential $77.4 billion industry next year, online marketing, and digital advertising is all about optimizing your performance with the latest strategies and techniques. Following, we'll address just some of the most effective changes to make this year, when creating a killer online campaign.

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Topics: Online Marketing, SEO, Branded Content, Data

Improve Click Through Rates

Posted by Adam Parikh on Sep 28, 2015 11:44:00 AM

Most companies put a great deal of time and effort into their advertising campaigns. After all, you could have the best idea for a service or product in the world - but you're not going to start making a profit until you start getting the right level of exposure. Perhaps the best way to advertise today, is online - as more people are browsing the web through their smartphones, laptops, tablets, and desktops than ever before. According to an infographic published in 2013, there are more than 2 billion people (or potential customers) on the internet, just waiting to see your ad.

However, a problem occurs when you place your banner ad online, and start to notice that people aren't clicking on it as often as they should be. CTR - or click through rate, is one of the most important metrics that can be measured during an online advertising campaign. The reason for this is that click-through rate calculates exactly how much your ad is resonating with the people who see it. So what can you do if your click through rate is lower than you would like?

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Topics: Banner Ads, SEO, SEM, A/B Testing, Click Through Rates, CTR

3 Little Changes That Will Make a Big Difference in Your Online Advertising

Posted by Tim Nichols on Mar 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Online advertising has come a long way from the tacky, blinking banner ads of the 1990s. Today, sophisticated, highly targeted online ads are delivered through a plethora of digital channels, from search engines to mobile apps - and a growing number of marketers are reaping the benefits.

With the right strategy, savvy tools, and smart resource allocation, even the smallest of businesses can take on the giants of the online advertising world.

Here are a few small changes you can make to improve your online advertising and make your digital dollar stretch a little further:

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Topics: Online Advertising, SEO, SEO Recommendations, Social Media Advertising, Social Media, Content Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Clickz

Lessons in SEO: Choosing your keywords

Posted by Adam Parikh on Dec 2, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Maybe you already know your website’s top keywords –the ones that are going to get you to number #1 on Google when your customers search online. Or maybe you’re researching keywords right now. Either way, keywords are the backbone of any SEO campaign. There are obviously many other factors at play, but keywords are part of the foundation of how search engines understand your website.

What are keywords?

Keywords are the words and phrasesthat Internet users’ type into a search engine to find products and/or services.Well-chosen keywords and phrases will ensure that your website and pay-per-click ads are found by the right people, looking for a business just like yours.

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Topics: Keyword Density, SEO, SEO Recommendations, Search Engine Optimization

Marketing Your Business With #Hashtags

Posted by Myles Younger on Sep 17, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Hashtags are everywhere these days. From billboards, to t-shirts;TV shows to Twitter, the humble hashtagis one of the most recognizable symbols in today’s digital world.

What are hashtags?

Hashtags are labels for content. Users label content by placing # in front of whatever keywords they’re using, to enable others to easily find and interact with content.Hashtags are clickable and direct users to a page that displays all of the messages and images that use the same hashtagIf used effectively, hashtagscan help you expand your content reach, amplify your brand and improve your SEO.

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Topics: SEO, Marketing Strategy, Hashtags, Brand Hashtags, Trending Hashtags

The Importance Of Blogging In The Digital World

Posted by Tim Nichols on Sep 11, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Blogging has come a long way since it first appeared in the late 1990’s. It was originally used as a platform to share a person’s thoughts, feelings and opinions. In today’s digital world however, blogging is regarded as a powerful, long-term marketing asset that can generate traffic and leads to your business.

If your company does not have a blog that is updated on a regular basis, you are missing out on an opportunity to increase your company’s visibility, client base and bottom line.

Why is blogging important?

1.) Blogging drives traffic to your website:

Blogging is an ideal way to increase the amount of traffic your website receives. If you provide information that is engaging and relevant to your audience, it will encourage repeat visits to your website.  

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Topics: SEO, SEO Recommendations, Social Media, Blog

Content Marketing: The What, Why And How

Posted by Tim Nichols on Jul 17, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Contrary to popular opinion, the idea of ‘content marketing’ and its importance isn’t a new one. Bill Gates first drew attention to the concept in his appropriately-titled 1996 essay ‘Content Is King’. In the essay, he talks about his predictions for the Internet after its recent birth and his message is simple: understand that companies who find ways to inform and entertain will thrive on the Internet and reign supreme. Content marketing is on the rise.

Gates’ 18-year-old prediction was accurate - it’s still an extremely important issue today. Content marketing should be adopted as a philosophy, not taken to and tested like a trend. There are plenty of misconceptions and assumptions about content marketing, so what’s it all about?

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Topics: Internet Advertising, Infographic, SEO, SEO Recommendations, Content Marketing

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