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Shawn Stalter

About Shawn Stalter

Shawn Stalter is a Dallas-based content writer and retired military intelligence officer.

Google’s Recent Diversity Update May Present Unique Growth Opportunities for SMBs

Google Diversity Update

Google’s Diversity update, launched last month, intentionally limits the total number of listings in search engine results pages (SERPs) to two per domain. This means that only two pages from the same site may appear in a SERP when a user searches for a particular keyword string.

Based on a recent study conducted by Searchmetrics, it appears that the change is working as Google intended. Although this move is not a fundamental shift in the way Google ranks pages, it is an important development for SMBs looking to gain a foothold in sectors previously dominated by retail and marketing giants.

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Does LinkedIn’s Recent Rebranding Indicate a Paradigm Shift in Website Design?

LinkedIn Rebranding

Networking giant LinkedIn recently launched a full-scale rebranding campaign to incorporate more warmth, humanity and inclusion on its website. The facelift was needed, according to LinkedIn, to address user perceptions that the site only addresses the needs of white-collar job seekers and members in upper management.

This move comes amid a push by other social media sites to promote greater inclusivity and more authentic user experiences. Startups and small to medium-sized business owners should pay close attention to this shifting site design landscape to capture the attention of new clients.

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Firefox Accuses Google Chrome of Erecting Barriers to Privacy Settings

Firefox privacy

In a recent fiery announcement, Mozilla Firefox went on the offensive to point fingers at several search engine giants claiming that they intentionally bury enhanced privacy settings. Firefox contends that most users lack the knowledge to understand or reach advanced security features in browsers.

To combat this practice, Firefox stated that new users who download their browser would have enhanced tracking protection turned on by default. The company believes this will not only enhance user privacy, but will help combat what they see as pervasive tracking and personal data collection by third parties.

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Bots Are Dominating Online Communication

bots

With social media marketing and online marketing in general, you're trying to create communication between the company and the potential customer. Yes, creating direct sales is very useful, but your conversion rates skyrocket if you're able to engage with people who are on the fence. These are people who are interested in your product, but they have questions. They want to read the small print. They're wary consumers who do their research, rather than shopping impulsively, and so the key to getting that conversion lies in interacting with them once they make contact. How can you quickly give them the info they need and sway them to make a purchase?

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Google Provides Advanced Notice of Major June 2019 Core Update

Google core update

In an uncharacteristic move for the search engine giant, Google recently took to social media to give users a heads up on the launch of a major search algorithm update. The update, termed the June 2019 Core Update, is the second such major system overhaul of the year and appears poised to shake up the SEO landscape.

Unfortunately, details are sparse on precisely what changes the June 2019 Core Update has in store. However, site owners, developers and advertisers should keep a close eye on search metrics over the coming weeks to get a good feel for the type and scope of changes, and adjust tactics, if necessary.

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