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Shawn Stalter

About Shawn Stalter

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

Four Key Elements to Help Deliver a Valuable Online User Experience

online UX

Discovering and implementing tactics to secure a competitive edge in today’s ever-shifting online marketplace presents a challenge for many startups. How can your SMB hope to compete with industry giants backed by large advertising budgets or well-established local businesses with a large consumer following?

Often, capturing and holding user attention boils down to presenting a positive and engaging online experience for visitors. Below, we’ll explore key elements of site content optimization, keyword usage, page tagging and more which can help focus your limited resources to yield game-changing results.

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How to Use Evergreen Content Strategies to Boost SEO Traffic Year-Round

Evergreen content SEO

Many modern SMBs endlessly pursue content focused on the latest trends, top-ranking news stories and other trending topics in an attempt to attract users and boost site traffic. Unfortunately, this endless cycle of chasing what is “new” not only requires a significant investment in time and energy, it yields content which remains relevant and attractive to users for only a short time.

Instead of chasing trends, many startups opt for the long-term benefits of evergreen content. Evergreen content remains vibrant, topical and attractive to users year-round and should be part of an SMB’s balanced marketing strategy.

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Google’s Targeting of Fake User Reviews Leads to Unintended Consequences for SMBs

Fake user reviews

Showcasing positive user reviews of products and services is a critical element of success in today’s online marketplace. Unfortunately, many SMBs attempted to game the system by purchasing or crafting fake positive user reviews from overseas “review farms” to mislead consumers.

To combat this practice, Google’s introduced an update to target and remove this misleading information. Despite good intentions, the update appears to have unintentionally removed a broad cross-section of legitimate feedback from GMB. Although Google is exploring solutions to reinstate the data, it is likely that it may be permanently lost.

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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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