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Google's Speed Update Is Here, But Fast Pages Already Rank Higher

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Announced earlier this year, Google's "Speed Update" is officially beginning its rollout. This means that loading times on mobile will now affect search rankings, especially for the slowest sites.

Many webmasters are likely already trying to increase their site's speed on mobile if for no other reason than to improve user experience. If you're in this position, you may be ahead of the game - a new report from Searchmetrics indicates that load speed has already been affecting Google rankings. However, your pages may need to load even faster than previously thought to see any SEO benefit after this update.

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9 Essential Tips for Effectively Writing a Landing Page

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Landing pages are an integral part of just about any digital marketing campaign. Whether they're designed for PPC, email marketing, social media or any other channel you're trying to leverage, landing pages can be an incredibly powerful tool for moving potential leads further down your sales funnel, encouraging conversions and getting users to take specific actions.

But the effectiveness of a landing page is only as good as its copy and design. If your copy isn't given the proper thought and planning, your visitors will simply end up bouncing or, worse yet, leaving with a bad impression of your company entirely. Here are the most important things to consider:

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5 Important Things to Know About Google's Mobile-First Index

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Mobile usability has been a Google ranking factor for years, but the algorithm was primarily focused on desktop versions of sites when indexing. Now, however, the mobile-first index is officially rolling out following a promise by Google in 2016.

Put simply, this means that Google's algorithm will now view the mobile version of your site before anything else when making indexing and ranking choices. For sites that (wisely) use responsive design instead of a separate mobile version, Google will view your site through the lens of a mobile device, at least initially. Here's what you need to know:

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One Simple Way to Start Boosting Your Email Engagement Right Now

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Email marketing, while sometimes considered outdated, has actually been exploding in popularity over the past few years. It remains one of the most effective ways for brands to communicate with customers and promote their content, while also driving traffic, leads and sales.

But while email can be very effective, any business that's tried an email campaign knows that engagement is often very low. According to Mailchimp, open rates for marketing emails are rarely above 25 percent, and click rates are usually less than 3 percent in any industry. Luckily, a new survey suggests that engagement can be increased with a simple adjustment in strategy.

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How to Improve Content Readability: Grammar, Design and Testing

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Content readability should always be in the back of your mind whenever you're creating a blog post, website copy, product description, email newsletter or any other type of content that's meant to attract or appeal to a wide audience. Writers, editors and publishers should constantly be asking themselves if their content is clearly presented and easily understood. Otherwise, all of your efforts to market your business using that content are doomed to fail.

Luckily, readability is easily analyzed and improved by taking a look at your grammar and design choices.

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