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How to Enhance Business-Focused Decision-Making Through Effective Metric Tracking

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Measuring an eCommerce website’s performance in today’s information-rich online marketplace is a daunting task for small to mid-sized business (SMB) owners. With so much raw data at their fingertips, many fail to extract the proverbial golden nuggets that facilitate wise decision-making.

Resist the urge to become buried in a mountain of figures and, instead, focus time and energy on some of the key performance indicators below. Using these strategies can not only help make better use of resources, but can also free up time to focus on the core qualities which make your business a success.

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How to Turbo-Charge Your Site’s Content to Maximize Search Engine Rankings

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Modern search engines utilize complex algorithms to help determine where a site ranks on search engine results pages. These sophisticated algorithms consider hundreds of unique factors when determining where your pages fall in the final rack and stack. While it may not be realistic to tackle each of these factors, devoting time and attention to three key elements can help yield significant results.

Below, we’ll explore these three tactics and discuss how to incorporate them to boost search engine rankings and outperform the competition. These tactics are especially useful for startups on a shoestring budget.

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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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Google Shareholders Fail to Stop Dragonfly

Google Dragonfly

Google's Dragonfly project has been incredibly controversial since the public first learned that it existed. The project, shrouded in secrecy, is a search engine aimed at the Chinese market. The catch is that it will be a censored search engine, in compliance with China's strict laws on censorship and information sharing. For many, this appears to fly in the face of everything that the Internet stands for, and the shareholders recently attempted to halt the project. Recent news reports indicate that the measure failed when it was put to a vote, though the specific outcome -- how the vote fell -- is unknown at this time.

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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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