Quite a few registrants who couldn’t make it to p2w2’s webinar on SEO for Business Owners on June 16th (and some others who did!) requested for the recorded video of the webinar. For the benefit of all readers of our
A couple of weeks back, I attended a webinar on improving Quality Score of Google AdWords, hosted by WordStream, a search engine marketing software company. Quality Score is a numerical measure of how well your Google ads are performing, and is thereby used to determine your ad position as well as your cost per click. Quality Score could be broadly thought as a sum component of all these factors:
Click Through Rate (Number of Clicks/Number of Impressions)
on ways to achieve a better Quality Score. Some of the things you can do:
1. Showing ads only to targeted audience will bring down the number of times your ad is shown (impressions), and therefore improve your CTR. Some of the things you could do is filter out showing your ads by geography, day/night time (based on previous performance), making use of phrase/broad/exact search filters and implementing negative keywords for your campaign.
Website speed might not just be important for user experience, it is now apparently also a crucial factor in search rankings, as revealed in the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog. Site speed in this context refers to the response time of the website. According to the post, Google Research studies have shown that
visitors generally tend to spend lesser time on a page that responds slowly, and this is possibly the motivation behind Google making site speed an integral factor for search rankings.
The authors go on to list a few useful tools that will help in evaluating site speed.
Page Speed: An open source add-on for Firefox/Firebug that evaluates the performance of web pages and gives suggestions for improvement.
YSlow: A free tool from Yahoo! that suggests ways to improve website speed. Personally I really like the innovative name! 🙂
WebPagetest: It shows a waterfall view of your pages’ load performance along with an optimization checklist.
Google’s very own Webmaster Tools: You can go to Labs > Site Performance to see the speed of your website as experienced by users around the world.
This revelation has come under a lot of criticism as seen in the post’s comments. A lot of the commentators do not seem agree with the fact that site speed should be a factor in determining site rankings, as site speed can vary based on a lot of variables – including Flash applications, content with high resolution images, blogs that have many widgets, etc.
The post has however clarified that relevance to search