Top Tools For Measuring SEO Performance

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If you’re just starting out with a new SEO project (either internally or with your web vendor), you’ll want to measure its success. Luckily, SEO is one of the many tactics that can be tracked closely so you can make informed decisions about next steps and strategy going forward.

With so many tools and platforms available to measure results, though, the big question is: Where can you get the best insights?

Google Search Console

Your first stop should be Google’s own Search Console. Often overlooked, the Search Console gives you deep insight into how the search engine is viewing the health of your website. For example, you’ll find messages for manual penalties such as spam, malware and more. These are items you’ll definitely want to be aware of and get corrected if you should find them in your account.

Beyond those messages, you’ll find important information about keywords that are driving traffic to your website, crawl errors that Google has experienced while working through your site and insight into any other errors that might be hurting your search engine performance. Additionally, you can test your robots.txt and sitemap.xml files, making it easy to correct any errors.

The best part about Search Console (besides being free!) is the data is retroactive. You can set it up today and see historical data for your site even if this hasn’t been on your list in the past.

Search Console should be on your daily (or at least weekly) list of stops for website analytics.

Google Analytics

Speaking of Google Analytics, the tried-and-true analytics platform is a great way to measure how your SEO efforts are paying off.

Some quick ideas for using Google Analytics to measure your SEO performance include:

  1. Watching organic traffic trends. You can find this data under Acquisition -> All Traffic -> Channels. Don’t be afraid to dig a bit deeper to find meaningful trends.
  2. Using specific goals to track conversions from your organic search audience.
  3. Drilling down to see how specific audiences who originated from organic search are performing. For example, how are mobile users finding and interacting with your content? Could that inform the focus of your SEO efforts?
  4. Building a dashboard that includes data telling your organic search story. This might include organic keywords, top landing pages for organic traffic and the source of your organic traffic, for example.

SEO Platforms and Rank Checkers

There are many great platforms available for tracking your overall SEO health. Some are all-in-one solutions while others specialize in one task. Here are some of my favorites:

  1. AuthorityLabs – A simple, effective rank tracker that measures trends in your site’s rankings. Additionally, they can help track your results on a local basisThey have great export functionality for reporting, too.
  2. SEMrush – More of a keyword analysis tool, but also helps with competitive information and overall performance of your own organic/paid efforts. This may be a tool that helps kick off your projects, too.
  3. Moz – One of the all-in-one platforms that offers functionality such as keyword research, SEO project tracking and dashboards for much of your website data.

Putting It All Together

It might seem overwhelming to see all of the options available. However, setting up the right tools for your situation is key. You may be able to get all you need out of Google Analytics, or you might really enjoy Moz as an all-in-one solution.

You can also work with your web partner to help set all of this tracking up or turn over responsibility to them completely. A thorough partner will insist on showing you these reports and using the data to make decisions about next steps for your site’s SEO strategy.

 

 

How to Minimize SEO Impact During a Site Redesign or Domain Change

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Redesigning your website is an exciting process. It usually means you’re making active efforts to improve your site’s user experience and how your organization is represented on the web. You could say something similar about establishing a domain name change—that you’re on the path to a powerful new rebrand for your organization that better represents who you are and what you provide.

But there are scary elements to both of those processes—side effects that might make you squeamish about going through one of them—such as drops in your organic search rankings, broken links, a loss of domain authority or confused users.

Fear not. There are steps you can take to reduce the blowback from these big changes and help mitigate any SEO damage they may cause.

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Navigating Noisy Search Results

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The other day, I noticed this retweet from one of SEO’s top voices, Dr. Pete Meyers (@dr_pete):

The point? Google has gotten noisier and, as a result, changed the strategy for many brands focused on better search visibility.

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Five Things to Keep in Mind During an SEO Project

SEO - Search Engine OptimizationSearch engine optimization (SEO) is tricky. Keeping on top of the latest algorithm changes and shifting search trends can be a full-time job in and of itself. And it’s one that never seems to end.

That’s why many of our clients seek our SEO services. They often have so many things on their plates that they’re not able to set aside the time needed to make large changes to their organization’s SEO strategy.

If you’re not yet ready or able to seek help, here are five things to keep in mind as you execute your SEO strategy.
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How Small SEO Tactics Can Lead to Big Results

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If you’re like most healthcare marketers, you go to great lengths to make sure your service lines rank high in Google search.

But Google is a funny thing. It’s always changing and throwing new surprises your way that make you rethink your SEO strategies and tactics in a fresh and interesting light. What worked last month might hurt your rankings today. And a new update coming up might reset everything all over again.

So what do you do when you see your site rankings start to slip? Do you invest in a big content overhaul? Or fight back with smaller tweaks?

There’s a case for both options. And depending on the state of your current site content, sometimes, small changes can lead to big results.
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Three Easy Tips For Getting On Google’s Good Side

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Whether you’re shopping for a new pair of shoes, streaming music or seeking healthcare services in your community, you’re often starting with a search engine. And so are your patients, visitors, donors and other target audiences. We’re all doing it – at a rate of about 40,000 searches per second.

So how do you stand out from the pack? It’s not as difficult as you probably think.
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Mobilegeddon Q&A

question mark imageIt’s been a few days since I first wrote about Google’s upcoming mobile algorithm change. Since then, we’ve had a slew of questions, and we’ve even learned a few more things about the algorithm itself. Before I share this, let’s first recap my previous guidance for understanding the scope of your mobile traffic, and surfacing any problems you might have on your websites.

The Five Things You Need to Do To Prepare for April 21

  1. Check your mobile traffic in Google Analytics
  2. Using your smartphone, look for the “mobile-friendly” tag in search results
  3. Check your pages with Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test
  4. Review the Mobile Usability Report in Google Webmaster Tools
  5. Check the Mobile User Experience score on Google PageSpeed Insights

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A #Mobilegeddon Prepper’s Guide to Surviving the Coming Mobile Searchpocalypse

mobilegeddon-searchpocalypseIf you pay attention to SEO or read the standard trade publications for webmasters, you’ve no doubt heard that the world is ending on April 21. OK, well maybe it’s not actually ending… But if you’ve been listening to some of the coverage concerning Google’s next algorithm update, you wouldn’t be remiss for thinking it was.

Rather than amplifying the message that the end is nigh, I’d like to cut through the noise, describe the pending change and share some of the concrete steps I’m taking to figure out what sites are well poised for the change, and which ones need to be worked on.

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From Schema.org Markup to Duplicate Content: Followup Questions From Our Recent SEO Webinar

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Our latest SEO webinar for healthcare marketers provided some insights into what your SEO strategy should look like for 2015 and beyond. We had many great questions during the presentation and just didn’t have the time to get to all of them. Because of that, I wanted to follow up and answer them here.
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Do Your Twitter Tactics Need Tweaking as Google Gulps from the Firehose?

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Recently, Twitter made news by announcing that Google will be given direct access to the Twitter firehose data stream. The new agreement will create a real-time connection between Google and Twitter with the potential to connect search results with tweets from Twitter’s 284 million users.

Why is this a big deal? The firehose helps Twitter, and YOU, get tweets in front of users you wouldn’t ordinarily reach. Twitter is attempting to increase its interaction with non-registered users – which has the benefit of helping your tweets get additional exposure!
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Questions from the Top Three Digital Marketing Trends to Watch Webinar

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At the end of January, I had a chance to share the top three trends to focus on in health care digital marketing for 2015. If you missed it, please feel free to download the session or watch the video. I answered some great questions, but there were certainly more I couldn’t get to within the hour. So let’s answer them now!
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Strong SEO Fundamentals Pay Off for Olmsted Medical Center

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We’re always telling our clients how valuable content is to their overall search engine optimization strategy. Of course, content comes in many shapes and sizes, but in this case, we’re talking about your good ‘ol service line content — the content that does a lot of the heavy lifting for your website.

That’s why when Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) came to Geonetric for help boosting the search visibility for their women’s health services, we immediately dove in and started working on better content.

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Geonetric’s Top Five Webinars, Blog Posts, and Tweets of 2014

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Every year we compile our top five most popular webinars, blog posts and tweets to see what resonated with healthcare marketers. This year’s hottest topics included search engine optimization, filling physician schedules, social media marketing and results from our eHealth Survey. Judging by these trends it’s pretty safe to say that content marketing will continue to be an area of focus for healthcare marketers in 2015. Geonetric will be here to help out with everything healthcare web strategy throughout 2015. Stay up to date by coming back to our blog, following us on Twitter or subscribing to our monthly newsletter.
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Your Top Online Physician Promotion Questions Answered

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We clearly hit a hot topic with last week’s webinar, Online Physician Promotion: Increasing Conversions to Fill Schedules, and attendees submitted far more questions than we were able to cover during the session. To make sure we answer all the questions that were submitted, we plan to tackle them over the course of a few blog posts.

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Our webinar focused almost exclusively on inbound marketing strategies – organic SEO, social media, and how to focus the experience that consumers get after arriving at your website.  We did, however, get some questions about the role of paid advertising in building provider visibility. Continue reading