Local SEO: How to Beat the Competition in 2016

by on June 25, 2016

As SEO gets more competitive, ranking well in local search results has also become increasingly difficult. With numerous changes being made to local SEO search results, such as the switch to three listings in the local pack, it is now more important than ever to have a solid SEO plan for your business. Our experts at Noblesville SEO have complied a short list of strategies your company can use to ensure SEO success well into the future.

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First, in order guarantee high rankings, you need to understand what the ranking factors are. Ranking factors are basically what Google looks at when deciding where your page should rank in the search results. These ranking factors are divided up into five different categories. These categories are:

  1. Overall ranking factors
  2. Local pack ranking factors
  3. Localized organic ranking factors
  4. Negative ranking factors
  5. Competitive ranking factors

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These categories all play a vital role in your SEO plan, and it is important to carefully consider each one when outlining your SEO strategies. We’ll take a quick look at some of the top factors in each category to help you secure a top ranking in your local search results.

  1. Overall Ranking Factors:

On-page signals is the most influential factor in this category. Basically, you want each page of your website to clearly communicate what products or services you are offering and in what location. If your site does not do this well, then the rest of your digital marketing efforts will be for nothing. You need to perfect the most basic concepts of good SEO before you can move on to more complex tactics.

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  1. Local Pack Ranking Factors:

Local pack ranking factors determine if your business is listed in the local pack map. Since these results appear at the top of the page right under the paid ads, these factors are some of the most important in this list. Here are a few things to consider in order to ensure your company is listed in the local pack map:

  • Address in the city of search
  • Consistency in Citation
  • Correct Google Category
  1. Localized Organic Ranking Factors:

These factors include some of the more common aspects of SEO because you are dealing with organic rankings. For example, these factors include the domain authority of your website and the click-through rate from search results.

  1. Negative Ranking Factors:

Negative ranking factors can severely hurt your business’ local SEO if you are not careful to avoid them. Some common negative ranking factors are the presence of malware on your site or the incorrect business category.

  1. Competitive Ranking Factors:

The most important aspect of these factors is links. Having solid links connected to your site will help you get ahead of your competitors.

I hope the information provided above helps you as you plan your local SEO. And, as always, you can contact the experts at Noblesville SEO should you need any further assistance.

How Will the New Google SERP Affect Your Chiropractic SEO?

by on March 18, 2016

SERPs, or Search Engine Results Pages are what come up whenever you use a search engine and type specific keywords in the search box. SERPs are made up of two things: organic results and paid results. Organic results are pages that appear because of a website’s specific algorithm. SEO companies, such as the one you use for your chiropractic SEO, specialize in optimizing web content to promote specific things to appear more often in the organic results. Paid results, in contrast to organic results, have been paid for by companies in order to be advertised. These are the ones that typically appear at the top of the SERP list, and have the ‘ad’ symbol next to it. And additionally, up until recently, were also displayed on side bars to the right of the SERP results.

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The new Google SERP has completely eliminated sidebar ads, and have increased the number of paid results (up to four) that will be listed at the beginning of every SERP list. You may be wondering how this will affect your chiropractic SEO, now that the organic results are going to have less room in the initial part of the screen that is viewed. Well, all that you will need to focus on is your marketing strategy. As long as this is on point, your chiropractic SEO should remain perfectly in tact.

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First things first, you must realize that the new layout actually appears a lot more natural looking without the side bar ads. Now that the only way to advertise is through the coveted paid results, this will likely drive up prices. More and more companies will be forced to pull out due to the price point, and shift gears to focus on their organic results. This will only make organic results more competitive, and increase the importance even more on your focus in this arena.

In order to compete in this new crazy Google SERP world, your chiropractic SEO should focus on several things. Use data to identify what content is desirable, and provide more of it. People want to get the information they need when searching, not a bunch of excess material. In addition to this, make sure your contact is marked up with meta data and schema in order to draw in the most attention possible. Make your content as visually appealing as possible. Lastly, measure your results and make adjustments as necessary. Your chiropractic SEO can still be just as, if not more powerful than ever before with the new Google SERP by following this advice.

Tips for Choosing a VoIP Service

by on March 13, 2016

VoIP has become a huge player in the world of phone calling. Its popularity is benefited from quality of service, extraordinary features and that too in the cheaper rates as compared to PSTN services. However, you need to find the appropriate vendor if you are willing to get the VoIP service.

Here are some tips that you may find useful in your search for suitable VoIP service.

    1. The very first thing you will need to ensure is that your connection is capable to handle VoIP. The complaints about bad quality of voice in the VoIP calling are common but it is the internet connection that is found to be the real culprit most of the time. Make sure that you have a reliable and high speed internet connection.
    2. Your phone bill should explain you well about the cost you want to cut. VoIP offers different packages such as call forwarding, call waiting, conference calling, three-way calling etc. in very cheap prices. There is a mighty chance that your PSTN service provider would not be able to provide all these options with one line. And even if it does, there is going to be a hell lot of money that would need to pay to PSTN Company. However, if you do not need all these services and you only want to keep the normal phone calling option, it would be unwise to switch to VoIP.

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    1. Although most of the VoIP service providers would offer you all the services you are looking for, it would be ideal to check details of several providers and their offers. That will help you to find the package you look for in suitable price.
    2. View the contract conditions, warrantee and guarantee terms carefully. If the company isn’t offering a money back guarantee for a reasonable time period, don’t consider that service. Keep in mind that good service providers give solid guarantees. Moreover, make sure that contract isn’t binding you for a long time. It’ll be a frustration if the service is not what you have desired for but you are bound to pay every month due to tricky terms and conditions. Be aware of attractive packages which use the word ‘FREE’. These packages are often found to cause more harm than good.

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  1. Most internet consumers use internet through DSL which involves internet service over the phone line. If you have decided to switch to VoIP, you will not be able to call for termination of your phone line. A ‘metered service’ by Phone Company would help you to keep an eye on your phone usage. Surely you wouldn’t want to pay for phone calls through PSTN network if you have decided to switch to VoIP.

By considering the above mentioned tips, you can find Best VoIP Providers in the price you are willing to pay. Order for connection and enjoy digital calling experience.

iPhone Encryption Fight And Free Speech

by on February 26, 2016

Apple seems to challenge the court’s order regarding change in an iPhone’s encryption. The order was issues on Dec 16 by court which instructed Apple to cooperate with FBI in decrypting the security settings of an iPhone that was used by one of the terrorists involved in San Bernardino shootings. The order by court instructs Apple to develop a custom iOS that will be used by investigators to break the encryption. According to Apple, creating custom iOS for security setting’s decryption is a good move that may provide a breakthrough in shootings investigations but this move is certainly going to create a loophole that will put security of iPhones at stake.

The complication of this case is due to a clash between national security and mobile’s data security. According to mobile companies and Apple, it would be essential to keep the encryption out of everyone’s reach so that personal data and settings of every mobile could stay protected. On the other hand, law enforcers urge that this encryption is the major obstacle in their way to investigate the terrorists’ activities at an advanced level.

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It’s worth mentioning here that San Bernardino shooting incident is a big mishap which activates All Writs Act for government. This act authorizes government to take stern actions without taking orders from courts or law enforcement agencies.

Apple’s attorney, Theodore Boutrous, states that All Writ Act would completely nullify Apple’s right to challenge the amendment order. Application of this act in Apple’s case would certainly be the clear violation of freedom of speech.

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When PEW research center asked US citizens regarding Apple’s stance, 51% people gave a nod to the law enforcers’ stand while 38% people suggested that Apple shouldn’t compromise on its mobile security.

The hearing on this matter is going to be held on March 22. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has informed that Cupertino is going to represent Apple’s case in the court.

Furthermore, Cook has demanded congress to make a commission in which national security, personal freedom and mobile security would be discussed.

Invention of Incombustible Lithium-Ion Battery

by on January 20, 2016

After the incidents associated with the bursting of batteries in electronic devices, Stanford University researchers have now developed nonflammable lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

According to the research team, these batteries are designed to automatically shut down upon reaching the limit where battery temperature can cause battery burst.

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This invention is the good news for people who are fond of using electronic devices that rely on rechargeable batteries. These incombustible batteries will not only ensure device’s safety but it would also be safer from injury’s point of view.

Zhenan Bao, researcher from the Stanford’s team, has explained that function of this battery is supported by sensors which immediately turn the battery off before it can swelter. It is the nanotechnology which inhibits the flow of electrons when battery’s temperature reaches the critical limit.

This research has been regarded as a breakthrough because safety issues have been placing hurdles in the production of lithium ion batteries. The inflammable batteries used to get exploded to, sometimes, burn the device completely. Nevertheless, the only reason for the lithium ion batteries to be popular among consumers is their ability to retain huge amount of energy.

According to Stanford University, lithium ion battery’s main contents are electrodes and electrolytes. When electrons start to travel across the battery’s items, they penetrate into the items, resulting in the rise of battery’s temperature. Upon reaching the temperature of 300 degree Fahrenheit, the battery catches fire.

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To prevent the battery from catching fire, there are amendments made in the lithium ion batteries. It mainly includes the flame-retardants which are added in battery’s electrolyte.

The researchers from MIT are said to have used a manufacturing technique that would cut the cost of lithium ion batteries by half. They also have claimed to simplify the recycling process of battery. Similarly, Stanford University’s researchers have succeeded in developing a battery that starts giving warning when it starts heating up.

According to the co-author of study, the lithium ion battery becomes dead after it overheats. It is obviously one of the main reasons which prompt the researchers to find a solution in order to enhance the batter’s safety.

Top SEO Predictions for 2016

by on January 12, 2016

Now that the year has begun, it’s time to look at predictions for the year coming about. You’ll see what will happen in 2016 based off what happens in 2015, and what it means for you in the world of SEO web marketing.

The first is we will see a change that allows nonprofit universities to offer a degree in internet marketing, including SEO classes. Several universities have offered this, and the only little technicality is what is considered major. They have announced courses in 2015, so we can see the trend occurring in 2016 as well.

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Then there will be Google continuing the trend of giving off instant answers to search results. However, the number of new interactive tools was a bit limited in 2015. They tried out new interfaces, but they are still working out the kinks in it.

Then there is the prediction that Google will have organic results with less than 70% CTR. For many years, it had been about 80-95% for organic ads, but now that google is becoming aggressive with the non-organic results, it might start to change it and inevitably silence the subject through its system. It’s not gloomy however, because it’s still growing and will continue to grow despite it all.

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Then there is the factor that the growth rates in mobile start to taper. It doesn’t mean that we’ve reached the peak, but the numbers will start to fall. Most of the time however, the use of a desktop will not change, especially since many still use them.
Then there is my prediction that twitter will start to grow again. It’s been hard for twitter recently, but I think this year will allow the company to grow. Since the new CEOs have begun, I think that they will impact the growth and we’ll see once again their stock prices improving as well
Then there is the factor that social engines will start to become popular.

For example, Nuzzle which is a great app and website that is a great replacement for many content search engines. It allows you to have all of your links shared on twitter and Facebook put together, and you can see the content. There is also ProductHunt, which is a startup in the tech world that’s like Reddit for software and apps. You can look at the different site suggestions and see what will work based on daily emails. It’s a new way to have all of your social networks together to see the popularity of it, referral traffic, and even the active users which makes it even better to use.

Amazon  market place would expand more and here there will be a trend to rank products in Amazon search results. You can expect more and more looking into Amazon SEO as well.

Finally, there is the death of normal distributions will hit the publishing and search engines, and it will do so hard. I think we’re moving away from normal distributions and it creates demand curves as well. The long-tail theory has been proven false, and it will create a significant impact in the world in the future.
These are the major predictions, all we have to see is what will come about with them in the future.

Ford Alludes to Possible Drones and Self-Driving Cars

by on January 8, 2016

On Tuesday morning, Ford recently talked about possibly having automaton coming to vehicles. Google didn’t seem to mention it, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible. However, Ford has recently started pushing on this, and Ford plans to triple their autonomous vehicles and have a new-generation sensor technology to help move the development forward. The company is also looking to connect with some other companies such as Amazon and DJI.

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The recent news of autonomous vehicles has been mostly speculation recently, but Ford’s Chief Technology officer is starting to look at tripling the number of Fashion Hybrid autonomous research vehicles, making Ford with the largest fleet out there. The new vehicles will have Velodyne’s new Solid State Hybrid Ultra puck, which is basically a senor that gives you information and detailed mapping with real-time 3D models of the area around your car.

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Right now, there are thirty of these cards that are being tested on roads in Arizona, California, and Michigan. With more of these out on the market, there are now new software development algorithms that can even make the vehicles even smarter. Ford’s CEO hinted as well at the press conference about this, and he also mentioned other companies that are working with them, but there is no mention of google.

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In terms of partnership, Ford is looking to possibly work mainly with Amazon, because with Alexa they could change things around immensely. Alexa is the voice assistant for Amazon Echo, and it’s looking to connect the sync 3 system with the Wi-Fi connected echo, which means you can control smart home devices from your car, and even vice-versa. With the integration, you can use the Echo to lock or unlock your car, or even start and stop your car from the comfort of your own home, and in addition it can also check the range or charge of an electric vehicle, along with fuel levels, mileage, and even the location with the street name and driving time to get home.

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On the flip side of this as well, while you’re in your car, you can use Alexa to do things at home before you get there, such as maybe turn on the front porch lights or even open the doors and the garage door. You will also have to put in smart bulbs and a smart garage door opener, but think about it this way: if you have all of this put in, you can control it in a sort of hub fashion. It also can be linked with Alexa to allow you to check the weather, add items to a list, or even change the music.

With all of these new things, it’s obvious that Ford is now more than just a car maker. Beginning this year, they have start to work on being an auto and mobility company, and with this new, interesting move, it could also possibly hint at some of the new developments other automakers will create as well this year.

The Elements of the Chatbot Revolution

by on December 31, 2015

There is artificial intelligence coming to you in the form of a messaging board that google has been working on for about a year. It’s a service that’s like google, but now with a virtual assistant that could send messages to you and answer your messages. There isn’t any clear element saying that this will be like Google Hangouts or even their messenger, and if it’ll be on other platforms, or if it’s just a new messaging service. One source said that it’s an extensible platform, which means that they could build these chatbots based off the data from google.   There isn’t a launch date for the service, but it’s being worked on extensively.

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Now, an AI chatbot does make sense for google, especially with consumers becoming more mobile and searching for them. There is another chatbot system right now, such as Siri for apple, Cortana for windows, and Alexa for Amazon, but they are imperfect due to voice recognition, and in many cases they can be unsatisfying.

Facebook MFor many, this might be the feedback system that people need, because there hasn’t been a great one made yet. Virtual assistants do require the conscious decision to stop doing something and actively seek out the virtual system, and many users haven’t developed it yet. At the same time, there are millions of online users who search on search engines and use social media. The habit to reach out to people and message them, along with responding to messages through notifications, is growing stronger by the day. Google doesn’t have a social network or messaging app, but it does have the search engine. It could potentially be the best virtual assistant system, and it does make sense for google in a way.

Now, there are some problems with this. Even though chatbots will be great for personal and conversational things, they will also replace social networking. The messaging apps are a great place for the chatbot, because many of us spend a lot of time on the apps, with only texts for the user interface, and some of the uncertainties that are eliminated because the virtual assistants rely on voice recognition.

However, there are other risks as well. Humans aren’t simple creatures, and because of this they have cognitive biases, irrational thoughts, and even emotion, and sometimes the line between messaging a person and the AI talking to another will start to deteriorate the need for conventional speaking, and it can change things. Chatbots might make a person feel like they are talking with a friend, but unlike humans, the chatbots will be almost like dogs and have selflessness, meaning they will always be there for you and have time for you. This can create an irresistible desire in the human mind. This in turn can create a need to be around an AI and have am relationship with them instead of humans for many people, so there is the risk that people will start to rely on the AI and the machine instead of humans as well.

Vulnerability of Linux Related To Its Password Protection

by on December 22, 2015

You might want to rethink about keeping your important files in a Linux based computer because Linux has been found being exposed badly to even pettiest hacking attempts. According to a report, about a research by security experts, in PC world, hitting the backspace key 28 times can bypass password protected lock screen in Linux.

It is worth repeating that any layman can now access highly complex Linux servers without even entering the password. This vulnerability of Linux was discovered by a researchers’ team from Cybersecurity Group. According to them, pressing backspace 28 times makes use of Grub2 bootloader, instantly authorizing user to log in.

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This process is basically caused by initiation of Grub rescue shell. This initiation prompts the user to bypass log on screen without typing the password in. GRUB’s main task is to allow the creation of multiple usernames on a computer.

With this news about simple hacks, companies with entire networks being set up on Linux based systems should have something big to worry about. All an employee will need to do is to hit backspace 28 times and he/she will get complete and unrestricted access to a hard drive which was supposed to be secured.

There are very alarming security concerns with this weakness of Linux because it can lead to the computer’s security badly exposed to a very small hack. Any cybercriminal with access to sensitive information can do serious damage to an organization’s integrity and even the financial assets. Moreover, this vulnerability has also increased the chances of manual malwares attacks.

This security leak, which is also known as CVE-2015-8370, is present in all Grub2 versions from 1.98 to 2.02. Since many of the top organizations around the globe have their servers based on Linux based platforms, this issue is being seen as a major blow to the overall cyber security. However, different Linux based operating systems namely Debian, Ubuntu, red hat and several others have released updates that fix this issue. Therefore, it is highly recommended for the Linux users to allow installation of updates that target Grub2 fix.

Things You Should Know About Google Penguin 4.0

by on December 17, 2015

According to the resources and intelligent intuitions by the analysts, Google is more likely to release its Penguin 4.0 update any time soon. While this news can bring happiness for the SEO people who like to stick with the legitimate SEO practices, it is also like a time bomb for the SEO people who like to get quick traffic through black-hat techniques.

We all know that every Penguin update comes with an aim to support high quality link-building and to combat the spam tactics. For instance, last Google Penguin update was released in 2014 and it immediately cased huge disturbance in the digital world. Sites that didn’t abide legitimate SEO rules lost their ranks in no time and were lost from SERPs. Some of the websites even received notifications for manual actions.

This trend of countering spam and removing websites, which followed bad SEO practices, was started a few years back. Due to that, the way search results are shown was changed to great extent. It brought a lot of positives in perspectives of quality and credibility. This was due to the fact that good SEO practices were appreciated and black-hat SEO was disparaged in the Penguin Algorithms.

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Penguin 4.0 update is a great enhancement of Google’s spam combating abilities. This update is being analytically assumed as real time update of Google’s algorithms. Real time update means that Penguin’s algorithm will consistently keep on updating, minimizing the remaining chances for spammers to go ahead with their link bombardments. This update is being welcomed by the online community because there is still a major spamming activity going on the web and 4.0 update is expected to show the necessary force to stop this activity. Here, it is worth mentioning that Google claims with every update that it is going to stop bad SEO practices but facts remain otherwise. Nevertheless, this update will make the chances of success for black-hat techniques pretty thin.

Hopefully the new update will help Google to track down spam link profiles and block them once and for all. This is not only bad for the bad practitioners but it will automatically rank up the websites that follow good quality SEO strategies.