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    Google Plus End of Life Announcement

    Friday, February 15, 2019 Katherine Anderson

    Yes, another large online service shutting down! We’ve been hearing rumours for a while that Google Plus will be flicking the off switch and in December 2018 it became official. With its launch in 2011 it was Google’s answer to Social Networking but it was up against Facebook from the start and although it gained some traction in the first few years it seemed to drop off and hear we ar ..

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    Google Analytics changes to Cross Device Tracking

    Monday, October 29, 2018 Michael Anderson

    Google Analytics has recently introduced new Cross Device Tracking features called Google Signals to help gain a better understanding of the journey customers take across multiple devices as they interact with your website from Desktop Computer to Laptop, iPad and Smartphone. These new features in Google Analytics allow you to access an Acquisition Device report as well as other Cross Dev ..

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    eWAY Changes to Password Policies

    Sunday, October 28, 2018 Sirocco Web Design

    Important changes to your MYeWAY password In the coming weeks, eWAY will be making a change to our password policies for logging into MYeWAY/Partner Portal. eWAY will be enforcing stricter password requirements and will need users to change their password every 60 days. These requirements exceed those of PCI-DSS compliance to ensure that your payment portal remains secure. A s ..

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    Updating to https

    Saturday, September 15, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    Online security is proving to be a hot topic and more important to consumers than ever before, which is why the https protocol has quickly become the new website security standard around the world. This means that the data on your site or any data entered into your site via a webform is fully encrypted and classed as secure. There are some major benefits in transitioning your website to t ..

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    About local conversion actions

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Michael Anderson

    Local conversion actions are counted whenever people complete an action that’s specific to an advertiser’s physical location (like a store), during or after interacting with an ad for that advertiser. Since local conversion actions happen on Google’s products and services (for example, Google Maps), local conversion actions are automatically defined by Google Ads. Local conversion action data  ..

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    Google Plus Business Pages being deleted

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Michael Anderson

    Google is attempting to delete any of the Google+ page listings that have not been recently utilised. Each of these pages are a social media profile for your business and up until recently there were posts added to most of these accounts like you would for Facebook or Instagram. In the past when a business map was setup it would automatically create a Google + page for the business too. Y ..

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    Upgrading to Google Analytics

    Thursday, May 03, 2018 Michael Anderson

    With the upcoming site transfers away from Adobe Business Catalyst, one key area to consider now is setting up third party Analytics for your website. All Business Catalyst sites use built-in Adobe Analytics and much of this can be exported to excel if you want to keep copies of the historical data. What we recommend would be to have Google Analytics installed (if you aren’t currently util ..

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    Data Retention updates for Google Analytics

    Thursday, May 03, 2018 Michael Anderson

    Google Analytics has recently implemented new data retention periods whereby after a set period of time, user-level and event-level data stored by the program is automatically deleted from your Google Analytics account. These settings take effect on May 25, 2018. By default this new setting is 26 months but we do have the option to change this to ‘Do not automatically expire’ so the i ..

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    Google Maps API account updates

    Thursday, May 03, 2018 Michael Anderson

    Up until now the Google Maps Platform APIs has been a free service based on basic usage of their maps within your website design. A recent announcement has seen changes to pricing, support and products now available within the Platform - https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/user-guide/ In addition, Google Maps API now requires all customers to enable billing on their maps accounts so if ..

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    Consumer Barometer with Google

    Tuesday, May 01, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    Google's new Consumer Barometer provides insights into how consumers use online and offline information sources in their purchase process - http://www.consumerbarometer.com ..

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    EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    Monday, April 23, 2018 Michael Anderson

    The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules that take effect on 25th May 2018 have implications for Australian businesses that have an establishment in the EU or offer goods and services or monitor the behaviour of individuals in the EU. This new data protection regulation includes ensuring that your Privacy Policy, Disclaimer and Cookie notices on your website are GDPR comp ..

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    How to SEO a Website?

    Friday, April 20, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    How do you SEO a Website? Use our proven SEO Strategy Step-by-Step to increase your rankings, conversions and traffic- 1. Keyword Research Research, analyse and generate a list of Keywords to implement on your website, helping attract the right customers, traffic and conversions. Start your Keyword Research (/websites/keyword-research) 2. Advanced Website Ranking Get a detailed in ..

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    Adwords Remarketing

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    Want to setup Remarketing to your Adwords Campaign? Ask us to setup a remarketing campaign (/contact-sirocco-web-design) for your Business ..

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    Why do we verify your Site with Webmaster Tools?

    Sunday, April 01, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    The reason we verify your website with Google Webmaster Tools if providing Organic Website SEO and Maintenance is so that Google can show us more confidential information to the actual owners of the site. They also give us more privileges to adjust targeting settings like audience, country and search queries. It does not change your sites performance in Google but it does give us more ..

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    Landing Page Tests in Adwords

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    By refining landing pages and using split testing of different Ads, Kapitall Inc was able to drive a 44% Conversion increase from their Adwords Campaign. Using a clever landing page with a gaming-style interface that broke the mould of traditional online investing, Kapitall took the time to optimise their ads and landing pages, tracking and targeting visitors, leading to more conversions.  ..

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    Use Webmaster Tools for Search Query Details

    Saturday, March 10, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    Google supplies information about Search Query impressions, average position in the SERPs, CTR and qualified queries in the Google Webmaster tools. When choosing and investigating Search Queries and Keyword Strategy, you need to look at - What are the goals of your website and your business? What groups are you targeting? Where are they locations? What devices are they using? ..

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    Optimise your website for Mobile First Index

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    With rumors that Google is switching to their ‘Mobile First Index’ this year, there are some website updates you’ll want to have in place to maintain your search results. So what is the ‘Mobile First Index’? Firstly, a ‘mobile-friendly’ or ‘responsive’ site means that your website will automatically resize to the device it is viewed on. So ‘mobile first’ is where Google determines you ..

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    Organic Click-thru Rates

    Thursday, February 15, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    Ever considered the implications of Organic Search Rank Positions and their related click-thru rates (the % of customers that see your website Snippet and click-thru to your website)? Obviously, being near the top of Search Results is important but did you realise just how much? Of course there is a big difference between the types of searches that are performed and the relativ ..

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    What is the Open Graph Protocol?

    Thursday, February 01, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    The Open Graph Protocol is a snippet controller when adding your url to social media. It basically terms your page into a rich object that can then be used on Facebook. The Open Graph Protocol is RDFa-formatted metadata that can be added to the head of your page html which controls the snippet that is shown in Facebook when you 'like' a page or add a URL to your post feed. The Basic Me ..

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    How to improve High Traffic, Poor User Experience Mobile Websites

    Monday, January 15, 2018 Katherine Anderson

    "50% of people said that even if they like a business, they will use them less often if the website isn't mobile-friendly" (Google, "What users want most from mobile sites today"). There is nothing more frustrating as a user then to view a mobile site that has 404 errors, homepage redirects or infinite looped pages. It is really important to facilitate a great user experience on mob ..

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    Improve your Website Speed

    Friday, December 15, 2017 Katherine Anderson

    One of the best ways to improve your site usability is to increase speed. Simply speaking, users prefer fast sites which in turn give lower bounce rates and higher customer satisfaction. It is so vital in fact that Amazon report a 1%+ revenue increase (http://www.strangeloopnetworks.com/resources/infographics/web-performance-and-ecommerce/amazon-100ms-faster-1-revenue-increase/) for every 100m ..

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    Can you Build Links using Article Directories?

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Katherine Anderson

    Submitting Articles to high quality directories and PR sites can be a good way to show authority in your industry and share information about your business. Using Article Directories for link building however, is not a great option due to the lack of control you have over article re-use and the low quality results it often produces. Google also sees this practice as being fairly in ..

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    What is Negative SEO?

    Sunday, October 15, 2017 Michael Anderson

    Negative SEO on a website can take many forms and cause varying degrees of damage, when applied to a competitors website. Negative SEO methods are used to convince search engines that they should punish a site for using Black Hat SEO techniques when they have not. Perpetrators found to be employing these risky Negative SEO methods would potentially be black listed by Google, not to mention pur ..

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    How to Clear the Cache in Your Browser

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Katherine Anderson

    Your Browser keeps a list and snapshot of every page you’ve visited and when you visited it in its cache. The goal is to help you locate pages you have viewed in the past and this saved history can be helpful when you want to revisit a site quickly. Unfortunately Browser cache can cause issues when trying to view the latest version of a webpage. As cache retains a copy of a previously view ..

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    Can Small Websites Rank Well?

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Katherine Anderson

    Small sites can often do a better job at providing quality, niche content. All sites, big or small have started at the beginning at one point so being small does not mean that you can't either become large or authoritative. It is more important than to have quality content that is well shared on a small site than have a large site with lower quality content, just for the sake of mo ..

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