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07/26/2021

What Are Broken Links and How Do You Fix Them

Have you ever had that experience where a friend recommended you try this amazing restaurant that they visited a month or so ago, and then when you finally decide to try it out, you discover that, for some reason or another, they closed down?

Clicking through to a broken link can be a similar experience for your website visitors.

What are Broken Links

Links are considered to be broken when they lead to a page on the website that either no longer exists or cannot be found.

These broken links can make a severe dent on both your user experience and the conversions on your website. After all, the last thing a user ever wants to experience on the web is a dead end. This is especially true if your visitors are coming directly from a search engine and they click through to your website hoping to find what they’re looking for, only to be met with disappointment.

What Causes Broken Links

There are a number of reasons why broken links occur. Understanding what causes broken links can help you avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Let’s look at some of those causes.

  1. Incorrect spelling: Always check and double-check the URL whenever you want to link to a webpage. Sometimes a single letter out of place makes all the difference.
  2. The page has either been moved or removed: All websites go through audits and changes, and sometimes content. Sometimes URLs change to try and improve SEO. Web pages may be removed completely because they’re no longer relevant.
  3. An external website no longer exists: If the site you linked to no longer exists, your link will appear broken. If it’s only temporarily offline, however, it will only stay a broken link until the site is back up again.
  4. A change in site URL structure: If you recently migrated your website, for example, you’ll have to set up redirects for your links so that you can avoid breaking them.

Why Are Broken Links Bad

Broken links don’t just affect the overall user experience on your website. They also affect your SEO.

SEO is affected through bounce rate, which Google pays attention to when determining your site’s ranking. Bounce rate also affects time on site, which is another factor that search engines like Google pay attention to. Rather than a user spending more time exploring the content on your website, they would then choose to try to find what they’re looking for somewhere else.

Broken links also disrupt the flow of link equity. Internal links, or links that connect to pages within your website, help create that flow of equity throughout your site, especially if the linked articles and pages are related. The same is true with backlinks from other notable and reputable sites. As much as possible, you don’t want to interrupt that flow.

How to Fix Broken Links

The first step to fixing broken links is finding them. There are many ways to go about finding these broken links. WordPress users, for example, can use plugins such as Broken Link Checker to help detect and fix broken links. Software such as SEMRush and Ahrefs can also be used and have tools that can help you audit your site. Google Analytics and Google Search Console are also useful tools to help you find broken links.

Once found, fixing broken links is easy. If it’s an internal link that broke because you changed the URL of a page on your site, set up a 301 redirect that points to the new webpage. If it’s a backlink from another website, you can contact the website’s owner and ask them to change the URL with the updated one.

Fixing broken links looks complicated, especially if you’re a small business that’s just set up shop online. But that’s where you can always leave things to experts like us while you focus on other aspects of your business. If you feel your site needs a quick audit, send us an email or give us a call. Our agents will be more than willing to help you out.

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27/09/2021

How to Grow Your Brand On A Small Budget

While big brands like Google, Amazon, or Apple continue to dominate the consciousness of many people across the globe. Big companies with big budgets are often difficult to emulate or follow, especially for small businesses. But let’s not forget that there are millions of businesses in Australia and New Zealand that create two-thirds of our jobs.

Get More Traffic primary focus has been to help these small businesses achieve their own successes, often by taking inspiration from some of these bigger names and brands and implementing similar tactics and strategies that better fit the small business model.

In this post, we want to continue to help by taking a deeper dive into 3 ways that you can build your brand without having to spend a huge chunk of your budget on prime time TV commercials, or highway billboards.

 

Step 1: Offer Something Unique and Superior.

Author and marketing expert, Seth Godin often talks about how marketing is all about being remarkable (something worth being made remarks about).

Being remarkable is more than just finding small gimmicks, though. It’s about being different enough and special enough for people to take notice.

A local bag maker might not compare with Louis Vuitton’s marketing budget. However, that same shoemaker can leverage the fact that their products are locally produced from high-quality materials, and are lovingly made by an exceptional artisan. 

Remember, you don’t need to dominate your industry. Instead, focus on serving customers within a niche market. Focus on local buyers who are after premium products. People are more than willing to pay for quality craftsmanship.

Artisan products may be time consuming and may not scale, but having something made by hand with extra love and care creates a sense of authenticity that factory-made products can reproduce. Also, having that item personalised increases its value even more for the customer that’s paying for it.

Being local has some powerful advantages against the larger competitors. In cases like these, it’s important to stress those roots, that authenticity, and intentionally distance your brand away from mass-produced products and rivals.

 

Step 2: Make Yourself a Trusted Expert

Content remains an integral part of every marketing campaign, whether for big brands or small businesses. Creating content (whether a blog, vlog, or podcast) can do wonders for your brand, especially if you position yourself as an expert and make it a point to always be helpful towards your audience.

“How to” content, specifically, has always been popular. Just look at Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, a book that was published way back in 1936 and has sold way over 30 million copies worldwide, naming it one of the best-selling books of all time.

Audiences love free tutorials that can help them become pick up new hobbies, or improve certain skill sets. Make sure your content is informative and actionable, relevant and practical while still containing the distinct voice that’s unique to your brand.

If educating others isn’t exactly your jam, you can always simply feature what it is you do, and how well and amazingly you do it. Nick Pedullá is a furniture craftsman based in Sydney who shares videos of how he goes about building and finishing his custom-made furniture to his 18,000 followers on Instagram. Cutting Edge Country has gained a following of over 22,000 on Instagram, sharing the quality of their boots, jeans, hats, and other fashion & giftware items.

 

Step 3: Invest in Online Advertising

What makes digital marketing and advertising worth it is that you’re able to find and target the people that are most likely to be interested in your brand and your products. You can target locally or country-wide, depending on your customer base, and serve ads to only the most engaged audience.

These days, it’s more important than ever to establish a footing online, especially for small-to-medium businesses. We understand, though, that diving into Google Ads, SEO, or social media can take a lot of time and effort. Thankfully, agencies like ours exist.

If you’re interested in taking your business to the next level, increase your brand awareness, and gain more customers, leads, and sales, call us today so that one of our agents can discuss how we can best help you and your business.

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21/09/2021

September Digital Marketing Industry Updates

Google Display Ads Now With More Automation Features!

Automation is becoming increasingly important these days as algorithms continue to learn and develop over time. As a result, Google is helping advertisers maximise that potential by adding more automated options for Display Ads. Advertisers will be able to choose their preferences in terms of the level of automation applied in the bidding process, the creatives, and the choosing of audiences. Advertisers are still promised the best reach and performance even with regards to the automated options, and these automation preferences can be changed at any time without having to create a new campaign. Over time Google is certain that these automated targeting systems will only keep improving, and will continue to deliver the best results for ad campaigns versus those that are setup manually.

Facebook Also Improves on Automation to Counter iOS Update

Apple’s update that allowed users to choose whether they would allow activity tracking on their devices continues to affect marketers and advertisers. To counter the change, Facebook has also been developing automated features for Facebook Ads. One such feature they’ve developed is the Targeting Expansion. Targeting Expansion makes use of Facebook’s algorithm to show your ads to a broader audience than just the ones that you’ve selected for your campaign. The algorithm will diagnose and determine if your ads would receive a better response with targets beyond your scope, and deliver ads to those users based on its diagnosis. With Facebook’s algorithm being as powerful as it is, it should be worth testing to improve Facebook ad results.

Google Confirms it Auto-Generates Titles for Search Results

Google has made a recent change to its search results pages. Before the update, search results titles were based upon the string of words typed into the search bar by the user. Now, with the change, Google is using a system that generates titles based on the page titles and headlines. Google reassured users and content creators that rankings are not affected by the title changes. It’s important to note, however, that because Google is now pulling titles from your <H1> tags, you must optimise them for when they do appear on the search results.

Instagram Testing Out New “Favourites” Feature

Instagram is testing out a new feature internally called “Favourites” to help improve the overall experience of its users. The feature is very similar to Facebook’s, wherein a user gets to choose 30 friends and pages they would like to hear from first before scrolling through the rest of their feed. This “favourites” feature on Instagram is ideal for businesses, influencers, and content creators that are looking to build a dedicated fanbase on Instagram, as it should place your content above the rest of the feed, giving you incrementally more reach and impressions as you build your audience. The feature is still being tested, and there are no clear indications on whether Instagram will roll it out, but it is definitely something to look forward to if it does.

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