Google Video

Last year, Google introduced ‘ Google Video Search ‘ and earlier this year we saw these video’s appearing in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages ).

If you perform a search for ‘Michael Jordon’ in Google, you will be presented with results similar to the following screen capture


People can include video on their websites for all kinds of reasons; information, selling a product, tutorials, advertisements etc.

Videos on your website can act as link bait, viral and social media marketing. If users find your video useful, they may link to it. If you use keywords in the title of your video, you could find yourself with targetted links pointing back to your website. This in turn will help with your overall search engine rankings for the keyphrases you wish to show up for in the SERPs.

When adding video’s on your website remember to also submit them to ‘Google Video’ as well as YouTube.

So you want to redesign your website?

There may be a number of reasons why you would want to redesign your website, however, the general aim is for improvement. Improvement for your users, improvement for search engines or maybe improvement for your own peace of mind. So, the question is, how do you go about it?

butterfly.jpgPeople have posted their concerns in online SEO forums about what would happen if they redesigned their sites. Mainly, would it affect their search engine rankings in a negative way?

Well, the answer to this is, not if it is done correctly, infact, quite the opposite.

There have been a couple of occasions when LandingNet have been involved in website redesigns, and in all of these occasions, search engine rankings have improved.

Generally the reason for redesign was either due to rebranding or because the site was old and needed a facelift. Redesigning a website can prove to be an advantage because it gives you the opportunity to implement improved usability as well as search engine optimisation.

The main issues that can cause you to loose rankings in the search engines are:

Changing the names of your URLs

If you have a page on your site that is currently ranking called ranked.php, and change that URL to ranking.php, then ranked.php becomes obsolete. This means that eventually this page will no longer rank in the search engines for search phrases that were bringing traffic to your site.

Not redirecting currently indexed pages

If ranked.php was changed to ranking.php then it is important to 301 (permanent) redirect ranked.php to ranking.php, this then will tell the search engines that ranked.php has permanently been moved to ranking.php, therefore, as long as the page is optimised for the same search terms, search engines will rank the new page in place of the old one. Infact, if you have the opportunity to optimise the newer page better than the older one, then the rankings will infact improve.

Not optimising your pages

If you have a well optimised webpage and change the content on that page and do not optimise it, then this page will cause you to loose rankings, which means traffic driven to your site via this page will cease.

An important thing to remember when redirecting old URLs to new URLs is not to redirect all the old URLs to your homepage. If you have created a new page on “baskets” to replace an old page and you have renamed this page, then you need to 301 redirect the old page to the new page rather than the index page. The same would apply to all old pages, which have been replaced and renamed. Of course, the simpler answer is not to rename the page in the first place and just let the new content naturally replace the old page.

Redesigning your website is your opportunity to build your site in a way that will benefit your site visitors as well as your business. It is your opportunity to clean up navigation around your site and to implement new trends of search that search engines are currently using to enable you to increase your web presence.

Pimp My Website

Credit to Net Magazine for inspiring this post.

As a Search Engine Optimiser I talk alot about how to tweak your website in such a way which makes it bait for search engines, but what happens once you have your site ranking and people arrive on your site. Does your website convert clicks into customers?

There are some basic things to look for, so basic that they can be easily overlooked leaving people scratching their heads as to why they are not getting sales from their sites in comparison to their traffic.

Here are a few tips to look out for. We will use Play.com for this example.

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Website Identity
Having a strong website identity is important. You should make it clear on your site who you are and offer some background infomation about your business. This gives you credibility when a user is deciding to purchase from your site.


Call To Action
Most of us visually scan a site when deciding if we wish to stay around, a great tip is to ensure your products are visible through images as well as providing clear links leading visitor’s to read more on your products. Images of your products as well as prices on your front page will give a clear view of what you are selling and what your site is about.


Unique Selling Point
USP? Now there is something you have probably heard before, even still, it can make the difference when someone is considering making a puchase from your website. So what makes your site different from the rest?


As said previously, most people visually scan a webpage, therefore, images work a treat especially for drawing the eye to those bargain products. Utilizing visual images on your front page for selling purposes is an easy way to help your visitors spot a bargain.

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Simple Navigation
There are many large retail websites out there, so having a simple navigation is paramount when expecting visitors to find your products easily. If your navigation is messy and pages are more than 2 clicks away from your front page, then it’s time to take a long hard look at your navigation and find ways to simplify how your all important pages are found.

A great tip is to get someone who is not familiar with your site and ask them to find a particular product. Watch how they try to navigate around your site to find a specific product, if they find it easily, then congratulations, if they come across stumbling blocks and don’t manage to find the product within a few clicks, then that is a sure sign your navigation may not be doing your website any favours.

These are just some basic things which keeps your visitors happy. It is also important to remember this is not a one time consideration. As you develop your website and add more products, keep these basic rules in mind to ensure your site continues to be well structured; keeping it simple to maximise the performance of your site.