Penguin is the designated name that Google has given to a series of algorithm changes designed to battle spam link tactics and monitor the quality of links to a website. The Google Penguin program started in April 2012 and immediately had an impact on website owners and the digital industry. Sites that were deemed to be breaking the rules by over-reliance on poor quality or spam links suddenly dropped from the Google search results, many of them are still struggling to recover.
3d Penguin offers you his magnifying glassWhilst there have been several updates over the last few years, the Penguin 4 update expected in 2016 is expected to make significant changes again. Penguin 4 is rumoured to be a ‘real-time’ update to the algorithm. This means that the Penguin portion of the algorithm will always be ‘on’ and updating. This means Google can analyse link profiles more quickly and will help keep sites from ranking well if considered poor quality.

So what can you do to be ready for Google Penguin 4?

The first priority is to analyse your website’s link profile and check whether those links pointing to your site are natural and beneficial. Are some obviously paid for or from incredibly low quality websites? If so, then these links could actually harm your website and you need to get rid of them. This can be done manually by contacting webmasters and asking them to remove the link, which can be a very time consuming process, or alternatively submit a disavow request to Google listing the links to your website that you don’t want it to consider.
At M3SM we have tools to analyse your current website link profile and can devise a plan to address any issues you may have with the quality of your links.

And then what?

Once any ‘spammy’ links are removed businesses should then have a plan to build decent, high-authority links to their website instead. ‘Good’ links will always remain one of the most important ranking factors for search engines.

How can M3SM help build ‘good’ links?

Here at M3SM we have always used ethical techniques to build high quality links naturally.
There are many ways to do this but important examples:

  • * Content – by creating real value for your website visitors with unique engaging content that offers solutions to people. The content may take many forms – blogs, whitepapers, videos, infographics – but the more valuable your content, the more links you’ll build.
  • * Partner with customers, suppliers and industry bodies. Links from relevant websites in your industry will carry credibility for your customers and the search engines.
  • * Business Directories will often provide a website link with your business listing. These listings are often free to complete and will potentially direct relevant industry visitors to you website.
  • * Social sites / Forums – if you have relevant content, comments or opinions there are now many online platforms where you can connect and link.
  • * Local organisations – particularly useful for local businesses – many societies, charities, sports clubs etc. are pleased to link with businesses involved in the community.

So if you want to understand how to benefit from Google Updates and Penguin 4 in particular please contact M3SM today. Working with you every step of the way, we’ll analyse your business and develop a bespoke plan to maximise your business.

Did not publish my review

It was announced on the BBC News site this morning that an alarming number of businesses are creating fake reviews on the web, or cherry picking reviews in order that only the good ones show. Fake reviews damage trust and so it is important that we can understand how reviews work and how we can be sure the reviews on the site are real.
Let me give you an example. Many years ago I spoke to a company in Aylesbury, England who had previously engaged the services of an SEO “expert”. They were doing very well locally and were very pleased with the results. However, as soon as they decided to stop with this SEO “Expert” their local results plummeted.
On investigation, we could see that their web presence locally had been enhanced through the use of fake reviews. The SEO “expert” (it makes me very angry to call him this) had simply created 10 fake reviews a month, using exactly the same words, just creating a new user.

How do YOU spot fake reviews?

When you are looking for a product or service, it may be a holiday, or white goods or… well anything really, you may want to look online and read about other peoples experiences with the company you are looking to buy from, or the product itself.  We need the reviews to be real, honest and therefore trustworthy in order that we can all benefit from these crowd-sharing tools.

Our top tips for spotting fake online reviews are:

  1. CHECK THE SCORE – If someone has 10/10 every single time, they may be cherry picking. Don’t get me wrong, some people really are very good at what they do, but when you see this, it is time to look at multiple review sites to see if it is similar across them all. So, if on one review site the company consistently scores 10/10 yet on another they score 5/10 then you know these reviews are probably not real.
  2. CHECK THE REVIEWER – When you look at the review, you can generally find out a little more about the person making that review, and often you can see the other reviews this person has made. If this person has made many reviews and they are all great, then this person is either very easy to please, only rates and never critiques, or is fake. Generally, as individuals,  we stick to a few Social media and Review sites. If your reviewer is appearing on multiple review sites and giving the same reviews over an over, they may have a lot of time on their hands, or they are not real people.
  3. CHECK THE RESPONSES – Often a fake review is just that, no engagement. Simply put, when people create a fake review, why would they then sign in and comment? Some fake reviews of course can be created by family and friends, and then a comment may be added, but as a rule, fake reviews do not get feedback.
  4. CHECK FOR CHERRY PICKING – This one is a tough one, how can you tell if a company is hiding (not publishing) bad reviews? When comparing other review websites, you can often find comments made about companies where they actually say “I commented on… the did not publish”. As you can see from the screenshot, a simple search will identify if this is the case, simply add in the company name or product name to get more relevant results.

Did not publish my review
It is important for you the consumer to keep review sites honest and reliable, so please SHARE these tips and educate your friends and family in order that we can all benefit from the knowledge shared by real people.

KEEP OUR REVIEW SITES REAL!

Mobilegeddon - googlebot activity

Back in February, Google announced it would be making significant changes to the way it shows websites within its search results.
This was made live today, and has been dubbed “Mobilegeddon” because of it’s potentially disastrous effect on companies search placings.
Google went to extensive efforts to inform companies of these changes, through webmaster emails, but still this pre-warning has been mostly ignored by small to medium businesses around the world.
We know that this algorithm change is likely to be bigger than Panda or Penguin.

Mobilegeddon - googlebot activityHow will it affect your business?

Are you one of those who panicked and made the change, or did you do like a lot of others and ignored the change?
Those who invested the time and money to make their website mobile friendly may reap the benefits over their online competition. Those that did not make the change may in fact not notice much difference. It is not fully dependent on your website after all.
You may fin yourself surrounded by a new list of online competitors that perhaps you have not encountered before. Alternatively, your known online competition may have done exactly the same as you did, in which case not much will change for your industry sector, especially those in a niche area may find hardly any difference at all.

What can I do?

If you see the results start to drop, now is the time to contact us to make changes to your website and the way you are found online, before it is unrecoverable.
CONTACT US NOW FOR YOUR FREE SEO AUDIT REPORT

How to get on the first page of google

This is a question that gets asked over and over, and if there was a simple answer, then everyone would be doing it and we would be out of business.
Google run its impressive search Engine based on Algorithmic Calculations, and these calculations are tweaked at least once a day. So the answer is – there is no quick fix to get on the first page of Google.
HOWEVER…
How to get on the first page of googleWhat if you understood what Google is looking for, and how it’s business operates, then would you stand a better chance of understanding the process?
Of course you would! So, the question should not be “How do I get on the first page of Google”, but should be “What can I do with my web presence that means Google is more likely to show my website in the search results for a relevant key word or phrase?”
When thinking about the Google business, what do we now about our own business, and every other money making business in the UK, indeed in the world? The end game is to make money, it’s that simple.
How does Google make money? through it’s paid services such as Google Adwords.
When Google is asking a company to use and pay for its services, it is competing with the other search engines, and therefore needs to offer value for money. With any paid for advertising, whether on or offline, then the value is achieved through relevant reach. If you were to write an Advertorial in a relevant and targeted magazine, you would want to understand how many readers there are, so you can understand the potential reach. On Google, that reach is measured by user numbers.
So the more users on Google, the better their offering to the paid elements of the search engine, and therefore the more money they are likely to take.
Now we need to consider why a person would continue to choose Google as its preferred Search Engine. That’s simple, Google provide the results you are looking for, that are relevant to your search query, in a speedy way.
So, if your website helps Google Achieve this goal, then your website is more likely to be shown within the search results for a relevant key word or phrase for your product or service.
To do this, you need to provide relevant, fresh and engaging content that Google is prepared to show.
Relevancy – Stick to keywords that relate to your business – do not start discussing what you did at the weekend with the family (unless it is 100% relevant) on your blog.
Freshness – Write content on a regular basis, plan ahead by using a content plan.
Engaging – Make sure you are writing something that your target audience will be happy to read, something useful and helpful, something they may want to bookmark or indeed share socially.
If you need help, or simply wish to discuss this in more detail, please drop us a line on info@m3sm.co.uk
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  • Have you ever wondered how you can increase your Lead Generation for your business?
  • Do you find Networking a chore?
  • Perhaps Networking simply is not your target market?

Using online Lead Generation techniques can drive quality, relevant, converting traffic to your website.
Working with qualified Digital Marketing experts, such as ourselves, can really start to grow your online business. It is important you choose a company who are willing to learn and understand your business, who will work with you to determine your goals and make sure they are achieved, someone who will challenge your thoughts and ideas to make sure you get the very best return on your marketing spend.
Typically, a Digital Marketing company will take you through a process that ensures you get good quality, relevant, converting traffic to your website. They will use strategies that include SEO, Social Media, Email Marketing, web apps…
Making sure you get the traffic is very important, but what if that traffic simply does not convert? We take this process a step further with Conversion techniques, measurement and strategy.
Our Lifecycle is something we feel all businesses should be following.
Give us a call now for your free web asset consultation – 01604 328899

As we enter into  the New Year, on a personal level we often make a lot of New Years resolutions that sometimes we do not keep:
Starting a diet, stopping smoking, cleaning the car more regularly…
As a business, you may do the same, but by way of new targets and goals. You may rethink your business strategy and also rethink your business costs.
This is the time when a few companies rethink how they can become more visible on the web, and Search Engine Optimisation becomes more crucial to their Digital Marketing Strategy.
It is also the time when some companies are not realising their return on investment from their online strategies, and stop their Digital Marketing spend.
January is a game changer for some businesses, and it certainly makes for interesting moments for SEO experts like M3 Strategic Marketing Ltd who see changes with their client positioning on the web because client online competition may slow down or gather pace.
However, as with any New Years resolution, your business will have measurable goals and targets. Search Engine positions may change, and often do, so our focus is not on website ranking, but is all about making sure your business grows, by working with you to achieve your goals and targets.
With this approach, we can be sure our clients are seeing a return on their Digital Marketing spend.
Have you ever heard the phrase “You can lead a horse to water, but cannot make him drink”. SEO alone is a little like that, any SEO expert can get visits to your website. Our clients know that we aim to get RELEVANT visits on to your website, and then continually discuss how we can ensure your website visitors then turn into prospects for you to convert, or actual online sales.
Want to know more? Call us on 01604 328899 or email tracy@m3sm.co.uk
 
 

What are social signals, and why are they important? A Social Signal is when someone values your web content enough to share, like, retweet or Plus 1 a link to your website socially.
What is happening when someone does this? Well it shows importance and relevance in a conversation.
For SEO we mix Social Signals with Semantic Web and Google Knowledge Graph, alongside various other methods to ensure relevancy for Googles Search Engine.
For more information, please call 01604 328899 or email info@m3sm.co.uk

Search Engine OptimisationYou have heard about SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and are now doing your research trying to understand it a little more, but everywhere you look, the websites and blogs are telling you how to become and SEO expert.
Here is our guide to the benefits of SEO:

  • Visibility
  • Lead Generation
  • Affordability
  • Long Term

VISIBILITY:
Your website will be more visible on the web. It may sound obvious, but SEO will make your website more easily found by prospects when they are looking for your products and services if it is done well.
Our SEO team will work with you to achieve the goals you are looking for, whether that be more brand awareness, more leads or more sales… we will create a strategic plan based around the SEO campaign and your goals to get you where you want to be and give you the very best return on your investment.
LEAD GENERATION:
Because your website will be more visible you will of course start to see an increase in visitors coming to your website. As the numbers grow, there is a real chance that your website will convert into leads and paying clients.
Our SEO team will not stop at driving traffic to your website, it is very important that your business is a success. After all, the more successful you are, the more likely you are to stay with us. We will learn about your business and learn about your goals, and we will make recommendations to make changes to your website in order that the traffic visiting your website is more likely to convert. We are happy to make these changes for you, or work with your website developer to make recommended changes where possible.
AFFORDABILITY:
SEO can be a more cost effective solution long term and will give you a real measurable return on your investment. An SEO strategy will incorporate various elements which can be tailored to suit your needs and your budget.
Our SEO team will discuss your requirements and come back with a package based around your budget that will achieve your goals.
LONG TERM:
This is not a quick fix solution, for that you need Pay Per Click, and infact PPC and SEO together will enhance your online strategy exponentially. SEO will continually place you where you need to be.
Our SEO team will work to ensure you are where you want to be and monitor your online competitors too in order that we keep you ahead of them as well.
Contact us now on 01604 328899 for your free consultation.

You may have heard of Digital Marketing, email marketing or even SEO, but few companies have considered or heard of Conversion Architecture, which means that if you are reading this, you are already one step ahead.
When you create a website and publish it to the web, your site will sit among millions of other website just waiting to be found. It’s a little like putting a piece of paper with the message “Contact Us” onto a tree in the middle of Epping Forest, and waiting for the phone to ring. 0Most people would think that would be a waste of money, time and effort, yet millions do it.
Conversion Architecture CycleThose who realise that they need sign posts to the piece of paper, or indeed those who realise that in fact they need that piece of paper to be right by the entrance to the Forest will have a handle on their Digital Marketing and will have engaged an SEO and/or Pay per Click specialist agency.
But those who have also realised that “Contact Us” may not be the best words to use on the piece of paper, or indeed that the piece of paper needs to be in orange as opposed to white, and the writing needs to be in capitals, they are the companies who will turn that traffic coming onto their website into leads and paying customers These companies will convert.
Conversion Architecture is based on science and fact, but is also down to interpretation based on extensive knowledge of online user behaviour and also creative marketing flair. The cycle repeats itself as the business goals become more refined:
SCIENCE AND FACT:
Tools that offer URL tracking and Click Intention Tracking can tell us where your prospects are clicking, what words they used to find the page, what Search Engine found your page etc. This give us the facts that we can then use in our scientific formulas. The formulas are based around many years of gathering these facts based on industry sector and online user behaviour analysis.
ONLINE USER BEHAVIOUR:
Over many years we have been gathering statistics about what works and what does not. Online user behaviour has distinct elements to it that are not always what you would expect. Having worked with many companies around the globe including Fortune 100?s, working with user focus groups, researching videos of people actions whilst completing online tasks, we know the differences between different personas and their online experience expectations.
CREATIVE MARKETING FLAIR:
Once we have Science and understand the company we work with and their web visitor personas, then comes the creativity for testing. Testing is key to any Conversion Architecture, and once again leads us back to the Science and Fact to ensure your marketing budget gets the very best return.
If you would like a free consultation and an Intention Tracking Trial, let us know by Contacting Us on 01604 328899

The semantic web is a term that was used by Tim Berners Lee when he first created the web, so it is only right as a UK originated terminology, that we truly understand it and use it for UK SME business.
Tim Berners Lee used the term to describe a “web of data that can be processed by machines”.
The World Wide Web consortium have grasped this and evolved it into something that allows web users from all over to share data, information and views across the web. Semantic Information being the most important part – Semantic on the web meaning the focus on the relationship between content and people.
In other words, putting everything into context…
In real life we do this with the visual aid of body language and fascial expression, and we can tell what a person means by not only what they say but how they say it.
Have you ever misread an email because you cannot “see” the context”?

How can UK SME businesses use and benefit from the Semantic Web?

By understanding your users, what they are searching and HOW they are searching, you can change the content on your web to become adapted to their needs.
An example of this would be your Local Bank. In the past, your bank web content would perhaps include a few key words such as “Bank”, “Savings Accounts” and “Brand Name Bank”.
In real life we would never just walk up to someone in the street, tap them on the shoulder and say “Bank” – the person you are talking to would be confused, or think you were mad.
Instead you might say – “could you point me in the direction of the nearest bank please?”.
Online, instead of searching one word “bank” – people would search “Bank in Northampton”. With Social Media, people are asking questions of people online… and now search “Where can I find a Bank in Northampton?”
If you need more help and guidance on your Semantic Search, call 01604 328899 or email info@m3sm.co.uk
 
 
 

Many thanks to Derek Bourne, The British Water SME Group and Atkins for allowing M3SM the opportunity to speak about Web Presence Optimisation at yesterdays British Water SME group meeting.
The presentation can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97IyiVK1TEM
The presentation itself created much dialogue as the topic of Social Media and how it offers an ROI is still one that is not yet fully understood as far as B2B marketing strategies are concerned. However working alongside partner companies such as Google and Raven , combined with our in-house Analytics team, M3 Strategic Marketing are confident that we can offer Web Presence Optimisation strategies that can not only deliver Goal based results but also can provide the data to prove an ROI on any companies Digital Marketing Strategies.
Some of the companies we have worked with include
Islamic Relief Organisation
BBS Granite
Life IT
KBVO
Basilico Pizza
Neil and Barker Jewellery
Bite Consulting
Dubai Silicon Oasis
and many more
The offer is still available to those companies that attended to receive a free Digital Marketing assessment by contacting either Michael or Tracy on 01604 328899 or info@m3sm.co.uk
The following Companies were in attendance at this event
Environmental Treatment Concepts Ltd.
William Johnston & Company Ltd
Syrinix Limited
CSO Technik Ltd
Partech Instruments
Tynemarch Systems Engineering Ltd
Viking Johnson
Warden BioMedia
Chelsea
WPL
HPC Products
Portasilo
Utilities Valves Limited
Goodwin International Ltd
Conder Products
BHR Group
UKTI Strategic Trade Group

Michael Spence was asked by British Water to present “Web Presence Optimisation” at the forthcoming British Water SME Group event in London on the 22nd of February 2013.
Michael is a fully certified Internet Marketing Consultant, however his past 27 years work experience and qualifications in the Industrial Automation Industry and 5 years specifically dedication to the water industry makes him the ideal person to speak at this educational event hosted by the British Water SME group
Whilst there, Michael will connect with each British Water SME Group member offering them advice and guidance on their web presence optimisation strategies.
These strategies could include:

  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Content Planning
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media Engagement
  • Paid Advertising
  • Goal Determined Web Presence Analytics
  • Conversion Architecture
  • Online Reputation Management

A full strategic plan can sometimes take up valuable company resource, which is why companies often outsource one or two things on their list. After all, it is important to focus on your business, and leave the complexities of things like Digital Marketing to experts like M3 Strategic Marekting Ltd.
01604 328899
info@m3sm.co.uk