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Robots.txt best practice guide + examples

The robots.txt file is an often overlooked and sometimes forgotten part of a website and SEO.

But nonetheless, a robots.txt file is an important part of any SEO’s toolset, whether or not you are just starting out in the industry or you are a chiseled SEO veteran.

What is a robots.txt file?

A robots.txt file can be used for for a variety of things, from letting search engines know where to go to locate your sites sitemap to telling them which pages to crawl and not crawl as well as being a great tool for managing your sites crawl budget.

You might be asking yourself “wait a minute, what is crawl budget?” Well crawl budget is what what Google uses to effectively crawl and index your sites pages. As big a Google is, they still only have a limited number of resources available to be able to crawl and index your sites content.

If your site only has a few hundred URLs then Google should be able to easily crawl and index your site’s pages.

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Treat Customer Data Like You’d Want Yours to Be Treated

Last Christmas, I bought a friend of mine a subscription to a science and culture magazine. She had discovered the magazine during downtime at work, so she was delighted when they started showing up at her door.

The gift was a hit, despite the fact that I’d misspelled her name. But then other magazines offers started to arrive in the mail. Then came requests for donations from charitable groups. Next, travel agency ads. And then came the political mailers.

Once she activated her digital subscription, things got worse. Although Google’s algorithm kept some spam out of her inbox, the same companies crowding her mailbox turned up there. Eventually, she ditched that email address for one the magazine didn’t know about.
How did she know that the magazine had sold her data? Because my misspelling showed up everywhere. Fed up, she checked the magazine’s privacy policy; with no recourse but to cancel her subscription, she did so months before it ran out.

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8 Incredible App Landing Pages (and How You Can Create Your Own)

Have you looked at your iPhone’s App Store lately? How about Google Play?

I’ve seen landfills with better curation.

With more than two million apps available on each store, people have a much better chance of finding a pearl in an oyster than randomly stumbling upon your app. No matter how appealing it is—no matter how entertaining or even life-changing—most people won’t discover it without a robust marketing campaign.

(And, to paraphrase Contently’s Bradley Little, going viral is not a strategy.)

The first step in marketing your iPhone or Android app is finding the right channels to promote it. Using Google Ads’ Universal App Campaigns (UAC) is a strong starting point, but many marketers get extra mileage from traditional PPC campaign, social media marketing, app cross-promotion, or even email blasts to newsletter subscribers.

In these cases, you’ll need a stellar landing page to overcome that hesitance we ... Read More

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Left is Right & Up is Down

Probably the single best video to watch to understand the power of Google & Facebook (or even most of the major problems across society) is this following video about pleasure versus happiness.

In constantly seeking pleasure we forego happiness.

The "feed" based central aggregation networks are just like slot machines in your pocket: variable reward circuitry which self-optimizes around exploiting your flaws to eat as much attention as possible.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKkUtrL6B18&w=560&h=315]

The above is not an accident. It is, rather, as intended:

"That means that we needed to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever ... It's a social validation feedback loop ... You're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology ... [The inventors] understood this, consciously, and we did it anyway."

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Adobe & Ovum Release New Research: DIGITAL PRESSURE IN THE HIGH TECH INDUSTRY

Although stiff competition is ubiquitous across industries, the High Tech industry has long been characterized by particularly intense competition and constant pressure. A report recently released by Adobe and Ovum reveals that the levels of competition and pressure are reaching new heights fueled by new entrants to the market, established vendors extending offerings, customer expectations evolving, and constrained budgets. High Tech organizations are responding to these pressures by investing in digital marketing. The 2017 “Digital Marketing in the High Tech Industry” report is based on telephone interviews from 200 High Tech businesses – covering the software, internet, consumer electronics, technology manufacturer, and professional/IT services subsectors.  Questions spanned digital marketing priorities and challenges, the competitive landscape and investment strategies for High Tech organizations.

In this report, we highlight areas of particular pressure for High Te... Read More

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Left is Right & Up is Down

Probably the single best video to watch to understand the power of Google & Facebook (or even most of the major problems across society) is this following video about pleasure versus happiness.

In constantly seeking pleasure we forego happiness.

The "feed" based central aggregation networks are just like slot machines in your pocket: variable reward circuitry which self-optimizes around exploiting your flaws to eat as much attention as possible.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKkUtrL6B18&w=560&h=315]

The above is not an accident. It is, rather, as intended:

"That means that we needed to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever ... It's a social validation feedback loop ... You're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology ... [The inventors] understood this, consciously, and we did it anyway."

Happy? Good! Share posed photos to make your friend... Read More

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How to Share Deals & Drive Sales with Facebook Offer Ads

Looking for ways to boost your sales, online and offline? Of course, you are! If you haven’t tested Facebook offer ads yet, let’s get you started, right here, right now.

Facebook offer ads present a deal to entice prospects to make a purchase. These customizable, mobile-only ads are excellent for both brick-and-mortar locations and ecommerce brands, as they provide options to claim offers in-store and online.

Image via adweek

In this guide to Facebook offer ads, I’m going to tell you everything you need to get started. You’ll learn how to create these ads, how to set up your campaign, and how to optimize for success. Let’s get started!

How to create Facebook offer ads

To create an offer ad, head over to Ads Manager and choose a Traffic, Conversions, or Store Traffic campaign objective. Users that claim an online offer will receive a discount code and will then be sent to your website to shop. If you... Read More

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Eight tools you need for backlink generation

So you’ve created your website, following all the recommended SEO best practices.

That means you’ve included valuable, relevant keywords on your pages, made it mobile friendly and even started a blog that you’re updating frequently with original, relevant content.

But despite your best efforts, you’re not seeing as much traffic as you’d like, and your site is still ranking too low on Google’s Search Engine Results Page (SERP). It could be that your site is missing just one thing: backlinks.

Backlinks are links from another website that point to your website. Getting backlinks from websites with high domain authority that are relevant to your niche will help you rank higher on Google searches and grab your audience’s attention.

Why is there such an emphasis on backlinks? Google’s Search Engine Results Page (SERP) uses them to discover new pages, confirm pages are legitimate and determine the popularity of these pages. After all, Googl... Read More

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5 Unsung Word of Mouth Marketing Examples

Word of mouth marketing is — and has always been — the most effective (and cost-effective) way to generate customers and grow any business.

But for a long time, word of mouth marketing has been mostly ignored in favor of outbound and inbound acquisition efforts, plus a big shift toward social media.

The truth is that social media and word of mouth marketing are NOT THE SAME THING any more than toothpaste is the same as a toothpaste tube. Word of mouth is the toothpaste; social media is the tube. It’s a container for word of mouth (data from Engagement Labs shows that about 50% of word of mouth occurs online, and 50% occurs offline).

Data from Engagement Labs shows that about 50% of word of mouth occurs online, and 50% occurs offline. #wom
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With the future of social media changing, it will be nearly impossible for businesses to generate exposure online without paying for it. At the same time, we trust each other more ... Read More

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Left is Right & Up is Down

Probably the single best video to watch to understand the power of Google & Facebook (or even most of the major problems across society) is this following video about pleasure versus happiness.

In constantly seeking pleasure we forego happiness.

The "feed" based central aggregation networks are just like slot machines in your pocket: variable reward circuitry which self-optimizes around exploiting your flaws to eat as much attention as possible.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKkUtrL6B18&w=560&h=315]

The above is not an accident. It is, rather, as intended:

"That means that we needed to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever ... It's a social validation feedback loop ... You're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology ... [The inventors] understood this, consciously, and we did it anyway."

Happy? Good! Share posed photos to make your friend... Read More

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