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Written by Stu Kushner

Parallax Scrolling Websites and SEO – A Collection of Solutions and Examples

By Carla_Dawson

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Posted by Carla_Dawson

Parallax Scrolling is one of the latest trends in web design, yet most parallax scrolling websites are not SEO-friendly. I have observed this trend on sites like Awwwards, theFWA and many more. I have also observed that there are many articles that say parallax scrolling is not ideal for search engines. Parallax Scrolling is a design technique and it is ideal for search engines if you know how to apply it. I have collected a list of great tutorials and real SEO-friendly parallax websites to help the community learn how to use both techniques together. There appears to be lots of confusion in the community and I want to clear it up.

Parallax Scrolling – its origins and definition

Parallax Scrolling was originally created for the video game industry as a “special effects� technique to give the audience an illusion of depth. According to Wikipedia, parallax scrolling is

Parallax scrolling is a special scrolling technique in computer graphics, wherein background images move by the camera slower than foreground images, creating an illusion of depth

The web design industry defines parallax scrolling as

Creative Bloq

One big web design trend of the moment is parallax scrolling, which involves the background moving at a slower rate to the foreground, creating a 3D effect as you scroll down the page. It can sometimes be …read more    

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Written by Stu Kushner

A Beginner’s Guide to Lead Conversion with Social Media

By Sean Work

 SEO, Content Writing, management

So, you’ve been publishing on Facebook, Twitter and maybe a few other social media platforms, and you’ve built up a decent following in each channel. Your audience is starting to engage more and more with your content.

Maybe you’re wondering, “Okay, what’s next? How can I take this to the next level? How can I use social media to drive leads for my business?”

Done right, social media can be an extremely powerful tool for lead generation, but getting there takes time, patience, a lot of testing and the dedication to post highly-valuable content for your audience.

This guide focuses on how to generate leads with non-paid content in social media. Social ads are also an excellent for leads, and maybe it’s something I’ll talk about in a future post. For now, we’ll learn how to create content for Facebook and Twitter that inspires clicks and conversions, and how to measure the results of your social lead gen efforts so that you can show your boss just how valuable social media can be for your business.

Here we go.

Optimize How You Link to Your External Content

In order to be effective at generating leads with social media you need to treat it as a key part of your overall content marketing machine. This means that social media becomes a place where you distribute high-value content to your audience––content found on your blog, the resources section of your site or on landing pages.

But it’s not just about the value of the content you’re linking to; what really counts is how you format the posts in each channel.

Before diving into how to optimize your posts for lead generation, let’s take a look at three possible lead generation paths for social:

  1. Social channel > Blog post with link to a relevant landing page (gated content) > lead
  2. Social channel > …read more    
Online marketing, Content writing,SEO
Written by Stu Kushner

Introducing 3 New KISSmetrics Features

By Sean Work

 Online marketing, Content writing,cohort reports

We are excited to announce 3 brand new features to make KISSmetrics even better and simpler to use.

1. New Cohort Report Feature: See the people in each cohort cell

Now you can get a list of people that take a long time to engage and reach out to them. You can also analyze the people that engage constantly as power users to learn how to replicate that behavior across your user base. This enhanced feature is useful for targeting cohorts that need a reminder or promotion to get them active again.

2. New Power Report Feature: See the property value at the time the event triggered

Now you can see every referrer or ad campaign for every visit for better attribution, not just the first or latest. Or see every product that was added to cart. This advanced segmentation is useful for businesses that need granular analysis of what happened at the exact moment of an event.

3. New Objective Based Reporting: Let KISSmetrics choose your report based on your objective

Online marketing, Content writing,objective based reporting

Our customers told us that when creating a report, they didn’t know which report to create — so we listened. We spoke with businesses of all types and sizes to figure out the objectives that matter most to them and then we created our new feature, objective-based reporting.

Objective-based reporting is a helpful addition to our Reports page. Now, the Reports page has an option with a simple question — What do you want to do? — that allows our app to recommend an appropriate report based on your objective.

These new features are part of our ongoing efforts to make KISSmetrics even better and simpler to use, to let you focus on what matters the most: driving results for your business.

So go ahead and try out our new …read more    

Written by Stu Kushner

5 Easy Steps to Maximize Conversions From Your International Audience

By Sean Work

 online marketing, management ,SEO

Imagine you are traveling in a faraway country, outside of your comfort zone. You are enjoying the sights and sounds and smells, but you know you are a stranger in a strange land.

Then, you hear someone speaking your native language. Immediately, you turn to see who it is, and you smile, because you feel at home with this person who knows your language.

How Will Translation Help My Conversion Rate?

Our native language can affect our behavior and influence our purchasing habits. Indeed, language has been proven to affect our behavior considerably.

In research published in the Harvard Business Review, it was found that 72.1% of consumers spend most or all of their time on websites in their own language. This means that, by providing a site in only one language, you automatically are ruling out a huge potential client base.

The research also found that 72.4% of consumers would be more likely to buy a product using information in their own language. With so many products available, consumers increasingly are undertaking their own internet-based research before committing to a purchase. If your product information isn’t in their native language, chances are they won’t buy it.

In fact, 56.2% of the consumers in the study said the ability to obtain information in their own language is even more important than price. Thus, while price reduction is an obvious tactic in a competitive market, the use of language may have a bigger impact than you might think.

Another report, published by the European Commission, revealed that 90% of internet users in the EU always visited a website in their own language, when given a choice of languages. In today’s competitive world, no business can afford to ignore the possibility of adding 90% of a country’s internet users to their sales figures!

Start Small with One Language

You don’t …read more    

Written by Stu Kushner

The End of Link Building as we Know It

By Gryffin.com

Posted by Gryffin.com

The entire online marketing industry is still up in arms after Matt Cutt’s post on his blog title: The Decay and Fall of Guest Blogging for SEO. Guest Blogging was one of the last horizons that people considered safe for  White Hat  link building. So what now? Is guest blogging truly dead?

Part One

What I’ve learned from being a Link Audit Junkie

Before we can talk about guest blogging, I have to share with you what I’ve learned from two years of deep-diving into link audits and detailed competitive research.

After the first Penguin hit on April 24, 2012, I focused on performing in-depth research to identify patterns in penalized sites. What I quickly noticed was that most people who were penalized had very clear footprints in their backlink profiles. These were not easy to detect if you only looked at the profile of the individual sites, but when you ran a competitive link audit and established averages for the keyword sector as a whole, this became a  meter  from which to judge a specific site link footprints.

Later I incorporated private tools that allow you to search for patterns within a site’s backlink profile. These patterns include links on the same IP address or C class, links with similar or duplicate text, links with the same anchor text, links with the words articles in the URL, even link patterns that are two levels removed (the links to the links).

For the last 12 months or so, most of the sites that I looked at that were penalized had the following in common:

  • High density of money keywords in anchor text
  • Unnatural anchor text profile
  • Many links from article marketing directories
  • Many links from …read more    
Written by Stu Kushner

How to NOT Repeat Your Last Massive Marketing Failure

By Sean Work

On the KISSmetrics blog we talk a lot about marketing wins. And we should––we’re all about sharing tips and tricks, hacks and tactics so that we can learn from one another and help one another be awesome at what we do.

But no matter how much we study up on the latest developments in digital marketing, how much we A/B test and how many of the classic marketing texts we read, at one point or another we’re going to try something that just doesn’t work. 

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Written by Stu Kushner

An SEO’s Guide to Acquiring New gTLDs

By billhartzer

Posted by billhartzer

By now, you’re probably very used to the original, or what I would like to call the main Top Level Domains (TLDs), .com, .net, and .org. And everyone else, other than SEOs and online marketers, are more “used to” seeing those three TLDs, as well as .info, .biz, and occasionally .tv. Of course, internationally, the Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs), are widely accepted now, including .co.uk (United Kingdom), .es (Spain), .com.au (Australia), .ca (Canada), and .it (Italy). Depending on the location of your business, a ccTLD makes perfect sense as an alternative to .com. In the coming months, there are literally hundreds of new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) coming available, and some are already available for registration. In this SEO’s guide to the new gTLDs, I’m going to introduce you to the new gTLDs, tell you (from an SEO perspective) what you need to know, and what you can do to acquire them.

What New gTLDs are Coming Out?

I’ve already mentioned that the main TLDs, .com, .net, and .org will be joined by hundreds of new gTLDs. Here are a few that are already available for registration, meaning that they have gone through all of the required processes in order to be accepted: and you can go right now any register any available domain names with these extensions. Keep in mind that during the days leading up to the release of these many domain investors and trademark owners have already registered some of them:

.today .technology .tips .land .kitchen .contractors .diamonds .construction .clothing .camera .careers .directory .enterprises .guru .holdings .gallery .equipment .estate .bike .recipes .sexy .shoes …read more    

Written by Stu Kushner

50+ Google Analytics Resources – The 2014 Edition

By Sean Work

Google Analytics is one of the best free data analysis tools on the web. But having this powerful tool at your disposal is irrelevant if you don’t know how to harness its potential. People say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but whether you’re a beginner at analytics or an expert, there is untapped wisdom in the posts below.

For Beginners

These posts should guide you through getting Google Analytics set up and getting started.

  1. The Complete Guide to Setting up Google Analytics – This post is an opportunity to identify what code you’ll need, the account structure, and various other things necessary to get set up successfully.
  2. Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics – This three-part series delves into setting up your account (part 1), setting up goals (part 2), and measuring visitor interaction (part 3).
  3. Google Analytics Tutorial for Beginners 2014 – Video guide on how to navigate the Google Analytics interface and use certain features.
  4. A Guide to Getting Started with Analytics – Goes into detail about how to understand what your traffic is doing and which trends to watch.

Data Segmentation

The ability to segment data is one of the most important aspects of Google Analytics. It will allow you to compare data and make judgments.

  1. 16 Google Analytics Advanced Segments Tips – A combination of different segments you can apply to your analytics data to get insight. Examples include segmenting based on which type of traffic spends the most or which type of traffic bounces immediately.
  2. Segment Average Visit Duration in Analytics – See how you can get a better view of what average visitor duration means by segmenting your traffic.
  3. Google Analytics: Tracking Demographics of Ecommerce Visitors – A blog post on how to get demographic reports and how to analyze this data.
  4. Calculating the …read more    
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Written by Stu Kushner

How to Humanize Your E-commerce Business with Personalized Messages

By Sean Work

 online marketing,SEO, content marketing

“Always deliver more than expected” – Larry Page

E-commerce websites are no exception to this working law. In fact, e-commerce is one of the least forgiving areas if you simply meet basic requirements. Elements such as site speed, design, positioning, pricing, categorization, and SEO are vital for efficiency and success.

Fortunately, there are many themes and third-party tools available now that handle most of the basic requirements right out of the box. This gives us more time to invest in maximizing each area of e-commerce.

Today, we’re going to focus on humanized branding with personalized messages and creative content. The following examples show us how to be more than just a store front by going above the basic requirements of RSS promotion or Facebook Offers.

Ditch Propaganda for a Voice

One of the primary shared goals of marketing and branding on social media channels and email campaigns is to befriend visitors and customers.

It’s an idea that has been preached for years but remains minimal in practice. This may be summarized best with a question from our higher-ups, “What’s the ROI of a cat meme?” That’s not to say all of our friends share cat memes, but the general idea is an e-commerce website can share the same content our friends would share, such as:

  • Humorous articles and pictures
  • Opinions on news, pop culture, and society
  • Memes
  • General questions about life
  • Insightful quotes, images, and recommendations

The larger the brand, the more limited the content. We’re not going to see Macy’s tweeting about marijuana legalization, although Ben & Jerry’s will be all over it:

If you know the history of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, you realize this is almost as expected as Puma tweeting about track runners or Home Depot pioneering a philanthropic campaign to support forest fire fighters.

The magic of humanized marketing happens when the message influences us to …read more    

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