online marketing, content writing
Written by Stu Kushner

Google Wants Quality Too

online marketing, blog,post, contentIt isn’t just your customers and prospects that are looking for quality material; the most powerful search engine in the land is in the hunt for better material as well.  The latest changes in the Google algorithm have been pointed at article directories and will ultimately make it more difficult for online marketers to draw traffic if they haven’t produced quality work.

Article directories used to be a hotbed of activity for online marketing to generate as many inbound links as possible.  You could easily rehash a previously used piece of content or idea in a few hundred words that would be picked up by search engines and help drive traffic to your site.  With Google’s new algorithm however, these lower quality efforts won’t be getting nearly as much attention from search engines.

If you are new to article marketing for your website, this change to the Google algorithm probably won’t have a whole lot of bearing for you.  Your focus should simply be to deliver the highest quality and most useful articles that you can regardless of where you plan on publishing them in order to get traffic.

In order to build lasting relationships with prospects and customers, your focus should be on providing quality in every step of your business.  If you produce a good product, provide the best possible service and generate the most useful content to draw traffic into your website. That way you should be able to establish your brand and increase your sales.

Written by Stu Kushner

The Ideal Search Box Is 27-Characters Wide

What’s the ideal width of a search box? Is there such a thing?  It turns out that most of today’s search boxes are too short. The problem with short boxes is that even though you can type out a long query, only a portion of the text will be visible at a time, making it difficult to review or edit what you’ve typed.

Research has found that the average search box is 18-characters wide. Quite often queries are too long to fit into the search field. Extending the box to 27 characters will accommodate 90% of queries. Remember, you can set widths using ems, not just pixels and points. One em is the width and height of one “m” character (using whatever font size a website is set to). So, use this measure to scale the width of the text input field to 27-characters wide.

google-search

Google’s search box is wide enough to accommodate long sentences.

apple-search

Apple’s search box is a little too short, cutting off the query, “Microsoft Office 2008.”

In general, search boxes are better too wide than too short, so that users can quickly review, verify and submit the query. This guideline is very simple but unfortunately too often dismissed or ignored. Some padding in the input field can also improve the design and user experience.

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