Meta Title Length Explained

The subject of Search Engine Optimisation can be a tricky one. Opinions from experts in the field often vary, with frequent proclamations that ‘SEO is dead!’. However, in spite of these claims, evidence would suggest otherwise. More than 200 people every month search the term ‘Is SEO dead?’. And each time, they discover thousands of sites that prove the contrary. They will also learn that the rules of SEO are constantly changing and that it is vital to be aware of the most recent updates. An understanding of the terminology, as well as their applications, is therefore advisable.

One such term is the meta title, also referred to as the title tag, which relates to the HTML code that describes your site accurately and concisely. This will also be used to identify a page when you apply a bookmark. (For an example of what HTML meta descriptions and meta title tags look like, press ‘Ctrl’ and ‘U’.)

Meta title HTML example

Confusion abounds – even amongst SEO experts – as to their importance, and even the ideal length. So, how can you be sure that your meta title is the best choice?

Meta title length explained

The general rule is to keep your title under 60 characters. However, the fact is that search engines measure the meta title in pixels, rather than characters, generally truncating anything longer than 600 pixels. Many people do everything right, creating perfect meta titles, only to see that part of the text has been replaced with the dreaded ‘ellipse’…

This may seem a small matter, but the facts speak for themselves –

  • Most people ignore the ‘paid ads’ at the top of a SERP (search engine results page), choosing the ‘organic’ results instead.
  • Of these organic results, around 70% of users don’t scroll further than the fifth website.
  • At least 95% of users won’t even click on the second page.

Although the big search engines such as Google have a lot of control over what is displayed, you can maximise your chances by optimising your meta title.

Meta title example

The pixel limit, as opposed to character limit, can be a problem though. Upper case characters should be limited, and wider characters such as ‘W’ will reduce the amount of text displayed. And although the officially accepted limit is 600 pixels, some research shows that truncation can take place between 525 – 535 pixels (for some reason, these limits don’t seem to apply to mobile web searches!).

In the end, the search engine can choose to ignore your tags and grab whatever HTML text from your site that it feels is relevant. But this should not stop you from ensuring your meta title is clear, concise, and accurate, and between 55 – 65 characters long. Only the most important, high-value keywords should be used, word repetition should be avoided, and instead of hyphens the vertical line ‘|’ should be inserted to display the text more prominently.

Online tools can help with meta title length, as well as content, to improve your SEO strategy, along with your chances of success.

Based in the North East of England UK Web GeekZ are innovators in the search engine optimisation industry and use tactics that work time and time again, give us a call if you would like to get more traffic or simply a new website design.


 

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Maximise Your Online Presence with These 7 SEO Tips to Optimising Your Website

Landing on that sweet #1 spot is a huge challenge, especially if you operate in a crowded niche. But, with proper search engine optimisation, you will be able to start improving your rankings and get there eventually.

Optimising your site might seem like a lot of work and quite a daunting task, but the hardest part about it is figuring out where to start. So, for those of you who feel lost in what you should do to improve your site’s optimisation, I have prepared a short list of seven SEO tips to help you out.

The first thing you’re going to need is some kind of tool that allows you to track your metrics. Linkio has a pretty great compilation of the best SEO audit tools out there, so be sure to give them a visit.

Anyway, let’s jump into our first tip.

#1. Mobile-Friendliness Is a MUST

This is one of the very first things you need to ensure. An enormous amount of users prefer their mobile devices to browse the Web, and their percentage is still growing.

Whereas only a couple of years before mobile users were responsible for about one-third of all traffic, today their count is almost doubled. 

Mobile traffic is up by 222% in the last 7 years! ~ broadbandsearch.net 

66% is a lot to lose. But in addition to losing more than half of your traffic because of poor mobile optimization, Google will actually place a penalty on your site on top of that, cutting your traffic even further.

Why? Because Google knows most people use smartphones, and to help create a better experience for them, it favors sites that are properly optimized for them.

So, you absolutely need to ensure that your resource looks and performs flawlessly on all platforms and browsers.

#2. Upload a Sitemap

Every once in a while, Google’s bots come crawling through your site to index your pages. But the thing is: they aren’t perfect at it. Especially if you have dozens upon dozens of pages and some hidden from view.

Pages that you are editing, ones that aren’t ready to go live, etc. 

There is also a limited amount of pages they can index per visit. So, in order to get the most out of crawlers, it is advisable that you upload a .xml sitemap.

What is it? Essentially it’s a list of all your pages that are up for indexing. Formatting it properly is quite tricky, but you don’t actually have to do it on your own. 

If your site runs on WordPress, Yoast SEO is a great plugin. In addition to helping you optimize your site automatically, it can create sitemaps for you and notify Google each time something changes on your resource, so the bots always know when and what to index.

#3. Choose Keywords Wisely

Choosing proper keywords to rank for is a huge part of SEO. But which ones do you go for? 

Just picking the #1 keyword in your niche isn’t enough. Even though it might be the most popular one that people search for, there’s going to be a ton of competition. 

Try to implement a healthy mix of keywords with lots of variation and synonyms. Don’t be afraid to go for keywords that are ranking a little lower. 

Don’t be afraid to check which keywords your competitors are ranking for since you might find some real gems there. And, be sure to monitor every keyword’s ranking and keep an eye out for ones that are steadily growing in popularity since those are great contenders that can overtake the #1 spot if used properly.

Ahrefs has one of the best keyword rank trackers out there.

#4. Site Speed Matters

There are two reasons why you need to pay attention to your site speed. The first being that nobody likes to look at that annoying loading animation for longer than a split second and being too slow might cause a spike in your site’s click-off rate. 

The second one, though, is tied directly with Google. Every time your pages get indexed the bots actually take notice of how long it takes to load them and that information actually affects your ratings.

So, it is pretty important to stay fast. Use PageSpeed Insights to check your site speed and get a few tips on how to make it load faster all in the same place.

#5. Both Internal and External Links Are Amazing for SEO

You should make interlinking your own pages into a habit if you haven’t already. It’s great for two reasons: firstly, it helps direct your visitors through your content and might make them stay around for longer. 

And secondly, it helps Google’s bots crawl your site faster. After all, it is much easier to follow a link than to scan the entirety of your resource to find a page.

As for external links though, I’m sure you’re already aware of the benefits of link building. The more backlinks from high-authority websites you have, the more traffic they transfer to your own one.

Don’t be afraid to link to smaller websites too as it helps you build relationships, which usually turn out to be mutually beneficial.

#6. Take Advantage of Social Medias

Now, of course, boosting your organic traffic should always be your highest priority. But the amount of traffic you can be able to redirect, say, from Facebook is quite considerable.

By placing ads there you’ll be able to capture much more attention than from Google alone. If you setup up a Facebook pixel on your website it will help you re-target people at a later date with more specific adverts. It also causes a little bit of a snowball effect: someone shares a post of yours, then their friends see it, and so on. 

Besides, no successful website is complete without a social media page. Reposting other people’s content on Twitter is also a pretty nice way to get on someone’s radar. And while it has no direct effect on your SEO, it will definitely help during your link building campaign.

#7. Run Audits Often

Even when you’re nearing the finish of your SEO campaign (or at least running out of tasks to do), it’s important to remember that there’s no real end to SEO. Google constantly gets updated, your competition figures out new strategies, links get removed along with thousands of other factors that come into play when your rankings are determined.

So, your job is never over. That’s why you need to run audits of your site at least a few times a month. In fact, you can also run audits of your competitor’s sites to see what they’re up to.

A tool like SpyFu is a great way of peeking behind the curtains of any site to check what’s going on back there.

Good Luck With Your SEO!

Thank you for staying with me until the end and I hope my tips will come in handy during your own SEO campaign! 

Based in the North East of England UK Web GeekZ are innovators in the search engine optimisation industry and use tactics that work time and time again, give us a call if you would like to get more traffic or simply a new website design.


 

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Confused about which SEO consultant to hire?

Updated 24/07/2020

If you are reading this you probably want some insight into how best to choose your SEO consultant.

So what things should we consider, whats the most important and what should we avoid?

I will first list some of the things we should be thinking about and then go into a little more detail about some of those bullet points

Things to consider

Search engine optimisation is such a broad service that the average surfer will not be qualified enough to interpret the claims of an SEO Agency or do the research on them to qualify that agency for your project. To teach a none SEO specialist how to dissect a website would simply take to long and so this is just a simple guide on how you could help stop yourself getting burned by a team of spammers and help keep your website safe

Most important things to ask

  • The preferred strategy they use to improve a rank (they should tell you this when asked)
  • Does it break Google guidelines (details here)
  • Have they got proof of past success
  • Is content on your site the 1st step for them
  • Is content a step for them at all
  • If content is used is that their only strategy
  • Do they build any kind of links to your site
  • What type of links

Most important things to avoid

  • Rank overnight claims
  • Guaranteed rankings
  • One fee to complete the job
  • Offers of mass links to your site
  • Guaranteed first page results
  • Automated link building

What does all this mean?

So with a a bunch of the most important factors to consider listed above I can start to now list and explain in more detail some of the points mentioned.

Most Important

The preferred strategy they use to improve a rank (they should tell you this when asked)

If they are unwilling to describe how they do what they claim it probably means it will break Googles guidelines in some way and so keep that from you to avoid scaring you off. This does not mean this is always the case however as they might simply have some knowledge they do not want to get to competitors but in general can often get alarm bells ringing. If the strategy is content based and does not involve any named links (described here) then they could be the people for you to consider.

Does it break Google guidelines? (details here)

You should cross reference this list of guidelines against what they tell you because if any of those guidelines are broken on your website then you are in great danger of having a penalty applied to your website by Google and you can say goodbye to your traffic and will have to clean up the mess they have made to have that penalty removed by Google.

Is content on your site the 1st step for them?

This should be the first step for any SEO company good or bad because its what we call low hanging fruit, simple changes to text/layout/keywords and content can sometimes be all is needed to get ranked and then no risky work is needed. I say risky work because all offsite SEO carries an element of risk because no matter which way you look at it all SEO is borderline for Google guidelines but none the less all companies including the big beasts need to do it for traffic and they do so on a daily.

Is content a step for them at all?

If it is not then they are simply building back links to your properties which is a very risky thing to do with regards to Google and you have to be very careful and planned to do this safely which you will know is not happening if they are charging you peanuts – it should be at least £250 a month for even the most basic safe seo any less and your asking for trouble as the things involved to do this are time consuming and require assets to be built.

Do they build any kind of links to your site

If they do then you need to look into what they do carefully and have them explain exactly whats going to be done, when, how often and from where because link building is the most risky aspect of SEO just have a read of what Googles Penguin algorithm can do to your site if caught (described here)

What type of links

I cannot go through the many types of links one can acquire on the net there is simply too many but they all have a trust and authority score used by seo tools as metrics to gauge a link or websites quality. You can use tools like Majestic SEO to check these metrics.

Things to avoid

Rank overnight claims

Some things can be ranked over night but generally not a website and nothing that will help you a great deal. SEO is a long term project no matter what, on occasions a rank can be achieved and work can stop but at some point it will start to devalue and that will happen before its reflected in the search results and then you will have to play catch up so its generally always a long term constant service. This is why a claim to rank something overnight is false, very risky and most definitely will get a penalty even if it succeeds.

Guaranteed rankings

This is a double edged sword because an experienced SEO can to some extent guarantee some sort of rank based on past experiences and knowledge but can certainly not guarantee it especially in a given time frame or to a desired position like number 1 for example, even with an in depth report of your competitors one can only guesstimate the level of work needed to outrank someone else and for all they know they have a good SEO working for them that knows how to hide certain things of benefit from peeping toms. In general nothing is guaranteed there are so many factors to consider and an existing competitors age alone can be hard to overcome and pushing to hard early on will catch the attention of Googles algorithms, panda, penguin, hummingbird and rankbrain.

Offers of mass links to your site

We can get you lots of back links to outrank your competitors they will say, this works time and time again. Yes in a way it does but not that way, a website with 2 powerful links from reputable trusted sources can outrank a website with 20,000 links from dodgy sources this is a fact. This will also most definitely get you a penalty and contacting 20,000 webmasters to have your link removed from there site will be a ridiculous task and you will not get in touch with 95% of them which will require all sorts of interaction and reconsideration requests with Google to resume business as normal. This often ends up with the client starting from scratch on a new domain. You should not be building any links to your site unless you are sure its good.

Automated link building

This is something done by SEO tools used by virtual assistants for companies who outsource their SEO work or even use the tools themselves. Googles algorithm is clever enough to know which computer posted a link, what time it was done, which server was used, which IP address was used, which other sites are on that server, where else that IP has appeared, where else have those links been posted and all of this easily accessible data creates an obvious footprint which makes your site stand out like a red balloon to Google. Risks can be minimised by using proxies to rotate IPs and servers, scheduling to avoid time frame issues and other complicated scripts but this will never be invisible to Google. Basically a cheap link service should only get you a few links because its not profitable to do more properly unless using automated spamming tools to find low quality orphaned websites to post on.

Ok so I hope your head is not to fried by all of this but this is about as simple as a helpful article can be with regards to finding a suitable SEO Company but it does layout in understandable terms what is important and what is not.

Based in the North East of England UK Web GeekZ are innovators in the search engine optimisation industry and use tactics that work time and time again, give us a call if you would like to get more traffic or simply a new website design.


 

5-7 Amity House, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 7EE
07906392955
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What is a Meta Description Checker?

With around 59% of the world population
being active online – that’s about 4.6 billion people – it is more important
than ever for businesses to use best practices when it comes to SEO and online
strategy. It’s a subject filled with pitfalls and hazards to trap the unwary,
and it is advisable to seek professional help. One particularly problematic
topic is that of meta descriptions. A poorly-formed meta description
could cost a business dearly in terms of online visibility, or could even be
giving a false impression of that business. In this situation, a meta
description checker could be the answer.

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Meta Description

Why are meta descriptions important?

When someone makes an online search using
any major browser, the search engine looks at the HTML ‘tags’ on websites to
find the most suitable and relevant results. This HTML code won’t usually form
part of the actual website but will give a good idea of what it is about. This
is to generate what is called ‘click-through’. The person performing the search
looks at the results, reads a brief description of the page, and then decides
whether to visit it or not. A good, accurate meta description is therefore
vital in ensuring that people don’t simply scroll by and choose a competitor’s
site.

A list of meta description checkers

Screaming Frog (Our favourite) – Screaming Frog

Site Checker Pro – https://sitechecker.pro

SEO Review Tools – Bulk Meta Description Checker

To The Web – Title & Description Checker

Meta Tags IO – https://metatags.io

SEO Mofo – Snippet Optimiser

How does a meta description checker help?

Having a good meta description is just part
of your overall SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) strategy. And if you haven’t
got that, then you’re already starting at a disadvantage. A brief search online
– in which you’ll see examples of good meta descriptions – will provide dozens
of SEO experts willing to help.

You might be tempted to compile your own
description, and if you’re confident in doing so, that’s great. But there is an
art to it. To save space, meta descriptions are limited to 155 – 160
characters. You can make it any length, but the search engine will cut it
short, which won’t look good in the search results. So your description has to
be short and relevant to make sure it appears in the right searches. It also
needs to be engaging. A dull description won’t inspire a ‘click-through’.

Another trick that a meta description
checker will use is to insert keywords. Most search engines insist that this
won’t help with your ranking (where you appear in the list of results)
but it’s a good idea to use them anyway. There’s a thing called ‘click-through
rate’ that search engines, such as Google, use to determine whether your site
is a good result. The better your meta description, the more click-throughs
you’ll get. Google sees this and bumps you up the list, making your site more
visible to potential customers.

Are meta descriptions absolutely necessary?

As stated above, this is an important
aspect of SEO. In fairness, they aren’t essential, as the search engine will
grab a section of your page and use that as a description. In some cases, this
is acceptable – even preferable – for example, if you have duplicate meta
descriptions for different pages. Another example would be if your page relies
on people searching for ‘long-tail keywords’ (perhaps three or more specific
keywords). In these cases, search engines include the surrounding phrases that
the user has searched for, as well as the keywords. A specific meta description
here might reduce the relevance of the site to the search.

In general, though, meta descriptions are
advisable and can be extremely useful. And a meta description checker will
ensure you are on the right track by using certain tools and methods to boost
your SEO, such as:

  • Bold Keywords – these stand out on the page and catch the eye
    but must flow with the text and be used in context.
  • A ‘Call to action’ – a good way to increase chances of
    engagement
  • Using active voice – it is more motivating and energetic
  • Avoid double quote marks – search engines often truncate the
    text when alphanumerics are used
  • Using ‘Rich Snippets – extra details such as a thumbnail photo,
    ratings, etc.
  • Optimal length and format – selecting the best length and
    appearance for the business

With the right meta description, any business could receive the boost they need.

Based in the North East of England UK Web GeekZ are innovators in the search engine optimisation industry and use tactics that work time and time again, give us a call if you would like to get more traffic or simply a new website design.

 

5-7 Amity House, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 7EE
07906392955
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How to find the real rank of featured snippets

This is a simple URL parameter hack to show the real rank of your featured snippet.

As you know featured snippets are not always the best traffic converting spot because people can get the information they needed without clicking through to your website. If you were to de-optimize you might go in #1 (organic) or #2 but to a way lower rank (#6, #7). So how to find your “real rank”?

Use this hack: add &num=9 in your SERP url, you’ll see your real rank.

Here is the explanation: you force the number of results per page to be lower than 10 (it also works with num=8, num=7, etc).

Featured snippets are triggered only for SERP`s of 10+ results.
So the “featured snippet layer” is disabled, so the non-snippet rankings are shown.

You can read peoples feedback on this trick on Kevin Richards Twitter

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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How to transfer a Facebook pixel to another account in 2018

Hello! – So you have just come from Google search and most likely want to know one of the following?

How to transfer a Facebook pixel to another account?

How to swap a Facebook pixel from one account to another?

How to assign a Facebook pixel to another ad account?

How to transfer a Facebook pixel in 2018?

How to change ownership of a Facebook pixel?

 
 
There may come a time when you need to transfer a Facebook pixel to a clients account or any other add account and this guide may help you in the process.

Especially when a business has changed hands or if a client has had a previous agency involved and they created the pixel code, there are going to be times when rather than start from scratch, you are going to want to use the same pixel code and take advantage of the data that is already connected to, and accessible from that pixel code.

It used to be the case that sharing a pixel code to another ad account was easy. You just clicked the share button and entered the ad account ID and ‘poof!’ it was done. That is now no longer the case, and there is very little accurate information available online.

 

Only the OWNER of a pixel code can share it first of all, and it is done through business manager, so:

 

Step 1

  •  Create (or if it is someone else’s account get the owner to do this) a business account by going to business.facebook.com

Step 2

  • having created a business account, claim the ad account and other assets such as pages.

Step 3

  • inside the business account (of the sending ad account), select ‘data sources’ from the menu, then select ‘pixels’ and select the specific pixel you want to share.

Step 4

  •  Next, select ‘assign partner’ and choose editor from the options and then enter the BUSINESS ACCOUNT ID of the owner of the ad account that you want to share the pixel to.

Step 5

  • The business account owner of the person that owns the new ad account on which the pixel is going to be used, should now see the shared pixel in their business manager account, which they can select from data sources/pixels. They (the receiving ad account owner) can then select ‘ad accounts’ from the pixel’s sub menu, and then ‘Assign ad accounts’ and they should then be able to select the receiving ad account and assign the pixel code to it.

 

There are also guidance notes that state that pixel codes cannot be shared with/assigned to, ad accounts owned by individuals. Hence the need for the receiving ad account to also be managed from a business account from business.facebook.com

Once you have completed the above steps, then the new ad account should now have the old existing pixel code assigned to it, so that data can be used to create custom audiences etc.

Based in the North East of England UK Web GeekZ are innovators in the search engine optimisation industry and use tactics that work time and time again, give us a call if you would like to get more traffic or simply a new website design.

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Dean Signori a Darlington based SEO Consultant

How can having an SEO consultant like Dean Signori help your business?

Firstly let it be clear that some niches have it pretty easy in Google to rank high if they are only operating in a small local town or are in a very unique business. If however like the bulk of businesses you have a lot of competition and are competing for a rank in multiple cities and or nationally then you are certainly going to need and benefit from an experienced SEO consultant like Dean Signori. The benefit comes in the form of getting your website visibility increased which in turn will increase your calls and revenue which is a big help when starting or setting up a business.

Dean Signori

Dean Signori from Darlington

 

 

What effect does search engine optimisation (SEO) have on your website?

Search engine optimisation is a method used to gather keywords and data that we know Google can see, data that it values and uses to help it decide which sites to rank higher. We then use that data within your site content and to a large amount of off site content. Imagine the many types of personalities that exist in the world, the different backgrounds people have, the different age groups they come from, the different cultures and locations. Now imagine how different they each think and the different things they are likely to type in to search for something. The variables are massive and you cannot rank high for everything that everyone decides to type in but you can have a go at doing that stage by stage starting off with the most likely options. This is like casting a large net over the whole of your market and snagging as many queries and calls as possible by weaving it into your site content, future articles and offsite content.

 

 

How much does SEO (search engine optimisation) cost?

This is one of the first questions people ask and rightly so but in the world of SEO it is not how much will it cost but how much do you want to invest? Every piece of string has a different length and everyone has a different budget which is often dependant on the size of there market. Any company that offers to get you ranked in the top 3 in a guaranteed time period for a fixed cost is either deceptive or completely naive. We do have the power to rank websites but it is never guaranteed and is nearly always an ongoing process, if you have a sales person making outbound calls and it brings in revenue to pay that salespersons wage and profit the company then why would you stop paying that salesperson? SEO is very much the same the goal posts are forever moving in terms of being able to accurately manipulate Google but also in terms of your competitors they too will be trying to rank higher and gain more business and so you also need to keep chipping away at your offsite SEO.

 

 

What is the difference between onsite and offsite SEO?

Onsite SEO is setting up the code underneath your website to be optimised in the correct format that Google understands and then filling those snippets of code with what Google & your potential customers want to see using data that is gathered by Google via peoples search patterns and history. Offsite SEO is a similar process but its other peoples pages/sites that get optimised on behalf of your website either naturally by people writing about you which we have to admit is rare? Or by reaching out to people in relevant areas to write about you externally along with other more advanced techniques to boost the power of your website.

 

 

What is the difference between Google adwords, pay per click and Google shopping ads?

Basically Google adwords and Google shopping adds are both pay per click services. Google adwords are the text ads that you will see at the top of a Google search with little green boxes with the letters “Ad” like in the picture below, you get charged anytime a customer clicks on these ads even if they do not call or message you. Each business type has its own cost that can vary from pennies per click to pounds per click.

Google adwords example

Google shopping ads appear in a few places, sometimes at the top of the search on a carousel, sometimes to the right of search and always on the “shopping” tab in search. These are picture ads of your products and you get charged for every time the customer clicks. The data is also tracked so that if a click converts you can see how many times they came back to the site which can be a helpful pattern to understand for expensive products as you can see on average how long a sale takes to convert which can be weeks on high value items, i.e a customer returns to the site after speaking to partner, waiting for wages etc.

Google shopping ads

Can I speak to Dean Signori anytime I want?

Yes Dean Signori is available during typical working hours and off peak so you can get in touch directly with the person acting on your campaign to address any concerns.

 

Do you only cover Darlington & Middlesbrough?

We are based in Darlington and Middlesbrough but as you would expect we deal with clients all over the world not just in the UK, this is the nature of SEO, products and services needs to be seen internationally as well as national/local.

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A handful of our website design projects – UK Web GeekZ Darlington

Here are a few websites that we have completed for people in and around Darlington

UK Web GeekZ servicing Darlington, Middlesbrough, Durham & Newcastle are innovators in the search engine optimisation industry and the tactics we use work time and time again.

We do not follow other SEO companies like sheep, we have our own methods that we like to keep secret from our competitors for our benefit and our clients.

We design and build websites from the ground up with your long term SEO plans in mind.

We assign you your own web designer or internet marketing consultant so that you are always one call away from a chat with the individual doing the work on your project.

5-7 Amity House, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 7EE

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Call us on 07906392955

Email us on info@ukwebgeekz.com

Registered at Companies House 09912906


Miller Brothers PT a Personal Training website for the Darlington area: http://miller-brothers-pt.co.uk

miller-brothers-pt


Deepdale Cove a newly built holiday park in Skinningrove for a client based in Darlingtonhttp://deepdale-cove.co.uk

Deepdale Cove


 

Great Online Bingo`s a website that has various offers for bingo websites for a client based in London:  http://www.greatonlinebingos.co.uk

Great Online Bingo`s


 

JP Personal Training a personal trainer website for a client based in Darlington: http://www.jp-personal-training.co.uk

JP Personal Training


 

UK Event Security a security guard website targeting nationally for a Sparta Security based in Darlington: http://www.ukeventsecurity.co.uk

ukevent-website


Northallerton Landscapes a landscape design company based in Northallertonhttp://www.northallerton-landscapes.com

Northallerton Landscapes


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How to Setup a Google Shopping Campaign

This is a brief UK Web GeekZ tutorial by Dean Signori on how to begin a shopping campaign in Adwords as opposed to an Adwords campaign. The overview will assume that you have a basic understanding of Adwords. It will guide you through the first steps that then lead onto what you will be more familiar with i.e. your Adwords account and setting up bids for individual products or groups.

A few of the things we will touch on:

  • Setting up merchant centre
  • Setting up Adwords
  • Making/Getting a Data feed for your products
  • Linking merchant centre to your Adwords account
  • Pulling products into Adwords for bids

Assuming you already have a Gmail account from here https://www.google.com/gmail/  you should head straight over to the Google merchant centre https://merchants.google.com and sign up for an account which is pretty straight forward. You will be presented with a dashboard with a menu to the left and 3 dots at the top right near your profile picture, in the middle will be a graph that when you have started a campaign will tell you if it is active, pending, disapproved or expiring along with other various bits of information on your campaign.  Underneath that you have the option to click on diagnostics, product feeds and manage product feeds.

Diagnostics

This is where you can get information relating to what is wrong with your feed if anything which comes in handy when you first start using merchant center.  It can point you in the right direction as to what is wrong with your feed and often displays errors or notifications to help you along with a link to some Google support FAQ`s to “learn more” . Below is an example of a notification that might get thrown up, in this case it was missing micro data for the condition of the item for sale i.e. new. This would be added to the header of the page or as part of the nesting container for the product like so:

<meta itemprop="itemCondition" content="New"/>

 

Missing micro data

missing-microdata

 

You can find a guide to micro data on the following links

 

Feeds

Also on this page you will see the feeds tab, click on this and you will see a big plus button, go ahead and click on it and it will open up the following display:

Register a feed

register-feed

 

This is the part that Adwords users may not be familiar with, it allows you to give merchant center a data feed with all of the attributes from your product range that then gets pushed into Adwords automatically assuming you have done it right. Once you have chosen your target country and currency etc you can choose a type of feed to use.  A Google sheets template and edit your data manually, upload a pre-made file from your desktop or server or a scheduled fetch which would be from a file stored on your server. The easiest way is when you have an eCommerce store that can generate you an XML feed from your store/products with all of the code and attributes in place but if you do not have this then for me the easiest way is to choose the Google sheets method and merchant center will make you a spreadsheet in Google sheets and you just have to go in and edit the fields with your individual products.

Types of feed

types-of-feed

When you have edited all of your spreadsheet it will save automatically then you can hit the fetch now button and it will process for a few moments and hopefully display you a successfully enabled feed with your products ready to be approved by a Google rep (yes this part can take up to 3 business days to come into effect as they are checked manually to prevent abuse).

Fetch now

fetch now

 

Linking Your Adwords Account

Assuming you now have had your products approved you may want to go ahead and link your Adwords account and start setting up bids for your products. Look in the top right hand corner of merchant centre for 3 vertical dots, hit the dots and click on account linking, link account on that screen by hitting the link text and boom you’re done, now time to head over to Adwords.

Pulling Products into Adwords for Bids

Other than the first few steps here the rest of this process will be what you’re used to i.e. the Adwords interface and setting up product groups and bids.

If you hit the products tab and your feed is correct you should see your products from the feed in this tab.

Products tab

products-tab

Go to the top level add group and hit the pencil button, you should have a window open up with your products in and you can hit each product to move it along to the right for use. You do this process down though the groups until you have your products listed where they are supposed to be

 

Add products

add-products

If your Google Analytics is set up for eCommerce, your AdWords conversions are automatically set up (as transactions).  Whereas, if you are tracking conversions for a non-eCommerce (Lead Generation) site, you’ll want to set up conversions for your web forms. AgencyPPC has provided this guide to set up conversions in AdWords.

 

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5 Reasons any web designer needs online invoicing software

The industry for web designers is growing stronger each year. With that, more and more designers are self-employed, and they find while the independence is great, it also means one thing: they need to take care of their own finances.

Although accounting and finance are subjects that most regular business people try to avoid and do only grudgingly, it is very important. Especially important is invoicing, which allows web designers to have greater cash flow.

If the invoices are sent out wrongly, or late, they will be delayed in receiving payment. In fact, that delay can last anywhere from a few days to a few months.

In order to help web designers with their invoicing needs, we’ll show why every web designer needs online invoicing software.

Reason #1: It helps get you organized

One of the most important things for taking care of your finances (and your business) in general is to be organized.

Many accounting offices have closets full of thick folders. These have all the past invoices and other documents, as well as files on their customers. You could, possibly, do the same. However, for the busy freelancer, that’s just not practical. However, not having good accounting can lead to lots of serious problems.

That’s why web designers need online invoicing software. Instead of looking for customer information and old reports all throughout your email and checking your bank accounts to see past payments, you can have all that information saved on the software.

Reason #2: It’s faster

If you are creating your own invoices from scratch, it can take very long. If you are using an invoice template, it’s faster, but still time-consuming.

Each time you have to find your client’s information, figure out the invoice number and date, and do all these manual actions. Then you’ll need to get the client email address, attach the invoice and write a professional email.

However, you can do the same thing, in an automated way, in just 60 seconds. From start to finish, in less than 1 minute, you can create and send your invoice to your client.

That’s because all the information is stored online, so you won’t need to remember anything else except the invoice amounts.

Reason #3: You’ll have more options

When you send out your invoices currently, you are probably using the same invoice. Blue or black, square, simple. Although it’s great to be simple and professional, it is often not professional for something to look too outdated.

With online invoicing software, you have a wide variety of invoicing templates to choose from.  You don’t have to be stuck with just one, but you can change them as you wish, at any time.

Even better, online invoicing software like InvoiceBerry allows you to upload your own logo. This is a fantastic, although overlooked, option that will boost your professionalism.

Reason #4: You can do it anywhere

When you are manually creating your invoices, the invoice templates and customer information are probably stored on your computer.

This means that the only time and place you can create and send out your invoices is when you are near your computer. If everything is going well, then this is fine.

However, if you realize you’ve made a mistake, or you are on vacation but forgot to send out your invoices, you won’t be able to do anything until you get back to your computer.

With online invoicing software, that doesn’t have to be the case. Because everything is stored online, you can do your invoices from anywhere. All you need is an internet connection and you can still create your invoices. On your friend’s or family’s computer, on your devices, while your on vacation or on the train.

Reason #5: It’s actually free

One of the reasons that many are hesitant to try online invoicing software is that they don’t want to pay for another subscription, especially one they don’t know they’ll like or need.

However, that doesn’t have to be the case. For example, InvoiceBerry has a Forever Free account which, as the name suggest, is free forever.

There’s no credit card requirement or any other commitment at all. If you have 3 or fewer clients, then you can use the free, full version of the software forever.

These functions include creating and customizing your invoice, adding payment terms, sending payment reminders, setting up recurring invoices, tracking expenses, and much more. All for free.

With all these reasons, it’s quite simple to see why you need online invoicing software. It’s fast, easy, simple, feature-filled and even free. However, most importantly, you’ll be saving your time.

As with all self-employed people, web designers need to save their time so they can focus more on growing their business. Online invoicing software lets you do that. When you use it, you’ll see just how easy it can be to create and send invoices.

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