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Case study: The Bearded One’s new website

By |2020-06-10T14:30:23+10:0028 May, 2020|Categories: Website|Tags: , |

In 2018, Civic Web Media built and created a new WordPress website for Newcastle design agency The Bearded One. Damon Scarfe, founder of The Bearded One, said in the video below that working with Civic Web Media was an 'excellent experience' and that he was 'extremely satisfied with the website produced'. Hear Damon's full testimonial below.

SEO in 2020: Everything you need to know

By |2020-04-07T09:22:29+10:008 April, 2020|Categories: SEO|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When did your business last update its SEO strategy? If you're still playing by last year's rulebook, or going back even earlier, it's likely that you've seen your results slipping in 2020, where it takes a lot more than keywords to get your website noticed. Google has made some major changes to its search algorithm over the past couple of years, which have sent ripples across the industries. Many websites that were previously performing well are now finding themselves falling behind or even getting penalised for following outdated techniques. If you handle your SEO campaigns yourself, it's vital to have some

SEO in 2020: How to rank in RankBrain

By |2020-04-07T08:19:19+10:007 April, 2020|Categories: SEO|Tags: , |

Google's artificial intelligence system RankBrain was introduced into the search algorithm in 2015 to help refine search results. Google has revealed that RankBrain is its third most significant ranking factor, so if you want to improve your page rank, you need to know what the AI is looking for. Though even Google insiders have reportedly said they don't know the full extent of what RankBrain is doing, we do know a few things. Semantically-related words While traditional keywords are still important for SEO, RankBrain searches all areas of a page for other contextual words and phrases related to the keywords. Their

SEO in 2020: How to optimise your website for voice search

By |2020-04-03T09:47:57+10:006 April, 2020|Categories: SEO|Tags: , , |

Voice search has come a long way since the novelty of Siri’s introduction in 2011. While voice recognition still isn't perfect, more people are embracing this fast and convenient search option every year, with ComScore predicting that voice searches will account for half of all searches in 2020. Voice search saves the time and effort of typing search phrases manually. When users ask follow-up questions about the same topic, they don't have to repeat the keyword for it to be included automatically. With the growth of voice search expected to continue, it's important to make sure your website is prepared. How

SEO in 2020: Why you should switch to HTTPS

By |2020-04-03T09:22:50+10:004 April, 2020|Categories: SEO|Tags: , , |

Does your website still use HTTP? Making the switch to HTTPS will make your site more secure while also improving your relationships with search engines and users. Google announced that HTTPS encryption was a ranking factor in 2014. While it's not clear exactly how much of an SEO boost this gives to websites, HTTPS sites now make up the majority of front-page search results, especially from established brands. What is HTTPS? HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is the secure version of HTTP, which uses an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) or TSL (Transport Layer Security) certificate to encrypt information exchanged between browsers

SEO in 2020: How to get a featured snippet

By |2020-04-03T09:12:20+10:003 April, 2020|Categories: SEO|Tags: , |

Google's featured snippets have been around for a while. These are the short extracts from a web page presented at the top of search results that Google has judged to be the best quick answer to a search query. Last year, the search engine announced that a new algorithm will be updating snippets more regularly to help keep the information up-to-date, especially for more time-sensitive topics. This means there are more opportunities to get your page featured – but also more chances to lose that coveted spot. If you're not already writing your content with a view to snagging featured snippets,

SEO in 2020: How to optimise your website for mobile

By |2020-04-02T10:04:19+10:002 April, 2020|Categories: SEO|Tags: , , , |

One of the major SEO trends for 2020 that website owners need to be aware of is mobile-first indexing – the prioritising of the mobile version of web pages by search engines. Since 2019, Google has indexed all newly-created websites for mobile by default, analysing how well they perform on mobile devices rather than desktops. Older websites are evaluated for mobile readiness on a case by case basis and indexed once they're found to be up to scratch. What is mobile first? Google has been rewarding mobile-friendly websites with higher search rankings since at least 2015, while also punishing sites that

Australia’s most popular social media sites 2020

By |2020-02-05T09:08:55+10:005 February, 2020|Categories: Social media|Tags: , , , , , , |

Australia may be an isolated nation, but it's one of the most connected on social media. As we begin a new decade, almost 90% of Aussies have an account on a social network, with around half of the population logging into Facebook every single day. Here are more Australia social media statistics for 2020 in Civic Web Media's now traditional breakdown of the most popular platforms and what this means for digital marketing in the year ahead. Most popular platforms by number of unique monthly visitors – January 2020 Facebook – 16 million YouTube – 15 million Instagram – 9 million