Structured Data: SEO Mythbusting – What Google Wants

Structured Data: SEO Mythbusting – What Google Wants

Structured data formats are rules that standardize the structure and content of a webpage.

Google is asking all of us to surface structured data to their crawlers by marking up our HTML with RDFa and Microformats.

Google’s John Mueller made it clear that Google preferred JSON-LD structured data.

Wow unless you are super technical this is all mumbo jumbo. “schema markup” and “structured data” WTH….

It sounds and looks complicated, but it is something anyone can learn to do.

So what does this mean and why should you care?

Basically Google wants this, and if you want your site to rank somewhere inside hte first 10 pages then, you has better do what Google wants.

After all just doing this can give you a significant SEO boost and also increase your rankings.

Most people simply put human readable dat on their site – this looks great but it makes it harder for Google to find and crawl.

This markup makes it easier for Google to know what hte page is about without guessing

Check out this code direct from Google

You would do that by using this markup:

So for example you have a receipe page 

The markup you could use is


    <title>Party Coffee Cake</title>
    <script type="application/ld+json">
      "@context": "",
      "@type": "Recipe",
      "name": "Party Coffee Cake",
      "author": {
        "@type": "Person",
        "name": "Mary Stone"
      "datePublished": "2018-03-10",
      "description": "This coffee cake is awesome and perfect for parties.",
      "prepTime": "PT20M"
  <h2>Party coffee cake recipe</h2>
    This coffee cake is awesome and perfect for parties.



This looks complicated so to help you out Google has created the Structured Data Mark-up Helper so web masters can add schema mark-up to their sites easier.



SEO changes rapidly, what ranked a site quickly one day may not work the next. Especially if these are blackhat methods.

Google recognizes this so have put together a channel to help webmasters find out What Google Wants.

One of these channel that Google has created is called SEO Mythbusting. 
Below is a video from this series
Under this video is the transcript from the video so you can follow it if needed.
In this bonus material from the filming of last week’s episode (Googlebot: SEO Mythbusting), Martin Splitt (WebMaster Trends Analyst, Google) and his guest Suz Hinton (Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft) dive into the topic of “new microformats”: structured data!
Documentation mentioned in this episode:
Intro to structured data →
Overview of supported structured data in Google Search →
Structured data testing tool →
Rich results rest →
Rich result status reports →



is one term that I’m

going to mention
to you just based

on this is the reason why
I had to submit the URL

to be re-indexed.

And that’s microformats.


All right.

we talk about–

are they still a thing?

I haven’t really had to do
a lot of SEO optimization

for a while.

And I knew microformats
was such a huge thing

because let’s say you’ve
got a product page

and it has reviews
on it and you want

to show the little stars and all
of that kind of rich content.

And every time I made a
tweak and we deployed,

I would have to then submit
to get re-crawled and see

if the results got more written.

And that was definitely a
very slow feedback cycle.


what is the state?

Is microformat still a thing?

And are there better resources
out there right now for us

to be able to pull
that rich content out?

going to be very happy.

And we have much better things.


are still a thing.

But they are now
called structured data.

SUZ HINTON: Structured data.

are using JSON-LD, so

JSON for Linked Data.

SUZ HINTON: Yeah, this
is all new terms to me.


And you probably used
literally the microdata

attributes in HTML.


Yep, exactly.

Yeah, we were using them.

And they were very hit and miss.


SUZ HINTON: It was very easy
to just mess up one tiny thing.

And the validator
didn’t catch it.

And then the stars
would disappear.

And we’d be like [GASP].

have moved on from there.

SUZ HINTON: OK, that’s good.

MARTIN SPLITT: So there is now– is an open source

organization where people can
submit or discuss or change

or do stuff with
the semantic data

that they want to
put on the web.


that’s participating–

there is much more
semantic data out there

than we are supporting
in search results.

But a bunch of it is supported
in the search results.

So for instance, if you
have an event that we want

to have showing up
with the location

and if you can get
tickets and who

is the performer and
all that kind of stuff–

if you have a recipe
where you might

have an image or the
instructions on how to make it

or the time it takes
to make it and reviews,

how nice this recipe might
be, articles, books, and TV

series, all sorts of things,
we have documentation on that

specifically as well.

If you go to,

you find all the
supported types.

And they show up nicely
in the search results.

So you get a little
preview picture.

And then you get the stars
and all that kind of stuff.

SUZ HINTON: Oh, this
would have been amazing.

MARTIN SPLITT: It’s fantastic.

And it’s JSON.

is so much easier.

script tags with JSON in it.

It’s so much easier.

SUZ HINTON: It’s just not
little meta attribute things?

MARTIN SPLITT: Correct, yes.

So you have your JSON block.

And we have what’s called the
Structured Data Testing Tool.

That is a little dated by now.

But it supports– generally,
basically everything

that we know of shows up
as either valid or invalid.

And then we have the
Rich Results Test,

because the Structured Data
Test, while being very generic,

is also not very specific
to what you want to achieve.

You want to probably achieve
the nice little stars showing up

in the search results.

This is what we
call rich results.

And there’s the Rich
Results Test for it.

And that even
gives you a preview

of how that might look
like in the search results.

There’s no guarantee
that it does

look like that in
the search results

because people have been
using it to spam stuff, like–

SUZ HINTON: Yeah, true.

a bazillion reviews.

And then we’re
like, yeah, you just

have some JavaScript
generating fake reviews.

That’s not really–

SUZ HINTON: Well, how do
you actually use the tool?

Because I remember you used to
have to dump your entire HTML

file in there.

[? don’t. ?] [INAUDIBLE]

SUZ HINTON: And if you
did it too many times,

you got timed out.



doesn’t happen anymore.


That’s pretty exciting.

you have two options.

You can dump a URL
in it, which is nice.

And you can even use ngrok or
something if you have a local–

could do local host?


this is very fancy.

you can even also

still do like you dump
your HTML in there.

We execute the JavaScript.

So if you’re using JavaScript
within that code dump,

that’s fine.

SUZ HINTON: Oh, wonderful.

you’re running it– yes.

And you can basically
live debug as you type.

You press a button and
it goes like, nope.

And you’re like, oh, damn it.

And you get the feedback here.

And it’s like, missing
performer for your event.

And I’m like, OK, sorry, sorry.

And you write it in.

And then it reruns it.

And you’re like, OK, cool.

This is what I want.

And I can take it
back to [INAUDIBLE]

SUZ HINTON: That is awesome.

yeah, we have that tool.

We have Search
Console that gives you

a live view of what
happens on your page,

also for structured data.

Yeah, microdata is not
that much of a thing.

But the structured data
is still going strong.

SUZ HINTON: Well, it sounds
like it’s come a long way.

That’s very exciting.


SUZ HINTON: If I’m ever
working for a large retailer

ever again, then I
feel like I got this.

MARTIN SPLITT: If you have a
blog, add the article markup.

You might get [INAUDIBLE]


I’m going to look at
the schema for that.

That would be like
author and stuff.

MARTIN SPLITT: And other sources
might pull the data as well,


It’s an open source format.

So theoretically,
voice assistance

could use it as well.

So just imagine if
you have a recipe blog

and then you stand
in the kitchen,

go like, hey, assistant
thing– whatever

it is, whatever company
you’re choosing.

There’s a variety of
options these days, right?

And then the thing goes like
yeah, Martin’s apple pie.

First step– take some
apples and peel them.

And you’re like oh,
OK, fair enough.

That can come from the
structured data as well.

So that’s pretty cool.

SUZ HINTON: That is really cool.

I didn’t even think
of those use cases.

I just always thought
about search results.




Googlebot: SEO Mythbusting – What Google Wants

Googlebot: SEO Mythbusting – What Google Wants

Google’s main crawler is called Googlebot .

Googlebot retrieves the content of webpages (the words, code and resources that make up the webpage).

It then sends the information to Google.

Google uses this information in its Google search engine to determine what sites to display and to whom.

  • There are more than 3.5 billion Google searches every day
  • 76% of all global searches take place on Google
  • Google Search Index contains more than 100,000,000 GB
  • More than 60% of Google searches come from mobile devices
  • 16-20% of all annual Google search results are new
Google has put together a channel called SEO Mythbusting. This helps webmasters find out What Google Wants.

Martin Splitt (WebMaster Trends Analyst, Google) and his guest Suz Hinton (Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft) discuss the many intricacies of Googlebot such as:

What is – and what is not – Googlebot (crawling, indexing, ranking) (1:02)
Does Googlebot behave like a web browser? (3:33)
How often does Googlebot crawl, how much does it crawl, and how much can a server bear? (
Crawlers & JavaScript-based websites (
How do you tell that it’s Googlebot visiting your site? (
The difference between mobile-first indexing and mobile friendliness (
Quality indicators for ranking (

Below this is subtitles for the video





SUZ HINTON: A lot of
confusion revolves around SEO

because no one understands how
the Googlebot actually works.



welcome to another episode

of “SEO Mythbusting.”

With me today is Suz
Hinton from Microsoft.

Suz, what do you do at work,
and what is your experience

with front end SEO?

so right now, I’m

doing less front end these days.

I focus more on IoT.

time you were a front end


SUZ HINTON: Yeah, I was a front
end developer for, I think,

12 or 13 years.

And so I got to work on lots of
different contexts of front end

development, different web
sites, things like that.


I wanted to just

address a bunch of stuff
about Googlebot specifically,

and nerd out about
Googlebot, because that

was the side of things that
I was the most confused about

at the time.

is basically a program

that we run that
does three things.

The first thing is it
crawls, then it indexes,

and then last, but
not least, there’s

another thing that is not
really Googlebot anymore.

That is the ranking bit.

So we have to basically grab
the content from the internet,

and then we have to figure out
what is this content about?

What is the stuff that
we can put out to users

looking for these things?

And then last, but
not least, is which

of the many things that
we picked for the index

is the best thing for
this particular query

in this particular time?

SUZ HINTON: Got it, yeah.

ranking bit, the last bit,

where we move things around–
that is informed by Googlebot,

but it’s not part of Googlebot.

because there’s

this bit in the
middle, the indexing?

The Googlebot is
responsible for the indexing

and making sure that content is
useful for the ranking engine


Absolutely, absolutely.

You can imagine, someone
has to– in the library,

someone has to figure out
what the books are about

and get the index of the bits
in a catalog, the catalog

being our index, really.

And then someone else
is using that index

to make informed
decisions and going, here,

this book is what
you’re looking for.

really glad you used

that analogy because I worked
in a library for four years.

MARTIN SPLITT: So you know much
better than I how that works.

was that person.

People would be like, I
want Italian cookbooks,

and I’m like, well,
it’s 641.5495.

And you would just
give it to them.

come to you, as a librarian,

and ask a very
specific question,

like so what is the best book on
making apple pies really quick,

would you be able to figure
out, from the index–

you probably have
lots of cookbooks.

SUZ HINTON: We did, yeah.

We had a lot.

But given that I also put lots
of books back on the shelf,

I knew which ones were popular.

I’ve no idea if we can link
this back to Googlebot.


Yeah, it’s pretty much– so you
have the index that probably

doesn’t really change that much,
unless you add new books to it.

SUZ HINTON: New editions.

MARTIN SPLITT: Exactly, yeah.

So you have this index, which
Googlebot provides you with.

But then we have the second–

the librarian second
part that basically is,

based on how the interactions
with the index work,

figure out which
books to recommend

to someone asking for it.

So that’s pretty much
the exact same thing.

Someone figures out what
goes into the catalog,

and then someone uses it.

SUZ HINTON: I love this.

This makes total sense to me.

that’s still not necessarily

all the answers you need.

SUZ HINTON: Yeah, I just want to
know, what does it actually do?

How often does it crawl sites?

What does it do
when it gets there?

What does it– how is it
generally behaving like?

Does it behave
like a web browser?

a really good question.

Generally speaking, it behaves
a little bit like a browser–

at least, part of it does.

So the very first
step, the crawling bit,

is pretty much a browser
coming to your page,

either because we
found a link somewhere,

or you submitted a
site map, or there’s

something else that basically
fit that into our systems.

You can use Search Console
to give us a hint and ask

for re-indexing, and that
triggers a crawl before–

done that before.

MARTIN SPLITT: Oh, very good.

SUZ HINTON: We asked
for it to be done.

that is perfectly fine,

but the problem then,
obviously, is how often do you

crawl things, and how
much do you have to crawl,

and how much can
the server bear.

If you’re on the
backend side, you

know that you have
a bunch of load,

and that might not be
always the same thing.

If it’s like a Black
Friday, then the load

is probably higher
than on any other day.

So what Googlebot does is
it tries to figure out,

from what we have in
the index already,

is that something
that looks like we

need to check it more often?

Does that probably change?

Is it like a newspaper
or something?

SUZ HINTON: Got it, yeah.

is that something

like a retail site that
does have offerings that

change every couple of weeks?

Or even do not change at
all because this is actually

the site of a museum
that changes very rarely?

For the exhibitions maybe,
but a few bits and pieces

don’t change that much.

So we try to like segregate
our index data into something

that we call daily or
fresh, and that gets

called relatively frequently.

And then it becomes less and
less frequent as we discover,

and if it’s something that is
super spammy or super broken,

we might not crawl it as often.

Or if you specifically
tell us, do not index this,

do not put this
in the index, this

is something that I
don’t want to show up

in the search results,
and we don’t come back

every day and check.

So you might want to
use the re-index feature

if that changes.

You might have a page that you
go, no, this shouldn’t be here,

and then once it
has to be there,

you want to make sure that we
are coming back and indexing


So that’s the browser bit.

That’s the crawler part, but
then a whole slew of stuff

happens in between
that happening,

us fetching the content
from your server,

and the index having
the data that is then

being served and ranked.

So the first thing is
we have to make sure

that we discover if you have any
other resources on your page.

The crawling cycle
is very important.

So what we do is, the moment
we have some HTML from you,

we check if we have
any links in there,

or images for that
matter, or video

something that we
want to crawl as well,

and that feeds right back
into the crawling mechanism.

Now, if you have a
gigantic retail site,

let’s say, just
hypothetically speaking,

we can’t just crawl
all the pages at once,

both for our
resource constraints,

but also we don’t want to
overwhelm your service.

So we basically
try to figure out

how much strain we can
put on your service

and how much resources
we’ve got available as well,

and that’s called the
crawl budget, oftentimes.

But it’s pretty tricky to
determine, so one thing

that we do is we
crawl a little bit,

and then basically ramp it up.

And when we start
seeing errors, we

ramp it down a little bit more.

So oops, sorry, for that,
we are not– oh, ugh.

So whenever your service
serves us 500 errors,

there are certain tools
in Search Console that

allow you to say, hey, can you
maybe chill out a little bit.

But generally, we don’t try
to get all of it at once

and then ramp down.

We are trying to carefully ramp
up, ramp down again, ramp up

again, ramp down again, so
it fluctuates a little bit.

SUZ HINTON: There’s a
lot more detail in there

than I was even expecting.

I didn’t even know that–

I guess I never considered
that a Googlebot crawling

event could put strain
on somebody’s website.

That sounds like it’s a
lot more common than I even

thought it would be.

happen, especially

if we discover, say,
a page that has lots

of links to subpages pages.

Then all of these go
into the crawling queue,

and then you might–

let’s say you have 30
different categories of stuff,

and each of these have a few
thousand products and then

a few thousand
pages of products.

So we might go, oh, cool, crawl,
crawl, crawl, crawl, crawl,

crawl, crawl, and then we
might crawl a few hundred

thousand pages.

And if we don’t spread
that out a little bit–

so it’s a weird balance.

On one hand, if you
add a new product,

you want that to be surfaced
and searched as quickly

as possible.

On the other hand,
you don’t want

us to take all the bandwidth
that your server offers.

I mean, cloud computing makes
that a little less scary,

I guess, but I
remember the days–

I’m not sure if you
remember the days where

you had to call someone,
and they ask you

to send a form or fax a form.

And then two weeks later, you
get the confirmation letter

that your server
has been started.

remember the days

when we would have to call,
and then we would basically

pay $200 to have a
human go down the aisles

and push the physical reset
button on the server, so yeah.

MARTIN SPLITT: Those times
were a lot trickier, yeah.

And then imagine you basically
renting five servers somewhere

in a data center, and
that taking a week,

and then we come and scoop
up all your bandwidth.

And you’re like, great,
we’re offline today

because Google
has its crawl day.

That’s not what we want to have.

these days, it’s

more like a happy news kind
of moment, when you get hit.


feel like you’re

much more considerate than–

MARTIN SPLITT: Yeah, we try
to not overwhelm anyone,

and we respect the robots.txt.

So that works within
the crawl step as well.

And once we have the
content, we can’t

put strain on your

anymore, so that’s fantastic.

But modern web apps being
mostly JavaScript driven,

we then put that in
a queue, and then

once we have the
resources to render it,

we actually use another
headless browser kind of thing.

We call that the Web
Rendering Service.

Then there’s other
crawlers as well

that might not have the capacity
or the need to run JavaScript.

This is like social
media bots, for instance.

They come and look for metadata.

If that meta tag is
coming in with JavaScript,

you usually have a bad time,
and they’re just like, sorry.

SUZ HINTON: Yeah, so that’s
always been a big mess,

and I remember when single
page applications, or SPAs,

really came into vogue.

A lot of people were
really concerned.

There’s a lot of FUD around.

Well, if crawlers in general
don’t execute JavaScript,

then they’re going
to see a blank page,

and how do you get around that?

So contextually,
within Googlebot,

it sounds like Googlebot
executes JavaScript–


SUZ HINTON: Even if it does
do it at a later point.

MARTIN SPLITT: Yes, correct.

SUZ HINTON: So that’s good?

MARTIN SPLITT: That’s good.

is there anything

that people need to be
aware of beyond just,

oh, well, it’ll just
run it, and then

it’ll see exactly the same
thing as a human with a phone

or a desktop would see?

a bunch of things

that you need to be aware of.

So the most important thing
is, again, as you said,

it’s deferred.

It happens at a later point.

So if you want us to crawl your
stuff as quickly as possible,

that also means we have to
wait to find these links

that JavaScript injects.

Basically, we crawl, we have
to wait until JavaScript

is executed, then we
get the rendered HTML,

and then we find the links.

So the nice little
short loop that

finds these links relatively
quickly right after crawling

will not work.

So we will only see the
links after we render it,

and this rendering can take
a while because the web is

surprisingly big.

just a little bit.

MARTIN SPLITT: There’s 130
trillion docs in 2016, so–

there’s way more now.

There’s way more now.

There’s way more than that.

robots.txt is very

effective at being able to tell
bots how to do a certain thing.

But in this scenario,
how do you tell

that it’s Googlebot visiting
your site as opposed

to other things?

as we are basically

using a browser in two
steps– one is the crawling,

and one is the
actual rendering–

both of these moments, we do
give you the user agent header.

But basically,
there’s the string–

literally the string
Googlebot in it.

so straightforward.

and you can actually

use that to help with your
SPA performance as well.

So as you can detect
on the server side,

oh, this is Googlebot
user agent requesting,

you might consider sending
us a prerendered static HTML

version, and you can do the
same thing for the others.

All the other search engines
and social media bots

have a specific string
saying that they are a robot.

So you can then basically
go, oh, in that case,

I’m not giving you the real
deal, the single page app.

I’m giving you this HTML
that we prerendered for you.

It’s called dynamic rendering.

We have docs on that as well.

SUZ HINTON: The one thing
that still doesn’t quite

make sense to me is
does the Googlebot

have different contexts?

Does it sometimes
pretend that it’s–

I think of it as this
little mythical creature

that’s pretending to
do certain things.

So does it pretend to be on
a mobile, and then desktop?

Are the different, I
guess, user agents,

even though it still
says Googlebot?

And can you differentiate
between them?

MARTIN SPLITT: You’re asking
great questions, because yes,

we have different user agents.

So I’m not sure if you heard
about mobile first indexing

being rolled out and happening.

SUZ HINTON: I’ve heard
that it’s going to affect

how you’re ranked potentially.

MARTIN SPLITT: That as well.

SUZ HINTON: I don’t know if
that’s a rumor or not, yeah.

two different things

that get conflated so often.

So mobile first indexing
is about us discovering

your content using a mobile user
agent and a mobile viewport.

So we are using
mobile user agents,

and the user agent
strings says so.

It says something about
Android in the name,

and then you’re like, aha, so
this is the mobile Googlebot.

We have documentation on that.

There’s literally a
Help Center article

that lists all these things.

So we try to index
mobile content

to make sure that
we have something

nice to server for
people who are on mobile,

but we’re not pretending
random user agents or anything.

We stick to the
user agent strings

that we have documented
as well, and that’s

mobile first
indexing, where we try

to get your mobile content
into the index rather

than the desktop content.

Then there’s mobile readiness,
or mobile friendliness.

If your page is
mobile friendly, it

makes sure that everything
is within viewport,

and you have large enough
tap targets and all

these lovely things, and that
just is a quality indicator.

We call these signals.

We have over 200 of them.

SUZ HINTON: That’s a lot.


So Googlebot collects
all these signals

and then stuff them, as
metadata, into the index.

And then when we rank, we’re
like, so this user’s on mobile,

so maybe this thing that has a
really good mobile friendliness

signal attached to it might
be a better one than the thing

where they have to pinch
zoom all the way out

to be able to read anything,
and then can’t actually

deal with the different
links because they’re

too close to each other.

So that’s one of the many–

it’s not the signal.

It’s one of the many signals.

It’s one of the over 200
signals to deal with.

SUZ HINTON: I had no
idea there were 200.

That’s making me–

I know that you’re not
allowed to share what they all

are because there has to be
a certain mystique around it,

because of, I guess, a lot
of SEO abuse in the past.

yeah, unfortunately, that

is a game that is
still being played,

and people are doing weird
stuff to try to game us.

And the interesting thing with
this is, with the 200 signals,

it’s really hard
to say which one

gets you moving in the ranks.

SUZ HINTON: The weights
of each signal because–

MARTIN SPLITT: And they keep
moving, and they keep changing.

I love when people are like, no,
let’s do this, and then, look,

my rank changes.

Yeah, for this
one query, but you

lost on all the other queries
because you did really

weird and funky stuff for that.

So just build good
content for the users,

and then you’ll be fine.

SUZ HINTON: I feel like that–

it feels like less
effort as well,

than constantly trying to–

it’s not an easy answer.

You pay me to make you more
successful on search engines,

and I come to you and say,
so who are your users,

and what do they need,
and how could you

express that so that they
know that it’s what they need?

That’s a hard one because
that means I basically

bring the ball back
to you, and now, you

have to think about stuff and
figure it out, strategically.

Whereas if I’m like,
I’m just going to get

you links or do some
funky tricks here,

and then you’ll be
ranking number one.

That’s an easier answer.

It’s the wrong answer, but
it’s the easier answer.

So people are like, links are
the most important metric ever,

and I’m like, no.

We have over 200,
and it’s important,

but it’s not that important.

And chill out, everybody.

But this still happens.

glad it’s better now.

I feel, actually, more at peace
in general with SEO, as well,

after speaking to you today.

MARTIN SPLITT: Ah, so good.

Suz, thank you so
much for being with me

here, and has been
a great pleasure.

thanks for answering

all of my weird and wonderful
questions about the Googlebot.

Perfect questions.

Perfect opportunity.

Did we bust some myths?

SUZ HINTON: I feel like we did.


I think that’s
worth a high five.

SUZ HINTON: Awesome.



Join us again for the next
episode of “SEO Mythbusting,”

where Jamie Alberico
and I will discuss

if JavaScript and SEO can be
friends and how to get there.


Page Speed: SEO Mythbusting – What Google Wants

Page Speed: SEO Mythbusting – What Google Wants

It’s all about speed – no one wants to wait for a page to load – and Google has been saying for ages that they want a super fast internet.

Basically Page Speed can be simply stated as “the amount of time that it takes for a webpage to load.”

Sounds simple, but getting a page loading fast takes a lot of work. 

This includes having a fast host / server, optimizing page sizes and images and ctilizing a great CDN.

Google has put together a channel called SEO Mythbusting. This helps webmasters find out what Google Wants.

Below is a video direct from Google about page speed Below this is a transcript so you can dig in either further.


In the third episode of SEO Mythbusting season 2, Martin Splitt (Developer Advocate, Google) and Eric Enge (General Manager of Digital, Perficient) discuss the most common SEO questions and myths around page speed.


do you think are

misconceptions about page
speeds and especially page

speed and ranking?

ERIC ENGE: Well, a
lot of people think

that it’s a big ranking factor.

In fact, I was literally
looking at a document

that a company had produced.

This document actually
talked about SEO,

and it had a section
on SEO which is good.

At least they’re
thinking about it.

But the first thing they
listed was page speed.

And they were actually quite
insistent in the write up

that it was the most
important ranking factor.


ERIC ENGE: And I was like, OK.

I’ve got to find the
right way to tell them

that I want them to deal
with this because it’s

really important.

And it clearly impacts user
engagement and conversion.

No, it doesn’t mean
you’re going to move up

three spots in the results.





welcome to another episode

of SEO Mythbusting.

With me today is Eric Enge.

And would you like to
introduce yourself?

Because you’re
doing so much stuff.

What is it that you’re doing?

ERIC ENGE: Well, you
know, I’m General Manager

of part of the digital marketing
team at Proficient Digital.

And altogether, we do SEO,
content creation, content

marketing, pay per click,
analytics, conversion rate


Twitter, conference speaking.


That’s a fair amount of
stuff to keep us busy.

MARTIN SPLITT: A fair amount
of stuff to keep us busy.

But today we’re going to get
busy talking about page speed.

ERIC ENGE: It’s a great topic.

Because so many
people get it wrong.


It’s quite a deep topic as well.


what kind of questions

do you have around ranking,
factor, trade speed,

and page speed in general?

ERIC ENGE: So let’s
actually start in general

and just talk about why
page speed is important.

How’s that sound?

MARTIN SPLITT: Sounds fantastic.

I think if you
look at what you’re

trying to accomplish
as you’re trying

to accomplish that,
you’re building

a good website for your users.



now, how many times

have you been on the metro
or in the car or somewhere

in the countryside where
you didn’t have fantastic

reception on your mobile phone?

And you were basically just
like really quickly trying

to find something out and it
just took ages for the content

to actually show up.

That’s painful, isn’t it?

ERIC ENGE: It is painful.

fact, on some sites that

can happen when you are
in a place where you’ve

a perfectly strong signal.

actually true Yeah.


ERIC ENGE: And that’s not–
that’s so frustrating.


And you don’t want to
frustrate your users.


we as a search engine

do not want to have
users frustrated

when they see content.

So for us it makes sense
to consider fast web

sites a little more helpful to
the users than very slow web



ERIC ENGE: It does make sense.

And I guess my thought
process in this

has always been
that well, yes, it’s

likely that you’re using at
some levels a ranking factor.

But you can’t make it such
a strong ranking factor

that you won’t show the
most relevant content.



If you have bad content,
if you are the fastest

website out there but
the content is not great,

then that’s not helping you.



I mean, to get the content
you don’t want quickly

is probably not what
the user’s looking for.


Like, I have a blank website.

It’s the fastest website ever.

What’s the point?


Well, yes.


But it does make
sense to consider it

at least at some level.

And there’s actually a
fun pair of statistics I

think they’re both from Google.

One is that something
like 53% of sessions

are abandoned if it takes longer
than three seconds for the page

to load.

And then the companion
statistic is,

and I think it’s
a little bit old

but still, the average page
takes 15.3 seconds to load.

What a frightening combination.

is frightening.

It’s frightening.

And it’s so many
different factors.


Sometimes it’s slow servers.

But sometimes it’s just like the
server responds really quickly

but then there’s a
ton of JavaScript

that has to be processed first.

And JavaScript is a
very expensive resource

because it has to be fully
downloaded and then parsed

and then executed.

But, yeah.

So we keep seeing this.

And everyone knows this.

Anecdotal evidence
is there as well.

You have studies.

You have the anecdotal evidence
of you sitting in front

of a website going like, ugh.

And Just imagine being
on a metered connection

where you actually pay
by megabyte when you fly

or something.

It’s like you can
buy 20 megabytes

for 10 euros or something.

And you’re like, oh, OK.

Open one website.

You said, what
was it 15 megabyte

is the average or something?

ERIC ENGE: Well 15.3 seconds
is what I’m was talking about.

sorry, 15.3 seconds.

So you can just
imagine how much data

you were pulling in
these 15 seconds.


In fact, I did see–

I really was looking
at this just yesterday.

There is this data
from Think with Google

where by market sector it shows
the average web page size.

And they’re all in the
megabytes in every market.

And I think your recommendation
is 500 k-bytes or less,

if I’m not mistaken.

the fewer, the better.

The fewer, the better, really.

And just think about it.

Like I grew up with entire
video games on like two or three

floppy disks which each fit
like a megabyte and a half

or something.

So why are we doing
this on the web now?


What a great idea.

Well, maybe we should help
people speed their sites up.

What do you think?

MARTIN SPLITT: That’s the thing.

And that’s why
ranking these by speed

is also an important factor.

But as you say, like
content still is king.

Like there’s no
question about that.



MARTIN SPLITT: How do you think
people are thinking about page

speed as a ranking factors?

Like what are they
trying to do when they

are trying to optimize for it?

ERIC ENGE: Well, in terms
of what they try to do,

I think there’s a few
things that people

are really good at thinking
about related to page speed.

So I think almost everybody
recognizes that images

are a potential issue.

And certainly,
pre-sizing the image

rather than making the
browser do it, for example,

and things like that.

And so they get to that
first level of optimization.

But I think there’s
other things that they

find a lot more
difficult. So for example,

the idea of not loading
the content below the fold

until the content above
the fold is present,

of course, that’s a little
harder to implement.

MARTIN SPLITT: We have native
lazy loading images for now.

So that’s something, at least.


It is something.

And then I think
another thing that they

have trouble with is–

and you actually mentioned
it a moment ago–

the idea that the way you’re
hosted and the way your CDN

is set up can be big factors
if those aren’t actually

set up properly.

First of all, they
might not have the CDN.

But they may have
it, and it may not

be properly configured as well.

with caching and stuff.

We’ve seen all of this.

ERIC ENGE: Yeah, exactly.

And then it could be as
simple as, I need more memory

in my web server.

Or a dedicated server, when I’m
on a shared server connection.

that sounds pretty solid.

But is there any
misconceptions or myths

that are going
around where like,

what’s happening here, where is
this coming from, is that true?

think, and maybe I

could state the myth almost
as an inverse, is they

are too focused on just a
few surface level factors.

And they don’t realize there are
other layers to this problem.

layers to this, yes.

ERIC ENGE: Although
there’s another thing

I can suggest actually
as a myth, if you will.

Which is if I go into and
get my Lighthouse tools

report on a page, and I see
it says, oh, this will cut six

seconds out of the load time.

And then they do that
thing and the page

didn’t speed up by six seconds.

And I don’t think people realize
that some of these things

are threaded.


ERIC ENGE: So yes, I
did something good.

But I have four other problems
that also need to be fixed.


ERIC ENGE: So I do see a lot
of people getting tripped up

on that.

an interesting one.

Yeah, and Lighthouse is a
tricky one to begin with.

Because people are getting
confused by the idea

that what they are
seeing in Lighthouse

is what users are seeing.

And that’s not the case.

Because you are literally
testing from your machine,

from your browser, from
your internet connection,

and not necessarily what real
people are experiencing when

they’re on their mobile phones,
on their spotty connection

out there.

So I think it’s
important to remember

Lighthouse is lab data.

And it makes predictions
on what you can improve.

But that doesn’t necessarily
mean that, oh, now you’re

all doing fine.

Do you also think that people
are paying too much attention

to the scores itself?

Because I hear that quite a lot.

So like the myth
is like, oh, we’re

using the Lighthouse
score for ranking.

That’s not happening.

That’s not what we’re doing.




In fact, they get too
attached to that score.

And sometimes it
misleads them to thinking

that they are doing just
fine when they actually still

have problems.


ERIC ENGE: And another area that
I see people running into is it

works fine from my
phone, but the user

doesn’t have such a nice phone.

So you have to remember that
there’s different devices.

MARTIN SPLITT: And you could
see that in Google Analytics.

You can actually figure
out what kind of devices

you were seeing on your site.

And then you can
specifically try

to understand–
best way would be

to buy one of the phones that
is most prevalent on your site.


[? I can ?] have a look.

interesting idea.

And I actually shared a slide
in one of my presentations

recently which
showed data actually

for processing.

And it was around three seconds
for the high speed phone.

But by the time you get
to a user with a less

than $100 phone, it
was 15 seconds to load.

And you just really
need to remember

that the users have all
different [INAUDIBLE] devices.

And you probably
want to do a good job

by the great majority of them.

MARTIN SPLITT: Absolutely.

And you want to be aware that a
slow phone on a slow connection

is like the worst situation
you can probably run

into in this kind of situation.

And you can use things
like web page test

to get a better feeling
for how that would feel.

Like you can test from different
locations and different network


I would definitely
recommend doing that.

There’s so much more
that you can do.

And also, if you
have a website that

is listed in Chrome
User Experience Report

or [? CRUX, ?] then
definitely use that as well.

And I think not many
people are trying that out.


Well, it’s good to
get real world data.

MARTIN SPLITT: Real world data,
real user metrics, absolutely.



In fact, you could broaden
that piece of advice

well beyond the page being
conversation, by the way.

Like it relates to all
manner of aspects and things

around mobile, for
example, because we

have everybody who
designs for a desktop

and then has to slam that down
into a mobile phone format.

Maybe designed for the
mobile and then it’s

kind of easy to figure out how
to run [INAUDIBLE] desktop.


You have more
[INAUDIBLE] so yeah.



But for the page speed
conversation, absolutely.

You just have to do that.

MARTIN SPLITT: Definitely.


And yeah, I mean, it’s
such an important thing.

And people– do you remember
the entire controversy on people

like AMP is a ranking factor?




And then people
are like, but, it–

and page speed pastes
into that as well.


AMP gives you a
certain expectation

that you can have for your
sites in such results.

And I’ve seen good fast
web sites rank higher

than the end equivalent.

So like, maybe it is not the
most important ranking factor.

But it’s definitely
an important one

as in like page speed is an
important ranking factor.

AMP, not so much.

AMP is just like
this little batch

that gives the
user an expectation

that they can have about it.

But page speed does
matter for your users.

And it does matter for your
conversions, as you said.

Sometimes it’s configuring
your CDN– getting a CDN,

configuring your
CDN, making sure

that caching is done
right, and making sure

that you architect your
websites and web apps in the way

that they are fast by default.

If you can do that without
AMP, then that’s fantastic.

AMP is a fantastic
tool kit to help you

do that if you don’t know how.


And you could go with
Progressive Web Apps

as well, by the way, which
are very nice because

of their ability
to preload content

into the cache on your phone.

So by the time the
user requests the page,

it’s [? continuous ?]


That’s true.

ERIC ENGE: And it’s
another way to skin a cat.


I’m not supposed to say that.

Because that’s really
uncomfortable for cats.

MARTIN SPLITT: It’s really
uncomfortable for cats.

ERIC ENGE: So take it
the way I meant it.


I get it.

So anything else around page
speed where you’re like,

what’s happening there?

Any questions you
have on page speed?

ERIC ENGE: I mean,
really, I guess

it’s reasonable to
presume that there’s not

any prospect of Google
dialing up that ranking notch.

It’s basically, you’re kind
of set with what you’ve done.

I mean I know that algorithms
change all the time.

change all the time.

ERIC ENGE: But just from
the logic perspective,

the issue that we talked about
already between the relevance

of the content being–

well, content being king.

It’s still going to be king.

MARTIN SPLITT: Absolutely.


ERIC ENGE: Have to
deliver the right result.

the relevant content first.

ERIC ENGE: If you had
five right results

and maybe it nudges
something up.

MARTIN SPLITT: Like if you have
two results that are basically

doing fine content
wise, we would probably

get the one that is faster,
more prominence in the search


And also, I think it’s important
to understand that we’re not

doing it by Score or Lighthouse
or something like that.

It is more we’re
bucketing pages into

like this is a
programmatically slow one.

This is an OK one.

And this is a fast one.

You see that in the speed report
as well, in the Search Console.

So I think people
need to just like

figure out if they have
really slows pages,

how to make them faster.

And probably if they’re
in the middle bit,

you also want to
go to the fast bit.

But it doesn’t
matter if you have

a Lighthouse score of 90 or 95.

That doesn’t really
make a difference.

All right, Eric.

Thank you so much for being
here and talking all things page

speed with me.

That was amazing.

And I hope that everyone liked
it and leave comments and likes

with us.

And thank you very much.

you all enjoyed it.


Hey, everyone.

So next episode is going to be
with my fantastic guest Rachel


And Rachel, what have
you brought for us?

We’re going to be

talking about canonicalization
and URL de-duplication.

Sounds really cool.

Don’t miss it.

RACHEL COSTELLO: See you then.


Todays Top Seller – Feb 2020

Todays Top Seller – Feb 2020

Welcome to today’s SellerBot Top Seller. This is where we look into products you can dropship with the SellerBot system, why they are great and how you can make an amazing profit.

This week we have looked into an item that has consistent, year-long demand, is small, lightweight and has a great possibility of making you money.

Seriously, check out the Google trends to see how in demand this product is


Buy Price: The cost to buy this starts at $1. Most also have free shipping

Sell price: We have seen this selling for around $10 – $15 + shipping

This leaves a great margin so some awesome profits that you can take to the bank.

Pricing Stats

Product Cost:

Reccomended Retail Price:

Total Orders





Last Few Days Sales

2020 02 25 18 19 39

This item has an average of 730 units sold per day.


Facebook Photo Ads are perfect for this visual item.
The low price point helps with impulse buys .

Hot Tip: Purchase a unit first to test quality and delivery speed. Once you receive it take some new visual lifestyle photos and videos.

Facebook Targeting:

This is a broad targeting item. This means you should target a large segment, to begin with, to get collect pixel data. Once sales arrive you can then target subgroups.

Possible Targeting:
You can also target other English speaking countries like UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand

Age: 18-55

Gender: All

People who match: Fashion

Note: This is a broad campaign. Once you have made some sales you can then further isolate the winning subsets and target them more closely.

Devices: All

Placements: Facebook News Feed, Instagram Feed, Instagram Stories

Google Advertising

In the modern social age, make sure you don’t forget about Google. They are a powerhouse and receives over 63,000 searches per second on any given day. 

Below you can download a keyword list to get an idea of possible keywords that you can target.

Suppliers Product Details:

Portable Lint Remover Clothes Fuzz Shaver Manual Epilator Clothes Shaver


Easily removes pet hair, crumbs, lint and more without leaving a sticky residue behind
Great for cleaning your clothing, bedding, furniture, and car upholstery
Pure copper head , ensures a long service time
Quick and easy to use – It safely and efficiently removes fuzz, pills, and lint from the sweater, blankets, curtains, carpets, and more, without worrying about lower power.
Battery-free – no more batteries wasted unlike battery operated cloth shavers which fail to continuously bring strong power, this Portable Lint Remover brings stable and constant strong power to remove lint and balls.

Material: Wood, Copper
Size: Width: 14cm, Head Width: 13cm
Color: As the picture show
Qty: 1pc

Package including:

1 x Lint Remover

1x bag

view the product

SEO Mythbusting 101

Wondering how to do SEO?

So are millions of other people around the world.

Long gone are the days of keyword stuffing, cheaply made articles that have a 400-word count from ‘Native English Writers’ (that also say will pass Copyscape)

No, Google wants and demands more…

So why do people care?

Well, Google is a powerhouse that demands attention.

Google has 92.42% of the search engine market share worldwide. That breaks down to approximately 72% of the desktop market and 92% of the mobile search engine market share. The United States leads with the most users. 27% of Americans use Google.”


Is Google Really That Big of a Powerhouse?

While no one is exactly sure how many searches are completed on Google, it’s estimated that there are about 70,000 search queries every second.

To put this into perspective – if you are a fast reader- you probably read all the on this page so far to here in about 15 seconds.


Based on the above that means Google had more than 1,050,000 searches while you have ready this page.

Imagine what sort of income you could have by just getting a tiny, minuscule fraction of those people searching landing on your page.

It could mean the phone ringing non-stop with new customer inquiries, 1,000’s of orders placed on your store and millions of dollars in your bank.


But it is not that easy.

Today there are well over a billion websites (yes a 1 with 9 zeros after it – 1,000,000,000)

And every second the Internet grows way larger as a webpage generally has more than 1 page.

In fact, the Tilburg University in The Netherlands created a research project that estimates the number of pages available each day – currently showing over 5 billion pages.


The Scams

With Google, such a powerhouse, people from all around have jumped on the bandwagon.

If you have a phone, you probably have been called about getting a website or getting more people to your site.

Let alone getting emails from your website contact forms…

(we look after over 1,000 sites and know contact form spam is massive and so hard to stop not just for our internal sites but also for all our customers as well)


Just think with the Internet being this massive, can a person in India promise that they will get you into the top spot in Google for only $300?

Sorry, but it is not going to happen…


Big Business

Google is big business and they spend billions of dollars making sure their propeties stays that way. 

If it was that easy to get the top spot, why would people pay them for the priviledge?

And pay Google they do – Ending March 2019 Google’s Advertising revenue was  $30.720 billion for the year, up 15.3% from $26.642 billion a year earlier.


Getting Results Fast

Today the quickest way to get to the top of Google for almost any site, and to reap the enourmous benefits that come with it is to pay.

Goolge even says in their advertsing  ‘For every $1 businesses spend on Google Ads, they make an average of $2 in revenue. (source: Google)’

So as long as you have a decent offer and a great website – the profits are there even after paying Google their share.


The Slow Way

However some people are stil looking for hte Golden Goose – which is why Google Has created a new SEO channel


The first one can be viewed below, and if oyou are wantng to go fo rhte slow, over tiem old method of geting ranked – it is well worth a look..




Video Transcript:


If you hear about SEO what comes to your mind oh well keywords getting the content right sometimes a good h1 title that’s probably the first thing that comes to my mind but also a lot of meats and things I don’t know about [Music] people say a lot of things out there about how to make your website it stand in the top result but I don’t really know how to achieve that you know right fair enough that’s a that’s a really good question how to achieve that and I think that’s a perfect introduction into what we’re trying to do here we’re trying to like bust these myths what can I help you with what are the questions that come to your mind okay so let’s start with something simple what it’s a search engine all right so a search engine is a platform of service or program whatever you want to call it that basically goes through the internet content and tries to catalog it it works a little bit like in the library right so you probably go to a library and ask the librarian where can I find a book on topic X right that’s what you do and then normally it doesn’t take you to basically go through all the books in the library you just ya get the right books and that’s what search engines do for you we find the right content for your purpose all right but I went when he’s heard of search engines I also heard this word called crawling is that a thing that’s a thing so the way that we are doing this or search engines do this is by first going through the entire internet and we have links from one page to the other yeah so we are using that we start somewhere some URLs and then basically follow links from there on so we are basically crawling our way through the Internet one page by page more or less and then once we have these pages have found them have grabbed the content from the Internet we need to understand it we need to figure out what is this content about and what purpose does it serve so then that’s the second stage which is indexing so then we figure out so this page is about ice cream this page is about ice cream in Miami this page is about marmalade and stuff like that and then the last step is if you type something in you don’t type in I want this particular thing here you just go like I need ice cream ice cream online midian right yes you got it so we then basically look into our index and find the ones that are serving this purpose and then we try to figure out which is the one that serves these purposes perfectly or best and then we rank these higher than the others and show you the example the examples that we found from the index so how do you know which one is which results are more relevant to a given user that’s a really good question we have over 200 signals to do so so we look at things like the title the Meta Description the actual content that you’ve got on your page images links all sorts of things well right it’s a very complicated question to answer what ranks you best but yeah we look at the bunch of signals now if you could give me like you know like top three things that I should consider what would that be right so us being developers originally you probably want me to say oh I use this framework or use that framework yeah that’s not how it works you have to have really good content and that means you have content have to have content that serves a purpose for the user it’s something that users need and or one optimally they need it and want it okay like ice cream so if you’re if your content says where you are what you do how you how you help me with what I’m trying to accomplish that’s fantastic if you just have a page that says like we are a fantastic company and we have plenty of products that’s not serving a purpose so you want to make sure to serve the purpose of the people who you want to attract and get who you want to interact with your content and you want to make sure that you’re using words that I would be using if you use a very specific term for your ice cream let’s say like smooth cream 5000 or something like that I’m not I’m not gonna search for that because I don’t know about I’m just gonna go like I need ice cream it’s good to mention it somewhere so that I know if I look for that trademark I find it as well okay but if I if I’m exploring ice cream around me I don’t know what particular ice cream there is if there’s like a specific brand fantastic but that’s not what I’m looking for so speak the language that I’m using so you’re you’re saying more like a page it’s like an exactly you wouldn’t when when we to meet and you have a fantastic product or I have a fantastic four I wouldn’t go like yeah blurp master 5000 it’s fantastic and you’re like yeah it doesn’t say it does that do all right so do that do an elevator pitch and help us okay put you in contact with the right people so content is number one priority Oh could you mention another two things that are important for this yeah you’re gonna love them because they are technical so the second biggest thing is make sure that you have meta tags that describe your content so I have a Meta Description okay because that gives you the possibility to have a little snippet in the search results that let people find out which of the many results might be the ones that help them the best and have page titles that are specific to the page that you are serving so don’t have a title for everything the same title is bad if you have titles that change with the content you’re showing that is fantastic and frameworks have ways of doing that so consult the documentation but there’s definitely something something that helps with the content and the last bit is performance Herot right yeah performance is fantastic we’re talking about it constantly but we’re probably missing out on the fact that this is also good for being discovered online our so performance is not just making my website faster but it’s also making my website more visible to others correct okay because we want to make sure that the people clicking on your search was like clicking on your page yeah getting this content quickly so that’s one thing that we want to make sure as well so we’re it’s one of the many signals that we are looking at but also it just helps you use this right they get happier if I want ice cream really badly then I get the page quicker that’s fantastic yeah so if you want to look at performance I highly recommend looking into hybrid rendering or server-side rendering again because that gets the content quicker to the users usually right also you might have BOTS that don’t run JavaScript so Googlebot does that but not everyone else does it necessarily so you want to make sure to probably figure out something like dynamic rendering if you don’t want to make code changes because I understand we’re all pressed for time we have lots of bugs and and features too to fulfill and work through so if you can’t change the code dynamic rendering might be something that gets you there okay if there’s rendering shoes with your content but besides that I would say definitely look into performance optimization get the content quicker get the first content full paint in there quicker optimize your servers optimize your caching strategies make sure that your script doesn’t have to run for like 60 seconds to fetch everything that you need I know yeah so those are things that you should definitely look into and I guess performance is something that pretty much everyone in the developer community is looking at certainly yes or they should at least they should I hope that they do okay so we already discussed like all these basics around SEO and search engines and how to position my my website in the top search results now the question is why is it so important for companies to rank like like in the top results right so you’re you’re a web developer right yes your build stuff on the internet yeah do you want people to use it certainly yes certainly right so in order to make sure that people can use that they have to know about it and unless you are probably one of the really big players might not and even for the big players if they launch something new you might not know about it and you’re not looking specifically for products you’re looking for something that serves a purpose for you okay I want to know how I built this thing with a framework I want to know where to find the best ice cream and the place I am in I want to find the cutest dogs and poppers online so like I have a purpose I don’t know who serves this purpose necessarily so if you build the best ice cream PWA ever in let’s say Medellin is that how you profess so if you build the best PWA to order ice cream online in midian then I don’t I don’t know about that especially if I come as a tourist but if I type that into a search engine like order ice cream in medicine and then it goes like hey this this PWA does this trick yeah you want to be the the first or the first couple of because I’m not gonna go to page 99 and go like oh yeah this might be the perfect thing because Google and other search engines are trying to like figure out what is the best for this purpose and then show me those up front and then I might pick from those because normally they’re pretty good I think that covers have all the questions I have fantastic so you feel like ready to build that certainly excellent that is so cool thank you so much for being here thank you my guests and I hope that this this helps other developers as well and developers and se owes can be friends I think I think so yeah I think so thank you Oh are we still on please stay tuned for another episode of SEO myth busting next time with soos Hinton we’ll talk about what is Googlebot so come back again and watch what happens

Mobile Beats TV For The First Time

Mobile Beats TV For The First Time

This year marks the first time that Americans will spend more time staring down at their phones and tablets than they will watching television. – View the article here

No matter where you go, you will see someone on their mobile device – most people even sleep wit htheir phone beside their bed.

It is no wonder mobile is now the defacto way most people will view your site. 

If you have not done so already – Now is the time to make sure your site is mobile optimized!

Did you know we can help re-create your site and make it stand out from the rest of the crowd?

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The Dawn Of Tomorrow

As humans, we naturally dream and think about the future, what will it be like? Where will we be? Will we get that Ferrari, and the partner we most want? Will we achieve all those dreams that we had when we were younger and planned out our future? As Entrepreneurs, as Internet Marketers, we have a plan in place, and that plan is all about getting to our future, what was your reason for starting your business? Why did you become an Internet Marketer? Was it to earn some extra money? Did you want to be your own boss? Maybe you needed something that allowed you to work your own hours rather than the nine to five rat -race.

Whatever your reason you started down this path and put together a plan for your future. If you are just starting out, you may be thinking about your immediate goals, what do you need to achieve in the short term for this to be a viable career? If you are an old hand, with many campaigns and sales behind you, then what are your goals now? How do they compare with what you wanted to achieve when you started out?

Each day is a step into the future, it brings new challenges, new products, new ways of selling. Ten years ago, who knew that nearly every person in the developed and developing countries would have what amounts to a new super computer in their pockets. Yes, you heard that right, a super computer, a modern smartphone has more computing power than all the computing power for all the Apollo space missions combined, and on all those devices is the ability to send and receive messages and browse the internet twenty -four hours a day, seven days a week. You can be marketing and selling your products even when you are asleep, to anyone, anywhere, at any moment.

That’s the future we live in right now, what new advancements might come with the following dawn who can even guess. The one thing we know is that the future is always in motion. You can make plans for where you want to be, but make sure those plans can move and evolve just like the future does. Don’t think about the financial goals you want to reach, instead think about the life goals and experiences you want to achieve, and make your business work to support them. As important as our work and careers are to us they are not the primary reason for a human to be alive.

Many of the most successful businesspeople on the planet will say the first thing you must have to be successful is a strong work ethic above all else, success comes with hard work. But here is the question to ask yourself as you plan your own tomorrow, when the dawn breaks do you want a lot of zeros in a computerised bank, or do you want a life full of experiences and happiness? Work to enrich your life, not to define it. Don’t plan for a future that is so far away that it may not even exist when you finally get there, plan and work for the experiences and joys you can have along the way too.

Facebook Blueprint

How Facebook Blueprint Can Help You Make Money With any FB Advertisement

Facebook has changed its advertising offerings over the years. Like many companies who make the majority of their income from advertising revenue, Facebook is always trying to find that perfect mix of marketing options that suit the individuals and businesses which want to advertise on FB, while also making a minimally negative impact on its users.

If its users were blasted with advertisements everywhere, Facebook would make a lot of money in the beginning, but then people would stop visiting that social media giant. On the other hand, if they dramatically limited the number of advertisements they allowed, marketers would go elsewhere with their ad dollars. This means Facebook is constantly changing the ways you can advertise on the world’s largest virtual meeting place.

This can cause some confusion for marketers who would like to cash in on the 2+ billion people who regularly use Facebook. Because of the constantly changing face of FB ads, it is tough for some marketers to keep up.

Enter Facebook Blueprint

Facebook Blueprint is a digital learning application created to educate would-be marketers on the best practices for advertising on the FB network. Facebook purchased Instagram a few years ago, so Facebook Blueprint is also a good way for you to improve your Instagram advertising chops. Instead of just providing a marketing guide like other social media networks that have advertising capabilities, Facebook Blueprint offers a course through which you can earn your certification as an “in the know” FB ads expert.
Blueprint eLearning

Blueprint eLearning is the first of the three levels of the Facebook Blueprint program. You learn what to do and what not to do to get quickly approved by FB for all your advertisements. Facebook advertisers can work very hard on marketing messages without getting them approved. This step of the Facebook ads education process keeps that from happening. This is the entry level of Facebook Blueprint access.

Blueprint Certification

For a deeper understanding of the many ways you can advertise on Facebook, you can certify your education. For people who enjoy more of a school-based education process, Blueprint Certification is perfect. There are two exams which you must pass to earn certification, and when you do, you will be well-equipped to understand the current FB ad offerings. Facebook promises to update this and other levels Blueprint teaching is the ads experience changes.

Blueprint Live

Some people learn better by interacting live with a trainer or educator. This is the format offered by Blueprint Live, an in-person training program which teaches the ins and outs of advertising and marketing on Instagram and Facebook.

If you would like to learn more, Facebook Blueprint can be found by googling “Facebook Blueprint e-learning,” or by going to the following URL:

What Are the Different Ways to Advertise on Facebook?

Choosing From the 10 Facebook Ad Objectives – What Are the Different Ways to Advertise on Facebook?

Have you ever advertised on Facebook?

If so, you had to choose from the many options for marketing on the world’s largest social media website.

Do you want your ads showing up on news feeds? Should you set a daily or monthly budget?

What demographics should you target?

There are plenty of choices you need to make if you want to get your marketing message in front of the more than 2 billion people who regularly use Facebook.

Whether you decide to boost a post, advertise with video or keep your marketing efforts restricted to your business page, there are currently 10 different ad objectives Facebook offers.

Facebook asks you to reverse your traditional marketing mindset by thinking about your intended result first and then working backward towards the type of ad you are going to create. In early 2018, here are the 10 different objectives you can try to accomplish by advertising on Facebook (listed alphabetically).

Application Installs – Choose this option if you are trying to get prospects to download one of your business apps. This option allows you to choose between desktop or mobile applications.

Brand Awareness – This is a good option if your goal is to introduce your business to the world, and boost the number of people who understand what it is your business does.

Conversions – If you want someone to click on a link, purchase a product, or join your email list on your website, converting someone from tire-kicker to action-taker, choose Conversions in the Facebook ad objectives menu.

Engagement – This is the option you should choose if you want to get the FB world to like, share, or comment on a post or page.

Lead generation – If you are trying to turn prospects into eventual customers, you have to fill your sales funnel with leads.

Reach – This option exposes your marketing message to as many targeted prospects as possible.

Product catalog sales – This is a relatively new option, which allows you to build and display a catalog of your products and services.

Store visits – If you run a brick-and-mortar business, getting people in your front door is crucial to your success. This is the Facebook advertising option that allows you to do that.

Traffic – For a virtual business, traffic is everything. Choose this ad objective when you want to direct traffic to a specific webpage.

Video views – This objective is self-explanatory. It helps boost the number of views your video receives.

As the initial step for advertising on Facebook, you must choose from one of the 10 options just listed. These options are updated from time to time, and can always be accessed from the Facebook Ads Manager.

Once you decide on the business objective or goal you are trying to achieve, you are then taken through a simple to follow, step-by-step process that allows you to create your ad, set your budget, and start advertising.

The Quickest Way to Advertise on Facebook – Boosting Facebook Posts

If you are on Facebook, you are certainly not alone. More than 2 billion Facebook users log in on a monthly basis. That means nearly 30% of the world’s population is frequently checking in on FB. No doubt in the past, while you were sharing funny-cat, crazy-baby, or “look what I am eating” pictures and videos on Facebook, you ran into a few advertisements.

Advertising is the way Facebook makes money. The world’s largest virtual social network does not charge for membership. It is free to join Facebook and engage with its many billions of members. You can create or join Facebook Groups, post whatever is on your mind as long as it is not inflammatory or hateful, and find others that enjoy the same interests. Because all of those socializing options are free, Facebook has to make money somehow, and it is through its advertising platform.

If you would like to take your marketing shot at the global Facebook audience, the quickest way to do so is to Boost a Post.

If you dive into the Facebook Ads Manager, you can feel a little overwhelmed.  (

There is a 4-step process you need to follow for any ad campaign, and each of those 4 steps involves multiple choices and selections. This ends up creating thousands upon thousands of Facebook advertising permutations. If you would like to get started quickly by sharing your marketing message on Facebook while you learn the intricacies of the Facebook Ads Manager, boosting a post is the way to go.

How to Boost a Post

Consider this the “bare-bones” option for advertising on Facebook. It is such a quick and simple process, you may want to keep an eye on your budget when you begin boosting posts. In just a couple of minutes, a
person entirely unfamiliar with Facebook advertising can select a post, attach a budget, and market on FB with only a few clicks.

Perhaps you are launching an event at your brick-and-mortar business. You have slashed prices, you are launching a new product line, your business is just entering its most important season, and you want to start that season with a bang. Consider promoting your event by boosting a post. This simple Facebook advertising process can also be used if you are trying to build an email list, develop leads for your business, or increase the number of likes or shares your business page receives.

The first thing you want to do is a locate a post you want to promote, or create a new post. If you are choosing from previous posts, find one that has driven a lot of engagement. Once you have a post you want to promote, look right below the post. You will see a blue button which says Boost Post.

Click on that button and you will be taken to options for setting up your ad. A new option added in late 2017 allows you to choose an objective. Click the blue highlighted Change option to see all available objectives. This allows you to use your promoted post to reach a very specific business goal. You can then add a call to action that links to FB Messenger or your website, and you can select the age range, location, and gender of your audience.

The final step is to choose a budget.

When you select a budget, you will instantly see an approximation of how many people you will reach with that budget, according to the age, location, and gender filters you have set. Click the Boost button to begin your ad. One really neat feature with the post-boosting option is to save previous audiences for use later. Once you go through the process a few
times, you can find yourself promoting posts in under a minute, with this quickest and probably simplest of all the Facebook advertising options.