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SEO Tips When Switching Servers

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Any time you make a significant change related to your website, whether that’s content or the underlying architecture, you should check to see if your changes have impacted the SEO best practices you’ve already put into place.

A few weeks ago, a client unexpectedly informed me that they migrated their web server to a different platform. As I scrambled to see if there were any SEO issues (there were), I realized how little was written on this topic, so I began asking questions and taking notes.

Disclaimer: I’m no expert on servers and web hosting.* However, I am one of the world’s most prolific practitioners of freaking out about things that could hurt a site’s search engine rankings.

Below are a few big takeaways regarding how server software can impact SEO and how to ensure your server switch is smooth with SEO. Read More…

How to Learn PPC from the Ground Up

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During the start of my professional career, I stubbornly favored SEO and never entertained the idea of picking up some PPC skills in my free time. As time went on, the sands began to shift and I was asked to do some “light” work in paid advertising. I quickly became overwhelmed by the complicated user interface that had enough options to keep you clicking for days.

The flaw in my approach is obvious now, but hindsight is 20/20. I tried to jump into the middle of an intricate setup and understand it by clicking around, which was ineffective and a waste of my time. It was then that I realized I had to learn PPC from the ground up.

I learned the most and the fastest by planning, creating, managing, and tweaking my own AdWords account. These are the three most insightful things I learned from building a paid search account from the ground up: Read More…

How to Fire a Virtual Pageview in Google Tag Manager

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Firing a Google Analytics Virtual Pageview with Google Tag Manager is easy, and far more powerful than ever before.

When our clients or training attendees upgrade from classic Google Analytics to Universal Analytics implemented through Google Tag Manager, we often get questions about how to transition these Virtual Pageviews from inline code to being implemented through GTM.

There are a number of different ways you can implement Virtual Pageviews, and hopefully this will provide one solution to help ease the transition to a GTM implementation of Google Analytics.

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The Death of UTM Campaign Parameters

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UTM campaign parameters. We love them. We hate them.

They make it easy to track both online and offline marketing efforts. But they aren’t very pretty to look at, and they’re difficult to implement reliably, especially for a layperson (i.e. non-technical person).

Often, there’s a situation where we want to track a number of different approaches or people contributing to a campaign. Imagine the pushback you’ll get when you suggest each person modifies their UTM parameters to personally identify themselves or the approach they’re using.

Fortunately, there’s an easier way to track certain types of activities without having to resort to including all those UTM parameters. We can use a simple URL hash and some Google Tag Manager magic to uniquely identify each person.

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3 PR Tips Every Digital Marketer Should Know

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Every discussion about the importance of specialization in marketing comes with a disclaimer: it cannot come with the risk of total tunnel vision. Digital marketers must maintain a broad understanding of each channel in their marketing mix, applying lessons and strategies from one to the others.

This article provides a brief overview of public relations (PR) and the three things that we should all learn from publicists: Personalize, Evolve, and Provide Value. Read More…

8 AdWords Changes That Could Impact Your Account

8 AdWords Changes That Could Impact Your Account

If you’ve been working with Google AdWords for some time, then you understand how quickly features and tools within the platform can change. If you’re new to the AdWords game, welcome to the ongoing challenges of AdWords management and optimization. With this in mind, I can’t stress how important it is to stay up to date on the latest greatest AdWords updates.

So let’s bring you up-to-date and take a look at the AdWords changes that have been introduced or announced within the last month or so! Read More…

Logging Raw Google Analytics Data using Keen IO

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Google Analytics export to BigQuery is great for getting at the raw session-level data of Google Analytics. But, it’s only for GA Premium (GAP) subscribers. If you have other reasons to need GAP – like increased sampling limits, DoubleClick integration, or additional custom dimensions — and you have the money to spend, GAP is a great option.

Raw GA data?

But what if you’re not a GAP subscriber? Can you still get the raw, session-level data?

In a word: no (at least not from GA). All of the data in GA reports and in its associated reporting APIs is aggregated data. You can create and export reports full of dimensions and metrics, but there’s no report that can give you all of the information for each session the way BigQuery can. Read More…

Kick Off 2015 with a LunaMetrics Training

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As we look towards the end of this year and the beginning of 2015, consider how a training in Google Analytics, Google AdWords, or Google Tag Manager may help your career! Choose from seven different cities in the first quarter, ranging from Boston to San Francisco, with stops in Chicago and Denver along the way.

With trainings in cities around the country, we hope you can find a location that is easy to travel to and fun to explore!

Whether you’re just starting out in a new field or looking to get a deeper understandable of the tools you’re currently using, we have a class for you.

Learn how to better collect and analyze your data with our Google Analytics series, futureproof your website with the flexible Google Tag Manager, or drive qualified traffic to your site through paid search with our Google AdWords trainings.

Choose an option below to learn more about the specific topics we cover and decide which trainings would be right for you!

Google Analytics Google AdWords Google Tag Manager

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2014 Free SEO Training for Pittsburgh Students & Non-Profits

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In 2013, LunaMetrics hosted its first free SEO training, designed for local students and recent graduates and partnering with local non-profit organizations. The event was so successful for all who attended that LunaMetrics will offer the free training again this year, over the weekend of October 18-19.

The students who were chosen to participate in last year’s program left with knowledge of SEO best practices and experience optimizing a website for search engine traffic. These employable skills and experiences could be added to their professional résumés to help kickstart their professional careers in essentially any field.

LaToya Johnson, then a Carlow University MBA student, participated in the 2013 training. She gave this advice, “…I would encourage other students to take advantage; not only will you gain knowledge, great networking opportunities, and a certificate. You may also discover a passion that you didn’t know that you possessed.” Read More…

The 5 Most Asked PPC Questions at a LunaMetrics AdWords Training

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While Google AdWords is a terrific platform for getting your advertising message in front of the right audience, it can take years to master. That’s why we offer our Google AdWords Training courses. The sessions are a terrific opportunity to get your questions answered and learn everything you need to know to maximize your ad spend and generate revenue for your business.

It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to pay-per-click advertising or a seasoned pro, you will learn about strategies and settings to help you maximize your account. Every training is unique as attendees work in different industries and have different business models. We really try to speak to specific examples in attendees’ accounts and industries.

Fortunately, our trainers have years of experience managing AdWords accounts for a wide variety of business types and actively work on accounts in addition to providing training, so you can be sure the recommendations you receive are time-tested.

However, some questions come up during each training session, and rightly so, as PPC advertising isn’t cut and dry. As I look forward to my next training (2 weeks away in Los Angeles!) I thought it might be helpful to review some common questions. Read More…