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Google Chrome to Add ‘NOT SECURE’ Label to Websites Without HTTPS – What You Need to Know

For most of the year, the web has been buzzing about Google shifting to label sites that don’t use HTTPS as “not secure”. In a recent round of emails to Google Search Console account holders with HTTP sites, Google confirmed their October deadline, saying, “Starting October 2017, Chrome (Version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE”...  Read More

Bryan Smith

Rank Higher on Google Search with Mobile-First Indexing

Mobile has been a key focus of Google’s for quite some time now. It used to be that when consumers prepared to make a buying decision they would flip through the phonebook to find listed companies before choosing one to do business with. That type of research was replaced by internet research, and now the...  Read More

Shauna Heryford

Why You Still Need Keyword Research

As search engines become more advanced, stuffing a website full of keywords will no longer produce a high Google ranking. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should tear up your Excel spreadsheets (whew). Keyword research is still an important part of the complete breakfast that is a modern SEO strategy. Here’s why! The Benefits of...  Read More

Shannon Young

3 Ways Google Analytics Can Help Your Business Get Results

When most people think about Google Analytics, the first reports that jump to mind are often basic metrics like: Visits (or sessions) Pageviews Bounce rate Visit duration Chances are you’re already tracking these indicators, but they aren’t telling you much. So which reports are actually going to generate valuable insights and results for your business?...  Read More

Shannon Young

Bluetrain Earns a Premier Google Partner Badge

Just when we thought we had left our Brownie and Boy Scout badge-wearing days behind us, Google has bestowed us with our very own Premier Google Partner Badge. They like us. They really like us! What does it mean? The Premier Google Partner badge highlights Bluetrain’s expertise and represents our team’s dedication to growth, excellence,...  Read More

Alyce Kominetsky

3 Common Misconceptions About Content

It’s no secret that good content boosts Google rankings, drives website traffic, and of course, makes users very happy. However, damaging misconceptions are holding some organizations back when it comes to creating great content. Aside from addressing what it really takes to create awesome content, today’s post contains a content lesson our team learned the...  Read More

Diana Gaviria

XML vs HTML Sitemaps: What’s the Difference?

Every website has two types of users: The humans: and the machines: Web crawlers (also known as spiders, bots or automatic indexers) use XML Sitemaps to create search engine indexes. Human users use HTML Sitemaps to navigate websites. Does your website need both types of Sitemaps? Let’s find out! What is an XML Sitemap? When...  Read More

Glenn Walker

A Beefy Issue: What Alberta Marketers Can Learn From #BoycottEarls

After an intense week of social media onslaught, Earls has reversed its decision to source only Certified Humane® meat and cut out Alberta beef in the process. Instead, the company will be working closely with Canadian ranchers and certifiers to supply its kitchens with meat that is humane and local. A real win-win for both...  Read More

Diana Gaviria

I, RankBrain: How Artificial Intelligence is Improving Google Search

Google recently declared RankBrain the 3rd most important ranking signal contributing to search. Since we know there are over 200 signals, this got a lot of people’s attention. But what exactly is RankBrain and how does it affect search results? We’ve learned a lot since RankBrain was first announced in October 2015, and I hope...  Read More

Glenn Walker

7 Steps to Creating Content that Converts

7 Steps to Creating Content that Converts from bluetraininc The following is a transcript of the session that Diana Gaviria and Shannon Young delivered at iMEDIA Social Media Conference 2016. Today we want to talk about something we feel very strongly has the power to educate, engage and accomplish some of our most important goals....  Read More

Shannon Young

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