Tag: rich results

The new Shopify store marketing plan

Recently I was asked how a new Shopify store should get started with their marketing. They were considering SEO and Google Ads but ran into problems with both and wasn’t sure where to start. Roughly I’d recommend getting your analytics, structured data, and Rich Results started first and then then look into SEO or Merchant …

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Updated recommended product review apps for Shopify

With Spring heating up competition for merchants, I’m having a lot more stores asking me for product review app recommendations. Those apps can be a conversion booster for social proof but many where impacted by Google’s algorithm update last September/October. Given the amount of (in)action I’ve seen by them, I’ve now updated my Recommended product …

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How stockouts will permanently harm your Shopify store

The other day my wife saw a sweatshirt she really liked on sale. She grabbed it and a few other things for our kiddo at the same time. But when it came time to ship, it turned out that the sweatshirt wasn’t in stock and the order was shipped without it. She ended up not …

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Paid ads and Product Rich Results

A customer recently emailed me about their frustration with how Google ads use review data: Amazon competes with me for the term in paid ads. They say [CUSTOMER’s TRADEMARK] and show their star rating in the ad. But the stars have nothing to do with a product, but for Amazon itself. I think it’s very …

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Another Google bug: Invalid value type for field “availability”

In the first few months of 2019 Google released a bunch of new reports for Search Console for structured data. Along with the new reports come various new bugs. Bugs in Search Console are nothing new, I’ve discovered and written about several of them over the years. With the new Search Console though, you can’t …

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Fighting tooth and nail for SEO

Rankings are a 0-sum game. You’re directly fighting with competitors. If one is doing a better job at SEO then they can beat you in rankings. Meaning even if you’re doing everything right, if they are doing 1% more than you then they’ll win. The best SEO strategy includes work on both ranking improvements and …

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Inspecting the new URL Inspection Tool for Search Console

With the new version of Google’s Search Console officially launched, I’m starting to review what it offers compared to the old version. One tool that’s heavily promoted is the new URL Inspection Tool. It’s linked to from the sidebar but also in that big search box on top of every page in Search Console. The …

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Google Search trending towards stricter and more structured data

One thing I’ve been predicting is that Google’s structured data guidelines will be getting tougher. For the past few years Google Search hasn’t required a lot of data. Supplying more data was nice but it didn’t seem like Google would use it. Then in December’s Google update, much of that optional data started showing up …

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