New Google Updates, Amazon Holiday Sales, Conversion Boosts & More

blogs-karon-reads-imageLooking for the best articles pertaining to conversions, Amazon FBA, copywriting, SEO and more? This is what I’ve been reading lately. See if these articles help you as much as they’ve helped me. Enjoy!

SEO

New Panda Update Targets Thin Content

Google Penguin Algorithm Update

Content Quality Score: Google’s Best Kept Secret For Rankings

How Google is Connecting Keyword Relevance to Websites

Selling On Amazon

7 Tips for Selling Board Games on Amazon or Ebay

Podcast: Write Better Amazon Product Pages

5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Amazon Holiday Sales

Ecommerce

How Betabrand Nails Product Pages Use Storytelling

7 Little Things To Improve Your Ecommerce Business

Conversions

What Are You Really Selling On Your Landing Page?

How To Optimize Your Content Marketing Strategy For More Leads

Copywriting

Search Marketing: How A Simple Copy Change Increased Conversions 21%

[Webinar Replay] How Correcting 3 Common Mistakes Increased Conversions 86%

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