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Upcoming Webinar: Use Your Showroom to Show, Not Sell

Upcoming Webinar: Use Your Showroom to Show, Not Sell

Ecommerce is on the rise, and today's customers walk into your showroom better-informed than ever before. 9 out of 10 customers are more likely to…

Interview with Shannon Crane: Building a Successful BDC

Interview with Shannon Crane: Building a Successful BDC

When Shannon Crane, founder of BDC PowerConsulting, started out as a BDC Manager at a local dealership, she was “as green as it gets.” Not only…

Why Security Is More Important than You Think for Your Business

Why Security Is More Important than You Think for Your Business

Having a business means that you’re likely going to have to keep security in mind. Whether you are looking to increase customer trust or you want to …

Interview with Scott Pechstein: What's Up With "Digital Retail"?

Interview with Scott Pechstein: What's Up With "Digital Retail"?

Scott Pechstein, Vice President of Sales at Autobytel, Inc., talks about the buzzword of the moment: "digital retail." …

What's Keeping Your Company's Directors Up at Night?

What's Keeping Your Company's Directors Up at Night?

Although we typically define executives by their ambitions, their anxieties can be equally telling. If you’re losing sleep over handling cyber se…

How Can Your Dealership Use Google’s New Indexed Page Report?

By now I'm sure you've heard about the new Google Webmaster Tools report that tells your dealership how many pages have indexed on your website over the last year.  Unfortunately the information on its own is a little vague, and can be difficult to fully use when taken on its own.  For example, a big segment of the data revolves around how many website pages are not selected for indexing.  What does that mean?  Google says that:

 

    “A URL can be not selected for indexing for many reasons including:

  • It redirects to another page
  • It has a rel=”canonical” to another page
  • Our algorithms have detected that its contents are substantially similar to another URL and picked the other URL to represent the content.”

The information in this report can be used in many ways, but a couple that really stand out to me are:

1) When your dealership changes providers, hires an SEO company, or hires a content creation company--you can use the tool to watch how many more pages Google indexes over time

2) When you are writing content (or having content written on your behalf), like on a blog, you can see whether Google is indexing it (which content does get indexed, what doesn't, etc)

 

I think what is really important for dealerships to understand is that this report gives a lot of relevant, important information, but taken alone, can be overwhelming and misinterpreted.  Discuss this with your dealership’s website provider to help fully understand what it all means.

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