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September 14, 2020

How to Add Pixels to Squarespace for Facebook & Google

How to Add Pixels to Squarespace for Facebook & Google

Welcome to another Momentum Monday blog! Today, we’re going to look at How to add Pixels to Squarespace for Facebook & Google! The Google Analytics code and Facebook pixel can help you keep track of your website’s performance based on data collected in your accounts. Having access to this vital information can help you better optimize your website and improve your business success.

For a visual representation of what we go through in this blog, watch our video tutorial below. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter, and subscribe to us on YouTube to get weekly tips, tricks, and hacks that can help you better optimize your business.

 

 

Getting Started with Squarespace Pixels

 

Log into your Squarespace account to get started. When logged in, locate the dashboard panel on your account homepage. 

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  • This panel is located on the left side of the page, listing the various features of your Squarespace account such as Pages, Design, Commerce, Marketing, and more. 
  • Closer to the bottom of the panel, you should see Analytics listed. This is the feature that shows you the traffic data and insights of your website helping you evaluate its performance. 
  • In order to get this data displayed on the Analytics page, you need to add the Google Analytics code from your Analytics account. To start this process, go back to the dashboard panel on your Squarespace account homepage. 
  • Locate Settings listed at the bottom of the panel. Next, navigate to Advanced listed at the bottom of the Settings panel.
  • On the following panel, you will see a number of new features such as External API Keys, Developer API Keys, Code Injection, URL Mappings, and more.

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These various features allow you to add or edit parts of your website in different ways that affect your website on the backend. 

Navigate to External API Keys, and notice the Google Analytics Account Number box at the top of the new panel. By entering your Analytics account number into this box, you will enable Google Analytics on your Squarespace website. 

 

Adding Your Google Analytics Tracking ID to Squarespace

 

To collect your Analytics account number, log into your Analytics account.

 

If you don’t have a Google Analytics account, you need to create one using either your Gmail account information or your Google Business account information. 

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As you’re logged in to your Google Analytics account, navigate to the Admin feature listed at the bottom of the left sidebar on your account homepage. 

If you already have an admin account created, then you are set to continue to the next step. 

If not, you need to create an admin account by selecting the Create Account button at the top of the page.

Creating Google Analytics for Squarespace

  • Fill out the necessary fields, such as your name and the checkboxes you want, then continue onto the next page.
  • On the following page, select what you’re creating your account for (either website, mobile app, or both). Since this will be for your Squarespace website, choose the website option. 
  • Once finished, complete the property setup on the next page. The property setup requires you to add your website name, website URL, website industry category, and website time zone. 
  • While logged in to your Google Analytics account, navigate to the Admin feature listed at the bottom of the left sidebar on your account homepage. 

 

If you already have an admin account created, then you are set to continue to the next step. Make sure to setup all these accounts properly when learning how to add pixels to Squarespace. You’ll need these accounts for more than your website.

If not, you need to create an admin account by selecting the Create Account button at the top of the page. Fill out the necessary fields, such as your name and the checkboxes you want, then continue onto the next page. 

On the following page, select what you’re creating your account for (either website, mobile app, or both). Since this will be for your Squarespace website, choose the website option. 

When finished, complete the property setup on the next page. The property setup requires you to add your website name, website URL, website industry category, and website time zone. 

After filling out the property setup, hit the Create button, and accept the necessary terms and conditions. Your admin account should now be available. 

The admin homepage is split up into three parts, Admin, Property, and View. Attached to each admin account are different properties (websites or apps). 

Google Analytics Pixel ID

The website you added when creating your admin account, your Squarespace website, should be the property attached to your admin account. 

Navigate to Property Settings, listed as an option beneath the Create Property button. You should see the Analytics Tracking ID for your website as the very first set of information listed. Copy the Tracking ID. This is what should be pasted into the Google Analytics Account Number box on the External API Keys page of the advanced settings of your Squarespace website.

Paste the Tracking ID into the box, then hit the Save option that appears in the top left corner of the panel. Once you have done this, Google Analytics has successfully been enabled on your Squarespace website.

To learn how to add the Facebook pixel to your Squarespace website, move onto the next steps.

 

Adding Your Facebook Pixel to Squarespace

It’s imperative to properly add your pixels to squarespace for optimized marketing and advertising. So, on your Squarespace account homepage, navigate to Marketing listed on the panel. On the following panel, go to Facebook Pixel & Ads listed near the bottom. This is where you need to paste the Facebook pixel in order to connect your Facebook business account to your Squarespace website.

To retrieve the Facebook pixel, log into your Facebook business account. On the initial page, select the business account of your website. On the following page, select the Business Settings button in the top right corner.

Your business account settings should display the Facebook page of your Squarespace website.

Getting your Facebook Pixel

 

Go to Pages listed on the left sidebar of your Business Settings, then locate your website’s Facebook page. If the Facebook page for your website is not listed, your account may not be attached or given access to it, or the page may not exist. Hit the Add button next to the Pages search box, and select the appropriate option. If your page already exists, all you need to do is add it or request access to it. However, if it doesn’t exist, you will need to create it. If requesting access to the page, approval for it may take some time, but if you are already the admin of the page, your request will be approved automatically.

Once your page access is situated, locate Data Sources listed on the left sidebar of the Business Settings. Under

Connect Facebook Pixel to Squarespace

neath Data Sources, locate the Pixels option, and navigate to it. 

This feature allows you to create and name the Facebook pixels for each page. If a pixel does not exist for your page, add one by hitting the Add button next to the Pixels search box. Fill out your pixel name and enter your website URL, then continue. 

Next, you will be given the option to either manage your business page and set up the pixel later, or set up your pixel now. If you are following along with this blog presently, choose the option to set up your pixel now. Instead, if you want to come back to this tutorial at another time, choose the latter option. 

The following page will give you the option to add your code to your website by either using partner integration, manually adding the code yourself, or emailing a developer with instructions and documentation for installation. Choose to add the code using partner integration, and select Squarespace as your partner.

Your following page will tell you to implement the code on Squarespace by navigating to Code Injection. This is not correct, though. To follow the proper steps, skip to the next page where you will find your Facebook pixel ID listed in the second step. Copy your pixel ID. 

Navigate back to your Squarespace website, and under Facebook Pixel & Ads, paste your pixel ID. Hit Save to finalize.

Then navigate back to your Facebook business account. On the next page, paste your website URL into the appropriate box to send traffic to it and verify the connection. If the connection is working, it will show up as “Active” (this takes a few seconds to load.)

Once verified, you have completed the process!

 

Verifying the Google Analytics Code and Facebook Pixel

To double check whether the Analytics tag and Facebook pixel are active, you can use the Google Chrome extensions, Facebook Pixel Helper and Google Tag Assistant. Using these extensions will help you verify the existences of the tag and pixel on your website. 

Now you’re done!!

 

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Written by: Mac Frederick – Local SEO Expert

By Mac
September 4, 2020

5 Local SEO Tactics You Need to Implement

5 local SEO tactics you need to implement

When it comes to running a small business, implementing the right local SEO tactics is paramount for converting more leads to paying customers. If you want to make more sales, receive more phone calls, and welcome more consumer visitations, you need to make sure your business is optimized for geo-specific Google searches. In this article we talk about 5 Local SEO Tactics that can help most small businesses rank higher on Google.

In other words, if your business appears in well-placed rankings on Google Maps, more locals will deem your business trustworthy and credible, and they’ll be more likely to purchase something there. With all of this in mind, we’re going to discuss the basics of the local SEO tactics that you’d be wise to implement.

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Local SEO Basics

While the concept of search engine optimization is well-known in 2020, what does the more specific niche of local SEO entail? From a technical standpoint, this is the process of making sure that your website is optimized for geographically-specific keywords; usually, those that describe a company’s locale.

But how does that look in practice? Well, it’s one thing for someone to Google “bookstores”, and it’s an entirely different thing for them to search for “bookstores in Boston”. The latter represents a local keyword, that will provide information about a query related to a particular area. Apart from this, there are also keywords that Google intersects with GPS data about the user to provide an answer; that’s what happens when you search for “restaurants near me”.

Most people use Google Maps to find local service providers or product vendors, making the process of optimizing your business for Google Maps via local SEO tactics absolutely crucial. While this is more specific than general SEO, the process adheres to a pretty much identical set of principles.

When you’re conducting general SEO, you use the help of experts such as WP Full Care to design your website and optimize it to rank higher on regular search queries. Conversely, with local SEO, you’re mostly tweaking your listing on Google Maps. Your goal here is for Google to deem your business as a credible, legitimate enterprise that’s worth presenting to its users.

local seo basics

Other Local SEO Factors

The important web of backlinks that’s crucial for general SEO has its equivalent in local SEO as well, in the form of positive consumer reviews and local citations. Listings on major aggregate websites and social networks such as Facebook Places, Foursquare, or Yelp help as well.

Just as with general search results, before organic results are displayed, Google has three paid results placed above. So, what does that mean for the importance of local SEO tactics? Are web design and optimization for your listings not as important as paying for an ad? We’ll provide the answer below.

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Local SEO Tactics vs Paid Ads

When you’re implementing local SEO tactics, there’s always the dilemma of paid advertisements versus local SEO. And this is not a new thing — it’s actually just an extension of a conundrum as old as digital marketing; should you invest in advertising or organic marketing?

At the end of the day, the answer comes from the relation between time and money. If you want to use local SEO tactics and slowly build an organic following, you will need to invest less money than you would into ads, but it takes far more time to do so.

On the other hand, paid advertisements produce results in terms of lead conversion pretty much instantly — pay-per-click campaigns are designed to immediately provide you with lots of traffic. The problem here is that you can’t sustain a digital marketing strategy for a long time on paid ads, at least not in any extensive capacity. In other words, this is a tactic, not a strategy.

Comparatively, the timeline for local SEO campaigns may vary. But one constant is the fact that you can’t expect significant results in less than half a year. And that’s in the very least — usually, it takes up to a year. Paid ads will get you leads much faster, but you can’t sustain that business model for long.

Cost-efficiency becomes an even bigger issue if you’re facing a lot of niche competition. Ads will become increasingly more expensive as more companies begin competing for the same local keywords. On top of all that, we need to remember that huge numbers of people use ad blockers — Internet users simply want to resist paid advertisements.

seo vs ppc

Google Maps Ranking Factors

When it comes to local SEO tactics, we’ve already described how and why Google Maps listings represent the pinnacle of your local digital marketing strategy. With that in mind, it’s important to note which factors decide your Google Maps rankings and the visibility of your business.

For one, the optimization of your business’ Google My Business listing is quite crucial. You need to successfully utilize subcategories and categories, and use the proper keywords in the title of your business. You don’t want to compete for geo-specific keywords that are actually too far away compared to the searcher.

Backlinks are also important, as we’ve already mentioned, though not in the traditional sense that you’re used to with General SEO. Here, we’re talking about inbound links that connect you to relevant niche blogs, review aggregates, and reputable authority sources on your niche subjects.

While on the subject of user reviews, Google’s algorithm is extremely passionate about the essence of these reviews, meaning both their quantity and their quality. For instance, Google notices how diverse user reviews are. This means that you’ll have better rankings if your business receives reviews on a wider variety of review websites.

Besides that, you also need to deal with the proper on-page optimization; the content you post needs to be optimized for your niche, as well as your phone number, address, and name.

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Written by: Mac Frederick – Local SEO Expert

mac@needmomentum.com

(215) 876-2954

By Mac
August 17, 2020

How to Request Access to a Google My Business Page

How to Request Access to a Google My Business Page

Welcome back to another Momentum Monday marketing blog! Today, we’re going to look at How to Request Access to a Google My Business Page, whether it’s the page of your own business or another business that you own or manage. This video is meant for business owners and digital marketers so that you can quickly request access and manage a GMB account.

In order for you to gain access to another Google My Business page, you must go through a process of approval. For a visual representation of what we go through in this blog, watch our video tutorial. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter, and subscribe to us on YouTube to get weekly tips, tricks, and hacks that can help you better optimize your business.

Getting Started with Google My Business

Before we get started, feel free to read through the help article on this tutorial provided by Google. The concise guide provides a brief video alongside links that help break things down for users looking to gain access to a Google My Business page. For our hands-on, detailed tutorial, continue following our steps below.

To begin, search the business name on Google. The Google My Business page will show up on the right sidebar. Navigate to the lower portion of the page to the hyperlink that reads “Own this business?”. This option will allow you to request access to the business page. Simply click the hyperlink to get started.

 

Requesting Access to a GMB Account

 

The following page will notify you that the listing has already been claimed. You are given the option to either recover the page if you are its original owner (and if you’ve lost access to it), or request access to the page as an affiliated user. For the purpose of this tutorial, select the button “Request Access”.

If you are the original owner of the account, follow the Account Recovery guide if needed.

request access to gmb listing

Fill out the following form, which gives you the option to choose the type of access you are seeking (management or ownership), the type of relationship you have with the business, your name, agency name, and phone number.

requesting access to a gmb account

Request Approval to Manage the GMB Account

 

When ready, hit the “Submit” button to send in your request form. Your request is sent to the current owner of the Google My Business page. Once they approve it, you are given access to manage the page. If the current owner of the page does not approve your request after three days, Google will contact you with an alternative way to verify your affiliation so you can gain access to it. 

 

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When your request is approved, you will receive an email that notifies you and directly gives you access to edit the page. Follow the email instructions to successfully begin editing and optimizing the Google My Business page.  Learn more about Local SEO Management on our services page. 

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Written by: Mac Frederick – Local SEO Expert

By Mac
June 23, 2020

How To Add Google Tag Manager To A Squarespace Website

How To Add Google Tag Manager To A Squarespace Website

Welcome to another Momentum Monday! Today we’re going to look at how to add Google Tag Manager to your Squarespace website. Google Tag Manager allows you to oversee all of the tags featured on your website under one platform. Using features called containers, GTM can track data on your website such as conversions, remarketing, site analytics, and the like.

 

Getting Started with Google Tag Manager

To begin, you will need to create a Google Tag Manager account. You can easily do so using an existing Google Business account or Gmail account. If you already have an account, simply login. Once inside GTM, you will see that it gives you the ability to have multiple manager accounts. You can make different accounts based on what you intend to use them for. In this tutorial, we’re using an account to place, what is called a GTM container, on a Squarespace website. A container is code that includes all of the tags, triggers, and variables on your website.  You will be placing a GTM container on the backend of your Squarespace website.

How to Setup and Index Your Squarespace website using Google Search Console

 

 

To create a new account, select the Create Account button in the top right corner. When creating your account, be sure to fill out the information, such as account name, location, and container name. Since you are creating this for your website, when choosing the target platform, select Web.

 

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Finally, hit the Create button, and accept the GTM Terms and Conditions. Immediately after accepting the Terms and Conditions, the GTM installation code should pop up. This will need to be copied and pasted into your website’s header and footer.

 

create gtm account

 

 

Finally, hit the Create button, and accept the GTM Terms and Conditions. Immediately after accepting the Terms and Conditions, the GTM installation code should pop up. This will need to be copied and pasted into your website’s header and footer.

Installing GTM on Your Squarespace Website

Login to your Squarespace website, navigate to Settings, and then Advanced. From there, navigate to Code Injection. On the left sidebar, you should see the header and footer of your website. To install the GTM container on your website, copy and paste the header code from GTM into your website header box. After, copy the body code from GTM into your website footer box. Finally, save your Squarespace website.

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Testing Your GTM Code

 

To make sure the container is up and running, you want to test it. There are two ways you are able to test if the Google Tag Manager container is working properly. 

 

Head back to your Google Tag Manager account. Navigate to Workspace, and select the Preview button in the top right corner. Now, simply refresh your website page. You should see the Google Tag Manager preview on your website, which means the container has been properly installed.

 

You can also test the container by using the Google Tag Assistant Chrome extension. This allows you to verify Google tags that have been placed on pages. Download the Tag Assistant extension. This only works on the Google Chrome browser. Once the extension has been downloaded, make sure to enable it. Refresh your website page. The tag assistant should display that the GTM container is active.

 

We hope this helped! If you have any questions or comments, be sure to leave them down below. 

Happy Monday!

 

Thanks for taking the time to read and learn How to Add Google Tag Manager to a Squarespace website. This is part of our SEO marketing blog series with our Momentum marketing blogs. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to leave them in the comment section, or contact us.

 

Happy Monday! 

Mac Frederick

mac@needmomentum.com

(215) 876-2954

By Mac
June 9, 2020

How To Setup and Index Squarespace Websites Using Google Search Console

How To Setup and Index Squarespace Websites Using Google Search Console

Want more people to find your Squarespace website on Google? Well, welcome to another Momentum Monday where today we’re going to look at how to setup and index Squarespace websites using Google Search Console. This will allow your website to rank higher on Google, as well as show up under Google searches related to your products and services, or brand name.

How to Setup and Index Your Squarespace website using Google Search Console

Getting your website scanned, crawled, and indexed by Google requires you to connect your Squarespace website to the Google Search Console using a premium Squarespace account as well as a Google account. We’ll look at how to complete each step in detail to successfully get your website indexed by Google.

 

 

Getting Started with Squarespace Basics

You most likely already have a Squarespace website and account since you’re reading this blog. If not, make sure to create a Squarespace account

 

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Next, in order to connect to your website to the Google Search Console, you will need a premium Squarespace account. If your Squarespace account isn’t premium yet, you will need to upgrade to a premium plan to continue. Your Squarespace account falls under premium if it is either a Business or Commerce plan. On the other hand, a Personal Squarespace plan doesn’t include the same features and integrations, so you won’t be able to complete the steps to get your site indexed with Google Search Console. 

 

 

Additionally, you will need to have a published website under your account with an activated domain. This means that your account cannot be running on a trial. Search engines hide trial websites, so this won’t work if your Squarespace website is not published and live

 

Google Search Console Basics

 

To use the Google Search Console, you will need a Google account. You most likely already have a Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, you can create a free Gmail account or a premium Google Business Account

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Using your Google account (make sure you’re already logged in), setup an account with Google Search Console. On the Google Search Console main page, simply click the Start Now button. Once logged in to the search console, you can take a tour of the backend and its settings. 

 

Preparing Your Squarespace Website

 

Before you connect your Squarespace website to the Google Search Console, you want to make sure that any website page passwords are removed.

Disabling any site-wide passwords or page passwords is important, as the passwords prevent Google from indexing your content.

 

You also want to make sure that your Squarespace website is running under a paid account instead of a trial account. Since search engines hide websites operating under a Squarespace trial account, upgrading to a plan and publishing your site is necessary.

 

Additionally, before you connect your Squarespace website to the search console, ensure that your website is properly connected to its third-party domain if applicable. For the best results, we recommend waiting 72 hours after you connect your domain before verifying it with Google Search Console.

 

Indexing Your Website with Google Search Console

 

Now, you’re ready to connect your website to the Google Search Console. First, log in to your Squarespace website. Navigate to the Analytics page from the Squarespace Home Menu. On the sidebar Home Menu, click Analytics. On the Analytics page sidebar, you’re going to see Search Keywords. Follow through to that page. You will see the Google Search Console feature that allows you to connect your website. Click the Connect button to begin. Next, a page will pop-up that allows you to log into your Google account. Log into the Google account that you want to connect your website to. Review the permissions, then click Allow. It can take up to 72 hours for the data to populate. If you’re having trouble connecting to Google Search Console, try authorizing through the Connected Accounts panel.

 

Next, you’re ready to index your website. By submitting a sitemap, you provide Google Search Console with your site’s publicly available page URLs and image metadata. All Squarespace sites automatically generate a sitemap.

 

On the Google Search Console dashboard, select the site you’d like to index from the property menu in the top left corner. Click Sitemaps, and on the following page, under Add A New Sitemap, enter your website URL. Add “/sitemap.xml” to the end of your website URL before submitting. 

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Finally, click Submit to request Google to index your site.

 

Google Search Console may place restrictions on some pages of your website. This is normal, but isn’t a problem since the restricted pages are not meant for website viewers to see or interact with. These pages are for internal use only, and are not meant to be indexed. 

 

You will be notified of any restrictions in a message explaining that some parts of your URL are “restricted by robots.txt” when verifying your website.

 

After 72 hours, check back to see the status of your sitemap submission.

By then, your website should be successfully indexed, and you should start seeing keyword data show up in your Squarespace account.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read and learn How to Setup and Index Squarespace Websites Using Google Search Console. This is part of our SEO marketing blog series with our Momentum marketing blogs. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to leave them in the comment section, or contact us.

 

Happy Monday! 

Mac Frederick

mac@needmomentum.com

(215) 876-2954

By Mac
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