Of all the ‘Wild West’ SEO (search engine optimization), authority and backlinks may be the most notorious. I recently sat in on an industry brainstorm with roughly twenty SEOs and marketing-savvy business owners. They were well versed in research, optimizations, and emerging algorithm complexities, but when it came to site authority – crickets. The state of a site’s authority is relegated to ‘organic outcomes’; its backlinks to the arena of increasingly scarce and scattered experts (and often associated with link farms/less-than-savory SEO activities).
Your Google Business Profile (formerly Google My Business), is one of your most valuable pieces of online real estate. What makes your Google Business Profile beneficial for your small business is that it is free and provides information on your business to potential customers. In addition, as it is a part of your citations (or local online directory listings), you can customize it to improve your search engine optimization and online rankings.
Recently I was scrolling through social media and came upon a conversation about hiring web designers that piqued my curiosity. I had followed the rabbit trail to a website designer’s website that, to me, was full of glaring red flags. It got me thinking about all of the things people SHOULD be noticing when they’re hiring a web designer, but don’t. So I started a conversation on Twitter asking some web designers I knew what they would suggest a small business owner look for when hiring a web designer.
New eCommerce websites spring up every day, increasing competition. If you own an e-commerce website, it is about time that you re-evaluate your marketing strategy and increase your SEO budget. There is no doubt that SEO is critical to an online business. We think it is not wrong to say that more than 80% of sales come from SEO. So, we recommend that you hire a reliable SEO Company right away. It will put you way ahead of the competition. In today’s blog post, we will list the latest trends to consider to improve your sales.
Have you ever tried to share something from your website to Facebook only to have the image cropped funny, or have Facebook not share an image at all? It’s so frustrating to spend your valuable time creating great content on your website or blog and then have it look terrible when shared because you can’t figure out how to specify which image Facebook uses for your website…or how to make it the right size.
Good news…there is a simple two-step solution: design the right size image and upload it to the right place on your website. Sounds simple, right?
HaliBlab returns! Join host Anita Kirkbride as she learns about the small business community in Halifax and how they use social media to further their business goals. Her first guest is Micheal MacMillan, SEO expert from SEO Brunch. They rant a little about bad SEO companies and practices, and give you a few tips and … Read more
Two years ago when I attended Social Media Marketing World Marcus Sheridan, The Sales Lion, was top of my list of must-see sessions. I first learned about Marcus in the foreward of Jay Baer’s book YouTility, which became, and still is, a foundational book for my marketing philosophy. Everything both Jay and Marcus were saying resonated with me and I still espouse the Youtility philosophy on this blog: make it useful.
In most marketing models, your website is the heart of your business and social media are the arteries bringing lifeblood to it. Social media spreads the word about your website and encourages people to come and read what you’ve written, or check out your products. We often think of social media as standing alone in this but really, if you want want to be efficient, you need to set up your website for social media success, too. They work in tandem, not alone.
Social media advice is as common as dandelions on the lawn…and sometimes is about that welcome! Some people treat social media advice like a weed and just pluck it out of their mind as soon as they’ve heard it, instead of watering, seeding and fertilizing the lawn. Some weeds are prettier than others, and just like weeds, some social media advice is better. Here are a few pieces of social media advice that are fit for the ‘circular file’. If your social media expert is telling you to do any of this, it may be time to weed that garden!