Whether you own a franchise, or a small business that is servicing a local market, reviews can be a great way to separate yourself from other companies offering the same products or services.
Sitemaps can be helpful in the indexation and crawling of a website. Below are the two types of sitemaps that we currently use, and the process for making an HTML and XML sitemap, as well as keeping them up to date.
Many small businesses don’t have the resources to host and serve their videos directly from their website, so the alternative is to create a YouTube page that is optimized for search engines, and place your videos there. Once on YouTube, business owners can then embed the video on their website.
In the past video SEO has presented an interesting challenge for SEOs as it’s widely accepted that Google cannot completely see or understand the content contained within videos. However, the popularity of video with consumers, and the correlation with an increased conversion rate, indicates that it should not be omitted from a marketing campaign.
So you are evaluating an SEO company for a new project and as you are talking to them about their strategies, you hear some things that make you wonder how ethical they are, if they are doing black hat SEO tactics, and how well they actually know what it takes to do User-Focused SEO – […]
There are so many tactics around SEO, and what defines the job of an SEO. If we take a step back and forget all the in-the-weeds tactics that get SEOs in trouble, all the myths and uneducated theories that give us a bad reputation, and methods that cause us to focus on chasing algorithm updates, […]
We have all been confused with the Google search results, causing ourselves to ask, “why don’t I rank in Google?”, and inevitably the question, “how does Google rank websites?”, will be explored. We as SEO’s may not know all the reasons a website ranks within Google, but through testing we have found some strong correlations […]
With Google evolving, on what seems like a daily basis, it becomes more focused on efficiency and user satisfaction. One area that Google is optimizing is where they get the meta description tag (snippet) from when showing your website in their search results.
So you have a well categorized website that has thousands of products, yet there are some categories or sub-categories that paginate. I want to take a look at the possible costs of pagination, compared to what I feel is a better option than pagination for mobile users and SEO.
One of the values that SEO’s (and people who understand how search works) bring to the table, is that ability to find new high-value keyword targets for websites using advanced keyword research and analysis. These keywords are used to define and shape strategies and reach new market segments.
Single page WordPress themes that take a ton of information (usually about a bunch of different topics) and put it on one long scrolling page, is a growing trend that we’ve seen take shape over the last 2-3 years.
What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? There has been a range of different definitions of SEO, yet through it’s evolution most of them have not changed to keep up with the changing search landscape. So, we thought it was time to redefine SEO with users at the center of the strategies – just like Google […]
When working to qualify potential SEO or web design clients it’s important to ask the right questions. This discovery phase helps ensure you can provide the most value to the client, as well as making sure they are able to support and execute your digital strategies – thus getting the most value from you.
The flow of products in and out of Ecommerce websites can be a challenge when trying to retain SEO value, build brand, and satisfy the users intent. The management of this consistent change can sometimes fall by the wayside – causing a loss in value for SEO and an increased frustration for users.
[stag_dropcap font_size="40px" style="squared"]S[/stag_dropcap]o your site has been de-listed from the search engines or your rankings have drastically dropped. You’re losing money, you don’t know why Google would do such a horrible thing to your website. The time has come to submit a reconsideration request to Google to explain your situation.
The question of whether or not being on Google Plus as a business will help your Google rankings or drive more organic traffic to your website is posed almost daily.
I get asked weekly about URLs and the value they have from an SEO standpoint, or if a business should pick an exact match domain over one you will need to establish as a brand. We have all been told that keywords in the URL hold some weight in Google’s Algorithm.
With links still being the primary metric that Google uses to help it rank its search results, it is still important (and will be for many years to come) to build high-value links.
As SEO evolves it’s imperative that not only small businesses understand and adopt the changing landscape, but brands do as well. Traditionally brands have relied on their “brand authority” to take over the search results for non-branded keywords, and much to our surprise Google has allowed it to happen.
I think at some point every SEO hears this from a client, “I know someone at Google so I will just ask them what’s wrong with my site” or “we spend so much in paid search (Adwords) that we have an “in” at Google who can give us SEO advice”.
Below you will find a basic QA SEO checklist for new page creation. It acts as a reference and guide for development, programming and QA teams to ensure that each new page contains all the basic SEO elements.
There are so many sites that could be utilizing guest posting and just aren’t, and many (not all) of the sites that are actually being proactive with guest posts are coming across as mini content farms because they are not thinking about how each post they accept or publish on another site affects their brand, […]
As online marketing evolves and earned media (Social and SEO) becomes a driving force for businesses, it is important that our SEO and content methodology changes as well. As we wrote about in our “Evolution of Google from Robot to Persona” article, not only is the user expectation evolving from simply a quality design or […]
Over the last 3 years that we have been designing infographics for a ton of different clients across different industries, we have learned alot about succeeding with infographics; whether success means driving traffic, links, or building brand and social channels.
Running a few small businesses and a couple start-ups myself is exciting and quite the roller coaster for many reasons. I have been doing SEO for close to 9 years and have seen the evolution over time, and the complexity increase with the evolution.
It was there all along and we unknowingly walked past. Apple’s reinvention of music and the phone created distraction. “Shock of the new” toys romanced us. In fairness, they are cool, empowering things, but the real revolution was happening quietly 850 miles north from Apple’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino.
One of the best ways to avoid writer’s block is by creating an editorial calendar. You skip all those sessions of staring at a blank computer screen and get down to business generating content. You don’t have to wonder about what you’re going to write next, with an editorial calendar, the decisions are already made.
I was recently asked by a client if they should create a microsite for a product set they were adding. This question really made me think about the value of microsites for SEO and branding purposes and if microsites for seo were good or bad.
Distributors. Resellers. Affiliates. All are names for business entities who purchase goods and products directly from a supplier to resell, or redistribute to consumers.
So when working with clients there are many things we look at to determine how well they are doing online. One metric we analyze is a clients online competition. We look at this from two angles; competitive link metrics and competitive ranking metrics.
Ever wonder why you should submit your sitemap to Google and the other search engines, or if there is really any value in doing it? We explore those questions and more in our examination of HTML and XML sitemaps.
We have all seen those little counters on the bottom of older websites and blogs that count the number of “hits” (which is a word that nobody should use anymore) a website gets. Back in the 90’s during the time of GeoCities and other free site platforms these free hit counters were a big deal […]
Back in the day when SEO was easier, and Google was not as sophisticated when it came to detecting low quality links from directories, SEO’s and webmasters would submit sites to many different directories.
Link building for small businesses can be challenging but is a must have for local businesses doing SEO. If you plan to rank in your local area or a specific keyword, one of the keys is to gain links from the same community, city, or town you wan tot rank in.
So your creating a new site, or thinking about rewriting your URLs to help your users and the search engines understand your website and its pages more accurately. URLs are important when it comes to indexation, marketing, click through, and when other sites link to your website.