Google searches have evolved into a fundamental part of everyday life. Yes, even now during this globally felt trying times. There are over 3.5 billion searches per day, and over 40,000 searches per second. Google is by far the most important search engine and it continues to monopolise the way we search for products, services and information on the internet. No matter how your prospects find you, they will probably also Google you. If they can’t find your website, or don’t like what they see in terms of online presence or reviews, they will buy elsewhere. Your website represents the most important element that adds credibility for your business. If you are a small business owner, people will now judge your entire life’s work based on the design and content of your website.Read more
The e-commerce market continues to grow at a healthy rate worldwide as customers take advantage of varied channels for online orders across product categories. In 2016, total retail sales across the globe will reach $22 trillion, up 6.0% from the previous year. eMarketer estimates sales will top $27 trillion in 2020, even as annual growth rates slow over the next few years.
For local businesses, showing up on page one is a must – showing up in the Google 3-pack (or whatever it is called this week.) can be the difference between thriving and merely surviving.
All Google products evolve as they find ways to make search better and, let’s face it, make more money from that fact.
There are a handful of factors that Google uses to decide what sites to show when a person searches for a local business.
While there are several factors involved in that decision, today I want to talk about the linchpin of the local listing game – your Google My Business Page.Read more
Obtaining backlinks is an important part of building out your SEO strategy. When you have a fair number of backlinks from reputable sites, it signals to Google that your site is reputable, too. By establishing yourself as a trustworthy presence on the web, you’ll find your pages getting prioritized in Google’s rankings, ahead of your competitors that are relative unknowns in the Googleverse.
But the prospect of having to round up backlinks can be intimidating. How do you get people to link out to your content, anyway? Well, in many ways, it’s a lot like networking. Here, I’ll show you how to apply your existing networking skills to your backlink building efforts.Read more
Last week, we talked about the new SEO being creating useful content. Today, let’s talk keyword research. It’s the critical first step in developing your SEO strategy, and making sure that your business ranks well in organic results on the major search engines.Read more
A great SEO strategy has a lot of moving parts. For small business owners, it can be difficult to keep pace with the ever-changing elements that go into optimizing your content for search engines. After all, Google alone uses hundreds of metrics to rank pages for search results, and they keep those metrics (and how exactly they’re weighted and used) under tight wraps.
So if you’re already busy running a business and don’t have time to stay up to date on all the ins and outs of SEO, we have a shortcut for you. Focus on producing useful content, and in the process you’ll check off a lot of SEO boxes.Read more
So, what makes a great website? A lot of business owners are at a loss when it comes to what their website should be to best serve their business and their customers. And web designers sometimes have their own ideas about what’s most important, which don’t always best serve their clients.
Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most common mistakes that business owners make when designing their website, and what you can do to correct them if you’ve made them yourself.Read more
The creation and distribution of content has become such a significant aspect of effective marketing that it requires a high place in the strategy conversation in most every business. Some might go as far as to suggest content marketing has become the most effective way to build a business.Read more