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Most businesses know that they need to be registered with Google my Business to be visible to their local audience across Google’s services.  However depending on the experience level with SEO, you may fill in your hours, phone number and basic information and leave it at that. When it comes to competing for local search real estate, there are a lot of factors that can make a difference.  Just one of those factors is the use and optimization of images. In Google’s eyes, images help to Read more […]

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Landscapers, swimming pool service companies, golf courses, ski resorts. What do they all have in common? Their businesses and activity is dictated by the season. Each of these businesses, and others, have entire months when business is not coming in. In terms of online marketing, what steps should a seasonal business take to leverage the downtime in the off season and to maximize profits when business is in season? Unfortunately, many owners of a seasonal business don’t do much at all. They exhale Read more […]

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How long should it take for your local SEO efforts to show results? One of the first questions business owners ask before starting with local SEO is “how long will it take”.  It’s important to remember that it takes time for good SEO to take effect, but exactly how long can you expect to wait before you start seeing results? There’s no “one size fits all” rule for SEO.  When you start seeing a return on investment can depend on a variety of factors, from the age of your business, Read more […]

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Small business owners and webmasters often forget SEO when building a new website The process of optimizing a website for the search engines begins with the first letters of code that get written for the site. SEO (search engine optimization) is not an afterthought. It has to be planned for and implemented from the very beginning. While many webmasters and ecommerce store owners know this, they still make mistakes. Or worse still, they ignore it. Mistakes made in implementing search engine Read more […]

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Hibu is an international company offering website design and online marketing services for local businesses big and small.  Operated by the Yellow Pages, Hibu relies on the brand of its parent company for trust.  Used by thousands of businesses across the world, you would be forgiven for thinking Hibu is your one-stop solution to your online marketing needs.  However Hibu isn’t necessarily the answer to all of your problems.  Take a look at our Hibu website review to learn more.   What Read more […]

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Penguin 4.0 is Live For the uninitiated, Google released search algorithm update Penguin 1.0 in April of 2012. It was designed to clean up Google search pages that had been littered by spammy websites. Spammy sites are marked by keyword packed, worthless content that has no practical or informative use to the visitor.  Google’s goal has always been to show the best, most useful results on their search pages. Penguin, and its predecessor Panda, have effectively relegated these spammy sites to Read more […]

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Google Image Search is a vastly underrated search platform The short answer to the question posed in the title of this post is that everyone can benefit from ranking in Google image search. If you have a website or a blog, then with a little due diligence you can generate very useful supplementary traffic via Google image search. And if you can rank for a search term on Google image search, then your website will likely experience a surge of traffic. If you rank for more than one such term, image Read more […]

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There are very few businesses yet to embrace online marketing, they know that their customers are looking for them online.  They know that to be seen as a serious contender in today’s market, they need to not online have a presence on the internet, but be active in their online marketing efforts. Buy simply being online isn’t enough to guarantee an increase in business. Have you invested in web marketing but are yet to see any results?  YOUR NOT ALONE!   Why Your Web Marketing Isn’t Read more […]

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We are often told that to be successful online we need to embrace content marketing.  Content marketing helps aid your site’s SEO, gives you an outlet to promote our business and gives people a reason to stay on your website. Many of us heed this advice, only to find that we get nothing out of it.  If you have taken up content marketing only to find little or no return, you’re not alone. A 2014 study from Content Marketing Trends found that just 9% of b2b marketers found their content marketing Read more […]

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  Traditional local business directives such as the yellow pages have been in slow decline for some years now.  Instead consumers are turning online to find local businesses and local information.  They expect your typical local business to have a sophisticated online presence, on social media, in local directories and search engines. If your business isn’t there, you can’t do business with them, and chances are they’ll use a competitor instead! One of the easiest ways to increase Read more […]

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