What Can You Do To Improve your Search Engine Rankings?

Want to know the secret sauce to SEO success…? The big secret is that there is no secret! Pretty much every piece of SEO knowledge has already been given away for free by someone but the hard part for the average business owner is sifting through all the advice and figuring out what is going to give them the best bang for their buck.

In this article, we’re going to highlight some key areas where your efforts will get the most value. These are things that are easier and/or more effective when done by a business in-house than trying to outsource to an SEO agency. We’ll also highlight a few areas where agencies can really add a lot of value and take care of aspects of SEO that are very difficult for a business to do in-house without creating an internal SEO team. (more…)

Warning Fraudulent Attempts to take Control of Google My Business Profiles

I am sure that many people have received emails from Google search console, alerting them with regards to malicious codes being distributed through their website that are displaying warning messages that their site may harm users’ computers accessing your site via Google. We all know that internet hacking and fraud is nothing new. No matter how many preventative measures one uses, hackers will find a way to access Google My Business accounts.

Just when you think you have found a way to hack-proof your business profile, hackers are already a step ahead of you and have found another loophole to hack your account.  In addition, Black Hat SEO is also attempting to verify ownership of hacked sites in Google Search Console which will give them full access to site owner’s information sent from Google.  Once a hacker has hacked a legitimate account they will then un-verify the account making sure no notifications are sent out warning you that your site has been hacked. (more…)

Facebook Advertising Explained

If, like the majority of business owners on Facebook, you’re confused by the ever-growing advertising platform on Facebook, read on.

Your first question might be around why you’d choose to advertise on Facebook over another medium, say, Google Ads? Well, let’s keep this simple.

Google Ads is great to convert traffic into sales by tapping into ‘intent’. For example, if someone types into Google “plumbing repairs near me”, chances are they will end up contacting one of the first plumbers they see listed on Google. There is high intent. You’d be right in assuming that somebody requiring plumbing repairs would head to Google before Facebook. (more…)

What’s Changing with Google (and How It Affects You)

Trying to pin down Google’s algorithm is a little like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. Why would you even try? It’s just going to fall off the nail anyway.

If that’s how you feel, it’s understandable. It can be frustrating. You want your site to appear on the first page of Google’s search results. But, the algorithm isn’t public, and Google is notoriously close-mouthed about it. But guess what?

You can’t stop trying.

Ranking high on Google is a must for every local business. The businesses that appear in the top five spots on Google get the lion’s share of the traffic. If you miss the mark, you’ll be missing out on business.

With that in mind, here are the most important things you need to know about what’s changing with Google – and why you should care.

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How to Choose the Right Social Media Platforms for Your Business

The social media landscape always seems to be changing. New sites don’t pop up every day, but our perception of them is always shifting. The same is true of the general public. You might feel like you need to maintain a  presence on every social media site from Facebook to Instagram, but guess what?

You don’t. Not by a long shot.

In fact, it could be detrimental to your business to do that. Your target audience might be very active on Pinterest and Facebook and never give Twitter a second glance.

The trick is knowing which platforms are most likely to bear fruit – and which are better left alone. Here are some things that can help.

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