13 Semantic Markup Tips For 2013: A Local SEO Checklist

One of the least-tapped areas of local business website optimization continues to be semantic markup. Semantic markup can increase chances that information from your website will be highlighted in search engine results pages via rich snippets, attracting greater...

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Affordable SEO

SEO is critical to the success of a website. After all, you want to attract as much traffic as possible to your site in order to increase your sales. Like the law of supply and demand, once professionally done SEO is established, the price for SEO work will increase...

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Creating or updating your website… from square one.

Before you begin your search for a web design company to help you build your site, you must first analyze your needs and requirements. Make a list of primary and secondary goals you have in mind for your website. It is also critical for you to have a fair idea of your...

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Recommendation for the Chicagoland area

We are very happy to announce that we have teamed up with a local SEO company in Chicago. DuPage SEO matches our own passion for internet marketing and customer response. They are experts in Small Business SEO and website design. If you know anyone in the Chicago area...

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The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Consumers

This video presents key findings from "The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Consumers," a study from Google and conducted by Ipsos OTX, an independent market research firm. The findings come from research conducted at the end of 2010 among 5,013 US adult...

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Are SEO and AJAX Compatible?

Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) is not new, but it is becoming somewhat of a buzzword with IT departments and web developers and it can also be a potential source of friction between IT/development and marketing. AJAX is a development technique designed to...

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Run your own blog? Think it’s finished? Think again!

The good folks over at Thesis (People who created this awesome theme we are using) came up with 7 tweaks you can do to spruce up your blog. Check out the post below.   I have some bad news to break: no matter how many hours you’ve put into designing...

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The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

Chart created by http://nativeinstyle.com/ According to a very interesting article written by Gregory Ciotti of Help Scout, “the idea that colors such as yellow or purple are able to evoke some sort of hyper-specific emotion is about as accurate as your standard Tarot...

Pay to Play. The End of Free Social Media Marketing

Is the future of social media going to be ‘pay-to-play’? Well, at least for Facebook that’s going to be the case. The Times reported “The Free-Marketing Gravy Train Is Over on Facebook.” What does that mean for people who rely on Facebook for marketing purposes? The...

What are brands for?

Before asking what brands are for, you need to understand what a brand is. If you search the Internet for “What is a Brand?” you‘ll get a pile of definitions like: At its core, a brand is a promise to consumers Visual + Verbal + Experiential = Brand Perception Brands...

Google Authorship is Dead – For Real This Time

Google Authorship was created by Google as a way to connect content to an author by use of an author signature. The author’s signature was used to score the author based on trust and authority signals pointing at the author’s content, and that score was then used to...

Yet Another “Is SEO Dead?” Article

In a recent article in Forbes, written by Steve Olenski, called 7 Reasons Why Your Business Should Invest In SEO, he points out some really interesting facts. Read full article here. He says,” Google the term “Is SEO dead?” and what comes back in return is over 44...

Ten Cool Things You May Not Know About Google

The fact that Google is used by millions to search the web every day comes as no big surprise, but these ten cool things that you can do with Google might just leave your mouth wide open. Here’s the scoop on ten of Google’s little-known functions. 1. Do you want to...

Creative Marketing Strategy Defined

According to the website, businessdictionary.com, the definition of creative marketing is, “The outline prepared by the creative team of an advertising agency for the launching of an advertising campaign or message. A creative strategy is generally the result of a...

Google Doesn’t Discriminate – Even the Big Guys Get Penalized

Getting on Google’s bad side doesn’t just happen to small companies, even the big guys get their hands slapped if they misbehave and the cost can be big. Earlier this year, eBay was hit with a search penalty by Google. eBay’s estimate of a loss of $200 million in...

How to Bring More Customers in to Your Local Business

In order for any business to earn a share of the marketplace, there are four critical areas they need to work on: Engage, Grow, Increase, and Results. Engage You need to be able to engage your audience (in this case your potential customers). We can assist in...

Local Promotion Guide

Local Promotion Guide

In this day and age, having an online presence can be the best thing you do for your business. People search for what they need through search engines, typing in certain keywords to help them find businesses or services in their area. This is where local SEO...

Get The Most Out Of Your Online Shop Using Shopial

Get The Most Out Of Your Online Shop Using Shopial

Do you have a shiny new online shop, with a service like Shopify or Etsy, but aren’t making your sales goals? Promoting your items on Facebook is one idea, but what if your store actually existed on Facebook? We’ve discovered a new tool called Shopial that will allow...

Get in tune with your prospects using Answer The Public

Get in tune with your prospects using Answer The Public

Knowing what questions your prospects are asking about your niche can help you produce better content, and help you rank better in search engines. For a while now one way to do this was to type in a keyword, and take note of what would come up in Google suggestions. A...

How to Research your Competitors with iSpionage

How to Research your Competitors with iSpionage

If you’re thinking about starting a Pay Per Click campaign, or you’re looking to improve your organic ranking in search engines, the place to start is competitor research. Looking at the keywords your competitors put money into, or rank for, can help you be much more...

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Are Meta Descriptions Important? YES!

Meta descriptions have evolved over the years and there has been many debates as to whether or not they are important. I can tell you unequivocally that they are VERY IMPORTANT!   In the past the rules for meta descriptions were to include your keywords (and in some...

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Best Practices in Contemporary Web Design

Some websites look like they're a historical archive or what you would have come across when you first started to surf the 'net back in the 1990s. Those sites made much use of table-based graphics, employing onsite builders to create a look that was usually...

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Blog Unleashed: Tips for a Terrific Site

Google Panda and Penguin have unleashed much havoc across the blogosphere, hammering bloggers in a variety of wages. Some of the complaints include a drop in web traffic, disappearing SERPs and a monumental fall in PageRank. You may be doing everything right to update...

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Marketing Should Help Your Business, Not Hurt It

It goes without saying that businesses can’t survive and thrive without a marketing strategy. How will people know about your goods or services if you don’t display your business in some way? Unfortunately, far too many businesses market their company in the wrong...

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