So, I’ve been working through an email issue with a friend – the long and short of it is he’s having problems connecting his email accounts to his email software (it’s likely operator error, but hey – we’ve all been there, right?)
So now – My email (google email) is down. After I just finished bragging that I’ve NEVER EVER had an issue with Google mail. Now I look like a dufus. Thanks Google. :(
But I’m still blaming Dan. He must have given me his email germs. Oh, if you’re in the market for a really nice PVC fence – Dan’s the man. Just don’t email – he won’t get it right away. Better call 256-422-3830 or visit http://fencefabav.com
UPDATE: Looks like it’s not Dan’s fault after all. I mean he’s good – but he’s not that good. :) http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/24/gmail-goes-down-across-the-world/
You know those cool author pictures you sometimes see in Google’s search results? They may be slowly going away, in a move Google’s Matt Cutts says will increase the quality of search results. Authorship – Googles way to attribute something you write online to your profile, has been found to increase the likelihood of getting clicks in search results pages, and that’s why you’ll often see multiple pictures on the first page for a popular search term – everybody wants the click.
At this time, the SEO geeks haven’t determined exactly why people are getting cut, but it’s suspected that quality and authority of the website plays an important role. We’ll keep our eye on this. In the meantime, learn more at:
I’m sure that as a business owner you sometimes wonder if your marketing is working. There are lots of articles you can read on the subject – just Google the following term:
So, if you browse a bit you’ll find plenty of articles that show you how to tell if your marketing folks are doing a good job. A good measure of success is how often you get leads – you know, how often your phone rings or you receive a web inquiry.
Here’s another fun way that I know my client’s marketing is working – after I rank a client in the search engines for a very competitive term, I start getting phone calls like this from my competitors wanting to “borrow” my client’s popularity… Read the rest of this entry »
The Chamber of Commerce’s Marketing Institute successfully carried out a series of three webinars in a course designed to help business owners create or upgrade their business plans.
Local marketing can be a challenge, especially if you’re entrenched in traditional thinking on the subject. All too often, I’m approached by frustrated business owners that just aren’t getting results because they’re doing “what they’ve been told” – spending hundreds on “Yellow” or other flavors of directories, television, radio, newspaper ads, etc., etc.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that – and if it works for you, then by all means keep doing it. But quite often my clients haven’t realized that their customers have changed the way they do business – which means that WE have to change the way we attract THEM. Read the rest of this entry »
Affected by the recent “Hummingbird” update? I’ve collected some great material on Google’s latest algorithm change. Clients of mine will be largely unaffected, but I’m keeping my eye on the big “G” as they shift focus from link popularity to social signals, conversational search and great on-page SEO. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a long-time practice to boost your website traffic and ranking by building links from relevant websites to your site. With all of the Google updates over the past few years, you might be wondering if you should bother with link building at all. Here’s what Website Magazine says:
CONTENT, CONTENT, CONTENT
The creation of quality, relevant content is the cornerstone of any link building program. Content can be created both on your website or as a separate piece that lives off your website. The more people like the content, the more they will read it and share it – musts to drive links and traffic. Content does not have to be text, although in some cases text is preferred. Content can be photographs, video, infographics, ebooks – the list goes on.
With the information that passes on the Internet, it is hard to decipher what is the best information. Companies need to lead in the ‘expert’ arena. By providing a consistent voice on topics appropriate to your company – via content, social media, PR – it will help distinguish the content you produce and help the chances of your content being shared.
So, are YOU creating content? Would you even know where to start? I know many business owners that don’t think they have the skill, creativity, time, etc., to do it – but it really doesn’t have to take a lot of that to do a passable job. Want to know how? Let’s talk. :)
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So, I got another message from Bing today – you know, the same people who are running the skewed ads poking fun at Google (for doing the same thing Bing’s been doing forever.)
It’s a really cheery “Update” – sounds good so far… then they drop the Bing Bomb… They’re taking away our ability to post deals or coupons for free. Presumably, that means either: Read the rest of this entry »