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Infographics: A Look at Whatcha Reading?

August 28, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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whatcha.It’s not too often that I go “off on a tangent” i.e. away from online marketing and SEO and SEM and that kind of post — but today I wanted to share a great Infographic I found just a couple of weeks back that I think is somewhat “telling” of our society and where it’s headed.

Back when I was a youngster in the 1950’s everyone knew, everyone said and everyone followed this mantra — want to be smart? then read!

I mean that in all honesty. Around my house there were piles and short stacks of books on everyones night table, on the den coffee table, downstairs in the rec room too.

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Lion’s Lair narrows to ten finalists!

August 24, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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Originally posted on Software Hamilton

lionslair2015-2Lion’s Lair is an annual event put on by Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, it involves 10 Hamilton-area startups battling each other for $150,000 in cash and professional services. It’s been happening since 2011, and local tech/software firms are always well represented, both amongst finalists and the winners.

The actual Lion’s Lair evening at Carmen’s involves watching local business experts quiz the finalists on the viability and potential success of their business, over a nice dinner in a room filled with great people. Check out the top ten finalists below. Tickets are $60 for young professionals and $120 for regular early bird.

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Moz: 2015 Ranking Factors Study

August 14, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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moz.rankingsEvery two years, Moz surveys the brightest minds in SEO and search marketing with a comprehensive set of questions meant to gauge the current workings of Google’s search algorithm.

This year’s panel of experts possesses a truly unique set of knowledge and perspectives. We’re thankful on behalf of the entire community for their contribution.

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Awarded a Spot in the Top 100 SEO Blogs!!!

August 7, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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TOPBLOGSIf you are you looking for practical, insightful and educational SEO blogs? Then you’re at the right place.

Here are the BEST 100 SEO blogs online.

As you probably know, there is a huge amount of high-quality blogs out there, but I decided to separate the wheat from the chaff and give you the absolute cream of the crop.

Whether you’re a beginner blogger, a marketer or a business owner, these blogs will provide you with all the tools and information you need to improve your rankings with ease (even if you’re in an obscure niche).

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The Top 90 SEO Bloggers to Follow!

August 3, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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SEOBloggers-SEO-advice-2I was asked if I’d participate in this project and after hearing just a few of the other SEO practitioners who said they’d be “in” I knew I had to be an integral part of same.

This list of SEO bloggers is a great way to drill down, one by one to see what we/they have to say and you can of course bookmark the ones you find relevant too for your daily reading list. I added some already and I’m only what 1/3 of the way through the list!

Here’s the link to the great post here….

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A Big Author Smile!

July 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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My first Science Fiction novel – Pirates - was delivered today and I’m chuffed!

Lots of hard work, writing and editing went into this, and I just had to share that with you all…

Take the rest of the day and long weekend off…I am going to do just that too!

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My First Novel: The RIM Confederacy: Pirates!

July 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Yup, I love science fiction and while it took far far too long, my first ever fictional SciFi novel has just been launched and is available at Amazon too in case you love sciFi space opera!

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Here’s the link to same –

   http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012BYZSDQ

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Who Needs a Good Online Rep? Not these folks!

July 24, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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gordon-1Those of us who live on the web, know that you ARE what your online reputation says you are – and the folks in this story are about as difficult to fathom as anyone I’ve ever seen…

I’m talking about Amy’s Baking Company - the restaurant that the TV Chef Gordon Ramsay walked out on in his Kitchen Nightmares show and that is one heck of a great read here…

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A Review of the Best SEO Tools Out There!

July 20, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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ratingsFound this and loved it. The editorials notwithstanding, the various rankings I do believe hit the mark for all these sofware puppies…

And yes, the folks who “did” the reviews also “won” the reviews…but if you read the whole thing AND look at the much more detailed reviews down at the bottom too, you’ll see it looks pretty solid – least I did!

Take a look and rank your own SEO tool choices to see what others thought too!

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Tracking Your Site Visitor Conversions!

July 17, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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conversions-4So you’re getting visitors to your site….you’ve worked hard on learning how to do your own DIY SEO – or you’ve hired a Canadian SEO firm to help…no matter how the visitors get to your site your real job begins NOW!

To see if a visitor changes from a simple ‘drive-by’ to a real live prospect you’ll need to track to see what kind of conversions are happening on your site.

There are perhaps many methods and tools to do that, but for us, we use the following couple of old friends…

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Define Your USP: Unique Selling Proposition!

July 13, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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3M_moneyWhen you sell services or Web apps online, you should do exactly the same thing that a store does: show the product. It’s surprising how many websites that sell software for example, don’t actually show screenshots of their applications.

Sure, these are intangible goods, digital goods that you can’t touch or smell, but they’re still goods you can see.

Producing your own products boils down to 3 simple steps:

  • plan it
  • produce it
  • and sell it

Create a marketing plan and complete your daily tasks. Not only will you eliminate procrastination, but you will give your product the best chance of success.

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Your SEO Program Workflow Explained!

July 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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seo_workflowNot often I can count on using this blog to allow others to talk about SEO, but last week when I discovered that SEO Powersuite had produced a great 70+ page article on how to develop and use your workflow to gain SEO rankings – I knew I had to post it here.

Yes, this is “thick” material – you’ll probably need to google many of the terms used as you’ll not understand the lingo used.

Yes, you will need to make notes and a timeline for this to be read and understood.

Yes, you will need to think on some of the finer points as they are both not intuitive nor for that matter do they seem workable…but they are!

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FabFriday is Infographics Day!

July 3, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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fridayUsing what gray matter we had this week was a bit tougher than in most weeks as the middle of the week was our nationlal holiday, but then this is something that at an age, you do learn to handle okay.

National holidays are great things but boy do I ever wish that they could always fall on a Friday or a Monday so we’d get the whole long weekend thingy going <Canuck rant off>!

Well, at least semi-competantly…so our clients are fine, our testing continues and yes, we did find some pretty cool new Infographics to share.

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How to Know Who’s On the Field?

June 29, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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competitorsYou’re a small SMB owner – say  you’re a lawyer who has just hung out your shingle or a locksmith working out of your first ever retail store or a Mom & Pop sandwich shop and you’re thinking that this online world may be the way to get you some new customers or clients. Good thought!

And you realize that there’s already other legal firms out there in your city or other locksmith shops or sandwich stores and that as the “new” kid in town, you’re going to have to compete with them. So your next thought would be you wonder how they’re “doing” in the online world. Second good thought!

And finally, you know that if you can figure out what “already in the market” competitors are doing, you can copy that strategy to get a foothold at least in the local search world. Great final thought…but…how can you find out who else is “on the field” that you’d be ccmpeting against?

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Google + Twitter = New SEO Opportunities, eh!

June 22, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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Google-and-Twitter-Integration-300x251Not new news, but the recent signing of a deal tween Google & Twitter – whereby Google would get access to the Twitterverse via tapping into their stream of tweets has some real opportunites, we think in the SEO world.

Note I said “think” as we’re testing it like we know other SEO firms are too and that the results will be posted here on what we find – but in the meantime, you should know that the deal has been signed and the Twitter “hose” of tweets is now capable of being indexed by Google. Announced about 7 weeks ago, we’ve been testing it on a couple of our sites to see if Tweets made can be ranked on Google web result pages and how that might work…and more importantly, how that can be made as efficient as possible for our whole client roster.

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SEO Program Renewal? Is It Worth It?

June 15, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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Okay so you’ve been working with your SEO firm to get your search engine rankings up as high as you both can over the past year, let’s say. You had faith that this firm could do the job – you contracted with them and now it’s time to think on renewals.

And to make that decision, you’ll need to compare and think on many factors that should have changed over that past program year.

First, let’s talk about keyword rankings. Say you’re a small law firm and you specialize in personal injury type law….so you and your SEO firm worked hard to come up with the best keywords via their research into what would work best for you in your local market to get ranked above all the other local law firms doing the same kind of practice.

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