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VistaShift Blog: “Know Your Customer…but Don’t Ask!”

January 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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fasterhorsefinal2-300x200I got an early notice about this post just yesterday and thought hey now doesn’t that make some sense!

What am I talking about here – or rather what is Ron Neumann the ex-head of our #HamOnt Innovation Factory is talking about is the generally accepted tenet that for any company to do well, to excel, they need to talk to their customers.

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Use BING Ad Intelligence Tools for Better Keyword Research!

January 13, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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bing-2Okay, I know the title here on this post may cause one to shake their head and wonder why anyone would ever use anything but Google itself for keyword research but let me assure you, there is a real gem in this honest promotion of the BING Intelligence tools.

And that gem is real live numbers that one can see along with trends and updates as they happen! And yes, it’s Microsoft’s own tools with the ability to work within MS Excel, their spreadsheet program that every single SEO practitioner uses to hold data and research on keywords, IBLs, backlink candidates…..the list is long, eh!

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A Google+ Content Strategies Infographic!

January 10, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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g+_iconAlright, I’m “new” to CopyBlogger and the strengths that so many online sources and bloggers refer to when discussing this site….and yes, I’m okay with that. I learn as many others do…in a sort of “unconcious” manner…soaking up the little links and URLs and referring site addresses that I see but don’t register…till all of a suden, I get it.

And CopyBlogger is one of those sites that yes, I’ve heard of many many times in the past decade or so…but not thought of conciously as a site to visit. I blog. So do they. I blog on “all things SEO” for us Canucks. They blog on online marketing strategies…an allied field to be sure. I blog alot it appears on Google…and it’s various efforts to dominate the world. And CopyBlogger appears to at least have done so too…hence this Infographic and how I think it’s important.

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Google+ Needs Your Attention for 2014!

January 6, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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burst_coverOkay, so you’re thinking that 2014 is here….you’re back in charge of your SMB website after the holidays and really there’s not too much “new” to be considering on, right? You guessed it…..that kind of thinking is wrong, eh! Let me point out to you the items you should be considering….and what I’m talking about today is Google+!

That’s right, Google+ – touted as the #2 Social Media network with over 700 million accounts, is the Google answer to Facebook, which I’m sure you’ve read about muchly over the past few months and is covered here pretty nicely by the folks over at BurstMedia.com.

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A Reminder on SEO for 2014!

January 3, 2014 by · 7 Comments
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mountie_kneelingSure…it’s been a really swell Christmas season here and yes, we had a real pleasurable time with our kids and grandkids and extended family too! I just hope that your own Holiday season was as much fun as my own.

And yes, I’m back “in the traces” and looking for new strategies and tactics for our own SEO clients as well as reporting on same here for our readers too!

That said…it’s 2014….and for us SEO practitioners we are just as aware as everyone else is that yup, SEO is a moving target.

Last year saw many many new challenges and updates and lateral moves by the search engines….and for those of us who try to stay “close” to that leading edge, it meant a ton of testing and trying….and finagling and fudging….and analyzing again and again!

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A Very Merry Christmas to One & All!

December 20, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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Merry-Christmas-Wishes

We’re closing down the office today for the Christmas holidays….and as usual I just wanted to thank all of our readers and followers for their support over the past year!

While our SEO tasks continue – Google et al never close, eh! – we’ll not be making more Canadian SEO posts here on www.canuckseo.com till the new year….

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GYBO: Canuck Program Successful but Gone?

December 16, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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Agybo-4bout 20 months ago or so, I received launch notices about a great new program sponsored by Google, the Royal Bank, Yola and our own CIRA that would enable SMB owners to get a brand new free website for their online businesses. This I thought would be a good thing as I know that simply put you need an online website to allow you to both brand and manage your business in this millenium.

So I wrote about it a few times back in early 2011 with the launch blog post here and followups here and here with stats too…I was proud to have helped get this Program up and running and even got a mention about it too here (but that is a dead link now eh!)

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FabFriday Infographics: Google is Designing by Dollars!

December 13, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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google-3Interestingly enough while I’ve been watching web results layouts change over the past 19 years, you know I’ve never every considered the real back-story rationale as to why those layouts are changing.

And while I’ve never noticed the actual changes, what I have apparently done is to realize somehow in my subconcious that the “space” that I’m interested in for our web rankings is growing smaller.

Smaller while in fact I’m now using a huge 27″ monitor and yet, I’m still looking down down down the page to see what I’m looking for….never thought about that – but yes it’s true I’d now admit.

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DIY SEO:Learn Your Link Building Basics!

December 9, 2013 by · 9 Comments
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SEO-Link-BuildingOkay, your site’s up….you’ve worked damn hard in getting your keyword research done and have gotten those dozens of keywords properly “stitched” into your pages using the best practices tactics for SEO on-page optimizations done…and yup, you still can’t find your site in the serps you are running. That is what so many SMB owners complain of when they come to us looking for some “SEO doctoring” and for the most part – they’ve just stopped too early!

There is always the thought that oh-oh, maybe they’ve not done such a good job on the initial on-page optimization tasks…but a quick check shows that they’ve gotten the basics all done…so it’s not that. What it is, of course, is that a complete SEO Campaign to drive new traffic to your site does NOT stop at that level…in fact that’s only about 40% of the whole set of tasks needed….the next step is yes, building your site “Authority & Trust” levels by making your site relevant to other in-channel sites via links. Continue reading “DIY SEO:Learn Your Link Building Basics!” »

Fabulous Friday: It’s Infographics Once Again!

December 6, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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fridaySo…Friday once more and yes, Infographics are on our mind once again! That’s the SEO tactic that again, while others seem to believe that they add “little” for your SMB website serps…we know different!

Yes, we understand that many SEO practitioners have an upturned eyebrow when they begin to think about Infographics.

And yes, we also understand that many “other” SEO practitioners know little about Infographics, but here’s what we know via our own SEO practice rationale of empirical testing!

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Waterdown WildWing Still Sucks!

December 2, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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wwSucks.logoOkay, by now if you’re a regular here, you know that my wife and I had a horrible experience trying to get a simple order of wings delivered to our house back about 10 weeks ago and yes, I blogged about that right here too under the title (if you need to search for it on Google et al) of “What Bad Customer Service Costs: WildWingSucks.ca” and yes both that blog piece and the site it points to are still up and live and running.

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SB Partners:Next Gen CEO Forums

November 29, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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sb-1Okay, I know what you’re thinking….a major accounting firm runs a forum for folks to attend and increase their knowledge in an area you’re unfamilar with and then comes the big “hey, pick us for your accounting needs” type of come-on, right? Wrong! While I’d admit that was in the back of my mind as a caution a week ago or so when I attended my first ever Next Gen CEO forum, hosted by SB Partners at the Burlington Golf & Country Club, I couldn’t have been more incorrect.

In fact, if there is one thing that sticks out in my mind, it was that there was honestly no “hard sell” of this accounting firm and the pitch that usually follows such a meet-up. For that I was not only pleasantly surprised but comforted by the thought that this Burlington based accounting firm was making it apparent that they were trying to only increase the attendees level of knowledge on the topic that was there for presentation that day – and what a great topic it was too!

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