Okay, you’re an SMB owner and you run a bricks ‘n mortar location in your Canadian city, in any of our Canuck provinces and you’re wondering how you can get some LOCAL ranking traction. And the simple answer is – you need to use Citations (as described here in Wiki) to gain that traction via search engine rankings….and so now you know.
Huh? Well the real story of course is much longer and some background can be found here & here & here & here….and ESPECIALLY HERE….and yes, as you’d begin to suspect, there are more and more local search ranking factors at work than mere Citations – but that’s where we all begin.
Okay, 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.
Sure…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!
Interestingly 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.
Okay, 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!” »
We have talked here on our Canadian SEO blog about how to generate leads for your SMB business quite a few times over the past few years and if it’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that for the vast majority of SMB owners, our advice has barely broken through the clutter of other voices all vying for attention. That’s bad. We know that this cacaphony of marketing voices is just too too much to wade through to try to find the “meat & potatoes” that a business owner needs to sup on, to succeed.
So we thought that today, we’d try to help any of our readers think on what they will need to do to research same on their own, and to do that, we thought we’d start with one of the best firms we know when it comes to exactly that – capable, reliable marketing knowledge to help you both plan, create and develop your own marketing plan for your online business to succeed.
Okay as our regular readers know, we love what we do! We truly like to get into the office and online every single day and as early as possible, to help our client roster succeed at getting new traffic sent to their sites and we do it over and over again – but always remembering that the search engine target is a moving one….one you need to keep your eye on all the dang time!
That said, we also of course “bump” into all types and kinds of other viewpoints and whenever such opinions (backed up by tested empirical evidence that is) help us learn more, we know that this is also very important counsel and we try to incorporate same into our own online marketing practice on a daily basis.
Yes, Friday again and our regulars here know that we often use this weekend-starting blog post to show new and topical Infographics that can help any SMB owner get some SEO Campaign traction…and today is no exception.
Well, except for the fact that this post is not really about any specific SEO Infographic, but more about how you can use targeted searches to find just this kind of tactical help on your own. How?
Well, first go to google and click on their text link to their IMAGES index first…and once there, enter into the search field your best phrase for what you think might help you learn more about your own SEO Campaign.
Okay, like many other online marketing types, I too thought WooHoo when Google launched their own social media platform Google+ a couple of years back – well at least I thought it was a good thing to challenge all of the other social media giants already established like FB and Twitter, Reddit and Tumblr etc…
My thinking over that timespan hasn’t changed and while the jury is still “out” on the value of a G+ account and the resulting buzz, what I know so far is that yes, G+ is becoming more and more important for any SMB and their own online SEO Campaign!
Okay, you know that I like SEO, right? Well, love is perhaps a better verb here…and at the same time when an SEO tactic begins to get traction, i.e. using a certain method or process to gain some SEO rankings is something I also love reporting on, right?
If you answered “yes” to those two questions then it’s because you must be a regular visitor here and know that I love the legendary link between SEO and Infographics and have written substantially on that link too before as well.
And that’s what this blog piece is about today….as I’ve now got some tangible proof on the popularity of Infographics and also a great link to an SEO expert and her take on how to promote just that kind of SEO tactic!
Startups of every type in every channel need to learn about marketing….what it is, why it’s important and most of all, how to “market” their products or services to gain revenues. Without revenues, you’re just burning up the company bank account and as we all know, there is a finite number of dollars you have to work with…so revenues matter big time!
Learning about marketing – from an online marketing POV then is an important asset that one needs to be able to fulfill as soon as possible and as efficiently as possible too – and it’s to that point that today’s blog post deals with ‘help’ in that learning.
First, what’s an EMD?
This acronym stands for an ‘exact match domain’ as in when you buy your domain name you think ‘keywords’ ahead of brand and you buy something that is a usual search engine keyword phrase. Like you’re going to go into the cheesecake retail store channel in your hometown, so you buy “hamiltoncheesecakes.com” for an example.
We’ve been watching south of the border in google.com land their rollout of just a couple of days ago of the new Google local carousel display for web search results. But like always I figured, as google.ca up here in the Canadian SEO world is usually behind the curve, it would bear watching without seeing same here.
I was wrong – as today (the first day of summer!) when you search for “some” local-only web keywords/phrases, yes…google.ca will display same…but only for certain “local” searches!
Huh? Google? Well, yes….a large part – well in fact just about every hour or so, I am running web searches for clients, on clients, on client products, on channel partners, on just about every single thing that you can imagine. And when you do that, when you run search after search, using everything from the Google tool bar to google.ca to tools that wring those results from the Google index….you find out quickly that yup, Google fights back.
It was my pleasure yesterday to have attended a great marketing session entitled “The Right Angle:SHAPE UP YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA WITH PROCESS + PURPOSE” at our beautiful Art Gallery of Hamilton for the whole morning – and was it a great event, eh!
And I mean that and would think that as they sold out the audience seats, I wasn’t alone in those thoughts – especially as we were all well entertained by Scott Stratten of Un-Marketing who spoke for almost an hour on his thoughts and practices on marketing – Social Media marketing best practices if you will!
Okay, you may not have heard of the Zagat review system for restaurants in the US (learn more here) and the fact that this firm was bought by Google back in the fall of 2011 to be used it was stated “to aid it’s local search rankings” and that seemed to hold some promise for the veracity of same.
What I thought back then (blog link here) was that as Zagat had some real authority in the restaurant review world, that when Google bought same, it could only work well for those rankings and at the same time spin away from Yelp et al and the plethora of phony reviews.
At least that’s how it looked to me…at the time – but as I’ve learned….things change muchly in the Canadian SEO world, eh!