Archive for the ‘SEO’ Category

Do it yourself Search Engine Optimization

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Here is a great article for all you “do it yourselfers” who want to perform SEO on your own websites. Of course, we don’t recommend this because, well, because we provide SEO for our clients…and charge for it. But that’s OK, give it a try anyway.

The article is filled with excellent tips – some general, some very technical – that might require the help of your web designer, but there are some that you might be able to do yourself if you have a content management system (CMS) or can edit the content in your site. To name a few: page names, directory structure, Meta tags, flash, navigation, and much more. Even if you don’t want to do your own SEO, you’ll find good information in the article that is useful for any website owner.

How to Optimize your Videos for SEO

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Many of our clients are utilizing videos in their websites, and often the topic comes up: Is there any way that we can use our videos for SEO (search engine optimization)? Good question!

Gary Przyklen, in this article on how to optimize videos for SEO, shares some of his success formulas for optimizing videos using YouTube. If there were an algorithm for YouTube – as there is for Google – it might involve the following three criteria:

  • Text in your titles and descriptions
  • Number of views and recent trending
  • Ratings

Gary ends his article with the following advice: “Although video isn’t new to the web, many marketers and businesses fail to make the best use of tools and social networks that will take their video and SEO results to the next level. If you’re going to invest time and money in boosting your SEO efforts this year, do yourself a favor and start considering video in your marketing mix. You’ll be glad you did.”

Importance of Web Design to your Business

Friday, June 25th, 2010

“Show me your website and I can tell you who you are in the business world” might be one of the newest quotes heard from business owners these days.  Your website has become your company’s identity.  In traditional “off line” business jargon, your website is like your store or shop, where people may be attracted to go inside and check the products/services you offer or just pass you by.

In this age of advanced technology and easy access to the internet, a business’ online presence has become so very important.  If you’re a serious entrepreneur or business person, you can’t “just” have a website, you have to have a website that is well designed, one that is not “just” attractive but (“just” as important) easy to navigate, complete with online support and services, professional-looking with valuable information and content, and able to not only capture the visitor’s attention but retain existing client loyalty for your product/service. In other words, the design of your website can either make or break your business’ brand.  This is why web design is so important to your business.

Your web design must convince prospects that you mean business.  It must reflect your company’s competence and reliability. You have to be able to convey all of the most important details your prospects should know right at the outset in order to keep them on the site and prevent them from clicking away from the home page. (Next time you check your site statistics, look for the number of bounces.)

As a web design company, we of course recommend hiring a competent web design company with experience and a portfolio of sites to show with testimonials from satisfied clients. There are so many “do it yourself” website applications – you could certainly try to design your own site. But don’t! It’s not worth the cost savings because in the long run it will end up costing more in terms of lost business and dissatisfied clients.

With a well-designed professional site – built by professionals – you will have a secure foundation on which to grow your business. You’ll also have a professional staff at your disposal to help you with marketing your site online and helping you expand your site as new technology emerges or as your needs for new features arise. Once your site has been launched and running properly it will be time to go into marketing mode. Be prepared!

The Power of Blogs & Social Media in B2B Marketing

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

So you have a blog and a social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, and/or LinkedIn). What metrics are you using to measure the success of your efforts? According to Business.com in a Benchmark Study (which is cited in an article entitled The Power of Blogs & Social Media) the most popular metrics used to measure B2B Social Media Success are:

- Website Traffic – 68%B
- Brand Awareness – 61%
- Engagement with Prospects – 60%
- Engagement with Customers – 52%
- Brand Reputation – 47%
- Prospect Lead Quality – 40%
- Revenue – 38%
- Prospect Lead Volume – 37%
- Useful Product Feedback – 26%

In order to determine the ROI you’re getting out of your blog and social media efforts you will have to decide which metrics are most important to you and determine a clear way to measure the success or failure of your efforts.

50 Power Twitter Tips

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Here is useful article…self-explanatory: 50 Power Twitter Tips. My favorites are:

  • Don’t read EVERY tweet. It’s perfectly okay. You have permission.
  • Follow anyone who follows you (and unfollow spammers/jerks).
  • Promote other people 12x to every 1 self-promotional tweet.
  • Build lists to watch people who matter to you more closely.
  • Retweet the good stuff from others. Sharing is caring.
  • Set an egg timer. Twitter is addictive.