Climbing to the top of Google in 2014 – WordPress plugins and best practices


Climbing to the of Google in 2014 from Mickey Mellen There is an old joke in the Property / Real Estate business: Question: "In establishing the value of a house, what are the three most important factors?" Answer: "Location, location, location." In developing traffic on your website, the mantra is “blog, blog, blog.”  The content you add will be indexed by search engines and if optimized … [Read more...]

Learn How to Pick the Right Keywords for Your Website

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You've heard the buzz and know you need to use keywords in your content but how do you find the RIGHT keywords for your business? We have a solution for you!   Keyword guru, Jenny Munn, is putting on a low-cost, face-to-face SEO workshop at the end of March. If you need help understanding how to drive SEO website traffic and identify the right keywords for your content, this workshop is for … [Read more...]

Neglecting G+ in Your Marketing Plan Could Cost You


I was recently looking for a local, full service car wash.  I clicked on the Google Search button on my phone and plugged in "car wash" and looked for results.  Nada.  Bupkis.  Nothing.  Turns out there is a car wash not 1/2 mile away from my office.  The failure to put their business on Google+ is costing them money.  It could be costing you money too. Why use Google+? There are 540 … [Read more...]

Simple related posts with Jetpack 2.9


It was just a few weeks ago that we were telling you about Jetpack 2.8 and the excellent Markdown feature and now Jetpack 2.9 has been released with another great tool for your website -- related posts. There have been related posts plugins for a long time, some better than others. The biggest problem with all of them has been overhead; it takes a lot of processing power to determine the best … [Read more...]

Monetize Your Blog with AdSense

Monetize Your Blog with AdSense

You started a  blog and you have some great content but you'd really like to start making some money.  A great place to start is using Google AdSense.  It takes time to build AdSense revenue, but we have 5 tips to help you get started. Tip #1:  Use Keywords Is an article really good if no one reads it?  Attract readers by writing your content using keywords that will get you found in a Google … [Read more...]

Who’s Winning the Big Game

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At $4 million for a 30 second commercial, Super Bowl advertising is serious business.  Advertisers want to make sure that they are getting the most bang for their buck.  The social media marketing frenzy has already begun for the Big Game. Check out our SERP walk through on Who's Winning the Big Game... (for the uninitiated, SERP stands for search engine results … [Read more...]

Say NO to Guest Bloggers


Have you ever gotten an email from someone offering to write a guest post for your blog?  I have.  I felt so validated.  "MY BLOG MUST BE AWESOME!"  Well, I shouldn't consider my blog so great just yet -- Google's Matt Cutts is saying that I was just targeted and that running articles like that are the equivalent of spam.  Guest blogging is getting a bad name. There are definitely strong … [Read more...]

Google Webmaster Tools Now Gives More Accurate Data

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If you're job is to write content and build an audience, you better make sure you know  your audience.  Google Webmaster Tools has made that easier by updating the Search Query Tool so that data will no longer be "bucketed" (or rounded). Another great "it's about time" change -- you can now see the exact number of clicks per Keyword by URL. If you use Google Analytics, you may notice that … [Read more...]

Black Hat vs. White Hat SEO

I read a great article at on white hat vs. black hat SEO.  I wanted to share it. The infographic below shows a good overview of the differences in marketing tactics. By … [Read more...]

Don’t just “flip the switch”


When we launch a new site, we often say we "flip the switch" to make it go live.  This either means turning off the "coming soon" page, updating DNS records, or whatever needs to be done to make the new site active.  However, we do a lot more behind the scenes to make it a smooth transition. We recently had a client approach us that had launched their new site (built elsewhere) a few weeks … [Read more...]

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