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Series 2 of 3 – Mobile Responsive Design for Local Businesses
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Local business owners often ask our team if Responsive Design for their local business website is that important. Yes it is! Reason #1: Even if you have a local and target a local audience, you still want to be found online by your customers. If you site is not mobile responsive, it will not pass Google's mobile requirements and it will be heavily penalized. The penalty is poor indexation (aka how yo...

New Year Resolutions for your website
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Happy New Year! May 2016 bring you fantastic success in your business, happiness and health in your life and most importantly balance. As we start the first week of 2016, site owners or managers should set new year resolutions for their website so that it becomes a powerful marketing tool for their company and supports all of their business goals this year. To keep the resolutions organized we have divided them into 3 distinct areas listed below. =1= Take your website seriously:

What is Yahoo!’s future?
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Over the years Yahoo! has lost ground on being a leader of Internet searches due to the increase popularity of power houses like Google and YouTube. After all, you may hear someone say "I am going to Google it" not "Yahoo it". In the past two months, there have been lots of talk about Yahoo's internal leadership changes but, most importantly, possible changes in their business structure and focus. Their stocks have not always been doing well as fear for the company's future ...

Optimizing for Santa Rosa California
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SEO (aka Search Engine Optimization) is the action of maximizing your website to give it a higher change to rank high on Google and other search engine companies for the keywords that are most important to your business. Local SEO is focusing your optimization efforts to specific cities or counties. It works best for companies with a brick and mortar business that are most interested in selling in their shop or for service based businesses that service client...

Tweeting for your business
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Twitter is still going strong after almost 10 years in business. What was first a fun quirky social media platform for a younger audience is now considered a strong platform for businesses wishing to increase their online visibility and reach. Once again you are in front of your computer screen wondering what you could do next to help your business online. What can you do quickly and efficiently without taking you away from your daily tasks? You also wonder "Why should my business be on Twitt...

SEO series part 5 – Quality guidelines from Google
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If you have a Google Webmaster and go to the tools' section, you will see that the search engine king highlights a long list of quality guidelines. They mainly describe the "what not to do" on your website. Over the years, bad online marketers have used non ethical and unreliable methods to attempt to trick Google and other search engines. Some of these tricks may have worked for a few weeks or months but, eventually, it always backfired and the poor site owner was left with a website t...

SEO series part 4 – Technical guidelines from Google
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We spent the past two weeks reviewing the 10 recommendations offered by Google itself to ensure top ranking for your website. In this post and video, we cover part 2 of the 3 part-guidelines from Google. Today we chat about the technical guidelines. Though they can be intimidating, they are nonetheless extremely important to optimizing your website. =1= Google recommends to allow all of your site's files to be crawled. By this they me...

SEO series part 3 – More on design and content guidelines
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Last week in our webinar, we discussed the webmaster guidelines presented by Google. We spoke in details about the first 5 of the 10 specific items Google wants and expects to see in the design and content of a good website. By doing what the top search engine wants, you ensure top ranking for your website for the keywords of your choice. Ranking on #1 on page #1 (or close to that top spot) will guarantee more visitors to your website therefore help you increase your visibility and revenue strea...

SEO series part 2 – Design and content guidelines from Google
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In recent years Google has offered "guidelines" to webmasters to help them better rank the websites they design. It is a full time job to keep up with the guidelines' continual changes but a good web designer should make it a priority in order to better serve his or her clients. Google currently organizes its recommendations into three distinct sections which we will be reviewing over the next three weeks. =1= Design and content guidelines =2= Technical guid...

SEO series part 1 – Forwarding versus pointing multiple domain names to the same website
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Why do people register multiple domain names? Many business owners register multiple domain names for various reasons. =1= In most cases, it is done to protect their brand such as registering the same name with different URL extensions ( .com, .net, .info, .org, etc.) or registering domain names that are similar to their company name or their brand. =2= There are ti...

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