Today’s consumers are smart, savvy, and more sophisticated than ever when it comes to buying things. The internet has made comparison shopping trivially easy — but it’s also opened the floodgates for all kinds of hazards: Spam websites, shady fly-by-night merchants, and shoddy knockoff products galore. The result is that if you’re lucky enough to … Read more
I really liked what Daniel Newman had to say about small business blogging in the Huffington Post. To wit: Since there are a million experts that will tell you how to use social media, I want to focus on something that can truly help your business reach a targeted audience and drive more readership, build … Read more
If you’ve done a Google search lately, you’ve likely seen some little pictures of authors next to certain results in the search engine results. Called “authorship,” it’s part of the Google+ project, and it’s no longer only being used by early adopters online. The transition from Google Places to Google+ business pages marked the beginning … Read more
Still writing guest posts? Still allowing others to guest-post on your blog? Google’s Matt Cutts has “called it,” saying that in 2014 you should “probably stop.” We’ve been begging clients not to run guest posts for years. Here’s why.
A few months ago I wrote a lengthy piece about the hazards of accepting guest posts on your blog. Now there’s new information pointing to the hazards of allowing guest posts on your website. Rather than boost your Google search rankings, guest posts may actually lead to penalties. I took a closer look at the … Read more
Search engine ranking is the focal point of almost every marketing campaign these days. But you don’t have to be a search engine optimization (SEO) expert to successfully launch your site to the top of search engine rankings. These plugins can help give your WordPress blog the attention it deserves. All-in-One SEO Pack — This … Read more
Serious praise from business2community.com for our work for Intuit — and for Intuit’s approach to content marketing and social media in general. Business bloggers take note! Intuit’s small business blog is a really excellent example of business blogging done right. For starters, it’s updated one to three times a day, so the content is fresh … Read more
Here’s a resolution that all businesses can probably do a better job of honoring: Start talking to your customers. Whether it’s through Twitter, Facebook, a blog, or even an FAQ on your website, start a dialogue with customers and commit to sticking with it for the rest of the year. Can’t remember to keep your … Read more
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