How to Use Hashtags to Boost Your Search Rankings

You’ve seen them on Twitter and maybe even Facebook — they’re denoted by the pound sign, immediately followed by a term. Hashtags are tools used by Twitter users to ensure tweets are grouped with other tweets on the same subject. A tweet about issues relating to small business, for instance, might be followed by #smallbusiness. … Read more

Tips to Improve Your YouTube Channel

When business owners think about social media marketing, they often focus on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. But many forget that YouTube is a strong marketing avenue too, providing potential for improving search engine placement and reaching new customers. Active YouTube members know that establishing a presence on the site centers on creating a YouTube channel. … Read more

Is Your Blog Boring? 5 Tips to Spice it Up

Just when we thought our attention spans couldn’t get any shorter, along came micro-blogging. In 140 characters or less, people can tell readers all about how great dinner tasted or what they think of the latest political scandal. So why, in the breakneck social networking world, would people take the time to read 300 to … Read more

Guest Blogging Declared Dead By Google

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.

New Guidance on Guest Posts

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

Tackling SEO in a Post-Panda World

At one time, online marketers had it made. All they had to do was throw some decently-worded content up, add in the appropriate number of keywords, and watch as search engine rankings improved. SEO experts believed they had the whole process down. Of course, even then, people suspected the ride wouldn’t last forever. Thanks to … Read more

Five WordPress Plugins That Can Help Boost Your Search Engine Ranking

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

Does Facebook Still Matter?

The stillborn Facebook IPO will likely be the biggest business story of the year, but the follow-up is one of more practical import. Specifically, does your business really need Facebook any more? It’s not a question of reach: With nearly a billion users, everyone you’re likely to sell anything to is on Facebook. The question … Read more