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A Guide to Local SEO and Link-Building Techniques

Ken Bowden - Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Local SEO is about offering your website visitors a great user experience and having a strong visibility across as many local terms search terms and phrases as possible. In local SEO, local terms carry a lot of weight. So, your primary goal is to get links from popular websites, directories and businesses in the same area as you.

The best advice for building links is to build relationships with the local community. Another tip is to create content on your website that is helpful and educational. That way, you are contributing to education in your industry while simultaneously adding content that can be linked to by other websites.

The Importance of Business Citations

A business citation is simply the mention of your business on another website. Most of the time, a business citation will feature your business name, address, and phone number. It may also include a link to your website.

Business citations are important because they are used by search engines to help them decide how to rank businesses in their local search results. Search engines, and Google specifically, use business citations to verify the accuracy of a business. It is important that wherever your business is mentioned, the details are always accurate and the same.

There are many places that you can get business citations from, but the best and easiest place to start is online business directories such as Yell.com, Yelp, ThomsonLocal, and so on. Think of these directories as the modern version of the Yellow Pages that you used to keep by your phone. Only, now it is online and available on everything from a smartphone and tablet to a desktop computer.

As a small business owner, you may have been harassed by a media company promising to raise the profile of your business in search engines in exchange for a fee. Many times, these companies will simply submit your business to directories such as those mentioned above and charge you for it. With a bit of time and effort, you can achieve the exact same results by submitting your company’s information to relevant local directories yourself.

Need help with your social media marketing strategy or digital marketing? Then contact New Media Marketing in Greensboro today.

 

These Are the Key Areas Where You Should Focus Your SEO Marketing Campaign

Ken Bowden - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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SEO is all about trial and error, patience and dedication. There is no denying, however, that the work you put into your company’s SEO marketing is worth it! The question is, what are the key areas where you should focus your SEO marketing campaigns in order to see the best possible results? We shed some light on the topic below.

  • PPC Advertising

Yes, it is possible to get to the top of Google search results organically, in other words, without having to pay any money. However, embracing the power and convenience of PPC advertising is a much easier and more effective way to boost website traffic and conversions. PPC advertising is not only straightforward but also cost-effective as it allows you to dictate your budget from the start.

  • Mobile Marketing

It is so important that you make sure your website is properly optimized for mobile users from a design and an SEO perspective. This is because the mobile market share worldwide is 52.1% compared to the desktop market share, which is 44.2%. In short, there are more people that are viewing your website using their mobile device than they are their laptop or desktop.

  • Social Media

Your company’s social media presence has an effect on its website’s SEO. A solid social media marketing strategy is the perfect complement to a strong SEO marketing campaign.

  • Website Design

Your website needs to be easy to navigate, quick to load, and information-rich in order to score high in the SEO stakes. If it ticks all of these boxes and promises a pleasant user-experience, it is sure to see an improvement in its rankings over time.

Sometimes it helps to get a professional on board when it comes to successful SEO marketing. Here at New Media Marketing, our team specializes in effective social media marketing, pay per click advertising, and mobile content marketing. Contact us now to learn more.

A Guide to Local SEO and Link-Building Techniques

Ken Bowden - Friday, June 7, 2019

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You have a local business, but why aren’t you getting more foot-traffic into your local store? As many business owners know, link building is one of the most important steps to increasing your search rankings. The more links you have, the higher you are going to rank.

Local businesses, however, need to focus on building more localized links. Here are some pointers on how to do this:

  • The first thingyou need to do is check out Moz Local, which has a link of all the localized directories in the world. You can use Moz Local to get more local links, especially from localized directories. Some of the directories may be national or global, but they have localized sections within your city.
  • The next thing you want to do is check out your local Chamber of Commerce. Every city in the US has a Chamber of Commerce that helps promote other businesses within that region. These organizations also have websites, so why not reach out and ask them for the link? If you do business in the city, are paying your taxes, and are providing products or services to people in the community, why not get a link for that site? In most cases, they will say yes.
  • Your third step is to start networking with other businesses in your region. Some of the businesses in your location may be competitors, but many of them won’t be. If you are a plumber offering pool heater and water heater repairs, for example, and there is another company offering electrical or handyman work, you can cross-promote each other and link to each other’s websites. Many people who are hiring an electrician or handyman for household work may also need a plumber, so having your link on their website and your name top of mind can help both your businesses.
  • Go to Ahrefs, put in your competitors’ URLs, and it will show you who is linking to them. Reach out to each of these websites and start networking with them. Tell them that you noticed that they are linking to your competitor and introduce yourself as a company that has a similar business, but that also offers something extra (perhaps you have a warrantyon your products or offer a free quote, for example). Tell them that your service may be of use to their website visitors, invite them to go and check out your website, and tell them they are free to link to your website as well.

Need help with your local SEO? Then contact our SEO company today.

 

 

Heat-Timer® Corporation Awards WSI Digital Marketing and Website Re-engineering Contract

Ken Bowden - Monday, June 3, 2019

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WSI has announced that it has recently partnered with the Heat-Timer corporation of Fairfield, New Jersey to redesign their website, increase their search visibility and implement a digital brand marketing program. The new website can be viewed at:  https://www.heat-timer.com/.

Heat-Timer® is the premier maker of advanced heating and domestic hot water controls in the USA. Their product line includes wireless, internet-based control systems and sensors, as well as sophisticated motorized valves. Heat-Timer controls are unique in the industry for their ability to learn the heating characteristics of a building and optimize boiler control for maximum energy savings.

“We chose WSI because they were the only agency really able to speak intelligently to the digital marketing of our products in the channel,” notes Vinny Clerico vice president of sales. “They bring a lot of resources and expertise to bear on problems of marketing and technology and we felt we had good roadmap for future initiatives.”

WSI Marketing Program For Heat-Timer®.

WSI was engaged to do the web design and implementation, as well as provide all the copywriting and SEO operations for the new business initiative. WSI reviewed and did extensive background research on the competitive environment for commercial heating controls and designed a custom solution that leveraged our technical copywriting, graphic design, and our ability to translate complex product offerings into simple, compelling concepts that can be used for broad marketing and brand development.

As a result of detailed competitive analysis, WSI created unique, SEO optimized page content catering to the unique and diverse product offering of the company. These custom pages and graphics developed by WSI include content for:

The marketing program that WSI has implemented for Heat-Timer® includes organic Search Engine Optimization, content marketing and social media advertising. WSI’s SEO Program will also produce quality blog, graphic, social media and video content to syndicate on external web properties including WordPress, Weeblyand Blogspotin addition to several other WSI proprietary content distributionplatforms.

Call WSI for a Digital Branding Overview

For those looking to see what a truly intelligent and comprehensive marketing solution looks like, please give WSI a call today.

This blog originally published at https://wsinetmarketing.com/wsi-heat-timer-partnership

These SEO Practices Are Out Of Date – And Could Be Harming Your Rankings

Ken Bowden - Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Each year, Google alters its algorithm between 500 and 600 times on average. In short, this means that the world of SEO is forever changing! And, if you want to ensure that your rankings remain positive, it’s up to you to keep up. In an effort to aid you on this mission, we’ve put together a list of some out-of-date SEO practices that used to be effective for SEO marketing, but which are now probably having the exact opposite effect on your SEO standing.

  • Meta Data Keyword Stuffing

Back in the day, effective SEO marketing revolved around the sheer number of keywords you were able to stuff into your content. Nowadays, almost all of us know that quality content is the key to maintaining a good SEO ranking. However, this hasn’t stopped many of us from stuffing keywords into our meta data instead. Unfortunately, Google is now also recognizing this as a bad practice and will penalize your website accordingly. Rather use one meaningful, strong keyword in your meta description and leave it at that.

  • Creating Countless Landing Pages

The age-old practice was to create a separate landing page for every keyword that a company wanted to rank for. Unfortunately, this led to a website having too many pages to count, which nowadays, doesn’t bode well for user experience! Instead of focusing too heavily on keywords and the like, focus your attention on making sure that any and every visitor to your website has a pleasant time doing so. Optimize navigation, keep an eye on page loading times and keep updating your content to entertain, inform, and impress.

  • Buying Backlinks

Yes, backlinks still play a large role in SEO marketing. Unfortunately, Google now puts a lot of emphasis on these backlinks being quality links from reputable sources. Therefore, buying a multitude of backlinks from link farms or creating them yourself in any and every way possible definitely is not going to do your rankings any favors.

At the end of the day, outstanding SEO marketing and effective social media marketing relies on dedicating yourself to improving user experience. If visitors enjoy the time that they spend on your website, you’re doing a great job and Google will notice this. Over time, it will reflect in your rankings too.

Need a little bit of extra help? Let WSI New Media Marketing lend a hand. We specialize in SEO, pay per click advertising, and mobile content marketing. Contact us today to learn more.

 

Use The Right SEO Tools To Audit And Monitor Website Performance

Ken Bowden - Monday, April 8, 2019

If you are paying for SEO services and putting in that extra time and money to up your rankings, it is important to find a way in which to monitor your performance and see which tactics are paying off. Doing this manually can take a very long time. Hence, the reason why most business owners will utilize SEO optimization tools instead. The good news is that these not only don’t have to cost a fortune, but they are also usually very easy to use. Below, we take a look at some of the best options currently available to you as well as why your organization should be using them to your advantage.

 

This tool is your go-to when it comes to keeping track of your website’s backlinks, which is an imperative part of SEO. Every business should have a decent mixture of follow and no-follow links, as well as anchor texts and links to your website from other websites in order to make a difference in your rankings. Open Site Explorer provides information regarding your website’s domain authority, along with the number of backlinks that your website has accumulated and where they come from. It also offers advice regarding link building opportunities going forward.

 

Did you know that your bounce rate has a tremendous effect on the way in which Google recognizes your page? A website with a high bounce rate will notice a knock in its rankings over time. CrazyEgg has been designed to help you keep track of this bounce rate and user behavior on your site in general. It is essentially a heat-mapping tool which shows you exactly how far people are scrolling down on a page, how long they are spending reading what content and where they are clicking. This gives you a good idea of where to spend most of your time making improvements in order to maximize user experience and, ultimately, boost SEO optimization.

 

When it comes to the technical elements of your website, such as response codes and missing image alt text, Screaming Frog is your best friend. With this tool in your corner, you’ll know exactly how well (or how poorly) your site is performing from a technical SEO perspective. The tool will also provide helpful advice in terms of how to go about fixing various issues.

Looking for world-class SEO services, including link building services to soar your way to number one on Google? WSI New Media Marketing can help! Contact us today for more information about our offering.

Hill Point Montessori Engages WSI for a New Website and SEO Campaign

Ken Bowden - Friday, February 8, 2019

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Hill Point Montessori is a locally owned and operated Montessori preschool and elementary school. Founded in 2011, the authentic Montessori school serves children from preschool through sixth grade. As part of their Montessori program, Hill Point allows students the freedom to explore their curiosities within the curriculum as well as learn from older children as well. This encourages children to love learning both academics as well as everyday life skills such as cleaning up after themselves. Through ongoing assessment, teachers guide students to turn their weaknesses into strengths as they develop their interests and social skills.

To help Hill Point Montessori reach parents interested in alternative schools and finding a match for developing their children’s education, Hill Point Montessori has partnered with the SEO experts at WSI Connect to develop their internet presence.  

After collaborating on Hill Point Montessori to understand their programs unique attributes, WSI conducted keyword research to understand content areas of interest to prospective parents. This lead to the development of an SEO program for Hill Point Montessori, including a new, SEO optimized and mobile friendly website highlighting their programs for prospective students and featuring an overview video with parents and student testimonials, as well as an ongoing SEO program aimed at off-page optimization. This off-page SEO optimization program will include including link building, and blog development. From this work the following SEO pages have been identified as key pages for increasing their online presence:

The offsite SEO program will focus on creating unique content about Hill Point Montessori and the Montessori method.  The offsite blogs will be published on BloggerWordPress, and Weebly websites.

WSI Connect is looking forward to the continued success with developing the internet presence of this local Montessori School and assisting them in celebrating children’s intellectual curiosity and social developing.

This blog was originally posted at: https://blog.wsiconnect.com/hill-point-montessori-engages-wsi-for-a-new-website-and-seo-campaign

 

Just Appeals Chooses WSI for their SEO Campaign

Ken Bowden - Saturday, January 12, 2019

Just Appeals – The Law Office of Scott M. Davidson focuses on appellate and post-judgment litigation. Dr. Davidson has 20 years of experience litigating appeals. He has worked as a judicial law clerk for appellate justices at the Supreme Court of New Mexico and has taught courses in post-conviction litigation at the University of New Mexico School of Law. To know more about the services provided by their law firm, please visit their website.

WSI was hired to help Just Appeals build their online presence with the help of a SEO strategy. The below-mentioned pages have been added and optimized using the best global SEO practices:

https://justappeals.net/appealing-a-court-case-albuquerque-new-mexico/

https://justappeals.net/criminal-appeals-attorney-albuquerque/

https://justappeals.net/federal-court-of-appeals-albuquerque/

https://justappeals.net/appellate-court-albuquerque/

The initial on-site optimization effort included a Website Audit and optimization of the newly added pages on the website. With the optimized pages now live on the site, the strategy begins with the Off page optimization, which is comprised of building high quality backlinks and an ongoing blogging effort on authority websites such as WordPress, Weebly, Blogger, Tumblr and Medium.

Each month we’ll track the results of the SEO campaign. Various key metrics like rankings, traffic leads from organics visits, etc. will be measured. Our goal is to increase brand awareness through a custom-tailored marketing plan.

Are you looking for digital marketing services? Visit WSI, a leader in internet marketing in Albuquerque. We would be happy to discuss your goals!

Blog originally posted at: https://www.wsiwebenhancers.com/just-appeals-chooses-wsi-for-their-seo-campaign/

The Easiest Ways to Draw Traffic to Your E-commerce Website

Ken Bowden - Monday, November 12, 2018

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It is an all too familiar story: you have created a great new online store and you are carrying products that you know people will love, but nobody is coming to your store. Why is that? There could be several reasons, but the most likely one is that you are not doing a good enough job of driving visitors to your online store. Here are a few practical and proven methods to drive traffic to your website:

  1. Partner With Instagram Influencers

Instagram influencers have thousands and thousands of followers and these followers are very interested in the products they are promoting. As a company specializing in social media for business, we often advise clients with e-commerce websites to send free product samples to Instagram influencers. Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most effective marketing channels for e-commerce merchants. A recent study showed that Instagram provides brands with 25% more engagement than any other social platform.

  1. Reach Out To Bloggers

Start thinking outside the box with your content marketing strategy. One of the best ways to drive traffic to your e-commerce website is by being featured in a blog or in the press. You do not have to target the biggest and most successful people. In fact, your chances of being featured are better if you aim for bloggers and media outlets with smaller audiences – because they are not constantly bombarded with pitches from companies. Target journalists who have written about your industry and bloggers who have a big following of people who would be interested in the products that you are selling.

  1. Post Your Store On Reddit

The whole of the internet hangs out on Reddit and in addition to its front page that aggregates the most popular content on the web; there are also thousands of category-specific sub-Reddits. You can find a sub-Reddit on nearly every subject. Define sub-Reddits that are relevant to your industry by typing in the keywords you are targeting in Reddit’s search feature. Look at ways that you can contribute content to sub-Reddits without coming off as too salesy and spammy. This could involve posting a link to a blog that you have written or a video tutorial for a product that you are selling.

WSI New Media Marketing is a digital marketing agency in Greensboro, North Carolina, specializing in marketing strategy and social media for businesses. Contact us for digital marketing services such as pay per click advertising programs and SEO today.

Essential Online Marketing Tips to Boost Your Retail Strategy This Festive Season

Ken Bowden - Saturday, November 3, 2018

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In the peak season leading up to Christmas, your SEO marketing and digital strategies become even more important. To make the most out of the spending frenzy, here are a few essential online marketing tips to boost your retail strategy:

Remarketing Is Key

Remarketing is an indispensable technique for retailers during the festive season. The retargeted customer spends close to 50% more than the average customer does during the peak spending season and retailers see an average increase of over 21% on peak days such as Cyber Monday. Some tips to optimize your remarketing strategy include:

  • Optimizing the copy in your ads, graphics, and calls-to-action in line with the big spending days, promotions or sales that you are offering. Encourage direct response through compelling copy.
  • Drill down into segmented audiences and avoid retargeting shoppers with product categories that they have already bought. For personalization to work, you need to make sure you are displaying products that they would want to buy, not things that they already own.
  • Create long tail campaigns by using your peak database to cross and up-sell after Christmas. Many people will be looking for great offers during January when many retailers have big sales. You can use this as an opportunity to remarket products that customers showed interest in during the festive season.
  • Retarget customers who have added items into your website’s shopping cart with personalized reminders, delivery deals and extra discounts.
  • Re-engage customers who have bought products or have taken up special discounts and deals during the festive season. Offer them new, even more compelling deals.

For effective social media marketing during the festive season, make use of social media automation tools such as Hootsuite. That way, you can schedule your content, promotions, and sales content in advance. Research the peak times on the different social media platforms to get your time scheduling right, but do not schedule all your content in advance. You need to be able to respond to customer feedback in real time and advertise relevant promotions on the fly, so be sure you have a social media manager who is keeping track of your social engagements during this time.

WSI New Media Marketing is a digital marketing agency in Greensboro, North Carolina, specializing in SEO marketing, pay per click advertising, and mobile content marketing. Contact us to help you boost your retail strategy this festive season.

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