The best way to grow your website is with organic traffic from the big search engines out there. The only way to garner the necessary clicks, however, is to rank high enough in the first place. Unfortunately, finding a balance between the two is where too many websites spin out of control. The surest search engine optimization (SEO) strategies incorporate both on-site and off-site planning. While the building blocks of your off-site efforts are all about honing your backlink portfolio, which you likely have a fairly solid handle on, your on-site or on-page plans involve SEO elements that are more content-driven, including meta tags and keywords. This is the stuff that speaks both to your target audience and to the search engines, and it deserves closer attention.
If the notion of page speed conjures ideas really complicated technology in your head, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Page speed is and always has been integral to search engine optimization (SEO), which means that understanding the basics is definitely worth the effort. You get that web pages are loaded, and if you also get that the ones that load more quickly are awarded bonus points, you’re ahead of the game. Things get more complicated from here, but the experienced digital marketing professionals at The Web Guys can help you get your site get to where it needs to be.
If you’re ready to consider a website redesign, there’s plenty to think about. A redesign signals that big change is afoot, and there is one very good reason for this – it’s time, and The Web Guys can help. You want your website to work for you and to reflect who you are as a business, and if yours isn’t hitting its marks, it is very likely time to dive deep into project redesign. The fact is that those retroactive tweaks we all make can only go so far – and, worse, can leave you with a site that feels like it was hastily thrown together. If you’re looking for anything, you’re looking for a sleek, streamlined design that masterfully reflects the heart of your business, and that performs like a thoroughbred while enticing, enlightening, and educating prospective customers. In the end, these goals all hinge on you having a … Continued
As a form of online content, links provide a great value for users. Without links, a blog post is simply a dead end and may not be very helpful if people need more information than what is offered in the article. SEO industry experts often mention the importance of getting backlinks to your website, but should outbound links be totally left in the dust? What Are Outbound Links? First off, outbound links, also known as external links, are defined as links on a web page that link to pages on other websites. Examples of outbound links include press releases, industry-relative blog posts, and government regulations. While overloading your blog post with a large quantity of outbound links is not an effective digital marketing strategy, linking to other articles with high quality content can help provide additional sources for your audience. A big part of incorporating outbound links is understanding which … Continued
It is now 2016. Every business needs a website. The size and scope of that site varies by company, of course, but a presence on the web is a must to help grow and spread its reach. Web design professionals are frequently asked why websites are so expensive to design, create, and manage. The answer is fairly simple: there are a lot of moving parts at play. Let’s take a look at some of the forces behind building and maintaining a website. The Design Everyone holds their brand near and dear to their heart, and they should. Your brand is a representation of you, your employees, and the work you do. This needs to be incorporated into your site. In order to accomplish this, you need to sit down with a designer and go over what is important to you. The important pieces of your business need to be highlighted … Continued
Help! The Internet is swimming with content, and your audience might be drowning. Because more and more businesses are trying to capture the attention of Internet users, the amount of content across the web is, well, overwhelming to be honest. Industry experts even have a name for it: content shock. Although content shock isn’t an entirely new concept, it’s still something we at The Web Guys consider when crafting intriguing copy for users to read. Besides the content on your company’s website, how do you continue to engage people who are overwhelmed by a sea of websites? Our creative team can come up with unique ideas for your website during the design process. Here are some examples of interactive content: 1) Helpful Tools If you deal with a service that’s complicated for the average customer to understand, tools can be beneficial for breaking down hard-to-digest information. For example, applying for … Continued
Now that you’ve spent a few weeks learning about digital marketing, it’s time to summarize the takeaways. It isn’t enough to know about each individual aspect; you should also understand how they connect and work together to provide the results you need to grow your business.Build a Solid FoundationThe foundation and beginning of your digital identity is your website. Design a professional, credible website you can be proud of that properly portrays your business. Make sure to make it “mobile-friendly” so it’s appealing from any device, and fill it with useful content that provides the experience your target customers expect when navigating a website.Get Found LocallyNow that you have the proper online foundation, it’s time to drive targeted local traffic to your website. That being said, not all traffic will do, because you offer a service or product in a very specific geographical area. Let the right customers find you by setting up and … Continued
Think about the last time you were scrolling through your Twitter feed and found something appealing enough to “like” or re-tweet: Were you drawn by your neighbor’s 140-character description of his new car or the photo of him grinning like a kid from behind the wheel? And that White Castle breakfast casserole you whipped up for the last family gathering — did you find the recipe in a dust-covered cookbook or through a link your friend posted with Facebook pictures of the finished dish? When it comes to cutting through the volumes of information Americans are inundated with every day, The Web Guys understands that few things are as powerful as an attention-grabbing image. Indeed, industry research shows that tweets with images are shared 150 percent more often than those with pure text, and photo-focused posts drive 87 percent of a typical Facebook page’s engagement. The stakes are even higher … Continued
When working to improve a website’s ranking on Google, we are often quick to assess what more successful competitors are doing (and for good reason). It can also be helpful to review factors that are keeping lower-ranked websites off the first page of the search engine results pages, and make sure to avoid them ourselves. In August, Moz released results of its 2015 Ranking Factors Survey, a biennial assessment of the current and future state of Google’s search algorithm by the best and brightest minds in the SEO and search marketing space. The report covers a broad spectrum of ranking factors — including the negatives. That’s what I want to explore today. Negative Ranking Factors The report mentions 17 negative ranking factors and rates each on a scale from 1 (no direct impact) to 10 (strong impact). Today we are going to look at the top five. 1. Total number … Continued
First, Google updated its algorithm so that mobile-friendly Web pages ranked higher on searches made from a mobile device. Now the tech giant is collaborating with content producers to speed up the time it takes their pages to load on smartphones and tablets. Try a demo version by visiting http://g.co/ampdemo from your mobile device. Here’s a demo video the company released during the announcement: The project, dubbed Accelerated Mobile Pages—or AMP—was announced Oct. 7 as a way to “dramatically improve the performance of the mobile web.” On its blog, Google said the goal is for pages with rich media content to load instantly. Readers often give up when complex pages load too slowly, the company said. Pages optimized with AMP should load in less than a second, versus a typical time of about six seconds. The initiative already has signed on almost 30 news publishers worldwide, as well as tech companies … Continued