4 Marketing Lessons for SEO Entrepreneurs and Agency Owners

touchscreen interfaceStarting any business venture is difficult, but SEO is an even more challenging profession. While the market is more receptive to SEO and investing in online marketing than it was a few years back, the competition has grown to astronomical proportions. From huge firms to freelancers, many companies have become real forces to be reckoned with.

SEO, however, will continue to grow in importance in the future, as more businesses establish their online presence. However, if you are to succeed in your venture as an SEO entrepreneur, then you must run a tight ship, and focus on creating a brand that will last long after you’re due to retire. (more…)

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10 Tips For Starting a Successful Business Blog

CRM Solutions and Your Business: A Story RetoldIf you don’t have a blog on your business site as of yet, you’ve already been left in the dust. The good news is that you can still recover pretty quickly if you take some proactive steps right now. Why is a blog important? Because search engines are now tracking the content of blogs and basing rankings on the quality and quantity of blog posts initiated on business sites! Having a business blog is just part of the equation if you hope to grow your business! (more…)

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5 Signs You’re Ready for Serious SEO

touchscreen interfaceWhile a lot of salespeople will tell you otherwise, search engine optimization (SEO) isn’t for everyone. It can be expensive and often takes months or years to develop a sizeable return on investment. For a lot of small- to mid-sized business owners, the expense of SEO, which often starts at around $1,000 a month, is a difficult burden to take on. While every site should do SEO, not every site should pay for it. If you answer ‘yes’ to the following 5 questions, you’re probably ready to hire an SEO company. (more…)

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7 Ways Social Media Can Take Your Business from Good to Great

7 Ways Social Media Can Take Your Business from Good to GreatIn the early days of the internet, the extent of digital marketing for most businesses was deciding whether to bother setting up a company website or not. These days it’s rare to find a business of any size without its own website and the rise of the social media has brought with it a new way to engage with existing and potential new customers. Make social work for you by using these 7 tips to take your business from a good online presence to a great one!

1. Spread brand awareness

According to research from the Pew Research Center, 73% of online adults now use at least one social media site. Facebook remains the undisputed leader with almost one and a quarter billion monthly users – more than 1 in 6 of the global population. Other sites like Twitter and Instagram are also huge and 42% of adults online now use multiple social networking platforms. A social media marketing campaign or presence offers the potential customer to reach a vast new audience across a range of demographics and expand your customer base.

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On Overcoming Hurdles: How Small Businesses Reach Success

On Overcoming Hurdles: How Small Businesses Reach SuccessRunning a small business in today’s economy is no easy task. According to Forbes, around 80% of small businesses fail within the first 12-18 months. Without a doubt, running a business requires a great deal of determination, passion and patience. But if you have an idea for your own start-up, don’t be deterred from opening up shop. Some of the biggest companies in the world began right where you are now and they had their tough times too. It’s important to realize that there will be difficult moments along the way but if you can get through them, you and your business will be stronger and better equipped for it. These hurdles can difficult to overcome, particularly if this is your first stab at the business world, but if you can stay positive and determined, your success will be all the sweeter.

1) Financing

Because of the general bad shape the global economy is experiencing currently, finding useful financing for small businesses can be easier said than done. People are afraid to invest in something that has a 50% fail rate. This can be especially true if your business is attempting to compete against a larger, corporate conglomerate. But don’t be discouraged, there are small business loans, business credit cards, and there are also grants for specific groups like women in small business, non-profits and educational grants. Try using social media sites or online crowdfunding applications like Kickstarter to help you build your business. You have to be creative with your fundraising and be prepared to not receive all the funding you initially set out to get, but if you can stay determined and work hard at raising the money, you’ve already won half the battle.

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Why Infographics Still Work

Why Infographics Still WorkInfographics have been around forever. Yes, that’s an exaggeration, but it’s not that far off from the truth.  If you really think about it, they’ve been around for tens of thousands of years. They’ve become modernized recently and are extremely popular.  They work well for a number of reasons, primarily due to their accessible and visual-friendly incorporation of various graphs, charts and illustrated data.

In addition to still serving well as a useful way to present data, infographics remain an integral part of effective content marketing. Infographics have an indisputable tendency to go viral, which is a great way to effectively promote services, a business or a specific set of data. They also have a substantial leg-up on boring, text-heavy approaches trying to get the same points across.

And yet, there are a lot of people out there who hate infographics. Why? Because more often than not they’re been completely misused, and tend to be poorly designed. Don’t let this hate scare you off from making one, though. Here are some areas to keep in mind when it comes to creating great infographics that work in your favor.

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The Entrepreneur’s Ultra-Simple Guide to Opening an Online Business

The Entrepreneur’s Ultra-Simple Guide to Opening an Online StoreOpening an e-commerce business is a lot like running a marathon. Just about anyone can do it, but only a select few will succeed. Hundreds of online stores are opened on a daily basis, making it an extremely competitive market. That isn’t meant to scare you off, but rather to alert you of the challenging, albeit satisfying, road that lies ahead.

In order to set you off on the right journey, here’s a list of steps to help you create an online business. And just as with running a marathon, the starting steps are often the most critical.

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How to Integrate Social Media and SEO to Drive Brand Awareness

How to Integrate Social Media and SEO to Drive Brand AwarenessAs the owner of a small business, you know what it’s like to have a lot on your plate. Some days, it may feel as if you need a small army in place just to keep up with the way you need to market and brand yourself – not to mention making a profit and paying attention to your customers! Well, I’ve got a secret to share with you: you don’t need an army. All you need is a thirst for knowledge. The trick is to stay on top of trends and when things move, move with them!

Working in the marketing industry, I’ve come to understand that it is never about one thing or the other, it is about how all of the pieces of the puzzle come together to form the big picture. Ten years ago, your business might have gotten by with some television commercials and perhaps an advertisement or two in your local newspaper, but times have changed – how can you compete and stay on top today?

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How to Hire an SEO Expert

Does Your Website Need SEO Help How to Hire an SEO ExpertThe best businesses in the world all share one characteristic – they know that if their webpages get listed low in search engines, no one will find them when they’re searching. That’s where SEO comes in. Every business is doing their best to pinch pennies where they can, but there are some expenditures are worth every dime. It will take some budgeting, but you’ll know you’ve helped people find you with every dollar spent.

What is SEO?

SEO is the practice of strategically using keywords, metadata, links, and content to convince search engines that your webpage is credible and authoritative, and that it deserves to be listed high up in search engine rankings.

Search engines work hard to get the best content to the people searching for specific terms, and they penalize and even eliminate spammers or SEO cheats who use shady techniques such as keyword stuffing. A strong SEO strategy can get good webpages great rankings.

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6 Marketing Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Now

6 Marketing Mistakes You Need to Stop Making NowWith the myriad of available resources online full of advice on how you should run and market your business, it wouldn’t be surprising if you tried most, if not all of them, on for size. While doing so isn’t wrong necessarily, there are pieces of marketing advice that can contradict with your business’ principles. When this happens, these kinds of tips can be counterproductive instead of advantageous especially if something goes wrong with your business despite following that particular piece of advice exactly. Watch out for these six big marketing mistakes – you may be committing them without even realizing it.

1) You assume that your customers think just like you.

If you’re the kind of entrepreneur who is able to pull brilliant ideas out of thin air and that your customers will “get it” despite risking ambiguity, hats off to you. But most entrepreneurs can’t afford to think or act like that. Ignoring what your customers have to say about your product and settling with what you think they’ll like can put your business in jeopardy. Avoid this by soliciting feedback from your customers on a regular basis. What they have to say about your product can help you decide which areas you should put less of a focus on and the ones that you need to strengthen.

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