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Hudson Library lecture: How to use Google Search Console to find keywords that are low-hanging fruit

March 9th, 2018|

Thank you to everyone at Hudson Library & Historical Society for the opportunity to speak at its latest Entrepreneurship Series Event. And, special thanks to Burton D. Morgan Foundation for making this a possibility for the second year in a row. If you weren’t able to attend the event, don’t worry! You can watch the full

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Discover how to show empathy in writing and why it’s important

February 8th, 2018|

Empathy: ability to understand the feelings (wants/needs) of another person I have a friend named Barbie whom I’ve known my entire life. I literally can’t remember not knowing her. She and I both live near Cleveland, which means we both have experienced plenty of frigid winters – and one thing we have in common is that

Google’s Mobile First Index Quick Takeaways

August 15th, 2017|

Late last year, there was an announcement made by Google regarding their mobile-first index initiative.  This will become their primary index moving forward.  This update is the latest in a push from Google to encourage webmasters to prioritize mobile sites over desktop sites.   The majority of searches occur via mobile devices (60% according to

3 Mobile Ecommerce Optimization Tests You Need to Be Running

February 17th, 2017|

No matter which industry you're in, if you're a business that sells products online, your ecommerce conversion rate is one of the most valuable pieces of data available to you. After all, this number is a loud and clear reflection of your ability to turn passive shoppers into active paying customers. How’s that for powerful?

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How effective listening skills are at the core of SEO

August 5th, 2015|

Effective listening skills are at the core of SEO "I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.” Henry J. Kaiser Listening served Kaiser well. He became known as the father of modern American

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Google ranking on facts, not links? You’d better audit your fact checking!

April 17th, 2015|

If you’ve been reading about Knowledge-Based Trust (also called the “Truth Algorithm”), you know that Google has looked into ranking websites based on the factual information it contains, either instead of – or more likely in addition to – rewarding sites with quality links pointing to the site. Google engineers published a paper about this technology on

News about journalism and content marketing: what’s the ideal mix?

April 6th, 2015|

Boy, were we happy to read “How Hiring a Journalist Can Improve Your Content Marketing” by Robert McGuire (March 31, 2015) on the Content Marketing Institute website. We’ve been advocating the use of professional journalism techniques in content marketing since at least 2013 and it is wonderful validation to read this recommendation on a well-respected

Creating content isn’t enough: writing to an audience is key in 2014.

December 30th, 2014|

2014: the Year of the Audience In multiple places online, 2013 was proclaimed to be the year of the content writer – or something similar. And, you wouldn’t have gotten any argument from me, or probably from any other content producer. Instead, we got to puff out our collective chests, print out these articles and

How is the content of a Google Knowledge Graph determined? See our thoughts.

December 20th, 2014|

Overview of the Google Knowledge Graph On May 16, 2012, Google announced the debut of their Knowledge Graph in the United States, which is a conglomerate of related information found in the right-hand margin of a search engine results page when you conduct a search in Google. This information is gathered by Google from a

Bolster your holiday Internet marketing strategy with effective PPC marketing

September 20th, 2014|

PPC marketing strategy: Incorporating paid search into your holiday Internet marketing strategy As an online marketer, the holiday shopping season seems to start earlier each year; that’s because, in many respects, it does. Advertisers push the bar by offering sales and other promotions earlier and earlier every year. For all practical purposes, you should consider