Online Marketing Budget Calculator

If you need a quick budget estimation tool, this handy calculator can help. Just input your per-sale revenue, ad budget, as well as how many sales a month per customer you anticipate. This digital marketing calculator will calculate your Return on Advertising Spend (ROA), which is critical to understanding if an investment in digital marketing … Read more

Lots of Service Needed For Multi-Location Service Businesses

If you’ve ever wondered what actually goes into the marketing for service area businesses, you are either in the industry or have too much time on your hands. For those service professionals (IE – plumbers, electricians, hvac) still reading, we offer some insight into the challenges facing local service businesses and some thoughts on how … Read more

Google Adwords Beta Release Features

Google has added a couple of excellent features in the newest Beta release of it’s flagship product. Income Demographic Targeting Adwords now allows for demographic income targeting within the search & display networks. As with other demographics groups, Adwords allows the ability to set bid adjustments or exclusions for different groups. Since Adwords doesn’t use … Read more

Is Search Engine Submission Necessary?

The simple answer is no – search engine submission isn’t necessary. The majority of search engines nowadays (most notably Google) crawl and index pages by following links. Using that logic, a single inbound link from any already-indexed page will identify your page to the engine. Subsequently, if that page links to other pages within your site, they … Read more

Strategic Use of Images in Search Engine Optimization

When assessing page structure and layout, there is a subtle, yet strategic way to use images in an SEO-friendly manner (beyond ALT tags) that improves your search rank while allowing you to integrate the necessary marketing message(s). Confused? Let’s look at an example: Suppose you operate a travel site and you want to optimize a given page for … Read more

Can Any Inbound Linking Hurt My Ranking?

The answer is simple – inbound linking cannot hurt your search ranking. How is this known for certain? Well, for one, if inbound were to hurt your rank, your competitors would continually link to your site from link farms. Such a scenario is beyond your control. For this reason, Google cannot penalize your site for any … Read more

Google now discounts all reciprocal links

For a long time, reciprocal links have remained at the forefront of most inbound linking strategies. This is going to have to change. Google now discounts all reciprocal links. The algorithm has been altered to identify the exchange of links by two parties for the purpose of increasing their number of inbound links. The concept of reciprocal … Read more

Incorporation of Company Branding and SEO

SEO is not an exact science. This becomes apparent when trying to incorporate both SEO and branding into a strategy. This process is finicky to say the least. On the one side, SEO deals with the placement of keywords and phrases. On the other side, branding deals with company loyalty and culture. Incorporating both sides dilutes the … Read more

The Importance of Anchor Text in Back-links

The importance of anchor text with respect to a linking strategy cannot be overstated. Back-links are a huge part of the search engine algorithm. When initiating a linking campaign, it is vital that external sites link using the appropriate keywords and terms in the anchor text. Almost always, linking candidates will use the company name as anchor … Read more

Absolute Links vs. Relative Links – SEO Value

The debate between absolute links and relative links continues to live on in the SEO world. The individual significance of each has been contested, but it is widely regarded that absolute links provide better SEO value on the whole than relative links. Many believe that absolute links have less potential for getting messed up when search engines … Read more