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June 4, 2016

Link building with local events

wmseoOne of the best ways for a business to get additional links and exposure to to host a local event. You can do this when you host a workshop, training event or even participate in one hosted by another organization. Not only will this give you immediate offline exposure, you will also have the possibility of some hard links. Here are few:

Event listing

The easiest way to get links is to get listed on the many event listing sites online. As long as you have legitimate organization that is hosting an interesting event, you will definitely get listed. Many of the event sites require a simple form consisting of an event title, description, when and where the event takes place, and of course, a URL for more information.

Difficult domains

There are some domains that are very difficult to get listed on for some businesses. These are usually major newspapers, tv and radio stations. Hosting an event and telling them about it and inviting them is a way to get those links and coverage from their events sections.

Geo links

The hardest links to get are local relevant links. There is nothing better to help local search rankings than getting listed in a local newspaper. A local event appearing in a local newspaper is a nice way of getting those links.

Root domains

Not only are links important, but more important are the number of linking root domains. This metric can go a long way to increasing the authority of your website. Hosting an event means you can get a lot of links from otherwise difficult to get sites. In some cases hosting an event is the only way to get listed.

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May 15, 2016

The rule of thirds in images and websites

wmseoIt is a very good idea to use images in web design and in content. Images can convey an emotion or a statement far faster than any text could. Images in design such as headers, backgrounds can lend a sense of polish to the design. When it comes to images within content It can also set the reader up with what to expect within the article itself. However, not all images are equal and the better the images used, the better the outcome.

Whenever you look for an image to use, look for images that have been taking with the rule of thirds in mind. A lot of professional photographers use the rule of thirds when taking pictures. A good description of the rule of thirds would be: “an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.”

If you were to compare two images. One taken with the rule of thirds in mind and one without, you will be able to tell which one is better almost immediately. The right images, can make the difference between a good design and a great design. Take as much care as you would in choosing the image, as you would in any other element of the website. Look at any website or page that you can think looks exceptional, chances are that it will have exception images too.

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April 11, 2016

How to Find and Hire an Excellent SEO Firm

Hiring an SEO firm can be a daunting task. If you’re looking for an excellent California SEO firm, here are some tips on how to choose the one that is right for your company.

  1. Choose a firm with a good reputation.

seo-firm-selectionResearch the firm well before you hire them. Check out their Website, look at their reviews and ask for details. The more you know about their services up front, the better. You should know what you are paying for before you ever send money. A good SEO firm will communicate with you about your specific needs through every step of the process.

  1. Ask other people for recommendations.

Talk to your peers and coworkers about SEO firms they have used, or do a poll on social media. There are few better ways to find out what SEO agency California is the best for the job. People are usually very happy to share their experiences with any marketing company they’ve used.

  1. Study the SEO firm’s end results.

Talk to the California SEO agency about their end results. For instance, what kind of return on investment can a client expect? You may be able to see case studies and statistics on the firm’s Website. You should also be able to visit Websites of some of their former clients to see what kind of work they have done in the past.

These tips should help you as you search for an excellent SEO firm that’s right for your company’s needs.


 

Sticky Web Media is a digital ad agency specializing in PPC, SEO and Web marketing strategies.

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March 2, 2016

Evaluate the quality of a link

wmseoEvery blogger and webmaster online wants more and more backlinks. Backlinks are still the primary driver of search engine rankings, and it does not look like that will change for sometime. However Google looks at more than just the number of links pointing a web page. The quality of those links matter. The quality of those links influences how much value those links pass. Just getting backlinks is not enough, you need quality backlinks. Here are three ways to evaluate the quality of a link:

Number of links on page

If the page from which you get the link contains hundreds of links then the quality of that link is questionable. The fewer the links on a page the better. In addition pages with a lot of links could be considered spammy and may get penalized

Page with penalty

This leads to the next point, which is that getting links from spammy or penalized pages cant hurt you. Google publicly played this down for several years, even though seo experts insisted that it was the case. With the release of Penguin and the disavow tool, it was confirmed.

Number of links to the page

The number and quality of links point to the page that linked to yours is also an indicator of link quality. The more links that point to page, the more authority that it can pass down to your link.

Look through your backlink profile and check the pages listed against some of these. Identify any bad links and then you can use the disavow tool to get them removed from your link profile.

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February 4, 2016

Five tips for Improving Landing Pages

wmseoLanding pages exist for the purpose of converting leads into customers. Each landing page has a call to action that is meant to convince the visitor to act. If they do click then the process begins to making them a customer. If they don’t click then nothing happens. This shows how important the call to action is on a landing page. If the users don’t follow the call then they don’t convert. Here are some tips on optimizing your call to action copy:

Button color and design are important visual cues to your users on where they should click. Use colors and designs that will entice a user to read and click through.

The copy has an impact on the visitors final decision. It should emphasize “why should I click this button” Make sure the user knows the benefits they will get when the proceed. You can also point out the problem that will be solved.

Clarify what users will get when they click. ContentVerve has the perfect example: “hanging the CTA copy from, “Get Membership” to, “Find Your Gym & Get Membership”
increased click through to the payment page by 213.16%.”

Make sure your call to action is concise and not too long. CrazyEgg writes that “anything that goes over ten or fifteen words is probably too long.”

If you really need to have additional text, add it next to or under the button. These are called click triggers and according to Copyblogger “Simply by adding two click triggers—one an anxiety-reducer about credit cards, the other a key benefit of the solution—FriendBuy now sees 134 signups for every 100 it used to see.”

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January 1, 2016

How to get more backlinks for your blog

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The Google search ranking algorithm has changed many times over the years. Recent changes have seen machine learning used to distinguish better looking websites. Despite all these advances, most SEO experts still agree that the backlink is still the most important signal for ranking. The backlink and the corresponding anchor text are still as sought after as ever. Here are a few tips for getting more backlinks for your blog:

Blog comments

Commenting on other blogs that have do follow links allowed is still an effective method for getting backlinks. While these have been supposedly reduced in importance, it still counts as a backlink. One way to easily find sites that allow dofollow comments is to look for sites in your niche that have the commentluv plugin. These give both a link back to your site and a link to your latest post at the time of posting.

Directories

For a long time most webmasters abandoned directories as a source of backlinks due to the spammy nature of many. In a recent update the Google search team mentioned that links from directories were deemphasized further. Most read that to mean that directories still counted for some weight in the algorithm.

Press releases

Although an old tool, press releases can be a source of backlinks. Especially to the general domain. These domain directed links are still important as a ranking signal. However, you will need some form of announcement to be able to commision a press release.

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December 4, 2015

The Basics of Free Webhosting

There are a lot of free web hosting services. Some of them are ad supported, other provide basic resource and require you to upgrade to a paid service at certain levels of server load. All of them share the same basic concepts you will need to know.

Disk space

A certain amount of disk space will be given. Unless your website is geared towards the use of large files and images, you will never have to worry about exceeding your disk space allotment.

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Bandwitdh is used every time a visitor to your site loads a page and/or an image. This is usually where the free hosting services impose their limits. If your website grows, your bandwidth usage will increase in proportion. Once you hit your bandwidth limit, the host will most likely temporarily shutdown the site until the next month or you upgrade the package.

FTP

FTP, an acronym for File Transfer Protocol is how you transfer files to and from your website. Using an FTP client you can connect to your FTP server using your account and upload your files. Alternatively your hosting account panel should also have a method of uploading files using a web browser.

Website creators

For those that don’t want to or can’t create their own websites, a lot of hosts come with free website creators. Choose a template, enter some content and the website is created for you. These templates tend to be standard with the premium templates available at a price.

Email

Every hosting account free or paid comes with its own email addresses. These can be mailboxes on the server with your account name or they can be forwarders. A Forwarder sends any mail to that address to another email address of your choosing.

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