Author: Lindsay

What is the google screened badge? When you search for certain businesses on Google, a select few appear at the top of the page bearing a little green check mark and the words “Google Screened.”  Google debuted this badge in September 2019 as a means of verifying and endorsing certain types of local business. It is earned through a rigorous screening process and paired with Local Services Ads to further boost rankings in local search results.  Does Google Screened Certification Cost Money? While the...

What is Website Architecture?The architecture of a website is exactly what it sounds like: how it is built. More specifically, it is the ordered structure of the information on your site. The main goal of site architecture is to build content and pages in such a way that it is easy for users to find what they are looking for. Looking for ways to improve your site architecture is an important step in SEO. In general, good site architecture means good...

Pop-Up Ads: Effective or Just Annoying? The notorious Pop-Up Ad made its first appearance in 1997 on a site called tripod.com. It was soon employed by thousands of sites, much to the chagrin of unsuspecting users. In its original iteration, pop-ups opened an ad in an entirely new page, significantly interrupting browsing and forcing users to interact with irrelevant goods and services. Today, we are more familiar with a less-interruptive version called the “lightbox” or “modal” popup. This is a small box...

What is Outsourced Marketing, and Should You Be Using It? Outsourced marketing involves hiring an external agency (like us!) to manage your marketing strategies. Typically, this is a firm that is employed on a contract basis and is not directly affiliated with your business. There are several reasons why a company might choose to outsource its marketing as opposed to having someone on staff or “in house.”  Pros of Outsourced Marketing A Cost-Effective Way to Build Your Marketing Foundation Outsourcing your marketing to an...

Easy Ways to Optimize Your Site’s Images for Google When it comes to Google, optimizing your images is just as important as optimizing your content. The Google image search results page is a fast and useful way to find visual information. It is also a great way to drive organic traffic to your page. I’ll give you an example. I was ghostwriting a blog about upscale nightclubs in Dallas. I did a Google search of the particular venue I was researching and...

What Are Backlinks and Why Are They Important?When it comes to content on your website, there are two kinds of links: internal and external. Internal links connect users to content within your site, while external links bring them to content on a different site. External links are also known as “backlinks.” Each time you link to another webpage, you give that site a backlink. By the same token, when another website links to your content, you have received a backlink. Below,...

Understanding Facebook's Metaverse Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced at his Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference that he will be changing the company name to “Meta,” with a focus on developing something called the “Metaverse.” The concept is actually almost thirty years old. The term “metaverse” was first used by science fiction author Neal Stephenson in his novel “Snow Crash,” where he also coined the phrase “virtual reality.” In Stephenson’s book, the metaverse represents a 3D virtual space where individuals interact with...

7 Common SEO Myths You Should Stop Worrying About There are literally hundreds of blogs covering the topic of SEO, many of which specify what NOT to do. These are quite helpful, since no one wants to be penalized by Google and rank lower because of a simple SEO mistake.  There are a few topics that seem to come up again and again as steps to avoid when planning your SEO strategy. While many of them are true, there are a few...

SEO is an ever-changing field, with search engines like Google creating an average of 8 changes to its algorithm every single day. Strategies that were in place last year may now be ineffective or worse, actually hurt your SEO.  One example of how SEO can negatively affect your rankings is through over-optimization. This may sound unusual. Shouldn’t you want to use every method you can to boost your visibility?  Actually, the answer is ‘no.” Over-optimization can apply to many tactics, but let’s...

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