Why Should I Link to Other Websites?

A lot of us grew up believing things that were later debunked.

We now know that you don’t get a cold by going outside in cold weather. If we swallow chewing gum, it won’t take seven years to digest. And you don’t need to wait an hour after eating to go swimming.

The world of digital marketing has its own superstitions, including this one:

You shouldn’t link to other websites.

And on one hand, we can understand this concern. You’ve put a lot of effort getting people to your site, so why give them an opportunity to leave?

Yet there are some good reasons for linking to other websites:

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Your Marketing Strategy Needs Video & Text

Video rules the internet. It's a point we've been making on this blog for at least the past two years.

YouTube is the world's second largest search engine, and videos account for roughly three-quarters of all web traffic. By 2019, that number should reach 80 percent.

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Why Small Business Owners Need to Think About SEO

Image showing the importance of SEOPhiladelphia SEO services companies understand that running a small business is one of the most rewarding things you have ever done, but they are also aware that it takes a considerable amount of time, energy, and patience to build a valuable business. Research shows that marketing is one of the most critical aspects of building a small business, and as an owner, you are well aware that you must get the information out to customers about your products or services. Online marketing is one of the best investments any business can make as it is quickly surpassing traditional methods in terms of effectiveness. Online marketing offers a better ROI because it allows for more focused targeting of potential customers; customers who are searching for products or services in your category. This narrow focus lets you avoid spending money on broad-based and poorly targeted advertising. However, the internet is a vast marketplace, and you want to be sure your customers find your business, which is why search engine optimization (SEO) is critical and using a local SEO services provider may be beneficial. Continue reading “Why Small Business Owners Need to Think About SEO” »

Web Marketing and Google Authorship

What is the Google HummingbirdGoogle Authorship is a method that allows writers to link their work to their Google+ page. Started in 2011, the authorship tool has evolved steadily as Google tries to make search results more relevant to users. Verified authorship obviously offers many benefits to content creators and content consumers, as well as making Google more aware of quality human-created content. There are also benefits for online marketing, specifically for those who wish to use high-quality content to enhance a website’s ranking and reputation.

What this means for content creators

Google Authorship allows writers to claim their content in search results. It also creates a way for readers to more easily locate additional content by writers they find interesting and engaging. When a writer is using Authorship, results that feature their content will also show a copy of their headshot next to the search result. In short, this creates a way for writers to set themselves apart, verify their content, and gain more fans or followers. Authorship also now allows you to see analytics for your content.

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What is the Google Hummingbird?

Earlier this month, Google made waves in the search engine optimization industry when it announced its brand new search algorithm, Hummingbird. While the average Google search user What is the Google Hummingbirdmay not notice anything dramatically different while conducting their every day searches, Hummingbird is actually a major game changer that could modify the entire search landscape.

What is Hummingbird?

As mentioned, Hummingbird is a brand new search algorithm that Google uses to provide the best results for a user’s search query. The search algorithm is Google’s way of ranking and displaying search engine results. In the past, Google has made several “updates” to their algorithm, such as Panda and Penguin. What’s different about Hummingbird is that it’s not just a simple update; it’s a completely different algorithm that offers updated functionality. To put it into automotive terms, if Google was a car, think of its algorithm as the engine. The new Hummingbird algorithm would be like replacing the previous engine with a brand new, modern one.

How does this affect searches?

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I Can’t Think Of Any New Topics For My Blog Articles

IQnection Blog CopywritingI often hear the same lament from clients, "I know I should be writing articles for my blog regularly but I cannot think of anything else to write about." Writer's block is an issue we all face from time-to-time. The good news is that it is not a permanent problem and can be easily fixed. Hopefully, this blog article will help you work around your writer's block.

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SuperMedia/SuperPages Is Not the Same as Google

Search engine optimization (SEO) is key to helping your business get the most relevant traffic to your website. Although, getting “search-optimized” by SuperMedia (or Superpages.com), which sells print and internet advertising to small and medium-sized businesses is very different than getting search-optimized for Google.

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Online Reputation Management – Solutions for Negative PR

The Olympic committee, sponsors and participants all face the potential for a tsunami of bad PR at any moment in time. A misspoken word, an unintended gesture or some other relatively insignificant issue quite often blows up into a major catastrophe and in today’s connected-world unfolds almost instantaneously on the web and causes a hail storm of negative PR. The majority of the bad press comes and goes quickly but often remnants of the issue persist for weeks, months and even years.

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