How NAP Consistency Can Improve Your Organic Rankings

How NAP Consistency Can Improve Your Organic Rankings

One of the most popular marketing goals for local business owners is to improve their organic rankings in the local listings of search engines, such as the map sections found in both Google and Bing. In addition to verifying your business address with Google and collecting quality online reviews, ensuring NAP Consistency is a surefire way to improving your local presence on the web. The higher your consistency, the higher your rankings. Here’s a quick rundown on what NAP consistency…

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How to Optimize a Blog Post for SEO

How to Optimize a Blog Post for SEO

These days, it seems like everyone wants to be a blogger, because they assume it’s easy. Any full-time blogger will tell you earning an income from blogging is anything but simple. While anyone can write a 600-word Op-Ed about cooking, parenting, and the like, drawing traffic to that blog in a sea of similar information takes knowledge in search engine optimization, a set of generally accepted best practices meant to maximize site visibility in search rankings. If you want to be…

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7 Tips and Tools to Improving Site Speed

7 Tips and Tools to Improving Site Speed

A website is just like a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut (ok, maybe there are a few differences): nobody wants to wait for that warm, sweet, gooey, fresh-out-the-oven, melt-in-your-mouth-be-right-back-I’ll-finish-this-blog-after-a-Krispy-Kreme-run… Site speed matters because people have short attention spans (statistics show that the average attention span dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013), and websites are competing with everything in life for that ever-shortening window of people’s time. Google and other search engines know this, so they take…

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How to Get More Qualified Social Media Followers

How to Get More Qualified Social Media Followers

Paying for social media followers is so 2009. Today, it’s all about quality over quantity. While that sounds obvious, there is a lot of work that goes into achieving this goal. So what are the steps your brand can use to head down that yellow brick road of social media success? We have broken it down a nice outline for you: Identify Them Identify your target market Ask yourself some basic questions.  What interests them? Where do they live? Which…

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Update Yo WordPress. Or Perish

Update Yo WordPress. Or Perish

On April 21, 2015 WordPress released an official statement encouraging all sites to update their WordPress files to the newest version: 4.1.2. Older WordPress versions are vulnerable to “compromise” by anonymous users. Yikes. How to Update Your WordPress While you might be tempted to just press “Update Now”, there are some important steps to take to make sure nothing funky happens. Whether you tackle this update yourself or send it to your developers, be sure to follow these guidelines. 1….

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How to Set Up Promoted Pins on Pinterest

How to Set Up Promoted Pins on Pinterest

Pinteresting things are happening on Pinterest. (see what I did there?) Brands now have the ability to promote their content by paying to promote pins. Why would you want to use promoted pins for your brand? For the same reason you should be using Pinterest in general: Referral traffic Brand awareness Content amplification Brand exposure But now, with promoted pins, you’re going to get in front of a bigger, more targeted audience. Before, just your followers or people that happened to…

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The 6 WordPress Mistakes Made by Newbies

The 6 WordPress Mistakes Made by Newbies

WordPress is a great platform for blogging. It’s navigational dashboard allows students, moms, and small and large businesses to easily add content without ever taking a web design or development course. Unfortunately, even WordPress isn’t flawless. There are a few “gotchas!” which can throw even experienced bloggers for a loop. Here are some of the top WordPress mistakes that WordPress Newbs (or veterans) can make. 1. Changing Permalinks The ideal blog URL structure should look something like this: http://www.v9seo.com/blog/2015/03/26/5-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-a-better-digital-marketer/ Whether…

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How to Identify Bad Links in Your Link Profile

How to Identify Bad Links in Your Link Profile

Your link profile (meaning the collection of backlinks to your website) plays a major role in your search engine rankings. Consequently, bad backlinks, or simply “bad links”, can negatively impact your SEO. That’s why it’s important to identify the bad links in your link profile, and then make an educated decision about what to do with each one. What is a Bad Link? Bad links come in various forms, but in general they are backlinks that Google sees as “unnatural”….

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V9 Sponsoring SearchCon 2015

V9 Sponsoring SearchCon 2015

Volume Nine is proud to be a Black Diamond Sponsor of SearchCon 2015 which is taking place on April 9th and 10th right here in our lovely town of Breckenridge, Colorado.  The conference will cover a variety of topics including Search Engine Optimization, Internet Marketing, Social Media, and Content Marketing. The conference provides attendees an “escape to the mountains” with breaks on Friday to squeeze a few ski runs in before heading back to more high-energy and intimate settings that should allow…

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Don’t Panic! The Only 3 Things You Need to Know About the Google Mobile Update

Don’t Panic! The Only 3 Things You Need to Know About the Google Mobile Update

We are just a few short weeks away from a significant mobile-friendly algorithm update set to debut by Google. Although the announcement is not altogether a surprise, alarm has still been raised among many Webmasters. What Is the Google Mobile Update?  On April 21, 2015, Google will begin rolling out the mobile update, which assesses pages in real-time on an individual, page-by-page basis.  Google also states they will “use information from indexed apps as a factor in ranking for signed-in…

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