Top 10 Social Media Best Practices

Top 10 Social Media Best Practices

Wikipedia labels well over 200 social media sites as “notable and well-known,” excluding the enormous amount of dating websites out there! Pinterest, Yelp!, Google+, Yammer, MySpace (Yessir! JT’s putting it back on the map!), the list of social media sites just goes on, and on, and on, and … on. When you utilize social media for business use, remember there’s a site for just about everyone, and competition is fierce. So whether you’re a sharing photos on Instagram, checking in…

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Big Change in Local Search – Google My Business

Big Change in Local Search – Google My Business

Google has just launched a “new” product – Google My Business.  While there is a new name and some new functions, what has actually happened is that Google has taken several existing products: Google+, Google+ Local, and Google Places, and finally merged them into one coherent product for small and medium businesses to use to display their business on Google.  This is a product for which small and medium businesses and local search professionals have been shouting for years. Huzzah,…

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Facebook Posts Showing up in SERPs

Facebook Posts Showing up in SERPs

So – maybe you’ve noticed, maybe you haven’t – but it’s happening. Facebook posts are being crawled and indexed, as well as showing up in search results. Facebook makes it clear (or clear in their definition of the term) that when users post on a community forum,  brand, or group page; those posts may also appear in search results. Whether the posts are authored by the page’s administrator or one of its users, posts will be crawl-able if the privacy settings…

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Google Panda 4 Algorithm Update News

Google Panda 4 Algorithm Update News

NOTE: Updates on the Google Panda 4 Algorithm can be found at end of post (until both news and speculation dies)! The suspected Google Algorithm update has been confirmed by Matt Cutts at 5:11 PM today: Google’s Panda algorithm is designed to prevent sites with poor quality content from working their way into Google’s top search results.   Earlier this year, Google talked about a softer, gentler Panda update to help small businesses specifically mentioning that once specific algorithmic change would…

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SEO Tips from the ClickZ (SES) Conference 2014

SEO Tips from the ClickZ (SES) Conference 2014

As a professional speaker, there are a few milestones you hit that you can really point to as big moments in your career, like the first time your tweet stream blows up with people quoting your session, your first paid gig, your first international presentation, etc. One of those big milestones for me was speaking at Search Engine Strategies (now called ClickZ). In the SEO world, SES is one of the premier conferences and only the leading authorities in SEO…

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How to Write Title Tags and Meta Tags for Mobile Sites

How to Write Title Tags and Meta Tags for Mobile Sites

Whether your have a responsive website or a separate mobile website, we all know the importance of optimizing meta data. But when you make the move to go mobile, are there any major differences in the way you need to write title and meta tags? Let’s find out! Title Tags What’s the Same? You will have the same number of characters to work with when writing titles tags for mobile sites as you do on a desktop site, which is…

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The 7 Steps for Setting Up Your Google+ Page or Listing

The 7 Steps for Setting Up Your Google+ Page or Listing

Let’s be honest – Google+ isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s getting bigger and better in terms of features and usability. Now, more than ever, it is vital for businesses and individuals to use Google+ in order make an appearance in Google search results. One minor, BUT HUGE, example of this is how search results are pulling in ‘recent posts’ to the knowledge graph: So, if you want your brand to have more visibility and real estate in Google search…

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Making Sure Google Knows You Have A Mobile Friendly Web Site

Making Sure Google Knows You Have A Mobile Friendly Web Site

Did you know that Google prefers a responsive design for mobile? Well, you do now! So you may be asking yourself, “What is a responsive design?” A website that is “responsive” is almost the exact same user experience on a mobile device as a desktop. An example of this would be www.generalkinematics.com. No matter the tablet, smartphone or desktop the user experience, content and site structure will be the same. Google has stated their mobile friendly web site design of…

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Why is Google Ignoring My Title Tag and Using Its Own?

Why is Google Ignoring My Title Tag and Using Its Own?

Ever notice that Google doesn’t always respect the meta title entered in for your site? SEOs and digital marketers everywhere can relate to the experience of spending time making sure titles are perfect (ie: optimized, good length, making sure there are no duplicates, missing, etc.) only to go through the rather annoying realization that Google is ignoring your title altogether and substituting in its own. So, why does this happen? In a new video put up by Matt Cutts (the…

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Keyword Targeting: How Many Keywords Belong on a Page?

Keyword Targeting: How Many Keywords Belong on a Page?

As part of your SEO strategy, you should be familiar with the concept of performing keyword research to identify targeted keyword opportunities for your website. At Volume Nine, our next step in the search engine optimization process is to “map” specific keyword targets to SEO-relevant pages on your website. This allows us to optimize each page for specific, highly relevant keyword phrases which can be well supported in that page’s content (instead of trying to complete general “optimization” across an…

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