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Why Blogging Still Matters

Posted Thu, August 13, 2015 by Julie Short

As far as Internet marketing advice goes, “develop and use a company blog” is right up there with “eat five servings of vegetables per day.” That is, just about everyone agrees that it’s a good piece of advice, even if very few people actually follow it.

In September, we’re going to take a closer look at the benefits and best practices around blogging. Today, however, we want to give you a quick preview and reminder of why blogs are such an important part of your website. Here are just a few of the biggest reasons that blogging still matters:

Your Blog is a Newsletter, Spreading Company and Industry Information

Potential customers want to know what’s going on with your business and industry. And they want to know that you’re aware of what’s going on in your business and industry. For that reason, it’s important to update your blog so that you can both spread information about news or events and boost your own credibility as a marketer at the same time.

Your Blog is the Centerpiece of a Strong Search Marketing Strategy

Every blog post you create counts as a new page on your website in Google’s eyes. The more pages you have, focused around a particular topic and/or keyword phrase, the more relevant and authoritative you seem on a given subject. When you have dozens, or even hundreds of blog posts centered around a general topic, it’s only natural that you’re going to start receiving more search traffic as a result.

An Active Blog Supports Your Social Media Campaigns (and Vice Versa)

When you post something new to your blog, it gives you a topic to bring up on your social media profiles. And your blog posts can serve as a conversation-starter with followers on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google +. Things can go the other way, too, where your social profiles can guide people to your articles, moving them onto your website when they might have otherwise taken their attention (and business) elsewhere.

One Great Blog Post Can Have a Huge Effect on Your Business

Create one good blog post, complete with a flashy title and attention-grabbing image, and it might get you tens of thousands of views as a result. That kind of attention can help promote your brand, create new opportunities for writing and speaking, and even provide a short-term sales boost… not to mention motivate you to write more blog posts in the future.

If you aren’t making the most of your blog, now is the perfect time to generate a few new posts, promote them on social media, and see what happens. It’s never too late to start using your blog as it was intended and getting better results in the process.

Did you know that WebRevelation can handle things like business website design, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and so much more? Contact one of our offices in San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Dallas to see how we can help!

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM , Blogging | 
Tags : blogging , search engine optimization , blogging matters


SEO 101: Semantic Search and the Evolution of SEO

Posted Wed, December 24, 2014 by Julie Short

The deeper you get into search engine optimization, the harder it is to speak about specifics. This is partly because Google keeps its exact formulas and algorithms secret – we know that things like keywords and links are important to search engine rankings, for example, but don’t know exactly how they factor into the rankings at a mathematical level.

Another important reason, however, is that search engine optimization is always evolving. Google is always tweaking its approach to stay one step ahead of its competitors, and that means there are always going to be new wrinkles or ideas to consider.

Here at WebRevelation, we work hard to stay on top of these trends and best practices so our clients will always be prepared. The more competitive a search market is, the more fine-tuning and refinement is needed on a continual basis. If you want to bury your competitors and get the most traffic, you can’t let your website and search engine optimization plan become stagnant.

To give you an idea of why continual SEO refinement is so important, here are just a few of the most important search trends we’ve noticed in the past year or two:

Semantic search. Contextual search is getting to be an even bigger and more important part of Google’s algorithm. In a few years, individual keywords may not matter much at all; instead, search results will be based on a user’s preference and a host of other factors like location, visit history, and the overall depth and topic of a website. In other words, Google is getting better at figuring out what people really want when they search, and recognizing that the keywords they use might not be the clearest form of the question.

Local SEO. Now that Internet searches have effectively replaced the Yellow Pages and local print advertising in a lot of areas, local search engine optimization – based on geographic search terms – is more important than ever. If you don’t have text on your website that identifies your city, state, or area, you could be missing out on a lot of traffic.

Social inputs. More and more, Google and the other search engines are using social popularity and activity as a means for determining credibility. So having lots of followers, and comments on your social profiles, could conceivably help you achieve a higher search engine ranking. That’s especially true in the case of Google+, which is owned by the search giant itself.

Harsher penalties for bad SEO. Once upon a time, you could rank very well for lots of search terms by simply listing keywords over and over, “borrowing” content from your competitors, or having lots of low-quality links point at your website. Those days are over, however, and engaging in these kinds of tricks will likely get you penalized by Google and the other search engines to the point where they may not list your website in the search results at all.

Staying on top of search engine optimization takes a lot of work, but it also brings big rewards. If you can win visitors your competitors don’t have access to, you’ll enjoy a steady flow of buyers coming to your website each and every day.

How can we help you with your search engine optimization and Internet marketing campaigns? Call WebRevelation today to let us know, and we’ll be happy to schedule a free consultation for you and your team.

Posted in : Website Content , SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : semantic , search , google , SEO


How to Make Search Engine Marketing More Successful Over Time

Posted Wed, November 27, 2013 by Julie Short

As we have noted in some recent blog posts, there are really two keys to success when it comes to search engine marketing: First, you have to plan your campaigns very carefully, especially when it comes to keyword research; and second, you need to constantly refine your ads and offers over time, making them more targeted and efficient.

Today, we want to focus our attention on that second part of the equation. That is, we want to share with you a few of the tried-and-true secrets for making your search engine marketing campaigns more successful (and profitable) from one month to the next:

Always test new versions of your ads. When writing pay-per-click ads, the name of the game is to attract attention from the right kinds of buyers. That takes trial and error, using the successive results of new versions as your guide.

Look for negative keywords that can help you avoid unwanted clicks. As much as you want the right traffic coming to your site, you don't want to pay for just any visit. Negative keywords help you keep away people who aren't going to buy from you, and reduce waste in your search engine marketing budget.

Split-test your landing pages for maximum conversions. Once you have a targeted visitor to your business website, the challenge is just beginning. In the same way you need to test ads for click-throughs, landing pages should be altered and compared to make sure you're turning as many visitors into leads as possible.

Study your competition to see if they have any hidden tricks. You never want to copy things like content from your competitors, but you can look at their websites for information. Pay particular attention to any features or offers they have that your site is lacking.

Pay close attention to your on-site analytics. Ultimately, one of the best ways to improve your search engine marketing performance is to see how visitors interact with your landing pages. Once you understand what they like and don't like, you can emphasize your strengths more effectively.

When you devote your time and energy to making search engine marketing more effective, your campaigns produce bigger and bigger returns as the months go on. Pretty soon, you'll be seeing Internet marketing gains that would have felt unimaginable in the past, but that's just the natural result of one small incremental improvement after the next.

If you want to see that kind of growth in your online sales or lead generation, now is the perfect time to call or email WebRevelation to request a free consultation.

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : SEO , Search Engine Marketing


Why So Many Businesses Get it Wrong About SEM

Posted Wed, November 20, 2013 by Julie Short

A lot of businesses treat search engine marketing – that is, paid listings in the results you see on Google and other popular search sites – the same way owners and executives always treat things they don't understand or haven't been successful with yet. Which is to say, they ignore it.

In fact, if you happen to mention to your colleagues that you're even trying search engine marketing, you'll probably get a few encouraging recommendations, along with a healthy dose of "helpful advice" that it's "too expensive," or "just doesn't work."

But, we have seen time and time again that you can find new customers, efficiently and profitably, by making the most of search engine marketing. So, why is it that so many businesses get it wrong?

In our experience, there are four main reasons:

1. They devise campaigns that aren't targeted enough. A lot of companies, when first beginning search engine marketing campaigns, assume that they want to bring everyone they can to their website. Without very specific targeting, though, you're just setting yourself up for a big budget with very low conversion rates.

2. They fail to pay attention to their quality scores. If Google and the other search engines don't think your ads are relevant to searchers, they are going to charge you a lot of money to run them. Few things will sink your search engine marketing campaign, and your return on investment, faster than low-quality scores.

3. They don't make the most of the clicks they receive. If you aren't doing everything you can to turn visitors into customers, then the rest of your search engine marketing campaign is wasted. It's hard to overstate the importance of landing pages and offers, since they'll ultimately determine the profitability of your investment.

4. They give up on search engine marketing too soon. Occasionally, search engine marketers have success right away. More often, though, it's a mixed bag at first, with small improvements leading to dramatic results over time. Give up too soon and you could miss the big payoff that’s waiting for you down the road.

If you've always assumed that search engine marketing wouldn't work for you, then it's time to find out what your company has been missing. Call or email WebRevelation today and let us show you what the right keyword and advertising combinations can do for your Internet marketing efforts.

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : SEO , Search engine marketing


4 Reasons to Start Trying Search Engine Marketing Today

Posted Wed, November 6, 2013 by Julie Short

Although most business owners and managers are at least familiar with the concept of search engine marketing by now, many companies are still hesitant to invest the time and money needed to attain a better search ranking – especially when it comes to paid advertisements or sponsored listings.

But, as experience has shown us time and time again, search engine marketing is something that virtually any company can benefit from, so long as their campaigns are structured the right way. To help you see what we mean, and why it can be so profitable, here are four reasons to start trying search engine marketing today:

1. Paid search marketing is a great way to supplement organic SEO. Just as there are some people who never click on paid Google ads, for example, there are others who prefer sponsored listings more. In other words, whatever you can do to attract targeted web traffic to your site can be helpful to your overall Internet marketing plan.

2. Sponsored search listings tend to attract a different kind of buyer. Many Internet marketers believe that searchers turn to organic listings when they want information, but skew more heavily towards paid listings when they are actually serious about making a buying decision. That means search engine marketing could help you attract visitors who are ready to take action.

3. Search engine marketing lets you test new keywords and offers. One thing businesses love about search engine marketing is that it allows them to test new keywords and offer combinations very quickly. If you want to see how potential buyers might react to your message, but don't want to take the time necessary for a traditional organic SEO campaign to kick in, search engine marketing might be your best bet.

4. Search engine marketing doesn't have to be expensive. The best place to start with your search engine marketing campaigns is on obvious keywords and phrases (like your own company's products and brands, for example). Doing so is a good way to keep costs down while converting a high percentage of visitors into customers.

If you think search engine marketing isn't something your company can use, think again. Unless you don't have any need for a cost-effective way to find new customers and clients, it probably deserves a place in your ongoing marketing mix.

To find out more about search engine marketing and business web design, get in touch with a member of the WebRevelation team today.

 

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : SEM , Search Engine Marketing


How SEO Drives Web Traffic for Small Businesses

Posted Tue, January 1, 2013 by Tim J Short

Search engines are the biggest driver of web traffic to individual sites. Optimizing your websites and blogs to land higher in search results opens your brand up to more unique visitors. WebRevelation offers strategic SEO marketing services for small and medium businesses and here’s three reasons why local search engine optimization is crucial to digital marketing.

About one million Google Places pages are claimed per month.

Competition is stiff. Your business is a needle in a haystack. Google’s not just going to automatically list your site first in searches because your website exists. When you’re a small to medium business you’re not usually going to generate as much regular interest as a large corporation. Strategic SEO is basically anticipating where your customers are going to be on the internet and trying to pick them up.

Increasing web traffic generates leads and could boost sales.

SEO is like a good pick-up line. It positions your brand positively in front potential customers. Interesting web content has to exist to support that initial attraction when someone lands on your site from a search engine, but people can’t buy if they don’t know you exist. In the past, a business owner might pay for a billboard, newspaper or TV ad to expose a brand to new consumers. Investing in SEO is more affordable, targeted and can be deployed locally, nationally or even worldwide. Unlike a traditional ad, you’re not regularly paying for an ad and people are able to instantly interact with your company.

Using strategic SEO targets unique website visitors.

When people search for topics related to your brand, will your website appear? Every business owner must ask themselves this question when evaluating your website’s success... How effectively is your site is reaching potential customers? We specialize in making sure your website is organically optimized to land in front of the right new eyes when people search for topics related to your brand. Well-placed local rankings get more eyeballs.

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : SEO , Search Engines , Google Places


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