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Link Roundup – Friday, December 4 2015

What we’ve learned this week Starting today, every Friday we’re going to post a collection of the week’s most useful, interesting, and popular articles about SEO, web design, and small business marketing. We’ve found these around the web, and shared them on Twitter, so follow us there if you want to keep up to date with the latest in the industry. Without further ado, here are some of the top resources we’ve found this week. The Ideal Facebook Cover Photo Size (And How To Make The Most of It) The social media experts at Buffer go over the components of a great cover photo on Facebook and how to make sure you’re making a great first impression when people visit your Facebook page. They also include a big list of examples of people and companies who are doing a great job. Google Testing 4 Top AdWords Ads Above Search Results […]

How to Use AdWords – A Simple Guide for Small Business Owners

How to Use AdWords
Drive traffic to your site and find new customers Google’s AdWords is an incredibly powerful tool for driving traffic to your website, but it can be overwhelming for new users – especially small business owners who are new to online marketing in general. It’s also a service that can potentially cause major damage to your bottom line if not used properly. But don’t let your fear of the unknown stop you from using this potentially very lucrative tool. AdWords is Google’s primary source of revenue, so they want it to work for you. We’re here to guide you and make sure that you’re getting started on the right foot. Let’s begin by discussing what exactly AdWords is and how it works. What is AdWords? AdWords is Google’s advertising program. You’ve seen examples any time you’ve searched for a product or service. These ads appear exactly like Google’s regular search results […]

3 Proven Ways Marketing Experts Transform Websites Into Moneymakers

Why isn’t my website working? So you’ve been told that everyone needs to have a website, so you went out and got one to promote your small business. But now what? If you’re like most small business owners, you are wondering where to go from here. It can be frustrating when you spend time and money building a website, and then it doesn’t seem to do anything. It isn’t attracting much traffic, and it isn’t collecting leads or generating new customers for you. It’s unfortunate but true that a website is not enough on its own – however, with a little effort, you can build your website into the centerpiece of your marketing effort and turn it into a magnet that pulls in as much business as you can handle. Blogging and Sharing The single best way to attract an audience for your website, people who WANT to be there and who […]

Did Google Just Kill Customer Reviews in Google+?

Google Reviews
Google Changes the Process of Leaving Reviews for Businesses This week, Google began rolling out some major changes to Google+. For now, the old Google+ pages are still an option, but they will likely be phased out soon and we will be left with only the new, updated version. Most significantly for business owners, they have removed the ability for customers to read or leave reviews on a business’s Google+ page. Some are arguing that businesses are simply no longer welcome on Google+. But regardless of Google’s motivations, this is a big change, and it has left business owners and marketers around the world who have invested lots of time and effort in collecting customer reviews on Google+ scrambling to figure out how to keep collecting customer reviews or if it is even going to be worthwhile going forward. One thing is for sure – we are still seeing reviews in […]

How to report “Google” robocalls

We’ve been hearing from a lot of our clients lately who say they are getting repeated, irritating calls from people claiming to represent Google. Most of these calls start with a recorded voice asking you to press a number to update your listing or “verify your business.” Some of you have been getting as many as 10 of these phone calls each day! People are understandably angry about this – after all, nobody likes having their time wasted. However, despite what these people claim, they have nothing to do with Google. They’re scammers trying to sell you things, and they’re using Google’s name to try to appear more legitimate. How to beat these “Google” scammers Google doesn’t actually make telemarketing calls. They’re one of the biggest companies in the tech world – they know they can just sit around and wait for people to bring them their money. The telemarketing […]