What is YMYL? (and How Can You Use it to Boost Your Google Ranking?)

  In our last blog post, we explained how to use Google’s E-A-T to rank at the top of the search results page. Today we’re going to introduce another of Google’s key ranking terms: YMYL, or Your Money or Your Life. Google pays extra-close attention to websites that fall under the YMYL category. In this post, we’re going to explore: ● What is a YMYL website? ● Why Google scrutinizes YMYL websites so intensely ● Why your YMYL website might not be ranking well ● How you can give Google—and your clients—what they’re looking for If you have any questions or comments of your own as you’re reading this, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you straight away! First things first, let’s start by explaining the YMYL category. What is a YMYL Website? According to Google’s guidelines, a YMYL website is any site that […]

Aubrey Grant

Author: Aubrey Grant

About Aubrey Grant

Aubrey is a copy writer and Head of Content at LinkNow Media. An expert content marketer, he is obsessed with developing strategic solutions that emphasize elegance and simplicity. Although generally mild mannered, he has been known to fly into rages at the sight of a semicolon.

Everything You Need to Know About Google’s E-A-T

  If you’ve been reading up on Google’s most important ranking factors, you’ve probably come across “E-A-T” more than once. If those three letters are nothing more than a spoonful of alphabet soup to you, you’re not alone. E-A-T is one of the tools that Google uses to figure out whether the content on your website is relevant to searchers. By understanding E-A-T, you’ll be able to create content that will help you outrank your competition and get way more leads. In this post, we’re going to define E-A-T, unpack its importance to Google, and how you can implement these strategies yourself. What is E-A-T? If you’ve found yourself researching Google’s top-ranking factors, you’ve probably come across “E-A-T” more than once. In fact, it is mentioned a whopping 186 times in Google’s Quality Evaluator Guidelines. When Google and the world’s many SEO experts mention this strange acronym, they’re referring to […]

Aubrey Grant

Author: Aubrey Grant

About Aubrey Grant

Aubrey is a copy writer and Head of Content at LinkNow Media. An expert content marketer, he is obsessed with developing strategic solutions that emphasize elegance and simplicity. Although generally mild mannered, he has been known to fly into rages at the sight of a semicolon.

Why Every Small Business Needs Great Photos for Their Website

  In a time when everyone’s glued to their devices, your business’s visual identity will help you stand out from the crowd. The best way to do that? Include some amazing pictures of your work on your website! Pictures allow your potential clients to put a face to the name, making you more personable and trustworthy. They also play a major role in your branding by showing off the great work you do. Just like reviews, pictures serve as proof that you deserve your great reputation. In today’s blog, we’re going to tell you everything you know about taking amazing pictures for your small business! Use Original Photo Content for Your Business Make sure you’re posting and updating your customers on your business from time to time—don’t just use stock photos. Stock photos are the easy options, but they can be perceived as impersonal and don’t really showcase everything you […]

Aubrey Grant

Author: Aubrey Grant

About Aubrey Grant

Aubrey is a copy writer and Head of Content at LinkNow Media. An expert content marketer, he is obsessed with developing strategic solutions that emphasize elegance and simplicity. Although generally mild mannered, he has been known to fly into rages at the sight of a semicolon.

What Is Crawlability and Why Is It so Important for SEO?

When it comes to SEO, crawlability is one topic that doesn’t see much airtime. It’s a shame, too, because it’s an integral part of SEO. By improving your website’s crawlability, you ensure that Google understands what your website is about. And when Google understands what your site is about, it will properly index you and make you searchable. Want to know more about the secret to ranking on Google? Read on! What Are Crawlers? In order to browse, index, and rank the hundreds of millions of webpages on the Internet, search engines use specialized bots called crawlers, also known as spiders, or spiderbots (since they “crawl” like a spider). We consider those terms a bit unfair, though: they’re more like the worker bees of the Internet. These crawlers scour the Internet, searching for new webpages to evaluate and index. They go from link to link, URL to URL, bringing the […]

Aubrey Grant

Author: Aubrey Grant

About Aubrey Grant

Aubrey is a copy writer and Head of Content at LinkNow Media. An expert content marketer, he is obsessed with developing strategic solutions that emphasize elegance and simplicity. Although generally mild mannered, he has been known to fly into rages at the sight of a semicolon.

What is the “Google” Robocall Scam and What Can I Do About It?

A while back, we published a post explaining the scammy nature of robocalls that appeared to be from Google. Many of our clients were receiving calls from an automated system that claimed to be Google. They’d often start by claiming that their listing is suspended. And they’d end by asking for payment information to put it live again. Because it’s necessary to verify (and sometimes re-verify) Google listings, these robocalls appeared to be real. But the fact is, Google will never call to sell you anything. And they will never ask you for payment information. So, in 2019, has anything changed? Short answer: No. If you’re getting calls from someone saying they’re Google, it’s a scam. Full stop. Tell-Tale Signs the Call Is a Scam • The caller asks for your GMB password • The caller says they work “with Google” or “for Google” • The call is an unsolicited […]

Aubrey Grant

Author: Aubrey Grant

About Aubrey Grant

Aubrey is a copy writer and Head of Content at LinkNow Media. An expert content marketer, he is obsessed with developing strategic solutions that emphasize elegance and simplicity. Although generally mild mannered, he has been known to fly into rages at the sight of a semicolon.

How Small Business Owners Can Create A Work-Life Balance

When you own a business, it can be hard to stop it from taking over your whole life. Of course, it’ll always be a big part of it, but there should be room left over for relaxation, hobbies and time spent with loved ones. Creating a work-life balance that works for you is necessary for both you and your business flourish. Take control of your life and achieve your business goals by following these four easy steps! 1. Have A Routine and Stick to It As a self-starter, you make your own work hours, but it’s important not to let your work become a 24/7 thing. Remember, a proper balance between work and play make for a happy, healthy entrepreneur. If you find this balance hard to achieve, setting a routine can be extremely beneficial. Know when you’re supposed to be working and when you’re not. After a while, a […]

Aubrey Grant

Author: Aubrey Grant

About Aubrey Grant

Aubrey is a copy writer and Head of Content at LinkNow Media. An expert content marketer, he is obsessed with developing strategic solutions that emphasize elegance and simplicity. Although generally mild mannered, he has been known to fly into rages at the sight of a semicolon.

Google Penalties: What Are They and What Do I Do If I Have One?

Building an online presence with SEO is tough, time-consuming work. It’s what we do every single day for our clients. But it’s rewarding to see web pages on diverse subjects like landscaping, low-voltage electrical installation, and even bricklaying rise in the rankings month after month. If you’ve been handling your SEO for your business’s website, I’m sure you know what I mean. But sometimes? That’s not the picture. Sometimes it feels like you’re doing everything right, but when you load the first page of the search engine results page (SERP), you’re nowhere to be found. For subject after subject, no matter how compelling the content you write, your site struggles to crack the bottom of the second page. It doesn’t seem to be on the search engine results page at all. What gives? Well, believe it or not, you might have been hit with a Google penalty. A Google Penalty? […]

Aubrey Grant

Author: Aubrey Grant

About Aubrey Grant

Aubrey is a copy writer and Head of Content at LinkNow Media. An expert content marketer, he is obsessed with developing strategic solutions that emphasize elegance and simplicity. Although generally mild mannered, he has been known to fly into rages at the sight of a semicolon.

Is Content Still King in 2019?

Every now and then, I hear SEOs loudly proclaiming that content isn’t king. That content marketing is dead. And that even the phrase ‘content marketing is dead’ is dead. My reaction? LOL! After all, everyone wants to be ahead of the curve. Everyone wants to be at the forefront of big changes. Everyone wants to write the next headline that goes viral. And, guess what, that’s what content marketing is all about. Being at the forefront, announcing it with a catchy headline, and funneling traffic toward conversion—sounds like a content marketing strategy to me! Can we finally be realistic about it? Content isn’t going anywhere. It’s still an integral part of search ranking. It’s still critical in generating traffic. It’s still a key component of conversion. Without it, you’ll have nothing. Clients won’t even be able to find you. So, yes. In 2019, content is still king. Read on as […]

Aubrey Grant

Author: Aubrey Grant

About Aubrey Grant

Aubrey is a copy writer and Head of Content at LinkNow Media. An expert content marketer, he is obsessed with developing strategic solutions that emphasize elegance and simplicity. Although generally mild mannered, he has been known to fly into rages at the sight of a semicolon.

Is Your SEO Strategy Harmful or Helpful?

When we were first introduced to the Internet, we were baffled by how quickly we could get the information we wanted. With no more than a few keystrokes and clicks, we’d be scrolling through pages and pages of helpful information or hilarious entertainment. As time went on, those minor lags and wait-times even disappeared. Soon, we had instant access not only to information but to products. With those second-nature keystrokes and clicks, we could find whatever product we wanted and have it arrive on our doorstep by the end of the following week. In the last few years, even the real world has picked up with the rapid-fire pace of technology. Gone are the days of waiting weeks for orders to arrive. Often it only takes days. The instant gratification the Internet has rewarded us with has set the bar quite high for all services. We expect instantaneous results, no […]

Aubrey Grant

Author: Aubrey Grant

About Aubrey Grant

Aubrey is a copy writer and Head of Content at LinkNow Media. An expert content marketer, he is obsessed with developing strategic solutions that emphasize elegance and simplicity. Although generally mild mannered, he has been known to fly into rages at the sight of a semicolon.

8 SEO Strategies Guaranteed to Improve Your Ranking

If you’ve stumbled across this page, you’ve probably been mulling over your page rankings and disappointed with the result. Maybe you’ve been having a bad month. Maybe a bad year. Whatever it is, you know how important it is that your website ranks well. In this day and age, your business depends on it. At LinkNow Media, we work day in and day out at helping our clients navigate the complicated world of search engine optimization or SEO. While we’d love to do this work for you, we’re okay with sharing some basic principles of what it is we do if you’re looking to go the DIY route. These nine SEO strategies won’t work overnight. We won’t lie: building a brand online takes time, dedication, and energy. If you’re looking for an easy and quick fix, we have some bad news: it can’t be done. At least not within the […]

Aubrey Grant

Author: Aubrey Grant

About Aubrey Grant

Aubrey is a copy writer and Head of Content at LinkNow Media. An expert content marketer, he is obsessed with developing strategic solutions that emphasize elegance and simplicity. Although generally mild mannered, he has been known to fly into rages at the sight of a semicolon.