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.

A Short Guide to the Importance of Backlinks

  How did Google come to dominate the Internet? Backlinks. Well, OK, it’s more complicated than that. But way back in the 1990s, Google was one of the first to recognize the importance of backlinks. Their algorithm, PageRank, evaluated a webpage’s ranking based in part on the number of other websites linking back to that page. Those links were what indicated that a page was a trustworthy source of information. The concept was revolutionary, and it propelled Google to become by far the most popular search engine in the world, with no signs of slowing down. Today, over 90% of desktop searches are done on Google. Backlinks are still essential in getting a webpage to rank well. There’s a lot of misinformation about them (how they’re dangerous, how you’ll be penalized, etc.). But if you build them using legitimate means, they can help you immensely, demonstrating your credibility and pushing […]

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.

Get the Perfect Website for Your Painting Business

  Whether you’re running a residential or commercial painting business, you need a website. It’s a great way to market yourself, establish your reputation and generate leads. It shows potential clients who you are and gives current clients an easy way to get in touch. And while you know your business inside-out, you might not know what makes a killer website. So, we’ve put together a list of the 5 most important things to know about getting a website for your painting business. We cover the whole range of topics from the reasons why you need a website to the basics of sales-driven design and creating content that ranks on Google search. Read on and let us know what you think in the comments!   1. Do You Really Need a Website for Your Painting Company?   Yes! The first thing you need to get started online is a website. […]

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.

Have I Been Hit By A Negative SEO Campaign?

You wake up on Monday morning. Everything seems calm. You wake up ten minutes before your alarm as the sun’s rays gentle shine through the slit in your blinds. The birds are singing. The weather outside is a balmy 22 degrees. To top it all off, your favourite song is playing on the radio on your commute to work. You get there, steaming hot mug of fair-trade Ethiopian coffee in hand, and sit at your desk. What could possibly go wrong today? And then you take a look at your website rankings. In the tank. Bottomed out. Like they were never there. It’s a nightmare scenario for anybody who relies on the Internet for sales, which in today’s day and age describes just about everyone with a business. You cross off everything on your web-traffic drop checklist and frantically check your usual Search Engine media sites for news. Was there […]

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 and Isn’t a Useful Metric for Improving Your Website

Everyone working in SEO knows that the golden rule for content is that it should be useful and relevant to searchers. Google has been saying this for years. And it’s a rule that we at LinkNow Media take advantage of. So it seems like a terrible irony that it’s so hard to find useful and relevant information about ranking metrics themselves. You’ll find one group of bloggers claiming that X metric is complete garbage. Then you’ll find another group who say it’s the most important. This is especially true when it comes metrics like bounce rate, pages per visit, and time-on-site. You have your for and against—and each side seems to suggest the other is behind the times. But maybe the problem isn’t so much that these are either good or bad. Maybe it’s that these metrics can be good in some contexts and not in others? Join us 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.

Trust Issues: What Was Behind the September 27th and October 2018 Algorithm Updates?

Whether you’re managing your own website or someone else’s, the last thing you want is to see your SERP ranking suddenly drop. As SEOs, we work hard for our Google rankings! We expect that with great content, great backlinks, and careful keyword research, we’ll get the rankings we deserve. And normally it’s true. But if one there’s one thing that every SEO knows, it’s that, aside from Google’s own engineers, no one knows how their search algorithm works. Which is why, every time Google updates their algorithm, the internet goes a bit nuts for a while. Some people’s rankings suddenly soar. Others plummet. And everyone’s asking themselves: what the heck happened?! The September 27th and October follow-up updates were no different. People panicked. Tweets were retweeted. Replies were written. Articles were posted. Comment threads exploded. Here at the LinkNow Media office though, everything was calm. Why you ask? We understand […]

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.

Has Your Site Traffic Dropped? Check These 5 Issues First!

The fact is, SEO is all about trial and error. No matter how much time you put into optimizing your web design and content, there’s always a chance that suddenly, out of the blue, your traffic could drop. And it sucks. It really sucks. But it’s not the end of the world. Once you’ve gotten over the initial shock of it all, it’s time to get down to business and figure out what went wrong. The first thing you should do is check your Google Anaylitcs: do you notice any patterns in your web traffic that might explain it? For example, if it’s winter and you’re a landscaper, it could be that your content is optimized for lawn care at the expense of snow removal. Or maybe it’s a holiday and no one’s currently looking to have their well water tanks replaced? Second, double check that your code is updated […]

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.

301 Redirects

Have you ever clicked on a link to a website, only to see that link change in your address bar as the page loads? That’s a redirect. So, what is a 301 redirect? And does that mean there are multiple kinds of URL redirects? In fact, there are five types of redirects: 301, 302, 303, 307, and 308. But we’re here to focus in on 301. This redirect ensures that online traffic will reach the most recent version of a URL. Let’s say you created a page for your spa’s amazing manicure services, but then updated it and made an entirely new one. What’s going to happen to your backlinks then? If you don’t have a 301 redirect in place, they’re just going to take potential clients to an error page. By now this is starting to sound pretty important. But how do you work with these redirects? Behind the […]

Eve Mendelovitch

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