Is Google AMP Right for Your Small Business?

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16 Oct

Is Google AMP Right for Your Small Business?

Google says that more than half of us will ditch a mobile site if it takes longer than three seconds to load. For small businesses, that’s a big problem. So Google decided to level the playing field a bit by introducing Accelerated Mobile Pages -- AMP for short. AMP pages load up to 85% faster than regular, non-AMP pages, presumably satisfying your audience’s need for...

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10 Oct

How to Use UTM Parameters to Measure Your ROI

If we asked you how much money your small business made last month, you’d be able to tell us. If we asked you how much one particular campaign made you last month, however, you might have to do some digging. And if we asked you to analyze the success of one campaign versus another, you’d probably just fix us with a blank stare and point...

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02 Oct

Dynamic Search Ads: Say Goodbye to Keyword Management!

This is part three of a three-part series on using Google AdWords to maximize your small business advertising campaigns. Don’t forget to check out parts one and two, as well! Keywords are the first things you learn about when you start implementing SEO, and especially when you decide to launch AdWords campaigns. Which is why it’s almost inconceivable that Google would have a program that...

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25 Sep

AdWords Extensions: The Key to Small Business Success

This is part two of a three-part series on using AdWords to maximize your small business advertising campaigns. If you missed part one, click here. Check back next Monday for the final installment. Google AdWords is advertising at its finest -- but like all advertising, it can get a bit competitive. To be successful, you have to stay on top of your campaign, outdo your...

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31 Jul

What to Do When Your Content Is Awesome (But Not Getting Traffic)

We talk a lot about content. How to use it correctly, the different tools you can use to make it “pop," and most of all, how to improve it. But what if your content is already amazing? What if you’ve followed every single rule and suggestion, blazed your own creative trail and see no possible way to improve on perfection -- but you’re still not...

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24 Jul

5 Tools to Make Your Small Business Content “Pop”

Small business content creation can be tough. It’s time-consuming, often frustrating and arguably one of a small business owner’s least favorite jobs. It’s also necessary if you want to succeed. Content is still king, despite what you may have heard -- except now, it has to be great content. No more hiring foreign “writers” who work for pennies but haven’t quite grasped the concept of...

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17 Jul

Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) Mistakes You Might Be Making (And How to Fix Them)

Driving traffic to your website is important. But what is all that traffic doing once it gets there? Are you making sales? Getting people to take the action you want them to take? In short -- are you converting? Conversion rate optimization (CRO for short) is the process of increasing the number of visitors taking a specific action -- whether it’s filling out a form,...

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19 Jun

A Small Business Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics

How is your website performing? How many hits did you have last Tuesday? How many of those hits came from Michigan? What was your bounce rate? How long did the average user stay on a page? Those of you using Google Analytics can probably answer all of these questions in a matter of minutes with a simple glance at their dashboards. Those who aren’t using Google...

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30 May

How to Build a High-Conversion Landing Page for Your Small Business

Imagine you’re on a road trip. You’ve spent the past 500 miles or so seeing huge billboards for an amusement park. The closer you get, the more elaborate the billboards become, promising rides, entertainment and all the fried food you could ever want. The excitement is palpable. But when you pull into the lot, you’re met with a rusted Ferris wheel, a man dressed in...

Is Small Business SEM Worth It? 3 Things You Need to Know

Search engines such as Google are fickle, funny things. The algorithms seem to change daily, and what worked great yesterday might be a flop today. If your small business is struggling to climb the search rankings with little to no success, search engine marketing -- or SEM for short -- might be right for you. SEM is a type of paid advertising -- think a Google AdWords campaign -- that makes your website more visible in keyword searches. You’re essentially paying a fee to cut ahead in line, rather than waiting for your (presumably awesome) site to climb its way to the top organically. Sounds easy, right? Not so fast. While SEM can and does work very well for many...