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Bing to Encrypt Search Queries Starting This Summer

Bing has recently announced that they will now encrypt search traffic by default starting sometime this summer. This comes from a commitment to help keep data safe and secure, and following the industry’s general […]

One More Reason to Claim Google My Business Listing

The newest Google Maps App update for Android now warns users when a business they are navigating to is either closed or will be closed by the time they arrive.

A message pops up that […]

What is a Spammy Website? How Many Spam Factors Does Your Website Have?

In the last couple of months Open Site Explorer released a new Spam Score Metric as a way to evaluate your backlink profile and measure penalization risk for unnatural backlinks.

The original purpose of the […]

Why Online Reputation Management Services Matter More Than You Think

Consider the wise words of Warren Buffet:

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it.”

All it takes is one disgruntled customer signing into Facebook, Google, or Yelp and writing a harsh […]

8 Types of Content Your Online Shoppers Actually Care About

Do you know what is actually turning your online shoppers into buyers? Are big images of your product more important that short video clips? Does a review from another shopper more likely to convince […]

What You Don’t Understand About SEO and Why It’s Hurting Your Business

Search Engine Land recently posted an informative article in which author Trond Lyngbø shared the ways a leader with a “quick fix” attitude towards SEO can hurt their business. In this blog post we’d […]

Google Algorithm Quality Update – May 2015

Google recently confirmed that it indeed changed its algorithm earlier this month.

Many website owners and SEO’s started noticing changes in rankings in early May although Google kept saying there were no updates. Some were […]

Google Webmaster Tools Now Called Google Search Console

Google is making some big changes lately including rebranding Google Webmaster Tools to Google Search Console this morning.

For the last ten years Webmasters, website owners, SEOs, programmers, designers and others have been using this system […]

Why Do WordPress Websites Get Hacked?

Uh oh! You’ve just received a Google Webmaster Tool notice saying “Hacking Suspected”:

Or perhaps you’re checking out how your website looks in Search Results and you see this small message by your website: This […]

8 Basic Facts Every Small Business Owner Needs Know About SEO

If you don’t know these facts you’re not alone. Most small businesses we speak to aren’t quite sure about these basic fundamental SEO concepts. We’ve made it our mandate to help small businesses understand […]