Why Should My Website Be the Centre of My Digital Universe?

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When you think about keys to success in business, one fundamental feature stands out: an ability to effectively communicate the value of your brand to a target audience.

All internet marketing focuses on this pursuit. To reach a target audience, marketers need a central platform to build outreach campaigns around. In other words, they need an optimized website.

Without a stable site anchoring the constellation of your digital identities – social media accounts, email marketing, advertisement, etc. – it will be difficult to retain existing customers, reach new audiences, or generate the kind of website ranking you need to stay relevant.

Here are four particular reasons why your website needs to be the center of your digital universe:

  1. Search Engine Marketing is All About First Impressions

Making a strong first impression is

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Black Hat SEO vs. White Hat SEO

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In SEO, there is a wrong way to do things and a right way. Both seek to achieve the same end goal – namely, ranking high in search results – but approach the problem from different angles. Webmasters that try and undermine Google rules and regulations deploy tactics collectively known as ‘black hat SEO.’ Meanwhile, webmasters that stick to Google’s guidelines are committed to a ‘white hat’ approach. The best SEO services generate

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3 Things About Search Engine Marketing Your Boss Wants to Know

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For a business owner looking to hit sales targets on a budget, what matters is results. When it comes to digital marketing, one of the most effective ways to increase growth is through search engine marketing (SEM).

What is SEM? SEO vs. SEM

Plenty has been written about the differences between search engine optimization (SEO) and SEM, and the merits of each for small to mid-sized businesses. The truth is

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3 Signs You Should Invest in Inbound Marketing

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The world of digital marketing is incredibly data-driven.  Performance indicators are used to measure every square foot of the digital landscape: from user experience mapping to sourcing the origins of website traffic, estimating the average reach of a social media post, and so much more. These are the metrics that a digital marketing company looks at every day to help define search technique and branding strategy.

However, there is one fundamental approach that underlies all of these individual metrics, and it defines the success or failure of a websites digital performance. The strategy is inbound marketing.

What is Inbound Marketing?

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How to Solve the Biggest Problems When Writing for Search?

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A lot has changed for SEO consultants over the years. It used to be that backlinking in whatever form or fashion you could produce them was the norm. Also, before Google announced Rankbrain in 2015, it was a much different process to rank for keywords. While publishing a site full of meaningful and in-depth content is always the goal, it was easier back then for some SEO services to advertise and utilize bad practices (like keyword stuffing) to get a higher rank.

Now that Google has adjusted their algorithm to deal with “blackhat” link building and keyword stuffing, attention has turned to content as the means for keyword ranking and link building. Writing for search comes with its own set of challenges – namely, picking keywords that are achievable to rank for you in your niche, writing better content than competitors in your niche, and getting authentic backlinks to blog articles. However, if done correctly, writing effectively for search can improve site rank like nothing else.

Problem  – Ineffective Keyword Research

We all want to rank for the high-volume keywords in a niche, but the reality for small and medium-sized business owners is that

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3 Common Misconceptions About Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

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A lot has been said about the importance of incorporating search engine optimization (SEO) techniques into an overall search strategy. But what does a search engine optimization strategy actually entail? Some business owners lump it into social media marketing and neglect the technical aspects of the job. Others make the assumption that since SEO is analytical it must be infallible, and is therefore be the only digital marketing service worth investing in. Both points of view are right in some respects, and wrong in others.

As one of the most influential digital marketing services in driving traffic to your site, it is important to separate fact from fiction in the organic search arena. Here are some common misconceptions about search engine optimizations that need to be cleared up before any effective work can get done:

Misconception #1 – SEO is like a makeover (just a “one-time-thing”)

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Businesses Perfect for Online Marketing

Digital MarketingDoes search engine optimization (SEO) work for all businesses?  To some degree yes, but many businesses would be better off to spend their limited marketing resources another way.

A good SEO marketer should be able to complete some preliminary research to determine how competitive the industry/keywords are and how costly is will be to effectively market your business with SEO.  By looking at the amount of search being done and the number of competitors in your marketplace, a good supplier of SEO services should be able to …

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If You’re Not Using Bing Ads, You’re missing 14% of all online search in Canada!

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If you found out Your Online Marketing was Consistently missing over 10% of all online search, would you start paying attention?

Are you using Google AdWords to drive relevant web traffic to your website?   How is that working?  Either way, read on.

According to statistics shared in a presentation at a Microsoft event (see below for presentation), compared to Google AdWords, Bing/Yahoo caters to a more affluent group and with every click costing 15-20% of the cost of a click on AdWords, Bing/Yahoo is a great

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Gone Phishing, Spear Phishing and Whaling

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Last night I returned to my old stomping grounds at the University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, for a #ClassesWithoutQuizzes discussion about your digital footprint.  The focus of this event was on understanding how email fraudsters try to fool you and protecting yourself from these criminals.  It was also suggested we share what we learned here tonight, so I am posting this for my Blog readers and will share as much as I can.

The presenter, Ryan Duquette of Hexigent Consulting, told a packed house and a live webinar group that Phishing (pronounced like “fishing”) is a form of fraud where an attacker masquerades as a trustworthy entity to gain information from a potential victim.

This information can include things such as logon credentials,

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