5 Ways to Make Your Website Stand out in the SERP’s

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We’re used to turning to Google search for all our online needs and questions. With over 40 thousand searches processed every second, it’s clear why showing up in the SERP’s (Search Engine Results Pages) can be valuable for a business.

Most people stick to the first page of results for any given Google query. That’s where your website ranking becomes essential – you want to be at the top of the results for your preferred keywords. Depending on the industry, market, and keyword, that can turn out to be difficult. However, it doesn’t mean that improving your ranking is impossible. Here are five ways to make your website stand out in the SERPs:

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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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Four Quick Tips About Toronto SEO

Four Quick Tips About Toronto SEO

Many traditional search engine optimization (SEO) techniques are no longer as useful. Search engines have clamped down on what constitutes a legitimate ranking factor, and many conventional strategies are now penalized by Google. In other words, ranking for a keyword in your niche now involves an integrated approach fusing local SEO with a content marketing strategy.

Google is always introducing new ranking updates to their search algorithm. Some are significant changes to the whole system and usually occur every couple years. The rest are minor changes to specific components of site design or ranking. One of the most influential major updates is Penguin, which

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What Will Content For Your Website Be Like In 100 Years?

Content in 100 years Rob DunfordAfter making a recent visit to the website of the Museum of Natural History, I was struck by how the human body has changed over the past few hundred years. We know that average body height has steadily risen since the 17th century, mainly because of improvements in nutrition and quality of life – but just imagine what humans will look like in 100 years after industrial work is given over to robots and machines!

As is usually the case, my thoughts circled back round to SEO. How will SEO marketing change in the next century, I wondered? How will content for your website look after all the major trends we are predicting now have come and gone?

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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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Digital Marketing in the Greater Toronto Area for Service Companies

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Digital marketing for service companies in the GTA can be a very power way of generating new business.  Improved website presence with new content driving your search engine optimization (SEO) can make a big difference in your new client development efforts.  I have worked with service companies from many sectors and these companies have had an excellent return on investment (ROI) for their digital marketing spend.

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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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Adding Your Company to Profile Canada Directory, for free, in 3 easy steps!

With Profile Canada, help your business improve your search engine ranking.

Profilecanada.com is a well respected directory site listing over 1 million Canadian businesses.  The online directory is used by tens of thousands of people each month to find and contact businesses for their offered services.  Google loves ProfileCanada.com and the businesses listed there because the directory is considered an authority site as it has been around for a long time.

Primarily for Canadian service companies (manufacturers try http://www.ctidirectory.com), ProfileCanada.com is a great place to list your business to help people find you in Google search.

The best part of Profile Canada is that your listing is free!!  List my company in Profile Canada or 

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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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