SEO made simple

SEO for People Who Have Better Things to Do With Their Time

If your primary business isn’t digital, the ins and outs of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be confounding. To help, we’ve broken it down to the essentials:

  • What is SEO?
  • How do I optimize my website for search?

Don’t worry if you don’t understand every nuance of SEO. This breakdown will give you enough information to make smart choices and engage a little DIY SEO for your small business.

What is SEO?

SEO is the art of getting your website to appear when a user searches for your business, services or products.

Why Your Business Isn’t Showing a Google Knowledge Panel (And What to Do About It)

When one performs a Google search for a local business, the results will often display an information box on the right side of the screen. This box is known as the Knowledge Panel, a Google-generated summary of a business that lists basic info like location, hours and reviews. Because of the quick, useful information it provides (as well as the legitimacy it lends to a brand or service provider), the Knowledge Panel is a desired feature for any business.

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“Why Isn’t My Post Showing Up on Google?”

Have you ever experienced this? After hours of writing, rewriting and refining, you’ve finally completed your marketing masterpiece—the blog post that will generate a viral storm whose force will propel your brand to the forefront of the market. You hit “Post” and wait for the clicks to come raining in…

Yoast Encounters: Reflections on WordPress’ Content Analysis Tool

If you use WordPress, you’re likely familiar with Yoast SEO. One of the platform’s most popular plugins, Yoast analyzes content and provides insights on how it can be improved for SEO and readability. However, while it’s a useful tool, using Yoast can be a frustrating experience. If you’re like me, your initial encounters resulted in hours spent tweaking your content to gain the plugin’s approval, often to futile effect. At a certain point, you have to ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” I asked myself that very question, and the answer I found was…well, it’s complicated.

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SEO for SMBs: Making Sense of Tags

The term “tag” may be one of the most common in the SEO lexicon, but its meaning is far from homogenous. While most tags are basically HTML code attributes that describe webpage content, it can be hard to distinguish between meta tags, title tags, header tags and others. And then there’s the practice of “tagging” your posts, which is something else altogether. To cut through the confusion, we’ve defined the most common types of tags and provided a brief explanation of each one’s function.

Link building is like networking: you have to do it.

SEO for SMBs: How to Win Links and Influence Search Ranking

When it comes to promoting a business website, good content is critical—after all, it not only improves SEO, it also shows visitors you’re an expert in your field. However, as it’s often said, “It’s not what you know but who you know,” which is why an equally important asset is the connections you make with other sites. This practice of creating digital connections is known as link building. 

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SEO for SMBs: Introduction to Search Engine Optimization

In many ways, digital marketing isn’t that different from other forms of marketing. For instance, they all share the same objective: to increase a business’ visibility to potential customers. The difference with digital marketing is that in addition to paid advertising, there are ways to boost visibility that don’t cost a dime. Most of these fall into the category of search engine optimization, more commonly called “SEO.”

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