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XML Sitemaps: To Submit or Not to Submit?

Submit XML sitemaps

Submitting an xml sitemap to Google via Webmaster tools can be a great way to get Google to spider all your pages quickly. But before you go and hit that submit button, make sure that’s what you really want to do.

For the most part, the traffic and data you receive from submitting your sitemap to Google far outweigh the negatives of doing so. But there can be a plus side to waiting on that submission.

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A Newbie’s Quick Start Guide for Website Optimization

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Whether we are talking about dieting or web marketing, everyone wants the quick fix. The one thing that can help you lose 10 pounds . . .yesterday. Or that one tactic that can make your company wildly successful on the Internet.

But just as with weight loss, there is no one thing that can make you successful in web marketing. It takes a combination of things. When you are trying to lose weight, that combination includes different types of foods and exercise. The important things is to START. But WHERE do you start? With web marketing, we can break it down to five main “optimization essentials” that will help anyone building a long-term web marketing strategy get off to a good start.

To find out what those optimization essentials are and how to apply them, check out my latest LinkedIn post.
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How Your Killer SEO Could Get Killed

ongoing seo strategySo you are ranking in the top of the major search engine rankings for your main keywords and are receiving solid traffic. Congratulations! Time to rest, relax, and rake in the bucks, right?

Wrong! In order to enjoy continued success and ensure that your website and business will continue to survive and thrive, you need an ONGOING SEO strategy. I’ll show you why if your SEO is not killing it, you are probably getting killed.

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How to Use Meta Tags to Improve Rankings

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Do meta tags help improve search engine rankings? The answer is simple: Yes and no.

Since search engines generally ignore meta tags, adding keywords to these tags really isn’t going to help you move your rankings up any. That may lead you to wonder if meta description tags still matter. In fact they do because meta description tags play an important role in generating click throughs from the search results. [Tweet This]

That means if you write a good meta description (and Google displays it in the SERPs) you have a better chance of getting clicked. If Google is able to determine that your lower-ranked page is getting more clicks than a higher ranked page, that could be the catalyst to pushing you up some spots.

Everything we do with our websites has a cause and effect. It’s just not always what we think. Many SEOs blow off meta description tags because they don’t have a direct impact on ranking. But if you ask me, an indirect impact can be just as good, if not better.

Why? Because it causes us to focus more on the customer than on the search engines. If we were able to get better rankings by adding keywords to a meta description, that won’t automatically translate into getting more targeted visitors to our site. However, when you focus your meta tag on providing value to searchers, every click you get will be far more valuable. And if that value translates into better rankings, it’s a dual win.


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SEO Isn’t About Price, It’s About ROI

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Many small businesses shy away from SEO because of the cost. They don’t have large budgets, and when they see a price tag of $1-5K per month, they often balk at it as “unaffordable”. I certainly understand that. All new expenses have to be justified, and it’s tough to suddenly invest in something that doesn’t return immediate results.

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Can Good SEO Be Done Overnight?

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People are often looking for quick results, especially in SEO. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. There is no secret tool, trick or solution to achieving good SEO and rankings overnight. [Tweet This] And even the best SEO can’t be done in a short span of time. It’s an ongoing effort.

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Does SEO Destroy Website User Experience?

SEO and Website User Experience

Having been marketing web sites since 1998, I’ve seen a lot of cringe-worthy SEO. For years, many SEOs focused more on ranking than on anything else. After all, if a client wants rankings, we’ll give them rankings! Do we really care what the website looks like?

I’d like to say that those day are long gone, but the fear of SEO being a usability destroying agent still persists. This is, in part, due to those who still look at SEO as a ranking-only venture rather than as part of the entire web marketing experience. Both clients and SEOs are guilty of this mindset.

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