Will Your Brand Benefit From Assigning Authorship?

Why would you allow employees to build a personal platform via your brand when you know that they will leave within a few years? That’s a key question for brands thinking about assigning Google authorship to employees for the content they produce. In the end, there’s really not much choice; authorship ties content to individual… learn more

8 Reasons Hashtags are Important

Originating on Twitter, hashtags are now universal when it comes social media currency. That’s why it’s important for businesses and brands to understand how to use them well. The seemingly insignificant pound sign is a crucial part of social media interactions. If you get them wrong, they can turn from hashtags into bashtags, which is… learn more

Getting Unstuck: A Pocket Guide to Content Ideation

Writer’s block: the content creator’s curse. Coming up with bright ideas for content can go from fun and exciting to hair-pulling and frustrating in no time flat. So how do the best in the business keep coming up with breakthrough ideas and pertinent pieces? While there’s something to be said for innate creativity, the fact… learn more

Guest Blog Without Fear: How to Stay on Google’s Good Side

Back in July, there was much commotion in the SEO world over a few words from Google’s John Mueller discussing how guest post links should be no-followed if intended for link building. As a result, the industry went into pandemonium, questioning if guest posting was “dead” or still a safe tactic to use. This was… learn more

Offline Tactics for Earning Online Reviews

If you’re finding it difficult to earn reviews for your business online, that’s because it really IS difficult. Users are busy and distracted, review platforms have heavy terms of service and the process of signing up, finding your business and leaving a review is a lot to ask of people. Thankfully, there are steps you… learn more

Mapping Content to the Buying Cycle

Amidst all the conversation about content marketing, few seem to be talking about the importance of having a plan before hitting “publish”. While it’s better to be creating content than doing nothing at all, the real power in content marketing is in the strategy behind it. Part of that strategy is taking the time to… learn more

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Build Links Naturally Without Content

After the Penguin algorithm update first hit (and then struck again in 2013), businesses were reminded that shady link building schemes would only land them in trouble in the long-term. However, as the SEO industry has shifted their tactics towards content-based link building, a lot of small businesses have been left behind. Time & Budget… learn more

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Google+ Reviews

Earning online reviews can be difficult at the best of times. Business owners have enough to worry about without trying to keep up with the ever-changing Google+ platform. Still, it’s important to have an understanding of the Google+ platform so that you can earn reviews that won’t disappear. Here are 8 things you might not… learn more

6 Tips on How to Negotiate Effectively with your Client

Now and then, we find ourselves in a position where we have to negotiate with a client. It may involve the pricing of a contract, the scope of work, the resolution of a problem or a simple price adjustment for some additional work. Ideally, a successful negotiation should lead to an outcome that is acceptable… learn more

How to Determine Where you Should Focus your Marketing

These days, there’s a great deal of focus on organic search results in the Google SERPs, at least in the West. In much of Asia, more effort may be place on ranking with Baidu, while central and eastern Europe is normally more focused on Yandex. In North America, Bing and Yahoo are players to be… learn more