Monday, June 12, 2017

THIS is Why You Need Professionals

It’s story time! Are you ready? Do you like scary stories? We’re going to tell you one that’s worth hearing! This is a bit long, but it illustrates a critical point that we make to our clients (and potential clients) all the time...

*This* is why it makes sense to have business class web hosting.

*This* is why it makes sense to go with a local company that knows what they are doing on all fronts (hosting, programming, design, and SEO), and has your best interests in mind.

*This* is why you don't let "creative" people create your website on the platform du jour because it's "easy" with little or no thought to maintenance, backups, or security.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent, but this is real.  It actually happened.  Please make sure you are working with competent and reliable professionals so it doesn’t happen to you.

Here’s the story:

Anonymous Marketing Company [AMC]:  Hey, Michigan SEO Group, Client X’s website is messed up. We think you are hosting it.  Can you restore it from a backup?

Us:  Sure, we can take a look at that!  Hmmmm, it looks like we used to host it, but you guys moved the web hosting away from us last year.  We have backups of what was hosted on our server, but nothing since you redesigned the site using WordPress and moved the hosting elsewhere.  You’ll have to check with the new hosting company for recent backups.
AMC:  Oh dear, we’re waiting to hear back from their web hosting firm, but apparently they didn't sign up for a hosting plan that includes backups.

Why someone would even offer a hosting plan without backups is a mystery to us. Do you see the problem here? There was nobody in their marketing or hosting company with a sufficient professional mindset to make sure the client’s best interests were protected.

If you’re committed to truly doing the best you can for your company, make sure you have: (1) robust, redundant web hosting; (2) a website installed in a professional, SEO friendly, content management system; (3) automated backups; (4) a professional website design that does more than just look good, but also utilizes current best practices for user engagement and analytics; (5) consistent, thoughtful SEO to make sure your website appears as high in the search results as possible and stays there; and (6) a dedicated person or team making sure that the technology is monitored, fully functioning, and updated regularly.

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We know this sounds like a lot of work, it is!  But if you'd like more clarity about any of these things or if you'd like to explore what it would be like to work with SEO Ann Arbor, please contact us! We’re committed to our clients’ online success!


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Big Mistake Almost Everybody Makes

Here’s a quick “reality check” from Big Don Prior. 

Who’s Don Prior? 

He’s the one telling you how it’s going to be!

This SEO business can be tricky.  There are lots of moving parts.  There’s your website, blog, social media, online reviews, web hosting, and much more.  All these need to be monitored, optimized, and maintained.  It’s a lot of work, but someone’s got to do it. Your friends at SEO Ann Arbor are experts when it comes to SEO and everything that encompasses it!
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Most people think that their website is a “fire and forget” situation. Once it’s up and running, they’re good to go and they don’t need to do anything else. 

That’s a mistake.  Big mistake.  Huge.

Except the Successful People 

If you don’t continually check the results, you won’t wind up where you want to be.  Updates need to be applied. Content needs to be updated. Results need to be checked.  People who are successful online make this part of a continual process. Not a one-time deal. There is no “set and forget” going on with the A players.

There are things that are beyond your control. Most people want their website to show up on the first page of Google, but Google periodically changes the rules of the game, and they do so with no notice to you and me. That’s why you need to monitor it, pay attention, and fix the issues that pop up. Or have someone monitor it for you.

We’ve seen Google stop indexing a bunch of pages on particular websites. Something like this can adversely affect your search engine rankings, especially if Google decides to stop indexing 50% of the content on your site. Fortunately for our clients, we keep an eye on just this kind of thing.

When was the last time you logged into Google webmaster tools to check the status of your site?  Even if you did, they aren’t going to tell you what the problem is.  They basically say “we stopped indexing a bunch of pages on your site.  You figure out why, because we aren’t telling!”  Usually this requires someone with a high level of proficiency in web design, web hosting, and SEO to figure this out.  Again, our customers are covered.

So How Are YOU Doing?

As Google continually changes the game, we’re on the case, monitoring how the changes may effect your search engine rankings. In some cases maybe what’s needed is an upgrade to your site to use https (secure hosting). In others it may be ensuring that the name of your site is referenced consistently (either with or without the “www” at the beginning of the domain name). Sometimes your site just needs to be resubmitted to Google and the other search engines. Other times, there are changes that need to be made to your content, hosting platform, or internal linking strategies. 

We have all this covered. Our customers have people for that. 

Do you?

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Find the Right Contractor to Install Your Air Conditioner in Ann Arbor

Are you having a hard time finding a reputable contractor who will install an air conditioner in your Ann Arbor home? 

Don’t get misled. We can help you!

We’re great friends with a local HVAC contractor, CMR Mechanical. They believe in meeting customer needs to 100% satisfaction. They’re committed to providing you with the highest level of service and installation in the industry. In fact, they put a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for equipment and all services in writing. 

“I’m a first-time homeowner. I’ve heard a lot about some of the trades: how they come late or jack up the bill, etc. Not the case with CMR! Charlie was on-time and wrote out literally everything he did, as well as called me at work to explain it. They were on time, did what was asked and charged exactly what they promised. I couldn't have asked for anything more!”

Kevin, Ann Arbor

“Our house was built in 1950 and it didn’t have central air conditioning. Once we decided to remedy the situation, Andy Bobo from CMR promptly came out and wrote up an estimate. He scheduled our install within a week and was very responsive (even texting me directly with updates).

During the installation, the power went out for the whole neighborhood. This meant they couldn't complete the job...on the hottest day on record this summer! Andy called me immediately and told me to text him when the power comes back on. When the power came back – he sent someone, after hours, to complete the job within an hour!

We would definitely recommend CMR. All their employees were professional and kind. Great customer service and results. Thank you!”

Laura, Ann Arbor


Now, that’s customer service! Going above and beyond the call of duty is an everyday occurrence, not just something that happens once in a while. Want the best people for the job to install an air conditioner in your Ann Arbor home? Call CMR Mechanical today at (734) 424-1560.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Are You an A Lister?

What are the “A-lists”? They’re those annoying services like Yelp!, Zillow, Angie’s List, homeadvisor.com, and so many others that fill up the top slots on your search results when you just want a local company to help you out!

What are the “A-listers?” They’re those wonderful businesses who recognize that some part of their business comes from referrals from the A-lists. They realize that part of a robust online presence is making sure you’re included on the A-lists, and that your listings are as current and correct as possible!

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Organic is Good, Ubiquitous is Better!


We work very, very hard to get our clients on page one of Google search results for their target keywords. When our clients are engaged in the process and help us create useful, compelling content, they always get there. And every single one of those clients tell us that they’ve seen increases in their business ... a little, a lot, or a massive, overwhelming increase. That is a truly wonderful phone call to have!

But it’s critical to understand which listing services (1) show up near the top of page one for your target keywords; and (2) provide good referral opportunities for potential customers looking for businesses like yours.

Go Ahead, Take a Look!


Take a quick look at Google results for your market. If you offer custom hand-made jewelry, type that in and see what shows up. If you’re a great plumber, type in something like “plumber near me” and see which A-lists show up. Whatever your business, you should know who occupies that precious territory on the top half of page one.

You should also reflect on what kinds of referrals you get. Are you part of an organization that gives you specific email or text referrals? We’ve worked with therapists who get a lot of their referrals from Psychology Today online. We’ve worked with trades people who get referrals from Angie’s List. We’ve worked with disaster restoration companies that get referrals not just from their corporate franchise website, but also from specific restoration sites that have found a way to show up high in Google results.

If you find a few A-lists that fulfill both criteria listed above, make sure you sign up with them right away! That will help make sure people can find you if they first click on the A-list player on the top half of a Google search results page. But don't stop there. In addition to making sure you're an A-lister, be sure your site is optimized for search results, make sure your blog is helpful and healthy, your social media is active and engaging, and your business listings are all up to date.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Elements of Great Website Design!

At SEO Ann Arbor, we’re your experts when it comes to website design in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas. We have your best interests in mind and want to see you succeed in the online world! We’ve compiled a list of the website design elements and trends you should keep in mind:

1. Unique Typography


website design ann arborAccording to Hubspot, “When you create your company's brand, your choice in typography can provide subtle hints about who you are. Are you fun or serious? Functional or informational? Regardless of what font you choose, be sure that your designer considers its applicability across browsers and computers. Choosing a font that is not supported by common browsers and computers could mean that your website displays awkwardly on different devices.”

 2. Ribbons


Want to showcase important information? Do you want to grab your viewers’ attention quickly? Ribbons are mostly used for highlighting important text on the web page. If you’re having a hard time grabbing visitor’s attention you may want to consider this!

3. Background video


Do you want to tell people what you’re all about? Do you want to make personal connections with your customers? A video can help tell your story by significantly reducing the amount of text on your page, making it visually more appealing to look at!

Learn more about elements of great website design in Ann Arbor by reading more on our website! Call our experts at (734) 619-0736 to arrange a time to visit or get your questions answered. If you’re more comfortable with email, you can reach us at info@seoannarbor.com or just contact us.

Monday, April 17, 2017

How to Step Up and Truly Make a Difference!

What sets you apart from your competition?

Are you getting your point across?

Are you afraid of sharing your true self with the world?

SEO Ann ArborThat could be a big mistake if you’re trying to develop deep relationships with the people you do business with. People are more likely to bond with you because of a deep shared sense of “why,” not just because you sell widgets they want. And since we’ve been paying attention, we’ve noticed that a lot of great business relationships start not because of common needs, but because of common beliefs or passions.
    

Pepper in Your Purpose


We aren’t suggesting that you cynically deploy your beliefs to make more money. That may help a bit in the short term, but we believe the best stuff in the world comes from living to your highest purpose and sharing that purpose with others. In the marketing world, while you can never get completely away from addressing your customers’ wants and needs, you can “pepper in your higher purpose” (a phrase we borrowed from the inimitable Charly H. Caldwell II). People will pick up on it and pursue your products or services with a deeper drive because they sense that you support a similar world view to theirs. So what are some ways you can let people know what you believe in your marketing?
 Here are a few:

  1. Start your videos with phrases like “I believe…” or “This is who I am…” Just be sure you’re telling the absolute truth.
  2. Borrow famous quotes from people who believe as you do.
  3. Explain how your particular approach evolved out of your world view.
  4. Ask a happy customer to tell the story of your shared “why.”
  5. Make sure your “elevator speech,” your “one-minute business commercial,” your logo and your tagline all contain elements of your deeper purpose.
     
Authenticity marketing can be a bit harder to develop at first. Trying to fit your world view into your marketing tactics can be daunting, and if you let yourself give in to the temptation to take the easy way out, you’ll find that your materials may seem bland or inauthentic. Don’t be afraid! Some people may not react well to your beliefs, but it’s almost a certainty that unless you are filled with hate or negativity, there will be many, many people who do bond with you powerfully because of your clearly expressed beliefs.

We Can Help…


If you find the process of building an authentic marketing plan too daunting, we can help! We have a highly evolved process for delving into who you are and who you serve. Together we can build a campaign that could transform the message you are sending with your online presence.

At SEO Ann Arbor, we love helping people succeed, so if you’re struggling to get to the level of your dreams, we’d love to have a chat! Call today! (734) 619-0736

Monday, April 10, 2017

Decoding SEO: Get The Facts From Our Experts!

There’s so much information out there about SEO that it can be overwhelming to try to sort out what’s factual, what’s false, what’s helpful, what’s not helpful, and what’s just too complicated to understand unless you’re in the field.

Here are a few “bottom line” facts and tips that we encounter frequently. Hopefully they’ll be helpful to you!

Your Domain Name Matters!
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If you’re Coca-Cola or CNN, you can use your name as your domain name and be fine. For most smaller companies, however, you shouldn’t overlook the SEO value of getting a domain name that includes your top keywords. It’s a super-fast, almost free way to get traction on the search pages.

Ignore Internal Links at Your Peril!


Are you linking from your most prominent pages to other less prominent but still relevant pages? Are the links working? Is the link anchor text appropriately keyworded? Does the progression of information from one page to the next linked page make sense?

You might be surprised at how many businesses build websites and add info over time without thinking about the user navigation experience. Those who remember their visitors often forget the search engine robots. Make it easy for both to navigate your site and understand what they’re seeing!   

Check on your Keywords Regularly!


For gosh sake, please keep tabs on your keywords! Once is not enough! After you research how people are searching for your products or services, keep track of how you rate for those keywords. Pay attention and actually work on optimizing your relevant pages to improve your rankings.

But don’t stop there. Every few months, dig back into the keyword tool to find out if search habits have changed. You might have page one presence for all your target keywords, but if the world has moved on and nobody’s looking for you in that way anymore, your traffic is going to suffer. Refresh your highly targeted keyword list regularly … you’ll be glad you did!

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