Small Business (SMB) – Why Blog?

Blogging helps bring customers, and potential clients onto your company website. Blog posts can also help visitors to specific landing pages (A landing page is a page on your site that is designed to convert visitors into leads). This additional and internal linking traffic will help brand awareness, increase sales & leads, and Google rankings.

Blogs are the new PR world order, a blog can become a destination, aggregate of knowledge and expertise that helps customers, clients (or investors) make decisions while also building relationships. Relationships are THE name of the game.

How many blogs per week? To boost organic traffic (from search engines, for example), you should publish 3 to 4 brand new posts per week, each of them fully optimized for search engines (HubSpot). For a specific industry like financial advisors, blogs are a great way to market your Company’s compliant content. Content shows up in Google Search and helps drive visitors back to your website.

Publishing a blog post really depends on the platform, demographic, and region. There is no blanket “best time” to publish. Ideally, should be published when your target demographic is getting home from work and they start checking their favorite websites as well as checking in on Facebook and Twitter.

Adding a social media presence to your SEO & website traffic strategy is crucial. However, the relationship between Social Media and SEO is complicated. As a general rule, the more social media signals (levers) you generate, the “better” your prospects of ranking higher. Make sure your business has a Facebook page, Twitter account, and a LinkedIn page. Be consistent with all of them when posting content. Use the same announcements, content, pictures, branding, description, etc. Also, make sure your website is more shareable.

-Online Marketing Juice

Social Media Tip that Increases Website Traffic

Fill in your profile and include a website link in your bio. That’s it! This is crucial as visitors will look and click on your bio. You want them to click back to your website!

We all know the importance of including your social media share links on a content rich website (links automate the content sharing process, increase your brand reach and awareness, links improve trust and authenticity). Conversely, not only does this website backlink in your social media bio give readers a chance to click-through to see what you’re all about, but you’ll have generated another visitor to your site. Once they land back on the website, let the website funnel take care of the rest of the journey!

Pinterest Shopping Features Expanded

Last week, Pinterest announced a new feature that automatically saves shoppable product pins and even notifies users of price changes. This is a great service feature for users interested in products and price changes. The Shopping List feature will automatically save user product pins in one place, making it easier for users to come back and shop for those items. Users will also be shown shipping costs, reviews, and notified when a saved product pin has a price drop.

Shoppable pins come from product catalogues uploaded by verified retailers and merchants — an option that first became available in March 2019.

Pinterest is also expanding this feature in foreign countries such as the UK with plans to expand to Australia, Canada, France and Germany later this year.

As of January 2021, Pinterest ranks as the 14th largest platform in the world in terms of global active users. Pinterest gained more than 100 million monthly active users in 2020. That’s the biggest increase the platform has ever seen. The influx of Pinners led to a 37% rise in monthly active users between 2019 and 2020.

Thinking About a Website Redesign? Basic Costs Breakdowns

Web designers are essential for your users website experience and search engines (optimization). A general website redesign costs estimate are between $1500-$15,000. A basic redesign should cost cost around $2000 depending on the underlying mechanics such as whether its based off free WordPress, Drupal, etc.

It’s essential that you redesign for mobile users (responsive website design) as most of the traffic these days are from a Tablet or Smartphone.

Designers general charge by the number of pages on your website. Also, note that websites that include a storefront with carts and products may increase the redesign costs. If your website includes e-commerce functionality, always include that e-commerce functionality in the website redesign budget. Adding interactive media can cost you between $200-$13,000. A custom CMS solution can cost between $2,000-$25,000. Look for a free CMS such as WordPress that would lower the costs and can be easily updated on the fly by a website owner.

Building or redesigning a website yourself with a template is usually the cheapest option. It can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $3,000 or more, but the real “cost” here is the time and hassle required.

Depending on your redesign goals, you’ll be able to find a freelancer that will charge anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 for a simple website and upwards of $10,000 to $20,000+ for a bigger website with a variety of template designs, custom features, store fronts, e-commerce, etc.

Agencies are businesses that are fully devoted to marketing, branding, and web design. They are the most expensive option generally, but they also bring diverse experiences and specialties to the table. Agency website design prices start around $10,000 and go up to $50,000 or more depending on the project.

A website redesign is crucial every 3-4 years as the customer visitor habits changes as well as the website tools technologies. Its crucial to pivot when you see your website not converting selling products or gaining client leads. Always too at the website data (Google Analytics) and adjust when the funnels and traffic drop off.

Google My Business Benefits for SMB in 2021

Make sure you register your SMB (Small Business) website with Google My Business. Search Engines like Google are the new yellow pages.

Registering your site with Google My Business (GMB) should be #1 priority (particularly if you’re starting a brand new business). Doing so can give your business a quick win by helping it appear in relevant geographic search results — within just a couple of weeks. Industry stats show that people who see your “Google My Business” listing will click through to your website, and will call your business directly. Google My Business listing can also drive local SEO success for small businesses, pretty much guaranteeing visibility on Google Maps and Google Search. Make it easier to reach product or service escape velocity with the power of Google search and Google My Business.

Your GMB listing gives potential clients easy access to your hours of operation, phone number, website and directions with a click of a button—all at no cost to you. As zero-click searches become more and more prevalent, having a means to represent your business in search engine results pages (SERPs) is essential. Without a Google My Business listing, you could miss out on converting customers at the earliest stage!

Picking and Prioritizing your Social Media Platforms

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Don’t let your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram gather cobwebs, you need to “show up” day after day with fresh content. Instead of spreading yourself thin across 5 different sites, focus on 1-2 primary accounts.

Incorporating social scheduling and automation saves time and energy. Picking and prioritizing your social platforms based on your audience location. Repurpose content so your not always trying to “reinvent the wheel.” Build your presence and following on those accounts as much as possible. If you don’t have Fortune 500 type social media resources, just pick and focus on 1 platform.

Once you get the hang of it (content creation, social scheduling) branch out and add another platform. You can always outsource the work to a freelancer. When you outsource anything, one of the greatest outcomes is gaining expertise that isn’t currently available to you. This is especially true when you’re considering outsourcing social media marketing & management.

What do Search Engines like?

Trust. Search engines like Google, Bing, etc., are looking for signals that signify trust. Search engines want to give searchers the best possible result. That’s why you need to work on your trustworthiness on all levels, both technical as well as in content.

Use up-to-date software, have your SSL in order, make strong passwords, use tools such as Cloudflare to protect your site from DDoS attacks. An SSL Certificate (Secure Sockets Layer) is a set of data files that you can add to your server to achieve this encrypted connection between a browser and your server. Besides securing your website by way of encryption, it also helps with SEO (Google Rankings). Google has confirmed that HTTPS is a ranking signal. An unsecured website risks users’ online safety and could be hurting your SEO efforts. Google confirmed way back in 2014 that HTTPS is now a ranking signal. So, if your site doesn’t have SSL certificates and is on HTTPS, then now would a good time to update.

A SSL certificate increases customers trust and confidence in your website. Customer confidence is essential to increasing conversion rates.