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Domain name extensions and SEO – Can you rank without a .com?
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Not so long ago, there were only domain names available with the extensions .com, .org, or .net. But the past few years have seen lots of new extensions available. Back in 2015, in Google's own webmaster blog, the company was asked "How will new gTLDs affect search? Is Google changing the search algorithm to favor these TLDs? How important are they really in search?" Their answer: "Overall, our systems treat new gTLDs...

SEO – Search Engine Optimization
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There are over 1 billion websites on the Internet. How are you supposed to be found online? How do you rank on page 1? How much budget and time do you need to over-rank your competitors? Those are very good questions which we get daily at Business Website Center. With over 80% of all purchases starting with the buyer searching online, there is no doubt that having your website found online is very important to the survival of your business. Also, since higher ranked sites get...

Top 3 tips to improve your website’s ranking
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In our prior post, we reviewed the top 3 changes you can make on your site to give it a better visual appeal. Today the focus will be on search engine optimization (SEO) which is the ranking given to your site when Internet users search with keywords. Yes, having a beautiful site is great and important but if nobody can find the site online, you are missing on potential revenue. =1= Optimize your copy: If you...

Should website content be updated often?
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Whether or not Google Bot gives extra bonus points to websites with frequently updated content has been a topic of conversation for many years. One thing that has been mentioned by many is that the answer depends on the industry you are in. For instance, the search engines expect frequent daily changes if you are a news agency than if you own a hair salon. So, first and foremost, you need to think about your industry and if they are a lot of changes to be expected or not. Regardless of your c...

What is boilerplate content and how it relates to Google
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Boilerplate language is often used in legal contract and refers to very standard and non important text. In the world of search engines, the term Boilerplate Content is used for text you might have on your website but that truly does not say much about what you do or what your sale. A good example would be the company's copyrights information repeated in the footer of each page. It could also be some legalese you must place on your site but again does not promote your business. Google and oth...

Website Seasonality
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By Website Seasonality we mean two things: (1) Adapting your website to the seasons to better connect digitally with your visitors. (2) Understanding Internet searches which often vary with seasons or time periods. =1= Adapting your website to seasons: Website seasonality is not something web designers or online marketers often speak about even though it can be crucial to the success of your website. It is obvious th...

What is “Structured Data Markup” from Google?
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Structured Data Markup is a Google tool started a few years back and that has slowly but surely gained popularity among Internet marketers. The reason it has not become an overnight sensation or a popular Google product among non-techy people is due to its apparent complexity, not its efficiency. Using Structured Data Markup can indeed significantly increase your website' ranking with Google but it takes some time to get familiar with it and apply it to your web pages. The markup helps Goo...

Series 2 of 3 – Mobile Responsive Design for Local Businesses
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Local business owners often ask our team if Responsive Design for their local business website is that important. Yes it is! Reason #1: Even if you have a local and target a local audience, you still want to be found online by your customers. If you site is not mobile responsive, it will not pass Google's mobile requirements and it will be heavily penalized. The penalty is poor indexation (aka how yo...

New Year Resolutions for your website
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Happy New Year! May 2016 bring you fantastic success in your business, happiness and health in your life and most importantly balance. As we start the first week of 2016, site owners or managers should set new year resolutions for their website so that it becomes a powerful marketing tool for their company and supports all of their business goals this year. To keep the resolutions organized we have divided them into 3 distinct areas listed below. =1= Take your website seriously:

What is Yahoo!’s future?
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Over the years Yahoo! has lost ground on being a leader of Internet searches due to the increase popularity of power houses like Google and YouTube. After all, you may hear someone say "I am going to Google it" not "Yahoo it". In the past two months, there have been lots of talk about Yahoo's internal leadership changes but, most importantly, possible changes in their business structure and focus. Their stocks have not always been doing well as fear for the company's future ...

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