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The 13 SEO Tools Every Small Business Should Be Using

To be successful with search engine optimization (SEO), you must use the right tools. It's simply impossible to conduct keyword research, analyze competitors, track rankings, track traffic and conversion trends, identify technical problems, and implement effective content marketing without the proper tools. Yet with so many tools on the market, how do you know which to [...]

Why Local SEO Might Be the Best Investment You Ever Make

Undertaking local SEO is a foundational step to building a solid local online presence. Data shows that 75% of local searches result in an in-store visit. For any business owner, this statistic alone makes good reason for undertaking local search optimization. The entire consumer industry has undertaken a big shift in this digital age: In-store [...]

By | September 6th, 2018|Categories: SEO|Tags: , |

SEO Case Study About Return On Investment (ROI)

Are you wondering if SEO can really generate ROI for your business? Today I'm going to walk through an SEO case study for one of our clients that will answer this important question. Background In early 2014 our client, an asphalt paving company, contacted us and expressed frustration that his competitors were ranking high in [...]

The Lowdown on Local SEO in 2018

If you're a local business trying to market your products and services online, you need to know about local SEO. Research finds 60% of American adults use their mobile device to search for local products and services, and half of the consumers that perform a local search on their smartphone visit the store the same [...]

By | August 30th, 2018|Categories: SEO|Tags: |

2018 Small Business Digital Marketing Cheat Sheet

Cheat sheets are always exciting, aren't they? The word 'cheat' implies it's forbidden. Even though you know it's legal and not morally wrong; there's just something about having a "cheat sheet." It's like someone is letting you in on a secret about how to do something much more easily. For this small business digital marketing [...]

5 WordPress Plugins To Help With SEO

This is a guest post from Shanna Mallon, a contributing writer for Straight North. Whether your industry is retail clothing or parts manufacturing, when you want to increase website traffic, there's no question you have to think about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Why? The fact is, search engines provide incredible traffic potential for businesses. Think about [...]

By | August 2nd, 2018|Categories: SEO|Tags: , |

24 Key Stats About Digital Marketing You Need to Know

Have you ever had a salesperson try to sell you something you don't need or want? Maybe it was the pushy DirecTV guy trying to sell you a package when you already have a cable television provider. You say, no thanks, but he keeps going. Finally, you just walk away. Usually, the reason you don't [...]

3 Key Factors to Be Successful With SEO

I have a distinct memory in high school when one of my friends held up a wrapper that had the company's website printed on it and we all thought it was so funny for a company to have a website.  I mean, what was the point?  Who was going to visit a company's website? Granted, [...]

By | June 30th, 2018|Categories: Search Engine Optimization, SEO|

June 2018 Digital Marketing News Roundup

Summer is here, and things are heating up online in more ways than one. Some people are heated over the wrong dates associated with their content in Google's search results, and others are upset over lost rankings due to a Yoast bug. It's not all bad, though. There are also some exciting updates this month [...]