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4 Reasons Why Having an SSL Certificate is Critical

Ever wonder why some websites begin with “http://” and others with “https://”? That “s” stands for “secure”.  It indicates that the site you’re browsing is using a protected, encrypted connection. This measure of security has become increasingly important for all sites on the web—both to protect users’ sensitive information and to improve SEO. These days, having an SSL certificate is critical.

 What is an SSL Certificate? And How Does it Work?

It’s your electronic gateway!

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security techno-speak for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This may sound all techy on you, but it’s vital. Having an SSL link ensures that all your data passed between the web server and browsers remains private.

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Sites that use HTTPS ( rather than HTTP) safeguard their visitors’ information, and now also earn better rankings in search engines—even Google has prioritized sites using HTTPS. More about that below.

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SEO Strategy: Why You Need ‘Natural Language Keyword Phrases’

Siri, Alexa, Google Home, Cortana… Bixby, there are more being added all the time. You’re probably familiar with these now household names, but do you know what they all have in common? They all employ voice-activated Artificial Intelligence technology, (AI), and more to the point of this blog, they are all changing the way people are searching for things on the internet.

If  you rely on SEO (Search Engine Optimization), want to keep your website optimized, or if SEO is at the heart of your marketing strategy, read on for a break down of how this new wave of technology affects you, and why you need to be aware of “natural language” keyword phrases.

First, a background on keywords and how they help SEO

In the early dawn of Search Engine Optimization, and Digital Marketing strategies, Marketers began to embrace the significance of keywords as extraordinarily useful tools to better reach their specific audience.

What is a keyword in marketing? Keywords are specific words that help define the content surrounding it.

Why is a keyword important in marketing? Keywords are important because when a search engine (like Google) scans your content to determine if it is relevant to a searching user, it picks out these keywords to define your content. The query typed into the search engine has a predefined rule to connect to a result with related keywords.

In layman’s terms,  a keyword is what you would use to help people fid what they are looking for , and have your content come up as a result. if a user is searching “Where to buy a boat cleaning kit”, and your keyword is “boat”, the search engine will probably offer your content to this user as a result. Maybe. Boat is a vey broad term. Millions of websites use it. Yopou’re going to need to get more specific.  Keep reading.  [Read more...]

Facebook Algorithm Changes 2018: How to Stay in Front of Your Fans

January 11th, 2018, the day that will forever be remembered as the day that all Social Media Marketers collectively hung their head in collective discouragement.

Our Facebook business pages have been growing, and, we’re told, they’re an integral part of our marketing efforts. With that, we’ve been honing our posting formula  to ensure that our audience not only sees our posts, but is compelled to click on them, like our page, engage,  and continue to watch out for what we will post next. Just as we seem to be hitting our Facebook marketing stride, the social media platform announced that as of Jan. 11th, 2018 and going forward, our jobs are going to become exponentially harder. Meet the “Facebook algorithm changes 2018″.

facebook-algorithm-changes-2018It’s here to make our lives harder. Sorry. Seriously. For us as well as for you. We’re all in this boat together.

That being said, that’s where we come in.  We’ve been studying, and experimenting. Below, we will take you step by step through the Facebook Algorithm Change, and show you just how to spin it to your business’s advantage. We have lovingly crafted this blog to ensure that your business can get found, get heard, and get crackin’!

What does the Facebook Algorithm Change 2018 mean for business pages?

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Social Media Automation: 5 Important Reasons to Use It

Has your social media strategy taken over your LIFE?

And, let me guess, you’re in SOCIAL MEDIA HELL? or OVERWHELM?social-media-automation

I know, it happens. Just sort of creeps up on us and before we know it, we’re drowning in social media overload. But the fact is, we still need to do it if we want our businesses to stay current and relevant.

Yep, with social media being one of the essential tools to marketing that it is today, we can find ourselves publishing, posting, and updating nearly every day.  And unfortunately, without proper strategy, managing our accounts can become a full-time job. Thankfully, I have found a few tools that have allowed me to manage my social media with ease, and allow me to devote my time to what truly matters; growing my business. So without further adieu, here is your essential guide to Social Media automation, and the 5 important reasons to use it. [Read more...]

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