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Now that you ’ve launched your beautiful new liveBooks website, it’s time to start thinking about how to get more website visitors that you can convert into customers. The right approach to increasing online traffic can push your site higher in search rankings and put your business ahead of the competition. As you build your web presence, you’ll notice that there are many ways to advertise your business online. Read on to learn the basics of these online marketing methods and find out what kind of online marketing is right for your unique business.

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Search engine optimization (SEO) is the practice of improving your website to make it more visible in organic search results. Search engines focus on relevancy and quality, and a successful SEO marketing plan starts with keyword research to see what terms your target audience is using find your business, services, or products online. Once you have a list of keywords, you then incorporate them by using them in the following areas.Top Speed Aston Martin DB11 Frosted Glass bluee 1 18 TS0022 New Item NICE Vintage Dinky Toys MIB WWII Centurion Battle Tank No. 651

Links

Links to your website can also increase your SEO value. Google looks at links as a sign of credibility, so making sure you have quality links from trusted online directories and websites within your industry should be a focus in your SEO plan. Social links and shares can also help increase your online viewership, so figuring out a social media posting schedule is beneficial when promoting your business online.1 1250 Ferry TT Line - Peter Pan60-0305 Primera First Gear red Y black whiteo Cascadia techo alto Con

Layout

Your layout also plays a role in SEO. Make sure you have a mobile-friendly design with simple navigation and an intuitive URL structure. Give your online visitors a user-friendly experience by setting up your website so that users can quickly find whatever information they’re looking for.

Leave it to the professionals

Investing in SEO is an important part of online marketing. Make sure you find an SEO practitioner that’s up to date on the constantly changing industry landscape and avoid unqualified SEO companies that may end up harming your online visibility rather than helping it. Beware of companies that use “blackhat” SEO techniques that may harm your website.

Visibility in local search results attracts nearby traffic, including mobile consumers. In addition to making location-based keywords a core part of your SEO efforts, it’s critical to make sure your business contact information is displayed prominently across the web. Make sure your NAP DINKY TOYS 557 CITROEN AMI 6 blueE EXCELLENT BOXED1 18 Revell NSU TT bluee NEW bei PREMIUM-MODELCARS(name, address, and phone number) information is added to profiles on local listing sites like Google My Business, Facebook and Yelp. Having correct and consistent business information across the web is important for both search engines and actual users. Don’t lose a customer because of an incorrect phone number or address!

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Like SEO, search engine marketing (SEM) can greatly increase your site’s visibility in search results. However, using SEM means paying for the privilege of being seen. Also called Pay-per-click (PPC), this type of advertising is available from major search engines like Google and Bing. PPC gives you a chance to display specific advertising messages in prominent paid-only search result areas above and below organic search listings.

Targeting is key when setting up a successful PPC campaign. You’ll want to make sure you’re spending your PPC budget on the right types of online searchers, so doing research before setting up your campaign, and constantly tweaking and testing your campaign setup will allow for the best possible results.

It’s important to do the following when setting up your campaign:

While tools such as AdWords express make it easy to quickly start a SEM campaign, you may want to consider hiring an online marketer to lead your SEM strategy. 

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We’ve discussed the Lineol Toy German Lineman Soldier Germany 1930s One incredibly important aspect of that branding is designing a fantastic logo that potential clients will begin to recognize and associate with your business. Here are some of the most important things to think about when designing your logo.

Style

As a photographer, your images are always going to be the most important aspect of your business, however, your logo is an important indicator of your style and can have an impact on a potential client’s decision to work with you. Make sure that your logo matches your overall style and is consistent with the way you want your audience to view your business. For instance, different font treatments, colors, and designs can automatically evoke a certain emotional response from a viewer. Commercial and editorial photographers typically have a simpler logo with a specific font and maybe one or two design elements thrown in that speaks to their professionalism. A wedding photographer, for example, might have a more elaborate logo design and graphics that speak to the emotional nature of their clients. Whatever your niche, it is important to remember that a logo is a graphical representation of the style of your work.

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Color, Size, and Placement

Much like deciding whether your images will have a greater impact in color or black and white, the decision to use color in your logo design should be approached in the same manner. If your logo design has a lot of graphics in the background, using color will make those graphics more prominent; if your logo is a simpler design that features either just your name or the name of your business, a black and white color scale may make more sense.TEKNO 70800 SCANIA R6 TOPLINE TRAKTOR SOLO 6X4 SCS FINNLAND IN SCHACHTELHot Wheels Liberty Promotions 2011 Collectors Experience VW DRAG BUS 1250

In the same vein, deciding on the size of your logo will also be important. Keep in mind that no matter how stellar, cool, and unique your logo turns out to be, a potential client’s focus when looking at your website or marketing materials should be on your images. Your logo should not only serve as a supplement and a reinforcement of your photography and therefore should not overwhelm or take over the entire page or website.

Lastly, deciding on the placement of your logo within your website will also be integral. Does it have more impact being used as the background for your splash page when a user first lands on your site? Or do you simply want it placed in a small portion of the corner of your website? Whatever you ultimately decide, your editSuite and our Support Team allows you the ability to customize the placement of your logo to fit your needs.100FT Strong 304 Stainless Steel Metal Garden Hose With Free Nozzle and Brass...PMA 1 43 MERCEDES-BENZ SL55 AMG 2007 WHITE

What Does Your Logo Mean?

Much like every image you capture, every logo should tell a story – even if it’s just to you. It’s important that you are able to articulate why you chose the logo design that you did, what it means to you, and what message you want it to send to your clients. A good exercise to try is writing down three words or ideas to describe your business or style. Once you have a few logo designs that you are deciding between, ask some friends and family (who will give you an honest, objective opinion) to look at the designs and write down the words that come to mind when they view each logo. If you find that some of the words they use match-up with the descriptions you’ve written about your business, you’ll know which logo is on the right track.

Be Consistent

While many businesses (especially ones that have been around for many years) go through re-branding, it is important that you are not changing your logo all the time. In order for potential clients to really associate your logo with your brand, it needs to remain consistent and have time to become recognizable.

Ultimately, whether you design your own logo yourself or hire a graphic designer, having a logo for your business is an incredibly important aspect of establishing your brand and professionalism. What other tips do you have for designing a logo?

When it comes to attracting online customers you want to start with an attractive website that is fast, secure, and optimized for search engines. However, that is only the foundation for a successful internet presence. Outside of your website, there is a whole network of third-party local listing sites and directories which provide information about your business.

These third-party directory sites are beneficial because they display your business information at no cost to you. However, this information may be incorrect or misleading, and some websites may not realize your business exists at all. In fact, the information on these sites can directly influence your business’ exposure in the search results! To ensure that you are making the most out of these business listings, it is important that you practice NAP consistency and take control of your information.

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The acronym “NAP” stands for Name, Address, and Phone Number, which are the three most basic things about your business that should be correct. You can achieve “NAP consistency” by making sure that all references to your business across the internet are both accurate and consistent across all platforms. Additional business information – such as hours or a link to your website – are also important.

There are two main reasons why you should ensure that your business listings achieve NAP consistency – improving your customer experience, and improving your business’ presence in local searches.Puma Gtv 033 1985 With Alfa Romeo Chassis And Engine 1 43 Kess KE43016000 ModelPorsche 911 997 Gt3 Cup Supercup 2010 Vip Brown 1 18 Minichamps

Improve your customer experience

The information about your business should always be accurate so customers can contact you or find you. If you own a storefront that closes at 5 p.m. but your Yelp listing says that you close at 7 p.m., then you may have to defend yourself from unhappy customers who drove across town to find your doors locked.

Improve your performance in local search

Search engines like Google are constantly crawling the internet to obtain more information about your business and website. When your business listings are the same across the internet, it sends a relevancy signal to search engines. Google and other search engines use this data to place your business listing in “near me” searches and location-based queries.

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Imagine this: you own a floral shop called “Fresh Flower Shop”, meanwhile, a competing business, “Floral Farms”, is located across town. You both have 20 local listings on various third-party publishers, such as Yelp, Yahoo!, MerchantCircle, and DexKnows. However, despite having the same number of local profiles, both businesses have a different level of NAP consistency:1 35 ROVER MINI COOPER 1.3 (RED WITH WHITE ROOF) Diapet 011-09511Dinky Toys No 308 Leyland 384 Tractor in Harvest gold VNMB

  1. Fresh Flower Shop – 17 of your listings display your business name as “Fresh Flower Shop”, but your Yahoo! and MerchantCircle pages list you as “Fresh’s Flowers” and your DexKnows page calls you “Fresh-Flower-Shop-LLC”.
  2. Floral Farms – All of their business’ local listings are correctly listed as “Floral Farms”.

A potential customer lives halfway between both businesses. They use the virtual assistant on their phone to ask “Where can I buy fresh cut flowers?” Their phone responds to them: “Floral Farms sells fresh cut flowers and is located 3 miles away.”

Why did this customer’s phone suggest FLoral Farms? Because all 20 of Floral Farms’ profiles had the same information, Google’s found 20 relevant sources to grab information from. Meanwhile, there were three variations of “Fresh Flower Shop” throughout the internet; in Google’s eyes, they believe that “Fresh Flower Shop”, “Fresh’s Flowers”, and “Fresh-Flower-Shop-LLC” are three different businesses.

As Google’s search algorithms continue to evolve, NAP consistency becomes more important than ever. The growing popularity of virtual assistants, like Google Home or Amazon Alexa, have a big influence on shaping search engine behavior. Because many potential customers increasingly rely on voice search, you need to make sure that your internet visibility is as large – and accurate – as possible.

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Now that you know why NAP consistency is so important, you can begin to take the necessary steps to take control of your business’ internet presence.

Name

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Address

If your business has a brick-and-mortar store or a physical location where customers can find you, then you should make sure that your address is accurate on every platform and does not contain any “variations”. Some common variations can include:

Additionally, if you are a brick-and-mortar business with multiple locations, you should create a local profile for each location.

If you are a business that does not have a physical address for customers to visit, you can still maintain local listings without displaying your address. This is referred to as a “service area business”. When setting up your local profiles as a service area business, there are two important things to keep in mind:

  1. Do not list a PO Box or UPS store as your address. Google will not let you verify your Google My Business profile with either of these address types. You should use your home address and hide your address.
  2. Make sure to specify your service area. This helps you appear in listings for those areas, although Google does prioritize listings with a physical address that customers can access.[Kyosho J collection] 1 43 Lexus IS-F Nrburgring test From japanAltaya 1 43 Scale - Maserati A6GCS Targa Florio 1953 - Fangio Mantovani

Phone Number

Make sure that you are using one phone number for every platform. Sometimes, businesses may utilize multiple phone numbers to track the success of their various marketing campaigns. While this is an easy way to find out how many customers converted from a paid search campaign or from an ad in the local newspaper, this confuses search engine crawlers and can negatively affect your business’ search presence. If you want to use a tracking number, choose a service that uses a code that dynamically swaps out your phone number for targeted users.

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You now know the importance of NAP consistency as well as the building blocks for building a successful local profile. What comes next? There are additional steps that you can take to make the most out of your business’ online presence.

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By now, you probably know about a handful of third-party local listing publishers – Google, Yelp, Yahoo!, TripAdvisor, maybe even YellowPages and Manta. However, there are many other sites that you probably had no idea even existed (Opendi? Tupalo?) Even though you may never have visited some of these directory sites, Google knows that they exist – and they trust the information on those sites.

It is important that your business is listed, accurately, on as many directory sites as possible. While most of your customer base is likely not finding you through lesser-known directory sites, it is a good way to build up your business’ authority in the eyes of search engines.

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Just like the example from earlier, you may notice that some (or many!) directory sites have incorrect information. Directory sites scrape the internet for business information and gather business details from sources like real estate transactions, tax records, or information that they scrub from other websites. With a solid local listing management plan, you can become the gatekeeper of your information, ensuring that your directory data is always up to date.

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Many third-party directories give business owners the option to add enhanced content and attributes to your listings. These attributes may sometimes include built-in structured schema that search engines use to build their local search results. Often referred to as “rich listings”, enhanced content gives consumers more information about a business.

Some examples of enhanced content lists include listing your hours, a description of your business, staff member bios, events, specials, product lists, and a description of your services. While each publisher has different limitations on what types of enhanced content they include, it is a good idea to fill out all of your local profiles with as much information as possible.

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Every business owner knows that in order for your clients to buy your product or service, they have to find you first. Thus, Location, location, location remains a valid must-have for all businesses alike, be they off or online.

So how do you make sure you’re found online, considering your website is one of the 2 billion live at this moment? There is a multitude of actions you can take to make sure your website ranks better than your competitors’ – proper SEO, marketing campaigns, and fast loading times are just a few steps you can take to send your website to the top of the charts.

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