Blog Articles from Fawkes Digital Marketing

Elements to a quality blog post

Elements to a quality blog post

By John Marx on 8/30/2017 | Tags: SEO, Blog

As part of any good search engine optimization or SEO technique is to provide consistent content to your audience. Consistency comes in many forms when it comes to blog posts When we are sitting in our downtown Valparaiso Indiana office looking out the window and hear the cars drive by in the early morning there are periods of silence. This silence allows us to reflect on the past traffic and think about the traffic that is about to come. Your blog post is similar in that you write a post, publish the post, and then think of the next one. You'll then repeat the process. But what all goes into a quality blog post and how can it help you with your search engine optimization? Well, let's read on and find out.

Power of META Descriptions in the sales cycle

Power of META Descriptions in the sales cycle

By John Marx on 8/26/2017 | Tags: SEO

Every page has a brief description outlining what your page is about. This description the normal human will never see on the website itself. You will see it within the search results if the search engine believes your description portrays an accurate representation of your page. Having a poorly crafted description could turn off a wood be customer off while a well-crafted description will not only bring them in wanting to know more but be your first step in the sales process. Let's delve in and learn what the META description is and how it can help you increase your visitor traffic to your website.

Dealing with Negative Customer Reviews

Dealing with Negative Customer Reviews

By John Marx on 8/19/2017 | Tags: Small Business, SEO

It's time to talk about the pieces of our business that no business owner ever hopes to be discussing. Being prepared though is the first step in this situation. Dealing with your own mistakes, mistakes of employees, mistakes of other customers, misconceptions, missed expectations, and dealing with people that are just unhappy with your services. How you handle these situations will either turn them into an advocate or make them your worse enemy. Let's shoot for your advocate! Whenever we take on a project for our SEO and social media Business Improvement Plan clients we do an onboarding meeting whether on the phone or in-person. We discuss how to deal with negative reviews and remarks. In this article, we are going to talk solely on about the review side but pertains to any negative attributes you receive regarding your products, service, or business.

How can local SEO help me nationally?

How can local SEO help me nationally?

By John Marx on 8/14/2017 | Tags: SEO

As we continue to do a lot of local SEO which accounts for half of our daily work there is a large portion of our clients that sell nationally as well. These clients are already optimized for local search using items like latitude and longitude, local specific words, etc. so the search engines know where they are. Today one asked if they are configured for local SEO how does that help them in the national scene of SEO and if the local SEO optimizations might be hurting or holding them back. Today we look at these questions in a bit more detail.

SEO Keywords are dead

SEO Keywords are dead

By John Marx on 8/13/2017 | Tags: SEO

When it comes to the search engines keywords are truly dead. This doesn't mean you should completely forget about them but they should not be as much of a focus as people still put on them. The search engines are a lot smarter today than they were five years ago. If your strategy is about keywords like 'web design Valparaiso Indiana' you are missing the point of what the search engines are doing in today's world. Let's explore why keywords are dead and how you should change your search engine strategy.

You can do SEO yourself!

You can do SEO yourself!

By John Marx on 8/11/2017 | Tags: SEO

Having people visit your website is one of the hardest things about being online. You can do paid advertising but that will only get you so far and often are not the key people you are looking for. When it comes to search engines you have paid and organic with organic being the free part of the search engines. Today we are going to talk about the organic parts of search engine optimization or SEO. Everything we outline is items you can do yourself (e.g. you do not have to hire a company like JM2 Webdesigners & Marketing out of Valparaiso Indiana – we hope you do but we know not everyone has the money and does have the time to do it themselves).

How to Verify Your Business on Facebook

How to Verify Your Business on Facebook

If you own a business page on Facebook, you may have heard about being Facebook verified. What appears to be a simple check mark next to your business's name, the purpose it serves means so much more.

Are you breaking SEO laws?

Are you breaking SEO laws?

By John Marx on 7/31/2017 | Tags:

One of the factors of search engine optimization or SEO within Northwest Indiana and beyond is there is a good way to do SEO and a bad way. The good way is known as white hat SEO and the bad way is known as black hat SEO. One way to think of the good vs bad debate is either following the law of the search engines or deciding to break it. If you are in a small city like Valparaiso Indiana or a big city like Chicago Illinois the rules and laws governed by the search engines need to be adhered to if you want to move up on the search engines.

Small business is changing the world

Small business is changing the world

By John Marx on 7/30/2017 | Tags: Small Business

How fun would it be to be the richest man in the world even for just a day? If you ask Jeff Bezos he can honestly say due to his company Amazon making a difference in the retail sector. Wal-Mart, Target, and others have been retail leader's due to their physical stores where we consumers can go in and purchase what we need with instant gratification. Amazon started in 1994 selling out of his garage. It seems many start out of their garage or out of their home if they don't have a garage that have become successful businesses. Some of these businesses we know nationally, like Amazon, while others are local versions making a positive difference in which they server.

Ways to increase your Domain Authority (DA)

Ways to increase your Domain Authority (DA)

By John Marx on 7/29/2017 | Tags: SEO

You have a business that you want to grow. You want your business found online ahead of all your competitors. There are many factors that are involved to get your domain found online and above your competitors. A key piece of information is your domain authority often called DA. There are many aspects that you can do to help improve your DA. In this article, we will list several ways to improve your DA which can give you the potential (keyword: potential) of moving your rankings up in the search engines.

Twelve elements to have an effective website

Twelve elements to have an effective website

By John Marx on 7/28/2017 | Tags: Website

Having a website that is effective is a requirement of any business that wants to grow. If you are from a small city like Valparaiso Indiana or a large city like Chicago Illinois you need a website (and social media) that work together to tell your story. But why is it important for both small and big cities alike? We all can understand the big city as there is a lot of competition, big budgets, and a desire to grow to be bigger. Well, big city folk, the small city and small towns want the exact same thing and often have as many competitors and many times even more demanding customers. In big cities, you have companies that often have large marketing budgets and in small cities and towns you have a lot of startups that want to grow and become bigger than they are today. Big and small cities want to grow, make money, and contribute to their local economy. But what is needed for a website to truly achieve these results? This is something we are continually asked and we are going to cover twelve items that are required to have an effective website.

10+ Best practices on how to blog

10+ Best practices on how to blog

By John Marx on 7/14/2017 | Tags: Blog

A blog is a great way to showcase your expertise, cover topics that wouldn't otherwise be a good page on your website, goes in greater detail than a specific page on your website, shows your passion, and provides fresh and relevant content for your users (which makes the search engines happy). We often hear that you should blog, and we agree with that. What is often missed is how do you blog, why you should blog, what do you write about, and what are the best practices when it comes to blogging? We'll cover each of the major items that we cover for our clients.

20+ SEO Checklist for new & existing websites

20+ SEO Checklist for new & existing websites

By John Marx on 7/11/2017 | Tags: SEO

When it comes to websites one of the first questions we think about and our clients ask is what is the best way to get on page 1, position 1, of Google. That answer is simple. Follow all the best practices Google Webmaster Tools recommends. These best practices will let you know you need quality content, not 'break the rules', write for humans (not computers), and have an easy to use navigation structure that answers the questions your visitors want to know. Sounds simple, right? Well, it is! With some time, effort, and a dedication to grow your business you can do it as well. In this article, we'll cover what you need to do for new or your existing website.

New Changes for Facebook Business Pages

New Changes for Facebook Business Pages

By Kyle Hovanec on 6/28/2017 | Tags: Social Media, Facebook, Business

You might have noticed some changes with your business's Facebook page recently, specifically with the cover photo. Facebook business pages will now have a series of wording that goes across the front of the image or video (more on that later) that serves as a brief description of what your business is about.

The Power of Paper over Technology

The Power of Paper over Technology

By John Marx on 6/28/2017 | Tags: Business

As a company, we strive to be paper free yet when you walk into our office you will see a lot of it around. We know that a business without paper would be a business that doesn't exist even one that strives and lives to be as much paper free as possible. We pride ourselves on protecting the environment through every step we do. Every piece of paper is re-used, recycled, and is typically gotten in a recycled state. Many of us have tablets that have pens for note taking but that is not always the most convenient option when you have a flash of an idea pop into your head. What can a simple piece of paper do for your business that a more efficient computer can't? Let's find out.

Why Chatbots Aren't Worth It

Why Chatbots Aren't Worth It

At first, an automated system designed to answer all of your client's wants and needs, both good and bad sounds amazing. Having the ability to address concerns at any day and any time is the kind of customer service all businesses strive for. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is as automated responders or chatbots while getting better, still, pale in comparison to good ole flesh and blood human customer service.

Article Writing Scam with SEO

Article Writing Scam with SEO

By John Marx on 6/25/2017 | Tags: SEO

Recently we have seen an influx of search engine marketing (SEM) 'experts' pushing article writing to achieve page 1 results on the search engines. This can boost you in the first few months (sometimes even for a year or two -- this is more rare). This type of trickery people continue to do as it does work in the beginning. Once you are caught by the search engines you will start to not only drop in your search engine ranking but more importantly be penalized for doing these 'spam tactics' that were designed to trick the search engines. In this article, we are going to dig into what article writing or article marketing is and how it can hurt your business

What to Include in Your Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Website to Increase Tours and Proactively Build Goodwill with Medicare A Patient Prospects

What to Include in Your Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Website to Increase Tours and Proactively Build Goodwill with Medicare A Patient Prospects

Who should read this? SNF administrators and marketing staff who believe the pre-need site visit will deliver more commitments and is an important part of the patient acquisition process with high focus on short-term Medicare A patients.

Makes Come from Misses:  It’s Not Unlimited Updates. It’s Cost Effective Shot Taking.

Makes Come from Misses: It’s Not Unlimited Updates. It’s Cost Effective Shot Taking.

Saturday, I sat under the eaves of a friend’s garage roof and watched it rain. His daughter was running across the freshly mowed lawn in the rain. Once she got too much grass on her legs and feet she would leap into her turquoise and white inflatable pool. My friend’s dad, Eddie, sat to my right wearing his paint marked work boots. Eddie is an interior and exterior painter with over 30 years of experience.

SEO: The 5 Crucial Places for Keywords

SEO: The 5 Crucial Places for Keywords

By Lisa Marie Roberts on 6/6/2017 | Tags:

In order to optimize your pages for keywords, you'll need to include those keywords on your site. However, you can't just put them anywhere and you most definitely don't want to fill up your pages with them. There are certain places on your website that are more optimal than others for good SEO. Here are the most crucial places your keywords should go...

Pay-per-Introduction vs. Search Engine Optimization: Which Is Better for Your Business?

Pay-per-Introduction vs. Search Engine Optimization: Which Is Better for Your Business?

By Charles Vander Stelt on 5/25/2017 | Tags: SEO, Sales

Today I was approached by a fourth pay-per-introduction service. After evaluating the pros and cons of these services I conclude great SEO has a better return on investment than pay-per-transaction services.

Sell Your Passion Before Anything Else

Sell Your Passion Before Anything Else

By Kyle Hovanec on 5/17/2017 | Tags: Employees, Life, Blog, Entrepreneur, Business

For smaller businesses, having passion is one of the key components of selling your business to others. For many, the passion for the small business, the drive to their dream to the next level and find success in the business world is part of the appeal for so many to support local and support small to mid-range.

Growing your business with a Call-to-Action

Growing your business with a Call-to-Action

By John Marx on 5/12/2017 | Tags: Marketing

You have one or more social media pages to have a social online experience. This social information reaches dozens, hundreds, and maybe even thousands of people. This reach on social media can be organically (free) or through paid advertising/boosting your posts to achieve a specific marketing goal. If you are lucky your Facebook page will even show on the search engine result pages (SERPs). You keep your social media sites updated weekly, you monitor and respond to questions and inquiries daily, hourly, and more. Is that enough for your digital online experience? If you want to control your name and brand on the internet it regretfully is not. Whether you are on Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook or another site you do not control the look-and-feel, information, or how many times the information shows. You often have to pay for the placement you want on the platform. What you can do is establish yourself as an expert in your field by having a professional website with quality content, a blog that allows you to showcase your expertise, and make certain all your good information gets out. Additionally, with a website you can further market your business beyond just listing your products and services by showcasing your company colors, your logo, and none of your competitors information will show. To achieve this you need a website and not just any website. You need one that is designed to 'Convert' your visitors into customers. To achieve this you need a Call to Action or CTA. Let's take a look and see what an effective call of action is and how it can benefit your business online.

SEO: 5 Keys to Writing Quality Content

SEO: 5 Keys to Writing Quality Content

The quality of your website content is essential not only for search engine rankings but for business credibility as well. Your content should include the keywords and phrases that you want to rank higher for, but it should also make sense and not be repetitive to your readers. Writing good content that also helps your SEO can be tricky, which is why we've compiled a list of easy ways to help improve your content.

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