1. Google Places Helps Customers Find Your Business

    Where do you turn when you’re looking for a local business? Chances are you pull up Google and search either by business name or service. Gone are the days when you turn to the big Yellow Pages phone book stored on a shelf.

    Google Places is the new ”Yellow Pages.” This is particularly good news if you are a small business owner (especially one with a brick-and-mortar location) because Google Places listings are free. By simply claiming your listing and keeping it updated, you help customers and prospects find your business – both virtually and physically.

  2. How To Manage Your Online Reputation

    Have you searched for your name and business on Google and reviewed the results lately? Are you monitoring and managing your online reputation? What others are saying about you online can have a great impact on your business. In fact, it could have more impact than anything you have posted yourself (on your website, ads, social media, etc.)

  3. Goodbye Keyword Tool, Hello Keyword Planner

    Looking for Google’s Keyword Tool? You won’t find it. The search giant has replaced the well-known, frequently used search engine optimization (SEO) research tool with its new Keyword Planner.

    The Planner combines features of the previous Keyword Tool with the AdWords Traffic Estimator — both of which were general purpose tools. The primary focus of the Keyword Planner is making it easier for advertisers to create Pay-Per-Click (PPC) campaigns. With its “wizard” type interface, one article on SearchEngineLand calls it “an ultimate AdWords campaign building workshop.”

  4. Social Media and SEO: What you need to know

    Social media is definitely influencing how information is found online and buying decisions are made. Here are some interesting statistics to consider:

    • 72 percent of all internet users are now active on social media
    •  The +1 button on Google+ is used 5 million times per day
    •  Twitter was the fastest growing network with a 44 percent growth from 2012-2013
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    10 Reasons Google Plus Can Improve Search Results for your Business

    Online marketing gurus are blogging, posting and tweeting about the benefits of using Google Plus (Google+)  for business. To follow up on our previous post, we compiled this list of “selling points” from credible sources including and Searchmetrics.

    • Google treats Google+ content like a webpage. Your posts are indexed and shown in Google search results immediately, aiding your page rank.
  6. 10 Ways to Get Noticed with Google Plus

    The way sites are found on the Web has changed significantly in recent years. Search engine optimization or “SEO,” a term that refers to how sites are found in online searches, is now more socially driven and is likely to become moreso thanks to Google Plus (Google+). We recommend building a following on Google+ as an integral part of your online strategy as we expect it will play an increasingly important role in internet marketing going forward.

    Since using Google+ to its full potential can be game changer for business, we are providing this post as an orientation to the social platform. Here are 10 things you need to know:

  7. 8 Advantages of Hiring an AdWords Management Specialist

    While nearly anyone can use the Google AdWords results to help build a website, there are definite advantages to hiring a AdWords management specialist in Raleigh. Some of these advantages are:

    1. They understand how to run a successful pay per click campaign so that you get immediate results, a significant amount of data to help you determine if Google AdWords is a good investment for you and the ability to use Geotargeting effectively and efficiently.
    2. An AdWords management specialist knows how to track the goals of your website, work across multiple domains, install e-Commerce tracking, track non-eCommerce objectives and explore internal site search for a variety of campaigns.
    3. AdWords specialists know the best way to organize your campaign to make the most of your investment and save you money. They can also set up your Google AdWords account and payment information.
    4. They know how to optimize AdWords results and understand AdRank, quality scores, landing page quality and click through rates and understand how they affect your AdWords campaigns.
    5. They can help you select the best Google Display Network and search sites to display your ads.
    6. They recognize the importance of testing and tweaking your AdWords campaign to make sure you get the most from your campaign(s).
    7. A certified Google AdWords management specialist will help you design a campaign that results in high relevancy and quality scores.
    8. They can teach you how to understand the monthly reports so you do not have to rely on someone else to do it for you.
  8. Using Google AdWords in Conjunction with SEO

    While Google AdWords can be a great tool to build your business, this is only the case if you know how to use it. One such way is by using Google AdWords in conjunction with your SEO. After all, with SEO being one of the contributing factors to your website’s search engine ranking and the potential for Google AdWords to promote your site, using these elements together makes sense (as well as cents!)