How to Get Google To Notice You

Well there have been a lot of questions from friends of mine on how to get a lot more attention drawn to them when they have a website that is maybe not as popular or ranking as well as you might want.  That can be a very hard thing to figure out. Also it can seem a little overwhelming as well. You probably know that there are a lot of SEO Guru’s that might say they know the exact way to game the system and get you ranked faster and all of that.

If they say that they are going to get you ranked faster, or that they can guarantee that you will be listed on the top of Google’s search, then you need to run away. It’s a red flag that not many consider or think about.  There really is no way that you can guarantee that you will be at the top of the rankings, unless you are going for a PPC campaign which is going to cost you a lot of money.

Recently Google has started to release videos from their webmaster center and gave some great tips that I try and tell my clients all the time. Here is the video:

See? Even Google is telling you that you should not try and rank for the search engines, what you want to do is make it engaging for the people that are coming to your site. Make it interesting for them, and you are going to rank well. The more people are working towards appealing to their customers the better you are going to be in the listings.  Also you need to keep a blog. Bringing in fresh new content is going to help rank you so much more than just having links built to your site.

It is what I am trying to do here on my site, and I know that it is going to slowly bring more potential clients to my site to learn more about SEO and how to get better rankings and increase their sales.

As always if you have questions please let me know down in the comments. I am happy to help in anyway that I can and also to give you more information on how to have a good SEO campaign. Thanks guys!

Isagenix Cleanse is over

So my cleanse is over. It was really hard at the end, and I think that it takes a lot of willpower for people to stick to this cleanse.  I know that I am a foodie, and really love to eat food, try different foods, and eat different things all the time, and for me this was not easy.  Especially the cleanse days. Those days you just have water to drink and then take the cleanse powder, or drink 4 times within that day. You also do that two days in a row. So for two days basically you don’t eat anything at all.  It is not easy…..and I’ll be honest, I almost caved and had something to eat because I just was so hungry.

I did it though, and if you really want to make a difference in your weight this might be the route to go.  Also I did find it interesting that the protein shake that Isagenix offers is about the same as the protein shake that I had been taken previously which only cost me about 20 bucks or so and lasted me two weeks.  So for those that may think that Isagenix is going to be too expensive for them, you might want to go for a different protein shake and then still you can take the Isacleanse powder.

All in all I believe that I lost about 8 lbs or so, and I know that half of those pounds was more than likely water weight, but there is a difference that I have noticed with the pants that I’m wearing and I do have more energy. There was benefit from this, but is probably not going to be something that I will do again. I think what I want to do instead is to work more on eating healthier, drinking more water, and also working towards exercising more. I know that weight training is something that I want to get back in to again. All in all the best and most productive way to get better weight loss and to get toned is to eat healthier and work out. It’s as simple as that. That is what is going to make the most difference.

If you are still interested in Isagenix or wanting to learn more let me know. I don’t know a ton but have others who are huge fans of the cleanse. It can be a good kick starter for you. For sure something at least worth looking into.

Scheduled posting on Facebook

A lot of my clients are building Facebook pages, and that is really a need these days. Social media integration is something that all businesses need to consider if they are wanting to increase trust and presence on and offline. So that is me basically saying if you haven’t started a Facebook page, and a Google + page then you better get on it!

So one of the features that has been frustrating for some, is the lack of being able to schedule posts onto a Facebook page, and not have to stress about it.  This feature is why Hootsuite has been so successful, and other programs like it.  If you haven’t heard of this tool before let me give you a quick rundown.

Hootsuite is a tool that allows you to connect all of your social media accounts into one place.  You can then schedule out various posts and status updates within their system and these updates will then be posted automatically for you.  You can also post images and video which makes your posts more engaging and interesting.  Cool eh? One other nice thing is if you are a single entity their basic account is free! So head over to their site and check them out if you are interested.

Now, one thing though that is interesting is that in the last few weeks Facebook has rolled out this feature within your page itself! Which can be very handy if you are in a rush, or are not wanting to mess with some other program like Hootsuite that you just don’t have time for.  So now, what is great is how you can post updates weeks in advance, or in the past, to keep your fans updated on what kinds of things are going on in your company, etc.

It’s fairly simple to use as you can see in this picture:

Simple eh? I know! It’s great! and gets me excited! As always let me know if you have questions or thoughts. They are always appreciated!

Google Maps is now Google + Local

So what happened? Why would my Google Places/Maps not be showing up? What exactly is going on here?

Well Google has gone and done it again. They have started the process of migrating the Google Maps/Places over to Google + Local profile pages. This is a really exciting change and something that has been speculated within the Local SEO industry for the past year or so since Google + was first introduced. It to me is really interesting and at first I was a little scared to see this happen, but it is exciting to see that this is going to start getting more people to use Google +, and be more engaged in local businesses that they associate with. In a small way it is Google’s attempt to force you to use their social network, but in all reality though, it is a great platform where your property can be discussed and will increase your reach within Google’s network. Here is the official post that is from the Google Blog: “Finding the best places to go is an essential part of our lives, as are the people and resources that help us make those decisions. In fact, the opinions of friends, family or other trusted sources are often the first we seek when looking for the perfect restaurant for date night or the cafe that makes the best latte ever. Today, we’re rolling out Google+ Local, a simple way to discover and share local information featuring Zagat scores and recommendations from people you trust in Google+. Google+ Local helps people like my husband turn a craving—“Wow, I need brunch”—into an afternoon outing: “Perfect, there’s a dim sum place with great reviews just two blocks from here. Let’s go.” It’s integrated into Search, Maps and mobile and available as a new tab in Google+—creating one simple experience across Google.

Local information integrated across Google From the new “Local” tab on the left-hand side of Google+, you can search for specific places or browse for ones that fit your mood. If you click on a restaurant, or a museum (or whatever), you’ll be taken to a local Google+ page that includes photos, Zagat scores and summaries, reviews from people you know, and other useful information like address and opening hours. Google+ Local is also integrated across other products you already use every day. If you’re looking for a place on Search or Maps, you get the same great local information there too. You can also take it on the go with Google Maps for mobile on your Android device, and soon on iOS devices……..”

The blog post continues by describing how Zagat’s (which was purchased by Google last fall) rating system will be implemented for all properties. This is the breakdown of the rating scale:

Each individual user rating will be a 0 to 3 scale

3 Excellent

2 Very Good

1 Good

0 Poor to Fair

Google will then take these ratings and times them by 10 to get an average score

26-30 Extraordinary to Perfection

21-25 Very Good to Excellent

16-20 Good to Very Good

10-15 Fair to Good

0-9 Poor to Fair.

Then you and you’re friends reviews will actually be implemented into your search results, as you can see here in this video:

So this is what business owners should expect as far as ratings go when they are looking at their Google + Local pages.  Also customers can post their reviews on these pages to go along with their rating. Once that has been in place,  you as the owner can post your thoughts and respond to those reviews; if they are negative or feel that there is a need to have them addressed. In the end Google expects things to end up like this:

It is a very exciting change and something that businesses needs to get on top of. Take a look at your local listing and make sure you have it connected to your Google + page. If you don’t have one, please build one! I would be happy to get this taken care of for you. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this new update in the comments below.

PS, this is a little more in-depth compared to the post I originally wrote on Property Solution’s Blog which can be found here