Is SEO A DIY Project?

  • By Cynthia Mitchell
  • 18 Dec, 2015

You Can Try To Manage Your Own SEO... But We Don't Recommend It!

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So you know how to sew, but do you give yourself stitches? Probably not, right? In many cases, there are some things you can do on your own depending on your knowledge base and skillset, but if you are serious about optimizing your site and continuously ranking well then using professional SEO services is your best option. Actively working with a professional and staying engaged in the efforts will mostly likely give you optimal results. Your time is usually much better utilized by managing your business and not your SEO. Here are a few things you want to keep in my when it comes to doing SEO right:

1. Make sure you are using an SEO consultant that uses “white hat” methods. Ask your SEO consultant specifics on techniques, current client results and transparency of services rendered. If you are penalized by a search engine for them using less than acceptable techniques, that can be difficult to come back from.

2. Staying up-to-date with industry standards is crucial.   Google constantly updates it’s SEO algorithms so they should also be keeping up with those type of industry changes as well.

3. Stay focused on long-term success.   Never compromise when it comes to doing things the right way, even if it is the hard way or the long way.  You want to always keep Google’s ultimate goal in mind: to stay the number one search engine by serving up the best search engine results. So make sure your website is accurate, content rich, user friendly, up to date and mobile friendly and modernized. Having a truly “quality” website is your best SEO ally!

Web Design, SEO & Social Media How-To's, Helpful Tips and Discounts

By Cynthia Mitchell 18 May, 2017
Cyber security and the growing threats online seem to be mounting by the minute. Protecting your website, computers, data, business and clients is becoming more and more challenging. Still, you can't ignore the issue and leave your business at risk. Here are 4 tips to help you secure your website and computers:

This will enable https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Data becomes encrypted and the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This will help visitors feel safer and reduce your risk and liability. It will also help your SEO.

Hackers are everywhere. Even well secured sites may fall victim to hacking. Keep a full back up of your website both on your computer and on an external drive. Complete full website backups regularly.

How often are you changing your passwords? Are you sharing sensitive passwords with staff? Are your passwords written down in your office? You need to have complex passwords that are changed regularly for you website, hosting, email, social media, etc. Don't ever share this information unless absolutely necessary. 

Outdated software on your computer can leave you vulnerable. New security patches and fixes are often included in software updates. Be sure all the programs running on your computer are always up to date.

By Cynthia Mitchell 05 May, 2017
So How Does This Work?

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1. Forward this link to at least 5 people.

2. CC (carbon copy) us on the emails you forward (address the carbon copy to

3. Look for an email from us with your $50 credit and confirmation that you have been entered to win.

4. Look for the announcement of the winner on Mother's Day (it will be announced via email and it will be posted on our website).

By Cynthia Mitchell 15 Dec, 2016
The New Year brings so much change, excitement and reflection. It's a great time to review and evaluate your online marketing and website as well. Sometimes even small changes can make a BIG IMPACT. Here are 3 website musts for 2017:

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES: Stay up to day with social media trends. New social media sites present themselves all the time. It's important to take advantage of them when there is an opportunity to reach your target market. Expand beyond the standard Facebook & Twitter. You may want to consider Pinterest, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat and local social sites as additions to your social media marketing strategy. 

RESPONSIVE & MOBILE-FRIENDLY: If your site is not responsive and does not create a mobile friendly user experience, it can cost you clients and ranking. Google does often penalize websites that are not mobile friendly and visitors may have a difficult time navigating your website.

SECURITY FEATURES: Be sure your site is secure for both you and your visitors. If you collect any sensitive information on your website, be sure that you add a secure connection to your website. Also, be sure to add CAPTCHA to your online forms to help protect you from spam and bots. If your direct email address is on your website, you may want to consider removing that as well to help prevent spam and email spoofing. 
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