Blogging

Repeat After Me: There Is NO Google Zebra Update

For over a year now, we’ve been seeing a slew of blog posts on the web hyping up a supposed Google Zebra update that is “on the horizon”. This update has been rumored to target everything from social media to ecommerce merchants. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen shares of this topic on…

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Content Strategy: The Role Of Evergreen Content Generation

Content comes in a variety of shapes and forms. It can be short blog posts, long white papers, videos, podcasts, pretty much anything that educates, entertains, or engages. If you build a matrix with one axis the medium, as described above, that’s only half of the equation. The other axis on the matrix addresses subject…

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Guest Blogging: Finding a Taker for Your Guest Post

With all the talk about content marketing these days, guest blogging has become a key driver for link building. If you are new to guest blogging, you are likely struggling to find recipients for your guest posts. We use a very specific process for engaging with potential takers on our guest post requests. Although no…

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WordPress Site Hacked? Start Here.

WordPress is our CMS of choice for most small- to mid-sized businesses. There are a slew of benefits, from putting web content management in the hands of non-technical staff to providing a platform to launch a site in a short timeframe. It does come with some downside, though. When a platform is built and maintained…

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WordPress SEO [Slideshow] from Austin SEO Meetup

Today I conducted a training session for the Austin SEO Meetup Group, at the Flying Saucer in Austin, TX. In preparing for this presentation, I did a lot of research to ensure I was fully up to speed on all of the latest ways to optimize WordPress. That was very fruitful, so much so that…

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Basics of WordPress [Slideshow]

I recently presented a training about the “Basics of WordPress” to the Austin Online Marketing Club. In this lively session, we covered some overarching data about what a CMS is, how WordPress fits into the CMS landscape, and related topics. Then we dove into a hands on tutorial about how to use it, geared toward…

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New Site Live on WP Engine – Just in Time For SXSWi!

Today, I am excited to unveil a brand new website for Return On Now. This redesign has been in the works for some time now, and we are happy to have it live in time for this year’s South By Southwest Interactive Conference (SXSWi). The new site is improved in many ways, several of which…

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Social Media Policy: The Why and How

Social media continues to grow in use and acceptance. Meanwhile, it is becoming more complicated. Let’s look at the rationale for rolling out a social media policy within your company. Social Media Complication Brands are especially impacted by growth. Once companies expand beyond 50 or 100 employees, new problems enter the picture. For example: Social Media for…

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Marketing: Top 5 Free Tools Small Businesses Tend To Ignore

Today we bring you a guest post from Celina Rodger of Dialed-In Local. In this post, she covers some near obvious ways to promote a small business, all of which are often overlooked for various reasons. When it comes to business, one of the most important rules is that you need to spend money to make…

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Content Marketing or Content SPAM?

Content marketing has become every marketer’s favorite topic in the past year. And for good reason. The benefits to your site SEO and overall traffic volume, as well as the fodder for social media sharing and conversations are well documented. It is also rather well known that more frequent generation of content is better. This…

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