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Posts Tagged ‘SEO’

Top 3 Google Ranking Factors for 2017

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

photographer online searchI read an interview with Miriam Ellis, an expert in Google search & SEO at Moz.com. Although she says there are many factors that determine where your website page will show up in Google searches, she had 3 recommendations that local businesses should focus on in 2017.

1. Reviews are Critical. According to Ellis, surveys indicate that 91 percent of consumers now read online reviews and that 84 percent of people trust online sentiment as much as they do personal word-of-mouth recommendations. It is important not only to grow your studio’s local reputation on social media, but you have to respond quickly and expertly to both praise and blame.

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Use Image Search to Help You Rank on Google

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

photographer online searchOne of the least-used, easiest ways for photographers to improve their presence on Google is to add keywords into their image names on their website.

Consider this: According to Jumpshot, after analyzing millions of online searches in the US, they found that about a third of all searches on Google used the Image Search tools.
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Moving your Studio Online

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

moving photographic studioMoving a studio online is hard. Moving to a new location, changing the studio name, or even changing your website URL are all considered “moving your studio” according to Google.

The problem is that there are hundreds of places your old studio name is listed online: Google, Google Maps, Bing, Yahoo, Yelp, and MapQuest just to name a few. When your listings don’t match in these places, 2 things happen. First, potential clients may see your old location and get confused, and second, Google ranks your page higher when your name, address and phone (NAP) are consistent across the Internet (read more about NAP here).

If you change your studio name, address, or phone number, you need to make a plan to update your information online. I recently helped a friend move their business, and here is the plan I followed:

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SEO Trends for Professional Photographers in 2015

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

SEO for photographers

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important because the majority of your potential clients will search for professional photographers on the internet before they call.

SEO is the process of affecting the visibility of your website in a search engine’s un-paid (“organic”) search results. Essentially, it is content you add online to:

1. Make your studio’s website visible to search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo
2. Make your studio’s website display higher in the search results

It makes sense. First, search engines have to find you, and second, they have to think your site is important enough to display higher on the page than your competition for the same search keywords.

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NAP Critical for Photographic Studio Google Search Placement

Monday, September 8th, 2014

photographer online searchIf you’re not familiar with the term NAP, you’re not alone. NAP stands for “Name, Address, Phone.” Having a consistent NAP is critical for  search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing if you want your photographic studio to be found online.

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Free Google Blogger Makes it Easy to Market Your Studio

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

blogger for photographerQuestion: What does BLOG stand for?

Answer: Better Listing On Google.

This old joke has a lot of truth in it: online marketers have known for years that an active blog will improve your website’s page rank, with can get it listed higher on Google. While the reasons are technical, the bottom line for a studio owner is that they can improve their online marketing by having a blog.

To make this easy for anyone, Google includes the free Blogger software with your Google+ account. Log into Google, and click the little grid tool in the upper right corner of your screen. Now find the Blogger logo, and click this to start your blog. (more…)

Use This Trick to Get to the First Page of Google in Your Town

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

smart-phoneGoogle places high priority on Local Search, especially for smart phone searches. This means that if you are in Niles, Michigan searching for a photographer, Google will give extra credit to photographers located in Niles, Michigan. Google’s assumption is that, all things being equal, you’d like to find photographers close by.

How can you use this to your advantage?

For non-competitive phrases like “photographer in Niles, MI” you may be able to get on the first page of Google simply by adding your town to your home page’s title tag. (more…)

Social Media Checklist for Photographers – 2016

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

SEO checklist for photographersWhen you’re working on social media – newsletters, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn – there are several best practices you should know. We’ve scoured the Internet and listed them all here for your convenience. Bookmark this article, and you’ll refer back to it often.

Email/Newsletters
• Ideal length of an email or article headline – 6 words, or under 50 characters
• Best day to send: Friday to businesses, Sunday to consumers
• Best time of day to send: 11am to business, 8pm to consumers
• Best schedule: Monthly

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Google+ Local vs. Google Places: What you need to know.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

google_logoOne of the most important – and least publicized – changes Google has made In the last few years is their move from Google Places for Business to Google+ Local.

Understanding the move and how it affects your place in Google search is important for your studio.

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3 Critical Steps to Success on Google in 2014

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

smart-phoneLike most small businesses, you want potential clients to find you on the web. You already know that most of them will start looking for you on Google, and that 95% of Google searchers only click businesses on the first page. In other words, the first page of Google is the place you want to be.

But here’s something you may not know: in the next few weeks, we’re going to reach a tipping point. More Google searches will take place on a smart phone or tablet than on a desktop PC or laptop.

What does this mean for you in 2014?

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