10 Reasons Not to Use Videos or Image Sliders on Your Website Home Page

If you have an older website with an image slider on the top of your home page, or if you’re considering a new website design, here are 10 reasons you should not add an image slider, image carousel or a video to your home page.

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Google Penalizing HTTP Websites as “not secure”

Beginning in October, the Google Chrome browser will begin informing your clients their data is “not secure” on any pages that have forms or login fields. This is part of Google’s long-term plan to mark all websites that still use the old HTTP protocol as “not secure.”

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Check out Google’s New Post Feature

Google has introduced a new feature that can help photographers catch customers’ attention. You can post special events, promotions and more on your Google My Business (GMB) listing when people search for you on Google.

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Top 3 Google Ranking Factors for 2017

photographer online searchI read an interview with Miriam Ellis, an expert in Google search & SEO at 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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See Your Customer’s Google Search for your Studio

Have you ever wondered if potential clients are finding you on the first page of Google? Here’s a simple way to find out.

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Different kinds of photography on the same website

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It’s common for professional photographers to offer more than one kind of photography. For example, wedding photographers will also offer family or senior portraits.

The challenge is, how do you show more than one kind of photography on the same website home page? Potential brides don’t want to see photos of kids any more than high school seniors want to see images of old people.

Here are 4 examples of website home pages that attempt to solve this problem. Think about where your website is on the list, and what you could do to improve it.

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5 Tips for Improving your Website’s About Page

photographer-about-pageI was looking at the “About” page on a photographer’s website the other day. Every website has an About page, and this was like many of the others I’ve read before.

Nothing was wrong with the page – it just felt like I was reading a resume: A list of awards, past accomplishments, and a sentence at the end describing how successful their studio is today.

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Why Buying Links is Bad for Your Business

google_logoProfessional photographers wear 2 hats: they not only do photography, but are also local business owners who need to market their business. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who prey on photographers, hoping that while they might know their way around a camera, they are less knowledgeable when it comes to marketing.

One of the worst mistakes you can make is to work with someone who offers to sell you links – also called backlinks –  to your website. You should avoid them at all costs.

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How to Get on the First Page of Google

google_logoWhen potential clients search Google for photographers, the first thing they see is a map of the studios closest to them. Getting on this map can dramatically improve your chances for a client to find your website.

You may be curious why some studios come up on the first page map – and some do not. It seems like a mystery. What did those other photographers do that you aren’t doing? What could you be doing differently?

While no one can guarantee you a front page position, Google does give guidelines on how to increase your chances of being on the first page. According to Google, their Maps search results are based primarily on relevance, distance, and prominence. These factors are combined to help Google find the best match for search results. For example, while a studio that is closer to the client should be higher on the first page, their search technology might decide that even though a studio is farther away, it is more likely to have what the client is looking for!

Here’s more detail on what relevance, distance, and prominence mean, along with some ideas to help improve your website for each.

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Add Website Photography to Your Commercial Photography Services

northgate-building-afterIf you offer commercial photography, you probably show one or more services in the portfolios on your website:

• Headshots
• Interior/exterior photography
• Product photography

It makes sense. At some point, every business will need these services, especially when they need to update their website.

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