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Google My Business – Local SEO Strategies for Small Businesses

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If you have a website or business on the internet, you are likely thrilled with any search traffic and rankings you might receive. However, if you are a local-based business, it’s all about ranking for keywords that are relevant to your location or specifically about your business.

In most cases, local businesses won’t really understand the metrics of SEO or how to improve their rankings in the search results. More often than not, they will simply be happy if they are appearing at the top of Google for their brand name, and also have a Google Business Listing with their hours, location and business details.

This is ideal… but there are definitely more opportunities for traffic, growth, and improvement — especially when you start considering online traffic and content options with geo-targeted traffic.

Google My Business is a great place for local businesses to start with their online journey, but it’s definitely not the beginning and end. Implement these three components into your content creation and marketing efforts to get even more out of your local business listings in Google.

Start a Website or Blog for Your Local Business

Most small businesses and local retail locations should already have an online website or blog, but many still don’t. Unfortunately, way too many businesses think that a listing in Google Local or Yelp is going to represent them well online — however, this isn’t the case at all. Instead, it could actually be hurting them in the long run.

Without an official website for your business, there is no way for your audience and customers to really get in direct contact with you. Any information that might be found on other websites or local directories might also not be updated or accurate. At the same time, without a website of your own, you are letting customers leave reviews on other websites that you have no control over.

With a site of your own, you are always in control over what people see, find and discover about your business. This is also a great way to make a better first impression (through a nice website, pictures and company info). Once the connection has been made, you can then showcase your best customer feedback and ratings that appear within your Google My Business page.

Wouldn’t you rather be sending people directly to your own website when they search for your brand online, versus sending them to another third party website? You should.

Take Advantage of Facebook Advertising

There are currently over 1.8 billion users on Facebook. While the social network has worldwide exposure, it’s also done wonders for localized businesses and brands in the process.

Through the use of both Facebook Page and Facebook Advertising, local businesses can reach audiences within their area, while also growing a following at the same time. This is why you commonly see flyers that say “Like Us on Facebook” in your favorite retail locations. It’s a simple, fun and easy way for brands to connect with their audiences, while also allowing them to build a ‘social mailing list’ in the process.

Advanced local businesses and brands can also take advantage of the demographic and geo-targeting options that are available through Facebook Ads. The same can be said for ‘custom audience’ targeting options, which allows site owners to display ads through Facebook based on visitors to a website or emails on a mailing list.

Keeping with the theme of how to maintain a great online presence and building up your Google My Business profile, Facebook Pages and marketing can also be a great way to lead people to your local search listings where users can leave ratings and reviews of your own. Since your audience is already following you on Facebook, there is a good chance their review and rating would be positive.

Focus on Local SEO, Content Creation and Competitors

The third and final tip for improving a local business’ presence online, is to simply know how to rank your site in Google. As mentioned, it’s not hard to claim your Google My Business listing in Google… but that doesn’t mean you are going to listed at the top of the search rankings for generic search phrases like ‘car repair’, ‘food services’ or ‘pizza’ in your area, even if the geo-location settings are turned on for results. To improve your rankings you need to understand how to do each of the following;

  • Rank for Local Keywords – Ranking in Google is a science. If you don’t already know the basics of SEO, you can follow them here. In short, you need to create valuable content for your website and gain backlinks to your site. Those are the two most simple and straight to the point methods for explaining how rankings work in Google. The same thing goes for Google Local rankings as well… the more content and rankings back to them, the more likely they are to rank higher.
  • Create Local-Based Content – A listing in Google is great for your business, but there is a lot more opportunity if you are willing to put in the time, work and effort. For example, think about the many different things your potential customers might be searching for in Google (besides your company name). Ratings, locations, coupons, how to’s, local events… you name it, all of it can be used for potential content ideas you can create through your own site.
  • Know Your Competitors – As a local business, your competition is everything. If they have a bigger store, better advertisements and higher search rankings… you need to know! Tools like SEMRush and Google Alerts will allow you to keep an eye on the competition, both through search ranking movements and any new content appearing in Google your competition might be ranking for.

Another method that has worked for various businesses to help improve the look and activity of their sites, is to send geo targeted traffic to their sites. This type of traffic marketing will help with Alexa and SimilarWeb rankings. While these aren’t key components to SEO or determining how successful or big a site might be, they are metrics that brands and businesses do keep an eye on. Also, depending on the size of your business, this type of paid traffic can also bring in new audiences and customer to your website (and even local business as well).

Claim Your Google My Business Page, then Build Out Your Own Site

I’m all for having a Google My Business page for your local business, but don’t rely on that for everything. I always tell my audience the same thing — you want to own your own content! This is why it’s so important to have your own domain name and web hosting, versus starting a website on Blogger.com or WordPress.com. At the same time, you don’t want to have 100,000 fans on your Facebook page and not leading them to join your own mailing list of visiting a site you actually own.

No matter how much of your business is coming from local residents in your area, your online presence is of the utmost importance. Follow these Google My Business and local SEO marketing tips to stay ahead of the competition.

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Vape Advertising 101: How to Effectively Market Your Vape Shop Online

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If you have a store, you know that advertising online is not only the way of the future, its a necessity. When looking for additional ways to show off your vape shop, this is one of the best methods to get it in front of the eyes of millions.

But how can you make vape advertising work for you? What’s the best way to drive customers to your store in a manner that’s natural, allows them to find you easily, and makes promoting your products simple?

Check out the best methods for vape marketing and how you can propel your business to the next level. Get ready to learn more.

Use SEO to Help Your Website and Blog Blow Up

Any business these days needs a website and blog. Your vape business is no exception since it’s likely that folks are looking for you no matter where they are.

Someone from out of town looking for a vape store they can get to while passing through or visiting your store’s area naturally searches for a local connection. This is where you need to take advantage of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization.

SEO involves placing keywords within your blog and website that customers naturally search for.

This can include:

  • Basic vaping terms
  • Specific brands of vape liquids
  • A vape store and your city, state and/or zip code

Take advantage of both regular and potential customers looking for items and products you sell, and make SEO part of your online marketing plan.

Use your website to focus on locations and general terms that vapers look for. With your blog, talk about new products or trends, and focus on keywords that folks search for.

Thanks to a combination of these two methods, you’re sure to get an increase in searches and sales alike.

See How Social Media Can Offer Free to Low-Cost Vape Advertising

One of the best things about using social media for vape shop advertising is the fact that everyone uses it. A social media marketing plan helps people see what’s going on and gives them a visual to work with.

When folks see pictures of the shop, your products, or anything else you want to share, they’ll feel connected even if they aren’t in your store. This can help you build an audience both near and far who can’t wait to visit or order from you.

Some of the most popular social media outlets include:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Pinterest

Another benefit of social media, particularly Facebook, is the fact that you can offer this as another form of customer service. Folks can message you through your Facebook business page rather than making a phone call or waiting for a response via email.

It’s a useful way to stay ahead and keep up with customer service trends in the 21st century. If your company doesn’t have one, it’s time to start a plan today.

Where to Start Looking for Local Smoke Shops and Vape eTailers Online

When it comes to finding local smoke shops and locations to buy vape products, people are going to start their search on the internet. Sifting through Google to individually find websites and retailers is a good idea, but it’s not very effective and will likely end up cost you a lot more time.

Another option is to look around for online smoke shop directories like CBD Hemp Finder. This site currently has more than 4,000 different locations in the United States, and is adding new locations all of the time. For any established vape retailers or locations, they also offer free and premium directory listings.

There are plenty of other online resources and directories like the one mentioned above, it’s simply a matter of taking the time to look around for the best one.

Even just going to Google and typing in “vape shops” will provide you with more than enough resources and relevant searches to dive even deeper. Here are a few that we are seeing most often:

Searches related to vape shops

  • vape shop near me
  • best online vape store 2018
  • best online vape store reddit
  • gorilla vapes
  • best online vape store 2018 reddit
  • good guy vapes

Think Of Online Videos or Live Sessions As Commercials That Can Spread The Word

Sure, commercials sound like a good idea, but they’re expensive. Instead, try making a more personal connection with your customer base by reaching out through video.

YouTube and Facebook Live are two of the most popular outlets when it comes to connecting.

YouTube makes it possible to create your own channel, where folks can subscribe and get updates about what’s going on in your shop. If you’d rather make content on your own time, this is a useful and easy way to get the job done.

The best videos on YouTube for vaping, are the ones that actually provide value and do thorough reviews on different products they sell. I’m actually surprised more smoke shops aren’t doing this… as most of them are experts in their field and are missing out on massive branding and exposure.

Facebook Live means that anyone with a Facebook account can jump on and watch, or even interact with you. Because the Live sessions are personal, many people feel a connection and look forward to them. It’s even possible to get updates when a specific channel is about to go live.

If you want to boost sales, meet and interact with your customers, and get new ideas for vape marketing, this is one alternative you shouldn’t go without. No matter which channel you pick to broadcast on, you’re sure to pick up new fans along the way.

Find Out How to Get In Touch With Industry Websites

Making connections in any industry is important. If you’re new to the industry or have never tried outreach, find out about who else would let you advertise on their website and how you could benefit. A great way to kick things off, is to take a look at the various vape affiliate programs that are currently listed in our affiliate marketing directory. Not only can you look up different programs to promote, it will also give you some new content creation and marketing ideas, while also giving you a list of sites that you can reverse engineer and start reaching out to.

Consider outreach in the form of:

  • Someone else writing a positive blog on your company
  • Running your ads on their website
  • Featuring you on social media

There are several different ways to cultivate relationships and encourage others in the vaping community to work with you. In the case of social media or blogging, you don’t usually need to pay, but when it comes to ads, you’ll spend some money.

Either way, this is helpful when developing connections. Consider it similar to affiliate marketing, with a little bit of a twist.

Your Niche. Your Marketing.

If you’ve given consideration to vape advertising, you might not be aware of all the different ways you can promote your shop and connect with others. It all comes down to making the most of your resources and tracking where you generate the most interest. Take a look at what the competition is doing, then figure out how to do it even better, and also localize and target your audience as best as possible.

You should make sure your business is accessible to anyone who needs it online just as you would in real life. This is where YouTube videos and reviews work best. These users are already in buying mode, and just need that extra push.

If you’re looking for other ways to make your business better and promote, we’re here to help. Check out our blog on how you can boost sales and ensure your end-of-year goes out with a bang.

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Top 8 Totally Electrifying Electrician Marketing Tips for 2019

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You’ve probably taken certain cues when it comes to the marketing of your business. As a business owner, you make have taken a few marketing classes or have ideas about how a business should be marketed. For most online marketers and bloggers, they’ve become experts at what they do… because it’s what they do!

When you run a business offline, or even one that doesn’t relate to marketing, it can be a completely different world.

For example, electrician marketing can be tricky. Most of the services that are offered are similar or the same from one electrician to the next. This leaves you having to go to further lengths to get your name out there.

We’ve compiled 8 tips to help take your marketing strategy to the next level. Keep reading for more information!

Manage Online Reputation

Most businesses and homeowners don’t have an everyday need for an electrician. In fact, many people can go for years without having to call.

This means that they will be searching for your business online. It is imperative that your business is found easily and that it has positive reviews.

It is impossible to make everyone happy and sometimes there are those customers who are never satisfied. Respond to negative reviews quickly and politely while trying to make things right.

Seeming sympathetic to a customer’s complaint will go a long way in recovering their business as well as future customers’.

For more useful tips and guidance on how to improve your online reputation or to have better control over what appears in the search results when someone searches for your name or business, click here for our 97 tips to better reputation management.

Easy-to-Navigate Website

Isn’t it annoying when you click on someone’s website only to realize it is almost impossible to navigate? Don’t be that company.

Your website should have your services listed, contact information, as well as the ability to book an appointment.

Sometimes hiring a company to design your website is the best option. It’s usually well worth the money to ensure your digital presence is a user-friendly one.

You may feel that an ‘out of the box’ design is hard to come by, but there are actually companies that cater to online electrician marketing — see more here.

Social Media

It is not good enough to just have a website and a phone number. People search for electricians, plumbers, and handymen on social media all the time.

Actually, there are features that allow a user to ask for recommendations and allow commenters to tag their favorite company. Of course, a happy customer can write your name, but if the potential customer is asking social media for their thoughts, why shouldn’t you be linked?

Having social media accounts does mean one more source of reviews. Hopefully, you see far more positive than negative ones; but social media reviews, especially negative ones, still need to be responded to quickly.

Partner With Other Businesses

Partnering with other businesses doesn’t mean forming a legal partnership. This just means that other contractors have to outsource business from time to time.

Sometimes a roofer or a plumber will run across jobs that they can’t complete by themselves.

Typically, they will recommend the customer hire a certain electrician. That recommendation could gain your business a customer for life!

This is a give and take relationship. When you run across a certain job that is out of the scope of your business, those other contractors will appreciate the recommendation from you.

Find Your Competitive Edge

Some electricians specialize in rewiring old homes while some may specialize in construction.

Maybe you do a little bit of everything and can do so efficiently, costing your customers less money.

When there are new techniques to your job, learn them to make you stand out.

This electrician marketing tip doesn’t just benefit you, but your potential customers. It is about investing in your skills and abilities to allow your competitive edge to grow.

Skilled Customer Service Representatives

If your electrician company is small, you may not have the funds to hire a full-time secretary or answering service. This leaves the phone answering to you.

Whoever’s responsibility it is to answer calls must be professional, kind, and courteous. This is a skill that has faded over the past few years but is much appreciated.

A rude customer service representative can cost you business. If you, the answering service, or secretary is rude, that customer can be lost to another, more friendly business.

Be Active in the Community

Although it is great to be active in the online community, people still appreciate the real-life touch. Being active in the community can mean appearing on the local news talking about the latest, greatest wiring technique.

It can also mean sponsoring a little league team. This form of marketing is always appreciated by the team and it gets your name out there (on the jersey, posters, etc.). And, it can allow you to meet plenty of potential customers.

This doesn’t mean you have to have children on the team or attend every game. It usually is as simple as filling out a form and sending a check.

Bonus points if your company throws an end-of-season pizza party. (Hint: this can give you the opportunity to pass out business cards to parents)

Electrician Marketing and the 80/20 Rule

So far we’ve talked about electrician marketing and gaining new customers. As a business owner, you should be familiar with the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule.

This rule basically states that 80 percent of your business is from 20 percent of your customers.

Once you’ve learned this rule, it is important to know how to apply it. Applying it can mean following up with customers after a job is completed, calling them once per year to touch base, or sending a quick holiday card.

None of these have to be complicated, especially if you keep a customer database. This simple marketing move can allow you to forge lasting relationships with people that will continue to tell their friends.

Best Practices for Electrician Marketing

Traditional marketing ideas are great and still work for certain customer bases. However, knowing how to navigate social media, the internet, and the need for customer service can benefit you as much, if not more than those tactics.

The one type of marketing or advertising that your business cannot do without, and you can’t buy is word of mouth. Positive word of mouth will help sell your company far more than any other marketing venture.

Electrician marketing can be tough, and acquiring that word of mouth is difficult. This is why you have to have a strong strategy, to begin with. If you’d like more information on marketing or how to outsource SEO for your brand or business, contact us today!

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5 Working Methods to Drive Massive Traffic to Your Website in 2018

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Traffic is something we all need. No matter what type of business or brand you run, there is an endless supply of traffic floating around the internet, yet there is also never enough. At the same time, not all traffic is the same, and some sources will work differently for different sites and ad campaigns.

The main reason why we all want more site traffic, is that it usually results in more customers and leads, which means more money. It’s no secret that the internet is a crowded place, so your business needs to be strategic in order to get the customers you want on your site. It’s not enough to simply create a website and hope the right people will stumble onto it.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, keep reading to learn more about how to drive traffic to your website.

Five Ways to Drive Traffic Today

Driving organic traffic might seem difficult, but there are a few things you can do right now that will help. The key with driving traffic is to stay consistent, and don’t expect results overnight. Here are five things you can do right now to bring in big traffic to your website:

1. Start email marketing

Email marketing is one of the easiest ways to drive traffic to your website. Start building your email list, and use an online email marketing tool like OptinMonster or Aweber to send out relevant information to your customer base. For even better results, set up a newsletter that also has a follow-up autoresponder series built in.

The thing about email marketing and list generation is, the earlier you get started, the better the results you will see. Even if you don’t have hundreds of visitors to your site at the moment, you could be picking up a few new subscribers daily.

Remember, everything on the internet is 24/7/365. So you if starting a new site and getting three new signups to your mailing list per day, that’s over 1,000 sign ups per year! If you wait until you have a lot of traffic going to your site, you could be missing out on a ton of subscribers and more traffic to your site.

2. Use social media effectively

If you’re looking to drive traffic, it’s not enough to just post on your social media accounts and then forget about them. If you’re strategic about how you use social media, you can really drive traffic to your site. At the same time, it’s also important to know what social platforms your audience is on, while also making sure you have exposure on each.

Personally, I like to focus my efforts on Twitter and Facebook — as those are the two social platforms I enjoy the most.

When creating your social profiles and accounts, be sure to include a website link. Google loves to rank social content and these links can also pass link juice back to your main site — to help ot rank even better. This is something I also recommend to everyone to better protect their name online, and even secure the whole first page of the search results for their name.

Additionally, make sure you’re using appropriate hashtags in order to broaden your audience. This will drive new traffic to your site, not just your current followers.

3. Use SEO tricks

In order to drive traffic, you need to make sure your website ranks high up in search engine results. To do this, you need to be getting high-quality links from other websites or blog. As often as people will say “just create great content”, it really doesn’t work that way anymore. You need to actually create great content, and then know how to promote the heck out of it.

Once you have this in place and have secured some solid backlinks and social shares, then you might be able to rely on Google and ranking for some quality search terms. Another key tip here is to create long-form content with more than 2,000-words per articles, and also going after longtail keywords.

Make sure you use keywords throughout your site. Keywords are things that customers search in a search engine. The more keyword matches you have on your site, the more relevant Google will think your site is. Also be sure to mix things up with H1, H2, H3 tags and using custom images and reliable data sources within your content as well.

4. Build links on other sites

As we mentioned in the previous point, getting external links on other sites is a great way to drive traffic back to your website. This might sound complicated, but there are many different ways you can do this. If you’re a small business, make sure your store or office is listed in online directories or other sites that locals might browse for reviews or information.

Here are some of the best ways to accomplish this, while also getting creative as well:

  • Design a custom infographic on industry stats or reports
  • Interview other experts within your industry
  • Throw together an expert roundup
  • Take part in expert roundups on other sites
  • Outsource the content promotion and outreach process
  • Invest some time and effort into 404 broken link building

Many of these methods work extremely well, simply because they are time-consuming and not something most people want to do. They do take a lot of time and effort.

Another way to build links is to guest post on other sites. There are a lot of websites out there that are always looking for content and will offer you a link to your website in return. Check out this article for some places that accept guest posts.

5. Turn to a professional

When you are awesome at what you do, and you have a service to offer, sometimes it’s better to just outsource the SEO and link building process to the experts. In fact, this is the whole reason why the SEO and online marketing niche is massive multi-billion dollar industry.

Content creation, promotion, and SEO all take time, effort, monitoring and expertise.

If you’re still struggling to get decent traffic to your website, it might be time to invest in professional help. For example, if you own a chain of businesses, you could invest in a franchise SEO expert to drive traffic to your websites. A small investment ahead of time on professional services can lead to massive revenue.

No matter what industry you might be working in, it’s best to find an SEO agency that is specific to that niche. “Jack of All Trades” SEO agencies might be ok, but wouldn’t you want an expert within your own niche to promote your business? Of course you would.

SEO and Online Marketing: Ready to Learn More?

The best way to master digital marketing and drive traffic to your website is to stay up-to-date with the latest trends.

Check out the rest of our articles on more SEO tips, digital marketing, also also my brand new affiliate marketing directory.

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