Choosing an effective topic for your website.

Narrowing down the competition

When potential clients use search engines to look for information on websites, they will find more website listings (more results) when the clients look for general terms. For example, if they search Google for “doctors”, they will find many, many listings.  If they narrow their search, to look for doctors in New York City (i.e., searching for:   “doctors new york city”) they will find fewer doctors’ websites listed.  And if you are one of those doctors, your opportunity to gain a new client has just improved, because your competition has been reduced.

looking for Mercury head dimesMake your topic more specific to stand out on the web.

The same concept can work for you and your website if you pick a topic for your website that is more specific about the business or product or subject of your website.

For example:
Topics:

  • Coin
  • Pets

Refined Topics:

  • Mercury head dimes
  • Red Cocker Spaniel Puppies

With an effective topic for your website, you reduce the number of competing websites, and you improve your opportunity of gaining new clients.

Are you thinking about launching a website for your small business, or have you launched a website, but you’d like to know if it is doing all it can for your business?  Contact Jax SEO Works! We have the experience in local digital marketing and we can help.

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Better Website Content

If you want people to visit your business website and find out about the products or services that your business provides, you need to have better website content.

Young lady adding content to her website, using her laptop.Better website content than who, you may ask? You need your website to have better website content that the websites of your competition; the other small businesses that you are competing with.

The text and images on your website will decide whether people stay on your website and find out about what you are providing, or “bounce” to another website to see if they find what they are looking for there.

Actually, the search engine robots mainly read the text on your website, they cannot actually read the images on your website. (Search engine robots can read the alternate text titles that you put on the images on your website, so be sure to add them to your images.)

Human visitors to your website can experience all that your website has to offer, the text, the images (and hopefully NOT those annoying popups that block visitors’ screens and they click to close as soon as they can).

For each page of your  website, select a good keyword phrase (a short phrase that you think people may use to search for the product, service, or topic of your web page).  Then be sure to use that short keyword phrase several times in the content on your web page. I say several times because once is not enough, but repeating your selected keyword page more than 3 or 4 times on a web page can be considered to be “keyword stuffing”, and can cause your website to be penalized by some search engines.

Search engine penalties can push your website much lower in search engine results, and sometimes cause your website to not be ranked at all in search results. And we all know that the higher your website ranks in search engine results, the more frequently website visitors we see the content of your website.

Your website content needs to be :

  • interesting
  • very significant to your website’s topic
  • easy to read and understand
  • periodically changed, updated, or refreshed

Are you giving your website visitors the content that brings people to your website, and keeps them coming back, or are you seeing most visitors come to your website and then bounce off to find what they were looking for, somewhere else?


Jax SEO Works can take an objective look as your small business website and give you a short report with any obvious suggestions for improvements. Sometimes we find little, simple fixes can make a big difference. Contact Jax SEO Works to get help with your small business website.


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Food Blogs in Jacksonville Florida

Food blogs can attract a lot of website visitors, because everybody eats, but your interests and the way you develop your blog website determines the type of followers you will have.

Henriettibles logoIf you love to cook, and share your cooking with others, you may create a site like Henriettibles, with scrumptious recipes written with easy to follow directions and a taste of humor. Having fun and cooking good food; a combination that is hard to beat.  New cooking tips and food related information keeps Henriettibles Facebook page followers coming back and visiting the website.

Miz Jackie's Catering and PromotionsAlthough Miz Jackie’s Catering and Promotions doesn’t have a website yet, owner and chef Jacqueline A B Davis keeps followers informed about local events she is catering and shares positive thoughts via posts on her Facebook profile and her Facebook business page. So many people enjoy her catering because Miz Jackie loves cooking quality, good, fresh, and healthy foods with no salt, sugar, or grease, and enjoys making a memorable presentation of her food.

Each of these sites has (or will have) a food blog, but each site is focusing on interests of different website visitors.

What is the focus of your website?  What people do you want to see what you share on your website? Are they young adults, or seniors? Are they mostly women, or mostly men? Do you want young, stay at home Moms to read the content of your website, or are you more interested in communicating with young professionals?  The people you want most to see your website are your “target audience”.

Your website will get more visitors and more returning visitors if your website is focused on your target audience.

Jax SEO Works can help you figure out who is the target audience for your website.  Contact Jax SEO Works to get started improving your website.

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Black Creek Services, Inc. – Small Engine Repair

Black Creek Services, Inc. logoWe helped Jimmy Stockton of Black Creek Services with his website and some marketing listings for his small engine repair business.

Jimmy provides small engine repair service for clients in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, Orange Park. He also helps clients in the Greater Jacksonville area, doing maintenance and repairs in his Middleburg, Florida shop. Black Creek Services offers quality and professional maintenance and repair service for:

  • Walk behind Lawn Mowers
  • Riding Lawn Mowers
  • Lawn Tractors
  • Portable Generators
  • Pressure Washers

a walk behind lawn mower with a small engineWe built and launched the Black Creek Services, Inc. website for Jimmy, and the online business listings have helped improve the visibility of his business on the internet, and marketing updates. He is happy with the results we have achieved for his business.

If you need reliable maintenance or repair for your lawn mower, lawn tractor, pressure washer, or portable generator, just Call Jimmy Stockton at Black Creek Services – 904.449.3986.

And if you need help getting your small business on the internet, Contact Jax SEO Works; we like to help small businesses.

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Focus on Your Best Customers

The Pareto principle or the 80/20 rule should be considered when you are deciding how to focus your business energy. Brad Sugars in his book, “Buying Customers” and Stan Phelps in his “Goldfish books” shared that usually around 20% (more or less, the amount can vary for individual businesses) of your customers bring in most of your profits. These are your best customers.

Goodbye note.Recently we had to say “Goodbye” to the client we had been working with since we started this business. We had enjoyed working with them over the years, but a change in management took the business in a new direction, and we could see continuing was not in our best interest or theirs.

Like both Brad and Stan point out in their books, it is just good business to let go of clients who are not really helping your business as much as you are helping them. That will give you more time to focus on your better clients, and those good clients will appreciate your elevated attention.

It’s helpful to periodically consider your relationship with each of your clients; whether your business relationship is mutually beneficial, or if both of you would be better off if you parted ways. Give yourself more time to focus on your best customers.

And if you’d like help with online advertising and digital marketing for your small, local business, contact Jax SEO Works.  We can provide recommendations, and assist you in getting better business results from the internet.

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Gutter Solutions and Waterproofing – gutters, underground drainage, and waterproofing

Tallahassee-based Gutter Solutions and Waterproofing has been installing and maintaining gutters, underground drainage, and waterproofing in northern Florida and southern Georgia since 2002.

Gutter Solutions and WaterproofingWhen Gutter Solutions added a Jacksonville office in 2011, they came to Kenny Harper for a updated and improved website, and a site improvement strategy via his Key Theory business center.

Jax SEO Works provided SEO for the revised site, and assisted with portions of the update project.

The revised Gutter Solutions and Waterproofing site is already ranking well for several of their target key word phrases in Jacksonville, improving the online presence of Gutter Solutions and Waterproofing in their new territory.

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Small Business Owners – Do Yourself a Favor!

Talented local business owner and marketing professional, Susan PelterSusan Pelter - Marketing Professional recently shared this insight for small business owners:

“Dear Small Business Owner: If you’re considering a new website, to be developed as a “great deal” by a large development company, do yourself a favor and read the fine print. Can you update the site yourself? Do you own the content and images in the event of a divorce? Are they charging you out the wazoo for hosting you could purchase for a fraction of the price yourself? And for heaven’s sake, don’t let them “get the domain for you,” because they can then hold you hostage for a lot of money should you ever part ways. If you have any questions, call me and I’ll give you an earful for free as a public service! #ethicalbusinessowner”

Couldn’t have said it better myself! Find out more about Susan and the many helpful professional business services she provides on her website – http://susanpelter.com/

Always nice to share the goodness. Got questions? You can also Contact Jax SEO Works contact Jax SEO Works. We like to help!

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A Lint Free Vent

A Lint Free Vent - mobile clothes dryer exhaust cleaning service.A Lint Free Vent is a mobile clothes dryer vent cleaning service, serving homes in the Jacksonville, Florida area.

Every day you use your clothes dryer, your dryer vent collects little pieces of flammable lint in the dryer and the exhaust ductwork. In addition to being a growing fire hazard, the collected lint increases the time it takes to dry items, and decreases the efficiency of your dryer. Getting an annual dryer vent cleaning by a mobile service like A Lint Free Vent will eliminate this hazard.

Eddie Kyles - Owner of A Lint Free Vent.Owner Eddie Kyles had a website built for his business, but then the company who built the site went out of business without letting Eddie know, and didn’t send him any information to access his website. When the domain became available again, Jax SEO Works helped Eddie secure his business domain name, and reliable GoDaddy hosting, and then built him a business website.

Now Eddie’s clients can read about his business online, and contact him with a message, whenever they choose to.

Protect your home from a dryer vent fire by getting your clothes dryer vent cleaned annually. Get convenient, mobile service. Just Call A Lint Free Vent – 904.537.1483.

And if you need help getting your small business on the internet, Contact Jax SEO Works; we like to help small businesses.

 

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How to Improve Your Business

SearchingA good business owner is always looking for ways to improve their business.

1.  Get new ideas is to keep learning; reading articles online and in magazines and books, follow other successful entrepreneurs on Twitter and Facebook, and their website blogs.

2.  Set goals for your changes and improvements, and then make small, manageable, incremental improvements.  You can get to your goal with this approach.

3.  Measure and track your efforts and your results.

  • How much did you spend for your advertising last month?
  • How many new visitors did your business see as a result of that advertising?   (And ask your visitors which advertisement brought them to you.)
  • How many of those visitors made a purchase?   (Did you make a profit from their purchases, or did you pay more for advertising than you made in sales that resulted from that advertising?)

Professional Speaker, Author, and Entrepreneur Michelle Chance-Santhong, the Online Marketing Goddess, shares her inspiring progress to improvement, applying some of these concepts in one of her recent videos.

If you have some more suggestions, proven ways you have used to improve your business, that you’d like to share, please

  • add your Comment below,

  • or send us your suggestions to share via our Contact form.

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Social Media for Business

Based on our research and experience, the first thing you should do for your small business is create a brand, figure out your target audience, and get your website created and launched. These fundamental steps put you ahead of many of your small business competitors.

  • You will need to keep actively feeding new, interesting, and helpful information to your website.

social interaction via social mediaTell people about your services – what you do and a little about the way you do it that makes your service stand out from your competitors. Do you wear booties to go into people’s homes? Are you and your technicians trained and certified by a well known resource in the industry? Do you have a special Quality Assurance team that follows up and checks every job? Your potential clients will not know all the bonuses that your service provides unless YOU tell them.

Tell about your products, or the products you use to perform your services, and be sure to let people know why you have found these products to do the best job. Does this product last for 50 washing cycles? Does your product provide a shiny surface without buffing? Write your descriptions as factual statements, adding data when possible for more credibility. Don’t write to sound like those annoying commercials that you don’t like to hear on the radio or television. You don’t like to hear those obvious sales pitches, and most of your website visitors don’t either.

helping handsThe next step is to add social media for your business.

Social media for business is just that – people getting social on different media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Each social media platform has its own personality.  Some messages are better shared on one platform than on others. But the most important thing is to start.

On Facebook, you should start a personal profile about yourself, and a business page.  You can also create a personal profile and business page on LinkedIn. Twitter does not have business pages, so your Twitter profile should be a combination of your name and your business – for example, Ann Smarty has her website name as her Twitter handle – @seosmarty, and Angela Dunn also uses her blog name as her Twitter handle – @blogbrevity.

Please, don’t try setting up as many social media for business profiles and pages as you can. To be worthwhile, each social media account will need a regular visit and some interaction, so the more accounts you set up, the more you will have to keep up with. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are great for getting started.

It’s good to friend, contact and follow some other people and businesses that you do business with; they may share some good information that you would like to share too, and sharing like that is good for both of you.

Before you start posting status updates and Tweets, take a look at some of the messages shared by your peers, to get an idea of what is good to post. If you see a post by one of your friends that really impresses you, sharing or re-Tweeting it is OK. Just don’t always post information about your business, and don’t like or share EVERYTHING that’s posted by a friend or another business; too much is just too much. Share something funny, interesting, positive, or helpful most of the time. And you don’t have to post more than one or two messages. Every 4th or 5th time, you can share something interesting about your business.

From a helpful and recently re-posted article, Social Media Tips from Forbes magazine provides some more perspectives.

If you have questions about helping market your small business, please Contact me at Jax SEO Works.

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