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Top Tier Seamless Gutters

Top Tier Seamless Gutters logoIn 2015,  Nathan Littlefield, the owner of Top Tier Seamless Gutters, had a basic website designed by Key Theory. We worked with Key Theory in the final stages of completing the web design project.

Since the website launch, we have been working with Top Tier Seamless Gutters to add content to their website and with their internet marketing.

Owner/operator Nathan Littlefield and his crews install seamless gutters and gutter screens, and clean and repair gutters in the Jacksonville, Florida and southern Georgia area, for both residential and commercial clients.

Top Tier Seamless Gutters installed on a homeTheir basic website gives Top Tier Seamless Gutters a presence on the internet. The Top Tier Seamless Gutters website informs the public about their services. The Top Tier Seamless Gutter website also provides a focal point for business listings on the internet, such as:

Houzz

Merchant Circle

Yelp

Periodically updating a website content provides different, interesting information and photos for repeat website visitors. This updating helps keep their website ranking better in search engine results.

Top Tier Seamless gutter installation on a homeThe earlier Top Tier Seamless Gutters projects are shared on their Seamless Gutter Projects web page. Information and photos from more recent projects are added as articles in their Top Tiers Seamless Gutters blog. Adding new blog articles as projects are completed make visiting their website a more informative and rewarding experience.

So if you are interested in gutters, gutter screens, gutter repairs, or gutter cleaning, give Nathan Littlefield at Top Tier Seamless Gutters a call at 904.609.0240.

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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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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Beware Free Website Offers

Some businesses make “FREE” website offers.

Someone offering your business a free website?Reading their ads, it sounds like the client gets a free website, and pays a small monthly fee to get online visibility and high ranking in search results.

The truth is, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” – Milton Friedman

And there is no such thing as a free website.

The company offering a free website to new clients frequently retains the domain name, so if the client ever decides to try to take their business to a different online marketing company, they will lose any online ranking they had; all of that stays with the “free” website that belongs to the original marketing company.

And the major search engines, Google, Bing, and Yahoo, have shared numerous articles, explaining that ranking well in their search results means having easy to use websites with original, interesting information. If people like the website and come to that website for that keyword or keyword phrase, then the site will rank better.

Your local small business marketing focus should be on your business, your brand, and your service area, and what people see when they search for your business on the internet.

free website - templated contentRecently we looked at a free website that a friend had gotten from a company who said they would help them get more business.

  • The evidence that the company was using a content template was clear.
  • And using basically the same words again and again, and just changing the business name and service area doesn’t fool people or search engine robots any more.
  • If you want to get clients, you have to give them good, original information and interesting photos and videos of your work to get and keep their attention.

If you have a small local business and would like to get started with a website for your business, or for help improving your small business website, or your digital marketing, please Contact Jax SEO Works.

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Endorsement Disclosure Statement

– – – – – – – – – Originally posted in 2010 – – – Updated May, 2015 – – – – – – –

On your website, do you endorse products or services provided by other businesses?  You website needs an endorsement disclosure statement.

endorsing a product or serviceThe Federal Trade Commission established Guidelines for Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The intent is to make it clear to readers of your website if you are receiving compensation for your endorsements or testimonials. Whether you get money or even free samples in return for your thoughts, you now need to let your readers know.

To help individuals and businesses avoid problems, the Disclosure Policy organization has provided a quick and painless way to draft a simple disclosure policy for your website. First go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org. Then fill in your information and answer simple questions. Next you copy and paste the resulting policy statement on an easy to find page on your website. You may need to alter some portions of the policy statement, to make it fit your business and your website better, but they give you a good start. And make your policy easy for your readers to find, in your sitemap or on a navigation tab.

Does your website have an endorsement disclosure statement?

We can help your website market your business better! Contact Jax SEO Works today!

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5 Tips for a Better Website

Want to know some easy things you can do for your website to make it better?  Want more website visitors?

Take a closer look at your website.Here is a short list of tips to get you started thinking:

  • Is you contact information accurate and current? If your e-mail address is wrong, or your telephone number, or even the street address of your business, you need to get that corrected.
  • When was the last time you checked your links? Go through your site and check the internal and external links to make sure all are working.  Your website maintenance will be appreciated by your website visitors.
  • Does your website have a copyright date posted in the footer of each page? A current year copyright is a positive reflection on your website.  The copyright date should either be kept current or not be posted on your website.
  • This is a good time to go through the main pages of your website. If it has been a while since your last review, check your content for edits and updates.  You may want to share a new perspective or new talent or a different insight on the topic.  Work on a better way to share your ideas with your website visitors.
  • And don’t forget to check your navigation links. Even if you have a sitemap, your website visitor will appreciate being able to easily move around on your site.

Did you think of something else for a better website?  Please leave a comment.

If you’d like help improving your website, Contact us!

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Avoid Duplicate Content on Your Website

Duplicate content on your website can hurt your search engine ranking, and make a bad first impression with your website visitors.  Don’t do it!

twins - but duplicate content can hurt your websiteHave you ever been researching a subject on the internet, and gone to a site and remember seeing the very same wording, on a site you were on just a few minutes prior?  Déjà vu, but not in a good way.

You have probably heard the old quotation from Charles Caleb Colton, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Others call it plagiarism. But search engines do not like seeing exactly the same content on more than one website, just like you don’t.

Even if one web page was published prior to the page with duplicate content, search engines don’t always give the credit to the site that published the content originally. Some search engines drop both websites’ duplicate pages from their listings.

People (and search engine robots) who visit your website want to see what to see your unique and interesting information; what makes your business, product, or topic stand out from others.

To retain credit and search engine visibility for your content, you can see what other websites have posted the same or very similar content at the Copyscape website.

If you find your content on other websites, you can modify your content to make it your own by:

  • adding information that is specific to your own website (this is best)
  • changing some of the words, using synonyms
  • changing or adding headings
  • restructuring several sentences in each paragraph

If you need help with your small business website; getting more website visitors on the internet, coming up with ideas to get better results with your website, updating your website with new articles, Jax SEO Works can help.  Contact Jax SEO Works.


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Website Maintenance is Important

Whether it’s your car, your home, or your website, regular maintenance is important to keep things running smoothly. 

How are you doing with your website maintenance?

You need to maintain your website, like an auto mechanic does for your car.

 

Each day, people and search engines scan the Internet for information about products and services.

To help your website stand out among other sites offering similar products or services, your website needs to be original, interesting, helpful, and informative.  And your periodic website maintenance is how you keep your website fresh for your website visitors and search engines.

OK, so what is website maintenance?

Website Maintenance can include:

  • Adding a new article or page (visitors and search engines like to find new, helpful information)
  • Changing out images / photos for a new look
  • Checking for broken hyperlinks (nobody likes finding a broken link on your website)
  • Updating information in the site (just read through the pages and articles in your website, and see if you have anything new to share or change; your visitors and search engines won’t know if you don’t tell them)
  • Once you get started doing this periodically, you may think of more ways to help your website

Search engines and website visitors appreciate improvements like these to your website.  Your periodic maintenance will help you to have higher search engine rankings and more returning website visitors.  (These are organic results, so they will be a steady improvement over time, not a sharp jump.)  Check your analytics and see the results.

Have some more suggestions for periodic website maintenance?  Please share your comments.

Need help keeping your website up to date?  Contact Jax SEO Works!

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Small Business Marketing to Attract New Customers

Attracting customers with beautiful Merry-Go-Round horses.What do you do to attract new customers to your business?

Most of us cannot attract customers with a colorful merry-go-round, and so we turn to marketing plans.

There are two general categories of small business marketing:

Outbound or the old “PUSH” marketing – sending out advertisements on websites, in e-mails, on flyers, in magazines.  Based on past experiences with outbound marketing, fewer people react to words like “New!”, “Sale!”, “Amazing!” and other overused terms, and it is more difficult to get the attention of your prospective customers in the clutter.

Inbound marketing – attracting people to your brand and your products with engaging content – attention getting, interesting, useful, helpful information, supplemented with nice, related images and videos.

There are three main points to remember for successful Inbound Small Business Marketing:

1. Make a social connection, using one or more social media platforms for your business.  Use social media that you are comfortable with.  Remember to add regular updates, and occasionally mention your product or service, or a special event you are hosting, but not all the time.
An optimized business Facebook page is a great way to start.  For a better look at how social media can be good for small business, take a look at this social media article (with infographic) on the Social Media Today website.

2. Get more attention for your message with interesting, topic-related images and videos. Creating a YouTube video channel for your short, optimized business videos and then sharing those videos in your website blog articles can be a real boost for your site’s ranking. More ideas for your small business videos – ask clients to send in videos of themselves using your product, or ask them (ahead of time) about making videos of your personnel providing your service, then feature some of those videos in your blog articles, and then share the articles (from time to time) on your Facebook business page.  If you post information about a business event that your company is hosting, be sure to suggest that your Facebook followers share the information. (“Please share this.”)

3.  After attracting these potential clients, don’t forget to provide a CTA (Call To Action).  As excited as you may be to get hundreds of visitors reading your blog article, you also want to get them to engage with your business.  Ask a question and invite them to share an opinion, Ask them to share their experience in a similar situation.  Tell them if they have any questions about the information you’ve shared, you’d be glad to provide your insight and make sure your telephone number and link to your Contact page are prominent on your website.

How is your small business marketing going? Do you have questions about this article?  Do you want to help market your business better online?  Contact Jax SEO Works.

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Jacksonville Online Marketing Meetup

Your website is your home base for the online marketing efforts for your business.

Your Pay Per Click campaigns, your Guest Blogging, your link building efforts all are bringing new visitors to your business website.

Meetup logoWho wouldn’t want to join a group of people who are also interesting in improving their own online marketing skills, and sharing what they have learned so far with entrepreneurs in the Jacksonville, Florida area, at the monthly Jacksonville Online Marketing Meet Up?

Who is the Jacksonville Online Marketing MeetUp for?

  • Business Owners
  • Marketers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Anyone looking to learn more about online internet marketing

Jacksonville Online Marketing Meetup - 2013How complex is the Information being Shared?

The goal of the group has always been to help each other, from beginners and more advanced marketers, so that the information that is shared during the meetings will be helpful to as many members as possible.

With each month’s topic, we try to help keep all attendees involved, covering the basic concerns of that topic, and sharing developments and changes that we’ve found.

What are some of the Topics of Conversation?

  • Internet Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Networking
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Small Business Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Web Technology

Meetup logoWhat is the Cost of membership?

There is no fee to join the Jacksonville Online Marketing Meetup; we pay only for the meetings we attend.

For most meetings there will be a ten dollar fee for the actual meeting, to help cover the costs of the meeting space, materials and refreshments.

  • This is a bargain, and worth your investment.

What should I expect for a typical Jacksonville Online Marketing Meetup?

As the members show up, we have a brief opportunity to network. The group is usually a mix of people who have attended one of our meetings before, and people coming to their first Jacksonville Online Marketing Meetup.  We have a few minutes for some light refreshments and sharing our recent online marketing experiences. .

Next is the structured part of the meeting where members share information covering a variety of related topics.

The focus of the meeting features a presentation on a selected marketing-related topic, and then floor is opened up for discussion and questions. The goal of our group is to combine spirited, informative presentations and discussions with a relaxed and fun evening for the group.

How do I Join Jacksonville Online Marketing Meetup?

Follow this link: meetup.com/Jacksonville-Online-Marketing for more information on joining our group.


Our Jacksonville Online Marketing MeetUp group is looking for Volunteers and Contributors.

  • We are currently looking for volunteers and contributors to help promote and market the MeetUp.
  • We are always looking for interested people to help the group grow and gain visibility.
  • Please e-mail kenny@keytheory.com for more information on how you can participate.

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Business Marketing – Collaborate with Good People

Business Marketing is necessary to keep your business going.

We all want to do more, but there are only so many hours in a day.

Projects can be easier if you are working as part of a collaborative team.  A team of good people working with you can help improve your business exposure to new potential clients, and help you continue to grow your business.

Rock My ImageMost of us have developed good working relationships with other small business owners, and even refer business to them when the need seems like a good fit.  These associations are sometimes called affiliates, and being introduced and recommended by others can help build and extend your brand.

Kenny Harper of Key Theory, Jen DeVore of Marque by Design, and Manny Torres of Torres Creative have launched a collaborative venture, Rock My Image, a strategic marketing team to work with design and image aware companies.

Rock My Image will develop cohesive and creative marketing campaigns for clients that need strategic planning, message development, creative execution and deployment in all mediums.

You probably can think of some other small businesses that you can collaborate with to benefit the community as a team; a team effort able to accomplish more than an individual small business could?

For example, your business may re-roof homes, and you may collaborate with another small business who installs vinyl siding.

Or your business may be a neighborhood gym, and you collaborate with local small businesses that sell sports shoes, sporting clothes, and healthy, organic food.

There are lots of ways to collaborate and help others and also help your business.

Are you already part of a collaborative business effort that you have found helpful?  Please leave a Comment so we can share your idea to help others.

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