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A website can benefit a small business.

make your website stand out, like one sunflower in a whole fieldThe Internet is huge!

There are over 600 Million websites on the internet!

How can your website stand out among so many websites, to let people know about your small local business?

A well built and optimized website can help more people in your community find out about your business, and what makes your business special.

Anyone can have a basic website made and launched on the internet.

And who hasn’t heard promises to “Get your website on the first page of Google search results”?

What helps your website stand out from all of the millions of other website is when you put the facts about your small local business on your website, telling your story about your service or business, and what makes your business special.

No one  else can tell what makes your product or service special like you can.

  • Is it how you always have a fresh flower for each lady who comes to your store?
  • Do your service people put on a clean set of overalls and booties when they get to the client’s home?
  • Or do your service representatives roll out a durable carpet protector to make sure they don’t leave a trail across your living room?
  • Or that your business only uses lawn care chemicals that are safe for pets and kids?

You know what makes your small local business stand out, what makes it special, and Jax SEO Works can help you create a website or improve the one you have, to share that special message with your community.

Social media is an important way of letting your community know about you and your business.  Often, a Facebook page can help you share timely updates with potential clients – sales, specials, new products or services, new employees, and more.  People buy from businesses that they trust, and social media can help your community fans get to know you and build that trust.  LinkedIn profiles for a business owner and members of the business team can also help people get to know the people who make the business work.

Jax SEO Works is experienced in helping small local businesses get better results with their website, and build trusting relationships with their community using social media.

If you would like a website built for your business, or get your business website revised and updated, or find out more about getting started in social media like Facebook and LinkedIn, Contact Jax SEO Works today to get started !

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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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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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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. This means 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 domain rank 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 about how websites rank well. A website will rank better if the website is easy to use, and has information that is helpful and interesting.

Your local small business marketing should focus on your business, brand, and service area.

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.
  • A quick Google search showed that company was using the same page template for each client. They used the same words again and again. They just changing the business name and service area! Repeated text won’t fool people. And it surely won’t fool search engine robots!
  • 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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Business Plan for Your Small Business

Before you go any further with your small business, gather your ideas and aspirations and make a business plan.

Business Plan for a small businessThis plan is just a document stating the current status of your business, and what you want to accomplish.

Your plan can be as short as one page; see : Write Your Business Plan, shared by the Small Business Administration.

If you will need a loan to get your business started, the SBA also has How to Prepare a Loan Proposal.

Some people try to start a business without thinking out details. This process helps you organize your thoughts about your business venture.

If you are just getting started with your small business, and want to find out more about getting started, Contact Jax SEO Works. We’re here to help.

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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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Basic SEO

searching on the internetWho hasn’t searched the internet for a business website, but then when they found the site, they left un-satisfied because they couldn’t find the information they needed?

And many business owners are frustrated to have a website but get very few website visitors and even less conversions (business from the website).

Basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization) will get your website a better ranking from search engines and to get more website visitors!

Help optimize your website for search engines and visitors:

  • Use good, long-tailed keywords.
  • Helpful, interesting content.
  • Easy to use navigation, so your website visitors can easily find what they came to your website looking for.
  • Website design to create interest in your website (and your product or service).

There are millions of websites on the internet, each search engine (e.g., Google, Bing, Yahoo!, About, etc.). Each uses their own set of algorithms (calculations) to evaluate each website. Then the websites are ranked (SERPs) according to their opinion.

“Content is King.”, continues to be important to keep as a priority when optimizing websites to rank better in search results. Original, interesting, focused, content will rank better than rambling content that makes no sense. Videos and Photographs which are related to each web page’s topic also help improve ranking.

And Search Engine Optimization guidelines continue to develop and change as search engines compete to provide desired results for internet users.

Often, some professional insight can help you get started in the right direction to your website goals.

Contact Jax SEO Works for help to improve your internet presence.

 

 

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Prepare your website for your target audience.

The prospective clients, the group of people that you want to reach through your website, are your target audience.

a Target Audience for your WebsiteSo, who is your target audience ?

Depending on the topic of your website, your target audience could be:

  • world wide, or for a certain area of a specific city,
  • for people of any age, or of  a determined age  group,
  • for e-commerce, or for sharing information about a hobby or common interest, etc.

How will your target audience find your website ?

Consider the topic you selected for your website, then define what the people in your target audience would search the Internet for in order to find your website.  Make a list of words and short phrases you think your target audience would use to search for your website.

Google Trends can help your website.

Here is where it would be helpful to have some idea what words and short phrases your target audience would use to search for your website, if you could just ask them.  Google features Google Trends, which you can use to determine how many people search for a word or short phrase.  Google Trends even allows you to compare words and short phrases (from the list that you made) to see which ones more people are searching for. If your website is primarily for local interest, you can refine your Google Trends response for a country and city.

Less searched words and phrases.

  • What if some of the words and short phrases you know significantly help describe your website don’t appear to be as popular on Google Trends ?
  • What if some of your words or short phrases haven’t been searched for enough for Google Trends to have any data to respond to your request ?

Your list should include some more popular words and short phrases, to increase the probability of your website being found by your target audience. But you can also include words and short phrases on your website that you know significantly help describe your website even if they don’t appear to be as popular on Google Trends. If a member of your target audience is as familiar with the topic of your website as you are, they may search for that same word or phrase, and that could help them find your website

Dan's Floor Store - storefront - Ponte Vedra, FloridaFor example, looking at words for a client’s website, Dan’s Floor Store

we compared:

  • wood floor installation and wood flooring installation
  • hard surface flooring
  • tile work

and Google trends showed us that wood floor installation and wood flooring installation were more frequently searched for than hard surface flooring. Tile work is about as popular a search topic as wood floor and wood flooring installation.  We use each of the phrases (as applicable) in the content text on the website.

But search word trends are always changing, so you should periodically check how your search words are trending for your target audience in you analytic data, and adjust them accordingly.

“A and B” testing, that is to say trying similar but different approaches to the same goal can also help you find out what works best for attracting your target audience to the website, but that will be another Jax SEO Works article.

If you would like to get better results with your small business website, Contact Jax SEO Works. We enjoy helping others.

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Marketing your small business with blogging.

Blogging can help market / advertise your business product or service.

A “blog” (contraction of the terms web log or weblog) is a category of website where brief articles are posted periodically.  In addition to text, the posts can contain photos / images, graphics, or even videos.

Young lady adding content to her website, using her laptop.Many small businesses use blog posts to tell visitors about the products or services that they provide.  They make their blogs interesting and informative.  They post new articles on a regular basis, to keep visitors coming back to see the latest, or to subscribe to the business’ RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed from their website (so the visitors can see the new blogs as they are posted, without having to go to the business’ website).  Then these website visitors buy those products or services.

Blogs can bring more visitors to your website, more customers to your business, and that means more opportunities for sales.

Just remember : When you write a blog for your business, you want to share information about your product or service that sounds:

  • intriguing,
  • exciting,
  • curious and/or unusual (but true),
  • and is easy to understand and remember.

Does your business use blogging for marketing and advertising ?

We can help you improve your websiteContact Jax SEO Works today to get started !

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Thinking about starting a small business?

If you are just thinking about starting your own small business, one source of helpful resources, to help you make your dreams of being your own boss into a reality is the United States Small Business Administration website.

Take a look at this page on the SBA website :   http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/plan/getready/index.html

small business advertising - Tyler's TomatoesThe site features  :

  • A wealth of small business insights and guidance.
  • Information about SBA funding programs for small businesses
  • A Learning Center with even more information to help get you started
  • Local assistance resources, with special help for Veterans and Women interested in starting their own small business.

The Internet has a wealth of information to share.  As my son always says, “Google is your friend.”

If you need help with a website for your small business, Contact Jax SEO Works. We will work with you to help you get a website that will advertise your business; products or services on the internet, and bring you more customers.

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