Amazing Ideas Inc Marketing Castle Rock

Marketing Castle Rock – Time To Take My Own Medicine

I’m a little embarrassed to say this, but today I realized it was time for me to take my own medicine.

Lately, I have been so focused on getting other businesses results and helping them with their online web presence and what I call their online DNA. So focused in fact, that I completely forgot to take my own medicine and make it happen for myself.

My company, Amazing Ideas Inc., is a marketing company located in Castle Rock, Colorado. We specialize in online marketing and have a current focus for the local community’s businesses and a wish to help them rank better for relevant search terms for the local area.

Why? Cause it just makes sense.

Local searches typically hold the most promises for leads that are close to buying. Key phrase: Local.

If you are searching for a vendor or a service of some sort locally, then it’s more than likely because you actually have a need and are more than probably willing to actually buy now.

Looking for a plumber? Well, you probably have a plumbing issue that need tending to, right now.

So what do you do?

You Google for the nearest and best plumber in the area that can come and fix it.

In other words as I said, you are probably an eager buyer right now.

What does this mean for the local vendor?

Well, it is so much nicer to get leads in the door that are actually just about to pull the trigger and buy from you, rather than a browser, who is just kinda looking around a bit.

A local search for a local supplier of services, repairs or goods therefore holds good promise for the local vendor. That means, that as a local business you really should make sure that you hold a very sound focus on showing up in the Google searches (and in the other search engines) with a high ranking for the relevant keywords that are likely to be searched under relevant to what it is that you are selling.

Well, you get this already I’m sure.

But in my eagerness to serve others and to get results for other businesses, I just totally forgot to do this for myself, for my business.

So today, it dawned upon me. Since I’m selling (among other solutions) services that will get your business ranking high in the local searches on Google for relevant search terms for your business, well, then I had better show up early myself for something relevant to myself too.

Makes total sense, doesn’t it.

Ok, so first order of business in such regard is to Google yourself, Google for keywords that makes sense for your own business and own local area. In this case, Google myself.

OK, so far so good. Amazing Ideas, Inc. – what do we do? What are we?

Alright, we are a marketing company or a marketing consultancy or a marketing agency. OK, at least the keyword “marketing” should be important to us.

Second, where are we?

OK, we are in Castle Rock, Colorado.

In other words, “Marketing Castle Rock” might make up some of our keywords. We would like to be found under these keywords, so that when someone searches using these words, we will pop up.

Opening up for a Google search and I tap in “Marketing Castle Rock” (without quotation marks).

Guess what?

Nothing!!

Well, not quite true. I actually appeared but not until page 20. Ouch.

Now, how good is that for convincing other that I know something about what I’m selling?

Nobody looks all the way to page 20 of Google.

In fact by far the most clicks will happened among the first few listings on Google’s first page of the results for your relevant search.

Obviously, I need to do something about this and I had better do something about this now.

Off to work on this.

I made a couple of things and updated my website and made a couple of posts. Then I went for a run, came back took a shower and had a bite to eat and then returned to the desk top.

Excellent. Now at least I appeared on Google first page for these 3 keywords.

Still, it by far from good enough. I have a bit more work to do.

My first page listing now, was the Google Place listing (in which today I’m last).

Looking for the listing for my actual website for Amazing Ideas Inc. under these keywords and I now am all the way back at page 21.

Yup, actually pushed back one spot, but that’s also because I made sure that I now Google “incognito”. For the first search I forgot to log out of Google and search “incognito”. If I Google with Google knowing it’s me, it can affect the results to such an extend that my listings are favored, so that will skew the results and I will delude myself.

I want to appear on Google’s first page as if I was someone, who had no clue or premonition about Amazing Ideas Inc., but who was just looking for the types of services that I offer. Thus the need for searching “incognito”.

Now in truth, it would be a whole lot easier to get found with a better ranking for a longer keyword tail. E.g. it would be an easier task to get found on a better spot in Google results if I searched something longer like “Online Marketing Company Castle Rock Colorado”.

Why?

Because it becomes more specific and the chances are that it will match up better with the words you have on your website etc. Marketing is a very omnipresent word and there are marketing companies all over or other combinations in which marketing is a word, not even necessarily a descriptive for a company.

Castle Rock narrows it down, but what if there were several towns carrying the same name (lots of that around it seems, though perhaps not in case of Castle Rock)?

It will be a serious challenge to get placed on Google results page 1 for just the thre words: “Marketing Castle Rock”. But for sure I can get my listing much, much closer than that of page 21.

Well, as I told you, I did get to page 1 within a few hours, but we can do even better than that. It will just require a bit more work.

Let’s see where we can take it. Let’s see if indeed I can get myself on page one or at least onto the first couple of pages, just using the three keywords “Marketing Castle Rock”.

I will endeavor to make a few more things happen on my end to move up the ranks. The only 3 keywords we will be comparing will again be “Marketing Castle Rock”.

For sure I will rank better much sooner with longer tail keyword usage, but this will be a nice challenge and will serve a great purpose of showing you what can be done and perhaps convincing you, that if you are in more need of help getting your local business (not necessarily in Castle Rock) ranked well, that you might actually call upon my services. I would love to help you and get your business ranked well, so you too can have customers chasing you down in search of your products and services.

 

So here’s just a few takeaways:

  1. You definitely must show up in Google Results under relevant search terms
  2. You must strive to land on Google Result page 1 to have the best chance of people actually clicking on your link
  3. It’s easier to get ranked with more special and more long tail search terms
  4. You can move your ranking up, quickly if you implement the right things

 

And now: On to more work getting Amazing Ideas, Inc. ranked really, really well with Google Results for the 3 keywords: “Marketing Castle Rock” and only “Marketing Castle Rock”.

Wish me luck and check in later for more updates on this story or better yet, grab our free report of 7 Secrets to Websites That Sell. You will like the insights and can use them for your business and your online presence, and it will add you to my automatic update on this developing story.

Google “Marketing Castle Rock” – here we come.

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Your Customers Are Looking For You

Your Customers Are Looking For You Online – Can They Find You?

Your Customers Are Looking For you Online – Can They Find You? So reads the tag line of one of my books, the book entitled: Mikkel Pitzner’s Trade Secrets For Marketing Your Business Online.

The book was written a few years ago and it was relevant then. But since the last major algorithm update from the biggest search engine Google, the tag line has become even more highly relevant for most businesses.

I have previously written on the subject of the algorithm update – the one that has also been nicknamed Mobilegeddon. With the algorithm update, Google now favors mobile-friendly websites over non-mobile-friendly websites and they do it in such a way that you non-mobile-friendly website quite simply won’t show up in relevant searches when the searches are carried out on mobile devices.

This is a big deal.

Yes, it’s a big deal, for upwards to 60% of all search traffic is done on a mobile device and when it comes to searches relevant to local searches, the number may been up to 80%.

In other words, if your website is not mobile-friendly, you may just have lost up to 80% of all your new traffic and thus upwards of 80% of all new potential customers.

That is definitely not only just likely to be felt at some time in your business – it will be felt! So, if you haven’t already sensed it in your business or felt a smaller number of calls coming in or seen a decline in new business, then it’s only a matter of time and you will suffer the consequences.

The fix is easy.

Yes, solving the problem is easy enough. All you need is for you to ensure that your website is changed to a mobile-friendly website.

A lot of websites today are already utilizing the popular WordPress platform (which I recommend), and if your website is one of these, then all you need to do, is to find a new theme – one that is mobile-friendly – and then update or change if you will that theme to a mobile responsive theme.

As you change the theme you may have to update certain functions and looks in order to ensure everything looks nice and neat after your theme update, but it’s relatively simple and you will quickly be on your way to gain Google’s liking again.

Indeed the fact that you can change out a look or a theme so easily is one of the major benefits to the WordPress platform and is one of the reasons I recommend the use of that platform over other solutions.

Alternatively, you can have a specific mobile website solution set up. Such a mobile website will be recognized by the mobile devices and you should thus be good to go, however the pain of this can be that you will have to remember going forward that you will need to keep two websites updated instead of just one.

There are more pros and cons to having a website specially dedicated for mobile devices and a website for the laptops and desktops, but these are beyond the scope of this article. Here, what is still the most important take away for you the reader is that you ensure your website is mobile-friendly, so that you will not be lost from the Google searches that are done on mobile devices.

If your current website is not on the WordPress platform, then whatever platform you are on, may have a solution for you with which you can convert your site to a mobile-friendly site. Alternatively, you really should consider converting over to the WordPress platform and then find a beautiful mobile responsive theme and have your website updated to that.

Again, the purpose of this article is not to promote the WordPress per se, but to hammer in the point of ensuring you are not losing out on important web searches.

So to underline the point again: Up to 80% of all online searches for local businesses are done on a mobile device. With its latest algorithm update at Google, non-mobile-friendly websites will not appear in the searches! I have already written two or three articles on the subject, but it seems the business owners are still not quite aware of what the algorithm change means for their businesses. Even among the Fortune 500 companies, an article run in TechCrunch stated that over 40% of their websites are still not Mobile-Friendly. I suspect the number for small business owners is even worse.

The importance as stated many times over is hugely important, so that’s why I’m repeating myself and posting more articles on the subject again and again. Forgive me for this, but business can be tough enough already and I believe far too many business owners are simply not aware of the changes nor what it means for their businesses. I’m hoping that my articles and posts may help some of them become aware so they can implement actions to correct their situation.

Basically it means:

No mobile-friendly website – no appearance!

 

Contact your web developer today to ensure your website will be found on the mobile searches or contact us at Amazing Ideas, Inc. and we will get you set up for great results and great ranking on Google. Send us an email to info@amazingideasinc.com or call at 888-988-2489 and let’s get you the results you deserve.

 

 

Boom You Just Lost Nearly All Of Your Online Traffic

Boom!! You Just Lost Upwards To 80% Of All Your New Potential Customers

Incredibly, Most Businesses Are Still Slow To Amend Their Online Presence To Suit The Latest Important Algorithm Update From Google

 

On April 21 2015, the 800 pound gorilla of online searches, Google, changed once again their algorithm. This time the efforts of the algorithm change were directed towards giving users a better experience when searching on a mobile device.

More and more searches are carried out these days on mobile devices, so it only makes sense that Google would place some emphasis into making that experience better for people. Upwards of 60% of online searches are today done on a mobile device.

For local businesses the algorithm is possibly even more important. A Google search on mobile searches showed me reports stating numbers of upwards 80% of all searches for local businesses are done on a mobile device.

Again this makes a lot of sense. A lot of us look up things while on the go. More often than not, we look up the things on the go that we are interested right here, right now. In other words, we are “hot” buyers at that moment.

Perhaps we need to look up the nearest dry cleaner, find out what’s showing at the nearby cinema, look up a menu of a restaurant we are considering heading to, look up the opening hours of a certain store or perhaps even make an instant call to a vendor or service.

A lot of previous algorithm changes that we have seen from Google and that have been discussed heavily from time to time, seem to have been more directed at eliminating “holes” in the system that made way for “black hat” operators to optimize their sites for traffic.

In other words for the serious local business, these algorithm changes usually had little if any negative effect on the search results and ranking of ones business and thus most of us didn’t have to pay much attention to them.

No, it was mostly the marketers who had used certain ‘tricks’ to rank high, while in fact not really giving the visitor much value or relevance when they got there.

In other words, the ones who used to suffer from a Google algorithm update, typically were the black sheep. Most of us just try to run our businesses and run these with high integrity and no use of suspect “black hat” tricks up our sleeves, so we usually weren’t affected, but actually may even have gained better rankings while the tricksters lost theirs.

So all was good.

But this time it’s different.

Not that it’s bad, for in fact it’s actually really good.

You just have got to ensure that your website is mobile friendly and you are well on your way.

If your website is not mobile friendly, well, then you are not either making it a pleasant experience for a visitor to your site from a mobile device. And you do want to make it a pleasant experience for anyone coming to your place of business, right?

You would have thought a lot of businesses would have updated their sites up till the time the new Google algorithm came into place on April 21 2015, but an article on the subject actually, comparing with the status of websites two months prior, stated that only 4,7% more websites had done so.

Even today more than a month following the Google algorithm update and most businesses have still not made any changes.

What does that mean for you?

It means that you actually stand an even better chance of getting found IF you ensure that at least your website is mobile friendly. When the other businesses don’t wake up and get their act together, they are eliminated from the mobile searches and that reduces the competition, so now it’s actually easier for you to get some traction. Just be a little smart about it and you just might see yourself on the first page of Google when you search on a mobile device.

Again for local traffic it might just be about 80% of all the relevant searches.

Would you say that would be important?

I think we can all agree that’s pretty important.

 

 

If you need help, one of my companies, Amazing Ideas Inc., helps businesses get up to speed with their websites and turn them mobile-friendly so they have a fighting chance of getting found and get more new customers walking in their doors. In fact our service palette can get you onto the first page of Google and help you stay there. We would love to help you, so give us a call on 888-988-2489 and let’s talk.

Why Google's latest algorithm change is a blessing in disguise

Why Google’s Latest Algorithm Change Is A Great Blessing In Disguise

The latest algorithm change that Google rolled out April 21st this year could be a great opportunity and a blessing in disguise for a lot of businesses.

The algorithm, which has lovingly been nicknamed Mobilegeddon, now favors mobile-friendly websites for all searches carried out on mobile devices. The change only affects search results done on mobile devices and therefore you won’t find any changes affecting your searches done on your laptop or desktop.

But seeing that more than 60% of all searches these days are done on a mobile device the algorithm change is to be considered extremely important. In the extreme version, if your website is not mobile friendly, then you may just have lost 60% of all your online traffic (60% of all your new potential customers has just been eliminated from your business).

If your website is not mobile-friendly and you still have not noticed any changes in your inbound calls and connections from new potential customers, then it might just be a matter of time before you will. Google specifically has stated that crawling and re-indexing the websites may take a little time, but the effect will take place.

There’s a great post by Google that offers you more insights to the algorithm changes that I highly recommend you check out. You can find it here: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2015/04/faqs-april-21st-mobile-friendly.html

So why could this algorithm change potentially be a blessing in disguise for your business?

Well, although there’s been a lot of commotion for the past few years about recommendations for websites to be mobile friendly, there are still a huge amount of the websites out there that are not in fact mobile-friendly. In addition, an incredible number of businesses are still not paying attention to the algorithm change that now is a fact. In truth, I believe, it’s a bit of the Peter And The Wolf syndrome that is the cause of this.

For months if not years, we have probably all received a ton of uninvited spam emails in our inboxes that offers us website designs, improved traffic to our websites, SEO solutions and much more. We all hate the spam and yet they continue endlessly. I guess, it’s a numbers game and that whoever sends them out actually do pick up a little business here and there.

But I suspect most of us just discard them, delete them and move out. And rightly so. However, this time the urgency may be well worth your attention. Perhaps not by giving the spammers your business (I personally don’t wish to support any spammers, regardless of how great their offer sounds), but by finding a company that you would trust to handle your online business.

Just Google “Google April 21” and skim some of the articles and posts. Look at especially the posts from Google themselves to see that this is not just some scheme in order to sell new web designs or new solutions you don’t need.

No, the algorithm change is real and it already has been implemented.

I have written previously that the changes in the Google algorithm make perfect sense and really actually helps us all to a better search experience on our mobile device.

Personally, I don’t really love to look up stuff on my smart phone, but invariably I need to find some piece of information while on the go and will of course pull out my phone and tap in the key words. In fact, just like most of people, I guess I’m doing it more and more (even without really thinking about it).

The experience on the mobile device has up till now been less than sublime. How often have you not looked up a site on your smart phone only to find that it appeared as a regular website entirely, which requires of you to zoom in and out and pan around for you to actually read the content or find the information you are looking for seeing that you are looking at it from a very small screen?

We have all been there. Sucks doesn’t it.

No, a mobile-friendly website will make things very easily read on even your small smart phone screen and will offer you ease of navigation. Typically when on the go, you are just looking for some quick facts so you can move on (e.g. a phone, number, an address or a quick insight to the business or such).

When most of all web searches have moved to the mobile devices then Google must implement changes to improve user experiences and that’s exactly what their latest algorithm change is doing.

But when a huge amount of businesses are still not waking up to the fact of the algorithm change and to the fact that they really stand to lose a lot of new business if they don’t ensure that their websites are mobile-friendly, then it opens up for much greater opportunities to the businesses that do. In fact, it may actually offer a head start to small businesses with smaller budgets to improve their Google search rankings, when most resource rich businesses or your nearest competitors are still asleep at the wheel.

In other words, since a lot of businesses are not paying attention, it might actually be a lot easier to get good ranking for those who are paying attention as the competition now is lessened. You may not have this great of a chance to get found for the keywords that make sense for your business for ever though. At some point I suspect that all websites (or at least most) will have been converted to mobile-friendly sites, but for now, there’s a window open and it makes great sense to make use of it.

One of my companies, Amazing Ideas Inc., helps businesses get up to speed with their websites and turn them mobile-friendly so they have a fighting chance of getting found and get more new customers walking in their doors. If you would like to discuss how we can help your website conform to a mobile-friendly and ranking website, we will be happy to spend some time with you. Just go to www.amazingideasinc.com and reach out to us.

For sure, if you do not make use of us at Amazing Ideas Inc., then we would still highly recommend that you get your website in order for you to show up in the Google searches, including the 60% or so that are done on mobile devices. Not ensuring that your website is mobile-friendly is about the biggest mistake you can make these days online. It’s an easy fix (relatively speaking) and your investment in doing so will surely be showing a great return quickly by the extra new business you will be picking up.

 

To check whether your website is mobile-friendly, use this little tool from Google:

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/