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By sharing reviews, photos, and knowledge about the places around you, you can help inform millions of people. I recently achieved Level 6 as a Local Guide in Google Maps. With over 2,000 points representing over 300 reviews, image uploads and questions answered and edits through the Google reviews system.I am a huge advocate of utilizing Google's MyBusiness page for your business as it ties directly into Google Maps. By answering a few short questions about your business you are able to upload business images, interact with potential clients, and even post updates that will be seen when people search for...

Site Troubleshooting Bounce Rate metrics can be somewhat of a mystery to clients. What does it mean, and what is an acceptable percentage are all questions I get asked often. Simply put; the Bounce Rate is when someone visits your website then leaves immediately, after viewing one page. A high bounce rate is a sign that visitors are finding your website but leaving right away. This can be due to multiple on page factors. So what can cause a user to abandon a website? Some of the causes include but are not limited to ...

I have been taking courses through Google's Academy for Ads and the results have been really amazing. Not only am learning invaluable information on Google Ads and Analytics, but I am also learning how they interact together. From simply tracking clicks to page to re-marketing to customers who abandoned a cart or a form. Below is an image showing my current certifications and awards from Google Ads Academy. These are in addition to the certifications I received from Google Analytics Academy. It has been a very productive week for me. Contact me for more information on fully utilizing your Google Ads and...

Updated: I now have the first two three certificates of completion from Google Analytics Academy. An amazing online resource from Google. I learned a lot of new tricks. Some will help me help you understand who your visitors are, what they are doing and sometimes even why. A really fantastic set of courses. Here are links to my certs: Basic Certificate Advanced Certificate Power User Anyone can get these certificates if they are willing to watch the videos and take the assessments. I finished these two in one afternoon. I highly recommend it for anyone in the web design or marketing fields. Feel free to contact...

I am now accepting Square payments as well as Paypal for all online and face to face transactions. Square is a great way to collect payments via credit card from clients who do not use or are otherwise turned off by Paypal. Square charges .05% more that Paypal but I strongly believe it is worth the extra money as more and more people are dropping Paypal. Possibly the coolest thing about Square is that you can add your products and services into the account portal, or just create a price and swipe your customers card. As well as the small card...

Just a quick tip on titling images for better SEO. It is good practice to use a short image description rather than the standard default image title (as given by a camera or smart device); this makes Google, Bing, and Yahoo's web crawlers better understand your image as it relates to your website. So if your image description is titled standard-blue-tshirt.jpg and you sell tshirts on your website, you will rank better. Example: Rather than this:  IMG_2456.jpg Title your images like this: short-image-description.jpg The same goes for movie and audio file names. Helping the search engine better understand your webpage is the best way to...

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