Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. What platform should I choose?

Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. What platform should I choose?

Do the words “social media” strike terror in your heart? Or have you enthusiastically jumped into the social world with both feet? Either way, social media is a force that every business needs to manage and review regularly. What’s the definition of Social Media? Social media are websites and apps that engage customers to share content and participate in virtual communities. Some examples are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Social media differs from traditional media in that it allows people to co-create, share, discuss, and change user-generated content. For the first time in history, people have a direct, real-time access and interaction with companies and their client base. At the same time, businesses have a new found wealth of market information by using social media metrics. Why is Social Media Important for my Business? Besides the primary purpose of building relationships in different channels, social media has an important role in organic search strategies. 1. Link potential Let’s say you publish on Facebook about your new storefront location for craft coffee. A local reporter sees it, writes an article and links back to your website. Links to your website help to increase your SEO power, especially when the link comes from an authoritative source. 2. Search Volume Social media helps to get your brand out to a wider audience. This increases the overall awareness of your brand, which can lead to more searches for your business. When Google sees that more searches are being conducted for your brand, they view that brand as more popular and award a higher search ranking. 3. Traffic Volume Social media can improve the amount...
301 Redirects: What Are They, and Why Are They Important?

301 Redirects: What Are They, and Why Are They Important?

Perhaps you’ve redesigned or updated your website recently. During these changes, some of your pages may have moved or been deleted. This begs the question: What happens when a user tries to access those pages that are no longer at the web address (URL)? If the unavailable pages are not redirected, clients may get a page like this when clicking a bookmark or by typing in the address. To avoid sending customers to your 404 “This page cannot be found” error, it’s best to use a 301 redirect. A 301 redirect is a permanent redirect that points one URL (the old one) to another URL (the new one). To put it another way, a 301 redirect says “The page that used to exist here is now at this location.” When users land on a 404 error page, it creates a poor user experience, search engine ranking power is lost and repeat visitors disappear. No one wants this to happen! “301” refers to the web status code for this type of redirect.  They also impact the search engines who have indexed the original content and will continue to look for it at the original URL until directed otherwise via the 301 redirects. How are 301 redirects put into practice? It’s relatively easy to implement redirects. First run a “crawl” on your site to find the addresses that are missing or changed. Then take the crawl export and match new pages with the phantom pages. Third, implement the redirects on your website in your content management system or htaccess file. With properly implemented 301 redirects you can avoid lost ranking, web...