Tag: SEO Resources

10 Sep

5 Ways Moving Your Site to WordPress Will Help Your Business

Courtney A Content Management Systems, Search Engine Optimization, Web Design & Development Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

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While many people still think of WordPress primarily as a blogging platform, the popular CMS has evolved to offer much more than that. Sure, WordPress may have started out as the answer to every blogger’s needs, but today it is so robust that even major sites like TIME and Mashable use the platform to manage their digital presence. In fact, as of January 2015, over 20% of the top 10 million websites are using WordPress.

So if big name brands like TechCrunch, the New Yorker, Variety, Quartz and Fortune are using this CMS to manage their sites, why shouldn’t you?


20 Aug

A Google Analytics Guide for Absolute Beginners

Stephanie H Search Engine Optimization, Web Design & Development Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

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You don’t have to be told that creating a website is easy these days. But making something that sticks and stays relevant for years to come is certainly the exception rather than the norm. With so much competition across various niches, what does it take for your site to stay alive? That’s where Google Analytics, or GA for short, makes all the difference in the world. GA provides access to tools that help you better understand your audience, making it easier to tailor your site to what they want.


06 Aug

What Are Backlinks & Why Do They Matter?

Stephanie H Search Engine Optimization Tags: , , 0 Comments

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When people of similar interests meet, they often trade suggestions. For example, when two book lovers engage in conversation, one would almost immediately ask the other if he/she has read a certain title from a genre they both enjoy. If not, then a suggestion might be given to check it out.

That’s very similar to how backlinks work – they are simply recommendations given by other websites. To put that into better perspective, let’s just say you published an article on your book blog about your experience reading the first Harry Potter book. Let’s say that another book blog or book-centric site picked up on it and wrote a post that mentioned your piece and included a link. That’s what we call a backlink. And if that backlink comes from a reputable source, it could be very valuable to your site.


23 Jul

When to Use Categories vs Tags in WordPress

Stephanie H Content Management Systems, Search Engine Optimization Tags: , , 0 Comments

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Back in April, we first wrote about using Category pages in WordPress. We did not, however, explain the difference between the Category and Tag features. On the surface, the function of “categories” and “tags” may seem very similar. And for the most part they actually are. After all, both features are used to organize blogs by grouping posts of a certain theme together. But where do the similarities end? Is there ever a time to use one without the other?


16 Jul

8 Ways to Update Old Blog Posts to Improve SEO

Stephanie H Search Engine Optimization Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

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Your website can help your business grow. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re getting your website in front of the right viewers – as many of them as possible. Search engine optimization (SEO) has become a huge topic of discussion online because it does just that.

While SEO is a very proactive, forward-thinking effort, it can still be applied to existing (and even outdated!) web content to help get your site garner more positive attention in search engine results pages. For example, think about your company blog. Even if you or your team isn’t updating as frequently as you should, what you already have can still be used to your benefit. You may be sitting on a gold mine! Today, we’re going to show you 8 ways you can use your existing blog posts (or any page, really) to improve your site’s SEO.


18 Jun

7 Browser Tools for SEO

Stephanie H Search Engine Optimization Tags: , , 0 Comments

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If you’re looking for ways to get more out of your website, you should try applying search engine optimization (SEO) techniques. It’s a great way to help new visitors discover your site by improving your rank in search engine queries. Imagine being found by people looking for content that you already have on your site. They’re going to love it! Consequently, there’s a good chance they’re going to love you. Today, we’re going to discuss 7 Browser Tools for SEO and how they can help you improve your site’s rank.


04 Jun

Getting Started with Local SEO for Your Site

Stephanie H Search Engine Optimization, Web Design & Development Tags: , , , 0 Comments

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If you’ve followed our blog for any time at all, you’ve probably noticed that this year we’ve been focusing on showing you ways to learn about digital marketing and SEO (short for search engine optimization) to get the most out of your website. Even if you weren’t sure how each of the techniques we’ve discussed could positively improve your site’s performance, today’s topic is something that can help your business grow in ways you never imagined. Today we will discuss the importance of sharing your NAP (Name, Address & Phone Number) information online to help with your local SEO. We’ll also show you how to get started!


20 May

Introduction to Meta Tags

Stephanie H Search Engine Optimization, Web Design & Development Tags: , , , 0 Comments

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When building a simple website, there’s more to consider than organizing content with HTML and styling it with CSS. While the majority of a web developer’s time will be spent in this area, good websites also utilize Meta Tags to help provide some more structure and additional information about a webpage. Sites who use meta tags are typically providing information to browsers and search engines, making them an important part of any search engine optimization (SEO) or overall digital marketing strategy.


28 Apr

6 Key Takeaways from Pubcon Austin

Courtney A Hosting, Search Engine Optimization, Web Design & Development Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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In April, several members of the HostandStore.com team traveled to Austin to take part in a digital marketing conference called Pubcon. It’s important to us to attend conferences where we can learn from experts because we ultimately hope to share that knowledge with you. We are far more than a hosting company, so it’s important that we stay up to date on what’s going on in digital marketing.

After all, that is a key part of learning SEO or any other aspect of digital marketing. Pubcon was an opportunity for us to hear from many of the industry’s leading experts. So what did we learn? It’s hard to sum up such a useful event in a single blog post, but we’ve narrowed down six key takeaways that we believe can help each and every person that reads this post.


14 Apr

Understanding “Alt” Tags for Images

Courtney A Search Engine Optimization, Web Design & Development Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

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Alternate attributes, commonly called “Alt” tags, are used to provide information about web images. These tags aren’t required for the image to render properly but they are a good idea because they can be a key part of optimizing images for the web. Alt tags are simple text snippets added to image src placements in an HTML document.