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The Winnipeg Search – Find yourself online

Aug 28, 2009   //   by freshtraffic   //   internet strategy, search engine marketing, Winnipeg Seo  //  Comments Off

With the recent influx of SEO Experts, there’s been a flurry of activity in the industry,both nationally and locally. Website design being evaluated, online presence (notably lack there of) is being felt by businesses in Winnipeg, and in Canada as a whole.

The idea that Search engine optimization is a required expense moving forward in a successful business has slowly been seeping into the collective business mindset. It’s apparent to the true experts in the field, and when you see half hearted attempts by those trying to wedge their way into the niche, it’s a time to just shake your head.

Some of the gems found in just an afternoon of browsing::

Poorly optimized websites from the “experts”
Blogs/Blog sites setup and used once or twice
Companies guaranteeing position
“One time SEO” websites

The majority of the above examples came from web design company websites, who’ve decided that they are ready, and capable to jump into the deep, dark sea of Search Engine Optimization(SEO)/Search Engine Marketing(SEM).

There are a millions of pages on the web packed with information on SEO, on some of the general guidelines, and the pros and cons of the marketing avenue. But, for every page out there, there are 2,3, 10 pages of mis-information as well.

In the end, it’s best to remember: SEO/SEM is a niche industry, horses for courses, and the real pros don’t just publish all of their tips and tricks. Their results, speak for themselves.

Dont be fooled by your Web Shop

Aug 26, 2009   //   by freshtraffic   //   internet marketing, seo, Winnipeg  //  Comments Off

It’s that time of year here in Winnipeg, the summer is coming to an end, (not sure it ever started this year) and company’s start looking to the budgets for the coming year ahead.

Advertising, New websites and of course the new buzz words in Winnipeg, SEO, Internet Marketing and Social Media for the Internet.

STOP RIGHT THERE!!! BUYER BEWARE !!!!

You do know that every web shop, graphic designer, marketing department and web design company have become experts in these fields in recent months.

Yes you can read online, or buy the book and it will tell you everything.

People it is BALONEY.

If the company you are talking to are any good they will list on Google at the very top for what they do. example

A Winnipeg Web Design Company should be at the top for Winnipeg Web Design

A Winnipeg SEO Experts Company should be tops for Winnipeg SEO Experts.

Don’t forget people can buy an advert on a Google paid listing for these terms, BUT it doesn’t mean they are any good, CHECK the true organic listings down the left side, this is where Google list’s it’s trusted results.

If a company is there at the top for what they do, you should be pretty good, if not BEWARE.

Internet Marketing, SEO are the new gravy trains for Winnipeg and Canada and every Tom, Dick and Harry wants a taste.

Simple rule, if the company lists on the search engines top pages for what they do then the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Winnipeg's tried, tested, and true SEO Experts

Aug 26, 2009   //   by freshtraffic   //   search engine optimization, SEO Expert, Winnipeg  //  Comments Off

Winnipeg SEO Experts Fresh Traffic will be in the limelight with our very own SEO Expert throwing out the opening game pitch this Friday at the Winnipeg Goldeyes home game. It’s been a little over 2 years since Jerry came to Winnipeg, and SEO in Winnipeg has changed quite dramatically.

SEO Experts are everywhere suddenly, pay-per-click management companies have cropped up, and web consultants city wide have taken notice of the whirlwind that is Jerry. Enigmatic, eccentric, and charismatic, known in some circles as the Google Optimization Guru, he’s brought Fresh Traffic’s expertise to Winnipeg and Canada’s SEO market. I’ve been working with Jerry for a little over 18 months, and it’s completely changed the way I use the internet. Improperly SEO’d sites stick out like sore thumbs, poorly coded, written and laid out; it’s painful to look at some local, and even global companies who’ve spent thousand’s on what is a “style before substance” website.

Search engine optimization isn’t a fly by night. Search engine marketing isn’t just “the latest” in terms of buzz. Internet marketing whether local in Winnipeg, nationally across Canada, or globally is here, and it’s here to stay. The code will change, the internet will evolve, grow, and adapt..but the fundamentals will remain. The sooner that the old boys realize that, the sooner they’ll realize their pocket books will begin to grow with a perfectly implemented SEO/SEM campaign from Fresh Traffic; Winnipegs tried, tested, and true, SEO Experts.

How to Become an SEO Expert

Aug 25, 2009   //   by freshtraffic   //   seo, SEO Expert  //  Comments Off

Search engine optimization (SEO) is more difficult than rocket science. Becoming a Jedi-level SEO master requires years of practice for most mere mortals, and like a Jedi, if one falls out of practice, one’s skills quickly wane.

This is not a static science. Search algorithms change constantly, and as they are carefully protected secrets, one can never know what those designing the search engines are really doing under the hood.

No, it’s not rocket science; A more apt analogy would be trying to reverse engineer a UFO that one can only see from afar, the specs of whose propulsion system constantly change.

Do not kid yourself: Becoming a genuine expert in this field is no easy task. In addition to all the knowledge needed, competition can literally be fierce. Your competitors may even actively sabotage you. One mistake can undo months of hard work.

If working on behalf of a client, you had better be darn sure that you keep your methods above board so that you do not get their site exiled to the far reaches of the Internet where it will never be found.

Meanwhile, some of your competitors will be using very underhanded techniques to try to make that happen. Like I said, it’s hard to reach Jedi level, and once you do, you have to take care to stay on the bright side of the Force.

If you are in business, it is extremely important to choose the right SEO company or employee.

If you want to become the right SEO company or employee, here are a few suggestions on ways to train yourself (and being self-taught is the only way to do this):

1. Build at least five websites and administer them for at least a year. Keep each one separarate from the others, its own little sanitary petri dish not to be sullied.

2. Go about it scientifically. Test hypotheses rigorously until you have a few bona fide theories. Keep good records and track results. Take special note of changes in search engine behavior and the keywords and descriptions that draw your visitors. Connect those changes to your SEO activities.

3. Learn how to identify effective keywords. Despite what you may have heard, this is not as easy as finding words that are both searched for and non-competitive. It’s best to be somewhat intuitive. What keyword combination are potential customers likely to use as opposed to bored or curious web surfers?

4. Use different tools until you find one that works. I have my favorite, but I’m not going to mention it in this article. We all have to have our little secrets.

5. Success before sales. Once you have at least 20 pages to the top for fairly competitive keywords, you can turn prospects into clients.

6. Play your cards somewhat close to your chest. Once you have some success, take a cue from the people who write the search algorithms and keep your exact methods to yourself. Also train and improve continuously so that your skills do not slip.

If you go through that training course, you will become a Jedi-level SEO expert who commands top dollar and deserves every penny.

Here at Fresh we have been doing this for over 10 years, yes the boss is really the master.

Three top organic SEO tips to improve your web page rankings

Aug 24, 2009   //   by freshtraffic   //   organic, seo, seo techniques  //  Comments Off

Three top organic SEO tips to improve your web page rankings in YOUR competitive world!

Organic SEO TIP 1
Ensure that the key phrase you are chasing is in the title, first line of your copy and also the description tag.

SEO Organic Tip Two
It’s important that real life human beings can understand the words on the page and that it is not written just to impress the search engines. You’ll be doing business with real people not computers so address their needs.

Tip 3 to rock your Organic SEO
Ensure you link out from your article to at least one other website… ideally half a dozen or more. These contextual links will boost the relevance of your story and so help it fly.

What Does An SEO Company Do?

Aug 24, 2009   //   by freshtraffic   //   seo, seo techniques  //  Comments Off

SEO companies employ techniques designed to boost your Web site’s ranking on search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc.). Unlike pay per click services, many SEO offerings can’t be tracked in terms of exact ROI — many techniques are used together to drive overall Web traffic. Most SEO companies provide some or all of the following services:

1.Web site and Server Audit – Most SEO firms start here, making sure that search engines are able to properly index your site. This can include making changes to your site map and other revisions.
2.Manual Submission – SEO companies regularly submit your site to search engines for indexing. Note that some in the SEO community feel this process isn’t strictly necessary.
3.Link Building – Links from other sites that “point to” your site are a valuable part of any SEO effort.
4.Keyword Research – What search queries are your target customers entering? What words (if any) do your competitors have a stronghold on? Keyword research is both a science and an art — most SEO companies use proprietary software programs to help them determine which popular keywords are worth “targeting” and then work with you to incorporate those terms into your site’s text and external links.
5.Content Writing – The firms will help you create new or revised site content based on keyword research.
6.Tracking and Maintenance – Search engine ranking is only temporary. The relevant keywords can change and the search engines are constantly tweaking their algorithms. That means maintaining a high ranking requires monitoring and ongoing effort.
Of course, specific companies will provide additional services or specialize in a particular area. But a basic SEO contract should address most of the services above.

Looking for Expert Advice on SEO? Call us today 204.942.4200

Happy Anniversary Fresh Traffic Canada

Aug 20, 2009   //   by freshtraffic   //   fresh traffic, seo, SEO Expert, website optimization  //  Comments Off

Well it seems myself and Google have yet again something in common, birthdays.

Google went public 5 years ago and Fresh Traffic moved to Canada 2 years to the day.

To say it has been a hard slog would be a understatement, 4/5 years behind the times where the Internet is concerned, It felt like the Jurassic era, some company’s here still think it’s a fad, unbelievable.

Never one to quit though we have soldiered on spreading the word of search marketing and web optimization use for business.

I was invited to come look at Winnipeg Manitoba the heart of the continent after intially agreeing to go setup office in Toronto, boy was I surprised.

The place is great, the people are great and lots of opportunity, but business marketing here is well, old and local.

Marketers here still look to local Rags, local radio, oh… and of course the billboards and buses. Some are still amazed with their zerox machines and some have fax too.

Now for someone who was taking payments by text message in Europe 6/7 years ago, marketing the internet in 1999 and leading the search engines top listings from 1997, you can see this would be a bit of shocker.

Times are changing though, the news has arrived that the US has a new President and yes he won the election with help from the internet. The local papers now talk about twittering and radio adverts even mention www. in advertising.

Manitoba is trying to be greener, so hopefully all the monies spent on glossy magazine advertising that get 500 readers might soon change to PDF’s and save loads of trees.

Fresh is trying to do its bit for Manitoba by planting the oranges and seeds around the Province in hope that they will one day take root and prosper the new business with fresh ideas.

Would I change anything? Not on your life

Google's anniversary gift: A 420% gain

Aug 20, 2009   //   by freshtraffic   //   Google, SEO Expert  //  Comments Off

The search engine titan’s stock has more than quintupled since it went public in August 2004. But will Google’s next five years be as successful as the past five?

Can you believe that it’s already been five years since Google went public?

The search engine giant debuted on Aug. 19, 2004 at $85 a share. Today, the stock trades at about $445. That’s a nearly 420% return during a time when the Nasdaq is up only 8%. And shares of top rival Yahoo! have been nearly cut in half during the past five years.

Yet, it doesn’t look like all those Googleaires are too interested in celebrating their 5-year anniversary as a public company. Check out the Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) homepage and you don’t see one of its usually witty cartoon renditions of the logo like you do on other “holidays.”

Nonetheless, it’s been an interesting five years for the search giant to say the least.

The company has used its strong stock price and mountain of cash reserves as currency to scoop up the likes of YouTube, DoubleClick and Postini to name a few.

Google has also remained relatively focused its core search business, resisting the temptation to go overboard in the glitzy, but not all that profitable, social networking business. And that’s a good thing.

It’s common knowledge in the industry and online that Google Inc also bought my company happily named Google back in 2004 before going public.

I often wonder what would have happened if I had not agreed to accept their out of court settlement and NDA back then, mind you I can take away many friendships made and the knowledge that we are one of the few elite company’s in the world who actually know how it is done.

May be I will write a book one day, we only agreed a 3 year non disclosure and keep your mouth shut until we are up and running.

Nothing has changed really, Google is fundamentally the same, it works the same, they have just added and titivated a few thing, how do we know this? well everyone of our clients is still page one, yes even 5 years on.

Hotel SEO Services

Aug 20, 2009   //   by freshtraffic   //   hotels, seo  //  Comments Off

In the past, hotel chains were only working on taking their Brand to the next level and used to spend millions of dollars on expensive advertising budgets. Many Hotels had so good name that their Marketing was restricted to retaining old customers but today that is not enough. With the growth of Internet – Travel & Leisure Industry also saw a shift in the pattern of the customers. Attracting New clients became tough, competition increased and according to a recent survey nearly 40 % of the bookings are booked online.

According to one survey conducted in recession times – Hotels that had an Ongoing SEO Campaign saw less fall in hotel bookings in comparison to the Hotels that didn’t have an SEO Campaign. 500 Hotels in the US were surveyed. Experts say that Internet hotel marketing is key for growth and gaining traffic.

It is expected that Online Bookings will increase in the days to come which seems to be true due to the reason that today Online Air Tickets bookings are increasing , cars can be rented online hence hotels are going to be searched and booked more online in future. The use of fax and phone for hotel booking have drastically fallen down which was the main source of booking in past especially from used by Corporates for Hotel bookings.

Hotel Industry has avoided the fact that ” If Hotels avoid the manner how the customers want to communicate and wants to keep on using the traditional methods of Hotel booking then it will be do difficult for them to retain old customers and survive”.

Few hotel online marketing strategies we use are:

1) We add Customer Reviews (testimonials) and ratings to their hotel’s F & B, Room Service, Hygiene, Internet Service at the Hotel etc. which has increased mileage in hotel bookings.
2) Many of our clients saw a drastic increase in their business in matter of days after we uploaded their Business (Hotel) Address on Google Maps.
3) As a part of Internet Marketing we can Promote the hotel by Releasing Internet Press Releases which is a proven technique of Search Engine Optimization in which we can Promote Deals and educate the customers by providing them knowledge about our Hotel and the services we offer in a very informative and innovative manner.

We Optimize your existing website to generate more traffic and ultimately increased revenue. Our SEO Campaigns are designed to provide everything you need to raise your website rankings in search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. To begin with, your website will be researched by our Experts and an SEO Analysis will be provided which contains the Suggestions and inspection report of your website.

Feel free to contact our SEO Experts and request for an SEO Analysis !

Developing a Website That Generates Traffic and Increases Sales

Aug 19, 2009   //   by freshtraffic   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

When you own a business, your website is one of your most important tools that can be used to reach new customers and generate higher sales.

Whether you have an established website that is not currently working for you, or you are a complete newbie to the online marketing world, improving your website so that it generates traffic and increases sales is the right thing for your business.

Without a high quality website that attracts visitors and provides you with a way to capture information, you are not using the Internet’s power to its full potential. The information below can provide you with an idea of why a good website is so important for your businesses’ bottom line.

Why is a Quality Business Website so Important?

A high-quality business website provides you with a way to capture the enormous amount of traffic that is on the Internet. It also makes your business more accessible to your customers.

It does this, by giving website users a way to contact you or find out valuable information about your products or services without having to get on the phone, and during non-business hours.

There are literally millions of people searching the Internet for various reasons on any given day. If you are not trying to capture some of those visitors, then you are losing out on many potential sales each month. Just as your store gives you a physical presence a high-quality website provides you with an online Internet presence.

Benefits of Having a Good Website

As a business owner, there are many benefits to having a quality website that is able to not only generate traffic but also increase sales for your company. The first benefit that a business website can provide you with is it enables you to have access to customers that you otherwise might not have contact with.

Without a website, you are only able to reach your potential market through traditional means, and not those potential customers that primarily use the internet for their purchase research.

By enlisting the help of an internet marketing service company, you can create a highly effective direct response website that enables you to reach out to Internet traffic.

By adding an opt-in form to a quality website, you can increase your earning potential each year by at least 20%. An opt-in form provides a means of capturing visitors’ contact information. This is very valuable as it will allow you to send current and potential customers information about promotions, important updates, and special sales events throughout the year.

The visitors on your list will be people that you know are already interested in the services that you are offering, and by sending out a sales message to them your rate of return will be much higher than with an untargeted ad in the newspaper.

One of the most important benefits that a business website provides is that it allows you to remain a step above your competition. If other related local businesses do not currently have websites, you are already reaching far more people than they are.

By creating a high-quality website that can generate massive traffic and drive sales, you are ensuring that your site will be listed before the competitions’ in the search engine rankings.

How to Develop a High Quality Business Website

Unless you are professional, the best way to develop a high-quality business website is to seek out an Internet marketing company or web designer that can create a customized plan for your business.

These companies have experience marketing to those online, and they can help your website by marketing it for targeted driven traffic, and ensuring that it gets ranked well within the search engine listings.

Off-line business owners can increase their revenue by creating a business website or revamping their old one. Without a high-quality site that is able to generate traffic and increase your sales, your online presence will do you no good. Enlist the help of a professional Internet marketing company to develop a website that will help your business thrive.

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