Improve Your Seach Ranking Results Last Updated 1 October, 2015

These terms and statistics inform you how Google identifies and sorts the content of billions of web pages.

#1 85% of people would rather provide an email for an ebook vs. paying with a tweet
Source: Unbounce
When you are putting your marketing strategy together this is important to consider because you want to collect emails for your newsletter distribution.

#2 Blogs give websites 434% more indexed pages and 97% more indexed links
Source: Content+
This proves the value to your brand of having a quality blog. Do it up even better by using blogger which is run by Google to stay in the news feed of the world's #1 search engine - Google.

#3 Producing enough content is one of the biggest challenges for marketers
Source: Content Marketing Institute
This is no mystery to anyone wants serious inline marketing success. Don't give up and stay creative.

#4 The average cost to generate a lead through inbound marketing ($143) is about half the average for outbound marketing ($373)
Source: EConsultancy
Inbound marketing is getting links to your site or blog from quality sites. PageRank is a factor, get links to your content from sites with a higher PageRank that your site has.

#5 Mobile commerce will account for 24% of global eCommerce by 2017
Source: Fact Browser
There is the proverbial writing on the wall. You better have your content done in responsive manner so you are optimized for mobile marketing.

#6 Google’s +1 button is used 5 million times a day
Source: Huffington Post
Not bad for a business that has been around for a few years. G+ is just going to get better and better. Be sure to have a presence there. It's easy to do. Remember myspace? Trends change and G+ is here to stay.

#7 There are 2.7 billion “likes” per day on Facebook
Source: Digital Trends
Facebook is a serious content for your marketing efforts.

#8 64% of people say they open an email because of the subject line
Source: Chadwick Martin Bailey
If you are not so good with subject lines - creating them. Send me an email, I will provide you with a couple of ideas.

#9 39% of marketers have no strategy for mobile email
Source: EConsultancy
Remember, marketing email doesn't mean sending hordes of email. If you are just sending out a few marketing emails a day, make them count.

SEO: 3 easy steps to improve your search ranking results

In the last two weeks I have been swamped with calls from people offering me SEO services. Naturally, I talked with them to see understand their services and prices. My disappointment was hearing fees ranging from $99 - $199 a MONTH, without a guarantee.

Here are three easy steps to measuring your SEO. It makes sense to decipher what your SEO dollars are returning to your business.

#1 Don’t base SEO results on finding the name of your business in search engines.

Obviously, your potential new customers don’t know the name of your business, all they know is a service or product they want to buy or use. I have seen too many people get excited about finding their business name in search engines, paying for that kinda result is a waste of money. Honest SEO results translate into people finding your business based on the description of your offering(s) AND your geographic location.

#2 Make a list of words/phrases that describe your services and/or products.

Making a list of attributes of your product or service is an effective method to identifying your SEO strategy Included in those should be geographic terms. To assist in your efforts make use of the the free Adwords tool in Google or Bing. Adwords are terms that can be purchased, by anyone, so that when someone searches on those purchased Adwords - an ad appears at the top of the search page page.

I don’t suggest the use of buying Adwords as an SEO strategy. But, researching terms in the Adword databases will help you understand what words/phrases people are using to find products like yours.

Assuming you have compiled your list of attributes, along with selecting some terms from Adwords, the next step is to build that SEO material into the content of your web/blog pages and your meta tags. Once you have given Google about 45 days to digest your content, search it using your SEO material. Is your business displaying on the first page of the search results? Taking that step is the only authentic method to validating your SEO dollars are accomplishing some results.

NOTE: Bing takes much longer to digest new content then Google. For sake of ease, I suggest trying your SEO results on Google first and Give Bing 120 days for new content digestion.

#3 Use organic SEO methods for long lasting, beneficial affects in search engine marketing.

The organic method means not purchasing Adwords, not buying clicks (users that visit your pages), or buying back links to your web site. Organic SEO relies solely on SEO material in your pages and adjusting your meta tags accordingly.

When you use organic methods in your SEO, as outlying in #2 above, you are putting an SEO strategy in place that will last through all the renditions of the software updates which make Google and Bing what they are - search engines.

Some examples of organic SEO results (don’t use the quotation marks) ….

- Google “seo ashland oregon” and my company, Ez Web Manifesting, is the second or third result.

- Google “placer mining consulting” and Gold Tower, goldtowner.com, is displayed at top of first page of search results.

- Google “roofing contractor jackson county” and Rogue Valley Roofing Company is listed on the first page of search results.

- Google “universal pipe clamp” or “universal plastic pipe clamp” and Kwik Block has results from their web site and YouTube video on first page of search results.