I've been building, fixing, and optimizing websites for nearly 15 years. In that time, I've seen people do some crazy things to their websites; but, more often than not, it's the simple SEO mistakes that do the most harm. In this post I'll go over the top things I've encountered over the years that do more harm than good.
Search Engine Optimization
How Do Search Engines Find My Website?
June 19th, 2014
How do search engines find your website? Many business owners struggle with getting their websites listed in Google because they simply don't understand how search engines work. In this post we'll be take a beginners look at how search engines work, how they find your website, and what you can do to attract their attention.
Announcing Online Reporting
June 16th, 2014
AWG is excited to announce a complimentary upgrade: Online Reporting. We believe that this system will provide your internal marketing team better accessibility to actionable data. In this article we will review some of the benefits to using the new online reporting system.
Artificial and Unnatural Linking – Conducting A Backlink Risk Assessment
June 6th, 2014
Google's policy that linking should be for editorial purposes only, and not to improve your search engine rankings has been pretty consistent for nearly a decade. There have always been gray areas, that have been open to interpretation and debate. Sometimes tactics that were perfectly fine and considered acceptable, will be abused, and be frowned upon by Google. These edge tactics can put you on the receiving end of an "Unnatural Links" warning letter in your inbox, followed by dramatic decrease in traffic.
Is The Copy On Your Website Relevant Content?
May 29th, 2014
There’s an often used line in the internet marketing industry: Content is King. This means that the site that has the best content for its intended user base is going to garner the most rewards. Higher CTRs (Click Through Rates), revenue, goal conversions, keyword rankings are all possibilities. In this article we'll discuss how to find out if your website is hitting the mark and is truly relevant content for your users.
Is Parallax Web Design Good For SEO?
May 22nd, 2014
One of the latest and most popular trends in website design and development is Parallax Webdesign. In this article we're going to be taking a look parallax web design, some of it's pros and cons, and their impact on search engine optimization.
Which Is Better For My Business: On Page or Off Page Optimization?
May 16th, 2014
There are two types of search engine optimization that are performed on a website: on page and off page. The question that most website owners have is which one will help their website rank in the SERPs the most effectively. In this article we'll review what each process entails.
URL Structure Matters
April 10th, 2014
When your website is your only business presence it is even more important to ensure that your website is fully optimized. This article is the first in a series discussing aspects of site optimization and what Active Web Group can do to help your site to gain traction in the Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs). One of the aspects of a website that will impact it’s rankings and must be inspected is a site’s link structure.
Five Steps to Increase Traffic With a Company Blog
March 21st, 2014
Your business’s website is so much more than just a place to sell goods and services on the web. It is also a place to engage your potential customers in a manner that increases brand awareness. By implementing a blog on your company website you are able to regularly connect with customers by providing information about your business and its related industry. But where to start? In this post we’ll go over the five steps of developing and creating a blog for your company website.
Do I Need a Facebook Account For My Business?
February 27th, 2014
Does your business need a Facebook page, can you use your personal account, and what are some of the best practices for companies and small businesses who are trying to get involved in social media? In this post we'll take a look at those questions and more.