Should you use WordPress for your Website?

Alot of my customers are asking about wordpress and I just wanted to write a quick post about the advantages and disadvantages of using WordPress.

Advantages of using WordPress:

-With a little bit of web knowledge and know how, you can customize the content and look of the site yourself, no webmaster needed.

-Automates alot of the busy work associated with the website.

-Plugins are available to do thing that otherwise would have cost alot more money (SEO, Contact Forms, etc…).

-it’s usually cheaper than making a website from scratch depending on how complicated the layout is.

-Automatically submits to search engines!!

Disadvantages of using WordPress:

-Your website isn’t truly custom unless you develop a custom skin for it.

-Some things that you want to do with the site may be unobtainable due the nature of wordpress and your technical ability.

-You can almost always tell a site is built with wordpress which sometimes confuses users when identifying with websites.

I would recommend WordPress to individuals or business’s who meet the following criteria:

-Smaller website budget.

-Want to edit the content themselves and not have to use a webmaster for those type of edits.

-Don’t mind the possibility of seeing other websites on the internet that may look similar to yours.

Overall, WordPress is a somewhat complex program to setup if you don’t have any previous web or database knowledge, but once setup and running it’s easy to learn and fairly straight forward to customize. If you are looking for a custom wordpress website or need a free quote, give us a call and we will give you a free estimate that same day.
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SEO is like fine wine, it only gets better age!

I wrote this sentence in my last blog post and thought I would expand on it a little bit. This is often a term I used to put SEO in perspective for most new clients that I work with. Some people have been misinformed or lied to when it comes to SEO.

4 Misonceptions about SEO:

-#1 organic or natural search engine rankings can’t be obtained over night.

-You can’t buy your way to the top of natural/ogranic search. This is free reign and has been dominated by the SEO wizards for years.

-Immediate results. You won’t see results generally for 2-6 months unless you are in an industry that is very niche and has little competition both on and off the search engines.

-The keywords meta tag isn’t really important, so if you are a business owner doing SEO yourself, don’t waste to much time on it. Here is a link showing Matt Cutts, in charge web spam for Google saying that google doesn’t use the meta keywords tag at all for ranking purposes.

For a domain that is brand new, you shouldn’t expect any real significant results to determine ROI or other reports until 4-6 months. Domains that are brand new often get put in a sandbox that google uses in order to put spammy site in their search engine. After this waiting period, Google then gives them a shot.

For older domains, 1 year or older without a history of penalties or being blacklisted you should expect to see changes in your traffic within a few months. Generally the older a website is, the more trust Google will have.

When setting up a budget for SEO, you and your company should think about your industry and how competitive it is. In an industry such as mortgages or foreclosures, you will need to be very patient as there are a lot of websites vying for a piece of the search engines right now and you can expect to pay more due to the amount of work needed to be done by your SEO company in order to get you to the top. If you are in the business selling a new product or service that doesnt exist than your search engine wait time will probably be much less and the amount of work your SEO company needs to do in order to get you there will also be less.

Choosing the Right SEO Company

When choosing a website design or SEO company, you should be very careful in your selection. The reason why Epic Web Solutions is growing is because there are a number of website design SEO companies out there that use blackhat SEO techniques and other malicious tactics to try and rank well.

Things to know when looking for an SEO Company:

-Google is very smart, if there was a way to get #1 overnight everyone would do it. If your industry isn’t competitive or is in a very niche market, than you will probably see results quicker than most, but overnight just doesn’t happen. SEO is like fine wine, it only gets better with age.

-#1 rankings can’t be guaranteed for anybody. SEO is all about a bunch of little things making up one giant SEO powerhouse. On page optimization alone won’t get you to the top, nor will just link building without on page optimization.

-Reports, Reports, Reports. We don’t reuquire contracts or other things of that nature. We ask all of our customers for at least 2-6 months to really gain some traction, and after that it’s up to them. If the customer isn’t getting the results they would like then fire us. You should never have to sign a contract, but should always allow an SEO company to have a few months to gain some traction. SEO doesnt happen overnight. Your SEO company should give you reports at any frequency you wish so you can measure the success of your SEO campaign. If an SEO company is hesitant to provide you with reports than you should be weary about using them.

-If you are in a highly competitive market, be patient. Markets such as real estate, mortgages, insurance or travel etc… require extra time as these industries are very competitive in on the search engine and require more attention/work.

Other things to consider when choosing an SEO company are it’s current customers and there industries. Ethical SEO companies wouldn’t provide SEO to directly competing companies as it would be a conflict of interest.

If you would like a free website SEO analysis from Epic Web Solutions, call or email us at anytime.

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Office: 623-252-3584

SEO Tips for Business Owners

Are you a business owner that doesnt have a full time web or seo person? Here are some tips that can help you improve your rankings that you can do on your own.

1.) Get your vendors or customers to put a link on their point to your website.

Getting 1 way in bound links for relevant websites is very important and can make a big difference. Links should only be from relevant website and the link anchor text should closely match the keywords that you would like to rank well for. For example, if I wanted a customer to post a link back to my website, it might say “Website Design & SEO” and if you click the link it opens my home (epicwebaz.com).

2.) Update your website on a regular basis with fresh compelling content

Google an all major search engines don’t like old stale websites. Search engines love fresh content that isn’t found anywhere else on the internet. Don’t ever duplicate anyones content and always make sure that you are writing your own content. Copying content from other web pages is considered duplicate content and is an easy way to get penalized or even banned from the search engine. One way of of adding fresh content is setting up a blog (wordpress, joomla, etc..).

3.) Social media

Most all social media is free, so you should always take advantage of it. Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in etc… can be a valuable tool for most business’s i. Following basic marketing practices with these is essential.

  • Only post business related information
  • Offer deals or discounts to try and guage ROI from these services
  • Use common sense when utilizing these tools, everyone can see what your posting so keep it clean.

Also, checkout HootSuite.com, this tool will help you manage all your social media and integrate it into one dashboard.

4.) Use Google Analytics, it’s free and powerful

Google Analytics gives you valuable information about your website such as keyword traffic, referring websites, bounce rate, etc… This tool is free and fairly easy to setup, contact your webmaster and have them install a small piece of tracking code on each page you want to track and just sit back and wait. After a few days you can analyze your traffic and make changes to your content to target different visitors.

5.) Don’t use a lot of flash

Flash looks great, and if used in moderation can make a website really pop but is also a double edged sword. Search engines at this point in time can’t really index websites that are all flash because they contain no text. The basis of search engine algorithms is that they crawl every website on the internet, index the text and rank you based on certain factors in relation to that text. If there is no text to index, then you can’t rank for anything. If you have a full flash website, just make sure you have an html version made and modify your robots.txt file to exclude the flash version from being crawled. Having an HTML version is also handy for people with slower connections.

I will be adding more tips as I go, but here are a few free resources that can be used to help your website rank better. These are intended for anyone with basic computer/internet knowledge. If you would like a free SEO or website analysis please call me.

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Nick Julia

Office: 623-252-3584