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Google Webmaster Tools Overview

Posted on: February 22, 2010 by in Uncategorized
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Google Webmaster Tools is a free service that provides a good amount of information directly from Google.

Below are a few of the features with Google Webmaster Tools:

1. Errors

Google Webmaster Tools shows all sorts of errors within your site. Webmaster tools shows not only 404 pages, but unreachable urls as well. Also you will be able to see what urls are being restricted from crawling by the robots.txt file. This is good to know in case someone accidentally blocks too much.

2. Site Defaults

Tell Google to show your page with the www or without www, set a geographic
target and select if you want the images to show up in Google’s enhanced image search.

3. Analyze Meta Descriptions and Title Tags

Google will show a list of URLs that have duplicate title tags or
duplicate meta descriptions as well as if there are pages with too
short or too long meta descriptions or titles.

4. Top Search Queries

Webmaster tools will show the top search queries that Google is seeing for your domain.

5. Manage Sitelinks

If a site is fortunate enough to get sitelinks under your listing in Google, webmaster tools can help you manage the links

Is Yellow Page Advertising Ineffective Now?

Posted on: November 9, 2009 by in Featured, Uncategorized
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I picked up the Yellow Pages the other day, for the first time in probably 3 years.


The book was printed in 2008, but why was it referencing 1999? Isn’t that right when the Internet really started taking off, you know the year before Y2k. 1999, when 83 million adults were accessing the Internet and spending an average of 12.1 hours per week. (from Media Awareness)

Fast forward to 2009 when there’s over 220 million people using the Internet. That’s 74% of the entire United States’ population.(from Internet World Stats)

So why are the yellow pages still referencing studies and statistics that were from 10 years ago? If more and more people are using the Yellow Pages, why are they using these old statistics?

So hmm? Think maybe they are hiding something, This is VERY misleading.


In 1999, “66% of consumers reference the White Pages an average of 3.2 times per week.”

In 2005, “78% of consumers reference the White Pages an average of 2.5 times per week.”

I really can’t see how many consumers they took into this study. I’m no mathematician, but people who bought something through the Yellow Pages would have had to look at the book roughly 130 times per year. This really doesn’t add up. Seriously, who needs to check the yellow pages that many times a week and per year? These statistics are getting a little ridiculous.

Another great point about the wording here, the statistics are based on consumers ONLY, not the general public, which is what really matters for any business. How many doorsteps do these books get dropped on to just get thrown in the trash or just left on the porch?

Another Good Read

2005 Metered Ad Study

On page 6, you’ll see that the average annual calls for local display and ad space dropped from 885 to 784 between 1999 and 2004. That’s a drop of 11%. This is in 2004! Fast forward to 2009,  5 years later when the calls are still declining and costs are increasing!

Let’s just assume each call had an average cost of $10. That means, it cost $8,850 to advertise in 1999. Without the consideration of inflation, the cost per call is now $11.28. To reach the same 885 phone calls, that’s an additional $1,140.11.

Let’s not forget we haven’t discussed conversion, and revenue.

Are Yellow Pages Print Ads Cost Effective?

So how effective really is the Yellow Pages? Does spending roughly $25,000 into a book that no one really looks at actually help increase your business?

In a recent report by Blue Corona, who conducted their own performance tracking to determine how well the Yellow Pages was doing, they soon realized that business had declined drastically while costs have skyrocketed.

I don’t get it. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Why would you spend your money in advertising that doesn’t work?

Needless to say, after the results, the client company refused to do business with them again unless the listing was free.

Reference: Blue Corona

If you’re still using it, it’s best that you have some sort of tracking system to see what kind of sales it is bringing in. My suggestion would be to try Internet Marketing!

SEO Outsourced? Or In House?

Posted on: November 7, 2009 by in Uncategorized
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Search Engine Optimization in house can be a lot more time consuming, and costly than most people initially believe.

If you hire an “SEO Expert” who is responsible for:
– Staying up to date with new rules, changing trends, algorithm changes

their base salary would be roughly $75,000- $150,000+  so your looking at roughly $6,500  to  $12,500 a month,  and roughly $40-$100 an hour.

For most employees it takes 2-3 months to see if that person is up to the job or not, and that’s about $20,000 later, with no guarantee that you will get results. And if you don’t, you’re already 3 months behind.

If they are successful, your company just paid $75,000-$150,000 for SEO.

When implementing successful SEO campaigns you need SEO teams, with individuals that specialize in different areas. Most likely the SEO that you would pay $75,000-$150,000 for isn’t going to spend their time in the trenches, writing content, and link building. At Web1syndication, our team has the availability of over 400+ people, that include writers, link builders, and account managers.

The Choice is up to you

Keyword Research: Broad vs. Exact Match

Posted on: November 7, 2009 by in Uncategorized
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When doing keyword research it is very important that you understand the competition, and what it’s going to take to get in the top 3. It is also very important that the data that you are looking at is correct. A lot of people go after keywords that are getting far less traffic than they think. In this example were going to use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool, and do a search for “toner cartridges”.

broad match
Take a look at the search volume, “1,500,000” searches per month. Also take a look at the match type in the top right corner of the image, its set to “Broad”. The “Broad” Match Type will return all searches with the word “toner” and “cartridges” but not necessarily together.

Instead of using “Broad”, use “Exact” as the Match Type, and you will get the real results:

Exact Match

The “Exact” match as you can see is getting 22,000 searches per month, about 20% less than the “Broad” Match Type, and is the real number. The “Broad” Match Type is the default setting, and can really mess with your thoughts, and strategy… know the difference!