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5 Free SEO Tools To Boost Your Rankings

Search Engine Optimization can be an intimidating phrase to companies and individuals who aren’t familiar with everything it entails. From keyword strategies to fixing broken links, it can be overwhelming to try to accomplish everything at once, rather than take it one step at a time. Luckily, there are a number of tools to add more value to each effort. We have outlined five free tools that can help you the next time you want to tackle some digital marketing tasks.    

Google Keyword Planner

This tool addresses the most basic form of keyword research. It shows you what people are searching for and the volume of the search phrases. You simply type in one or more keywords, choose where you want to focus your search geographically and let Google take it from there. Along with search volumes for your phrases, Google’s Keyword Planner will also provide a long list of related keywords and phrases to guide you in the right direction. If you’re interested in a pay-per-click campaign, the Keyword Planner also provides you with the average cost-per-click price for each search phrase.  

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Keyword Finder

The Keyword Finder tool goes more in depth than Google’s Keyword Planner. Along with search volumes, this tool shows you the ranking score, or how difficult it is to organically rank, for particular search phrases. This helps you put together a thorough keyword strategy.  

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Check My Links

Broken links on a website can hinder any company’s organic search ranking efforts. Check My Links is a Google Chrome extension application that checks for broken links throughout your site. It can be installed directly into your web browser. Once installed, you will notice a small icon in the top right corner of your browser with a check mark. When selected, it will immediately activate and crawl the website you are currently viewing, searching for valid, invalid and questionable links. It will highlight where all of the links are located, making it easier to fix the broken ones.
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SEO Quake

SEO Quake  gives users the most on-page search engine optimization value. With the page analysis tool, you can see how the technical characteristics of your website compare to how Google and other search engines want them to look. Meta descriptions, headings and image tags are just a few of the things SEO Quake assesses. The tool also compares internal and external links on your website, as well as generates a keyword report showing the density of each individual phrase. SEO Quake is one of the best all-around search engine optimization tools for any company’s digital audit to improve their overall efforts.
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GTmetrix

One of the best pagespeed reporting tools, GTmetrix takes an in-depth look at how long it takes for your website to load. Simply type in a URL and wait for GTmetrix to work its magic. The dashboard will give you a pagespeed score, page load time and a variety of other technical aspects. Modern search engines have made pagespeed a top priority when it comes to organic rankings. Their ultimate goal is to give the user the best experience possible, and if a website takes too long to load, Google and other search engines are going to penalize it.  

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These five SEO tools can provide value to you as you modify your digital marketing practices. Search engine optimization doesn’t have to be a big scary monster that seems impossible to master. By taking it one step at a time and mastering the tools above, anyone can face it head on.

What SEO tools do you use?

 

 


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How A Sprint Team Can Help Your Agency’s Web Department

Ready, set, sprint! If you’re a marketing agency offering web development services, we have an idea for you. Sprint teams are a great way to alleviate frustrations and stresses with website projects. Clients’ busy schedules can make them hard to contact, timelines are often pushed back and the approval process can turn into a nightmare. All of these holdups create frustration for both parties, hindering the creative and production processes. In order to address these issues and move web projects into a shorter timeline, we came up with the idea of using a sprint team. Read three major advantages we found when using a sprint team for our web projects.

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  1. More client involvement: One of the vital components of our sprint team strategy is our level of engagement with the client while we build their website. Since our sprint projects typically only last one work week, we encourage our clients to be as involved with the creative process as possible within the five days. Each day, the client comes to our office and spends about one hour collaborating with our creative team to keep everyone on the same page. By the time the site is ready to launch, both the client and our agency have a clear vision of the design and what the website will accomplish for their business.
  2. Increase in weekly productivity levels: Often, web projects can get backtracked and put on hold. Whether it’s time spent on approvals and changes or busy schedules getting in the way, it affects the entire process of the project. The more time you spend adjusting timelines, designs and page layouts, the less the team produces. With a sprint team, each member dedicates their entire week to one project only. In combination with heavy client involvement, which keeps everyone on the same page, the sprint team is able to spend a majority of their hours throughout the week in production, which will help the agency’s overall profit margins.
  3. Opportunity for more work: This one is fairly obvious. If your agency is able to crank out a website in a matter of a few days versus a few months, it opens up a variety of opportunities for more business. It also gives your sales team a reason to go out and win more business! If your agency is successfully completing web projects in one or even two weeks time, it’s a major selling point sales can use when conversing with potential clients, keeping in mind if the websites are small enough to fit production into one week.

Although our sprint team is a work in progress, the results we are seeing thus far have been positive for our agency. Employees are happier and more productive and the agency-client relationship is stronger. Does your company have a process similar to our sprints for certain projects or clients?


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How To Analyze and Take Advantage of Twitter Analytics

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As time goes on, more companies are allocating extra efforts to marketing on Twitter. With more than 500 million tweets published everyday, it’s safe to assume Twitter is becoming one of the most prominent places for companies to advertise. One way to measure success is to pay attention to your analytics, which will help you make better decisions in the future. Here are five Twitter analytics in your dashboard you should be checking on a regular basis.

Tweet Impressions:

Tweet impressions refer to the amount of times Twitter users are exposed to your content. These individuals can be followers, as well as followers of people who share your tweets. When you pay close attention to the number of impressions your tweets receive, you get an idea of how engaging and valuable your content is. It also gives you a better understanding of how many people are seeing your content. If that number isn’t as high as you’d like it to be, you will want to make a stronger effort in increasing your followers.

Profile Visits:

Profile visits refers to the number of times Twitter users land on your profile page. There are a few different ways you can go about looking at this metric. One important aspect is your profile picture. Having an image that entices people to want to learn more about you can help increase the amount of profile visits, which increases the likelihood that they follow you, too. Another vital aspect of your homepage is the description, or what you want people to know about you. The most important aspect of your profile is having a professional appearance and manner. Take the time to think about what you want people to know about you or what you want to be known for. The more effort you make with your profile information, the more successful you will be with your Twitter efforts.

Top Tweet:

In your Twitter analytics dashboard you will see a section that identifies your top tweet from each prior month. Impressions, likes, retweets and mentions are all taken into account when identifying what tweet was the most successful. Take a look at your “top tweet” from each month and look for patterns. Was there a picture? If so, what style of imagery was used? What was the messaging? Was there a specific call to action? Was it promotional or was it something more personal? These are all aspects of your content that can be analyzed so you have an idea of what people want to see, and how they engage with it. This will help you pinpoint what you should be focusing on when curating future content.  

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Top Follower:

As you begin to grow your follower base, the analytics dashboard will help you identify which followers have the greatest influence in the Twitter world. Each month, take some time to learn more about these individuals. Who are they? Where are they located? Do they share similar interests as you? After you’ve made an effort to do some research on them, reach out to them and start a conversation. The more personal you are, the more likely they are to respond positively. The key is to be genuine and not come off like a salesman. By taking a little time out of each month to engage with your top followers, you increase the likelihood of turning these followers into advocates and influencers.

Top Media Tweet:

It’s no secret that a majority, if not all, of your tweets should include some type of multimedia, whether it be a picture or video. According to Twitter’s blog, tweets with photos receive 313% more engagement than tweets that don’t include an image. Each month Twitter analytics will identify which of these images or videos was the most successful based off impressions and overall engagement. Remember the style of image you used for that particular piece of content and use that information for reference in the future.   

If you or your company are utilizing Twitter, take a little time every now and then to peak at your analytics dashboard. Knowing what content has been successful for you in the past will help you determine what will most likely be successful in the future.   

If you are looking for more expertise about Twitter or other social channels, contact us!

What Twitter posts get your page the most engagement?


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Tell Us What You Want

We blog about a wide array of topics that revolve around marketing and adulting in the workplace. After researching material and writing these posts, we want to ask: What do YOU want us to write about?

We have created a survey so you can share your thoughts in a quick and easy way!

Just in case you need a refresher:

Marketing Trends

The marketing world is constantly evolving and changing. There are always new trends, apps and platforms emerging. Staying up to date on these trends is important and beneficial. Some of our previous blogs focused on this topic include 3 Web Development Trends You Need To Know About and How To Use Pokemon Go To Market Your Business.
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Marketing Tools

There are so many tools and so little time to learn all about them! Candeo Creative uses various marketing tools to help our team. One of our popular blogs in this category is 3 Useful Marketing Tools. This blog highlights tools important to our agency and how they help us in various ways.

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Social Media

Previously, we have focused on the benefits of various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Some blogs include The Benefits Of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and How To Make Your Business A Social Media All-Star. These blogs talk about social media as a whole, along with tips and suggestions.

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Candeo Creative

Writing about our company is always a favorite because there is never a dull moment. Our company is filled with creativity, excitement, fun and constant learning. Read What Makes Candeo Creative, The Power Of Kindness In The Workplace and The Soundtrack Of Candeo Creative. As you can see by the diversity of these titles, this category always has excitement!

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What do you want to continue reading about? Is it a category already mentioned or something different? Let us know by taking our survey! Your thoughts, comments and opinions are incredibly helpful and will help us better understand your interests! So, this is your time to tell us what you want, what you really, really want!

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5 Tips To Stay Active At Your Desk

Sitting at a desk all day can be difficult and bad for your health. It can cause back pain, soreness and make you feel groggy. However, don’t let this ruin your creativity or put a damper on your flourishing mind! Read these five tips to help you stay active at your desk:

1. Foot Alphabet

Yes, it is possible to exercise from your (hopefully) comfortable, cushioned chair! One exercise you can do is the foot alphabet. It’s simple and just as fun as it sounds! Take off your shoes (if you can), sit up straight with your feet on the floor and write the alphabet in the air with your big toe. After you finish, do the same thing with your other foot. This exercise helps with ankle strength and foot and toe flexibility. It’s also nice to get your feet and toes out of bunched up shoes.

2. Power Walk

At our office, we take five minutes twice a day to power walk! If you can, get up from your desk and power walk around your office. This helps you get out of your chair, be in a new setting and stay active. It’s also a great way to get those creative juices flowing!

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3. Posture

Posture is so important and it’s easy to become slouchy when you sit all day. Take some time to make sure your keyboard and mouse are far away enough away so your wrists are straight and elbows are tight next to you.

4. Fitness Ball

If it is possible, sit on a fitness ball instead of a normal chair. Sitting on a ball instead of a chair holds many benefits to your health that you many not even realize. According to the American Fitness Professionals and Associates, some of the benefits include burning calories, relieving back pain and toning your muscles! 

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5. Standing Desk

Another possibility, if your space allows, is a standing desk. If you aren’t able to get one, try to make it work with your surroundings. If there is a high shelf or table near you, rest your computer on it and work standing up. This allows you to stretch your legs and be just as productive, but in a healthier way.
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What do you do to stay active at your desk?