10 tips for giving your social media marketing a boost of energy in second half of 2014 Social Media Marketing blog posts seem pretty redundant these days. Fortunately we pioneer new tools and techniques every day, and have boiled some of our favorite tools and best practices...

One of the questions we often hear from current or potential clients is "Do you outsource your content generation?" Nope. At times, the question is more along the lines of "Is your team here in Seattle, and can we meet with them?" Yep. What's important to our...

Blogger is a Google tool that allows anyone with a Google account to make a blog from a template, which is then hosted by Google, complete with a unique domain name. Many small business turn to Blogger to save money on hosting costs – as it is a free tool – while building more visibility to their main websites. Better still, Blogger makes it easy for even the least tech savvy among us to begin publishing on a blog without having to worry about coding, design, and even content organization.

During the 1990s Internet boom, search engines (and thus organic traffic) hadn’t quite taken hold of the market yet. Business owners passed out pencils and mouse pads with their websites emblazoned across the front, so it’s obvious that the name of the game back then was building a brand — similar to the Amazons and YouTubes we have today. While branding is still an important consideration, organic SEO is the name of the game for now.

That being the case, choosing good keywords for your SEO marketing campaign is vital to being successful online. Click here to read last week’s Part I of this article.

One of the first steps to marketing any website is to research appropriate keyword targets for link building, on-page optimization, and social media exploits. Of course, it’s also one of the areas where most new SEO professionals make the most (and the biggest) mistakes. Many new web developers simply state that they’d like to “rank number one.” My first question is always “for what?”

It should go without saying that keywords are what drive search engine rankings. Your site could rank rather well overall for multiple keywords, but the main focus is on intelligent keyword targets with adequate traffic to secure visitors, and little enough competition to give you a chance to compete with other websites trying to rank for those same keywords.

So how do you determine the right keywords for a SEO marketing campaign? How can you use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool effectively to nail solid keyword targets for your website?