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Google Search and Video

Video is and has been hot.  All the industry and SEO news seems to focus on video and video optimization. To test this theory I created a video blog and started putting the vehicle videos from YouTube on the blog.  I created a video XML site map and submitted it through Google Webmaster tools.  Most of the pages of the video blog were not indexed yet.  1 week into the experiment I’m not seeing any movement or improvement of the site at all. http://labadieusedcars.com/ I’m attempting to make 3 posts per day and will re-upload the video sitemap once per…

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Facebook “Like” Plug-In

I’m constantly looking for WordPress plug-ins to make my life easier and get my content found.  I’ve loaded, tested and deleted a ton of plug-ins.  Some don’t work consistently, some are too difficult to use and others just don’t work.  This week a plug-in was referred to me that does exactly what is says it does, is easy to install and simple to setup and use.  The plug-in is called “Like”. This plug-in works out of the box.  Download it and in the settings tell the software where you want the Facebook like button to show up and whether you…

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Banner Ad Creation

Task:  Hip Scion car dealership needs a banner for an extreme sports website. Issues: Very small banner Banner rotates at top of page Website is black, grey and dark blue Create something that visually stands out on busy page Need to make sure that banner uses mfg approved ad info Below is a screen shot of the banner ad on the top of the website it was created for – Banner ad created for Labadie Scion for www.aganation.com.  Going to AGA Nation stop in Birch Run?  I’ll be there – look me up and get your picture taken!

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Image / Banner Rotation Software

As a web designer it is always good to have some software in the arsinalthat makes the development process easier and faster.  Why spend time on programming when someone else has already done a great job and the software in reasonably inexpensive.  In working on a re-design for Labadie Toyota’s website they wanted more menu items on the home page.  The problem is the website is a template that is very limiting.  I have no server-side ability to put scripts or programs on the account.  So I needed something that would work from another server, can be changed whenever necessary,…

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Can You Find My Business?

As the Internet continues to increase the amount of information available at a phenomenal speed some of the basics for business owners are still getting missed.  Gone are the days of putting your business listing in the phone book and expecting to get phone calls.  In fact I don’t know anyone that still uses the phone book.  They are using the Internet to find everything either from their computer of cell phone.  As with everything else on the Internet there are a plethora of business listing websites.  Most will list your business for free and most require you to sign…

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Phrases That Sell

When you are called upon to write website updates all day long ones creativity is sometimes lacking.  This is where a book that arrived on my desk today comes in handy.  A few weeks ago I was going through a creative dry spell and did what most people do – started searching on google.  I found a this book, Phrases that Sell, by accident.  Only seeing a few pages of the book I was intrigued  Managing the business development center for a auto dealership group I figured this would be a great reference book to have in our office.  …

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Why I love bit.ly

I would love to say that I have thousands of Twitter followers and hundreds of friends on Facebook and that I’m a social media marketing aficionado.  Truth is that I have a lot of knowledge that I’m experimenting with. This brings me to url shortening. I have been using websites to shorten my url’s for posting on Twitter and Facebook for a while.  These are great and I can see in my website stats that it generates some traffic.  But I wasn’t sure if my efforts were really being rewarded.  I kept seeing bit.ly used by people who were SEO…