Does your web copy pass the aural test?

Putting SEO and keywords aside for a moment, let’s think about what constitutes good web copy. It should be current, original, informative and authoritative. Unfortunately, ignoring one major area will undermine your copy even if it has all those traits: readability.

Why the “contact us” page is crucial for conversions

Failing to bridge that crucial gap from customer to business owner online with a contact button is just as bad as forgetting to give your lovebird your phone number. Unless you operate a retail website with a full online purchasing and checkout system, you won’t convert customers if they don’t find you.

Google beefs up local reviews with purchase of ZAGAT

Google has bought successful restaurant/entertainment review publisher ZAGAT. The move is likely to make Google Places an even more trusted authority for local, user-generated reviews. Google Places scours the web for any information it can find about every business with a mailing address. It pre-populates information like pictures, descriptions, addresses, telephone numbers, etc. With Google’s purchase of ZAGAT, all of that content is likely to find its way on to Places (if not upcoming Google+ brand profiles).

If you can publish it on the web, you can optimize it

Sometimes, we forget that anything publishable online can be optimized. Because these types of files – like PDFs – are more difficult to manipulate than others, we often overlook them as SEO tools. Don’t! Using PDFs as an example, let’s explore how and why you can make any publishable web file work for you in your quest to optimize your site.