Convert Your Site from HTTP to HTTPS / Secure - Secure Label from Google Chrome

How to Convert Your Website to Secure / HTTPS

David G. Johnson Content Marketing, Small Business Marketing, WordPress 0 Comments

It’s time to “go secure.” That’s right, it’s 2017 and it’s time to convert your website over from HTTP to HTTPS. In fact, it’s been a good idea for a while now… especially since Google announced that it would begin to use HTTPS as a ranking signal back in 2014, which meant that sites using HTTPS connections for their visitors would begin …

Marketing Podcast for Small Businesses

Why Most Marketing Podcasts Aren’t for You

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

In most of the businesses we work with, a “Marketing Department” is simply nonexistent. When there’s a person (or persons) whose “job” is marketing, the reality is that they wear multiple hats. Think about your business for a moment: who is responsible for marketing? If your answer is: no one, everyone, Sally, but she’s too busy, or some form of “We …

Google's Latest Search Overhaul: Hummingbird

Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Google’s Hummingbird Update

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing, WordPress 0 Comments

Ever since Google announced the “Hummingbird” update on its 15th birthday, the web marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) community has been all aflutter (pardon the pun) with speculation about what this massive overhaul to Google’s search engine really means. As with Panda, Penguin and the other changes to Google’s algorithms over the last few years, my recommendation to our …

How SEO Hasn’t Changed [Infographic]

David G. Johnson Get Strategic, Rants, Small Business Marketing, Social Media 1 Comment

From the very moment we began providing training to business owners and marketing executives to help them understand how search engines work, we have preached a very simple message: Create content that delivers value to people in your target market. And do it often. I’m constantly amused by the SEO (search engine optimization) industry—when not infuriated by stories of ripoffs, …

Free Stuff on National Coffee Day!

David G. Johnson Marketing Training Event, Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

Today is National Coffee Day. I still haven’t figured out whose idea that was, but hey… I’m all for celebrating! Especially the beverage that I spend so much of my time with, and even attribute some of my business success to! Why do I attribute some of my business success to it, you ask? Well… aside from keeping me awake so …

TimThumb WordPress: How to Fix the TimThumb.php Vulnerability in Your WordPress Theme

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing, WordPress 8 Comments

This morning, I woke up to dozens of e-mails from my websites notifying me about issues. Worst of all, however, was the notification from MediaTemple: we’ve disabled your hosting account because your website is serving as a relay for spam e-mails. Yuck. Immediately, my mind went to the TimThumb.php issue that was discovered a couple of weeks ago and reported …

Help Boost Your Google Places Listing in Search Rankings

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 2 Comments

While Google Places is most important if you’re serving one or more local markets, every business should have (and use!) at least one listing on Google Places. If you don’t have yours set up yet, these instructions will help you get started. One you have your listing, however, how do you make sure it has good positioning in the search …

Promoting Your Brick & Mortar Business Online

David G. Johnson Small Business Marketing 1 Comment

According to Google: 97% of consumers search for local businesses online. If you don’t have a solid plan for creating visibility for your business, those people looking for your products and services will find someone else instead of you. So what can you do that doesn’t cost a fortune? Many businesses that we work with are surprised to find out …

Free Webinar June 30th: The Latest Tools for Attracting Local Customers

Free Webinar: The Latest Tools for Attracting Local Customers

David G. Johnson Get Strategic, Marketing Training Event, Small Business Marketing 0 Comments

Do you sell your products & services to one or more specific local markets? Have you convinced yourself that internet marketing doesn’t apply to your business because you serve a local audience? Are you confused by all of the latest options available to get the word out? Maybe you’ve wondered about: How Google “Places” (map listings) affect your Search Engine …