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As internet surfing and browsing methods develop, website builders should make sure that their websites are moving with the times as well. It’s a proven fact that literally 10’s of Millions of people are using Google Maps every single day when searching for products and services within their local area. The Google Maps list usually appears towards the top of the first page of any search lists so it offers a superb position advantage along with full details about your business, direct links to your website and all your contact details to hand to encourage maximum immediate response from browsers. So what are you waiting for, lets get YOUR business included in the Google Maps search lists now!
These days, websites without background videos run the risk of appearing old-fashioned. Even dinosaurish,
There’s nothing wrong with dinosaurs, or with looking like one. Dinosaurs are cool. Unless they’re chasing you of course.
But our new background videos have landed, exploded and changed the game. They have wiped out the old standards for beautiful websites, and have replaced them with a new standard that will leave all other websites looking like fossils.
Luckily, both our existing clients and our new ones have access to this brilliant new feature we’ve introduced, and we’d like to share its benefits with you today.
A superhero is only super because he or she stands out amongst the crowd. If we were a planet of flying, teleporting, time-freezing super-strong aliens, then we wouldn’t think there was anything super about us. When it comes to using formatting methods such as bold, italics, capitals or centering, all of these little text-enhancing superheroes will only stand out if they are used sparingly, in the right place, and when absolutely necessary…
Reviews, testimonials, recommendations – we all seek reassurance in them. We might even skip past the good ones just to see if there are any bad ones.Other people are sources of information for us. They can tell us whether this product or service is actually any good or not. Reading their testimonials builds trust in your business.
If I have multiple domain names, will my website rank better on the search engines? Will I be more likely to draw in extra traffic? Will my website become a supercharged powerhouse bursting with domain names that will become a magnet for new business? The answer might not be quite as positive as you would expect, but hopefully we can answer your questions during this article…
Choosing a domain name for your new business may not be as simple as you think. Most people just use their company name, but unless your branding is well recognised, this may work against you…
Is it possible for your business website to look too good? Too polished? Too slick? Too posh?
Perhaps it depends on how slick and posh you already are.
“If a customer fills out a form and adds their email address, what can I do with it?” This is a terrible question, asked by non-GDPR compliant cavemen and cavewoman who still think it’s OK to treat other people’s info as if it’s their own…
You are building a GDPR-friendly email list, and now you want to start sending out newsletters, the professional way. Where do you start?
“Don’t sell your product. Solve their problems.” Mark Cuban’s wise words sum up the art of selling – it is about helping people, fixing problems and improving the lives of others…
iF we’re honest, not many people will accuse you of clownery for not having a proper business email address. But they might not call you professional either…
Building a professional website to grow your business should be easy and seamless from start to end. We offer to build your business website for you, in four easy steps…
When July 2018 hits, Google Chrome will make sure a strong warning will pop up on any website that has not yet updated from “http” to “https”. The warning will include something along the lines of “Website Not Secure”. Here’s how to avoid it.
A free listing on Google Maps can make it incredibly simple for your existing and potential customers to find you very quickly. When customers search Google Maps for local information and companies, they can find your business, along with your address, hours of business, parking info, product / service information and even photos of your storefront or products. It's really easy to set up and even better ….. it’s FREE!
You use Google Places to create your free listing and once you’ve signed up you get all sorts of extra benefits and tools including the facility to manage your business information, Post coupons and live updates and you can see how you're doing with your very own performance dashboard. In addition to your Address and contact details, you can specify categories, payment options, business hours, service areas, and much more.
To start with, you’ll need to log into your Google Account. You should already have an account from when you verified your domain with Google via your DotGO Website control panel. If not, simply set one up now. Once you’re logged in, click Maps (top left) and click the link, which says “Put your business on Google Maps”. Then click: Add Another / New Business.
Simply follow the steps and enter all the information you have about your business to get the very best advantage. As you enter all your business information you can watch your Listing take shape over on the right of the page.
The second page offers the option to enter extra information, such as your opening hours, payment options and categories. You can also upload up to 10 images in this section too, so upload your logo and any other clearly relevant images you have, which best describe your business, products or services.
You can also add any other information here such as the brands you stock or the main services you offer or pretty much any other details, which you feel will encourage that all important response from potential customers.
The last thing you’ll be asked to do is to validate your listing, which is done by either phone or sms. Choose whether you’d like to receive a phone call or have a text message sent to a mobile and then Click Finish. You’ll be taken to your new Google Places Dashboard and you’ll receive a call or text with a code, which you’ll be asked to enter into your dashboard. Google will then create your listing in Google Maps and some other related Google services.
Your dashboard allows you to update and manage your listing. Choose what information emails you’d like to receive from Google about updates, news, offers, research etc and Click Save. Once your listing is validated, you can see its activity on simple charts. See your top search queries and Post news and messages to customers.
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One that looks professional on any device,
performs well on Google and is easy to update.
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