Category: Search Engine Optimization

The Basics of SEO Copywriting

1.      Content is King! Before you begin copywriting make sure you have done your keyword research and assigned a selection of keywords (ideally shoot for five or six) to each page of your site. Try to utilize each page’s target keywords at least once within the body content. Use the primary keyword (you might choose […]


Quality Score: the Great Misnomer

One of the great Adwords misnomers (a term which suggests an interpretation that is known to be untrue) is the phrase “Quality Score”. The name implies that it is a measure of the ad copy’s merit, when in fact it measures more than just this. It measures not just “relevancy” and landing page quality, but […]


Straightforward Ways to Improve Page Speed (Part 2)

This continues our discussion about “page speed” and what’s needed to stay competitive in organic search rankings. If you missed first blog, go here. Though Google said that it expects fewer than 1% of search queries to change as a result of incorporating site speed ranking to their algorithms, many site owners want to improve […]


Google Instant FAQs

1. What Is Google Instant? It’s a new feature that predicts what an online user is searching for and shows results as the user types. 2. What are the benefits? Instant results allow searchers to find what they’re looking for without clicking ‘enter’ or ‘search’. According to Google this provides faster and smarter searches. 3. […]


Is Your Web Page Fast Enough? (Part 1)

That’s the question heating up blog airwaves since Google incorporated site speed as one of more than 200 signals used to determine search rankings. To get answers, site owners are using the Google Page Speed Tool and Google Webmaster Tools > Site Performance to track the speed of their site. The tool is bringing relief […]


How Mind Mapping Helps Smart Solutions’ Clients

For awhile now, our team has utilized Mind Mapping, from the tools from a great client, Mindjet.  Mind Mapping has assisted in organizing client’s site architecture while easily and quickly highlighting areas of weaknesses for content structure.    Recently, KM World Magazine interviewed Smart Solutions and posted an article, titled Enriching Web Sites and Engage Customers […]


Choosing the Right Business Name – from an Internet Marketing Perspective

What’s in a name?  Frankly, a LOT.  Any marketing and branding agency can go through the important details of naming a new business or one that is renaming from a brand perspective.  It’s fascinating how business naming research is performed, tested and consumer analysis is created – in fact I totally respect it.  However (and […]


Bend Blogging Panel – SmartGroup Recap Notes

Thanks to those who attended this past week’s September SmartGroup on Blogging.  It was an energetic discussion and our panelist did an excellent job on speaking to the do’s and don’ts of both business and personal blogging.  Below are the presentations from Andre Jensen and Meg Thompson as well as the notes from Jake Ortman […]


Linkbuilding Techniques for SEO – June SmartGroup Recap

Thank you to all that joined for this month’s discussion on link building! This is such an important topic as links are the currency of the Internet. Links are like the business referral you get from a networking event and add value to your site from a spider’s perspective and traffic/awareness from a human visitor. […]