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SMX Advanced 2014 Top Takeaways

It’s been a few weeks since the SMX conference took up residency in Seattle focusing on advanced search marketing tactics. As with most conferences, it has taken us a couple weeks to wrap our heads around all the great information we received over the two days. This year’s conference definitely did not disappoint and was […]


Google Updates: My Business, Shopping Ads, Panda 4.0

It seems that almost every week there is a new or anticipated update from Google. Whether it’s an algorithm update for hummingbird, penguin or panda – or changes related to their many ‘products’ – one thing is for certain, Google’s practices are always changing. The last 6 weeks has brought a variety of changes to […]


Google Is Judging You by Local Citations

Similar to how scientists are judged by the number of times their work is cited by others. Google is using local citations as a way to decide the validity of your business. These local citations, which can include your business name, address and other information, can directly improve your local search marketing results. This is […]


Heartbleed Bug: What It Is & What You Should Do

As many of you are probably aware, a bug was recently discovered in the OpenSSL software used by roughly 2/3 of the sites on the Internet for SSL encryption. This is known as the Heartbleed bug. You are likely wondering if your site hosted by Smart Solutions is affected by this problem. That answer depends […]


Sign-up for Bend WebCAM 2014 before May 6 and Save!

For those of you who have attended Bend WebCAM (Web + Creative and Marketing) conference, you know what an amazing brain-boosting experience it is. Dates are set for this year’s two-day event on October 13-14, 2014. And we want you to be the first to know about this great registration deal: Temporary Insanity Pre-Agenda Special […]


Big Takeaways from SearchFest 2014

SearchFest is always a conference that we look forward to attending. It’s a full-day of insightful and powerful presentations on trends that are shaping Search Marketing and Social Media. The conference organizing body, SEMpdx’s, original mission was to “put search on the map in Portland, and Portland on the map in search.” Not only have […]


Google AdBirds

We received a notification in Adwords today about a new feature – AdBirds. According to Google, “AdBirds is a new ad format that allows you to take your campaign to new heights by placing ads on real birds.”  How cool is that?! *chirp chirp* How to Create an AdBirds ad Select an ad group Pick […]


Happy Holidays & Happy New Year From The Smart Solutions Team

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year from the Smart Solutions team. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients and partners for the past year. 2013 has been a great year for us, we look forward to a better year in 2014. We will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & […]


October Internet Marketing Conferences

Although searching the Internet, watching YouTube videos and reading blogs is a great way to learn more about web marketing, there’s nothing like sitting down in a lecture hall and having people like Danny Sullivan or Marty Weintraub speak to you about the latest updates and information in the search marketing world. Another thing that […]


Structured Data Markup

From Smart Solutions Last week we talked about structured data inside Google Webmaster—specifically through the Data Highlighter tool. Today, we’re going a little deeper into what structured data really is, and how to implement it directly onto your website. What is Structured Data? Structured data consists of tags within your website’s HTML that help Google […]