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Robintek News – December 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE ROBINTEK TEAM!

Merry Christmas from Robintek

Robintek Featured Product of the Month:

Mobile Website Design

Creating a strong brand and identity for your business allows you to consistently and clearly communicate and build your reputation with your clients. There are many aspects to a strong brand design including logo design, branding guides, and design consistency in all your business’ marketing materials. Robintek can help you develop your brand and identity design.


Robintek Featured Project of the Month:

GODofGAM3Z.com Kickstarter Campaign

We have helped GODofGAM3Z launch a fantastic idea for matching casual and competitive gamers to meet, play, and share their experiences!


Industry News:

Search engine king Google has announced that its Google+ network is putting more emphasis on “Interests,” and thus diminishing its Google+ Local pages for businesses.  They have reiterated that they are still committed to local search, but do not believe Google+ is the proper platform for displaying business information.  You can read the full article here, via Search Engine Journal, but here are the highlights:
  • Google+ started as a social network, but never gained the traction they were looking for to compete with the likes of Facebook. They kept the elements that were successful, like Photos, Communities, and Collections.  Google+ Local was the place where Google displayed local business data, but have decided that is no longer the appropriate place for that information.
  • The change will not affect SEO or the ability to attract new customers from Google. They will continue to display local business data in both normal search results and in map results, in fact, the map results now contain more information than ever about local businesses, which is a good thing.
  • The Google My Business dashboard is not changing, as a business owner, you will still update any information about your business there. Data from there will show up in Google Search, Maps, and mobile search.
Local Search is still an immensely powerful tool to attract new customers.  Per the article, here are some statistics that support this:
Robintek SEO services target local search and review your website to elevate your business in search results using a variety of tools, starting at $95/month.  Consistency is key, and Google will reward businesses that have consistent information across the web.  Our specialists know the best techniques for your business, let us know how we can be of service!

Industry News:

Does Mobile Friendliness Affect Your Website’s Search Ranking?

Mobile responsiveness is one of the biggest hot-button topics in digital marketing in 2015 as we head into 2016, and that was only strengthened by Google’s algorithm change in April of this year, putting a premium on mobile-friendliness of websites as one of the more important parameters for good search ranking.

In addition, 2015 is the first year that more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in the United States.  In anticipation of this, Google made the change to their algorithm to emphasize the importance of either mobile responsiveness of websites, or the existence of a standalone mobile website or landing page.  Google has also created a mobile-friendly test tool that allows users to enter a webpage URL and see if it is responsive.
Per Google Webmasters’ blog, this update will not affect searches from tablets or desktops.  Only mobile-friendly pages on a website will feel the positive impact, not the entire site, so essentially, making one page mobile responsive doesn’t mean Google will recognize your website as a whole to be mobile-friendly.  Finally, mobile-friendliness is recognized equally whether you have a responsive website design, or a standalone mobile site.
Robintek has been building mobile responsive websites for many years and has retro-fitted many sites for mobile-friendliness as well.  We are happy to consult on your needs and budget to determine which path is right for your business.  Let us know how we can be of service!

Does Mobile Friendliness Affect Your Website’s Search Ranking?

Mobile responsiveness is one of the biggest hot-button topics in digital marketing in 2015 as we head into 2016, and that was only strengthened by Google’s algorithm change in April of this year, putting a premium on mobile-friendliness of websites as one of the more important parameters for good search ranking.Mobile-friendly websites are good for search ranking in Google.

In addition, 2015 is the first year that more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in the United States.  In anticipation of this, Google made the change to their algorithm to emphasize the importance of either mobile responsiveness of websites, or the existence of a standalone mobile website or landing page.  Google has also created a mobile-friendly test tool that allows users to enter a webpage URL and see if it is responsive.

Per Google Webmasters’ blog, this update will not affect searches from tablets or desktops.  Only mobile-friendly pages on a website will feel the positive impact, not the entire site, so essentially, making one page mobile responsive doesn’t mean Google will recognize your website as a whole to be mobile-friendly.  Finally, mobile-friendliness is recognized equally whether you have a responsive website design, or a standalone mobile site.

Robintek has been building mobile responsive websites for many years and has retro-fitted many sites for mobile-friendliness as well.  We are happy to consult on your needs and budget to determine which path is right for your business.  Let us know how we can be of service!

Learn More About Mobile-Friendliness

WordPress Security Update – December 2015

To Our Valued Clients,
The following is an important announcement for any of our hosting customers using the WordPress platform for their website or blog:


WordPress 4.4 is now available. This is a core upgrade for all previous versions and we will begin updating your sites immediately.

During the update process, your site will be placed into “Maintenance Mode” until the new software installation is complete. It is also possible that the core WordPress software upgrade could affect other functionality on your website.

If after this update you notice any changes in aspects of your website or if you have any questions concerning this most recent security release, please email us at info@robintek.com or call 614-888-3001.

Thank you,
The Robintek Security Team

Google Is Changing The Way It Shows Local Search Results

Search engine king Google has announced that its Google+ network is putting more emphasis on “Interests,” and thus diminishing its Google+ Local pages for businesses.  They have reiterated that they are still committed to local search, but do not believe Google+ is the proper platform for displaying business information.  You can read the full article here, via Search Engine Journal, but here are the highlights:google local

  • Google+ started as a social network, but never gained the traction they were looking for to compete with the likes of Facebook. They kept the elements that were successful, like Photos, Communities, and Collections.  Google+ Local was the place where Google displayed local business data, but have decided that is no longer the appropriate place for that information.
  • The change will not affect SEO or the ability to attract new customers from Google. They will continue to display local business data in both normal search results and in map results, in fact, the map results now contain more information than ever about local businesses, which is a good thing.
  • The Google My Business dashboard is not changing, as a business owner, you will still update any information about your business there. Data from there will show up in Google Search, Maps, and mobile search.

Local Search is still an immensely powerful tool to attract new customers.  Per the article, here are some statistics that support this:

Robintek SEO services target local search and review your website to elevate your business in search results using a variety of tools, starting at $95/month.  Consistency is key, and Google will reward businesses that have consistent information across the web.  Our specialists know the best techniques for your business, let us know how we can be of service.

Learn more about SEO!

Robintek News – November 2015

Christmas and Holiday Photography Baby

Custom Holiday Cards and Christmas Photography

With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the time to think about correspondence and photography with a more wintery feel. Robintek is happy to help in this arena! Whether it is designing custom holiday cards in print or digital format, or taking photos of your staff on “Ugly Christmas Sweater Day,” consider us your one-stop shop for any and all of these things.

Also, think about the photos on your website. We can adapt your homepage to have more of a holiday or winter feel, with pictures containing holiday lights or snow, whatever your preference, Robintek can make it happen. Let us know how we can be of service!

Robintek Photography

AlaskOmega Website Launch

We launched the AlaskOmega site this past month, let us know how we can make your website as beautiful!

About this Client

“Organic Technologies is the producer of MSC-certified AlaskOmega® omega-3 concentrates and natural fish oil products. We start with wild-caught Alaska Pollock oil from the cold, pure waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea, which is then further refined and concentrated in our family owned and operated NSF-certified GMP facility in Ohio.”

AlaskOmega
 

November Newsletter

Industry News: SEO

You Keep Saying SEO – What Does That Mean?

SEO is a hot term in the marketing world today, and it seems like it’s one of those things you need, even if you aren’t exactly sure why. In the digital marketing realm, SEO is the cornerstone to any good strategy for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

First things first, what does it stand for? SEO is search engine optimization. We can almost hear you saying to yourself, “great, I’m still not sure what that means.” Search engine optimization is the practice of ensuring that a website can be found on search engines, by “baking in” relevant words and phrases for your business, as well as generating new content for the site (blog, updated FAQs) and having links to your company social media channels.

Why is this important? If you’ve put forth the effort to have a great looking website, the objective is to have as many eyeballs see it as possible, and for that to happen, the effort to make it optimized for Google (and Bing, Yahoo, etc.) needs as much attention and care as the aesthetics of your website itself. It doesn’t stop there though, as there are directories out there everywhere (YP.com, WhitePages, CitySearch, etc.) can list your business under specific categories, and having accurate name, address, phone number, and URL information (NAPU) is very important.

Google is the Goliath of the search engine realm, so any SEO efforts need to be made with them in mind first. What does Google want to see in order for your site to come up as highly as possible? Things like the title of the webpage, the meta description, and the headers need to be “keyword-rich” with the most relevant terms that users will type into a search engine to find your type of business. For example, if you have an antique shop, terms like “antique” and “vintage” should appear frequently.

Going beyond the keywords and phrases that will help your website get found, it’s not enough to just do those things once and leave it be. Google rewards sites that are constantly generating new content, whether that is in the form of a blog, or updating a frequently asked questions page, or even frequent posts to your social media channels. Reviews are ever increasing in popularity and importance to search engines. Google business pages now prominently display star ratings based on the reviews they’ve received.

As if that is not enough, Google also looks favorably on websites that are responsive to mobile devices, meaning they will shrink and reshape themselves on the screen of a phone or tablet, without sacrificing the integrity of the site and its content (not to mention, making sure you can still read it!)

Still not convinced as to why SEO is important for your website? Consider these numbers, courtesy of Paper.li and Forbes:

  • 97% of consumers now search for local businesses online
  • 78% of small businesses get at least a quarter of their new customers via social media
  • 75% of users do not scroll past the first page of search results
  • Over 82% of internet users use search

Robintek has the expertise to help with all these things, from redesigning your website to be sure it is properly optimized to feeding your business’ accurate NAPU info to over 75 directories in one fell swoop. The process might seem overwhelming, so let us know how we can be of service to you!

Request a Consultation

God Of Gam3z – Kickstarter Campaign

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Robintek is proud to be working on this project and campaign. Fantastic idea for all the gamers out there!

GodofGam3z – “GodofGam3z.com was started when we recognized a need to improve the gaming community and to provide a platform where casual and competitive gamers can meet, play and share their experiences. GodofGam3z.com seeks to create the most precise and convenient matching service ever. Our system will Find and Contact the people who best match your profile. We give you the communication and scheduling tools to get you playing now!”

Help the team at God Of Gam3z reach their Kickstarter goal by clicking here!

www.godofgam3z.com


New Website Design and Launch – Pioneer Energy Management

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Check out our new website design and launch for Pioneer Energy Management.

“Founded in 2003, PEM is a utility submetering company that provides private electric and water submetering systems. We offer meter installation, reading, billing, collections and street light repair services. Our mission is to provide excellent service that exceeds customer expectations.”


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