Inbound Marketing Blog

SEO and the "Promise" of #1 Rankings on Google

SEO and the promise of #1 ranking on GoogleI never thought I would be writing a blog about the promise of #1 Google rankings in 2014. It's kind of like Vanilla Ice discussing his best rap techniques in 2014. One would think the past few years of regular Google algorithm updates (and the associated penalties on companies trying to cheat the system) would have educated folks.

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What You Need to Know About the Heartbleed Vulnerability

What You Need to Know About the Heartbleed VulnerabilityYou may have heard the term “Heartbleed” over the past few days relating to online security. If you didn’t, buckle up, it’s about to get real scary because it could affect anyone. Everyone. Even you.

What is Heartbleed?

Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160) is a security vulnerability found in OpenSSL which is an open source library that is used by numerous developers and companies to protect your username, passwords, and other sensitive information online.
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4 Benefits of Using Shopify With Your Inbound Website

Four Benefits of Using Shopify With Your Inbound WebsiteWith online shopping increasing rapidly every year, e-commerce is all the rage. People enjoy the convenience and efficiency of shopping online, especially around Christmas. Who in their right mind wants to fight a crowd at Christmas time, right? Luckily, there are plenty of e-commerce stores and shopping carts available for online merchants. Be wary. Not all e-commerce stores are created equally.
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How to Plan Effective Website Templates

How to Plan Effective Website TemplatesAh, the delicate art of web user experience design. When starting new website projects with our clients, everyone (us included) is eager to jump into design. The trouble with skipping discovery and planning is that a lot of factors go into organizing an effective web page or pages. Here’s a roundup of the top 5 things we consider before we sit down to wireframe or design:

1. Goals

The goals for your website redesign need to be discussed and clearly outlined. Here are a few examples of how your goals impact content decisions: 

  • If your goal is to be a thought leader in the industry: We need to promote your blog, resources on the homepage, and relevant content within interior pages
  • If your goal is lead generation: We need places for calls-to-action and forms prominent in all pages
  • If your goal is to grow into new markets: You'll need to earn trust with your audience through testimonials, case studies, and other third party content like news articles, events, etc. 
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Your Website's Broken: When Website Visitors Don't Turn Into Sales

Why Website Visitors Aren't Turning Into Sales

Before making any purchases, buyers are doing most of their research online. They compare your company with the competition and may have made their decision without ever talking to a human. By the year 2020, customers will manage 85% of this traditional sales relationship without even talking to a person. We know that how you present your story to that buying audience is vital in getting the right information to your buyer and helping them in that decision making process. If we know they are doing their research online, make it easy for them to decide on bringing the right information to the right people while they are in the buying process research mode.  

But what if your website is just a virtual brochure of what your company does?

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[Infographic] The Phases of a Website ReDesign Project Plan

Redesigning a website is a major project for any company. And it's something that at some point every business does (or should do). But what goes into a website redesign? How does it work? How do you get from wanting a new website to it up and running like a well-oiled lead generating machine?

Each web design agency has their own secret sauce and process for building websites. Here at LyntonWeb we have a few elements that help our customers to not only be happy at launch, but to keep them (and their visitors) happy for time to come.

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How to Reduce Spam on Your Inbound Marketing Website

How to Reduce Spam on Your Inbound Marketing WebsiteDid you know that bots account for up to 61.5% of traffic, according to this study? This bot traffic occurs for a variety of reasons. For example, Google uses bots to spider the internet. There are also spambots, who act maliciously to add advertising links. Regardless, accounting for fake traffic and avoiding spam should be on every inbound marketer’s radar. Here are a few quick tips to protecting your inbound website:

Setup comment moderation

Most blog comment tools allow for you to set up moderation. Meaning blog comments do not show up until they get approved, and someone at your company will receive notification to review the comment before it gets posted.

Concerned about decreased engagement on your blog because users won't see their comments right away? There are popular comment plugins, like Disqus, that require social accounts. While it’s not completely bullet proof for spam, it does help with social engagement!

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My Website’s Broken: When Bad User Experience Hurts Lead Generation

why your website isn't generating leadsAs we all know (or at least really should know) at this point, your website is vital to the health of your organization. It’s your online home. And if you are spending time and money trying to reach the right audience, a busted website can really put up roadblocks.

Ok, so let’s talk about why your website’s broken. Last time I covered how a website that is far too content heavy can really hurt lead generation.

Let me introduce our second scenario: your website has a terrible user experience.

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