Are you looking for one of the most feature-rich and user-friendly solutions on the web that combines email, cloud storage, productivity software, calendars, and more? Do you hear people talking about how great they think Google’s products are and find yourself wondering what G Suite (formerly known as “Google Apps”) is? Continue reading “What is G Suite and Why Should I Consider Using It?”
A great content management system (CMS), over 1 million users globally have used Drupal to build powerful websites on the Internet. However, to maximize the search engine optimization (SEO) of a website built with a CMS like Drupal, you must configure the site with the proper settings. Let’s look at the basic steps you should take to optimize a fresh install of Drupal. Continue reading “Optimizing a Drupal Site for SEO and Google PageSpeed”
Click this Image to Circle us and join our hangout! Wednesdays 2pm-3pm PST Western Time.
Our weekly webmasters live Q+A is a broadcast via Google Hangouts supported with a live twitter chat stream #IMHhangout.
With the talk of the release of the new iPhone 5, we decided to make our topic ‘Do Mobile Devices Really Increase Productivity’. We hope that our audience of web pros, gadget geeks and those that postulate working on the run will share with us their experience working while away.
Questions to follow a round of introductions:
- What mobile devices do you own? #iPhone #iPad #netbook
- What form of work do you do? #Webmasters, #Designers #Sysadmin
- Do you use your device for work or personal organization?
- Lets see which apps you use for each group: #personal #office
- How many hours daily do you spend on your mobile device? #texting #sharing
- Who or what is really doing the driving?
- I threw this sophomoric question in for debate!
So! Whether you’re a traditionalist who prefers doing things in person or keeping work to a focused time-frame rather than jumping to every alert that comes in, here’s an opportunity to find out if those that are really ‘connected online’ fare any better at productivity.
The event will go live both on Twitter using the #IMHhangout Hashtag and on Google. So you can lurk without jumping into the hangout if you’re too shy. We do want you to showcase your tech savvy reviews of mobile gadgets, to help the rest of us decide what we really want. Please interact using tweetchat.com here, and we’ll keep an eye on the live twitter stream to mention your name, and find out what products you root for.
How to Find the #IMHhangout
- Look for our Custum URL [or click here]: google.com / +inmotionhosting
- Type ‘InMotion Hosting‘ into google plus search to find our brand profile page. On your mobile device you have to do this through ‘people‘ [not circles] profile search to view our page profile.
- Do a hard refresh [hold down shift + refresh] near broadcast time to make sure our google plus page refreshes and shows you the invitation to ‘join hangout‘
We received a comment on one of our hangouts that one viewer couldn’t jump in. So I decided to test it out and sure enough Google hangouts do work through iPhones and mobile devices. Unfortunately we cannot explain why some of you get messages like this:
“This hangout is not currently supported on this device” – So we are aware difficulties like this do happen, as this is what I saw on my iPhone. I’m looking forward to suggestions from other mobile people on how they overcome this. In the mean time the only suggestion I have is to leave the G+ app, and restart it if you see this message come up. Even so, please don’t let this hold you back! We value your input through the TweetChat hashtag, make sure you tag your conversation with #IMHhangout so that everyone in the community can see your voice!
Keep an eye on this blog page as details get added to see who’s joining in! We are looking forward to giving you all a spot here in the live broadcast – so make sure you jump in
@InMotionHosting #IMHhangout will be hosted by @JulianaPayson.
Our team to welcome you and help you in the live chat are:
@AnieA203 – Our in-house Graphic Designer, will be scanning our Tweetchat
@IMH_Affiliate – Our Affiliate Manager, will be keeping a deft eye on G+ and hopefully making sure you can jump in.
@Maria_InMotion – Our SEO and Partner Specialist will be watching out for people on Facebook to make sure you get a mention.
Here’s this week’s Hashtracking report which shows that we had over 127,000 impressions on this hangout! Thanks this week to @Brianna5mith who was our top contributor on Twitter from the Business Branding world.
We recently launched a survey, as we’re sure you’re interested to find out where you compare to the average website owner in promoting their online business. There is a confusing array of options out there for you to attract a bunch of web visitors and clients for your online start-up business, so where are people hedging their bets and placing their money – if at all?
In this Google Hangout we’ll be joined by some Online Marketing tool representatives from the SEO, and Social Media world to help you decipher what it all means and where you could be best off budgeting for your self promotion. Bookmark this post and come back later as we update the key attendees you’ll be getting direct access to ask those burning questions in this free session!
Add the calendar below to make sure you don’t miss this great opportunity to join in and find out as we reveal for the first time some interesting stats on where you told us you prioritize your time on the world-wide-web!
Join us here! –> InMotion Hosting’s Google+ Page
Simply hit the ‘Hangout’ Button to join in.
Where? InMotion Hosting G+
When? Wednesday 9th May 2012 –> Add this date to your calendar here
The two new social networks media moguls are watching are Pinterest and Google+, with each having user base of some 100 million and growing fast. These are the first places online to compete with the audience likes of Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Pinterest started in 2008 as a virtual pinboard whose initial idea was used by women sharing their wedding dress preferences. It was used by women then, and continues to be dominated by the female audience now. From wedding dresses to fashion and recipes, it quickly started to ramp up user base amongst the shopping and sharing oriented, and it’s of no surprise that the demographics behind it boast a lucrative favor toward 100k plus incomes and householders making the shopping choices behind the family. Useful for business to know!
The Google+ network originally rolled out amongst the college geeks and graduates, so it was no surprise that this tech savvy lot dominated the job description cloud with “developer,” “engineer,” “design,” “web tech,” etc. What came with it was the polar opposite of what Pinterest had to offer. Google+ has a male dominated audience, mostly from the ages of 24-34, and employed or mostly knowledgeable in the tech field.
Depending on what services or products you have to offer, you might find it more efficient for your business efforts to focus your energy on one network or the other as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
Advanced Photoshop Animation Techniques
Download your Photoshop Template Here:
Google+ Brand Pages are going to be the new focus for marketers as they realize that this is part of the system that Google is weaving together to measure the relevance of online interactions between a brand and its audience. In an effort just to make Google+ Brand Pages really pop and relay their message, I found a cool way to stuff more punch into the headline banner – by animating your Brand’s message.
Continue reading “Animate Your Google+ Profile Page”
By now you’ve probably heard about Google+, the latest social networking craze and most recent effort by Google to take on Facebook and Twitter. But did you know that it could affect how your business’s website gets found on Google’s search engine?
In addition to building a social networking powerhouse, Google’s aim with its “+1” button — the equivalent of Facebook’s “Like” button — is to determine the social value of websites, or, in other words, they want consumers to add personalized recommendations to Web content and business sites. At present, it actually looks like Google may just pull it off. Since its June 28 release, more than 20 million people have already jumped onboard Google+. With such an unbelievable early adoption rate, many internet marketing professionals are beginning to wonder if those “+1″s will also start affecting how businesses use search-engine optimization, or SEO.
Google+ combines many popular features of Facebook and Twitter into a centralized social hub. There’s a group video chat feature called “Hangouts,” and a user-defined topical news feed (like Twitter’s hashtag) called “Sparks.” But maybe the most unique feature — and SEO-relevant — is “Google Circles,” which gives users the ability to share content with specified groups, or “circles” of people. As users build these circles, they’ll be able to see the sites that members of their circles have +1’d in Google’s search engine results pages, or SERPs.
While “+1″s are currently appearing in the search pages for users that are logged in to their Google accounts, it’s too early to say exactly how “+1″s will affect users who aren’t logged in. Looking at how Facebook and Twitter “Likes” and “retweets” currently affect where a site appears within search pages, one has to assume these +1’s will be as influential, if not more.
As search engines evolve to make searching more social, the main value added of “Likes” and “tweets” showing in SERPs is the concept of something I like to call, “trusted endorsements.” If someone searches for a product or service, there’s a good chance that customer reviews and recommendations will play some role in their decision making process. When looking at these reviews, users trust the opinions of strangers. They assume that these reviews are honest, but there’s always a hint of lingering skepticism.
Now imagine the same user is searching for the same product or service, but instead of having to rely on the opinions of strangers, they see recommendations from friends, co-workers or family members. Just like in real life, the opinions of people in their “circles” influence the decisions they make. That’s the potential Google+ holds.
So how do you optimize for recommendations?
Google has built upon some of the best features of existing social media sites in an attempt to make search less about computer algorithms and more about real people. Google+ and the +1 button are empowering users to influence other peoples’ online activity.
This isn’t SEO in the traditional sense, optimizing for these trusted endorsements is an entirely new strategy altogether. Now more than ever, marketers must focus on providing the best customer experience possible, and encourage +1 recommendations everywhere they can.