Connect A Real Domain Name To Your Website

Hi guys, it’s Angie. And my quick tip for today involves domain names. How many of you have a website and your domain name has a.WIX in it, or a .site in it, or is possibly forwarding to Facebook? How many of you do that for your website or call it your website?   I’m going to show you on a Google search two people in the top part of a Google search are doing just that. If you have a website, get a domain name that is yours, you need to own that. I pulled up pressure washers near me that are on Google. And two of the three are doing something wrong. The good part is, they’re in the three-pack at the top, but the issues that I’m having with them is if you go to Chris’s affordable power washing, which I think I know this, Chris, and if you’re watching this hi, if you go to his website, look at his address here, that is not an address that you can tell people.

There is no way that you could tell people to go to this and that they would get to it. There’s absolutely no way. So Chris must have a Google my business website, which is great, but you have to connect the domain name to it. So it ends up being a .com or.net or whatever dot you’re using. It shows up in the address line. And the reason you want to do that is maybe later on down the line, you switch your website from that platform, the Google platform, and you switch it to, let’s say a WordPress website or use switch it to a Wix platform. You do that. And you’re going to lose that ranking in the organic searches because that is considered your web address right there.

Now let’s look at the other one, the power zone power washing. You click on his website and it forwards to Facebook. You don’t want to do this. You, you definitely don’t want to do that because right now, Facebook is free. You can put your business on there, but who’s to say tomorrow that they won’t take that away from you. Or, you know, look how easily people are blocked. Businesses are blocked on Facebook. You don’t want to do that. You want to have your own website with your own domain on it. So if any of you out there have a website that is connected that way hit me up below because I’ll be able to help you and at least steer you in the right direction. Get that changed. And I hope this helps somebody out there. Have a great day. Bye!

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Are Your Google My Business Attributes Up-To-Date?

Hi everyone. It’s Angie and I have a quick little tip for you today. I had to fix something for a client and I want to show you what I had to do, because I think a lot of other people out there may have the same issue, especially now having businesses coming out of COVID and the COVID guidelines in a lot of areas. A lot of you are possibly are restaurant owners or shop owners that you before didn’t have dine-in, but you do have it now and you need to get the checkmark right here. A lot of you may have an X and this client of mine had an X there on dine-in. Either they did, or it was automatically done a while back. And they didn’t even notice it. And it wasn’t until clients came in and told them that, “Hey, I would’ve come into your location, but you said you were not doing dine-in anymore or right now.” So this is a real easy fix.

All you have to do is go into your Google, my business account, and I’m going to go into mine. And you go to the info tab. and then you go down here to add attributes. Now your attributes may look different than mine, and that’s dependent on your business. And it’s dependent on the categories that you put your business in. So you can add different attributes, that they list here, health and safety if you want to. But where I’m talking about is usually down here in the services option. Since I am not a restaurant and I do not have a location, the dine-in is not there for me. So what you’ll probably see if you have an X there that you want to change, you would just click on it until it gets to the checkmark sign. And then you would hit a button to save it.

Typically it takes a good 12 to 24 hours, at least for Google to verify. Sometimes it can be faster than that. Sometimes it can take longer than that. So don’t be surprised if it doesn’t happen right away. But if I were you, I would go to your Google, my business, make sure that you have your listing exactly the way you want it.

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It’s Angie. And I wanted to go over a website today that I was using the other day for a client. And I thought you know what? This is something that is extremely important and could save so much time for you as a small business owner. So let’s go to it. It’s called canva.com.

What I use this for is actually, I use it for numerous things. But what I really want to show you is the social media aspect of it. I typically create all my social media posts, my covers, my Facebook cover my YouTube, cover, Instagram, whatever, you know LinkedIn cover, whatever you need to make. I usually make it in this program. And you know, over 23 years of doing this for other businesses, I can tell you that this is one of the easiest ones to use. And if this tells you anything, I’m the designer and my husband Pat is not. So when I know he’s doing anything on his own and designing something and not me, he turns to Canva. So if he does that, then I can assure you, it’s something that you can figure out too. And you can use it when you open it up and you get the free account, which is all you really need is a free account. I personally would suggest the paid account because it opens up so many more things that you can use, but that’s totally up to you. You don’t have to.

Here you see it’s separated into categories, which makes it nice and easy. And then they have this nice little slider that allows you to go through different categories as well. Facebook ads are a big one that you’ll be using. You’re going to want to post on your page. I know a ton of you that are in the group already have asked about social media or you’ve downloaded our social media guide and want to know what the first thing is to do. A lot of people wonder you know, what do I post? How do I create something cool to post on my page?

Canva helps. So if we click on a Facebook ad, (I’m not going to show you how to do it.) I’m just showing you right now that they have examples, which is great to start with. I even do this. If I see one of the designs that I think, you know, inspires me and will work for one of my clients, I’ll use it. It just helps to have something to start with. So then you would just click on one that you would like, and then you can start creating. You can add different images, icons, wording, and more!

There are all kinds of things here on the side that you can go through. I’m not going to go through all that in this video. I want you to go through it, take a look at it.

So if you want to save time, I would definitely go to canva.com. Again, it’s one of the best ones that are out there. The easiest to use. User-friendly and I think it can help you. So if you had used it before, let me know, say that in the comments, if you haven’t used it yet, get in there and do something and share it, share it on your Facebook page, and then share it with me because I would like to see it. I would like to see what you’ve done and what you’ve created. So hopefully this will help you this week. I’d love to see you use it.

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Add Your Business To Hometown Revolution – where the locals go

Hi there and welcome to Hometown Revolution. I’m Angie. And I’m going to go over in this video, three different things. I’m going to tell you what the site is, why we created it. And then I’m going to give you some pointers on how to make your listing better with us and how to make your listing better with other websites that you’re on. So stay tuned for that. So what is Hometown Revolution? You’re probably looking at it and you’re like, Oh, it’s another directory site. It is. But this time it’s a directory site geared to where the locals go. There’s nothing out there that is geared towards where the locals go to your local businesses that create your hometown, the places that you like to hop in the car and just go to, or those little boutiques that you just, you love to go to because there’s something new and something that nobody else has.

(00:53):

That’s what this site is for. And we created it for that. We’ve done it ourselves. We’ve been out and about and trying to find somewhere to go. That’s local is like next to impossible. And it’s because all the chain, restaurants, and chain boutiques are not boutiques, but chain stores, they all show up first and the search engines, just do nothing wrong with them. We love them. We all go to them, but we knew that there had to be something that could help the small town, hometown businesses thrive, especially we’ve all had a crazy year. So we wanted to make something that was positive and help to grow. So now I’m going to give you those pointers in making this particular listing better. And the tips that I give you for this are also tips that you can use on your Facebook page, on your Google, my business page, even on your website, it will help.

(01:50):

It’s called SEO. And these are SEO tips that are going to help you along the way. Okay? So first off that you need to enter in there as you need to have the title of your business. Put that in there. The next option is for photos. Now you will see that there is either a free listing or a featured listing. This is going to then limit the number of photos that you can put in there. It just depends. Everyone can have a free listing and the free listing is wonderful. Featured just makes it a little bit better. You get to have more information. Your listing will be featured in your particular categories and will show up when it’s closest to the person that’s searching. So it’s an option for you, but again, you don’t have to do it now on our free listings, you have up to 10 photos that you can put in there.

(02:42):

So we were really generous with that. And the reason being is that’s what people go to look at the listings. I want to see pictures. Most people do. So when you’re doing these people, you’ve got to remember to do good photos that are very descriptive ones that you know, you would show off to anybody or that you would put in a brochure. Don’t just throw up any old pictures that you found on Facebook or on Google, put up some good photos. Even if you have to make some new ones, put them in there before you put them in there though. Remember to rename the photos, exactly what they are too many times, we get lazy and we just load them up based off of our, you know, we take them off of our phone and we load them up and they have some name of like PN five 40 on it.

(03:35):

It’s not descriptive at all. Search engines can read the names of your images. So make them exactly what they are. Tell me what that photo is, where it’s at, you know, your location. So say what your business name is, where you are in Newark, Ohio, and exactly what it is. Use, you know, short, descriptive names for them. Some of ’em you can put OAH. Some of you can, some of them, you can spell out Ohio. Some of you can put Newark, Ohio, just get creative with that and load them up into the, into the little area below. And yeah, use those on your Google, my business on your Facebook page, on your website, they’re all searchable. So put them in there. Again, you have up to 10 for the free listing. If you have the featured listing, you get more. So it’s just totally up to you.

(04:29):

Next. You’ll have a descriptive area where we call it the story, and that is exactly what it is. And you have to look at it this way. I want you, when you’re filling out this information here to think of your sitting there with two of your biggest competitors, right beside you and you all three are trying to sell a group of people in front of you. And they’re going to follow one of you to your location or use your services. So you have to sell yourself. Remember people, you need to sell yourself in any descriptive area. In any listing, you have everywhere. You need to tell people what you do, why you do it, why they should go to you, you, I have to pull them into your listing. So do that. You’re not limited to the words. Tell him what you got. If you have a video on Vimeo or YouTube, go ahead and copy that link.

(05:34):

And you can paste that link into this section. That’s all you have to do is paste the link. And when you save your listing, it’s going to automatically pull in that video. So it’s really cool. It’s another great little feature of, you know, to be able to showcase you, okay? And hopefully, grab that client or customer next. You’re going to want to fill in the category. And this is important because you want to get the main category and you’ll see those listed on the site. And then we have subcategories listed there as well. So you can pick multiple categories and subcategories. So what I want you to do though, is I want you to get as specific as you can, and you can select multiple. And also again, depending on whether you have a featured listing or a free listing,, you may have more.

(06:22):

If you have the featured, you have more available to you, or you have more places that you can place yourself. More choices, that you can make versus the free listing. Next is your address. Make sure you put in your full address in there and that you use it everywhere else. If you are in a building with other people, you share that building with other businesses, you may have to put a suite number, or you may have to put the letter after it. Sometimes you have to do that in the address to set you apart from somebody else if it doesn’t pull it up. So just be cognizant of that as well as if you are a food truck or if you are a business that maybe is out of your home and you don’t really want people to know your address dress because you don’t really serve people from your address.

(07:17):

The way you can get around that, what I’ve done with food trucks is, is I put, you know, your low, basically your location and then food truck. It’s like, we have a friend that has a food truck here in Newark. So I did their address, Newark food truck, and then they were Newark Ohio. So that at least lets people know the area that the food truck is from. And so they’ll come up in that category. You can do the same thing with you know, if you’re a candle maker, you could put candle maker or you can put Newark candle maker and then Newark, Ohio, if you don’t want people going to your address, if you don’t mind having your address there, do it because that is the way it’s listed everywhere out on the internet. So you’re best to use your main address.

(08:08):

Now there are a couple of things that you can do after you’ve got your listing created. You will see on the sidebar there on the right-hand side, you can click on a badge and create a badge. You create that badge and you can put that on your website and get people to go to your hometown revolution listing. So it’s really cool. It shows the reviews, you know, your starred reviews on there and something about that. People can review on this site. So I just want you to know that, but I also want you to know it’s only positive reviews that we are going to be posting. If someone has a negative thing to say, we are going to suggest that they go and contact you in person. If they have a complaint, too many people, these days hide behind the computer or hide behind their phone and post a complaint about a business, even if it was something stupid and small, we are going to try to change that and get people to start contacting businesses themselves. We want this to be a positive site where reviews will help people make a decision, on you based on a good experience that they had with you. So the information below using the information I’ve given you now for other websites as well. And please share this with your friends and share it with other businesses that you know, would, would do great on this too. We want it to grow. We’re starting with our own hometown and we want to see this go nationwide. So thanks again. And we’ll see you. Bye.