How to Merge Google My Business and Google+ Business

Update: In Oct. 2018, Google announced plans to shut down Google+.

Google has tons of local and social opportunities for businesses, and they can get jumbled and mixed up if you use all of them — especially since they change every few years. If you need information for current platforms, check out Google’s products for businesses.

But if you’re looking for how to merge Google My Business and Google+ Business profiles, we can cut right to the steps.

Why SEO is Essential for Generating Revenue Online

Imagine a one-way street lined with 10 pizza shops. Your pizza shop is the very first one patrons see when they start walking down this street. The other pizza shops are much further down and would be a tedious walk, and because of this, you attract the most customers. This is one way to think about the relationship between search engines and your business.

One of the primary goals of SEO is to make your business first – or as close to first as possible – in the search engine results pages when people search for the products and/or services you offer. This type of traffic is known as organic, where visitors perform a natural search and click through to your website. Most businesses need organic traffic to generate revenue online and this creates competition for rankings in search engines.

The only way to be at the top of the rankings (like that first pizza shop on the street) is by creating and implementing a strong SEO strategy. However, that can be easier said than done. Generating revenue online requires ongoing research of keywords, customer demographics, and competitors. It also requires the constant questioning of “what else can be done?”

Is DIY SEO Worth It?

Today’s consumers take to the Internet to find almost everything they need. From restaurants to shoe stores to insurance providers, they know that they can find the right business with a quick Google search. An optimized site is the only way to make sure they find you, but do you have to hire a professional to handle your SEO?

If you’re responsible for your company’s marketing budget, it’s your job to find and eliminate unnecessary costs. And if you think hiring an SEO specialist or Internet marketing agency falls into that category, you may be considering a do-it-yourself approach.

However, much like with home improvement, not everyone is equipped to take on SEO as a DIY project. So how can you tell if you are? Here are four questions you should ask yourself before taking on your site’s SEO alone:

“Why Is My SEO So Bad?” Ten Basics of SEO Beginners Forget

We get this question a lot. That’s not to say it’s a bad question — it’s actually one of the best ways to figure out what you can do better on your website — but we’ve heard it enough that we can pinpoint a number of bad habits in SEO.

First and foremost, the people who ask this question tend to be business owners who have just bought their first website, but don’t know how to optimize it. That’s an outstanding step to expanding a business, and they’re right to be proud, but just buying a website won’t make it visible. When it comes to SEO, the devil is in the details.

These are the most common errors we’ve noticed in brand new, first-timer websites. These on-page factors will be obvious to seasoned SEOs and webmasters, but they’re the stepping stones for new sites to compete online.

What Do SEOs Do All Day?

As any Internet marketer will tell you, SEO is difficult to explain. Optimization is a complicated process, and it’s not exactly easy to put into words for someone completely unfamiliar with it — and there are a lot of unfamiliar people out there. Even with SEO’s surge in popularity over the past years, very few outside of the industry know what SEOs do on a daily basis.

The short answer is: a lot. However, that doesn’t fully answer the question. In general, SEOs work to make websites more visible and profitable online. And while that may sound vague, it’s only because SEO is impossible to fully explain in just one sentence.

For people who prefer details, these are just a few of the most important tasks an SEO performs in their day-to-day work.

Why SEO and Copywriting Go Hand in Hand

SEO and good copywriting are two peas in a pod when it comes to your online presence.

If you want to create exceptional content that people will love to read, then you need to write it well. But if you publish online, potential readers and customers can only find what you’ve written if it’s optimized.

The combination of SEO and copywriting is a hybrid field in marketing that is built equally on creativity and data. Creativity is essential for framing an idea in a unique and compelling way that makes site visitors want to read more. Data comes from keyword and demographic research, which make it possible target potential readers and — in the best cases — convert more customers.

When you combine copywriting and SEO, the end result is a new page on your site that readers will enjoy and search engines will easily find.