Category Archives: Copywriting and Blogging

Blogging 101: Blog Post Frequency & Length

In the fifth installment of our Blogging 101 series, we’re gong to cover optimal blog post frequency and length. These are two more pieces of the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) pie that need to be understood so they can be used effectively to reach more readers. Blog Post Frequency So, you’ve decided to start blogging and you’re wondering how many posts you should produce each week. And while one is better than none, and two is twice as good as that, the sweet spot for most businesses is three times per week. Why? Because it provides your blog with a good amount of fresh content each week, without producing too … Continue reading

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Blogging 101: What are Tags & Categories?

In this installment of our Blogging 101 series, we’re going to talk about tags and categories —specifically what they are, and how to use them in your blog posts. Since tags and categories aren’t part of the actual writing of a blog post, they can easily be overlooked. But if you want to learn how to write a successful blog, you’ll want to make sure you include them in every post. Blog Tags Tags are keywords or keyword phrases that are placed in the tags region on the backend of your blog. Here’s what the input box looks like in WordPress: Tags are for search engines, and they let Google, … Continue reading

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Blogging 101: The Art of Writing Awesome Blog Titles

In our last installment of Blogging 101: How to Write a Blog Post, we touched upon how to create good, clear blog titles — also known as headlines — for your blog. Your title is a critical element in helping your blog get read. When someone searches for a particular topic, and you are among the list of search engine results, your title — also referred to as a headline — is a deciding factor on whether or not someone clicks through to continue reading. Your headline is also what helps you get found by the search engines in the first place. Here are three factors that go into awesome … Continue reading

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Blogging 101: How to Write a Blog Post

We’re often asked how to write a blog post in the most effective way. And although content will vary depending on your industry, customer base and company personality, there are certain contingencies you’ll want to meet to make sure each of your posts is awesome. How to Write a Blog in 6 Steps: Pick Your Topic This may sound obvious, but picking a topic in advance makes the process of writing a blog post more enjoyable, and less time consuming. We suggest creating a blog campaign for each month so you know all of your topics in advance. To do this, simply pick a topic for each post, create a … Continue reading

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Blogging 101: What is the Purpose of a Blog?

A blog is a fantastic way for a business, individual or group to communicate with their readers quickly and easily. It also offers an opportunity for readers to provide instant feedback in a virtual venue — creating a two-way conversation. Blogs were originally called “web logs,” and they’ve redefined how we communicate online. Blogs have also altered the very fabric of the marketing model, moving us away from a selling philosophy and into an era of building relationships. In a nutshell, building relationships is the purpose of a blog. HOW BLOGS BUILD RELATIONSHIPS A blog can go a long way in making you a trusted, relevant resource. It has the … Continue reading

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3 SEO Trends, What’s In and What’s Out

Ranking at the top of the search engines is the goal of many websites but not all of them know how to get to the top. There are a variety of different approaches you can take to improve your search engine optimization, some legitimate, others not so much. Tingalls Graphic Design stays on top of SEO trends and always recommends using best practices. To that end, we’ve come up with the latest SEO trends, what’s in and what’s out. IN – Good Content Content is king, especially in the world of websites. Targeting one or two keywords/keyphrases for each page and then using those keywords in content that is informative … Continue reading

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6 Website Best Practices to Attract Viewers

Most website are designed to attract viewers and yet there are sites that aren’t putting website best practices into use and are instead turning off customers or not drawing them in in the first place. Tingalls Graphic Design has pulled together six website best practices to help you attract and keep visitors to your website. 1)      Compelling content. The content on your website is meant to attract people and keep them there. If you’re writing for search engines or trying to be too clever with your content you may be turning away visitors in droves.  Tell people what they want to know in a straight forward, succinct manner and only … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why You Should be Blogging

If your company isn’t blogging regularly, you may want to reconsider the blogging option. Below, Tingalls Graphic Design has collected five good reasons why you should have a company blog on your website and how it can help you promote your company, products, and/or services. SEO – Blogs help enhance your company’s search visibility or search engine optimization (SEO) in a couple of ways. Blogs give you a chance to use those all-important keywords in a legitimate way more frequently. Blogs should be touched regularly, showing that your website is current and still valid. Authority – Blogging about your industry and your products and  sometimes about topics that are only … Continue reading

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The Right Words Win

Words are so important in everything we do — they’re a vehicle for communication to drive shared understanding with someone else to build a platform to grow a relationship (learn more about this in GrowLoop’s free ebook). I recently read Rework (Amazon affiliate) by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of 37signals.  I really enjoyed this book because of the authors’ philosophies and approach to business, but also because of its straightforward concise communication  — no extraneous words, everything in there is purposefully written. One idea that stood out was that companies should hire great writers vs. those overly talented in their specific area of skill — unless … Continue reading

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#1 Rule to Writing a Great Home Page

When it comes to writing the copy for your home page, you’re naturally eager to want to put your best foot forward, right?  But so often (I’m speaking from 1st hand and client experience), you end up putting too many feet forward, and the result is you overwhelm and confuse your website visitor… so they leave. The best way to write a great home page is just by following the classic K.I.S.S. rule – Keep It Simple Stupid (or Silly for those easily offended). When visitors arrive at your site, they are in a hurry to find out if you have what they want.  So your copy needs to communicate … Continue reading

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Localized Search Engine Optimization (LSEO)

Some of you may have noted that when you’re doing a Google search the results seem to be more localized. If you type the query “Mexican restaurant” into Google you’ll get results from your area, not from all over the country or the world. You may also be aware of Google Places; which is something to look into and sign your company up if you haven’t already. These small changes show that there is a larger change underfoot, the change to localized search engine optimization. For some companies this is very important, for others it’s not very important at all. If you’re a company that feels your location is important, … Continue reading

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3 Key Components to a Good Website Design

Having a website is almost a professional prerequisite in today’s computer driven world, but there’s a big difference between having a good website and just having a website. While some companies need a huge web presence, other companies don’t need a lot of bells and whistles; for them simple is better. No matter what category you fall into, or if you’re somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, there are three key components to every good website design. Eye-Catching Design Everyone has heard the clichés about first impressions, but let’s be honest, they’re very important and oftentimes your website is your first impression on a potential customer. You want that … Continue reading

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Outsourcing Can Increase Your Bottom Line

Have you ever considered outsourcing your marketing or design projects to a freelancer? Did you know it can actually increase your bottom line? By outsourcing, your business can continue marketing in tough economic times and avoid the expense and commitment of hiring additional staff. Remember, the best outsourcing arrangements are partnerships. Ideally at Tingalls Graphic Design, we work with you, not for you. It’s a win-win relationship for both of us. As a business owner and/or decision-maker, consider the following benefits of outsourcing: Controlled Costs Cutting costs may not be the only reason to outsource, but it’s definitely a big one. By outsourcing, money is more readily available for use in … Continue reading

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Writing for the Web is Different

We firmly believe that if Shakespeare was around today and trying to write for the web he’d fail miserably. And it’s not just Shakespeare that doesn’t translate well from print to the internet, it’s a challenge for most traditional print writers to overcome the differences between print and the web. Web writing is different for a number of reasons the biggest reason is that people want their web content to be found on search engines, so they’re tailoring their writing to use search engine optimization (SEO) strategies which will earn them a higher ranking on a search engine results page. Writing using best SEO practices is very different than writing … Continue reading

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3 Reasons You Should Use a Professional Writer

We often hear people say they can handle their company’s copywriting needs, or someone in the office can do it. This may be true but by using a professional writer you’re getting a better finished product that will grab the attention you want for all the right reasons and accurately convey your message.  Here are three reasons why our clients choose Tingalls’ copywriting services. Audience Perspective It’s easy to get so ensconced in your industry that you forget the outside world may not know all the terms and jargon you take for granted. A professional writer discovers who your targeted audience is and tailors the content to fit their industry … Continue reading

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Google Analytics: The Next Step

Once you’ve installed Google Analytics and played around with the basic features you can see how it can become a little addicting. Everyone loves feedback and Google is willing to give you tons of it. If you can devote the time to learn how to gather it and then turn it into working information you can gain some really valuable marketing data. Analytics Intelligence Monitor trends in your customer’s viewing habits to see what is driving their visits to your website. Maximize this information by tailoring the reports to suit your company image and marketing efforts to see what’s working for you. Advanced Segmentation With advanced segmentation you can pull … Continue reading

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SEO 101: Selecting Your Company’s Keywords

The biggest driver of search engine optimization is keywords, it is the foundation that search engine optimization was built upon and is still pulling the search train. Just imagine how useful those little keywords are, you type in the words logo design and BAM! You’re given a list of businesses who do logo design, you’re given the definition of logo design, you find tools where you can make your own logos, etc. But notice how everything is related to logo design. Now, imagine you’re not optimizing your website for keywords and, although you do logo design, you never actually mention that phrase anywhere on your website. This means you will … Continue reading

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What should I blog about?

By Tara Ingalls, owner Tingalls Graphic Design, LLC I’m often asked by clients what I blog, tweet and post about in social media. Here’s a short list we refer to on a daily basis: – support your clients! post news clips or accolades of your clients – share industry tips & tricks; be the first to comment on a new technique – introduce new employees or promotions in your company – help others by posting a simple solution to a common problem – note customer’s FAQs – boast your company’s successes, milestones, vision, mission – share client testimonials; When you say it about yourself it’s bragging, when they say it … Continue reading

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