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Get Ahead of the Upcoming Holiday Shopping Rush with Facebook’s New Suite of Marketing Tools for SMBs

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Although it is hard to believe, the annual holiday shopping season is just around the corner. Small businesses hoping to boost sales during this time should waste no time planning a holiday marketing campaign. Fortunately, Facebook is ready to assist SMBs with a range of new marketing tools.

Recently, the social media juggernaut discussed several new tools designed to help startups manage operations, build creative advertisements and communicate with customers more effectively. These tools could help companies across all sectors chart a path to success during the fast-approaching holiday shopping season.

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Recent Reporting From Google Highlights Tremendous Momentum for Small Businesses

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Owning and operating a startup or small business can be a time-consuming and stressful endeavor. However, based on recent reporting from Google, small businesses are currently enjoying unprecedented levels of support from consumers.

Google’s report, titled Small Business Search Trends in 2019, not only delivers some eye-opening statistics about the popularity of local businesses, but also examines current customer search trends. Small business owners and those contemplating the launch of a startup in the near future should pay close attention to the data in this report.

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Google Makes Changes to Nofollow Links

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Linking is a big part of your SEO strategy. Search engines can both see and acknowledge the links you put on your site, along with links to your site from other sources. While it sees them all, it only acknowledges or recognizes the dofollow links. For those links with the added nofollow tag, it ignores the link.

At least, that's how it worked until last month.

As a quick overview, most links on a webpage, with typical HTML coding, are dofollow links. That's the standard way that a search engine reads the code. It only changes if you manually add in a "nofollow" tag to that code.

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Does Short Content Work?

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Excuse the pun, but you're worried about selling yourself short. In your efforts to reach your audience and educate readers, you want to go in depth. You want to put as much information as possible out there. You want to answer all of their questions and work hard to sell them on your goods and services. You wonder if there's any way to use short content, or if everything needs to be the size of a chapter in your favorite novel. What type of content approach is going to work most effectively and accomplish your goals?

Every situation is different and every business has unique needs. But there is a lot of evidence that short content can and does work.

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Improve Business Decision-Making with Google’s Search Data Update

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The season of giving came a bit early this year for small business owners and site development teams. Based on recent news posted to Google’s Blog, the company listened carefully to user feedback and devised an update to radically improve access to site performance data.

Under the current system, results stemming from adjustments to site content, marketing campaigns and advertising strategies would not be available for several days, at best. However, when Google’s update debuts, SMB owners should have access to near real-time search performance data.

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