Free SEO Tools: Optimizing Your Website

If you haven't already learned about Conversion Rate Optimization, now is the time to start. Testing different versions of your website is one of the easiest ways to maximize a website's ROI. Whether you are writing new content, using new pictures or chan [...]

Seeing the Future of Responsive Websites

  With a few months having passed since mobilegeddon, now is the time to start looking at the future of responsiveness in websites. Search engine results are now customized based on what device you use, but only to a certain extent. As search [...]

Let Mobile Apps Help Your Holiday Travel

The technology exists so there's no reason why you shouldn't let it help you in your daily life. Especially when it comes to traveling.   Holiday travel used to be a stress-fest, where families would cram into a van or a plane and hope to g [...]

Why SEO and Marketing go Hand-in-Hand

In recent years, marketing departments have been rapidly expanding with technology. We have seen more focus on social media strategists, SEO specialists and content marketers than ever before, but some companies are approaching this incorrectly. When y [...]

Web Security-What You Need to Know

It's to the point where people don't have to wonder what might happen-it's already been occurring. Target was hacked and the credit card numbers of thousands of customers were compromised. Blacklisted servers, URLs being punished by search engines, fi [...]

Mobile vs Responsive-Know the Difference

With Google's latest algorithm change that targeted sites that weren't mobile-friendly, many companies began quickly scrambling to figure out if they would be affected. If you do not have a responsive or mobile-friendly website, you will be directl [...]

Controlling Online Reviews

You don't need an in-depth study or 100-page analysis to tell you that people use reviews to help them make purchasing decisions. Just ask yourself, have you ever read a hotel review, restaurant recap or noticed the amount of "stars" next to certain e [...]

Bing is Going Mobile-Friendly

Following Google's lead, Bing Announces Their Own Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Yesterday, Microsoft's search engine Bing announced that they will release their own version of mobile-friendly ranking signals in the coming months. In case you missed it, G [...]

Should you have a Responsive Website?

  If you've followed our blog for any length of time, you'll quickly see that we are big fans of responsive websites, and for good reason. Here we'll lay out the facts, and the difference between having a mobile website and having a responsiv [...]

The Importance of Socially Engaged Employees

We're roughly two days away from 2015. For many people, a new year signifies new beginnings! If your company, brand, or business has a social media presence and your employees are not your main brand ambassadors, you have found yourself a new years resol [...]

Predicting Marketing Trends in 2015

At Thoughtwire, we pride ourselves on keeping up with the latest Google algorithm changes, social media trends, and overall marketing strategies. To continue to successfully act as a voice for our clients, promote them, and grow their respective busin [...]

2014 Mobile Year in Review, Part 2:

If you missed Part 1, click here to read about four big strides mobile took in 2014 and some predictions heading into 2015. In Part 2, we will cover mobile as it related to social media in the past year. Mobile > Desktop 2014 was the year where socia [...]

2014 Mobile Year in Review, Part 1:

The Increased Integration of Mobile in 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015 The mobile world achieved a lot in 2014. As the technology improved and user-friendliness and popularity soared, brands got in on the action in a big way. The Preferred Media The exp [...]

Another Google Algorithm Update

Keeping up with Google and Staying Ahead of your Competition in Search   In order to appear ahead of your competition and to be seen high on the first page of the search results page, you need search engine optimization (SEO). The key to amaz [...]

Learn to Code for Free

As the digital universe continues to grow, the more you know the better off you will be and the easier it will be for your company to be elite. That's one of the reason MAXtech Agency was created-to make sure you have the absolute best digital support [...]

Social Media 101 for Dummies: 3 Tips

As the year winds down and you plan your online marketing campaigns for 2015, you may think you know everything there is to know about social media. Or, you may be a beginner who just doesn't get the value of it - and who doesn't have time to even che [...]

Browser Wars

If you are reading this right now, then you have accessed the content through the Internet. But as many of you know, you need a web browser to get to different websites to see the content. It's the same for conducting a search. Most Internet users [...]

Do Social Conversations Drive Sales?

  You are told constantly that social media is an essential part in marketing your business and growing your brand. However, many businesses give it a shot and have no success. This often leads to the question, do social conversations really d [...]

Holiday Shopping Sales Down from 2013

Don't fret too much; corporate retailers that participated in the holiday shopping weekend aren't going out of business. According to ShopperTrak, U.S. shoppers spent over 9 billion at stores on Black Friday. That number, however, was a 7 percent decr [...]

How Much to Pay for SEO

[caption id="attachment_469" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image via Alexis Wilke[/caption] It's no longer a debate as to whether or not you need search engine optimization (SEO). 75 percent of users never go past the first page on search and there ar [...]

Online Holiday Shopping Statistics

Thanksgiving is one week from today! Too much food, football, spending time with family, and now, online shopping will have their place in many American homes. While we all think of Black Friday as the biggest shopping day of the year, Thanksgiving day [...]

3 ways to use Google+ to assist SEO efforts

If you want to increase your search rankings for your website, and you've already optimized your site - you may still be missing one final piece of the SEO puzzle: Google+. More specifically, a Google+ business page. Google+, if used effectively, ca [...]

Crafting the Perfect Mobile Promotion

  According to a report by Mobile Marketer, the use of mobile-only promotions as a marketing strategy is declining while omni-channel promotions are gaining ground. The growing trend of omni-channel strategies use mobile alongside desktop a [...]

Tips for Cyber Monday

If you have goals to increase profits, spread your brand awareness and to reach current and potential customers, then Cyber Monday should be a big deal to your company. Cyber Monday was created as a supplement to Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping [...]

Mobile-Friendly Websites Are Not Optional

The Increase in Mobile Usage, Google's Recommendations, and the Rise in Technology Make Having a Mobile Website More Important than Ever Web designer, speaker, writer, and marketing consultant Brad Frost probably put it best when he said, "Mobile use [...]

Reminder: SEO Still Extremely Important

Even the Biggest Social Platforms Use SEO With the rise in mobile apps and the continuing success of social media platforms (not just in the U.S., but globally), business owners and marketing managers have begun wondering about the value of search engine [...]

Net Neutrality-What You Need to Know

When the President of the United States makes a public address and plea to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make tougher regulations on something, you know it's a big issue. And that's just what President Obama did Monday when he urged t [...]

Does Your Website Need Re-Designed?

If any of these 5 features are still on your website, it's time to consider a new one. Think of your website as the face of your business. While there are many aspects to consider when creating a website-usability, SEO, domain name, hosting, etc.-design [...]

Digital Management from MAXtech Agency

If you own a website, there are many ongoing aspects to the site that need to be maintained, updated, tweaked and improved upon to ensure you are offering your customers the best possible user experience (UX). A good UX will continue to drive traffic to y [...]

How to Fix Bad Online Reviews

It's a very helpless feeling when you read a negative post or a review online about your products and services. Some of what appears on the Internet isn't even true or has been placed there purposely by a competitor. The first step is accepting the re [...]

Experts weigh in: 2015 PPC Predictions

PPC should already be a part of your online marketing strategy; it's long been an integral part of the online toolbox for many companies - including your competitors. If it's not, contact us today. If it is, you already know how important it is to [...]

Search with Emoji-The End is Near

Every now and again you'll hear the phrase, "A sign of the apocalypse." Well, here it is again. The search engine Bing recently announced that emoji characters can now be used in place of and along with words/letters in organic search. (Thousands of 12 [...]

Black Friday Deals Start Today

As one of the industry leaders in digital technology, MAXtech Agency, LLC, is able to use their industry connections to stay abreast of the latest Google algorithm changes, operating system upgrades and when hot new deals are available but the public does [...]

4 EASY SEO TRICKS TO BOOST RANKINGS

If you don't want to be found, there's no purpose behind your website. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an endless and ongoing process because the algorithms change almost weekly. Here are some quick tips to ensure you have a high ranking and are appea [...]

SEO Equals Profit for Your Business

On paper, it sounds pretty straightforward: there are hundreds of little things that can be done both on and off of your website to make you appear high on the search engine results page (SERP). [caption id="attachment_409" align="alignnone" width="300 [...]

Facebook Will Auto-Generate Typos

Anyone involved with social media management or digital marketing should be aware of a glitch in the Facebook (FB) algorithm that can create typos in your content. Here's how it works (or doesn't): let's say you regularly share content on FB. It doesn' [...]

Use Apple Pay Starting Today

It's finally here-Apple's answer to all of your digital payment needs. Or so they claim. Today is the official release date of Apple Pay, a "breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into the devices you h [...]

Holiday Marketing Tips

The holidays are approaching. From a selling and marketing perspective, there is no better time of year. The downside of that, however, is you are competing against thousands of other companies that are trying to grab the holiday shopping dollar. Here are [...]

Addicted to Google Glass?

The jury is still out on Google Glass in terms of how effective it really is and how much it annoys other people around the person wearing the device, but one thing is for sure, a lot of owners love the product. So much so that it is causing addiction iss [...]

Marketing, McDonalds and the Truth

It's a game being played by millions of Americans, and believe it or not, they aren't participating on their smartphones and/or mobile devices. It's McDonald's adaptation of the classic Parker Brothers' game, "Monopoly," where people can eat and play simu [...]

How's Your Digital Marketing?

If you ask most marketing managers about the state of their company's digital presence, they will tell you that they have a strong hold on current trends and an even stronger hold on what practices will be used in the future. [caption id="attachment_38 [...]

Shopping Online to Get Even Bigger

It simply cannot be stressed enough: if you don't have a website that appears ahead of your competition in search, you are missing out on an ever-increasing profit line. People love shopping, browsing and doing product research online. If they can' [...]

Rejoice! Page Rank is Over

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) specialists around the globe are celebrating the death of the PageRank, as announced by Google's John Mueller from Switzerland. "We are probably not going to be updating it [PageRank] going forward, at least in the Tool [...]

Bing Gaining Ground with Full Lyric Display

A lot of people like to root for the underdog. It just makes for a better story. But in the land of search engines, the lower rated crawler is there for a reason. That is to say, a good reason the majority of humans use Google is because it simply display [...]

Shellshock Bash is Serious Threat to Security

Less than a year ago, the digital world was turned upside down with the Heartbleed bug, which exposed critical business information for companies all over the world. It affected the everyday user as well, just without the billion dollar price tag associat [...]

Our Dependence on Technology

It seems like every week there is a new app or technological advancement that will help us humans, drive, eat, exercise, sleep and everything in between. Now, this isn't some old timer's rant about how it was up hill both ways to school in the snow when I [...]

YouTube Becoming More Advanced

You probably have heard of search engine optimization (SEO) before, right? It's the process of optimizing your website so it is found easier by the web crawlers and you site appears high on the search engine results page (SERP). But what you may not know [...]

Huge Improvements to Banner Ads

A successful platform just got a whole lot better. For the unfamiliar, Mobile Banner Ads are display advertisements that scroll across a user's mobile device, so when someone is online, your ad appears as they surf. Before the upgrades to the system, y [...]

Personal Privacy Online? Not Anymore

Just understand that we are at a technological point where when you digitally "connect" with or to anything, go ahead and assume that action is being monitored, recorded and used for marketing purposes. Sound like another crackpot conspiracy theory? Well [...]

Germany Asking for Google's Secret Sauce

Imagine you start a restaurant. Your dining establishment grows into one of the biggest and most popular restaurants in the world. Your growth is directly related to one specific dish, that everyone loves to consume. Then imagine a court ordering you to b [...]

Misleading Ad? Pay a Fine

Have you ever seen, listened to or read an advertisement and thought to yourself, "Now wait a minute, that sounds a little too great to be real?" Well as the expression goes, if something is too good to be true, chances are it is. The Federal Trade Com [...]

When Marketers Go Too Far

It's a day after September 11, the anniversary of when thousands of Americans lost their lives through a horrific tragedy. But that fact was lost on a lot of advertisers, big corporations and marketers who wanted to use the date as a means to spread their [...]

Bing Joining the Spam Fight

Better late than never. Well, I guess that's not entirely fair-Bing has been fighting spam for awhile, but perhaps in not the most effective manner. Now, a new change has already affected three percent of search queries. The new Bing anti-spam plan [...]

What's Your Upgrade Worth?

When the latest version of something comes out, most people want it. It doesn't matter if it's a new brake pad or the latest smartphone, the desire exists. But in terms of technology, there seems to be a new model unveiled every other month. Take A [...]

Don't Mess with Getty Images

Anyone who has spent time in the world of journalism, marketing or advertising, has probably come across a "Getty Image." Basically, Getty is a producer and provider of all kinds of images, including video, text and multimedia. If it is a "Getty Image, [...]

Make the NFL Market for You

Even though no one owns the NFL, the entity itself makes billions of dollars every year. With that in mind, there's no reason why you shouldn't be getting a piece of the marketing pie as well. [caption id="attachment_319" align="alignnone" width="300"] [...]

Think Before You Take Pics/Vids of Yourself

This past weekend was another painful reminder about how personal and private information can very quickly become neither. Most Internet surfers or social media users have come across the story about how 100 celebrities were hacked, and nude and embarrass [...]

Google Kills Its Own Experiment

The days of Google Authorship have finally come to an end. The concept started as a way to show you the face and identity behind the content you were reading online. But then users starting clicking on the pretty faces instead of the paid ads, and that's [...]

Blurry Screen? It Might be your Eye

70% of people have reported seeing small, worm-like specs floating in their field of vision. Have you ever noticed one? The floaters/squiggly lines/cobwebs can appear out of nowhere, and device users should be aware of their existence. Let's start [...]

Bing Fights On

Just because search is dominated by Google doesn't mean other companies and web crawlers are giving up and conceding the digital empire. Bing is the perfect example of the little search engine that could. Currently, new interfaces and search engine [...]

User Experience Focus of Mobile Search

Almost everyone is aware of how dominant mobile devices have become for accessing and browsing the Internet. There are tons of stats that show the growth, user numbers and influence of the mobile machine. But everyone is well aware by now-mostly because t [...]

"Spanglish" Now OK on Search

Have you ever tried to communicate with another person whose first language isn't English? (This isn't an immigration blog and we're not going down that path.) Whether you are trying to complete a business deal, increase your friendship or have just been [...]

Search Alliance

In the 1980s, when you wanted to make a photocopy of something, it was very common for someone to say, "Xerox it." It was the same if you need to blow your nose. People would say, "Please pass me a Kleenex." In 2014, that same concept of using a brand nam [...]

Top Digital Scams to Avoid

We've always wondered if a conman added up his/her time-all the planning, research, set up, etc., it takes to scam someone, if you couldn't probably make more money honestly with the same insight and effort? But alas, here we are. And the scams keep-a-com [...]

Twitch & Timehop-What You Need to Know

Updating You on the Latest Apps and Social Trends It's not just the Millennials that should be up to date on the latest Internet tech crazes and trends and explosions-you should be too. And right now, nothing is growing faster than Twitch.tv and Timeho [...]

Secret Military Bases Revealed on Google Maps

Really, I'm not sure how this hasn't become a bigger issue sooner. So the big time digital map makers like Bing and Google have been taking pictures, in the form of street view car cams, satellite images and topo maps, and combining them all on one platfo [...]

4 Quick Internet Security Tips

Because you clicked on and are now reading this blog, we now have access to your webcam. The indicator light isn't on, but the camera is, and you are being recorded. Sound insane? Although Thoughtwire would never hack into your personal computing device, [...]

Google Not Allowing Adult Ads

Online advertising has the greatest growth and potential. Compare it to a billboard-no matter how big the sign, you can only reach a certain number of people and they have to be near the sign itself. With the Internet, you have social media, app, website, [...]

What's the Deep Web?

What if you were told that the majority of the World Wide Web was never seen or accessed by most computer users? Think of it like the surface of the ocean-seemingly endless, but compared to the depth and real volume of the ocean, the top is hardly a puddl [...]

Courts Rule Against Google, But Not in U.S.

Sorry Americans, you do not have the "Right to be Forgotten." Yet, anyway. [caption id="attachment_123" align="alignnone" width="210"] Google's playing hide and seek with your identity.[/caption] Let's start from the beginning. European Union courts [...]

Trying to Monopolize Search

Google is the most used search engine with 11.9 billion monthly searches, beating out Yahoo!, Bing, Safari, etc. Google's rise to the top is mainly because they have continued to provide the best search results through their advanced algorithms that are c [...]