Page One of Search Engine Results

I have never pretended to begin to understand SEO for small business, and I am not about to now. I have no idea how an SEO company can get a small business owner’s website from the ninth page of search engine results to the first page in a very short amount of time, but I am proof positive that it can be done. When I first had my website created, I thought that it would automatically be on the first page of search engine results. The first time I did a search for it myself, I actually had to go through nine pages before finding it.

It was my own page, and it even exhausted me looking for it. When there are ten results in pages, and I am the eighth result on the ninth page, that means there are 97 businesses in front of my own! That was completely unacceptable to me, but I had no idea how to fix that on my own. I did a quick search on how to get better search engine results, and that is how I found out about search engine optimization. Just because I have a nice website does not mean I know how to get others to see it, and this page explained to me what I needed to know.

I had no clue how to go about getting better SEO results myself though, but thankfully I did not have to worry about that. I was able to hire a company that does this full time. They have the tools and resources necessary to get my page from the 98th spot in results to the first page of results. The nice thing about this company is that they don’t even want to settle for just being on the first page, because the 10th spot on that page is often overlooked too. I definitely chose the right company, because I am within the first few search engine results on all of the search engines I have tested my site search on!

Why I Needed a Linux VPS Instead of One Running Other Operating Systems

I like using an online VPS because they are inexpensive when compared to the cost of a host providing a dedicated server for files, websites, game servers and other stuff. A VPS is like having your own separate computer connected to ultra high speed Internet access, but it is actually one of many compartmentalized servers running on a single computer. My issue is that I wanted a Linux VPS instead of the other operating systems that are out there. So many people that are managing their own servers are more familiar with the other commercial operating systems that finding a really good Linux based virtual private server was difficult for me.

I am used to the Linux OS. I can make it do anything I need it to to run the content management software that controls my website and the e-commerce software that powers my inventory and sales activity. I would have a steep learning curve to switch to another OS on a VPS or even dedicated server. Using a VPS is less expensive because you are sharing the actual hardware of RAM and the CPU with other users. You are in your own OS environment with all of your files separate on your own part of a drive.

The computers are so powerful nowadays that there is no noticeable lag for the multiple instances of the OS running on a VPS using the same hardware. Being that so much can be packed into use on one piece of computer equipment is why the savings are there. If you are on your own dedicated server, you are paying for that whole computer on your own.

Still, fining a good Linux VPS was more difficult for me. So many are Windows based because that is what many people know how to use today. My website requires a Linux OS because of some of the proprietary code I have written myself that runs the content management system that operates my website. I’m not even sure I could rewrite it to work in a Windows or iOS environment. I needed a Linux VPS for it to work flawlessly.

I Like to Shop Online on Black Friday

I always thought that Black Friday meant you had to get up at an unreasonable hour and wait hours in long lines to get a great deal on something. That is what I used to do up until last year anyway. That is when I found out that I could get some really great Black Friday online deals too. I didn’t mind going out and shopping when my best friend would go with me, but she always has to work on Black Friday now. Because of that, it is just not as fun.

That did not mean I still did not want to take advantage of the deals though. When I found out that I could just go online and get some of the same incredible deals, plus some that aren’t even advertised in the stores, I knew that I was going to try that instead of battling the crowds. I figured if I missed some incredible buys because I chose to sit on my couch instead of outside during the freezing weather, then I would just chalk it up to bad luck and hit the front lines myself the next Black Friday.

Thankfully, I did not have to worry about that, because I was able to get some amazing deals on Black Friday last year by shopping online instead of at the actual store’s physical locations. I am not talking about stores that only deal online either. Some of my favorite stores were having incredible deals, and I was actually able to take advantage of all of them. That is something that has never happened when I would go out and shop in person. The stores are just too far apart to hit all of them. Shopping online means that they are just a click away from each other. Yeah, I definitely like this kind of shopping better!