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Web to Email Contact Forms – Increasing Reliability

By installing Mandrill for WordPress websites Do you have a contact form on your website? If so, how much is an email sent from that form potentially worth to you? £10, £100, £10,000, £1m? Contact form emails can potentially be incredibly valuable, so it is crucial to ensure your system is ultra-reliable and those emails […]

What We Learned About GDPR

Going through GDPR for ourselves and our customers was an eye-opening experience. Apart from the technical implementation aspects, here are some general learnings - some of  which really surprised us. 

Steps Towards GDPR Compliance

The GDPR deadline is only a matter of weeks away, so now is the time to get compliant. At Dotwise, we’re getting all belt-and-braces, not only with our clients but with our own processes as well.

Instagram Marketing for Small Businesses

Let's look at how Instagram has become a very important marketing channel and how it can work for all kinds of business.

GDPR and Google AdWords

For this blog, we’re going to narrow things down and focus on GDPR and Google AdWords.

Case Study: Improve Local Search Rankings Against Competitors

This week brought some great news to one of our clients. They had been longing to appear in the local pack of Google search results for a specific handful of keyphrases. We did some technical SEO to get them there and this had the delightful side-effect of knocking their number one competitor out of almost […]

GDPR for Small Businesses

As a small business owner you will probably already be aware that Data Protection regulations are going to change in May 2018. You will almost certainly be affected if you hold data on individuals in any form. But there’s a lot of poor information swirling about. Don’t get caught out by GDPR myths. We’ve compiled […]

SEO: Back to the Very Basics

We’re sometimes asked “What is SEO” or “How does SEO work?” It’s a big topic but let’s start with the very basics. In this article I’ll give a high level summary of search engines work, how the position of websites within search engines works is calculated, and touch briefly on how SEO aims to improve […]

10 Easy Ways to be Found in Local Search

All local businesses – no matter the size – have a right to be found in local search results, whether on Google, Bing or any other search engine. The only thing stopping you is ensuring search engines understand who, what and where you are. Here are my top 10 guidelines to ensure your small business […]

What are Featured Snippets and How Do You Get Them?

A customer was asking us the other day why a competitor’s information was displaying a paragraph of text above all the other search results. These paragraphs are called Featured Snippets, and they can really help boost your SEO. So let’s ask “What are Featured Snippets?” In Google searches, a Featured Snippet is a highlighted information […]

What Are Accelerated Mobile Pages? And Should You Care?

One question we’re getting asked more often is “What are Accelerated Mobile Pages”? AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is an idea intended to improve using the web on mobile devices. It’s designed to address the typically slow loading speeds experienced by mobile users in a web that’s chockablock full of ads, forms, widgets, popups etc. AMP […]

10 Simple Trust Signals Your Website Should Always Have

Websites are all about trust. Users are (almost unconsciously) looking for signals that will build their trust in a company when they visit the website. Websites can build or destroy trust through the presence or lack of trust signals. We see many websites which lack these simple trust signals. They are so easy to implement […]

What is RankBrain?

RankBrain is now entrenched as part of Google’s search ranking algorithm and is said to be the third most important ranking factor after inbound links and great content. It is having a big effect on how searches are presented. But what exactly is RankBrain and why should small business owners care? RankBrain is “artifical intelligence” […]

Future of SEO

What do the next few years hold for search engine optimisation? Since almost all businesses rely on organic search traffic, it’s vital to understand the direction of travel with search engines and SEO. Here’s my brief analysis of where we are currently heading. Top ranking factors There are hundreds of factors which determine where your […]

Fake Trademark Protection Scams

Have you ever received an email from a company in China or the Far East saying something like this: Dear Manager, Regarding registration of your company name (your name), hereby send the confirmation letter, please read it carefully. We are an agency engaging in registering brand name and domain names. Today, Our center received an […]

Why Do Web-to-Email Contact Forms Stop Working?

Web-to-email contact forms stop working with mysterious regularity. They work one day and just suddenly stop working the next. Usually the first you know about it is when you notice that you haven’t had any email enquiries from your website for a while. Here are some tips on why email contact forms stop working and […]

Website Support Contracts – What You Should Know

So – you’ve found a website maintenance company who have the perfect tech skills to help you. Great! Hang on though, before charging in, here are a few tips on how to get the best website support contract for you with your chosen web support team.

How to Appeal to Generation Z

They’re ambitious, mature and ready to change the world with the confidence of their own convictions and creativity. They are generation Z. It’s no surprise if you’ve grown a little tired of the word “millennials”– it’s everywhere at the moment. And rightly so – as one of the most fascinating generations, we as marketers should […]

How Much Should I Bid for a Click on AdWords?

You’re probably keen to know how much it actually costs to advertise on Google. AdWords is an auction where you bid against other advertisers for a more prominent position. But how much should bid for a click? Or to use AdWords-speak – what’s my Maximum Cost Per Click? There’s no one answer, because all businesses […]