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Wix or Squarespace? Which is better?

So you’re looking at doing a Do-It-Yourself website and you like the new looks of Wix and Squarespace. But which is better? What are the pros and cons? In this installment I’ll explain what’s good about these services and what’s bad and how to identify what’s best for your needs.

Wix vs Squarespace

The first question to ask yourself when trying to decide what type of website you could benefit from is this:


SEO Scams, SEO Email Marketing Scams – For Shame!!

Have you ever gotten an unsolicited email from a so-called “SEO expert” telling you what your website is missing and why you need them to improve it? Does it seem like a scam? Or is it just an ambitious person scouring the web for business doing you a courtesy? How do you know? Here’s the deal with that…

I get about 5-10 of these SEO spam emails each day. There are generally two types of these messages I receive.

1.) The “I happened to notice your site needs SEO improvement” Spam Message
2.) The “I’m wondering if I could help you improve your site” Spam Message

Regardless of the message, first thing’s first. I RUN AN SEO COMPANY. Clearly they are not even paying attention to whom they are sending their unsolicited SEO spam emails to, because if they’d just take a second to look at what type of business I am while they’re on my site hunting for the contact form, then they’d probably realize that hounding my business about SEO is a waste of their time. It would be like me emailing a taco shop to tell them why they’re making their tacos wrong (when I’ve never even tried their tacos) and that they need me to make them better for them.

So clearly there’s the evidence that these “seo experts” are not even paying attention to who you are and what kind of business you have. But step back another few feet and think about this. I am getting about 40 of these SEO spam emails per week and not only am I an SEO company, our website is optimized extremely well. We show up 1st page for just about every keyword that we target. (I’m not saying this to brag, it’s just what we do for a living). So when I get that email that says “Hi, I noticed your site is missing key SEO components and you’re missing out on traffic and leads, etc, etc.” I know that’s a pile of bull because they obviously didn’t take a second to look at my site or run any kind of SEO diagnostics on it. It’s simply just unsolicited email spam.


Launch of Our New Website and Expanded Services

2014 is poised to be an exciting year here at CCM not only for us but for our customers as well. This week we launched our new and improved site www.ccm-web.com which showcases our new focus of building responsive website designs that render as mobile sites on mobile devices and normal sites on larger format screens. You can learn more about responsive web design on our page here.

As excited as we are about responsive site designs, it is the expanded full marketing services that we now offer our clients that really has us pumped for 2014. In addition to custom web design, hosting, site management, printing and SEO, CCM now offers amazing print solutions like vehicle wraps for business fleets, food trucks, delivery vehicles, trailers or pretty much anything on wheels. We also have added banner and tradeshow booths, stands, kiosks and professional signage at discount small business rates.

With out partners at Adams Outdoor, CCM now offers billboard advertising and placement in over 12 markets in the U.S. including the Hampton Roads region here in Virginia. Our wholesale small business rates for billboard advertising are so attractive businesses even save money by using us instead of going straight to the big outdoor companies directly.

In late 2013 we added full service video and…


What’s the Best Deal On Business Cards?

Three years ago when we started our company, it was a web design company. That’s all. After a few months we realized we could be more, and over that year we emerged as an “ad agency for small business”. I think the second product we began offering was business cards. We made our own cards and we were getting compliments on them everywhere we went. Today, of all the different things our agency offers (SEO, web design, hosting, printing, consulting, distribution, etc), business cards are what we sell the 3rd most of. I love designing and printing business cards for local businesses because it’s easy work, quick turnaround and a low cost for a very high-quality product.

Why are business cards one of our best selling products? I think it’s because of the quality of our cards quite simply. The quality for the value can’t be beat. Many businesses get their cards online from places like Vistaprint… and their cards aren’t terrible, but they’re also not professional. They look nice from a distance, but up close in your hand Vistaprint’s products are a little flimsy and cheap feeling. A lot of other small businesses opt to get their business cards printed from a local print shop. These are great for people who need gold stamping and specialty cards. But for the average Joe who just wants a nice looking branded card on high-quality durable paper stock the local print shops are usually a little pricey. Nice work, but expensive. Vistaprint… low quality and inexpensive. What Commonwealth Creative Marketing does, is take high-quality, durable card stock and print colorful high-end ink digitally onto a UV-coated semi-gloss or non-gloss paper stock. It’s affordable and it looks amazing. Is there any downside? Only that it may take up to a week to fulfill an order because quality takes time. So if you have a week to wait, we’ll save you money and deliver you a top-notch business card product you’ll keep coming back for. Count on CCM for the best business cards in Virginia Beach.

You can learn more about our business card options and pricing by visiting CCM’s business card page.


Blogging for SEO using WordPress

By now someone has probably told you that you should blog. They may have mentioned that it’s “good for SEO” if you blog but they probably didn’t tell you exactly how or why. Here’s the deal… you can blog all you want but if you’re not optimizing your blog the right way it won’t do much good.

There are basically two reasons to blog. 1. You want people to read what you wrote about a topic. 2. You want to help increase your site’s SEO and traffic. Personally, I could almost care less if anyone read my blog. I blog for SEO purposes mainly. So how do you blog for SEO?

Well, the first step in blogging for SEO purposes is to write