The Best Kept SEO Secret for Small Business Owners to Know

 The Best Kept SEO Secret in Ten Years for Small Business Owners to Know

For small business owners who are too busy running their business, and need to have better visibility on Google, the now famous buzzword "SEO" (search engine optimization) has become better known yet is still confusing to so many.

For nearly twenty years, I have provided internet marketing for clients, even before the term SEO was created. 

And now in 2022-2023 I have seen a dramatic revolution in the methods and techniques, resources and tools that I use to leverage my time and save clients money in their monthly payments for high quality SEO.

It started slowly about five years ago, then gradually started growing and expanding and now it is exploding and becoming dominant in our SEO expert's toolbox of services.

The best kept secret? AI - artificial intelligence -has reached a point where it is becoming a powerful tool that drives the SEO and content development, analytics, and creative alternatives. 

Why is it still a "secret"? 

Many business owners are swamped with emails from scammers, spammers, "sounds too good to be true" offers, and confusing promises of the "top of Google". 

I have had clients send me the emails like these and I do a search on Google for the company name followed by "scam" and I am usually not surprised at the result. 

The secret lies in finding a reliable and trustworthy SEO consultant who won't break the bank and who can deliver results within a reasonable amount of time. Who has a track record of results with local business, and also has good reviews. 

Another secret is knowing that the professional approach to SEO and website design is so much more than the Do It Yourself approach, and has so much more depth in resources and tools and how to use them. 
As you browse down this home page of Logion Web Design, you will see that we fall into the categories described as "secrets" above, and have the experience, research, tools, and reviews to back it up. 
On the posts below you will see  testimonials and reviews from local Salem businesses, a detailed description of services, The Most Important Web Design Elements including:
the seven most important things to have in a professionally designed website. 
Yet all of this information is only here if you have time to read it. The fastest way to get started is to contact us for a free phone consultation, ask questions, as we will ask questions, and see if our services are the right fit for you.

Sometimes we answer the phone live, but not always, so please leave a message that includes your name, business name, telephone number and email address.

Within the first ten minutes of our live call you will know if we should continue the phone chat or move on. 
We respect your time. More below...
David Brown
creative webmaster
certified content marketer
SEO consultant

There is no one "best" SEO secret, as search engines like Google use complex algorithms that take into account hundreds of different factors when ranking websites. However, there are some key strategies that are known to be effective in improving a website's search engine visibility, including:

  1. Creating high-quality, relevant content that satisfies the user's search intent.

  2. Building a strong backlink profile by earning links from authoritative, relevant websites.

  3. Conducting thorough keyword research and optimizing content with relevant keywords and phrases.

  4. Ensuring that the website is technically optimized for search engines, including having a clear site structure, fast loading speed, and mobile-friendly design.

  5. Engaging in local SEO strategies, such as optimizing for local keywords and directories, if the website serves a specific geographic area.

  6. Utilizing social media and other online platforms to build brand awareness and drive traffic to the website.

Remember that SEO is a complex and constantly evolving field, and what works today may not work tomorrow. It's important to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices to ensure long-term success in SEO.


Imagine Your Own Webmaster, Website Designer, and SEO-Content Marketer for Your Business

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  "We have worked with David for over 14 years. He always came up with good ideas, kept our website up to date and fresh, and always looking how to make the connection with the public we were serving better and easier. Thank you David" - Virgil T Golden Funeral Home, Salem

A Creative Webmaster - Logion Web Design

Over Twenty Years Experience
Commitment to Excellent Service
Wide Range of Skillsets - SEO, Web design
Loyal clients for many years
Award-winning Blogger
Published author on Amazon

Imagine Having an Experience Like These Reviews:

Funeral Home Salem - Virgil T. Golden

"We have worked with David for over 14 years. He always came up with good ideas, kept our website up to date and fresh, and always looking how to make the connection with the public we were serving better and easier." Thank you David

Avalon Hair Salon Salem Or

"David has been amazing to work with over the years! He is efficient, responsive, easy to work with and very knowledgeable! He updated my website design and it turned out amazing! The website is sleek, stylish and user friendly! I would definitely recommend him for any of your website needs!"

Pet Sitter North Hollywood

"I have usedLogion Web Design for over 14 years. He never disappoints in creativity, Advertising Market Knowledge, Humor and Communication. He has designed and created 2 websites for my company and I will continue to use his services for Marketing and Any update. All in one service included Hosting. Happy Client. Thank you David!!!" Claudia's Cloud 9 Pet Sitting

 Gig Wyatt - retired attorney Salem

 "I have used David Brown at Logion Web Design Inc for over ten years. He is very knowledgeable and keeps my name and website at or very near the top of Google search on a constant basis. Many of our referrals now cite online searches to find us, and David has proven to be outstanding in promoting my online presence. I would highly recommend him as he is excellent in his field and reasonable in cost."

Remodeling Contractor - Salem Or

"David does a great job for us 5 stars, very professional!"

David Brown is an award winning internet marketing consultant and Certified Content Marketer. As owner of Logion Web Design, he has been in the SEO, web design, and content marketing industry since 1999. He is the sole author and publisher of this website and blog with over 183,000 views. He offers consulting, SEO, internet marketing, content, and social media marketing and is accepting qualified accounts for monthly services.

You Want Results? -Your New Website Will Make Money 
> Is the website content boring? or does it have -
persuasive copywriting that gets results

>  basic descriptive titles? or
- titles with keywords that captivate attention
> the same old same old ? or-
distinctive, fresh, compelling and engaging home page


Say yes to new adventures with a new website design

Web Design and SEO Services- Why We Love Helping Our SEO Clients

Web Design and SEO Services


We love helping small business owners improve their internet marketing and Google search visibility especially in their local market. 

Many small business owners don’t have the time to manage the complex process of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). We make it easy by offering a monthly subscription that includes weekly service. It’s affordable, effective and more importantly frees up your valuable time!

  Whether you are looking to drive traffic to your website or make more sales, our SEO marketing services can help you achieve your goals. We use the latest tools and best standards for conversion. We understand that content is king and we have been certified in content marketing since 2015.

We design modern, responsive websites that use the best standards and practices. With a focus on content marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), and lead generation, we ensure your website will convert visitors into leads. Our designs are tailored to each industry and visitor personas to provide the best return on investment (ROI). If you want to learn more about us, request a free estimate for your website design, or contact us. We look forward to learning about your project.



In summary,  Logion Web Design creates custom websites for small and local businesses. We also integrate inbound marketing techniques, such as copywriting, content marketing, and search engine optimization (SEO), into our clients’ website and social media strategies. In order to give back to the small business community, Logion’s webmaster, David Brown, shares his advice on effective inbound marketing for small business websites on this blog.

And ...

We are a small business so we listen to your needs. Read our testimonials on Google and hear about successful blog and website design projects for clients in many different industries. Our cutting-edge techniques will take you to the next level, create new opportunities, and grow your social media base and email marketing list, for sales and business development.

Website Design in Salem Oregon

Website Design in Salem Oregon

Logion Web Design = creative webmaster services  -  our website package has seven of the most important features for professional website design.

A website is the most important marketing tool. All digital marketing points directly to the website for client conversions into paying customers.

Websites in 2020 and beyond need to be updated with current code standards as well as design structure that meets the needs of browsers as well as website visitors.

Compelling copy, strong visuals, clean balance and spacing, and accessibility for response are all factors. Your website needs to stand out, make a statement, be informative and subtly persuasive, and motivate site visitors to click for more information, or to make a purchase, or set up a free estimate or consultation.

The Most Important Web Design Elements
the seven most important things to have in a professionally designed website.

We Use the Top Rated Adobe Creative Cloud Apps

Adobe Creative Cloud is considered as the world's best creative app package - a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more.

2 - Responsive- Mobile Site Friendly

In 2020 over 50% of the websites are being viewed on mobile phones. Responsive is the term used to describe a website that adapts to display on mobile devices including phones and tablets.

We use a best standard approach with the W3C coding guidelines for responsive web design that is mobile friendly. As we design the new site, we are checking the mobile views as well as the laptop/desktop.

3 -
Professional Photos

Photos can make or break a website design. We use top end eye- catching professional photos that are licensed in our Adobe Creative Cloud account for websites that we develop. Examples of the use of Adobe Stock on recently a designed website can be seen at Avalon Hair Salon in Salem.

4 -SSL-Secure Website

Google has tightened up their requirements for more internet security by penalizing websites that are not setup on a secure server. If you have an older website you might see a small lock with a red slash through it next to the domain name address. The message there when clicked on is a warning to potential site visitors that the website is not secure, and subject to possible malicious malware, or hacks.

5 - Keywords

Keywords are the most important words that directly relate to your services and products, industry, and location. As an example, web design, webmaster, website designer, SEO, internet marketing, are a few that we use on our this site. Keywords are also important for meta tags - code behind the page - as well as for titles that are given more weight by Google for a "SERP" - search engine results page.

6 -Compelling Copywriting

Copywriting for websites is more effective when it is engaging and compelling for the site visitor. Too much text is overkill. Too little is not enough to be serious. A paragraph is usually sufficient, and if the site visitor wants more then a "Learn more" link can be placed at the end of the paragraph that takes then to another page, as we have done on this page.

7 - Creative Presentation

The creative presentation of content is important for maximum viewer engagement. The combination and balance of titles, text-copy, and photos allows for an overall positive impression of the web page as well as implied invitation to stay and explore further. The Bombay Wala of India project was a result of prior experience in designing Indian restaurant websites, our love of that type of cuisine, and a bit of knowledge about the culture (Ganesha). The result with the slanted title, colors, Abobe stock photos, and catchy title "Slow Fast Food" captures the essence of the small take out or dine in Indian cuisine location in a food court of a mall.

About Logion Web Design

David Lawrence Brown is the sole owner and creative webmaster of Logion Web Design, and has been actively involved in professional website design and internet marketing since 1999. Salem, Oregon is the main business location for Logion Web Design, however there are clients all over the U.S. The title of this blog post -
Website Design in Salem Oregon is for SEO purposes, as the keywords used match those in search engines for local searches.

The Challenge and Opportunity of Content Marketing Updated 2022

What is Content Marketing?

The Content Marketing Institute defines content marketing as a strategic marketing approach focused on:
creating and distributing valuable, relevant,
and consistent content

attracting and retaining a clearly defined

driving profitable customer action

We were certified as a content marketer in 2015 before it became known as a major marketing focus.

Reality check - the internet has become saturated with content,
advertising, overkill, addictive use, abuses, scammers, and spammers, and constant changes by the tech firms that dominate the cyber space : Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter to name a few.

Content marketing has become the go-to strategy for internet marketers who want to help their clients increase their Google exposure, their business brand, and ultimately the bottom line. It is the key component in "SEO" or search engine optimization, along with reviews and social engagement. Google likes updated relevant information that shows the author is an authority in their industry, and that there is engagement with the content.

Content marketing research and automation of creating engaging content are now the new buzzwords in the industry of digital marketing. This blog post from 2017 is being updated with the latest information for small business owners who need SEO for better page ranking but are overwhelmed with choices and costs for many different types of programs available., 

For our content marketing and SEO services we integrate them for the best combination of prioritized service time and cost for the small business owner. As creative webmasters, we help clients set up the tools needed and have a basic understanding of what they do and how we plan to use them for their websites, blogs, Facebook page, and / or YouTube channel. Some of these tools are free such as Google search console and Google My Business. Others have a low monthly cost. 

Depending on the client's needs we will suggest the best tools and how much time we can spend each week using them for the client and the budget needed for this. No annual contract needed. We go month to month and show results increasing over time. 

The challenge of content marketing for small business owners is how to decide what to use and how will benefit the business for new customers or repeat business. The opportunity is to gain more authority in the eyes of Google and in better page ranking for searches of keywords relevant to your services and products.


Facebook and Content Marketing - It's Not Just About the Likes 
Billions of users and posts every day. Timelines and news feeds are swamped. How does a content marketer break through all the noise to help business accounts get seen, and to have some engagement in the content posted? It's not just about how many "likes" a post gets, although that is an indicator that the content has some appeal. Usually, the content has a link to a blog, or third party article, and the user clicks through and does not actually click the like button. When there are a lot of likes, comments, and shares, then the content that was posted can be considered successful. However, a post on Facebook may also be successful when the traffic is measured on the landing page that is linked to.

Engagement can be seen on all three levels. Shares are free PR for the business that posted the content. There is some pushback on Facebooks advertising, as many people do not like to see ads or content that their friends liked and that now shows up in their timelines. Content needs to be carefully planned with the target audience as well as the image shown or video, and text used in the post. In another blog post I focused on two top titles that research showed having the highest levels of engagement. Sometimes the titles alone can make or break the level of response.

Consider the following ideas for better engagement with Twitter and Facebook posts:

> Educational content is popular. Help solve people's problems, learn something new.
> Use titles that have had a strong engagement response from research (link-see blog on titles)
> Use recorded or live videos to increase engagement and create  more personal message
> Use events to highlight and showcase important dates, then use the link of the event post
> Use rhymes as a way of displaying unique content (link-see Rhymes blog post)
> Use the higher traffic dates and times as well as the lesser traffic for less competition
> Monitor posts with insights to see the best levels of engagement for certain posts
> Use industry relevant third party articles that have already had a strong level of engagement
> Use non business content - inspirational nature photos with quotes. People like inspiration.
> When using paid boosting of content, use $5.00 one day market tests to check engagement level

Internet users are saturated with content. Attention spans are short, requiring a strong visual engagement to keep attention on the post or tweet, strong titles, and relevant, compelling content to keep the engagement strong. It's a challenge, and it is also an opportunity for new ideas, new creativity, humor, and a touch of the muse for inspiration. (link- see blog - The Legend of the Marketing Muse.

Also see The Future of Content Marketing >

What to Avoid in SEO and Content Marketing >

Why This Content Marketing Research Will Make You Happy

Top Ranked Research Stats of the Year for Engaging Titles and Headlines

It's all about engagement right?

On Facebook content that evokes more likes, comments, and shares wins. It shows that the content is engaging, is noticed in a busy timeline, and has certain qualities that cause the viewer to respond. Content marketers love to show their clients that the posts that they used had a strong engagement.

Ever wondered what causes some content to have more engagement than others?

Imagine having an edge in knowing what words to use in the titles of your posts that have had the highest engagement stats for Facebook and social media.

Research done by Buzzsumo, a content marketing research and resource for social media engagement stats, showed which words used in titles had the highest levels of engagement.

Best titles-headlines have changed since this blog first discussed them in 2017. Updated 2021-2

Ideal headline length - 11 words
Best number to use in headline : 10
Top Ranked headlines based on 100 million posts research 2019-2020

When Buzzsumo did a research study on over 100 million headlines and discovered the ones that have the most engagement, I started using the top ones and noticed a stronger response in a Facebook post for a client. I used two of them in the title of this blog post.

If titles that grab the attention and have a proven strong engagement are of interest to you, then check out the Buzzsumo research report.

Buzzsumo Research Report Link

Of course titles are only one aspect of content that is engaging. For some examples of my own content posts for social media, contact me by phone for a free consultation if you are looking for a certified content marketer.  541-953-3360 (no text available, voice only).

David Brown is an award winning internet marketing consultant and Certified Content Marketer. As owner of Logion Web Design, he has been in the SEO, web design, and content marketing industry since 1999. He is the sole author and publisher of this blog, Likes, Tweets and SEO. He offers consulting, SEO, internet, content and social media marketing. He is also the author of three self-published books on Amazon.

Using Rhymes for Business Facebook Posts

Fast changes are a sign of the times
With likes and shares beginning to climb
What seems to work and turn on a dime?
Getting their attention with Facebook rhymes
- David Lawrence Brown

A Unique Content Marketing Niche

As mentioned in a past blog, Content Marketing Celtic Style, I have been using poems and rhymes combined with selected photos for Facebook posts for some business clients for years now. The results have been good, and this is a content marketing niche that I have in my toolbox of strategies.

It is a challenging task to compete with the all of the posts that appear on a typical Facebook news feed. The key to having a post be seen and engaging is primarily using a stunning or eye-catching image, then combining it with text that engages and delivers a message that is liked by the reader.

The use of rhymes has this effect.

Why Poems and Rhymes?

Without promoting a link to a blog or third party article, the words are more like a tweet, and are short enough to convey a message, get likes and comments, and increase a brand awareness that the business is providing interesting and original content.

Since most businesses do not provide original rhymes, it helps the business to stand apart from the crowd when they do. This is a good thing. Competition for Facebook fans can be tough. Rhymes are one form of engaging content that is unique and distinctive.

Like anything, a carefully worded poem needs to be sound enough and not be to corny, unless the goal is to have a humorous effect and it is obvious to the reader. Poems can be related to the business, or the season, or a bit of wisdom, or anything that would be engaging and liked by the reader.

While there are many other poems that I have written that have had similar of better results, here's a sample to give you an idea of the many variations and topics that be covered.

Chinese Restaurant
Today is Tuesday so what do we do?
We cook and serve a good lunch for two!
Lots of choices and good things to chew
So we say in Chinese 身体健康 Good health to you!

Butcher Shoppe
Our Thanksgiving Order Form will amaze
Includes Turkey, Duck, and Hams with a glaze
Just three clicks and you are good to go
Check it out if you want to know

Funeral Home
Thanksgiving is near, only two weeks away
We wish you a Happy one, in every way
Yes, there are memories, of loved ones not here

Yet we can still celebrate their life in gratitude, every year

Using rhymes in business Facebook posts, combined with an strong photo to stand out in a busy timeline, is a content marketing niche that can be very engaging and unique for the target audience. They can be used for both business and non-business posts such as holiday related themes. 

"The Turkeys are Coming!"
Local chickens are here says our sign
But the local turkeys showed up to see if we'd mind
We did not let them in the store, that would be too strange
Since this is not exactly what we mean by free range

When it comes down to content marketing on Facebook in which you have something unique, maybe funny, very relevant, and then write original poetic rhyme to add to the engaging photo, then the goals and objectives are seen in the response.
David Brown is an award winning internet marketing consultant and Certified Content Marketer. As owner of Logion Web Design, he has been in the SEO, web design, and content marketing industry since 1999. He is the sole author and publisher of this blog, Likes, Tweets and SEO. He offers consulting, SEO, internet, content, and social media marketing and is accepting qualified accounts for monthly services. His dog's name is Shaman.