Search Engine Optimization

Has Your Dental Website Gone Mobile Yet?

Has Your Dental Website Gone Mobile Yet?

If your dental website isn’t mobile-compatible, you’ve been paying a penalty in search engine rankings since 2015. Here’s why. Searches initiated from mobile devices and tablets have overtaken searches from desktop and laptop computers and continue to pull ahead. Google, with its emphasis on the user experience, responded to this trend by essentially penalizing websites…

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Are You Impatient With Your Dental SEO?

Are You Impatient With Your Dental SEO?

Search engine optimization, or SEO, has been widely touted as the greatest thing since the invention of the smartphone. That’s both true and not true. One of the side effects of the internet is that everything is right now, or at least near-instant. That’s resulted in a shortening of expectations generally and particularly with regard…

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Dentists Must Go HTTPS or Go Home

Dentists Must Go HTTPS or Go Home

SmartBox recently completed migrating all of its dentists’ websites from HTTP to HTTPS. There are several reasons to prefer HTTPS, greater online security and HIPAA compliance being the main ones. The move to HTTPS is something that dentists’ can’t afford to ignore. A recent article pointed out that sites with HTTPS are beginning to be…

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Your Dental Marketing Results Should Be Guaranteed

Your Dental Marketing Results Should Be Guaranteed

Manufacturers provide product warranties, and service companies offer satisfaction guarantees. Why should dental marketing services be any different? At SmartBox, we firmly believe that marketing firms should stand behind their services, and here’s why. Marketing has come a long way in the last 100 years. As an industry, we have much more knowledge, more more…

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How’s That Monthly Dental Advertising Thing Going?

How’s That Monthly Dental Advertising Thing Going?

I’ve met many dentists who can’t escape that “hamster on a treadmill” feeling. They’d prefer to spend more time solving patients’ dental problems. Instead, they have to take time away from clinical practice every single month to figure out their advertising for the next month. This is not why dentists spend four years in dental…

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Dentists Shouldn’t Always Believe Their Self-Talk

Dentists Shouldn’t Always Believe Their Self-Talk

It’s not always easy being a small business owner. Your decisions, including the staff you hire and the tone you set for your practice, are major determinants of your success. The ultimate responsibility is yours, and it’s likely that every small business owner has moments of self-doubt. One of the self-doubts that can last much…

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Google Changes the Rules for Mobile Dental Websites… Again.

Google Changes the Rules for Mobile Dental Websites… Again.

It’s no secret that Google’s emphasis has shifted to providing the best possible user experience. Part of that shift was a recognition of the fact that more searches are initiated from mobile devices than from desktops or laptops. Google was swift to begin penalizing websites that aren’t mobile-compatible. Out of necessity, the mobile-responsive website was…

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When Your Dental Website Makes You Look Old

When Your Dental Website Makes You Look Old

There’s no environment that changes faster than the online environment. The internet is a hotbed of innovation, new design, and the next greatest thing. It’s an environment in which few dentists flourish. Your website says a lot about you and your practice, and all of it may not be good if your site isn’t updated…

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Why Your New Dental Patients Have a Voice

Why Your New Dental Patients Have a Voice

Search from mobile devices overtook desktop computer search in 2o15. Mobile devices allow people to search from almost anywhere at almost any time. For this reason, and due to the increasing penetration of mobile devices, mobile search is expected to continue to grow steadily. Today, more and more time-pressed people are using digital assistants like…

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Are You Using the RIGHT Dental Keywords?

Are You Using the RIGHT Dental Keywords?

The keywords you choose to include in your online efforts to attract new dental patients have a tremendous impact on how high you’ll place on local search engine results pages (SERP). Back in the day, “black hat” SEO types used to “stuff” dentists’ website pages with keywords to try to get better SERP placements. Those…

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