Category Archives: Web Marketing

17 Sep 2018

Profit Gate History: 19 Years In Business

Profit Gate was established September 17, 1999 in Dunedin, Florida – 19 years ago today. Here’s a brief summary of it’s history: 1999 – 2000: Working out of their home, Dan Lewis and his three partners began building websites for local companies. Some of their design clients used Profit Gate’s marketing service to get top rankings in the search engines. Nearly all of those clients were quite successful with this online marketing. Back then, Yahoo was the #1 search engine and there were ten top engines competing for public searches. 2001: Profit Gate added Hosting and Domain Names to its services. This created a totally complete service, including buying a domain name, hosting it online, building the website, getting the site highly ranked in the search engines – all in one company. It grew very fast. 2004 – 2009: Profit Gate had an in house staff of 7 and was located next to the Largo Post Office. The office had about 3000 square feet, a kitchen, 3 bathrooms, and wall to…

19 Dec 2016

Web Marketing Trends for 2017

If you want to stay competitive in 2017, you may want to pay attention to these trends. I remember back in 1999, a lot of business owners considered getting a website was a waste of money – since “the Internet is just a fad“. Me, I looked at the growth statistics and knew what was coming. That’s when I started Profit Gate. Web Designs For Mobile Devices The use of Mobile (mostly smart phones) will continue its growth in 2017. Not only do companies need mobile-friendly websites, the sites need to cater to those on the move. That means creating web pages that are “friendly” on a very small screen. With over half of all web traffic now done on smart phones, your company needs to ensure its website is easy to read and navigate on these small screens. Website Videos Will Become Vital It should be a no-brainer that video will soon dominate the web. After all, we all love videos and prefer them…

22 Nov 2016

Google’s Latest Update: Possum!

Part of marketing your company website is being aware of major changes in how Google works. The latest in Google’s “Zoo” of recent updates to its algorithm was nicknamed “Possum” by Phil Rozek, a well-known SEO guru. You see, many business owners think they lost their “Google My Business” listing, but actually, they are just “playing possum” (being filtered out by Google). It appears that this update focuses on Google’s Local or Map results. It seems to have diversified results and reduced spam rankings. Overall, it has affected an estimated 64% of local search results. With some companies, this change in the Local Search results is critical to their web marketing. If your business focuses on local sales, it’s important to keep your Google rankings for your keywords on page one. Here is a short recap of Google’s changes so far this decade: Feb 2011 – Panda Update Apr 2012 – Penguin Update Sep 2013 – Hummingbird update Jul 2014 – Pigeon Update Apr 2015…

18 Aug 2016

How Do Web Videos Affect Web Site Results?

How do web videos affect web site results? Here’s the short answer – One or more professional videos added to a web site can: improve web site rankings in Google improve the conversion of visits to sales improve your company’s public image give your company an edge over competitors that have no videos help your company keep up with competitors that do have videos But only if the video is done correctly will the above happen. Like most aspects of the web, there is more to this than meets the eye. Putting a low-quality, amateur video on a site can actually work against a company. This goes for both rankings and conversions. Factors of videos that Google considers in its rankings are; load time must be quick (how fast it downloads) meta tags tell Google more about the videos (duration, topic, video type, etc.) public responses (number of views, likes, and comments) Of course, the whole point of a video is to improve sales by…

16 May 2016

What is SEO?

When you ask some people, “What is SEO?”, they say, “Oh, that’s Search Engine Optimization.” OK, but what does that actually mean? There are many ways to explain it, and some are really not much help. Some people may even think that I have some sort of ‘magic wand’ that I wave over a website and – poof! It’s number one on Google! I ran across this great little video that explains SEO basics in about three minutes. It’s simple – yet covers all the fundamentals. Watch Video Here The video was put together by Search Engine Land, a leading daily publication that covers all aspects of the search marketing industry. I think this video shows enough that most will understand now – when it comes to SEO and getting good rankings in Google, there are no magic wands, just hard work.

26 Jul 2015

Profit Gate Lands TV Show Contract

Last April, Profit Gate, one of Clearwater’s first professional web design and digital marketing companies, was awarded a contract by Condo Cops Productions. The agreement covers designing the official Condo Cops TV Show website and digital promotion.

06 Feb 2015

Latest Google Update: Pigeon

On July 24, 2014 Google launched the Pigeon Update, the biggest change to Google’s “Local Search” since 2012. Reports are finally coming out now as to what effects this has caused. Local Search is important to companies that serve mainly local customers. Google knows when it’s appropriate for searchers to see listings that are close by. Searches for things that are not area sensitive, such as electronics or books, do not have local listings in the results page. But if you are searching for a dentist or a pizza, then Google will automatically show results that are close to you; that’s Local Search. The Pigeon Update affected only Local Search listings. So far, reports indicate that local directories are being given far more preference in the organic listings. The 7 listings that are tied to the Google Map, which are displayed on page-one of the SERP (search engine results page), were impacted by this update. Those companies that had a good presence in the local directories, like…

21 Jan 2015

Internet Marketing Trends For 2015

In a recent article at, the major Internet marketing trends for 2015 are discussed. The short version is – Internet marketing in 2015 will see large increases in the use of Social Media Mobile Ads Targeted Ads SEO Video and other Visual Content And here are the details . . . As the internet continues to change, so will technologies regarding SEO, paid advertising, organic search, content marketing, social media interactions, and more. Regardless of the industry, the use of the Internet to provide information, increase brand awareness, and drive sales is going to increase. Some of the big Internet trends that will continue to evolve in 2015 are: Social Media Having a presence on social sites like FaceBook or Google Plus improves search engine rankings and enhances a company’s visibility online. All businesses need to pay attention to social media, or be left behind in the coming years. Mobile Having responsive web design will be more important than ever. “Responsive” refers to the…

22 Dec 2014

8 Reasons to Get a Competition Analysis

There are 8 things every company should know, to prevent being overwhelmed by competitors using the web. 1. Who are your major competitors on the web – currently? If you don’t know, your business may be in danger of losing customers to competitors that are doing more effective marketing on the web. To be sure you know who your real competitors are, you need to know: “What are the top keywords people use in their searches for your products or services?” Only then can you do searches yourself and see who has the top listings, both organic and paid. 2. What key words are competitors using for their SEO? By SEO, we mean their rankings in the organic listings of search engines. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. A good SEO expert can identify the exact words (phrases) that people use in searching for your products or services. Knowing which are the most popular is vital in today’s world of business. 3. How many back-links do…

15 Aug 2014

Web Marketing Breakthrough

Profit Gate is very excited to announce some excellent news for its clients!After 14 years of  driving visitor traffic to client websites using Pay-Per-Click ads and/or SEO (Search Engine Optimization), we have developed a far better solution:The Smart Digital Marketing Plan™. This is a major breakthrough in online advertising. The results that it produces range from “excellent” to “extraordinary”. One reason for this is the fact that we are not limiting your marketing to only those actively SEARCHING for your product/service. This new method gets both those who ARE searching for you, and those who are NOT searching, yet are within your “customer profile”. This adds an enormous potential audience to your current marketing efforts. The Smart Digital Marketing Plan includes 2 basic steps, which produce the best return for your investment. The first step uses your competitors’ ads to analyze what they are doing, and a testing process, to see what works best. The second step uses the data from the first to create a powerful marketing strategy. This is why we call it –…

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