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2016, June

July 2016 Motorcycle Rides, Rallies and Events in ME, NH, VT, MA, CT & NY

7/1  Freedom Bikers Night  Middleboro, MA

7/8 - 7/10 7th Annual A-Town Rumble: A Motorcycle, Scooter + Moped Rally  Menands, NY

7/9  6th Annual Blackbeard's Ride  Charity Benefit Buzzards Bay, MA

7/9  7th Annual Heather’s Ride   Meredith, NH

7/9 8th Annual Vietnam Veterans Highway of Valor Tribute Ride  Owego, NY

7/9  Support Our Soldiers Motorcycle Run  Norwood, MA

7/9 Charity Motorcycle Ride -All proceeds will benefit Train A Dog, Save A Warrior.  Norfolk, NY 7/9  3rd Annual BIMC Bennington Bike Night  4- 8 p.m. Bennington, VT

7/10 3rd Annual R.U.F.F. Motorcycle Ride  Warren, RI

7/10 7th Annual Riding for Sherry's House, Helping Kids with Cancer  Hudson, MA

7/9 - 7/12 The Moto Vermont Three Day Adventure Bike, Dual-Sport Training Tour  Jay, VT

7/16  3rd Annual Poker Run - Riding for Home 2016   Williamson, NY

7/17   6th Annual Ride for Independence to Benefit Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation Bloomfield, CT

7/17 - 7/18 5th Annual Bike Run For the Local Needy  West Warren, MA

7/22  Sandy's Ride - Cancer Sucks Lewiston, ME

7/23 Elysestrong Roar for a Cure  Marlborough, MA

7/23  SRAA Motorcycle Run & Cookout  West Bridgewater, MA

7/23  Kickstands Up for Kids Motorcycle Ride To Benefit Camp Susan Curtis  Portland, ME

7/23   Teamsterhorsemen Charity Dice Run Poker Run Randolph, MA

7/23  9th Annual Granite State Thunder Run  Manchester, NH

7/23 Bear Mathers 4th Annual Run, Easton Knights of Columbus N Easton, MA

7/24  Big Nicks Ride for the Fallen  Buzzards Bay, MA

7/24  CBRB Covered Bridge Tour & Poker Run  Meredith, NH

7/24 5th Annual Downtown Thunder Motorcycle Ride & BBQ Mount Kisco, NY

7/24 The Hope Ride for Recovery 9:30 AM - 6 PM. East Bridgewater, CT

7/28 - 7/30  Iron Adventure Run   Ludlow, VT

7/30     Addison County Legion Riders Texas Holdem Poker Ride  Middlebury, VT

7/30  Benefit Ride To Stop Sarcoidosis  Old Orchard Beach, ME

7/30  Danny's Run for A.L.S. - Motorcycle Run & Pig Roast Fairhaven, MA

7/30  Wheelin with a Feelin 5th Annual Disabled and Limbless Veteran's Run  Bedford, MA

7/30  21st Annnual Jimmy Bernardo Memorial Ride   Pittsfield, MA

7/30  Casey's Victory Crusade. All proceeds to Tommy Fund for childhood cancer  West Haven, CT

7/30  2nd Annual Manchester Motorcycle Jamboree   Manchester, CT

7/31  SEMMSF Survivors Fund Motorcycle Summerfest  E Bridgewater, MA

7/31 Vermont Elks Silver Towers Camp Benefit Ride  Middlebury, VT

7/31 12th Annual Rolling Thunder 2 NY Three Borough Run and Event  Staten Island, NY

Making the Website Work: Reciprocal Links - Good or Bad?

So, today I'm crafting a blog post that's a little off topic from the usual postings on this blog. We are an auto tools and equipment store, with full online shopping capabilities (my job to promote), and therefore, I'm feeling compelled to write about some of my daily pursuits in making sure that everyone knows we are here. That is, here in the "physical sense" at the shop in Bow, NH, but also Here Online, ready and waiting for you to peruse our great selection of various tools and equipment, and take note of our rock bottom prices...well....rather than go into a sales pitch, I'll try to stay on topic.

How Do We Let People Know We Are Here? We've been faithfully hammering away at the many facets of Search Engine Optimization to make sure we're right at the top of the searches in Google for those folks seeking our products. And we are at the top in many searches for many of our products, which is really exciting! There is a LOT involved. It's absolutely mind-boggling reading Google Analytics. The amount of data they are able to capture is just incredibly helpful re: tailoring our SEO approaches.  On our 1000+ page website, I'm trying to reduce photos sizes, add meta tags, headline tags, and including as many resources as I can pack into our product descriptions to make them as informative and helpful as possible.

We want the customer to have a unique experience when shopping on our site. We want to offer as much information as we can so you won't have to feel like you need to shop elsewhere to find answers or other pertinent product information. That's been our goal. Has this effort been helpful to you? Is there anything else you'd like to see on our website that you haven't been able to find? I'd love to hear from you --feedback, positive or negative, is what guides us to stay on the right path. I find myself focusing on a number of things simultaneously to keep us in the Top 10 [p.1 in Google], and ultimately propel us to the Top of the Top 10.

Right now, my focus is on reciprocal links. Ideally, you want people to just link to you, without you having to link back. That means you have awesome content and people like it enough to share it with the world. (Yep. Working on that...) Having links from other websites is HUGE. But you have to be careful...Don't get sucked into "link farms" or anything else that might drop your ranking in Google. Many times a link from a completely unrelated site is something that could knock you down a few pegs because it's become a "cheap" way, of sorts, to gain momentum; "cheap," because it's too easy, and not really legitimate or relevant.

A sign that you may be seeking out a link farm is that there are 4,000 other websites listed on the page that you are hoping to be listed on. There are no special parameters, they just list anyone who requests that they be listed. Google is able to detect an astronomical number of links on one page, which could raise red flags to them. SO...What I am looking for is folks in the auto industry, or in the trucking industry, or even the logging industry. Police Departments. Fire Stations. websites.

Your ideal reciprocal links should be with businesses in the same general industry, but not a direct competitor to your business. And websites that have significance - not just any website. If a website is highly-ranked, and you are linking from it, this will be very helpful to your SEO. If the website doesn't carry any particular weight, while it may not be harmful, it also will likely not be beneficial.

Make sure you are selective and choose your connections wisely.

If you are interested in seeking out reciprocal links: Do it the Right Way. When Google put the smackdown on business who are listed with link farms, several years ago now, it was a huge boon to those operating in an 'above board' way. If you are doing the hard work to achieve your gains in Google, you should be rewarded as such - conversely, if you are paying for links you should be penalized. Some links may look legit, but...are they really? They might advertise under the guise of something that might appear to be legit (e.g. 'Worldwide Directory'). Make sure you Google the URL that you are interested in signing up with, to find out more information about them. And it always makes sense to do a search for their page rank, to get a better sense of how Google views them.

To quote my favorite SEO book, InBound Marketing: Get Found using Google, Social Media and Blogs: "The most effective way to get inbound links is by creating remarkable content that is useful and interesting. And, getting inbound links is the most effective way to get better rankings in Google." Creating content is the best thing you can do - as a natural order of things, people will share that content if it's something worth reading about - so make it good, really dig in and find those gaps that haven't been covered in discussions. Answer questions that customers tend to ask. Write about what you know and what might be of interest to someone else who isn't as knowledgeable. The possibilities are endless.

Next stop: Inbound links.

Thanks to Dutch's Kustoms for PRO 1200 Motorcycle Lift review left on our website!

"I ordered my lift on Thursday and I received it Friday morning at 11:00 am....unpacking was easy and the instructions were also easy...after assembling the lift, I worked on 2 bikes and realized how did I survive without far a great deal. I did my home work on lifts and bang for the buck you can NOT go wrong on this. And Clark in sales .....sorry for all the questions, but top notch answers. I will be buying more equipment from these fine folks....Thank you!" Dutch's Kustoms also posted a great pic of a 1999 FLHTC getting some work done on the lift. Dutch's performed an especially kind service on this bike - they lowered the ride height 2" to accommodate the bike owner who has a health issue with his legs. So, now it is now easier for him to get on and off the bike. Dutch's Customs 1999 FLHTC gets work on PRO 1200 Motorcycle Lift

Next Level Automotive in Chichester, NH reviews new Tire Changer and Wheel Balancer

We want to thank Eric at Next Level Automotive in Chichester, NH for posting nice comments along with a photo of his new Phoenix set! He posted this great pic (below) of his new Phoenix Tilt Back Tire Changer (PWC 2900A) with Helper Arm and Wheel Balancer (PWB 1530A) Set. He tells us, "Thanks - great set!" Eric also commented, "I also have the Eastwood welder and a ton of tools bought from Clark Heintz and Bob Covert over the years! Thanks for taking care of me I will keep shopping with you!"