Author: Jordan St. Jacques

It’s Thursday afternoon, September 22, 2022, right now, and I’m hopping back on the article bandwagon for DJ LIFE mag. I’ve been absent for a bit, apologies for that. After a great DJX’22 in Atlantic City, N.J. this past August, I returned home to Ottawa, Canada… and proceeded to get COVID four days later. I’m all good now though, and catching up. So, this week’s topic is: What one should expect to pay for a website. This article was literally inspired just yesterday by a conversation I had with someone who’s expectations were way off. In short, he wanted to…

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Perhaps the biggest time-sink these days when it comes to creating and maintaining your digital branding is the aspect of video creation. Producing real video content takes time, with steps such as Raw Footage, Lower Thirds Overlays, Intros & Outros… and then rendering for YouTube, Tik Tok and Reels formats. Indeed, one good from-scratch video can take an entire afternoon to create and publish. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining… great video content can make a massive difference in a client choosing you and your brand for their wedding, or a Bridesmaid party choosing one nightclub over another for…

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By now, we all know that LinkedIn is the place to go to find sales leads for anything corporate. This isn’t just a DJ thing, of course… LinkedIn is a treasure trove of leads, and gets visited by salespeople millions of times per day. For power users, there’s a problem, though… that of regular accounts being “throttled” by LinkedIn from the ability to search for customer prospects all day. For any of you who are in big cities and are aggressive in the corporate market, that can be a problem. It’s the same story for DJs looking for leads for…

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The entire mobile side of the DJ industry relies on Reviews. At this point, most of the sales and marketing Authority Speakers (like myself… lol) at DJX and other shows advise show attendees to make asking for a Review part of the standard after-gig follow up. As an added bonus, positive Google Reviews will help your overall SEO as well, through their connection to your Google Business Profile. Clearly, these Reviews help both your marketing and word-of-mouth. They’re that important. The challenge is… an individual Review can easily get lost in the shuffle. Any good mobile-DJ crew can easily collect…

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As most of you out there already know, WordPress runs between 35- to 40-percent of the world’s websites, which, of course, includes the DJ industry. Indeed, DJ companies utilize WordPress in an even higher ratio, approaching 60-percent for our industry. Accordingly, DJ companies must be aware of constantly changing versions of plug-ins…and, of course, the WP Core files. Recently, WordPress upgraded its core version to v6.0, which is a major release. With major releases, there’s always special considerations to consider, so don’t upgrade the WordPress version just yet. The dangers in upgrading your website files without vetting out the versions…

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It’s commonly known that if you can get your website ranking on Google Page 1 good things will happen. This holds true for almost any business, but is especially important for DJs catering to mobile entertainment. Page 1 rankings on Google will get you more leads, and hence, more business. Unfortunately, almost every DJ company out there doesn’t have a multi-search engine program out there, and this is a seriously missed opportunity because Google is not the only search engine out there. Indeed… YouTube is the No. 2 Search Engine in the world! Actually, there’s some toss-up currently as to…

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Every attendee of the DJ Expo over the last several years has already heard various speakers, such as myself, talk about the importance of blogging to a DJ company’s overall SEO effort. There’s just no way around it… blogging regularly will get you a higher ranking. The problem is… most of you seem challenged with respect to writing. Whether you are lacking in good writing skills or just have a permanent case of writer’s block, most of you are not listening to the advice of people like me. Some of you hire a professional blogger, which is a decent solution.…

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This article is a continuation of an article on the main Digitera site, and focuses here on how to apply the concepts in the other article to the DJ Industry. Please click here to read that article, and then please continue onto this article, as well. As those of you who’ve heard me speak at various industry shows across the world already know, I’ve been speaking more often on the topic of “Niche Landing Pages” since DJX 2021, and in greater detail. Recently, we’ve had tremendous success with this method, and so I thought it best to get something down…

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As we all know – and I preach this every year at DJX in Atlantic City – SEO is vital to a strong marketing campaign for your DJ company. Ranking on Page 1 for Google in your area for the various business-generating keywords in the DJ industry is one of the two major drivers of new bookings – the other being world-of-mouth, of course. Almost every serious DJ company has some sort of an SEO program in place, and rightly so. These efforts take time and resources, of course, but are well worth it in the long run. Unfortunately, as…

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Since the release of an influential 1998 thesis from Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the topic of backlinks has been at the forefront of the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) industry. And when the duo unleashed the game-changing tech giant, these Backlinks became priority No. 1 for Search Engine Marketers everywhere. Here’s a passage from Wikipedia’s page on Google history… While conventional search engines ranked results by counting how many times the search terms appeared on the page, they theorized about a better system that analyzed the relationships among websites. They called this algorithm PageRank; it determined a website’s…

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Not all websites are created equal. Your website might look nice, but under the hood, most DJ websites are NOT coded properly for the most important viewer of all…. Google. Since I’ve been speaking at various mobile-entertainment shows and expos since 2016 (including DJX, the longest-running such show in the industry), there’s always an important aspect I like to point out to mobile DJ companies with respect to their websites. That is, there’s a huge difference between a website designer and a website developer (here at Digitera, we’re both, by the way). You might hire a website designer and get…

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