THE HIGHEST OF DISTINCTIONS IS SERVICE TO OTHERS

The truly successful person doesn’t use others, other people use them.
If you can contribute to others, no matter how small your talent, you too can become successful. The measure of anyone is the number of people that they serve.

Service to others is the essence of success. No one achieves success without being of service.

All great men and women became successful because they gave some talent or ability in the service of others.

Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.

9 Facets of a Revenue-Driving Content Strategy

Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Will Blunt

It’s not enough to just have a content strategy and hope it pays off. You need to identify clear goals that content marketing can help you achieve. Then you can research and create content specifically catered to that purpose.

Here are the most common content marketing goals for B2B content marketers over the next 12 months:

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1. Organizational Goals

What you choose will depend on your unique business needs. If you’re a brand new start up, you probably want to get your name out there with some brand awareness. If you have a lot of site traffic but not a lot of conversions, then lead nurturing may be most important.

Once you’ve identified your goals, you need to figure out how you’re going to measure your success at achieving them. This is called a key performance indicator (KPI).

You should have several metrics per goal, such as:

  • Brand awareness: Unique page visits, inbound links, shares;
  • Engagement: Time on page, shares, comments and interactions;
  • Lead nurturing: Content downloads, e-mail click-through rate;
  • Sales: Cost per lead (CPL), total revenue.

You can usually measure these with tools like Google Analytics, social media automation platforms, or a marketing automation tool. If you already use one of these, I recommend seeing what metrics they can already measure to help you identify your KPIs.

2. Customer and Strategy Research

Content marketers today use a wide variety of techniques to learn about their audiences:

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Your customer and strategy research will help you brainstorm content and optimize it to meet your goals.

At a minimum, you should focus on:

Building buyer personas 

A buyer persona is a profile of your target audience or audiences. You need to discover the kind of people that have a problem that your product or service can solve. Social listening and current customer feedback can help with this.

Here’s a great resource from Sujan Patel that can point you in the right direction: 150 Buyer Persona Questions You Must Ask.

Once you’ve created personas for your target audience, they can help you brainstorm content.

Researching keywords

Use a long-tail keyword research tool like Keyword tool.io or AnswerthePublic to find keywords you can target with your content.

Answer the Public is a great content brainstorming tool. Just type in a base keyword related to your niche:

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And it will return a list of common questions people ask related to it:

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Identifying potential influencers

Who can help you promote your content when it does get published? You’ll need to nurture these influencers in advance.

Use a tool like Buzzsumo to find popular social media personalities that regularly share content related to your niche. Get to know these influencers so you can ask them to share your content in the future.

3. Content Planning and Management

Once you have a long list of content ideas from your research, it’s time to start planning. Put together a schedule of how much content and what types you’ll create.

Also, who will be in charge of managing it all? Here is how B2B marketers manage their content marketing today:

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If you have a team, make sure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities. If you’re a team of one, map out how you will manage all the content.

4. Quality Content

Next, comes the most important part: creating quality content.

Content Marketing Institute asked B2B marketers what contributed to their strategy success, and 85 percent said higher quality content.

Quality means comprehensive, well-researched, easy-to-read writing with helpful visual assets.

Here are some common quality content pitfalls thanks to an Express Writers infographic:

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You should have a nice variety of in-depth content pieces and regular blog posts.

I also recommend checking out Google’s Search Quality Guidelines to see how they define “quality content.” This can help your SEO (discussed next).

5. SEO Optimization

Hopefully, you targeted a keyword in the writing process, but that’s not the end of your SEO efforts.

Optimize all of your on-page elements by including your keyword in your:

  • Headline
  • URL
  • Meta description
  • Body text
  • Alt tags
  • Anchor text

Use a plugin like SEO by Yoast to make sure you’ve covered all your bases:

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You should also create an SEO-friendly site structure that makes it easy for users to navigate and find things on your site.

Create a Basecamp

Create a page on your site that helps people navigate to other useful content around your site. You can call it a “Start Here” page, like mine:

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Spin Your Web

Then, think of your content like a spider’s web, with your basecamp in the center. Create relevant connections to your different content by linking them back to each other, and prioritize your link building efforts around these in-depth content pieces.

It looks a little something like this:

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Read more about this SEO content strategy here.

6. Conversion Optimization

Include elements on your site that encourage people to subscribe to your blog or sign up for your email list. Use popups and a sidebar call-to-actions to make it easy.

You should also create targeted landing pages as part of your conversion optimization efforts. Attract people to these pages and help them convert with a great lead magnet.

A lead magnet is just another type of content that offers value, such as a free report, eBook, checklist, or tool. The only difference is it comes at a price: your prospect’s email address.

Here’s an example of a lead magnet I promote for Blogger Sidekick:

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This post will help you get some ideas: 40 Lead Magnet Ideas to Rapidly Grow Your E-mail List.

Once you gather some e-mails with your lead magnets, you can communicate to these people in the future via newsletters, broadcasts and e-mail automation.

7. A Promotion Strategy

Content is only as good as the promotion strategy that goes with it. Develop and standardize your strategy to get the most out of every post:

Where to promote?

What social platforms does your audience frequent? (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.). I suggest taking a look at each platform’s demographics to help decide:

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Will you promote to online content communities like Reddit or Stumbleupon? What about Q&A sites?

This Daily Social Media Plan from Bluewire Media will help you make some smart decisions about sharing your content on every social network.

Influencer outreach

How will you reach out to potential influencers for each post? For example, you can send them an email asking them to share or @mention them on Twitter.

Repurposing

Once you’ve got all the reach you can out of your content, how will you reinvent and remarket it?

Old blog posts often make great slide decks, special guides, infographics, or video slideshows. Or you can republish it on another platform like LinkedIn or Medium

8. Funnels & Lead Nurturing

Align your content marketing strategy with your customer journey, then you’ll maximize the benefit for your bottom line. According to Campaign Monitor, for every $1 content marketers spend on email marketing, they get $38 in ROI.

Doing this can be tricky because your content isn’t sales material. It’s about answering questions, attracting interest to a topic related to your product, and addressing common pain points.

Hopefully, your prospects love your content. But how do you get them to move down the sales funnel and convert?

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E-mail marketing

E-mail marketing will help you nurture your leads even further by providing them with targeted content fit for their place in the sales funnel. Use an email automation tool to set up trigger campaigns based on audience behavior.

Tripwire offer

Next, comes your tripwire offer. This is a special deal or discount that prospects can’t resist, such as a low-priced trial, or limited offer package. Choose the right tripwire offer to drive your prospects to convert. 

9. Options to Scale

Once you’ve standardized all the other elements of your content strategy, there’s nothing left to do but scale. There are two main ways you can do this:

Hire some help

Year in and year out, content marketers plan to create more content:

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So if you want to stay on top of your game and scale, you’re going to need help. You can start by hiring some freelancers or an agency to fill in the gaps of what you can’t keep up with yourself. Or if the budget’s available, you can hire an internal team to help with your content marketing.

Paid ads

The next option to scale is with paid ads. These will broaden your reach and attract more traffic to your site.

First, you can promote your posts on social media. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and others all have paid options to help your content get reach. There’s also native advertising options with tools like Outbrain.

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Then you can remarket to your previous site visitors using display ads. The Google Display Network and Facebook ads support this feature.

Wrapping Up

Content marketing is a non-traditional option that can drive a lot of revenue if you do it right. Remember these nine elements to build a strategy where the value of your content has a major impact on your bottom line.

Original Article Source: http://www.sitepronews.com/2017/02/10/9-facets-of-a-revenue-driving-content-strategy/


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The Best Ways to Create High-Quality Natural Backlinks in 2016

Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Jim Daniels

With so many algorithm changes that have taken place over the past few years, some SEO professionals have declared that traditional backlinks are dead. Although link building has experienced massive changes, it is still alive and kicking. The manner in which backlinks are to be built, however, has to be modernized.

What does it take to build quality, white hat, natural backlinks in 2016? Several SEO strategies will deliver the best possible results.

Quality Content

Natural backlinks are the ones that other websites use to point their audience to your content. Why would other websites want to do that? The answer is simple. Your site features quality content that their audience is going to benefit from.

Thus, the best 2016 SEO link building strategy does not focus on links at all. It focuses on having a good content strategy.

Come up with a content plan and get in the habit of updating your website on a regular basis. Stick to very specific, well-researched and unique topics. The more original your content is, the more others will be willing to share links.

On top of making it easier to obtain quality backlinks, a good content strategy will boost exposure and help you establish your website’s online reputation. This is essential for getting your articles and other types of content to go viral. Thus, good content will also play a role in your social media marketing strategy.

Boost Social Media Marketing Efforts

Social media sites are considered high authority websites. This is the main reason why social media marketing can impact your link building strategy.

Many social networks do not provide do-follow links. This means that links coming from such websites are not going to have an impact on your link building strategy. Facebook is one such website. Still, sharing content through Facebook makes sense because it impacts your online reputation. It also boosts audience engagement, which will have an indirect impact on your SEO efforts.

Focus on content sharing via a big number of social channels. Use both social networking and social bookmarking websites.

Some of the best social media that will impact your link building strategy include Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, HubPages, Reddit, Tumblr, and WordPress. As already mentioned, these are not the only social media networks to focus the efforts on. Even the ones that do not directly impact your link building strategy will produce social signals that help to build a website’s reputation and maximize the traffic.

Guest Posting

When done correctly, guest posting is a good strategy for link building in 2016. Just like with any other link building method, guest posting should be all about quality rather than quantity.

Guest posting refers to writing a unique article for another website or blog. It gets featured there, including an author biography and a link to your website. The blog benefits from a fresh piece of content written by an expert and you benefit from a backlink.

To be effective when it comes to guest blogging, choose relevant websites. Authority websites that discuss topics similar to yours provide the best links. Therefore, you should do your research when it comes to choosing guest posting partners.

Many high-quality websites that accept guest posts have strict requirements when it comes to the style and the quality of the texts that they upload. You will have to spend time writing high-quality guest posts but the strategy is very effective but it requires consistent effort.

Avoid Blackhat Link Building at All Costs

In the past, it was easy to build hundreds of links through blackhat techniques and the use of low-quality partner websites. This is a strategy to avoid at all costs in 2016. Such ‘easy’ link building fixes can easily backfire and get you penalized.

Paid links are a big no-no. The same applies to submitting your links to low quality, generic websites, and directories. The quantity of the links will not compensate for the lack of relevance. In fact, if you have such backlinks in your profile (check through Google Webmaster Tools), it would be a good idea to get them purged.

Link building is still the backbone of good SEO but it does not happen easily. The best thing to do is focus on website quality. Good content and high audience engagement will help you to build your website reputation, which will lead to natural backlinks. This strategy requires time to work but it has the most sustainable effects.

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How Facebook 360 Can Spice Up Your Content


Posted By: Albert B Hammond – Written By Julia McCoy

Millions of hours of daily video watches combined with billions of photos uploaded on Facebook equal a really big number of social media users who are posting, sharing, and liking all types of content every single day.

For many Smartphone users, capturing memories on a phone or tablet is a normal part of life, but how we let others experience those moments could soon be changing.

Facebook 360 launched in 2015 as an innovative, interactive way to shoot video and take pictures and, while technology continues to advance, innovative social media capabilities hold much potential for online content marketing professionals.

Today, we will take a closer look at what Facebook 360 is, who uses it, and what content creators should keep in mind for the year ahead.

What is Facebook 360?

Facebook 360 allows publishers across a variety of industries to showcase the best in compelling stories by way of video and photos. The experience takes viewers inside a whole new world that can be optimized for their comfort as they engage at the center of the action.

A New Angle on Videos

Facebook 360 first allowed users to take advantage of video capabilities in their News Feed, giving them a choice of camera angles and allowing viewers a new view on what they were seeing. The audience can interact with the screen, switch the angle of the camera, and be a part of the moment without being there in person.

Big names in business have hopped onboard the 360 video technology trend to reach their audience in a whole new way, including:

Goodbye, Flat Photos – Hello, Interactive Images

In 2016, social media users were introduced to 360 photos, which is as simple as using the app or supported camera to take a panorama picture, post it, and allow the site to convert it to an immersive and interactive experience.

Unlike traditional photos, 360 creates a 3D view of the environment and gives the audience a chance to be involved in the scene. All of a sudden, pictures can go from flat to real-life, right before our eyes.

How Content Creators Can Use Facebook 360 in Storytelling

There is so much potential for content creators to use Facebook 360 in telling the story of their brand, sharing their message, and driving customers to respond.

Social media users could potentially move away from a traditional video medium, where the experience is a controlled, one-way narrative, to a whole new world of discovery and interaction with your brand.

While content creation is just beginning to scratch the surface of Facebook 360, there is what seems to be limitless potential for keeping an audience engaged and excited through a two-way medium.

Whether we’re watching Facebook Live or sharing native videos, we enjoy content on a personal level. It’s one thing to talk about an event and see a picture of a product, but it’s something else altogether when we feel like we’re there in real-time as a participant.

Here are a few guidelines to remember as content marketing begins to dive into the world of 360 video and its possibilities. Ready to go 360?

1. Consider the First Three Seconds

Research has proven that content marketers have only a precious few seconds to grab the video viewers’ attention and make them want to stay before they move on to something else.

Analyzers found that when people watched less than three seconds of a Facebook video ad, that group created up to 47 percent of the total campaign value. When the time rose to less than 10 seconds, that number jumped up to 74 percent.

The first several seconds are critical, and too often the hook isn’t there, or it isn’t enough to pique the interest of a reader.

Capturing the attention of your viewers at the very beginning and keeping them for just eight seconds will work wonders for your content efforts. Keep in mind that value increases the longer people watch and that the number of views alone is not necessarily an indication of video value; it’s OK to experiment with shorter video content.

And if you ever doubt the power of marketing a somewhat boring product, consider Farmer’s Insurance and the creative genius it displays by taking something as mundane as insurance to a whole other level of engagement (read more about that here).

2. Let the Video Tell the Story

When you are ready to show off something new, talk about a new idea, or introduce an exciting content addition, Facebook 360 is a powerful content tool you can use to put all that goodness into an interactive format.

As an example, rather than simply announcing a special event, you can take your users inside the experience by shooting video and leaving them with an invitation to join. 360 video is also an exciting option for demonstrating products, interviewing clients, and showcasing a specific location.

Like outer space, for example. Have you ever been to Mars? You can now, thanks to NASA and 360.

3. Don’t Overlook the Mobile Experience

Did you know that a whopping 92 percent of mobile video consumers share videos with people they know? That number alone is one reason to make mobile content marketing a priority in 2017, and Facebook 360 videos and photos can help.

By taking a medium that is quickly growing as the primary source of Internet access and equipping the audience with more exciting photos and videos, the potential for engagement could rise in ways we can’t quite imagine right now.

Getting Started with Facebook 360

While there is still much to learn about all the possibilities that exist with Facebook 360, the content reach looks to be wide open. When this type of technology is combined with high-quality content that is relevant and consistent, there is no limit to who can be reached with a brand’s story or message.

Original Article Source: http://www.sitepronews.com/2017/01/18/how-facebook-360-can-spice-up-your-content/

10 High-Performing SEO Content Habits to Form in 2017

Posted By: Albert Hammond – Written By Julia McCoy

The New Year is a time of resolutions and commitments to changing behavior and getting better. If you’re like most content creators, it’s likely you want to use 2017 to make your content better and enjoy a higher ROI from the material you develop.

One of the best ways to do this is by improving the SEO practices you use in your digital content. Here are 10 top tips from influencers around the country (and some from our own pockets) on how to improve the SEO value of your online content and enjoy a more prominent digital presence in the coming year.

10 High-Performing Content Habits for 2017 (And Beyond!)

Whether you’re a new business just starting out, or an established company looking for ways to make your content more prominent online, these 10 SEO tips are just what you need to succeed.

1. Create unique 10-times meta description can be one

Larry Kim’s presentation in this year’s SEJSummit talked about finding the perfect meta and how to 10 times it for the most ROI. His secret? Write a bunch of meta, and then test them to identify the one that performs 10 times better than the rest. While this is a simple tip, it’s a critical one. Meta content is often overlooked in the world of SEO and content, and optimizing meta descriptions can go a long way toward boosting your overall content and enhancing its SEO value across the board.

As you write your meta descriptions, be sure to follow these meta description guidelines:

  • Keep them between 150-160 characters;
  • Include your target keyword;
  • Make them unique (don’t duplicate meta content from other parts of your site, even if the page, product, or service is very similar to another you offer);
  • Make them compelling and exciting for readers to click.

2. Spending more time on content to ensure perfection

Content creation is a time-consuming pursuit, and it’s easy to phone it in, in favor of creating lots of content rather than hard-won content you love. In 2017, however, the influence recommendation is to do a bit of both. By spending more time on content creation while also taking the time necessary to ensure consistent production, you can build out a content presence that rewards your readers and keeps you relevant online.

, for example. Its team does one key piece a month and then a consistent amount besides the one “killer” every week. This allows the team to fortify a nice mixture of outstanding, passionate content and regular filler material that’s no less useful or interesting for their readers.

3. Focusing your content around “topics rather than terms”

In HubSpot’s recent “SEO in 2017” webinar, the team focused intensely on the importance of focusing on topics rather than terms in online content. Here’s what this means: while keyword research is still critical to the creation of great online content (more on this in a moment), readers and search engines alike aren’t interested in keyword-stuffed material that exists only to rank for a certain keyword phrase.

As such, it’s critical to focus your content on topics rather than terms. This means finding a keyword phrase you like and want to rank for, and then creating content that’s dedicated to covering the topics related to said the keyword. This will provide a broader and more exciting experience for your reader while also giving you a better chance of ranking in the SERPs.

4. Keep developing your target personas

This is a point that’s been driven home by everyone from HubSpot to Maile Ohye, developer programs tech lead at Google. While it’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the other SEO responsibilities facing your brand, developing target personas remains critical. When the Express Writers team attended the 2016 SEJ Summit, this was one of the biggest points in Ohye’s presentation.

Although Google matters for SEO, it’s your target audience that’s most important. As such, you need to keep them in mind all throughout your UI and UX. Answer their questions, eliminate annoying extra steps, and create content pointed directly at them. The user journey and experience outweighs rankings, and you’ll go far in terms of SEO if you keep this golden rule in mind.

5. Target your SEO presence toward being indexed

If your page isn’t showing up in Google, you’re not going to get anywhere fast in terms of organic search rankings. Simple tricks like maximizing clickability and focusing on searcher intent can help you produce high-performing pages that appear prominently in the SERPs, and help you claim the customers you want. This was a massive point made by Bill Hunt at SEJ Summit 2016, who called it “Making SEO Lemonade.”

6. Hire actual content experts

Search engines and consumers are only going to get smarter in 2017, and if you’re not hiring experts to write your content, you’re missing out. MarketingProfs says “If your business is gaming, then approach real gamers. If you are a B2B company, have marketing/business experts write about and for you; they know what your users are interested in.”

In addition to producing higher-quality and more relatable content, hiring an expert to craft your content for you will also allow you to provide real value and useful information to your consumers through your digital content.

7. Do your keyword research

Keyword research will still matter in 2017, and it’s critical to keep it as a central point of your content strategy. By identifying what your target audience is talking about and searching for, you can create a high-performing content strategy that produces real results. Use a keyword research tool like the Google Keyword Planner or KWFinder to determine which keywords are likely to be successful in your niche and to target them accordingly.

Once you’ve located the keywords you intend to target, remember HubSpot’s advice of targeting topics rather than terms. Use the keywords you’ve identified to cluster content topics and produce a rewarding and wide-ranging experience for your customers.

8. Make internal linking a priority

Internal linking is critical to the structure of your online content, and it can go a long way toward making your content more relevant and valuable for your customers.

As you write a post, look for opportunities to include your own content or external content as a hyperlink. In addition to providing more information for your users, this also helps make your content more engaging and exciting for the people reading it.

9. Speed things up

Influencers everywhere are obsessing over the critical nature of mobile pages in the coming year. Right now, it’s not enough to just have pages that are mobile-optimized. Instead, they need to load quickly and provide a positive user experience. MarketingProfs reports that a whopping 29 percent of mobile users will abandon a page if it doesn’t give them the information they need, or if it takes too long to load.

This explains the rise in importance of AMP pages (which load about six times faster than traditional non-AMP pages). The AMP project works by stripping away JavaScript and allowing only asynchronous script, re-sizing resources, and preventing extension mechanisms from blocking page rendering.

While AMP can be a little tricky to install on your page (unless you’re decently comfortable with coding), using a CMS like HubSpot allows you to access automatically AMP-optimized pages.

10. Market your online content

Digital content and SEO are only as strong as the marketing behind them, and marketing your content will allow you to succeed in 2017. When you market and promote your content on various sites and through your separate social media channels, you can succeed in getting links to your content and standing out as an authority figure in your industry – both of which boost your SEO. Here are some tips for promoting your content online:

  • Mention influencers and then tell them about it. They’ll likely be willing to suggest your piece to their audience, immediately expanding your reach.
  • Use social channels like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share the news about your new content and pieces.
  • Guest post on related platforms to make the most of someone else’s audience.

Better SEO in 2017

There are dozens of ways to boost your SEO in 2017, and these 10 simple tips will help you stand out and get noticed online. By implementing these top SEO tips in 2017 and beyond, you can ensure that your company never gets lost in the bottom of the SERPs again.

Article Source : http://www.sitepronews.com/2017/01/16/10-high-performing-seo-content-habits-to-form-in-2017/

 

Effective Ways to Build Your Online Trust and Reputation

Posted By: Albert Hammond – Written By Thomas Gunner

Operating a successful company of any size today requires managing your online reputation, even if your business is a strictly brick-and-mortar one. This includes many aspects, beginning with building brand awareness regarding your products and services.

While reputation management was once primarily a subsection of corporate human resources departments, the internet has changed the definition forever. People communicate regularly about their levels of satisfaction from their morning cappuccino to the nightcap at the end of the day. These posts begin to establish your reputation, particularly if you have made no other efforts to increase public trust in your brand.

What exactly is your online presence and reputation and why does it matter? Your brand identity is established by the total of the internet messages regarding you personally and your company. The business website and blog, social media posts and public interactions are all available for interested consumers to see.

Careful crafting of your content, expert knowledge and elevated customer service are the ways you can establish a positive reputation and gain consumer trust. You need to develop a systematic plan for establishment and maintenance of your reputation.

If you have not yet created a mission statement and goal-related documents, do so. Reflect your company vision in your online endeavors. From the colors and fonts used for your logo to the words chosen when handling criticism, you need to have a cohesive voice.

Each post or interaction should advance your goals. Before adding anything to your site or even responding to social media posts, confirm that it is in line with your brand image and goals. This can be especially useful when dealing with customer complaints.

Utilize the services of a web design expert and SEO agency to ensure that your business site is attractive and relevant. Potential customers should find it easy to navigate and to learn about your history and goals. Those who are experienced with making your website and content are well worth the expense.

If you associate a blog with your website, which most experts recommend, provide the visitors with valuable information. You can use a variety of media to convey your message, including embedding videos into the page. The content must be relevant to your niche and show you as a credible authority on the matter.
Although social media sites should not be the focal point of your internet communications, you can gain trust and attention from the public through them. The bulk of your shares should be promoting the content of others. No more than one-quarter should push your products and services directly.

This strategy will build trust with others because you are showing a support for the industry as a whole rather than being focused solely on self-promotion. Additionally, you will build a reputation with your peers as a trustworthy business, which may lead to new opportunities or partnerships.

Join groups and forums that are related to your business, however, do not focus on advertising your company. Contribute relevant insights to conversations when appropriate. Ask polite questions when you do not understand something. Many online communities allow users to post business and blog URLs in their signatures. This is all of the promotion you should do for forums.

You may also consider hiring a reputation management team if you or the business has developed a poor presence online. These companies utilize various means to diminish the noticeability of negative content and promote positive search results regarding your business.

Creating trust with the public is essential to operating a successful company. These methods will assist you in creating an attractive online reputation for your business, giving you and the company a strong foundation.

Desire Network Marketing Success – Get Leads

So when you’re composing the title tag for your websites, make sure that it contains your targeted keywords together with your city and your state. This will make the search engines’ jobs easier and they’ll put you right in front of your target market. This takes place to be the single most vital on a page dc SEO agency strategy that you should not ignore. Keep in mind that when it concerns title tags, fewer keywords are constantly better.

SEO reporting will not be totally effective without having the ability to discover out how rivals are carrying out on SERPs. You can then utilize this information to gauge the level of success you are getting with your own efforts. Knowing about the share of voice in SEO reporting involves knowing how to fish out your competitors. You need to know the best ways to focus your keywords into tight groups so as to understand who else is dealing with them. An important thing to consider during this element of SEO link building reporting is that you have to use keywords with comparable search volumes as a way to track down rivals according to the traffic levels they are acquiring.

Getting seen in the huge crowd is necessary for all the business which are doing any kind of e-business. All the business which have a web interface battle a lot to get noticed by the search engines. By doing so, the chances of getting more traffic on the website boost. This, in turn, increases the opportunities of getting click resources business. Secret word tags are among the methods used by people to become internet search engine enhanced. Actually, the tags indicate that the web page has actually been tagged with the keyword. That particular keyword is searched really rapidly by the internet search engine. If anyone is searching the web with that certain keyword in mind, she or he will have the ability to reach that web page through an online search engine which has been tagged for that crucial word.

Utilizing websites Local dc SEO firm like Onlywire or tribe pro to syndicate your blog site post will get you numerous back links to your website.Google generally ranks these kinds of back links high since they are deemed user interest. Again be careful the automated links as a lot of too quickly will throw up the red flag to Google unless your website has developed the page rank to deal with high traffic. Getting 2000+ backlinks in a single day on a two-month-old blog will generally be frowned on.

Backlinks in article marketing techniques are what ranks short articles. It’s how Google assesses the popularity of a post, r at least one of the ways. There a couple of types of backlinks; the significant categories being internal and external links. You can also break them down by authority also. The greater an authority website you link to the nicer that link is ranked.

When your website is optimized, it is time to do off-site optimization. It does not indicate that you need to submit to company listings. In truth, this is not necessary if you simply wish to get high rankings for local search of Google. You may need to do so if you are likewise targeting a greater rank on Bing.

A niche company will have an experience in your market and likely have on-hand a great set of places from which they can get a connect to your site. They will have a better understanding of the kinds of targets that will produce the highest conversions, and how to get that traffic to your site.

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10 Costly Search Engine Mistakes to Avoid

Posted By: Brad Eden

If you have a website then you already know the importance of traffic. Traffic is to Internet marketing as a location is to real estate. It’s the only thing that really matters. If you cannot generate targeted visitors to your site, you will not make any sales.

Usually the owner or designer of the website is the person designated to drive traffic to the site. The chief ingredient in generating traffic is the search engine. Of course, you can use advertising, but it’s going to cost you. Using the search engines to generate targeted (interested in your product) traffic is the least expensive method known.

Unfortunately, many website owners do not understand the importance of search engine visibility, which leads to traffic. They place more importance on producing a “pretty” website. Not that this is bad, but it is really secondary to search engine placement. Hopefully, the following list of common mistakes, made by many website owners, will help you generate more targeted traffic to your site…after all, isn’t that what you want.

1. Not using keywords effectively.

This is probably one of the most critical areas of site design. Choose the right keywords and potential customers will find your site. Use the wrong ones and your site will see little, if any, traffic.

2. Repeating the same keywords.

When you use the same keywords over and over again (called keyword stacking) the search engines may downgrade (or skip) the page or site.

3. Robbing pages from other websites.

How many times have you heard or read that “this is the Internet and it’s ok” to steal icons and text from websites to use on your site Don’t do it It’s one thing to learn from others who have been there and another to outright copy their work. The search engines are very smart and usually, detect page duplication. They may even prevent you from ever being listed by them.

4. Using keywords that are not related to your website.

Many unethical website owners try to gain search engine visibility by using keywords that have nothing at all to do with their website. They place unrelated keywords on a page (such as “sex”, the name of a known celebrity, the hot search topic of the day, etc.) inside a meta tag for a page. The keyword doesn’t have anything to do with the page topic. However, since the keyword is popular, they think this will boost their visibility. This technique is considered spam by the search engines and may cause the page (or sometimes the whole site) to be removed from the search engine listing.

5. Keyword stuffing.

Somewhat like keyword stacking listed above, this means to assign multiple keywords to the description of a graphic or layer that appears on your website by using the “alt=” HTML parameter. If the search engines find that this text does not really describe the graphic or layer it will be considered spam.

6. Relying on hidden text.

You might be inclined to think that if you cannot see it, it doesn’t hurt. Wrong…. Do not try to hide your keywords or keyword phrases by making them invisible. For example, some unethical designers may set the keywords to the same color as the background of the web page; thereby, making it invisible.

7. Relying on a tiny text.

This is another version of the item above (relying on hidden text). Do not try to hide your keywords or keyword phrases by making them tiny. Setting the text size of the keywords so small that it can barely be seen does this.

8. Assuming all search engines are the same.

Many people assume that each search engine plays by the same rules. This is not so. Each has their own rule base and is subject to change anytime they so desire. Make it a point to learn what each major search engine requires for high visibility.

9. Using free web hosting.

Do not use free web hosting if you are really serious about increasing site traffic via search engine visibility. Many times the search engines will eliminate content from these free hosts.

10. Forgetting to check for missing web page elements.

Make sure to check every page on your website for completeness, like missing links, graphics, etc. There are sites on the web that will do this for free.

This is just a few of the methods and techniques that you should avoid. Do not give in to the temptation that these methods will work for you. They will do more harm than good for your website.

Not only will you spend weeks of wasted effort, you may have your site banned from the search engines forever. Invest a little time to learn the proper techniques for increasing search engine visibility and your net traffic will increase.



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The Steps Before Website Traffic

Posted By: Mike Burke
By now, you probably already have the theme of your website established, your keywords picked and your website ready to go live. You’re thinking that you’ll submit your site to the search engines, sit back and see how much traffic the search engines will send you, right?

STOP! There are many different avenues you can take to drive traffic to your site but they should only be taken after you make the search engines your first priority. The search engines should be your foundation. They’ll always send you a certain amount of traffic if you have a high page rank.

IMPORTANT!

Your website must be ‘set up’ for a high page rank in the search engines and it’s important to do it ‘before’ you submit your site for the first time. Here’s the reason why:

Usually, after you submit your website to the search engines for the first time, your website will be ‘spidered’ fairly quickly and hopefully your site will be listed on one of the top pages.

Your website may not get ‘spidered’ again for months so if you make changes to optimize your site, you may not see your changes take effect for quite a while. You could be stuck on a back page, if any page at all, for a very long time.

Without getting into the mechanics of designing your website, here are the basics of setting up your website to be search engine friendly.

THE FIRST STEP is to establish the main keyword for your site. This is the word or phrase that you want people to type into the search engines to find your website. It’s important to have your site focused around your main keyword.

Let’s say you have a site dedicated to ‘building your own home’ so we’ll use ‘home building’ as our main keyword example.

THE NEXT STEP is to create a title for your website and to place it in the ‘title tag’ of your site. The ‘title tag’ should be the first tag in the ‘head’ of your site and it’s important because many search engines use the contents of the ‘title tag’ as the title of the listing. They also look for keywords in the title and your main keyword should be the first words in the title.

Generally, your title should be no more than 40 characters and, again, it should begin with your main keyword. Try to avoid using ‘stop words’ in your title. Stop words are transition words such as – and, but, or, for, with, etc.

Here’s a possible title using our example main keyword ‘home building’ – Home Building – Home Construction Plans

Notice our main keyword is first, the title is less than 40 characters (39), there are no stop words and we managed to sneak in 3 secondary keywords – home construction, construction plans, and home construction plans. Clever huh?

THE NEXT STEP is to create a ‘keywords meta tag’. This is where you list all the keywords you want to use for your website starting with your ‘main keyword’. A good rule of thumb is to use about 20 keywords and your main keyword should be contained in about half of them.

Using our example keyword ‘home building’ our keywords could be – home building, home construction, home building plans, home building cost, construction plans, etc.

Notice I didn’t use our main keyword ‘home building’ twice in a row. For example – home building, home building plans, etc. Search engines might see this as spam and it could hurt your ranking.

THE NEXT STEP is to create a ‘description meta tag’. This is where you describe your website and, again, you should start with your main keyword.

Keep your description to about 150 characters, use as few ‘stop words’ as you can and sprinkle in as many secondary keywords as possible.
Make your description interesting because search engines often use the contents in your ‘description meta tag’ as the description of your website in the listing.

THE NEXT STEP is to use your keywords often in the body of your website. Make sure your ‘main keyword’ is somewhere in the beginning and at the end of the body of your page.

It’s a good idea to use your main keyword in an ‘h1’ tag and a few of your secondary keywords in an ‘h2’ tag. This tells the search engines that you put importance on your keywords.

It’s also a good idea to underline your main keyword no more than once and to use bold text for your main keyword no more than once.

Although there are other factors that determine your position in the search engines, having the basics of what search engines look for will give you a much better chance of making that elusive first page and driving consistent website traffic to your site.

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The World of Duplicate Content – Use of a Filter

Posted By: Aaron Brooks
The World Wide Web is like a running race or marathon where websites compete to reach the finish line first. In this case, the finish line is a higher ranking. And in this race for supremacy, it is important to avoid duplicate content and its penalties.

To facilitate the efficient functioning of directories, search engines have been armed with content filters. This removes or filters duplicate content from pages it is indexing. And the most hurtful penalty is lower rankings.

Unfortunately, these filters not only catch rogues but web pages that are genuine too. What webmasters need to do is understand how filters function and know what action is to be taken to avoid being filtered out.

When a search engine sends out spiders the filters leave out or sieve:

• Web sites that feature identical content. And when within a site the webmaster includes many copies or versions of pages to cheat the search engines. Filters are also extremely sensitive to “doorway” pages.

• Content masked by different packaging. Known as “scraped content” this duplication of pages with little or no relevant changes falls prey to filters.

• Product descriptions featured by e-commerce sites. Most e-commerce sites publish alongside a product the manufacturer’s description of the product and this content then appears on zillions of e-commerce sites falling victim to filters.

• Articles distributed widely over the net. While some engines are programmed to find the origin of the article there are others who may not be able to source the origins.

• Pages that are not duplicates but contain the same core material written by different people.

To get the better of filters you need to:

• Use a tool like the Similar Page Checker http://www.webconfs.com/similar-page-checker.php to ensure that the pages in your site are not mirroring content from elsewhere. In case there are other urls with similar or identical content the tool will reveal them to you and you will be able to make changes in your pages.

• Be vigilant and know who has “helped” themselves to your content. By using www.copyscape.com you can determine which websites have stolen or copied your work.

• Even if you do use distributed content you can add a commentary or make changes to the page focusing on its relevance to your site. By making any content your own you are making it unique and different and this will ensure that the pages are not filtered by search engines.

• Even if you are running an e-commerce site you must include product descriptions that are distinctively yours and not run of the mill.

Learn as much as you can about duplicate content and its dangers. Read the issues that were discussed at the SES 2006 New York Session and other forums. Remember most search engines, Google, Yahoo, or Open Directory Project do not want to be flooded by duplicate content and web pages.

Jake Baillie, President of TrueLocal listed the duplicate content mistakes to be: circular navigation; printer friendly pages; inconsistent linking; product only pages; transparent serving domains; and bad cloaking.

It is important for sites to get high-ranking through fair and not foul means.

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The Role Of Social Media In Cultivating An Authoritative Online Reputation

Posted By Patrick Godknecht

If you’re interested in promoting yourself or your organization online, you are probably well aware that being active on social networks is an increasingly important part of the process. Building a strong social media presence does more than just advertise your brand. When you tackle it the right way, your social activity can also enhance your reputation and encourage people to think of you as an authority in your field.

 

The Value Of Authority
Trust has always been an important part of business relationships and this still holds true in the modern world of e-commerce. Maintaining an online reputation as a knowledgeable and trustworthy source of information can be a powerful deciding factor when potential customers choose between you and your competitors. It’s not just vendors looking to make sales that are interested in cultivating authoritative reputations.

Being an authority will lend weight to everything you post. This is not merely a rhetorical device, either. Individuals and companies that take pains to build good online reputations have an easier time attracting a wider audience because they are linked to other by other authorities and favored by the search engines. Building an authoritative reputation is a proven strategy for expanding your reach and attracting a wider audience.

 

Social Media As Part Of A Wider Marketing Strategy
Although today’s social networks are tremendously powerful communications tools, they are not ideally suited for generating a reputation as an authority on their own. You need content with some real depth to it in order to demonstrate your expertise and this is not always a good fit with social sites that prefer their users to post content in bite-sized chunks.

This does not mean you shouldn’t incorporate social networks into your overall plan for promoting yourself! Social media allows you to promote the content you publish in other venues. You can use excerpts, samples, and previews to entice followers into visiting your primary site and taking a look at your content. A social media presence also makes a perfect platform for engaging in two-way conversations about your content.

 

Building The Right Kind Of Content
Although social networks probably won’t be the native ground for your most authoritative content, you should still make an effort to craft your work in a way that lends itself to promotion via social media. Content that concentrates on making a visual impact (e.g. infographics, videos) are particularly suited to this role. Good visuals can serve as the entirety of your content or be deployed simply as adjuncts to strong text.

As noted above, your content needs to go into some depth and explore new territory in order to establish your reputation as an authority. Take the time to write content that will deliver genuine value to people who discover it through your social media promotional efforts. Include strong reference links that support your ideas and guide your audience to even more information they’ll find useful.

Finally, don’t forget to mount standard social sharing buttons on your content pages. Your entire goal is to get more people to take notice of your efforts through increased social visibility Give your audience the tools it needs to help you achieve that goal!

 

Engaging With The Community

As noted above, social networks are all about unbiased, back-and-forth communication. This makes them uniquely suited to engaging far more directly with your audience than other venues. Embrace this feature of social media rather than shying away from it. Encourage readers to reach out to you by addressing your social profiles and do your best to answer questions in an insightful, respectful way.

Social networks give you the opportunity to interact with people who are already seen as authorities in your field, too. Take advantage of this by keeping up with the latest trends in your niche, and don’t be afraid to reach out to influential people when you have something meaningful to say. Getting a little communication flowing between yourself and your niche’s thought leaders can bring you to the attention of a much larger audience.

Ultimately, planning out your ideal social media marketing strategy will depend on your personal situation, your goals, and your resources. The general principles detailed here should serve you very well if you want to use your social activity to improve your reputation and become an authority in your field.

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