Blogging for Business

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The various social media platforms can be exceptional tools for marketing, this includes the blog. Maintaining a business blog can yield many different benefits for the business if it is handled correctly. Blogging can keep the website from going stale as well as provide a platform to interact with consumers. Content creation is one of the main components of blogging and it must be done regularly in order to have an impact on a search engine optimization campaign. Blogging can be used in conjunction with a website, or it can be maintained off site. Either way, maintaining a blog can help establish the company name across the internet. A business blog can provide a small business a chance to share their expertise in their own niche or industry.

Producing High Quality Content

One of the most important aspects of blogging is that the company gets to produce their own voice. It can be an essential part of developing trust between the business and the client. However, it is very important to note that the content on a blog needs to be high quality and informative. One way to develop this is to make the blog into an education center in order to answer all the questions that your clients may have about your products or services. Although blogging is a marketing tactic, the language should be more informative rather than sales pitchy. Maintain an archive so that readers have plenty more articles to look at for examples and always give a call to action by inviting the readers to learn more. These strategies will help keep them engaged with the site, the blog and ultimately the business. Continue reading “Blogging for Business”

Do I Need a Blog?

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There are many different strategies that make up a successful SEO campaign, and blogging is just one of them.  A blog offers a platform which can be used to write on virtually any topic. There are about as many different varieties as any one person can imagine. A blog can offer an effective way to increase site traffic as well as providing a better user experience for visitors. The benefits of maintaining a blog by far outweigh the work that goes into it; and there are many benefits.

Connecting with Consumers

Even though there are a lot of blogs that are written about life from a personal perspective, a blog can be a beneficial tool for the business person. It can offer a great way to connect with consumers who are interested in your product or services. Not only can you provide much in depth information about your products, you can receive valuable feedback from consumers which can help you rethink many of your business techniques. Another benefit is that of improved customer service. Many times consumers will look through your website looking for answers to their own questions. By blogging on the main issues and posting them on the main company website consumers will be able to quickly find the information they need which can help reduce the number of calls and emails made to the support center. When blogging is done correctly it can be a tool used for increasing the number of new clients as well. Continue reading “Do I Need a Blog?”

Using Social Media for Business

 

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Social media marketing is a very powerful tool for today’s business. While tweeting, blogging and posting updates on social sites can tend to be fun; these actions when used strategically can be part of an effective web marketing campaign. Many ask if there is anything to be gained by using social media and of course the biggest question is if there is a substantial enough ROI. When it is used properly, social media marketing can be effective and improve your bottom line. Social media is no different than any other marketing tactic; it’s all about strategically setting goals and using social media activities to reach them. Where most people get tripped up is in thinking that there will be an immediate return which is not likely. Social media marketing involves long term strategizing which will help keep a company’s name or brand on the mind of consumers. There are some strategies to help ensure a social media marketing campaign is productive. Continue reading “Using Social Media for Business”

What is Search Engine Optimization?

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If you were to call up 50 SEO advisors and ask them to define search engine optimization, you are likely to get nearly 50 different interpretations of an SEO definition. This is because many people who state that they are an “SEO specialist” just offer two or three aspects of SEO strategies. They found a couple of things that work to help site rankings and use them. But there are not very many SEO specialists who really offer a comprehensive approach to search engine optimization. It is well worth the expense to hire an SEO specialist who knows what they are doing and can effectively launch an SEO campaign that will incorporate a broad range of strategies into a customized campaign for each client.

What is SEO?

In simple terms, search engine optimization is the use of a wide variety of strategies and methods which will ensure that a website will rank high in the search engine result pages (SERP). By using several proven SEO strategies a website can achieve higher rankings in the major SERPs when a user enters certain keywords or phrases into the search field. To offer an example, think about your own last internet search. When you, or someone else, are looking for a product or information it is likely that they entered a search in a search engine because it is one of the fastest and easiest ways to obtain the information. Once you enter a query and the results are displayed, it is likely that you never went past the first page because they were more relevant to the search. This is the goal of SEO. A website is optimized so that when a related query is entered the site will rank as high as possible. The end goal is to obtain more traffic to the site which of course leads to more conversions or sales. When an SEO campaign is carried out properly it will place a site at the top of the rankings so that it will gain instant credibility with the audience you are trying to reach. Continue reading “What is Search Engine Optimization?”

Blogging for SEO

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One of the first questions an SEO specialist is likely to ask a potential or future client is if they have a blog or not. Content writing is one of the most intrinsic components of developing an SEO campaign today and many are finding that maintaining a blog is one of the best methods to generate fresh content and generic links for their site. The search engines will rank every web page and each post on a blog is an extra web page that can be indexed. This gives even more opportunities to target the main keywords as well as using some of the coveted long tail keyword variations. Not only does a blog help provide content which can be indexed by search engines, it can also help establish you as a knowledgeable authority in your industry. Blogs can be a major component of a social media campaign. This proves that content can be and should be promoted using social media platforms. But then of course it is important to note that not all blogs are created equal. What should a blog have to be a huge contributor to an SEO campaign?

A Professional Look

Of course SEO is more about the written content that a blog contains than about the appearance of the page. But remember that your goal in maintaining a blog is not simply to please the search engines; you do have human readers after all. When designing the blog it is important to remember that the reader will evaluate the blog by what they see when they land on the page quicker than what they will read. Actually, it the page is disorganized and the layout is difficult to navigate it is likely that they will not read the blog at all. Using a free template will create a better appearance for the blog but it is far better to have a professional design it and customize it for your brand. Continue reading “Blogging for SEO”

What is a Short Tail Keyword?

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Keywords are an essential part of search engine optimization but it is very important to know how to use them effectively. One of the responsibilities of the SEO specialist is to conduct comprehensive research to determine which relevant keywords they should use for web marketing campaigns. Once the keywords are revealed they will be used in a wide variety of marketing strategies including content, blogs, ads, titles, and other forms of marketing media. Keywords can be a critical part of obtaining a high ranking in the search engine result pages. Each SEO campaign must start with extensive keyword search along with analysis to identify the most relevant and effective keywords to be incorporated into the campaign. During this research, the SEO professional will find two types of keywords: short tail keywords and long tail keywords. Each of these plays a different role and can have a major impact on an SEO campaign. Continue reading “What is a Short Tail Keyword?”

What is a Long Tail Keyword?

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In the not so distant past, long tail keywords were hailed as a very effective way to increase search traffic. But of course, there was not as much competition back then and it was quite a bit easier to optimize pages in order to use the long tail keywords. Even though many still consider this to be part of ancient history and treat it as the forgotten treasure, they have been making a resurgence in value. Using long tail keywords can offer a powerful tool through which to leverage search traffic, especially when there is a lot of competition surrounding some of the “core” keywords in a niche or industry. Once it becomes clear how to use long tail keywords as part of an SEO strategy, they can actually work for us even better than they did in the past.

What is a long tail keyword?

A long tail keyword is a more of a keyword phrase which usually contains at least 3 words; but it can contain as many as 5 words. These are very useful when a website needs to refine some of the search terms; but is also effective when a user is searching for something more specific. A long tail keyword is similar to normal keywords in that they are useful for defining the page contents, what the publisher wants to be found through searches and what is displayed on SERPs. The key difference is that they are much more specific in nature and do not draw as much traffic to the site. However, the traffic that they do draw is generally higher quality, or more relevant which can lead to many more conversions than what normal keywords typically produce. Continue reading “What is a Long Tail Keyword?”

Tips for Marketing a Local Business

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There are online businesses and offline businesses. Operating an offline business, or a brick and mortar business does not indicate that a web presence is not needful. Actually, in today’s competitive market, it is necessary to have a website as well as a web marketing campaign in order to succeed. The average customer will go to the internet first when looking for a business in their area whether it is a restaurant, contractor, professional or a supply store. If we think about it, for the brick and mortar customers are going to be coming from their own backyard. For this reason, it is imperative that businesses have a local marketing campaign. There are several ways to market a local business using online resources. Here are a few tips for building a successful local marketing campaign.

Local Search Platforms

Make sure that you claim your business in the local directories provided by the search engines. Google+ is the biggest local search platform, but it is well worth it to register with Bing Local as well as Yahoo! Local Listings. This is a strategy that can drive business your way. Everything that is listed with Google+ and Google My Business is indexed by the crawlers through Google search engines. Make sure that these pages contain correct information. It is important to claim local pages in the search engines and then build a good listing. The search engines will help to guide you through the verification processes. Continue reading “Tips for Marketing a Local Business”

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your Business

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Many experts agree that Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms that are used for large scale business promotion. The social media giant has a global outlook that spans across 126 different countries around the world and has more than 845 million active users. Facebook can be a useful tool for promoting your business, or your website. Using Facebook to compliment other web marketing strategies can end up being a valuable resource. For those who use Facebook for web marketing campaigns or SEO purposes it will require that you are consistent and patient.

Create a Facebook Business Page

Your Facebook page should reflect the look and feel of your business website. The profile should incorporate keywords which describe the business so that new and existing clients are able to find your page. Don’t forget to create a places page by using the “Check-In” feature. This will allow you to claim your business and then customers can use their mobile devices to “check in.” This will automatically post your business name and location on their facebook page. This will inform all of their friends that they are supporting your business. Think of it as free advertising – because it is! Continue reading “How to Use Facebook to Promote Your Business”

How to Use Pinterest for SEO

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Pinterest is one of the hottest online social hangouts right now. People use it to find ideas on what to fix for dinner, ways to recycle household objects, ideas for arts and crafts projects and a multitude of other ideas. But Pinterest can also be used to create interest in a website, or to encourage users to participate with your brand. Pinterest is built around a social environment which shares common interests which in SEO terms translates into backlinks; but very valuable backlinks because they are relevant and “worth” more in the search engine algorithms for ranking sites. There are some specific strategies that can be used:

The Basics of Using Social Media for SEO

Pinterest is a social media site just like Facebook or Twitter. It is essential to use the same type of online social etiquette used on these other sites. For instance, when a user follows you on Pinterest it is important to follow them back. Comments on your posts should also be reciprocated by making comments on as well as liking their pins. It is equally important to make other web content easy to share on the Pinterest platform by adding its share buttons to content on your site or business blog.  There are also several SEO strategies that are unique to Pinterest.

Pinterest Business Accounts

Late last year, Pinterest launched their business accounts which allowed users to register for a business account. With the business setup it is easier to get a site verified, add Pinterest widgets and buttons to the company blog or site and add links to both your Facebook and Twitter accounts. One of the most important aspects of optimizing a Pinterest business account is to use a straightforward name. The field in which the company name is entered can contain any number of characters, but usernames are limited to only 15 characters which can be challenging for those whose business name will not fit. In these cases choose a straightforward name that is obviously related to your business.

All Important Backlinks

Backlinks are an essential part of an SEO campaign. Pinterest has “nofollow” links which will not count as much when calculating SEO worth. However, the traffic generated is very valuable. Always include the reference link with pins and if you when you are re-pinning a post that is featuring your product or content you can edit the description and add a full link. It is important to not shorten the URL as Pinterest is known for marking pins that have shortened links as spam. By including a link to your site it will help reinforce the association with your brand as well as open up the pathway for more purchases.

Optimizing On Pinterest

In order to bring in long term SEO traffic, image titles or descriptions should be optimized. The title of an image and its caption are the only information that a user will get. For this reason, it is very important to use very clear descriptions as it’s the only context that the potential customer will see. By adding a solid description of the pin it will give a user a good reason to click through which can also lead to even more re-pins which will help to increase your visibility greatly.

You can also optimize your page’s “about” section on Pinterest. In this section you have about 200 characters to use so use it wisely. This is plenty of room to place an overview that is key word rich. You can succinctly tell who you are and what you do. And if you are really good you can get your URL added in too.