Friday, 25 January 2013

Google AdWords Tips for local business


Google Adwords can be a great advertising channel to boost your online sales. Purchasing ads through Google is a viable option to get your website to the top of Google search results by successfully bidding on keywords. Let us quickly take a look at some effective tips on how to efficiently use Google Adwords for your local business to generate more leads and improve your online sales.

Track your conversions

As Return On Investment (ROI) is going to be at the top of your list, you need to ensure that you keep track of what is giving you the highest conversion in your website. Although monitoring the click-through rates in your website is an important step, you need to realize that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you are going to monitor only the click-through rates, then it means you’re not utilizing your resources properly. Use Google Adwords to monitor all the e-commerce transactions in your website. Take a detailed look at which area of service or keyword combination is getting converted more and is giving you a higher ROI. For best results, you may also track the non-monetary elements such as downloads, enquiry forms, newsletter signups etc. Identifying and focusing more on the profitable areas is the key to a successful online marketing campaign.  

Manage your ads and bids

Develop ad groups for multiple keyword variations relevant to your services and manage the ads and bids accordingly. One great way to use Google Adwords effectively is to distinguish between the research group and the sales group. That is, a visitor who lands up on your product information page should be treated differently from a person who visits your sales page. For instance, someone who is has done an online research for “treadmill stores in Chicago” is more likely to purchase your product than someone who looks for “best treadmills”. So, you need to vary your bidding strategy according to your target consumer.

Attractive ads

The design of your ad can make a huge difference to your Adwords campaign. Catchy words or images will not only grab the eyeballs of prospects but also get you a high CTR ranking thereby boosting your ad’s quality score, minimizing your cost-per-click (CPC), and guaranteeing your ads a higher placement in the Google search results. This, in turn, results in a high ROI for your website.

Ad Extensions

Ad extensions can support your existing ads for improved results. It is for this reason that most e-commerce sites use product extensions for their ads. The ad extensions will display titles, images, snippets, and prices of your products. It’s worth incorporating seller ratings, call extensions and sitelinks for your ads. Typically, seller ratings work wonders when your ads get a higher rating. The sitelinks can be useful to display additional links pertaining to your area of service and the call extensions are meant for call-to-action purposes. 

Custom Landing Pages

Most website owners make the mistake of directing all their ad links to their home page. This is one thing you need to avoid. Instead, have some of your ad links pointing to your landing page and some of them pointing to the other important pages in your website. It is worth designing an optimization strategy wherein you have specific keywords and anchor texts pointing to your landing page. But ensure that the backlinks are more relevant to their target URLs.

Michael Rae, a freelance writer for www.firsthomealarm.com - offers full home security to help protect your family, assets from burglary and other crimes. adt securitysystems

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Boosting Customer Relationship Management with Social Media


Quite frequently, we see business managers and their subordinates using CRM tools to report numbers rather than use them as tools for what they were primarily meant to accomplish – build great relationships to bring in more business and revenue for the enterprise. Although the number of tools available is vast, there is still something that only humans can accomplish. Giving a personal touch and understanding your customers is very important and that you can do by using Social Media.

Sending out messages and pieces of messages is not all that is to CRM. In fact, there is a vast array of to-dos that will help your business maintain good relationships with customers, and that is not the end to all either. The other use for Social Media is retaining customers. The most anathematic thing that one can do to Social Media is high pressure selling. Experienced Social Media veterans will vouch for that in no uncertain terms. In addition to using Social Media for marketing there are many other things to which you can use it; chiefly, for acquiring new customers, retaining existing customers, taking current relationships to a higher plateau, reinforcing your brand image, social proofing and finally presenting yourself as an authority in your chosen field.

The worst mistake one can do when using Social Media is taking the different aspects to it in a piecemeal manner. What is actually required is a holistic approach from a potential or existing customer’s point of view. Top on such an approach is to engage them in a meaningful way. Give up your temptation to pushing information the hard way from you to your customer. Instead, make it a point to listen to what your customers may want to say; their needs and expectations will give you the much needed insight into building a long lasting relationship that both can cherish for a long time to come.

One of the biggest advantages inherent to Social Media is they let you interact at a personal level. This means you will be under obligation to answer your customer’s concern and queries. More than the queries itself what you will need to accept is criticism in a constructive manner. Accepting criticism has advantages; they give you the right insight, let you make changes to your products or services and send back messages to show that you are really changing for the better.

Collecting information and making a detailed analysis is just one part of the story. To be an effective customer relations manager you need to act upon the information you gather. Often it means, making structural changes to your business. You may have to reeducate your marketing staff, production managers and public relations officers. You can also take your efforts a step higher by promoting contests and polls in Social Media. A small reward and fair playing field is all that you need to ensure that everything in Social Media concerning your business goes smoothly.

It may seem alright to put your best foot forward in any Social Media customer retention efforts, but they will be of little use unless you document your efforts efficiently. Having voluminous data spread across thousands of documents hardly helps anyone, least of all Social Media managers. You must sooner or later consider buying software that keeps a tab on every effort you make. You can use them to make an analysis periodically to change tracks or keep pushing with your current efforts.

Heather Protz, a freelance writer for USAheadlines.com - offers full home security to help protect your family, assets from burglary and other crimes. adt security reviews

Social Media Monitoring - Best Practices


Social Media Sites provide an ideal platform for businesses to interact with their consumers, on a more direct note. If you look at it from another angle, the consumers for the first time in ages will be able to talk to the suits and bosses of the company whose products they are using in their day-to-day life. The Social media sites have given them that freedom and you as a business owner have to respect that.

There are three things of note here:
  • Learn
  • Respond
  • Market
First things first, get to know your customer. Read what they have to say. It is a feedback that’s worth millions served to you for free straight from the horse’s mouth. Look for a trend, there is always a pattern. The same set of feedbacks and same set of grievances, when they pile up, make a note of them and pass it on to your respective departments.

Make sure to tell them that you have noted their grievances and you are going to respond.
Now, respond. Definitely, do. When you do that, you earn reputation and trust, which is the basis for any successful business.

And now, once you have gotten the necessary trust and a proper ‘note and feedback’ mechanism, you can start marketing your wares to these ‘web-active’ consumers.

Now, let’s break it down.
  • While responding be extremely polite and to the point. 
  • Be professional as you would be in a ‘board of director’s’ meeting. These people are more important, or are as important as your immediate bosses or partners. In case of negativity, don’t be hostile as it would throw a ‘bad light’ upon you. Deal with it in a professional manner, and earn their respect.
  • Encourage suggestions from the public, as it would help you understand their mindset more clearly.
  • Discuss possible business ideas. It will help you generate feedback instantly, and make adjustments at an early stage.
  • This platform is ideal for judging your popularity, in various areas. It’ll help you target them, and formulate future plans in accordance.
  • Answer questions from your consumers. By ignoring them, consumers will lose faith in your dedication. 
  • Abolish hearsay, by clarifying rumors, and dispelling negativity, directly.
  • If your consumer has a complaint in regards to your service/ product, make sure to provide solutions to fix it. Also, remember to keep them posted throughout the process. Transparency is the key here.
  • Interact with your consumers on a regular basis. It’s not only good for your business, but also gives them a feeling of ‘truly being cared for’.  This will lead the way to loyalty in customers.
By employing the various suggestions, one can do wonders to their business, by generating brand loyalty, amongst their consumers. However, one needs to radiate enthusiasm, in order to generate an equal response. Your dedication makes a huge difference, and it’s what will drive your business to heights you imagined.

This is a guest post is brought to you by Samantha Kirk, a writer for Centurylink Internet. Samantha provides up to date content and information for high-speed internet, phone services, bundles and other Centurylink offers.

Friday, 18 January 2013

5 Strategies for Maintaining Fresh Blog Content


The writer and their bloc are ever at war with each other as the writer tries to maintain a flow of good content despite stalls in creativity, newsworthy topics, or insightful takes on situations.

Today’s trends in SEO with Google Author ranks and a consumer base that is looking for more and more specific content mean that quality content is at a premium for bloggers. Maintaining readers means giving them something to hold their attention before they dart away to another site.

However, the Internet is providing more and more aids for the blogger in fueling creativity and providing content while old standby methods for writers in the pre-interweb world can also offer some assistance. Here are five strategies for keeping your blog fresh with good content.

1). Be an informed expert in the topics your blog handles

Find the major blogs, writers, and news sources on your blog’s topics and dutifully follow their sites and Twitter accounts. For a blogger, it’s actually important to budget time on something that may not be directly tied to a post in order to stay informed and an expert on your chosen fields.

Now, when trends or stories come up, you have already been informing yourself and developing opinions and takes that will be interesting to your readers.

You may also keep a document open in which you jot down the major news and trending stories of the day as well as some of your thoughts on each. When it comes to writing time you now have an outline and template for the various topics and takes you might explore on your own blog.

2). Involve your readership

Besides having the effect of improving your blog’s community, doing a feature such as a mailbag, Q and A, or an interview will provide fun, interactive content where someone else can be the driving creative force.

You can get a better sense through articles like this of what your readership is interested in while easily producing a blog post that won’t require a lot of creativity or work on your own part.

It’ll be important that you are following step number one and are filled with a wealth of knowledge that may not necessarily have appeared in blog posts but can easily be applied in response to a reader’s question or asking an interview question.

3). Stash articles and projects in your personal queue

Is there a major story or trend developing within your blog’s sphere of topics? It may be a major topic that you could research and slowly tackle with a multi-part series of articles on your blog.

After all, one thing your blog can uniquely offer a reader is a developed and articulated theory or explanation of an event or trend they find interesting. If you release a series of articles tackling a topic in pieces you also create intrigue and reason for readers to come back or other websites to link your work as word gets around that you are taking the time to tackle something with a lot of depth.

Similarly, there may be articles that are not time-sensitive that you have the time and inclination to write on at any time. There will be “rainy days” on which you either don’t have time or content to put up on your site. If you take the opportunity to write up and stash articles when you have time and ideas you can have a store of content to use on occasions when there isn’t any exciting news or content to share with your readers.

In some instances you might combine these ideas, slowly stashing a long, developing series on a major theme that can be released at your own discretion in accordance with your own needs.

4). Bring aboard guest posters or writers

If you have the money and resources, you may be interested to hire a writer that can provide a fresh take on situations and help bear the burden of maintaining the site with fresh content.

In lieu of that option, you can bring aboard writers that will write guest posts on your site in order to promote their own sites, author ranks, or brand. Typically the offer of a platform for them to write for an established audience or install links is payment enough for the free content they can provide for your site.

5). Give yourself an assignment to cover or track for your readership

Let’s say that you are writing a blog that focuses on local government issues, and there’s a major initiative in someone’s campaign that may be initiated in the local government.

You could devote an article once a week to tracking the progress of the idea, the developing responses to the idea, etc. Every blog topic is likely to have developing stories that can provide constant writing fodder for the blogger.

What’s more, you can pull in readers that are interested in that story and appreciate your frequent and regular check-ins on its development.

Keep an eye out for stories that can be tracked long-term and determine if you can make a regular habit out of checking in on them and providing yourself with content.

The easy access the Internet provides for the blogger to obtain information and news allows for strategies that can keep a blog filled to the brink with content and content ideas if the writer is organized enough to deploy these resources. Do the work of organizing news and ideas so that you can have informed insights and then your readers will be eager to rely on you to do the same for them.

Author Bio: IanB writes for 1 Business Guide, where you can read up on business news stories.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Has Your Internet Marketing Strategy Overlooked the Importance of Value?


If you've been practicing any type of internet marketing for any period of time, then you probably already know about the importance of quality. You need to deliver high quality in your content, in your web design, in your ad campaigns, and in your social media efforts.

With all of this focus on producing quality, however, have you stopped to ask yourself if you’re offering anything of value? It’s easy to think that quality and value go hand-in-hand, but this isn't necessarily true. For example, WebpageFXSEO could decide to offer a high-quality car detailing service to their list of services, but it’s not going to have much value for their clients, who are looking for superior web design.

Defining Value

Value is simple to define yet difficult to pinpoint. It’s almost an abstract concept and differs from one person to another. In simplest terms, value is something that fulfills a desire or need adequately enough that a person feels his or her investment of time or money was well spent. Since each person has his or her own idea of value, how do you provide it in your Internet marketing strategies?

Offering Value

First off, you need to realize that you’ll never be able to please every visitor that ever comes across your website. That said, you can think about your typical audience in relation to the niche you occupy and then come up with a list of items that may be useful – and valuable – to them. Some ideas include:
  • Produce informative, helpful content that either answers a question or solves a problem.

  • Offer free downloads of e-books, reports, newsletters, or videos that address a need.

  • Host webinars or question-and-answer sessions in which you can answer questions from your visitors

  • Include a resources page that gives links or contact information for other quality, relevant organizations or websites


Generally speaking, the more generous you are with your information, resources, time and expertise, the more value your audience will feel they get from visiting your site regularly.

Why Value is Critical to Your Success

No one likes to feel as though they've wasted their time or money on something that didn’t meet their needs. If you fail to deliver value, it’s almost a given that you’ll lose a potential conversion. What’s more important, however, is what that person may tell others.

Remember that the Internet works to spread information. Whether that information is positive or negative about your business or website makes no difference to the Internet. Don’t make yourself crazy trying to make everyone happy; instead, give your best efforts to provide value to the widest range of potential visitors possible.

Adrienne is a blogger and aspiring writer. When she’s not blogging about tech and social media, you might find her practicing her French, whipping up some recipes she found on Pinterest, or obsessing over vintage postcards and stamps.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Expert Advice: Measuring Social Media Success


Let’s say you have a beautifully designed website and have implemented both Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media Optimization (SMO) techniques with a lot of planning. And it is showing some results in the form of increased online sales. Have you measured whether the methods are producing the anticipated returns? And how do you measure the efficacy of social media techniques?

As far as your knowledge goes, there are no set parameters to check the success of social media techniques for business enterprises. Measuring the success of any advertising strategy can be very complicated and may not necessarily give accurate answers. Knowing whether the SMO tools you have employed are influencing minds and creating brand value for your goods and services may be difficult to quantify. So here are some expert tips for measuring social media success:

What you should measure
When you want to create brand value for your products rather than just sell, a new approach is essential when implementing and measuring SMO tools. Reaching out to potential customers is the way to go. Collecting and collating random information about Returns on Investment (ROI) is not going to help. It is first necessary to know which data should be collected and then measured to make the exercise worthwhile. You should focus on measuring the following:
  • Time spent in creating the interest of potential customers,
  • Expenditure on contacting the potential buyers,
  • Time and money spent in follow-up with potential customers,
  • Time spent in holding their attention and obtaining feedback,
  • The number of potential customers who actually transacted online purchases,
  • The number of referrals the existing customers has provided.
  • The number of repeat customers who have displayed brand loyalty.

Ways to measure social media success
There are some fantastic tools that can help you gauge whether your social media strategies are working effectively and producing the desired results:

Google Analytics – Using this service will help you keep a track of the activity on your website. It is an analytic tool that collates very comprehensive information. With Google Analytics you can check how many web users visit your site each day. How they heard about your company, the demographics of the visitors, their attention span, how many transacted online business, etc. are the other details collected.

My Top Tweet – This is another tool that analyzes the success of your social media marketing techniques. You can find out how many of your tweets received the maximum re-tweets. It also calculates the top 10 tweets that were shared the most. You can also find out which ones were re-tweeted the most. This tool has dual benefit. You get upfront opinion on your own brands and firsthand information on your competitors’ brands.

Wildfire’s Monitor – This is a superb tool that measures the effect of your presence on Facebook and Twitter. It measures the number of check-ins, likes and followers for each page, whether it is yours or that of your competitors.

Klout Score – When you want to know how many potential customers you have been able to influence, this is the tool you should use. It also measures the extent of your influence and the expanse of the network you have influenced. It maps your activity for 90 days on social media, the time you spent, the effect it had on other web users, etc. This can then be cross-referenced with the increase in online sales during that period.

HootSuite – If you are facing a major dilemma with multiple brands requiring varied strategies which you need to monitor regularly, this analytic tool is your best bet. It tracks activity of numerous accounts and sites and collates data in one place that you can access easily.

The reason why you have implemented social media techniques is to drive in greater inbound traffic to your website. With these measurement tools, you can find out whether you have acquired a new customer; whether you have sustained the customer’s attention; whether the interest resulted in the transaction of an online sale; whether the methods have generated brand loyalty; whether the existing buyers have referred others who have added to the customer base; etc. The analytics will help you quantify your present success and help you plan your future marketing strategies.

This is a guest post by Roy Fernandez of acquiweb.com, a site that offers savings and current information on comcast cable and internet, click here to know more, as well as other Comcast.com services.

Expert Tips to Ramp up Online Sales through Affiliate Marketing

One of the biggest advantages of online marketing is that you don’t have to carry a physical inventory. Carrying physical inventories also mean investing in goods, a warehouse and an office. There are however better ways to make money; just like so many affiliate marketers have discovered. As an affiliate marketer, you are relieved from receiving stocks, manufacturing and even distributing goods that you have managed to sell online. The other benefit is you can run a one-man show sitting in the comforts of your home. The profits you will make, though small in percentage terms, can collectively be big enough in the long run. The key to success therefore is to ramp up sales as much as you can.

Not everyone who set their hearts on affiliate marketing succeed though. The reasons for failure are many, but chief among them are failure to see marketing trends, improper selection of products, inadequate margins from affiliates and a general failure to entice buyers into availing your services. Ramping up online sales through affiliate marketing is not rocket science. For most part it is commonsense and a desire to succeed. Do not expect miracles to happen overnight. Like in any business, it takes time and patience to see sales flowing in.

Here are some expert tips you may want to try to ramp up sales.
  • Do not pitch your hopes on just a couple of affiliates, however renowned they may be. Putting all eggs in one basket is not a great strategy. Working for a large portfolio of affiliates will ensure that you stay afloat even if your affiliate goes bust. Businesses going bust are not uncommon. The other advantage of working for a wider selection of affiliates is that you will be able to multiply sales proportionately to your efforts.

  • Affiliate payouts can be vastly different. Big payouts are good, but you also need to see how stable the prospective affiliates are. Since you cannot enroll with all affiliates, if you sense the possibility of conflict of interest, choose the one that gives you optimum results and in proportion to your time, efforts and money expended.

  • Some affiliate programs may be too good to believe. It is not uncommon to see some of them paying as much as 75% and even above. But, that should not scare you away into believing them to be scams. Anything is possible in the world of affiliate programs, and to keep yourself safe, all that you need to do is run a background check on the affiliate program promoters. Chances are your sales can shoot through the roof.

  • Running a contest linked to sales is a sure-fire way to garnering bigger sales, and to that, you don’t have to depend on your affiliates’ support. You can cover up the extra expenditures from profits you will make from the increased sales. If your payouts from affiliates are large enough, consider issuing coupons and codes. You can even use the services of websites that specialize in coupon sales.
  • Visuals like videos and images make big impacts on prospective customers. A DIY video for make-shift sheds can for example, encourage even skeptic buyers into falling for your products. Instead of hard selling, keep your sales pitch a little subtle. The first step is to convince how useful your customers will find your products and then do sales talk. 
Every affiliate, undoubtedly, has pressure to ramp up sales and that is understandable. But, being too pushy and talking too much about yourself and your products is not what brings in sales. The real substance that multiplies sales is always proportionate to the information you provide to your customers, and that, never forget.

Andrea Walters, a freelance writer for www.globalx.net – The Nation’s Lowest All-Digital Price Provider. with dish packages

Five Ways to Enhance the Visibility of your Local Business


If you own a website and realize that it is your gateway to make your business bigger and better then you really need to work on improving the visibility of your website. If this is done, it will automatically enhance the visibility of your local business. Although some serious and expensive strategies could be adopted, there are other easy ways too and let’s look at five ways that will help you achieve this.

Take advantage of Google Maps
Google Maps is a popular tool and it is available for mobile platforms too. Although the tool is designed for finding your way through suburbs, it is great for mining information about local businesses too. Listing your business on Google Maps is easy and the best part is that it is free. When someone searches for or navigates to a particular area, Google lists the local businesses in that particular area and drops a pin on the geographical location too. By briefing about your business and the services you offer, you can improve the visibility and attract customers.

Getting listed on local directories
Local directories are a great way to improve the visibility of your business. Directories usually have a high page rank and once listed, there is a good chance that your business will come up in search results. It is believed that more than one third of the businesses these days are generated through online listings. That is a huge number and it is wise to take advantage of it. Moreover, directories also have reviews written by customers, so keep an eye on what is being said about your business. Just like Google Maps, getting your business listed on directories is also free in most cases.

The power of social media
If anything is certain, then social media is here to stay. Most of the social media sites are free and give you the option to create profiles for your business. By sharing information about offers and services, you can get the word out and reach a large number of people. You can also consider giving out special promotions and coupons to those who actively share information about your business. Social media platforms are easy to set up and moderate. By effectively using the power of social media, you can generate potential customers and improve the visibility of you business

Print the URL of your website
Consider printing the address of your website on your products, shopping bags and wrappers. This might not mean a lot now, but will help you a lot on the run. Moreover, printing the website’s address on your products improves the credibility and helps you in getting the word out.

Optimize your website for search engines
As we discussed earlier, your website is a gateway to your business. By optimizing your site, you can drastically improve the visibility. There are a lot of professional services whom you can approach to get this done. Although this is slow process, it is very effective on the long run.

Although there are a lot of other ways to improve the visibility of your local business, these five are proven ways.

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Social Media Etiquette: 5 Tips to Behave Online


Proper etiquette does not end with real-world interactions alone. With the rapid growth of the internet and popularity of social networking sites, good manners stretch out to virtual world interactions as well.

While most of us understand and comply to the commandments of social media etiquette, some others still prove that they have yet to learn what behavior is acceptable and what is not.

The following tips are common sense, social media practices every netizen should abide.

Think before you click.
Before hitting the post, tweet, share, or send button, ask yourself these questions: Does it have spelling or grammar errors? Is it appropriate? Will it offend anyone? Will I feel alright with anyone seeing this? Will anyone else care? Once you hit that button, make sure you’ve thought it over more than once. Editing published posts or retrieving sent mails lessen your credibility.

Reply accordingly.
When someone comments on your post, reply accordingly - especially if it’s a question. Don’t leave your friends and other readers hanging with a question. If someone comments positively, show appreciation by replying or liking. If you don’t respond or provide feedback, most likely they won’t bother reading your posts anymore and completely ignore you.

Don’t make social media sites a complaint forum.
Venting out is a perfectly normal thing to do. But bombarding negativity by complaining about your work and your personal life now and then is not. Constant complaining will make your friends and followers stay away from you. Furthermore, ranting about your work might put you into big trouble. If you need to vent something, play safe and do it somewhere private.

Keep private matters private.
Yes, social networking sites are communication tools that can spread news fast like fire. But if you need to inform a close relative or friend about bad news, don’t announce it in public. If you need to deliver sensitive issues such as death in the family, loss of job, never post it on his or her wall. Instead, send a personal message or call.

Don’t spam.
I mean to say don’t overshare, post chain status updates, comment on every post, retweet every tweet. Do you think your friends enjoy seeing your name pop out in their newsfeed every five minutes? Constant bombardment is really annoying because it prevents your friends from seeing or responding to other people’s statuses.

For me, the tips mentioned earlier are five of the most important social media practices every netizen should follow. But these are only a few, do you have anything to add?

Share them here.

About the author: Melissa Page is a passionate writer and social media contributor who works with My Life, a site that helps you manage all your social network updates and emails in one dashboard. When she’s not busy writing, she plays bowling with her friends.

SEO for Landing Pages: Tips and Tricks

First let us define what a landing page is. IT is the first page that a user or a search engine crawler sees when they try to access your URL. It is either an HTML page or a static page. In the early days, just about any page would be the landing page, including animations, greetings or other messages, disclaimers or even redirects.

But with web 2.0 that has changed and landing pages are more or less standard, and optimizing them has become all important. This is where it will be determined whether you will beat your competition when it comes to the SERPs.

A landing page is expected to contain the important information regarding your website; what products or services you are dealing in and so on. Scanning the landing page is the best way to learn about your business, and that is why they are considered of prime importance by search engines.

So how will you ensure that your landing page is SEO effective?

First off you need to recognize your target audience and understand how you can connect to them; what kind of content and what type of offers will interest them? Maybe your audience want solutions to certain problems they are facing; in that case mention how your product/service can resolve that issue, and so on.

  • Place the vital details in a recognizable format on the landing page where it will be visible clearly to both human visitors and search engine spiders.

  • This should be the first in the BODY tag. Everything else should come only after this.
  • Make use of H1 tags for highlighting the main content (H2, H3 and so on for the less important content) and the STRONG tag for the one you want the most visible. You could even have a title and give that the H1 tag.

  • Employ an SEO friendly layout and ensure that the content that needs to be crawled in the very first block.

  • Avoid large images and instead use more text to describe your products; that will make it more crawlable. 

  • Avoid Flash on the landing page. While it will keep your visitor entertained, the search engines will not appreciate it! The same goes for JavaScript too.

  • Frames dilute your SEO quotient, so avoid using frames too. They are old hat anyway. If you feel you simply MUST have frames, implement a two frame model; split the frames in two and select one for SEO.

  • Avoid pop-ups too, it affects the quality.

  • Don’t make the mistake of having all the links like the link to your category pages and so on. Only use the most important links here, along with the appropriate anchor text, like a combo of keywords and categories, for example.

  • Keep the code lean; follow standardized code structure so that you have minimal errors or invalid entries. Ensure that all the value factors are collected by the page.

  • Test-stimulate the page with a spider stimulator to ensure that the content is crawlable.

  • Use your keywords wisely on this page. Overstuffing it will put off visitors and make the spiders suspicious. Use too little and the search engines may not pick up your page. 

  • Try to get the maximum possible links in to your page by using appropriate anchor text; you could also try giveaways (say an interesting e-book) to attract backlinks.

  • To ensure you don’t leave anything important out, add footer text. 

  • At all costs you must avoid duplicate content like the plague.

  • Using your street address could help you feature on the SERPs with your location, especially when users search for businesses by location. This doesn’t guarantee a lot more crawlability but if you attract enough traffic and your address is visibly placed on your landing page, it is highly likely that you will gain extra footage on the SERPs.
Tanya Hansen, a freelance writer for Homesecurityreviewsite.com – offers full home security to help protect your family, assets from burglary and other crimes. homesecurity systems

Sunday, 13 January 2013

5 Unique Tips on Collaborative Marketing with your “Competitors”


There are almost 40 million bloggers typing away in the U.S. every day and with a number this enormous it seems overwhelming to view so many bloggers as competition.

Instead of pushing other blogs in our niche out of the way to get a higher domain authority, what if we collaborated and grew together as communities of bloggers who write about similar topics? Idealistic? Perhaps. However, collaborative marketing gives us different sources for link backs, a new crowd of viewers and another blogger who we can bounce ideas off of.

Skeptic or inspired, try out one or some of these 5 unique collaborative marketing tips and see how a collaborative marketing campaign boosts your site’s traffic.

To make the most out of your collaborative marketing outreach campaign, consider an outreach tool like Group High which allows you to search for blogs in your genre and it puts those site’s metrics and contact info in to an easy to read spreadsheet.

1. Reach out and Make the Intro

Keep it short and sweet but send an email formally introducing yourself and say something you admire about the blog. It’s also not too pushy to flat out say “hey let’s think of how we can collaborate and grow traffic from each other!”

Everyone gets “bloggers block” once in a while, have coffee together even if it is over Skype and talk about what has worked what hasn't  Brainstorm topics together and encourage each other through blogger frustrations.

2. Put a Feather in Their Cap

Re-tweet one of their tweets or post a blog post of theirs on your twitter and/or Facebook. This will likely get reciprocated. You could also link back to their blog in a post on your own blog. This is minimally time consuming but a good way for you to expose each other to new followers.

3. Swap Guest Posts

Suggest writing something for each other’s blogs. It’s perfect— you are both experts on a topic but can offer a unique perspective to each other’s readers. You will be targeting readers who have already proven themselves interested in your genre. By blasting each other’s articles through each of your social media channels, you are referring your own traffic to each other. Who doesn't love a win/win situation?

4. Make it a Group thing

Get a group of bloggers in your niche or community together to meet monthly and bounce ideas off of each other. You could even write a blog post about your community and link back to each other!

5. One Post Two Authors

Write an article together. You both can post it and it should be full of solid content since you both are an authority on the same topic. Do it creatively— in the form of a conversation or two different views under sub headings. Your readers will absolutely love the different perspectives in the same niche, I promise.

Don’t be shy to reach out to fellow bloggers and see if your blog’s stats go up. Make sure you've put together a good spreadsheet so you can see what’s working and which bloggers send you the most traffic.

Author Bio: Kristen Matthews is freelance writer and content marketer based out of Boulder Colorado. She loves to write and enjoy life through travel, good food, creativity and interesting people. Contact her for any writing requests at KristenMarie22@msn.com.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

SEO Benefits



SEO Benefits

SEO is stands for Search Engine Optimization and is for promoting your business which you develop on line on internet, we must know benefits of Optimization.

Targeted Traffic :

SEO campaign can increase the number of visitors for your website for the targeted keyword(s) or phrase. SEO is the only promotion which can gain targeted traffic through your website. Basically more targeted traffic equal more sales.

Increase Visibility :

If once a website has been optimised, it will increase the visibility of your website in search engines. More people will visit your website and it will give international recognition to your products/services.

Reputation management :

SEO helps in reputation management. As the visibility of your site improves your business will achieve the much desired recognition. The reputation of your business greatly depends on the SEO strategy that has been implemented.

Your Website Becomes A Magnet :

SEO is a great way to promote your products and services on a global platform. It provides visibility 24hrs a day, and every day of the year. Today's leaders in any industry not only need to understand the right way to generate profit but also but also how their business will enable others to generate profit.