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Create a content strategy by enlisting top influencers to write for your sites
Target audience: Marketing professionals, SEO specialists, PR pros, brand managers, businesses, nonprofits, educators, Web publishers, journalists.
It’s a great time to be passionate about social media, the Internet, online community, and the Google suite of products and services.
Google is about to reward you big-time just as Google pulls the rug out from under the feet of traditional SEO link strategies. Good for you, bad for many online businesses. Be sure to monetize while you can.
In my analogy, Google’s Hummingbird algorithm will require each website owner to find one or more social media passion players and woo, hire, pay, or partner with them in order to get back on top of Google organic search. If you want your home page to rise to the top of Google Organic Search, I believe you’re going to have to bring some legit Google authors on board and publicly be associated with them. Continue reading
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This is the second of a two-part series on Google Hummingbird. Also see:
• Google demands your papers with Hummingbird
Target audience: Marketing professionals, SEO specialists, PR pros, brand managers, businesses, educators, Web publishers, journalists.
Iam back in the dating pool and have really enjoyed hearing everyone’s war stories. They’re, of course, first-world-problems; and, most of them feel like they’re torn directly from romcoms and sitcoms: “he was a decade older than his photo” and “he looked nothing like his photo” or “he was nothing like the way he described himself,” and “I really felt like I was bait-and-switched” and even, “if he thought he could lure me here under false pretenses and then make it all good on charm and personality, it didn’t work: he was charmless and lacked personality.”
Google feels the same way.
But because Google was built by an army of earnest, hopeful, and lonely nerds, it has taken over five years for Google to get a clue. Continue reading
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Changes in search results require changes in content & marketing strategies
This is the second of a two-part series on Google Search. Also see:
• Content strategies to deal with Google Panda & Google Penguin
Target audience: Marketing professionals, SEO specialists, PR professionals, mobile strategists, businesses, nonprofits, Google Plus users.
Acouple years ago, search engine optimization (SEO) held a lot of secrets. But that’s not quite as true today.
To a large extent, SEO today has become a war between Google’s vision of what quality and valuable search results should look like — and the rewards conferred to anyone who can just produce content that meets those stringent standards — and an entire industry that is committed to finding every shortcut and loophole possible and systematically exploiting those loopholes for as long as possible until they’re closed. The entire SEO industry has been almost entirely fueled by exploiting shortcuts, loopholes, link syndicates, link conspiracies, strategic linking, shadow linking, and shadow content. And it’s mostly worked, too, until recently. Until Google really started rolling out Panda and Penguin algorithms, as I wrote about Monday. Continue reading
Are e-newsletters becoming an obsolete marketing tactic?
Ilove the new Gmail tabs. Why? Because they filter out so much of the “less important” email that I used to get in my main inbox without requiring any action by me, so that I can focus on the truly important emails that require my attention.
Now, when I say “less important” email, I don’t mean spam – I mean all those promotional mails and newsletters from businesses and brands that may have interested me some time in the past or may still interest me somewhat now, but are really not important enough to carry my attention away from the emails that really matter. For example, knowing that my favorite clothing store has a special for the next week and all clothes are 50% off is perhaps something I would be interested to know, however, with this promotional email now being directly transferred to a separate tab in my inbox, I no longer even give it the little attention span that I would have given it before Gmail came out with its new tabs system. Continue reading
Can you still succeed at blogging? Noahsdad.com serves as our case study
Target audience: Bloggers, marketing and PR professionals, SEO specialists, brand managers, businesses, nonprofits, educators, Web publishers, journalists. This article originally appeared at SEOmoz and is republished with permission.
By Dan Shure
Blogging is tough these days. It’s a crowded realm with a staggering amount of people in the game. According to Pingdom, by the end of 2012 there were:
• 59 million WordPress blogs
• 88 million Tumblr blogs
• 634 million total websites
Fifty-nine million WordPress blogs. Impressive. If you haven’t started yours, don’t give up! Some writers among us has achieved that success – and you can, too. You just need to know how to go about blogging in today’s landscape. Continue reading