November 27, 2012

7 ways to get more comments on your articles

Consider commenting systems, rewards & removing barriers

Target audience: Businesses, brands, marketing professionals, SEO specialists, bloggers, Web publishers, agencies, nonprofits.

Guest post by Jacob Klein
Distilled

If you’ve spent any amount of time reading up on content creation, you’ve probably seen articles spelling out tactics to get you more comments on your blog posts by “writing compelling content” and including “calls to action.”

While those are certainly important ingredients to soliciting more comments, I’m going to assume you’re already on board and looking for something more specific and actionable.

Why are comments important?

The benefits of user generated content are compelling: Not only are you generating original, topical content for your pages, comments may even contribute to your article’s freshness score. While it’s debatable whether the number of comments on a page is directly correlated with higher rankings, we all understand the value of having more fresh, relevant content on a page to say nothing of user engagement and community building. Continue reading

November 26, 2012

Should you farm out some of your social media chores?

Why a hybrid approach may be the best solution

Target audience: Businesses, brands, marketing and communication professionals, SEO specialists, agencies, general public.

Chris AbrahamI just got off the phone with Andrea Howard, president of Social Media Maxima, a company I’d never heard of — but i’m impressed with what she’s doing.

Social Media Maxima doesn’t take over all of your social media content creation — unless you really want them to. Instead, they focus on posting relevant, industry-specific content three times per week. The content is provided by the client from agreed-upon sources culled by their research experts. (Disclosure: Socialmedia.biz offers comparable services for businesses that want us to manage, or supplement, their social accounts.) Continue reading

November 13, 2012

Your online brand matters more than you realize

Manage your online presence to cultivate a positive reputation

Target audience: Businesses, brands, marketing professionals, SEO specialists, agencies, general public.

David SparkWhat you say about yourself online and what others say about you online will affect your business’s bottom line. According to a study conducted by the Harvard Business Review, an overall one-star increase or decrease on a review site can result in a 5 to 9 percent increase or decrease in sales. Similarly, a study by Edmunds.com discovered that auto dealerships with a 3.5 star rating or below get 30 percent fewer leads, said Brent Franson, vice president of sales at Reputation.com.

Two weeks ago I moderated a panel discussion for the Jewish Community Federation Business Leadership Council on building and protecting your online brand. Joining me and Franson on the panel were Shanee Ben-Zur, social media strategist and manager for NVIDIA, and Daniel Bernstein, product partnerships lead for Social/Google+ at Google. Continue reading

November 12, 2012

10 tips to take advantage of Google+ for SEO

Leverage the power of Google Plus to increase visibility

Guest post by Cyrus Shepard

It’s no secret. When engineers built Google+, they constructed an SEO juggernaut to dominate search results above all other social platforms. Although Facebook and Twitter are essential to marketing efforts, both restrict Google from accessing much of their data. This limits their SEO effectiveness.

Not so with Google+. Continue reading

October 22, 2012

A visual guide to rich snippets [Infographic]


Rich snippets: Concert dates in Google.

This is the first of a two-part series. Also see:
Why Google Authorship matters to your business

Guest post by Selena Narayanasamy
Director of Strategy Development, BlueGlass Interactive

If you’re not familiar with rich snippets, they’re data, included in the code of a page, designed to summarize the content of a webpage in a way that makes it even easier for users to understand what the page contains.

We see rich snippets on tons of search engine results pages, with some verticals having a higher abundance of them than others. For the average searcher, these rich snippets help show us that what we’re searching for is within reach on a particular site. Continue reading

October 10, 2012

How to boost your Klout score with Flipboard

Give more than you take — and get rewarded for it

Chris AbrahamI’ll get to the point: My secret to being amazingly and profoundly engaged with so many of my followers on Twitter, my friends on Facebook, and my circles on Google+ is because I cheat.

Whenever I am between things, in lines, waiting for something, and even on boring conference calls, I pull up Flipboard and read what my followers, friends, and circles are sharing and I generously retweet, +1, like, favorite, share and comment. I believe that Flipboard is my secret weapon when it comes to improving and maintaining my Klout score. Why? Well, the more I give, the more I get. The more items I honestly and earnestly retweet, favorite, +1, like, and share, the more willing and game the people I share are also willing to take the few seconds it takes to retweet me back. Continue reading