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A simple language, easy to follow,
basic starter guide to Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

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SEO GuidePt 0.Intro.

Introducing The SEO Guide.

This free SEO guide is designed to give you best practice advice on how to optimise your site for search engines.

Rumour and speculation dominate so many aspects of SEO. These myths and mystery have managed to taint the reputation of the search marketing industry, giving the impression that it’s worthless. This is a great shame.

I used to think SEO was worthless; something bolted on to a site when it went live, but I’ve since learned that there’s far more to it.

Those who know me will pay testament to my cynicism, but I can’t stress enough how misunderstood SEO is.

Used well, SEO can seriously improve your site’s performance in search rankings, and subsequently boost your site traffic (and sales) to great effect.

I am going to cover the basics of SEO. It should be all of what you need to know, and is all based on fact and research (gathered since starting work atQueryClick). Unlike many other SEO guides, none of this advice is based on speculation or hearsay.

Contents.

Part 1 is split in to 4 sections:

  1. 10%of the SEO mix.Technical SEOSite access, page speed, visibility and content duplication.
  2. 35%of the SEO mix.On Page SEOKeyphrase balance, code tags, page elements and retention.
  3. 55%of the SEO mix.Link BuildingInbound links, link relevance and social media.
  4. Other ElementsA few other things to bear in mind while optimising for search.

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Top 5 Mobile Apps for Online Marketers


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Going mobile with your SEO can make your business sharper, quicker, and more responsive.

Top 5 Mobile Apps for Online Marketers

As more and more businesses realize the value of SEO, defending and improving client’s visibility increasingly demands constant vigilance.

With these smartphone apps, you can keep an eye on multiple variables at once, and get a better idea of what is working for your clients and what isn’t.

These apps will keep you on top of your game at all times, whether youíre on the subway or stuck in the waiting room at the dentist.

1. Raven Tools

Raven Tools mobile app is a must-have if youíre already a Raven user; it ís easily the most comprehensive toolkit on this list. While the app is free, the subscription cost makes this something of a luxury alternative to Google Analytics or other free tools. Raven covers many SEO indicators that others miss, like social mentions and a clearer connection between marketing expenses and their impact on revenue. If you’re willing to take the plunge and make a big investment, Raven Tools is the obvious choice, and this app is the only one you need.

Cost: Free

Operating System: Apple (iOS)

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5 Tips to Better Optimize Your PPC Budget

Whether you are trying to acquire new customers, generate more leads, or simply sell the product, paid advertising can come to your rescue. The advantage of paid advertising is that people are alreadysearching for your product/service. As opposed to conventional marketing, a paid search audience already has the intent to buy or learn more about your product.

Apart from the benefit of having qualified traffic, pay-per-click (PPC) advertising has many other positives. First off, it is easy to start. Setting up your account is simple; you can start off with a budget that you are comfortable spending. Secondly, PPC offers flexibility. You can test out different versions of ad copy, headlines, and call-to-actions. Lastly, paid ads are great way for increasing brand awareness. Even if people don’t click on your ad, just showing up in the search results for your key terms builds trust factor and brand recognition.

However, there are challenges involved in paid advertising. With more marketers turning to PPC advertising, the paid search space is becoming competitive.


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Whether you are trying to acquire new customers, generate more leads, or simply sell the product, paid advertising can come to your rescue. The advantage of paid advertising is that people are alreadysearching for your product/service. As opposed to conventional marketing, a paid search audience already has the intent to buy or learn more about your product.

Apart from the benefit of having qualified traffic, pay-per-click (PPC) advertising has many other positives. First off, it is easy to start. Setting up your account is simple; you can start off with a budget that you are comfortable spending. Secondly, PPC offers flexibility. You can test out different versions of ad copy, headlines, and call-to-actions. Lastly, paid ads are great way for increasing brand awareness. Even if people don’t click on your ad, just showing up in the search results for your key terms builds trust factor and brand recognition.

However, there are challenges involved in paid advertising. With more marketers turning to PPC advertising, the paid search space is becoming  competitive. Leer más “5 Tips to Better Optimize Your PPC Budget”

La pregunta del Millón: Google Plus desbancará a Facebook?

Venimos experimentando un rápido crecimiento de Google+, para dar una idea a 2 semanas de lanzado supero los 10 millones de usuarios y algunas predicciones hablan que en el 2012 sera la 2da red social. Más allá del rápido crecimiento inicial- algunos informes muestran que pasada la novedad ha decrecido el uso- lejos esta aun Google+ de la penetracion y posibilidades para usuarios y más aun las empresas Digamos que estamos en una etapa temprana donde Google está incorporándose en lo social de manera más acertada que en el pasado y con características muy interesantes para dar relevancia a las conexiones sociales.

No pretendo hacer proyecciones, pero sí destacar que en primer lugar basar nuestra estrategia de social media sólo en Facebook o en una sola red social no es acertado, por otra parte aunque si bien los perfiles corporativos o páginas de empresa en Google Plus no están todavía disponibles, hay un camino que podemos recorrer y capitalizar.

Particularmente hay diferencias muy importantes en el enfoque de ambas “redes” y también en la demografía de los usuarios, no quiero comparar ambas plataformas sino destacar que posible impacto esta teniendo el nuevo ecosistema de Google social –que va mas alla de Google+ – y como llevar esta etapa para ir aprendiendo y aplicar el conocimiento adquirido una vez lanzados los perfiles de empresa.


Muchos se preguntan si esta nueva apuesta por lo social de Google será exitosa y podrá competir y superar a Facebook, el interrogante de muchos ha sido el mismo desde el lanzamiento de Google+, todos quieren saber es si esta vez Google lograría imponerse y tomar terreno en la arena social. Luego de Wave y Buzz, algunos de los intentos fallidos del Gigante de las búsquedas, en esta oportunidad desde sus comienzos los números se ven alentadores y también ciertas características sobre el ecosistema generado a partir del botón +1 se muestran interesantes.

Venimos experimentando un rápido crecimiento de Google+, para dar una idea a 2 semanas de lanzado supero los 10 millones de usuarios y algunas predicciones hablan que en el 2012 sera la 2da red social. Más allá del rápido crecimiento inicial- algunos informes muestran que pasada la novedad ha decrecido el uso- lejos esta aun Google+ de la penetracion y posibilidades para usuarios y más aun las empresas  Digamos que estamos en una etapa temprana donde Google está incorporándose en lo social de manera más acertada que en el pasado y con características muy interesantes para dar relevancia a las conexiones sociales.

No pretendo hacer proyecciones, pero sí destacar que en primer lugar basar nuestra estrategia de social media sólo en Facebook o en una sola red social no es acertado, por otra parte aunque si bien los perfiles corporativos o páginas de empresa en Google Plus no están todavía disponibles, hay un camino que podemos recorrer y capitalizar. Leer más “La pregunta del Millón: Google Plus desbancará a Facebook?”

36 Tips to Build An Explosive Brand Using ONLY Social Media

A few random thoughts in no particular order. Hopefully you will find some of them useful. At the very least, they may kick-start some interesting conversations within your own company…

1. Facebook applications still work. I’ve seen spends as little as $10,000 generate over 5m hits when targeted properly.
2. 300,000 people join Twitter everyday. If you’ve not got a “conversation strategy“, get one!
3. FourSquare WILL be huge. Plan to use it alongside your next event, festival or product launch.
4. The biggest website for 2011 will be http://search.twitter. Find out where your customers are and talk to them.
5. You should be on Google Blog search everyday, interacting with customers in your industry and leaving comments on their blogs.
6. Become friends of EVERY Facebook fan page relevant to your brand. (And then find something relevant and interesting to say).
7. The fastest growing brands tweet between 20-30 times per day. (That’s only a lot of tweets if you’ve got nothing good to say).
8. If you don’t know what to tweet about – Trendsmap is a good place to start for high-traffic keywords.
9. The worlds biggest brands (like Coca-Cola) have up to 30 times more traffic on Facebook than they do on their own website.
10. Use the 80/20 rule. 80% leaving comments and remarks everywhere / 20% generating your own content.


A few random thoughts in no particular order.  Hopefully you will find some of them useful.  At the very least, they may kick-start some interesting conversations within your own company…

  1. Facebook applications still work. I’ve seen spends as little as $10,000 generate over 5m hits when targeted properly.
  2. 300,000 people join Twitter everyday. If you’ve not got a “conversation strategy“, get one!
  3. FourSquare WILL be huge. Plan to use it alongside your next event, festival or product launch.
  4. The biggest website for 2011 will be http://search.twitter. Find out where your customers are and talk to them.
  5. You should be on Google Blog search everyday, interacting with customers in your industry and leaving comments on their blogs.
  6. Become friends of EVERY Facebook fan page relevant to your brand. (And then find something relevant and interesting to say).
  7. The fastest growing brands tweet between 20-30 times per day. (That’s only a lot of tweets if you’ve got nothing good to say).
  8. If you don’t know what to tweet about – Trendsmap is a good place to start for high-traffic keywords.
  9. The worlds biggest brands (like Coca-Cola) have up to 30 times more traffic on Facebook than they do on their own website.
  10. Use the 80/20 rule. 80% leaving comments and remarks everywhere / 20% generating your own content. Leer más “36 Tips to Build An Explosive Brand Using ONLY Social Media”

Cuando me preguntan si podemos crear una página de fans en Facebook siempre respondo con la misma pregunta ¿la mereces? | DESTACADO ;)

Si estamos hablando de que la gente recomienda en las redes sociales sus marcas favoritas ¿por qué tantos se centran en la parte de “redes sociales” y tan pocos en la de “marca favorita“? ¿O es que esperan convertirse en marca favorita por estar en Facebook? Ni lo sueñes. Ni siquiera haciendo comentarios ingeniosos en Twitter. Lo siento, no es tan fácil.

No veo un interés similar por contratar profesionales para mejorar la experiencia de marca: ni ingenieros para mejorar los procesos, ni coaches para mejorar las relaciones, ni diseñadores o comunicadores para mejorar las percepciones… las redes sociales no han provocado una estampida de gerentes queriendo mejorar su producto o su propuesta de valor.

¿P o r q u é?.

Las experiencias irrelevantes son igual de irrelevantes en Facebook que en el supermercado, no nos engañemos.

Una marca que genera experiencias irrelevantes, en el mejor de los casos y con mucho esfuerzo, podría conseguir unos cuantos fans y seguidores a base de machaque, promociones, sorteos y demás tácticas de “push” que bien podría hacer igualmente en el supermercado.

En cuanto dejas de invitar las copas, se acaba la fiesta y cada uno a su casa.

Me parece estupenda la preocupación creciente de las marcas por estar en las redes sociales, pero yo me preocuparía, antes, por proponer a tus consumidores una experiencia singular, única, apasionante, inmejorable. Una experiencia que valga la pena recomendar. Me preocuparía por ser la marca favorita de, al menos, un puñado de personas.

Pero si empiezas por el final, si lo haces al revés, corres el riesgo de convertirte en el que paga las copas para tener algo de compañía. A que sería patético, ¿verdad?.


Marketing del retail
Artículo original de Mau Santambrosio “¿Dónde están mis fans?”
http://www.marketingdelretail.com/branding/donde-estan-mis-fans/Desde hace un tiempo, no mucho realmente (unos pocos años), empezamos a ver, cada vez con más frecuencia, titulares como estos: 

“El X% de los usuarios de internet recomienda su marca favorita en las redes sociales”.
“A la hora de comprar, los usuarios de internet aceptan las recomendaciones de sus amigos en las redes sociales”

Corren tiempos difíciles para las empresas y toda oportunidad debe ser atendida. Así que “a por el social media” dicen muchas, y sin acabar de entender muy bien de qué se trata, se lanzan a la batalla por los fans, seguidores, amigos y “recomendadores” de gusto y click fácil.

Y de repente, empiezan a crecer como hongos las páginas y perfiles de empresas en Facebook, las cuentas de marcas de Twitter, los blogs corporativos… Todo el mundo quiere estar en las redes sociales, los profesionales elaboramos maravillosas y convincentes presentaciones sobre por qué y cómo hay que estar en las redes sociales. El mundo se llena de Social Media Strategists, Social Media Evangelists, Social Media expertos y especialistas en todo lo que tenga más de 5 usuarios conectados, y por supuesto, Community Managers.

El Community Manager se convierte el perfil de moda: medio mundo quiere ser Community Manager, y el otro medio quiere que su primo, el informático, le haga de Community Manager para su empresa (por supuesto sin tener la más remota idea de qué debería hacer un community manager).

Si buscas hoy “Community Manager” en Google, te devuelve aproximadamente ¡291 millones de resultados!. No está mal ¿no?.

Dejad que lo ponga en contexto:

Definición de más conceptos SEO

Ocurre que en ciertas ocasiones, hablando de SEO, salen mil términos que no siempre sabemos que son; leyendo el ebook que citaba anteriormente aparecen recogidos la mayoría y he considerado que puede ser muy interesante para todos (incluso para mi, a la hora de ordenar ideas). Los listo a continuación.

[Más…]

* “Alt” image tags – Las imágenes gráficas que forman cada página pueden tener “hidden text” o texto oculto asociado a las mismas, texto que no puede ser visto por el usuario, pero que será indexado por el mecanismo de búsqueda. Esto es requerido para estar en conformidad con criterios de accesibilidad (screen-readers usados por ciegos o personas con daños en la visión, leen los “alt” tags), aunque es usado frecuentemente por los mecanismos de búsqueda para determinar relevancia.

* Backlinks – Hyperlinks que vinculan a una página web específica (o sitio web). También conocidos como inbound-links. Google PageRank and Yahoo! WebRank son métodos usados para enumerarlos. Outbound links son los puntos de origen de los backlinks.

* Black-hat SEO – Un abordaje de SEO en los límites de lo que es considerado una práctica ética. Potencialmente contraviene los términos de servicio de los mecanismos de búsqueda. Por un lado riesgo elevado, por otro, recompensa muy alta. Quien lo practica puede ganar más visitantes si las técnicas blackhat son más efectivas que aquellas de las empresas que siguen un abordaje ético, llamado, white-hat SEO.

* Domain popularity – o popularidad del dominio. La cantidad de diferentes dominios que se vinculan con su sitio. Es un término no tan ampliamente usado como link popularity o popularidad del link, pero que indica el número de dominios únicos (muchos links de mismo dominio deben ser contados juntos).


Ocurre que en ciertas ocasiones, hablando de SEO, salen mil términos que no siempre sabemos que son; leyendo el ebook que citaba anteriormente aparecen recogidos la mayoría y he considerado que puede ser muy interesante para todos (incluso para mi, a la hora de ordenar ideas). Los listo a continuación.

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Landing pages: los 10 puntos clave para la generación de leads

No importa si nuestro cliente tiene o no un web site “oficial”. Si queremos conseguir leads debemos crear una landing page con los elementos que el usuario espera encontrar. Tanto si su “aterrizaje” proviene de una acción de e-mailing, de SEM, o de SEO, el contenido y el mensaje de la landing page deben ser particulares para cada uno de los casos, es decir, para cada usuario en función de su perfil. En este sentido, el uso de landing pages permite modificar y optimizar el contenido de forma muy rápida y flexible ofreciendo así un óptimo margen de adecuación a las necesidades de cada usuario.


por Verónica Miquel Miquel Torres

No importa si nuestro cliente tiene o no un web site “oficial”. Si queremos conseguir leads debemos crear una landing page con los elementos que el usuario espera encontrar. Tanto si su “aterrizaje” proviene de una acción de e-mailing, de SEM, o de SEO, el contenido y el mensaje de la landing page deben ser particulares para cada uno de los casos, es decir, para cada usuario en función de su perfil. En este sentido, el uso de landing pages permite modificar y optimizar el contenido de forma muy rápida y flexible ofreciendo así un óptimo margen de adecuación a las necesidades de cada usuario. Leer más “Landing pages: los 10 puntos clave para la generación de leads”

Strategy – Give Your Online Business a Good Pair of Eyes

Make no mistake. In the kind of ocean the world-wide-web is, it is essential that you learn to navigate if you do not want to get lost. Building a strategy for your online business is going to help you reach your destination easier and faster. In the absence of being strategic, most of these untargeted efforts would only prove to be a big waste of efforts, money and time. Not knowing your way, or the marks that you want to set are a huge disadvantage to begin with.

Looking strategically is big help

Strategy is a lot about how to think more holistically. It enables you to be innovative, lead teams while helping you deliver value tactically daily. Shouting at people through television ads are actually days of the past when it comes to online marketing, and no more does this work like it used to. The consumers are really looking at different forms of consuming media, the social media scenario is a good example of this changing scenario.


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consultancyMake no mistake. In the kind of ocean the world-wide-web is, it is essential that you learn to navigate if you do not want to get lost. Building a strategy for your online business is going to help you reach your destination easier and faster. In the absence of being strategic, most of these untargeted efforts would only prove to be a big waste of efforts, money and time. Not knowing your way, or the marks that you want to set are a huge disadvantage to begin with.

Looking strategically is big help

Strategy is a lot about how to think more holistically. It enables you to be innovative, lead teams while helping you deliver value tactically daily.  Shouting at people through television ads are actually days of the past when it comes to online marketing, and no more does this work like it used to. The consumers are really looking at different forms of consuming media, the social media scenario is a good example of this changing scenario. Leer más “Strategy – Give Your Online Business a Good Pair of Eyes”

SEO: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners

SEO.

You hear the term all the time, but how do you actually rank higher in the search engines? I know when I first heard the term, it sounded like some voodoo magic that only a few people understood how to use.

The reality is, SEO isn’t rocket science. Some gurus would have you believe it takes years of dedicated study to understand it, but I don’t think that’s true. Sure, mastering the subtle nuances takes time, but the truth is that you can learn the fundamentals in just a few minutes.

So, I got to thinking, “Why don’t I lay out the basics, all in one post?”

It’s a long one, to be sure, but after years of studying SEO and working behind the scenes to help companies get first page rankings, I’m convinced this is all you need to know. If you are looking to boost your traffic so that you can increase your sales, just follow these basic guidelines.
The Traffic Trap (and How SEO Really Works)

Lots of marketers make the mistake of seeing SEO only as a source of free traffic. It’s true, free traffic is the end result, but it’s not how SEO works.

The real purpose of SEO is to help people who are looking for you find you. To do that, you have to match the content on your website to what people are trying to find.

For example:

Mary sells custom knitted sweaters. On her blog, she shows how she makes the sweaters by hand, often talking about the different yarns she uses. There’s not much competition for keywords relating to yarn, and Mary is publishing lots of great content about it, so before long, she has front page rankings for several different types of yarn.

Do you see the potential problem?

The people searching for yarn most likely knit themselves, and it’s unlikely they’ll be interested in purchasing Mary’s sweaters. She’ll get lots of traffic, sure, but none of the traffic will convert, because the visitors have completely different goals.

The lesson here: if you want SEO to work for you, you need to make sure your goals match the goals of your visitors. It’s not about traffic. It’s about figuring out what you want, and then optimizing for keywords that bring in visitors who want the same things.

How do you discover what those keywords are?

Simple: research.


SEO Guide

By Neil Patel

SEO.

You hear the term all the time, but how do you actually rank higher in the search engines? I know when I first heard the term, it sounded like some voodoo magic that only a few people understood how to use.

The reality is, SEO isn’t rocket science. Some gurus would have you believe it takes years of dedicated study to understand it, but I don’t think that’s true. Sure, mastering the subtle nuances takes time, but the truth is that you can learn the fundamentals in just a few minutes.

So, I got to thinking, “Why don’t I lay out the basics, all in one post?”

It’s a long one, to be sure, but after years of studying SEO and working behind the scenes to help companies get first page rankings, I’m convinced this is all you need to know. If you are looking to boost your traffic so that you can increase your sales, just follow these basic guidelines.

The Traffic Trap (and How SEO Really Works)

Lots of marketers make the mistake of seeing SEO only as a source of free traffic. It’s true, free traffic is the end result, but it’s not how SEO works.

The real purpose of SEO is to help people who are looking for you find you. To do that, you have to match the content on your website to what people are trying to find.

For example:

Mary sells custom knitted sweaters. On her blog, she shows how she makes the sweaters by hand, often talking about the different yarns she uses. There’s not much competition for keywords relating to yarn, and Mary is publishing lots of great content about it, so before long, she has front page rankings for several different types of yarn.

Do you see the potential problem?

The people searching for yarn most likely knit themselves, and it’s unlikely they’ll be interested in purchasing Mary’s sweaters. She’ll get lots of traffic, sure, but none of the traffic will convert, because the visitors have completely different goals.

The lesson here: if you want SEO to work for you, you need to make sure your goals match the goals of your visitors. It’s not about traffic. It’s about figuring out what you want, and then optimizing for keywords that bring in visitors who want the same things.

How do you discover what those keywords are?

Simple: research. Leer más “SEO: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners”

25 Free SEO Add-ons for Mozilla Firefox

If you use the popular web browser Firefox and are interested in building up your freelancing business by using search engine optimization techniques, you’re in luck. There are many free SEO add-ons available for Firefox.

In this post, I’ll share 25 SEO add-ons and explain why freelancers might wish to download SEO tools to their browser.

# SEO Toolbar–This toolbar is fully customizable. There are several different views available, including icons and text, icons only or page ranks only (PageRank, Alexa Rank and PI Rank).
# SEO Professional Toolbar–Offers many SEO-related tools in one place. Display PageRank, S-Rank and the number of backlinks for visited pages. This toolbar also stores the history of ranks for selected sites. Highlight words, links, view number of words and more.
# SEOpen–Includes tools for Google backlinks, Yahoo backlinks, PageRank checker, and http header viewer.
# Swoosty SEO Tools–A tool that automatically shows the Google PageRank and Alexa ranking of all the sites you visit, and provides other essential tools for complete analysis. You can also activate and deactivate it without having to restart Firefox.


If you use the popular web browser Firefox and are interested in building up your freelancing business by using search engine optimization techniques, you’re in luck. There are many free SEO add-ons available for Firefox.

In this post, I’ll share 25 SEO add-ons and explain why freelancers might wish to download SEO tools to their browser.

25 Firefox SEO Add-ons

Here are 25 free search engine optimization add-ons that you can add to Firefox. (Note: although all of these tools are available free of charge, some tools do have a suggested donation to cover development costs.) Leer más “25 Free SEO Add-ons for Mozilla Firefox”

How to Not Catch a Social Media Disease

In speaking to some design students, answering how I got started in the business, I told them I slept my way to the top. They didn’t fall for it but they stood silent for a good, long time. As I laughed and explained how I got started in the days before the internet, dodging velociraptors and flowing hot lava, I quickly realized they had no idea of traditional marketing techniques.

They weren’t tied to business sites as of yet, but in going over the wealth of free exposure one can easily use these days, it struck me about how I forked over thousands of dollars to source books and directories, waiting a year for them to be distributed to art directors and other practitioners during those dark days of the Inquisition. Sending postcard mailers was also the norm and art directors routinely threw away dozens each day, as opposed to now, when art directors call me and relay that I’m the only one who sends cards and they adorn their bulletin boards. How times have changed.

When I started sending e-advertisements in 1993, simple jpegs and animated gifs attached to regular e-mails, people went nuts! When I was asked what it cost, I would reply, “not a penny.” They were blown away at the possibilities. Shows you how far we have come in just a few years.

But, I always knew it was important to keep up with the cutting edge of technology and think I lost it when I got too comfortable with the ease and availability of the interface tools out there on social media sites. Drag and drop, point and click, drool a little less, etc. It’s like the guys on the bridge of the Enterprise (Star Trek) and their rapid-fire button pushing to program the computer to go forward. In reality, in the future, there will be a go and stop button with a simple joystick. Our machinery is getting smarter than we are. Just in time!


By Speider Schneider

I caught a disease from social media and I don’t know if it’s “tweetable” by modern medicine. I am fully vested in all the important social sites; LinkedIn for business, Facebook for friends, old business coworkers and a few “must know” people registered for the big time waster. I even have a fan page. I have a couple of blogs, write for some blogs that aren’t mine, I tweet, I Plaxo, Spock and other social sites I’ve long since deleted the bookmarks. I was one of the first people to discover social media. Not a pat on the back – just a testament to my ability to keep my sanity.

Sm2 in How to Not Catch a Social Media Disease
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In speaking to some design students, answering how I got started in the business, I told them I slept my way to the top. They didn’t fall for it but they stood silent for a good, long time. As I laughed and explained how I got started in the days before the internet, dodging velociraptors and flowing hot lava, I quickly realized they had no idea of traditional marketing techniques.

They weren’t tied to business sites as of yet, but in going over the wealth of free exposure one can easily use these days, it struck me about how I forked over thousands of dollars to source books and directories, waiting a year for them to be distributed to art directors and other practitioners during those dark days of the Inquisition. Sending postcard mailers was also the norm and art directors routinely threw away dozens each day, as opposed to now, when art directors call me and relay that I’m the only one who sends cards and they adorn their bulletin boards. How times have changed.

When I started sending e-advertisements in 1993, simple jpegs and animated gifs attached to regular e-mails, people went nuts! When I was asked what it cost, I would reply, “not a penny.” They were blown away at the possibilities. Shows you how far we have come in just a few years.

But, I always knew it was important to keep up with the cutting edge of technology and think I lost it when I got too comfortable with the ease and availability of the interface tools out there on social media sites. Drag and drop, point and click, drool a little less, etc. It’s like the guys on the bridge of the Enterprise (Star Trek) and their rapid-fire button pushing to program the computer to go forward. In reality, in the future, there will be a go and stop button with a simple joystick. Our machinery is getting smarter than we are. Just in time! Leer más “How to Not Catch a Social Media Disease”

4 Tips for Writing SEO-Friendly Blog Posts

In addition to writing for their human readers, web writers and bloggers have to consider the digital web crawlers employed by search engines like Google (Google). Your business can’t skip the task.

Since most would-be readers use search engines to find blog posts, you need to make sure that Google ranks your site highly when those readers search for terms related to your business and the content you’re writing.

You could spend thousands of dollars to have a search marketing firm optimize your business’s blog for search engines, but chances are that you can learn a lot of the fundamentals yourself, saving yourself a lot of money as long as you have the interest and the time. Here’s a basic primer on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for your company’s blog…(let’s see)


Samuel Axon
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This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

In addition to writing for their human readers, web writers and bloggers have to consider the digital web crawlers employed by search engines like Google (Google). Your business can’t skip the task.

Since most would-be readers use search engines to find blog posts, you need to make sure that Google ranks your site highly when those readers search for terms related to your business and the content you’re writing.

You could spend thousands of dollars to have a search marketing firm optimize your business’s blog for search engines, but chances are that you can learn a lot of the fundamentals yourself, saving yourself a lot of money as long as you have the interest and the time. Here’s a basic primer on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for your company’s blog…(let’s see) Leer más “4 Tips for Writing SEO-Friendly Blog Posts”

SEO Primer: Improve Your Business Website’s Ranking

There is definitely a combination of art and science that I never appreciated until having to do it. So, to save others some time, here are some very basic things that any business should do to optimize the ranking of its website in search engine results. Nothing explained here is necessarily a secret or difficult to find out. The trick is to find a good cookbook and a process that is easy to follow…(more)


There is definitely a combination of art and science that I never appreciated until having to do it. So, to save others some time, here are some very basic things that any business should do to optimize the ranking of its website in search engine results. Nothing explained here is necessarily a secret or difficult to find out. The trick is to find a good cookbook and a process that is easy to follow…(more) Leer más “SEO Primer: Improve Your Business Website’s Ranking”

Brand Strategy and SEO: The Naming Dilemma

Brand has been an important business tool and concept for more than a century. Search engine optimization (SEO), on the other hand, has been a serious concern for scarcely a dozen years. So what’s the relationship between the two? This is a surprisingly deep question, so we’ll devote a number of blog posts to exploring it.

At one level, SEO and brand are closely related. Brand marketing can be seen as a way of attracting attention to your company that defines it in ways that are authentic and compelling. SEO can be defined as a way of attracting traffic to your web site based on compelling, relevant content. So those are complementary things, right? Good branding supports good SEO, and vice versa, it’s tempting to conclude.


A typical search engine results page
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Brand has been an important business tool and concept for more than a century. Search engine optimization (SEO), on the other hand, has been a serious concern for scarcely a dozen years. So what’s the relationship between the two? This is a surprisingly deep question, so we’ll devote a number of blog posts to exploring it.

At one level, SEO and brand are closely related. Brand marketing can be seen as a way of attracting attention to your company that defines it in ways that are authentic and compelling. SEO can be defined as a way of attracting traffic to your web site based on compelling, relevant content. So those are complementary things, right? Good branding supports good SEO, and vice versa, it’s tempting to conclude. Leer más “Brand Strategy and SEO: The Naming Dilemma”