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Search Engine Marketing – What is it?

Search Engine Marketing – What is it?

What is Search Engine Marketing?

Search Engine Marketing – What is it? Well, it’s one of the many buzzwords that has been created to define what companies do on the Internet to get noticed. You hear about search engine optimization, pay per click, click through rate and other terms that seem to be related to the same thing, but what is really going on? Do I need it on my website?

 

Search Engine Marketing has been around for a few years but is always improving upon itself to bring in more profit for small and large companies.  SEM, as it is abbreviated, is not a magic bullet or a genie in a bottle.  It takes some knowledge and a good brain to decipher the ins and outs of the process.

 

In this post, you will learn how to optimize your website using Search Engine Marketing techniques.  There are several tools that encompass the topic of Search Engine Marketing and their uses will be discussed here.

History of the Search Engines

 

For many years after the Internet became popular all anyone talked about was searching the Web.  It was a place to play and see what was going on in other parts of the world.  Mathematicians and techies devised a way for people to find information faster with search engines.  Results could be grouped together according to search parameters.

Only the technical guys new the algorithms that produced the results but we only wanted to get at the information they promised to give us.  A search box allowed us to enter words or phrases that became known as keywords to find a vast amount of information.  The entire Internet was at our fingertips.

Algorithms have changed over time which makes them unpredictable.  But, marketers discovered a way to use those search results to help searchers find their particular website or web page.  This development was great for businesses and search engine engineers were glad to help but they needed a way to bring in revenue to pay for the free searches they offer to everyone.

The search engines came up with the idea to help businesses that wanted to appear on the search results page to do so regardless of how their search engine optimization was going.  They could pay to advertise on the more popular search engines.  That included Google and Yahoo.  These are the sponsored links or sponsored ads that appear at the top and bottom of the search page.

Their experiment was a success.  It was a cash cow.  Now, these search engines offer marketing programs where businesses can bid on ad placement in the search engine results pages and create compelling ads from their list of keywords.

 

Search Engine Optimization

 

Optimizing your website for free rankings in the search is something you want to do right off the bat, but understand, the results may take time to come. After you’ve optimized your website and you’re waiting for the traffic to come, paid search can bring you immediate results in the meantime.

Over the past decade or so, the way search engines rank websites has changed a great deal. The basics of optimization are the same, but there is more focus on “off page” factors rather than “on page” factors, which we’ll explain in a bit. Add to that, social media is playing a large role in establishing rankings and that is something that should not be ignored.

But let’s start with the very basics and it all starts with what people search for…

 

Keywords

Keywords

The key to unlocking business on the Internet begins with words.  Words are all around us and how we use them makes a huge difference especially in business.  The million dollar question is what words you use to get the results that you want.

Everyone knows about keywords or at least they have heard of them.  Keywords are entered into the search box and results are spat out.  If you know what words they may use that is a start.  But, all words are not used as frequently as others.  Choosing the wrong words means very little traffic to your site.  Programs can analyze keywords for you but the only way to know for sure is to test market them.

As a business owner, you have an advantage.  You know your product or service better than anyone.  The keywords you want to begin with are the ones that pertain to your website.  These will get the ball rolling.

 

Now, there are other words.  Everyone won’t know what they are looking for.  Let’s say that you sell flower bulbs.  A searcher may want to establish a garden but they aren’t sure what flowers to plant or even which ones work best in their area.  To attract them, you’ll have to think of general keywords they might use in a search.

Additional Information

You can also find useful keywords on competitor sites.  If competitors are using some of the same keywords, what are they doing differently than you?  Paying attention to your competition can yield valuable information in your keyword search.

You should also employ the use of powerful keyword research tools like this one to help you find the best keywords for your market and products.

Your list of keywords can stretch into the hundreds and probably thousands.  This is good because you have many to choose from.  Don’t just stick to a single keyword.  Long tail marketing is a popular technique.  Combine keywords to create unique phrases to gain higher search engine rankings.

Here’s an example of that.  Let’s go back to the flower bulbs.  “Flower bulbs” is a popular search entry but “flower bulbs sellers in DeKalb County” narrows your search to a select group of people who are serious about finding flower bulbs and buying them.

 

Content and Search Engines

Search EnginesSearch engine optimization should permeate every character on your website.  Search engines like Google, crawl unique web pages.  Using those keywords in your titles, headlines, content, links and other elements can help you rank well, but long-term ranking requires more than that. By consistently producing plenty of fresh content, you’re showing yourself as relevant to search engines and you’re more likely to enjoy a sweet place in the rankings for your many keywords.

Content has many benefits in a Search Engine Marketing campaign that utilizes SEO as a tool.

Think about what you would like to offer to your search traffic.

 

Your content can fill a need by:

  • Demonstrating your expertise in a particular area with informational articles for customers
  • How-to articles that will address the needs of those uncertain visitors and convince them to use your product
  • Provide product reviews and testimonials that solidify your product credibility
  • Appearing in article directories for greater exposure across the Internet

Continually update your content to keep the website fresh.  Content is crawled on your website and ranked in search engines.  It takes a few months or longer to see if optimized content is working so it’s a good thing that that is not the only marketing tool you will employ in the name of Search Engine Marketing.

Search Engine Marketing Wrap Up

 

Search Engine Marketing is a catch-all term that comprises several Internet marketing tools for drawing traffic and making sales with your business.  There is not one specific tool that will bring success.  In fact, if you put all of your eggs in one basket, you can end up with a gooey mess, right?

It takes a combination of search engine optimization, link building, pay per click programs, affiliate marketing, and keyword research to bring about the overall results you are looking for with this type of marketing campaign.  Search engines have upped the ante for advertising since just about everyone will use a search engine to find what they are looking for instead of just aimlessly surfing.

Use what you have learned here to devise a Search Engine Marketing plan to get you started.  Nothing is set in stone, however.  It is always best to review your plan on a regular basis and tweak as needed to keep your products or services in demand.

Come back to read the next post about “How to Optimize your Website”. It’s coming up next in this short series in Search Engine Marketing.

See you next time!

 

Landing Page Conversions and the 5 Ways

Landing Page Conversions and the 5 Ways

Increase Your Landing Page Conversions

Now that you have your website up and running with traffic, how do you increase the conversions on your landing page so that you end up making the sales that you want?

 

First of all, what is a landing page and why do I need one?

Well, according to the dictionary it’s used for a specific reason. Read the facts below:

Definitiion

land·ing page -noun: the section of a website accessed by clicking a hyperlink on another web page, typically the website’s home page.

 

Follow these ideas I’ve listed below:

1. Use segmented landing pages for your keywords

One thing you need to know is that if you use the same landing page for every keyword that you bid on, you will definitely miss out on getting more conversions. By segmenting your landing pages, you will be doing a better job at targeting your traffic and this will lead to more subscribers and more leads.

2. Focus on testing more than one version of your landing page.

Most people make the mistake of not testing various versions of their landing pages and so end up not getting a lot of conversions. Sometimes, to experience a massive increase in response, all that is needed are a few changes here and there. Do some split testing to figure out what those changes might be.

You might just realize that changing the background color of one of your landing pages actually doubles your conversion rate. Who would have thought it could be that simple. Goals!!

3. Look through your landing pages

Your landing pages should relate directly to the content the visitor wants to see. Moreover, they should not be so busy that the visitor is at a loss on what you want them to do.

4. Check your calls to action

They are crucial in leading visitors back to your site. Are they accompanied by big, bold buttons that look attractive enough to click on? Test with different fonts, colors, and sizes. In addition, ensure that your calls to action offer value that is worth clicking on.

5. Then, go through your site to check how credible you look

Do your claims seem believable and do you have a few testimonials on your page?

As an online marketer, what you want is your visitor to do just one goal of the page without getting distracted. The above tips are sure ways of increasing your conversions on your landing pages.

Now, how can I help you accomplish this? Contact me below so I can make additional suggestions to you.

 

Facebook Live – Engaging Your Audience

Facebook Live – Engaging Your Audience

How To Use It To Engage Your Audience

 

First of all, how are you using Facebook Live to engage your audience? For me, I know that I need to get motivated to do this. And YOU? Are you using it to reach your audience?

Overview

Brands and publishers alike have been experimenting with Facebook Live. They are using it as a means of providing their audience, a platform to interact and engage in real time. A video can enhance your Facebook reach, while taking less time to post, than creating a write-up. So if you are still wondering how you can start using Facebook Live to engage your audience, here is how to go about it.

Host a Question and Answer Session

In the past, when you wanted to create a YouTube Q&A video, you had to start promoting it several weeks in advance. This would allow viewers enough time to send in the questions they wanted you to answer. However, Facebook Live has changed those dynamics. All you have to do is inform your audience when they need to log in and catch up with the session. During the live stream, you can then answer the questions posted in the comments section.

Provide a Behind-the-Scenes

In order to let your customers know that they are valued in your business, it is important to give them a behind-the-scenes tour of your organization or brand. Your viewers want to know how you run your business. They also get to know you at a personal level, which is a great step towards relationship building. A great way to go about this is reviewing the products or topics that you intend to discuss during the live stream.

Collaborate with Other Business Owners

If you want to grow your Facebook Live channel, then you should consider collaborating with other business owners in the industry you are marketing your business in.  Just do a short 15-minute video to sit down with another business owner in your industry or niche. Then discuss issues, ideas, and perspectives. You can both video together or individually, and then cross-promote them across your Facebook pages and groups together. Using Zoom to do this makes it very simple to do this, just hit the record button then share to your page or group.

Bottom Line

There are many ways you can use Facebook Live, to interact with your audience. The most important thing is to remain active and do it regularly. Additionally, be creative and you will see your reach expand.

 

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Relationship Marketing – Is It Still a Thing?

Relationship Marketing – Is It Still a Thing?

The Important Steps to Relationship Marketing and Why it’s Absolutely Needed for a Successful Business … Just Like Ariana Grande

So just what is relationship marketing? It means marketing yourself in a way that gets you seen and known quickly through real connections with real people – like colleagues, influencers and potential and past clients.

Holla…

WHAT?

When it comes to relationship marketing and building solid business relationships with your audience, a certain amount of interaction is vitally important. Yes, it’s definitely true and I’ll tell you why I believe it’s true below.

Building relationships, that will develop over time yield huge rewards for your business. Even though it’s a time commitment, in the long run, you’ll end up with fabulous clients and lifetime business associates. I know, I know…easier said than done right? 

But…

Now here are several reasons “why” you should be establishing these relationships.

  1. To create name recognition among your clients.
  2. To make money from your audience.
  3. You must know your market to know how often you should interact with them to build a solid relationship.

Now we’ll be moving on to the “hows” of accomplishing this awesome greatness.

  1. By thoroughly researching your market where your Ideal Client hangs out.
  2. How understanding their pain points will help you decide what types of services to provide.
  3. And, by creating a solution for them so they don’t have to struggle.

So, to make things really easy for you I’ve created this great resource for you.

Get my 5 Easy Ways to Build Relationships and Grow Your Business (even if you’re brand new)” for nurturing relationships in your online world and offline too.

 

 

 

If you need to discuss this further, please contact using the form below.

Come on…it’s easy!

 

Social Media Marketing Tips for Business

Social Media Marketing Tips for Business

10 Quick Social Media Marketing Tips

Most social media marketing campaigns are primarily designed to help gain more social following, increase product/brand visibility or drive traffic to a website. Here are quick must-know tips you should consider when rolling out your next social media campaign.

1. Reserve your username across all platforms

Reserve all your usernames (business name) across all the social media platforms even if you don’t need them now. These keep other people from using yours, and trust me; you are going to need those usernames some day.

2. Decide which social media platform(s) best suits your needs.

Not all social media platforms are suitable for your kind of marketing campaign. Trying to build a presence and stay significantly active on all available social media platforms can be time-consuming and counterproductive. Instead, you need to identify platforms that bring the best results and focus on them.

There are simple ways that you can automate your social media posts by using an app. We’ll talk about that in another post another day.

Don’t forget to use your social media marketing by doing this:

3. Optimize your social media platforms

social media

Once you’ve decided on the platform you intend to use, focus on optimizing your profiles in order to get more followers. A few things to consider include using a real profile picture, write clear and comprehensive about pages for your profiles, and where applicable, include a link to your website.

4. Connect your social media accounts to your website

Having all your active accounts connected to your websites helps to keep the conversation going. Visitors on your website can link to any of the listed accounts and your followers on social media can find out more about your offer.

5. Find and follow leaders in your niche.

Find the most influential people in your niche and follow or favorite them. Chances are they will share useful information about your niche or share their progress about a certain project, and you can look over their shoulders for inspiration.

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6. Don’t forget the hashtags

Yes, it’s not just a pretty function to make your phrase turn into a link and look cool. Most people actually use hashtags to search for stuff on social media. And it’s a nice way to make your stuff (like your upcoming product launch) trend on Facebook. Just don’t overdo it.

7. Stay social

Whether you are running a personal profile or company/brand’s social media account, you need to actually stay social and interactive. Follow other users, send friend requests, comment on great ideas, like other people’s comments, update your status regularly, share interesting things you do in your business and so on.

Whatever you do…

8. Stay out of trouble

Each social media platform has its own sets of rules, and some rules cut across all the networks. For instance, Twitter has a limit on how many people you can follow per day, Facebook has restrictions on friend-requesting people you don’t know.

9. Track mentions

This is where PR kicks in. Use available tools to track every mention of your brand across all platforms and find out what people are saying about you or your brand. Don’t miss a chance to neutralize any negative talk.

10. Post as many times per day but again, don’t overdo it.

The number of times to post per day will depend on the network, the number of your followers, and how interactive your audience is.

If you’re looking for help with your social media, I would love to connect with you!

 

Plan For Success With Your Business

Plan For Success With Your Business

Online Business Tips

Are you looking for tips on how to run a business out of your home? If so, you have come to the right place. Here you will find tips to make your online business run effectively. Read on to find out how you can be successful at running a business out of your home. Plan for success first, then the rest will follow.

Tips for Running a Successful Business

One of the first things you need to do is:

1. Get a legitimate email address for your business. If your email address is from having a free email account, the perception it gives to a potential client is that your business is a hobby, not a professional business. Instead, talk to your website hosting company. It will typically have economical solutions for email addresses utilizing your web domain name.

2. Give incentives to your clients for referring their friends to your business. Word of mouth is the most powerful way of advertising because the recommendation of a friend is always more reliable than any flyer that you can send. Incentives also encourage your existing customers to remain loyal to you.

3. Post your business cards and flyers on bulletin boards that have very high foot traffic. Make sure to ask the business where the board is located if it is okay because you would not want your business to be seen in a negative light.

4. Are you following the competition? A ton can be learned from the techniques and strategies your competition uses for their social media marketing, especially if they’re a big corporation. Grab some ideas for yourself, like a contest or conversation starter, and try it on your own social media feeds and see what happens!

Are you feeling good about it now? Committed Online Business

5. A good online business owner is creative and resourceful when it comes to generating business ideas and leads, but nothing can profitably take the place of selling. At first, it may be stressful, and you might not be comfortable with aggressive marketing. You will become more effective over time, ensuring the success of your business in both the creative and revenue aspects. When you plan for success as you’re starting out it not only shows you that you can do it, but others will see it too!

6. In order to be successful in having a business, it is key that you look for a product or service that you can be behind 100%. It is important that you are in agreement with the value you’re providing to your clients. It is very hard to sell a product or a service that you do not believe in.

7. Sound professional when you answer your business phone. Working in your pajamas is one of the perks of working from home, but make sure your customers don’t know about it. Avoid background noises such as your unruly kids, kitchen equipment or fighting neighbors. Your clients will notice when you maintain a professional atmosphere.

8, If your business requires any type of raw materials or regular purchases of supplies, get online and locate wholesale suppliers. As long as your business is properly licensed, you should qualify for the significant discounts available by buying at wholesale. This can save you plenty of money in the long run and make your business much more profitable.

Plan for success in your business

Running an online business is not always an easy job, but it is one that you can be very successful at. We have offered many tips to help make your business the most that it can be.

Follow the tips we suggested and you are sure to see results in your business.

Business Tips And Strategies That Work

Business Tips And Strategies That Work

Tips and Strategies That Work

Creating a business is something that can make you money and balance your life out too. Many people fail to make a success of their online business, though. What do you need to do? That is what this article will help shed light on. It discusses great, pro tips that will help you to be a success. Using Business Tips and Strategies that work for your business will help you become the successful person you’ve been dreaming of being.

Tip 1 – Schedule regular hours each day to work in your business. Running a business can easily consume your entire days and most of your nights if you let it. Don’t ever forget that the most valuable asset any small business owner has is their health. Maintaining regular business hours allows you to keep work from encroaching upon the rest of your life.

Tip 2 – Keep a record of your business-related expenses. You can use this information to receive certain tax breaks. Create a spreadsheet to help you with this process and write down your information every time you have an expense. Or use an app on your phone to keep track of your expenses. There are many on the market these days.

Tip 3 – When running your own business it is absolutely crucial that you protect your income. Protecting your income is something that is not easily done, but it is necessary. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. When first starting out you may need to stick with one basket until you figure out how to make your business work, but you should have alternatives ready as a way to protect your business and your income.

Here are a few more to consider:

Business Tips and Strategies

Tip 4 – Celebrate your successes with your online business to keep yourself excited and engaged. You may have a long-term business plan you are working towards, but take the time to enjoy the small milestones along the way. Whether it is a target number of customers or a big sale, celebrating smaller successes is just as important as acknowledging bigger successes. Business tips and strategies will help move you from step 1 to step 2 to your business success.

You should love what you are doing if you want to have a successful business. Many people make the mistake of starting a business because they think that they will be able to make a lot of money but they are not interested in the many aspects of the business. Your online business should seem like a breath of fresh air, not a daunting chore.

So, what do you think? Are you ready?

If you are interested in being your own boss, then an online business is for you. Do your best to develop the best business possible so you can live comfortably while working from home. It is not always difficult to turn a profit, especially if you implement the tips given here. Your business can be a very valuable investment, as well as a good asset.

If you’re interested in getting help with this, just fill in the form below. I would be happy to help you set-up your business.

 

Blogging 101 – What’s a Blog?

Blogging 101 – What’s a Blog?

Blogging 101

 

Blogging 101 is mostly about the blogging vocabulary. To understand blogs and all the intricate details, you need to know the terms blog, platform, domain, and web host.

Once you have mastered these key elements,  you can enter any conversation about blogging with confidence. After you know what exactly a blog is, you will be on your way to passing the final exam of blogging 101.

So what is a BLOG?

Blog is short for weblog, which simply means a series of online posts presented in reverse chronological order. That’s all! Most blogs are text, but there are also photo blogs and video blogs.

The rest of blogging 101 has to do with the technical side of things.

The Technical Bits for Blogging

If you are setting up a blog, you will need a platform, a web host, and a domain. A blogging platform is a computer software program that allows you to write posts and to update your blog. Your platform is also what you use to design the look of your blog, from color scheme to font size.

What is a WEB HOST?

The web host is sort of like the virtual file cabinet where your blog is stored. Your computer communicates with the host when you upload or edit a post. The domain is the online address of your blog and usually ends in ‘dot com’. But there are so many other extensions for domain names from ‘dot net’ to ‘dot.co. If you read the article about domain names, you’ll understand.

So, When are YOU Starting YOUR Blog?

Ok, so now that you know what a blog is, what a platform is, and what domains and hosts are, congratulate yourself!

You have passed blogging 101. Yay!!

Start blogging on your website today. You’ll be glad you did!

Please let me know what you think in the comments below. If you need help with creating your blog or have any questions. feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to help.

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Unique vs. Being Original – Is There a Difference?

Unique vs. Being Original – Is There a Difference?

Being Unique vs. Being Original: Is There a Difference?

Many people like to think of themselves as unique, and they will even interchange the word unique with being original. But are they the same thing? Can you be unique without being original?

Someone who decides they want to stand out may dress in a style that is outside the norm. If you look at people who adopt the Goth look, they often look similar from one Goth dressing person to the next. They may still stand out in a group that is not necessarily into that style. If they went to a Goth convention (if such a thing exists), no one would stand out. You would see variations, but it would be a common theme.

Perhaps you could be considered unique if you decided to wear all your clothes inside out. LOL!

You may even be considered original by doing this. But, what is certain is, you will get many people giving you a strange look. These looks could be exactly what you are going for.

There are also people who reinvent styles that have existed well into the past. Look at the Steampunk movement that has become popular in the last decade or so. This is a style that encapsulates a period where steam technology dominated the planet.

However, it incorporates modern day technology and fashion. It’s a hybrid of old world meets new.

But among the Steampunkers, for lack of a better term, don’t they all look alike, for the most part? Why not combine Steampunk with Goth? It gives a dark twist to the genre and at least initially, will let you stand out. But what happens when it catches on and everyone starts adopting it?

Is it still considered unique or original?

Take a look at the mindmap below and see where you fit in.

Being Unique

 

There are always those that try to set trends, either in fashion, technology, or both. The ones that do it often enough are called innovators while those who follow are copycats. It would be difficult to find people who would deny Steve Jobs was an innovator. Many believe that Apple will never be the same without him. Others believe he set the stage for Apple to continue as an innovative company for many years to come.

But, no one knows for sure what the future holds. However, people will continue to try what they feel is new when in fact is often just a variation on an existing theme. It’s like the old saying, the more things change, the more they remain the same!

What do YOU think? I NEED to know, so tell me what you think in the comments below.

 

Confidence Building on Social Media

Confidence Building on Social Media

Build Confidence

When it comes to social media, boundaries are important. If you have too few boundaries, you could end up oversharing. This can lead to damaged relationships in real life and depending on what you’re oversharing, the loss of your reputation. This doesn’t build up your confidence either!

To stay comfortable and confident on social media, use these tips…

Set Helpful Limits

Regina liked to lie in bed and surf social media on her phone before going to sleep. But after doing this for several weeks, she noticed the habit was increasing her anxiety and making it difficult to get a restful night’s sleep.

Try this: next time you’re on social media, take a moment to check in with yourself. Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Getting a bit anxious? Or, are you comparing your life to someone else’s?

When it comes to social media, one of the smartest things you can do is to create limits for yourself. You may decide that you’ll only check in on social media once a day or you may want to set a time limit when you browse.

Definition of Confidence: 

a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.
“she’s brimming with confidence”
synonyms:self-assuranceself-confidenceself-possessionassertiveness

Ban Negativity

Your friends on social media are entitled to their opinions. But that doesn’t mean you have to hit like on every single one of Aunt Betty’s political rants or inform your sister that she shared a fake news story (again).

You can choose to hide status updates from people that are consistently negative or that bring you down. A good idea to follow is the three strikes rule. If someone is negative on social media for three posts in a row, hide them.

You can hide friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks without having to unfriend or unfollow them. The other person never gets notified that you’ve hidden their content. It’s a great way to distance yourself from unkind remarks and unnecessary drama.

Create a Separate Account

Natalie creates art that makes people think. She likes to explore controversial themes in her work and she’s not afraid to push the envelope. But some of her family members don’t agree with her views and aren’t supportive of her creations.

So, Natalie started a private Instagram account where she shares her art. This allows her to post about her hobby without dealing with negativity from her relatives.

Just like Natalie, you want each of your social media profiles to serve a specific purpose. You might have a Facebook account for staying in touch with distant family and loved ones. But you might dedicate another account, like Instagram or Twitter to sharing content privately.

Social media can be a wonderful tool for connecting and communicating. To get the most out of each network, keep your social feed positive and uplifting. Follow people who inspire you and share your own thoughts authentically.

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Thanks for reading the 5 articles on Social Media. Next week we’ll be moving to a new topic.

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