Tag Archives: SEO

How to Get More Blog Subscribers

4 Aug

 

 

Write a Headline Topic That Your Customers are Searching For

Your blog title is the bait that entices Google users to your blog. Your content has to be the information they are seeking.

As Neil Pattel of QuickSprout says,

The goal of the headline is to stop readers cold and draw them into your post. You can’t do that if you use cute, clever or confusing headlines. You can stop readers cold, however, if you write headlines that are unique, ultra-specific, useful or urgent.

Test your blog titles to discover the titles that attract people. A tool that is amazing is the Advanced Marketing Institute’s “Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer.”

Use the tool by typing in your title, select your industry, then hit submit. Your title be scored on an algorithm that tests the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual value of your headline. The higher your score, the better you are getting at creating killer titles! Woot! Woot! 

Get Skilled in Search Engine Optimization To Get The Most Exposure

Search engine optimization has been getting a bad rap these days especially compared to social media optimization, however, it still matters because Google uses it to pick up your content to list on the first page of certain keyword search results. 

Using the right SEO techniques for your blog post can get Google to display your content to your target audience.

Write about current topics that people need solutions for in уоur industry. When you write one article a week, Google will love you and your readers. Search engines pick up new content and people will remember your blog and talk about it with others if they are exposed to it, not once, not twice but every week!!! Now, that is the juice of blog building success!!!

Insert keywords that your target market will be using into your blog. Include your keyword in your title if possible and then add them throughout your post. WARNING->  The days of keyword stuffing for search engine placement are long gone. Do not overdue it! 

Ensure your blog is legible, provides solutions and is fun! Do not rant about things that are obvious or do not matter to your readers. 

Create а Video

Did you offer a tip in your latest blog post that is worth sharing in a different format? Take that tip and turn it into a quick video. 

Just make sure your video is worth watching аnd sharing. The sound and visual should be high quality and you want to kеер іt short аnd get tо thе point. People will not stick around if your sound quality is poor or you ramble on with no particular point.

Using blog content in a short video is an excellent way to showcase your talent and expertise by arousing viewer interest. Give them enough to want to learn more! 

 

Create a Google+ Hangout

Google+ Hangouts is a powerful strategy to position yourself as the authority in your niche. As Stephan Hovnanian of WebSIGHT said in a recent article,

“We all know YouTube has its share of amazing “shows” where individuals have taken their webcam and turned themselves into superstars. Now, there’s a new wave of “hosts” coming on board, and they’re using Google+ Hangouts On-Air (HOA’s) to create a ton of exposure, not just for themselves, but for their guests as well.”

A Google+ hangout has greater reach given the additional features it has for boosting your exposure than YouTube has. Google plus audience is growing and seeking hangouts so let them discover your hang-out! BAM! 

Here’s a video shot in Huntington Beach, California on discussing,  “How to Use Facebook for Maximum Success.”

Get Active on Blog Networks

Want your blog post to get seen by more people? Get posting in blog communities!

Blog networks allows you to develop relationships with other bloggers. Plus you will learn more cool things by reading their blog posts.

I love Triberr. I use Triberr to build relationships and share content from other amazing bloggers. If you got the right strategies then Triberr is powerful to spread your mission.

Use Social Bookmarking Sites

Social bookmarking allow you to collect and manage content and share your content with a group searching based on your keywords.

Sharing your latest blog post on social bookmarking can further increase your exposure rate.  

Below are the ones I love:

Reddit

Reddit is a unique social bookmarking and social news website with a very unique community. Search by “sub-Reddit’s” that act as categories.

Scoop.it

Sccop.it is a bookmarking and curation website where you can create magazines based on topic or niche. Add content from across the web to your Scoop.it account and let others begin to find you based on similar interests.

StumbleUpon

StumblUpon is a bookmarking and discovery engine that allows users to “stumble” through related content. Add your latest blog post to your StumbleUpon account, categorize it based on topic and let others stumble to it based on interest.

Turn Your Post into a Podcast

Another way to leverage your blog post to increase your exposure rate is to turn it into a podcast.

Creating a podcast will get your brand out there. 

Take your blog tips then record it so people can listen, when they are driving in the car or at the gym.

Your post and your podcast will now cross-promote one another to get new subscribers to your blog.

One of my favorite podcasts is Pat Flynn’s, “Smart Passive Income Podcast.” Pat says that launching his podcast is one of the best decisions he ever made.

“The show has surpassed 6,000,000 total downloads. (as of December, 2013) and has become the #1 way people who read my blog found out about me – that’s above search, social media and links from other websites.”

I’d love to hear from you! What are you doing to maximize blog post exposure?

Advertisements

5 Ways to Maximize your Google+ and Why You Can’t Ignore it Much Longer

17 Jan

Here are 5 reasons, you can’t ignore Google+ for much longer.

 

  • Google Local – Search results on Google now show Google+ pages of the listed websites. For example, I Googled ‘spa in Toronto’ and got results from the local listings- some of them had Google+ links showing up next to the listing. This will definitely build traffic and hence social reviews on their Google+ pages. With greater traction, the social currency of these listings would improve, thereby leading to a much needed network effect for this social platform.
  • SEO – SEO experts are unanimous in their opinion that Google+ links are positively impacting SEO results. So if you are want to improve organic traffic, you’ve got to have a Google+ strategy. There were two developments in the recent past which are significant.

 

First, the new hashtags feature in search results- you search for #hashtag in the search box and it will display the Google+ posts on the right side of the screen.

Second, Content Authorship. Google SERPs are impacted by authority. Authority is dependent on the author. Google has provided the opportunity for the publisher to declare the author of the article via Google+. All you have to do is to link your domain email address to your Google+ profile at plus.google.com/authorship. Once you sign up, Google recognizes you as a named author. As you blog, guest blog and publish more and more articles, Google will account for your domain authority and this will have a positive impact on the SERPs for your articles.

  •  Youtube – With recent changes, if you want to comment on a Youtube video, you will have to do this via your Google+ account. The comments will show up publicly or privately within your circles depending on the commenter’s choice. Incidentally, this is making some people very unhappy. For most users, they are signed into their Gmail accounts and hence into Google+. This means that commenting is not as anonymous as it used to be. If you feel strongly about this, you can sign a petition against this over here
  •  Picasa – Picture editing has never been easier. Picasa offers features such as ‘Basic Fixes’ and ‘Auto Awesome‘ . These are tremendously useful for amateur photographers (read – almost all of us) and the popularity of the platform is steadily increasing. With a one click share to Google+, picture sharing on this platform is rapidly increasing.  This is sure to attract large traffic as demonstrated by Facebook and Instagram.
  •  Hangouts – This video chat feature from Google+ is setting new standards for the industry. It is more intuitive, allows more free participants and has better integration with apps such as Youtube and Google docs. Since participants have to sign in via a Google+ account, it is bound to increase the number of users of Google+. One of the most impressive features is the ‘Hangout on Air’ which basically provides a free Live video streaming platform via Youtube. It’s awesome!

 

Are you active on Google+?

The Dirt on Getting Ranked on Google

14 May

Get your site RANKED high in GOOGLE and it stays there! That is what I am talking about! Image

The truth is you got to be one step ahead of the changes Google makes to its algorithm. The search engines are earning their genius status these past five years. They can detect the SEO techniques they don’t like fast.

The search engine optimization techniques you use, need to be updated. If not, you will get smoked by Google leaving you in the dust on search results, as algorithms are constantly updated. That’s right, my friends, who is your smoking gun? HINT HINT…..answer is……?

One of the most important actions of SEO is link-building. There are naughty links and there are great links. The great ones will keep your site in Google’s high rankings. The naughty (bad) ones will  become worthless, or worse, become a penalty for your site.

What is good and what is bad? READ ON to find out. You have to create links for your site that will last in your strategy for Google success. Build links the right way and you won’t need to worry. GOT IT? Stay with me, I promise you will be singing my praises. Ok, Here we go!

Avoid Footprints When Building Links

Google likes natural. It wants its algorithm to work in a search where the good content is at the top and the bad content is left behind.

Unnatural links are links you control. Google doesn’t like them because it does not detect value.  It’s like a used car salesman trying to get you to buy or a Online Salesperson spamming your inbox to buy something. There’s a trust problem.

It’s simple, bad links leave footprints. Bad links are easy to track, identify, and dismiss. So people with thousands of links showing the same anchor text will find themselves not ranking for their “money” keywords. Google tracked the footprints, and smoked them. Another one bits the dust! lol

It’s simple my friends, build links that Google will like, you need to GIVE UP CONTROL. Got it?

How To Build Links You Don’t Entirely Control

You can vary the anchor text. You can also spread out the domains that link to you. Those techniques are a lot of work, even with the software that is now available to make it easier. The point is, the links are still controlled, and thus unnatural. Google will eventually identify them despite your efforts to appear natural.

Using press releases, link wheels, and lots of other methods to generate links with the anchor text you want.The problem is the footprint. It’s hard to fake.

Instead of building links using your preferred anchor text, try building them by allowing other people to take control. KEEP READING. YOU WILL SEE what I am talking about.

THE SCENARIO IS……….

You created a brilliant report and uploaded it to your site. You want it to rank high in Google. The dinosaur way is to start building links with your target keywords in the anchor text. You use article marketing, press release distribution, guest blogging, link wheels, directories, and so on. Today to be friends with Google, you should get the word out about your new report. Second, encourage others to link to you with whatever anchor text they choose.

You can still use the same methods you used before. The new way is you are letting other peeps decide how to link to you. That gets rid of the footprint. It’s more natural.

The links are the ranking power. Google is a smart cookie, they know what your site or page is about. When peeps search for content/topics discussed on your website, you will rank high as long as Google knows other people trust you. After-all, what is it that we say? What is the marketing and sales mantra? Come on, say it loud with me! -> PEOPLE BUY FROM PEOPLE THEY KNOW, LIKE AND TRUST!  That’s right. 🙂

Linking For The Future: Make Sure Your Links Last

SEO is powerful when done right. Good links are powerful. Techniques to build those links is all about getting rid of footprints.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY! THOUGHTS?

What are you doing to make your links appear natural with Google? Have you had success in using those methods? Share your experiences with us in the comments section!

Warning Using SEO to Hide Negative Comments about your BIZ is not the solution!

22 Jan

People have asked me, “how do I deal with negative comments about my business online?” More businesses are now concerned about Negative complaints on forum sites or somewhere else on the Internet. SEO or Reputation Management companies may claim to be able to hide them. I want to warn you that hiring an SEO company to “hide” or “bury” your online complaints may be one of the worst mistakes you can make. I was at a business event engaging in a conversation with a fellow business owner addressing her concerns with me, while I was providing her with solutions she and her team could do to address the negative exposure a SEO consultant aggressively claimed he could hide it and not bother running a social campaign to address it. It inspired me to write this post to warn business owners the reality of using this strategy.

This strategy usually involves creating positive profiles on social networking and other sites to rank high in search engines such as Google (NOTE – you can do this yourself for free).   These companies may even claim that for a $995 up-front fee and $100-500 or more per month they can “remove” negative information from the Google search results.

SEO or “reputation management” companies create positive web pages that will show up before the negative ones, this pushes the negative results lower on Google’s search results.   The negative pages are never removed, they are just a little harder to find. This is a temporary band aid effect—a negative complaint can be shown on perhaps the third or fourth page of Google results for a few days or weeks, but can pop back up to the top of the results putting you back at square one. 64881_153010728071360_115958188443281_258525_3085931_s

The best solution is to deal with the complaints online. Create a social media campaign in response to what has been said about your company. After all, this is what social media is all about a two way conversation between consumers and businesses. The days of one way marketing communication are over. So step up to the plate, write PR articles, make YouTube videos, FB/Blog posts, tweets etc… stating what you have done to address the negative complaint, and if it was not valid compliant then address it and try reaching out to the person who made the. You may be pleasantly surprised that person may turn out to be a raving fan of your business in the end. Clear communication and improvement processes are key. The public knows no one is perfect, if you admit that you are human and care enough to take actions to ensure the problem does not happen again, people will respect you more for it. I am a firm believer that all publicity is good. It’s all about your reactions that matter.

Integrity is Key! It’s all about Progress- Love how Social Media is a reflection of human progress! If you think this will help your fellow peers and friends, please share this on your Facebook, and Twitter! Also, let me know your thoughts on this and your experiences and observations! 🙂

%d bloggers like this: