Most marketers use the Internet to find new keywords. It's almost a given that you have to go online, use Google's Adwords tool, and piece together a keyword list to target for SEO purposes. Is this the right way to go about doing keyword research? Sometimes. Sometimes not. Kelly Ayres from the SEER Interactive blog recently wrote about a unique way to find new keywords: go offline.
Ayres tells us to interview our audience, and mentions several ways to go about doing this. Here are a few more that you might find useful:
Do a Direct Mail Campaign
A survey conducted via direct mail is expensive, but it can yield some of the best results you'll ever get. First of all, an offline survey won't be snagged up and used by your competition. You'll get the jump on them, not the other way 'round. A survey could consist of several very pointed questions about the values, opinions, complaints, concerns, and questions that your target market has...
There used to be a time when buying an exact-match domain was a shoe-in for the number one spot in Google's search engine. Not anymore. Google has apparently tweaked its algorithm yet again to discount the importance of EMDs.
What's an EMD?
An EMD is a website address that focuses on your keyword, rather than your brand name. An example of an EMD would be "perfectwhiteteeth.com." If you're targeting the keyword "perfect white teeth" because you have an awesome CPA offer, or you just want to build a site around that keyword so that you can monetize it with ads, you used to use an EMD. The EMD would theoretically give you a nice boost in the search engines because your keyword was right in the domain name. It doesn't get much better than that.
What's Happened to EMDs?
According to SEOMoz contributor, Dr. Pete, EMDs are being hit by Google. Late last month (Sept 28th), Matt Cutts sent out the...
It’s no question that blogging can do wonders for your site’s ranking and traffic. Having a blog allows you to gain more SEO juice and more importantly, it serves a way to engage and communicate with your visitors.
However, a lot of people get frustrated with blogging mainly because they’re not seeing enough results, traffic-wise. If you’re having the same issue, check out the following tips below and see how you can get more people to visit and spread the word about your blog.
Be consistent – This is probably the most crucial blogging tip that you can get. Blog often, and do it consistently. Don’t be the type of blogger that publishes a great post, then disappears from the blogosphere for several months. If you really want to sustain a steady level of traffic to your website, then you must steadily produce content as well.
Create an editorial calendar and plan your posts in advance. This will not only keep you on...
Google has risen to Internet dominance by capitalizing on both business savvy and game-changing innovation. From the very beginning, Google has built its brand around offering higher quality search results than its competitors. With this trendsetting user experience in mind, the search engine powerhouse released the “Panda” update to its algorithm.
This drastic modification to Google’s internal workings served as a catalyst for the world of Internet marketing and SEO. Those making a living from online marketing found themselves facing a new reality. On April, 24th Google released another algorithm change also named after an adorable creature. The Google penguin update sent another strong message to the SEO community, one that made it crystal clear that quality will always overshadow the skilled exploitation of loopholes.
Shortly after the internet community started to fully register the effects, Google's Matt Cutts announced that Penguin 2.0 would...
In Internet marketing, usability and SEO aren't always synonymous. In fact, there s an entire school of thought that tries to separate "usability" from "SEO." It's thought that SEO is something done to a website to give it greater visibility in the search engines, while usability is how visitors interact with a website.
Usability expert Jakob Nielsen examined how users interact with websites, and how they consume online content, back in 2003. Looking forward, it's amazing that user behavior doesn't seem to have changed much since then. In fact, Nielsen's statements back then were accurate predictions of what happens today and might be excellent predictions for the future.
Your site's users don't stay on your site very long. When they do, they have a clear purpose for being there. When that purpose is fulfilled, they move on. This is the basic premise behind "information foraging," and there's...
Starting an online business seems like a fairly straightforward process, and for the most part it is. You must reserve a catchy domain name, establish hosting services, set up a design for the website and then take it from there. However, once the website is up you might experience a number of challenges as a new online business owner.
Ongoing Site Maintenance
Once you set up a business site online you must maintain it regularly. That includes updating crucial information, such as prices for an online store, fixing design flaws and responding to emails from potential customers. In some cases you may have to make an all-day commitment to monitoring your site's business and fulfilling orders. If you sell a service, you cannot let more than 24-48 hours go by without responding to your clients or you might as well not respond at all.
If you cannot make this commitment you should hire someone who can do it for you. Set up a reliable smartphone account to receive emails...
There are different reasons why a website or web-pages can drop in there ranking, and this article will explain some of them.
First you should make sure that your site was not banned from Google. To check this, you can simply do a Google search and type in site:www.your-site.com. If your site has been banned, there will be no results and nothing will appear. If your pages are still listed in Google but just removed from their previous locations, they will appear in the search.
So if your site is still in Google, but is located at a much lower spot than before, your site may have been penalized. If you go to your Webmasters Tools you will be able to send in a reconsideration request, where you have to write down all of the things you have done that may have been in violation to the Google Guidelines, and what you have done to fix the problem. The Google team will then look through your request, and if your sites were in fact penalized, they will...
There's been a lot of talk over Apple Maps lately. With Apple releasing iPhone 5, and iOS6, the map program developed by the geniuses in Cupertino is getting some heat. Apparently, people are getting iLost. The Apple maps program does need some work. The signs on the top of the program can be a little confusing, especially if you are moving the map around to see where you'll be going. That's ironic, since Apple pitches itself as a user-friendly company with a stunning UI.
Critics are calling Maps a "complete failure." If that's the case, why worry about Maps? In a word: Apple users. The type of people using an iPhone are a very different kind of consumer. Most Apple consumers love Apple. They love their devices. They might go out of their way to use 3rd party apps, but if Maps is "good enough," most won't bother.
What you need to be cognizant of is the fact that Yelp and Apple are like peanut butter and jelly....
The big blue bird of social media has been pretty busy lately, and it has made some major changes that have affected (or will affect) how people use the service. Whether you’re a marketer, a developer, or just a typical Twitter member, be sure to keep yourself abreast with these updates as they will most likely change how you consume and post information on Twitter.
This post will give you a rundown of the latest important updates that the microblogging site has implemented. If you’re a Twitter user, be sure to check them out and see how they affect you and your audience.
The Header Image Update – It looks like the idea of cover images is really catching fire on the Internet. First, Facebook redesigned member profiles by requiring people to include a cover photo at the top. Not long after that, Google+ added a similar element into its profile pages. Now, it’s Twitter’s turn to join the cover image trend.
Last week, the...
Everyone's using social media these days to advertise. It's easy to jump on board when big-name companies like Facebook and Google are showing you the number of users they have. These aren't black hat community sites. These are household names. They have real users. They have an awesome ad network. They must be telling you the truth about how many users they have, right? Not so fast. You can spend a lot of time, and money, on various social networking sites like Google, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn only to end up with a big marketing bill and no leads.
When you peel back the veil of secrecy on these companies, the numbers behind the hype aren't so appealing. In fact, when you learn the truth, you almost want to use so-called "blackhat" techniques to take advantage of what these social sites must already know: a big portion of their user base consists of fictitious users.
Facebook is one of the most...