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Your Cheat Sheet to Pinterest

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Your Cheat Sheet to Pinterest

Over the past few months, the Internet has been buzzing about a relatively young social media catalog called Pinterest—a site that serves as a virtual pin board in which users can "pin" items that they like. It's an image-based space that allows you to connect with other members by following them. How Does It Work? A quick background on how Pinterest works: Users can share or upload interesting images from their computer or the Internet. Pinterest comes with a browser extension that allows people to easily Pin images that they find on the web with a quick drag-and-drop function. These images, which are known as "Pins," can be tagged and categorized into Pinboards, making them easy to find and organize. Members can also "like" and comment on your Pins, which makes the site a good avenue for discussion. Another great thing about Pinterest is that it allows users to Repin and share images via other social networks....



The Many Ways Web Visitors Affect a Site

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The Many Ways Web Visitors Affect a Site

There are a few different important ways that getting more website visitors to your webpage can affect you. First off you need visitors to come to your website to get anything done. There might be a few different reasons that you are running a website but everything ends up revolving around getting more people to your website. Everyone is after something specifically; some websites are after money for example. They want to sell a product or a service and they need people to come to them and buy it from them. That is definitely the most basic form of a website because it revolves around mainly accomplishing two things. They want to sell their product, so they need to first get you to want it, then ultimately sell it to you. They will have a main page that contains all the info they believe is needed to get you to click that buy now button and make their day. Now we don't need to get into the different ways that this is accomplished, but at least understand that...



How Search Intent Determines Your SEO

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How Search Intent Determines Your SEO

Search intent is something that isn't talked about very much by many SEO companies, but it can impact your SEO in a major way. Have you ever searched for something in Google but couldn't find what you were looking for? It's as if website owners, and even Google itself, is not understanding what your intent is. This can be very frustrating for users. When you design websites, and then market those sites, you have to keep this in mind. Take "insurance," for example. If you run an insurance website, you have to know what your users want. If you write articles on car insurance, life insurance, or even homeowners insurance, there are specific keywords that your potential site visitors will use to get to your website. If you set up your SEO strategy so that "insurance" is your target keyword, you'll have to work really hard to get ranked for that keyword. The problem is that "insurance" doesn't tell you...



Google Found Guilty of Buying Links, Penalizes Itself

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Google Found Guilty of Buying Links, Penalizes Itself

It looks like Google is off to a rough—and ironic—start this year. The search giant, which is known for its strict policies against buying links and publishing low-quality content, was recently caught breaking its own rules, Search Engine Land reported. According to the popular SEO blog on Monday, a search for "This post is sponsored by Google" returns over 400 pages, all written in line with a Google Chrome Marketing campaign. Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan found that lot of these "sponsored posts" contained a video advertisement for the browser, together with supposed articles or reviews about Google Chrome. What's fishy about them though is that most of the posts contain "thin content" –the very type of content that Google's Panda update aims to curtail. The articles may have a sentence or two with the term "Google Chrome," but the essence of their content doesn't really say much...



Targeted Traffic: The Underground Railroad

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The often forgotten part of online website promotion can be found through a bit of hard work and relentless effort. There are some amazing different ways to promote your website that are slightly ‘off the beaten path’ and yet they sometimes yield the best results. It can be really amazing to check out these methods because they will sometimes surprise you with just how different and unusual they are while still being highly effective and possibly helping you out even more in the long run. Where to Look People will often assume that the best traffic will always come from some source. Sometimes this unknown source that supposedly provides amazingly accurate traffic is named as the search engines and other times there are even other more odd situations. People have started that advertising and different methods to getting page views will lead to the best click through ratios and the all around benefit that comes with a better promotional campaign. It all comes down...



10 Lies Your SEO Firm Is Still Telling You

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10 Lies Your SEO Firm Is Still Telling You

The business of Search Engine Optimization is huge. There's not a single day that goes by that an SEO firm tries to entice customers into taking unnecessary risks. How so? Well, many, but not all, SEO firms sell their clients worthless services and spread myths that don't help the client at all. At best, they result in the client wasting money. At worst, they actually hurt search engine rankings for the client. How do SEO firms pull off a stunt like this? Simple, they rely on the client being ignorant. Between Google's Matt Cutts, and several reputable SEO companies and experts, there are many myths that are now dying a horrible and much deserved death. Here are 10 that you should be aware of: Myth #1 - "Our firm is endorsed by Google." Some SEO firms will lure you in by saying that they are associated with Google, affiliated with Google, approved by Google, or that they are somehow endorsed by Google. Other firms are a...



How To Create A Marketing Plan

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How To Create A Marketing Plan

"A marketing plan is beneficial for directing your efforts and energy towards the most suitable actions that will render what you want to achieve", says Mr. Deb Roberts who is the CEO of Synapse Marketing Solutions in Denver. "The idea of making a marketing plan outline is to comprehend your customers and take steps towards delivering your best according to their desires." Mr. Roberts is of the opinion that there is no place for over-thinking or over-expressing here. In case of marketing plan for small business, it is ideal to convey a brief tale that includes all the main points of your approved strategy. So, the ideal plans need hardly 15 pages, isn't it? If this sounds interesting, do read ahead... Before Creating a Marketing Plan With the above statements, I hope that you have understood the importance of developing a marketing plan. You can now ask: How to create a marketing plan? Well, before that, there are three main...



SEO Built Into Web Design

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SEO Built Into Web Design

One of the smartest new ways of optimizing a website can start right from the first design phase. Before you start calling that fancy SEO firm and laying out money for aftermarket SEO try starting the optimization yourself right from the get go. People often underestimate the power that the code behind a website has on the SEO. Often the meta tags, general tags, or even backlinks are completely left out of a website, which is a shame because these are some for the strongest ways of SEO’ing a website. It is correct that if you are in a competitive niche you will need to go the extra mile when trying to rank on search engines, but nothing says that you need to neglect the most basic forms of it. We will start from some of the most basic ways of controlling your page keywords and SEO to slightly more advanced tactics, but in the end all of these methods are highly accomplish-able even by a novice’s standards. The Meta Tags The first step in this...



Importance of Social Brand Building in Online Advertising

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Importance of Social Brand Building in Online Advertising

Social brand building can enhance effectiveness of advertising campaigns and boost the sales turnover of online enterprises. By integrating social media into your brand building exercise, you can provide maximum exposure to your products and services. In addition, it can help you to create a favorable impression on the minds of the customers and quickly promote your online sales. Social media can give wider coverage to your brand and attract maximum number of customers to your website. Advertisers can build an online reputation for their products in the market and develop customer loyalty in the long run. In addition, social media channels allow companies to directly connect with their customers and develop a good rapport with them. Social brand building has its own inherent advantages and is the most cost-effective way of promoting your online business. It can be used as an effective channel for delivering a strong marketing message to a large target...



Online Video Ads Have a 50% Higher Recall Rate Compared to TV Commercials

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Online advertising has demonstrated time and time again that it is more effective than traditional advertising. Web page banners have proved to be more interactive than print ads, email marketing has been trumping direct mail for years, and publishers have learned that they can get their messages across their target audience faster and more efficiently when they do it using the Internet, as compared to old fashioned means. Online Video vs. TV Commercials Online video ads are no different. In a recent study, Google teamed up with Ipsos OTX MediaCT to determine the effects of online video advertisements compared to traditional TV ads. Their research involved three sets of participants who were asked to view ads in their own homes. The first group saw only TV ads, a second group viewed only online video ads, while a third group of participants was tasked to view both online ads and TV commercials. 1–2 days after watching, the participants were given surveys...



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