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Web Marketing Trends to Watch in 2014

trends and direction of web marketing 2014If there is one constant in the web marketing industry, it’s change! There’s no doubt heading into the new year that search engines will tweak the way they rank the web, new social media platforms will surface, and Google will make changes to its products. What’s a web marketer to do? Stay on top of trends and use brains and experience to determine which trends are fads, which ones will stick and where those trends might lead in the future.

As members of the PPM Pit Crew, we’re constantly watching trends throughout the year to make strategic moves for the success of our clients. Here are some of the trends we’ll be watching as we start 2014 in the areas of SEO, content marketing, social media, PPC and analytics.Continue Reading

“It’s All About the Visitors,” Is All But a Big Fat Freaking Lie

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Google talks about focusing your site only on visitors, then requires us to do things that don’t directly benefit them. [tweet]

While the SEO community is busy manipulating websites to outperform more worthy sites to rank in Google, Google has spent the last 15+ years tweaking their algorithm to prevent these dastardly manipulations from corrupting their search results.

At least that’s how some people view the work SEOs perform.

Much of the web marketing community would disagree with my opening statement, as do I, but it persists due to a lot of so-called “SEO” providers out there looking for a quick buck at the expense of their unsuspecting clients. Although that statement does seem to be what Google often thinks of our industry as a whole as well.

Google talks a lot about focusing your site on your visitors and not doing things to the site specifically for search engine rankings. Then they ask require us to do things to our website that neither benefits our visitors, nor benefits the website.Continue Reading

[Video] The Importance of Social Media in Search Rankings

In the past two months I’ve had the opportunity to speak at two large industry conferences, Pubcon and SMX Social Media Marketing. A recurring theme at both conferences was the impact of social media–social signals to be exact–on search rankings. As social media matures, the search engines are finding social proof increasingly valuable in determining the worth of content and websites. Traditional search engine optimization techniques, while still valid and necessary, can’t go it alone. Marketers who aren’t developing integrated quality social media, content and SEO strategies may soon lose their edge in search rankings.Continue Reading

Seeding Infographics with Tumblr

This guest post was written by Ryan O’Connor.

Today I’d like to talk about a strategy and platform that I don’t see getting much attention in the SEO world, Tumblr. I’m going to talk specifically about how I promote infographics on Tumblr, but the same principles can be used for articles, contests and other promotional strategies.

When I “seed” an infographic my goal is to push it out to multiple channels (social media, blogs, news sites, forums, etc.) in a timely manner that increases the chance of it naturally spreading on its own and gaining additional exposure.

For this strategy, no platform has been more effective for me than Tumblr.

First, let’s get out of the way the fact that links from Tumblr subdomain blogs aren’t going to have the same SEO impact as links from sites hosted on their own domain.

What Tumblr can do though, so long as you get in front of the right audience, is increase the overall reach of your infographic.Continue Reading

The ABC’s of Rapidly Growing Your Online Presence

This guest post was written by Nicholas Cardot from sitesketch101.com.

ABC's of Growing Your Online Presence

Imagine with me for a moment that an individual decides to create a blog on the topic of becoming a complete and utter failure at whatever you attempt in life. After a few months, or perhaps a year, this blog becomes wildly popular. This failure blog has tens of thousands of readers, hundreds of thousands in revenue, and more social media fans and followers than can be counted. Was this blog a raging success or a monumental failure for not accomplishing the very thing it set out to teach?

Although some in the world of art can get away with flinging paint at their canvas in random splotches, working toward success in the world of online business requires a bit more planning and work. Enter the three pillars, or the ABC’s, of online business: amazing content, brilliant design, and commanding influence. These principles provide a sweeping framework that will guide you as you plan and execute your online activities.
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Final Lap: Good Reads for the Week Ending Sept. 20

A Weekly Review of Web Marketing Articles

You may have noticed we’re posting this a day earlier than usual. I understand that there are some coding updates that need to take place in the far corners of our website. The pit crew needs to get to work on these and sent me an emergency message (via a droid) that this post needed to be expedited. I’m just glad I wasn’t recruited to perform the updates. This is how I feel about getting my hands dirty in coding.

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Photo credit: Star Wars Daily

That’s why I stick to my free advice and “Maxisms.”

Here’s what the pit crew has been reading this week:Continue Reading

Final Lap: Great Reads for the Week Ending Sept. 13

A Weekly Review of Web Marketing ArticlesSeveral members of the PPM Pit Crew were up in Cleveland earlier this week for SEMCLE+‘s local search event with David Mihm. I bummed a ride and tried to stalk research where William Shatner was staying for his Content Marketing World appearance. I came up empty handed. I went to all of the likely downtown hotels. No one registered under Shatner or Kirk. #fail

If you didn’t get to see Shatner’s keynote at Content Marketing World, Kapost has a great post with three marketing lessons from his presentation. Even if you’re not interested in the marketing lessons (which you should be), the post also includes three fun Capt. Kirk gifs.Continue Reading

Final Lap: Great Reads for the Week Ending Sept. 6

A Weekly Review of Web Marketing ArticlesAnother week, another article in the digital marketing world mentioning Star Trek! Thanks to Orbit Media’s email yesterday, I learned there are 7,983 people on Twitter with the term “Star Trek” in their bio.  Do you know how to find them and target your sharing? Andy Crestodina, one of the founding Orbiteers, wrote a great article on Twitter targeting this week. Stoney should get to know the 31 people mentioned in the article that love zombies and SEO!

Here’s what the rest of the pit crew has been reading:Continue Reading

Final Lap: Great Reads for the Week Ending August 30

A Weekly Review of Web Marketing ArticlesIt’s been a great week for me here at Pole Position Marketing. First, I received an email from Deb with her contribution for the Final Lap that ties together blogging and Star Trek. It made my day! And, it made the top of the list. Let that be a lesson to all of the other pit crew members when submitting their reads to me!

The second thing that made this week great, they let me be the voice of the welcome slides for our upcoming Web Marketing Driver’s Ed Workshop Series. I can’t be at the workshops in person, I’m an alter-ego, but at least I can be there in spirit! I’m excited to help welcome people to the Pole Position Marketing offices and hopefully they appreciate my humor.

Here’s what the team has been reading this week–don’t skip the first article!

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Final Lap: Good Reads for the Week Ending August 23

A Weekly Review of Web Marketing Articles

It seems that the world revolves around Google, especially in the internet marketing and SEO industries. Their constant innovation can be awe-inspiring. I think it’s important to remember that they’re really not that innovative. Google, along with other tech companies, have been stealing ideas from Star Trek for years!Continue Reading