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How Social Correlation Impacts SEO

How Social Correlation Impacts SEO


Social Media

Many businesses jump on the social media bandwagon for no other reason than because someone told them they need to be doing it. While that may be true, it’s kind of like being told you should stop at the gas station but not knowing if it’s because you need to get gas, grab a quick snack, or use the restroom!

Maybe you understand that social media helps improve your rankings. But what does that mean? How does good social media correlate to increased search engine rankings?

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5 Ways to Sell Your Products By Selling Yourself First

5 Ways to Sell Your Products By Selling Yourself First

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When a visitor lands on your website, there are two questions they need answered:

1. How does this product or service benefit me?


2. Why should I buy this product or service from you?

If your site does a good job of answering the first question, congratulations – you’re one step closer to making a sale, but that alone won’t necessarily close the deal. To push the visitor to commit, giving you money in hand, you must be able to answer the second question sufficiently as well.

And, even when you’ve done that – you’re not out of the clear yet. Tons of businesses go wrong by focusing on just these two questions. They fill their pages with plenty of benefits, stats and other figures all intended to get the sale, but they leave visitors still asking, “Why you?”

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How You Can Survive the Online Marketing Onslaught

An overwhelmed marketing expert

Being in the web marketing industry for as long as I have been gives me a unique vantage point. One thing that continually amazes me is both the changing nature of web marketing and its remarkable consistency at the same time. In the grand scheme of things, good SEO is still good SEO. What works today also worked in 1998. However, the same can’t be said in reverse, many tactics that SEOs used back in 1998 clearly no longer work today.

That’s the consistent part. So what’s changed?

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The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist Gets an Upgrade—and a Cheat Sheet!

Seven years ago I embarked on a journey to create The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period! I did and it was… if I may say that with humility. The free PDF we created has been downloaded tens of thousands of times over the last seven years and continues to get a handful of downloads every week even today.

But today is not seven years ago, and web marketing has changed. Back then, social media marketing didn’t (or barely) existed, mobile sites weren’t even a thing, and local search meant typing in the geographical location into your search bar.

Last year I set out to create an even better Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period! I did and it is. The new version, which will be published as a book in a couple months, includes 13 new checklists (36 total) and more than 200 new action points (somewhere around 635). That’s one big damn checklist!

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Since the book will be sold on Amazon, we decided to create a free companion piece called The Best Damn Web Marketing Cheat Sheet!

The cheat sheet contains all of the action points of the book, minus the explanations and examples. It’s designed to accompany the book and give you an easy to print and reference document, but it can certainly stand on its own.

Today we are releasing the cheat sheet as a free download. So what are you waiting for? Go get your free copy today. Your website will thank you!

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There Are Keywords You Don’t Want To Target

Eliminate Ambiguous KeywordsIf you’re of the flock that think keyword research was killed by Hummingbird, I urge you to reconsider. Researching your keywords has never been about finding keywords to cram into a page in order to rank it. It’s about finding keywords that are relevant to your audience and creating definitive content on the topic.

In the beginning stages of keyword research, it’s important to eliminate the extraneous phrases – narrowing it down to the keywords that make sense for your business and those searching for what you offer. In my latest post on Search Engine Journal, These Aren’t The Keywords You’re Looking For, I take a look at fine tuning your keywords in the research process.Continue Reading

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Not Following Your SEO’s Recommendations Is Like…

Several months ago, I reached a point where I needed to move out of my rental home and start looking for a new place to live. I had specific needs and the rental house just wasn’t doing it for me. So I embarked on the all-exhausting new-home search!

For months my agent took me to house after house, from the suburbs to BFE. I felt like Goldilocks! Some houses were too small, some too far away, and others too expensive. But unlike Goldilocks, more than once I thought I found the perfect home, only to discover there was a flooding problem, or an offer had already been accepted, or the rooms were laid out wrong, or there was no place for the kids. It was close, but never “just right.”

And then it happened. The day came when I found the perfect house. Perfect in almost every way for my needs. This was the one! I made an offer, did some negotiating, and ultimately closed the deal.

Stay with me, I’m going somewhere with this…

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Always Be Reading: the Link Builder’s Mantra

Salesman live by the mantra ABC (Always Be Closing), thanks in part to the movie, Glengarry Glen Ross.

I recently read a post, Evolving Sales from ‘Always Be Closing’ to ‘Always Be Helping,’ written by Aaron Aders. In the post Aaron proposes salesman and marketers  should take the approach of being helpful in order to gain new clients, and to instill trust in existing ones. I wholeheartedly agree with his premise.

In fact, I felt the need to create a mantra for Link Builders (or whatever we’re calling it these days), because everyone needs their own mystical formula that inspires them to new levels of achievement. Right, Elves?
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