Ahh….Friday again…and as usual it’s been a heck of a week in SEO land! Many many small issues arise throughout a week of working on SEO Campaigns for clients and this past one was no exception. As many of you know, I visit about 200+ sites each and every morning that are news related, opinion related, blog posts, forums, bulletin boards and even still newsgroups looking for the latest “bleeding edge” SEO tactics and this weeks visits once again pointed out a few real winners!
Okay, Xmas and New Year’s are done…and it’s back to work and for my “2012 hello there” message, I wanted to point out an obvious foundation to your business intelligence strategy. The simple thought that if your competitors are doing well, i.e. their rankings are better than your own or your clients, it might pay to do an SEO Audit of their own sites. Makes sense, right? Well, in my world, it’s a solid part of any new client intake, and let me explain why.
A large part of any new client and their own channel – is trying to figure out who the competition actually “is!” Ask the client, and then sit back and listen to how they position their own firm and it’s offer of services or products and where they think their competitors are in that channel – and more importantly, listen to their rationale on who those competitors are. Continue reading “New Year’s Welcome Tip: Check your Competitors, eh!” »
New for 2012, is our Online Marketing Curriculum EBook and we’re really proud to offer this for all you online marketing types!
Our basic belief in being a practicing online marketing executive is the simple one that for anything to work, one must first “plan” your work and then on a regular basis, “work your plan!”
Seems like a trend, whereby I find great infographics during the week’s drilling down on over 200+ sites/blogs/boards/forums daily and then saved up, I write on my Friday posting about some of the best Infographics I’ve found…least that’s the way it seems to be working out lately! And if you think that this might actually be an easy task, then guess again…as the number of SEO- oriented infographics each week continues to grow and grow…most are fine but as I point out on Fridays, there are some sure winners in my weekly searches! And here they are this week!
Okay it’s time to finally begin to wrap-up our Online Marketing Program and what better way is there than to capture all of the metrics and analytics in one big bucket….so that we can “judge” how we’re doing, right? Right…and that task alone can be daunting, eh!
Once you have the basics “in hand,” that is you’ve at least begun the tasks that we’ve scheduled for you in this marketing program, you will find that the most stringent of tasks – monitoring those tasks, is still to come.
Yup, Friday again and it’s been a week with some real challenges all of which turned into victories! We signed up two new SEO clients and made a start-up investment too….and already it’s Friday! So on to our infographic roundup for the past week or so…
First up today, is the great one on SEO Audits in 20 Minutes, from the folks over at InMotion.com! As you can see by the image here, they’ve tried to capture what to do and how to do it in a method that tackles one of the most necessary yet under-utilized aspects of Internet marketing: the SEO audit.
Social Media Communities are built via the generation of links, i.e. backlinks from relevant sites and the more links from authority sites, the more people view the linked to author’s content as authoritative.
All the while, your increased links lead to increased ranking in Google and Bing/Yahoo and many people take high rankings in search engines to mean that Google itself has decided that the site is yes, an Authority.
Okay, the weeks almost over and we’ve seen some great new items this week that need to be shared about online marketing and of course, on SEO too! While that might seem like a daunting task, i.e. the capture of a whole week’s worth of marketing data – I must explain that with over 170+ blogs, forums, boards and polling sites read daily, it’s harder to “cut” an item out of this short Friday list than to keep them all to share…but here goes! Got your learning cap on?
One of the key components in successful social media marketing implementation is building “social authority.“
Social authority is developed when an individual or organization establishes themselves as an “expert” in their given field or area, thereby becoming an “influencer” in that field or
Why can that be important to SME business owners?
It is through this process of “building social authority” that social media becomes effective. That is why one of the foundational concepts in social media has become that you cannot completely control your message through social media but rather you can simply begin to participate in the “conversation” in the hopes that you can become a relevant influence in that conversation.
Hello all…and yes, I know that I’m more than a bit late for todays week-ending blog piece…but we’ve been pretty busy with all the start-ups, mentoring, coaching and yes, we’ve also begun the Xmas season with last nite’s big party at McMaster Innovation Park with our own Innovation Factory Holiday Soiree!
And I had fun. No two ways about it….I met lots of start-ups that I’ve coached or mentored or who’ve taken our own “Go-To-Market” seminars and chatted with them all!
And a reminder, that Social Media tasks can be defined as -
[def. ~ is the set of tasks that must be done on a daily basis that deal with your online reputation, your position of credibility within your channel and your ability to mentor and aid others within that channel. More than that, you are also planning on proving your social authority as a recognized expert in that channel.]
Okay, so if you’ve been following along on our Online Marketing Program, you’ll remember that last week we discussed the off-page optimization beginnings….and today we move to the advanced areas to consider…and that’s citations. What are those you will ask….and the answer is that they are pretty easy tools to use to get some serp traction and that’s really important if you think abour it.
First, let’s look at citations – and what is a citation? From David Mihm’s site over at GetListed.org here’s the working definition of what we mean when we use the term citation –