It’s said “…it’s not what you know, but who you know…” and what we’re going to post today…is all about the exact opposite…i.e. what you need to know to be a Startup Mentor.
First up, is a great one entitled “Sensible Social Media Checklist” from the folks over at thewholebraingroup.com and it’s a very sensible list indeed.
It’s not often that I review books…though to be honest, I’ve been so very partial to the works of Guy Kawasaki, I’ve not really thought much of other business book offers to send me free copies if I’d review same.
Sure I’ve done a few others for other blogs, but the thing is, I’m not really a ‘book reviewer’ type of online marketer.
That said, yup…I found one and it’s odd as to how I found same and then why I thought I’d offer up a review of same, but it’s first of all, found here and it’s entitled “Breaking the Time Barrier” by Mike McDerment, CEO and found of our own Canadian startup success – FreshBooks.
So first off, anyone who has done SEO in the past knows the importance of internal and external linking.
You not only need to link to your posts but also other sites you find valuable.
Startups of every type in every channel need to learn about marketing….what it is, why it’s important and most of all, how to “market” their products or services to gain revenues. Without revenues, you’re just burning up the company bank account and as we all know, there is a finite number of dollars you have to work with…so revenues matter big time!
Learning about marketing – from an online marketing POV then is an important asset that one needs to be able to fulfill as soon as possible and as efficiently as possible too – and it’s to that point that today’s blog post deals with ‘help’ in that learning.
Big grin here as recent data shows Google is placing increasing weight on Google+ in the search results, at least as it pertains to personal brand searches as is reported in a study done by Conductor.com!
Further analysis of that study shows a majority of the world’s top tech writers have Google + accounts and have, by now, taken a step further by establishing authorship in the SERPs.
First, what’s an EMD?
This acronym stands for an ‘exact match domain’ as in when you buy your domain name you think ‘keywords’ ahead of brand and you buy something that is a usual search engine keyword phrase. Like you’re going to go into the cheesecake retail store channel in your hometown, so you buy “hamiltoncheesecakes.com” for an example.
Okay I too have noted that as of late, most of our SEO reporting has been on new Google changes – and today’s post is in that same vein and if I had to mention why that is, it’s because Google is changing. That’s not news for us Canadian SEO types, but many SMBs we consult to think it odd that no sooner is one tactic hypothesized, tested, proved and then installed – than things change. Welcome to the world of search is all I can say….
But back to today’s post on the actual page layout algo that Google currently is using and it’s recent update and what that means for us SEO practitioners and all you SMB owners out there. But first, my post is based on a recent post by the fine folks over at tutorspree.com – but I’ve no idea as to which of their staff wrote this post here…. Great piece. Got me a measuring too and while my own numbers varied slightly from there’s….it’s no doubt that organic search is now a small piece of the overall web results real estate.
As you probably know, I’m a strong believer in Google+ as a social network as well as the hypothesis that by using same you will increase your own/client’s online reputation, authority, trust…and yes serp rankings eventually too.
That’s not a unique thought, as there must be thousands of us SEO practitioners thinking along those lines around the globe and in the past couple of days, Google has added some new tools to help further that thesis.
Official announcements abound…but what I think might be more important is to think about the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ ideas first…but here’s some background and stats to begin.
Okay, you’re website is up and running; your online marketing campaign is bringing in traffic with both SEO and Social Media tactics; you are seeing new leads or revenues coming in, but you want to know more about the rationale behind those visitors to increase your ROI on the current spend – but you don’t know how. If that’s a fair description of where you are right now, then today’s blog post is definitely for you.
Google Analytics is the answer…..got it? But, you’ll immediately say…how do I use same to really find out where my site visitors are coming from, what they’re looking at on my site, how long they stay (i.e. the site stickyness), what call-to-action worked to get me those leads….etc. etc.
We’ve been watching south of the border in google.com land their rollout of just a couple of days ago of the new Google local carousel display for web search results. But like always I figured, as google.ca up here in the Canadian SEO world is usually behind the curve, it would bear watching without seeing same here.
I was wrong – as today (the first day of summer!) when you search for “some” local-only web keywords/phrases, yes…google.ca will display same…but only for certain “local” searches!
It will come to no surprise to those of us who follow closely the goings-on at our #HamOnt Innovation Factory, the the final decision on who will replace our leaving Exec Director, Ron Neumann has just been made – and it’s Dave Carter their in-house CTO in Residence who is stepping up to lead the organization!
As many of us staunch startup supporters know, Ron after being the ExDir of the Innovtion Factory for almost 3 years now, is moving on to head up his own new business (hopefully from right here in #HamOnt, eh!) and those ExDir reins get handed over to Dave in about a week or so….till then both are using their collaboration skills to aid in the transition….and we’re all chuffed about the new vision that Dave will be bringing to our community of startups!
Been awhile since I reported on what real value there is in being #1 for a search over at Google, but the report just released this past week from the folks over at Chitika Insights is pretty darn accurate, eh!
But what about the thought that this study – like all too many online marketing whitepapers, might be “not so true?” I’ve written before on the Chitika network and most readers will remember that I do like same. It’s numbers and % reports jive so very well with what my own network shows that I just nod in agreement….having found the same angles and slants as they report…and it’s been 3 years since I reported on same.
It’s a new day over at our #HamOnt Innovation Factory, and let me be one of the first to announce¸ that Scott Smith, BA LLB is the new replacement COO for our soon-to-depart Keanin Loomis who will move to run the Chamber here in just one week.
For those of you who do not know Scott, I would like to offer the following information to let you know what a great choice this was – and what I think it will mean for the future of our Innovation Factory.
Okay, you’re an SMB who is trying to get your own website optimized for better keyword rankings for your new potential leads.
You have read a lot on same, you understand your challenges and lastly, you think you have it covered.
You can be using any kind of a CMS (content management system) like WordPress or Joomla or you are using simpler editing by making page by page changes to the basic HTML. No matter but what the issue will be for you to consider is – did you get all the items done in order and in full.
Okay, I’m one of the first to admit that I like tables. I do not like CSS. The reason for same is that at my age the old adage about “old dog and new tricks” may have some bearing but for the most part, I believe that when you find something that works perfectly, you use it. In other words, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Hence, my reliance on tables for site page layouts and CSS only for formatting fo fonts etc…. A few years back I was hired to be a part of the team that did the canada.com website re-design and development – a set of tasks that I totally hated due to the HUGE CSS dependencies!
That said, I’m wrong! Or at least, I’m admitting that CSS may have a place in my new site layouts and designs and that comes from it’s ability to react to the “responsive design” principles….which I define here from Wikipedia -