Directories are online lists of businesses or people. Think of the old yellow pages. That’s where people went to find a business. Now it is all online. You can even find multiple yellow pages companies who have online directories. Most directories have a free basic service with an upgrade if a business wants more services.
Directories offer influential and high quality backlinks to new and existing local business. Basically, a backlink is a link in one website (in this case a directory) that links to your website. In a directory, this is accomplished by entering your website domain with the information about you and your company.
95% of people use the internet now to find a business. If people cannot see your site, then you are not going to be making any sales. One of the cheapest forms of traffic is search engine optimization (SEO). This is the process of optimizing your website to rank for specific keywords within one of the search engines such as Google. One of the first things you need to understand when you start learning SEO is the role of meta tags.
Meta tags are simply lines of html code that are put into a web page to communicate certain things to the search engines. These control things such as how you want your website to display in the search engines as well as what keywords that you believe you should be ranking for.
The first, and least important, meta tag to discuss are the keywords meta tags. These were originally meant to aid search engine indexing by telling web browsers what keywords that you think your page should best be seen under. However, the problem is that many web masters started to stuff these with all sorts of keywords they wanted to rank for. If everyone wants to rank for “make money online” everyone will have it in the keyword meta tag which does not do search engines much good. As a result, these are not very useful anymore and are likely ignored entirely, with the exception of sites such as press releases.
The Meta Title Tag tells the search engine how you want your web page to be seen in the search results. This is arguably the most important tag for SEO. You want the main keyword you are trying to rank for to always appear somewhere in your meta title tag. Additionally, given it is the most prominent thing that comes up when someone searches, you want it to catch people’s eyes and induce them to click on it.
The last important meta tag is the Description Meta Tag. This is what appears directly under the title tag in the search results, which is a more elaborate summary of what your site is about. It only appears if words in the description are typed in the search, so you want to again make sure any key words you are targeting appear in the description. You also want it to be compelling copy to make people want to click it.
Setting meta tags these days is pretty easy if you are using WordPress. You can use a SEO plugin such as All In One SEO or Yoast SEO to set these individually for each page before you publish it. The most important is to set meta tags for the home page, which can usually be done in the plugin settings section.
Having the proper meta tags setup is a prerequisite for strong rankings. By understanding meta tags you have taken your first step towards SEO domination, meaning that Google will list your website higher than others.
Reviews and testimonials are statements that a customer or client has made about you or your business. They have similarities and differences.
Testimonials are positive statements the client has given you and you have posted on your website or other marketing materials.
Reviews may be positive, neutral or negative and are written by someone about you, your services or your business. Typically, reviews are posted on directories or review sites. A review may be written by anyone, even someone who hasn’t worked with you. A person might even post a review about how you handled a phone call.
What’s important is to think about two things:
a) The search engines who read it
b) The people who read it
Obviously, you first care about your visitors, after all, it’s them that will make the decision to purchase. But you also need to know reviews are tracked by the search engines.
A blog is sometimes called web log or weblog. At first, they were used as a personal place, for collecting links, sharing commentary – but now; they are a valid and VALUED form of communication for business people of all types. From the basics of blogging, to the intermediate areas – such as social bookmarking, and article marketing, to the advanced techniques using auto responders and more, there’s something for every affiliate marketer to put into motion.
The great thing about blogs is that people read them for fun and for information – in fact, blogging is one of the few areas of the internet that covers business, pleasure, networking and play.
They do for your company what face to face marketing could only do in the past – they provide you with a real, interesting connection to your readers – personalized contact, and information about your company that will allow them to empathize, and discuss your most important points, and anything that ties in with hot button topics and your business.
Blogs give your readers and consumers a chance, not only to read and connect with you, but a chance to comment and discuss with you, and your team, the information that you’re sharing – allowing them to further relate to your message. And a consumer that relates to you is a customer in waiting!
Our guide covers the very basics of blogging – it skims into areas that you’ll possibly never have heard of – and cover them so that you can employ them in seven days – or less.
Keywords and keyword phrases are just words or a word phrase. Often the term “keyword” includes phrases. Keyword phrases are also called keyphrases, long tail keywords or long tail keyword phrases. I prefer to use the term Keyword to mean both single and multiple words.
Bottom line, keywords are words and phrases that the search engine analyzes for their indexes and what people type into the search engine to find the information they want. Examples of keywords are: gardening, organic gardening, herb garden, gardening tips, gardening supplies.
In this usage, what is important is how often the word or phrase was searched in search engines, such as Google. In other words, how often did people type into Google that word or word phrase to find the information they are looking for.
So if I am writing about antique furniture, if I use ‘old’ as a keyword, it wouldn’t work so well as I would get people searching for old hats, old dogs, etc. Yet I could use a keyword phrase of ‘old furniture’ if it ranks well in the search engine listings.
Keywords, in this usage, has little to do with the older copywriting concept of a key word or phrase in the article. Think of it as that humans do not read keywords initially. It’s all about how people will search the internet and find the article, so the computer reads it first.
Selling actually has different meanings for different people. A salesperson who loves his or her job may love the term selling. It might feel exciting and wonderful. Another person may feel that it is the worst activity in the world. Why is there such a wide range of feelings? Let’s look at that.
You are probably a small business person if you are reading this book. While the examples used here are for hypnotherapists, you can use it for any holistic practitioner work. Much of it will even work for most small businesses.
Google My Business is Google’s new platform for creating, managing, and monitoring business listings. It is a good first step for companies that are just getting started on the web; but it has also become the main, one-stop-shop dashboard for businesses that previously used Google+ Local and Google Places for Business.
If your brand claimed and verified your listing on one of the previous platforms, the information should have been automatically updated to Google My Business.
However, it’s still a good idea to check to make sure everything transferred correctly. If not, fix any inaccuracies or duplicates as soon as possible.
One of the major benefits of the service is that businesses will no longer have to update their information multiple times across different Google properties.
Google My Business will help you connect with more local consumers, whether they’re searching for you on organic search, Maps, or Google+. It is a fast way to help your business show up across the board; ultimately giving you more visibility and exposure.
Google My Business is a free service designed to get more business owners under the Google umbrella. Its tools and features make it very convenient for companies to manage their Google-related online properties in a single unified place.
The internet has definitely dramatically changed the way we do things. Today, instead of driving to our local bookstore, we open our computers, surf the net, and buy downloadable ebooks online. As more and more people are buying electronic books due to the convenience they bring, there is now a huge demand for these information products. If you are a writer and you are more than willing to share your specialized knowledge to online users, you can make a fortune out of this endeavor.
Creating your own products is by far the best way to make money online. If you don’t have the resources yet to create physical products, you can start with digital or information base products like ebooks. By going this route, you will not need huge amount of money for your initial investment and you can write about any topic that you are very passionate about as long as they have a viable market online.
Ebook writing can be your key to succeed online. You can use these electronic books as your traffic-generating tools, sell them for profits, use them to establish your expertise on your chosen niche, or help your potential customers by giving them free information so they will become loyal to you. With numerous benefits that these information products can offer you, you must seriously include ebook writing in your internet marketing to-do list.