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.
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.
Hypnotherapists, Life Coaches and other holistic practitioners work with people with different needs. Their needs may be related to their personal life, their career, or their health. Each area can be very different. What you offer and what they are looking for needs to match to create success. It also is very important to include this in your marketing. The more people can relate to how you can help them, the more they will want your services.
For example, if you are a hypnotherapist, you most likely work with smokers and people who want to lose weight. These are two different niches. These people have different needs and desires.
As a Life Coach, you may be working with people who want to improve their business or improve their personal life. These are two different niches. These people have different needs and desires.
Content is Queen, Google is King, and the King Loves the Queen: Easy and Essential Content Strategy
WHAT IS CONTENT MARKETING?
‘Content’ is the marketing and educational words that businesses write and post for public viewing. More recently, content also includes images and videos, especially their file names. Content may be blog posts, videos, articles, or website pages.
CORPORATIONS SEE CONTENT AS IMPORTANT; SO SHOULD YOU
If you notice, large corporations are beginning to write more and more information on their websites and social media marketing. In fact, 30% of large corporations’ marketing is now content marketing.
Corporations provide content because not only do readers like the information, but Googlerewards websites that have a lot of quality, unique content. Among other criteria, Google ranks websites higher if they add new content on an ongoing basis.
How can a small business do the same as the large corporations? This ebook explains how to do what’s essential, both easily and effectively.
Affiliate Marketing is plain and simply a method of marketing where you can earn a commission or fee for promoting other peoples products or services.
You, the Affiliate agree to promote those products and or services via your webpage, your blog, your email campaigns or what ever method is allowed, and any sales you make will earn you the Affiliate a set fee / commission or an agreed percentage payment.
Affiliate Marketing if done right can be very lucrative, many people earn a good living just by promoting other peoples products
As an Affiliate Marketer, you don’t have to worry about creating your own product and you won’t have to deal with customers or customer support issues.
Your main skill set needed to become an Affiliate Marketer is some basic internet marketing knowledge and more importantly “the desire to succeed” !
There are lots of different ways to become successful at Affiliate Marketing and there are lots of different programs, merchants and vendors out there who are more than willing to pay you their Affiliate a decent percentage of commission over to you for promoting their products.
With most affiliate programs the typical commission you can earn is between 30% and in some cases 100% although averaged out, 50% is a more realistic baseline. There are lots of affiliate programs out there, and the majority of them are absolutely free of charge to join.
Affiliate Marketing can, when done right, be very worthwhile.
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.
Email marketing is when you directly market a message, product, or service to a group of potential or current customers using an email medium. Emails may be informational or be selling something. Basically, every email that is sent to a prospective or current customer could be considered email marketing. For holistic practitioners, use email marketing to communicate with people, whether or not you use it for selling.
In order to comply with the US CAN-SPAM Act, businesses must have its customers or potential customers opt-in to receive emails from the business. To put it simply, your customer must tell your business that they want to receive promotional emails from you. Otherwise, it is considered SPAM and is illegal. Canada has its own spam laws too.
Email marketing is an extremely effective form of marketing. This is because it is both; non intrusive and effective. Everyone checks their emails. Nowadays, people even check their email on their mobile devices. In fact, two out of five Internet searches are now completed on a mobile device. This means that you have more chances of connecting with a potential customer or current customer. The more forms of contact you have with a customer, the better. It has been shown that a customer takes around 6 points of contact in order to make a sale. This means that email marketing can give you a number of these contacts.
Creating and publishing a website is no longer a mysterious, cryptic task that is reserved only for computer geeks. Nowadays, virtually everyone and their dog has their own website. Anyone wanting a piece of the virtual pie can easily sign up for a free Blogger blog in about five minutes. In addition, there are lots of WYSIWYG editors available that make creating a beautiful, interactive website a very simple drag & drop process.
So that’s the easy part. The difficulty lies in getting your website seen! With the internet’s estimated 20 billion webpages, how on earth can you attempt to rise above obscurity and become well-known and famous in your niche?
The answer lies in search engine optimization. SEO can be defined as the process of driving traffic to your website organically (unpaid) from the search engines.