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.
What is a blog?
A typical blog serves as an online journal or diary where an individual lets the world know how they think and feel about certain things. If you are a member of facebook.com, myspace.com, or any other social networking site, there’s a good chance you have been writing in a blog and didn’t even know it.
What is blog marketing?
Blog marketing is the use of a blog or blogs to produce traffic for the purpose of monetizing that traffic. Using a blog to market a product or merely as a means of producing online income is cheaper than using a website, a lot cheaper. This is mainly because of the availability of free blog services that are in many ways just as good as having a website you spent a boatload of money on. Because blog marketing has few barriers to entry, it is an excellent way for a beginner to get their feet wet in the Internet Marketing business.
Thanks to both the human and Search Engine demand for quality content, it’s entirely possible to make serious money from creating, promoting, and maintaining blogs. As I hope to show you in this book, turning a blog into a cash machine is relatively inexpensive and can be done by anyone who understands the basics of marketing and the Internet.
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.
“This ebook will give you 100 search engine techniques. The competition is fierce in the search engines. In order to get your web site or blog ranked high you need all the SEO techniques you can handle from this list!
In this book, we will look at what Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is, and the ways in which it can be used. Through this book, we will provide you with the basics on using Search Engine Optimization in order to improve traffic flow to your site.
By many people, SEO is considered to be a part of search engine marketing. It is often used when people are describing a process for improving the amount of traffic that goes to a website from various different search engines. Many site owners will engage in using SEO in an attempt to obtain qualified visitors to their
site. The quality of these visitors will often be measured by what specific keywords they are using in order to reach the desired result they want, such as making a purchase, or it could just viewing or downloading a particular page on that site. It may be that the visitor just requests some further information, or they sign up to a newsletter.
Search Engine Optimization is a marketing strategy which can often generate a good return for the site. But what must be remembered is that search engines are not actually paid for the traffic they send to a site from a natural (organic) search. Plus, they will regularly change the algorithms that they use for these searches to be carried in an effort to improve the results for people using their search engine. In fact, there is no guarantee that using this system is successful in either the long or short term for any website. Because of this, SEO is often compared to traditional forms of PR (Public Relations), while PPC (Pay per Click) advertising is more closely associated with traditional forms of advertising.
However, even if you do find you have increased traffic to your site because of SEO, if your site is unprepared for this increased traffic, it may in fact be detrimental to your site, as visitors will go away feeling dissatisfied and will not return.
But though SEO can be considered as a marketing tactic which is a law unto itself, it is often considered to part of the bigger picture by many industry experts.
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.
Why do we require action plans? Without one, you won’t be acting, and will always be reacting. Can you conceive of the U. S. Army Special Forces streaming arbitrarily into battle without a strategy? Readiness is always a fantastic idea, although plainly it can be a lot of work.
Here you will gain the insight and tools for everything you need to know about, to develop and to put into action
Your Success Action Plan
You may consider this a step in the direction of going into battle for your success. Any battle needs a strategy.
Constructing The Strategy
Let’s get cracking. First of all, ask yourself a couple of questions about the overall scenario.
1. What is it that I want to accomplish here?
2. What are acceptable damages or losses? It may well be none!
Now, take stock of the individuals in the scenario, beginning with the opponent.
1. What is he or she like?
2. What are their strong points?
3. What are their failings?
4. Do you know anything about their former story?
5. What would they commonly do?
6. How would they respond to stress or hardship?
7. With all that data, what’s an effective technique you are able to use?
Then, flip it around and ask those questions of yourself.
There are 2 ways you are able to approach this information. First, ask from your own aspect. The other choice would be positioning yourself in your opponent’s shoes and asking those oppugns from there. You’ll be shocked at the insights you are able to get from that, particularly if you’re honest. It may get uncomfortable, however.
Now, imagine that you have a noisy neighbor, Bob. He blasts Britney Spears at three in the morning, and keeps everybody awake. You want to do something about it, but lack the self-assertiveness. Now, employing preparation like we just covered to this example may be overkill, but it’s “generic” enough an example for you to conform to your own state of affairs.
Let’s take stock of Bob. He’s loud and dictatorial. He’s 6 foot 3, an ex- bodybuilder with a neck like a angus steer. He does not have a failing, but you do recognize he likes to think of himself as a fair man. You also remember that he detests primitiveness, and he responds by using his size to intimidate. Now thinks about how much you know about his history. Does he follow through with his threats with physical violence, or does he have sufficient good sense not to?
Now, flip it around to you. Your greatest weakness is a deficiency of assertiveness, and stammer when speaking to larger men. But put yourself in his place, and you’ll acquire added insight. Does he see you as a friendly neighbor, a skinny chicken, or does he remember the DVD you barrowed and returned all scratched up?
Can you determine how that will bear on your approach? Plainly politeness is the way to go since he probably does still remember the DVD. But if you’re too shy, you may decide to write a memo alternatively. Because he’s upset over the DVD, it may be a good idea to calm the waters with a peace-offering.
Now, you may be thinking that this is common sense, but till you make it a formal process, there’s a lot you’re likely to overlook.