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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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