I’m starting out 2013 with a recap post featuring the top six how-to articles that I wrote in 2012 that should help you incorporate SEO and social media into your WordPress blog. Many of you have told me that you have found my how-to posts to be of value. So, you’ll continue to see this type of post pop up on my blog throughout the next year. I also promise to continue sharing things that I learn along the way and I’ll often tie them into how they fit into my strategies. Bottom line, if you have any hopes of either making money by blogging or driving traffic to a website via your blog, you need to treat it as a business. Hopefully, together, we can share ideas and experiences that will help all of us find success in 2013. Continue reading “Top 6 SEO and Social Media How-To Posts of 2012”
Ever heard of Sitizens? Up until today, when I looked at my traffic sources in Google Analytics, I had never heard of them. So, imagine my surprise when it turned up as my third source of overall website traffic and my top source of referral traffic! How am I getting a significant amount of traffic from a source that I was completely unaware of and wasn’t a member of?
Google+ has emerged as a very popular social networking medium. Although it hasn’t replaced some other popular mediums such as Facebook or Twitter yet, it has its own charm and share of audience who enjoy the platform. However, most people are not familiar with Google Plus. So let’s check out some basic tips to increase your number of followers for those who are new to this platform!
This is a guest post by Steven Papas.
People will always pay more in time to be entertained. The entertainment feature of social networking sites is in those fun words and creative pictures. Playing by this rule has pushed many businesses and brands to the limelight. Why write about your environment, what you saw on a vacation or how that last weekend seminar went, when you can take a few shots with your Smartphone and share them with your social media audience? If you appreciate online images, so will your audience.
Last month, I decided to drastically reduce the amount of time that I spend on Twitter by: not strategically looking for content to share and cutting down on the number of RTs (re-tweets) for my followers.
Instead, I subscribed to more Twitter feeds in my dlvr.it account. That way, I was adding more automatic tweets while spending less time monitoring my Twitter stream and RT’ing. Well, the month is up and here are the results from my Google Analytics.
Have you ever launched a website, new product or a service and not known how to start driving traffic to your website? It’s virtually impossible to establish a meaningful presence on all of the major social networking sites. The old adage, “You can’t be all things to all men” is true. It’s important to have a social media strategy that works for you. What we need to do is focus on where our target customers are and establish our presence there.
Are you on Twitter? How do you use it? How do you decide who to follow? I recently was in conversation with a potential client and we were talking about the value of building a fresh current website and featuring a blog. I was explaining how blogging is a great opportunity to build brand awareness and to drive traffic to his website. I then went on to explain how he could use social media websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to connect with existing and potential clients and be seen as an authority in his field. His response to me was “Twitter is for Twits”.
Everything we do is either a relationship builder or a relationship destroyer. This is true in our personal lives as well as our businesses. With the advent of the Internet, this is more evident than ever before. Years ago, if we made a mistake or a social faux pas, the repercussions that we had to deal with were probably on a small level compared to today. Today, bad news travels even faster than it did before. One unhappy customer can create a video and post it on YouTube and before you know it, you’re faced with a PR nightmare. In this global environment that we live in, it’s more important than ever to monitor and manage our online reputation.
Building brand awareness, trust and authority is important to bloggers, entrepreneurs and businesses. Whether you’re selling products or services, people do business with (and buy from) people who have their trust. Do you use social media to build awareness, trust and authority? Do you advertise? Do you run PPC (pay-per-click) advertising campaigns? Are you active on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus? Do you have testimonials on your site?
Last week, Klout made changes to the algorithm that they had been using to calculate scores. For anyone who is unfamiliar with Klout and their scores, basically, Klout is a company that attempts to measure “influence across the social web”. That’s a pretty tall order and there has always been a lot of skepticism to whether this can actually be done and if it is done, how accurate it is.