Jul 21 2014
An interview with Phil, CTO and Founder of DataShaka
Jul 21 2014
An interview with Phil, CTO and Founder of DataShaka
Jun 30 2014
Organic search results are unpaid – the kind everyone craves – and organic SEO means the practice of gaining rank in the natural search results. But today I am suggesting that there is a deeper meaning to organic SEO that is much closer to organic growth – growth from within the organization that results in more productivity and sales.
In an ideal business, effective SEO and online marketing takes place when the people within the organization take ownership of the project. You may have heard of those companies whose people enjoy their jobs, work well together and when they decide to do something together, it gets done!
Jun 16 2014
In the vein of Jeff Foxworthy’s “You might be a redneck,” – you might be a Business owner who hates marketing (Bowhm). Ok, maybe I’m being a bit extreme and you’re really a business leader who is uncomfortable with marketing (bowiuwm), but that acronym doesn’t roll off the tongue like Bowhm does (pronounced boyeem).
May 26 2014
Ever had an anti-computer or anti-technology moment? I had one recently when a program I was using “hijacked” my computer and stalled my progress for a few seconds – very annoying!
But some people are in a perpetual anti-technology moment when it comes to marketing their business online. They feel like it is a necessary thing to do today but seem to be annoyed by it all.
May 12 2014
Last year a colleague of mine and I put on a SEO Bootcamp where we covered many different topics from beginner level to pro. One of my topics was optimizing content for conversions. Here’s a video snippet of that piece (the audio isn’t great but adequate):
Content that gets a decision: Continue reading “4 Ways To Optimize Content For Conversion”
Apr 28 2014
People love to be wowed perhaps because it catches us by surprise or because it’s rare to behold one totally dedicated to the skill of his/her craft or because we are overwhelmed by the raw passion displayed or because it inspires us to pursue one’s dreams because they are worth the hard work and long wait despite all the naysayers and resistance.
Apr 14 2014
Are you leaving money on the table with your current thank you page? By the end of this post, you should have at least one way to immediately improve your thank you page.
Mar 31 2014
In January Matt Cutts warned that guest blogging for SEO is dead and it caused lots of discussion among online marketers.
Mar 17 2014
Every Spring for the past three years Google has rolled out a big algo change that “washes” away the unnatural search results from their index. Spring of 2013 brought Penguin 2.0 and a summer full of updates. Spring of ‘12 brought Penguin. Spring of ‘11 brought Panda (technically that was late February but it nearly fits my scheme here). What does Google have for us this Spring?
If you were enjoying good search rankings before any of these updates, but then noticed a big drop afterward, it’s likely that you have not fully recovered yet. And I hate to say this, it’s also unlikely that your site will ever get back to where it was in terms of rankings and traffic from Google.
Mar 03 2014
Transformation can come to a business when their content goes up a level. This is especially true for businesses who must be viewed as authoritative by their prospects or possess expertise during the sales cycle.
You know what happens when a prospect starts asking good questions; it’s like the hunt to get all the details before putting any money down. Here are some ways to evoke the hunt in your prospects.
Feb 17 2014
Credibility should be the pursuit of every business not only for its monetary rewards but also because it is good to pursue and the mark of being the best. The problem is that some businesses do not pursue such high qualities or standards and therefore may not enjoy the same rewards. This post is for those who want to pursue genuine online credibility. Continue reading “Four Secrets To Online Credibility”
Feb 03 2014
An interesting question was posed on Webmaster World last summer that got lots of attention, comments and suggestions – Authority and quality: Google definitions vs common sense
I’ve summarized the main points of the thread below in this poll. Go ahead and vote for up to 3 items:
Jan 21 2014
Use this content marketing guide to visualize how your ideal prospect wants to engage with your business through content that naturally leads her to take action.
There are a number of ways to conceptualize how content marketing captures the attention of your ideal prospect, builds interest in your business and converts them into a customer: AIDA (attention, interest, desire, action), New Marketing Funnel (awareness, consideration, conversion, loyalty, advocacy). Chose a marketing funnel concept that works for you.
Jan 06 2014
Why calculate the value of a web visitor?
What if you knew every time you spent $1 to get traffic to your site, you made $1.50? I’ll bet you could find a few dollars for that. This is what the Amazons of the web know and it’s a very real factor in how they grew to where they are today.
When you know what a web visitor is worth to your business, then you know how much you should be spending to get that visitor to your website and what is too much to spend.
Dec 09 2013
KPIs come from asking the right questions before looking at the data or analytics. Otherwise, you can get overwhelmed with all of the interesting pie charts, graphs and tables and waste time. So, before delving in consider a good business question.
Btw, these questions came from Avinash Kaushik years ago. I use them to quickly evaluate the performance of a website over any given period of time (not just at year end). And I’m going to interpret these time tested questions as we know the world today.
Nov 18 2013
For most businesses there are two types of content to focus on: content that gets a decision (service and product pages) and content that gets shared (blog posts, white papers, etc.) It’s the latter type that I’ll be focusing on in this post.
This type of content is designed to intrigue your target audience (prospects) so that they want to share it with their friends and followers.
Nov 06 2013
Quality content is an ambiguous term because it conjures up different meanings depending on who, what and why. For example, car enthusiasts are drawn to Car & Driver Magazine for its unabashed discontent for under performing cars while car shoppers are drawn to AutoTrader for its reviews, advice and comparison tools.
Quality means different things depending on who, what and why. And by the way, Google is not really evaluating content quality since Google is not a leader but a follower. G sniffs around the web for signals that tell whether an author, brand, company or entity has a following, has influence, and/or is a leader.
Oct 21 2013
SEO has and is becoming less about keywords and more about searcher intent. Search engineers have this strange idea that humans and computers should be one. Not that humans should be allowed to legally marry a bot – not quite that far, but that search engines should be able to read the mind of its user.
Oct 07 2013
At the beginning of this blog series I mentioned that most businesses have a strategy or are diligently working on one to reduce their dependence on Google, both from pay-per-click and organic search traffic.
Oct 01 2013
In my last article in this series, The New SEO – Independence from Google, I explained that Google is at war with SEO and link building in particular. Google comes out with a new twist with regularity now, the latest is the “not provided” keyword data from Google – for most businesses “not provided” has risen to the most popular keyword in your web analytics and according to Google, that is going to continue going up. Even Adwords advertisers won’t be able to see what organic keywords brought traffic to their site from G and we’ll all be left with an extra step to figure out what keywords are bringing traffic from Google – the educated guess.