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  • Cool Cloaking Device!
    Is your website invisible? If it's not designed to be found by search engine spiders, it might as well be. The key to visibility? Keeping content clear and simple. An untold number of expensive Web sites out there are beautiful to behold, but rarely seen by searchers. To help clarify ... more
  • Using Differentiators in Keyphrases: What Every Search Engine Optimization Effort Should Do
    by Scott Buresh
    In search, you have a very short window of opportunity for engaging your prospect. The only way to get a solid competitive advantage in SEO is to use techniques that ensure you are giving a prospect exactly what he or she is looking for. Otherwise, your prospect will simply click the ... more
  • I See You. I Want You.
    Just when you've mastered the whole key word concept, along comes—key pictures? Online retailer Amazon.com has released a free downloadable mobile application for the iPhone and iPod touch that enables shoppers to search for products to purchase online by simply snapping photos of them. If you like your co-worker's shoes, ... more
  • Now, That's a Powerful Presence!
    A Web site has to accomplish two crucial things in its quest for success: to attract customers, and to hold their attention. To achieve both, optimum site design is critical. As David Salinas says in a recent MarketingProfs article, if you design a great-looking, user-friendly site with well-written marketing copy that ... more
  • If You Wanna Play, You Gotta Pay
    In a Pro article at MarketingProfs, Jeanette Kocsis argues that paid search should be a mandatory component of your marketing mix. "Search is one of the most targeted forms of marketing, since the prospect is already looking for what the marketer is offering," she explains. To leverage that built-in connection, ... more
  • All You Need is Patience
    If you're considering a site redesign for the new year, you'll want to optimize it for search engine results. What's the best way to optimize? Jody Nimetz at SEO Space says that designing a site to generate revenue through search takes a good amount of planning and, most importantly, patience. ... more
  • Click, Click, Cha-Ching!
    The dream of every marketer for a cost-per-click (CPC) campaign is to increase its effectiveness while staying at or under budget. Kellysearch.com's Matt Lester recently offered some creative ideas to boost CPC ROI at little or no extra cost. These tips focus on Google AdWords, but many might apply to ... more
  • My House or Yours?
    With the Search Engine Marketing industry in North America generating more than $10 billion annually, most marketers know that search needs to be a part of their plan. What they seem less certain about, however, is whether to manage SEM campaigns in-house, or to outsource them. How do you determine ... more
  • Don't Settle for Web Site Mediocrity
    by David Salinas
    A Web site has to accomplish only two basic things to deliver success for your business—and those two things are mission-critical. A successful Web site must be built from the ground up to attract and capture: first, the attention of your target audience and, second, the attention of the major ... more
  • Might as Well Jump!
    To do search marketing right, it's best to send potential customers who click on your search-engine-generated links to a "jump" or landing page. This page is the gateway to your site, and should promote further action from your prospective clicker, be it to make a purchase or leave a name ... more
  • Get Fresh! Go Organic!
    According to comScore, Americans conducted 11.5 billion searches in June 2008, 61.5% of those searches using Google. This is living proof, if we still needed it, that marketers should not only be investing in paid search, they should be optimizing their sites to be picked up in unpaid, organic search ... more
  • How to Stop Traffic!
    In a recent Marcom Writer Blog post, Dianna Huff noted that, while going over her Google stats, she realized that one single archived issue of her newsletter was drawing a ton of hits. Rather than pat herself on the back for a job well done, however, she was dismayed, because ... more
  • I Like 'Em Small and Focused
    Numerous studies have shown that when it comes to finding business information online, the big search engines may fail to deliver. Outsell, for example, found a 31.9 percent failure rate among business users when researching topics using the major search engines. That's because, according to Jason Prescott in a MarketingProfs ... more
  • Meltdown Marketing
    Marketing budgets often take a hit during economic downturns. And whether your department experiences a cutback, or you're simply on the hunt for inexpensive ways to increase your reach, Jenni Hilton offers ideas for maximizing your PR dollar in a post at Eternal Thoughts from a Sunshine Mind. Here are ... more
  • The Right Way to Serve Up Links
    Most Web sites have a page with outbound links. In theory, they serve as a resource for your customers, but Shavkat Karimov argues that, in practice, links pages rarely add value. "They just list sites," he says in a post at the Digital Marketing Blog. "That's it. It's a very ... more
  • Treat, Don't Trick, Search Engines
    While good SEO boosts site traffic, not all tactics used these days are above-board. Some, designed to "trick" search engines, are not only bad business: they can get your site banned. And that's no treat. To make sure you're operating with the good guys, it's best to avoid using questionable tactics. ... more
  • Peeling Back the Top Few Layers
    In a recent article at MarketingProfs, Mike Volpe of HubSpot likens search engine optimization to a gigantic onion. There's no end to the number of layers you can peel back in your quest for a higher rank among your target market's search results. But the good news is you don't ... more
  • Google's Smarter Than You Think
    The more you focus on SEO strategy, the more you might begin to think you can outsmart Google. But Dharmesh Shah argues in an article at MarketingProfs.com that gaming the system with sneaky SEO techniques is, in the long run, a losing proposition: "It's safe to assume that if you ... more
  • Build It and They Will Come
    The key to getting your site to the top of a B2B keyword search list isn't just content, says Galen DeYoung: "Proper site architecture is also critical," he insists. So it's not just how you say it that counts in SEO; it's how you build it, too. With that in mind, ... more
  • Go Where the Current Leads
    John McCain got people talking when he aired an ad that compared Barack Obama to style-over-substance celebrities like Paris Hilton; but the conversation really picked up when Hilton shot back with an entertaining rebuttal at the comedic website Funny or Die. Reclined on a chaise lounge—and attired in high heels ... more
  • Has Your Telephone Become Your Sales Prevention System?
    by Todd Miechiels
    Is your company guilty of throwing dollars at campaigns to increase Web traffic, only to turn around and squander sales opportunities due to poor telephone and email handling? Make sure that your telephone system isn't preventing prospects from reaching out and touching someone at your company. As soon as you finish ... more
  • Direct-to-Consumer PR Reflects Power of Do-It-Yourself
    by Gail Martin
    With the rise of search engines, Wi-Fi, and a Do-It-Yourself mindset, today's consumers are more empowered than ever before. They not only believe that they're entitled to information but also have unprecedented access to information on a global scale. An increasing number of consumers turn first to the Internet when they ... more
  • Go With the New Kids on the Block
    Brandon Leibowitz is a fan of the new kids on the block when it comes to Web directories. He says there are lots of benefits to advertising with unestablished directories. "New directories are a valuable tool for Web sites that need that extra boost in search engine ranking or in ... more
  • Top 5 Legitimate SEO Techniques That Will Help Your Business Get Found
    by Mike Volpe
    It is essential that you make it easy for customers to find you, and one of the most effective ways to do so is search engine optimization, which focuses on getting your Web site listed in the unpaid, organic search engine results. How do you actually get your Web site ranked ... more

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