Increasing traffic to your Website or Blog with Linkedin

LinkedIn’s popularity and relevance as a social networking site has increased dramatically since its inception. The site provides a great way to network with other professionals, and is a great resource to form and enhance business relationships. However, few people realize that there is an SEO benefit to LinkedIn as well. In the SEO world, keyword text links are king. Below are instructions for how to adjust your LinkedIn profile to include three text links with keyword rich anchor text (good for SEO) pointing back to your website. Once you login, it will only take a minute of your time.

To get started you first need to assemble a list of three URL’s and three keywords you would like to optimize for. For our example we will use our client Gould Cooksey Fennell, a law firm in Vero Beach Florida. Here is our list:

Keyphrase URL

Vero Beach Lawyer http://www.gouldcooksey.com

Vero Beach Attorney http://www.gouldcooskey.com

Vero Beach Corporate Law http://www.gouldcooksey.com/site/corporate_law/

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2009: The Year of Marketing Chaotically

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Manny Gonzalez

PARIS Technologies International, Inc.

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In 1987 noted management consultant and author Tom Peters authored his third book entitled “Thriving on Chaos.” The book focused on what Peters saw as the successful management practices that businesses must employ in order to not just survive but to thrive in the face of mounting marketplace turmoil occurring at the time. Speed ahead to 2009 and while marketplace turmoil persists (thanks in good measure to the on-going economic recession) could Peters have envisioned the Web 2.0 explosion that is causing catastrophic chaos for marketers worldwide, to boot? I can’t answer that question. But, I do know that the chaos marketers are facing today is not going away any time soon so we, as savvy marketers, just may as well embrace the chaos and try our best to not just survive but as Peter’s postulated – thrive. I will attempt now to describe, in very broad terms, what I see as the key elements of a successful B2B marketing strategy.

First off, begin to think of your marketing planning in two ways:

  1. What do I need to do to gain leads?
  2. What do I need to do to create the right message?

By thinking of your marketing plans in these ways, you will be able to focus on the steps that you will need to take in order to identify the best way to reach your target market and ensure that you’ve crafted the right message for that audience.

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Good article in WSJ – Web 2.0 and Marketing

The Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World

Consumers are flocking to blogs, social-networking sites and virtual worlds. And they are leaving a lot of marketers behind.

This article is a little too basic for my knowledge but it still is a good read.

Also if you want to read an article that is limited to WSJ.com customers and you do not have a subscription just use the email the article feature send it to yourself and you can then read the article for free.  Sorry WSJ

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Using Twitter to Market

 

Ever wondered how to advertise, communicate directly with customers and keep abreast of your competition, all at the same time? Social networking website Twitter could be the answer. We reveal the tips and traps of this hot new online tool.

The internet has given businesses a variety of ways to market themselves, but the last few years have seen the rise of one of the most innovative – social networking.

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Tips for Promoting your Blog

Write quality content
It might sound obvious to most of us that your blog’s content has to be excellent. In many cases, however, bloggers write mediocre posts and spend most of their time trying to drive traffic to their blogs. Granted, they get a fair amount of visits, but those people will never come back. Converting one-time visitors into subscribers is by far the most important thing you need to do to keep a steady flow of traffic visiting your blog.

There is another excellent reason to write quality articles. The better your content is the more people will link to your blog. And as we all know, quality incoming links are the key to high search engine rankings.

Let your readers subscribe
There are two major ways people can subscribe to your blog: email and RSS. Give them both options. RSS is a great technology but a huge percentage of your readers are not very familiar with it.

Submit your feeds
Every time you write a new post, submit its RSS/Atom feed to the major feed directories: FeedAge, FeedRaider, FeedAgg, FeedFury, GoldenFeed, and BlogDigger. Also submit your blog’s main RSS if you haven’t done so yet.

Ping your posts
When you ping your posts, the search engines are more likely to index them faster. These are the ping services such as pingomatic.com and feedburner.com

Social bookmark your own posts
Create an account with the top social bookmarking services and bookmark each new post that you write. These are some of the ones I use: Digg, Delicious, Propeller, Technorati, Reddit, Google Bookmarks, Yahoo Bookmarks, MSN Bookmarks, Blinklist, Linkagogo, Wists, Kaboodle, Furl, Faves, and StumbleUpon.

Add social bookmarking capabilities to your blog
Give people the opportunity to bookmark your posts. There are several plugins that work for most blogging platforms. My favorites are ShareThis and Sociable.

Forums and blogs
Interact with your community, provide useful tips, and answer their questions. Become an authority in the field and invite them to visit your blog. Don’t spam them, though. Make sure that you are helping them, not just posting your blog’s link everywhere.

Use viral marketing
I think that all blogs should have an option to “Tell your friends” about it. Sure, your visitors can copy your link, open their email clients, and send your blog’s link to their friends. But if you don’t make it easy for them, chances are that they won’t.

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