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Increasing your Site Traffic: Paid Search

We will be exploring all of the different areas of traffic that your website can obtain. This month we will be looking at paid search traffic. Both what it is and how it can benefit your site.   What is it? Paid traffic is what is often referred to as “pay per click traffic” or “Paid Search” and comes from users of various Search engines making search queries. On a search engine like “Google” paid traffic listings exist above the Organic Search and Local Search results. On a Site like Google the paid search results can exist at the first …

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Creating an Effective Banner Ad for Adwords

Banner ads are often more annoying than intriguing but, by paying attention to a few simple design rules, you’ll be better equipped to create a banner ad that draws in the clicks rather than turns people away. According to wordstream.com, the average click-through rate (CTR) for banner ads is 0.25%, but you’ll want to aim for a CTR of at least 2% if you want your campaign to succeed. Banner Ads are used in Adwords for both Display and Re-Marketing Campaigns. The following are some of the defining characteristics of a successful banner ad:     1 – Interactive Elements …

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5 Online Marketing Strategies that Lead to Success

Your small business needs an online marketing strategy. Without one, you risk playing a game of blind darts with your brand, throwing things out there and hoping they stick. Fortunately, 21st century Internet tools make marketing easy for small businesses to launch and to measure.   1. Ideal Customer Profile (AKA Avatar)   At the heart of your marketing strategy should be an ideal customer you target in your copy and offers. When you know who you are marketing to, you will find it much easier to make the right decisions and find the authentic voice necessary to connect with …

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Turning Underperforming Keywords in Google Adwords into Traffic Generators

Most PPC campaigns are subject to the 80-20 rule (aka the Pareto principle) which states that approximately 80% of any given effect comes from 20% of the causes.  Applied to a PPC campaign, 80% of the conversions probably come from 20% of the keywords.  Most likely, you correctly focus most of your analysis and efforts on that 20%, but what about that other 80% of your keywords?  They probably convert every so often but clearly, they are underperforming.  Since they are relevant to your business, pausing or deleting them is not a good idea.  The only real option is to …

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SEO Bounty Predictions for SEO in 2014

Every year we put together our thoughts on the coming year in Search Marketing. It is always nice to attempt to look into a crystal ball and predict the future. Below are our thoughts for next year and below that is a summary of how our predictions did last year.   Organic Link Building Dies – The concept of link earning or organic link building is a process invented in 2013 that states that you can “earn links” simply by paying an SEO company thousands of dollars to get in with the right bloggers or websites. This is just flat …

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Why Organic SEO Outperforms PPC Campaigns

A wise man once said patience is a companion of wisdom; however, these days most people seem fixated on immediate gratification. Sadly, this mindset has found its way into many American businesses which have come to value fast, short-term results over long-term commitments that promote enduring success. This wasteful mindset also exists in the online marketing world, where quick gains often dissipate when businesses fail to invest in solid foundations that yield lasting returns.

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Content Marketing and SEO

“Content marketing” is an umbrella term used to describe any marketing that uses the creation and sharing of content to attract a defined target audience for website traffic, lead generation and/or conversion.  It is usually presented in educational formats, such as custom magazines, print or online newsletters, digital content, websites, white papers, webcasts/webinars, podcasts, video series, in-person roundtables, and interactive online events. Utilizing web-based content marketing can greatly enhance search engine optimization. Inserting specific searchable keywords into your content will bring more people to your site, and then you can rely on your brand and the information presented to convert …

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What’s Tumblr Good For?

A few years ago, I assumed Tumblr was a second-class blogging platform that looked and worked inferior to WordPress. I’ve now realized I was being pretty close-minded to any Content Management System (CMS) but WordPress, whether for a personal blog or a business website. That has now changed. Recently, I started helping my best friend establish himself as an influencer in preparation for a future online entertainment venture. So, I did what I always do when I am excited about a new project. I snapped up a URL and started furiously looking for an awesome WordPress theme. At the same …

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Location-Based Apps Based on Emotion

Location-based mobile tools such as Foursquare are not yet considered mainstream social media channels. Still, Foursquare has nearly 10 million users world-wide, so it’s a marketing channel that businesses shouldn’t dismiss. Recently, I was speaking with a friend who uses Foursquare multiple times a day. I asked him why he uses it, and his answer was, “Funny you should ask. I ask myself that frequently, too.” Right then I knew I had the basis for our next blog post. I wanted to get answers to these questions: Why do people use check-in apps? What motivates people to check in to a …

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Do Apps Like Foursquare Affect SEO?

Yes, apps like Foursquare can affect SEO. Each venue on Foursquare has a dedicated Web page that is indexed by Google. Therefore, your Foursquare page could rank for geographic related searches just like your Google Places page or your Yelp profile. Additionally, as with those location-based directories, your business could be on Foursquare right now without you even knowing it. If it is, you should claim your Foursquare page ASAP so that you can optimize it and monitor it. If your venue is not already on Foursquare, it’s a good idea for you to add and populate it so that …

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