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Building Authority Through Social Media: What is It All About?

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Building Authority Through Social Media: What is It All About?


Many people who have been following online marketing news for the past few weeks know that Google has stated that social linking will have an effect on how a page ranks in search results. This has of course, generated a lot of interest in the topic of social linking. Those who use social media already are wondering what they could do to integrate their SEO efforts together with social media. Those who don’t are now rushing to create accounts on Google +, Twitter and Facebook for their businesses and websites.

 

Search engines using the social media standing of a website as one of the factors in determining its page rank shouldn’t surprise anyone. Whether you like it or not, social networking sites have become a powerful tool where users share information with each other and this includes the websites that they’ve visited. It’s only normal that search engines look at how popular a site is getting on a social network.

 

Another word that is often used in online marketing circles is “authority”. Being an authority online means being a excellent source of information on a certain niche. An authority site is one that receives a lot of traffic and has shown that it can give users what they want on a consistent basis. This is different from a website that goes viral and gets a few hundred thousand visitors who go to it and look at a funny picture or video and then progressively disappear as the popularity fades away.

 

But how do you combine social media with your overall online marketing strategy and use it to truly become an authority in your niche? If you heard some self proclaimed gurus claim that they have a strategy to become an authority quickly and easily, then you should know they’re not telling the whole truth about the matter. Building an authority site is difficult and involves a lot of work. It also involves a lot of time. Remember, a site can’t be considered to be authoritative in its niche just because it receives a sudden spike in traffic over a few days. This popularity among visitors needs to be consistent. So you should opt for gradual growth.

 

What you want is for your content to be widely shared on social media by the user’s own actions. People have to come to your site, see some of the content and then decide to share it with others, giving an indication that they’ve found it interesting. Self-promotion efforts, such as linking to a blog post that you’ve made on your Facebook fan page, will not lead to your site being authoritative in itself. You can spend all day publishing news stories on your feed and providing links to every page on your site, but if nobody shares it, you’re really out of luck.

 

There’s a whole lot more to it and there are differences between the various social networks. Later, we will take a look at how you can leverage Facebook and Twitter to get your site the respect that it can have in the online world.

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Which Changes Will be Brought to Online Marketing in 2012 – Part 3

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Which Changes Will be Brought to Online Marketing in 2012 – Part 3


We’ve seen some interesting new trends when it comes to online marketing and the changes that are expected to happen in 2012. Online business model changes, rise in social media advertising, online television, as well as mobile marketing are all things that are expected to take place in 2012. But there are a few other things that are expected to be more important this year. Mainly when it comes to promoting your website through natural search results on Google. Here are some of them:

  • Content and Site Design Will Matter More

Google has recently made some changes to their algorithm which penalizes low quality websites that are built for the sole purpose of attracting clicks on search engines. This increases the quality of search results overall, as searchers are now less likely to be directed to a website that has irrelevant content or is just a dumping ground for advertisements. Quality, relevant content will be necessary. As Google is now showing snippets of websites when a user hovers over the search results, having a site that is attractive to the user is also going to be a lot more important. Working on the design elements of your site is thus recommended.

  • Google + Will Matter More For SEO

While there is some debate as to whether Google + will ever have any relevance as a personal social network and few people now expect it to be a serious rival to Facebook, it looks like Google + will matter to business users a lot more. This is because Google + results will also be indexed in search engine results and will be given a high degree of relevance, just like YouTube videos are shown in search results. Whether or not you believe Google + will be important in your online marketing strategy overall, it would be a very good idea to have an account on the network.

  • Rating, Review and Consumer Opinion Sites Will Become Very Important

While these sites have existed for more than 15 years now, review websites are going to get more relevance in search results. Already, we can see results for comments left about a certain business appearing near the top of search results when that business name is searched for on Google. For business owners, this means two things. First, offering a quality product or service, which will avoid consumers complaining about them on these sites. Second, monitoring search results for their business name, associated keywords as well as entries regarding them on review and opinion websites. Many of these sites give the chance for business owners to respond to any comments, both positive and negative. This will give potential customers that are checking out your business a good feeling that you care about their opinions and that you want to help them resolve any issues that they may have. This applies to any business that targets the consumer market, whether online or offline. Review websites for Business to Business companies, while not as popular, still exist and should be paid attention to as well if this is the line of business in which you operate in.

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General Tips For Social Media Success

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General Tips For Social Media Success


Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have become an important part of any online marketing strategy.It can be tough to run an effective social media marketing campaign, but if you keep some simple things in mind, you can succeed with social media.

Username

Try to use the same username across all the sites you sign up for. If your Facebook friends see your username pop up on Twitter, they’ll follow you, and if your Twitter followers see your Facebook page, they’ll friend you. Being consistent about your username makes it very easy for other people to figure out who you are quickly. If you can’t get the same exact username on all of the sites you use, try to pick something very similar. The easier it is for people to figure out who you are, the more attention you’ll get in the long run.

Picture

Every social media site lets you upload a picture to use as your icon. A lot of people will tell you to use a professional looking head shot of yourself, but that’s not necessarily the right choice. The picture you use is going to depend on the niche you’re marketing to. Sure, sometimes the professional head shot will be the right choice, but if you’re running a website about TV shows, and you’re using your social media accounts to promote it, you might want to use something TV related as your icon instead. The one thing to keep in mind when picking your icon is that it be memorable. Whether it’s a head shot or not, your friends and followers should be able to identify you by your icon easily.

Profile

Take the time to fill out your profile completely. The more information you include, the better off you’ll be. People use social media to have a social interaction with other users, and the more you tell them about yourself, the more likely they are to feel like they’re getting that interaction from you.

There’s a lot to learn about social media, but if you keep these things in mind, you’ll be off to a good start. You can’t build a strong social media marketing campaign without taking the right steps when setting up your accounts. Keep that in mind, and you’ll succeed with social media.

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Promoting Your Website With A Blog

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Promoting Your Website With A Blog


A lot of companies have made blogs a strong part of their online marketing strategy, but not everyone knows exactly how to use their blog in an effective way. If you’re thinking about using a blog to help promote your product, service, or website, there are a few important things to keep in mind before diving in.

One of the most important things a blog can do for you is give your company a personality. By posting interesting stories relating to your product, and how customers are using it, you can shape how people view your product. For example, if your company sells blenders, it might be fun for your visitors to see youtube videos showing how to make the perfect smoothie, or maybe even recipes for the perfect margarita. By doing this, you’re associating your company with that awesome new smoothie recipe in the customer’s mind, thus impacting how they view you, and your product.You have now given your company a friendly personality by sharing something useful with the customer.

A blog can also help you to make all of the details about your product or service more consumable for the reader. A blog post showing someone using the product can get the idea across way better than a lengthy step by step set of instructions. When consumers are forced to sift through pages upon pages of dry reading material to learn what they need to know about your product or service, they will often lose interest, and try to find what they’re looking for elsewhere. By presenting information about your product or service in a short, easy to read blog post detailing how someone else is using your product or service, consumers suddenly begin to see that information as useful, and understandable, rather than overwhelming, and frustrating.

This one’s going to seem a little odd, but bear with me. You should avoid making blog posts strictly related to your product. Be sure to talk about things related to your niche, but not directly related to your company. If your blog feels like nothing more than an ad for your company, web savvy visitors will likely pass it by without a second glance. If you’re providing quality information they want to see, they’ll stick around and read a few other posts, some of which will be about your product.

Keep your blog friendly, and informative, and you’ll see the benefits. Your visitors will find your company more approachable, and customer friendly, and that in turn, will lead to sales.

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