How to Utilize Pinterest for Online Businesses

How Pinterest Works

Did you know that Pinterest brings more traffic to your website than LinkedIn, Google+, and Youtube combined? Yes, this is true! Which is why we want you to know how important Pinterest is to online businesses.

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Before we start, let’s pump you up with some cool trivia about Pinterest:

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I bet you didn’t know about that! We didn’t, too – we just found out about this last month!

Okay, let’s get down to business and start off by understanding how Pinterest works. The following are the common features of Pinterest:

  1. Buttons
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    On Pinterest, you can Pin, Send, and Like a pin.
  2. Board

    Every time you want to pin something, you can either add it in your current pin board or create a new one. The board is the collection of pins that you “pinned.”

  3. Pin Board
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    This is the collection of boards that you have pinned.

How Pinterest Can Help Your Business

Now that you know how Pinterest features work, let’s dig into how Pinterest can help you and your business. Pinterest shows endless potentials for your business,but first you need to build up your account and engage with other people. Here are steps on how you can do it:

1. Build your Identity (Personal Branding): You need to know what industry category or categories you should dive in to. Like this page – Pinterest used this as their sample account.

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Their account is all about gardening, DIY products, health, and foods.

As you can see, they have established their account to be known for specific industries that are affiliated with each other. The idea here is to provide useful information to your audience in a fun way. After that, comes the introduction of your own products. You can mix your products along with your other pins on your boards.

The most important thing about your pins and boards is that you need to provide users useful and educational information that can help them anytime. By creating boards that contain ideas, people, places, and events, you are able to help and inspire your users instead of sheer advertising.

NOTE: You don’t have to create your original content for your pins and boards, you can just research and get those from other pins of users and carefully combine them in your board(s). You can incorporate any link here like Youtube Videos, Slideshare slideshows, Instagram images, etc.

2. Incorporate Pinterest to your own personal blog or website. Pinterest used this http://www.westelm.com/shop/new/top-pinterest-pins/ as an example.

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On this web page, they compiled the products that gathered the highest pins on their Pinterest account. This is an ideal way in keeping your audience’s interests and promoting your social media account at the same time. This is a two-way traffic getter – website to Pinterest; and Pinterest to Website.

3. Broaden your scope: Expanding your reach is a fun way to market yourself and your products. You can do this by creating communities and groups via Pinterest’s Group Boards. In Group Boards, you can collaborate with popular pinners in Pinterest. These popular pinners surely have a lot of followers, and if you share a group board with them, your Pinterest account will be able to get more exposure especially if they share your pin boards. This can also increase your followers.

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Having a high number of followers is always a good thing. They are your audience. They are your potential customers. So engaging yourself in to Group Boards could be beneficial. This also makes you one step closer to having your business be known.
4. The Incorporation of your products: Once you have established your account on Pinterest (by letting yourself to be known on your chosen industry or category), it is now time to start uploading your products and services together with your pins.
The benefit of this is that the traffic in your website will increase as your pins get re-pinned and shared by users, given the fact that you have established a good number of followers, and your images and posts are compelling enough.

And from there, it is up to your website to convince your visitors in purchasing your products or services.

5. Analytics: This may not be part of the Pinterest website but it is always important to have your monthly website/blog visits be monitored. This is for you to know if Pinterest is really driving traffic to your website. Analytics will also help you understand if people like the content of your website and how effective your Pinterest strategy is.

Now that we all know how to utilize Pinterest, it is now time to get that Pinterest account sorted and have fun pinning as your business gets recognized.

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How to Utilize Facebook for Online Businesses

Facebook for Businesses

Facebook is a world-renowned social media and there are a lot of people who are in it. People use Facebook for the following reasons:

  • personal use;
  • to connect with people from the past whom they’ve lost contact with;
  • to gain new friends; and
  • to promote online businesses


For online businesses, Facebook is a good platform to utilize because a lot
of people are using it. Facebook marketing has been booming for the past 5 years and it’s never too late to start and engage yourself in it. So here’s how to utilize Facebook to promote online businesses:

1There are 3 main steps to get your business ready in Facebook.

1. Reach people where they are engaged – There are 1.35 billion people in Facebook. Every month, 64% of them check their accounts every day, which is why their presence in this social media platform alone could give you limitless business potential.

Engage with your target audience – You can post pictures of your latest products or sample of your services to help drive sales. You can also create a video to make people recognize your business and your Facebook page.

Another thing that is awesome about Facebook is that once a person likes your page, his/her friends will be able to see it. There is a great chance that they can discover your page and like it, too.
You can also utilize one of Facebook’s many features which is the “Boost Post.” With this, you can boost your post to appear in your chosen audiences.

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With a Facebook Page, you can easily show customers what you’re all about.
Boosting posts is the best way to reach more people. With a boosted post, you can:
– Reach more people who like your page, including their friends.

– Reach new audiences based on location, age, gender and interests (*This, we think is the most important part of it). And;

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– Easily set a budget and schedule for your post.

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Read more on how you can boost your Facebook posts here: https://www.facebook.com/business/learn/facebook-page-boost-posts/

2. Build connections and relationships – Posting photos and updates on your page is an easy way to capture the interest of your audience. You can have them be engaged by knowing their interests, the posts they are usually interested in, and the topics they want to take part on. (More of this on item number 3)
Also, when you boost your posts, more people will see them in their News Feeds – the constantly updating list of stories on Facebook. The perfect way to build relationships is by keeping the current ones and getting new ones.
3. Learn about your customers and audience – When you have a page, you can easily track how many people like your post, or how many people viewed your page. A helpful tool here is Facebook Page Insights.

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Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/business/learn/facebook-page-insights-basics/
You can identify whether or not your audience like your post. With this, you’ll get to know more about them and what feeds, news, images, videos, and topics they want to see.

The Facebook Page Insights feature is extremely helpful, especially when you’re boosting your post. This feature lets you see how many people liked/unliked your page, how many people visit your page, and how far did your posts reach by knowing how many people saw your post:

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And since Facebook and smartphones are all linked now, you can easily access your Facebook business page by downloading their The Pages Manager App.

This App lets you access your Facebook page easily. You can upload an image or video, post a status, review/reply in a comment, and schedule events.

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You can also view all the figures of your page here – notifications, messages, new likes, and your scheduled posts.

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There are also plenty of ways on how you can get more visits to your page – we have tackled the first one which is the Boost post. But there are still a lot of things you can still do like the promoting your page, send people to your website, and a lot more! (See image below)

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Like we said earlier, potential of your business here on Facebook is limitless. You just have to keep these 3 things in your mind: 1.) Identify your audience (or target audience); 2.) Understand their behavior; and 3.) Create compelling and interesting posts, images, videos, etc. Once you have understood these things, your business can reach unimaginable growth and unlimited potential.

To wrap this up, here are some facts about Facebook that you may not know about, YET.

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Custom IDX for Real Estate

7 Advantages in Customizing MLS IDX For Real Estate Websites

In real estate websites, the MLS (Multiple Listings System) is the holy grail of information of homes available within the jurisdiction of the MLS provider. They contain updated information of all homes for sale, the information is precise and comprehensive.

Usually the MLS database consists of property

  • images
  • specifications
  • amenities
  • HOA information
  • prior sales records
  • current market status

and more. Here are other common functions of a real estate website.

This is a huge pool of information to tap into and there are two ways you can go about it.

Your web developer can pull this feed via IDX (Internet Data Exchange) protocol into your real estate website using the

  • Standard IDX also called the Matrix Tool by some MLS providers, usually provided by themselves, is more of a “plug and play” that embeds the feeds into the website.
  • Custom IDX (your own design specific pull from the MLS)

But here are 7 reasons why you should opt to use the MLS more towards your advantage through customization.

Advantage #1:  Branding

The best way to describe branding is this feeling we get, like an “aftertaste” we feel after having met someone, having worked with someone or by simply entering a store. Logos, color schematics and slogans are a part of branding but it is only superficial.

Logos, colors and slogans are “one-sided” i.e. it is a one way communication from the business. The bigger chunk of branding lies in how you handle yourself, how someone conducts themselves and their enthusiasm towards their profession and especially how customers perceives them. Its about their “aftertaste” of having been to a website.

When you customize your MLS, you are saying, “I am different” and “I care” about how I want to represent myself.  This is a powerful message you will be sending to your website visitors subliminally.

Advantage #2: SEO

Most standard IDX involves using Javascript which only embeds the information into your site. By using custom IDX, you can pull the feeds onto your own server and display them how you want. You can set them up as unique pages which is a marvel for SEO. However, you need to attempt to make these pages as unique as possible through Meta-data and descriptions.

Imagine ranking for property keywords or address searches in Google.  You can do this by customizing your IDX.

Advantage #3:  Social Media

Now, that you actually have a digital page on your website for each property, you then have the chance of using social media to share these homes. Using Standard IDX, this is not possible as the homes are actually digitally not present on your website.

Advantages #4: Sharing URLS / Refer Property functions

Once again, since you have a page per property, people can share/refer your property to others.

Advantages #5: Display preferences

Through Customization, you now have control on how you want to display your property pages, you can stack them differently, use the fonts of your choice and remove areas that are not necessary. You can add more information and brand them to look consistent.

Advantage #6: Mobile

In April 2015, Google already started to implement better rankings for websites that are mobile ready either through a .mobi or responsive websites.

By customizing the MLS, you can configure them to work on all mobiles for better interaction. Read Google Algorithm Update for Mobile Websites April 2015.

Advantage #7: Portal Functions

There are better ways to convert once someone signs up to see more information or saves a property while searching. Customized IDX for MLS also allows you to make your portal seem more fluid and interactive by applying creative conversion-driven functions that you can track using Google analytics.

Internet marketing in Real Estate is about information, take MLS information to a whole new level by having a custom IDX. It makes your website look superior and very modern. View Modern Real Estate Websites.

Link Building or Link Earning: Which approach will you choose?

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Google’s dynamic algorithm is a challenge for SEO companies – especially for link builders. Earlier week, I had a brainstorming session with my partner about link building strategies and link earning. We were able to raise the following questions during our discussion:

  • Which is better for SEO? Link building or link earning?
  • Why is one better than the other?
  • What are the long term and short term effects of the two?
  • Which is more practical?
  • How do we need to implement our strategy?

Before we answer all of these questions, let us first identify link building and link earning.

What is Link Building?

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Link building is the process of placing hyperlinks, anchor text, or the link itself on a webpage. It helps the search engines discover web pages across the internet – more like a bridge between web pages. Generally, SEO companies use link building to generate more traffic, increase page rankings, and get ahead of their competitors. Each company has their own link building techniques. I cannot say what kind of technique is better, but I can assure that most of them produce good results.

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What is link building’s role in SEO?

Link building had always been a factor in computing a website’s rankings. A few years ago, Google determined the ranking of a web page by the number of the links pointing to that particular page. In short, it was a matter of Quantity over Quality during those years. Now, Google is prioritizing Quality over Quantity. A Quality link is a link that comes from a website that has a high trust flow and has a good number of visits. More high quality links meant more SEO juice, which will also equated to higher page rankings.

What is Link Earning?

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Link earning is a way of earning referral traffic through content marketing. In this strategy, an internet marketer “shares”, “markets” or “promotes” share-able content. A sharable content can come in a form of an infographic, image, blog, slideshow, video, etc. Since the content is catchy and engaging, it normally gains referral traffic from relevant sites, followers, audiences, and blog citations.

What is link earning’s role in SEO?

Link earning is a long-term process, but is proven to bring success. (see the work on the topic by Rand Fishkin, Bruce Clay, Kris Jones) Earning referral traffic does not happen overnight. The company sees the results of link earning once their content has already earned some good reputation. The company or their content can build-up their reputation through referrals, citations, advertisements and endorsements. Related Articles: Essential Websites to start Generating Traffic.

So back to these question, we will be as brief as possible and provide answers thats relevant to todays algorithms.

  • Which is better for SEO? Link building or link earning? Link Earning
  • Why is one better than the other? Reaches a broader Audience
  • What are the long term and short term effects of the two? Link Earning provides loyal and long term readers. 
  • Which is more practical? Both are needed at some point especially for start-ups but once standard links are placed, its a fight for content marketing and Link Earning. 
  • How do we implement our strategy? Focus on the Content Generation and Distribution Process. 

Google’s Update for April 2015: The Rise of Mobile Friendly Websites

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Google announced last February 2015 that they will include mobile-friendliness as a factor in determining rankings. Here is Google’s official statement: “Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact on our search results.” If you haven’t read the entire update yet, we will break it down for you.

  • Google will begin to use the data gathered from indexed apps.
  • What are indexed apps?

These are mobile applications that are “indexed” by Google. There are series of steps that must be done for App Indexing. Google would show the apps alongside the search result. See below.

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(Image from Google Developers)

If you want to learn how to index your app, Google has written a guide about it here.

  • It will have a significant impact in our mobile search results.

The point of this phrase is that Google will be penalizing sites that are not “mobile-friendly”. We do not know yet the real scope of the penalty, but we know that it would be big. During SMX Munich, Zineb from Google told the community that the penalty would be heavier than the former updates.

Will the update hurt my desktop search results?

  • No, the algorithm focuses on mobile search results.

My mobile traffic is insignificant. Why should I make my site mobile-friendly?

  • It is safer and wiser to make your site mobile friendly because smartphone mobile access is continually on the rise. Take a look at Rand Fishkin’s Moz.com. His mobile traffic only accounts for 1% of the visits. Yet, he is working to make his site mobile-friendly – a perfect example of “thinking ahead.

We are only a few days away from Google’s update. Create a game plan, update your website, and do whatever you can to remain ahead of the competition.

Need help on making a mobile-friendly website? This guide published by Google can help you.

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Essential websites to start generating traffic 

Internet marketing has been evolving for decades now. My experience as an Internet Marketer has not been smooth sailing. I started from scratch—I did not have the tools, and I did not know where to begin. I had to start somewhere, so I started with research. Then I stumbled upon social media websites, directories and forums. These websites jump-started my internet marketing ideas. The list I have come up with, is in order of importance and effectiveness.  Each traffic generating website is rated and reviewed based on my own experience. These rates were based on the number of visitors, traffic generation, user experience, and its overall impact on internet marketing.

  • Google+

Googleplus icon/logo All of us, at some point have used the services of Google. We have watched videos on YouTube, we have used Google maps, and most of us use Gmail for our personal email. Google+ serves as a bridge for Google’s services. According to data published by Statista, Google+ has over 300 million monthly active accounts— 50% of them are logging in daily. Here are other facts about Google+ that might interest you (Source – Circlecount)

  • There are over 9 million post daily
  • Photo is the most shared post type (57%), Link coming in second (27%),
  • A post containing photo(s) has the most +1, comments, and shares – averaging at more than 45 +1, 30 comments and 50 reshares per post. This translates to 149% more +1, 133% more comments and re-shares.

There are more facts about Google+ like the engagement rate, proper ways to share content, boosting business on your page, etc. Those I would discuss on another part of my blog. 

Why Google+ is a favorite among Internet Marketers?

Youtube We Internet Marketers are as “busy as a swarm of bees”. We want to share our information quickly as possible and Google knows that. Let’s say you have a video that you want to share, Google+ has an interface that allows the users to directly embed youtube videos, record and upload videos. This feature can save us valuable time. If we are posting on an average of 5 times a day, we would have saved at least 5 – 10 mins a day, imagine the amount of time we can save for the whole month? (150 – 300 mins).

  • Google Circle

Google circle lets you add friends, colleagues, family members, and acquaintances and group them into circles. It function as a filter, it opts-out un-necessary sharing of posts. If you want to learn more about the circles, I suggest that you read Christine DeGraff’s in-depth guide on “mastering circles”.

  • Google My Business

Google business Registering your business in Google is another way of boosting your traffic. Login to www.google.com/business/, fill up the forms, and then wait for Google’s snail mail to arrive at your office. Mail me my code Once you have received the verification code, enter it on your My Business page and Voila! Free localized SEO, free placement on Google Maps, and free traffic. redkite google business

My Overall Ratings

User-experience – 7/10 Traffic Generation – 9/10

  • Facebook

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If you are looking for the best place to market yourself to your contacts, then here is your answer. Currently, Facebook is the most popular and the king of all social media websites. The data given to us by Facebook themselves says that, they have an estimate of 1.4 billion active monthly users, and 890 million daily logins.

Internet Marketing on Facebook

  • Friends

Let’s face it! Almost everyone has their own Facebook account. If you own a Facebook account, then it is a big plus. Why? If you have connections, your immediate contact would be aware of your business. Plus, your real life friends on Facebook can help you share your content. This is a good scenario for Start-ups. 3 important

  • Personal branding vs Company Branding

personal branding If for any reason that you don’t want to use your private profile for company’s marketing purposes, then you are free to create a Facebook Company page and do marketing from there. This separates “Personal Branding” from “Company Branding”.

  • Extra features

Facebook has ton of features for internet marketers. Facebook allows the creation of free company/business pages, a page wherein the company can share videos, banners, content, and links. facebook banner The about section of the page can be filled up so that it shows complete information regarding the company. I suggest that you complete the information so that people can easily find and understand you. about page The apps section allows the user to link their other social media accounts. This feature links all of your related social media together. app page

  • Advertising Plans

advertising plans Facebook has tons of Advertising plans, see the list below: Take note that these plans are not for free. You must top-up Facebook credits into your account in order to use these schemes. I will write a brief description for you, but I suggest you read 45 Fabulous Facebook Advertising Tips & Magic Marketing Tips by Megan Marrs for a complete insight.

  • Boost your posts

This increases the visibility of a single post. The post is then shown randomly on the home-page of your target location, age bracket and language.

  • Promote Your Page

This has the same function as “Boost your posts”. The only difference is that it promotes the Entire Page itself. This is a more costly alternative, based on my experience. The cost is 5x over.

  • Send people to your website

Attract more people to your website through this feature. A small box is shown next to the newsfeed section that includes your website’s photo, URL, and short description.

  • Increase conversions on your website

Similar function with number 3, but instead of just going to a website, the link takes the visitors directly to a shopping cart, registration or check-out page.

  • Get Installs of your app

 get app Do you have an Android/iOS app that you want to promote? Your app ad is placed on the homepage that contains a link for your app.

  • Raise attendance at your event

An ad would be created that features your chosen event. The ad would be shown based on your target location, age, time, etc.

  • Get people to claim your offer

These features would show your discounts, coupons, and promos directly to the newsfeed of your target audience. The link on the ad would take the viewer directly to the check-out page. Please do note that you do not have to spend money to Increase traffic through Facebook. You can obtain free organic traffic from having lots of connection, an enticing page, and amazing posts.

My Experience:

User-experience: 7/10 Traffic Generation: 7/10

  • Twitter

twitter Twitter is currently one of the “Big Dogs” in the social media world, and is most preferred by Internet Marketers alike. Twitter currently generates over 500 million tweets per day and around 200 billion a year. It is populated by over 100 million users daily.

Twitter for Internet Marketing

Twitter is all about connecting with people through simple ideas and thoughts. Use the “@” feature to directly speak to a person, and use the “#” hashtag feature to connect to a certain community. The internet is populated with articles and blogs. Find something to share with the Twitter community. If your business model revolves around “SEO”, then find an interesting and relevant content on the internet (or create your own) then share the link. If you really want to jumpstart your Internet Campaign on twitter, I recommend you read these:

There are more out there. And I guarantee that most of them are extremely useful.

Why is Twitter popular for Internet Marketers?

Firstly, it is cleverly designed. It’s simple, intuitive, yet beautiful – a UI that children can use. Just compress your thoughts into a 140 character word post (Including spaces) then click tweet. twitter popular

Finding a target audience

The thing that worries a lot of Internet marketers is delivering their content to the target audience. Usual questions that come into play are:

  • How will my post be seen if I do not have enough followers?

We all started from zero followers. People from Twitter tend to follow back, make sure that you follow people that are related or share interests in your field of work – I.E. you don’t want to follow people from “biology” when you are actually in the “mechanics” realm. Yes, they are both science subjects! But they are different and so have they have different kinds of people involved in them. You would be much more effective sticking to things more relevant to your industry.

  • How do I find followers?

 Finding a target audience in Twitter is easy. Just learn how to use the hashtag function efficiently and you’re good to go. The twitter hashtag function allows the user to broadcast and find ideas, thoughts, without having any follower.

  • The link alone eats a lot of character spaces.

Twitter has a feature that automatically shortens the link. It would reduce the link to an average of 10 characters. Alternatively, you can use external URL shortener sites such as Ow.ly, Bitly.com and Tinyurl.com. But the best practice is still to learn how to condense your content into bite-sizes.

My Overall Experience on Twitter:

User-experience: 10/10 Traffic Generation: 9/10

  • LinkedIn

linked in LinkedIn is a fairly old company, the site was launched way back in 2003 and was intended for professional networking. As of Feb 2015, the total number of LinkedIn users are at over 347 million users. LinkedIn is a “Business-to-Business” and a “resume site”, you must fill-up details like work experience, skills, honors, awards, certifications, etc. to receive maximum profile views. If you want to do Internet Marketing at LinkedIn, then a complete profile is a must. The main strategy in LinkedIn is to make connections, get high profile views, to endorse and be endorsed.

  • How do you get connections?

By joining and interacting with Groups. internet marketing Unlike Twitter, Facebook and Google+, LinkedIn does not have a “@” or “#” feature. LinkedIn instead relies solely on Groups, a feature that allows users to interact with each other directly. Find a group that is relevant to your company. For example, in my work-field, I search for Internet Marketing Groups; join several of them; and be active in that community. linked in groups

What does a Group look like?

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(Source: Elizabeth – LinkedIn groups)

You see a group is like a “Facebook Newsfeed”, it allows people to comment, like, and to follow the post. The only difference is, only your preferred news will be shown on your feed. My personal advice is that, it is better to look for a few active communities, rather than joining 20 groups and ending-up in these ghost-towns. There are groups that have thousands of members, but are populated with Spams and Advertisements.

My Experience

User-Experience: 4/10 – There are too many fields to fill up. It took me like 3 – 4 hours to complete my profile. Traffic Generation: 6/10

  • Youtube

youtube Everybody knows Youtube. It is a haven for videos, advertisements, and information. Youtube has over 1 billion users, localized to 70+ countries, available in 60+ languages, and is currently one of the most searched site on the internet.

  • Youtube For Internet Maketing

Using Youtube for internet marketing is quite tricky, people visit Youtube to look for information, or to find something entertaining. “To fully utilize the marketing power of Youtube, the strategy should be based on harnessing the nature of user intent, instead of working against it “– Phil Nottingham, Moz.com. Read his guide regading the marketing value of Youtube here,

  • Videos

Creating a video for Internet Marketing can be costly and time-consuming. If you are working on a limited budget, then a simple slideshow with voice-overs can suffice. You may also utilize your old company launch videos, podcast, and livestreams.

My Experience

User-Experience: 9/10 – The site is easy to navigate and to upload videos. Traffic Generation: 7/10

  • MultiMedia Share Websites

These are websites that can host your images, slides, pdf files, etc.. permanently (or until the site shuts down, who knows?!) . These media files have the potential to drive traffic into your website. Let’s look at some of these website.

Slideshare

slideshare This website allows users to upload their Presentations, slides, and pdf files into the website for online viewing. Internet marketing experts say that Slideshare is the “Sleeping Giant of Content Marketing”. Why? Because it generates over 3 Billion Views per month –A number in which we as “Internet Marketers” could harness.

  • Presentations for Internet Marketing

Your slides CAN be viewed by millions of people, it should be presented based in a way that it can attract a lot of viewers. I suggest that you read Neil Patel’s “Tips to Leverage Slideshare’s Power in Your Visual Content Marketing

My Experience

User-Experience: 8/10 – Traffic Generation: 5/10

Pinterest

pinterest Pinterest is one of the Underdogs of social media marketing. As it grows, there are 27 million unique visits daily and over 200 million views in total per day.

How will Pinterest Help my marketing campaign?

What is interesting about Pinterest is that they utilize the hashtag function, plus, they have no restrictions when it comes to image size. Meaning, that any image size is accommodated – this feature heavily benefits the promotion of infographic and banners. Pinterest also allows the user to insert hyperlinks into their images. 25 keyboard shortcut The image above is uploaded by Mashable.com. Clicking on the image would take the visitor directly to their website. So basically, the formula for traffic generation from Pinterest is enticing image + hyperlink = Traffic.

  • Digg 

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Digg is one of the popular websites in the internet. The website offers blogs, articles and videos – and is actually one of my favorites for my internet marketing campaigns.

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Using Digg for your internet marketing campaign is easy. First, create an enticing or interesting blog, or article. For example, let’s use “Overcoming Challenges in SEO Outsourcing@rajarsinha

Second, submit the blog to Digg using this link: http://digg.com/tools/diggthis/confirm.

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Once the link has been submitted. Editors at Digg would analyze the article, categorize it, and then publish it.

Digg has a wide range of categories, I am sure that it can cover your company as well.

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Digg have mobile applications for both Android and iOS – which is a must-have for marketing websites.

My Overall Ratings

User-experience – 8/10

Traffic Generation – 6/10

Reddit – BONUS WEBSITE

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Reddit is a content-based community. Registered users are allowed to post text, links and submit content. The site is divided into several categories and then divided again into what they call “SubReddits”. (See the image below)

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(Image from Wikipedia.com)

One thing that I like about Reddit is that it is fairly easy to navigate. The website uses a simple URL format “/r/<insert community here>” for its subreddit communities. For example, if you want to target audience that is interested in “SEO”, then just use this URL format: www.reddit.com/r/seo .

Reddit has a huge community, and most of the members are active, if your post is interesting, — it could generate a lot of reactions and activity.

reddit community 

It has a very active community of users. In the image above, there were a lot of “thumbs up”, and there were over 800 comments within 3-4 hours after the single live post.  If you want to promote yourself in Reddit, learn what interests your niche community, create some good content, post and then wait for the results.

My Overall Ratings

User-experience – 9/10

Traffic Generation – 7/10

I hope I have been able to help you slightly with this information. Remember you can always Contact RedKite Internet Marketing and Web Designs for more information on how you can take your marketing to the next level.

Seo Outsourcing

10 reasons Philippines SEO Outsourcing is more than about saving money.

SEO is universal. What algorithms Google applies to the States, Canada, Australia and in any other country, generally applies to everyone, including us. So while cost-saving on monthly SEO is actually a benefit one can get from outsourcing SEO to the Philippines, here are more reasons why Philippines is an amazing place to outsource.

#1 SEO Content Generation

In today’s generation, winning at SEO happens through content. In the Philippines SEO industry, content writers, graphic and visual artists are hired to make up content for blogs, websites and social media. Content personnel are thoroughly screened and tested to assure that the company hires only the best. People who are interested in making writing their career know that there are many possibilities in SEO these days than in any other industry. One may be an amazing writer but if the person doesn’t understand the basics of SEO and social media then you simply cannot enter the SEO industry in the Philippines. The bar has been raised for copywriting and content generation in the country.

#2 SEO Analysis

The demand for SEO analysts and their salaries have grown higher than ever before. In the Philippines, most SEO analysts diagnose everything from content, links, social media, copy uniqueness, social interactivity, website metrics and CRO (conversion rate optimization). They are skilled at auditing websites, making reports and executing SEO strategies.

#3 Branding

Local businesses in the Philippines themselves thrive on branding and being niche-oriented. This is not a new concept for this part of the world to understand.  SEO professionals in the Philippines are trained to understand the brand, their uniqueness and value proposition in each and every SEO campaign.  This is what Philippine marketers focus on – both offline and online.

#4 Updated and Upgraded SEO

Although this is something that all SEO agencies do worldwide, (i.e. update and upgrade their SEO as needed) in the Philippines, the SEO industry is competitive. A lot of companies are putting up their own SEO firms. The SEO agencies that do well are those who are always updating their SEO strategies.

#5 Social Media

When it comes to social media, the people in the Philippines are no different than people in the west. They are proactive and huge social media contributors and consumers. When social media strategies are applied alongside content and link building, they will result to huge SEO benefits. We are lucky that social media is very appreciated in this part of the world as Filipinos like to “share” their opinion.

#6 Competitiveness

The Philippines has always been a top outsourcing destination due to its close American and European (Spanish) ties from the past. Outsourcing has been a way of life in the Philippines and we are very competitive in this industry. We know its benefits and we know how to keep ourselves in top performance levels.

#7 On-Page Optimization

Beyond just developing websites, most Philippines SEO companies employ web-coders to assist in their SEO.  They are trained to optimize the pages skilfully for faster page load speeds and for better crawl-ability of a website.

#8 Conversion Rate Optimization and Design

In the Philippines SEO industry, usually agencies have their own designers, developers, SEO analysts and CRO specialists.  CRO is hugely embedded in design, whether through graphics, multimedia or text.  Having this advantage from a single company is crucial for success in getting on top of the search engines and for converting visitors.

#9 Teamwork

The value of teamwork is deeply ingrained in the work habit of the Filipinos. From elementary education, high school, college, and even at work, Filipinos display astonishing team effort. They deeply believe that success comes to those who are better organized and highly motivated. They strongly encourage team spirit and this leads to a healthy SEO. They are very cooperative within themselves and regard their team leaders to the highest levels.

#10 Talent

Philippine SEO simply thrives because of the SEO talent that is growing within the industry. From freelancers, small agencies to bigger digital agencies, SEO has become a line of work that is taken very seriously. There are annual SEO events, Digital marketing conferences and Content leaders that are taken to the center stage.  This great migration is due to the amount of demand for Philippine SEO specialists as they have already started to supply world class SEO locally and internationally. In the end, SEO is about talent. It’s about hiring the best person that your marketing budget can buy.

Epilogue :  No matter what people say, SEO professionals know that there are only 2 types of SEO.

  • Amazing SEO – improves company’s presence drastically and makes them look awesome!
  • Bad SEO – average, none or negative results.

Outsourced SEO is affordable because of the infrastructure itself i.e. smaller business taxes, business rent, starting salaries and the cost to train personnel. It is not because the SEO personnel have sub-standard professionalism in creating the availability of affordable SEO. Read more about Challenges in outsourcing SEO abroad and how to overcome them.