The Value of Writing a Guest Post
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The Value of Writing a Guest Post

Blogging goes a long way in terms of establishing yourself as an expert in your industry. But did you know you can blog on other websites other than your own? By guest posting, you have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other industry experts and have reputable websites vouch for your knowledge in the field of your choice.   See how you can benefit from guest posting:   Gain valuable backlinks Your blog needs good backlinks. Your ranking in the Google listings depends on them to a significant degree.   One of the best ways to get them is to create them. That means writing for another website with the understanding that the website will include a link to your website in your guest post.   Earn industry recognition Write for various well-respected websites in your industry and people will soon consider you an expert in your field. Similarly, your website will be viewed as an authority website which Google ranks much higher than non-authority sites.   Increase traffic to your website It’s preferable to write for websites that have a lot of visitors. Your goal is to get a percentage of those who read your guest post to.

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Grab Your Customers’ Attention by Telling Them a Story
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Grab Your Customers’ Attention by Telling Them a Story

Improve your content marketing with the help of storytelling Storytelling is a hobby practically as old as a time—and it’s not reserved for sharing moments with friends and family. Storytelling is a powerful tool in business, too. If you want to sell people your product or idea when writing online, tell them a story. This is called storyteller marketing.   People love stories Have you ever noticed how television networks often sprinkle their coverage of sporting events with the stories of the athletes? Did the athlete overcome a near-fatal accident? Was she a foster child? Did he have to make a comeback after battling a drug addiction?   The stories help you relate to the players. If you feel connected to one of the athletes, you’ll become emotionally invested in the game. You can use the same storyteller marketing when connecting with customers.   Consider this example:   A roofing company could share the story of a family that was in desperate need of roof repair. But due to tough financial times and shaky credit, they were unable to borrow the money needed to make the repairs. What did they do?   They spoke to the company’s customer service department.

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How to Make Your Site Mobile Friendly
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How to Make Your Site Mobile Friendly

In today’s digital era, your potential customers will most likely access your site from a smartphone or tablet. What will be their experience? Will your website display correctly on their devices? It’s difficult to convince people that your company is modern and up to date with a website that doesn’t function well on a range of devices.   Let’s look at how you can improve your mobile customer’s experience.   Avoid fixed width design In the days when there were no smartphones or tablets, web designers only had to create sites built for standard sized computer screens. The pages had fixed dimensions, and the style became known as fixed width design.   If someone viewed a page on an unusually sized screen, it would be difficult to read and require an irritating amount of scrolling both vertically and horizontally to see the entire page.   If this describes your website, it’s long overdue for a change. Here are two recommended alternatives for your site:   Adaptive design With the emergence of smartphones and tablets, web designers saw the need to create various versions of the same page. This type of approach is adaptive design. A computer user, a smartphone user,.

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Get More Website Traffic by Writing Better Blog Posts
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Get More Website Traffic by Writing Better Blog Posts

Every internet marketer has heard the phrase “content is king.” However, not all content is true royalty. Let’s discuss how to create better blog posts that will separate your website from the pack.   What readers and search engines both want How does Google determine if one piece of content is superior to others? Much in the same way a reader would make the decision. Readers expect content to be educational and valuable; for example, it should address a problem and offer a solution.   This type of content takes the user by the hand and guides him step by step toward his answer. In other words, the website offers the reader a better user experience.   Google’s algorithm understands that if people prefer one post over the others, then one post must be more useful than the others. The more helpful a post is, the higher it’ll rank in the Google listings.   What to write Don’t write fluff. When people reach your website, they’re looking for real answers and concrete solutions. You must have quality content.   Your content has to be more informative than entry-level material. It has to be so compelling that readers linger on your.

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Why Your Blog Posts Need High-Quality Backlinks and How to Get Them
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Why Your Blog Posts Need High-Quality Backlinks and How to Get Them

Imagine this (frustrating) scenario: your website content is just as good or better than your competitors’, but your competitors consistently outrank you in Google listings. Are you suffering from this predicament? And more importantly, want to know how to fix it? The solution may lie in your backlinks.   Why you need backlinks A backlink is simply a link on another website that leads inbound traffic to your page. For instance, a link on a website about physical exercise may take readers to your website for your chain of fitness clubs.   The secret Google algorithm that ranks pages gives preference to pages that have more backlinks.   Why does Google like links? Think of a link to your web page as a vote in favor of that page.   In general, Google considers your content to be more valuable with each link it receives from different websites. And remember, Google wants to send its users to the most helpful and informative sites available.   It’s similar to the old TV commercials where the announcer would say something like “three out of four dentists recommend our toothpaste.”   In like manner, Google wants to recommend to its user the best.

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PRESS RELEASE IDEAS FOR BUSINESSES
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PRESS RELEASE IDEAS FOR BUSINESSES

Looking for a reason to publish a press release for your business? Here are a few topics to get you started.   We’ve all read press releases that should have never been released. Did you really care that ABC Plumbing defeated XYZ Heating & Air in an all-day horseshoe tournament? Ehhhh, probably not.   So, what makes for a good topic in a press release? Let’s look at three excellent ideas for press releases whether for small, medium or large businesses.   Announce an impressive new deal or contract Everyone wants to be associated with success. That’s why people will like your company even more when they learn that you’ve landed a deal to provide goods or services to someone or something considered important. For example, suppose your remodeling company has inked a deal to restore the most famous historic home in the state. Let everyone know with a press release—then don’t be surprised when admirers of that historic home keep your phone ringing with requests for estimates on their own remodeling projects.   Publish the results of research, a poll or a survey There are companies that manage to keep their names in the national news by mastering this.

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HOW TO TEST YOUR EMAIL CAMPAIGNS
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HOW TO TEST YOUR EMAIL CAMPAIGNS

Become a smart email marketer by learning how to test different components of your email campaigns   Successful email marketers always have one thing in common: they continue to ask questions by testing the effectiveness of their email campaigns.   Testing your email campaign doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep it simple. Select one aspect of your email campaign to test then create two versions of that feature—this comparison of two variants is known as A/B testing Send version A to some of your subscribers and version B to others Track the results Use the winning version as the template for the email that you send to the remaining subscribers What sort of things can be tested? The short answer is practically everything. But let’s take a look at five features you’ll probably want to give your primary attention.   Subject lines How often have you received an email that you immediately deleted because the subject line did not interest you? Reduce the number of times that this happens to the emails you send by experimenting. For example, you could test a generic subject line against one that includes the subscriber’s name to see if personalization results in an improved.

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Why you should use videos in email marketing
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Why you should use videos in email marketing

If you’re not including videos in your email campaigns, you’re missing out on a powerful engagement tool. “Oh yeah, Steve? Says who?” STATS. Here are a couple to back up the point. Having the word “video” in your email subject line may increase your email open rate by up to 19%.* 59% of executives say they are more likely to choose video over text.** What basics do you need to know about videos and emails? Even though we’re talking about video email campaigns, the video usually isn’t in the email itself. Why? Because most email clients aren’t designed to allow videos to play within the email.   Instead, what you can do is link to the video using 1) a static, embedded image; 2) a call-to-action button (“Watch now”); or 3) hyperlinked text. For an embedded image, email services such as MailChimp or Constant Contact will create a screenshot from your video that’s ideal for this purpose.   So where is the actual video? It can be embedded on your company landing page or hosted by a video platform such as YouTube or Vimeo.     How can you get the most out of videos?   No matter what type.

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Why native ads will continue to dominate digital marketing in 2017
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Why native ads will continue to dominate digital marketing in 2017

In the marketing world, predicting trends for the upcoming year is a common occurrence and provides some insight into how the industry is evolving. At the end of 2016, I scoured the internet to see what some reputable marketing experts were predicting for 2017, specifically content marketing (breaking news: the internet is yuuuuuge!) What was one of the most common predictions for this year? That native ads would skyrocket in popularity.   What is a native ad? A native ad, also sometimes called a sponsored post, is an advertisement that mirrors the aesthetics of the page or environment in which it appears (see image below). Basically, it’s a method to get your ad in front of an audience without coming off as obtrusive—and ultimately, hope readers click the ad to get to your landing page of choice.     By 2021, revenue from native ads and sponsored posts in the U.S. will make up 74% of total U.S. display ad revenue—a big jump from a 56% share in 2016.* Part of the reason for this upward trend is because of social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram who tailor their look and feel to accommodate these types of ads.

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How to sell more by finding your target audience
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How to sell more by finding your target audience

One of the most important strategies when marketing your product or service is determining who your target audience is—or who it should be. By defining your target audience, you can realistically aim for a higher return on investment by marketing to customers and prospects who are most likely interested in your product or service. So how do you determine who you should be marketing to? Research. Does it sound like a chore? Maybe. Is it worth it? Yes!   Here are a few factors to consider when trying to find the appropriate target audience for your product or service:   Narrow your audience based on demographics Take a minute to think about what you’re offering and who may be interested. Consider things like age, gender, income, hobbies, marital status, location and profession. Are you selling cribs? You’ll most likely have a lot more success marketing to mothers than millennials, for instance. Do you have a line of golf apparel? You’ll get more use speaking to golf enthusiasts than to the art class at the local college.   Use existing data to your advantage Data is a powerful resource, and fortunately there’s a lot of it out there. Are you selling.

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