Archive for March, 2011

Twitter Tips

Chatting on Twitter is a bit different from chatting on other social media sites. For instance, when you want to direct a comment toward a certain user you would use the @ symbol before their username:

@TwitterUser Hello

In the above example you have just said hello to someone with the username “TwitterUser”. This is called a mention. Keep in mind though that mentions are not private; everyone can see them. To send someone a private message you must send them a Direct Message (or DM).

Hashtags are used before relevant keywords in order to categorize your tweet so it will show up more easily in a Twitter search. Hashtags use the # symbol before the keyword. For example:

I’m looking forward to my trip to #Chicago

Because of the # symbol, the word Chicago will become clickable and when clicked on will show all other tweets in that category. How is this beneficial? Let’s say you wanted to invite people in Chicago to a special event at your bar. You could write a tweet that looks something like:

All day drink specials today at ABC Bar, 222 Main Street #Chicago. Dollar martinis and more!

In an 88 character long tweet (still room to spare!) you just let everyone who may look at #Chicago know exactly what’s going on at your bar. This is real-time advertising at its best.

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Choosing Your Domain Name

A domain name is your website’s URL (http://www.example.com). When choosing your domain name, ideally you will choose one that incorporates your keywords. For example, this website is about learning to master SEO like a Pro. If you look at my domain name, you will see that “seolikeapro” is indeed in there. In this case, it is followed by .wordpress.com because the actual domain name seolikapro.com was not available when I first decided to start this blog.

You may run into the same problem. At that point, you will decide if you want to use a different domain name or, like me, you may decide that it’s the one most fitting to who you are or what you do and end up making adjustments. Perhaps you will go with a .org instead of .com. Perhaps you’ll use a service like WordPress or Blogger if you decide your website is closer to a blog than it is to an ecommerce website. Whichever way you choose to go, the one thing you’ll want to be sure of is your domain name. You’re going to have that name for as long as your website is online so pick one you won’t wish you could change later on.

To sum up:

  • Remember to try to get your keywords into your URL
  • Choose a domain name you can commit to
  • Remain open to alternatives (just in case)

 

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SEO Tip of the Day from SEO like a PRO – A Beginner’s SEO Guide

SEO Tip of the Day

When implementing an Internet Marketing strategy it’s important to set yourself (or your business) up on several social networking websites. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin are just a few of the largest but there are many more out there. Do some research on which social networking sites you’d like to be on and then be consistent with your username and keywords. The idea is to firmly establish your brand.

For more information on social media marketing, please refer to SEO like a PRO – The Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization, available on Amazon for only $2.99.

 

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Quick Tips for Researching Keywords

When implementing a search engine optimization strategy, keyword research should be your very first step. There are a lot of free tools available online to help with this process but probably the most popular one is Google Adwords.

Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:

  • Always look at a keyword’s competition and not just the number of searches. This will help you decide which keywords are best.
  • Think like the visitors you’re targeting. If they were looking for an Italian Restaurant in Boston, would they search “Boston Trattoria”? Probably not. They would be more likely to search simply, “Italian Restaurant Boston”, or “Boston Italian Restaurants”.
  • Google offers a keyword tool for a reason. Be sure to use it.
  • Try to think locally. If you are a small business owner, chances are your main customers are local customers. Use keywords that target them.

    Researching keywords is the very first and most important step to search engine optimization. You’ll later use the keywords you’ve chosen in your meta tags, your content, your blog posts, and in various places across the internet. Be sure to take your time and choose wisely.



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Free Press Release Samples

Interested in learning how to write a press release? Want to see samples of how the pros do it? You can get all that information and more at Press Release Writing. In fact, as soon as you visit the site you’ll get a pop up offering you a copy of “The Big Press Release Book” for free. The only thing required is a (free) subscription to the website. With 75 press release samples that cover just about every industry you can think of, this is definitely a great resource to have.

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How To Use Title Tags

The title tag is an important part of on-site search engine optimization. What you write in the title tag is what people will see at the top of your website page. In your html code, the title tag will look like this <title></title>. Between those tags is where you will place your title.

Your title tag should be no more than 65 characters in length and should utilize your keywords. Always remember to research your keywords using a tool like Google Adwords keyword tool.

More information on meta tags and search engine optimization can be found in SEO like a PRO – A Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization, which can be purchased on Amazon Kindle for $2.99.

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Learn SEO like a PRO

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Research keywords
Use meta tags
Create compelling website content
Blog for business purposes
Promote their businesses with press releases
Use Google Analytics
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