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PPC vs Article Marketing

PPC vs Article Marketing. Web Success Team usually recommends the latter to our clients. We feel that Articles have staying power and help with search engine organic rankings. However I would not underestimate the power of PPC. A well crafted PPC campaign can compliment your blog and your website promotion. A good combination of both is optimum. The attached article explains the pros and the cons of PPC vs Article Marketing. Please read more. – WST

The Last Word in PPC vs. Article Marketing

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There is always a big discussion when it comes to comparing two of the best ways to advertise online: PPC (Pay-Per-Click) advertising and article marketing, otherwise known as “organic” or “natural” search engine optimization. There is no denying that both methods can be effective. However, which method is better? Which gives you a bigger bang for your buck?

You may get varying statistics on this issue, depending on which website you visit for information. Oh yes, this matters, because you have to consider the source of the statistics and who is sponsoring the article. For example, two sources of information (respectively, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and ComScore) recently produced studies indicating that PPC advertising was more cost-effective on average. However, did the fact that Yahoo/Overture and Google were sponsoring this major study play any role in determining the final outcome? Of course it did – those are the two biggest PPC companies on the net!

In figuring out which of the two is better, you have to consider cost-effectiveness as well as click-through-rates and direct conversion from visiting user to paying customer. We are going to review some statistics a little bit later on. For now, let’s consider some logical points that illustrate how PPC and article marketing differ. Read more

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When Should You Fire Your Website Designer

A website can be an effective marketing hub, driving traffic and sales to your business.  However, there is much more to a website than a fancy design.  Search engine optimization and marketing are key points for any successful website as well as a comprehensive design that is well branded and easy to use.  You need all of the above to maintain a successful business online. Many web designers do not know how to market the beautiful websites they create.  So be careful when shopping for a web designer. – WST

By Ajay Prasad

Your online business is not a wild crazy idea, but a source of your income. Trust the right people to design your website. Your 17 year old nephew may be able to create your website or you can get a free one from several services…they might even be kind of pretty. In my research and experience, less than 2% of businesses that have websites have planted the seeds to online success. Many of them are your competitors.

The problem is web designers’ focus on the technical aspects of the site. They don’t have a clue how to build a website that makes you a ton of money, drives floods of traffic, and gets you top placement on search engines.

Why Do You Have a Website?

The reason you have a website for your business, no matter what business you are in, is you want to rake in bundles of cash. Maybe not now, but definitely later, it should be bringing returns on your investment.

Your Website is Like Your Business

Make sure that your web designer owns a successful online business and knows how to run it.

Your sole purpose in having a website should be to use it as a marketing and communications tool. It is not there to be pretty. It should not be there to win awards. It is there to make you money. Even if you have a better product or service than your competitor, the one who attracts more prospects and customers – wins! Being the best at marketing is all that matters.

Online Marketing Is Completely Different Than Marketing Offline

All of the tools, techniques, communication, etc. in the online world are different than those offline. A very common mistake is to think because it works offline you can just put it on your website! It’s important to realize the reader of offline copy thinks and processes information in a different way than someone reading online copy. What works offline may be a complete flop online.

They are two different worlds. For example, online marketing REQUIRES you to know how to get your site ranked high, very high, in the search engines like Google and Yahoo….so you routinely appear on the first page for the optimal search terms for your business.

Of course, this assumes you know how to find the optimal words for your business, your marketplace, your niche, etc. Just so you know, the “include all words” strategy has proven to be a total failure.

And, most designers and businesses do not know that SEO (search engine optimization) is not SEM (search engine marketing). If you do one and not the other, you will probably be very disappointed with your results.

Studies have shown that you need to be on the first page of search engine results to get enough people coming to your site. SEO and SEM are not optional for online success – they are mandatory!

Increase your ROI: Only Work with People Who Know Website and Online Marketing Read the rest of this entry »

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Why You Should Use Article Directories to Promote Your Website

Article Directories play a big role in Off-page Marketing.  Directories ensure that your content is circulated on a well-known and efficient website.  The more pages you have both on-site and off-site, the better your rankings can be.  Article directories also allow authors to link back to their websites, which can direct qualified traffic to your business. – WST

By: Jay Gaulard

If you are online and are not already using article directories to promote your website, you are missing out on a free and highly effective marketing option. Article directories are great ways to draw traffic to your site without paying for advertising. However, to get real traffic to your site using an article directory, you must know how to use them correctly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google AdSense, Analytics Integration Now Available to All Publishers

Google AdSense made things a little easier for webmasters by allowing users to link Analytics to the program. Now users can access statistical information and create better, more targeted ads for their webpages.

by: Arnold Zafra

Google AdSense has just made the AdSense-Analytics integration available to all publishers. This feature which was gradually rolled out to selected AdSense publishers the past couple of months provides useful information about site traffic to individual pages and how users interact with publisherss’ sites.  Linking AdSense and Analytics accounts gives AdSense publishers more control on how to target their contents for a more profitable Google AdSense implementation.

Specifically, linking your AdSense and Analytics account will give you the following additional reports on your Analytics homepage:

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The Web Success Team specializes in building and marketing direct response websites that take full advantage of the latest developments on the Internet. The Team has an arsenal of effective web strategies, online tools and proven techniques to promote your products and services. And we’ll show you ways to increase the amount of qualified traffic to your site through the expanding “social web” and how to convert visitors into buyers at a high rate of return.

Your website can become an effective marketing hub for your business. To learn more about the power of Direct Response Web Marketing, log on to Why Direct Response.

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Website Spider and Visitor Usability

This is a great article that properly details how to make your website user and spider friendly. Making it easy for visitors to use your site can shorten your bounce rate and may increase sales. You want users to have access to the necessary information so they can act by either bookmarking your page or buy from you.

by: Ivan Strouchliak

In this article we are going to discuss spider and visitor website usability issues. Luckily for us, both search engine spiders and human visitors have similar preferences, and are quite easy to satisfy. Before we get deeply into what you should be doing, though, let’s start with some examples of what you shouldn’t be doing.

Bad Examples of Usability

The examples below are from 2008. I’ve never been to web design school, but from the examples below I get the feeling that universities and colleges are not doing their jobs. The sites below were either done by amateurs or web designers who picked the wrong profession. Go to those sites and try getting ANYWHERE. It’s a hassle. Keep mental notes and make sure you AVOID those crimes against usability.

Source: SEO Chat

For further can’t miss marketing thoughts, download the Web Success Team’s latest Ten Steps to Web Success. And for a complete direct response marketing solution, discover our Solopreneur Marketing Package. It’s available for a limited time and for a select few. If you read this paragraph, I did my direct response job. Don’t forget to click the links!

TeamWork Builds Web Success

The Web Success Team specializes in building and marketing direct response websites that take full advantage of the latest developments on the Internet. The Team has an arsenal of effective web strategies, online tools and proven techniques to promote your products and services. And we’ll show you ways to increase the amount of qualified traffic to your site through the expanding “social web” and how to convert visitors into buyers at a high rate of return.

Your website can become an effective marketing hub for your business. To learn more about the power of Direct Response Web Marketing, log on to Why Direct Response.

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What is The Semantic Web?

Semantic web is the new revolution. The article below describes how visitors will benefit from this new technology.

The Semantic Web is a (currently theoretical) future state of the World Wide Web where information is machine-processable, rather than just machine-renderable for human viewing. Software will then be able to better find, organize and merge the data as it will have more “understanding” of the meaning of the data.

For example, if I go to a web page about a particular conference, my calendar software would be able to interpret the web page to extract the date, time and location of the conference. This may then allow it to show me available flights for the conference or transfer the data directly to my car’s GPS system. This is a simple example, but demonstrates the power The Semantic Web could provide.

The are many different technologies which have been proposed to describe this “meaning” to computers including: Resource Description Framework (RDF), RDF Schema (RDFS), Web Ontology Language (OWL (sic)), XML and many more. The discussion of these is beyond the scope of this article.

How could The Semantic Web effect search?

The Semantic Web will allow search engines to be much more intelligent and give answers to more general queries. For example, rather then searching for “Florida Holidays”, I may be able to search for “Sunny holiday destinations that are fun for kids in America”. Most humans would be able to give Florida as a possible answer to this query. However, for a computer to come to the same conclusion it must “understand” information much better than it currently can. A search engine needs to know that Florida is a sunny place, that is it good for kids and that it is in America. Thus, significant amounts of AI technology will also need to be developed.

How will this change SEO?

It is hard to say how The Semantic Web will change SEO, as the technology has not really developed into a useable state yet. However, if webmasters are required to label the meanings of the items on their web pages then their may be large amounts of spam annotations.

No matter how The Semantic Web changes the WWW, it likely that the fundamentals of SEO will still remain relevant for a long time. They may even become more important, because as search engines understand more about your content and the links to your content they will be better equip to judge the quality of those links.

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The Web Success Team specializes in building and marketing direct response websites that take full advantage of the latest developments on the Internet. The Team has an arsenal of effective web strategies, online tools and proven techniques to promote your products and services. And we’ll show you ways to increase the amount of qualified traffic to your site through the expanding “social web” and how to convert visitors into buyers at a high rate of return.

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One of the Best SEO Articles I Have Read

Hi readers,

This blog is dedicated to the business of online marketing and web success. We aim share quality and informative articles to help our readers surf through the maze of information. This article by By: Ivan Strouchliak covers all Search Engine Optimization aspects. He includes excellent information for both newbies and seasoned web developers and SEOs. Please read on.

Search Engine Optimization, Website Development and Search Engine Spiders
Do you have some experience with HTML and web site development, but haven’t really gotten your feet wet with search engine optimization? Keep reading, because you’re in luck. In this article we’ll cover some of the more important aspects of SEO, focusing on the changes that you should find easiest to make to your web site. After you read this, you should know where to concentrate your efforts now and going forward.

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Selling Skeptics on the Benefits of Social Media Marketing: A Personal Experience.

More and more companies are turning to Social Media Strategies. In spite of all this attention there is still an element of weariness at the though of putting a profile on Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn. After 4 years of eating and breathing Social Media I thought I would put a few notes together to help others take the plunge.

The hooks: The why and where.
Way back in 2004, my daughter, still in high school, soon to be a graduate and off to college, announced that now she could finally get herself a Facebook profile. At the time it was open only to college students. Needless to mention I was intrigued. I already had a MySpace profile for the company and could not see it being of much use. Once Facebook opened its doors to the general audience I was the first to get an account.

To my surprise I found that I was networking with my peers and I discovered that not only I could post information but I got lots of good resources in exchange. I joined every group, downloaded every app and made tons of friends. I was now officially part of a community that could benefit my business. I was now hooked!

The arguments: Building a business with no time to spare
The more I shared our information, the more traffic came to our website. For very little cost I was able to create massive brand awareness. I saw a steady increase from month to month and a steady increase in lead generation. I devised a system that enabled me to do my actual work and make some time for networking. 20 minutes 3 times a day. For example: the phone call to a client became a personal wall post on Facebook and I began fielding inquiries through LinkedIn.

Introductory programs: Business benefits
As I progressed I discovered other Social Marketing Sites. There are many very good ones out there but I only have room for a few key ones:

  • Facebook has a “fan page” feature and a “groups page” here you can promote your products and services to your network of friends and colleagues. You can also create vertical groups for your “niche” pages.
  • LinkedIn is the choice for the corporate set and is strictly networking. One of the features is an answers box, here you can share expertise in your field.
  • MerchantCircle allows you to market your business in the neighborhood, it is a “business in a box” concept with all the tools you need to promote your services online.
  • Twitter is a micro-blog that allows you to post 140 characters. Here you can share relevant links, talk to your fans and follow relevant posts. The more followers you get the more visible you become.
  • YouTube speaks for itself. Needless to mention it exemplifies the power of viral marketing.

For those still wondering, I recommend that you work closely with your online marketing agency to establish a social media time allotment, which profiles make sense and what the ROI could be. And of course watch the metrics.

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The Web Success Team specializes in building and marketing direct response websites that take full advantage of the latest developments on the Internet. The Team has an arsenal of effective web strategies, online tools and proven techniques to promote your products and services. And we’ll show you ways to increase the amount of qualified traffic to your site through the expanding “social web” and how to convert visitors into buyers at a high rate of return.

Your website can become an effective marketing hub for your business. To learn more about the power of Direct Response Web Marketing, log on to Why Direct Response.

Contact the Team today for a complimentary consultation at Contact Us or email Bob Speyer at bob@websuccessteam.com. To your web success!

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Is the Bad Economy Bringing Branding Back?

It’s great to be reminded that branding your online business has the potential to keep your company running through the current recession. The Web Success Team found this article helpful:

So, here at SES Chicago, I keep hearing about a marketing practice I thought was dead – BRANDING. After all, aren’t conversions, ROI, data, analytics and landing page testing/optimization the name of the day?

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Anyone Doing Political SEO?

Most the attempts at political SEO I have seen this year have been grassroots GoogleBombing or half-thought out campaigns asking fans to comment online (and the occasional robotic sounding request for viral content creation).

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