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Social Media Sharing

The number of Facebook shares, Tweets, Pinterest pins and other social media mentions can influence SEO rank.

Installing social sharing buttons on your website not only makes it easy for users to share your content, and thereby improve user experience, it can also help you rank higher on searches.

Social sharing also helps drive purchasing behavior: Nearly 4 in 10 Facebook users report they have gone from liking, sharing or commenting on an item to actually buying it, while 43% of social media users have purchased a product after sharing or liking it on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter.

In this case study, a pest control company boosted organic traffic by 15% in just 2 weeks after running a campaign aimed to increase social sharing.

Peep Laja managed to get over 40,000 unique visits to his site in month number one, having most of the traffic generated through social media sharing.

To get you started, here are a few social share button plug-ins to try:

  • SumoMe
  • Shareaholic
  • WP Social Sharing

Resolving the conflict between usability and SEO “best practice”

In most cases, elements that contribute to good usability also increase SEO ranking. However, there are instances when conflict my occur:

  • Many content creators “stuff” keywords onto a page to get SEO juice, but that could undermine the readability and user experience of the content.
  • The attempt to get keywords into an article can affect the vocabulary choice of the writer, sometimes making content hard to comprehend.
  • Outbound links can be good for SEO, but too many of them can be distracting and if they are not directly related to the topic at hand, it can impact the reader’s experience.
  • Overloading footers that contain every single page on the site may help with SEO, but it also creates confusion when a visitor is trying to look for certain key pages.
  • Sometimes, particularly in the short term, you may have to make a trade-off between more traffic from SEO and optimal user experience.

Don’t get lured into just comparing numbers – such as visitor numbers and page views. Traffic from SEO may give you higher numbers in the short term, but better user experience can often result in higher conversions.

In the long run, with an eye on conversion and ultimately revenue, it’s often a smart move to prioritize user experience instead of milking every last SEO trick.

Your Competitors Do Better than You On The Internet

This is one factor that’s easy to overlook. You can easily rank lower in search results than your competitors because their SEO efforts are better than yours. Put simply, your links may be good, but their links are even better.

That’s why you should run regular back-link profile audits of competitor sites. This won’t take much time, but will provide enough details to adjust your link building strategy.

To analyze back-link profiles of competitor sites, you can use tools like:

  • Ahrefs
  • Majestic SEO
  • Moz
  • SEMrush
  • SEO Spyglass
  • Raven Tools

Specifically, you should dig deeper into the number of external backspins, referring domains, referring pages, referring IPs, referring subnets, types of links (dofollow, nofollow, text, image, etc.), back-link history, and so on.

This way you will:

  • Learn more about the industry.
  • Sift out sites that are major link providers.
  • Understand your competitors and their strategies better.

You will also identify why they rank higher than you. Maybe their links are of higher quality. Maybe they craft the best content in the niche, and Google naturally loves it. Maybe it is a combination of factors like user experience, site speed, technical issues, etc. But you will get the answer.

If your links aren’t boosting your organic search rankings, then your competitors may be to blame. Never start revising your entire link building strategy before you run a detailed analysis of competitor sites.

Get found on Google with Search Engine Optimization

In order for a website to be found on search engines your site and all of its pages and posts should be optimized and registered on search engines. This is the foundation of Search Engine Optimization or SEO.

Intelligent search engine optimization is the first and most important step in any INTERNET marketing campaign. Careful manipulation of your site’s coding, structure and content can produce massive gains in your Google rankings and dramatic increases in high-quality, targeted visitors. This is one of the important aspects that affects your Organic Google position and can result in an influx of free traffic.

So Where do I start with Search Engine Optimization?

Crucial to SEO is the use of relevant and accurate keywords. This are the words or phrases that potential customers search for. If you don’t have good keywords on your site, you won’t be found.

Content Generation
Creating exciting, unique and attractive content brings users to your site. Search Engines recognize this and reward you by directing potential customers to your site.

Be Mobile Friendly
More than 50% of searches in South Africa are from mobile platforms and this number is set to increase sharply. Having landing pages and a site that is responsive is crucial in the pursuit of greater SEO.

Fast Load Time
The faster a site is, the less frustration it is likely to cause a user. Statistics indicate that 40% of desktop users are likely to leave a site if it takes more than 15 seconds to loads and this figure is higher for those on mobile platforms….see more.

Meme Marketing

A meme (pronounced “meem”) is a growing and popular Internet trend where a cutesy or funny image is paired with a clever quote or saying to create an entertaining or funny situation to which we can relate. Memes are also becoming more popular in billboards and other off-line advertising. You can create your own memes at websites like imgflip.com/memegenerator. They enable you to use your own images and add your own text. Memes are meant to bring humor and entertainment to everyday situations, which can go a long way in the on-line marketing world. They will increase sharing and engagement to help build your social media presence. As always be careful as not to produce and offensive or inappropriate meme. Menes are a fun and interesting way to go viral and take your on-line marketing to the next level for the New Year.
Keeping up with the Joneses so to speak in the marketing world can seem impossible at times but you need to keep up with the changes and trends for each year as they evolve and become more important. Take some time to research each marketing strategy and learn as much as you can so 2016 will be your most successful year ever.

Things You Should Never Post on Social Media

Social media has made it possible to share your thoughts and ideas with thousands of virtual strangers, literally within seconds. You barely need to have formed a cohesive thought, and BOOM! There it is, posted for the world to see.

But before you hit that ‘publish’ button, do me a favor: run through this list of the top 10 things you should never post on social media. It just may save you from causing hurt or embarrassment to yourself or others!

1. Offensive content on social media

Where do I start? There are so many types of posts that fall into this category. Racial slurs, graphic images, crude jokes, swearing (except in the rare event this is an integral part of your brand), to name just a few.

Some business owners don’t think it’s a big deal to occasionally post a distasteful joke or questionable picture; I strongly disagree. This lack of awareness and respect can cause irreparable harm to your brand. When in doubt, leave it out!

2. Gossip or attacks against specific people

If you’ve been hurt or harmed in some way, you may feel justified in lashing out on social media. However, there are two big problems with this: First, when you specifically call someone out in such a public venue, you often leave that relationship in a state of disrepair. It’s pretty hard to recover from that type of attack! Second, this type of public shaming often says more about you than the person you’re talking about. It sends the message that you don’t respect others, and may damage the trust your audience has in you (“Why should I trust you when I see how easily you can turn on others?”).

3. Claiming other people’s content as your own

Any time you use someone else’s content without attribution – images, quotes, or original ideas – you run some pretty serious risks. Remember that copyright infringement is a serious offence that can lead to legal action, and that can do serious damage to your brand. While you may get away with it in the short term, it’s just not worth it!

4. Speaking negatively about an employee/boss/co-worker

Social media isn’t the place to air grievances against employees or co-workers. It also isn’t the place to give specific details about mistakes your employees have made, or about how insufferable your boss is. Sharing this type of content on social media is not only unprofessional, in rare circumstances it can be grounds for legal action.

5. Sharing specifics about an upcoming holiday or business trip

Sharing images or videos from a trip is great for helping your followers feel like they’re in on the action. The trouble is, you don’t know exactly who’s listening in! Avoid mentioning specific details about your trip (dates, locations, etc.). Better yet, share pictures once you’re back!

6. Private conversations (without permission)

Have you ever received an email or private message from a follower that you couldn’t wait to share with your audience? Maybe it was an awesome tip or trick, or maybe it was a shining testimonial about your product? It’s always a good idea to ask for permission before sharing this type of content on social media. If you’re going to be sharing a screenshot or any identifying information, you DEFINITELY need to get written permission first!

7. Too much personal information

You know I talk a lot about being yourself on social media. This mean being authentic, and letting your followers see the real YOU. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should let it all ‘hang out’! Make sure you have a good balance of informative, industry-specific content, mixed with some personal tidbits to let your followers know you’re a REAL person!

8. Financial information

Obviously, you never want to share sensitive financial information like your bank account or credit card numbers (!). But I also discourage business owners from sharing info like financial projections, quotas or earnings. While this can be acceptable in certain industries (e.g., online marketers often share monthly income reports), this isn’t the norm in most industries.

9. Sharing posts or links that aren’t substantiated

Before sharing a post or article that could be controversial or sensational, always be sure to do your homework. Sharing posts that end up being scams (or that are simply inaccurate) can send the message that you’re naïve or that you don’t care enough to fact-check. And it goes without saying: before sharing ANY link, be sure to click on it yourself first!

10. Anything you don’t want to be online FOREVER

When you put something on social media, you have to assume it’s out there permanently. In the age of screenshots, there is no ‘taking it back’, even if you’ve made a big mistake. Before you post anything remotely personal or sensitive, ask yourself, “Do I want this to be online forever?” If the answer is no, don’t hit the ‘post’ button!

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