Category: Digital Branding

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Digital Branding

How to Magnify Your Brand Using Paid Search Advertising

AJ Schott is a partner at the G3 Group Agency and my delightful guest for this week. Based in Baltimore, Maryland the G3 Group is his Digital Marketing Company that focuses on helping clients with Internet marketing, conversion optimizat, on and web design. They provide strategy, design, implementation and execution of digital marketing campaigns that generate leads, sales and engagement. For more information, visit www.g3group.com.

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Many people think PPC advertising is a waste for branding since you already appear at the top of the organic results. But, the fact is, exposing your brand name in multiple positions on the search engine results pages (SERPs) is the best way to magnify your branding efforts. And, it is the only way to guarantee you appear in the top position.

Take Control of your Message

One of the pitfalls of relying on organic search is that you cannot completely control what displays for your brand. You can target specific keywords through SEO, but depending on how the SERPs display your listing, this may or may not fairly represent your brand message.

As you can see in the picture, McCormick dominates the SERPs for their brand name. Even though they have the first organic listing, the message is about their menu Ideas instead of their branded products (spices). How did they solve the problem? They display a paid listing complete with sitelinks, ratings and a direct message about the branded products.

Three not so obvious reasons to bid on your brand name

  1. Your brand name keywords (and brand + product) will provide more ROAS since the cost per click is usually much less than non-branded keywords
  2. Studies have shown that PPC traffic often converts 4X higher than organic because you are in total control of the ad message and the landing page
  3. If you struggle to raise your quality scores, running a brand campaign (which will likely have an excellent CTR and quality score) will help boost your overall account quality score

The best reason to bid on your own brand terms

Keeping your competitors from buying that top spot should certainly be number one on your list, but, what do you do if they are already impeaching on your branded keywords? As per Google’s rules, advertisers can bid on competitor trademarks as long as they don’t use the competitor trademark in the ad copy itself.

Outbidding them is a good recourse. In any given auction for paid search, actual CPC is often less than max. CPC. The most you will pay (actual cost) is one cent more than the advertiser directly below you. Regardless of your actual bid amount; if the advertiser directly below you bids $1.00; you’ll only pay $1.01 to outrank him. This is assuming everything else (ad quality score, landing page, etc.) is equal.

Your quality score for branded terms is almost always going to be much higher than your competitor. This means they will pay more for the branded keyword bid than you will. You can use this to your advantage by raising your branded keyword bids to an extra high level – making it extremely expensive for your competition to ever outrank you in the auction.

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How Attitude Branding Helps Our Business

This week I am thrilled to host Tammy Durden from Tammy’s Office Solutions. She’s one of industry’s giants that loves to share her know-how, and I expect her to come by more often in the future. For her first appeareance she decided to let us pick her brain about Attitude Branding (I’m sure the pun is intended!)

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Branding is all about perception.  How a person views a product or service.  It is about a person’s perception as (1) it relates to how we represent our brand to the world around us, as well as, (2) how the consumer or client sees or even feels about our brand.   Attitude Branding is using perception to its full advantage. 

What is Attitude Branding?

According to Marketinghuddle.com, ‘Attitude branding involves marketing a larger feeling that’s associated in the minds of your customers about your business.’

Consumer Psychology describes it this way: “Consumer attitudes are a composite of a consumer’s (1) beliefs about, (2) feelings about, (3) and behavioral intentions toward some object–within the context of marketing, usually a brand or retail store.  These components are viewed together since they are highly interdependent and together represent forces that influence how the consumer will react to the object.”

In other words, Attitude Branding is about evoking emotions and feelings.  It has everything to do with how the consumer ‘feels’ about our brand.  How do they perceive our product/service in relation to their self-worth, identity, or even who they may want to be or who they desire to be perceived as being? It goes without saying, that marketing our brands have come a long way as Attitude Branding is common place with many of today’s top companies. 

From a Company Point of View:

As we consider this from a company’s point of view, on a smaller scale, we may think we are representing ourselves, our products and/or services to be represented in one particular way, but if the consumer does not pick up on the ‘feeling’ you are trying to put off or represent, they will not connect well with your brand.  If, however, we use attitude branding for our product(s) and service(s), making them appealing, yet evoke emotions it will cause the client to connect with our brand.  This is indeed the sweet spot of branding.    If we can achieve attitude branding successfully with prospective clients, then we have truly unveiled the golden ticket to sales.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

All businesses have tried to figure out the best way to brand our product or service, including, how it will make the purchaser feel about something.  We need or even want to have a connection to the product or services prior to buying.  For instance, if we purchase an Apple (Mac) Computer, most, unlike myself who needs one to be in sync with clients, it is probably because it has come to represent technology, trendy and on the verge of cutting edge to us.  After all, who doesn’t feel a little smarter, even more techie, when they have purchased an Apple product?  Yes, it may be a good product, however, millions and millions have purchased because it makes them feel or sense something more personal about themselves or even their own business.  Simply using an Apple does not make you smarter, however, the perception of the brand is that it does make us smarter, more techie and trendy.

The Consumer’s Perception

Often consumers do not even recognize what they feel toward a brand.  They assume they are purchasing because of the name of the brand and what it represents or because they think it is best product; not based on a feeling.  How many of us would admit to making that last-minute splurge, not because we researched or knew it to be a great product, but because it just made us feel ______ (insert self-confident, beautiful, powerful, on and on).  Purchasers may not even know anything about the company, but only that the product appealed to them. Some will not even know why it appealed to them.

Attitude branding is all about looking at our product or service from the consumer’s point of view.  Even more than this, it actually ties into the purchaser’s perceptions and feelings about themselves.  Which can, believe it or not, have nothing at all to do with the product or service itself. 

Applying Attitude Branding

For those of us who have spent years working on our brand development, tweaking colors, logos and even the tag lines, this can be a little unnerving, to say the least.  Remember it does not matter if the product or service really gives the buyer a better self-worth, lifestyle or other identities.  It is just that it makes the consumer feel they have a better lifestyle or identity by purchasing from you.  So how can we make sure that our brand is not only saying the right thing but also and even more importantly, evoking the right emotion to that will cause ‘lookers’ to become ‘buyers’?

As we try to use attitude branding with our own products and services, we have to realize what the buyer wants or needs to feel about themselves when purchasing with our company.  How can we, as entrepreneurs use the attitude branding in developing our own brand?

A few steps may help you achieve attitude branding with your product or service.

  1. Be sure you associate the branding of the product or service with the desired lifestyle.  If we can brand our product/service with a luxury lifestyle, for instance, it goes to reason, that an increase in desire for that brand’s products and/or services would most likely result in the consumers who want to feel they are living this lifestyle.  Make sure that as we put forward our brand images, logos, and other brand identities, that it also represents a very desired feeling.
  2. Tie in our branding with the feeling and freedom of self-expression.  This is important, as we do not want to seem we are brainwashing anyone, of course, yet, also give the buyer of our brand a feeling of being able to express themselves by using our product and/or services.
  3. We need to develop the brand and even market our business to include words that help the buyer feel some emotion. 

If we can establish attitude branding for our business in a way that helps our clients feel great when buying with us, they will return time and again.

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Enhance Your Branding Process Through Instagram

When you are involved in the branding process through social media platforms, you must keep a track on the growth of your likes and followers. Social media can play a great role in enabling smaller brands to reach a large audience by having a great online presence. Let us discuss some effective ways to improve your branding process using Instagram marketing.

Stress visuals

Focus On Visuals:

When you are working on Instagram, you must focus on the visuals. You must remember the key rules like:

  •  Try to use the same filters every time
  •  Make sure you to select quality visuals which are consistent in nature
  •  Stick to a color theme and use it whenever possible
  •  Never overload your images with text

Use hashtags

Include Hashtags:

Not only effective for Twitter, hashtags are useful for Instagram also. Though you can add a maximum of 30 hashtags in a post, you must try to limit it to no more than 10. This will help to prevent overcrowding ion the post. Try inserting 5 to 10 hashtags in each post and keep tracking your Instagram followers.

Provide A Professional Touch:

Try hiring a professional to maintain your Instagram account. He will post the images in a more creative manner and will help in gaining your followers. If you already have a marketing department in your company, you can outsource photographers who can look after your visual assets. The professional images can be used in blogs, websites, and definitely in the social media platforms.

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Involve Yourself In A Good Cause:

You must take a responsibility to make your world a better place for living. You can connect with the like-minded individuals using influencer outreach strategies for good causes. If you are selling a product which is eco-friendly in nature, you should never forget to mention it. You can associate with the nonprofit organizations. For expanding your reach, you can give away a part of your profits as donation to those organizations. This noble move will surely boost up the branding activities.

Repost And Promote Others:

If you want to be promoted by others, you must put efforts in promoting their post by reposts and shares. You can partner with the brands which have similar numbers of likes or followers like you. You can ask them to include a call to action which will follow your account. You can come to a mutual benefit situation when you repost the posts of others in return for their sharing yours.

Encourage followersEngage:

You are required to be interactive as well as social if you are maintaining a social media account. Make sure that you are engaging with your current followers and are putting efforts to make new followers.

The social media tools are not only used for scheduling the campaigns. With the help of the analytics, you can measure your success and can regularly keep a track of the number of your followers. You can refine your Instagram strategies for improving the clicks and the engagement for your brand.

This information was shared by guest blogger Ginger Domain of Mumbai, an Indian Digital Marketing Company, which has gathered a professional group of young, talented, and highly skilled individuals who provide remarkable website design, web and mobile app development, and of internet marketing. We take pride in helping our clients strategize, design, implement, and manage innovative digital marketing campaigns that generate leads and sales. Not only do we execute, we educate our clients throughout every step of the engagement. For more information, visit https://instamacro.com/

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Social Media Impacts Your Company’s Brand

I’m happy to welcome aboard Social Drive as this week’s guest contributorSocial Drive is a boutique digital marketing and online advertising firm located in Boston. They help local and medium-sized businesses to create a lean online presence, improve branding with custom content and strategy, and better measure marketing efforts. You can reach the team at Social Drive here.

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Nowadays, it’s incredibly common for people to check out an organization’s Facebook page before buying its product or service. As we know, first impressions are crucial even on the web!

As we know, the first impressions are crucial even on the web!

The messages an organization frames on social media can receive heavy traffic so they must accurately portray it.

Branding in the Age of Social Media

Facebook has become a mecca for updating where you are and what you are doing there.

You might discover a new restaurant when your friends tag themselves there for a romantic dinner. You may learn of a new place for your kids to play when a fellow mom posts pictures of her kids having fun there. Now more than ever, we have access to information on organizations.

You might discover a new restaurant when your friends tag themselves there for a romantic dinner. You may learn of a new place for your kids to play when a fellow mom posts pictures of her kids having fun there. Now more than ever, we have access to information on organizations.

Now more than ever, we have access to information on organizations.

We want to go to a company’s Facebook page to find out more about it. We can read reviews, see images, and find links to its website.There is this increased desire to share our experiences, good or bad, with each other. People can get passionate about their like or dislike for a brand. With the help of social media, people can share those strong feelings. An online review and rating can make or break a person’s decision about a brand.

There is this increased desire to share our experiences, good or bad, with each other. People can get passionate about their like or dislike for a brand. With the help of social media, people can share those strong feelings. An online review and rating can make or break a person’s decision about a brand.

An online review and rating can make or break a person’s decision about a brand.

So does this make branding easier or harder?

The answer is not so simple. The ability to build brand awareness may be more achievable. However, it is challenging and time-consuming to maintain relationships with the public. Studies done by the

However, it is challenging and time-consuming to maintain relationships with the public.

Studies done by the Pew Research Center say that 69% of Americans use social media.  These numbers continue to climb.

According to a survey by Cone Communications93% of those people expect companies to have a social media presence. 

This doesn’t just mean Facebook. It includes all of the main social mediums, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

It’s not as simple as having a social media presence.

The goal is to use each form of social media in the best ways to frame effective messages that reach consumers.

There is a science behind when and what to post. It’s usually connected to an overall larger communication plan that is carefully crafted based on research.

Social media also provides an opportunity to connect with the public in a personal way and respond to customer complaints.

This is why it is crucial for an organization to have a social media expert on its PR team to represent the brand.

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Creative Business Gadgets Anyone Can Easily Use

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In the world of technology, there seem to be new gadgets coming out every single day. While some of these may make you scratch your head in wonder of who would use such a thing, others can be the newest gadget that can improve your business’s efficiency drastically. Below we have put together a list of the business gadgets you should take a closer look at for your business.

Pocket Printer 

If you find yourself meeting with clients in their place of business or out at a restaurant, you may not have convenient access to a printer. If you didn’t print off the right documents before you left or your terms with the client changed, you risk losing the deal if you don’t have a copy for them to sign at that moment.

With a pocket printer and some clean sheets of paper, you can print out your documents in minutes. These handy cordless devices are small enough to hold in your hand but powerful enough to last for up to an hour of printing.

The printer strategically works itself across the flat sheet of paper on a table, printing the document as it goes. This can be used with wi-fi from your phone or laptop. You never have to be without a printer again.

Flapit Counter 

If you have a large growing community of Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube followers, why not let your customers know. This flip counter can sit conveniently on the front desk of your office. It connects via wi-fi to real-time data about your statistics.

This counter can be a great incentive to get new customers to like or follow your social media profiles, while they are in your office. When your customers see they can make the counter flip, they will be sure to tell everyone they know. That might get you a few extra flips of the counter.

This product is great for employee motivation. Every time the counter flips, a new person is giving your business a thumbs up. Tell me that isn’t real-time motivation.

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IRobot Ava 500

If you have a large business with multiple locations, then this gadget is for you. This is a computer screen podium on wheels. This invention allows you to connect with employees in real-time.

This device can be operated from any computer as long as you have the credentials. Simply use your IRobto Ava 500 to stroll up and down the halls of your other locations to talk to your employees. This is almost equivalent to checking in with your employees in person.

Equil SmartPen 2 

This has got to be one of the best innovations in the recent years. The Equil SmartPen 2 writes like a regular ballpoint pen on paper, however it has a real-time recorder that syncs whatever you are writing to your tablet. How’s that for innovation?

No longer do you need to spend time manually transferring your notes to the screen. You don’t have to worry about smudging the screen of your tablet or trying to type with those small keys. Simply write your notes out like you normally would on a notepad and let the Equil SmartPen 2 do all the hard work for you.

Video Handheld Gimbal 

Uploading new videos to your Youtube channel is a must to keep subscribers interested in your business. With the GoPro handheld gimbal, you can make all your videos smooth and professional. There’s nothing worse than a video that is poorly recorded. Don’t make that mistake with your customers. This easy to use gimbal can make all the difference in your video production.

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SEO Directory Submissions – The Right Way To Do It

This week’s guest post comes from an SEO veteran, Brent Broadnax. He is the founder of a leading digital marketing agency in Philadelphia and New Jersey – Nerdbox. Listen to his advice and improve your SEO strategy right away!

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So you’ve got your WordPress site up, running, and on-brand, you’ve jam packed it with content, and you’re proud of the direction it’s taken. What’s the next step?

How can you capitalize and market it effectively, driving up more than regular traffic? An excellent resource to take advantage of is blog directories, a website that a database full of different blogs, WordPress sites, business sites, and more. These directories not only create SEO friendly backlinks, but the opportunity they provide for increased traffic and marketing opportunities are also only limited by the databases you submit to.

How does a blog directory work?

Well, simply, it’s a giant, searchable database of user submitted sites sorted by category and subcategory. When planning on submitting yourself to directories, it’s important to come prepared.

Before starting, spend some time making a centralized file containing all the information you plan on submitting for easy reference. Start with the basics, like URL, RSS feed link, social links, contact emails. This is when it comes to a point when you can get creative. Create a short tagline. Could be a slogan or a quote, or a short description. Choose your main category, then a few rough ideas for subcategories.

Some sites have different or expanded options for subcategories, so it’s important to explore and make some flexible options. That’s the bulk of what you’ll need from this point forward, although some directories will ask for more links, more information, or other small details you can fill in on a case by case basis.

Now you’re ready to submit all of that to directories, which can be a daunting task. Which directories are safe? Which are trusted? Which will serve my best interests? It’s difficult to dive right in, but these two resources will serve you well for jumping off points:

Searching through the directory list, and looking over the directories listed will give you a good view into what certain directories expect, how the handle submissions, and what the directory can offer your site.

As long as it’s a valid, trusted directory, there’s no such thing as putting yourself on too many directories, though you should prioritize more heavily used, better-reviewed ones and keep your submission there up to date. Maintaining a list, even just a link, to the directories you’ve submitted to is also a very good idea, just for your records, and since duplicate entries aren’t a good thing.

How does it affect your site?

Well, firstly, it creates a nice, friendly catalog of backlinks to your site, which is paramount in keeping up a good SEO ranking. Secondly, more active directories will have users, marketers and all sorts of opportunities browsing them looking for blogs that fit their needs, which could be anything from paid reviews or ads, to cross promotion.

These kinds of opportunities usually only manifest from the larger, more travelled directories, which you should be submitting to first. All in all, it’s an important step for any blog to take in the fast paced world of online marketing, and one that should be taken with care.

Monetize a digital brand with these strategies!
Digital Branding

15 Ways How To Monetize A Digital Brand

At this point in the game, virtually every company has a website. Websites are so easy to come by, any kid in high school can whip one out.

A few years ago, that was all that was needed. Just a website, with an email and a way to allow a potential customer contact you.

We used our websites as glorified company brochures.

But technology has advanced and today’s customer demands more. They reach for their computer or smartphone to find a service or a product, often before they even look locally.

When they find your site, they expect to be educated and entertained. They expect visual, and audio and immediate interaction. Though, your product may be better than the one they sell next door, if the owner next door has invested in his brand via his website, he will get the business.

Great examples such as Nelson Kitchen & Bath of design are definitely the ones that will take the business!

Keeping abreast of the latest technology, keeping our websites fresh and inviting, and getting our users to share on social media takes time and time is money.

Let’s see what 15 experts we’ve consulted have to say about their ways:

Strategies On How to Monetize A Digital Brand

Below you will find some insight from successful businesses who have harnessed the power of the internet to grow their brand and have managed to let the website pay for itself.

1. “In remodeling, you almost have to become the voice of the industry. Homeowners are looking for an expert. Give them just that. Provide tips and tricks regularly on your website and social media. Showcase and review new products to educate your target audience. Do these things consistently and watch as your organic leads start to grow.” – Kyle Baptiste, www.nextlevelremodeling.com

2. “We firmly believe that no matter the size of your business, it is critical to pay attention to your online brand and reputation. Even though we are a local business, our customers no longer find us just by word of mouth or passing by our showroom. They look for us online, and they want to see that we are active, engaged, and trustworthy. We demonstrate this to our customers by making our online storefront as user friendly and attractive as our physical store – by keeping the content updated, by providing useful industry relevant insights through our blog, by demonstrating our expertise through concrete examples of our work, and by engaging our professional and local community through social media.” – John A. Lang, www.langskitchens.com

3. “Monetizing your website is more than offering ad placement and joining Amazon as an affiliate. It’s a strategy that starts with your SEO and the time you invest in building your audience. The programs you choose that provide residuals, like Amazon and AdSense or even selling your products or services, won’t prove successful unless your website has traffic.” – Lindy Chaffin, www.unstoppablestart.com

4. “Getting your website on the first page of Google is all well and good, but if you want it to remain there for any length of time, you need to make sure that your homepage’s content engages the people who land on it.

There are two simple ways to increase audience engagement that are often overlooked. The first is a call to action: a concise instruction telling the visitor what action you would like them to take. This could be something as simple as, “Call Us For A Free Estimate,” and must include an action word and ideally, a benefit. The second is video. People like video. Google is well aware of this and counts the presence of a video as a positive factor in its ranking algorithm. So if you not only want to get but also to keep your website on the first page of Google, don’t forget to include a call to action and a video on the homepage.” – Philip Trapkin, www.sterlingworks.net

5. “There are many great ways to monetize a website such as an email newsletter lists, allowing ads on your site, e-commerce products and more. With that in mind, one very easy way to earn some extra cash many often forget about is affiliate links.

Affiliate links are a great way to monetize your blog RIGHT NOW with little effort! Many blogs already promote products and services throughout them. If you’re already promoting products why not get paid for doing it?!

It has become even easier with the use of Amazon affiliate links as you can easily set it up and find almost any product to link to. In fact, if someone follows your Amazon link and buys anything on the site you get a percentage of the purchase! ” – Adam Scheid, www.thebrandsmen.com

6. “The best way that I have found to monetize my website is, of course, affiliate marketing. This allows me to earn money on the deals that I share with my readers. I use Google AdSense and earn money on pay per click advertising. I also find that it is very important to keep my Facebook page updated daily and to interact with my followers and readers. This is key in driving traffic to my site every day.” – Laurie Floy, www.stealsanddealsforkids.com

7. “Every page should have unique content that captivates the audience, a call to action for the desired response, a contact form to grow an email list, and a social plugin that allows visitors to share posts, videos, and images.

Mix it up when it comes to content. Use interesting images to attract, properly SEO’d information the visitor wants to read and video whenever possible.” – Randy Lyons, www.advantagelocalagency.com

8. “Monetizing a digital brand has become one of the most sought after segments in the internet and social media marketing. It is not easy, but when executed well can yield some of the biggest rewards for any brand/website.” – Timothy Roman, www.imperialbuilder.com

9. “To introduce our services in a very competitive real estate market we understand the need to exceed our client’s expectations. Since the inception of our business in 1991, we have taken the approach that we need to offer more than just experience and professionalism.

Utilizing our online presence, we have placed quite a bit of emphasis on local brand awareness from both a search and education viewpoint. Keeping our clients abreast with the latest information on what Prescott, Arizona has to offer as well as the most recent information on the local real estate market through our blog is one of our primary tools.” – Kathleen Yamauchi Group Real Estate, www.kathleeny.com

10. “For a B2B service provider like us, creating a non-sales Aesbus blog was at the top of our to-do list for lead generation. By providing rich content, we’ve been able to pull prospects through marketing gravity. Our blog generates secondary interest in our B2B services. And as part of our backend process, we’re able to capture that interest via contact/inquiry forms that correspond to specific services described on our website. The captured contact information is then routed through our sales funnel. Our blog is a friendly way of building credibility that helps us monetize our content. We don’t necessarily make money off of our blog—but, it helps drive indirect sales. We have acquired leads generated directly from our blog.” – Gloria Hernandez, www.aesbus.com

11. “The #1 way I monetize my site is by working with brands through sponsored posts. I’m very selective and only work with brands I trust. To get the attention of big brands, my content and photography must be top notch. Social media also plays an important part in monetization. The more followers you have on social media, the more willing brands are to work with you. It does take time and patience to build a presence on social media, but it’s well worth it in the end.” – Alli Smith, www.anallievent.com

12. “Our website is our sales channel. First and foremost we sell web design packages to other businesses. Using website worksheets and lead generation forms, we are put in contact with clients who need custom responsive websites to represent their brand. Secondly, we also provide recurring monthly WordPress Maintenance packages. Also, we provide Organic SEO services where we take a holistic approach in optimizing websites from the ground up. This way, our lead generation efforts have always been supported by strengthening our digital brand and website.” Lori Newman, www.newmanwebsolutions.com

13. “Keeping the integrity of my blog is the number one priority. Don’t be afraid to turn down sponsored opportunities that don’t fit your blog or your standards. Publishing bad content on your blog can have a very harmful and lasting effect on your future success.” – Julia DeLeeuw, www.everydaymomideas.com

14. “The best way to monetize a website is to sell your digital product, one that can be downloaded like a book. You have to create the content (or you can rebrand other’s content, but I don’t recommend that) and then people can purchase it over it an over again. Second to that would be a membership/subscription. Ads such as Google Adsense are great if you have a ton of traffic, but most people can’t generate enough traffic on their own to make it worthwhile. Creating digital content like a book or an online course is what I consider to be the best way to monetize a website, you just have to decide what it is you want to specialize in and then learn all about it and generate the content that is compelling, so people want to buy it.” Jennifer Brown, www.ghostworks.us

15. “Once you’ve generated enough traffic, the next option is to start getting the most out of your website visitors. Adding Google Adsense ads to your website is a quick and easy way to start monetizing your website traffic. You can also offer relevant affiliate offers through networks like Commission Junction, ShareaSale, Rakuten, or ClickBank.” Chris Cabaniss, www.falcondigitalmarketing.com

Conclusion

There are many ways to use your website and get an almost immediate return on your investment.

It is important to understand that our websites are the first impression we give to a client. This is our storefront, brochures, catalogs, and business cards.

These clients will access you from around the world and at all hours of the day and night. They will slip in, and if you do not provide what they need, they will slip out again.

Being SEO smart and user-friendly will assist you in the land of search engines, but it is the content of your website that brings the customer back.

It is the care and attention you place on your digital brand that makes them share the information.

By using the tools listed here, you can make money with your website on many levels. How you utilize your website and promote your digital brand is up to you.

Your success is in your hands.

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4 On-Page Techniques for Effective Search Engine Branding

This guest post is brought to you by Alex Furfaro, owner at Alex Furfaro SEO Consulting and digital marketer who helps businesses get visible in the search engines. I loved his take on on-page optimization techniques and thought you might, too! In case you want to reach out to him, you can contact Alex on LinkedIn.

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When you are branding your website and creating your SEO strategy, you need to consider all methods of optimization. On-page optimization is vital to the success of your SEO strategy because it helps the search engines understand your website and what your business is about. The combination of using your branded elements and keywords in the right locations will help your website rank for the terms you are targeting.

Structuring Content with HTML

The search engine algorithms look for dozens of variables when crawling a website. Properly structuring your content using headings and subheadings is a way to describe to Google that certain information is more important than others.

Websites use HTML code uses tags such as H1, H2 and H3 for headings. The H1 tag is the primary heading of the page and only one H1 tag should be used per page. It is likely the theme or template will automatically make the page title the H1 heading. The H2 tags will be the second most important and so on. The search engine use these tags to determine order of importance in your content using the hierarchy of H tags first and the paragraph text last.

Meta Data and Search Engine Branding

Meta data is specific HTML coding that will use meta tags. This data can be added with a WordPress plugin like Yoast SEO or manually in the header of a website. There are three types of meta data: titles, descriptions, and meta keywords. Each page on your website has its own meta data so be sure to optimize each page individually.Meta titles are

Meta titles are the bold, blue link headings users click on in the search engines and the meta descriptions are the supplementary information below the title. Meta data allows a webmaster to provide a catchy title and a brief description of the entire page using text other than what is published on the page.

For example, a page title may be “Columbus SEO Expert” but a user in the search engine results does not know who the page is about. When the brand name is added to the end using a meta title, the search engine link becomes Columbus SEO Expert – Alex Furfaro SEO Consulting. Page titles that you are attempting to rank for locally should often be written in this format of “Location – Niche – Brand.” Meta titles should be 50 and 60 characters in length and descriptions should be at least 140 with 160 characters maximum. The search engines do not display titles or descriptions past those lengths.Meta keywords can be used but are not as powerful in the hierarchy of

Meta keywords can be used but are not as powerful in the hierarchy of meta data. Meta keywords can be words found on the page or additional keywords related to the topic that are not found in the content. Do not “keyword stuff” meta keywords just for the sake of adding more.

Image And Video SEO

Search engines are only able to read text and this makes the indexing of the images and videos more difficult than your body content. To optimize images, rename the image file itself using descriptive characters, keywords, and your brand name where you see fit. If you are using WordPress or another content management system, fill in the boxes for alt text and descriptions as well. Captions can be used as well but remember they will be visibly displayed on the page.

Optimizing videos is a combination of on-page optimization and image optimization. Use keyword rich page titles, descriptions, and keywords in the name the video file itself, as such like with images. Preferably include a transcript of the video as this has the same function as alt text for pictures. Search engines will be able to read the transcript and use that data to understand the video file and help determine rankings. It is also recommended that you upload the video to YouTube and then embed it onto your website because Google owns YouTube and it typically gives videos on its platform a higher ranking.

Internal Linking Strategy

A common on-page technique that is often overlooked is internal linking. An internal link will connect your new content with some of your old content. This not only helps your users to navigate around your site, but it also helps the search engines find your pages. When you create a link from your new content to your old, ensure the content is relevant and adds additional value to your new post. A good application is you provided an in-depth analysis of

When you create a link from your new content to your old, ensure the content is relevant and adds additional value to your new post. A good application is you provided an in-depth analysis of previous topic and refer to it in the new post. This will allow a user to refer to that page for more information, boost the traffic for that page, and keep the reader engaged with your site.

Updating old content with new links is helpful as well. Typically older content is indexed and ranks better in the search engines so more traffic can be funneled through the older post to the new. This technique can help your new content get indexed in the search results as well. When you look at

When you look at internal linking building you need to be careful with the anchor text that you use. A generic anchor text such as ‘click here’ will not work very well with the search engines as it tells them nothing about the link or where it is going. It is best to use the keyword related to the content you are linking to as it tells the search engines exactly what to expect when they go through.

Conclusion

Search Engine optimization is about structuring data properly for search engines but more importantly the users who are visiting your website. These basic techniques will always be relevant, regardless of the changes Google and other search engines make to their algorithm.

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Why You Shouldn’t Attempt to Do Your Own SEO

If you have been thinking about promoting your website on the World Wide Web, you might have done some research about doing so. Along the way, you might have heard about search engine optimization, which is used to help promote your website on the major search engines. There are a lot of instructional guides and videos out there that are supposed to teach you how to do your own SEO, and as a business owner who might like handling things by yourself whenever possible, this might seem like an appealing option. However, it is usually not a good idea to attempt to handle your search engine optimization campaign all on your own. Here’s why.

You Could End Up Doing More Harm Than Good

One thing that many people do not know is that it is possible to make your search engine rankings worse when attempting to execute a search engine optimization campaign. This can be done in a few ways, such as if you follow old and outdated SEO methods. Since you are probably looking to promote your website, the last thing that you probably want to do is make your search engine rankings worse. If you hire a professional like the team at http://seattle-seo.net/, you will know that this will not happen. Instead, you’ll see the positive results that you are looking for.

It Can Take More Time Than You Realize

Another thing that many business owners do not realize is just how much time it takes to put together a search engine optimization campaign and to run it as it should be. If you’re like most business owners, you might stay busy doing all the many things that you have to do to run your business. This means that you really might not have the spare time to put aside to run your SEO campaign. If you hire a professional team to do it for you, however, you will know that there will be a whole team of people working on running your SEO campaign as it needs to be. Then, you can dedicate your time to the other things that you need to do.

You Won’t Be Able to Take Advantage of Other Professional Assistance

A lot of good search engine optimization companies offer more than just SEO services. Some of them will help you with things like creating social media profiles for your website and promoting them to your audience. Others will help you set up a pay-per-click or other type of advertising campaign that can help you bring in more traffic. A good SEO company can help you with marketing your website in multiple ways.

If you have thought about doing your own search engine optimization campaign, you should know that this usually is not a promising idea. However, if you work with a team of professionals, you can help ensure that your website is promoted online in the way that you want it to be.

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5 Ways SEO Can Help Your Brand Marketing

Improving brand awareness is one of the top concerns for businesses, and a website is one of the most effective ways to do this. This is because your website is the first point of contact with your target audience. Your website can bring in leads, prospects, and attract new customers.

If you are looking to brand yourself and build a successful business, one of the best ways to do this is using SEO. SEO is simply tactics you can use to obtain a high-ranking placement in search results to increase the number of visitors to your website. Simply put, if your website isn’t ranking well in search engines, you won’t be found online.

As you begin using SEO to help your brand marketing, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that it isn’t just about using certain keywords; SEO focuses on the user experience, so if the quality of your content is low it won’t increase your ranking.

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Below are 5 ways SEO can help you build your brand for more effective marketing:

  1. SEO increases the visibility of your business

Having a strong online presence with a website and social media is vital for continued growth in today’s market. SEO can play a key role in helping you develop a strong online presence by allowing your business visibility to increase with consumers who use search engines like Google. SEO ensures you will have a strong online presence and continue to see increased growth in your business.

The higher your visibility is in search results, the more exposure you are giving to your brand, which leads to more traffic from organic searches. By effectively using online advertising, social media, and search engine results, you increase exposure to your brand and drive out the competition.

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  1. Better user experience

It is now more important than ever to take the usability of your website into consideration when optimizing your website. That’s because search engines look for websites that are easy to navigate, offer relevant information, have a design that is easily accessible, and delivers quality content.

Search engines also take into account how visitors use your website; for instance, if they come and then leave quickly, this is an indicator that they didn’t find what they were looking for. So if your website has too many visits like that, search engines determine it isn’t relevant and drop your visibility.

But because search engines take the usability of a website into consideration, using SEO can decrease your website’s bounce rate. It ensures users are given a positive experience, are able to navigate through your website, learn more about your product, and are converted into buyers.

  1. Cost effectiveness

The costs for social media advertising, PPC advertising, or purchasing leads can add up quickly. SEO is cost effective as a marketing strategy is because it targets people who are already looking for your service or product and produces better conversion rates.

That’s why it is important to understand your target audience, their search behavior, and their buying habits so you not only optimize your website, but increase your visibility for the right market.

  1. Instills trust in your business

In our fast-paced environment, digital users want to know immediately who they can trust and why they should choose one brand over another. Once you achieve a high ranking in search engine results, this sets you apart as an authority in your field. It also establishes trust with your audience since businesses that are listed in the top 5 results of search engines are perceived as more trust-worthy.

On an example of the home remodeling industry, many people before they even engage in speaking with potential contractors spend hours in search engines, finding the best experts and deals. If you are working in a specific niche, such as “transitional style“, you would want to rank higher for this keyword, so they can easily find you as an expert on the topic.

  1. Access to new data

As you begin using SEO and begin having a higher number of visitors, you can begin to using analytics to track information about your visitors. You can see what key words they used and how much time they spent on a page. You can also see where they are located and what time of day they are the most active online.

For instance,maybe you can see that the most commonly used key phrase to find your website is “San Diego SEO” and that a large percentage of your visitors are located on the West Coast; this is valuable customer data that will help you develop better strategies for advertising.