Archive for February, 2012

 

Power of Branding – Infographic



Branding | Brand Popularity | Brand Positioning


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Fast travels the effective and interesting content!

From the day the social media has grown, the content is travelling faster and faster, when it is short and sweet. Let it be a quote, image or a video.

A few easy to remember suggestions that makes your social media optimization effective.

1. Let the content be for your customers and not for you

2. Let the content be “Precise and Interesting” – People don’t have time to read all bull s**t

3. Add a link, somewhere in right bottom corner, so it doesn’t disturb the eyes of readers

4. Don’t give repetitive content, Got it!

Also Get Instant Twitter Followers and promote your website

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10 Hints to make your Brand More Visible

Greater the brand visibility, greater would be the chances for your product to be retained in the customers mind, resulting in increased volume of sales. So to increase the brand visibility, it’s a must to create an excitement among your customers. Here are a few proven tips that would popularise your brand in the Market.

1. Have an attractive-speaking Website – “Attractive-Speaking Website” doesn’t mean that someone should voice in the website, it’s about the content and design of the website. The design should be attractive, with consistency in colour, and product. The content should talk about what the product is? And what does the product do? And why one should buy your product? If these 3 questions are answered, then the needful customers will get trust. Next step would be SEO (Search Engine Optimization) – which brings in your site in top of search engines when right keywords are chosen for identifying your website content.

2. Special Promotions – you can make a noise in the market, by providing variety of offers, gifts, discounts, etc during the festival season. Here you need to be careful about what to bundle with your product, to attract potential customers. This can be done by running a email campaign, online poster ads, website banners, and many more.

3. Media – Its one of the effective means of increasing brand visibility. If your budget fits in you can provide television ads or else you can go with social media, where you can create your own videos and upload, promote them. When you do these kinds of ads, you can sponsor / embed some social awareness and welfare messages.

4. Newspapers & Magazines – The most widely used means to promote your product and its brand. When it comes to newspapers and magazines, you can promote your brand by 2 ways. The no.1 would be to provide frequent news, press releases and articles to the editors and the no.2 would be to provide ads in the newspaper and magazines, both online as well as offline i.e. print media.

5. Sponsors – It’s all based on your Product. If you product is kind of enterprise then sponsor a corporate event, seminar etc. If your product is for consumers, then sponsor it for some major events like film fare, fashion show, sports, colleges, cultural programmes, social awareness programs and many more. These kinds of major events brings in lot of people in one place, which with combination of the media, newspaper, internet etc will provide you good weightage for your brand among the customers.

6. Viral Marketing – Viral Marketing is spreading the brand via buzzwords. Effective participation in social media optimization and social networking sites, will popularize your brand as well and bring in quality visitors to your website, and potential customers to your business. Promote your brand via popular websites like facebook, YouTube, google, yahoo buzz, etc which is a place where people will gather online. So effective promotion in social book marking sites will bring in success.

7. Online Forums and Communities – discuss and help your customers online by joining in forums and online communities. Create a group and share interesting topics and new product releases, upgrade etc.

8. Banners & Hoardings – these 2 again are great medium of advertising. Choose the right location if it’s going to be a physical banner/hoarding or choose the right website, to give banner ad online. An important tip here is to associate your logo, product and brand with some kind of social awareness messages to get additional exposure of your Brand.

9. Email Signatures – Whenever you or your associates send an email, use your company logo in the signature along with the website. A well organized, effective and unique color scheme will attract your customers and clients.

10. Other means of Promotions – Give your employees and customers T-Shirts, Jerkins with your logo printed, Give stickers for your employees to stick in their vehicles for parking inside the premises, make canopy of umbrella , standees, when you put some stalls on the road-side, put your logo in your office bus, give a pen with your logo embossed in it to customers / clients who trial your products, give an award, a shield which has got the logo embossed to your resellers and dealers to place it in their shops etc. There are still lot of small things which can really bring in great brand visibility, potential customer and good reputation to your business.

Affiliate Marketing Networks – How to choose?

 

Affiliate marketing can be termed as “Referral Marketing” for which the referrer will get a commission paid per sale / lead or whatever the merchant decides based on the business. So it’s always good to choose the right affiliate marketing network to bring in more affiliates. But result of the affiliate marketing success depends on the affiliate as well the merchants affiliate marketing model. Let me discuss about the Effective affiliate marketing model in my upcoming post. Right now let me tell you few important things regarding choosing an affiliate network.

1. Make a research regarding the affiliate networks and see which one suits the best for your business
2. Check out the number of affiliates using the particular affiliate network and the type of merchant / products they promote
3. Check how many potential affiliates (who can bring in good referrals for your business) are present in the network related to your business
4. If possible get more information regarding the affiliate websites and the region
5. See if the FEE STRUCTURE is right – sign-up fee as well as after sign-up services fee

Overall, if you find the affiliate network with potential affiliates and nominal fee which will suit your business, you can go ahead. Because, whatever network you sign-in, it all depends upon your affiliate marketing strategy to bring in a success to your affiliate marketing business.

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SEO KPI’s – Search Engine Key Performance Indicators

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Has your website disappeared from Search Engines (SERP)?

If you website ranking well and positioned well in search engine, and disappeared suddenly from the search listing after few content additions of content. No worries! All you have to do is check if there was duplication of content in your website or your website content was copied to a website which has a better page rank then yours. The below are few possibilities of a sudden disappearance of website from search engines.

Case 1: Duplication of Content

To check if the website content is copied from some other site visit www.copyscape.com and analyse your website. This shows the list of site which has similar content. So if you feel like the content in your website is same like the other, just tweak your content. In case your content is original and someone has copied it, report it to Google or any other search engine provider.

Case 2: Duplication of Content within website or from your old website

If you have the same content in 2 different web page links, then you need to block one from search engine index, if you want the other page not to be indexed. To do this, visit Google Webmaster central, add and block the link which you don’t want the search engine to crawl. (Though you can do this using the .htaccess or robots.txt, this method will also work in Google – as Google is most used search engine, importance is given to Google search)

In case your entire site or specific pages is the same as your old website, all you have to do is take the content and have them in the server backup, and see that the old website doesn’t appear. Once the entire website shows a 404 error, resubmit it to search engines, so that once they crawl, if there is no content found in the website, search engines will remove them from their index.

Case 3: Website Server IP

This rarely does happen, if a website has two servers 1. Live server and 2. Development server (which is not supposed to be available for public and is used in internal organisations). If you buy a website ip from a service provider, and by chance you get a the ip of the link, which was ranking good and now is dead, the content which you may post would reflect on the website which doesn’t belong to you. So your website will appear in 2 different website.(only the url will be different, all the others will remain same) This is something the Web host provider needs to take care off. In this case, you need to ask the host provider to clear the cache of the old server.

Case 4: Link Spamming

Link Spamming is frequently changing the links with the same content. When a search engine crawls the website, and if the links keep on changing, and each time, the previous link is dead/broken, then search engines will think, those are spamming links. So this may also lead to drop in search listings.

Also Watch the Video – These are the insights given my Matt Cutts, Google

Source: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=139394

Apart from this there are many reasons, but these are few important points, which optimizers see that there is a sudden drop in the traffic. (Even I forgot, these things, and later realized, these are the things, I missed out during analysis. Though I concentrated on the few things which does occur normally)

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SEO Advice from SEO Expert – Matt Cutts

Source: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/seo-site-review-session-from-google-io-2010/

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Top 10 Video Sharing Websites

Social Media Optimization has been one of the potential online marketing strategy followed by most of the companies. Whilst the TV ads are pretty costly, online video sharing is cost a bit and sometimes free. The next generation would see a substancial growth in the video marketing. Here are top 10 video sharing websites, where you can post your videos free. Even I am planning to post one soon                        
YouTube – www.youtube.com

MySpace Videos – http://vids.myspace.com

Yahoo! Video Search – http://video.search.yahoo.com

MSN Video Search – http://video.msn.com

Google Video – http://video.google.com

AOL Media – http://us.video.aol.com

iFilm – www.ifilm.com

MetaCafe – www.metacafe.com

vMix – www.vmix.com

Daily Motion – www.dailymotion.com

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Reporting Link Spammers – Google

As we discussed already, its always good to acquire natural links for websites. Recently I came across the posting “Calling for Link Spam Reports” by MattCutts – a Software Engineer in Google, stating that Google has been aggressively working on the new algorithms to tackle linkspam.

Linkspam is an illegal method of obtaining page rank, where a website owner will buy paid links from some other websites which has good page rank, acquiring links by providing spam comments, excessive reciprocal link exchanging and many more.

Actually both buying and selling links doesn’t adhere to Google policies, hence these types of links are intended to manipulate the page rank and increase the website visits. But the saddest part is that most of the SEO (Seach Engine Optimization) Companies, do paid linking as business.

I strongly suggest SEO”s to adhere to the Google search engine optimization policies and work hard towards it to achieve your website goals. Do not follow illegal methods of obtaining page ranks and later feel for it, once your site gets blocked or pushed to the last results.

So instead think Positive – while you are thinking to post a link somewhere in a website, just check for relevance, hence Google always checks for Quality, Quantity and Relevancy when manipulating page ranks.

If you come across a website which buys or sells link, just post a complaint to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/spamreport?pli=1

Acquiring natural links may be sometimes difficult for beginners but wonder, Slow and Steady wins the Race. Build your website natural links slowly, and get good page ranks in the long run                        

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Black Hat SEO | Unethical SEO | SEO Don’ts

Many of the fresh search engine optimizers (SEO’s) as well as experienced sometimes knowingly or unknowingly in order to increase the website traffic start using few unethical ways which doesn’t obey the SEO guidelines. These are done in order to bring the page rank, and increase the website traffic in a short period of time.

So what are the common black hat seo techniques that are followed and what happens to a website if black hat seo are used?

Here the answer for your question.

Generally, black hat seo is kind of spam and unethical, for which search engine companies penalize for misuse by banning the website from their search engines.

Using Invisible Text: This is a common method, in which website developers use to get the list of top searched keywords and put them in the page, in the website background color. When a person searches in a search engine a using a specific keyword might reach this page, whereas the page which he lands has nothing to do with that keyword, nor it would be visible to the website visitor.

Below is a recent site that I got in my Google alert for a keyword I subscribed. When I went to the website, there is irrelevant content to a furniture shop                         . Here is the invisible text “keywords” they used to rank it.

 

Stuffing Keywords: Lot of keywords are stuffed in a specific page, with lot of repetitions, which is against the search engine policies. Also the Meta tags also have lot of keywords.

Website Cloaking: A webpage is created for the sole purpose of increasing the website traffic by identifying the search engine’s spider user agent or ip address. When a user visits the page, he would be taken to some other page which wouldn’t be related to what was shown in search results.

Doorway Page: A page is optimized for specific keywords and once starts getting in traffic, the website would be redirected to the real website. This is also similar to website cloaking.

Link Farms: This is a kind of spamming the search engines indexing algorithm. This is also known as spamdexing. It linking to site whereever possible, but which are not relevant to the content or keywords. This is made with the only intention to increase the backlinks, reciprocal link, which search engine see as spamming, as it is against the search engine indexing policies.

Penalty:

Is there a good penalty other than blocking or re-ranking the site? Yes, good penalizes by blocking the site or by dropping site from its current position to some the bottom of the results.

Here is the site, that was blocked by Google for using Black Hat Technique. ( I have provided the image of the invisible text given in the html code)

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