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TopRank Down Under with SEO, PR and Reputation Management

Lee Odden on Mar 18th, 2007     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Online PR, Other Events, Press Release Optimization, Public Relations, RSS, SEO, TopRank Agency News

SunRise at 35,000 ft
Susan and I made it to Sydney, Australia early this morning and go to watch the sun rise over Eastern Australia during the descent. After a few hours getting through customs, then getting our bags x-rayed on the way out and then getting checked again to get into a line to get to the exit of the airport, we made it outside for the line to the taxis. It might have been a lot of hurry up and wait, but we were just thankful to be outside in the fresh air.

Tomorrow I’ll be doing a presentation on SEO and Public Relations. The buzz about SEO and PR has been strong the past few years, especially with Greg Jarboe, Jamie O’Donnel, Sally Falkow, Amanda Watlington and many others including TopRank making significant headway into developing new strategies and tactics for clients.

Lee Odden

TopRank March Madness

Lee Odden on Mar 12th, 2007     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Online PR, Other Events, Press Release Optimization, Public Relations, RSS, Social Media, TopRank Agency News

March has been a bit crazy so far as we’ve been rolling out an enormous SEO campaign for one Fortune 20 client and are in the final stages of signing another. On top of that, March will be a speakorama on blogs and public relations.

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting for the IABC chapter in Minneapolis at St. Thomas University with Sarah Bjelland, a VP from Wells Fargo. The event was called, “Delivering Insight into Business Blogs” and I presented on social media in general, trends with business blogging, applications for blog software in a corporate communications strategy and best practices for corporate blogs.

Lee Odden

Search Marketing Blogs Update 020907

Lee Odden on Feb 9th, 2007     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Online Marketing, Search Marketing, SEO

Here we are again with this week’s additions to the big list of search engine marketing blogs. Of course the OPML file and plain text file have been updated as well.  Enjoy!

  • RSS Ray – Offers articles on internet marketing and also hosts an online radio show.
  • TMA E-Marketing blog – Minnesota search marketing firm blogs about all aspects of marketing online.
  • In Search of Stuff – Humorous look at the search marketing industry by Scottie Claiborne and Michael Motherwell.
  • Alibi Productions Blog – Drew Stauffer’s blog about marketing online.
  • Startuplay – A guide to China internet marketing written by Sergey Mirkin, a Russian born, Silicon Valley educated fellow living in China.
  • Search Insider – Media Post’s group blog on search marketing.
Lee Odden

SEO Benefits from Blogs

Lee Odden on Jan 15th, 2007     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Online Marketing, SEO

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Is blog optimization part of search marketing? Absolutely! Blogs are web site content management systems with additional functionality such as comments, trackbacks and RSS. Blogs are really no different than web sites.

If you can optimize a document and that document gets indexed, categorized and ranked by a search engine, it’s part of search marketing in my book. As such, marketers should be aware of how these kinds of channels can be used within the overall online marketing mix. Blogs are one of many platforms that benefit from optimization.

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My 5 Favorite Blog Plugins

TopRank Online Marketing on Jan 9th, 2007     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Online Marketing

It seems that every week I find a new and exciting WordPress plugins. There are literally hundreds out there and many that are still un-discovered.

Wordpress PluginI thought I’d take the time to post my 5 favorite blog plugins in hopes that you might find some useful ones. I’d also like to hear your top five so I can discover some new favorites.

Thomas’ Top 5 WordPress Plugins ~ In No Particular Order

Optimal Title
- This re-arranges your blogs title page to be [post name ] – [blog name] which is good for SEO.

Headspace2
- Automatically create blog post descriptions. Or write your own.

Live Search
- Update your search box to show results as the user types.

Lee Odden

Blogs Rock for SEO, SMO and PR

Lee Odden on Dec 30th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Online Marketing, Online PR, SEO, Social Media

Blogs have been one of the big buzz items in 2006 along with social media. It seems companies are still trying to figure out whether blogging is worthwhile for their business and where social media fits in within overall marketing strategy. The number of “blog consultants” also appears to be growing at a much faster rate than business blog adoption.

For our clients, we use blogs extensively in both our public relations practice as well as for search engine optimization. One of the most productive uses of blog software as a content management system is for an online media room.

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Lee Odden

SES Chicago SEO Videos – Stephan Spencer

Lee Odden on Dec 7th, 2006     Blog Optimization, Interviews, Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Video Interviews

Stephan Spencer from Netconcepts traveled to Chicago all the way from New Zealand and shares information about the blog SEO session here at Search Engine Strategies Chicago where he’s presenting on RSS feed optimization. He also talks about his daughter’s success with optimizing her Neopets blog and he offers tips for search engine conference attendees.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8729061701379266048

Stephan writes for several blogs, most notably, Stephan Spencer’s Scatterings.

Lee Odden

Online Public Relations and Blogs

Lee Odden on Oct 16th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, DMA Annual Conference, Interactive Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Online PR, Podcasting, Press Release Optimization, RSS, SEO, Social Media, TopRank Agency News

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Later today I’ll be presenting here at DMA-06 on a panel called, Blogs, RSS and Podcasting with Amanda Watlington from Searching for Profit and Stephan Spencer from Netconcepts. Basically, my presentation will cover how blogs can be used as public relations tools in the context of “Push and Pull PR”. The presentation is broken up into:

  • Opportunity
  • Push and Pull PR
  • Blog Optimization & PR
  • Blogger Relations
  • Case Study

The “opportunity” section explains how many journalists are ignoring the noise of getting pitched by so many PR firms and company PR staff. Whether it’s a pitch by phone or email, many members of the media go online (98%) to find news sources (76%), story ideas (92%), experts and to research press releases (73%). The percentages come from a study done by Middleburg/Ross.

Lee Odden

Monetizing with Feedvertising

Lee Odden on Sep 28th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Blogging News, Online Marketing, RSS

Feedvertising

For the past week I’ve been beta-testing a new product from Patrick Gavin and Andy Hagans of Text Link Ads called Feedvertising. Other beta testers include Jim Boykin, Phillip Lessen, Brian Clark and several others. This is a service that allows you to monetize your RSS feeds with ads. Text Link Ads will sell the ads for you, or in my case, I just put in ads for some things I’m doing with Marketing Sherpa. You can do it either way or both.

Not only is Feedvertising a potential money maker, but it’s also a clever way to cross promote other areas of your blog, company web site or other web sites that you publish.

There’s a very good tutorial on Feedvertising over at Tubetorial or you can check out the Feedvertising site.

Lee Odden

New Tools for Social Media Optimization

Lee Odden on Aug 30th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Online Marketing, Social Bookmarking, Social Media

With all the buzz about social media optimization the past week, I thought it would be timely for us to present two updated tools for encouraging the sharing of and linking to content as well as distribution. These are concepts that are fundamental to the notion of social media optimization or SMO.

Screen Shot of 2 New Social Media Optimization Tools

The first tool is one we’ve received excellent comments on and it’s called the Social Bookmark Creator. In order to make it easy for readers to save a blog post or a web page for reading later or to aggregate resources using a social bookmark service, we’ve created a tool that allows you to add a social bookmark menu after each post or on a static web page.

Social Bookmarks

Lee Odden

Blog Optimization – SES San Jose

Lee Odden on Aug 8th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, RSS, Search Engine Strategies

SES San Jose
Moderated by Detlev Johnson of Position Tech, this panel included: Stephan Spencer of NetConcepts, Rick Klau of FeedBurner and Amanda Watlington of Searching for Profit.

First up was Amanda with yet again, a unique presentation. There is still lots of unclaimed territory with blogs.

Less than 6% of Fortune 500 companies are blogging according to SocialText. 35% of companies plan to start a blog in the next year.

RSS distributes content and drives traffic.

Build your feeds right from the start. Questions to ask:
- How many feeds are necessary
- How much content is needed to keep it fresh
- Should you publish an excerpt or the full feed
- Will the feed include other media
- How will you propagate the feeds initially and on an ongoing basis
- How to measure performance

Lee Odden

Blogs and Podcasts for Lead Generation

Lee Odden on Jul 31st, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Blogging News, Online Marketing, Podcasting


Marketing Sherpa released findings of a Technology Marketing survey that include blogs and podcasts as two of the top 5 lead generation tactics for technology, hardware and software firms. Overall, the top 5 lead generation tactics were:

  1. Free Trials
  2. Webcast
  3. White paper
  4. Blog
  5. Podcast

Of course, if you’re a really good marketer, you would be able to tie in four or five of the above into one campaign, especially when integrated with a blog. Not that you need to offer all five to have a successful campaign, but providing options for how to interact or make contact with your company allows you to reach more of your target audience. A podcast may work for some people, a free trial or a white paper for others. One of the new features of this report is the 13 prospect personas of prospects such as CIOs, IT professionals and business owners.

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