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Jolina Pettice

SMX Sesion: 8 Tips to More Effective Blogging

Jolina Pettice on Feb 28th, 2008     Blog Marketing, Blogging, Online Marketing, Search Marketing Expo

dsc00450.JPGThe Wonder Twins Track at SMX West: SEO and Blogging, provided the audience with information on how to best launch and promote a blog.

Here are 8 tips, from Aaron Wall of SEOBook, on how to gain traction for your blog.

Own a Niche

  • Owning a smaller niche is an easy way to starting building personal brand
  • #1 player gets more play in the media

Make Formatting a Priority

  • Ensure you have a clean appealing design
  • Highlight best practices
  • Include an “About Us” page
  • Make it easy for press to contact
  • Leverage pictures/video/sketchcasting

Write clearly

  • Write headlines like a wire service writer
  • Use simple words and short sentences
  • Use bulleted lists/headers/sub-headers

Filter

  • Create Google news alerts
Lee Odden

Tuesday Search Tidbits

Lee Odden on Jan 30th, 2007     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing

Wordtracker now offers a free keyword research tool – hat tip to SEOBook. Remember “hat tips” all you selfish, link hoarding bloggers out there? (no, I do NOT mean Aaron)

Yahoo Site Explorer adds new features

Andy and Jeremy, back and forth, back and forth about MBL. This is a good example of a blog post that is not well thought out before posting (on the part of Jeremy Zawodny). Using the word “spamming” and Andy Beal’s name in the blog post title was flat out lame, whether there was an objection to Andy’s contest or not.

Mike Moran on making a business case for search marketing

Serph’s up at ACS – new social media search tool – I hope to do a review of this later in the week

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.

Lee Odden

Online Public Relations and Blogs

Lee Odden on Oct 16th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, 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

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

Dave Sifry on Marketing Your Blog

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

Wired recently ran another “How To” with this one including sage advice from Technorati founder, Dave Sifry on how to make your blog more popular:

1) React quickly. (Nothing is more fun than calling an A lister on hype or fluff)
2) Make your posts easy to read. (Usability never goes out of style)
3) Link, link, link! (Amen – link in and link out)
4) Optimize for search engines. (Get some tasty blog optimization)
5) Post, post, post! (Yes and no – It’s just not always practical to post 5 – 10 times a day)
There are also several tips on sprucing up your MySpace site, Amazon Picks and reblogging. Check it out.

Lee Odden

Blog Address: Directory or Domain?

Lee Odden on Jul 13th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Online Marketing

Recently I fielded an emailed question from a reader as to which is better home for a blog: as part of the company web site (www.company.com/blog/) or as a separate domain (www.companyblog.com)? I get this question often and see it mentioned in the forums as well.

There are many factors that influence whether your blog should be part of your site or it’s own domain name including:

  • Branding
  • Hosting platform
  • Blog application (software or hosted)
  • Resources for promotion
  • Resources for content production
  • Purpose of the blog
  • Timeframe for expected results
  • Target audience
Lee Odden

25 Tips for Marketing Your Blog

Lee Odden on Jun 15th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Online Marketing, SEO

With so many blogs being created every day, it’s a mystery to many bloggers how to make their blog stand out. There are many types of blogs or purposes for blogs and a certain number of tactics are applicable to just about all of them.Some companies choose to hire a blog consultant, but others like to try things internally. For those “DIY” companies and individuals interested in practical tips for marketing and optimizing a business blog, try out the following list of blog marketing and optimization tips:

  1. Decide on a stand alone domain name www.myblog.com or directory of existing site www.mysite.com/blog. Sub domain is also an option blog.mysite.com. Avoid hosted services that do not allow you to use your own domain name!
Lee Odden

Blogs for SEO

Lee Odden on May 19th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Online Marketing, SEO

In the past I’ve written tips about marketing business blogs with an emphasis on content, frequency and distribution. Just like with optimizing web sites for better search engine rankings, there’s an abundance of information and tips on how to use blogs for business.

As far as business blogs go, the two implementations that I see most often are blogs as a component of SEO or blogs as a public relations tool. Granted, this bias is a manifestation of the focus of my company’s blog consulting practice, but I think the insight into what’s been working can benefit any type of blog.

Lee Odden

Link Building for Blogs

Lee Odden on Apr 27th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Link Building, Online Marketing, SEO

As blogs continue to mature as marketing tools, there are an increasing number of “blog optimization” articles and posts appearing. However, many of these resources underestimate the importance of inbound links.

To think that researching and placing keywords in the “right places” alone with improve a blog’s traffic is only part of the story. Blogs are simply web sites/content management systems with some special features. Getting web sites to rank well and to engage more traffic involves a large number of variables and the same goes for blogs. The difference is that there are unique linking opportunities with blogs that are not common with web sites. These include:

Lee Odden

Marketing with Blogs – eComXpo Blogging Panel

Lee Odden on Mar 31st, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Online Marketing, SEO, TopRank Agency News

eComXpo

eComXpo is coming up next week April 4-6 and offers a great lineup of online marketing presentations with keynotes by Bryan Eisenberg, Author of “Call to Action”, Anne Holland Founder of MarketingSherpa and Geoff Ramsey CEO of eMarketer .

I am participating on a panel called the Big Blog 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM on Wednesday April 5th. The session is moderated by Amanda Watlington of Searching for Profit and includes co-panelists: Constantin Basturea of Converseon and Greg Jarboe of SEO-PR.com.

Constantin gives a great overview on why blogs are important for business, Greg offers a great blogging case study and my presentation focuses on specific blog optimization tactics. If you want to learn more about blogging for business and blog marketing, then definitely check out the Blog Blog panel.

TopRank Online Marketing

Keep Your Comment Conversation Alive

TopRank Online Marketing on Mar 23rd, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blogging, Online Marketing

There have been plenty of times I’ve commented on other blogs, only to forget where I was. Days later I think to myself ‘I wonder if anyone commented on my comment’. To bad I don’t remember where I was so I can’t go back and check.

There is also times where someone asks a question in the comments, we answer it and never know if the user actually saw that we answered their question.

Granted, every post has a comment RSS feed but you then end up with a cluttered feed reader. So there has to be an easier way to keep your comment conversation alive by notifying previous comment authors. Well there is.

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