Google+ – Is it the Future of Search?

Google+ – Is it the Future of Search?

In the SEO community we have been fighting the effects of personalised search in Google, turning the function off so as not to cloud our results pages with links that are biased towards our browsing history and recommendations from our friends on social networks. So...
Is Twitter a Stethoscope or Megaphone??

Is Twitter a Stethoscope or Megaphone??

I just don’t get Twitter!!! This is the catch cry I constantly hear from business owners almost every time I speak to them about social media interaction and marketing. And you know what?? This lack of understanding of how to use Twitter effectively doesn’t...
Top 25 Social Media Keyword Search Tools

Top 25 Social Media Keyword Search Tools

Want to find out who is talking about what in your niche or industry? There are many search engines that allow you to search one or multiple sources of information to see real time results. Check out these popular (and free) blog, forum, and social media search...
Karmin Music – Social Media Case Study

Karmin Music – Social Media Case Study

A few months, I happen to stumble across a HOT new music duo when I was wasting away my day on YouTube. The band “Karmin” are two up and coming artists that have been using YouTube to jump-start their music careers. Like thousands of other musicians, they...
Beyond Facebook: Diversifying Social Media

Beyond Facebook: Diversifying Social Media

Internet marketing is rapidly becoming the most powerful tool utilized by companies and individuals to bring attention to themselves and generate an income online. A wide variety of websites have come and gone in the past, due to public interest waning and the overuse...
Digg: Gaming the System

Digg: Gaming the System

I have been addicted to Digg for over three years…active for two… and in SEM for a little over one.  Each phase of my relationship with the site has yielded a different return.  I am just like every serious Digg user. I am a click-happy, instant-gratitude seeking...
Why I Auto Follow and DM on Twitter

Why I Auto Follow and DM on Twitter

In a follow-up to Mark’s post yesterday on whether to follow or not to follow on Twitter, and what criteria you use to determine whether to follow someone, I thought I would share the Twitter strategy I have been using for the past year. I do two things that...
Traditional SEO to Social, What Matters?

Traditional SEO to Social, What Matters?

Have you ever wondered how Twitter links and updates play into search results? A recent study by Michael Stelzner on small business social media use reported, 88% of all marketers found social media helps get them increase exposure. But where is this exposure coming...
How To Measure Social Media ROI

How To Measure Social Media ROI

Measure the ROI from a social media campaign, is much different than measuring a Pay-Per-Click or Banner Placement campaign.  The reason is because there are many qualitative factors and other moving pieces that are hard to measure.  Things like branding, company...
8 Blogs SEOs Must Check Daily

8 Blogs SEOs Must Check Daily

“SEO is not dead, but it’s changing.” These are words extracted from the interview of Lisa Barone of Outspoken Media. SEO, like the rest of the world, is now in 2011 – another year of progress, struggle and learning for me and for everyone in the...
3 Ways A Small Business Can Dominate Facebook

3 Ways A Small Business Can Dominate Facebook

Many small business owners have come to appreciate the benefits of Facebook for professional purposes in the last several years. But, for those who are just starting out, it can be frustrating trying to compete with some of the more established businesses. It’s a...
A Twitter Exercise to Get More Followers

A Twitter Exercise to Get More Followers

I’ll be the first too admit it, I started using Twitter as a one-way communication tool, so that I could help promote my content.  However I quickly learned that by doing that, I would not be able to build the following and relationships that I wanted on...
How Social A/B Testing Generates Traffic

How Social A/B Testing Generates Traffic

Marketers have long understood the benefits of ab testing content on their site to increase subscriptions, signups, and sales through small changes on elements of their site. In this increasingly interactive web, have you considered the placement of your social...
Top 10 Ways to Grow Your Twitter Following

Top 10 Ways to Grow Your Twitter Following

Individuals and businesses around the world are unleashing the power of social media as you read this.  While almost every social network adds value to the world in some way, some enjoy more exposure and popularity than others do. As we stand today, Twitter is...
Using Facebook Applications to Engage Users

Using Facebook Applications to Engage Users

No brand can ever ignore the potential of Facebook applications. In order to build your brand presence on Facebook, you can use a variety of these applications. Each application has its own unique value. If you want to drive social momentum, it’s crucial to use...
Is Social Media Over-Saturated?

Is Social Media Over-Saturated?

Social media is an important part of our lives. Most of us rely on it to receive and relay all sorts of information. But lately it feels like there’s a bit of a social media bubble. Social Media: Tactic Not Strategy Social media is rapidly starting to reach...
Building an Impenetrable Brand

Building an Impenetrable Brand

A business’s heart is its brand. For most industries, it costs many times more to retain an existing customer than to acquire a new one. Customers need to be able to trust a company before they’ll part with their money. A strong brand is the single most...
Top Facebook Application Development Companies

Top Facebook Application Development Companies

Recently I have noticed some killer Facebook applications designed to give your Fan Page more flair. I thought I would feature some of the companies that built these applications, along with links to these custom applications that you can try out on your own Facebook...
What is the Google+ Project? A Look Inside…

What is the Google+ Project? A Look Inside…

By now, almost everyone has heard about the new and exciting release of the Google+ Project, the latest product from Google.  I myself have only been using it for a few weeks, so I am still trying to get use to it and test out all of the features it has.  This is the...
Pinterest Tips for Your Business

Pinterest Tips for Your Business

I started using Pinterest not long after it launched in 2010. Not too many people were using Pinterest at the time; the people I followed were mainly other bloggers, but only a few I actually knew in real life. Now, as more and more people join (Pinterest made TIME’s...
Panda and the New Google

Panda and the New Google

Google is a great example of how powerful the Internet really is.  With more users than all the other search engines combined, and by a crazy wide margin, Google is a powerhouse the likes of which the business community hasn’t seen for a long while. No More...
9 Ways to Use Twitter Lists

9 Ways to Use Twitter Lists

If you automatically follow everyone who follows you, then you may find your home feed a bit overwhelming. In order to keep up with all of the people you want to follow based on their interests and your connection to them. Here are nine great Twitter lists to create...