SEO, Content Writing,Website Management
Written by Stu Kushner

Creating Magnetic Content

 Marketing, SEO, Content Writing,Website ManagementI have two businesses. Or, maybe your can look at them as two divisions within one business. This site is my website design and Internet marketing business. And the other division is my office computer cabling business at www.ProgOffice.com. I created two separate websites because the work is very different and to put them on one site would dilute the expertise of each.

But where they do complement each other is in my ability to use my marketing skills to attract business to my cabling site. I do that by following these basic guidelines:

  • Create a site that is clear and easy to navigate
  • Make the site interesting
  • Project a professional image
  • Create helpful content
  • Optimize the content to make it attractive to the search engines

There are other things but those three are my basics. And if you do a search in Google for “office cabling in Washington DC”, you will probably see my site on the first page. You might find it there more than once.

Typically, the home page attracts the most traffic as the landing page for a visitor from a search engine. But my site gets most of it’s traffic from two special pages that I created. Those pages are a cabling pricing page and also a page that is an analysis of cabling upgrade choices. Writing those two pages more than doubled the traffic to my website and it helped establish my little cabling company as an authority (in the eyes of Google) in the cabling community.

Those two pages attract visitors to my site from all over the world. It answer two of the most important questions in the cabling industry. And the first one, pricing, is one that most of my competitors are reluctant to share.

And my reward is that if you are looking to get computer network cable installed in the Washington DC area and you look for a company on Google, Progressive Office Cabling will almost always show up on the first page.

So, what you need to do is think about the very most important questions that your clients might ask you and then write about it and put it on your website. If you do, you just might double your traffic. The worst that can happen is that will have some additional, new helpful content on your site.

Written by Stu Kushner

50+ Google Analytics Resources – The 2014 Edition

By Sean Work

Google Analytics is one of the best free data analysis tools on the web. But having this powerful tool at your disposal is irrelevant if you don’t know how to harness its potential. People say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but whether you’re a beginner at analytics or an expert, there is untapped wisdom in the posts below.

For Beginners

These posts should guide you through getting Google Analytics set up and getting started.

  1. The Complete Guide to Setting up Google Analytics – This post is an opportunity to identify what code you’ll need, the account structure, and various other things necessary to get set up successfully.
  2. Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics – This three-part series delves into setting up your account (part 1), setting up goals (part 2), and measuring visitor interaction (part 3).
  3. Google Analytics Tutorial for Beginners 2014 – Video guide on how to navigate the Google Analytics interface and use certain features.
  4. A Guide to Getting Started with Analytics – Goes into detail about how to understand what your traffic is doing and which trends to watch.

Data Segmentation

The ability to segment data is one of the most important aspects of Google Analytics. It will allow you to compare data and make judgments.

  1. 16 Google Analytics Advanced Segments Tips – A combination of different segments you can apply to your analytics data to get insight. Examples include segmenting based on which type of traffic spends the most or which type of traffic bounces immediately.
  2. Segment Average Visit Duration in Analytics – See how you can get a better view of what average visitor duration means by segmenting your traffic.
  3. Google Analytics: Tracking Demographics of Ecommerce Visitors – A blog post on how to get demographic reports and how to analyze this data.
  4. Calculating the …read more    
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Written by Stu Kushner

The Real Truth About Google and Guest Blogging

By Sherice Jacob

online marketing, content writing,SEO

Matt Cutts, Google webmaster evangelist, recently stirred up a storm of controversy by announcing that guest blogging was “done.” He later clarified the statement by saying that guest blogging purely for SEO was done.

But you’re a KISSmetrics reader, and you already knew that – right?

So what’s the real truth behind Google’s newest announcement? Are you going to be penalized for blogging on other sites? Are your rankings going to collapse because you have blog contributors? Not likely. But there are a few caveats you’ll want to keep in mind whether you’re considering guest blogging as a promotional outlet or looking to bring guest bloggers on board to freshen up your site content.

If You’re a Blog Publisher

DON’T: send out waves of open invitations to anyone and everyone looking to contribute. You will get substandard writing, perhaps even content that has been “spun” (meaning words have been exchanged and sentences shifted to give the “appearance” of a new article to avoid Google’s duplicate content penalty).

DO: Take the time to research experts in your niche. Who are the prolific, consistently good writers that attract comments and invite discussion? Assemble your guest blogging “dream team” and don’t be afraid to reach out to knowledgeable professionals in your field to invite them to contribute. By the same token, don’t be surprised if they ask about your budget. You get what you pay for, and high quality, well-researched posts take time to write.

Quora is a great place to find knowledgeable professionals who may be open to the possibility of guest blogging for you. Simply type in your topic to find questions asked (and answered) around it.

Blogging is one broad topic on Quora with thousands of followers

You can then click on the avatar of the person answering to …read more    

Written by Stu Kushner

Making Videos Work

Online video offers what was once limited to expensive TV advertising: reach and emotional engagement with potential customers. But unlike expensive TV advertising, it’s relatively cheap and can provide almost immediate response and measurable feedback.

Importing television-style advertising is not the solution. That’s because Internet and television are two completely different video experiences. Television is a “lean back”, essentially passive “sit down and watch” experience. The Internet is “lean forward” — users are actively controlling their experience. Interactivity means the viewer is in control. With TV, viewers can just change the channel, but with the internet, they just might talk back.

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Lights, Camera, Interaction!

Making videos and posting them online may sound like a lot of expense, work and expertise, but it doesn’t have to be.

Sharing videos with an online audience was once impossible. Today, videos on sites like YouTube are available to anyone who can access a computer. And there are now permanent public archives for videos online: and generally, the most viewed videos are the ones who show up first in an online search list; and videos on those sites are 50 times more likely to appear on the first page of a Google search than all-text sites!

Plus, video sharing is easy with sites like Google, Facebook and Twitter; and that‘s the difference between you and your business being a video “star”, rather than just another “extra”.

Ok. You’re ready to make your video – starring YOU and your Company. Great!

But what’s next?  What do I do? What do I say, and is my “slip” showing?

Here are some suggestions on making your video effective:

1. Educate. Videos can educate potential customers about your products and services. This can promote sales, especially for “online shopping”.

2. Answer questions. A short video where you personally respond to customer comments and questions is a great way to personalize both you and your business.

3. Review products and services. Provide an in depth, detailed review of a selected product or service to boost sales.

5. Showcase success. Report your growth, achievements and results. Read surveys and testimonials. Show a video of a successful project or product.

6. Tell your story. Create a video that shows how your business started and grew.

7. A guided tour.  “Humanize” your company. Show you and your employees at work, interacting, and recreating. Make it a story about working people, not just selling products.

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Written by Stu Kushner

Getting Client Reviews

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Mr. Google and the rest are striving to give great search results. They want to put the best companies at the top of the first page. That is their goal. So, the importance of on-line reviews is critical. Google sees all of them. And a big part of how you rank in search results is based on how your clients express their opinion in online reviews. And your potential customers feel the same way. A recent study showed that 72 percent of consumers trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation. And if you get a bad review it becomes even more important to “dilute” that with a few (or many) positive ones.

Get Reviews and Track Them

The first step is to establish a presence on the major review websites. Yelp, Merchant Circle, Google+, Yahoo Local, Patch, etc. are established review sites that people trust. You need to have a presence on all of them. Doing this might seem impossible or too hard. But we have a system that automates the whole process. So, let us know if you want help with this.

The next step is asking. Get out on your Facebook Fan Page, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and post a request for a review. Include a link to Google+, Yelp etc. or to a form on your website. And if they leave one, be sure to ask them for permission to use it for promotions. Also ask after you complete a project. That is always the best time. Timing is critical. And that depends on your business and the nature of the work you do. Sometimes you can ask right away and sometimes you need to wait a month so that they are certain things are right with your project. Simply followup with an email that asks them to go to a review website or to your online form.

Once you get a review and you have asked permission to promote it, put it on your website. My favorite method is to have testimonials fade in and out in a sidebar. David Bach has 20+ reviews in his website. So, we were able to create a nice unending random display of them. They add credibility to the website and help create a level of comfort for the new visitors.

Another option is to gamify your reviews. Is gamify a word? Anyway, a system like PunchTab.com enables visitors to earn entries into a raffle for a prize by “liking”, friending, tweeting and sharing your website.

Getting all of this done is something we can help you with. We can get your company into 45 business website directories and we can create a dashboard for monitoring all of your reviews. This is called Reputation Monitoring. Please contact us, if you need assistance or want more information. A free Business Directory Listing Report is available upon request.

Written by Stu Kushner

Easy Internet Marketing but with a Catch

U Shape Up Gym

U Shape Up’s website

So, I found a great gym here in Cebu. It’s called U Shape Up. The equipment is modern and the gym is very clean. The staff is very nice and it’s close enough to my house. There are closer gyms but this one is way nicer. So, I went as a guest and that cost me about 120php ($3) per visit. The monthly fee was going to be 800php ($20). So I convinced the owner, Dharryl, to let me do a website for him in exchange for a free membership.

His biggest competitor is the gym I used to go to called Hot Rocks. Hot Rocks is much closer to my house but the equipment is not as good and the facility is kinda dirty. Hot Rocks does not do a very good job of keeping the gym clean. And with people sweating and such all over everything, I just had to go.

So, I designed a website. I did the SEO on it and I added a Google Map. The site was all my own work and I openly admit that my team is way better at this than me. But for this gym, the design is good enough. And for no costs, it’s a great deal for the gym. And since there is only one competitor with an online presence, they immediately (within a few days) started showing up on the first page of Google. They got about 100 visitors in the first month. And now after 4 months, they are getting 140 visits and about 80% of them are new visitors.

It usually is not this easy. But most businesses here can’t afford a website at all and have no budget for this kind of marketing. So, I get the equivalent of $20 a month in free gym time. It’s enough. And for the cost of one free membership to me, U Shape Up is getting lots of new members from the website. Dharryl says people come in, they’ve seen the website, and they don’t need a tour. They just sign up.

I can’t promise you these results! And I can’t afford any more $20 a month clients. But it is was very rewarding to see great results so quickly. Do a search in Google for “Gym in Tabunok Cebu”. They should be there and on the map.

So, what was “the catch” in all of this. Well, it was easy because few small businesses have websites. They simply can’t afford them. So, I end up doing it cheap and as a favor in exchange for a free gym membership. But it is an unsustainable business model for me. But it was fun and rewarding to help them. Overall, a very worthwhile project.

Now go sign up for a Premium Marketing Plan already!

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Written by Stu Kushner

Google Wants Quality Too

online marketing, blog,post, contentIt isn’t just your customers and prospects that are looking for quality material; the most powerful search engine in the land is in the hunt for better material as well.  The latest changes in the Google algorithm have been pointed at article directories and will ultimately make it more difficult for online marketers to draw traffic if they haven’t produced quality work.

Article directories used to be a hotbed of activity for online marketing to generate as many inbound links as possible.  You could easily rehash a previously used piece of content or idea in a few hundred words that would be picked up by search engines and help drive traffic to your site.  With Google’s new algorithm however, these lower quality efforts won’t be getting nearly as much attention from search engines.

If you are new to article marketing for your website, this change to the Google algorithm probably won’t have a whole lot of bearing for you.  Your focus should simply be to deliver the highest quality and most useful articles that you can regardless of where you plan on publishing them in order to get traffic.

In order to build lasting relationships with prospects and customers, your focus should be on providing quality in every step of your business.  If you produce a good product, provide the best possible service and generate the most useful content to draw traffic into your website. That way you should be able to establish your brand and increase your sales.

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The Goal of Content Creation and SEO

I found this remarkable graph.  It shows the percentage of traffic on Google that clicks-thru to a website based on the search results position on the page. As you can see, the first position garners nearly one-third of all of the clicks.website management, marketing The number two position gets about 17% of the traffic and the clicks drop dramatically from there.

This really shows how critical it is to achieve that first position on the first page. Anyone that tells you that the goal is to get onto the first or second page is very mistaken. Once you are off the first page, you are not likely to get clicked at all.

So, how do you get on the first page?

You need to create content by writing on a regular basis. Write about current events, opinions, ideas, stories. Give definitions about the products and services in your industry. Write about the resources that are available to

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Written by Stu Kushner

The Most Important Features of a Website

OK. Right off the top of your head… what do you think is the most important feature of a website? Do you think it’s the look and feel? Well, of course, that is very important. Your site must be attractive. But if that were really so important, would Craigslist be popular at all? So maybe I need to rephrase my question a little bit. If your goal is to attract new customers and convert them into potential customers, what are the most important features?

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