People who are turning into online commerce are steadily increasing. A lot of people are now realizing that having an online store offers an advantage compared to having to rent out office space. Aside from that, a lot of services are now being offered to online clients to maximize their income.

In order to be an effective online merchant, one thing you will need is SEO. However, it'll be pretty hard to start up a web store and start SEO as well, not unless you have enough manpower and resources.

Take note that dominating a very competitive industry is not very easy, especially if you're competing with brands or companies that have existed for more than a decade. That is why you need to avail of SEO services. Instead of training yourself to do SEO or (and most likely starting from scratch), it will be better for you to avail of SEO services. If your business relies heavily on online traffic, you can't afford not to avail of SEO services. SEO companies will certainly help you increase your rankings and increase your revenue.

When hiring an SEO firm, be sure that the following services are being offered.

Keyword Research

This is the basics of SEO. Every activity involved in SEO has everything to do with the keywords you want to rank for. You need to consider the number of searches for your keyword. Trying to rank for a keyword that only gets 5 hits per month isn't exactly what you'd call a lucrative business.

Link Building

Another necessary part of SEO is getting links out in the web. The more links you have, the better your site will rank for certain keywords. Every SEO firm should be able to do as much. However, make sure that they're doing white hat strategy. There are SEO companies that do black hat strategy. Admittedly, it can work for a while. Unfortunately, search engines like Google and Yahoo didn't hire PhD grads just so you can easily cheat them. I'm not saying black hat strategies don't work. In fact they do, but it's something that's short-lived.

Social Media Marketing

Increasing your hits will require you to delve into social media marketing. Almost every user of internet spends at least a few minutes, if not hours, on social media like Facebook, twitter, etc. Tapping into these can certainly expand your potential market.

Change is constant. Nothing lasts forever. Such clichés are applicable when we talk about earning from the internet.
What might have worked before may not have worked today. 
Even search engines constantly change their algorithms to adjust with the times. It is the goal of every search engine to provide their users the most relevant search results.Unfortunately, there are also people who try to find a loophole with the system to make their sites come out at the top. Before, simply stuffing your pages with your keywords and stuffing your meta data with the same keywords is enough to get you on the top spot of the search pages. Now, it won't work and it will even get you banned. 
Search engines are continuously changing their ways to make their system foolproof.
Even today, they've incorporated the location of the sites for local searches. People searching for potential goods that can be bought in the internet will find that the search results give more weight to local pages. In a way, this has brought concern to international retailers. However, that is a topic for another post.
Linkbuilding In New Ways
Explore different kinds of ways of linking to your site. Exchanging links is a thing of the past. Site owners have disabled html tags in their comments section because most of the times they’re flooded with links to different sites. In some cases, they are automatically converted to “nofollow” links which do not add value to your site.
In order find new ways of linkbuilding, keep watch for new platforms that programmers develop. Before, social media had initially the purpose of connecting people with one another. Nowadays, it’s one of the most preferred venue of advertising, linkbuilding or otherwise.
If you want to get on top of the heap, then it is only logical for you to change as well. Change favors the bold.

 

 

 

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As we approach year 2011, there are now a lot of changes that we have to go through. With mobile technology alone, there are a lot of tablets being released that offer more than just a book reader. With these mobile gadgets, you can now interact engage in various forms of social media interaction.

Along with the sudden outburst of social media apps on various mobile gadgets, you can also expect many local businesses to start integrating some of their marketing with location based strategies. There are tools like FourSquare and Gowalla that certainly help. Mobile phones are equipped with GPS that allow local businesses to be found also when a user is navigating.

Video Streaming will be hotter than ever. With internet usage getting cheaper as time goes by and as infrastructure goes faster, it will be more practical to spend more time in front of the computer than in front of the television.

SEO will be moving towards Social Media Optimization. SEO is now a bit outdated considering that majority of the people accessing the internet is accessing it because of social media. Facebook alone gets at least 25% of the page views. If you want to be visible online, then you'll have to optimize your site for social networks like Facebook, YouTube and even Twitter. Luckily for us, these resources are all free. Of course, there are still some PPC campaigns for the hardcore marketers.

More Videos than ever. More online marketers are now using videos to keep their sites entertaining as well as interactive. Who can blame them? People respond to these sites more positively because they are an eye candy. Now, pictures do not simply cut it anymore. Additionally, because search engines put more weight on pages that have more content, meaning text, pictures or videos, you can expect the net to be flooded with more videos for promotional purposes.

What about you? Are you expecting something for 2011? Care to share your thoughts?

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If you own a business and you don't have an online presence in social media networks, it may be time for you to start to consider having one.

According to the latest stats, people spend a lot of time in the web and approximately 23% of those are time spent in Twitter and Facebook.

Marketing agencies also keep themselves abreast with the trends of today's society. Whether it's just a post of your favorite shoes, dress or even movie, Social media takes all of that data and pools together some information that can help almost any business with their ad campaign.

Right now, almost half of the population falls under the age of 30. Almost all of which are part of an online group or network. We spent more than half of our waking time in front of computers. And this is not limited to youngsters. Even people of middle age and old age groups turn to this medium in order to connect with people.

In order to maximize your profits, you have to increase your sales and decrease your expenses. Considering that scenario, wouldn't having an online presence benefit your business? These two reasons should be enough for every business to consider going into social media.

It’s Free! Subscribing to paid advertisement in television is now getting more costly than ever. Yet, most of the advertising venues on social media border on being free. Wouldn't that be more advantageous for your business? You are able to reach more audiences through the internet depending on the medium you are in, whether it's Facebook or Twitter.

It's actually a lot more cost effective to create an online presence than it is to have your ads run across the television stations. In fact, if you have enough know-how, coupled with a bit of website SEO efforts, you can even maximize the exposure of your business.

More Audiences. You can basically connect with anyone in the world today. Though this has already been brought about by the creation of the internet, the creation of social media basically strengthened this fact. With people logging in almost every day in social media sites, there’s no telling how many people you can reach just by signing up.

So, still think resorting to social media isn't worth it?

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As you may already know, one of the primary reasons why people use the internet is because of social media. It only becomes logical if search engines make use of these sources for their rankings.

Over time, it's becoming clear that the stronger presence you have in social media, the stronger your presence becomes in search engines as well, which makes it good for your Website SEO.

However, it should be noted that it is not clear how search engines take a look at things from Twitter and Facebook in order to help the organic searches.

Danny Sullivan, the Search Engine Land Chief posted a very important article about how social media affects search engine rankings and surprisingly enough, Google and Bing gave direct answers that they do, though they didn't exactly divulge their respective secrets as to how it does affect search engine rankings.

According to Google, when an article is retweeted in Twitter, it sort of flags up as a signal and they also consider how many people shared the articles. Despite of these links being nofollow links, it clearly shows that they in fact have bearing when it comes to Google searches.

The same can be said about how they treat Facebook Fan pages. The more authoritative the crowd sharing links to your content, the better you rank in the search pages.

Bing also explains that they also look at social authority of users. They also consider the number of people following those users and add a little more weight in the links they have. In other words, Bing decides when links carry more authority by determining the person who tweets it.

In terms of Facebook Fan pages, Bing explains that if the same links is shared in both Twitter and Facebook, it is more likely to be legitimate.

So, if you really want to rise in the SERPs, it may be good to looking into increasing your authority in both Twitter and Facebook.

 

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If you want to participate in social platforms, you're most likely to go to Facebook and Twitter. Their interfaces make it very easy for you to interact with other people. The same can be said with YouTube if you're into watching videos. In the case of updating your professional resume, there's LinkedIn.

 

Many would admit that they only use this platform when they're in need of it. You can chalk these instances to those when they're approaching the end of one career or perhaps when in search for another one.

For those of you who are not aware, LinkedIn is also a place where you can channel your marketing efforts. Here are a few tips for you to consider:

Let Your Profile Speak For You. When you create your personal profile, be sure to convey from the start what you're trying to achieve. Give your contact information and don't make up names. Also, make use of the three URLs you are allowed to use and optimize them for keywords you’re targeting for.

Extend your network. If you think someone can help you achieve your goals, extend an invitation to them. You can even import your contacts from other accounts but be sure to personalize each invitation. People tend to respond more positively if the messages accompanying the invitations are personalized.

Participate. Like all social networks, participate. Ask questions and answer them. Get in touch with other people and introduce them to other people who you think would be able to help out. Build connections that are helpful. Build a relationship, not just a connection with your colleagues.

Manage it properly. It only takes a few moments to manage your account. In that time, you'll be able to join groups and be active. Be conscious of what you say since this is not Facebook. This is a professional network.

Post relevant news. Unlike Facebook where people don't mind you sharing that you're eating cheerios for breakfast, update your status with relevant news pertaining to your industry.

Follow others. Keep up to date with the news of your industry by following the relevant people. You'll be able to receive updates on their status.

 

 

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For those of you who are into social media for business, one of your priorities is by getting a lot of audience. Let's face it. Your audience is readers and some of those readers or guests will be converted into buyers. So it's only logical for you to want to acquire larger audiences.

Below are tips that you can use to help you gain more readers, followers and hopefully clients.

Publish content that is worth publishing. A lot of people publish stuff that isn’t really valuable. If you do decide to use social media as a means to put up a business, then share things that are important, that people may find important.

Start with your people who like you already. There will always be people who will respond to your posts positively (some negatively!). Increase your interaction with those that have a higher probability of responding to you. It's possible that these people also have other people following them. It's very likely that people who follow them will have something in common with you, which is another ground for branching out to other people.

Repeat The First Tip. Always keep in mind that in order to keep your readers or followers on following, you have to feed them good stuff every day. Create a daily routine that will make them want to read your tweets or posts on a daily basis. Give them a reason to follow you.

Reach out to your friend's friends. The good thing about social media is that you'll be able to connect with people who have something in common with you. It may be a hobby, a page you like, or even a friend. Having a common friend is enough for people to accept your invitation as a friend. Don't scare them off by delivering the sales pitch right after they've accepted your friendship. Build a relationship first.

Remember that social media may as well be at its infancy. There are a lot of strategies to that you can use in order to use it at its maximum potential. Still, whatever uses you may have for social media networks, it is clear that having a lot of readers, followers, or friends is a good thing.

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As there are now a lot of professionals turning to Social Media for furthering their careers, they need to establish ground rules else they may be damaging their careers.

To maintain a sense of professionalism in a place where almost everything goes, here are a few things to keep in mind.

You have boundaries. Knowing that you are now using your professional and personal spaces interchangeably, you still need to define your boundaries. It's important to be careful with what you say and you need to learn proper online etiquette.

All eyes are on you. Before sending out that tweet or pressing that "publish" button, know that everyone is watching. Everything is documented within the internet. Even if you decide to delete it, it still manages its way into hard drives. Make sure to look at your posts from different perspectives. What would your colleagues think if they saw your post? What about your boss? Potential Employer?

Imitate People You Respect. This goes for online and offline. It is important to maintain a respectable character online as it is offline. Imitating people that you respect is one way of earning your own. Aside from that, you also need to respect others online. Respect begets respect.

Tweet only when sober. Things might easily pour out after a few drinks. However, it's one thing that you don't want to be doing. It's the same as waking up in the morning with a huge hangover and a short memory lapse.

Dialog with your employer. Keeping tabs on one's self is one way of improving one's self. By dialoging with your employer, you also get the sense of what is acceptable behavior...for him that is.

Social media networks are places where a simple mistake can ruin a reputation. So make sure you keep on policing yourself.

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I may be going out on a limb in saying this. A lot of SEO gurus have time and time again told you that content is king. Have you ever heard the phrase "If you write it, they will come!"

Unfortunately, good content is not easy to come by. Others would say it is overrated. There's too much of them, it's very hard to come up with them, and worse, it's too expensive and time consuming to get the latest and groundbreaking news.

Converting content into returns is not very easy. Most of it is written for the purpose of using keywords. Though it may be able to catch the attention of some readers, the turn-out will always be a small percentage of the whole.

I guess you could say it isn't worth it. For some, that is.

Instead of coming up with "great content", it would be better to focus on creating connections. Social media networking or social bookmarking come are great examples of this. Instead of depending on search engines to throw readers your way, why not take a proactive approach? Stir up something, anything.

Create opportunities for members of your community to interact with one another. Introduce them, ask questions, interview them, do things that will somehow lead to more activity. This in itself helps in making unique content. Content can easily be generated especially if there are interactions. Generating content this way will make it very hard for your competitors to copy.

By doing this, you get to create a community that participates, not just read.

Anyone can google a keyphrase and just jump to the next page when they're done reading the article. They're simply guests. Anyone can be guests in your community. But I would rather have a participating community.

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It's no surprise that social networks and other popular sites are sharing this kind of content with advertisers.

A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that Facebook, along with MySpace, Digg and a handful of other social-networking sites, have been sharing users' personal data with advertisers without users' knowledge or consent.

The data shared includes names, user IDs, and other information sufficient to enable ad companies such as the Google-owned DoubleClick to identify distinct user profiles. Some of the sites in question, including MySpace and Facebook, stopped sharing the data after the Journal asked them about it.

The surreptitious data sharing was first noticed by researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and AT&T Labs in August 2009, who brought it up with the sites in question. It wasn't until WSJ contacted them that changes were made.

Not surprisingly, Facebook appears to have gone farther than the other sites when it comes to sharing data. When Facebook's users clicked on ads appearing on a profile page, the site would at times provide data such as the username behind the click, as well as the user whose profile page from which the click came.

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