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Michelle Bowles

5 Ways to Show Digital Assets a Little Respect

Comments | Posted by Michelle Bowles on Feb 5th, 2010 in Digital Asset Optimization, Online Marketing, SEO, SEO Tips, SEO Tools

Don't ignore digital assets in your optimization efforts

Don’t fight it: Blended search results, and hence digital asset optimization, are here (at least for now).

Text content may be your SEO poster child, but with images, video and audio content often appearing in standard search results, digital assets can no longer be treated as the ugly stepsister in the online marketing family. Many companies produce a variety of content and media that never make it to the public web.

To this point, the majority of marketers have either overlooked or ignored optimization of non-text digital assets. In fact, a recent Forrester study found:

  • Less than 20% of marketers insert keywords into the filenames of videos on their sites
  • Even fewer marketers write keyword-rich captions or create online video libraries

Lee Odden

BIGLIST Update: SEM Blog Reviews Snarky Edition 020410

Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Feb 4th, 2010 in BIGLIST SEM Blogs

BIGLIST SEO Blogs

Welcome to the newest  BIGLIST review of Search Marketing Blogs. We have a little bit of everything today ranging from Chinese focused PPC to the World’s Greatest SEO to a steaming pile of SEO Bull$#*t. Enjoy!

If you think your blog deserves to be included, then write a compelling and maybe humorous comment below. We’ll almost certainly ignore it but you never know. :)


The SEO blog design recognition for this week’s BIGLIST update goes to a newer blog from an experienced search marketer:  SEO Mofo. I like the clean, yet colorful (and irreverent) design of this blog by Darren Slatten, self proclaimed “world’s greatest SEO”.  Darren has a sense of humor, SEO and blog smarts and according to his bio, no social life.  That should mean some entertaining and useful blog posts – at least from what I’ve seen so far.


Lee Odden

2010 MarketingSherpa Social Media Marketing Guide

Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Feb 3rd, 2010 in Book Reviews, Online Marketing, Social Media

One of the most trusted sources of marketing research and information is MarketingSherpa. I’ve been a subscriber for many years and always look forward to the reports on Search Marketing, Email Marketing and B2B Marketing. Last year MarketingSherpa started conducting research and publishing a Benchmark Report on social media marketing.

The new Social Media Marketing Benchmark Report was recently released and I’ve had a few days to take a look and will provide a review for our readers.

As you can expect, this guide is a “meaty” 250 plus pages of research, charts & tables, examples and well written advice. Over 2,000 marketers participated in the survey covering a myriad of topics ranging from strategy to forecasting & budgeting to integration with other marketing channels to specific research on social applications such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs.


Lee Odden

Upcoming TopRank Social SEO & PR Events

Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Feb 3rd, 2010 in Interactive Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Other Events, Public Relations, SEO, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media

Blinded at PubconOur team works hard to stay on top of current best practices and as a result, we’re asked to speak at a variety of conferences, workshops and webinars. One of the goals at TopRank Online Marketing is to help companies better understand the current landscape of the digital marketing & PR environment. That includes strategies that can be executed more efficiently and marketing programs that can adjust to persistent change. Hopefully you’ll find an event below that fits your needs.


Feb 9, 2010
Webinar: Secrets to B2B Marketing Success

TopRank, along with our client Marketo and Ion Interactive will be collaborating to educate B2B marketers on best practices before and after lead generation with an upcoming webinar focused on pre-click, post-click, and post-conversion optimization.


Thomas McMahon

Tips for Promoting New Blogs

Comments | Posted by Thomas McMahon on Feb 2nd, 2010 in Blog Marketing, Blogging

TopRank’s recent Blogging and SEO survey of in-house, agency and independent marketing, advertising and PR professionals revealed that 95% of respondents incorporate blogs as part of their online marketing mix. Nearly 88% have successfully increased measurable SEO objectives as a direct result of blogging.

Thousands of new blogs are started by companies and individuals each day. Yet getting a blog set-up, optimized, and launched are just the first steps. No one will know you have a blog to read, subscribe or link to unless you take an important next step: promotion. There are plenty of places you can promote and market a new blog:

  • Add A Link – If it’s a company blog, or if it’s attached to another site, add a link to the blog from the main navigation on the parent website.

Michelle Bowles

5 Ingredients for a Perfect Twitter Marketing Recipe

Comments | Posted by Michelle Bowles on Jan 29th, 2010 in Blogging, Microblogging, Online Marketing, Social Media

After reading Lee’s post earlier this week on how to source content on Twitter, I started to think about the homemade guacamole I made for the football playoff games last weekend. Stick with me here.

With my guacamole, I carefully strategize on the right mix of each ingredient to achieve the perfect flavor and consistency.

Not enough lemon and lime juice, and the avocados brown too quickly.

Too much garlic salt, and the guacamole gets a pungent taste.

Twitter as a marketing tool is much the same way.

Too much product pushing and self-inflation, and your followers head for the hills in droves.

Too little interaction and communication, and your followers forget you exist altogether.


Lee Odden

BIGLIST Update: Search Marketing Blogs 012810

Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jan 28th, 2010 in BIGLIST SEM Blogs

BIGLIST SEO Blogs

Welcome to a new BIGLIST review of SEO blogs. While it’s by no means a requirement for blogs to post daily or even every week to provide useful content to readers, it does take at least 1 post every 2 weeks to be included in the BIGLIST. We’re seeing a shift with many blogs to posting less frequently and yet most of those bloggers are active on Twitter or Facebook. Is there a connection? Are Twitter and Facebook reducing the frequency of blogging overall in the Search and Social Media Marketing industry?

Take a look at the new crop of blogs in this BIGLIST update and you can be the judge.


Adam Singer

10 Tips For Content Marketing Success

Comments | Posted by Adam Singer on Jan 27th, 2010 in Online Marketing

As more companies, marketers and industry professionals flood the web with content, the value of those with a true understanding of content marketing keeps going up. More noise increases the value of signal. If your content marketing defines you as that source of signal, you’ll consistently be found, referenced and chosen ahead of competitors. With 6 in 10 marketers spending more on content marketing in 2010, now, more than ever, is the time to find where content fits within your marketing strategy.

Some statistics from Technorati’s 2009 state of the blogosphere back up the efficacy of content marketing:

  • 15% of bloggers say they are paid to give speeches on the topics they blog about

Lee Odden

How to Source Content on Twitter

Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jan 26th, 2010 in Blogging, Content Marketing, Microblogging, Online Marketing

With the increasing emphasis on content marketing for both SEO and Social Media, I thought I’d offer some specific tips on dealing with one of the most prevalent issues companies face in this area:  long term sourcing of content.  While we’ve written about content sourcing for corporate blogs in the past, but this post will emphasize how to use social media darling Twitter to find a goldmine of useful resources, tips and information that your customers will love and keep coming back for more.

The irony here is that there’s been speculation as to whether the growing popularity of Twitter has reduced the effectiveness and popularity of blogging. The reality is that Twitter and blogging compliment each other exceptionally well. Here are 5 tips on how to use Twitter to do just that:


Lee Odden

Survey Results: Impact of Blogging on Search Engine Optimization

Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Jan 25th, 2010 in Blog Optimization, Blogging, Online Marketing

Recently I posted a series of informal poll questions about blog SEO on Twitter to gain insights and feedback which were leveraged to construct a more in-depth survey.  I used the longer survey to collect information on how companies are using blogs for search engine optimization purposes and what kind of impact those efforts have. Essentially, I wanted to get opinions on and answers to: “Are blogs still important for SEO and why?”.

The topic of business blogging and search engine optimization as distinct and synergistic tactics have been explored here many times. A large number of companies are familiar with the process of starting a blog, but few have experienced the challenges of maintaining and growing a blog for more than a year.

Understanding long term benefits is key to sustainable business blogging.


Michelle Bowles

Facebook Marketing Tips: Make the Most of Your Fan Page

Comments | Posted by Michelle Bowles on Jan 22nd, 2010 in B2C, Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Networking

If you haven’t already integrated Facebook into your online marketing mix by creating a fan page, consider the most recent staggering Facebook statistics:

  • More than 350 million users are active on Facebook
  • 50% of active users log in on any given day
  • The average user spends 55 minutes a day on Facebook
  • More than 1.6 million active Facebook fan pages have been created

With numbers like these — plus the fact that Google is now using social content to help determine the ranking of web pages — it’s difficult to justify not creating a Facebook presence for your brand.

Take the guesswork of Facebook marketing, and follow these 5 tips for making the most of your fan page.


Thomas McMahon

Search Engines Bringing Back Variables In URLs – At Your Expense

Comments | Posted by Thomas McMahon on Jan 21st, 2010 in Ask, Google, Microsoft Bing, Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engines, Web Analytics, Yahoo

Duplicate ContentDid you realize that search engines have gone full circle on URLs in variables? It used to be considered something to avoid, now search engines are saying variables in URLs are good, as long as you use the canonical meta tag. Google is pushing them with FeedBurner and if webmasters aren’t careful, they could fall victim to a new onslaught of duplicate content issues.

One of the biggest issues with SEO is duplicate content. If search engines can’t tell which version of a document is the original or canonical version, then there can be consequences involving less than ideal search visibility. For example, the following URLs might all point to the same web page, creating the illusion that they are copies of the same thing. But in reality, it’s just one web page.


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