With Changes in Marketing and SEO Strategies Sure to be a Discussion Point at SXSW, Where Does That Leave Online Marketing, Traditional Press Releases and SEO?

SEO and online marketing are not dead. They are evolving.

Over the past 9-12 months, there have been some big changes within some of the major search engines.  This will no doubt be a talked-about topic at SXSW amongst marketing individuals. The fact is that the changes are supposed to be positive.

“We have had a few enquiries from individuals about sending out a press release, wondering if it is still a viable method of marketing as it used to be,” said Michael Iwasaki, managing partner of 24-7PressRelease.com. “A press release is not going away and will always be a mainstay tool for many marketers. On that note, they need to be treated with respect. We have always advised that if you send out a press release, ensure it is newsworthy, something that will attract journalists, bloggers or any other individuals that may want to follow up your story. “

He has advice regarding anchor text links, also. “If you wish to include links within your press release, do not abuse this option. Adding 8-10 keyword links (all pointing back to the same location) is not advisable.  We are not experts for search engines, but advise no more than 3 links within a press release, pointing to different locations such as your home page, WikiPedia.com, or your blog.”

Remember to include varied media in a release, too, as studies have shown that improves a release’s performance. “Including media within your release is an excellent way to gain visibility.  At www.24-7PressRelease.com, an excellent example is through our Mass Media Visibility package. We have a relationship with PR Newswire for amazing traditional media exposure and distribution, and you can also add images and video with almost all of our packages,” added Iwasaki.

In this day and age, having an array of marketing tools is recommended. A decent start could include Google AdWords, social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.), blogging and of course a press release with media inclusions.

About 24-7PressRelease.com
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Through its multichannel distribution network, 24-7PressRelease.com helps corporations and organizations disseminate their news to consumers, editors, journalists, bloggers and websites.

24-7PressRelease supports businesses in building brand awareness and increase visibility on the web through social media and bloggers.

Earn Guest Blogging Opportunities to Promote Your Brand Online

Another fantastic blog post from the fantastic folks over at http://www.brickmarketing.com. Nick Stamoulis is the President of Brick Marketing, a Boston SEO company.  For more information please call 781-999-1222 or visit http://www.brickmarketing.com.

In order to compete online, businesses today need to have a content marketing strategy.  Without content that is published and shared online, it is difficult for prospects to find you.  Every industry is competitive online, and the businesses that come out on top are the ones that are creating quality content on a regular basis.  Content improves brand visibility, builds inbound links, generates website traffic, and supports a social media strategy.  The best places to share content are websites that target audience members visit on a regular basis, such as other industry blogs.  Guest posting is a great online marketing strategy, but it takes work to earn a guest blogging opportunity on a quality blog.  Here are some guidelines to follow to achieve guest blogging opportunities:

Keep your own blog active

The first thing a blogger will look at in order to determine whether or not to publish a guest post from you is your own blog.  Is it active?  Are the posts worth reading?  Do you have a following?  If the answer to any of these questions is, “no”, you may have a hard time convincing them to allow you to post on their blog.  Your own blog should always be your top priority.  A quality blog that is updated often will establish credibility in the industry and among other bloggers.

Find the right blogs to submit to

There are plenty of blogs out there that will accept guest submissions from just about anyone that cover a wide range of topics.  It’s best to avoid those blogs and spend some time researching the ones that are more related to your niche and have a better chance of generating traffic to your site.  It takes time to write a guest blog post, so you want it published somewhere that will matter.  To find blogs, you can start by browsing blog directories or conducting a search.  Also, take a look at websites owned by social media followers and the people that comment on your blogs.

Establish a relationship

Once you have a decent list of blogs that are worth submitting to, it’s time to establish a relationship with the blog owners.  Follow them in social media and share and re-tweet their content and write thoughtful comments on their blog posts in order to get noticed.

Inquire about guest posting opportunities

Once you’ve communicated with a blogger and established a relationship with them, create your “pitch”.  You’ll never know until you ask.  You may need to sell your writing ability or provide a proposed blog post.  Make sure that it’s good!

Follow up

After you’ve submitted a guest blog post, you’ll need to check in to see if it’s been published.  Often, guest blog posts don’t go live immediately.  Find out what the timeframe is.  If a significant amount of time goes by, feel free to follow up and ask what the status is.  If you don’t hear back or they can’t publish the post for some reason, simply submit it somewhere else.  There are plenty of opportunities for good blog posts, they won’t ever go to waste!

About the Author:

Nick Stamoulis is the President of Brick Marketing, a Boston SEO company.  For more information please call 781-999-1222 or visit http://www.brickmarketing.com.

(SEO) Search Engine Optimization – “About The Title Tags”

One of my main strengths in starting the 24-7PressRelease.com press release distribution web site was not only the business side, however the promotional side of things.

You can create a website, but if no one ever sees it, what good is it.  You have to be seen in Google.  If you currently search for “Press Release Service“, 24-7PressRelease.com continually shows up in the top couple of results.  This is not by fluke. This has been through A LOT of hard work, and following what Google looks for and always using clean, white hat methods.  NEVER stray to the dark side. It is not worth it.

Part of my knowledge has been through following Jill at High Rankings.  I like to keep an eye on her site, and see what is new and what is going on in the SEO / Search Engine Optimization industry.

I would like to share one of her articles that is information on the Title Tag:

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What Is a Title Tag?

The title tag has been – and probably will always be – one of the most important factors in achieving high search engine rankings.

In fact, fixing just the title tags of your pages can often generate quick and appreciable differences to your rankings. And because the words in the title tag are what appear in the clickable link on the search engine results page (SERP), changing them may result in more clickthroughs.

Search Engines and Title Tags

Title tags are definitely one of the “big three” as far as the algorithmic weight given to them by search engines; they are equally as important as your visible text copy and the links pointing to your pages – perhaps even more so. Yet, even though this has been common knowledge among SEO professionals for at least 10 years, it is often overlooked by webmasters and others attempting to optimize their websites for targeted search engine traffic.

Do Company Names Belong in the Title Tag?

The answer is a resounding YES! I’ve found that it’s fine to place your company name in the title, and (gasp!) even to place it at the beginning of the tag! In fact, if your company is already a well-known brand, I’d say it’s essential. Even if you’re not a well-known brand yet, chances are you’d like to be, right? The title tag gives you a great opportunity to further this cause.

This doesn’t mean that you should put *just* your company name in the title tag. Even the best-known brands will benefit from a few good descriptive phrases added, because they will enhance your brand as well as your search engine traffic. The people who already know your company and seek it out by name will be able to find you in the engines, and so will those who have never heard of you but seek the products or services you sell.

Title Tags Should Contain Specific Keyword Phrases

For example, if your company is “Johnson and Smith Inc.,” a tax accounting firm in Texas, you would want your company’s site to appear in the search engine results for searches on phrases such as “Texas tax accountants” and “CPAs in Texas.” (Be sure to do your keyword research to find the best phrases!) If you prefer to work with people only in the Dallas area, you’d need to be even more specific by adding geographical modifiers to your title tags, such as “Dallas tax accountants.”

Using our Dallas accountant example, you might create a title tag like this one:

Johnson and Smith Tax Accountants in Dallas

or you might try:

Johnson and Smith – Dallas CPAs

However, there’s more than enough space in the title tag to include both of these important keyword phrases. I find that using 10 to 12 words in my title tags works great.

One way to include two keyphrases would be like this:

Johnson and Smith – Dallas Tax Accountants – CPAs in Dallas, TX

I’ve always liked the method of separating phrases with a hyphen; however, in today’s competitive marketplace, how your listing appears in the SERPs is a crucial aspect of your SEO campaign. After all, if you have high search engine rankings but your targeted buyers aren’t clicking through, it won’t do you much good.

The idea is to write compelling titles as opposed to simply factual ones, when you can. But it also depends on the page, the type of business, the targeted keyword phrases, and many other factors. There’s nothing wrong with the title tag in my above example. If you were looking for a tax accountant in Dallas and saw that listing at Google, you’d probably click it. (Note: Don’t worry if some of your visible title tag info gets cut off when the search engines display your page’s info; they are still indexing all the words contained within it.)

Still, you could make it a readable sentence like this:

Johnson and Smith are Tax Accountants and CPAs in Dallas, TX

I’m not as thrilled with that one. I had to remove the exact phrase “Dallas Tax Accountants” because it wouldn’t read as well if it said:

Johnson and Smith are Dallas Tax Accountants and CPAs in Dallas, TX

It sounds redundant that way, as if it were written only for the search engines.

In the end, it’s really a personal preference.

Don’t make yourself crazy trying to create the perfect title tag, because there’s just no such thing. Most likely, either of my examples would work fine. The best thing to do is to test different ones and see which bring the most traffic to your website. You might very well find that the second version doesn’t rank as well, but gets clicked on more, effectively making up the difference.

Use Your Visible Text Copy as Your Guide

I prefer to create my title tags *after* the copy on the page has been written and optimized. I need to see how the copywriter integrated the keyword phrases into the content to know where to begin. If you’ve done a good job with your writing (or better yet, hired a professional SEO copywriter), you should find all the information you need right there on your page. Simply choose the most relevant keyword phrases that the copy was based on, and write a compelling title tag accordingly. If you can’t seem to get a handle on the most important phrases for any given page, you probably need to rewrite the page content.

I recommend that you *don’t* use an exact sentence pulled from your copy as your title tag. And don’t use the exact wording that’s in your top headline. It’s much better to have a unique sentence or a compelling string of words in your title tag.

You’ll want to watch out for certain website content management systems (CMS) and blog software that automatically generate the title tag from information you provided elsewhere. Some, in fact, default to the same exact title tag on every page, which is the best way to kill your search engine leads! The good news is that most of today’s CMS’s and blog software have workarounds so that you can customize your title tags fairly easily. If yours doesn’t, or your developer claims they can’t do this, then you’ll want to find a new developer or CMS as soon as possible!

Jill Whalen is the CEO of High Rankings, a Boston SEO Consulting Agency.

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Again, I have followed Jill for a long time, and if you have an opportunity to sign up for her weekly newsletter, I highly recommend it.  Everything she says “makes sense”.  You do not have to be a rocket scientist to understand what she says, and that is why I have always enjoyed reading her weekly newsletter.

Her full article may be found at: http://www.highrankings.com/allabouttitles

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