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How to Boost Exposure with New & Improved Search on Pinterest

I wrote on the power of the social networks’ internal search engines, and now Pinterest improved how “related pins” come up in search results. Whether you’re B2C or B2B, this will help you!

For example, you’re searching Pinterest for a particular type of wine. You’d like to find drink recipes or food pairings. With their old system, called “Board co-occurrence”, you’d get other types of wine. However, with their new system, called “Pin2Vec”, you’d get drink recipes.

New Relevant Related Pins on Pinterest

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How Pinterest Explains it…

“One of the most popular ways people find ideas on Pinterest is through Related Pins, an item-to-item recommendations system that uses collaborative filtering. Previously, candidates were generated using board co-occurrence, signals from all the boards a Pin is saved to. Now, for the first time, we’re applying deep learning to make Related Pins even more relevant.”

We know that Pinterest helps with SEO because when someone pins a picture or video from your website, it takes the link with it. When someone clicks twice on your pin, it goes to the originating website. You want your pins to be relevant and come up as those “related pins” when someone searches for something similar to your business. Furthermore, if you want to increase your chance of coming up in those “related pins”,  it’s rather simple…

First, make sure your Pinterest account is setup properly:

  1. Be certain you’ve set up a business Pinterest account at: Business.Pinterest.com. If you’ve set up a personal account by mistake, you can convert it to a business account, but please, remove any personal pins. Keep business and personal separate.
  2. Create boards with relevant topics that you’re going to be pinning to. You can create a board on the fly as you’re pinning, but you’ll need to add the description later.
  3. Make sure your boards are index in the right categories and have keyword-centric descriptions. You can edit them at any time. You have 500 characters – use them!adding the pin-it button to your browser makes it easy to pin from your site.
  4. Add the Pin It button to your web browser.
  5. If you have a WordPress site, install the Pinterest plugin so the Pinterest “save” button appears when someone hovers over a picture or video. You want to make it easy for people to pin from your site to their boards.

Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of this important, free feature on Pinterest:

  1. Add at least 2 graphics to each blog post and page on your website. Not just the “featured image”. The more “pinnable” pictures and videos you have on your site, but more likely you’ll get “pinned”.
  2. Optimize each picture with the blog post title as well as relevant keywords in the description and “alt text” fields as you upload the image into your page or post.
  3. After you publish your blog post or page, view it and use the “pin it” button to pin the pictures to your Pinterest account. Add more relevant keywords to the description of the pin. You have 500 characters – use them. You can edit them at any time.

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Top 10 Best Social Media News for the Week of Jan. 6

So how’s the first week of 2017 been treating you? I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be assisting 2 new start-up businesses do market and keyword, research, strategic and tactical planning, setting up their social media platforms and building their following. You’ll hear more about them down the line as I record myself doing a lot of the work so you can learn how to do it yourselves! And that’s what this is all about!

Empowering You to Become Social Savvy!

Here again are this week’s Must-Read, Social Media News You Can Use!

      1. Marketing automation for the little guy is helping to power the new economy – Marketing automation has become very affordable. I use MailChimp (ad link) and it works like a charm for me. The marketing automation feature is only $30 a month. It’s pretty basic and for those of you starting out and trying to grow your email list, you can’t beat the price! However, you have to have an enticing offer so that a visitor will give you their email address. That’s a conversion.

        Related: 3 Elements of an Effective Website that Produces Results


      2. 6 Tactics for Turning Your Website into a Lead Generating Machine – This one goes with the one above. Isn’t that the goal of your website to generate good, quality leads?
      3. Mixed Signals on Social Commerce – I wrote about this in my 2017 outlook for social media piece. 1 in 5 Internet users have actually bought something directly from social media. That’s impulse buying!
      4. 9 Ways to Sell on Social Media – Back when social media began, we were told not to “sell” on social. Social media was supposed to drive traffic to the website and that’s where they convert. Conversely, the social media networks are now making it easier to sell on social.
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      5. Top LinkedIn Demographics That Matter to Social Media Marketers – Many B2C marketers ignore LinkedIn. Nonetheless, according to the demographics, LinkedIn users have buying power.
      6. Will StumbleUpon Help in Improving the Website Traffic – Some of you may not have even heard of StumbledUpon, but it is a free tool to help with search engine ranking.
      7. Does Content Actually Bring in Customers? – I know some of you are still not convinced that blogging and producing useful content for your target market(s) actually works. Maybe seeing it on Entrepreneur Magazine will persuade you to take it seriously.
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      8. Here’s the First Periscope Live 360° Video Taken Underwater – I wrote about 360° video in the 2017 Content Marketing outlook piece. Here’s another cool example. What you can do with this is only limited by your creativity.
      9. 21 Tips on Running a Great Social Media Contest – Contests are a great way to get exposure, grow a following and drive traffic to your website.
      10. Consumer Trust Is Evolving in the Digital Age – People buy from whom they know and trust. Embracing this fact is crucial to marketing success. Interesting data on generational breakdowns regarding the sources they trust. Furthermore, understanding how people in different age brackets use online media is important.
        What You Need to Know About Social Media and Website Analytics

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Your 2017 Success Blueprint – 10 SEO Truths You Need to Apply Now!

I truly hope you’re taking this downtime to Plan and Prepare for 2017. In order to provide you with some guidance (and save you time), I’ve sifted through dozens of “2017 predictions”, “2017 trends”, “2017 must do” blog posts and articles for you. I’m dividing them into 4 posts: SEO, Social Media, Content Marketing and Marketing Strategy.

Most of these experts are no longer using the word “trends”. What’s trending implies that it’s hot for a short time and then it goes away. (That’s what they said about Facebook and you can’t say a site that gets close to 2 BILLION active monthly users is a “trend”.) These are MANDATORY if you want to be found online. Ignore these at your peril. 

Look for “What You Need to Do” under each “truth” to help you plan and prepare for 2017.

Let’s start with SEO:

1. Google will keep changing their algorithm

“Google is trying to make its algorithm a mirror image of the heart, mind, soul and needs of the customer.” ~ Seth Besmertnik in Search Engine Journal.

It’s Customer-First marketing NOT keyword-first marketing. It’s all about the Customer Experience (or CX). Which brings me back to YOU MUST clearly identify and understand your Target Market. (Download the Free Workbook). Users want to solve problems. Once you’ve identified your perfect customers’ pain points, then you can give them the content that will help alleviate them. Yes, you still have to do keyword research, but more important is target market research.

What You Need to Do: Use this free workbook to create buyer personas – for both B2C and B2B businesses. Free Download: Define Your Target Market Workbook

2. Mobile-First

Mobile will dominate desktop when it comes to searches. Google has over 80% of all mobile searches. The first Mobilegeddon happened in April, 2014. Now, the next one will be January 10, 2017. ANY website with a popup ad on their mobile version of their website, WILL BE BLOCKED! I wrote about it in this post. 

Because of Google’s “mobile-first” stance, mobile sites have to have the SAME CONTENT as the desktop site. In other words, if you have a mini-version of your site that comes up when someone is on a tablet or smartphone, with minimal content, it will lose “authority” in mobile search results. Not good.

What You Need to Do: Visit your website on a mobile device.

Is there a popup? Do you have the same content that’s on the main desktop site? If not, contact your webmaster and make sure that…

  1. Popups are removed
  2. Your contact information is easily found
  3. It’s not just mobile-friendly or mobile-responsive, but it’s your full site content that comes up

3. Local Personalized Content – “near me”

If you’re a LOCAL BRICK-AND-MORTAR business, this is important. (If you are a local consultant without an office where you want clients to go to, then skip down to #4.) People will search for things like, “gluten free bakery near me”. If your business is not in GOOGLE MY BUSINESS with your actual brick-and-mortar location, you won’t come up. However, that doesn’t mean you have to add the words “near me” in your content. No. Google bases the search results on the user’s GPS and your listing in Google My Business.

What you need to do: Go to Google My Business and make sure your listing is accurate.

4. Voice Search – “OK, Google”

This is something to consider when doing the copy (static content) on your website. People don’t talk like they write. Whether they’re using their smartphone, Amazon’s Alexa, Siri, Google Home or other voice command system, they’ll ask a question. It’s up to you to have the answer to the questions your target market is asking!

What You Need to Do: A website audit.

  1. Go through your site and read the content in your main pages. Is it compelling enough to attract a visitor and KEEP THEIR ATTENTION? Does it answer their questions?
  2. Look at your meta tag descriptions – Is the question you are answering there?
  3. Go through your blog posts – are they all optimized? Do they have have the relevant keyword tags? Are they indexed in the right category? (And that’s not “uncategorized”.) Are the titles worded in the form of a question?

The best way to figure out what your target market is asking is to get to know them.

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5. Artificial Intelligence (AI) & RankBrain

Yep. Now machines are trying to do your thinking for you. Well, think about it. Sometimes when you’re looking for something, you’re not sure what to ask. You may enter several search terms in the box before you get the answer you want. Google’s new AI, RankBrain, will come up with “people also ask” with other similar questions that you may be asking yourself. All in attempts to provide you with the best answer to your question. It’s machine learning as it applies to search. The AI has the ability to learn and categorize information to accurately match a searcher’s query.

RankBrain, an artificial intelligence algorithm, modifies the weighting of other algorithms over time to place more importance on some than others.  It also plucks out the important keywords from questions or longer searches to be able to ‘understand’ questions and answer them as accurately as possible. ~ SEMRush

Search results on Google

In searching for “business plan”, below the paid ads, was the definition as well as related questions. The top box is called a featured “snippet”.

 

Now you must be asking, “How do I get my answers as the ‘featured snippet’. Here’s Google’s answer to that question:

When we recognize that a query asks a question, we programmatically detect pages that answer the user’s question, and display a top result as a featured snippet in the search results.

What You Need to Do: Identify the user’s intent.

What does the searcher expect to find when querying your keywords? Answers to their questions and problems. What are they asking? Use Q&A sites like Mosaic Hub and Quora to see what people are asking in your field of expertise.

6. Attract the RIGHT traffic, not just ANY traffic

Increase the right website trafficWhat good is a visitor if they’re NOT your target market? You should have Google Analytics installed on your website. Check it every month. This will give you the “bounce rate“. That’s a measurement of how long a visitor stays on your site. The right visitor will read the blog post then look for related content based on categories, recent posts and keyword tags. If someone lands on one of your web pages and sees that it’s not what they’re looking for, they’ll leave right away. The more times that happens, the higher your bounce rate will be. You want your bounce rate around 50%.

Plus, you want conversions. You want that perfect potential customer to land on your page, see what they need and grab it. You need the right calls-to-action in the right places to capture the right traffic and convert the right visitor in to a nice, warm lead. In your strategic plan, you want to think “Conversion Rate Optimization”.

A way to avoid a high bounce rate is to write for your target market with the search engine in mind. That’s in both your site’s main pages and your blog posts.

What You Need to Do: Really Understand Your Target Market

7. You can start RANKING in a few weeks

This used to take months! If you’re not on page 1 of Google search, do this:

  1. Publish relevant content — answering the questions that your target market is asking — in 3 blog posts a week
  2. Make sure you’re incorporate all of the tips listed on this page!
  3. Become active in social media,

And you can start ranking in weeks not months!

What You Need to Do: Blog 3 times a week and engage in social media.

8. Create Long-Form Content

I know many of you aren’t going to like this one. I know you struggle with coming up with 1, 300-500-word article a week never mind longer ones and more often!

What is long-form content? Well, this article is – sort of. At this point I’m at just over 1200 words*. The experts are recommending 2,000 to 4,000-word articles!

However, not just wordy articles. Offer information of INCREDIBLE VALUE. To whom? To your target market, of course! Yes, we’re back to that.

Remember, Google loves fresh content. Lots of it. Longer articles will stand out.

What You Need to Do: Write, write and write some more.

Blogger and copywriter service9. Rank for Authority in Your Field

Be known for authority in your field. All this writing will have an impact. You will rank for authority in your field. This is more than having your really nice LinkedIn profile coming up first when someone Googles your name. I love it when I ask someone, “How did you find me?” And they respond, “I Googled _________ and you came up.”

What You Need to Do: Show off your expertise and knowledge.

10. Don’t just Rely on SEO

In 2017, solely expecting SEO or search engine traffic to be the only marketing you do is recipe for failure. You can have the most optimized website, but if you’re not creating the fresh, relevant content that Google wants, AND you’re not participating in Social Media, you’re not going to get the results you need. Nothing is going to happen.

What You Need to Do: Diversify your marketing efforts by adding content marketing and social media.

11. Bonus! What still holds True

Besides the above 10 “truths”, the following aspects still apply for improved SEO:

  • Using images and video
  • Site speed – it has to load fast
  • No Flash
  • User-friendly link structure – easy to navigate
  • Links to your social media profiles
  • Sharing your pages and posts in your social media.

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5 Tips for Getting Traffic to Your Website

You’ve built your website. It’s gorgeous. Now how do you get people to visit it? Better yet, how do you get potential customers to visit it? Getting traffic to your website takes effort including creating compelling content regularly, like blogs and videos, and being active in social media.

Clearly define your target marketFirst you need to clearly define your target market (Get a free Workbook here).

Picture your perfect customer. That’s who you want to attract. That’s who you’re going to write content for and who you want to please. What do they want to know? Answer their questions.

Next you have to plan out what type of content you’re going to create:

  • Blog posts
  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Graphics

Take into consideration, besides your target, you or your team’s talents and skills. The easiest and quickest form of content is blog posts. Blogging is the fresh, relevant content that the Google search engine is looking for. Videos take a bit more planning, but today with tools like Vine, Instagram and your cell phone, you can quickly create short marketing videos. (We have a class each month on how to do them. Check our schedule for the next one.) Podcasting is audio recordings. You need a channel to broadcast on. Graphics can be pictures or infographics with informative data. You should blog optimally 3x a week to really drive traffic to your site – no fewer than once a week!

You can easily share someone else content by embedding it into your blog post, which will also save time. You’re not stealing the content, but sharing it. Always give proper credit and attribution unless it’s a free-use, public-domain graphic. Site the source and link to it. (This actually helps with SEO as a relevant external link.)

Third, you need to distribute the content or promote it using social media.

Share your blog posts instantly with the free WordPress tool, JetPack. One of those should always be Google+. Everything shared publicly on G+ gets indexed in the Google search engine. Pin any pictures or videos from your blog page to Pinterest. The link to the page goes with it so when someone clicks twice on the pin, they go to your site (also helps with SEO). Share it more than once. Schedule it out with tools like HootSuite a week or so later.

Then, monitor and measure. Every month, you need to review your site statistics:

  • Which sites brought you the most visitors?
  • Monthly visitor count should be steadily increasing month after month if you are following the steps noted above. You’ll notice that if you skipped a week of blogging, your visits went down.
  • Which posts and pages were the most popular? Write more like those.
  • WordPress.com advanced sites stats or Google Analytics can give you even deeper statistics like how long visitors stayed on your site, the bounce rate – if they came and left immediately, and page views.

The longer a visitor stays on your site, the higher the chance they’ll take some action.

Always have some sort of Call-To-Action (CTA). The best thing is a freebie where they have to enter their email address to get it. This converts a visitor into a lead. This gives you a conversion rate – if 100 people came to your site, but only 10 clicked on the offer, then you have a 10% conversion rate.

Lastly, adjust your marketing plan – strategy and tactics – based on your analytics.

Doing this monthly helps you keep control your marketing. Look ahead to then next month. What’s coming up? What’s going to be trending, like awareness and observance days? Take advantage of this by spinning your marketing message to be relevant to what’s trending. (Check out the Calendar-at-a-Glance.)

Not sure what if you got everything set-up correctly? Not getting traffic to your website like you’d hope? Click here to schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation and analysis.

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