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Best of 2007: SEO Analysis Tools

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Welcome to the first in a series of posts on the best blog posts, articles and websites from 2007 covering various marketing topics. To start off, here is a list of the best tools for analyzing and optimizing SEO efforts. Free SEO Tools Search Engine Spider Simulator from the Webconfs SEO Toolset Spiders and people don't see things the same way.

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Best of 2008: SEM Landing Pages

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Once you've optimized the list of keywords in your search engine marketing campaign, tweaked the bids and crafted stellar ad text to bring visitors to your site, landing page design is critical to converting those visitors into sales or leads. Here are a few of the best posts about SEM landing page design from last year. clutter) from good (a clear call to action among other attributes).

Can Social Media Save Detroit?

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Roxanne Darling at Bare Feet Studios recently wrote an outstanding piece on the use of social media at Ford. In How Ford Can Ramp Up It’s Social Media Turnaround Story of 2009 (nicely summarized by John Cass on Social Media Today ), she outlines a social media strategy to help Ford become more transparent and connect more effectively with customers. Social Tagging

SEO Is Not Dead, Just Changing: What This Means

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"SEO is dead." Making a statement like that is a great way to generate lots of traffic, and comments, as Micah Baldwin and Mike McDonald have recently demonstrated. But it's still nonsense. As I noted in my comment to comment Michah's post on Learn to Duck, articles like this have been appearing since at least 2003, so if SEO is dying, it's an awfully slow death.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Conclusion 31 Table of Contents ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY3 In 2008, General Electric CMO Beth Comstock had just. ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 2: Strategy and Roadmap Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.com By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. conference.

Twitter Twaddle, Part 1: What Twitter Is and Why It's Cool

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Most Web 2.0 sites fall into one of a few increasingly well-defined categories, such as social bookmarking (Digg, del.icio.us, Searchles), social networking (LinkedIn, Facebook) or file sharing (YouTube, Flickr, podOmatic ). Twitter, however, stands alone. Okay, there's also Pownce , but Twitter is better.) Twitter can be difficult to explain to those unfamiliar with it. variety. sites. sites.

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Web Marketing Research, Part 2

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Check out these posts, more of the best so far in 2008, on web marketing and Internet research to sate your curiosity, make better marketing decisions, and arm yourself with online trivia knowledge. State of the Blogosphere 2008 by Technorati Fascinating details about blogging, advertising and income. The best research tells you not only what's happening, but why. Highly bookmarkable.

Fishing for B2B leads? Choose the right bait.

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Fishermen (fisherpeople?) choose their bait based on the type and quantity of fish they hope to catch. On the lakes of Minnesota, worms and small leeches are great for catching sunfish, and if find a good spot, you can catch a lot of them in a short time. However, it's likely that you'll also end up throwing many of them back because they're too small to be "keepers."

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Best of 2008 (So Far) - Blogging for Business, Part 2

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Find the answers to these questions and more in this list of some of the best posts of 2008 so far on blogging for business. How do you come up with a great blog name? What's needed-beyond unique and useful content-to really make a blog successful? Which common blogging mistakes should you avoid? Where is the best place to host your blog? Hello, My Name Is. So what is?

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Cool Web Tools, Part 2

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Here are more of the most useful business, social media and web marketing tools of 2008. Included here are some interesting new tools for getting more out of search, reflecting your personality on Twitter, collaborating with teammates online, writing blog posts more efficiently, accessing your home or office desktop PC from the road, and more. It's free and very simple to set up.

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Blogger Outreach for PR - Worst Practices

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Despite the fact that several smart PR bloggers, including Cece Lee , Laura Moncur and Elge Premeau have written about what works in blogger outreach for PR, there are still a lot of agencies and PR people who just don't get it. Their efforts at appealing to bloggers are awkward at best, counterproductive at worst. Want bloggers to write nice things about your product, service or company?

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Social Media Optimization, Part 2

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Read on to discover all of this and more in some of the best blog posts and articles on social media and Web 2.0 so far in 2008. The 100 top Web apps for 2008 by Webware The top 100 web applications as chosen by Webware readers, across 10 categories including browsing (e.g. What are the most popular Web 2.0 applications? Exactly how helpful is online video as as search marketing tool?

Best of 2008 (So Far) - SEO Guidance, Part 3

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When is including a meta description tag important (and when isn't it)? How can you optimize SEO benefits from internal link building? How does Google view search quality, from the inside? What key weapon in the SEO arsenal do many companies overlook? Read on for all of this and much else in some (more) of the best articles and blog posts written about SEO to date this year.

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Search Engine Marketing, Part 2

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Get the answers to these inquiries and more in the following blog posts and articles, some of the best written on the topic of search engine marketing so far in 2008. How can you use pay-per-click (PPC) advertising intelligence to improve organic SEO? Where should you apply direct marketing methods to your website? What challenges lie ahead for PPC marketers? Tweak something every day.

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How to Get Bloggers to Write About You

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Getting blog coverage for your product or service is now just as (if not more) important than getting written about in traditional media. Blogs are now mainstream, as almost 80% of Internet users report having read a blog within the last year. Blog coverage helps increase awareness, build credibility for your brand, and helps with SEO. But how do you get beyond the basics? It's bad for bloggers.

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Website Design, Part 1

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Learn the answers to these questions and more in some of the best blog posts and articles on website design published so far in 2008. Why do some websites fail to achieve objectives? How can you whip an underperforming website into shape? Which elements are the most critical when initiating a website redesign project? What separates effective navigation from poor design?

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Blogging for Business, Part 1

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Blogging Tactics for 2008 by Ask Enquiro Writing that "The Online Marketing Blog recently ran a poll asking readers which SEO tactic they plan on using most in 2008 and the winner with 25% of the vote was Blogging. Which blogging platform is best for your needs? How can you get the most out of your RSS feed(s)? How can you more effectively convert blog readership into revenue?

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Best of 2008 (So Far) - Web Marketing Research, Part 1

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Previous posts in this series: Best of 2008 (So Far) - SEO Guidance, Part 1 Best of 2008 (So Far) - SEO Guidance, Part 2 Best of 2008 (So Far) - Search Engine Marketing, Part 1 Best of 2008 (So Far) - Cool Web Tools, Part 1 Best of 2008 (So far) - Social Media Optimization, Part 1 Best of 2008 (So Far) - Blogging for Business, Part 1 ** technorati tags: online advertising ROI, PPC costs, Web 2.0

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Best of 2008 (So Far) - Social Media Optimization, Part 1

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Get the answers to these questions plus learn more about the largest and the fastest-growing social bookmarking and social networking sites in this installment of some of the best SMO blog posts and articles written so far in 2008. How can you generate lots of high-quality links in just half an hour per day? Increase e-commerce conversions by a third or more?

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Cool Web Tools, Part 1

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Check out this group of some of the best web tools and best posts about cool online tools so far in 2008. Want to know how to post links to dozens of popular social bookmarking sites—in a hurry? Use Google to track the status of almost any flight or find legal free music downloads? Search the web from a cool 3D interface, using any popular search engine?

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Search Engine Marketing, Part 1

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In my continuing effort to clean out my bookmarks and stay ahead of the game for the Best of 2008 series in January, here are a dozen of the most linkworthy articles and posts on search engine marketing so far this year. Both are free, but one is considerably faster and more thorough. SEO and SEM Shortcuts, Spying and Stats to Dominate Google! Whats the best keyword match type?

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New on WMC: Marketing Webcasts and Videos

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WebMarketCentral, the portal site with resources for interactive marketing professionals, continues to expand with the recent addition of marketing, sales and CRM-focused webcasts and videos powered by Insight24. It's a one-stop page for marketing-focused intelligence from market leaders. Looking for engaging content from leading sales and marketing experts?

Best of 2008 (So Far) - SEO Guidance, Part 2

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So here are several more of the best SEO-related pieces from 2008 thus far. Again, there have been so many excellent blog posts and articles written on SEO already this year that I'm trying to get a jump on 2009. As with Maslow's pyramid, Eisenberg's maps out progressive levels of website impact, from being merely functional to truly persuasive. Learning SEO and SEM - Where to Start?

Best of 2008 (So Far) - SEO Guidance, Part 1

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There have been so many excellent blog posts and articles written already in 2008 that it's just not practical to wait until January of next year to recognize them. I may have to start doing these monthly or something, but for now, here are some of the best pieces written about the art and science of SEO so far in 2008. In addition to the obvious (e.g.,

Best of 2007: Articles and Blog Posts on SEM

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Search engine marketing (SEM) is one of the fastest-growing categories in all of advertising, because it is both measurable and logical: present your ads when people are searching for what you're selling. well-crafted search marketing program can provide not only broad brand exposure at a very reasonable cost (with CPMs of $10 or less), but also high-ROI lead generation. PPC Outsource or In-House?

Best of 2008: Website Design

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Many of last year's best articles and blog posts on the topic of website design were reviewed here in two posts on the best of website design so far in 2008, but to help answer the questions above, here are a few more. What are the current best practices in website design? What common design mistakes should you avoid? Where can you find creative new design ideas?

Best of 2008: SEO Guidance, Part 5

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Which social media sites are most helpful for SEO? What common mistakes should you avoid when optimizing a site for search? Which factors do search engine algorithms weight most heavily in determining search position? How can you generate more clicks even when your site isn't in one of the top three spots in search results? Get the answers to all of these questions and others here in the final(!)

Best of 2008: Web Analytics

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Here's a brief review of some of the best posts written recently about web analytics. The articles here will show you how to use web analytics more strategically as part of your marketing program design, use some of the new advanced features in Google Analytics, and investigate alternatives to GA that provide unique views of website traffic.

Best of 2008: SEO Guidance, Part 4

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Where can you find the best SEO tools and resources (I mean, other than here)? Looking for a concise explanation of the different types of redirects? What are some of the best tools and techniques for competitive SEO research? Which commonly-held beliefs about Google's algorithm are true, and which are myths? Bookmark this page and keep it near the top of your list.

Best of 2008: SEO Guidance, Part 3

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How can you effectively explain SEO (and avoid unrealistic expectations) to prospective clients? For new websites, how can you incorporate SEO best practices into the design from the beginning? What tactics are most effective at driving increased search traffic? What emerging topics and techniques should SEO specialists investigate? How can PR and SEO work together more productively?

Best of 2008: Interactive PR, Part 2

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What are some of the best tools for implementing PR 2.0? How do PR, SEO and social media work together to build name recognition and credibility for a company? What are the best (and worst) practices in interactive PR? How should marketers and PR professionals adapt to the decline of traditional publishing and the rapidly increasing influence of social media? blogging and SEO). tags: PR 2.0

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Looking Back at 300: Top 10 Posts

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Also, I think, the first time on this blog I made the case that SEO is far from dead. #8: Web 2.0 Social Tagging Sites, Part 7: The Best , June 26, 2007 "Based on two months of testing across a half-dozen B2B websites and blogs, these Web 2.0 version, now incorporating elements such as LinkedIn profiles, blog links, Twitter pages, Facebook, StumbleUpon, even Second Life IDs.

Best of 2008: SEO Tools, Part 2

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What are the best tools for analyzing your website text? How can you view your website the way search engines see it? Which URL shorteners work best? How can you use free Google tools to benchmark your search marketing performance against your competition? the SEOworkers SEO Analysis Tool), readability ( TextAnalyser.net ), heading tag analysis ( Fangs ) and more.

Best of 2008: AdWords Tips and Tactics

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While Google AdWords certainly isn't the only option for search engine marketing, it's by far the biggest. Search marketers need to get AdWords right before expanding campaigns to Yahoo! Search Marketing , MSN AdCenter or Ask SponsoredListings. Even features unique to AdWords often "migrate" to other services over time, so search engine marketing (SEM) mastery begins with AdWords.

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Best of 2008: WordPress Tools and Tips

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It may seem a little odd to see an article about the best WordPress-related posts on a Blogger blog, but for various reasons the WordPress platform inspires a sort of geeky passion that Google's blogging platform just doesn't. For example, I've never seen a post about "why your blog shouldn't be on WordPress"—though Dharmesh Shah vilified BlogSpot.com with such a piece. Bummer.

Best of 2008: SEO Guidance, Part 2

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Is content really king for SEO? What SEO common mistakes do even experienced consultants sometimes make? Which resources are best for accelerating your SEO learning curve? Why do site rankings sometimes drop precipitously for no apparent reason? How can you get a site indexed by Google News? And what does the future of search hold—according to Google?