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Social Media Interview Series: Rebecca Kelley

Rebecca Kelley is a blogger and writer with expertise in SEO and social media. She has held positions at SEOmoz (as a copywriter and SEO consultant) and 10e20 (as Director of Social Media) and is currently involved with a new marketing startup. Follow her on Twitter.     Can you tell me a little about your current role? I recently transitioned from consulting to an in-house marketing position for a startup that’s working on a few different projects.

I can’t disclose a whole lot more until we launch our first endeavor later this spring, but essentially my role is the Director of Marketing and Community Relations. I’m very excited to apply the skill set I’ve built from years of consulting towards these new projects. What factors make a piece of content good linkbait? If it... > Read more

March 22, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Interview Series   |   Comments: 0

Blank vs. Blank, or, I Have an Idea for a Website

Mashable does a series of polls called "Web Faceoff" that pit similar Internet phenomena against one another, e.g. GTalk vs. AIM, Foursquare vs. Yelp, Nexus One vs. iPhone 3GS, and so on. This week, the Web Faceoff was "Chatroulette vs. Hot or Not." My first thought was, "…Huh?" I read on to see why these two, to my mind, very different sites were matched up in the pen.

Chatroulette, which was launched in late 2009, is a webcam-based chat site that matches you up with a random stranger. Hot or Not, launched almost a decade earlier, shows viewers user-submitted photos and allows them to rate the photos on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being smoking hot, naturally). What's the connection? According to Mashable, they both share a "philosophy of randomness.&q... > Read more

March 19, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Online Marketing Blog Roundup   |   Comments: 3

Five Experts on SEO Link Building

A while back we interviewed a handful of link-building experts (Garrett French and Ben Wills, Wiep Knol, Debra Mastaler, and Julie Joyce) on everything from what features they'd want in their ultimate link-building tool to how to brainstorm linkbait. Here, you can find all of their answers to eight key SEO link-building questions in one place.

 What factors go into a quality link?Which link building tools do you recommend?What features would the ultimate link analysis tool include?What are some strategies for brainstorming and creating linkbait?How does social media change the link building game?How should marketers go about making link requests?If I engage in link buying, how can I avoid being caught by Google?What's a better link: one from an authoritative website, or one from a high... > Read more

March 16, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Link Building   |   Comments: 14

There Are No Stupid Questions …

In a post called "What's Up, Internet," writer Amelia Gray answers some of the questions that Googlers have found her blog by asking: how long does it take to get a warrant I think you can get one in an afternoon, if you are a police officer and you can find a judge to give you one. (It will take more time if you’re just some guy.

) what sort of rocks are there? All kinds. Some rocks are very hard and others are so soft you can scratch them with your fingernail. Sometimes rocks float. Once I had a dream I was explaining a quartz rock to my child. Amelia may be doing this for laughs, but she still got a good post out of it, right? I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Your keywords are content idea generators. If you're already ranking for questions like "What's ... > Read more

March 12, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Copywriting   |   Comments: 1

Announcing The Expert's Guide to Keyword Research for SEO Copywriting

Last week we published the Expert's Guide to Keyword Research for Social Media. This week, we're offering a similar how-to guide for the SEO copywriter. Many keyword research guides amount to a list of tools, but this guide is all about process. You'll learn exactly when, why and how to do keyword research for blog posts, articles and other content that appears online.

If you write for the web (or want to), you don't want to miss it. Read: The Expert's Guide to Keyword Research for SEO Copywriting ... > Read more

March 10, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Copywriting   |   Comments: 0

Link Popularity Case Study: The Domino Effect of Inbound Links

For the link-building search nerd, little matches the joy of scoring a really great link. About a month ago, a post on my personal blog got a link from The Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan's blog, which is ranked #12 on Technorati's Top 100 Blogs and has a Toolbar PageRank of 8. Now, I'm pretty sure Andrew Sullivan doesn't subscribe to my blog or follow me on Twitter (to be fair, I don't follow him either).

So how did this come about? Via domino effect: Over the course of about 15 days, I accumulated a series of inbound links, including a few quality links early on, one of which was clearly the tip-off for the Daily Dish link. This very high-authority link (which, sadly, went up over a weekend) sent a big spike of traffic and led to a mini-long-tail of links from sites and blogs with mid-range... > Read more

March 09, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Link Building   |   Comments: 4

Larry Kim Speaking at SearchFest 2010

Our illustrious founder and VP of product development, Larry Kim, is presenting tomorrow, March 9, at SearchFest 2010, an SEMpdx event, taking place at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon. (Click here for the full agenda.) Larry will be talking about competitive intelligence: Your marketing efforts do not exist in a vacuum.

Effective competitive analysis gives you the information you need to ‘remove the blinders’ in terms of viewing your company and brands as customers do, and to highly tune your Paid Search Marketing strategies for success. This session identifies which competitive intelligence efforts enable you to determine what your competitors are doing to drive their online businesses, so that you can either emulate their PPC successes, or exploit their PPC weaknesses... > Read more

March 08, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 0

Relevance Is Relative: Internet Predictions Past & Present

I'm sure many of you saw this much-shared gem: a Newsweek article from 1995 called "The Internet? Bah!" (subtitled "Why cyberspace isn't, and will never be, nirvana"), in which author Clifford Stoll argues that the Internet is overrated and will never be as pervasive as the pundits claim (emphases mine): I'm uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community.

Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic. Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will repla... > Read more

March 05, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Online Marketing Blog Roundup   |   Comments: 2

How Wired Jacked Mike Siwek's #1 Google Ranking

A lot of people linked to a Wired article earlier this week titled "How Google's Algorithm Rules the Web," by Steven Levy, calling it a must-read. If you're a search geek (and if you're reading this, your probably are), the article probably doesn't communicate much that you don't already know.

The most interesting thing about the piece, actually, is an example contained within the article, meant to illustrate how Google outperforms Bing on a pretty basic query. But the example doesn't work anymore—not how the author intended it to—only illustrating how little the average person (even the average tech journalist?) understands search engine algorithms. “The algorithm is extremely important in search, but it’s not the only thing,” says Brian MacDonald, ... > Read more

February 26, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Online Marketing Blog Roundup   |   Comments: 6

Monthly Blog Roundup: WordStream’s February Highlights

February: Kind of a pathetic little month, isn’t it? Cold, wet and short. Like a dog left out in the rain. I can’t imagine anyone picking February as their favorite month. It would be like having taupe as your favorite color. Or oatmeal as your favorite food. (Cold oatmeal that is.) Luckily this dumb month is pretty much over and that means it’s time for our monthly list of the WordStream blog’s greatest hits! Our most popular posts in February, without further ado: How We Got a Link from The New York Times: Ken wrote this link bait case study of the strategy behind our most popular post ever, Larry Kim’s “Poll: Scott Brown to Win Massachussets Senate Race by a Landslide.

” Is SEO Dead? Nope, It Has Just Come Full Circle!: In this guest post, Terry... > Read more

February 25, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In:   |   Comments: 0

Link Building Interview: Arnie Kuenn of Vertical Measures

Arnie Kuenn is the president and founder of Vertical Measures, LLC, as well as the founder and president of the Arizona Interactive Marketing Association (AZIMA) and has presented at SMX Advanced, AMA Phoenix, Pubcon and many online webinars. Follow him on Twitter: @ArnieK. Can you tell us a little about Vertical Measures and your role there? Vertical Measures is a full-service internet marketing and link building company in Phoenix.

We help our clients gain more business from their websites by providing internet marketing solutions using innovative and ethical strategies. We achieve this by developing expertise across multiple disciplines while constantly adapting to current trends. The company is comprised of a group of individuals with backgrounds in internet marketing, social media, we... > Read more

February 22, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Interview Series   |   Comments: 13

38 Things You Could Do With the Time You Spend on Facebook

Nielsen reported this week that Facebook is now officially the web's biggest time suck (or time sink, if you prefer), with the average American user clocking in at over seven hours of Facebook use per month – which doesn't sound all that shocking compared to how much TV the average American watches: 153 hours per month, and that's just at home, not counting sports bars, the Internet and so on.

Holy crap, people, turn off the TV – you're probably missing something on Facebook! Nonetheless, it's a lot compared to other online activities – seven hours per month is more time than we spend on Google, Yahoo, Bing, YouTube, Amazon and Wikipedia combined. (Holy crap, people, turn off Facebook, you might be missing something on YouTube!) Occasionally we all make bad choices when it comes to h... > Read more

February 19, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Online Marketing Blog Roundup   |   Comments: 5

WordStream at SES London

We meant to announce this before it happened, but the pesky time difference got the better us of ... WordStream presented at SES London, and earlier this morning, on a panel on search advertising tools moderated by Andrew Goodman. From the SES agenda: The competition is fierce in paid search! From small in-house accounts to ones with millions of keywords, it's the new advances in SEM technology that might just make the difference between success and failure.

Are there tools you could be using right now to help double your conversions, lower your costs, or save your team hours of time every week? At this panel, top paid search tool vendors will showcase their latest features in bid management, campaign workflow efficiencies, and reveal what the future holds for the industry. As well, t... > Read more

February 18, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: WordStream   |   Comments: 0

What Ever Happened to that Internet Meme?

Everybody loves an Internet meme. They come into our lives, entertain us and everyone we know for three minutes or so, and then as quickly they are gone. Some, of course, are more tenacious than others (ahem, Rickrolling). Do you ever find yourself wondering what happened to that one guy in that one viral video? Wonder no more! I did the bare minimum of research to find out what some of our favorite Internet memes of the past few years have been doing with their lives since.

JK Wedding Dance It was just six months ago that Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz's wedding dance video went viral on YouTube. It now has over 41 million views. Where are they now? Presumably still in the throes of wedded bliss. In a recent update on the Today Show, Jill said, "It's going pretty well." Do th... > Read more

February 17, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In:   |   Comments: 2

Special Offer: SEO PowerSuite from Link-Assistant.com

We're happy to extend a special offer to our readers via Link-Assistant.com. Link-Assistant.com is offering a fully functional trial for all its tools for 1 week and a $50 discount on SEO PowerSuite Professional and $100 on SEO PowerSuite Enterprise for 9 days. SEO PowerSuite is a toolkit of four SEO tools: Rank Tracker – A rankings checker with a keyword research module.

Lets you check your rankings in over 570 local and regional search engines with no keyword or domain limits. SEO SpyGlass – A backlink checker and competitive research tool. Gets you a list of links to any website with a number of important SEO factors, such as Google PageRank, anchor text, the number of outbound links on the page, dofollow/nofollow, and more. The unique feature of SEO SpyGlass is that it's able to b... > Read more

February 17, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In:   |   Comments: 1

Google Buzz: Is Google's Would-Be Twitter Killer Buzz-Worthy?

Google this week took another stab at social with the release of the unoriginally named Google Buzz, which was rolled out to Gmail users soon after Tuesday's announcement. As Matt McGee points out in a post on Search Engine Land, Google Buzz – basically a stream of status updates and shared items – is intended to compete with Twitter, Facebook, and even Foursquare, given its mobile features.

There's been a lot less hype surrounding Buzz (ironically?) than there was for Google Wave, which may mean that Google was wary of more buzz backlash. Hype or no hype, among non-tech-geeks I know, the initial "buzz" was very similar to the reaction to Google Wave: What is this? What is it for? So is Buzz really a threat? According to Marshall Kirkpatrick, yes – it's disrupti... > Read more

February 12, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 7

Interview with Megan Leap, Online Marketing Manager at Ion Interactive

As ion interactive's online marketing manager, Megan Leap manages webinar, social media, search and email campaigns. She has extensive experience in conversion rate optimization and social media marketing, and when not championing high-ROI online marketing strategies, can be found running marathons across the U.

S. She is also a frequent contributor to the Post-Click Marketing Blog. Follow Megan on Twitter: @MeganLeap. What’s it like for an online marketer who’s marketing LiveBall, an online marketing software product, to other online marketers? Marketing to marketers is a lot of fun. If I worked somewhere else, I would be our target audience. Plus, I use our software product every day in my job, so I know it inside and out. That gives me a unique perspective. Our audience kno... > Read more

February 08, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Conversion Rates   |   Comments: 2

Is There Value in Blog Comments, or Are They All Spam and Trolls?

My friend Jessica, who has been blogging since at least 2006, warned me the other day that as my blog gets more popular, the comments will get progressively more annoying, truculent and even abusive. Though she is young and lovely, she said this with the tone of a knobby old seer. I chuckled nervously and tried to dismiss her prediction—I love my blog commenters—but I wasn't sure how to respond.

So my ears pricked up, or my eyes, or something, when shortly after this, Danny Sullivan tweeted that Engadget is turning off comments for a bit. In the announcement post, Joshua Topolsky wrote: Hey guys, we know you like to have your fun, voice your opinions, and argue over your favorite gear, but over the past few days the tone in comments has really gotten out of hand. What is norma... > Read more

February 05, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Online Marketing Blog Roundup   |   Comments: 9

Social Media Interview Series: Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan is President of New Marketing Labs, a new media marketing agency, and home of the Inbound Marketing Summit conferences and Inbound Marketing Bootcamp educational events. He works with large and mid-sized companies to improve online business communications like marketing and PR through the use of social software, community platforms, and other emerging web and mobile technologies.

Chris is also co-author of the book Trust Agents, with Julien Smith. For more information, read his blog or follow him on Twitter. What are the first three things someone should do if they have little to no social presence and want to change that? Start by listening. Use social media listening tools (google "Grow Bigger Ears" for starter advice), and start seeing what people are saying. Where are they... > Read more

February 01, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Interview Series   |   Comments: 5

On the Failures of the iPad & the Pleasures of Being Bored

I didn't want to write about the iPad this week, but now I want to write about the iPad this week. Though I am not a gadget person, it was difficult to ignore the onslaught of buzz and anti-buzz that swarmed Twitter on Wednesday before, during and after the unveiling of the iPad. Maybe I gravitate toward snarky (wise) people, but the sentiment from my view was overwhelmingly negative, especially if you count "wings" jokes as negative.

The reactions were largely along these lines: "So it's just a big iPhone that doesn't work as a phone? Really?" This got me thinking about the path that personal devices seem to be taking—that is, getting larger, not smaller. The iPhone is already significantly larger than the Razor, which all the cool kids were carrying before ... > Read more

January 29, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Online Marketing Blog Roundup   |   Comments: 2

Monthly Blog Roundup: WordStream's January Highlights

The end of January. The Thursday of winter. Spring, she is so close, and yet so far—especially in Boston, where spring's subtitle is Winter Part 2: The Bitch Never Left. Whether or not you live in a northern clime, please allow our best loved blog posts from the past month to warm your hearts and extremities: New Social Media Polling Data Suggests Republican Scott Brown Will Trounce Democrat Martha Coakley in US Senate Race: This timely post (whose prediction turned out to be correct) trounced our other blog posts in traffic this month.

In fact, it's one of our most popular posts ever. Check out how Larry looked at social media metrics to determine who—despite what the polls said—was the more popular candidate. Social Media Poll: Conan vs. Leno: In this copycat post... > Read more

January 28, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In:   |   Comments: 0

Temporarily Outsourcing Client Work: It's Not As Scary As You Might Think

This is a guest post by Jenny Anderson, a search marketing consultant at Hanapin Marketing. She works with a variety of clients and writes for Hanapin’s blogs, PPC Hero and SEO Boy. Outsourcing your clients’ work can get a little sticky, and there are plenty of reasons why some agencies may never turn to external help – even when they’re on overload with other client work.

They might not want to lose the control of knowing every detail in the account, they might think they know the product better than someone on the outside, or they might be afraid of what their client will think if they find out. In our experience with managing outsourced accounts at Hanapin, I can tell you that it’s really not that scary. Below are some tips and hints on how to successfully outsource, along wit... > Read more

January 26, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Paid Search Marketing   |   Comments: 1

Social Media Interview Series: Tamar Weinberg

Tamar Weinberg is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media strategist. Her specialties are blogger outreach, content promotion, community management, and viral strategy. In July 2009, Tamar published “The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web,” which covers the gamut of social media marketing topics in an easy-to-understand format.

Tamar is also the community and marketing manager for Mashable, the top ranked blog on all things social media. She maintains her own blog on social media marketing strategy at Techipedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tamar/. You're active on "many social communities," according to your website. Which one do you find to be the most valuable for business? What about for personal stuff? It really depends on the content.&... > Read more

January 25, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Interview Series   |   Comments: 0

Actually, Google, That's Not What I Meant

If you're interested in the semantics of search, Google's announcement this week that it is now bolding synonyms in search results probably turned your head. (In fact, you might have noticed this happening before the official announcement.) In a post titled "Helping Computers Understand Language" on the Official Google Blog, Google engineer Steven Baker writes: An irony of computer science is that tasks humans struggle with can be performed easily by computer programs, but tasks humans can perform effortlessly remain difficult for computers.

I don't know if I'd call this an irony. Humans are better at some things, computers are better at others. You can say the same thing about bees, buzz saws, and evolution. But identifying misuses of the word "irony" is so 1996, so le... > Read more

January 22, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 12

Social Media Poll: Conan vs. Leno

After the popularity of last week's social media poll on Scott Brown vs. Martha Coakley (Larry's prediction actually turned out to be right!), we thought it would be fun to see who's winning in the "race" between erstwhile Tonight Show host Jay Leno and his successor Conan O'Brien, who, it's all but certain, will leave NBC after the network proposed giving his show back to Leno and pushing him back to a later, less coveted slot.

A lot of very vocal Conan fans aren't too happy about the change, but ratings are what really matter to NBC, presumably, so there must be a lot of Leno fans out there too, right? We looked at some social media metrics to see who has the most supporters in the online sphere. The results? Well, it's complicated. We couldn't use the exact same methodology that we used... > Read more

January 20, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Social Media   |   Comments: 5

Social Media Interview Series: Alexander Howard

Alexander B. Howard is the Government 2.0 Washington, D.C. Correspondent for O'Reilly Media. Previously, he was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com at TechTarget. His work there focused on how regulations affect IT operations, including issues of data protection, privacy, security and enterprise IT strategy.

Before moving his focus to security and compliance, he was the associate editor of WhatIs.com, an online IT encyclopedia. In that role, he researched and wrote about nearly every aspect of enterprise IT. Alexander graduated from Colby College in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in biology and sociology. In his spare time, he enjoys running with his greyhound, reading, microblogging, fishing, cycling, gardening, cooking and hiking. Learn more at his blog or follow him on Twitter: ... > Read more

January 18, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Interview Series   |   Comments: 1

Facebook's Privacy Switcheroo

In an interview with Michael Arrington last week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told the world that Facebook is changing to keep up with it—and what the world wants, apparently, is less privacy. Naturally, this caused a big hubbub (at least in the online marketing corner of the world), with many claiming Facebook is acting against its users' best interests, trying to trick them into doing what will increase Facebook revenue—or, rather, into not doing what won't help its revenue.

By not changing the now-default settings, users will (perhaps unintentionally) make their data more public and searchable. Others leapt to Facebook's defense. This is the way society is moving, they said; get over it. Falling in the former camp, Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote a two-part think piece of s... > Read more

January 15, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Online Marketing Blog Roundup   |   Comments: 0

Google vs. Bing: Bing Hates Blogs

This morning, Chris Brogan wrote on his blog that he's planning to use Bing as his only search engine for 30 days. Day 1 of his little experiment didn't go so well—he found that a search for "Chris Brogan" returned, above his own blog, results for Chris Brown. His response? "Um, no." Chris Brogan is a pretty well-known name, if slightly lesser-known than "Chris Brown.

" If he can't get top billing for his vanity search, how well can the rest of us plebes fare? I "googled" myself on Bing back when it launched and remember thinking the results were inscrutable and disappointing. I decided to try the same search again to see if the Bing results had gotten better (or worse). Well, certainly not better. ZoomInfo? Really? I would only expect to see a crappy, generic result like this at #1... > Read more

January 12, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Blogging   |   Comments: 12

16 Great Online Marketing Twitter Lists

Are you new to Twitter and unsure who to follow? Not so new to Twitter but still don't know who to follow? Or maybe you just want to make more connections, find new resources and learn from the best? Twitter lists are a great way to keep up with the search marketing industry. You can follow a whole swath of thought leaders, hand-picked and pre-approved by those in the know, with one quick click.

These 16 Twitter lists were curated by (and include) some of our favorite voices in search and online marketing. (And while you're at it, follow the WordStream list to keep up with our whole team.) Selective Search Marketing Twitter Lists These picky-choosy lists include fewer than 60 people or brands each. Aaron Bradley of SEOSkeptic.com's Internet Marketing Musts. Christine Churchill's Must Read... > Read more

January 11, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Social Media   |   Comments: 1

Friday Roundup: Online Marketing Predictions 2010

As I flâneured around the blogosphere this week (permit me to verb a French noun derived from a verb), I was overcome by a gadget-induced ennui. Nexus One. The iTablet/iSlate. Blah blah blah. I have nothing to say about these developments. "Will 2010 be the year of the smartphone?" Who cares? Sorry, gadgetheads—not me so much.

I am, however, interested in other directions the industry may take in 2010. (And while we're on the topic, you are on board with saying "twenty-ten," foregoing the cumbersome "two-thousand" prefix, are you not? Excellent. Glad we're on the same page.) And luckily, bloggers are still churning out resolutions and predictions for the year ahead. I especially liked Debra Mastaler's Link Building Trends For 2010. After providing an overview of 2009, Debra, Julie Joyce... > Read more

January 08, 2010     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Online Marketing Blog Roundup   |   Comments: 1
 
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