Recycle Your Tweets for Massive Exposure

I get this question all the time from my friends and followers on Twitter. “How are you so active on Twitter and how do you find the time to generate all this GREAT content with your tweets?” It’s quite simple, really.

I’m a huge fan (obviously) of blogging and Twitter. The power of the two together is immeasurable. But, what most people overlook is the ‘recycle’ factor of your blog posts and your tweets. Here’s what I mean:

Most people write an article and post it to their blog. They might tweet about it once or twice and then move on from there. After a few days their focus is onto the next article and the next series of tweets for that article and so on and so on. The cycle repeats.

Now, this is great from a content perspective because you’re creating more and more high content articles on your blog for generating traffic, building your list, etc.

But, remember that Twitter is a conversation. Upwards of 90% of your followers may not be “in the conversation” taking place on Twitter during those one or two days when you’re mentioning your most recent blog post or article. Thus, they don’t know about it!

So, why not recycle those tweets and refer back to them again in the future to further supplement the exposure the articles get?

I do this all the time and constantly drive new traffic back to my articles that I wasn’t generating when I originally created the article. Recycling your tweets about previous articles and blog posts you’ve created is a powerful way to consistently build the exposure for your content. It doesn’t mean if I re-engage my followers again later about the same article I’m over promoting my article – I’m just sharing again the high content blog post I wrote previously.

The simplest way to do this is to use Twitter favorites. I generate my blog post and then will tweet about it in 3-4 different ways using different words and copy in my tweet. I will mark each of those tweets as a “favorite” in my Twitter account. Then, over the next several weeks and months I will refer back to my list of Twitter favorites (which has been growing steadily now with all of the tweets I’m adding as favorites) and then “retweet” them in different ways. Now, I don’t just retweet the exact same tweet. I mix it up by changing the wording or copy in the tweet so it has a similar message – but perhaps a different angle than the original tweet.

The objective is the same – drive that traffic back to my article on my blog. If you’re writing really good and high content articles – and you’re referring people to them using Twitter, recycle those tweets in different ways to re-engage your Twitter followers and continually build exposure for your articles.

I will also setup Google Alerts for my name and anytime my articles are picked up on other websites or article marketing sites, I will use that web link in my tweets. That way I’m adding different high-traffic websites that I’m tweeting about to generate even more followers and friends to my content.

It’s an amazing powerful strategy to build exposure for your articles AND generate great content and interest from your Twitter followers. Try it…

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Your Assignment:
Start developing a strategy where you mark some of your best tweets about your articles and blog posts as Twitter “favorites.” Not on Twitter yet? Definitely visit www.twitter.com to get started. You can find all of my favorites at twitter.com/derekfred/favorites to see how many I have saved for all of my blog posts and articles. Interested in finding out more about blogs and Twitter and other authentic Internet marketing strategies to help grow your online business? The Authentic List Building Coaching program can show you exactly how you can authentically add up to 1,000 new qualified prospects to your business each month. People who really “get” your message and are eager and ready to become your client or buy your products. And, you could do this authentically, quickly and consistently, without being spammy or icky, but just by being you. How would that make a difference in your life? I created this one-of-a-kind program to personally walk you through the same secrets we used (and continue to use daily) to add over 1,000 highly targeted and qualified leads to our list each month for the last 12 months. To see the presentation I created for you about authentic list building principles [IMPORTANT VIDEO], go here.

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Want to use this article on your website or your own ezine? No problem! But here is what you MUST include: Derek Fredrickson, Authentic Internet Marketing Specialist, is founder of the Authentic Internet Marketing System, the proven step-by-step program that shows you exactly how to authentically market your business online, in record time…guaranteed. To get your F.R.E.E. videos and receive his authentic internet marketing articles on attracting more leads and converting more sales online to multiply your current revenues, visit www.derekfredrickson.com.

What Is The Temperature Of Your Traffic?

In order to effectively and consistently build your list, you need to understand where your leads are coming from. With all the different traffic sources out there as well strategies to authentically bring leads back to your site to join your list, the idea of treating the source of leads differently based on their source can often be overlooked.

The truth of the matter is there are basically two different types of traffic out there. Cold traffic and warm traffic. How you treat these leads when they come to your site or even more importantly once they are on your list is critically important in terms of selling products or programs as well as the relationship you build with them over time.

First some facts:

Cold traffic is sourced from paid sources (i.e. Google AdWords): People searching for answers online and clicking ads and coming to your site. Although these prospects searching for your information usually know very little about you or your services – they are highly motivated to find information that is the answer to their question or solution to their problem. The reason they are ‘cold’ is simply because they have not been ‘warmed up’ to you yet – and there is really no basis for a relationship. They don’t know ‘who’ you are or ‘what’ you have to offer compared to anything else out there.

Warm traffic is sourced from organic sources (articles, social media, etc.) People are casually looking for you or searching for your information and then clicking your call to action (IFO) and coming to your site. They probably have heard of you (perhaps from a referral) or have been following you online (via Twitter or Facebook) – so they are already ‘warmed up’ to the idea of ‘who’ you are and ‘what’ you have to offer.

Now, how you treat them CAN be different. I say ‘can be’ because for most people the effort involved in differentiating leads from these two sources may be a lot if you don’t have a huge amount of traffic coming from either source. But, if you’re driving a large amount of traffic say from cold traffic via Google AdWords, this strategy could pay off.

If you have a squeeze page available, you can direct your cold traffic leads directly to your squeeze page. Why? Cold traffic is actively searching for answers and solutions that your information can solve for them. As a result, they are extremely motivated to get that information. Motivated to the point they are more likely to opt-in to get it (via your IFO) if you present it to them via a squeeze page. Why a squeeze page? Well, your probability for conversion will dramatically increase if you use a squeeze page to a prospect that is very motivated to get the information you have to offer. For example, we send all of our cold traffic for Client Attraction (via Google AdWords) directly to a separate squeeze page (www.clientattraction.com/cd). That page is only visible to traffic from cold traffic sources. So, our objective is aggressively encourage these prospects to opt-in (and possibly even present a paid offer for a product or program very soon after they do opt-in to capitalize on that opportunity.)

Now, for all of our warm traffic (leads coming from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, article marketing sites, etc.) we send them to our regular homepage (www.clientattraction.com). Why? Chances are if they are following us in these areas, they may already be on our list. And, we don’t want to rub them the wrong way by right off the bat pushing them into a squeeze page. If not, we still present plenty of opportunities to join our list with an opt-in form sprinkled throughout our site. And, as a warm traffic lead – they are just casually looking for information about Client Attraction – not necessarily super motivated to opt-in or buy right away. So, our objective is to build the long-term relationship with them with our stay-in-touch marketing vehicles like the weekly ezine.

Perhaps you can develop a similar strategy for yourself in terms of segmenting your traffic via cold and warm sources. You may discover you have better opportunities to build your list and ultimately convert more leads to clients and buyers!

Until Next Time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Get Clients With A “Wow” IFO

Most people think the most important starting point for converting prospects into clients is their website. They think if I just have a really snazzy looking and content rich website – that will bring the clients. Or, they think it’s all about the fantastic product or service they’re offering. But, here’s the rub. You may have an amazing website and a super product, but if you haven’t ‘WOWED’ them yet with your irresistible free offer – it’s all an uphill battle to get them as a client.

Yes, the IFO is the ‘hook’ to get your prospects to join your list – but you gotta over deliver BIG TIME. Even though your IFO is “free” – it says so much about what you have to offer for your paid products or services. Think of it this way – the IFO is the first experience your prospect has with you. You want to really give them super content and high value. You may have heard the expression from renowned Internet Marketer Eben Pagan about “pushing the free line.” The idea is this – give some of your best stuff away for free to get people to join your list and then over time – they will say to themselves:

“If the free stuff is this good – imagine what the paid stuff will be like!”

If you’ve not delivered 100% of your best content – your prospect may not get the result you’ve intended them to receive by consuming your IFO – and to them there was not a ‘big value add’ to what you’ve provided. Now what? In a way you’ve lost a big chance to spark their interest even more and as a result it’s much harder to get back them to see what’s next. Leads are most ripe when they’ve just opted-in. I like the expression they are “hot to trot” to consume and digest your IFO right away – so why not give them the good stuff right away for them to want even more?

Now, you might be wondering – what format do I use to make my IFO the best high content offer I can provide? Well, below I break down some of the most commonly used IFO’s out there and some of the pros and cons of each. I also share what I believe is the best IFO out there – and you might be surprised.

No IFO (i.e. Join my Newsletter!)

I mean really, why bother?

Free report/e-Book

Easy to produce and provide. It’s digital so no physical cost for production or shipment. But, it doesn’t carry a lot of ‘WOW’ factor since it’s so commonly used online. You really want to ensure you can ‘snaz’ it up to include images and graphics so it will ‘pop’ and people will want to read it.

Audio download

In my personal opinion, more people would prefer to listen than read. The drawback though is people love to multitask and listen to something while doing 5 other things at once. Result? You don’t get the attention from someone listening to your free audio download as opposed to reading your free report. But, people do love the convenience of instant download and playing on iPhone, computer, etc. And, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your personality and some emotion when you’re providing an audio IFO.

Video

I love video IFO’s because they are short and sweet. And, if you can really pack a wallop piece of content in the video – I say go for it. But, you need to have an excellent-looking video. Using your son or daughters cell phone flip for shooting your IFO video doesn’t cut it. The quality has to be rocking. And, like the audio – you have an amazing opportunity to establish a connection with your viewer that you can’t just get by text or audio. But, video is intimidating still for a lot of people – especially when it comes to providing some of your best content. There is the option of the DVD – but in my opinion, the production and shipment costs associated with it outweigh the benefits.

Kit

This is a relatively new one and one of my favorites. A “kit” usually consists of a number of other IFO’s packaged together. Like – a video, e-book and worksheet. Or, an audio download along with a PDF handout and checklist. It just adds more bang and value and people respond more favorably to “kit” or even “manifesto” than just those items separated out and presented individually.

Audio CD

It’s my personal favorite. Why? Audio is still the best format out there in my opinion because it has the widest mass appeal for usage. You can play it on the computer, stereo at home, car, iPod, phone, etc. People can always find a way to listen to it. And, the physical CD carries so much “oomph” factor and stands out from the rest. Example – ClientAttraction.com started using the free CD few years back and we’ve practically tripled the list each and every year as a result. It just works! Even more so than a DVD – I believe audio CD has the highest perceived value. And, you can collect physical mailing addresses for the people on your list for direct mail purposes by requesting their shipping address to send them the CD!

Now – these ideas don’t apply to all markets. The IFO that works best in one market or niche may not work best in others. For example, free IFO videos work really well in the Internet Marketing space – where Audio CD IFO works great for small business building and Client Attraction. I suggest doing some research and see what’s out there before you choose. And, here’s a trick in choosing which one is best for your market. What would you respond to most? You are most likely your ideal client / prospect – so what works for you? You’re a good case test for your own clients’ opinion and preferences.

Until Next Time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Your Assignment:

Consider your IFO that you have in place now to build your list. Does it really WOW them? If it’s an eBook or simple audio download, consider combining them and making it more of a “kit” which will help with conversion. Take the time to do the research and see what other IFO’s are really converting well in your niche and consider either doing the same or taking it one step more to really impress your prospects. Also, does the IFO you currently have in place contain some of your best content? Consider adding some of your best tips or information to really help your newly added leads and they will quickly become clients.

Interested in finding out more about IFO’s and other authentic Internet marketing strategies to help grow your online business? The Authentic List Building Coaching program can show you exactly how you can authentically add up to 1,000 new qualified prospects to your business each month. People who really “get” your message and are eager and ready to become your client or buy your products. And, you could do this authentically, quickly and consistently, without being spammy or icky, but just by being you. How would that make a difference in your life? I created this one-of-a-kind program to personally walk you through the same secrets we used (and continue to use daily) to add over 1,000 highly targeted and qualified leads to our list each month for the last 12 months. To see the presentation I created for you about authentic list building principles [IMPORTANT VIDEO], go here.

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Want to use this article on your website or your own ezine? No problem! But here is what you MUST include:

Derek Fredrickson, Authentic Internet Marketing Specialist, is founder of the Authentic Internet Marketing System, the proven step-by-step program that shows you exactly how to authentically market your business online, in record time…guaranteed. To get your F.R.E.E. videos and receive his authentic internet marketing articles on attracting more leads and converting more sales online to multiply your current revenues, visit www.derekfredrickson.com.

Choose Your Call To Action Wisely

We all know the importance of using a call to action. It’s a critical online marketing strategy to drive traffic back to your site by inviting prospects to get your irresistible free offer (IFO) and join your list. But, do you know what type of call-to-action to use with all the different social networking and online sites out there?

Yes, it’s about adding value by contributing relevant and high-content information, but if you don’t have a clear strategy in place by using the right type of call-to-action to bring people back to your site to join your list, it really doesn’t matter.

I share some of the most common places where your prospects hang out – and how to drive them back to your site and join your email list by using the right type of call-to-action that is appropriate to each site.

Now, let’s look at some of the most common places where your prospects hang out online and which type of call-to-action type to use.

Blogs

Let’s first look at YOUR blog. Prospects are hanging out on your blog viewing your content and perhaps already subscribed to your feed but are not yet on your email list. With the posts you create on your blog, end them all with a strong call-to-action to opt-in in order to be notified of new posts or receive whatever your IFO is.

Your prospects also hang out on OTHER blogs relevant to your market or niche. Here you can comment and contribute content in the form of helpful and relevant information – with a light call-to-action back to your blog for more information. Notice the difference between the two call-to-action strategies depending on which blog you are referencing. On other blogs, keep the call-to-action light else it will feel like sales / pushy.

Facebook

There are millions of your prospects and potential leads hanging out on Facebook. I see so many people using Facebook without a clear strategy in place to build their list. In the same way as blogs, you want to add value and contribute to the conversation (social media outlets like Facebook are for engaging in relationships and conversations) by commenting and contributing relevant content and information. You can do this in two places. Facebook profiles and Facebook fanpages. Prospects are hanging out on your profile via your news feed and looking at the content you have to share on your fanpage. Be sure to mix up the content and information you have to share by giving them both a medium call-to-action (not too strong like on your blog and not too light like on other blogs) back to your site to receive more tips and information from your email list.

YouTube

As Facebook is increasingly popular for users as a search engine tool, as is YouTube. People these days are just as likely to search for video content on YouTube as they do search for regular content via Google. When posting your videos on YouTube, be sure to include your URL / website in the description of the video so your subscribers can go back to your site and see more videos or find out more information. I suggest doing this using a strong call-to-action to drive them back to your site.

LinkedIn

You want to give the connections you have on LinkedIn a lot of valuable content and relevant information to position yourself as a subject matter expert in your community. As a result, always provide a medium call-to-action back to your site.

Twitter

If there is one place I would suggest a very light call-to-action, it would be Twitter. Twitter is an online conversation with your marketplace about the value and information you have to offer. You would seem overly pushy if you were constantly giving a strong call-to-action with every “tweet” you provided. As a result, I would recommend only giving a very light call-to-action and only when it will clearly provide a link between the tweet/content you provide and the additional information you have to share back on your site.

Podcasts

I don’t have any personal experience of using my own podcast for list building but I do see how it can be used as an effective strategy to drive your listeners back to your list to join your list. At the end of an audio podcast, it’s important to have a strong call-to-action to invite listeners back to your site to sign up and receive more information by joining your list.

At the end of the day it’s just as important to have a clear and consistent call-to-action strategy in place for all the different places where your prospects hang out and how to strategically drive them back to your site to join your list.

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

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Want to use this article on your website or your own ezine? No problem! But here is what you MUST include:

Derek Fredrickson, Authentic Internet Marketing Specialist, is founder of the Authentic Internet Marketing System, the proven step-by-step program that shows you exactly how to authentically market your business online, in record time…guaranteed. To get your F.R.E.E. videos and receive his authentic internet marketing articles on attracting more leads and converting more sales online to multiply your current revenues, visit www.derekfredrickson.com.

Does Google Love You?

You know the importance of using keywords as part of your SEO strategy when building your website and writing your articles. What you may not know is Google places emphasis on having one or more keywords in your website name. From an organic traffic standpoint, it’ll increase your rankings (especially if the domain matches the exact search query).

So, if your domain name is a close match to the keywords your prospects are searching for – it’s like the hitting the jackpot to get on page one of Google for that search phrase.

I will teach you how to develop an SEO strategy for your website domain. Not thought of that before? Well, you should! It’s important and an amazingly powerful strategy that most online marketers don’t even think about. It will boost your search engine results for the keywords your prospects are searching for. Google gives preferential treatment and responds more favorably by boosting your rankings based on keyword-rich domain names.

When I work with my private clients, I always look at whether they should purchase a domain name with their company name (branded domain) or a domain name based on their service or offering (keyword-rich domain).

I will explain an example of a “company name URL” and a “keyword-rich URL” and the power both have so Google loves you.

Company Name URL

As you know, your company name or “brand” is one of the most important aspects of your business or personal identity. Your company name is the foundation for everything you do. Your company and identity will be on your website, print material, business cards, letterhead, etc… This is ultimately what people will recognize and associate you with, so when you have the opportunity to purchase the URL that matches your company, I almost always say do it.

Take the example of ClientAttraction.com. The company name of Client Attraction and the message of “attract clients” is congruent with the website of ClientAttraction.com.

The advantages of a company name URL are that it’s short and memorable which means it’s super easy to remember. As a result, it’s an easy way to put your company name in front of your prospects and allow you to maintain consistency in the brand across your online marketing efforts. It looks cleaner and stands out as being more professional.

End result? Google naturally loves you and you will attract more loyal visitors and readers. Cool, right?

In my personal opinion, if you’re looking to create a long-term brand using your company name – choose a branded domain. It’s proven that by having short and clean URL’s that match your company name or brand, people trust you more than someone with a domain that is more generic and less trustworthy.

Keyword-Rich URL

There are also situations when I would recommend using keyword-rich domains say if you’re trying to brand yourself as an industry expert. A good example would be something like Authentic Internet Marketing Specialist or Authentic Internet Marketing Expert where you’re positioning what you provide as a memorable name or tag line. In that case it’s beneficial because you’re branding your service or offering, while using the main keyword/phrase at the same time.

You can easily set up targeted domains for the niche or keyword/phrase you’re targeting and re-direct that domain to your site. My private clients love this strategy! I’ve used this method hundreds of times for domains related to “client attraction” or “authentic internet marketing”, where I purchase a keyword-rich domain, and then re-direct the user to the main domain (i.e. clientattraction.com or derekfredrickson.com) once they click on that domain.

Here’s why.

Google loves a scenario where the keyword phrase is the website domain. The reasoning why (your keyword phrase).com should rank number one is clear. It makes sense that Google thinks that a site named www.howtobeaskibum.com is probably about “how to be a ski bum”. Whether it’s the BEST site for how to be a ski bum is a different story. Note to self – I already own  www.howtobeaskibum.com. 🙂

Bottom line?

Choose a website name that fits your ideal client and this will help you get you so many more clients than before.

Until then… Learn it, Love it, Live it!

Your Assignment:

What does your website name say about you and what you offer? Do a complete overview of the domains you own and which are branded as your company name and which are relevant from a keyword perspective. Now, what opportunities exist for you to take advantage of in terms of adding to the list of domains you currently have related to your brand or keywords? Make a list of the keywords related to your company name or services and offerings based on relevant keywords and develop a plan to go out and get those website names! It will strategically over time allow you to improve your rankings in search engines like Google – and ultimately get the real Google “love.”

Interested in finding out more about search engine optimization and other authentic Internet marketing strategies to help grow your online business? The Authentic List Building Coaching program can show you exactly how you can authentically add up to 1,000 new qualified prospects to your business each month. People who really “get” your message and are eager and ready to become your client or buy your products. And, you could do this authentically, quickly and consistently, without being spammy or icky, but just by being you. How would that make a difference in your life? I created this one-of-a-kind program to personally walk you through the same secrets we used (and continue to use daily) to add over 1,000 highly targeted and qualified leads to our list each month for the last 12 months. To see the presentation I created for you about authentic list building principles [IMPORTANT VIDEO], go here.

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Want to use this article on your website or your own ezine? No problem! But here is what you MUST include:

Derek Fredrickson, Authentic Internet Marketing Specialist, is founder of the Authentic Internet Marketing System, the proven step-by-step program that shows you exactly how to authentically market your business online, in record time…guaranteed. To get your F.R.E.E. videos and receive his authentic internet marketing articles on attracting more leads and converting more sales online to multiply your current revenues, visit www.derekfredrickson.com.

It Pays To Pay For Pay-Per-Click

I’m going to scare a few people with this title – but it needs to be said. Pay-per-click advertising (in short known as PPC), is one of the most effective, efficient, and fastest ways to authentically add more leads to your list.

I know people are terrified of the idea of using PPC as a list building strategy. “Pay for leads, are you CRAZY?” Come on. The idea of spending money to attract prospects to your website and convert them to highly qualified leads is foreign to many people. If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner with an online component of your business on the Internet then paying for leads is a FACT OF DOING BUSINESS.

Let me break it down for you… Whether you’re paying for leads through PPC or not – you are in fact paying for leads (directly or indirectly). Here’s why:

You’re paying for your leads in either money or time. And understanding that you’re time is worth money – you’re ultimately spending money to get leads!

A ‘pay money for leads’ strategy is PPC. Hypothetically, you setup a pay per click campaign with Google Adwords and spend $500 during the week on an ad (and, little setup time is needed). Your ad generated 100 clicks on your ad and 20 of those opted-in. As a result – 20 leads acquired. $500 spend / 20 leads : Your Spend/Leads = $25 per lead.

A ‘pay time for leads strategy’ is Article Marketing. Hypothetically, your time is worth $200/hr and you spend 4 hours writing articles and 1 hour to submit your articles online to article marketing sites. Total time spent of 5 hours. As a result, 10 people opted-in – 10 leads acquired. $1,000 spend / 10 leads : Your Spend/Leads = $100 per lead.

Here’s the real kicker! Article Marketing is an organic traffic generation strategy. Which means? You can’t just post articles and expect to get immediate traffic and leads. It takes time for people to search and find your content and warm-up to what your content and what you offer. Whereas with PPC, your ad is immediately available online generating clicks and visits to your website within seconds of creation.

Now, before you think I’ve jumped off the organic traffic bandwagon and tell you to abandon organic traffic lead generation strategies and spend gobs of money buying a bunch of PPC ads – I’m not. You need to do both! An authentic list building strategy consists of both methods of generating leads. My example above just illustrates the point that whether you agree with paying for leads or not – you’re probably already indirectly paying for leads with the time you spend to organically generate those leads.

As an example, I’ve been doing nothing but article marketing and social media for two months and I’ve generated well over 250 highly qualified leads to my list. Now, within days – I’ve just setup my first PPC campaign for “authentic Internet marketing” and I have already added 7 people to my list!

Get it??? It pays to pay with PPC!

Don’t you fret… I’ll soon write another article about the “basics” and “how to” of setting up your first PPC campaign with the exact steps you need to get it done – easily!

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

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Want to use this article on your website or your own ezine? No problem! But here is what you MUST include:

Derek Fredrickson, Authentic Internet Marketing Specialist, is founder of the Authentic Internet Marketing System, the proven step-by-step program that shows you exactly how to authentically market your business online, in record time…guaranteed. To get your F.R.E.E. videos and receive his authentic internet marketing articles on attracting more leads and converting more sales online to multiply your current revenues, visit www.derekfredrickson.com.

Lets Talk ABC of SEO

I get this question all the time from clients and people I work with. “Derek, what exactly is SEO, why do I need it and how does it work. More importantly, what specifically do I need to do about SEO?

Well, let me explain it in very simple and easy to understand language so you can incorporate the right SEO strategy online for your business that will help you authentically build your list and get more clients.

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Simply put, SEO is the process of optimizing your website by improving the internal (behind-the-scenes web techy stuff) and the external (web content, pages, images, etc.) setup in order to increase traffic to your site from search engines like Google.

Why does my website need SEO?

The big commercial search engines – Google, Bing, AOL and Yahoo, drive a lot of web traffic. If your site cannot be easily found by search engines or your content cannot be put into their database, you miss out on an incredible opportunity available to websites who appear in the search engine results for the keywords you want to be associated with. As a result, less people who want to have what you have will be visiting your site. Whether your site provides content, services, products, or information, search engines are a primary method of navigation for almost all people online.

How does SEO work?

Search queries, the words that users type into the search box which contain terms and phrases best suited to your site, carry huge value. These “keywords” dictate what sites the search engines deem worthy of appearing in the results. To do that, search engines really have four main functions – crawling, building an index, determining relevancy & rankings and providing results. Crawling and indexing the zillions of documents, pages, files, news, videos and media on the Internet – and – providing answers to user search queries, through lists of relevant sites / pages via search results and rankings.

What do I do about SEO?

It comes down to doing what I call the ABC’s of SEO.

A is for Architecture

The architecture of your site is critical for SEO success. And, I don’t mean having tons of funky widgets and menu options on your site with flashy design or cool features. Your site needs to have the right framework – like a solid design and well-implemented architecture (i.e. like a house) to support the content and links within the site.

Think of the site like a house where the rooms, stairs and other internal parts of the house require a solid foundation – floors, walls, wiring, mechanics, etc. Without a solid internal architecture, the house (i.e. your site) won’t support it. Equally as important is the external architecture of the house to support the roof, siding, doors, windows, etc. The architecture matters on both the inside and outside.

B is for Back links

The more your site and individual pages are referenced by other sites – the more “back links” you have and the more the search engines will favor your site. It’s basically like other sites giving your site the “thumbs up” indicating they recommend or endorse your site.

One of the best ways to get back links is by submitting your articles to article directory sites like ezinearticles.com and submityourarticle.com. These are well respected and well known article directories. As a result, the search engines will “listen” to their recommendations based on the articles submitted on their site and linking back to your site and content. (Tip – always have a call to action at the end of your article to refer people back to your site so they can opt-in to your list!)

C is for Content

Any site won’t really amount for much in terms of SEO unless it provides good content. The content has to be keyword “rich” for the search terms you want to appear for and be extremely relevant and valuable for your visitors. Be sure to include the keyword terms and phrases in your content that would be relevant and valuable for your visitors.

For example, if you portray your site to be all about “skiing” in terms of the URL, site name and page names, etc. and you only talk about “underwater basket weaving” and nothing about skiing, people will click on your site and then click away. This tells the search engines your site is not providing useful content or relevant information for what it portrays to be providing. You have to provide high-content and high-value information using very useful and authentic content.

Follow these ABC’s of SEO and you’ll be on your way to improving the rankings of your site in the search engines and as a result – improving your authentic online marketing to build your list and get more clients!

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Your Assignment:

Follow my model of the ABC’s of SEO to review what’s in place for your site. [A – Architecture] Do you have a solid architecture in place for your website with the right menu items, images and content? If you’re using a stand-alone website, can you easily change it and update the content with new and fresh information? [B – Back links] I’m a huge believer in a solid article marketing strategy to ensure your high-quality and high-content articles are being distributed and picked up by high-profile article directories which the search engines love. Follow my recommendations for some of the article marketing sites above and ensure you have a call-to-action in each of your articles. [C – Content] You’ve got to put out really excellent content – nothing else. Make sure you’re giving as much as possible in the content you’re putting out – don’t hold back or think you’re giving away too much. I’m a firm believer the better the free content you provide, the better potential clients you will receive.

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