Category Archives: local internet marketing

QR code crash course

15 Feb 2012 | written by Matt Holyoak for the local internet marketing section(s)

QR code crash course

What is a QR Code?

QR codes (Quick Response codes) are like traditional barcodes, but on steroids. Traditional barcodes can only hold about 10–20 characters and information is read by a scanner in a linear, vertical format.

QR codes, on the other hand, store information like a traditional barcode in a vertical format, but also add information that is stored and read horizontally. This 2nd dimension is called a 2D matrix bar code. Because information is now stored horizontally and vertically, it gives QR codes the capability to store a larger number of characters than traditional bar codes: 4, 296 alphanumeric or 7,089 numeric characters, to be exact.[i] Read On

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How to Create Quality Content for Link Building

10 Nov 2011 | written by Erika Potter for the SEO, Social Networking, web site marketing strategies section(s)

How to Create Quality Content for Link Building

Link building is a hot topic in the SEO world. While there are thousands of factors that go into the ranking equation for each site, having high-quality links to your site is always a benefit. Not only do high-quality links help in the ranking equation, but they are also beneficial in drawing visitors to your site outside of search engine results pages. If you have the time and want to put forth the effort to do some link building for your site, guest posting on various blogs can be a great way to build quality links.  SEOMoz posted some great tips for blogger outreach a while ago. However, in order to get those quality links, you need to have quality content, too.  Here are a few tips to make sure you’re creating quality content for your link building strategy: Read On

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Five Tips for Revamping Your Site Content

18 May 2011 | written by Erika Potter for the internet marketing, web site marketing strategies section(s)

Five Tips for Revamping Your Site Content

Throughout my time in the SEO industry, I’ve had the chance to evaluate thousands of websites and  have taken many mental notes about factors that make a great site and those that don’t. Why does content matter? It’s simple: credibility. Without credibility, your chance of converting viewers into customers goes downhill fast. It’s vital that visitors to your site see your online business as a trusted resource for the product or service they’re searching for.

If you’ve taken on the task of personally creating and designing your site’s content, here are a few tips to make sure it’s not negatively affecting your image. Read On

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Spring has Sprung – Has Your Online Marketing?

12 Apr 2011 | written by Brandi Mensinger for the Events, Other, web site marketing strategies section(s)

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The Marketing Economics of Halloween Attractions

20 Oct 2010 | written by Dan Garfield for the Infographics, local internet marketing, Social Networking section(s)

The Marketing Economics of Halloween Attractions

With Halloween coming up, we were wondering how haunted houses, haunted forests, haunted corn mazes, and haunted laundromats did business, marketed their hauntings, and made money.

You’d figure that, in 2010, the number one marketing tool for these guys would be social media and the Internet but alas, it’s still the radio. Here’s some quick ideas of what haunt peddlers could do to take advantage of social media.

Take frightened pictures of your guests

Take patrons’ pictures when they’re screaming because that headless-zombie-Jason-look-alike-with-the-limp-and-baby-arms just jumped out and everyone screamed like they were at a Justin Bieber concert. But then give these pictures out for free. If it were me, I would have a kiosk setup outside where guests could claim their pictures by posting them straight to Facebook.

Use the power of video and scary pranks

In a brilliant move, a movie recently used Chatroulette to scare people by with a cute girl that goes all crazy demon possessed.  Haunt peddlers should rinse and repeat, record the reactions, and shared the love. Showing people that you can scare through the Internet will convince them that you can scare in person.

Use your theme to the Nth degree

If your haunted attraction has a theme like The Ring, tease it up by releasing your own 7-days till death video before the opening. Try to extend whatever themes you’re working with. For another example, across the street from the office I’m sitting in is a “Haunted Forest.” Why not go and haunt a popular forest spot to promote what you’re doing? Go hang Blair Witch symbols in the park everyone frequents and set up some clues that point back to what you’re doing. Then tease it up with videos, cryptic tweets, or whatever.

Okay, those are all the ones I could think of off the top of my head. Submit your ideas below or just checkout our infographic!

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What is a Nofollow?

15 Oct 2010 | written by AJ Wilcox for the SEO, web site marketing strategies section(s)

What is a Nofollow?
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This is a question I get all the time. In short, the nofollow attribute in HTML is a way for you to tag a link to suggest to the search engines that they ignore this link’s existence. When I say ‘ignore the link’, I mean that Google won’t use the link for any of the 3 ways that Google uses links. That means they won’t visit the link to find new content, they won’t give link popularity through it, and they won’t take the anchor text as a clue for what keyword the content should rank for.

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All Your Links are Belong to Us: How Google Uses Links

8 Oct 2010 | written by AJ Wilcox for the SEO, web site marketing strategies section(s)

All Your Links are Belong to Us: How Google Uses Links
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We know how humans use links – simply to redirect visitors to different resources. BORING! When Google came onto the scene, they innovated by introducing popularity into the search algorithm. The key to this popularity is linking. There are three ways that search engines use links to accomplish their purposes. These are:

1. Find new content to add to the index

2. To attribute popularity to the page being linked to

3. Anchor text as a clue to which keywords the content might be relevant for

Considering all the uses that search engines have for our links, it’s probably pretty important to make sure your linking strategy is sound.

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Creating Scalable Linkbuilding Processes

4 Oct 2010 | written by AJ Wilcox for the SEO, web site marketing strategies section(s)

Creating Scalable Linkbuilding Processes
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Anyone who’s ever read anything about SEO knows that building links is important, but what does it mean? There are potentially millions of reasons for one site to link to another

Everyone is looking for the silver bullet with linkbuilding – how to create a process where you can easily, quickly, cheaply, and reliably create links that count and make a difference in your rankings? I’ll tell you that there is no golden gun (James Bond reference, anyone?) for getting awesome links.

Scalable vs. Effective

In linkbuilding, scalability and effectiveness share an inverse relationship:

quality vs scalability tradeoff

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Turn Your Social Media “Peekers” into Faithful Followers

24 Sep 2010 | written by Aggie Villanueva for the Social Networking, web site marketing strategies section(s)

Turn Your Social Media “Peekers” into Faithful Followers

We work so diligently gaining our social media following it’s hard not to wince when someone unfollows or unfriends us. Of course it’s not personal. We also make similar decisions about the niche we follow. Think about it for a moment, why do you unfollow? Irrelevant posts? Boring? Too much self-promotion?

Now turn the tables and study your own posts. When people follow just to check you out and see if you’re worth the time and space you take up, it’s up to you to make yourself worth it to them.

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Your Online Reputation – It’s About Standing For Something

16 Sep 2010 | written by Clint Eagar for the internet marketing, Small Business Tips, Social Networking, web site marketing strategies section(s)

Your Online Reputation - It's About Standing For Something
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As an internet marketer, I hear a lot of talk about reputation management.  I was recently impressed by a great success story. It wasn’t really done to manage reputation, but to live up to one of the companies values statements: “Caring about our communities & our environment.” For most companies, I think a value statement like this is just lip service, so it was very refreshing to see a company actually living it. Like Cervantes said, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.” Read On

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