4 Ways to Act Like a Social Media Jerk…& How to Avoid Them!

By Sheila Beal

If your brand, business or company seeks to harness the benefits of social media, you need to be aware of some pitfalls to avoid.

While social media can do wonders to help raise awareness and improve the sales of a business, if it’s not done well, it can also come back to haunt you. I’ve gone from being a raving fan of a business to being unlikely to ever patronize that business again, based on their poor social media skills.

Now, I’m not telling you that to make you scared to dip your toes in the social media pool. I’m only telling you this because I want you to be aware of some social media basic skills that can make or break your efforts.

Affiliate Marketers to Courts – Kill the Amazon Tax!

By Trisha Lyn Fawver

Oppose the Advertising TaxIf ever a cause was near & dear to me, this is definitely one of them. As an affiliate manager, affiliate marketing is my livelihood.  Over the last year, several states have introduced legislation defining affiliates as tax nexus for businesses.  This means that if a merchant has affiliates in a state with this kind of law, they are required to charge sales tax for all online orders made to customers in that state. 

This started in May 2008 with New York, and quickly spread to California, Minnesota, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Hawaii, and other states.  Affiliate marketing advocates were successful in stopping the laws from passing in most states, however Rhode Island and North Carolina have passed similar laws to New York. 

You Know You Work In Search When You…

By Chelsea Blacker

You know you work in search when you:

1. have more logins than you do pairs of socks.

2. friended Danny Sullivan before you met him.

3. don’t think you’re a Cuttlet.

4. typically have at least 3 different browsers open simultaneously.

5. have considered dating a college student/education professional to get links.

6. grocery shop and think “my average CPC is higher than that apple/steak/wine bottle.”

7. get really excited when your map overlay is light green in a 3rd world country.
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8. look for house numbers 404 and 300 with the same enthusiasm as house 69.

9. receive grammatically incorrect emails form India offering to write you copy.

15 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started as an Internet Marketer

By Chris Tynski

For anyone who’s joined and had success in the Internet Marketing world, there are likely a great number of things you have learned over the years that allow you to be successful today.

This list is compiled from my own experience with Internet marketing,  it consists of the top 5 lessons I’ve learned in 3 areas of Internet Marketing that I believe are essential to success.

These areas include:

Mentality/Frame of Mind

Business Direction

and Marketing Technique.

Mentality:

1. Fake it till you make it.

When you start out with Internet Marketing, you WILL be overwhelmed.   The breadth and depth of this field is staggering, and it’s changing every day.  Don’t let this deter you. Trust that you will eventually “get it” , it will come together, and you will begin to see the big picture soon enough.

Why Iran, Perez Hilton, and The US Open relate to SEO

By Frankie Fredericks

“There is only now.”  Eckhart Tolle

A common problem for those who have already optimized their website, and have created a wide array of content across social media outlets and networks is how to fight the traffic stagnation that comes after the initial launch of your comprehensive search engine optimization and online marketing campaign.  The key to fighting this is as true in traditional marketing as it is in search engine optimization and management.  This key is relevancy.

Whether you are selling a product or service, promoting a mission, campaigning for a politician, or just pushing for internet PR, you must cater to the impeding change of focus from static content of websites to fresh content available on blogs and social networks.  Such things as Twitter Trends and blog search engine WhosTalkin.com.  In short, your content must be relevant to now, as in THIS MOMENT.

Game Changing Principles – Enabler SEO

By Paige Filler

Let me preface this post by saying: If you don’t take the time to read you will miss out on the massive prizes below. Really. And it’s easy to win, no skills required.

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Read on…

An Experiment in Social Web

It is starting to feel like the 60s again with everyone ‘experimenting’ (on the web). So, I figure the time has come for a little experiment of my own…(I’m Paige by the way).

Paige Filler

Enabler SEO

So, what is “Enabler SEO”? Well, it is a term I made up especially for you (I am sure it has many other names), but nonetheless it’s a principle, so you are welcome to call it what you want. Here is how it goes:

9 SEO Tips for Attractive Search Engine Friendly Web Design

By Justin Briggs

SEO: time-intensive, ever changing, and highly misunderstood. Creating a website design that is appealing, while also search engine friendly, is one of the hardest parts about SEO web design.

If you’re a designer, are your designs really search friendly?

A lot of misconceptions about SEO still exist in the web design community and many designers, who have at least some knowledge, are often acting with outdated information. Once a designer understands the value of SEO, there is still the concern of how to keep a design attractive, while also being search friendly.