Search Engine Marketing Scholarship Contest Entries – October 30th

We’ve uploaded the final round of our SEM Scholarship Contest entries and the procrastinators finally came thru. :-)

The following 20 entries qualified for the week and we’ll track the traffic to each article over the next week. The most popular post of the week will secure the author one of four finalist positions for our grand prize giveaway.

Here’s the full list of article entries:

The Golden Rule of SEO

By James Bowden

Everything you need to know about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) you learned in kindergarten. Really. You may already know much more than you think.

The armies of programmers that create search engines work very hard to get computers to do a bad job of what you do in the blink of an eye: make a judgment about a web page that makes sense – common sense.

This article introduces the basic ideas behind Search Engine Optimization (SEO), using concrete examples to reinforce these principles. It also aims to teach you the information needed to make informed SEO decisions on your own.

In the beginning…

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10 Shortcuts for Successful SEO

By Ahmed Bilal

If you were given the task of summarizing the whole wealth of SEO knowledge in 10 concise tips, what would you come up with?

Here’s my list:

1. Buy / rent an old site

The benefits are well-documented, but an important factor often overlooked here is time. Yes, you can spend 6 months, put together all that content, get all those links, then wait for another 3 years while the site ‘matures’…but you don’t have that much time, do you?

Buying the ‘right’ site gives you a fantastic head-start in any niche,

You’ll always find ‘potential sites’ with owners who don’t have the time to tend to their website. There’s a growing awareness online on the value of websites, but in most niches you can still get good bargains.

2. Optimize Title tags

Are You Making These Costly Mistakes with Your Search Marketing?

By Y.M. Ousley

Every day, lots of search marketers make easily correctible mistakes that cost them time, traffic and conversions. This mistake is usually summed up in one of two ways: “I don’t bother with _____” or “______ is too expensive/time consuming/difficult to understand.â€?

Depending on your area of preference, that statement might conclude with PPC, SEO or Social Media. If you’re a whiz at managing paid search campaigns, an expert at obtaining top rankings in natural search results, or a MySpace marketing maverick, I’m not suggesting you change your primary focus – that would just be foolish. Even more of a mistake than abandoning your area of expertise for the hot new marketing trend though, is developing tunnel vision and ignoring the impact other marketing trends can have on your work.

Search Engine Optimization Overview

By Aman kumar

Search engine optimization, SEO, is about creating a website in such a way that it will appear higher in the search rankings. SEO is aimed at achieving the highest position in the organic listings on the search engine results pages. SEO is very useful for driving visitors through targeting the high volume, low intent generic phrases. To do this you need to define a list of keyphrases to work with. A website that’s optimized for search engines can reap huge benefits on to the website and ultimately the core business. A key benefit of SEO is that it is relatively cost-effective since there is no payment to the search engines for being placed there.

SEO is a long-term strategy. To identify the correct investment requires a long-term cost/benefit analysis.

The Ultimate Internet Marketing Article

By Ben Fremer

The following are some of my best trade secrets. Please only use them for Good.

This article has been developed as an internet marketing how-to for entrepreneurs and small businesses who make up 95% of businesses, yet are currently underserved by the professional search-marketing industry, and are often poorly self-served due to lack of expertise and time.

Let’s Begin.

A successful internet marketing program almost always beings with

Keyword Research.

It’s important to find out which of your services people are looking for, and in what quantity they are searching for them. One of the most popular free tools to see how many searches per month there are for your keywords is Yahoo’s Search History tool (http://inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion/).

The Five Pillars of Social Media Marketing

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So, in the late, late nights that I’ve spent making sense of and organizing Social Media Marketing, I’ve been able to find nothing that outlines strategies or fundamentals of Social Media Marketing. Yes, Rohit Bhargava created a post that kicked into gear the “5 Rules of Social Media Optimization (SMO).” After 20 days and much buzz in the blogosphere, it was expanded into 17 rules, with additions from all over the online marketing and business community’s thought leaders. And yet, while it’s an absolute must-read, there’s still no strategy outlining the fundamental strategies or tactics of Social Media Marketing.

That’s what I’ve racked my brain to figure out and this is what I define as the Five Pillars of Social Media Marketing.