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From Brain To Blog – How to Work with Industry Experts

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The Scenario:

You’re developing web content for an industrial B2B company that has 20+ employees, most of whom are experts in their field. Their premier product is highly technical and in a niche market that is traditionally offline, as are many B2B businesses. Their site and its audience are relatively small, but growing rapidly.

Because this particular industry was so slow to migrate to a digital world, the competition isn’t incredibly high. This means that, hypothetically, keyword-targeted high-quality content rich with expert information could easily rank well.


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It sounds simple, but getting a handful of industry veterans to contribute content by writing down the wealth of knowledge in their brains is no field day. The expert’s first question is typically, “What do you want to know?” It’s a valid question. If I worked in the industry for 20+ years and someone asked me to write, I’d likely respond with a similar remark.

So how does one coax information from an expert’s brain? This question becomes more challenging when you are not an expert in the industry yourself. Here are a few of my tried-and-true solutions: (more…)

Reminder: Include Macro Goals in Your Social Strategy

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The topic of social media is becoming increasingly popular, as shown in the Google Trends chart below. From the outside looking in you might say that social media is the “cool guy” at the digital marketing party. I have chosen to pick on social media strategists for this very reason. However, my point is relevant to all marketers. (more…)

How to Learn PPC from the Ground Up

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During the start of my professional career, I stubbornly favored SEO and never entertained the idea of picking up some PPC skills in my free time. As time went on, the sands began to shift and I was asked to do some “light” work in paid advertising. I quickly became overwhelmed by the complicated user interface that had enough options to keep you clicking for days.

The flaw in my approach is obvious now, but hindsight is 20/20. I tried to jump into the middle of an intricate setup and understand it by clicking around, which was ineffective and a waste of my time. It was then that I realized I had to learn PPC from the ground up.

I learned the most and the fastest by planning, creating, managing, and tweaking my own AdWords account. These are the three most insightful things I learned from building a paid search account from the ground up: (more…)

2014 Free SEO Training for Pittsburgh Students & Non-Profits

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In 2013, LunaMetrics hosted its first free SEO training, designed for local students and recent graduates and partnering with local non-profit organizations. The event was so successful for all who attended that LunaMetrics will offer the free training again this year, over the weekend of October 18-19.

The students who were chosen to participate in last year’s program left with knowledge of SEO best practices and experience optimizing a website for search engine traffic. These employable skills and experiences could be added to their professional résumés to help kickstart their professional careers in essentially any field.

LaToya Johnson, then a Carlow University MBA student, participated in the 2013 training. She gave this advice, “…I would encourage other students to take advantage; not only will you gain knowledge, great networking opportunities, and a certificate. You may also discover a passion that you didn’t know that you possessed.” (more…)

5 Intriguing Thoughts from SMX Advanced 2014

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The SEO sessions at SMX Advanced 2014 were filled with great wisdom and advice from several of the industry’s most authoritative thought leaders. After attending two full days of back-to-back sessions, the multitude of topics discussed in-depth can make it challenging to distinguish the key takeaways.

I reviewed my notes and live tweets and found a few quotes that stuck with me following the conference. Here were the most intriguing thoughts at SMX Advanced 2014: (more…)

Top 5 Must-See SEO Sessions at SMX Advanced Seattle

In a couple of weeks, I will be attending the 2014 SMX Advanced conference in Seattle, WA. This is my first search marketing conference, and I couldn’t be more excited to be locked in a room with a bunch of SEO and PPC nerds (like me) from June 10-12. I’ve reviewed this year’s agenda more times than I’m willing to admit. (more…)

Peeps Diorama Competition At LunaMetrics!

Peeps-Logo1To celebrate our survival through the harsh winter and welcome spring, LunaMetrics held a cut-throat Peeps Diorama competition! All LunaMetricians were given the opportunity to create and submit a diorama depicting a major news or entertainment event from the past year. There was only one rule; all entries must contain a peep! The competition ran throughout the month of April. On April 30th, the employees of LunaMetrics cast their votes for their favorite diorama and chose one peep to rule them all!

Read on to view the five entries, then pick your favorite and see if it was the same as our grand prize winner!

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Which Famous SEO Expert Are You?

Which Search Engine Are You?

search enginesYou’ve probably taken more personality quizzes than you are comfortable to admit, but never one like this. We’ve analyzed qualities of six of the most popular search engines and developed a highly sophisticated quiz to match your personality to a search engine. There’s a lot of science and complicated personality theories involved, but who cares about that! More importantly there are hand-picked GIFs and YouTube videos sprinkled throughout the quiz.

So take your time, watch some videos, and by the end of your self examination and a little soul searching you will know which search engine you are! Will it be Google? Bing? Proceed and find the answer. Please share by clicking the social buttons above. Thanks for taking LunaMetrics’ quiz, and enjoy!
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The Easy Guide to SEO Basics for Editors

mind the gapIn a company, more particularly a content publishing company, there exists a gap between the editorial staff and the SEO team. It is the purpose of the editorial staff to create content while the purpose of the SEO team is to get the content seen by as many people as possible. The gap I am speaking of lies between the writing skills of the editorial team and the valuable knowledge of the SEO team. This new, unique guide was created with the intention to fill that gap within your company by providing your editorial staff with a minimal and essential understanding of SEO.

Editors and copywriters are hesitant to spend any of their limited free time on learning about another industry’s best practices. After all, they have spent their lives perfecting their own trade. Instead, internal or external SEO teams spend time doctoring up the articles so that they will rank better for a keyword family that the author did not define himself or herself. The purpose of the article or intent of the author can get lost in that process and the value of the content is diminished. (more…)