Link bait is content on your website that other sites link to because they want to, not because you ask them to.
Whether it’s an evergreen blog post, a helpful eBook, or a viral video, the linkable asset comes in many forms. Let’s take a look at the types and a few examples of link bait and discuss how proactive content marketing can help your website garner more links. Shall we?
DISCLAIMER: We’ve had this information published on our site for quite some time and it was due for an update. Although this is not a groundbreaking post, its significant impact on the success of your SEO strategy stands. (more…)
After 5 long happy years with my iPhone 4, I finally upgraded to an iPhone 6 last month. Getting my old phone to send a text message was hard enough, so I didn’t even bother to download the Google Analytics (GA) app when it was released in 2014.
Well, it’s a new year with a new device and I’ve finally downloaded the mind-blowing GA app.
The mobile app has only had 1.3 million lifetime downloads at the time of writing, despite the fact that there are over 10 million websites using Google Analytics. To put that into perspective, Candy Crush Saga has 97 million downloads, according to xyo.net.
I’m out to roundup all the stragglers who haven’t downloaded the free app yet, and to get their clients using it too! (more…)
In the beginning, you launched your business’s website complete with Google Analytics (GA) tracking code. You wanted to do everything right, so you followed best practices and spontaneously created a few goals in GA.
At the time, life was simple and you were thrilled if someone viewed a product detail page on your site. So thrilled in fact that you called it a GOALLLL!
Times were different then, and so was your website. Let’s jump ahead 5 years. Now you’re getting 5 or 10 times more traffic per month, hypothetically. Your goals in GA, however, haven’t changed since day one.
Are you still measuring the success of your website effectively? (more…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
To 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!