How to Find Contact Info and Social Profiles with ManyContacts

One of my favorite things about the internet is being able to connect with millions of people around the world, without ever needing to pick up the phone of worry about when someone is available. Thanks to email and social media, not only has it never been so easy, it’s also never offered such an opportunity for networking with others.

A great example of this is in online marketing and entrepreneurship. Sure, guys like Tony Robbins and Mark Cuban might be wishful thinking when it comes to emailing them and getting a response, but there is whole world of experts and professionals who take the time to respond to their emails and social media conversations. I happen to be one of them.

With all of this being said, the internet has completely changed the way we connect with each other. However, you still need to know where and how to find the right people and how to best get in touch with them.

Take myself for example. If you wanted to get in touch with me, you can use the contact form on this site, or try to find me on social media. This can be a time consuming and tedious process if you don’t know where to look. I recently came across a service called ManyContacts which makes the process of outreach and finding contact information online much easier. Best of all, it’s free and can really add some value to your business and outreach process.

ManyContacts – How to Find Anyone’s Contact Info

Everyone has their own preferred way to connect with others online. I personally prefer Email, Twitter, and Facebook. Other people might like LinkedIn or Google+. While email is the standard for connecting with others, it isn’t always the best or most immediate option. It’s also always a good idea to follow someone on social media and share their content before trying to approach them with a new opportunity or asking for a favor.

This is where a handy tool like ManyContacts comes into play.

Since most people are using Gmail these days, it was brilliant for the company to create a free Google Chrome extension that makes the tool extremely easy to use. You can download it through the link and will also see a screenshot of it through the chrome web store below.

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Once you’ve installed the application, you can then start putting it to use right away. Since the app works right within Gmail, all you need to do is make sure it’s activated and then hover over any email within your account and instantly see all of the social network profiles associated with that email account. You can see this in action in the video below.

As mentioned earlier, if this was something you wanted to accomplish manually it would be quite an annoying and tedious process. Not only would you have to run over to Google and do a search for a name or email address on Twitter or Facebook, you would also have to sort through everyone with that shares the same name as well. ManyContacts isn’t just a free tool, it’s also dead simple to use.

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Once you come across a name or email in your Gmail account, all you need to do is click on the social profile icon to access their page. This will load up their profile in a new browser tab, where you can connect with them or share, like, follow in a matter of a few clicks.

ManyContacts Works with Many Websites

While many of us are currently using Gmail on a daily basis, what about everyone who isn’t? Simple… the ManyContacts Chrome extension was built to integrate within your existing Gmail workflow, but also allowing for you to search email addresses across multiple domains, websites and email providers as well.

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Once you have the Chrome extension installed in your browser, you will also have access to a button on the right of your address bar as well. This will typically look like a shortcut for the app, but it’s actually much more.

Click this icon button and the ManyContacts tool will automatically extract all the emails listed on the current webpage you are browsing. The end result is a full list of not just email addresses, but also each social profile to go along with them. You can also download the full list or run a custom search of your own.

As online marketers, entrepreneurs and branding experts… I’m sure you can instantly imagine what’s possible through the use of a tool like this.

Performing Manual Checks on the ManyContacts Site

In addition to the chrome extension offered by ManyContacts, they also have a website that anyone can use as well. This is perfect if you want to access their features, but might be using a shared computer or simply on the go and want to run a quick search.

All you have to do is visit their website and enter an email address of your choice. ManyContacts will then put together a nice report right within the browser of that person’s profile, email address and all of their associated social profiles. It’s not as thorough as the application, but it’s still quite amazing. You can even run multiple email checks at the same time.

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Using ManyContacts as a Business Tool

ManyContacts is a great tool for scanning through emails and finding potential contacts on different social networks, but it’s also a great tool for business as well. ManyContacts also offers a business solution where data can be pulled together instantly after someone completes a form on your site. After all, why lower your conversion rate by having someone fill in their name and social profile information when an application like ManyContacts can do it all for you?

Take a look at the video below to learn more about how this is done, and why businesses of all sizes would find this type of solution useful.

All-in-all, ManyContacts is quite an amazing and useful application. It’s free to use and simple enough for anyone to get started within a matter of minutes. Download the free Chrome extension and start playing around with ManyContacts and see for yourself.

8 Strategies Super-Successful People Use to Accomplish More

Here we are, just weeks away from the closure of yet another year. As a new year is just around the corner, it’s important not to just look ahead, but to also look back at the one that is currently coming to a close. Instead of just thinking about how you are going to make 2017 your best year ever, you first need to ask yourself a few questions about the current one.

  • Did 2016 work out the way you expected it to?
  • How many of your goals did you hit or surpass?
  • Of the goals you missed… why didn’t you achieve them?
  • Are you going to approach 2017 with a different action plan for success?
  • What are your goals for 2017 and how are you going to achieve them?

The truth is, it’s easy to make a goal… but it’s extremely hard to achieve them — especially when you don’t have an actionable plan in place.

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New Years Resolutions at a Glance

Did you start off the year with a resolution of your own? Most likely you did… and one of them is probably even listed below among the “top five New Years resolutions” that are made almost every year. (source)

37% – Stay fit and healthy
32% – Lose weight
28% – Enjoy life to the fullest
25% – Spend less, save more
19% – Spend more time with family and friends

Now let’s take a look at some statistics on how successful these resolutions usually are. (source)

News Years Resolution Statistics Data

38% – Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year’s Resolutions 38%
8% – Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution 8%
49% – Percent who have infrequent success 49%
24% – Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year 24%

The reasons for this mass failure (92%) is clear. The majority of resolutions will never have an action or goal plan in place. Instead, they are just made on a whim, during a drunken midnight celebration. But at the same time… they are continually made year after year.

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Now think about how you would feel if you actually hit a few of your goals or surpassed them! Not only would you feel great, I’m sure you would also be counting down the days until New Years to get started with your next resolutions and goal setting targets.

The good news is, the best time to prepare for success, is before you even get started.

Actionable Tips on How to Have Your Best Year Ever

In order to have the best year ever, you must know what you want in both life and business, but also how to achieve them. This is where most people are left in dark, and simply try to figure it all out on their own.

Michael Hyatt is a best-selling author, entrepreneur and mentor to millions of people around the world through his public speaking, books, blogs, and podcast. In addition to everything else previously mentioned, he is also an expert at goal setting, creating action plans and teaching others how to find success in both life and business.

With the new year right around the corner, Michael just released his free PDF report on how to “Achieve What Matters Most in 2017“. It’s 100% free to download and include 8 strategies from super-successful people that are already implementing these tips into their own lives and business.

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Best of all, it’s an extremely fast and simple read through. As you can see in the screenshot below, each page of the report is beautiful in design, loaded with profile pictures and also broken apart in a way that it’s all easy to read through and absorb in the process.

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Industry experts featured in the report include Tony Robbins, Jeff Walker, Ray Edwards, Jeff Goins, Derek Halpern, Lewis Howes, Dave Ramsey, Andrew Warner, Pay Flynn and more — each providing their own actionable tips on how to get more out of your time, life and business.

Click here to download Michael Hyatt’s free report, and start implementing actionable decisions to make 2017 your best year ever!

3 Must-Use SEO Analyzers to Rank Ahead of the Competition

The secret to finding success on the internet isn’t about coming up with the next big million dollar idea, or simply creating content better than the competition — it’s about continually adapting your website and business with the changing times and environment around you. A perfect example of this can be seen in the world of content management and SEO. We all know the important of ‘great content’, gaining backlinks and ranking in the search results, but far too many of us stop right after the latest publication goes live on our sites.

What site owners, brands, and businesses should be focusing on is the actual foundation of their sites, content, and link structures, while also looking for anywhere improvements can be made — and when it comes to content and SEO, there is always going to be more room for improvement.

To help with this process, I wanted to provide my audience with a list of the best options available when it comes to SEO analyzers. The way these tools work is extremely simple. All you need to do is plug in your site URL, then the SEO analyzer gets to work and spits out a nifty report for you on what improvements can be made to your site. While the concept of analyzing your site and SEO is nothing new, it’s still something that many site owners continue to neglect, which is why it can give your site a huge advantage over the competition if you decide to put in the time, work and effort.

3 SEO Analyzer Tools Every Site Owner Should Use

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SEO Analyzer

Neil Patel has some of the most powerful and successful sites on the internet today. Not just in the eyes of his audience, but also in reference to Google and search ranking power as well. This is mainly as a result of his great content, numerous references on other sites and also the powerful tools that he offers to his audience.

One such tool is his SEO Analyzer, which is free to use, while also being extremely clean and easy to follow in the process. Through the screenshot above, you can see where you would enter in your own site URL and then add three competitor sites as well. This will allow you to not only analyze your own site, but also your competition as well. 

There are four main component’s to this SEO Analyzer, which are:

  • SEO Analysis – If you want more search traffic all you have to do is follow the website analysis report. It will point out all of the SEO errors you need to fix in order to increase your rankings.
  • Content Marketing – Wondering what you should be blogging on? The content marketing report will show you the popular articles on your blog as well as your competitors’ sites so that you can write content that goes viral.
  • Marketing Checklist – Feeling overwhelmed? There are a lot of things you can do to grow your traffic and sales, but I’ll prioritize them for you, so that way you focus on what’s important and get results.
  • Competitive Intelligence – Are you wondering why your competitors are doing better than you? Well, you won’t guess anymore. Through the competitive analysis report you’ll be able to dissect your competition and compete with them.

After clicking the “Analyze” button, you will then be given a report on your site (based off each of the four factors above)… which includes Page Level SEO Score, Speed Score, Site Viewing Screenshots, content marketing reports and competition analysis. Reports can also be downloaded to PDF for continued viewing.

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SEMRush Site Audit

When it comes to premium SEO tools and tracking, SEMRush is a name you’ve likely seen and used before. While the service offers much more than SEO analysis, we are going to stick with that feature for that concept of this article. Through their “Site Audit” project management tool, you can handle all aspects of your site, it’s content, ranking scores and overall SEO.

You can see an example of one of their reports above. In the “Overview” section of the report, you can quickly get an idea on the general health of a site through the listed Errors, Warnings, and Notices, while also being given a Total Score.

  • Errors: Broken internal links, Returned Codes, Broken External Links, Broken Images
  • Warnings: Missing ALT Attributes, Duplicate H1 Tags
  • Notices: NoFollow Attributes, Blocked by Crawler

Another great feature of SEMRush and their Site Audit tool, is that you can make any recommended changes to your site, then run the report again and see how a site’s score improves almost instantly. As with Neil Patel’s SEO Analyzer, SEMRush also lets you take a look at the competition as well.

SEMRush is a premium tool, which has several premium plans to choose from (starting at $69/m), but they also offer a free trial account with limitations as well.

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SEO Site Checkup

Another free SEO Analysis tool on the market is SEO Site Checkup — which is extremely fast, simple and easy to use. You can enter your URL on the main page to pull a quick SEO report, or you can sign up for a free account and have access to ongoing stats for your site. The option is also there to upgrade (starting at $19.95/m) to access even more features.

After running a free report from their main page (or within your member account), you will see a full report like the one above — which includes.

  • Common SEO Issues – A review of existing meta tags, descriptions, Google search preview, keyword usage and more.
  • Speed Optimizations – HTML Page Size Test, Compression Test, Image Tags, Minification Tests and more.
  • Server and Security – URL Canonicalization, HTTPS Test, Safe Browsing, Plaintext Emails Test
  • Mobile Usability – Mobile Snapshot of site, Media Query Responsive Test
  • Advanced SEO – Microdata Schema Test, Noindex Tag Checker, Canonical Tag Checker, NoFollow Checker

All in all, it’s a pretty advanced report that site owners can get their hands on for free, simply by entering their email address and creating a trial account.

Run an SEO Analyzer Test on Your Site Right Now

It doesn’t matter what niche market you are in, or what you are trying to rank for… you are doing yourself a huge disservice if you aren’t actively monitoring the health of your site, it’s content, usability and search rankings.

Choose any (or all) of the SEO Analyzers above and run a quick report today!

8 Effective Tools for Monitoring the Buzz Surrounding Your Brand

Your customers could be liking, mentioning and tweeting about your brand online, but if you aren’t keeping track of this buzz, you can’t take advantage of it. However, with so many platforms in the online space, how can you ensure that you’re catching every brand mention?

That’s where social monitoring tools come into play. Using a tool that monitors online mentions is a great way to safeguard against missing important buzz. Let these tools do the work for you when it comes to tracking brand mentions.

From a simple Facebook search to a service like SEMrush that sends out daily emails, these eight entrepreneurs from YEC share their favorite tools for monitoring online brand buzz.

1. Facebook and Twitter Search

kris-jones The easiest manual way to keep track of brand mentions on social media is to simply use Facebook and Twitter search. Both search engines provide you with a list of all mentions of your brand. At least once a month, you should leverage Google Trends to analyze how your brand mentions are trending over time. –

Kristopher Jones, LSEO.com

2. Mention

rahul-varshneyaWe use Mention to monitor conversations and coverage surrounding our brand. You can set it up to listen to the conversations across social media channels, blogs and websites for your personal and company brand. Mention also makes it simple to respond to social media mentions directly from their interface. –

Rahul Varshneya, Arkenea LLC

3. Inoreader

vik-patelI’m a heavy RSS user. It’s not a fashionable technology, but it’s effective for keeping an eye on published content in my field. My RSS reader of choice is Inoreader, which includes a feature for searching all the public RSS feeds that it has indexed. I have a number of active searches related to our brand and on relevant topics so I can quickly see when and where we’re mentioned in the media. –

Vik Patel, Future Hosting

4. Rankur

zach-binderRankur is one of my favorite tools because it scours everything online to see if there is buzz surrounding my brand and where. It hits the most current and relevant content related to my brand, and delivers it continually so I’m always informed.

Zach Binder, Ranklab

5. Google Alerts

leila-lewisThe quickest way is to set up Google Alerts so that every time your company is mentioned, you’re notified. You can’t monitor the whole internet, but Google can! When people post positively about your company, help spread that message by sharing it on social media. If negative comments arise, reach out to the author directly to resolve the issue.

Leila Lewis, Be Inspired PR

6. Ahrefs

brandon-laughridgeEven though the name might look like jibberish, Ahrefs is a fast-growing tool for SEO and online PR types alike. I consolidated my alerts for our brand mentions and our important keywords into its simple dashboard. It’s more robust than Google Alerts, by far. –

Brandon Laughridge, PolicyZip

7. Brandwatch

brian-lischerBrandwatch is an insanely powerful tool for monitoring buzz surrounding your brand. It gives you access to data from over 80 million sources, including social networks, blogs, news sites and forums. With charting, categorization, sentiment analysis and more, Brandwatch provides a comprehensive look at who’s talking about your brand, plus actionable ways to use that data.

Brian Lischer, Ignyte

8. SEMrush

matthew-paulsonSEMrush is traditionally thought of as a search engine marketing tool, but it also offers a great brand monitoring service. Every day, we get an email that contains a summary of new search results that mention the name of our brand. Whenever anyone mentions our name on a website, we’ll know about it because of the daily email that SEMrush sends out.

Matthew Paulson, MarketBeat.com (American Consumer News, LLC)

 

Keep Your Reputation Clean By Always Knowing What’s Going On

Now that you’ve read some of the best methods and tools for monitoring your reputation online, it’s time to start taking action. In addition to all of the resources, tools, and references above, I’d also like to share the following two resources with you as well. Be sure to read through them, as they are loaded up with the latest tools, tricks, and methods being used to protect name brands, social media mentions and reputations on the internet today.

  • 97 Resources to Better Manage Your Online Reputation
  • How to Protect Your Online Reputation with a Blog

9 Top Influencer Blogs to Follow in 2017

The world of online business is like no other industry in the world. Not only does it provide the opportunity for anyone in the world today get started with a blog, brand or business of their own at minimal costs, it also offers online training and resources guides like no other industry as well.

For example… if you wanted to start a retail pizza location and went to a local competitor for advice or questions, they would likely tell you to get lost! Online it’s a completely different story. Not only can you find an unlimited amount of resources and guides to learn from, you can actually send emails to experts around the world and actually get useful advice in the process.

In short, for entrepreneurs wanting to run a business, they have a world of opportunity right in their hands. All they need to do is put in the time and effort to make big things happen.

To help with this process, I wanted to provide you with a list of nine different blogs that you should be following in 2017. Not only are each of these blogs extremely useful, the people behind them are must follow and create some excellent content in the process.

Let’s get started!

Follow these 9 Influencer Blogs in 2017

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Neil Patel

When it comes to internet marketing or anything related to lead generation and traffic growth online, there is a good chance you’ve ended up on one of Neil Patel’s sites. Both NeilPatel.com and QuickSprout.com are two of the most popular internet marketing blogs on the internet today. Not only are they popular, the value on them is quite intense. Most articles are well over 1,000 words and include references to real examples and case studies to further stress the points. Neil Patel is definitely a name to follow as we move into 2017, as he will continue to share what’s working in the industry today, then and beyond.

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Gary Vaynerchuk

Looking back at previous years, it’s been pretty exciting to see what Gary Vaynerchuk has accomplished. Through his earlier days at Wine Library, when he was creating short wine review videos with just a handful of viewers, to now performing keynotes to audiences of thousands — it’s been quite a ride for both Gary and his audience. Even more exciting is how Gary continues to engage, bring in new audiences and scale with time. If you aren’t currently following Gary’s blog and social media outlet, you definitely need to get him on all of your lists right now.

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Jeremy Schoemaker

Better known as “ShoeMoney”, Jeremy has found massive success in the world of affiliate and online marketing. While ShoeMoney.com is his platform for letting the world know what he is currently working on, or just what’s on his mind, his best money makers and success has come from his passionate side projects. From a fun ringtones website that made him over $100k in just one month from Google Adsense, to selling multiple websites and businesses for millions, Jeremy has done it all — while also being extremely helpful and sharing his success with others along the way. No matter where the industry is headed, Jeremy will be there to revolutionize it along the way.

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John Lee Dumas

JLD is a money making God in the world of podcasting. Just a few years ago John was at a point in life where he was depressed, had no idea where he was going to find a job… or even going live. Jump forward to today and he’s one of the most successful independent podcasters of our time. Having taught thousands of individuals how to start a podcast of their own through his podcast EOFire and online course, Podcast Paradise, John has had single month revenues in the $500,000 range. Definitely, add John Lee Dumas as a name to watch as the podcasting industry continues to flourish in months and years to come.

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Brian Clark

In previous years, Brian started out as a blogger, while quickly becoming a full-fledged entrepreneur in the process. His blog at Copyblogger.com was extremely popular, but Brian knew he had to come up with new ways to grow his business over time. Now he’s the brains behind the Copyblogger (RainMaker) platform, which allows site owners, bloggers, and brand manage all aspects of their content under one powerful platform. No matter where the industry is headed in the coming years, Brian will be there to make sure content creation and promotion is managed as effectively as possible.

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Syed Balkhi

Syed is a perfect example of someone who started out as a blogger, then took full advantage of what WordPress and the industry had to offer. Through his blog at WPBeginner.com, Syed has helped millions of site owners and bloggers with any possible questions they could possibly ask. Taking that success to a whole new level, Syed started to get active in the software space, launching OptinMonster — one of the most downloaded and purchased WordPress plugins of all times. One of the most exciting things about Syed and his businesses is how they’ve continued to adapt over the years. Be sure to add his name and network of sites to your reading list.

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John Rampton

If you frequent the likes of Entrepreneur, Inc and Huffington Post, you’ve likely seen many articles from John Rampton ranking at the top of their sites. While John’s blog is a great place for you to find what he’s currently speaking at and working on, you will likely find most of his content through his writing on Entrepreneur and Forbes. Why is John Rampton a name to watch moving into 2017? Simply because he is writing on all the big stories and trends that huge media outlets want you to know about.

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John Chow

In the world of blogging, John Chow is a name known by many. Love him or hate him, he’s discovered the process of how to start a blog (where he would first post pictures of his dinner), to making millions of dollars online. John first started with the concept of blogging to keep his friends and family updated with what was going on in his life. Then he started talking about how to make money online… then he actually put those efforts into action. Over the years, John’s methods of monetization are continually changing, and that’s just one of the many reasons to follow his blog in the coming years.

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Sujan Patel

Sujan Patel is likely a name that you’ve also seen mentioned throughout the industry, as he’s worked alongside big name brands like LinkedIn, Expedia, Zillow and Yahoo to help bring their businesses to that next level. He’s also been featured in various publications like Entrepreneur, Forbes, and WSJ — while also contributing to many of them. Sujan is a game changer and with his main focuses on growth hacking, branding, and SEO, he’s sure to cover the working methods and topics for years to come. Be sure to check out his blog for what’s working in the world of internet marketing today and for months to come.

There you have it… my personal list of nine entrepreneur bloggers that you should be following in the new year. While there are plenty of other entrepreneurs and marketing experts to follow, I highly recommend you add each of these greats to your online reading material list. Don’t forget… it’s not just about reading and following up on others… it’s all about putting what they have to say and inspire into action!

12 Ways to Increase Website Traffic Without Blowing Your Budget

When starting a new website, blog or business on the internet, it’s not just about the content you create. Sure, it’s going to be one of the most important aspects of it — but at the end of the day, it really comes down to your content promotion and getting traffic to your site.

In short, this is just a big numbers game. With over a billion active websites on the internet today, how are you ever going to complete?

The answer is simple — create better content than your competition, provide more value, and then put in the marketing effort to make sure your audiences finds it. At this point in the game, focusing solely on “great content” will likely get you nowhere.

However, not everyone has a massive budget that they can blow through each month, just to get traffic flowing to the site. On the flip side, there are plenty of “free” methods for increasing exposure, backlinks, and traffic to your site as well. To further stress this point, I thought it would be a great idea to ask 12 different entrepreneurs and business owners from the YEC community this same question — “What is the best way to increase website traffic without blowing through your budget?

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12 Expert Tips for Increasing Traffic to Your Website or Blog

1. Create Social Media Content

There’s no cost to generate a solid social following, outside of time and creativity. When done correctly, you can then push that captive audience to any website you want. Focus on being genuine and authentic, pull in followers that truly want to engage with your brand and don’t be overly promotional. Share information that will be helpful and useful, mixed in with some calls-to-action

– Jonathan LongMarket Domination Media

2. Contribute Guest Posts to High Traffic Sites

Even if you don’t have much money for marketing, you are rich with knowledge. Identify a few different websites that have a lot of traffic and contribute your knowledge to those sites. Give away the farm and create something immensely valuable for that site. Link back to your site, use a popup to collect emails from the inbound traffic influx and begin creating your audience.

– Brett FarmiloeMarkitors

3. Build One Incredible Piece of Content

Great content is the path to more traffic. Don’t just write filler two-paragraph blog posts. Put all of your energy into creating one incredible piece of content like a piece of software, in-depth video lesson or webinar series.

– John RoodNext Step Test Preparation

4. Email a Link to Your Site

Find out who your ideal target person is and email them a link to your site, and a brief explanation of why they would be interested. Qualified traffic is more valuable than lots of junk from a funny social post.

– James McDonoughSEE Forge

5. Hit the Streets

In today’s digital era, hitting the streets means roaming the web looking for interactions. Engaging in other’s work will draw attention to your work as well (make sure your content presentation is on lock). The web isn’t a one-way street. By posting on other’s threads, you’re not only visible to them, but to other people that are in their social media circles.

– Andrew NammingaAndesign

6. Leverage Industry Influencers

In marketing, one of the easiest ways to reach new customers without paying a fortune is by tapping influencers who already have a captive audience of fans and followers. Find influencers who would appreciate your product or service and partner with them to promote your brand. Many will be willing to do it for free, while others would be happy to take an affiliate commission.

– Firas KittanehAmerisleep

7. Manage Your Online Reputation

It doesn’t cost a penny to be on Angie’s List, Yelp, Better Business Bureau, Facebook, Google+ and Yellow Pages. Survey your customers first to make sure you can stop negative reviews in their tracks. Then, syndicate the positive ones all over the internet by asking for feedback on sites your customers belong to.

– Tommy MelloA1 Garage Door Service

8. Feature Trending Topics

Using buzzwords or writing about trending topics is the best way to generate website traffic and rise up in search engine results without paying a penny. At my agency, we make sure to pay attention to trending topics in the media and write about them ASAP. Whether it’s a new Instagram update or the latest video game, quick turnaround time is crucial because you want to strike while searches for these topics are at their highest.

– Bryanne LawlessBLND Public Relations

9. Take Advantage of Word of Mouth

Get others talking about you to do the legwork for you. This includes telling friends, family, colleagues and others who, in turn, can share it with others. They can pass around your website address or share it on their own social media sites and emails.

– Drew HendricksButtercup

10. Participate in Forum Discussions

We participate in several LinkedIn forums and other online forums where we know our clients come for help. If we make good contributions, users click on our profile and visit our website. It doesn’t cost us anything, and it also improves our digital reputation because it shows our clients that we are very dynamic in the community. Try it.

– Piyush JainSIMpalm

11. Produce Video Content

Create interesting content about your product, service or industry with an engaging video. Everyone has access to video on their phone, laptop or tablet. Whether on-the-go or at home, video is accessible and more engaging than text. As long as your content is captivating, people will share it and become more interested in your brand, which will bring them to your website.

– Stanley MeytinTrue Film Production

12. Blog Often

You need to have a blog. Blogs are very cheap, and often free! They’re also super easy to use and are a great way to start generating website traffic. Get a content director working on it right away and make sure to blog often. Your content should be relevant to your product, and at the same time interesting to read. Happy blogging!

– Manick BhanRukkus

If you enjoyed this expert round up, I highly recommend you check out another one on BloggingTips.com which asks 83 online marketing experts the question “How Do I Start a Successful Blog?“. The answers above are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 

5 Working Examples of How to Find SEO Success in 2017

Welcome to the fourth quarter. If you’ve been running your own business, freelancing or involved in entrepreneurship for a while, you know that the fourth quarter is the time to start building plans for 2017. That way, when the calendar flips, you’re ready to take your first quarter by storm instead of playing catch up. There are many different aspects of your business to address: budgeting, marketing, progress goals, etc.

In this post, we’re going to talk about SEO and how to make sure even more people can find you through the search results.

Why Plan Ahead?

It might seem a little silly to try to plan ahead for your SEO, especially since the rules that govern Google’s (and the other search engines) almighty algorithms change frequently. Even so, now is the perfect time to look at what you’ve been doing, what the anticipated trends are for next year, and what kinds of shifts and changes you need to make to keep up. If a major change in SEO gets rolled out, don’t worry: there will most likely be advance notice of the change so you can tweak and adjust as necessary.

Implement any (or all) of the methods below to see improvement in both your content creation, audience targeting and search rankings.

Schema

Schema is a specific group of tags or microdata that you can add to your site’s HTML code to improve the snippets people see on search engines. Officially named Schema.org, it is important because it collaborates with all of the major search engines to improve your ratings across the web. And it works. According to a recent blog post by Cody Jensen at SearchBloom, the service saw significant improvement in the site’s numbers when implementing localized targeting with their content and search results — through the use of Schema. Jensen reports that he has seen this happen over and over again across multiple sites.

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You can see the full breakdown of this summary from Cody, here, or also refer to the screenshot below from Google to see how different sites and travel notifications are using Schema to improve their search results.

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Change Your Approach to SERPs

Typically, freelancers and business owners focus on the keywords they most want people to use when searching for their services or products. If this has been your approach as well, it’s time to change. Instead, you should be focusing on the keywords people are already using to find you. The best way to do this is to run a new and current SERP so that you have up to date information on your sites. Use this information to inform your content calendar over the next few months to take advantage of people’s’ existing expectations.

An example of how this type of research and keyword planning can help with creating content for your site can be seen in my recent post on BloggingTips.com. The article is focused on 80 different experts, all answering the question of how to create a successful blog. The end result is a 10,000-word piece that not only answers the question, it also helps solidify the site in creating content, gaining backlinks and social shares all around the existing goal of ranking for “blogging tips” and “how to start a blog” related keyword terms.

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This same method can be put into place on any existing website or blog. It’s not so much about creating new content for keywords you would like to suddenly rank for, it’s about knowing where you are currently ranking and how to improve and solidify those rankings.

Another example of this can be seen on InfographicDesignTeam.com, where they asked 57 experts for their best content creation tip. The cool thing about this scenerio, was that each of the experts didn’t need to actually use the site service or infographics to take part in the content creation process. This is a great example of why so many brands and businesses are jumping in on the expert round up trend — it simply works!

Placement Matters

It is no longer going to be enough to simply place keywords and links on your page. You will want to start planning your content so that links and keywords appear “above the fold” on your site. These links and keywords get much better play than those located near the bottom of the page–especially on those sites that lack top-page ads. Yes, there is something to be said for placing a link or keyword organically and that still takes priority. Still, try to work your content so that the organic nature of the keyword or link happens on the top part of your page.

At the same time, it’s also important to think about the placement of target keywords and phrases within the title of your articles as well. This works especially well if you are trying to target a specific name or brand. You can see an example of this in the screenshot below. While the article is titled “Mark Dubowitz: Waging Financial War on Iran“, it will likely rank much higher for the term Mark Dubowitz, versus “War on Iran” for two reasons… the first being that it’s right at the beginning of the title and mentioned throughout the article, and the second is that it’s a very specific word with less competition.

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This is just one example of how target keywords and phrases can be used within content and titles to rank more effectively in Google. Place the main keyword or phrase first, along with a few follow-up words that grab attention and cover the basis of what the article is about.

Hybridization

Are you still running your marketing campaigns separately? Do you have a social media plan, an SEO plan, an email plan, etc? One major trend in 2017 is going to be to pull each of your separate plans together into a cohesive and hybridized plan. This is something we are seeing a lot in the email marketing space lately. No longer are solutions just providing a way to collect and send out to email addresses, they are now providing full marketing automation solutions. You can see an example of this through the screenshot below, and how individual user tracking and action flow charts are quicking changing everything.

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The exciting thing is that this same concept can now be used with content creation, social sharing, outreach, and SEO as well. There are many solutions now in place to not only make each of these components easier and faster, while also allowing you to connect to different APIs, social platforms, and 3rd party solutions.

One of the most important things to remember here, is that not only are the options for content creation and promotion automation available to you… but also that your competition is likely already using them. Those who wait to implement such methods, will likely fall behind in 2017.

Provide Value, Don’t Buy Links

Google has long been opposed to the purchasing and selling of links between sites. It is one thing to buy legitimate advertising space and Google accounts for that but they do still have ways of sniffing out paid content links. So, if you are still using this technique, you need to stop. Google is getting stricter about site links and you risk being delisted entirely if you get caught buying links to inflate your page rank. Instead, focus your energy now on building relationships and backlinks organically so that you’ll start 2017 at a great spot in people’s’ search results.

Great Content Writing

A better way to approach SEO in 2017, is through the use of original and premium shareable content. This method has worked extremely well for websites and brands of all sizes for the past several years, and it should continue to do the same for years to come. A perfect example of this type of content creation can be seen through infographics, explainer videos, slideshares and more. No matter what niche you are in, or audience you are trying to go after — always focus on creating the best content possible. When people love your content, they are much more likely to share it with their audience (while also increasing your backlinks, social shares and search rankings).

Ask Your Readers and Know Your Audience Better

It’s the 4th quarter which means it is a perfect time to do some market research. Poll your audience to find out what is working for them and what isn’t. Gear at least one of these polls toward SEO topics so that you’ll know how to make improvements there before the turn of the year.

SEO is an ever-changing system of organization and rank. Everybody knows this. Even so, keeping up with the trends is important.

7 Examples of How to Properly Brand a Facebook Fan Page

Facebook is all about connectivity and engagement. When it comes to keeping in contact with your blog audience through a social platform, Facebook is one of the best out there. Every website, blog or brand should have a Facebook Fan Page in place to keep the conversation going on social media after the audience leaves your site.

However, creating a Facebook Fan Page simply isn’t enough. You also need to make sure the content is flowing and that you are providing value to your audience in the process. With millions of Fan Pages actively being subscribed to on Facebook, it won’t be an easy mission to stand out from the crowd.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is through the use of custom profile images and backgrounds. If you want to get the most out of your Fan Page, keep the branding aspect similar to what your audience already knows from your website or blog. For example, the profile picture should be your face, name or logo — as this is what followers will see when new updates appear in their feed. The background of your Fan Page can also play an important role in this process, as it can pull at different emotions with your audience.

To help with this process, I’ve selected seven different Facebook Fan Pages from top websites, brands and businesses around the world. Take a look at how each of these brands are using Facebook to grow their brand exposure and reach, while also thinking about how you can do the same.

Old Navy Fan Page

As one of the most famous clothing stores in the world today, Old Navy has built up quite a brand and business for themselves, while also amassing nearly 10 million fans. Old Navy has a perfect profile image on their Facebook Page, as it shows their logo and color that everyone is familiar with. The background is super clean and simple — a woman and man in fashionable clothing. Clean look for a professional brand.

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Dove Press Fan Page

Nearly everyone has a Facebook Page these days, from well known-consumer brands to cutting edge publishing companies. Dove Press is a perfect example of this, as they offer open access to scientific and medical research through their website. Through their Fan Page they have a profile picture that clearly showcases their name, while also accepting reviews from their audiences. The background photo blends in with the site perfectly as well, which is a DNA strand if you couldn’t figure it out the first time around — something their medical audience would love!

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Blogging Tips Fan Page

Running multiple website and blogs is always a never ending task. To help with this process, I like to make sure all of my sites have their own Facebook Fan Pages, while also making sure they are properly branded in the process. Below you will see my Fan Page for Blogging Tips, which has a profile image that really pops off the page and a background photo that brands the site, as well as my Zac Johnson toon logo.

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Tony Robbins Fan Page

As one of the most well-known motivational speakers in the world today, Tony Robbins should have a great Facebook Fan Page to go along with it. His face is the perfect use for his Fan Page image, as it will appear clearly in all status updates and user feeds. When it comes to background photos, Tony does this extremely well — as it’s basically just free promotion for his next sell-out event.

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Coca-Cola Fan Page

It’s hard to find any brands in the world that are more well-known than Coca-Cola. It’s actually come to their point where their commercials and branding are just people having fun and holding a Coke in their hands. The profile photo is perfect as it’s their brand red and white colors, and it will stand out whenever appearing in status updates. For a background, just another fun photo of people enjoying life with friends and a Coca-cola. Also, don’t forget to notice that the Fan Page will soon hit the 100 million fan mark!

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Microsoft Fan Page

When you think of Microsoft, you definitely think about computers, software and their famous windows logo. Of all the brands on the list, I think Microsoft’s logo fits most perfectly in the profile image spot. You will also notice the background image isn’t so much about computers or technology… but instead a business using a tablet to track their inventory. This is all part of the new marketing and re-branding for Microsoft and trying to hit businesses and audiences of all sizes with changing technology and business in the world today.

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Toys R Us Fan Page

What was your favorite place to go and pick up a new toy when you were a kid? For most of us, it was Toys R Us. The branding of their Facebook Fan Page is perfect. They have a longer logo name, so instead of squeezing it into the profile box, they simply made it look like it all fell together — which is great! At the same time, they are also using their background image to display some of the latest toys and upcoming holiday promotions.

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How are Others Seeing Your Brand on Facebook?

With nearly 2 billion active users on Facebook, it’s still one of the best platforms for reach new audiences and building a community outside of your site. After looking through the list of brands, personalities, and websites above… are you doing everything you can to perfectly brand yourself on Facebook?

The Ultimate HTML 5 Cheat Sheet Infographic

When I first started making websites and money online, there was no such thing as WordPress. In fact, the process of creating a website was quite complex. Here’s how it would typical go for a site owner back in the 90s and early 2000s.

  • Use a program like Microsoft FrontPage to create a site (or)
  • Design a site in Photoshop and cut it into HTML
  • Upload each update to your site through FTP software
  • Update your site in site editor software, reupload through FTP

The process was quite tedious compared to how simple everything is today, and the image below pretty much sums up what it would look like if you wanted to make updates to your website back in the days of static websites and HTML. It’s safe to say that if there were no WordPress, there simply wouldn’t be as many websites and blogs on the internet today… as it’s now just a push button process and for more site owners and bloggers, there is no need to even know what HTML of FTP is.

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However, just because WordPress is now the content management platform of choice, doesn’t mean there still isn’t a need for HTML. Most websites and blogs are still made up of HTML, you just don’t see it unless you are a coder, site designer or mess around with formatting and setting.

Everything You Need to Know About HTML 5

Through the HTML 5 Mega Cheat Sheet infographic below (provided by MakeaWebsiteHub.com), site owners and designers can find everything they needed to know in terms of what HTML coding to use. Also covered within the infographic below, you will find tags, existing attributes in HTML 4 and 5, mobile HTML, HTML 5 browser support, event handler content attributes and canvas elements.

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7 Celebrities Using WordPress to Power their Websites

When you are a world famous celebrity, you have all the perks in the world… such as having a dedicated website, social media and PR team working for you at all times. However, when it comes to creating a website or blog, nothing is easier to use than WordPress. In fact, starting a site with WordPress is so easy, that I wouldn’t be surprised if many celebrities had their own little side-project sites on the sides! Well… maybe not, haha.

As content creators and online marketers, keeping an eye on how other people, brands, and businesses are using WordPress and creating content is key. This is especially true with WordPress sites, as it’s always exciting to see how different designers are coming up with new ways to display content or how different plugins are increasing user engagement and social networks.

With all of this in mind, I thought it would be fun to look at some celebrities that are using WordPress to power their sites — while also mixing in a wide variety of simple, fancy, clean and super heavy design work. If you’d like to learn more about how to create a celebrity gossip blog, be sure to check out each of the examples below, then also refer to this celebrity fan blog resource guide.

Let’s get started!

Celebrities with WordPress Driven Sites

Ariana Grande

As one of the most well-known recording artists and celebrities in the world, it’s no surprise that Ariana Grande has an amazing website to match her music and style. Below you will see a screenshot of her main page, which then opens up to a more in-depth site full of engaging content for her audience of fans.

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Stephen Collins

The website for Stephen Collins site is a perfect example of how a WordPress site can embrace minimalism or be enhanced with advanced custom design features like video and animation. In the case of Stephen’s site, he went with minimalism to great effect — achieving a clean, easy to read and navigate website to highlight his acting career.

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Jay Z

From extremely simple, to extremely complex. That is the style of design you will find within Jay Z’s Life and Times site. Once you hit the main page of this site, you will see a number of options to the choose from. The main navigation bar is found near the bottom of the site, with all of the content articles actually appearing within the square icons at the top of the page. Select any of these icons and you will be sent over to the main article or content for each of them.

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Sylvester Stallone

One of the most respectable actors in the world also has one of the most respectable websites. This clean, yet elegant design allows for fans of Stallone to navigate throughout the site with no questions on where they are headed or what they are going to fine. The style of fonts used throughout the site and the high-quality photos pull it all together and make it one of the most elegant designs on the list.

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Usain Bolt

In addition to being the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt also has a super fast loading website, thanks to it being powered by WordPress. Easy navigation at the top of the screen, with high-quality and engaging photos, gives the site a perfect feel of both professionalism, while also being fun in the process. As you scroll down the site, you will also be able to read individual content pieces, as found with most WordPress driven sites.

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Katy Perry

If you are going to be the most followed person in social media, you need to have a great looking website to back it up. Katy Perry not only uses WordPress to power her site, she also uses the CMS to its full advantage. Even with the screenshot below, you can tell how interactive and engaging the site content is. Once you visit the site and experience it first hand, you will see images, content and scrolling movement throughout the site. Kudos to the design team that put this one together.

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Stephen Fry

Another perfect example of a celebrity that is using WordPress to match the look and feel on their own personality, is Stephen Fry. Check out the simple components of his site design below, with the usual WordPress components of easy to read content, navigation, titles, dates and image places. At the same time, the use of the custom logo at the top of the page and the fun backgrounds and colors of the site, all come together to represent Stephen Fry at it’s best.

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Celebrities Have Great Sites. You Should Too!

As mentioned earlier in this article, WordPress makes the process of creating and managing a website or blog way too easy. Gone are the days of designing a site in one program, then cutting it into HTML in another, and ultimately uploading the files one by one. Now it’s simply a matter of clicking a few buttons and never touching a line of code.

If you don’t already have a website or blog of your own, or simply would like to find more ways to customize it to your liking, be sure to check out my complete resource guide at Blogging.org.

There are over 300 million blogs in the world today… make yours stand out from the crowd!