I recently realized I’ve written a lot about blogging. Here are a few of my posts that might be useful to readers of this blog.
Why You Should Blog
This post compares blogging to other social media channels and tells you whether it’s right for you. Here’s what I think is most important:
Blog posts last better than most other social media posts: your older posts will continue to get you visits long after your tweets and Facebook posts have faded into oblivion.
Starting Your Blog
If you’re just starting out, this post explains six tips that I’ve found useful, including being regular and frequent, using relevant keywords, and improving usability on your blog.
Finding Blog Topics
Over on Search Engine People, I explain how to pick a target customer segment that’s right for you. I answer questions like:
- How do you start with a basic customer profile?
- How should your target customer segment affect your marketing?
- How do you learn enough about your audience to target your marketing better?
This post was inspired by several questions at recent workshops I’ve conducted, and I know this is a common challenge that all businesses have to deal with.
Read the post here, and tell me how you like it!
A call-to-action at the right time can make all the difference. Pop-ups are a great way to catch user’s attention but an intrusive pop-up can put off your users. Scroll Triggered Box is an ideal solution for this problem.
Are videos part of your content marketing strategy? If not, they should be. Be it a quick product demo, a walk through your facility or office, a testimonial from a happy customer, a training video for some complex feature of your product or an introduction of your team – videos are a great medium for all of this.
But creating videos is so difficult and costly that most of us shy away from it. We recently created a bunch of videos and in the process discovered that it’s not as difficult as it seems. There are number of easy to use and mostly free tools that you can use to create different kinds of videos quickly. Don’t expect the production quality to be really great, but this will serve the purpose for the most part.
Take a look at the videos we created here, and below is the list of tools we used.
As a social media marketer, you need to know: what content is working for you? Do you know what your top tweets for this month are? Which tweets got you the most retweets and favorites?
Markitty gives you this at one quick glance.
Yesterday Google officially launched its new tool, AdWords Keyword Planner, to help create better AdWords campaigns. Keyword Planner will replace our favorite Google Keyword Tool and AdWords Traffic Estimator.
You should learn to use this tool even if you never used Keyword Tool or Traffic Estimator and do not plan to use Google ads. Understanding search terms is important because that tells you what words your potential customers use to describe yours and similar businesses so that you can tweak your marketing and sales content accordingly.
Last week, we looked at basic site traffic and engagement metrics on Google Analytics, such as visits, page views, time on site, bounce rate, etc. We also looked at how to look at the performance of individual pages on your site.
This week, let’s take a look at a few other metrics that you should be looking at regularly. (Haven’t set up Google Analytics yet? Here’s how.)
From where are people coming to your site? The Sources report answers this question. Click on Traffic Sources on the sidebar to see your options.
We have been talking a lot about Google Analytics lately. Do you know of the new Google Analytics reports that show trackbacks and links from social media more explicitly? You should, so read this week’s links for details.
But first, how do you get to these reports? On your Google Analytics sidebar on the left, go to Traffic Sources, and then Social. You’ll see the links for Data Hub Activity and Trackbacks.
Here’s a screenshot of our Trackbacks report. It shows us who linked to our site recently.
If you have a website for your business, you must track visitors to your website and what they are doing. There are a number of tools available for tracking this, and the most popular and one of the most useful is Google Analytics. (Here’s how to set up Google Analytics if you haven’t yet.)
In these two posts, I’ll explain some important metrics you should be looking at in your Google Analytics data (or any other website tracking tool you are using).
The first thing to do, after you have logged into your Google Analytics account and selected the website you want to view data for, is to adjust the date range to your liking. The date range you select at the top applies to all the graphs and tables inside Google Analytics. I usually set it to current month or current week. You can change this any time you want, so feel free to try out different options. Click on compare to get all data for the previous period as well.
Now let’s get started.
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