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If you've ever wanted to learn search engine optimization (SEO) but don't know where to start - here is a list of the best resources we've found to learn SEO. Most of the steps below are free, some cost money, most just cost a lot of time. You'll also need a website to practice on and a good degree of patience.
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ORM, PR, and SEO -- what are all of these acronyms for? Let's break them down, and then delve deeper into how they all fit together.
- ORM: (Online reputation management) is the repair and maintenance of a person, company, or other entity's online image.
- PR: (Public relations) is the how organizations, businesses and people communicate with the public and media.
- SEO: (Search Engine Optimization) is the effort made by online content creators (of words, images, videos, or other media) to help a website rank higher in search engine results.
PR, SEO and ORM are all specialized disciplines of online marketing.
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There was a time when you couldn't get a chicken soup recipe while sitting on the toilet. Strange but true! It used to be that you asked your mom, or your friends, a book, or your local librarian for information. Today, instead of picking up the phone, everyone from bearded urban millennials to grandmas and dairy farmers turn to one place above all others: the Internet. How do people search? The three search types "do", "go", and "know" and how people use them are explained in this article.
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So you want to contribute to a blog? Awesome! Enjoy this growing list of sites that we're pretty sure accept guest blogger articles. The sites in the list below most likely accept third-party posts or in some way help bloggers by providing things like syndication. We haven't tested every one of these for writing opportunities, but we have tested to see if they are live. We update and grow the list on a 'fairly' regular basis. Summaries are mainly those of the websites themselves.
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Today there are least 18 different ways for a business, or person, to be seen in search results - and that doesn’t even count social channels. Different types of search results include Adwords at the top or bottom of the page, the Knowledge Panel in the upper right, images, reviews, news, shopping, videos and of course normal blue link search results.
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Some of the options for cleaning up Google search results include:
- Remove results directly from Google
- Remove from the source through negotiation
- Remove from the source via legal channels
- Pay the author or publisher to remove the content (carefully)
- Weakening of negative content
- Development and optimization of branded content
- Review improvement and management
- Optimization of existing content
Negative content can damage a company or person worse than the author often realizes. Journalists unwittingly (or wittingly) destroy peoples lives everyday with negative content. Years after an article, blog post, or video is published it can have extremely destructive effects on that brand or person. So how does one remove negative content from Google search, Yelp, YouTube, or other places?
Sometimes damaging online content can be taken down, blocked by special code, or banned - but most times it must be pushed down or suppressed.
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The main shared function of both Virtual Private Network (VPN) software and Proxy services is to give you, the user, control over your apparent IP address online. It’s not uncommon for many VPN service providers to also offer a proxy service as standard, however there are a plethora of standalone proxy services that can be used at a lower cost than most VPNs - even for free.
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- Non-branded content supports branded content.
- Branded content is obviously about your brand.
- Non-branded content is about your industry or other supporting information about your brand.
- Both kinds of content work together.
What is branded content?
Branded content is usually clearly about a brand and appears to either represent the brand or portrays the brand as the subject of the content. It's content that has your brand "written all over it" even if you didn't create the content.
Whereas Non-branded content, on the other hand, is not about the brand but still supports the industry or other areas of interest relative to the brand. The brand might be mentioned, but it is not the primary, or even secondary, focus of the content.
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You've written great content, now what do you do? Just post it and pray for traffic? That's not good enough. Instead, schedule multiple social postings and then syndicate your content. Here is how to promote content in two 'sort of easy' steps.
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Here's a question we get a lot from clients: What is a guest post? How is it different than a regular blog post? A Guest Post is a an article written and posted on someone else's blog. When you write something on your own blog its just a "post", but on someone else's blog the writer is a ‘guest’. Guest posts are valuable tools for reputation marketing for a number reasons like getting your brand mentioned or occupying branded search query results. But most people use them to embed backlinks. Guest posts are abused though, and we'll get to that later in this article.
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We often need to optimize image results for Google search in order to change search results for reputation management or for SEO reasons. For example, sometimes the wrong image is showing in Google Knowledge Graph, sometimes because the images Google shows are not relevant to the search results. In both cases we optimize the image files so they show up more often in normal as well as image search results. It involves naming the image, page context, ALT tag, image title, page title and rich snippets. This is how it's done.