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New! 7 Old Google Tools You May Have Overlooked

1 – Google Reader Sharing

This has been around for a while, but I’m still surprised at how few of my peers are using it.

If you have Google Buzz turned on, you’ll notice when you next log into Google Reader that there’s a section for “People You Follow”. In this section, you can share links – or random thoughts, with all the people who are following you, or a select group, and they can share with you.

Those links also show up on your Google Buzz page. I enjoy getting suggestions from people who know and understand me, and what kind of news I like or need. I also like being able to split my audience into targeted groups of people so I can send them updates just on things they would want to know, instead of the whole fire-hose. Accessing Google profiles from within Google Reader has helped me get to know a lot of people better as well.

2 – Your Google Social Circle and Social Content

Surprisingly, lots of people are dismissive of Google’s Social Search. This was understandable when the searches that turned up social results were still at the bottom of the screen. But recently, Google has integrated Social Search results into the main results, and some social signal data is reportedly already part of their algorithm. This alone makes it worth paying attention to, whatever your experience is with social media.

Besides that, there’s a lot you can learn just from the Social Circle Google has discovered for you, which is derived from how you fill out your Google Profile.

For example, if you’re connected to someone with a common name on Twitter, and you can’t figure out which LinkedIn profile belongs to them due to a common name, Google Social Circle can help with that.

Each person/entity is grouped with the social links that they’ve decided to make public on their Google Profile. True, you can also find this by searching the Google Profile directory, but if you’re looking for several people at a time, this is a heaven sent timesaver.

You can also spot trends of what sites you’re not on that are becoming hot, or figure out which service your friend is using that has the least noise, and thus, the highest chance of contact. The secondary connections section can also help you find new people to connect to in your favorite social media site.

3 – Google Insights for Search

Is your business seasonal? Does your favorite search term reflect this? Has the term you targeted peaked? Are there other related terms you could attain rising in popularity? You can use Google Insights for Search to research all these things.


4 – Google Correlate

Google Correlate finds search patterns which correspond with real-world trends. This might not seem important at first glance, but one thing I’ve used it for is to help local businesses with regional chains decide what local search project to prioritize. Another is to find keyword sets I wouldn’t have thought of on my own, by typing in phrases to see what other phrases they often appear within searches.

5 – Google Follow Finder

Not yet a Google Labs graduate. Plug in your name and see who Google thinks you should follow after digging into your social graph. I like to use it to find more people who are like my favorite Twitter friends.

6 – Google News Timeline

Google News Timeline can help you examine the growth of a story, track mentions of your company in the press over time, or see what’s hot in different types of publications. It can even give you a link you can refer back to later, if you want to follow the progress day-to-day.

7 – Google News Near You on Google News for Mobile (On your mobile phone)

This will add a new section to the mobile version of Google News that will tell you what’s going on in your immediate area. Once you browse to the Google News site on your cell phone, and share your location, you will then get a new section called “News Near You”.

That section will give you news according to what’s near your physical location.

Those are just a few of the new or updated tools and resources for search, news and social media that you can find in Google. Keep an eye on the Google Blog and the Google Labs site for more.

About The Author
Tinu Abayomi-Paul is a website promotíon specialist. Get more daily tips on generating traffic from Google. Sign up here today – freetraffictip.com/tv/ – and get video footage that will show you how to find out what Google knows about your site.

Google Panda Update: New Advice Directly From Google


Google lists the following as “questions that one could use to assess the ‘quality’ of a page or an article”:

  • · Would you trust the information presented in this article?
  • · Is this article written by an expert or enthusiast who knows the topic well, or is it more shallow in nature?
  • · Does the site have duplicate, overlapping, or redundant articles on the same or similar topics with slightly different keyword variations?
  • · Would you be comfortable giving your credit card information to this site?
  • · Does this article have spelling, stylistic, or factual errors?
  • · Are the topics driven by genuine interests of readers of the site, or does the site generate content by attempting to guess what might rank well in search engines?
  • · Does the article provide original content or information, original reporting, original research, or original analysis?
  • · Does the page provide substantial value when compared to other pages in search results?
  • · How much quality control is done on content?
  • · Does the article describe both sides of a story?
  • · Is the site a recognized authority on its topic?
  • · Is the content mass-produced by or outsourced to a large number of creators, or spread across a large network of sites, so that individual pages or sites don’t get as much attention or care?
  • · Was the article edited well, or does it appear sloppy or hastily produced?
  • · For a health related query, would you trust information from this site?
  • · Would you recognize this site as an authoritative source when mentioned by name?
  • · Does this article provide a complete or comprehensive description of the topic?
  • · Does this article contain insightful analysis or interesting information that is beyond obvious?
  • · Is this the sort of page you’d want to bookmark, share with a friend, or recommend?
  • · Does this article have an excessive amount of ads that distract from or interfere with the main content?
  • · Would you expect to see this article in a printed magazine, encyclopedia or book?
  • · Are the articles short, unsubstantial, or otherwise lacking in helpful specifics?
  • · Are the pages produced with great care and attention to detail vs. less attention to detail?
  • · Would users complain when they see pages from this site?

The company is careful to note that it’s not disclosing actual ranking signals used in its algorithms, but these questions will help you “step into Google’s mindset.” These questions are things that Google says it asks itself as it writes algorithms.

Houston SEO/ Marketing / Analytics Professional Resume

Larry Williams

Houston, TX

lwwilliams@suddenlink.net

281-455-8300

Summary

A results-driven professional with 15 years experience with an emphasis in online marketing, SEO, SEM and web analytics seeking an opportunity to impact and grow a company’s productivity.

Employment Experience

eVariety Company 1/06 – 1/10

Online Sales & Marketing

  • Sold antique and collectible items through multiple eCommerce websites, maintained a 100% positive customer service rating and sold and shipped more than 70% of items within 10 days of posting.
  • Created and managed pay-per-click (PPC) advertising campaigns using Google AdWords to generate traffic and grew sales using keyword ads, as well as multiple blog and website placements.
  • Utilized search engine optimization (SEO) methods and strategies to improve page rankings for multiple websites using tools including Google Webmaster Tools, SEOQuake and Web CEO.
  • Increased ROI by adjusting multi-channel advertising budgets based on web analytics reports generated by Google AdWords, Google Analytics and Omniture Site Catalyst.
  • Created promotional links using HTML tags and Java widgets on multiple websites, blogs and social media networks including Facebook, Google Buzz, Twitter and LinkedIn.

RSA 8/05 – 12/05

Senior Account Manager

  • Marketed IT business solutions including project, contract and permanent staffing services.
  • Met with prospects and conducted needs assessments to determine current and future technical needs.
  • Analyzed businesses using online web portals and the Salesforce.com CRM and to forecast profitability.

Bridgewater Resources 8/02 – 6/05

Business Development

  • Sold business staffing solutions for a start-up IT division by developing and maintaining lasting relationships with companies seeking technical professionals and services.
  • Developed most of the CRM infrastructure, workflow process, website content and multi-channel marketing material to promote and advertise a new company and its services.
  • Made presentations to decision makers, gathered detailed information on job orders and planned search strategies with recruiters to target qualified technical candidates.
  • Identified target companies and recruited prospects by attending Trade Shows, Career Fairs and multiple business, marketing and technology association meetings.

IntelliMark 11/94 – 6/02 General Manager / Account Executive

  • Sold regional B2B IT staffing and project solutions by developing and maintaining lasting relationships with companies seeking technical professionals and services.
  • Met with decision makers, gathered information on qualified sales orders and developed multi-channel marketing campaigns using cross-promotions and viral marketing.
  • Managed Houston branch operations, including budget, marketing plans, sales forecasting and employee hiring, firing, training and yearly reviews.
  • Developed and made corporate presentations and co-hosted a national business conference.
  • Managed an internet strategy team project that designed and launched a new company web site that included a new layout and content, job posting and search capability and new marketing material.
  • Managed a CRM migration project and created a paperless workflow process.

Sales & Recruiting Manager / Account Executive

  • Sold IT services, recruited candidates and managed account executives and recruiters.
  • Identified target companies and recruited prospects by attending Trade Shows, Career Fairs and multiple business, marketing and technology association meetings.
  • Led in-house training sessions and created internet training presentations, videos and documentation for sales and recruiting teams.

Technical Recruiter

  • Recruited, interviewed and prepared qualified technical candidates for interviews with client companies.
  • Received feedback from candidates and clients after interviews and negotiated starting salaries, benefits, start dates, sign-on bonuses and/or relocation packages.

Management Alliance Group, Inc. 3/94 – 11/94

Sales / Recruiter

  • Sold staffing services and recruited candidates in a broad range of industries, including Finance, Medical, Oil/Gas and Real Estate.

Professional Achievements

§        Manager of three (3) Presidential Award recipients – IntelliMark

§        Manager of one (1) Chairman Award recipient – IntelliMark

§        Quarter-Million Dollar Producer Award*

§        Top Five Producer Award*

§        Rookie of the Year Award*

§        Member of Top Three Blended Services team*

* Texas Association of Personnel Consultants / Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants

Education

Stephen F. Austin State University

Bachelor of Arts – Communications (Journalism) /Marketing – 1993

§          KLSB-TV (NBC) – Sales / Advertising Intern

§          East Texas Blood Center – Advertising Intern


Additional Skills Addendum

Optimization / SEO

Determined website and page objectives and ensured each page was search engine-friendly.

Developed site content, researched competitor’s sites and chose the most effective keywords.

Performedsite analysis and review of SERP rankings, page content, layout, links and site speed.

Researched and utilized new SEO tools and techniques and submitted site maps and optimized pages.

Marketing / PPC

Created online advertising campaigns using Google AdWords to generate traffic and increased sales using pay-per-click (PPC) ads, as well as multiple blog and website placements.

Managed ad placements, networks, ad budgets and analyzed CPC, CTR and CPM.

Developed marketing initiatives and strategy involving content, positioning, pricing and promotions.

Improved online ad campaign performance by adjusting content and keywords and set up secure customer payment options using PayPal and Google Checkout.

Analytics

Analyzed detailed traffic reports, Key Performance Indicators (KPI), geo-mapping and CPC using Omniture Site Catalyst, Google AdWords and Google Analytics.

Analyzed and improved SERP rankings, page traffic reports, traffic sources, content drilldowns, landing and exit pages, average time per visit and bounce rates.

Adjusted item prices and descriptions, page content and layout, as well as ad budgets, keywords, locations, networks and scheduling based on analytic reports and market research.

Training

Inbound Marketing Certified Professional – HubSpot, June 2010

Social Media Optimization is the New SEO – HubSpot

SEO Strategies for Corporate Web Sites – Omniture

Marketing and Advertising Using Google – Google

11 Tips to Improve Your SEM Campaigns – Omniture

Business Internet Marketing for Facebook & Twitter – HubSpot

Omniture, Testing and Web Site Optimization – Omniture

SEO Measurement 101 – Omniture

Social Media

LinkedIn

Twitter

Houston’s Williams Receives Certification in Inbound Marketing

Williams Receives Certification in Inbound Marketing

Certification Awarded by Inbound Marketing University Training Program

HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 8, 2010 – Inbound Marketing University awards the Inbound Marketing Certification to Larry Williams as part of its comprehensive Internet marketing training program (http://inboundmarketing.com).
This certification acknowledges Williams’s proficiency in inbound marketing principles and best practices. These principles include: blogging, search engine optimization, social media, lead conversion, lead nurturing and closed-loop analysis.

Williams joins an elite group of Inbound Marketing Certified Professionals. In total, 1,300 individuals have successfully passed the IMU program.

To complete the Inbound Marketing Certification, Williams completed 16 in-depth classes covering each facet of inbound marketing and passed a comprehensive certification exam. (View the full list of classes: http://inboundmarketing.com/university/classes)
The courses are taught by a knowledgeable faculty of professors, including New York Times’ best-selling author Chris Brogan, Google’s Analytics Evangelist Avinash Kaushik, Internet celebrity Gary Vaynerchuk, best-selling author and international speaker David Meerman Scott, and more. (View all professors: http://www.inboundmarketing.com/university/professors)

This certification is administered by HubSpot.

About InboundMarketing.com

InboundMarketing.com is an online community and certification program for marketers. The site’s content teaches a new style of marketing that emphasizes business uses of social media, content creation and search engine optimization for marketing. InboundMarketing.com is hosted and moderated by HubSpot, Inc. Register for InboundMarketing.com at http://inboundmarketing.com/user/register.

About HubSpot

HubSpot, Inc. provides Internet marketing software that helps businesses get found online, generate more inbound leads and convert a higher percentage of those leads into paying customers. HubSpot’s software platform includes tools that allow professional marketers and business owners to manage search engine optimization, blogging and social media, as well as landing pages, lead intelligence and marketing analytics. Based in Cambridge, MA, HubSpot can be found at http://www.hubspot.com. HubSpot’s free marketing tools can be found at http://grader.com.

18 Effective Search Engine Optimization Techniques

18 Effective Search
Engine Optimization Techniques

By Sue Cooper (c) 2010

Proper Search Engine Optimization, otherwise known as SEO, has quickly become a popular topic of conversation among website owners and entrepreneurs. The difference between having a successful website, and hosting a flop, is often the difference between whether or not you’ve incorporated proper keywords and phrases into your webpages.

Learning proper SEO techniques can seem like a daunting task, especially to those who are not familiar with the concept. The following list offers 18 simple SEO techniques you should keep in mind when developing and marketing your website.

1. Make sure your website is initially designed with your search engine optimization needs in mind. Search engines look for text, not flashy graphics and cool layouts. The trendiest web designs will mean nothing if no one is able to find your site.

2. Every page of your website should have a title tag with text describing either your site or what is on the page. Be sure the text includes SEO-type keywords instead of the name of your website. Unless you’re incredibly popular, no one is going to be looking for you by searching for your name. They’ll most likely search for a product or service and the keywords you use will lead them to your site.

3. Consider canonicalization, or whether or not your website address includes or excludes the www prefix. If you choose to use the www version of your website, make sure the non-www version directs users back to the one you use. Make sure you use your preferred version (http://www.mydomain.com or http://mydomain.com) every time you place a link to your site on the web. Don’t use both!

4. When designing your website, be sure to avoid too many drop-down menus, confusing image maps, and excessive images. If you must use any of these methods, be sure to include plenty of text links for the search engine spiders to find and identify. Without links, the search engines will not pick up your site information.

5. It does not matter what type of website extension you use (ie. .html, .htm. .asp, .php). Search engines do not look at the web extension and it will not have any impact at all on search results or ranking.

6. Every page on your website should include a link to your home page and your sitemap. Make sure every link is the same. Home page links should go directly to your domain (http://www.mydomain.com). Make sure your internal links do not include the additional /index.html or .php text as it is not needed (ie. http://www.mydomain.com/index.html).

7. Are you sharing a server with other websites? If so, you’ll want to conduct a black-list check to make sure you are not sharing a proxy with someone who has been banned by search engines in the past. Being on the same server as a website with a poor reputation may damage yours.

8. You’ll hear the same phrase over and over again: “Content is king”. It is imperative that your website have fresh, unique, and quality content that is updated on a regular basis. Be sure to include your favorite keyword phrase within the body of the content!

9. People are more likely to input a phrase instead of a single word when conducting internet searches. If your business has a physical location, incorporate the name of your city into the text as well. For example, you might use “our Philadelphia location” instead of “our location”. Including your city name will improve the chances of your site being seen in location searches.

10. If the information on your company website doesn’t change regularly, or remains static, you might want to consider starting a blog. Search engine spiders are always looking for fresh content. Use your blog as an advertising tool and link back to your website within each and every post.

11. Write naturally. The worst thing you can do is try to cram a zillion keywords into your article or blog entry, making it messy and difficult to read. Search engines are able to determine whether or not your text is logical and they will ignore content with ridiculously high keyword density.

12. Building links to your website is essential to its success. As a matter of fact, links are like the queen to complement your king’s fresh content. Choose a keyword phrase and network with other websites, asking them to place links on their pages. Don’t hurt your ranking by having non-related websites place haphazard links. While it may seem great to gather 100s of backlinks, you’re better off limiting your links to related websites. Ten relevant links stand a better chance than 100 irrelevant links.

13. Links within your website should be built with keyword phrases as well. Try to avoid using generic anchor text such as, “click here”.

14. Don’t place a list of links on your website. Always place a link within at least two to three lines of related content. The better your description, the more likely it is someone will click on the link.

15. Don’t limit your keyword or phrase to text links. You should also incorporate your keywords into your image alt tag and domain name, whether it is part of the name itself or contained within the description.

16. Try to avoid using frames, Ajax, and Flash as much as possible. None of these functions are keyword or search engine friendly and will hurt your SEO results.

17. Before your website can be found by the search engine spiders, it must be indexed. Search engines such as Google have regular submission forms, but it can take days or weeks for your form to be processed. Having a highly ranked website place a link to your site is a sure-fire way to have your site indexed quickly.

18. No matter what you hear, don’t be overly concerned with the Google PageRank of your website. A website that is properly developed and contains good content can outrank a website with higher PageRank.

About The Author
As an SEO Consultant, Sue provides clients with genuine top ranking strategies that are designed to eliminate wasted time on tweaking to achieve the desired outcomes for search engine optimisation and marketing campaigns.

Houston SEM, SEO, SMO, PPC Google & Omniture Analytics

Larry Williams

Houston, TX

lwwilliams@suddenlink.net

281-455-8300

Summary

A results-driven professional with more than 15 years experience with an emphasis in IT marketing, SEO/SEM/SMO and web analytics seeking a new and challenging opportunity.

Employment Experience

eVariety Company 1/06 – 12/09

Sales, SEO & SEM/PPC

  • Sold collectible items worldwide through multiple start-up eCommerce webstores; maintained a 100% positive feedback rating with 70% of items sold and shipped within 7 days of online posting.
  • Increased ROI by adjusting advertising budgets based on web analytics reports generated by Google AdWords, Google Analytics and Omniture Site Catalyst.
  • Utilized search engine optimization (SEO) methods and strategies to achieve top page rankings for multiple websites using tools including Google Webmaster Tools, SEOQuake and Web CEO.
  • Created and managed advertising campaigns using Google AdWords to generate traffic and grew sales using pay-per-click (PPC) ads, as well as multiple blog and website placements.
  • Created promotional links using HTML tags and Java widgets on multiple websites and social and business media networks (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn).

RSA 8/05 – 12/05

Senior Account Manager

  • Marketed IT business solutions including project, contract and permanent staffing services.
  • Met with prospects and conducted needs assessments to determine current and future technical needs.
  • Analyzed businesses using the Salesforce.com CRM and web portals to forecast profitability.

Bridgewater Resources 8/02 – 6/05

Business Sales Development

  • Sold B2B staffing solutions for a start-up IT staffing division with a $500,000/Yr average and a 33% gross profit margin (GPM).
  • Met with decision makers, gathered information on qualified job orders and collaborated with recruiters on targeting technical prospects.
  • Developed most of the CRM infrastructure, workflow process, website content and multi-channel marketing material to promote and advertise a new company.
  • Developed and maintained relationships with companies seeking technical professionals and services.
  • Identified target companies and recruited prospects by attending Trade Shows, Career Fairs and multiple business, marketing and technology association meetings.

IntelliMark 11/94 – 6/02 General Manager / Sales

  • Sold regional B2B IT Staffing Solutions by developing and maintaining lasting relationships with companies seeking technical professionals and services.
  • Managed Houston branch, hired, fired, trained and reviewed employees and set productivity goals.
  • Met with decision makers, gathered information on qualified sales orders and developed marketing campaigns using online, cross-channel and viral marketing.
  • Managed re-branding campaigns, a paperless workflow process, CRM migration project and cost reduction policies.
  • Identified target companies and recruited prospects by attending Trade Shows, Career Fairs and multiple business, marketing and technology association meetings.

Sales & Recruiting Manager

  • Sold IT services, recruited, hired candidates and managed account executives and recruiters.
  • Developed and maintained accounts seeking business professionals and services.
  • Created and led an internet strategy team that designed and launched a new company web site that included a new layout and content, job posting, search capability and new marketing material.
  • Led in-house training sessions and created training presentations, videos and documentation for sales and recruiting teams.

Technical Recruiter

  • Recruited, interviewed and prepared qualified technical candidates for interviews with client companies.
  • Received feedback from candidates and clients after interviews and negotiated starting salaries, benefits, start dates and sign-on bonuses.

Management Alliance Group, Inc. 3/94 – 11/94

Sales / Recruiter

  • Sold B2B staffing services and recruited candidates in a broad range of industries, including Energy, Finance, IT, Manufacturing, Medical, Oil/Gas and Real Estate.

Education

Stephen F. Austin State University

Bachelor of Arts – Communications – Journalism / Marketing – 1993

  • The Pine Log Newspaper – Sales / Advertising Account Manager
  • KLSB-TV (NBC) – Sales / Advertising Representative (Internship)
  • East Texas Blood Center – Advertising Chairman (Internship)


Training

  • Marketing and Advertising Using Google – Google,
  • 11 Tips for Master Search Marketers – Omniture
  • SEO Strategies for Corporate Web Sites – Omniture
  • Social Media Optimization is the New SEO – HubSpot
  • Omniture, Testing and Web Site Optimization – Omniture
  • SEO Measurement 101 – Omniture
  • 7 Advanced Steps for Effective Search Marketing  – Omniture
  • Business Internet Marketing for Facebook & Twitter – HubSpot


Additional Skills Addendum

Marketing / Optimization

Created online advertising campaigns with Google AdWords to create more traffic using display ads, PPC, website placements and HTML search keywords.

Researched competitor’s products and prices to gain Competitive Intelligence, created feeds using RSS and used Google Base as well as ecommerce websites to publish product information

Wrote content for online advertisements and set up secure customer payment options using PayPal and Google Checkout.

Tracking / Analytics

Created custom Omniture and Google web analytic reports to identify critical success metrics for online marketing campaigns.

Analyzed Detailed Seller Ratings, Store Traffic Reports, Key Performance Indicators, geo-mapping and CPC using Omniture Site Catalyst, Google AdWords and Google Analytics.

Adjusted item prices and descriptions, page content and layout, as well as ad budgets, keywords, locations, networks and scheduling based on analytic reports and market research.

Technology

Software / Applications: Microsoft Office, Google Docs, IIS SEO Toolkit, SEOQuake, Web CEO, Google Chrome SEO, Google Webmaster Tools

Omniture Site Catalyst, Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Google AdSense, Google/DoubleClick     AdPlanner,  Google Earth, Google Latitude, Google Trends

Google Talk, Google Voice, Google Wave, Abobe PhotoShop, Picasa Web Albums, Blogger, WordPress, Microsoft Visio

Social / Business Networks:  Facebook, Google Buzz, LinkedIn, Twitter

eCommerce Sites: Amazon, Auctivia, Bonanzle, eBay, eCrater, Kijiji, ProStores

Certifications

Brainbench

Sales Concepts, Marketing Strategy, Solution Selling, Business Communication, Marketing Concepts, IT Industry Knowledge, Problem Solving, Managing People, Business Writing

Google Looks To Crush Facebook, Twitter With a More Sociable Gmail

Google Looks To Crush Facebook, Twitter With a More Sociable Gmail

The invites are out and something is afoot in Mountain View, CA, at the Google campus. Whatever could it be? Well, this much we know so far, Google will be “unveiling some product innovations in two of [its] most popular products.”

According to an earlier report from the WSJ, Google will unveil a Gmail plug-in that streams Facebook- and Twitter-like updates from your Gmail contacts. Said plug-in could also integrate other Google services like YouTube and Picasa down the road. We won’t know for sure until tomorrow at 10AM PT.

Read more: http://techland.com/2010/02/08/google-looks-to-crush-facebook-twitter-with-a-more-sociable-gmail/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+timeblogs%2Fnerd_world+%28TIME%3A+Techland%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher#ixzz0f0ZHIJWN