Facebook Users Vote on Privacy Policy

On July 16th, 2012, wrote:

Facebook users recently had the opportunity to vote on matters related to Facebook privacy. Held via the Facebook Site Governance page, this was not a new venture for the social network. In the past, Facebook allowed its users to vote on their privacy policy. In 2009, users were given the opportunity to vote on company policies, but back then, Facebook was much smaller, with only about 200 million users compared to today’s (nearly) one billion. What are users voting on exactly? Facebook discussed these changes back in May and has since let their users vote as to whether or not the privacy policy was placed into effect. First, the new documents state that Facebook will post all of your information publicly, including your profile picture, gender, and cover photo. These documents also discuss what information Facebook can collect from you as well as how Facebook uses all of this information they collect from you. It also discusses what other people – Read the full article

How to Make Sure Your Site Doesn’t Lose its PageRank

On July 9th, 2012, wrote:

Enhancing PageRank (PR) is a crucial practice in the world of SEO and Internet marketing, because the link analysis algorithm rates the importance of any given website. While there are many ways to make sure that your website receives the kind of initial attention necessary to become a global player, the fact is that your website requires constant maintenance in order to keep up a good PageRank. And the value of your PR can never be underrated. There are a few ways that you can boost your visibility, but the truth is that if the major search engines do not deem your website to be important or worthy of the attention of your users, you are most likely going to fail. And if you think that your website is losing the admiration that you may have been building up, then it is likely that your PageRank has been dropping without you knowing. All this is a scary state of affairs, – Read the full article

Facebook Releases its First SEO Guide

On July 2nd, 2012, wrote:

Online business is taking over as the main source of revenue for firms across the country, and as such, more and more people are looking into the need for SEO (search engine optimization) to stay ahead of their rivals in these competitive times. It seems as though some of the major Web influencers have acknowledged this trend and are busy thinking of ways to get involved. Facebook appears to be the latest internet giant to incorporate SEO into its services, having released a video which guides users on how to optimize their company profiles in order to gain better online exposure. What does the video include? The firm has teamed up with Distilled on the video, which aims to provide viewers with a step by step solution to their optimization needs, explaining what users need to do to create profiles that will increase their search engine positions. One of the key issues the Facebook team has raised is the importance – Read the full article

How to Spot the SEO Cowboys

On June 29th, 2012, wrote:

When you commission SEO work, you need to know that what you’re getting is worth the cost. This field can seem complicated to outsiders, but that doesn’t mean you can’t establish standards for the kind of work you want versus the kind of work you don’t. For you, there is a big difference between good and bad search engine optimization. And it’s not just about results either. The Internet is all about spreading data instantly, so if you align your business to something unethical, the news can travel fast. These are some simple tips to help you pick an optimization company. Avoid Dated Black Hat Methods at All Costs Firstly, it can help to understand the basics of what this service gives you. You use this method to improve your search engine ranking. To do that, you have to appeal to the algorithms that dictate a search engine result: usually by having a higher number of links to other sites, – Read the full article

Simple Tips for Brands Using Google+

On June 28th, 2012, wrote:

Using Google+ to get the word out about your brand or business got a whole lot easier with the introduction of Brand Pages. Operating in a similar manner to profiles used by the members who rely upon Google+, Google Brand Pages (or Google+ Local business pages) are a great way for businesses and their customers to interact with one another. Of course, it is essential understand how best to connect with one another, as this will allow brands to grow their influence and pull in new customers. Use the following tips to make certain you stay atop the brand heap on Google+. Research Your Audience Every brand has an audience. It is vital for Internet marketers to determine who that audience is, because failure to do so could mean that all marketing and advertising attempts are not successful. To prevent this from occurring, it is essential that marketers target the groups who are most likely to be interested in the – Read the full article

The Business of Crowdsourcing: 5 Web-Based Crowdsourcing Platforms that Can Add Value to Your Bottom Line

On June 27th, 2012, wrote:

James Surowiecki says in his book The Wisdom of Crowds that the many are smarter than the few and its collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies and nations. How so? And how can ‘the many’ benefit your organization? The answers all depend on how you harness the crowd and how you exploit the many intermediary crowdsourcing platforms available. From research and development platforms to collective intelligence and prediction platforms, you now can easily harness the power of the crowd online to improve business performance. It sounds like a great venture, doesn’t it? In actual fact, the term is referred to as crowdsourcing and could be that magical potion you’ve been looking for. Now used mainly to the web, crowdsourcing uses the wisdom of crowds to solve problems. Sounds a lot like outsourcing, right? The only difference is crowdsourcing is based on a group rather than an individual, such as an employee. Jeff Howe divides crowdsourcing into five categories: crowdvoting, wisdom of crowds, – Read the full article

4 Reasons Why a Business Needs a Pinterest Account

On June 21st, 2012, wrote:

Pinterest has taken the world by storm, and with more and more people signing up to see what all the fuss is about, isn’t it about time that your business was on Pinterest? It Brings Extra Traffic To Your Site A lot of big companies out there aren’t afraid to give stats on how Pinterest is working out for them. Brands such as Sony, for example, have commented that Pinterest is now sending more traffic than veteran social platform Twitter. For Sony, Pinterest is (2,300 followers) sending 2.5 times more than their main Twitter platform with (80,000 followers). If that isn’t value then I don’t know what is! It Represents Another Audience To Market To One of the key reasons why Pinterest seems to be sending so much traffic to sites is thanks to the fact that businesses can clearly market to a select audience. With Pinterest boards available for pretty much any subject, it doesn’t take long for a – Read the full article

The New Consumer Delivers a Powerful Wake-Up Call

On June 20th, 2012, wrote:

Let’s talk a moment about the traditional marketing model, the one most of us started out with. It was primarily a one-way street, with advertising flowing from companies to consumers. People watched television, saw ads, and chose which brands to buy. These days, a lot has changed. Enter the new consumer: smart, savvy, and social. This is a consumer who uses mobile Web while shopping to find the best products, who gets referrals from friends on social media, and who researches brands on Google. This new consumer is likely among the 86% of the population who no longer watch television commercials, and also probably throws away direct mail as being irrelevant and unwanted junk. In short, this is not someone you’re going to woo with old-style outbound marketing campaigns. You have to bring something more to the new consumer, or better yet, find ways to bring the new consumer to you. In recent years, we’ve seen a significant shift toward – Read the full article