Ann Smarty, SEO Expert, Shares Her Secrets

SEO is just about improving search engine rankings. Most blogs (as well as most of my own blogs) do not really rely on Google's traffic. Most of us rely on communities we network in and social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook. I'll share my SEO tips further on but here I'd share the most effective non-SEO tips. ...more

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Formula for Creating An Effective Online Marketing Funnel

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Social Bookmarking

It is a well-known fact in the virtual world that social bookmarking sites can help increase your website ranking and traffic phenomenally! However, one fact about which a lot of website owners are unaware is that manual submission can really work wonders for your website, while the strategy of using software to automatically submit your website to social bookmarking sites can potentially backfire!...more

Social Media and Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a huge topic and I'm not going to go in depth here, but let me just say that social media will blow you away with its capacity to improve organic search results. (Organic search results are listings that are not paid to be displayed.) I've done some un-scientific tests and found that Twitter posts show up in a Google Search within 15 minutes, and blog posts and comments are almost as fast. ...more

Tips for Picking the Best Name for Your Blog

So you're thinking about starting a blog. You have several important questions you need to ask, like what platform will you use, how often do you intend to post, etc. One other significant question is what are you going to name your blog?Names are important, especially in the blogosphere. Having a memorable name can go a long way toward generating traffic for your site. Choosing the right name can seem daunting, but these 7 tips should help you in that process. Get a notebook, pen, a good place to work, and follow the steps below....more

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My First 3 Months as a Bloggerina: 9 Lessons and 3 Reflections

After reading "Happy Anniversary to Me" on Megan's Minute, I've decided to share what I've learned during my first three months as a bloggerina. I've learned mostly through trial and error—as all bloggers do—but I've also learned a lot from others in the blogosphere. For lessons and reflections from my first three months as a bloggerina, please read the rest....more

Understanding NoFollow and DoFollow

Linking, whether you're linking to another site or your site is being linked to, is an important part of SEO, (search engine optimization.) How a site treats links is important because it can determine how search engines treat those links as well. Specifically, I'm talking about whether a site uses NoFollow tagging within its links. ...more
Great list of dofollow resources. I am sure adding your dofollow backlinks would get your ...more

Understanding and Using Blog Categories and Tags Effectively

When I talk to beginning bloggers, I'm asked all sorts of questions. One I received this week was what is the difference between tags and categories? The obvious way to answer this is to define both, of course, but beyond that, I want to explain why you need both, how to name them, and how to display them....more

Just realized that in nearly 6 years of blogging i have never used a tag for any of my posts and ...more

“I Don’t Do SEO”

I remember reading with great interest an interview with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, posted a couple of months ago on ProBlogger, where he basically says to not bother with SEO and that instead we should strive to create useful content that people would want to bookmark on social media and link to....more

Flash Is For Famous People!

I frequently see young fledging artists and businesses using Flash to make a fancy- looking website thinking it will allow them to play in the big leagues, and set them apart from your average upstart. But this strategy is like playing in a beautiful stadium with no-one in the audience.Here’s some reasons why that can be a Very Bad Idea:1)    Flash is hard to properly optimize for search engines. While there have been some advances by the search engines in this area, you will not be able to optimize your site in the depth and detail that you can an HTML site....more