Buying sponsored updates on LinkedIn is pricey, but worth the expense if it improves your credibility and brings you new business. So how do you get the most for your money when paying for these posts? To find out, we asked 10 founders from YEC for their best LinkedIn tips. Target Your Audience Correctly With any conventional ad campaign, the inability to target correctly is just a waste of time and money. The same can be said about LinkedIn sponsored updates. The people that you want to see your ad are extremely diverse, so do a little bit of research to properly determine who they are. Don’t focus on the people who already follow you, target non-followers who would be enriched by your content. – Cody McLain, SupportNinja Include a Compelling Image In order to gain the most traction out of a sponsored update, you must include a compelling image. A high-quality image that corresponds with the headline will connect the reader to the story. I’ve personally found photos … [Read more...] about Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn Sponsored Updates
Systems and methods consistent with the principles of the invention may provide a reasonable surfer model that indicates that when a surfer accesses a document with a set of links, the surfer will follow some of the links with higher probability than others. This reasonable surfer model reflects the fact that not all of the links associated with a document are equally likely to be followed. Examples of unlikely followed links may include “Terms of Service” links, banner advertisements, and links unrelated to the document. Google’s original PageRank algorithm is based upon what its inventor referred to as the Random Surfer model, where it ranked pages on the Web based upon a probability that a person following links at random on the Web might end up upon a particular page: The rank of a page can be interpreted as the probability that a surfer will be at the page after following a large number of forward links. The constant α in the formula is interpreted as the … [Read more...] about Google’s Reasonable Surfer Patent Updated
Update: Google’s Rudy Galfi, Google’s lead product manager for AMP, has revealed to Greg Sterling from Search Engine Land that the global rollout of AMP in mobile organic search would be complete by the end of the year. In further remarks posted on SEL, Galfi clarified that having AMP enabled still wouldn’t affect ranking signals though. Six months ago, Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages initiative was only available in the ‘Top Stories’ carousel of it search results. Then in August, Google announced that AMP support will be rolled out across the entire organic search results page. In a blog post, Google previewed exactly how this new layout will look. In fact, if you’re currently on a mobile you can just click on the following link for a live demonstration: AMP Demo And it totally works. Here’s my mobile search for ‘finding dory review’. Check out the middle result from The Guardian… As you can see from the above, … [Read more...] about Google AMP is coming to organic search results – Update!
Many small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) are awakening to the marketing potential found in Facebook’s massive audience, and have begun developing their Facebook pages to promote their companies. While posting status updates is a great way to engage with your customers, there are some ways to kick them up a notch to expand your promotional potential, and a few tips for optimizing your Facebook status updates. A large component of Facebooking is “preaching to the choir”—most of the people who will “like” you and follow you on Facebook are those who already know your company exists. Existing customers will search for you by name, and people might discover your Facebook link on your website. Marketing to this audience which already likes you and knows about you is certainly worthwhile for the sake of increasing sales and for retaining existing customers. However, you also want more customers and for more people to discover your business and think about it. … [Read more...] about Optimizing Facebook Status Updates For Local Marketing
Google made between 350 and 550 changes in its organic search algorithms in 2009. This is one of the reasons I recommend that site owners not get too fixated on specific ranking factors. If you tie construction of your site to any one perceived algorithm signal, you’re at the mercy of Google’s constant tweaks. These frequent changes are one reason Google itself downplays algorithm updates. Focus on what Google is trying to accomplish as it refines things (the most relevant, useful results possible for searchers) and you’ll generally avoid too much turbulence in your organic search traffic. However, sometimes a Google algorithm change is substantial enough that even those who don’t spend a lot of time focusing on the algorithms notice it. That seems to be the case with what those discussing it at Webmaster World have named “Mayday”. Last week at Google I/O, I was on a panel with Googler Matt Cutts who said, when asked during Q&A, “this is an … [Read more...] about Google Confirms “Mayday” Update Impacts Long Tail Traffic