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October 11th, 2021

AI and Automation In Online Marketing


by Rahimah Sultan






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There are several trends and technologies that have emerged over the last several months that point to what the future likely holds. There is increasing use of chatbots, a focus on voice-driven search optimization, and the use of artificial intelligence. Added to these top three are podcasts and video.

Due to an increasingly cluttered communication environment, marketers are seeking ways to better engage with their target audiences. Personalization is a trend they believe holds promise.

“Technology is having a real impact for marketers, improving efficiencies and boosting customer satisfaction. Here, experts weigh in on what marketers can expect going forward.”

Please read this article for more information on these developments.




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August 30th, 2021

Increase Creativity in Your Writing

by Rahimah Sultan






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What is creativity?

This is in the dictionary:  1: the quality of being creative   2: the ability to create

A Google check shows this: the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

These are just for starters. Of course, you can find many more definitions and even come up with some of your own.

Anyone can be creative. Creativity is not something that is bestowed upon a few seemingly extraordinary people.

Research shows, that once you get beyond the average I.Q. of about 100, intelligence and creativity are not at all related.

You still have the potential for great creativity when writing copy.



Why Are Some People, Seemingly, More Creative Than Others?

Seemingly is the operative word here.

You may not be striving to write a book. But, when it comes to writing copy for your online business endeavors, you’re trying to get prospective clients’ attention and to get them to take a specific action for a particular purpose.

It’s a matter of immediacy, a sense of urgency. 

You want to come up with different ways to get prospects attention and to engage them. It may be time for another blog article and you need new ideas.

In these situations creative thinking is crucial.

You may have tried what someone else has advised that didn’t seem to work for you, or you may have some mental blocks.

Imani Campbell of The Sage Neuroscience Center states “A mental block is your brain reaching a barrier in accessing creativity, motivation, or productivity.”



So, What to Do?

This inability to clearly think or process information can be caused by many things.

If you really care about the outcome of something, you can become very anxious. For instance, that article you need to write looms like a giant question mark. What ifs begin to creep into your thoughts – what if it’s not good enough, long enough, clever enough, etc.

Whoops! Here we go with the blockage.

People learn bad habits that are mental blocks to creative thinking. These seven things may be holding you back:


1. Using different types of thinking simultaneously

Creating is generating new ideas, picturing, looking forward, considering possibilities.

Evaluating is analyzing, judging, picking apart ideas, and categorizing them as good and bad, helpful or not.

You need to separate the two. Set down your ideas first, then go back and evaluate their worth.


2. Following advice without question

There are many gurus who tell you their success secrets. It’s fine to listen, but following advice without question could lead to stifled creativity. Many have found success doing what others said wouldn’t work.


3. Fear of failure

No one likes making mistakes or failing. However, trying too hard to avoid failure sets you up for avoiding success.


4. Lack of confidence

There’s some level of uncertainty in every creative undertaking. A little self-doubt is natural.

Just have confidence that you can create and effectively carry through with solutions to challenges.

You’re on your way to becoming more confident and more creative when you understand that ideas often seem ridiculous at first, that failure is a learning experience, and nothing is impossible.


5. Discouragement from others

Most people will not see things as you do.

You may be all excited about some new venture you’re considering and they say you need to be sensible or they subtly imply that it won’t work.

Ignore them and once you’re successful, they’ll have to reckon with you.


6. Information overload

Over analyzing and cramming so much information into your brain before actually starting a project can cause you to lose the ability to act. You have to know when to stop collecting information, for that article, and start writing.


7. False limitations

Don’t become trapped by false limitations, self-imposed products of your experience. Be open to new things.

Step outside your comfort zone and explore something unrelated to what you do. Consider how people in those areas do what they do. You may find something that seems impossible today doable in the future.



How do You Regain Creativity?

Now that you know what may be holding you back, there are several things you can do to free your natural creative abilities:


1. Establish routines

Plan your necessary daily activities so you can have free time for creative ideas to show up and proper space to develop them.


2. Rest your mind

Block out the noise in your brain with scheduled time for daydreaming.


3. Move around

To create space for mental clarity you can walk, jog, run, etc. each day.


4. Complete mini projects

For practice in completing goals that require long-term commitment, perform a small task each day so that at the end of the week you’ve finished a project.


5. Take steps that help you achieve your long-term goal

Break down your long-term goal into a list of manageable tasks for each day, and check off one daily no matter how small. Don’t do more.

This is about sticking with a large project, rather than doing a lot of tasks fast and suffering burnout or losing interest.

You want to get into the habit of taking steps that help you achieve your ultimate creative goal.


6. Relax

Do something every day that you love. Spend 10 minutes daily doing just that and focusing on the good feeling you get.

You’re more likely to get new ideas when you feel relaxed.


7. Play around with your thoughts

Don’t always accept thoughts as truth. Think of the opposite as being true. If you’re worried that a situation may not go as planned, see the possibility of it going smoothly. Envision how you want it to go.

Playing around with your thoughts allows more creative solutions to arise.


Remember, creativity is not something that is bestowed upon only a few individuals. People learn bad habits that are mental blocks to creative thinking, and there are ways to regain your creativity.

These are just a few suggestions to increase creativity in your writing.



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August 16th, 2021

10 Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid in Your Writing

by Rahimah Sultan





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While you’re using great copywriting skills to convince your readers to take a particular action, make sure your content is grammatically correct.

Be careful when using autocorrect while typing. It won’t catch grammar mistakes, because a word may be spelled right and be grammatically incorrect. For example:

Your my favorite dancer.
You’re my favorite dancer.

Both words are correctly spelled.


Here are some common writing mistakes that can weaken the sparkle and credibility of your message.


1. Incorrect subject verb-agreement

If the subject is singular, the verb must be singular.

Example:
There is so many great ones.
Correct: There are so many great ones.

Example: Everyone was willing to participate. (This is correct.)



2. Missing commas

How you use commas in a list depends on the specific writing style you follow.

An Oxford, or serial, comma is the last comma in a list. It goes before the word “and.”

Example 1: When you go shopping, be sure to get eggs, milk, bread and peanut butter.
When you go shopping, be sure to get eggs, milk, bread, and peanut butter.

Although there are different schools of thought regarding the use of the Oxford comma, when you want to write a good sentence, it’s proper punctuation to always use commas to separate the multiple items you reference in a list.

Technically, it’s grammatically optional in American English.

Example 2:
If the shop is closed when we get there we’ll have to wait until next week.
If the shop is closed when we get there, we’ll have to wait until next week.



3. Apostrophes

Apostrophes are generally used in two instances:

For contractions (I’m planning to go tomorrow, if it’s not raining)

To show possession (Susan’s computer means the computer belongs to Susan)

They’re also used to indicate missing numbers in a year, ’89 for 1989 and ’07 for 2007.



4. Hyphens

Example:

Wrong: my 90 year old grandmother
Right: my 90-year-old grandmother



5. Loose or lose

Loose means not firmly or tightly in place.

Example:

Your shoelace is loose.
He might lose the money.



6. Could of, would of, should of

These are incorrect uses of contractions for I could have, I would have, or I should have.

Correct Example:

I should have gone to the reception, and could have, if Tom had been on time.

Slurring in speech results in the common grammar mistake of substituting of for have.



7. Affect and effect

Affect and effect are often confused, although one is a verb and the other a noun.

Affect is a verb that describes something that causes or influences change. Effect is what happens as a result of the change.

“Here’s a mnemonic: A is for action. Verbs are about action. Affect starts with an A, so it’s a verb.”

Correct Examples:

Not getting enough sleep will adversely affect your health.
The effect of not getting enough sleep is bad health.



8. There, their, they’re

There is a location, their shows possession by more than one person, and they’re is a contraction for they are.

Examples:

We live here not there.
They work there but it’s not their shop.
They’re happy to be home.



9. Your and you’re

Wrong: Your my inspiration.
Correct: You’re my inspiration.

Your is the possessive of you.
You’re is the contraction for you are.



10. Then and than

Use then when referring to time.
Than is used when comparing things.

Example:

I’m going to the library then to the store.
That is better than this one.

You can use Grammarly.com (no compensation received here) to check your writing.

Of course, there are some exceptions, to these rules, that are not discussed here.

Always check and recheck your writing for mistakes.

This article only covers 10 common grammar mistakes to avoid in your writing.

Remember that autocorrected writing must be checked for correct grammar usage.





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May 25th, 2021

Link Building for Your Online Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan







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What is Link Building?

According to Wikipedia, “Link building is the process of establishing relevant hyperlinks (usually called links) to a website from external sites. Link building can increase the number of high-quality links pointing to a website, in turn increasing the likelihood of the website ranking highly in search engine results.”



How Important are Links?

Link building for your online marketing is very important.

Before, Google search engines ranked their search results 100% based on the content on a webpage. Things changed with Google’s PageRank Algorithm which looked at how many people linked to a page.

Backlinks still remain the best way of determining the quality of a webpage. That’s why they’re still Google’s go-to ranking indicator.

With more updates Google’s focus is not just on quantity but also linkquality.


Page Authority

The authority of the page linking to you matters most. Links from authoritative pages pass more PageRank to your site. Google doesn’t share PageRank information publicly, although it’s the foundation of their algorithm.


Relevancy

When it comes to links page authority matters as well as relevance.

For example, if you operate a website all about photography and you get a link from an authoritative site about sports, that link won’t really count.

Generally speaking, you want to get links from authority sites that are closely related to your site.


Position

Your link’s position on a page is very important. If it’s embedded in a section of content, you get more notice. Don’t place it in a footer or sidebar where it counts for very little.

You want to place your links in the main body of the page. They should be “editorially placed,” where someone clicks it because they think your site is amazing, not in a profile you created on a random site in which you dropped a link.

These unnatural links can be considered a violation of Google’s guidelines.


Anchor Text

The clickable text section of a link is known as the anchor text. Anchor text needs to be relevant to the topic of the page you’re linking to rather than generic.

Don’t use anchor text excessively as that is considered spammy, just as excessive keyword use (keyword stuffing) is spammy.

A spammy anchor text is a link with an anchor text that has no relationship to the page on which it exists or the page it is linking to.

For natural anchor text links to your website, create beneficial content and the links and anchor text should come naturally.

You don’t want to be penalized.


Guest Posts

Be careful of guest posts. They can be spammy if:

Someone is paid to publish the post
The post contains exact match anchor text
The site exists solely to publish guest posts
The site is unrelated to yours

But, if you publish an awesome guest post on an authoritative, relevant site, that link CAN help your rank.


Nofollow vs. Dofollow

Both types help boost your SEO for search engine rankings because you get lots of clicks from many different sources. For instance, social media.

Nofollow links may not build you as much SEO juice as dofollow links, but they still drive traffic and build your SEO.

After all, your end goal is to drive leads, traffic, conversions, and revenue. SEO just happens to be one of the best ways to accomplish these goals.


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February 15th, 2021

Use Your Blog as Your Marketing Tool for Articles

by Rahimah Sultan







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Do you have a blog set up?


If you have a blog online you have established your online presence in business, and you most likely know the benefits of article marketing.


Use your blog as your marketing tool for articles that promote your products and services. Blog article marketing, can bring more visibility to your site and establish you as an authority in your area of expertise.


Use article marketing to add fresh content to your site and create visibility and authority. It’s a cost-effective way to drive visitors to your website and a way to obtain potential customers. When you write about your offers you can place a link in the article that redirects wherever you wish – to a squeeze page, another article or website.



What are some ways to gain publicity and credibility?


Write articles

Writing articles and marketing them via free article directories is one way to get more publicity for your site, products, and services.

There are millions of sources on the Internet with a non-stop appetite for content and articles written by people like you. There are plenty websites and newsletters that need articles daily. If someone uses your article, you get instant publicity and credibility.

The best articles are ones that contain great useful information. They may solve a problem or offer resourceful tips of some type. These are often the kinds of articles that get the most reads and are picked up by other webmasters. Just don’t give away all your secrets at once. You want readers to have a reason to revisit your site.


Do what you say you’ll do

Know the value of what you offer. Whatever your product or service, over deliver.  Your customers might be pleasantly surprised with getting better service than they’re accustomed to.


Be honest

Honesty is self-explanatory.


Be genuine

Being genuine goes along with honesty.


Communicate clearly

Don’t use a lot of business jargon when writing. Be yourself. Use your own writing style. Write the way you talk.  You win trust by communicating clearly how what you offer will benefit your audience. Position yourself as someone who can help.

Don’t make everything about getting a sale. First, communicate with prospective customers so they get to know, like and trust you. Then you can present your offers, maybe once in every three or four contacts with them.


Be consistent

When using social media channels like Facebook and others, be sure your message is consistent across all those channels. It should align with the values and mission you’ve established for your business.

Use a resource box to tie in the benefits of visiting your website. In about 50 words describe what you’re about and include a link back to your site.

When writing be sure you’re reaching your target audience by including a clear call to action. Start with a blogging schedule that you can maintain, maybe once a week.


In summary, you can use your blog as your basic marketing tool for advertising your products and services. As people visit and read information on your blog, you gain publicity and credibility. Use your blog as your marketing tool for articles that inform people what your business is about.


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July 9th, 2020

SEO Best Practices



by Rahimah Sultan






If you want to rank in the top ten results for your target keywords on Google you have to get the basics right.


You will be laying the groundwork for your site to increase its visibility in search by following SEO (search engine optimization) best practices.


This SEMrush article lays out the 9 SEO best practices that you should follow which include:

Aligning your content with search intent
Optimizing your images
Using internal linking and more



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April 16th, 2020

Article Marketing With New Strategies

by Rahimah Sultan






Google and other search engines changed their algorithms which affected how article marketing works. Algorithms have developed over time and are now rewarding relevance and context.  This forces article directory sites like EzineArticles.com to enforce stricter editorial guidelines.

Google wants quality and so do your readers. Your focus can’t be just SEO so you must start placing your content on targeted websites, ezines, blogs and forums that your audience is going to every day.

There was a time when poorly written articles could be published and perform well in the SERPs, if they were stuffed with keywords, even if they were grammatically incorrect. Now you have to perform article marketing with new strategies.


You need to:

Have original content

As article marketing has changed, you can no longer use keyword stuffing or mass produce low-quality content. Your content has to be original.


Write longer articles

In the past you could get away with a blog article of 350 to 500 words, but now longer articles seem to be the trend. Readers want more in-depth information to satisfy their interest. Search engines are designed to weed out short, promotional, and low-value content. So you need to write longer, well-researched informative articles. There is no real rule regarding article length so aim for between 300 to 1000 words of good quality content.


Have originality

Create original content intended for just one website. If you’re considering SEO strategy, article marketing is a valid digital advertising technique that has moved on from its earlier ranking roots. Google’s Keyword Planner is a free tool you can use whenever you need to do SEO research or revamp a site.


Use the power of guest posts

In addition to submitting to article directories, find bloggers who focus on similar subjects and work within similar industries and offer them high-quality articles as guest posts.


Be resourceful


Since article directories are no longer the hottest thing going, consider approaching ezine and newsletter owners with custom content. This won’t generate useful backlinks, but it will get your articles seen by potential customers or clients. Do incorporate links to reputable websites and provide valuable content to guests rather than trying to beat search engine algorithms.

If you want to succeed you can no longer submit an article to thousands of article directories and expect the traffic to come pouring in. You need to do article marketing with new strategies if you want to succeed.




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April 30th, 2019

Does Article Marketing Still Work?

by Rahimah Sultan




A large part of the reason that certain pages on a website rank well is due to good on-page SEO protocols.


To start with, use a free self-hosted WordPress platform. Make sure the homepage contains highly relevant textual content for the keywords that that you are targeting, and use plugins to help improve your site.

These suggestions and more are detailed in Joe Fernandez’s article titled How I Did On-page SEO For This Website.


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March 24th, 2019

Article Marketing: Why You Should NOT Use Article Directories

by Rahimah Sultan

About six years ago, article marketing was a popular SEO technique. You would write an article on a topic related to your niche and submit it to online article directories. Then you would get a link back to your site. Unfortunately, this technique no longer works as it once did, and it may even do harm to your site.

In his article titled 7 Reasons Why Article Directories Will Hurt Your Site, Mitchell Wright details seven of the reasons why.

If you want to improve your site’s ranking for targeted keywords, there are other strategies you can use for success.

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December 11th, 2018

Article Marketing As Part Of Your Overall Marketing Strategy

by Rahimah Sultan

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Although the rise of video has dominated the content marketing industry for the last couple of years, it’s evident that many people still prefer to read.

 

While many prefer to watch a video than to read written text, we’re often not able to listen to video, and for many types of content, we still prefer to read. Using article marketing as a part of your overall marketing strategy is a benefit to you.

 

Here are four good reasons to use article marketing as part of your overall marketing strategy:

 
To expand your brand visibility on the web
To validate your authority and thought leadership
To enhance your SEO efforts
To create pathways for the people, who want what you’re offering, to find you

 

Expand your brand visibility on the web

Great content is a relatively inexpensive way to advertise your brand and get more visibility on the web. You must provide quality content in an easy-to-understand manner that addresses the needs or wants of the audience you wish to reach.

 

Validate your authority and thought leadership

 

Beneficial articles validate your authority and thought leadership by showing your ideas and expertise.

 

Marketing effort builds momentum through consistency. Set up a schedule that works for you and stay with it, say one article per week. Marketing with articles takes time and persistence. It’s not a quick fix for cash flow.

 

Enhance your SEO efforts

 

You can enhance your SEO efforts with article marketing by properly using your keywords. Use them in your title, a couple of times within the article, and as a hyperlink that contains your main keyword(s) in your summary, which links back to your product or service by way of a landing page.

 

Create pathways for the people who want what you’re offering to find you

 

Create a pathway for people to find what you’re offering by using a landing page, also called a lead capture page. This is a page that has a call to action (CTA) and is connected to a source that collects people’s name and email address so that you can follow up with them to offer more information about your product or service.

 

As you promote your articles, there is the opportunity for them to go viral.

 

To have a successful content marketing strategy you will need a variety of different content types, including written blog posts, videos, infographics and webinars.

 

Search engine bots cannot read videos so you even need text with videos to rank higher in the search engines. You Tube, which is owned by Google, allows a 200-word summary explaining what a video is about. The text needs to be clear, unique and well-written.

 

You can get information more quickly from a well-written article than a video, because you can skim the article and pick out what is relevant to you. If you’re viewing a video, it’s easy to miss something while scrolling back and forth on the time bar, and it takes up a lot of time.

 

Use article marketing as part of your overall marketing strategy so you can expand your brand visibility on the web, validate your authority and thought leadership, enhance your SEO efforts and create pathways for the people who want what you’re offering to find you.

 

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