Archive for the ‘Internet Marketing’ Category

February 20th, 2018

Internet Marketing Training

by Rahimah Sultan

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In Internet marketing, you want to find fresh topics that keep people interested, and use attention-grabbing headlines. Lay out your points in order of importance to the reader. Do not leave the most important elements…

 

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February 14th, 2018

Four Tips for Online Marketing in 2018

by Rahimah Sultan

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Marketing trends are continuously evolving. Following are four tips for online marketing in 2018.

 
 

Influencer Marketing
Influencer Marketing Will Change. It is closing the gap with video advertising. Readers want shorter roundup posts with more authentic stories and actionable knowledge. Focus on “collaboration” with influencers to create content that speaks to your and the influencer’s audience.

 

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence will enable marketers to do a better job with things like email-personalization, A/B testing, and more. Although we’ve been able to get names and data for a while, AI will soon progress to the point of potentially helping to figure out which messaging is working, and which needs improvement.

 

When it comes to websites, personalization will go a step farther by examining your site users’ history, and providing them with relevant content, for wherever they are in the buyer’s journey.

 

SEO
SEO is forever changing, and Google’s algorithm updates will shake up things for marketers. For example, keywords will require a greater emphasis on natural, long-tail key phrases, optimized for the increasing popularity of voice search—which, as you might imagine, works more like how we actually talk.

 

Instead of “marketing trends 2018,” make a question of it just as you would speak.

 

As voice search becomes more user-friendly, technology is shifting to voice understanding, as opposed to voice recognition. SEO elements like search history, keyword research, location data, and more, will all be affected by this change.

 

Search engines are getting a lot better at figuring out what people are looking for when they enter a question into the Google search box. You need to figure out what questions people are asking, and go after those questions with your SEO strategy.

 

Ad Blocking
Marketers need to be prepared to allocate budgets to working around ad-blocking technology. These include social media and influencer marketing—mentioned above, as well as inbound.

 

Blog posts and articles still work to improve the SEO of your website.

 

To recap, influencer marketing will change, artificial intelligence will enable marketers to do a better job with personalization, SEO will require a greater emphasis on natural, long-tail key phrases, and you can circumvent ad-blocking technology.

 

These four tips for online marketing in 2018 are not new. They build upon existing trends.

 
 

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January 25th, 2018

Basic Internet Marketing Tips

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Your business has unlimited potential to grow when it targets the internet as its market. You need to have a blog, make sure your website meets your prospects expectations, and don’t stop with just a website.

 

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January 18th, 2018

Internet Marketing Without a Website

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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If you want to market online and don’t want to build and/or maintain a website, there are plenty of opportunities to earn money online as an affiliate marketer – no website or blog required. Following are 3 options.

 

Forums
Whatever your niche, you should interact with like-minded individuals on forums and blogs. In forums you can put your affiliate link in the signature line, and on blogs place it in the comments.

 

When starting out in forums, you must follow the rules which will be stated, and you must interact and add helpful content. Don’t start mindlessly posting your link. That is spamming and you will be blocked.

 

Some forums don’t allow affiliate links in the signature, especially if you’re a new member. So, you can purchase a domain for your affiliate link. That way when a visitor clicks on your domain it will redirect to your affiliate link. This makes you look very professional, and you can use the domain in other places as well so that people get to know you. The more active you are in the forum, the more likely people are to view your affiliate link/signature. Warrior Forum, Digital Point, WickedFire, and Marketing Checkpoint are affiliate marketing forums.

 

For an affordable domain provider I recommend GoDaddy or Namecheap.

 

Hub Pages
HubPages is a popular revenue-sharing site that’s a great option to try your hand at affiliate marketing in a subject with which you’re familiar. Users create ‘Hubs’ that are filled with useful content, videos, polls, and other category-focused information. You’ll have hundreds of topics to choose from, ranging from art and design to weather.

 

Besides flexibility in sharing, HubPages has affiliate programs built right into their platform. As a ‘Hubber,’ you can easily take part in the HubPages Amazon Program and their eBay Program. This means you can create hubs that are almost instantly set up to be monetized!

 

Since HubPages is built on user-generated content, the more helpful your content the better your chances of attracting an audience. As your audience grows, you’ll stand a greater chance of making money if you’re sharing genuinely helpful content that links to products readers will like.

 

Note: Some areas do not allow affiliating with Amazon, due to multiple tax rates within the state.

 

Social Media
Social media offers a free way to share your affiliate link. You can place the link in your Bio, then create valuable content for your followers, and encourage them to visit your Bio link.

 

You can do this on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, to name a few. But remember, since you don’t technically own your social media accounts, you must follow the rules of each site regarding affiliate links.

 

No matter where you decide to promote affiliate links, you should always provide valuable content first and foremost and only include affiliate links when it makes sense. It’s also a good idea to use affiliate links only occasionally. Not everything you create should be for the sole purpose of making a sale.

 

Of course there are plenty of opportunities to earn income online without building and/or maintaining a website, but forums, HubPages, and social media offer you a great place to start.

 

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January 7th, 2018

Marketing: 10 Tips

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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I thought tip number five in this article would be a good introduction.

 

Blog posts are the bread and butter of any company’s online marketing – but it gets better from there. A good blog post can be extended to an e-book, shortened into a series of videos, parceled out into infographics, and much more. Each different format gives you the opportunity to reach new prospects and build your brand’s thought leadership chops. All this and you save time.

 

You can read the Top 10 Internet Marketing Tips for Your Small Business for all the information.

 

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December 25th, 2017

6 Content Marketing Trends for 2018

by Rahimah Sultan
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For 2018 two things are certain:

 

Content marketing will become even more important
Content creation and distribution will change radically

 

Although content marketing is effective, the channels, tactics and tools that marketers use will continue to evolve.

 

There are 13 content marketing trends that will dominate 2018. Six will be discussed in this article.

 

Trend No. 1– Remarketing Will Become the Engine of Lead Generation
If you have some existing customer data, setting up a remarketing campaign isn’t very difficult.
If you have an email list of people who clicked through on an offer without buying anything, you can create a Facebook custom audience to show them a discount coupon.

 

Or you might have a different custom audience for people who read 2 or more of your blog posts without signing up for any lead magnet.

 

If you have existing user data, you can start a remarketing campaign on these platforms:

 

Google Ad Remarketing
Facebook remarketing
AdRoll
RetargetLinks

 

Trend No. 2– Personalized Content Experiences
One-to-one marketing aka personalization, is the key to good customer experiences.

 

When you visit a landing page and enter your name and email to download an eBook, the next time you visit the same site, you’re greeted by name and also shown more eBooks related to a particular interest. It’s obviously already being done, but more and more marketers will begin using personalization.

 

Personalized emails include name, email address, company URL, company size, etc.

 

Trend No. 3– Brands Will Create More Super Niche Content/Sub-Brands
No matter what industry you’re in, you will need to create niche content if you want to thrive in 2018. For example, if you’re in the fitness industry you can sell related products and reports on fitness supplements.

 


Trend No. 4– Content Will Adapt to Natural Language Search

Due to voice search we’re moving into screen-less search. Voice searches already make up 20% of all Google searches on mobiles.

 

Since the way we speak is very different from the way we type, your content needs to adapt to natural language search. Instead of writing about “best small business marketing tools,” write about “What are the best marketing tools for small businesses?” Here are a few things you can do:

 

a) Write complete, full-sentence questions and answers in your articles, rather than breaking it up into several sentences.

b) Use long, specific phrases in your titles and headers.

c) When determining your target keywords, keep in mind the conversational nature of voice searches. Try to target longer, naturally phrased keywords.

 

Trend No. 5– There Will Be More Bite-Sized Content
Over the past few years marketers have created longer and longer content. Longer content does rank better in SERPs which is fine if that’s your intention. But if your target market is millennials you’re more likely to get positive ROI from shorter, visually-rich content.

 

Instead of creating long-form content, mix it up with long and short. Use tweetable graphics or sharable in-post graphics.

 

Trend No. 6– Influencer Marketing Will Change
Influencer is closing the gap with video advertising. Readers are sick of reading lengthy roundup posts with shallow, regurgitated insights, and they want more authentic stories and actionable knowledge.

 

Instead of aiming for volume, your key focus should be “collaboration” with influencers to create content that speaks to your and the influencer’s audience.

 

Steps to take:

 

a) Identify key brand or product influencers, either manually or through a platform like TapInfluence.

b) Create a marketing campaign directed at those influencers.

c) Create a secondary marketing campaign for the influencers to drive greater awareness to a larger set of target consumers (such as a snackable content from an interview/analysis).

d) Track key metrics relating to reach, sales and brand awareness.

 

That content marketing is here to stay is beyond question, but the way you create and distribute content will change drastically in 2018.

 

From blog posts and social media updates, we should see a shift towards video and niche-focused, personalized content. Bite-sized content should come back into vogue and marketers will increasingly turn to remarketing to reach their audiences, especially in B2B.

 

For more in-depth information on these trends and the remaining 7 trends, read 13 Biggest Content Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2018

 

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December 3rd, 2017

The Truth About Content Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Content marketing today appears much different than it used to look. There are new tactics, trends, data, and content tools that have transformed our approach, and it’s easy to forget the core purpose of content. There are several things that all brands, marketers, and industry leaders need to know about content marketing today.

 

It takes effort, you have to be consistent, social media is not the only way to distribute content, plugging your products is not its only function, your blog can’t do it alone, it fuels and offers PR opportunities, and you have to walk before you can run.

 

John Hall details these points in his article The Truth About Content Marketing And What Brands Need To Know

 

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November 19th, 2017

Blogging for Business

by Rahimah Sultan

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If you run a small company or are thinking about starting a business, you may find that the world of blogging is something you want to be part of. It’s a great way to get the word out to consumers about your product or service.

 

As a business owner, the key to having a successful blog is keeping your goals clear and concrete at every step of your blogging journey. If you’re just learning about the exciting possibilities of blogging technology, it’s very easy to get sidetracked.

 

If you want your blog to succeed you need to stay focused. Write up a plan that includes how often you will update, how you will promote your blog and retain readers, whether you will feature photographs or video, and other aspects, and then stick to it with the same kind of determination that you used when you first started your business.

 

Blogging is an essential way to get your message out to others. You can incorporate text, pictures, links, short videos, or other media in your posts to make your content more appealing to readers.

 

There are many platforms for blogs that include WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Blogger, and Tumblr. There are pros and cons to consider when choosing a platform. You have to make an assessment and choose the one that best suits your needs for now and in the future.

 

WordPress.com is free but you will not technically own your blog. It can be suspended at any time, and .wordpress is in your domain name. WordPress.org is free, you have control and there are search engine friendly options, although you must pay a host to support it.

 

WordPress.org requires you to have some basic understanding of how the web servers and the installation process works. Although you can set one up in under 5 minutes, WordPress.org requires some technical skill for uploading files to a web server using FTP (file transfer protocol) and such.

 

Blogging for business is a way to showcase your passion and expertise and a way to brand yourself and your products. It allows you to present your knowledge and skills to the public. A good post length can contain as few as 350 to 400 words.

 

If you’re looking for a way to take your business to the next level, consider what starting a blog might be able to do for you.

 

If you have been thinking about blogging for business, now may be the time to start. Once you get your blog up and running and get a few followers your confidence will grow. Just take the first step.

 

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October 15th, 2017

Three Online Marketing Tips

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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There are many online marketing strategies you can use that include search engine marketing, social media marketing, and email marketing.

 

As online marketers, we understand the absolute importance of promotion. Marketing is the lifeline…

 

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August 18th, 2017

Internet Marketing: What’s It All About?

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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What Is Internet Marketing?

 

Internet marketing is a number of marketing activities that can be done online which include affiliate marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, blogging, paid marketing, search engine optimization and more.

 

Before you do anything be sure to get all the information you can.

 

Understanding The Internet Marketing Field

 

There’s a lot to learn, however everyone has to start somewhere. There are a lot of terms that may or may not be confusing to you, depending on your knowledge of the field. There are four general phases to really understanding internet marketing and making money online.

 

1) What’s actually happening online and how is money made?

 

At the start you have to focus on value, not revenues. In the beginning you do the most amount of work for the least return.

 

If you’re short on cash and hoping to make some fast money online, you’ll be disappointed. There’s no such thing as getting rich quick. All these schemes are selling you short. You have to put in the time and do the work while adding enormous value.

 

There are things associated with internet marketing such as affiliate marketing, network marketing, multi-level marketing and more. Affiliate marketing is really tough unless you have an enormous following or you know how to build first-rate squeeze pages and great sales funnels. You need to know the virtual landscape before undertaking creating your own digital products and sales funnels.

 

2) What do you want to do?

 

Once you understand how things work you need to decide what you want to do. Do you want to be an affiliate marketer, a network marketer, a blogger?

 

Whatever you do you’ll need traffic. You need to drive traffic to your offers with squeeze pages or landing pages which have a call to action and a sign-up form. This is your first contact with customers or your follow up after you’ve made initial contact. Learn the right skills as you go so that you can become effective. It will take time. Just don’t give up.

 

3) Know how you will communicate.

 

You should actually decide this before you start online. Will you blog, build a list, use social media or do JVs? Whatever you do, be straight with people and learn to communicate effectively and understand every stage of the process.

 

4) What’s your passion?

 

Decide what you’re passionate about and pick a niche. Get a custom domain and set up a professional-looking site that will be your place of business to which everything will be linked. All of your advertising, SEO, social media, etc. will be directed here.

 

Create free enticing offers to capture names and email addresses with your squeeze pages to start building your funnels. This will all take time, and you will profit in the end. It may all seem confusing at first. Internet marketing is a constant complicated process. Beware of unscrupulous individuals bearing shiny trinkets. Follow and learn from reputable people online. Don’t fall for the hype.

 

So, view the big picture of what’s actually happening online and how money is made, decide what you want to do and how you wish to communicate, figure out your passion and pick a niche.