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August 3rd, 2021

Effective Copywriting for Your Content Marketing






by Rahimah Sultan



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What is copywriting?


Copywriting is the skill of convincing your readers to take a particular action. That could be making a purchase, subscribing to your email list, or calling you for more information.


The most important copywriting skill in your content marketing is crafting headlines. If you have a great headline, the better the chance of getting what you’ve written read by a larger percentage of individuals.


Writing a great headline alone doesn’t guarantee success of your copy. What you offer in the headline still needs to be appropriately satisfied with your content or your offer.



If you have great body content with a bad or even marginal headline it’s probably not going to be read.


The late copywriter Clayton Makepeace said you should ask yourself the following six questions before you start to write your headline:

1. Does your headline offer the reader a reward for reading?

2. What specifics could you add to make your headline more intriguing and believable?

3. Does your headline trigger a strong, actionable emotion the reader already has about the subject at hand?

4. Does your headline present a proposition that will instantly get your prospect nodding his or her head?

5. Could your headline benefit from the inclusion of a proposed transaction?

6. Could you add an element of intrigue to drive the prospect into your opening copy?


These six questions, combined with the framework of the following four “U”s, provide an excellent foundation for writing outstanding headlines:

Your headlines, sub-headlines, and bullets should be USEFUL to the reader,
provide a sense of URGENCY,
convey the idea the main benefit is somehow UNIQUE, and
perform all the above in an ULTRA- SPECIFIC way.


Use your own voice in copywriting. You can be absolutely professional while being warm and likable.


Always check your writing for common grammar mistakes that damage your credibility.



What else do you need to consider in your content marketing copy?



Among the things you should consider in your copywriting are the types of copy:


1.  Plain copy

It’s a straight forward clear-cut presentation of the facts and benefits of your offer. It’s the most basic approach and introduces your product without gimmick or flair.

You’ll give a prospect the needed information to make an informed decision about the product.

2.  Storytelling copy

People love a good story.

We like hearing about interesting people who have overcome challenges that we can relate to.

You can use this storytelling technique in an email series, on a landing page, or in a short video. Whatever the format you’ll include four basic traits:

Opening – Show how the character of the story had a normal life until something happened to destroy that.

Conflict – Show how his/her life was threatened if they didn’t respond to the problem. What did the journey look like as they undertook the challenge?

Dialogue – Introduce a conversation about the journey.

3.  Conversational copy – In this style of copy you write as if you’re having a conversation with a prospect.

The language is like that of a salesman sitting down with a customer for lunch. Something that begins with I know how you feel or I can relate to a, b and c.

4.  Imaginative copy — You can ask your target audience to imagine life a certain way, what it would feel like to be a successful travel writer, or to pretend what it would be like to live the life of their dream.

Then you present them with a picture of themselves achieving that ideal life by way of a certain product.

5.  Long copy – The premise behind long copy is “The more you tell, the more you sell.” These ads convert well.

Since you’re not in front of the person, you have one chance to convert the reader. You should use bullet points to help ensure your most important details stand out.

When you’re following the basic rules of content marketing, remember that you don’t have to present all of the facts and benefits upfront.

You can use your email autoresponder to turn long copy into short easily-digestible snippets and reveal the presentation over a period of weeks.

6.  Killer-Poet copy – Your objective is not to convince your audience how smart you are. The goal is to educate and sell with your copy, and to do it with style.

Killer-poet copy sees writing as a means to an end (making a sale), and the ad as an end in itself (beautiful design and moving story). The killer poet combines style with selling. Creativity with marketing. Story with a solution.

7.  Third party endorsement copy

Third party endorsements can help you sell your products.

It’s really effective to position your sales argument as direct communication between the company founder and his or her customer.

With this down-to-earth approach, the playing field is leveled. It signals to the customer that the CEO is not just some remote figurehead who’s only interested in profit, but is someone who cares.

8.  Frank copy – Sometimes copy will point out the negatives of a product and lets you know some work will be required before the benefits show.

This builds trust. When your readers trust you, they will be much more likely to believe you when you point out the good qualities of your product.

9.  Superlative copy – Sometimes you can make unusual claims like a revolutionary material making investors rich.

You must be able to provide evidence of what you say. Your proof can be in the form of statistics, testimonials, or research. It’s best to use all three.

Usually, it’s best to avoid all hype.

10. Rejection copy — tries to stop people from being interested in your product.

This copy challenges the reader with the idea that only a select set of people are invited to use the product which could be a particular credit card or a particular group of people.

This is startling to readers as they don’t expect to be turned down.

This approach taps into our sense of wanting to belong. It touches our sense of pride and produces curiosity. We think, “They don’t dare… Watch me.”



Often several of these techniques are combined into one ad.



Whether you’re a company CEO, a copywriter, or a tailor, there’s a copy form for you.



For effective copywriting for your content marketing, consider using some of these tips in your next ad.



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July 5th, 2021

How Do You Set Up A Blog?

by Rahimah Sultan







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In my last article we covered what to do before you start blogging.


Now, you need to actually set up your blog.


How do you go about setting up a blog?



1. The first step to setting up a blog is picking the right topic.

For a personal blog you’re only concerned about enjoying the topic and having fun.

But, if you want to create income you need a winning blog topic.

Don’t try to be unique or clever. Pick a topic that has an existing audience and popular blogs already competing for the audience attention.

Who will link to you if there is no competition? Where will you get your audience? How will anyone find you?



2. The correct blogging platform is vital. To test the water you can start with a free blog at Medium.com and check ideas for viability. (A suggestion only. No compensation for me.)

When you’re ready to build an audience and make money online, use self-hosted WordPress.

That’s WordPress.org NOT WordPress.com

You can check out the difference here.



3. Now, decide on a domain name. Make a list of topics that interest you. These could be topics you think might be profitable, hobbies, or something random you’ve read about.

When your list is complete, check out these questions:

Do blogs on this topic have a Facebook page with more than 10k fans?
Do any blogs on this topic more than 50k followers on Twitter?
Does Amazon have any books with more than 30 reviews on this topic?
Are there any Google ads when you search for words and phrases related to this topic?
Do any words or phrases related to this topic have more than 100k searches in Google’s Keyword Planner tool?

If the answer to these questions is yes, you’re good to go.


Your domain name needs to represent your audience, a specific topic, and a benefit. For example:

Name the Audience.   TheBlogStarter.com

Name the Specific Topic.   TechRadar.com

Name the Benefit.   MakeALivingWriting.com


Once you’ve made a decision on your domain name, you need to check its availability and purchase it through a domain registrar. Any one of the following would be a good choice, and the fee is about $8 to $10 per year for a .com extension.

http://www.godaddy.com
http://www.namecheap.com
http://www.networksolutions.com
http://www.onlydomains.com



4. Purchase a web hosting plan. You need a place for your website on the Internet. You can pay a small fee to keep your website on the Internet, handle all your visitors, back up your website, provide customer support, manage the security of your website, and so on.

There are loads of WordPress hosts, but I recommend HostThenProfit.com (affiliate link).


Do not purchase anything else when you buy a domain name. The registrars will try to get you to do so, but don’t take the bait, as you’ll be setting everything up under your web hosting plan.

You’re now ready to roll.


So, how do you set up a blog?

By following these steps you can create your blog( ), grow an audience, and start earning a real, tangible income.

Don’t wait days, weeks, or months to get started. Start a blog today — right now.



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April 12th, 2021

Effective Internet Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan






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Internet marketing is more effective than traditional advertising. Online marketing is an economical way to get the word out about your products, services and your company. You don’t have to spend a large amount of money so a small budget works just as well as a large one.

Brand awareness is easy when you use the power of the internet. If you setup your marketing properly you’ll have a better online presence, get more traffic and be better able to compete against those who have already built good, strong businesses using effective Internet marketing.

If you don’t market your business you won’t be able to generate leads or make your products and services known. The Internet connects more people than could ever be directly connected in person.


Why is Internet Marketing Cost Effective?

Although it takes money to run any size successful business, it’s natural to be hesitant when it comes to spending without guarantee of success. There are numerous cost-effective Internet marketing strategies available.

Whether you decide to use a website, social media or some other method, Internet marketing can increase visibility of your business and make it marketable and more profitable. You’ll need to think of your marketing strategy in terms of something other than just traffic numbers. You need targeted traffic — those who are looking for what you have to offer.

You can use social media as part of your marketing plan. It cost very little to set up a Facebook page and discuss your product or service with billions of people, some who will be in your local community. There is also Instagram and Twitter, among others.


What are Some Effective Internet Marketing Techniques?

Besides social media there is:

SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Use SEO for your site in order to rank at the top of search engine results, thereby increasing the amount of traffic to your website or blog.

EMAIL MARKETING

Email marketing
is relatively simple, inexpensive, and can generate profit. You want to build a list of clients, prospects, customers and subscribers who want to hear from you. Then you can regularly market to them via email to keep them abreast of your projects and remain a priority and generate more sales.

AI CHATBOT

You can integrate a chatbot into your marketing strategy to qualify leads, interact with site visitors, and personalize the customer experience. Chatbot marketing may seem new to you, but it has quickly gained lots of popularity.

VIDEO MARKETING

Videos are educational and informative. You can use them to demonstrate your products to help customers understand them. They help you stay competitive and boost conversion rates.

Keep things simple when you are just starting out, and use only a couple of these techniques. As you get results add more.

Be sure to have a written plan with your goals and budget and incorporate these effective Internet marketing strategies.


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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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November 19th, 2019

Internet Marketing Using Digital Channels And Social Media


by Rahimah Sultan








Internet marketing using digital channels and social media is a part of overall marketing.


There are many components to a digital marketing campaign.


Social media is only one of all the available channels for digital marketing.


Social media platforms bring many people together to exchange information.


Any form of marketing products or services using electronic devices is digital marketing.


This type of marketing has been around as long as electronic devices, beginning with the radio, and can be done online and offline.


Digital marketing is advertising delivered through digital channels such as social media, mobile applications, email, web applications, search engines, websites, or any new digital channel.


For a well-rounded marketing strategy, you need to use both online and offline marketing.


While millions of dollars can now be earned from home using laptops and cell phones and the like, there’s still a place for offline marketing.


There is enhanced offline marketing which includes restaurants using ipads for customers to create orders, as well as radio, television, and phone marketing.


Enhanced offline marketing also includes electronic billboards, and some are interactive.


Other forms of this type of marketing include local people in your community wanting to be rappers and rockers handing out mix tapes and CDs and now probably USB sticks to get you to listen to their music.


The podcast model is now used on internet radio; that is, advertising right before the show begins and just before the end of the show. You must be entertaining in order to do well on radio.


When it comes to online marketing, there are several large categories:

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of optimizing your online content to ensure your site ranks high in the search engines for relevant keywords and phrases.

Search engine marketing (SEM) or search marketing falls under SEO and is paid search or pay per click (PPC)

Content marketing which has been around longer than the internet, tells a story about your product or service to help improve conversions.

Content marketing allows you to connect with and educate your leads, customers and prospective purchasers with whom you work to build trust and relationships to encourage them to make an educated purchasing decision.

Social Media Marketing (SMM) is the practice of creating content that you have customized or tailored to work within the context of each individual social media platform so that you can drive user engagement and sharing.

Pay-per-click advertising (PPC) is an internet advertising model… Wikipedia

Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting a product you like to others and receiving some of the profit for each sale you make.


Read


Email marketing is the process of using email to promote your business. It’s used to foster relationships with potential customers, keep current customers informed and updated about your brand, offer coupons to encourage customer loyalty, and much more.


Read


Unbounce has a great graphic that sums up all kinds of online marketing in one neat chart.


Here’s a great place to get started with your online marketing.


For a well-rounded digital marketing strategy, both online and offline marketing are needed. The number of people spending more time on electronic devices is growing.


Traditional appliances and devices such as refrigerators, ovens, and billboards will all be modernized to leverage digital media. Whoever controls more eyeballs generates more revenue.


Internet marketing using digital channels and social media matters because it’s where the attention lies. That’s why Google and Facebook generate more revenue than any traditional media company, because they control the most eyeballs.


The channels that make up digital marketing are search engines, social media, blogs, affiliate marketing, emails, online ads, and mobile apps.



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July 4th, 2019

Generate Passive Income With Successful Affiliate Marketing


by Rahimah Sultan







The definition of affiliate marketing is getting paid a commission from an online retailer for traffic or sales generated from your referrals.



If you are new to online marketing, the following should help you to generate passive income with successful affiliate marketing.



The three-step process required is:

1. You recommending a product or service to your followers
2. Your followers purchasing the product or service using your affiliate link
3. You getting paid a commission for the sales made using your affiliate link


Some advertising would have you believe that you can make lots of money for doing nothing. But the truth is more complicated than that.


There are seven steps you must take to avoid becoming overwhelmed and overloaded.


Now, let’s cover the first four initial steps that need to be taken.



Find Your Niche (or neesh)

The first thing you need to do is choose a niche to give focus to your business, help you with content, and help make it easier to  create targeted marketing campaigns.


When choosing a niche consider:

1. What you’re passionate about and already have knowledge of
2. Whether your knowledge on the topic is enough to write at least 100 blog posts
    (for search engine optimization or asserting your authority)
3. Oversaturation in the niche
4. Whether or not there is money in the niche



Build a Website

Then you need a website and a blog with the blog being the main focus of your site. Your website should also include several pages:

1. About to inform people a little about you and your business
2. Contact for sharing all the information you want to share with your readers, advertisers and
    potential partners
3. Disclaimer if your site is monetized
4. Privacy Policy to let users know if you collect information and how you use it
5. Terms of Service limiting your liability in case of misuse of information or services provided
    on your site and detailing user responsibilities regarding copyrights and trademarks
6. Custom 404 Page
7. Advertise if you plan on selling on-site ads, include a page for advertisers with information
    about available spots, monthly views, audience demographics, and a contact form


These pages are important to build trust with your audience.


Now that you have your website, it’s time to create good-quality content.



Create Quality Content

There are different requirements for joining affiliate programs. Some networks and programs want you to have already established content, site traffic, and monthly views at a certain level before accepting you as an affiliate.


Be sure to read the eligibility requirements for the specific networks and programs you’re considering before you apply.


You should have at least 5 strong posts already on your site with future posts scheduled.



Grow Your Email List

Email is still the #1 communication channel for marketing. An easy way to grow your email list is by adding a popup to your site for signups.


Now that you’ve taken care of the first four steps, it’s time for step 5, choosing your affiliate products / services.



Choose Affiliate Products to Promote

Now that you’ve chosen your niche you need affiliate products that fit and relate to your content.


You need to join an affiliate program and choose the product and / or services you want to promote. Then move on to step six which is joining an affiliate marketing network.


Join an Affiliate Marketing Network

If there is something that you already use you can promote that. If not you can make a list of things and do a Google search for related affiliate products and programs.


You can promote products that fill a need, those that your audience wants to know about, and products from others in your niche.


Before signing up, thoroughly research everything. Do not promote products you don’t use or know nothing about.


Lastly, you need to track the performance of your affiliate producers.



Track Your Results

Track your affiliate links to help you understand which products perform better with your audience. This allows you to provide better products to them in the future, and you can also use this knowledge to provide them with better content. When you do your audience will keep returning.


You will want to disguise your affiliate links so readers will click on them.

Click here and check out Pretty Links.com for shortening and disguising your affiliate links.


And there you have it; how to Generate Passive Income With Successful Affiliate Marketing.



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June 13th, 2018

Online Marketing Strategy for Business Success

by Rahimah Sultan

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You can market your business like a hunter or a farmer. As a hunter, you wake up in the morning, gather your weapons and head out to the hunt. Some days you come back with a kill and your family has a feast. Other days your family goes hungry. It’s a constant daily battle.

 

Your online marketing strategy for business success should be like the farmer who plants seeds and waits for them to be ready for the harvest, while nurturing and caring for them. You water and tend to your crop, and when it’s ready you start harvesting.

 

So many businesses operate like hunters—cold calling, spending huge amounts of time and energy trying to get new customers, discounting and competing on price out of desperation, and wasting large amounts of time pestering people who are not interested in their product or service.

 

When marketing your business farmer style, you set up a data base for emailing or direct mailing your prospects. Then you form relationships with your list, and some will eventually purchase your product or service.

 

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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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June 24th, 2017

Writing New Content Easily

by Rahimah Sultan
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Your content marketing strategy must begin with articles as the base. You can put them on your blog or publish them in article directories. It’s preferable to place them on your blog. Whichever you choose, you need to first create them. You can use the following as a guide to writing new content easily.

 

Generally, people will start with an introduction, list a few points, and write a conclusion. But that presents a problem if you’re stuck. So start with the end, the conclusion. What is it you want people to do as a result of having reviewed your content?

 

You include a call to action (CTA), but you must ask yourself why anyone would want to take action in the first place. If you don’t have a good answer then the chances that anyone else will are next to nil.

 

You have to start with the end in mind. Give people a reason for wanting to see what you have to offer. Tell them what it can do to help them solve a problem. Discuss some key points that lead to a logical conclusion.

 

You want to peak their interest so they’ll follow through and click on that link which leads to a free gift for joining your newsletter or sends them to a blog article that can help with something they’re struggling with or whatever you’re wanting them to take action on.

 

First, make an outline using your key selling points. This outline is simply a few key things jotted down for your benefit. List the main point and write a couple of lines about it, then go to the next important point and do the same. Use three or four key ideas.

 

Your outline should look something like this:

 

The problem – Don’t know how to…

My widget solves that problem by…
a)
b)
My widget solves the problem (how?)
a)
b)

 

Click here (CTA link) to check out the widget

 

You’re working backward, in no particular order, and listing the main points. Be sure that each bullet point and subtext leads logically to the next thing, and that in turn leads the reader to take some sort of action.

 

What would the reader need to feel in order to click on your link? Your conclusion needs to make people feel obligated to do what you say to get what they want.

 

When you finish discussing your points or ideas, the conclusion should make perfect sense.

 

Writing new content easily can be simpler than you think when you follow this approach of starting with the end in mind and logically laying out your key points to lead people to where you want them to go, i.e., your CTA.

 

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May 18th, 2017

Marketing: Getting Your Business Noticed Online

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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While sharing information about your brand, products or services, you have the opportunity to develop an honest bond with customers who are left feeling good about purchasing from you.

 

The smart online marketers build stronger business brands to stay high in the search rankings by building trust, sharing quality content, link building, using social media, and using SEO.

 

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