Free Local Search Marketing Workshop

We will be offering a free search marketing workshop on November 12th for business owners in the Los Angeles area. We will be covering the following topics: blogging, local search engines, social bookmarking, and ways to monitor your business on the Internet

Lunch will be provided along with FREE blog hosting and setup for all attendees.
Please click here to RSVP and find out all the details. We look forward to seeing you!

Search Engine Friendly Web Design Tips

We tend to get asked this question many times throughout the week:  What is search engine friendly web design? I’d like to clarify this for our readers.

So here’s a quick list of things you should be considering when creating search engine friendly web design:

1.) Loads quickly (no heavy flash loading files or quick time movies)

2.) Have clean code (programming on the back end – click view source in your browser to view the programming of a web page – some programs throw in a lot of code that slows your page down)

3.) Have a site map (at the bottom of every page should be a link to your site map that has all the pages of your site listed)

4.) Have proper headings (clearly name your pages and use sub headings as well to break up your content)

5.) Have good content that talks about your services and/or products (search engines love content – give the search engines relevant content)

6.) Make sure to name your images with the ALT tag (this is how you’ll label your images in the html – you can do this with text editors or with programs such as dreamweaver or frontpage)

7.) Make sure you have different title tags for each page on your site (the title tag in the html looks like this:
<title>Page Name Here</title>

8.) Lastly I’d spend some time going through the Google Webmaster Guidelines to get familiar with how the largest search engine out there wants to see your site.

Good luck!

Paid Directory Submission for SEO

Just thought we’d post some sites we recommend to our clients for paid directory submissions. We’ve found that these sites are worth the initial investment. Please let us know if you have any recommendations or had any bad experiences with any of these paid directories. When we perform setup on sites for SEO we submit to these paid directories to help improve the Google PR (page rank) and also to drive traffic from these sites.

We’ve also provided the link above directly to the submission page. Sometimes it’s tough to find where you’re suppose to submit your site. Good luck submitting your site! Make sure and find a relevant category for your site within those directories.

Matt Cutts SEO Tips On Blogging

Well if you’re reading this chances are you’ve heard of Matt Cutts but if you haven’t, he’s a rockstar in the search marketing space. He’s also know as the spam czar at Google. He heads the spam team at Google and speaks often about SEO and “whitehat” techniques. Whitehat is a term in the search marketing space that refers to tactics that are permitted by the search engines and blackhat refers to ways people try and trick the search engines. This video goes into ways you can do SEO through your blog with whitehat techniques. I’d recommend staying on top of Matt Cutts blog.

I’d love to hear some feedback on this video. Please feel free to comment.

Early Google Days

Just read this interview with Larry and Sergey, the founders of Google, and was inspired to post a link here. This interview was done when Google had 6 employees! Larry and Sergey both saw Google as being a leader in the search space back in a time when the dot-coms were ramping up to hit the ceiling in the dot-com bubble explosion in March 2000. They continue to drive inovation and are continusioly coming out with new products and improving on their current products. emarketed strives to learn from Lary and Sergey and hope to one day bring emarketed to the eyes of the public as one of the worlds premeir web marketing design firms.

Dealing with Google

I’m going to be frank with my opinion here. Just because Google is an innovative, booming company, one which will change—and probably already has changed—the way our world accesses and manages information, that doesn’t mean by any stretch of the imagination that Google should be treated with some sort of ivory-tower, holier-than-thou deference.

Believe me when I say, Google is as successful as it is specifically because they have done so much to shed the image of traditional mega-corporations. If you tried to call up your brokerage firm for some support and advice, you might get it, eventually. If, however, you are running a Google Adwords or Adsense campaign and you find yourself needing some questions answered, Mr. Google is more than happy to put down his trillions and his yacht and answer your phone call.

This sounds funny, but I mean it. Google has revamped the image of the consumer-conscious company. Their customer support professionals managing the Adwords and Adsense departments are nothing short of spectacular when it comes to helping you iron out your difficulties. But even though I’ve seen this in my own business and with dozens of eMarketed’s clients, some members of our industry fail to realize the significance of Google’s strong commitment to customer service.

In short, if your online venture should take you past the gates of Google, don’t be afraid to knock. They are not your average company. They do not want to be your average company. They want to be bothered, constantly. Their young employees play video games at work and eat gourmet meals three times a day. However, as a testament to their hiring process, Google is staffed entirely with young upstarts who will drop their unicycles and forks at a moment’s notice to answer a client’s call or email. These kids are dedicated to their job, period.

Google’s goal with creating Adwords and Adsense was to level the playing field between the small business and the mega-corp. As a result, small businesses have a leg up because they’re used to handling issues with suppliers and other businesses face-to-face or over the phone. Larger and more traditional businesses will have to adapt their thinking or be left in the dust when it comes to customer service and business solutions in the post-Google Age.

Free Live Search Business Listings

Just came across this today and added emarketed to the Local Listings section of Live Search. Live Search is MSN’s new search engine. It took about 15 minutes to add and is similar to the Google Local listing. At the end you are notified that you will be sent a letter via snail mail to your business address to complete the process.

You have the ability to add additional website links, pictures (up to 10), list of services, hours of operation, additional phone numbers, and of course your address!

Click here to submit your business to Live Search Local Listing Center today.

Search Engine Friendly Web Designs

Websites can also have landing page optimization done to help with SEO and PPC campaigns. The higher the website ranks in the list, the greater the chances of being viewed and the higher the conversion rate. This is what most website designers should strive to attain. Landing page optimization helps the search engine find relevant content and in most cases has higher conversions since the content is optimized to what the user is searching for.

To achieve this, a website has to be made by professional web designers who know exactly what a search engine friendly web design looks like and what the search engines are actually looking for in regards to content. Search engine friendly web designs are guaranteed to attract more traffic to the site. This task demands the expertise of professionals like Los Angeles web designers and natural optimization consultants who are technically equipped with the different strategies in order to bring your site to the top search engine results pages.

While it is true that SEO content is very essential in organic optimization, SEO content alone is not enough, even if it practically contains a large number of targeted keywords. Natural optimization consultants say that making it to the to the top in search engines is a combination of SEO content and SEO web design -visually pleasing, easy to navigate, and is regularly updated.

The bottom line here is that search engine friendly web designs are the ones that make it to the top in search engine result pages. Being in the social media marketing industry, this is supposed to be your goal: make it to the top in search engine results pages in order to have more chances of being viewed and get more traffic to your site.

PPC Landing Page Optimization

Rising up in search engine results pages does not happen by pure luck or mishap. It is not a result of a single technique, but of an extensive internet marketing campaign combined with SEO, PPC, Social Media Marketing, and much more.

Natural optimization consultants maintain that finding and using the right keywords is still the most basic and yet the most grueling task in search engine optimization. PPC Consultants are equipped with the technical know-how in pay-per-click advertising and in ppc management.

PPC landing page optimization brings in a lot of benefits for your online business. Unlike organic optimization, ppc landing pages can be launched quickly, so there is no need to wait till search engines crawl your site.

With the expertise of PPC consultants and SEO content writers pay per click advertising will also increase your market reach. PPC consultants and SEO content writers perform rigorous keyword research and analysis of highly competitive words for your sites. As a result, you also get more traffic to your site.

The best thing in ppc landing page optimization is increased return of your investment. According to most Los Angeles web designers, pay per click advertising yields more traffic and higher conversion rate compared to other marketing strategies. This way, you get more profit from your investment in no time.

SEO Links from other sites

Are links from other sites important?

Links from other sites to your website are also known as “backlinks.” These are as important—if not more so—than links from your site to other (thematically similar) sites. Search engines consider these backlinks as a measure of the value, popularity or importance of the content to be found on the site to which they are linked.

>>read more “Importance of Backlinks”