Posts tagged ‘Search Engines’

Top 8 Twitter Tips

I was asked to do a presentation on web stuff so I had to think of a topic that would benefit most of the people listening. I get a lot of questions about Twitter, so I thought I would give my top 8 tips on how to optimise Twitter for Google.

  1. A good description is key as it tells everyone in a very short time what you do or who you are so it should include the keywords you want to be found for. Here’s my twitter description: Website Design Glasgow, Websites, Content Management Systems, Search Engine Optimisation & Social Media Marketing, Branding, Flash & Mobile Applications.
  2. The first 25-40 characters should contain your keywords to be effective in Google searches but make sure it still reads well for your audience.
  3. Link to your own twitter profile where you can. For example if you are getting new business cards made put it in the contact details part, but only if you intend to keep it up. Otherwise a dead page won’t look good to your prospect.
  4. Tweet often, but please make sure it’s relevant, don’t tweet for tweets sake, also try to be as current as possible, think daily news of your industry, client issues or resources for your prospects, not what you had for breakfast, well unless you are a celebraty and your promoting something like healthy eating.
  5. The more followers you have the bigger the boost to your ranking in Google for your Twitter account, but beware of following people, you know you don’t have to follow them because they followed you. Make sure you keep the quality high on who you essentially are giving a “I like this person”. Just in case you are interested you can find my twitter account here for Alan Fair Web Design Glasgow.
  6. Use a URL that’s been shortened like www.bit.ly, http://goo.gl/ or http://tinyurl.com/ this basically takes a long URL that you have and gives it a code to make it as short as possible. It also ensures you have more characters to type on your tweet with so it’s worth the extra effort.
  7. Don’t spend more than 1-2 hours a week maximum. If you have a clear Twitter strategy it should only take a few minutes each tweet, so even if you do a lot it shouldn’t take a bite out your week to get on with business.
  8. Here’s a secret one most people don’t know about, make sure that the image on your profile has its filename edited to include your most important keyword or two, but don’t make it too long Google probably won’t like that. For example I have web-design-glasgow-alan-fair.jpg I would say that’s about as long as it should be. Don’t foget it needs to at least be descriptive of the image, so think very carefully about what you call it and what image you put up there.

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Do you know what your social media strategy is?

So you’ve probably heard so much about social media lately.

I know that I’m beginning to get sick of hearing about it, however it is currently a necessity in the online marketing world as your voice may not be heard if you don’t.

If your fresh to the online marketing area, here are 6 points to help you start to form your own social media strategy.

You want to:

  1. Sell your Services or Products
  2. Talk to or keep  your client base or potential clients informed/updated
  3. Provide proof of your expertise in your field
  4. Increase your Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engine rankings
  5. Make new venture partners
  6. Grow your network for potential referrals

So you may have one of those in mind or a mixture or potentially one that isn’t there (let me know, I’ll add it to the list!). If you do know what you want out of it, choose one that aligns to your business and has what you think is the biggest potential. Only then can you begin to record and analyse the return on investment for the time and effort or even money you spend implementing your strategy.

What to keep in mind is that the best strategies don’t happen overnight. You need to have patience and for best results show your passion for your field and be truthful.

I hope this helps some of you out there.

Alan Fair

Contact Multimedia

Social Media – How does it all relate to your own website?

How does Search Engines, Social Media, Blogs, Directories, SEO, Articles, Video and Podcasts, Networking, Link Building, Newsletters (the list goes on) all relate to your own website?

I’ve had lots of clients that are confused by it all as they can’t figure out how it’s all related to each other. I have also attended a couple of network meetings that had some talks on the subject, these highlighted to me a need for a simplification of the concept. So I thought I would make a visual representation of the most popular abstract concepts.

The image below shows the main/popular methods and essentially how they can relate to your own website. There are many more options that could be added, but these are the ones mostly talked about by my clients.

One of the biggest realisations of the visual below is that Social Media is fast becoming it’s own form of a people and content search engine outside of search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.

Social Circle - How it all relates to your website

Why don’t you make a comment on the post and I’ll try to update it if there is space or I’ll create a second one to cover the others, like say traditional marketing media (flyers, brochures etc…).