10 Great Alternatives to the Google Keyword Research Tool

Keyword research is a fundamental part of content marketing. 

10 best alternatives to the Google Keyword ToolIt is an indispensable tool for developing a potent inbound marketing strategy and improving SEO. Search engines favor compelling content, but you won’t generate much traffic if you don’t include the words and phrases people are most interested in and actively searching for. Because many of the available keyword research tools are confusing and counterintuitive, the process can be challenging and time-consuming.

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Email Still Trumps Social Media for Online Marketing

Email marketing wins more online customers than Facebook and Twitter, but it lags behind organic search.

Email drives online shoppingThe customer acquisition landscape is constantly in flux. The introduction of disruptive technologies and tools over the last few years has spawned enormous changes in online marketing. But a recent report from Custora, maker of a predictive analytics platform, reveals that online retailers are winning new customers via traditional email marketing at quadruple the rate they did four years ago. The good old-fashioned marketing method still provides the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to reaching and retaining high-value customers online.

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Google Plus SEO: The Business Benefits

Google Plus offers business opportunities available nowhere else.

http://www.pamorama.net/2013/06/16/a-beginners-guide-to-content-marketing-infographic/The social network run by Google — the gateway to your business — is a game-changer. It ties together several Google products and delivers many rewards for brands. Vic Gundotra, the head of Google+, has said, “It’s really the unification of all of Google’s services, with a common social layer.” Google+ places a heavy emphasis on search engine optimization (SEO), which differentiates it from other social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. 

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Use Google Authorship to Improve SEO and Drive Traffic

Don’t miss a huge branding opportunity: Link your Google+ profile to the content you create

Google Authorship improves SEO and branding, increases traffic Google is looking to put user identity at the forefront of a number of its products, including search. They are trying new ways to authenticate quality links. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt discusses this in his upcoming book, “The New Digital Age”, writing that profile verification will be directly linked to search engine rankings:

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Find and Reserve Your Social Media Name

Grab your name and secure your brand before someone else does

Find and reserve your social media nameA consistent social media identity across the Web is crucial for brands. Whether you’re trying to develop your company’s personality or your own, having many different names  creates confusion and dilutes the impact of all of your social media marketing activities.

There are hundreds of sites that can host your profile, but being the first to claim your name on every one can be difficult. Most of them prevent automated sign-up processes, so you need to manually create a profile for each.

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LinkedIn is the Best Social Network for Improving SEO

When it comes to sharing links, Facebook and Twitter immediately come to mind as the social networks of choice. Dan Zarrella, HubSpot social media scientist, recently conducted a study of link sharing and SERP (search engine results page) correlation on the top three social media platforms — Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn — to determine which platform improves search engine results the most. Surprise, it’s LinkedIn!

LinkedIn is the best social network for improving SEOThis is important because receiving more shares creates a snowball effect. Each time your content is seen and shared, you receive an inbound link. The more links your article has, the higher the authority rank it is given by search engines. This results in higher search engine placement and, along with it, more site traffic.

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30 Resources and Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Business

People like to collect things. Sports memorabilia, carnival glass, stuffed animals, you name it. Pinterest, the new social-media darling, took note of this behavior and created an easy-to-use site where people can share their interests in the form of pictures. I just started playing around with the platform, collecting images about social media and marketing and other topics.

How to use Pinterest to market your businessThe site is beautifully designed and truly engaging. It has been around since 2009, but it’s resonating with users now and experiencing explosive growth. comScore reports that Pinterest hit 10 million unique U.S. visitors faster than any site in history. The average Pinterest user spends 98 minutes per month on the site, compared to 2.5 hours on Tumblr, and 7 hours on Facebook, but a recent study by Shareaholic shows that Pinterest is driving more referral traffic than Google+, YouTube, Reddit, and LinkedIn — combined.

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