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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18 Tips for Optimizing Your Pinterest Images to Improve SEO

Pinterest is perfect for businesses with small marketing budgets, and you can improve SEO and drive traffic by optimizing your images.

22 Tips for Optimizing Pinterest Images to Improve SEOThe image-based social media site is an online bulletin board that lets you collect and share images by “pinning” them to virtual boards. It has been one of the fastest-growing consumer Web properties — according to comScore, it ranked 28th among U.S. Internet users in January, with about 30 million unique visitors.

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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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Social Media: A Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

Are you new to social media? Are you unsure about how to engage your audience via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the rest? Here’s a handy infographic that doubles as a roadmap of the social Web. Created for CMO.com by 97th Floor, it analyzes the top social media sites in the U.S. and tells you how each one stacks up in terms of:

  • Customer communication
  • Brand exposure
  • Ability to drive traffic to your site
  • SEO

Overall, YouTube and Digg post the best results, although YouTube falters in the traffic area and Digg isn’t a great tool for customer communication. This guide doesn’t address the mechanics of how involved you need to be with each site when you launch a new campaign, or how aggressive — in general, it’s important to tread lightly with your messaging because over-marketing in the social sphere can backfire quickly.

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