Online Marketing Up In Smoke?

Online Marketing Smoke Alert!

Well 2015 is almost at a close. Did your #onlinemarketing go up in smoke this year? It doesn’t have to be that way in 2016.
If your #Internet presence was just a big #backdraft this year with few leads, poor sales or conversions and only an ember of traffic…let a seasoned #onlinemarketer #leadgenerator #googleadwords #videomarketing professional of 16+ years online provide coaching so that 2016 brings you a #firestorm of #Internettraffic #onlinesales #businessleads PM or DM to discuss your 2016 #marketing needs.

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Website Traffic and Sales Terminated?

Last night I did something I have not done in quite some time…I was looking for potential #website gigs on #craigslist – I did find a few that looked interesting, something jumped out at me that #businesses and people have not figured out…While literally anyone can build a #website – There are services like Wix that have made it drag and drop simple. But there are two critical elements being severely overlooked; #websitetraffic and #conversions – A website without traffic or visitors is like a billboard in the desert, and a website that cannot convert that traffic to your end objective is useless. Think about it..would you trust a builder that said they could build you a house for $2000 or forgot to factor in doors, windows, or plumbing? Building a website without giving thought to getting visitors or converting that traffic is poor planning and a waste of time and resources. There are many amazing website designers that can create some works of art, but haven’t a clue about getting or converting traffic. Same reason you go see a specialist vs your general practitioner for a problem with your heart. If your website strategy or current webmaster has no planning for getting and converting your visitors…It’s time to TERMINATE them. If you want more traffic and converted sales or leads through your website and online efforts, let’s talk about your goals for 2016. I’ll Be Back with more information like this in 2016.   

Is Your Website A Billboard In The Desert?

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About a year ago I had met with a prospective client through a friend. I did an evaluation of their old website and proposed some potential solutions. They asked me to put together a quote and I never heard from them again. They took the information I gave them and rebuilt their website on their own thinking they would save some money.

Fast forward, they ended up talking with my partner through another friend. They are in need of online marketing because a year later they still don’t have any traffic to their website.
They discovered the “billboard principle”…

Without Marketing Your Website Is Just A Billboard In The Desert

Today, anyone with a little effort can build a website, but without a marketing strategy no one will ever know you website exists.
It does not matter what method you choose to get traffic to your website; organic search, pay per click, social media, etc. you have to consider what you are trying to achieve once traffic reaches your website. Are you trying to promote a product(s), service(s), signups, or some other type of conversion.
This is where the real work begins. This is where my expertise can put your business or service on the map.
Overlook this step and no one will ever know your products or services exist. Don’t let your website become a billboard in the desert. Let me help you do a thorough evaluation to help you grow your online business.

Online Marketing: Give The Process Time

As with any #onlinemarketing or #socialmedia campaign it can take time for the #seedplanting to take root and yield results. I am continually amazed at how many people are looking for a #silverbullet. Some magical button that I am going to push and #leads or #sales will instantly appear. Anyone who is truly #successful #online has put in the #hardwork to get there. If you have a #brickandmortar you’ve done double duty. In the near future I will share some personal and client stories to illustrate. In the interim, set some goals, test and measure results, make adjustments, test and measure again. Every business is different as are search volumes and cost to generate leads or sales. Be patient and give your efforts time to produce the results you are looking to achieve. #ppc #payperclick #onlineadvertising #onlinemarketing #internetmarketing #googleadwords #bingads #socialmediamarketing #contentmsrketing #videomarketing #websitemarketing #ecommerce

As with any #onlinemarketing or #socialmedia campaign it can take time for the #seedplanting to take root and yield results. I am continually amazed at how many people are looking for a #silverbullet. Some magical button that I am going to push and #leads or #sales will instantly appear. Anyone who is truly #successful #online has put in the #hardwork to get there. If you have a #brickandmortar you've done double duty. In the near future I will share some personal and client stories to illustrate. In the interim, set some goals, test and measure results, make adjustments, test and measure again. Every business is different as are search volumes and cost to generate leads or sales. Be patient and give your efforts time to produce the results you are looking to achieve. #ppc #payperclick #onlineadvertising #onlinemarketing #internetmarketing #googleadwords #bingads #socialmediamarketing #contentmsrketing #videomarketing #websitemarketing #ecommerce

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Where Can I Find Good SEO Online Advertising?

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I was in the middle of several projects and stopped to look at some of my web stats and noticed a keyword phrase that appears to on the rise; “search engine pro scam”

I received this email the other day relating to the same issue:

As a search engine marketing professional since 1998 I’ve seen the good and the ugly in online marketing. When people ask me what I do, I tell them I’m a full-time student of online marketing. Fact of the matter is that online marketing for those of us who do it for a living can be mind numbing at times. We need to sort out the fads, trends, and principles that stand the test of time.

Regarding search engine marketing scams, I’m amazed at how many emails I get from folks asking me to stop charging their cards or to stop service and they have no idea they are communicating with the wrong website / company.

Here is a thread I found related to the search engine pro scam real estate agents are talking about online:

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“Philip Roy” – says:

“I have had the same problem. I wish I knew a way to find a good SEO and advertising company but it seams like they are all full of it. Please let me know if you find a good one.”

“Dan Kennedy Homes” – says:

“Sadly, I’m experiencing the same thing.  Major rip off!”

I think folks get ripped off in their online advertising for several reasons:

  • Lacking knowledge – My best clients have a basic understanding of what SEO or paid advertising is.
  • Instant gratification – Folks want instant results and end up making poor decisions on how they spend their online marketing dollars.
  • Chasing the next big thing – There is a new next big thing on the Internet every 60 seconds. Start with the basics.
  • Cheap Mindset – We’ve gotten ourselves into a cultural mindset that everything can be outsourced for peanuts (I won’t bother to mention any of the sites here) – You get what you pay for.

Vince Curtis summed it up best – “NO Company can guarantee placement on Google except Google.”

I’ve been saying this for years. Additionally, Google and the other top search sites change algorithms on a regular basis. Any company that promises or guarantees a #1 spot on Google…. run!! Sure, someone can get you to the top temporarily, but it’s the basics that will help keep you there.

 Where to find good online advertising and SEO

If I knew nothing about SEO or online marketing I would start with some referrals. I’ve try to work with people I have some sort of connection with friend, business associate, etc. vs. some random person I found on Craigslist or a foreign country I can’t pronounce the name of. Another place I would look is a local SEO / SEM marketing group. Many major cities have local SEO / SEM marketing groups that meet regularly.

Don’t put too much stock into certifications… ask to see proof or results. Certificates are great to show some level of competency or understanding, but the ability to generate traffic and results that turn into profit are two different animals. I’ve personally managed over 2 million dollars in ad spend on Google Adwords and Bing while generating thousands of leads for auto dealers nation-wide, but I have yet to get Google Adwords or Microsoft Adcenter certifications.

What type of experience have you had with an SEO or online advertising company?

Share your story below.

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Yellow Page Advertising – Is It Working For You?

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Yellow page advertising has been on the decline for some time now and with the continued adoption of smart phones more and more folks are using the Internet to find local businesses.

At home, yellow page books go from my front door or driveway directly into my recycle bin. As I talk with friends and business owners, many tell me they cannot remember the last time they used a yellow pages book to find a local business.

So the question of how effective yellow page advertising is very relevant with the continued growth of smart phone users.

Do you spend money on yellow page advertising? If so, how much? And most importantly, how well is your yellow page advertising working? Share your opinions below>>>

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Making The Million Dollar Club – Google Adwords

We’ve recently broke in the the Google Adwords million dollar club. While it’s taken us some time to reach this goal there are companies that spend a million+ on Google Adwords advertising each month.

Here’s a small screen shot from our account  below>>>

If you are looking to get traffic to your website, advertising with Google Adwords is the fastest way to do it. You can set up an account, load it with funds from your credit card and then start getting traffic in as little as 15 minutes. We’ve had our ups and downs with Adwords, but we’ve been profitable.

I’m in the process of getting my referral codes from Google to give potential new advertisers anywhere from a $50-$100 credit for setting up a new Adwords account.

Want to get the most out of Adwords? Perry Marshall wrote the first book on Google Adwords. You can get a copy of his book here:

What is Google Adwords?

Google Adwords is essentially an auction style of bidding on specific keywords for placement on Google SERPs – Search Engine Results Page(s) Check out the screen-shot below:

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