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12 Blogging Mistakes You Need to Stop Making for 2017

Did you know that certain blogging mistakes can cause Google to ignore your website?

Blogging mistakes not to make in 2017

Yeah.

And, you DO want to attract people to your site, right?

What about converting visitors into leads or sales? Of course!

Amazingly enough, there are just a few tweaks you can make to your blog that will make a difference and make 2017 prosperous.

You Want To…

  • build credibility and trust
  • increase traffic to your site
  • entice people to visit
  • grow your email list with conversions
  • come up on the 1st page of Google
  • get visitors to stay on your site longer
  • get more sales!

Here are 12 of the Biggest Blogging Mistakes that I see Small Business Owners make. And they are all fixable.

  1. Using the free WordPress or other free, third-party blogging platform. Having your own website with a company domain gives
  2. Using industry jargon. You’re the expert, your reader is not. Write for an 11-year-old.
  3. Not creating fresh, relevant content regularly. Google ignores stagnant websites!
  4. Not sharing your content on social media. This is the main way to publicize your blog posts. Drives people to your site. Helps with SEO!
  5. Trying to be cute with your headline. Clickbait not allowed.
  6. Writing long paragraphs. Boring!
  7. Not adding the title of the post or keywords to image “alt text” descriptions. This helps with SEO!
  8. Not adding keyword tags relevant to your blog post. This is what the search engine sees.
  9. Not proofreading before publishing. Check spelling and grammar. It is your online reputation!
  10. Not having links to other internal, related content to entice people to stay on your site longer. The longer people stay on your site, the more chances they’ll do something.
  11. Not having relevant external links. Link to related sources or quote or other articles. This actually helps with SEO.
  12. Leaving default widgets like “archives”. No one is going to look for what your wrote on a specific day. They’re looking for topics.

If  You’re Making More Than 1 of These, then you need to Attend one of my SCORE classes! Click here for the Schedule.

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Giselle Aguiar, AZ Social Media WizGiselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, inbound and content marketing specialist & trainer helping small business owners learn how to leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. She’s the official social media, newsletter and blog manager for Greater Phoenix SCORE and teaches once a month at SCORE. She recently launched the Social Savvy Solution offering online, on-demand, easy-to-understand social media marketing tutorials. Helping the little guy get social savvy! You can connect with Giselle online at LinkedIn or on Google . Download a free ebook more mistakes you could be making!

 

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All the World's a Stage: Secrets for Building a Platform for Success 31 Oct

All the World’s a Stage – Build Your Platform for Success

What is a Platform? Shakespeare wrote,

“All the World’s a Stage”

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy WorldMichael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, puts it this way in his book, Platform: Getting Noticed in a Noisy World

Very simply, a platform is the thing you have to stand on to get heard. It’s your stage. But unlike a stage in the theater, today’s platform is not built of wood or concrete or perched on a grassy hill. Today’s platform built of people. Contacts. Connections. followers.

Your platform is the means by which you connect with your existing and potential fans.

You think you’ve got a great product or service, and that it will sell itself. Nope. Here’s why:

  1. Competition has never been greater. (Related article: What’s Your Competition Doing Online?)
  2. People are more distracted than ever. (Related article: Social Media Competition)

Why should YOU build and nurture your platform? Michael Hyatt offers 4 main points:

  1. No one knows your product better than you do.
  2. Nobody is more passionate about your product than you are.
  3. No one has more skin in the game than you do.
  4. Nobody is likely to do it if you don’t.

A platform is your online following. Your fans (Likes) on Facebook, followers on TwitterGoogle+ and Instagram, and connections on LinkedIn.

So, does that mean that you have to do everything yourself? Well, not exactly. However, you need to educate yourself before you hire an “expert” or “specialist” to make sure that the expert does everything correctly. What you don’t know can hurt you! (Related: Outsource or Hire: What Makes a Good Social Media Manager)

You probably find social media marketing overwhelming. Nevertheless, it’s today’s media and most of it is free! And it can be very powerful when you know how to leverage it properly and effectively. (Related: 10 Steps to a Successful Social Media Marketing Strategy)

The secret is you need to plan everything out.

  1. Set Goals.
  2. Put a Strategic Plan together on how you’re going to accomplish those goals.
  3. Put a Tactical Plan together on how you’re going to implement the strategy. It’ll either be a to-do list and calendar for the solopreneur or a game plan for a staff or team.

A SCORE mentor can also be of great assistance in every stage of your business and they don’t cost anything! You can search for a mentor with experience in your particular industry or just general business experience.

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Giselle Aguiar, AZ Social Media WizGiselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, inbound and content marketing specialist & trainer helping small business owners learn how to leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. She’s the official social media, newsletter and blog manager for Greater Phoenix SCORE and teaches once a month at SCORE. She recently launched the Social Savvy Solution offering online, on-demand, easy-to-understand social media marketing tutorials. Helping the little guy get social savvy! You can connect with Giselle online at LinkedIn or on Google+.

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Is your website just a fancy online brochure? 24 Oct

Is Your Website just a Fancy Online Brochure?

Is your website truly working for you? It should be — 24/7. It’s way more than an online brochure.

The most beautifully designed website, whether it’s a WordPress site or other platform, is of no use if it doesn’t have the following:

  1. Fresh, relevant content, no more than a week old, written, grammatically correct, for your target audience — this converts your static website into a dynamic website. Google ignores static websites. It looks for the freshest content that matches a searchers’ request — that’s what comes up on the first page of Google search. Blog at least once a week.
  2. A reason and a way for visitors to opt-in to your email list — this turns a visitor into a lead. It’s then up to you, with some email, sales or marketing automation system, to turn that lead into a sale. Give them something of value — a free ebook, a coupon, etc. — so they’ll give you their email address. Then deliver on the promise of a monthly newsletter. Note: if you have an e-commerce site or online store, make it easy for people to shop, if that’s your main objective.
  3. An easy way to contact you or set up an appointment — if you want a phone call, the mobile version of your site has to be responsive, so people can all you with one tap. If you want them to contact you via email, have a short contact form. Don’t ask more than 2 or 3 questions. Just what to you need to qualify the lead. Make it easy to set an appointment. Use an inexpensive service like TimeTrade — saves a ton of back and forth emails when setting appointments.
  4. Make it easy for people to follow you and share your content.Social media share and follow buttons — you have to make it easy for visitors to follow you on the networks and for them to share your content with their friends. And don’t put them just in the footer!

So here are a few don’ts:

  • Don’t make people hunt for what you want them to do.
  • Don’t make your site so flashy that it takes too long to load.
  • Don’t forego design for search engine optimization (SEO).
    • The most beautiful site in the world is useless if no one can find it.
  • Don’t hire a web designer who doesn’t know about proper SEO and social media marketing. It’s part of the online marketing package. You need to know what to look for. Be wise and be educated.

In a nutshell, having a static website is like a billboard out in the middle of the ocean. Sure a passing ship may see it, but that’s it.

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Giselle Aguiar, AZ Social Media WizGiselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, inbound and content marketing specialist & trainer helping small business owners learn how to leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. She’s the official social media, newsletter and blog manager for Greater Phoenix SCORE and teaches once a month at SCORE. She recently launched the Social Savvy Solution offering online, on-demand, easy-to-understand courses. Helping the little guy get social savvy! You can connect with Giselle online at LinkedIn or on Google+.

 

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Understanding the consumers' buying journey is important. 17 Oct

The Consumers’ Buying Journey: From Discovery to Sale

Today’s consumers’ buying journey isn’t like it used to be. They have everything at their fingertips.

They’ll…

  • Google a problem to find a solution.
  • peruse Pinterest to find the right gift or the latest style.
  • ask their Facebook friends for suggestions.

So where do you come in with your product or service?

First, put yourself in your target market’s shoes. See everything from their perspective.

Second, study this graphic:

Understanding your customers buying journey is important.

There are 3 basic types of consumers and each with their own buying journey

  • The Impulse Buyer – this person sees what she wants and goes for it without doing research, or reading reviews. She can afford to buy and may have done some research before hand, but once she decides on something, not much can stop her from buying. She’ll see trust and credibility right away.
  • The Explorer – this person needs to research and read everything. He’ll watch videos, read reviews and read blog posts. He has to be confident that he found the right product or service before he spends his money. He needs some convincing, but he’s not ready to make first contact. He’s not ready to trust. When he is, he’ll buy.
  • The Engager – this person will ask questions. She may have done some exploring on her own, but now she has a question that your website hasn’t been able to answer. She’ll contact you via your contact form on your website, Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn or even Twitter. Whichever network they are comfortable with. She’ll be confident in buying after she communicates with a real person.

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself:

  • Do you make it easy for the Impulse Buyer to buy on your website?
  • Is there enough content to convince the Explorer to trust your product or service?
  • Is it easy for the Engager to contact you from several different places online and will they get a quick response? (We’re talking hours here, not days!)

A SCORE mentor can help you in answering these questions for free! Click here to schedule an appointment.

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Giselle Aguiar, AZ Social Media WizGiselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, inbound and content marketing specialist & trainer helping business owners learn how to leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. She’s the official social media, newsletter and blog manager for Greater Phoenix SCORE and teaches once a month at SCORE. She recently launched the Social Savvy Solution offering online, on-demand, easy-to-understand courses. You can connect with Giselle online at LinkedIn or on Google+. Get a free ebook!

 

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SEO: It’s more than just Keywords [Infographic] 10 Oct

SEO: It’s more than just Keywords [Infographic]

Today’s Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a challenge.

(This article originally appeared on the AZ Social Media Wiz Blog.)

SEO, it's more than keywords

Here’s all that’s involved in SEO. Graphic by Alexis Wilke (CC)

You want your business to come up on the first page of Google. If you’re not doing Pay-Per-Click (PPC), Google’s paid advertising, then you have 10-12 chances to land on the first page. That’s called “OrganicSearch Engine Results Page (SERP).

The more competitive your field or industry is, the more challenging this is going to be.

It’s not “if you build it they will come”!

As this infographic from Macallan Marketing illustrates, today’s SEO is made up of not just keyword-centric website, but content marketing, blogging, social media and mobile-friendliness and responsiveness play integral parts in SEO success.

SEO - more than just Keywords graphic by Macallan Marketing

  1. You have to blog – it’s the fresh, relevant content that Google is looking for. Keeping Google happy is crucial. We recommend WordPress.
  2. Every time you share a blog post, landing page or even your home page in social media posts, you get “Google Juice” that helps with SEO.
  3. Posting regularly on Google+, Google’s social network, also helps. Read this related article: An SEO Tale of 2 Auto Repair Shops.
  4. Creating YouTube videos helps.
  5. Having a mobile-friendly website. Is your site mobile-friendly? Click here to test it.
  6. Be consistent in the 4C’s of marketing: Creating, Curating, Connecting and Culture.

Giselle Aguiar teaches once a month at Greater Phoenix SCORE on SEO and Social Media. Check out our upcoming classes.

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Giselle Aguiar, AZ Social Media WizGiselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, inbound and content marketing specialist & trainer helping business owners learn how to leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. She’s the official social media, newsletter and blog manager for Greater Phoenix SCORE and teaches once a month at SCORE. She recently launched the Social Savvy Solution offering online, on-demand, easy-to-understand courses. You can connect with Giselle online at LinkedIn or on Google+.

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Why you need to use Google Plus to help with SEO

Why you need to use Google Plus to help with SEOI recently read a blog post by a supposed social media expert that stated that Google Plus does not help with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and to not bother with it. I discovered that this is wrong.

Anything posted public in Google Plus gets indexed in the Google search engine and that absolutely helps with SEO!

I was doing research for a client on the economic overview of leisure travel and I click on a search result on the first page and it took me to a Google Plus (G+) post. Later, when I mentioned this in one of my boot camp classes, a student says, “I don’t see any posts coming up.” I thought that odd and continued with the class. I found out why.

On my office computer, I use Firefox as my main browser. On my laptop I use Google Chrome. I did another Google search on Chrome and I got a G+ post in the first SERP (Search Engine Results Page). Then I did the same search on Firefox and that post didn’t come up. I then realized that…

Google Plus posts only come up in Google searches done on the Chrome browser!

OK, so how important is this fact? How many people use Chrome compared to the other browsers: Internet Explorer (IE), Safari, Firefox and Opera?

Turns out that 69% of Internet users us Chrome!

Why you need to use Google Plus to help with SEO

In fact, the other browsers are losing users and Chrome is gaining!

Proof positive that Google+ is a crucial tool for search engine optimization (SEO)!

What are you waiting for? Get social savvy!

You need to understand how social media, content and SEO all work together. We can help. Check out our upcoming classes!

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Giselle Aguiar, AZ Social Media WizGiselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, inbound and content marketing specialist & trainer helping business owners learn how to leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. She’s the official social media, newsletter and blog manager for Greater Phoenix SCORE and teaches once a month at SCORE. She recently launched the Social Savvy Solution helping the little guy get social savvy! You can connect with Giselle online at LinkedIn or on Google+.

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