Ecommerce Blogging: Who, What And When

March 5th, 2008

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

If you’ve even remotely considered adding a blog for your eCommerce site, then this article is for you. In this article originally featured on Practical eCommerce, Jeff Muendel helps eCommerce business owners design a strategy behind blogging.

A focused, well-written blog can get readers hooked on the blog and promote repeat visits to the website or garner subscriptions via RSS feeds and email newsletters. These recurring communications will help to tie potential customers to your site, encourage natural link building and increase repeat visits. Journalists are also more likely to follow a blog or subscribe via RSS than to visit the corporate site repeatedly. So, several avenues of search optimization and online marketing can be addressed with a single blog entity.

From the SEO benefits of business blogging to how it can help your customers, Jeff covers the basics of “who, what and when” of blogging. Read the full article at Practical eCommerce here.

Choose A Platform And Blog, Blog, Blog

February 4th, 2008

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

Search engines also love fresh content, and blogs, by definition, are constant sources of new content. If written correctly â?? or more specifically interestingly â?? blogs can also provide wider link bait and garner links from outside the blogosphere. Search engines, of course, reward for good, inbound links regardless of whether theyâ??re from other blogs.

Jeff Muendel, Natural Search Analyst for Netconcepts, recommends that eCommerce sites take full advantage of WordPress, a blogging platform that offers a host of SEO-friendly options to allow for excellent search engine optimization. To read more about Jeff’s expert advice about WordPress and plug-ins, like the Yahoo! Shortcuts for WordPress plugin, visit the full article on Practical eCommerce.

Five Getting-Started Blog Questions

January 30th, 2008

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Originally published in ClickZ

Do you want add a blog for your business but have no idea how to get started? In this article written by PJ Fusco, lead strategist for Netconcepts, she covers the common questions online retailers have as they think about the benefits and drawbacks of joining the blogosphere and offers her expertise.

One of the questions she covers is: Will blogging really help?

If the blog is optimally created and maintained, with a transparent, sincere voice and a commitment to using it to build relationships as well as links, then, yes, it will help. How much? That depends on how much the company is willing to invest in developing relationships with customers and prospects in the blogosphere. The only time blogging can really hurt is if the bloggers are insincere and dishonest and ignore their audience, or if your company has a god-awful online reputation in the first place. If you’re in a war of attrition over your company’s online reputation, it’s going to take a heck of a lot more than a simple blog to fix the mess you’re in.

For more about this topic, visit the full article about getting started in blogging at ClickZ.

Twelve SEO Mistakes Most Bloggers Make

August 23rd, 2007

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Originally published in Search Engine Land

In this article Stephan Spencer, President and Founder of Netconcepts, writes about the most, common mistakes that bloggers make, and what to do about them. From title tag optimization to keyword URLs, you’ll want to read this article to optimize your personal or business blog to help your blog increase its search visibility.

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Google News comments likely to be panned by major corporations

August 8th, 2007

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Originally published in Natural Search Blog

Sometimes Google’s announcements get lost in the shuffle. “Google today introduced a new experimental feature in their News – theyâ??ve added story participant comments into their listings of stories.” In this article, Chris Smith talks about his thoughts and reactions to Google’s decision to allow comments on their news, and how it relates to other companies. Read more about Chris’ thoughts in the article here, and learn how comment-enabling might benefit your company.

Making Blogging and RSS Pay Off

May 22nd, 2007

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Originally published in Catalog Success

In the intensive session I led during the ACCM in Boston on May 21, the overriding theme was that search engines judge a siteâ??s worth on its inbound links. Translation: No links = no rankings.

Blogs, meanwhile, are great at attracting links from the blogosphere, because bloggers are rather cliquish and mostly tend to link to each other. So youâ??ll earn links as a blog that you wouldnâ??t normally earn otherwise.

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Marketing on MySpace

January 2nd, 2007

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Originally published in MarketingProfs

With tens of millions of users (but probably not the purported 100 million), MySpace.com is a force to be reckoned with. Especially when you consider that MySpace apparently drives more traffic to online retailers than MSN Search, according to some recent Hitwise data.

But MySpace is hard for many of us adults to get our heads around. It just doesn’t seem logical: How does it hold the interest of so many young people with short attention spans, despite the fact that the design/usability is so atrocious, the Web page creation platform is so frustratingly restrictive, and it’s chock full of so many profiles that are obviously fake, spam, duplicated, or abandoned?

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SEO: Blogging Your Way to the Top

July 1st, 2006

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Originally published in Practical Ecommerce

Search engines, Google in particular, seem to love blogs. This is in part due to the fact that search engines rely heavily on links for their ranking algorithms, and the blogosphere is rich with interlinkages. Bloggers constantly link to each other – through “hat tips,” “blogrolls,” “trackbacks,” and so forth. Furthermore, blogs tend to be heavy on content and light on search-engine-unfriendly features like overly complex URLs, frames, JavaScript-based links and Flash. I’ve seen new blogs quickly penetrate Google’s top results where a brandnew, traditional website might have languished in the “Google sandbox” for a number of months…

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10 Tips to Help Your Blog Soar in the Search Engines (Part 2 of 2)

May 9th, 2006

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Originally published in MarketingProfs

In this continuation of ten useful tips about optimizing your blog for search engines, we look at the five remaining tips, including: sticky posts, heading tags, anchor text and more.

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10 Tips to Help Your Blog Soar in the Search Engines (Part 1 of 2)

May 2nd, 2006

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Originally published in MarketingProfs

With over 75,000 new blogs created every single day, and tens of millions of blogs already in the blogosphere, it’s not a given that you’ll get found by your target audience and develop a loyal following of readers. What can you do to pull in the crowds and to rise in the rankings? Read on and I’ll share my secrets…

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