Archives for June 2013

3 Ways to Use Guest Blog Posts to Promote Your Brand

Today’s guest post is from Bev Sninchak, a veteran freelance writer with 16 years of experience producing content for both print and online publications. She writes about many subjects, from how to use SmallBusinessReputation.com to manage your online reputation to mastering the latest social media strategies. She lives with her husband, kids and a menagerie of pets in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Use Guest Blog Posts to Promote Your Brand - Aleweb Social MarketingIf you have a blog and you update it regularly, you might be wondering what else you can do to expand your brand’s online reach. One effective way to promote your brand and mix things up a bit is to guest post on other blogs.

Here are three ways to effectively utilize guest posts to increase interest in your brand.

1. Target Appropriate Host Blogs

The most effective guest posts will appear on blogs that relate in some way to your product or brand. For instance, if your product has to do with telecommunication, it wouldn’t make sense to write posts for blogs that have to do with baking cupcakes. Keep your focus tight and relevant when it comes to targeting potential blogs to pitch your guest posts to.

The smartest way to be invited to guest blog is to be a participant on a blog as a commenter. If you’re already active in the blogging community, then you have a head start. If you aren’t active yet on industry-related blogs, now is the time to get familiar with the online blogging community and make you—and the brand you represent—visible.

You can also seek out blogs that are open to guest posts by visiting websites such as BloggerLinkUp.com or MyBlogGuest.com.

2. Know Your Audience

When you write guest posts for other blogs, always keep your audience in mind. Get a feel for the voice and style of each blog you’ll be guesting for. Take special note of the tone and writing style. The regular audience of a particular blog will have set expectations for the kind of blog posts they’ll read in the future, so model the format of your guest post to that of the source blog you’re writing for.

If your targeted blog uses technical language, reflect that in your guest post. However, if a blog’s posts are written for the general public and are light on industry jargon, avoid confusing terms and wording.

Read past blog posts from your targeted host blogs and check out the comment sections as well. Perusing reader comments can give you insight into the education, knowledge and interests of a blog’s followers. Keep in mind that the average adult reads at a ninth-grade level. Don’t churn out a guest blog post written at a post-graduate level and risk alienating your audience.

3. Make it Personal

Yes, readers are interested in your business, and you want to guide them to your product or brand, but don’t forget to add a personal touch as well. People find personal-themed blog posts interesting because of the voyeur factor. They also draw a lot of traffic.

Many readers will ask questions such as, “What is the company’s CEO’s personality like?” Take, for example, the late Steve Jobs. Although Apple’s products attracted buyers on their own merits, plenty of people (avid Mac users and PC users alike) were curious about Steve’s history, personal philosophy, and work methods. The same can be said for Bill Gates and Microsoft. One way or another, the brand is always connected to the people behind it. Make that connection with your brand and your guest blog readers as well.

You can tap into the personal factor in your blog post, as well as promote your brand, by making readers feel like you’re having an intimate conversation with them, as if you’re sitting down with them and chatting over a cup of coffee at a local shop. When you communicate with readers on a personal level and connect it to your profession, you instill confidence in people and, by association, your brand. Let them see glimpses of your personality and business philosophy.

By taking advantage of guest blog posts, you will keep the attention of your regular subscribers and attract new ones over to your home blog. In addition, your new readers will likely follow you on other social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook. Guest blogging is an essential way to effectively market and promote your business and build your clientele.

3 Video SEO Tips You Can Use Right Now

Today’s guest post is from my friend, Chris Westfall, the National Elevator Pitch Champion. Enjoy his insights into how to use video SEO properly to share your compelling story.

Your brand deserves a great story, and these video SEO tips will help you to make your message matter.

While YouTube is the #2 search engine in the world, if you want your story to be heard, you’ve got to master video SEO tricks. But you may be surprised to know that YouTube may not be the best place for your video. Or, perhaps a better way to say it, there’s more than just YouTube, if you’re interested in the best video SEO.


Three Tips for Creating a Great Video Message Online

Once you’ve crafted your great video content, you still have to ensure it gets found! So, here are the next steps to follow.

  1. For Great Video SEO, put your message on Vimeo.com – It may seem counter-intuitive since Google owns YouTube, but videos on Vimeo.com are actually ranked higher in searches, in terms of video SEO. While the audience for Vimeo is smaller than YouTube, the SEO rankings are based on the relevance of the content. Google will often rank Vimeo.com above YouTube, even with similar keyword content. So, what’s the takeaway from this tip? Get yourself a Vimeo channel and post your content on Vimeo! And, if you don’t believe in the power of video SEO juice from Vimeo, make sure you include a link to your YouTube channel and post your content in multiple locations. While many will disparage duplicate content from an SEO perspective, video SEO is multiplied when your content is posted on multiple sites. Make sure Vimeo.com is part of your marketing mix for great video SEO.
  2. Get smart about your keywords and title, if you want great video SEO – Do you use Google’s keyword search tool to determine the name of your video? How about for the keywords you include in the video’s description? Using the keyword search tool from Google adwords will give you great insight into your video SEO. It’s counter-intuitive, but you want to be general (not specific) in order to be found. If you want your video to attract eyeballs, use the Google search tool to identify where the eyeballs are. In other words, use terms that are highly searched and include those words in both the title and the description for your video.
  3. Great video SEO starts with great links – Make sure that your description field includes at least one link. It’s a great idea to include a link to your website, your blog, or other content that’s meaningful (for example, if you have a Brand Yourself page for your personal brand, or an About.me page, or even a LinkedIn profile, you can include these links and improve your video SEO. Want to get really fancy? Then include a link to your vimeo.com page, and do the same from inside Vimeo.

Video SEO is What Your Brand Deserves

With these three ideas, you can create greater backlinks, identify additional resources for your viewers, and generate the kind of traffic that gets your message noticed. If you’ve taken the time to create some good video content, you deserve to have that content viewed. Use tools like YouTube and Vimeo to make sure your message gets out there.

And remember, there’s no substitute for great content. Video SEO is about understanding how optimization works, but great content is an even bigger boost to your brand.

About the Author:

Chris Westfall is the national elevator pitch champion, and the author of The NEW Elevator Pitch. His YouTube channel has nearly 700,000 video views and over 550 subscribers. His website is westfallonline.com and his YouTube channel is /westfallonline. His video production business is Your Online Video, Inc. and he regularly consults with high-growth businesses on effective video production.