Weird Social Search Experiment You Can Participate In

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In the interest of watching how quickly the major search engines index new content I began, on 28 August, a very simple experiment. Over the last 7 days, today being the 8th day, I have monitored the growth of the proliferation. Now you are invited to join in and watch the growth. Participating is very simple and you need do no more than this; post the phrase “Elberdarle Dillishnad” on any social media network, on your website, as a title tag for an image, in the meta description of a page; in any manner you choose. While it would be nice for you to post what you did here in the comments, and certainly that would help develop the science of the report, it is not a requirement.

Method: I created a unique phrase which has not yet existed on the web and posted it to my blog (this one), Twitter, Facebook (business page), Pinterest, Google Plus, and LinkedIn simultaneously. Since then I have only observed. Beginning today, 05SEP2013, I am cross posting and inviting others to post as well.

What Is The Point Of A Social Search Experiment?

We all know Google and Bing eventually pick up on most posts. Something interesting I have already found from this is that neither Google nor Bing have picked up on posts made on day 1 to LinkedIn. Interestingly, too, Google Plus does not (on this day 8) yet show in either the Bing or the Google search results. (I used advanced search techniques to limit the search to the domains). Continue reading

Proven Results For Writing Powerful Titles Immediately

Title Analyzer Results

Title Analyzer Results

Let’s face it. Most of us are small business operators, advisers or entrepreneurs. We wear many hats – often too many. For the majority of us having our message stick out from the masses is very important and vital to our continued success and growth. Far too often we are forced to work our own miracles and many times that ends with less than desired effects or even abject failure. Failure, as is said, really is not a viable option.

One Solution: Hire a Content Manager

Hire a copy writer or a seasoned content manager. It may not be as pricey as you think and you may also hire one just to review your content and make suggestions. Just about any reliable copy writer with SEO knowledge can quickly craft powerful titles based on your subject matter. Likewise a content manager can scour your writings and come up with titles geared to appeal to both the human reader and the search engine robots and algorithms.

Another Solution: Use A Title Analyzer

There are a few title analyzers available online. The image to the right is from the title analyzer at The Advanced Marketing Institute.  Try it with the actual title of this article “Proven Results For Writing Powerful Titles Immediately“. This one actually compares the words in your title to their secret sauce database and provides a score for reference. I like the idea even though I am not necessarily sold on it because I do not, yet, understand fully what they are evaluating.

It is important for the search engines that your title fit certain parameters and it is important to the human that your title appropriately convey the content of your article or post. Nothing is much more disappointing than seeing a great title which has no relevance to the content. The worst offenders to this, so it seems, are on YouTube.

A free, blue striped background for video or slideshow

I spent a few minutes making this and it is not exactly what I was looking for. If you need a decent background for your Powerpoint or other slide presentation and want something not mass distributed feel free to use this. It is 1280 pixels by 720 pixels so it works great for video as well. It’s yours, free. Take it. Perfect for small business presentations, small business videos or any other purpose.

small business presentation background

How To Delete a Blog From Blogspot

Sometimes we simply create too many points of contact on the internet. After all with so many “free” services available it is so simple to think, “I’ll create this account and share all the wonderful things I am learning about ________.” Hey, I’m a “professional” and it happens to me! In fact I have a Blogspot account I rarely touch. Today I want to clean up some points of contact I have created then neglected and when I login to Blogspot.com I see a blog I literally have not touched for 5 years. Further it has no readers and it’s basically just my name connected to something really weak. We don’t like weak.

The Steps To Delete A Blogspot Blog

  1. Log in to your account at blogspot.dom
  2. From the dashboard find the blog you wish to delet
  3. Next to the “edit” icon click the dropdown arrow
  4. Select “settings”
  5. Look in the left sidebar menu and click on “other”
  6. Look in the links under “blog tools” near the top of the page and click “delete”
  7. Optional: Choose “download blog” if you wish to save your blogs
  8. Click “delete blog” to confirm deletion

Success! Now that was so simple you’ll probably want to start a blog about how to delete blogspot blogs … if you wish!

Here’s the video to make it even simpler

Using Twitter Hashtags for Business

Do Twitter hashtags work for business?

They do if they are used. That’s the answer. Now I’ll take the next few hundred words to be a little verbose.

What Is a Twitter Hashtag?

Perhaps beginning with a definition of and short “how to create a hashtag” may help. For our purposes, Twitter, a hashtag is simply a key word or set of characters used in combination with the hash mark “#” to identify a singular tweet as a part of a group. If we used the hashtag #mybrand, for example, every time we or anyone tweeted and used #mybrand anywhere in the tweet then we have created a way to identify that tweet with every other tweet using the same #mybrand hashtag.

Real world examples help so let’s look at a Twitter search using the hashtag for the weekly social media-centric Social Media Edge Radio which is #SMEDGE. Click here for the Twitter search results for the #SMEDGE hashtag. On the search results page you will see tweets from hosts, co-hosts, guests, and listeners who have tweeted using the hashtag designated for the show. There are other ways to follow or look up hashtags such as TweetChat and TweetGrid. You may find other ways to achieve the same by searching for keywords like Twitter hashtags on Google or Bing.

How To Create A Twitter Hashtag

For this exercise you may want to get a notepad and a large drink and settle in. The only way to create a Twitter hashtag is to use it. Using it means to actually type it into a tweet. For example if the #SMEDGE hashtag had never been used I would compose a tweet and use the #SMEDGE hashtag somewhere in the tweet thus  “I really enjoyed your interview on Social Media Edge Radio #SMEDGE”. That’s it – the hashtag is created.

What Is A Doorway Page?

There it is on Twitter the exact text you’re looking for even if you didn’t know it. “Five Ways Guaranteed To Increase Sales FREE” or whatever it may say. So you click the link and land on a page filled with advertisements and a blurb which makes no sense but seems relevant to the link you clicked and it has a “Read more” link so you click it only to land on a similar page still not getting the information you’re hoping for. You have just been doorwayed.

Google calls a page as such as doorway page and their algorithm and search quality team are constantly on the lookout for them. I mention this not because you have never seen one but to stop you from getting the bright idea this may be a good way to get traffic to your business site. Yes it may draw some traffic for a while though when Google finally discovers it, and they will, you risk being blacklisted without warning and facing a steep battle trying to get that domain name accepted back into the good graces of the search giant.

In 2006, BMW suffered Google’s wrath for setting up doorway pages to attract search engines and redirect traffic to its German website, BMW.de – BMW’s page rank was reduced to zero. – Website Magazine

BMW, of course, is likely a much larger company than yours and you may, just may mind you, get away with it for at least a while.  Matt Cutts, in the video below, give a bit of insight to Google’s views on doorway pages. Keep in mind Matt is the head of Google’s link spam division so what he says is golden.

What Page of Google Am I On?

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

One of the most often asked questions I answer is “how can I be on page one of Google?” This is a good question for me since I am, after all, in the business of getting people as close to the number one organic search results as I possibly can. There is a concerning aspect of this too: people who believe they are on the first page of Google search results when in reality they are way back sometimes in the teens.

How can this happen?

Google, like virtually every other site, loves using cookies to deliver user specific information. This information stored in these particular cookies seeks to provide search results which are best for a particular user who has Google cookies in their web browser. What this means is based on previous search results and previously “clicked on” results tells Google a searcher prefers one type of link, or one link, over others. So if Bob Peltserman who owns a pallet manufacturing company in Talahola and he searches for “pallet manufacturers in Talahola” then clicks on his link the next time he searches that link result may, and probably will, be higher in the results. Besides he is sitting physically in Talahola when he searches so Google wants to provide him with the highest level of accuracy when he is searching so technically he could leave off “in Talahola” and still see an adulterated high search result for his own link.

How do I find my real Google listing position?

This is your fortunate day for today you will find a couple of online, free tools to help you discover just where – or at least which page – of Google (and Bing) your listing shows up on. Further this result will sidestep all the contamination you may have in your browser. Let me restate that contamination part so you, Mr. or Ms. Reader, will understand when you go to Google and search the results you are seeing are not the same results other people may be seeing.

How Do I Delete My Facebook Account?

Not everyone wants to stay on Facebook. How to leave Facebook is simple.

Not everyone wants to stay on Facebook. How to leave Facebook is simple.

I had a rather unique question today and I really had not thought of it. “How do I delete my Facebook account?” Of course I wanted to make sure the caller was asking how to delete the entire account, remove their self from a group, leave a page or just exactly what the goal was.

“No, I want to completely remove everything from Facebook. I don’t want anything to do with it anymore.”

https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account?rdrhc – should do it.

The link below shows how to deactivate your account which leaves the data online should you want to reactivate at a later date.

https://www.facebook.com/help/224562897555674

Before you go, especially if you are a small business person, please make sure all of your concerns have been addressed in an appropriate manner by knowledgeable persons. There is a great amount of unfounded fear about Facebook circulating in certain groups and if you really are interested in capitalizing on the massive numbers of people who participate at Facebook I would encourage you to have all of your questions and concerns answered.

Before you click that delete button either contact me or my friend Mike Mueller and we’ll be very happy to listen and give realistic answers. If you just want to go – then go! Happy hunting.

With Popularity Comes Responsibility

Don't get found in a Google search for "worst".

Don’t get found in a Google search for “worst”.

And with responsibility popular becomes more likely. Try missing your first couple of speaking engagement invitations where you are to be a speaker. You’ll have much greater difficulty in finding future invitations. Even though [insert star/starlet name here] can get away with it the average business person cannot. It only takes a few mistakes in today’s connected world to do deep and abiding damage to trust levels.

What does this mean to the small business operator?

Popularity, as you may already have calculated, can translate into business transactions. The more people who know your name and trust you to provide their needed product or service the more likely you are to make that sale. Of course you can be popular for all the wrong reasons, too, so keep in mind taking responsibility can avert building the wrong reputation.

Taking responsibility for your words and actions and doing so decisively can avert a great loss of community trust. We all make mistakes, how we respond to those mistakes is what makes the difference. In the Google search graphic for this article I simply searched for “worst restaurants in Atlanta” and those were the first few results. Of course these people could hire me, or someone like me, to help overcome the bad press and spend thousands of dollars (in these particular cases it would be quite costly to overcome) or they could have a pre-planned method for dealing with issues from the beginning.

Prevention beats recovery every time, hands down.

One of the greatest challenges we face as small business owners and independent business professionals is keeping all the balls in the air. If you drop one you’ve got a real need on your hands to get it back in play. The Internet makes it very easy to put way too many balls into play. Working with a social media consultant to help you establish or redirect your online marketing campaign may be in line for you. If you find yourself discovering negative or compromising content (posts, comments, etc) about you or your brand which have gone cold (more than a few days old) you need to take decisive action. Chances are, if you have been at this for very long, you have a dangling page out there somewhere you may have forgotten about and it may have a question or comment which has soured your reputation.