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Website Content – It’s All About The Why?

By Jerry Bader (c) 2008
Every week I get asked to look at business websites and tell the
owners why they’re not getting the results they want. Some of
these sites are straightforward brochures, others are e-commerce
catalogs, and some are those direct-mail-style pitches
reminiscent of old mail-order magazine subscription schemes
ported-over to the Web. Some have incorporated do-it-yourself
audio and video and some even had this media professionally
produced; still the results stink. Why?

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MAKING LINK BAITING WORK FOR YOU

Link baiting. You’ve heard of it, most likely, but maybe are at a loss as to how it works or how to make it work for you. In this article, we explore both the search and social aspects of link bait, what it is, and how it can be approached. Link baiting is a bit of an art form, but there are tried and true methods.



In marketing, you have one central task: Get attention that drives results. Pretty simple really, at least in theory. Online, the lion’s share of this process is generating links to your website or blog, which helps to gain ranking in the search engines and to generate brand awareness.

Do not underestimate that second element. The more brand awareness you generate, the more people search for you, the more it affects sales and/or leads.

Link baiting has been described as a kind of art form because, like art, what resonates with a group of people isn’t always predictable and certainly not controllable; only the after-effect like book or box office sales is measurable. But also like any creative endeavor, there are both guidelines to creation and case studies of what has worked in the past.

Wikipedia defines link bait this way: Link bait is any content or feature within a website that somehow baits viewers to place links to it from other websites. You might be right to equate it to viral or word-of-mouth marketing, which is attracting more and more of the overall advertising spend each year.

Sometimes the naysayers out there will reduce this approach to online marketing as something inherently dirty and/or spammy. And yes, there are abuses. But we’re in it for the long-haul, and just so we’re clear, even Google’s webspam fighter Matt Cutts counts link bait among “white hat” tactics:

I hereby claim that content can be both white-hat and yet still be wonderful bait for links. Personally, I’d lean toward producing interesting data or having a creative idea rather than spouting really controversial ideas 100% of the time. If everything you ever say is controversial, it can be entertaining, but it’s harder to maintain credibility over the long haul.

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Htaccess Disable Hotlinking Code Generator

If people are ‘hotlinking’ to your image files, they are using your bandwidth which you will ultimately pay for.
You can stop this from happening by placing a ‘.htaccess’ file in the folder where your images are stored. This will only allow requests from your own pages to display the images – anyone linking to them from outside of your website, or any website you choose, will have the ‘red x’ instead of the image.
Use the following form to create the code to place into your htaccess file to stop people hotlinking your images/files. The code uses mod_rewrite.

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DNS, SOA …

To an Administrator, there is nothing more peaceful than a stable and optimized DNS server. The moment there is a wrong configuration, the server wakes up and starts crying, sites and email goes down. An important part of keeping DNS that way is properly setting up the SOA records.
What are DNS Records. DNS records or Zone files are used for mapping URLs to an IPs. Located on servers called the DNS servers, these records are typically the connection of your website with the outside world. Requests for your website are forwarded to your DNS servers and then get pointed to the WebServers that serve the website or to Email servers that handle the incoming email.

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Improve ROI : Do the basics, and do them well.

1. Email Newsletters
Email newsletters let you maintain a relationship with your customers that lasts beyond their visits to your site. The newsletter is the perfect website companion because it answers a different user need: newsletters keep customers informed and in touch with the company; websites give customers detailed information and let them perform business transactions.
Newsletters are fairly cheap. They require little technology and mustn’t be published too frequently. If you don’t have a newsletter, then publishing one is probably the single-highest ROI action you can take to improve your Internet presence. If you do have a newsletter, then improving it according to research findings will likely make it several times more valuable to your organization. (Most of the newsletters we’ve tested failed to meet users’ expressed desire for good communication.)
Newsletters have one more benefit: they are the primary way to liberate your site from dependence on search engines. In the long run, achieving this liberation is one of the most important strategic challenges facing Internet managers.
2. Informative Product Pages
The product pages on e-commerce sites, marketing sites, and B2B sites all suffer from information deficit. It’s rare to see product descriptions that tell prospects everything they need to know to make a purchasing decision.
In my recent book, I present data showing that poor product information accounted for 8% of the usability problems on the websites we tested. Even worse, poor product information accounted for 10% of the user failures (that is, cases where users gave up, as opposed to “just” being delayed or annoyed). Designing product pages according to user needs is a highly targeted way to encourage sales at a point where users have already indicated interest by virtue of visiting the page.
You need detailed product information, but it must be written in a way that makes sense to people who aren’t experts in your field. For example, on the product page for a laptop, don’t be like Dell and tell people that the screen is “WSXGA+.” Tell them it’s 1680 x 1050 pixels. (Be honest: did you know this? And you’re probably five times as geeky as a normal person.) Or, better yet, be like Apple and show different screen resolutions next to each other so users can see how much data is visible with each.

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11 Ways To Drive Traffíc Away From Your Website

Read in an article by Jerry Bader, MRPwebmedia

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Don’t Speed-It-Up; Slow-It-Down
How many times have you sat in front of the computer with your hand resting on your mouse searching for some desired product, service, or information, when all of sudden you find what looks like what you want, but before you even have a chance to discover exactly what it is, your hair-trigger finger decides it’s time to move-on. It’s like your finger has a mind of it’s own.
Speed Kills Marketing Efforts
All the talk and discussion about short attention spans caused by people raised on video games and quick-cut-edited music videos is very misleading.
What website visitors won’t tolerate are websites that waste their time, and many websites are guilty of exactly that. Contrary to popular belief, the job of a website designer, who understands marketing, is not to speed up website visitors, but to slow them down so they can absorb the marketing message.
If you want your audience to remember you, if you want to make an impression, if you want website visitors to understand why they should give you their business, then you have to slow them down long enough to absorb your message. And that message better be worth their while or they will nevër come back.

It isn’t about how fast a page loads; it’s about delivering an appropriate payoff for the wait.

Now I will admit there are people who absolutely, positively will not wait more than eight seconds for anything to load. You know who you are. And I say, the hell with them. These are the same people who won’t wait their turn in a brick and mortar store either, they demand to be served before everyone else – it’s just not possible to satisfy these people, so why design your entire website marketing around them. They are nevër going to hang around long enough to grasp your message and learn why they should be giving you their business, so forget about them.
The people you should be worrying about are the ones that really want to find out more about what it is you do, and are prepared to invest a little time and effort to give you a chance to explain yourself. These are the important people; this is your real audience, and you disappoint them at your financial peril.
The Reasons Why Web-users Are Impatient
The real reason website users are so damn impatient is not that they have such short attention spans, it’s because most websites are designed to meet perceived company objectives, rather than audience needs.

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Gear Up Your Site For Social Media Marketing

The year 2006 saw the emergence of social media. If you are engaged in operating a website, you must realign your site to exploit the popular social media sites for increased traffíc.

You should also introduce social media components to your site because web users are experiencing these new forms of interactions on more and more sites and they may have an expectation of the same from your site also.

If you want to attract repeat visitors and want them to stay longer, your focus this year should be on the social aspects of your site.

Social media uses technologies like RSS, blogging, podcasting, tagging, etc. and offers social networking (MySpace, Facebook), social video and picture sharing (YouTube, Flickr), and community-based content ranking (Digg, MiniClip) features.

The central theme of these sites is user generated content used for sharing among the end-users. The social aspects of these sites are to allow users to setup social communities, invite friends and share common interests.

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Rethinking Website Content: Content That Entertains

In case you’ve missed it, the Web has changed; it seems like just yesterday it was good enough to take all your brochures and advertising collaterals and convert them to digital format, add a little search engine optimization, throw-in a little PHP programming and bingo, you’ve got a website. And if you wanted to show how cutting edge your company was, maybe you’d add a little dash of Flash animation, or some royalty fr

Where’s Our Google Blog?

Yesterday, the website googleblog.blogspot.com went blank returning a “Not Found” page, which lead to speculation that someone had maliciously hacked the site. After some investigation, Google announced that the blog deletion was in fact an accident by one if its employees.
Google blog: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/03/and-were-back.html#links

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