Effective Keywords: How to find them.

Your website can only get the best optimization with the right use of effective keywords. Search engine optimization relies on keywords as one crucial ingredient. The right keywords are therefore a requirement… a must for any website owner who wants to succeed in his or her SEO campaigns. But finding the right keywords or keyword phrases can be a very daunting task because a lot of the best keywords are being used by a product, service or business are already being used by many search engine optimization experts and professionals. You can either compete with them for rankings in search results but that would be very difficult. It is strongly suggested that you research your own set of keywords or keyword phrases that are as effective as popular keywords other optimizers are using.

As suggested above, your main task now is to find the most effective keywords or keyword phrases that you will use for your website. There a few strategies that you must consider to find the right keywords to help your site achieve top rankings in search results. First and foremost you need to find out that are the common words being used by people when they are searching for something on the net. These common words are like the “layman’s” terms. These are simple yet effective keywords. We each have our way of describing a thing or service like for example buying “email marketing service” or “email campaign providers.”

It is therefore important how your specific target market prefers to call your product or service. You can find this out by communicating with them through online chat, forums, blogs and social media networking sites. You may also find out how often people use keywords about your product or service by simply conversing with people that you meet every day and taking note of how they call your product or service. Take note of the terms that are often used by your own niche. It is best if you make a list of it and then start the words that top the list first. These words that top your list are the words being used more. Check also spelling variations and keyword phrases construction like for example for singular vs. plural variations and synonyms.

Once you have decided to use a specific set of keywords for optimizing your website, you have to research them to see if they are actually effective.  You want to know what each word’s KEI or Keyword effectiveness index is. Then you must monitor them within a specific period of time, and see if it does pull up your website on top of searches. This involves a little experimenting that you won’t be able to perfect in just a short period of time. It requires constant monitoring of the results. If you find that the keywords you used are weak, then it is time to other keywords and keyword phrases on your list, going through the same kind of process, from implementing to seeing the results.

This process will actually require from you a great deal of your time, but all your efforts won’t be in vain if you see more traffic pour in. You may opt to have someone do the research for you, you can hire an expert or hire a social media virtual assistant.  Whatever you choose to do, make sure you research your keywords before you start blogging and writing content for your website.

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How to use Flickr to increase your business

Do you remember Yahoo Photos? They closed down September of 2007 after advising to their numerous users to move their photos to Flickr.  Yahoo changed their service name to Flickr. Now, Flickr has the same feature that yahoo offered before and more. It is basically a photo hosting and sharing service. Is it designed for private use by you and your friends only? Wrong.  Business communities know little of how they can exploit this free site for their businesses.  If you own a small or medium sized business, this is a smart way to battle with the giant enterprises lurking in the market.

Your business will need a Yahoo ID to sign up and once you get access you can start posting pictures. Flickr has groups depending on the category or interest your business is in, join them to get more viewers for your own page. After which, you can start downloading new materials to be noticed, Flickr calls it a “set”.

Here are some tips that will work well for you and your business:

1.    Start with your Flickr user name. Put your website address or your web domain as your screen name. This way anyone who accesses your account can copy the link to a URL and get to your site. Since, your username appears on every photo you upload then your site’s link will be available to see for everyone in the community.

2.    Every time a picture is uploaded onto Flickr, the user has the ability to tag it; these tags become a powerful tool for search engine optimization. You can either use your web domain every time you tag a photo or use logical keywords to increase traffic to your Flickr business page. Manipulate your tag description in such a way that it increases opportunity for your business name and domain to appear in search engines.  Remember, when tagging, keyword research is important, take the time to research your keywords before starting this tagging process.

3.    Use the “Buddy Icon” in your profile and change it to your own company’s business logo. This way it will be recognizable whenever someone accesses your page. If you do not have a logo design yet, remember that a logo does not need to be complicated artistry. Branding is important, use a simple letter or icon that you can associate with your business, put some simple designs and use it often so that it becomes a good way for product recognition.

4.    Attach your logo as a watermark on every picture uploads you do. If you don’t have the skill to put a watermark on each photo upload then you can just include the logo on each set of pictures you put on your Flickr page. On top of each photo series would be a good idea.

5.    Use the profile page of your Flickr account to describe your company’s products and services and when doing so forget about marketing or advertising pitches as these may get you into trouble with Flickr.  Just be informative.