Guest Blogging is Dead; Long Live Guest Blogging; NOT Done!

BAD guest blogging is dead; GOOD guest blogging is still King

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“Guest blogging is done”. So stated Matt Cutts in The Decay and Fall of Guest Blogging for SEO. Bad guest blogging IS most certainly dead. But properly done, we will all continue to guest blog.

Bad Guest Blogging

We all need to get very clear on why Matt Cutts claims “guest blogging is done”.  Agencies are still doing what is clearly not wise to do. They are still getting their clients Penguined on purpose. Even after they’ve had it explained to them.

So as a business, blogger, or agency this is what you need to know: [Read more...]

Why Small Businesses Should Take Advantage of These Business Directory Discounts – and Bloggers Should, Too.

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Many small businesses and bloggers are worried about building links without first taking the basic step of getting themselves listed in free directories and the most relevant (to them) of the paid directories.

In spite of the widespread belief that “directories are bad” that is NOT what Google said and if you still believe that I encourage you to watch the video further down in this post of Matt Cutts explaining why quality, paid directories are still beneficial for SEO.

How Bloggers Can Benefit

Bloggers, you can benefit from getting these local listings, too. You do have to have a physical address and phone number to publish. (There is a business opportunity more need to be offering: business addresses and phone services.)

I strongly encourage bloggers to add getting directory listings to their skill set so they can assist their favorite small businesses, generate extra income, or even make a living offering directory listing services.

Many small business owners do NOT have the time or
desire to learn how to do directory listings themselves.

As inflation bites into disposable incomes and more are underemployed and unemployed, even traditional businesses that think they have plenty of customers need to find new ones.

Directory listings should be their first priority –
and you providing them can be yours –
because you will be supporting your
community and earning a nice income, too.

Even if you don’t want to do this yourself,
you can recommend directories and UBL
to make affiliate income from multiple programs.

Universal Business Listings (UBL)

Universal Business Listings gets you in many major directories (their logos on the banner)

Click this banner to go to UBL and get your listing now.

First start with all the free listings you can get in major directories. If you have no money at all you can do this manually, but that is a serious waste of your time when you can pay UBL as little as $75 to get you in hundreds of directories.

You can not manually do what they do for you because you can’t find all the sites that are using the databases they feed. They have come a long way from where they started when I first started recommending them years ago.

Now they provide feedback on where your listings appear and make it easy to ping all the directories annually or more often. This IS important and I highly recommend it because that tells the search engines you’re still in business and moves your listings up!

Even the smallest business can afford the $75
minimum cost of UBL if they make
it a priority – and they should!

If manually claiming your listings in the most important business directories is a headache you’d rather let someone else deal with you can use one of their premium options and let UBL do it for you – or offer this as a service to generate more income for you.

UBL has an affiliate program, so even if you don’t want to offer services I encourage you to do those reading your blog a favor and write about and recommend directory listings and UBL.

I know many are going to say, “Just focus on your Google Plus Local listing” (formerly Google Places and before that Google Local) bccause of Google’s monopoly on traffic

For your sake and the sake of any business you advise,
please do not rely only on Google because relying
on any one entity puts your business at risk!

What happens if you get all your traffic from
Google and they stop sending it?

See my UBL case study showing that just using UBL and doing no other link building, this Texas Gazebo builder went from getting to 96% of their traffic from Google to receiving 75 visitors from other sources for every 100 visitors they got from Google.

When Google’s Panda or Penguin bites, that could mean the difference between staying in business and closing your doors! I will be doing additional UBL case studies this year so if you’re not convinced yet you will be.

QUALITY PAID DIRECTORIES

Listing your business in the best paid directories is STILL a good idea, and once again I am going to share this video of Matt Cutts explaining Google’s position on them:

Because keeping small businesses IN business is so important to economies and creating a better world, I have spent dozens of hours contacting the Top 50 Paid Directories hand selected from the SEOMoz list plus some recommended by others.

I contacted all of them and asked for discounts to share with small businesses. Here are the listing deals I was able to obtain for not only my readers, but for the readers of any blogger who wishes to take my research and use it in their own writing.

Not only did I get the discounts – I also found the pricing whenever possible AND I am adding the affiliate programs all into one spreadsheet you can request from me – or download immediately by subscribing to the DIRJournal.com Business Journal blog. I will add the links for that later today.

BUSINESS DIRECTORY DEALS

I will add expiration dates and details about these directories in another post and link to that so that I only have one to keep updated. Any additional offers I receive will be added.

If you have any questions about these discounts, ask them in the comments or contact me.

How YOUR Small Business Can Get Totally Free Advertising on Google Places, Yahoo! Local, Bing and Hundreds of Local Directories and Niche Sites

Local Search Tips from GGG Marketing

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Even if your small business could afford a Super Bowl ad – at $3.5 million – there is another form of advertising that would benefit you more and consistently bring you far more business.

And the good news is you only have to pay to have it submitted ONCE to get free advertising on Google Places, Yahoo! Local, Bing, Superpages and hundreds of other local directories indefinitely*.

Completely Free Advertising

You can do it yourself manually, or create your own listings through Universal Business Listings (UBL – what I use), but there are MAJOR BENEFITS to having me do it for you including your not having to do anything except provide your business information. I will handle EVERYTHING for you.

What does it cost?
See Local Search Listings Frequently Asked Questions

DOES FREE LOCAL ADVERTISING WORK?

  • See UBL Webcard examples of actual listings I have created and compare them to any other listing created on UBL. What you see in those examples is what YOUR business listing information will look like – listings that will be sent to hundreds of major sites including Google Places, Yahoo! Local, Bing, SuperPages, YellowPages, Yelp, Merchant Circle and sites about your location and industry.
  • Local Search Case Study showing UBL listings generated 75 new visitors for every 100 visitors Google sent.
  • Appliance store local listings generating 30 New Customers a Week.
  • Enhanced local search listings generate new traffic of 81.32%

CLICK THIS LINK if YOU Want Your Free Advertising Now

* Note: Some databases and directories may remove your listing if you do not renew annually but most do not. There are other benefits to annual renewals – and they are fast and easy to do once you’re in UBL.

Twitter for Business: How to Geo Target Twitter for Small Business Local Social Media #smallbusiness

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Small businesses and bloggers are missing enormous opportunities that can be easily accessed by creating geographically targeted Twitter accounts and blog content.

By adding a local component to your social media accounts and blog, or creating accounts specifically to reach a location based audience, your Twitter account becomes far more valuable – for you and others.

Any business that operates in a limited geographic area will want to implement these tips as will all bloggers – whether you think this applies to what you are doing or not. Read on to find out WHY your geolocation is your strongest niche. [Read more...]

SEO – Its Real Value to Small Business Owners

This is a guest post from GetUsSocial offering my readers the chance to win an iPad2 and sharing social media marketing tips from their experience offering Social Media Marketing Services.

This is a very basic post about SEO offering tips to small business owners and a video that explains what SEO is in a very simple way so that anyone can understand it.

As a small business owner, you have most likely hear the term SEO – but do you really understand what it is?

You may have an SEO strategy in place and be using at least some recommended SEO techniques.

But are you aware of the real value of SEO to businesses, particularly small business like yours? [Read more...]