Posted by Everett
If eCommerce businesses hope to remain competitive with Amazon, eBay, big box brands, and other online retail juggernauts, they’ll need to learn how to conduct content marketing, lead generation, and contact nurturing as part of a comprehensive inbound marketing strategy.
First, I will discuss some of the ways most online retailers are approaching email from the bottom of the funnel upward, and why this needs to be turned around. Then we can explore how to go about doing this within the framework of “Inbound Marketing” for eCommerce businesses. Lastly, popular marketing automation and email marketing solutions are discussed in the context of inbound marketing for eCommerce.
Key differences between eCommerce and lead generation approaches to email
Different list growth strategies
Email acquisition sources differ greatly between lead gen. sites and online stores. The biggest driver of email acquisition for most eCommerce businesses are their shoppers, especially when the business doesn’t collect an email address for their contact database until the shopper provides it during the check-out processâ€”possibly, not until the very end.
With most B2B/B2C lead gen. websites, the entire purpose of every landing page is to get visitors to submit a contact form or pick … Read the rest
Posted by Eric Enge
Let’s face it. Getting slapped by a manual link penalty, or by the Penguin algorithm, really stinks. Once this has happened to you, your business is in a world of hurt. Worse still is the fact that you can’t get clear information from Google on which of your links are the bad ones. In today’s post, I am going to focus on the number one reason why people fail to get out from under these types of problems, and how to improve your chances of success.
Success begins, continues, and ends with the right mindset. A large percentage of people I see who go through a link cleanup process are not aggressive enough about cleaning up their links. They worry about preserving some of that hard-won link juice they obtained over the years.
You have to start by understanding what a link cleanup process looks like, and just how long it can take. Some of the people I have spoken with have gone through a process like this one:
In this fictitious timeline example, we see someone who spends four months working on trying to recover, and at the end of it all, … Read the rest
Posted by randfish
Y’all remember how last October, we launched a new section in Open Site Explorer called “Link Opportunities?” While I was proud of that work, there was one section that really disappointed me at the time (and I said as much in my comments on the post).
Well, today, that disappointment is over, because we’re stepping up the Link Intersect tool inside OSE big time:
Literally thousands of sweet, sweet link opportunities are now yours at the click of a button
In the initial launch, Link Intersect used Freshscape (which powers Fresh Web Explorer). Freshscape is great for certain kinds of data – links and mentions that come from newly published pages that are in news sources, blogs, and feeds. But it’s not great for non-news/blogs/feed sources because it’s intentionally avoiding those!
For example, in the screenshot above, I wanted to see all the pages that link to SeriousEats.com and SplendidTable.org but don’t link to SmittenKitchen.com.
- Using the Fresh Web Explorer query RD:SeriousEats.com RD:SplendidTable.org -RD:SmittenKitchen.com gets me only 1 result (a post on Splendid Table that links to SeriousEats)
- Using the new, Mozscape-powered Link Intersect tool, I found 672 pages that fit those parameters!
That’s 671 more, juicy link opportunities thanks to the … Read the rest
Posted by randfish
Why hello there! You’re looking marvelous today, you really are. And, in other good news, Open Site Explorer has a bit of a new lookâ€”and an entirely new section called “Link Opportunities” to help make some link prospecting tasks easier and more automated. Come with me and I’ll show you; it’ll be fun
The new look
We know a lot of folks liked the old tab structure but we ran out of space. With this redesign we now have the flexibility to add new features and functionality simply by popping in new sections on the left sidebar menu. It’s a little bit more like Moz Analytics, too, and we figure some cohesion between our products is probably wise.
- New side navigation with plenty of room to grow and add new features (spam scoring and analysis, for example, will be coming in Q4â€”but shhh… I didn’t actually ask for permission to talk about that yet. I figure begging forgiveness will work.)
- Improved filtering that lets you slice and dice your link data more easily.
- Notice How Fast the New OSE Is? Oh yeah, that’s the stuff
You can still access the old Open Site Explorer’s design for a … Read the rest
Posted by Paddy_Moogan
Building the types of links that help grow your online business and organic search traffic is getting harder. It used to be fairly straightforward, back before Google worked out how to treat links with different levels of quality and trust. However, the fact that it’s getting harder doesn’t mean that it’s dead.
What does the future hold?
I’m going to talk about links, but the truth is, the future isn’t really about the links. It is far bigger than that.
Quick sidenote: I’m aware that doing a blog post about the future of link building the week of a likely Penguin update could leave me with egg on my face! But we’ll see what happens.
Links will always be a ranking factor in some form or another. I can see the dials being turned down or off on certain aspects of links (more on that below) but I think they will always be there. Google is always looking for more data, more signals, more indicators of whether or not a certain page is a good result for a user at a certain moment in time. They will find them too, as we can see from
patents … Read the rest