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Field-Tested Tips & Tricks to Create Content and Amp Your SEO

Tired of hearing the same common SEO advice on how to increase your website traffic? Join #NIMRI for a night of networking and hear from SEO expert Dan Shure as he transforms the complex topic of SEO into fresh tips & tricks that are easy to implement and deliver successful results!

Adapt practical SEO techniques to help you succeed, such as:

  • Using free browser plugins like Keywords Everywhere and Moz to do analysis on SERPs for ranking opportunities.
  • “Stealing” content ideas from your competitors
  • How to actually provide useful navigation and “supplementary” content.
  • A “field tested” system that actually gets results – and has nothing to do with “stuffing” keywords into your headers or tweaking meta tags.
  • Actual LIVE demos of tools like; SEMrush, KeywordKeg, Search Console and live SERP analysis — showing practical real-world applications of tools (not just theoretical).

Get the answers to all your SEO questions and learn the feasible strategies that can help improve your results. Whether you’re launching a new site, or looking to enhance an existing one, don’t miss out on this FREE talk.

Meet Dan Shure

Dan Shure is co-owner of Evolving SEO with his wife Sarah and is the host of “Experts On The Wire” – an SEO Podcast. He has helped companies like WGBH, Ring Video Doorbell, Healthy Hearing and more solve challenging SEO problems since 2007.

Dan is a MOZ Associate and was recently given a prominent mention in Rand Fishkin’s new book “Lost and Founder” advice he gave for Moz’s popular Keyword Explorer tool).

As a Podcast host, Dan has interviewed more than 90 marketing experts including Brian Dean (Backlinko) John Mueller (Google), and Pamela Wilson (CopyBlogger). Dan has presented at notable groups and conferences such as SMX East, Affiliate Summit, Mozcation Portsmouth, Carnegie Conference, SEMNE, and Content Jam.

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Ted-Ives

Strategize Your Content for Maximum SEO and Social ROI

Trying to get to the top of Google? Seeking social media followers? Don’t miss this crucial #NIMRI talk, not just about SEO/social but HOW to maximize your marketing.

Keywords are out, long-form, expertise-showcasing content is in, not to mention infographics, images, and more.

“It’s all about repurposing creatively and squeezing all the value you can out of limited efforts – and – budgets.” – Ted Ives

Once again, a fellow #NIMRI member is graciously sharing insights THAT WORK – insights that folks paid $THOUSANDS$ to hear at the SMX conference.

Hear and ask:

  • Why content is vital for marketing online and off
  • How to market across multiple channels
  • Top ways to be more effective and efficient.

Whether you’re a writer, photographer, marketer, or a “technophobe,” this non-techie talk will spark ideas and help get content flowing.

Ted-IvesMeet Ted Ives!

Ted Ives has deep experience at technology companies ranging through every layer of the information technology stack (including Apple, Microsoft, APC, and National Semiconductor), previously served as Vice President of Product Management at The Search Agency, and currently helps enterprises to scale up online marketing efforts through custom engagements tailored to their unique situations.

Ted writes for his blog and also SearchEngineLand on a variety of online marketing topics with a special emphasis on Paid Search and SEO.

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danshure

Transcending SEO in 2016 and Beyond (in Plain English)

SEO moves fast. The 2014-era “rules” for showing up on Google likely are doing more harm than good. Whether you are a writer, business owner, social media marketer, or marketing VP — knowing the current rules is critical to your success and to ensuring whoever’s helping you know the current methodologies. Whether your search marketing budget is large or small, come to learn the newest ranking factors, plus tactics and strategies to improve your SEO results in 2016 and beyond!

This session will also cover the best free and affordable tools you can use right away to improve your search engine optimization. If you’re launching new sites, optimizing an existing site, or looking for advanced tips, don’t miss this free talk!

Get your answers, including:

  • How links still matter (but which ones does Google hate & love?)
  • The right way to use content for SEO
  • What are “user metrics” & why do they matter?
  • Why it’s still important to track rankings (but only if you do it the right way)

Newport Interactive Marketers welcomes Dan Shure to speak AGAIN

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Former full-time musician and teacher, Dan Shure’s SEO career began in 2007, helping a few businesses with their websites and presence online. Upon discovering this new passion and career, he started Evolving SEO — now a 3-person boutique SEO agency. Clients include well-known consumer brands, technology companies, B2B companies and, yes, affiliate-based websites.

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Travel Bloggers’ Secrets You Can Use: Part 2

 

As promised here is Part 2 of our “Travel Blogger’s Secrets You Can Use” blog post! If you missed Part 1 be sure to click here and check out all the amazing blogging tips we covered in last week’s post. This week we’re talking about the best marketing, monetizing, and travel tips our lovely panelists, Tamara Gruber of We3Travel, Lillie Marshall of Around the World “L”, and Priscilla Pilon of The Weekend in Paris, shared at our August #NIMRI event. So let’s get started!

Top 8 Marketing/Monetizing Tips

1. Soliciting Sponsors: The emphasis should always be on the content you’re creating. “Write it, and they will come,” said Priscilla sagely, “Produce high-quality content, and they will come.”

The Work With Me Section of the We3Travel Website

The Official “Work with Me” section of We3Travel’s About Page

2. Doing Business With Brands: There are a few ways a blogger can work with a brand: being contacted by people to place ads, contacting people to place ads, sponsored posts, or, if you’re lucky, a sponsored trip.“If I work with a brand or do a sponsored post, it has to be something I believe in. Once your audience doesn’t believe you, you’re done,” Priscilla warned.

“Native Advertising, which is when you have content that is already successful and then work with advertisers who would complement that content, can work very well,” said Lillie.

3. Navigating Negativity: It can be very difficult to figure out what to do when you have a bad experience as a blogger, particularly if the trip is a sponsored one. It is especially tricky because, depending on the country’s laws, you could potentially be sued for a negative review. “Contact the PR people and be sure to start with the positive things and then talk about the disappointments,” advised Priscilla, “I always give them a chance to fix it. If they do, I won’t write a bad review. If they don’t, I will offer to not write about it.”

“Steer away from negative content, even though it can be very effective. Everyone gets fired up over a bad review and they like to share it, but it doesn’t reflect very well on you and can get you into trouble,” offered Lillie.

4. Create a Community: “Facebook has become a pay-to-play platform. You can pay $5 to promote a post (and I do that sometimes), but you won’t see a big difference in your analytics. What’s really powerful is to form alliances and private Facebook groups, not just with other travel bloggers. People who like wine, food, lifestyle, even interior design share readers. The cross-pollenization that happens helps everyone grow,” Priscilla said.

5. Know Your Worth: “It depends on your reach and your demographic,” reasoned Tamara, “I have a group of travel blogger friends, and we share that information.”

“This is why you need the group mentality!” proclaimed Priscilla, “Building your blogging network is key. Whatever you do, don’t write a post for someone for free – it brings the rate for everyone down to $0. You’re time is worth something.

“I would argue that there is a value in giving content to high-traffic sites, so it can be OK to do something like that for free as long as there is some ROI. It’s a value to your resume,” Lillie said.

One of We3Travel's Pinterest boards

We3Travel on Pinterest © Photos by Tamara Gruber

6. A Photo’s Worth a Thousand Shares (nope, still not right): “For me, Pinterest is very important. It drives traffic to my site, often more than google,” Tamara shared.

“Be sure to link all of your photos: photos on Google and Pinterest should link to your website and have descriptions,” Priscilla said.

“Selling your photos can also be another source of income,” Lillie pointed out.

The Newport Interactive Marketers' Hootsuite dashboard

Here’s a look at the Newport Interactive Marketers’ Hootsuite dashboard

7. Tally Your Toolbox:  “Don’t be afraid to automate! Hootsuite can schedule your posts at the best time for your demographic. You could write the best blog post ever, but if no one ever reads it, it won’t matter,” explained Lillie. To find out when the ideal time for your demographic is, be sure to check out Tweepi. 

“The Tail Wind app is great for automating Pinterest,” shared Tamara, “Paying a little for the right tools can be worth it.”

Google trends is an invaluable SEO tool,” said Priscilla, “In WordPress there is a feature where you can try a bunch of different options and put them in Google Trends to see where you are in searches.”

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Snapchat! If you want to learn more about using Snapchat as a blogger, check out AdventurousKate

8. Socialize, Socialize, Socialize (your media, that is):  “Learn and get busy on all social media sites and thank everyone who follows (NOT by direct message),” Priscilla advised.

“The biggest mistake people make is to just stop for an extended period of time on social media,” Lille said, “Be consistent and don’t be afraid to self promote!

“Snapchat is the newest thing people must be on, although it does appeal to a younger demographic,” said Tamara, “Its important to know who your audience is and where to find them.”

 

Top 3 Travel Tips

“Use Trivago or another trip-cost comparison site to look for the lowest fare. Then, take a screenshot and call the hotel. They will always match it, and it’s always better to book through the hotel because they tend to have a better cancellation policy and you also will be eligible for upgrades,” advised Priscilla.

“Tuesday is the best day to book airlines usually,” shared Tamara.

“People would pay a lot of money to stay in your home in beautiful Newport so rent it out on Airbnb to get money for travel and also find places to stay in yourself!” Lillie suggested.

All-Time Favorite Hotel

The Phoenix Resort in Belize

Balcony view from the Phoenix Resort in Belize © Photo by Lillie Marshall

Lillie’s Pick: The Phoenix in Belize “No better place for a babymoon!” 

 Kona Village Resort in Hawaii at Sunrise

The now closed Kona Village Resort in Hawaii © Photo by Tamara Grub

Tamara’s Pick: Kona Village Resort in Hawaii “Unfortunately, after 45 years, this resort was forced to permanently close their doors after the March 2011 tsunami.”

A hammock overlooking the ocean at The Bitter End Resort in BVI

The gorgeous Bitter End Resort in BVI © Photo by Priscilla Pilon

Priscilla’s Pick: The Bitter End in the British Virgin Islands “I’ve never been sponsored to stay at this hotel, but I visit every year!”  

And, of course, we had to ask about their favorite place in Newport! 

Castle Hill Inn from the sea

Castle Hill Inn from the sea © Photo by Priscilla Pilon

Priscilla’s Pick: Castle Hill Inn “They have the best lunch and the best views!” 

hotel viking

The beautiful Hotel Viking (#NIMRI venue sponsor for our annual networking event!) © Photo by Lillie Marshall

Lillie’s Pick: Hotel Viking “This is the place to go to feel like royalty!” 

Here’s what #NIMRI members were saying on Instagram and Twitter: 

 

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Learning about travel blogging at #NIMRI at @ParlorNewport. #NewportRI A photo posted by The Newport Blast (@thenewportblast) on

Many thanks to our venue sponsor Parlor Kitchen & Bar

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danshure

Boost Your SEO: How to Create & Organize Content

Dan Shure, the owner of EvolvingSEO, gave insightful tips on how to brainstorm, create, and organize web content at Salvation Cafe. Dan offered his top tactics for gaining search engine visibility for his clients, including:

  • Keyword research
  • SEO tools
  • Content creation
  • Content marketing
  • Analytics

Meet Dan Shure

danshure
Dan Shure owns Evolving SEO, a boutique web marketing company in Worcester, MA. Dan is also an Associate at Moz (formally SEOmoz), the foremost SEO educator for businesses.

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Maximize MultiMedia: A Do-It-Yourself Production!

Why should you think and create multimedia? Data and metrics increasingly spotlight multimedia:

January’s Newport Interactive Marketers event left attendees feeling confident and knowledgeable about how to create a more appealing platform through multimedia. It turns out, creating multimedia can easily be done on your own. It’s not always necessary to spend thousands of dollars on something that can easily be put together with a few but important steps that Donna Mac of DMac Voice & Media was able to share with NIM attendees. So grab a pen and paper and turn your ideas into a creative multimedia creation that will quickly catch the eye of your target audience.

Did you know that 1 minute of video can account for thousands of words? Multimedia can package so much information and be displayed in a creative, attention-grabbing way. So why wouldn’t we all use media to benefit our businesses? Donna Mac asked the audience and here is what we found out:

  • Multimedia production is confusing or overwhelming
  • It seems like a daunting task to create multimedia
  • Takes too long and costs too much money

Donna engaged the audience with just how simple it can be to DO IT YOURSELF. So let’s take a look at her simple steps to managing your own multimedia production:

Multimedia pre-production

  • Choose a platform. Audio, Audio/Visual, or just Video.
  • Know the business: What is your goal and what are you “selling?”
  • Who is the audience: What will they be receptive to?
  • Know the BRAND and pick a style, whether it be professional or funny, make sure to add your flavor.
  • What will turn your audience’s attention to the video? Don’t be too lengthy, pushy, or self-centered.
  • BEGIN THE WRITING PROCESS. Who, what, when, and how. It’s your business, tell your story.
  • Keep it short, simple, and sweet. Remember to be authentic: People need to relate, so don’t sound too automated or commercial. You need to build trust, so be real.

Producing your multimedia

  • Gather your equipment: Make sure you have a quality recording device. And for visual media, make sure to have good lighting, good backgrounds, and look presentable.
  • Make sure the production is directed, whether it’s by you or someone else; you must keep it organized. Schedule your recordings in a timely fashion and make sure everything you need is recorded.
  • When recording, you want to always sound authentic, look presentable, and be true to yourself.
  • Keep in mind the background of your footage: Make sure the focus is you and that there are no distractions. Plan on multiple, so you have the best footage you can get.

Multimedia Post-Production

  • Organize and asses your footage, make sure to remove anything with continuity errors and keep the best of all the takes.
  • Piece it together: Make sure your footage makes chronological sense.
  • Add narration, pictures, background sounds, and an opening and closing – depending on the type of media.
  • IMPORTANT! REVISE: Creating media is much like writing a paper, keep in concise and error-free.

Special thanks to Donna Mac of DMac Voice & Media for sharing her years of expertise and knowledge with NIM. Donna is president and founder of DMac Voice & Media.

 

DonnaMac

Maximizing your Multimedia Output

Donna Mac of DMacVoice & Media shared her expert advice on how you can you bring your website alive AND help boost SEO by turning boring text into exciting audio/visual content.

At this NIM event, audiences learned how to create their own professional production with a few simple tools and techniques that will bring your market alive with exciting new content.

Audiences received advice on how to obtain a more interactive and appealing selling point through subjects like the following:

  • Importance of multimedia, such as video and podcasts
  • Responsive design and material
  • Understanding the audience
  • Authentic delivery & what to include
  • Do it yourself production overview
  • Implementing production and your final product

Meet Donna Mac

DonnaMac
Donna Mac is a pioneering female broadcaster with live, on-air experience as a news producer, editor, and radio personality. She’s led countless events as a keynote speaker and facilitator. She’s owned DMacVoice & Media since 2003, giving her clients the ability to create high-quality multimedia products that promote businesses and educate audiences. She also coaches executives on improving their presentation skills. This way, their messages are concise and compelling, whether delivered live or virtually.

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AnnetteTonti

Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

Annette Tonti, CEO of MoFuse, shared mobile web best practices for publishers and advertisers. NIM attendees learned the difference between a mobile app and a mobile site and how to build effective web content.

Check out the highlights from “Make Your Business Mobile Friendly.” Learn how to use mobile to engage with customers on Designated Editor’s blog.

Meet Annette Tonti
AnnetteTonti

Annette Tonti is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of business and entrepreneurial experience. Currently, she is CEO of MoFuse Inc. a fast-growing mobile content management platform and network. Previously, she was co-founder and CEO of Bluestreak Inc. There she built a company that was an early entrant in rich media advertising and online marketing technologies.

Prior to Bluestreak, she served as Executive Producer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Laboratory. There she produced the Junior Summit, a global project that linked thousands of kids from around the world. Prior to MIT, Ms. Tonti was vice president, executive director Vanguard, a global marketing and advisory service for senior executives.

She’s one of Mobile Marketer’s “Mobile Women to Watch for 2011”. Also, she served on the board of the Harvard Business School’s Cyberposium.  In 2000, Ms. Tonti received the Governor’s IT Achievement Award for Rhode Island. She was selected as a regional finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the year award for 2002. She attended the University of Cincinnati and holds advanced degrees in computer science and mathematics and a B.S. in biological sciences.

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