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Why You Should Archive Your Ezines and Newsletters Online

December 12, 2008

As a publisher of ezines and newsletters, you know that customers always want more from your services. One way to provide customers a good service while increasing your search engine rankings is to place your ezine archives online. By placing these online, you are giving your readers a value-added service that will set you apart from other ezines and newsletters. Not only will this provide value to your customers, but also by placing your archives online, the search engine spiders are able to “see” your unique combination of content. Ultimately, having your ezine archives online will give you higher search rankings and additional keyword phrase variations that everyone so desperately wants.

There are some things to consider when making the decision to put your newsletter archives online.

The first consideration is whether or not your ezine model is a paid subscription or a free subscription. If your ezine is a pay subscription, you probably do not want to place all of your archives online where someone can access them for free. If you were to do this there would be no need for readers to actually pay for a subscription. However, you may want to consider placing a couple of archived issues on a website, so that potential customers and advertisers can see what it is your publication has to offer them. Then, you can keep your remaining archives in a member’s only website that is only accessible to your paying subscribers.

If you offer a free ezine or newsletter, there is little reason not to offer all of your archives for free online. The reason that people will want to go ahead and subscribe to your ezine or newsletter is that they can get the issue as soon as it comes out. You may want to consider only offering archives online that are at least a few months old. In other words, do not offer this month’s issue in the archive for a few more months, so that people will still want to subscribe to your publication to see it when it is first made available.

Search engine spiders love content on websites. Not only do spiders like the generic content, but they really like valuable content such as articles. Quality content is one of the primary things that search engines look for when providing rankings and the level of importance of a website. The articles that are included in your archive will boost your search engine ranking. Having a higher search engine ranking means that potential subscribers are able to find you much easier. Being easy to find and offering a service such as free ezine with archives gives potential subscribers many reasons to choose your ezine or newsletter to land in their email box over your competitors.

Having your publications placed in an online archive will automatically provide you with a good amount of keyword optimization. For example, if you are publishing an ezine that mainly talks about home improvement, there is a high likelihood that many of the articles in your publication will contain the words “home improvement”. Now when a potential subscriber searches on the Internet for “home improvement,” they are much more likely to be directed to your website and learn that you provide a valuable subscription on this very topic. If you do not have your archives online, chances of picking up these new visitors and subscribers are greatly diminished.

Simply put, having your newsletter archives online is probably the easiest way to increase your exposure in the search engines and the easiest way to increase your ezine’s subscriber base for free. It is very inexpensive to provide your archives online, and it can improve your subscriber’s experience, letting him or her feel good about the service that you are providing to them.

People may have a desire to read your publication, but your ezine can easily get overlooked due to the excessive number of publications currently arriving in the subscriber’s email box. A day will come when an individual feels overwhelmed by the number of publications arriving in their mailbox each day or week. When this starts to happen, they start canceling subscriptions because it is simply too much hassle to go through and delete these newsletters and ezines every week or every month. I have found myself in that position, so I eliminated the ones that bored me and only kept one or two subscriptions that really seemed to offer me the quality content that I wanted in an easy-to-read format. It was getting to be annoying to go through my email on a regular basis to filter out the excess ezines and newsletters that I did not read anyway.

So if you want to set yourself apart from your competitors and offer this value-added service to your customers, you seriously need to consider placing your archives online. It is likely that you will be surprised at the change in your search engine rankings as well. Again, if you provide a pay subscription do consider offering a few issues in a free archive, so that you can at least show potential subscribers and advertisers the quality of the product you provide.

Follow my advice, and down the road, you will be able to generate more income from your newsletter, because you will have a much larger list of subscribers to count as your own.

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SEO: How to Promote Your Web Site with Freebies

December 3, 2008

Most webmasters keen on SEO or search engine optimization have made their web sites to make money. Unfortunately their work is made extra hard due to a unique feature that prevails in Internet culture: expecting to get things for free.

So yes, the bad news there is unless your web site offers freebies, your visitors won’t care for your site much no matter what SEO you do. But the good news is that if you DO offer freebies, you will surely attract more visitors.

Here’s how:

There are all kinds of freebies you can give away to increase web site traffic. Among others, you can offer free ebooks, mp3 files, videos, software, articles and question-and-answer or consultation services. It all depends on the kind of internet business you do. And, as always with web design, you must apply the rules of SEO when using them.

Here are some SEO techniques to use on different kinds of web site freebies:

SEO with Freebies Technique #1: Give the files away for free download and reproduction. Sure, you’re giving it away. But if you ask them to ask permission for you first, it will only take up more precious time. Not all webmasters would bother with that. Just make sure that you use every means of copy-protection for the medium/file you’re using. For example, if it’s an Adobe Acrobat PDF file, make sure you disable copying and modifying. You may or may not disable printing. (In our opinion you shouldn’t; this is site promotion so be nice!)

SEO with Freebies Technique #2: Always include your full web site URL and/or e-mail address and other contact info such as ISBN (if this is a book), office address (if it’s a consultation service, etc) or signature and so on. If possible, include a link back to your site on every page footer or the front page at least. Invite the user to go there “for more free stuff.” Take our word for it, they will. 🙂 Just be sure these are LIVE links that can be clicked on. Commercial PDF software and some freeware let you do this.

SEO with Freebies Technique #3: Make a separate and comprehensive free downloads page full of choice keywords. A free downloads page may be your best bet for a top page ranking in Google and Yahoo and others. When faced with a choice of several web sites in a search result, people will choose the one with “free” in it more often than not. Make sure you DO include the word “free” in the page title.

SEO with Freebies Technique #4: Give people reason to buy your services or goods. After all, the reason why you’re giving away freebies is you want to top the page rankings and sell your web site. So while you do give them a healthy amount of useful free stuff, don’t give too much away. Let them have a taste of what you have to offer, and hint at the rest. On the other hand, don’t insult people by giving too little. That’s a sure bet to turn them off.

A good balance is a fully-functional free software (as opposed to crippleware) that comes bundled with a demo of a pro version of the same software. Freeware that never expires and doesn’t cheat its users can win you a loyal following, and the serious ones will buy the pro version to support you.

Like it or not, “free” is the magic word on the Web, and always will be. Use this word wisely and people will actually pay for your stuff! Good luck!

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6 Best Link Building Tools To Get To Google First Page

November 30, 2008

Do you know about link building tools? If your answer is no, you are still not prepared for the web. For your site to reach Google’s first page, you NEED to get links to your site. Some tools can be used to help you with this task.

Articles: Creative articles are the most effective ways to create thousands of links to your site. Write creative articles about your services or products and send them to article directories. These articles should be relevant to your business to be effective.

Blogs: Go for an off site blog. It’s a superb way of building links and increasing the traffic to your site. This is because each blog serves as a separate web page. By linking to your site, you’ll get pretty good inbound links.

Bookmarks: Bookmarks are one of the best link building tools. You are linking back to your site every time you are bookmarking it. Propeller and Digg.com are two good examples of such sites. Including social bookmarks widgets to your articles help the sharing and saving process of your content by the readers. Over 50 Social Bookmarking sites are available on the web and tools are available to bookmark for most of them.

Web Directories: Web directories are the best link building tools. They give you natural quality links. When listing your site with a large number of directories, you get more inbound links. Web directories have submitting tools to help with directory submission of your site.

Directory submission software could also be used and comes with a huge database of directories. These softwares will automatically submit your site to web directories. They’ll save you a lot of work since you won’t have to find the directories yourself on the web. Some softwares can be found for free on the web.

Forums: Find and post to forums related to you business. Add a discrete link back to your site to all of your posts. If you do this often, you’ll build a significant number of inbound links and attract some good traffic too.

Social Networking: Social networking is one of the most effective tools available. You are probably already doing this for some time, but don’t use it for your business yet. You make friends and subtly lure some of them towards your site.

These are the six most effective and most widely used link building tools. These are nothing new. We all have been using them in some way or the other. But, most of you never thought that it could bring you customers for your business!
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