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What Is Link Building & Why Is It Important? - Beginner's Guide to Link Building As we've discussed, links are a very important signal that the search engines use to determine rankings. So, we know that increasing the number of high-quality links pointing at your website can significantly increase your chances of ranking well. There are other benefits to link building, though, that may be less immediately obvious yet still worthy of consideration. Building relationships Link building can often involve outreach to other relevant websites and blogs in your industry. Sending referral traffic We've talked about the impact of links on your rankings, but what about the impact of links on referral traffic? Brand building Good link building can help build your brand and establish you as an authority in your niche. An important note on link building vs link "earning" Or, the importance of having webpages worth linking to. Before building links, you need something of value to build links to. This introduces the concepts of link earning and "deserving to rank."

The Top 7 Guides to SEO This one is for the new beginners who are interested in SEO and looking to get an edge, and for the experienced ones who want a reference point for the best Guides to SEO out there. When I got into SEO, I had a difficult time starting. It was not as much as the content, but where to find it and which one is worth reading. This is the methodology I used to select these guides: Level of depth & breadth of the contentExpertise and authority of the author in the field of SEOReadability of the text and use of visualsStructure of the guide Even though the following guides are shown in a numbered list – I want you to make your own decision on which one is the most useful to you. The Beginners Guide to SEO by Rand Fishkin Why is the author awesome? Related Resources from B2C» Free Webcast: Build Better Products by Identifying and Validating Your Riskiest Assumptions What is so cool about this Guide? Link: The Beginners Guide to SEO Table of Contents of The Beginners Guide to SEO Link: WordPress SEO

Business Networking Referral Organization Groups | Business Network International | BNI America (USA) BNI's (Business Network International) mission is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional word-of-mouth program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.Click here to find a chapter. BNI's philosophy is built upon the idea of "Givers Gain". BNI offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts, networks and most importantly, business referrals. The best way to find out about BNI is to visit a chapter. In 2013, the 155,000 members of BNI worldwide passed over 5.4 million referrals which resulted in more than $6.5 billion in business. It does so by providing an environment in which you develop business relationships with qualified business professionals.

Atlanta Freelance Copywriter, SEO Writer, Expert Marketing Writer, Marketing Copywriter Atlanta | Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, Nashville, TN The Evolution of Search Hey Moz fans. Welcome to Whiteboard Friday. I'm not Rand. I'm Danny Sullivan, the founding editor of and Because it's 8,000 degrees here in Seattle, Rand has decided not to be around, and I am here sweating like a pig, because I walked over here. There was a time when they didn't own search, which brings us to Search 1.0. That was all determined by just the words that were out on the page. Bottom line is this was pretty easy to spam. Long story short, they weren't making a lot of money off of search so they really didn't pay attention to it. We are now here. By the way, I said not Yahoo over here, because I'm talking about search engines in terms of crawler-based search engines, the ones that use automation to go out there and find web pages. Now back to Search 2.0, Google came along and started making much more use of something called link analysis. But Google, new kid on the block, said, "We're going to do this a lot. Then it's Search 4.0.

Guest Post Guidelines Write to Done welcomes guest posts. Please follow the guidelines below if you’d like to get your post on WTD. General guidelines Write a post with insanely useful content. Always ask: ‘How can readers benefit from this?’ How to approach us Please send an email to the Associate Editor: vinita[at]writetodone[dot]com. Tell us briefly who you are.State the title of your proposed post.Outline the topic with bullet points.Include 1 or 2 links to other WTD articles that you will use to supplement your points.Tell us how WTD readers would benefit from your post.Add a couple of links to your best posts. The process Once we’ve accepted your post proposal, please send us a word document. Your post must: Carefully edit and proofread your post.If your post includes images, send them to us as attachments, indicating where in the text they should be located.Be prepared to respond to comments in a timely manner over the next few days. Thanks again for your interest in guest posting.

Acquire the Skills You Need to Make a Living as a Writer To make money as a writer, you first need to acquire the skills to do the work, and then find clients who value and will pay you well for those skills. For some writers, this means they become sales copywriters, writing sales messages in the form of letters, online sales pages, or emails. For others, who don’t see themselves “selling,” there are plenty of other writing opportunities, particularly online and in the Business-to-Business (B2B) industry. Either way, if you want to make a significant income as a writer, you need to develop a writing skill that is in demand. AWAI has dozens of programs and live training events that teach writers the skills they need to be successful in the hottest and highest paying areas today. The first is the company’s flagship program, and the foundation for all writing careers, AWAI’s Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting. If You Can Write a Simple Letter to a Friend, You Can Make a Living Working for Yourself as a Copywriter

How to build a portfolio from scratch (with little experience) You can’t get clients without a portfolio...but you don’t have a portfolio because you don’t have clients. Are you a new freelancer stuck in a no-gig rut? The truth is that almost no paying clients will hire you without a portfolio or resume of some kind. The good news is that you can build your portfolio from nothing -- thousands of people have done it before you. Here are a few ways you can do it. Shift your mindset 1. Your relationship to clients is not like your relationship to an employer. This is something that’s hard to understand for new freelancers. 2. 3. Most freelancers get jobs through word of mouth. The main point is: the smartest new freelancers don’t just take advantage of good opportunities. 4. Make a list of all the things that you have particular knowledge of. Get your first clients There are two common options: Do low-cost (or free) work to build up your portfolio Complete your own projects There are undoubtedly more solutions, but these are the most widely used. 1. Pros:

Link Building Survey 2013 - The Results [INFOGRAPHIC] Many of us faced a challenging 2012 and 2013 has been no different. Rankings were won and lost, a lot of bad links were removed and quite frankly a lot of businesses and departments had to be re-designed. We all know it’s a pretty “interesting” time to be in the link-building and SEO space. Since we are now over half way through 2013 we decided it was time to gain a better understanding of how this year is going for those in the industry. We produced an infographic from the results (embedded in its full form at the end of this post) but I also wanted to write up an analysis here just for Moz readers simply because I feel there are quite a few interesting bits of data that are well worth discussing. Before we get into it, a quick disclaimer: This post is for information purposes only. You should make business decisions based on your own experiences and data or hire a professional who is able to assist in doing so. Now that’s out of the way, let’s get started… Who took the survey?

How to generate passive income building your own e-learning site in WordPress Have you ever considered running your own class or training course online? Everyone has something they can teach and many people are amazed when they see how easy it is to turn that knowledge into passive income. Before you can start however, you’ll need a website that allows people to sign up and take your lessons. The good news is developing a website like this is nowhere near as hard as many people think. In this article, I’ll explain how to build a killer membership site and e-learning system with WordPress, quickly and cheaply. Membership plugins Most e-learning platforms provide a way of restricting access to enrolled students. You may also want to drip content so that new users can’t download everything right away and then demand a refund. Choosing a membership plugin for WordPress is not easy. Luckily, I came across Chris Lema — a leading expert on a number of WordPress-related topics — including Membership plugins. It even creates your sales pages for you automatically. Reviews

American Marketing Association How I Made 6 Figures as a Freelance Writer in 2011 7inShare If you’re like me, shortly after 2011 ended you wondered: “How much did I earn from freelance writing this year?” Last year I did a marketing analysis…and this year I wanted to take it a step further and do an income analysis. Not because I dream of being inundated by people who’d like to sell me products and services because they think I’m rolling in dough (ha! three kids…college tuition…). It’s because looking at where your writing income is coming from is a very important exercise. You learn a lot about how to improve your business for the next year. I had a goal of cracking six figures because I had narrowly missed that level in 2010, and that pissed me off. A quick glance at the reports in my handy Freshbooks invoicing system tells me this year I made it. Just to be clear, I’m talking about what I earned from freelance writing — not including income from my work here helping other writers earn more. How’d I do it? Takeaways: Social media is increasingly important.