MarketingBlog.NET Ranks #1 in Yahoo!

I recently installed “Rank Checker“, a free Search Engine Ranking checking tool (by SEO Tools). I ran it for the first time today, and to my surprise,  MarketingBlog.NET ranks #1 in Yahoo for the keyword “Marketing Blog”:

yahooranking

Having been up for less than a year, this website is significantly growing.  Ranking higher than TopRankBlog.com (aka: MarketingBlog.com), I find this to be one of my first noteworthy accomplishments. For the same keyword in Google, I rank #21 (SERP #3).

But there’s even more good news. For the keyword “Online Marketing Blog”, I find myself on PAGE #1 of Google and Yahoo!, so not bad for a hobby ;) Thanks for your support and if you have any suggestions as to how I can improve this site, please let me know.I hope this #1 Ranking continues. Feel free to check in on Yahoo! ranking by clicking “Marketing Blog  – Yahoo! Keyword Search” to see if I’m still up there. If I’m not, it must mean someone didn’t like what they saw on this blog post. BRING IT!

Posted under Blogs, Online Marketing, SEO/SEM

What Are The Top Twitter Tools?

twitter

LinkedIn, Digg, Facebook, YouTube and Blogging are mainstream social media tools. On top of that list, Twitter comes in as one of the most often written about social media tools. Commonly, popular tools end up having tools built to help make them more eficient. Then tools are built to agregate those tools, and then bloggers come along and write about the “Top Tools” our there. I’ll be honest, there have been 100′s of posts claiming that they “KNOW” the top twitter tools. Unfortunately, there are 100′s of tools out there which makes it that much harder to make Tweeting a more efficient and profitable process. I have had an (@RedRussak) account for the purpose spreading the word on article, products and events. Unfortunately, I have only touched the very tip of the iceberg, but feel after I finish writing this article, that may change.

Mashable.com published an article in Fall 2007, full of 60+ Twitter tools. In Spring 2008, they published 140+ more tools, adding more to the cluttered tool list. Around the same time, TopRankBlog.com (aka: MarketingBlog.com…my “competition”), put together their own list of 5 New Twitter Tools You Should Know About.  Finally, I came across a recently updated and short list of essential twitter tools. Senior Director of Online Marketing at Folica.com, Kieran Hawe has had over 10+ years of online marketing experience, and over 2+ years of Twitter experience under the alias “@khawe“. He has tried just about every Twitter tool out there, and ove time has settled on a list of current Twitter tools he prefers to use through out his day. Coming directly from his blog Webtribution.com, here’s Kieran’s List:

  • iPhone: When i first got my iPhone I started using Twitterrific, but slowly became annoyed with its UX and functionality. I tried a couple of other apps but eventually settled on TwitterFon – which I have been using ever since.
  • BlackBerry: Since I have an iPhone the need to use my BlackBerry on a regular basis has diminished. However, the only app I have used – and would recommend – is TwitterBerry.
  • Desktop Client: I was a big fan of Twirl for a long time but eventually moved on to TweetDeck. TweetDeck has been fairly stable for me since I started using it, plus the grouping of friends and UI really can’t be beat.
  • URL Shortener: You can’t use Twitter on a regular basis and not have a preferred URL shortener – mine is Bit.ly. Bit.ly provides the basic functionality you need but with click tracking, great tool to see which of your tweets people are actually interested in.
  • Twitter Management: Since I have multiple Twitter accounts (personal, professional, etc) I use SplitTweet to manage them all – great tool to send out one Tweet to any / all accounts without logging into each one separately.
  • Page Tweet: Say you are reading something on a website that you feel your Twitter audience would appreciate / like, instead of copying the URL and title of the article I use TwitThis to automatically share the contents with my followers.
  • WordPress Plugin: I have used just about every Twitter WordPress plugin out there and have had some issue or another with all of them. The Twitter Tools plugin isn’t perfect but it does what I need (auto post to Twitter blog posts and pull in Twitter feeds) and is fairly stable.

Something that hasn’t been mentioned is that you can interface your facebook status with twitter if you want to spread the word across both networks. It works and helps drive traffic. That’s my 2 cents. I have a feeling there are going to be new twitter tool “top 10 lists” as more supportive tools are created. For now, test the Tools and follow me on Twitter @RedRussak.

Posted under Blogs, Online Marketing, Social Networks

This post was written by Joshua Russak on February 20, 2009

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Q/A: Top Social Networking Sites for Businesses

Question and AnswerI was recently approached by an individual (who I can’t name) that had to present “Social Networking Tactics” for their manager…in 15 hours from now! This is our interaction:


Question I have a meeting with my manager in the AM.  I want to have joined the top 10 social networking sites.  I wanted your opinion on that :-)

Answer I understand your AM timeline with the manager and I’m going to give you 2 articles that will make you sound like the expert.

->First Article: In order to know what’s out there, read this article. It outlines them all ;)
50 Social Sites That Every Business Needs a Presence on (TopRankBlog)

->Second Article: In order to sound like you know what other business prefer, TopRankBlog took a poll of its users and their thoughts on Social networks. This will sound good to your manager b/c it will provide you with insight into what other businesses are doing as well. Competitive intelligence is always good:

Both are great articles I would highly suggest, but the point I am trying to get at is that for every question you may have, somebody out there has already answered it. The hard part is knowing which sites are trustworthy and when to stop researching. That is an entirely different discussion, but for now I’ll leave you with this. If you want to truly harness the power of social networking, make sure not to neglect the marketing basics like SEO, E-Mail and other campaigns.

Now I’m going to work on my next article: “How to manage social networking for your company without losing your mind?” That should be a fun one! Until then, good luck trying to figure it all out.

Posted under Social Networks

This post was written by Joshua Russak on January 21, 2009

Tags: , , , ,