The fantastic Girasol Homes offer a whole range of properties in various areas of Spain, so why not make 2013 the year you buy that holiday home or investment property and live the dream?
If you’re looking for:
- Property in La Manga
- Investment property in Alicante
- Property for sale in Murcia
- or any property for sale in Spain
they’re well worth checking out!
A guest post by Gina Smith
You have big plans to take some time off during the holiday season. One problem – you don’t want to lose the momentum of your blog and Social Media posts you’ve worked so hard throughout the year to build. No worries – you can still wake up Christmas morning without having to worry about posting to your blog or social accounts. Below are some helpful tips to consider:
Automate Blog Posts
First, if you aren’t already doing so, set your blog to replicate across your social networks. Each blog provider is a little different, so consult the help section or ask your webmaster how to integrate with your Social Media sites. While you are looking into this, check the steps of how to automate your blog posts. Most blogs, including WordPress and Blogger, include this capability. Once you integrate and automate, you can set up content to post automatically throughout the holidays.
Establish a Calendar
Pre-plan what and when you want to post. If you will be on vacation, consider posts which are less likely to generate comments you will need to immediately address. Also, perhaps think about including posts which are less “business” related. Do you have a favorite recipe to share? Or, how about a list of last minute gift ideas. And, of course, don’t forget a fun greeting Christmas morning and a Happy New Year at midnight on January 1st.
Become Familiar with Facebook Scheduling
Did you know Facebook offers a scheduling feature right in the application itself? Here’s how to use it. First, write your post and attach any tags, photos, videos, etc. Next, look to lower left corner of your post. You will see a clock symbol. Click this to set the year, month, day and time. You can schedule posts up to 6 months in advance, and even backdate posts in your timeline.
Explore Third-Party Providers
There are a number of third party providers which you can use to automate your Social Media posts. One of the most popular is HootSuite, which is used by a number of larger corporations. There are both free and paid versions. Both allow you to manage and automate posts for a number of Social Media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Google+ Pages, and even WordPress, among others. The paid version includes analytics, additional social profiles, and other neat features. Buffer and TweetDeck are also popular third part providers to consider. Always be sure to thoroughly research the options, features, terms and conditions, etc., of any third party provider and choose one which best fits the needs of your business.
So, no need to fret about your blog and Social Media posts over the holidays. With a little pre-planning, you can easily sustain momentum with your customers all the way into the new year!
Gina Smith writes freelance articles for magazines, online outlets and publications on behalf of a number of companies, including Global Response. Smith covers the latest topics in the business, golf, tourism, technology and entertainment industries.
So, Google are now offering some Adwords advertisers the chance to own their very own Google Adwords credit card – an interesting development I’m sure you’ll agree.
Putting aside how cool some people will think it is to have a credit card with Google plastered all over it, is it really a good idea?
I’m not convinced, I have to admit. It all seems a little gimmicky to me.
It will be easier to keep an eye on your AdWords spending.
When your AdWords spending is on a single statement and not mixed in with other expenses, you can see what you spend every month and adjust as you see fit. Plus, it means you’ll have plenty of credit available for AdWords.
I say let’s be honest – how many advertisers really have a problem finding their Adwords spend on their usual credit or debit card? I don’t, my VA doesn’t, my accountant doesn’t – how difficult is it?
You’ll get more flexibility across your entire budget.
Maybe 2013 is the year you finally make that one big business purchase. Or maybe you’d just like to breathe a little easier at the end of the month. Either way, your existing cards will be free for other spending.
REALLY? Spending money on another credit card gives you more money to spend on the ones you already own? What kind of logic is that? Your Adwords credit card can only be used to top up Adwords accounts, so it’s not giving you access to extra money, but are Google really recommending that you spend the money you now have free on the original card you used? I’m not so sure that’s the best way to sell their new product…
And by the way, it all comes with a low 11.9% APR Representative (variable) interest rate and minimum monthly payments.
Now, I’m no financial whiz kid and I don’t know a lot about credit cards, but a quick Google search shows that that rate of APR isn’t bad. However, it’s not so good if you take the credit, pay the interest AND spend the money you’ve freed up on another card.
But I’m not here to lecture you about spending – I want to know your thoughts.
Will you be applying for your Google Adwords Business Credit Card? Do you have one already? Is it more than just a gimmick? Am I being a little cynical?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
A guest post from Stuart McHenry
For those that do not have experience in local SEO, it can be a difficult switch from typical optimization techniques, especially for those that are used to non-local search engine optimization. Many local factors are taken into account when ranking a site for city related keywords that are just not present in typical search engine optimization on a national scale. Below are a few techniques that you should employ when preforming local SEO.
Local citations are the foundation of most local optimization efforts. Local citations refer to local business directories and business listings, such as Yellow Pages and other local directories. This is a good indicator that your website is for a legitimate business, and being listed in as many of these directories can have a profound effect on your rankings.
These citations are not only going to help you to achieve higher rankings, but also provide you with multiple avenues in which potential clients can find your business. Local business listings can provide you with a huge surge in traffic after you are able to gain listings. Start by targeting the larger, well known business directories since they are most often crawled by Google and provide the largest benefit.
You should attempt to encourage as many of your customers as you can to leave reviews online after doing business with your company, whether positive or negative. Reviews are a sign to Google that you are an actual place of business, and not just a website. Reviews also allow you to give a positive impression to potential customers about your business and the services that you provide. If you provide a solid service, your reviews will be overwhelmingly positive, which not only will help you pre-sell customers, but will also have a positive effect on your local search engine rankings.
Addresses and Phone Numbers
Google also checks to make sure that sites that are ranking well for local terms have addresses and phone number that match the locality in which they are trying to rank for. Google actually takes the address listed on your website, and matches it to the location of the city center in an effort to gauge the locality of your website to the keywords that you rank for. This is to keep non-local websites from ranking for local keywords, which could potentially cheapen the experience of the user who is searching for local businesses. Not having a local mailing address could potentially keep you from ranking for local keywords.
Another excellent method for local link building is the use of local organizations. Local organizations like your chamber of commerce and other business related organizations can provide a huge benefit in local search engine optimization, and also help you to network with other related businesses in your industry. Many of these organizations will link to the businesses that have maintained membership, which can provide you with a high quality link from an authority in your local community, which is hugely beneficial for optimization.
One aspect of local optimization that many businesses owners overlook is the power of networking. Getting to know other business owners in your locality can help you to build relationships, which can result in links to your website, and help your local rankings. By working with other business owners in your area, and developing relationships with them, it can have lasting positive effects on your search results.
Local search engine optimization can be very different from non-local SEO, but the same basic principles apply. Instead of focusing so much on industry-specific links, the focus is placed on locality and local factors.
Hello , from a rainswept NP Towers
It’s funny, when I started up my Internet Marketing & Social Media Mentoring program as an email only option, I didn’t think many people would take me up on it – I’m pretty happily surprised at the take up rate, that’s for sure!
I’m also surprised at some of the questions that are being asked – many of them are ones I hadn’t even thought people would ask.
Questions such as:
- Which order should I attack things in when it comes to Facebook, SEO, Twitter, Blogging, LinkedIn etc? (Short answer – start with SEO & Blogging, then the others)
- I’ve got front page listings for X keyword but no traffic – why is that? (Short answer – no-one is searching for that phrase)
- I’m blogging every day but get no interaction or visitors – why? (Short answer – you’re not blogging, you’re writing ‘company news’)
- I don’t use categories and tags on my blogs – there’s no point is there? (Short answer – yes there is)
- I just feed everything automatically into my Facebook page, so I don’t need to do anything else do I? (Short answer – yes you do)
- I can’t think of things to blog about so I don’t bother – what can I do? (Short answer – I’ll send you some ideas)
- My blog is on a freebie platform but has no search engine positions (Short answer – it won’t have)
Have you ever asked any of those questions?
Or any other question to do with promoting your business and website online?
If you have, you’d probably be interested to read my long answers – because they are long, informative and helpful. Not just quick retorts not tailored to you. But you can only get my long answers by giving the Mentoring a go.
If you’d like a quick snappy answer, feel free to drop me a line with your query and I’ll put you in my ‘freebie answers queue’ – you’ll get a response, just not as indepth. (Still helpful though, I hope).
While I have you, I’d also like to let you know about an offer my daughter Leigh Quantrill is running for your Facebook page right now – not only is her Facebook Page Management service a great price, but she gives you the chance to win it for free just by Tweeting. I’d love to see her get loads of tweets so please go find out more
Mentoring and Facebook in one blog post – I think that’s enough for a Monday morning, don’t you?
Happy Monday, tell me in the comments below what you’re up to today!
Guest post contributed by Peter Nevis, on behalf of Orange Line SEO.
You may wonder what pop tunes could possibly have in common with blog content. But, if you think about it, because both are creative representations of the emotions and/or ideas of the artist, it’s not really that difficult to see how some of the same basic popularity principles could apply to both.
Here are four characteristics of pop music hits that can help your blog posts go viral:
Hit pop songs are …
Trendy and Current
Pop music is trendy music that reflects the current culture. Rather than being progressive, it speaks to “today” and often puts a modern spin on timeless and lasting themes that help listeners relate to its message. The message isn’t always deep or profound and is, in fact, often pretty light or mundane. But, it does speak to the culture of its day in a language the culture understands, which helps it catch hold of its audience and spread like wildfire.
You, too, can use these elements to encourage the sharing of your blog content. You can be trendy by sharing the latest news and happenings in your field using language your audience understands. You can make your content more immediate by putting a modern spin on an age-old message. Or, you can create a buzz by presenting a tried-and-true topic in a brand new way. By writing on timeless topics–even if they’re dressed in modern garb–you create evergreen content that people can share again and again.
Catchy, Memorable, and Compelling
The pop songs that become most popular have catchy tunes and compelling, easy-to-remember lyrics that people walk around humming or singing as they go about their daily lives. They don’t plan to respond this way; it just happens because the song contains elements that elicit this response. How can people resist buying and listening to music that affects them this way? The answer is, “They can’t.”
To use this concept on your blog, be sure your content is memorable, compelling, and presented in a way that’s easy to grasp, assimilate, and recall. That might involve organizing your ideas, presenting your content in bite-sized but thought-provoking chunks, using subheadings, and expressing your ideas as simply as possible so they don’t strain the reader’s mind. If your points are clear, compelling, and simple, people will share your content.
Pop tunes that become hits always elicit some kind of emotion in the listener. Whether that emotion is happiness, amusement, or even nostalgia, the emotional content of the lyrics and music carry the listener along on a wave of euphoria, making that critical emotional connection that makes the person want to hear the tune again and again and pass along their fabulous find to all their friends.
In much the same way, emotionally engaging blog content captures your readers’ imaginations and creates feelings of connection that help those readers relate to the content and make them much more likely to share your posts with their networks.
Pop music has always placed a strong emphasis on technology, as opposed to musicianship, and on recording, as opposed to live performance. While that emphasis hasn’t necessarily precluded good musicianship, the focus has always been on the technological aspects of the pop song. Basically, pop music is dance music, and much dance music tends to be heavy on the technological gimmicks and gadgetry. Pop music audiences respond well to gimmicks and effects that make the music feel and sound more immediate and more exciting.
How does this apply to your blog? Like pop music, blogging depends totally on technology as its delivery system. And while blogging technology may not equate directly to gadgetry or gimmicks, when bloggers make the most of technology by posting multimedia content and promoting their content via the multitude of available digital channels, they can help that content go viral in much the same way that the most legendary pop artists have used technology to create number-one hit tunes.
Try these four pop-artist tricks when you write your next blog post, and watch your content spread across the Web like an infectious pop tune fills the airwaves!
Guest post contributed by Peter Nevis, on behalf of Orange Line SEO. Peter contributes to various websites, he’s a marketing expert and enjoys writing articles about SEO & online marketing strategies.