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SEO Link Building Strategies for New Websites (3)

August 31, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips

Social Bookmarking Builds Links

Social Bookmarking Builds Links

Here is the last installment of this three part series. Did you find this article from Greg Shuey interesting? There are so many ways to build links out there, and they can get overwhelming sometimes. Just keep in mind that link building is going to help you in the long run and make sure you manage the time you spend on link building effectively. Remember, design your website first with the user in mind and then for the search engines.

Submit Your Site To Local & Industry Specific Online Business Directories

Seek out local directories and directories that are specific to your business. Submit to these first and take your time filling out all of the information that they ask for. These will be some of your most valuable links since they are so relevant to your website and business. Make sure when someone searches for your Chicago area web design company they can find you.

Social Bookmarking

You can waste a lot of time social bookmarking if you are submitting to the wrong sites. I limit my social bookmarking to Mixx, Propeller and sometimes Kirtsy. The trick to social bookmarking is to not only bookmark your website, your blog posts, and other things related to your website, but bookmarking lots of different things that interest you, like experienced Chicago web designers.

Write An Article And Submit To Article Directories

Writing articles and submitting them to sites like Ezine Articles is a great way to get links back to your website. Take time to write a very detailed article about your industry and submit it to a few article directories like the ones I listed above. You will get links back to your website by properly using the author resource or bio box at the end of the article. You should tell a little about yourself and your company, while adding keyword rich anchor text links pointing back to your website.

Credit: Greg Shuey

SEO Link Building Strategies for New Websites (2)

August 28, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips

Get Your Links on Friends and Family Blogs

Get Your Links on Friends and Family Blogs

Friends & Family Members

When beginning a link building campaign, one very natural way of obtaining links is from friends and family members. How hard is it to simply call up (recommended – it’s more personal) or email your family and friends who have blogs or other sites, and ask them for a link to your new website? You can do the same thing with social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.

Add a Blog to Your Domain

Internal links from other pages of your website are a guaranteed way to help you increase your rankings in the search engines. Adding a blog to your domain is a great way for you to easily add new content to your website on a regular basis. In most cases, adding a blog to your main domain is rather simple and can be done in as little as three clicks of your mouse. Web hosting companies like offer one click installations of blog platforms like WordPress.

For a company that doesn’t have a very industry specific name, like Systemtek, an external blog might also be a good idea because it is hard to know that we are a Chicago web design company based on our name alone. Our blog title focuses on what we do, and it gives helpful links to other websites. If you have an external blog, make sure you have a link to it on your website, and make sure that link is easy to find.

Local Organizations

Just about every city in the country has a local chamber of commerce; for us it is the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. Joining a chamber of commerce will not only get you a very good link back to your website, but also provides networking opportunities with other local businesses.

Local News

Developing relationships with local newspaper writers and always making yourself available for comments on news stories that involve your industry is a great way to build awareness about your company and get links back to your website (if the newspaper is published online).

Help a Non Profit Organization

You would be surprised how many non-profit organizations are operating in your city and your state. Every one of us has been given talents and certain things that we are good at. If you offer yourself and your services freely, you can most likely ask for, and get a link to your website from theirs.

Credit: Greg Shuey

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SEO Link Building Strategies for New Websites (1)

August 22, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips

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Credit: Greg Shuey

Believe it or not, all SEO’s were newbies at one time or another. Launching a website can be a very exciting event for an individual or new business owner. However, that excitement can quickly turn to disappointment when the site owner finds out that they are getting little or no traffic. If they are getting traffic, it is most likely coming from family members or friends who they notified through an email or Facebook.

I was on a call yesterday with one of my best friends from high school. Our conversation was focused on general search engine optimization principles and link building tactics that could provide a good foundation and hopefully, if he does them right, some strong rankings in the search engines. One thing I emphasized is the fact that what ever he does, he needs to build links naturally. A natural link building campaign is crucial for success in SEO.

A natural link building campaign is one that is just that, natural! It is crucial for success in SEO. Getting 50,000 links within the first twenty days of your website’s existence is definitely not natural. Getting a slow trickle of links coming into your website and then building up looks much more natural. Also, getting 50,000 links pointing to your home page with the same anchor text is not natural. Vary your anchor text and include long tail versions of your keywords. You should also build links to other pages of your site in addition to your home page. All of these things help with building a natural link campaign.

In terms of links, there are two types of links you can get for your websites, external and internal links. For example, a link directing you to our Twitter Page would be external, because it is directing you to a whole different website. An internal link like Web Design directs you to another section of this blog, but both are very important and can make a huge difference in your search engine rankings.

Follow Systemtek on Twitter… and more!

August 17, 2009 By: admin Category: News

Follow Us on Twitter!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Now you can follow one of our designers on Twitter. Check it out and follow us to get cool design tips, website samples and connect with a lot of other great people too!

Want to connect with us on other sites? Systemtek is on Youtube, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Facebook as well.

Social Media is a great way to keep up with all the latest news and meet lots of new people. Hope to see you out there!

Social Media Easy Tips: 1,2,3, Start!

August 17, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips

By: Nan Ke

Get Connected in Social Media

Get Connected in Social Media

While I’m saying it’s really easy, I mean it. Give it a try!

Follow these, and you’ll grasp all you need for social media and jump start in a few hours.

1. Where to Social for Small Businesses?

A: Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and your own Blog.

These are what so far I found most efficient for small businesses. Forget about hanging on 50+ different social media sites unless you have a same sized marketing department and dollar as Dell. It is completely time-and-money-consuming business.

2. How to be Social?

A: Be yourself. Be personal. Start with your own blog and try to update weekly at first.

Research! Listen 300% more what other say. Then you talk.

Try publish more often, 5+ daily . Commit.

3.What to Social?

Blog and Twit about You, Your Family, Your Business , Your Customers, and Your Goals.

Being personal and sociable is very important. Comment on other blogs. Remember to be RESPONSIVE to your audiences, twitter followers and facebook fans. Answer their questions and involve in their discussions.

Small Business: Why Use Social Media?

August 17, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips

One of the biggest misconceptions with online marketing is that social media is only for large brands. Truthfully, a small business that invests its time wisely can improve customer (or client) loyalty and traditional word of mouth marketing efforts.

Social media is useful for almost every type of business. Cafes, retail stores, and even professional services can build their online reputation and increase trust. By taking advantage of social media, businesses can make themselves more accessible, more personable, and maintain long term connections. For a small business looking to increase referrals, social media can be a powerful tool.

Here are five ways small businesses can capitalize on this new form of marketing.


Why use social media?


Social Media for Small Businesses

Social Media for Small Businesses

The best way to illustrate why small businesses are using social media is with a story. Think back to the days of the wild west. In those days, towns had one general store, and the store owner knew everyone. People trusted him and knew what they were getting. Enter the industrial age, and efficiency trumped personalization. People didn’t mind where they bought from, as long as goods were cheap.

Now, that mentality has changed. Consumers are once again reverting to a need for personalization from businesses large and small. The need has been rekindled by the Internet and our ability to find anything we want, as well as a mistrust of advertising (think used cars salesmen).

We’ve reached a point where the consumer wants to know the store owner’s name and that he can be trusted. Small businesses must look beyond their want to grow into corporations, and instead focus on their core customers. Thanks to social media, we’re able to foster these relationships easily and quickly.

Sizzling Summer Internet Marketing Tips (2)

August 05, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips

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Sizzling Summer Internet Marketing Tips (2): Generate Word of Mouth Marketing

Chances are your happiest customers are the best and cheapest marketing tool you have at your disposal. People who are already fanatical about your company’s products or services will be the first to tell their friends, coworkers, and personal network about the quality of service they receive. So here are a few ideas to get your best customers talking more about you:

• Ask customers to spread the word. Don’t be afraid to ask your most satisfied customers to tell their friends, colleagues, or family members about your business. Consider offering them some exclusive service or benefits that they can brag about to their friends; try a VIP email newsletter list that puts customers “in the know” about new products, sales or promotions before anyone else. Then add a link to every email marketing promotion you send that allows them to forward the message to a friend. Soon, their friends will want to get in on the action, your VIP list will grow, and so will your business.

• Give people something to talk about. One customer with a family-friendly restaurant started offering stroller valet. Word got out that not only could you enjoy a great meal there, but you could also bring your kids without worrying about inconveniencing other diners when deciding where to park the bulky stroller. This tactic is especially helpful in busy downtown locations or shopping areas. Another restaurant promotes Tuesday nights in the summer as “family night”. What was once a slow night for their kitchen now encourages local customers with children to come in and feel right at home. A preset kids’ menu and a few decibels noisier, now it’s the most popular place in town for the family crowd. As a side benefit, the customers without children, who appreciate a quiet meal, know to make plans for any other evening. Think about ways you could offer a memorable service experience and get people talking.
• Make it easy. If you’re selling products by mail or in stores, consider including something memorable or
noteworthy in the box or bag. It can be silly, inspirational, or whimsical, but it should remind them who
you are and that you offer more than your competitors. Better yet, include two items and ask them to
give one to a friend.

Sizzing Summer Internet Marketing Tips (1)

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