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Leveraging link building and social media for ecommerce

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Video: Leveraging link building and social media for ecommerce

Building links and getting people to your ecommerce content can be challenging, but with a little creativity, you can find some very valuable opportunities that will help out the search engines, as well as your visitors. First and foremost, make sure that you are taking the time to create really good content. Anything you can do to help show how a product will solve the problems of a consumer is going to be a good thing, and it becomes a lot more shareable than just another product name and description page. Over and above videos and diagrams and things like that, there are a few ways to spruce up your product pages even more.

Leveraging link building and social media for ecommerce

Building links and getting people to your ecommerce content can be challenging, but with a little creativity, you can find some very valuable opportunities that will help out the search engines, as well as your visitors. First and foremost, make sure that you are taking the time to create really good content. Anything you can do to help show how a product will solve the problems of a consumer is going to be a good thing, and it becomes a lot more shareable than just another product name and description page. Over and above videos and diagrams and things like that, there are a few ways to spruce up your product pages even more.

With a little work, some out-of-the-box thinking, and a good programmer, you can come up with interactive features that can help the customer really understand your product. Think of those clothing websites that allow you to put together an entire wardrobe through a drag-and-drop interface, or home decor stores that allow you to lay out and generate your dream kitchen or living room. Whatever you're selling, these kinds of useful features are the kinds of things that people blog about, link to, and share with their social networks. Another thing to remember is that investing in high quality images of the products you're selling is something that will pay off in the long run.

Blogs and image-based social networks are filled with users willing to share quality, beautiful, and interesting images associated with your products. Take time to produce and promote professional, high quality, unique images, and you'll be in a good position to garner even more links back to your content. And at the end of the day, don't forget about your customers, and remember that they love a good deal. Free stuff, giveaways, discounts, and special offers are the kinds of things that get shared around the Internet and can spread like wildfire.

You might feature a section on your site that shows your current deals and coupons, or you might run a contest or a sweepstakes, or even have a crazy deal of the day page that offers up a loss leader, but gets people talking about you. You might break even, or even lose a bit on your promotion, but think of it as investing in all of the links, the blogger attention, and the social media buzz that will find you new customers, and that search engines love. And last, don't forget to let your users generate some content for you. Whether it's product reviews that you ask for in follow-up emails after a purchase, testimonials, or social media integrations, making it easy for your users to share their experiences leads to lots of potential links, sharing, and user-generated content that can help future customers make the decision to buy from you instead of your competition.

While adding the standard social media sharing and liking buttons to your product pages is a must, you might also think about providing "save to my wish list" or "share with a friend" functionality that can spread the word and keep people coming back. In short, don't be another boring ecommerce site, with boring product pages. There are plenty of those out there already. Instead, go that extra mile to produce truly useful and engaging content that excites your users and has the potential to gain links and social media shares.

Get creative, take time to think about your audience and what can be really useful to them, and then take the time to create the right, effective content that meets those needs.

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SEO Fundamentals

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  1. 1m 34s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the Facilitator's Guide
      15s
  2. 11m 46s
    1. What is search engine optimization (SEO)?
      4m 6s
    2. Reading a search engine results page
      2m 17s
    3. How SEO affects your business
      2m 38s
    4. Setting SEO expectations
      2m 45s
  3. 20m 49s
    1. Why you need a keyword research plan
      2m 47s
    2. How to research keywords
      3m 23s
    3. Tools to help you analyze keywords
      4m 43s
    4. Understanding keyword attributes
      3m 46s
    5. Understanding keyword distribution
      3m 50s
    6. Ongoing keyword evaluation
      2m 20s
  4. 26m 8s
    1. Understanding content optimization
      2m 14s
    2. Optimizing for site structure
      3m 41s
    3. Recognizing different types of content
      2m 23s
    4. Optimizing textual page elements
      8m 30s
    5. Optimizing non-text components of a web page
      4m 0s
    6. Analyzing content quality
      2m 39s
    7. Exploring the benefits of user-generated content
      2m 41s
  5. 22m 12s
    1. Interpreting the code behind web pages
      3m 9s
    2. Understanding how search engines index content
      2m 37s
    3. Working with canonical URLs and redirects
      2m 59s
    4. Leveraging microformats
      2m 39s
    5. Working with server-side factors
      3m 18s
    6. Using Google Webmaster Tools
      3m 58s
    7. Using Bing Webmaster Tools
      3m 32s
  6. 30m 53s
    1. Overview of long-term content strategizing
      2m 44s
    2. Planning a successful content strategy and avoiding common mistakes
      3m 46s
    3. Defining your audience, topics, angle, and style
      4m 17s
    4. Understanding different types of content
      4m 25s
    5. Getting ideas for content
      4m 0s
    6. Working with an editorial calendar
      3m 33s
    7. Promoting your content with social media
      3m 52s
    8. Measuring content performance
      4m 16s
  7. 18m 28s
    1. Understanding the importance of links
      4m 49s
    2. Building internal links
      2m 5s
    3. Building external links
      4m 19s
    4. Finding link-building opportunities
      4m 36s
    5. Executing a link-building strategy
      2m 39s
  8. 16m 32s
    1. Measuring SEO performance
      4m 10s
    2. Analyzing keywords
      5m 13s
    3. Analyzing links
      4m 9s
    4. Analyzing the impact of social media
      3m 0s
  9. 18m 45s
    1. Understanding SEO and ecommerce
      2m 36s
    2. Working with semantic HTML
      2m 22s
    3. The technical components of ecommerce
      3m 9s
    4. Exploring ecommerce information architecture
      2m 38s
    5. Producing ecommerce content
      2m 33s
    6. Leveraging link building and social media for ecommerce
      3m 12s
    7. Adapting ecommerce websites for international audiences
      2m 15s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Understanding local search
      3m 14s
    2. Understanding Google+ Local
      3m 0s
    3. Setting up and optimizing Google+ Local
      4m 46s
    4. Getting more citations
      3m 52s
    5. Getting more reviews for your business
      3m 43s
    6. Optimizing your website for local search
      4m 13s
    7. The future of local search
      2m 50s
  11. 15m 48s
    1. Understanding cultural aspects of international SEO
      2m 30s
    2. Optimizing technical content for international audiences
      2m 57s
    3. Optimizing translated and localized content
      2m 9s
    4. Building links for an international audience
      2m 47s
    5. Analyzing and measuring an international SEO campaign
      2m 17s
    6. Avoiding pitfalls with international SEO
      3m 8s
  12. 1m 10s
    1. Determining your next steps
      1m 10s

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