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Pinterest Marketing For Online Marketers

Pinterest Marketing For Online Marketers

Pinterest Marketing Image

Pinterest is the latest social “buzz” site of the moment, stacking up numbers which
would even make Google blush. This “picture” bookmarking site has only been around
since 2010 (domain was created at the end of 2009) and holds the record for the fastest

growing site in history.

It took Pinterest only 9 months to go from 50,000 to 17,000,000 users. It is increasing at
40% each month and is on track to reach 180 million users by the end of this year.

Impressive numbers indeed, but for webmasters and online marketers, that’s not really
the important factor concerning Pinterest. What really has marketers buzzing is Pinterest’s
referral numbers.

Members or users of Pinterest “click thru to your site” more often than users of Facebook,
Twitter, Stumbleupon… in other words Pinterest has become a valuable source of free
targeted traffic on the web. More importantly, because your pins can get re-pinned over and
over again, your content lasts a long time and has legs.

Many experts compare this traffic to YouTube content which can deliver traffic to your
site for years.

That’s what really has online marketers excited about this new picture sharing site, use it
properly and Pinterest can deliver targeted prospects for your business for years into the
future. It is also great for building a community of customers or interested parties, ready
for your latest offering.

Of course, like any online site or platform, Pinterest has to be used in the right manner,
if you plan on marketing your business or site on it. If you just figure on signing up for
Pinterest, pinning a few images and then wait for the referral traffic to flood your site –
well, you might hit it lucky but like all these social programs, you have to prime the pump.

One of the best resources or experts on Pinterest (which I have found) is Jason Miles –
Vice President for Advancement at Northwest University. He runs a very informative site called

But the real reason I pay special attention to what Jason has to say – his wife runs a Doll’s Clothing/Pattern site on
the web! They have first-hand experience of how Pinterest has helped their niche business and have figured out ways to
take full advantage of Pinterest from an online marketing perspective.

As a given rule, I find it is these “hands-on” individuals who supply the best information, regardless of the program
or platform. The same applies here – they have been there, done that and give us the best nuggets of information which
bring in the traffic and sales.

So if you’re wondering how you can use Pinterest for your business or site, watch the following video carefully and
take notes. This video is called “Pinterest Marketing for Niche Businesses” and was done via Ken Evoy’s SBI SiteBuildIt Review program.
It will give you valuable information on how to use Pinterest to your advantage and help you really discover what
all the fuss is about.

Important Takeaways:

– Always create an Attractive/Informative/Interesting image for each
piece of content you have on the web. Make these images your “pre-selling” tools
which will get re-pinned and bring targeted traffic back to your site or business.

– Always remember it’s about building online communities and joining those
communities together. Fully integrate your Pinterest followers with your
Twitter, Facebook… followers.

– Always make sure you have your images fully optimized with your
information – product name, product description… and of course,
a link back to your site.

+Titus Hoskins

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Should You Delete All Your Online Articles?

Should You Delete All Your Online Articles?

Google Spot!

Is article marketing truly dead? Has this marketing strategy
become totally ineffective, especially in regards to SEO?
But perhaps, what you should be asking yourself…

Should You Delete All Your Online Articles?

I have always been a great fan of article marketing and have
hundreds of articles on the web on various sites. Along comes
the Google Penguin Update and these articles/backlinks may now
be considered webspam in the eyes of Google. In other words,
instead of helping others with your articles and content, you’re
now creating unnatural or inorganic link schemes with these articles.

Penguin slaps your site into oblivion and unless you remove the
majority of these inorganic links flowing to your site, it will
stay in no-mansland. This poses a serious question:

Should I Delete All My Online Articles?

Since Penguin, many webmasters have done just that, closed any
article directory accounts and removed all their articles. These
webmasters have also contacted other sites displaying their articles
and have asked for the articles/links to be removed. Some major
sites, Buzzle comes to mind, have removed all articles from their
sites, users can still submit content but without links.

Removal of all your articles may not be the best move if those
articles are still bringing in traffic to your site. Sure, Google
is probably not counting these articles/links for ranking purposes
but is the traffic flowing from your articles worth more than your
previous Google search traffic? That’s the main question here,
if your Google traffic numbers were much greater, you may have
to consider removing all your articles.

Shouldn’t You Wait For The Google Disavow Link Tool?

If my traffic from my articles are too beneficial to lose, couldn’t
I just wait for the promised “Disavow Link Tool” and keep my articles
and traffic, while dismissing those backlinks in Google? Wouldn’t
this be a much better route to take, especially if you have been
building up your article traffic for years?

Bing has come out with a “Disavow Tool” but that doesn’t mean Google
will also give us one. Google and Matt Cutts are all on record saying,
such a tool is coming in the next few months. I am keeping my fingers
crossed because, while I have no problem removing articles/links which
bring in no traffic, removing articles which bring in targeted leads
and sales is not a good marketing strategy. Besides, removing all
these viral articles is a complete nightmare and almost impossible to
do, especially when sites hosting your articles refuse to remove them.

My only other dilemma, I like article marketing… it is a great way to
introduce yourself and your site. Plus, for years, article marketing has
been a vital part of my marketing funnels… present a well written and
well informed article in article directory like Ezinearticles and you
get a steady stream of potential targeted customers/clients flowing
into your site and marketing funnels.

In addition, a well written unique article on other high quality sites
is still a great way to get traffic and valuable one-way links. And no,
I am not talking about article spinning or using scraped content for
the sake of getting links. Spun articles, for the most part, are usually
unreadable and a complete joke. You should not be doing of this in the
first place.

So does article marketing still hold any value at all?

Perhaps the biggest question, does article marketing still hold any value
as an SEO strategy? Yes, I believe it needs to be repeated, a well written
article or post on a related quality (non-article directory) site is still
a good way to get traffic and backlinks. Just make sure you’re not using
the same anchor text in these article and try to keep the backlinks from
any given site to one or two links – just to play it safe.

Is article marketing still effective in Google?

Where Google is concerned – probably not! And in some cases, it can now
do your site serious harm or damage. Google has to look at patterns and
write formulas /restrictions to its algorithm to weed out what it believes
to be link schemes and sites manipulating its index, if a few high quality
sites or content get affected or thrown out in the process, Google doesn’t
really have to worry UNTIL web searchers STOP using Google and quite frankly,
that is simply NOT going to happen any time soon. So you simply have to play
by Google’s rules, or go home.

Here’s a Matt Cutts’ video from a few years back warning of the pitfalls
of article marketing.

Do you recommend article marketing as an SEO strategy?

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+Titus Hoskins

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