by John Eberhard
Now is the time to make New Year’s resolutions on how to improve your Internet marketing for 2012. Here are my suggestions for you.
Google Maps: I resolve to take steps to get a Google Maps/Places listing online for my business and work to get that listing onto the first page of results by getting lots of positive online reviews about my business and putting up lots of listings about my business, all of which pushes my Google listing towards page one.
Web Site: I resolve to make sure my web site gets fully re-designed in 2012 if it has not been re-designed since the Civil War, and to update the content of the site regularly so it is current and fresh. (I hear my web designer can convert my site into WordPress so I can make revisions to the site myself.)
Identity Capture: I resolve to offer items on my site such as free email newsletter subscriptions, and free reports and eBooks, to capture the identities and email addresses of people visiting my site. I know that this is one of the best ways to grow my email list.
Video: I resolve to get a video made for my business in 2012 if I don’t yet have one, or to create more video content in 2012 if I already have some, knowing that online video marketing is one of the best ways to present my business and sell it.
Posting to the Blog: I resolve to post new content to my blog at least once a week in 2012, realizing that search engines give more weight or importance to blogs specifically because they usually have fresh content added regularly. I realize that a blog post can be just a comment and link to some other content on the web, or posting a video of interest from YouTube. I realize that putting up a blog, but not posting anything to it in 2011 (you know who you are) doesn’t help my online efforts.
Web Statistics: I resolve to ensure my site has some sort of good web statistics program such as Google Analytics, and to regularly check the stats so I know how many people are coming to the site, what pages they are visiting, what sites are referring me traffic, and what keywords people are typing in on search engines to find me. I know that most free web stats programs that come with a hosting plan are total crap, and that Google Analytics is free and very good.
SEO and Keyword Research: I resolve to get search engine optimization done for my web site is 2012 if it has not been done in the last two years, knowing that the Google Panda update makes this even more important than before. I know that I should be targeting keywords that have high traffic, but a low number of competing sites. I know that with a local business I should be targeting local oriented keywords.
Email Newsletter: I resolve to create an email newsletter if I don’t have one already, and to ensure I get a new one out at least once a month. I resolve to offer the newsletter subscription on my site and build my email list.
Link Building: I resolve to greatly increase the number of links to my site from other sites, knowing that Google says that the number of links is the most important criteria they use to determine how high my site will rank for my targeted keywords.
Social Media: I resolve to use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn more often in 2012 to market my business. But I know that I also have to be engaged with my friends and followers, respond to their posts, and to sometimes post things about my personal life, not just hammer people with “buy my products” type messages. I resolve to significantly increase my number of friends and followers on social media sites in 2012.
Leads/Sales: I resolve to get my web site really producing leads and/or sales in 2012, so that the site is a real contributing force towards the success of my business and not just a source of frustration and embarrassment.
Google: I resolve not to give Google god-like status like some people do. They’re just a business for cryin out loud. I resolve not to freak out about the Panda update but to make appropriate changes in my actions at the appropriate time.
RealWebMarketing.net Fun Game: I resolve to respond to the little jokes in the RealWeb Newsletter, and build up points so I can win a Real Web Marketing T-shirt and be the envy of all my friends.
Consultant: I resolve to respect and take the sagely advice of my marketing consultant, and to pay him on time.
I wish you the best in keeping your New Year’s resolutions, and I feel confident that 2012 will be the best year ever for all of us.