What is Affiliate Marketing? Is It an Alternative to PPC?

Looking for a way to avoid marketing pot holes? Tired of the same old advertising pitfalls? We bet affiliate marketing has entered your thoughts once or twice. The commission-based marketing system is expected to continue growing by 10% per year for several years. Most advertisers surveyed by Rakuten associate affiliate marketing with good ROI. Most also plan to spend more money on it in the near future. But should you try it?

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David Kalla
Try Guest Blogging as Part of Your Content Distribution Strategy

Archie, created in 1990, was the first search engine. It searched listings rather than website content. Today, the complexity of search engines is mind boggling. There are purportedly hundreds of factors in Google's search algorithm, which decides how prominently your webpages will be previewed on search results pages. The amount of content being published is staggering, as well. It's difficult to distribute content because of all this competition, which is why writers are turning to guest blogging.

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David Kalla
Someone Slandered My Company!

It was circa 2004. My friend Billy found me on Facebook by searching for my university email address and promptly started to write false things about me on one of my recent photos, as a joke. Nobody takes social media comments seriously, he must have thought. Some of the commentary happens to be damaging, though. Like, I had disappeared into a bedroom with a lady who was not my girlfriend last night? What? This might cost me my job with the girlfriend's dad's company. It's not true! What's wrong with you, Billy?! Lucky for me, it was before I really had the propensity to go viral. If this libel had shown up in the comments of a popular post today, it could damage my reputation far and wide. 

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David Kalla
How to Gain Instagram Followers Without Running into Trouble

Search engine optimization pundits have long asserted that Google and other search engines take your social media follower quantity into account when they decide where to display links to your website. That means the more followers you have, the more likely Google is to display links to your pages at the top of its search results pages. Although these algorithms that determine where you show up are kept secret, tests and analysis have given us some rules of thumb. SEO isn't the only reason businesses look for followers, though. They want to directly engage with fans, as well. It's clear that followers can be beneficial to businesses. However, it's also clear that you want the correct followers; not just any followers.

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David Kalla
New, Must-Know Digital Marketing Vocabulary for 2018

In 2017, we saw gradual, consistent improvements to AdWords and other PPC management platforms. We also noticed a number of developments in search engines, such as Google's new trust indicators, and in other web marketing areas. If you think you're getting behind on all this learning, reading this article is an easy way to catch up. Here's some of the new vocabulary you'll be hearing during your 2018 marketing meetings.

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David Kalla
Controversy is Everywhere! Should it Be In Your Ads?

If you're a savvy marketer, you've noticed a trend. You've realized that everything seems controversial today. It's like nobody says anything gently or tactfully anymore. And everything relates to a broader debate, a hot button. This isn't something that came out of nowhere. It seems the social media age brought it upon us. Although 35% of Facebook users are "very unwilling" to use the network for political debate1, it's obvious that social media has become a popular place to share beliefs, opinions and even direct insults. What does this mean for businesses?

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David Kalla
Include Trust Seals on Your Website for Better Conversion Rates

Did you know 17% of visitors who drop out of your sales funnel do it because of concerns about payment security?1 They're not crazy. The FBI's 2016 internet crime report sites over a billion dollars in losses due to fraud, and 280,000 complaints.2 That's why security trust seals tend to improve conversion rates. But security isn't where this ends. Display any kind of recognizable seal to instill trust in your website visitors and improve conversion rates. There are a few types of trust seals, also called "trust badges," you can use. 

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David Kalla