If you are looking to learn more about internet marketing and how to make your website search engine friendly then these upcoming marketing online classes in August will give you a lot of information that you can then use on your own website.  To sign up for a class just click on the class link and you will be taken to the registration page.

Space is limited to a maximum of 10 students so sign up early!

Fri, Aug 19, 2011 

Class #3221T – Get Your Business Listed on the First Page of Google: Using Local Search  

How does a small business get onto Google (local), Bing,and Yahoo maps? If you have been approached by an Internet marketing company that has some version of ‘local’ in their name and promises to get you listed on the first page of Google for a monthly fee, then you need to come to this class before you sign on the dotted line. Learn tactics that search engine optimization companies charge upwards of $2,000 for to get you into “local search.” In most cases it takes a little knowledge, some elbow grease, and you can do the same thing yourself at little to no cost. After this class, you will know how to get your business on Google, Bing and Yahoo maps, listed on local directories, find places you never thought of to be listed, and have a road map of action items-even if your budget is $0.
From:  9:00a.m.– noon
Fees:   $57 Non-Member $45 Member $10 materials fee payable in class

Class # 3244AJ – Everything You Wanted to Know About Blogging

Discover how you can make your voice heard with a blog. Personal blogs and business blogs are great tools for sharing knowledge and expertise. Blogs can help build additional traffic to a website and can help you connect with potential new customers. A blog is a low cost alternative to having a full-blown website, and for small business owners blogs offer an inexpensive way to get out on the Internet. In this class learn about the difference between a business blog and a personal blog, the different blog creation platforms available, and which ones are free and which ones cost money. We will talk about the pros and cons of different blog programs. Learn about RSS feeds, categories, tags, trackbacks and other blog terms. You will leave the class with a complete plan on how to create your own blog and ideas on what to blog about for your business, hobby, or project.
From:  1:00p.m.–4:00p.m.
Fees:   $57 Non-Member $45 Member $10 materials fee payable in class
Sat, Aug 20, 2011

Class# 3590AM – Market Online: It’s Easy, Effective, and Affordable

In one power-packed evening get a solid overview of Internet marketing and how to grow your online presence immediately. The Internet provides a rich set of affordable options to help companies of all sizes and types grow. Learn what is available, what fits your business needs, and what can be implemented at little or no cost. Discover the tricks behind a form of marketing you can launch today with zero investment that delivers the highest ROI of any form of marketing, online or otherwise. Leave class with the knowledge to create your own online marketing plan. 
From:  9:00a.m.–12:00p.m.
Fees:   $57 Non-Member $45 Member $10 materials fee payable in class

Class# 2801BI – Google Freebies and Must-Haves  

Google offers a wide range of tools to help your track, promote and monitor your business online. Most of the tools are free and can offer valuable insight to your online marketing efforts. If you have a website or are planning a website for your business this class will show you the most valuable of these tools you can use to promote, find keywords and track your business online. These top 5 tools will help you make informed decisions about what your need to change, how to track your competition and how well your online marketing dollars are being spent.
From:  1:00p.m.–4:00p.m.
Fees:   $57 Non-Member $45 Member $10 materials fee payable in class

If you cannot make it in August we repeat the classes January thru June and August thru November.  Class content is updated regularly so the latest information is given.

I have been getting a few questions about the +1 button people are seeing in the Google search results, both in the ads sections and the organic sections.  Here is a letter from Google that explains it in good detail for the adwords clients.

If you would like us to add the +1 button to your site, just give us a call.

If you have been maintaining your own plugins then you can install the +1 button with a plugin on your site, Google +1.  However, before installing another plugin check to see if your current Social Sharing plugin such as SexyBookmarks has the Google + included.

The Google+1 button is similar to the Facebook Like button, it is part of Google’s efforts to advance in the Social sharing environment.  You can read more on it on Google’s page at +1 Button.

Dear Subscriber;

In the coming weeks, your search results and ads on Google will include a +1 button, which users can click to recommend your ads. You don’t need to make any changes to your account in order to take advantage of them. The final landing page URL of your ads can also appear on the Google profile of any user who +1’s your ad.

Here’s how the +1 button works:
Let’s say you own a hotel in Madrid. Brian had a lovely stay at your hotel last summer. When Brian starts researching accommodations for his next trip to Spain, he searches on Google while signed into his Google account, and sees your ad. He clicks the +1 button on the ad to recommend it to his contacts.

When Brian’s friend Ann plans her trip to Spain, she signs in to her Google account, searches, and also sees your ad – plus the personalized annotation that Brian +1’d it. Knowing that Brian recommends your hotel helps Ann decide where to stay during her travels.

Think of the +1 button as a way for fans of your business to recommend what you offer, for all their friends and contacts to see. By helping searchers see more personal, relevant ads, we believe you’ll see more qualified traffic. You can also add the +1 button to your site to give your customers the opportunity to +1 your site after visiting it.

Sincerely,
The Google AdWords Team

Come along to a CFU class to enhance your skills or get a better understanding of your WordPress website.  We offer a number of classes on how to get your website into the search engines, blogging and Google Tools.  The classes are as follows – sign up on the CFU website by clicking on the class link.  The classes vary in price but each has a $10 materials fee.

All classes are held at CFU LOWRY: Near 1st & Quebec

If you have any questions just drop us an email to liz@maia-consulting.com.

Class Descriptions:

Get Your Business on the First Page of Google: Using Local Search
How does a small business get onto Google (local), Bing,and Yahoo maps? If you have been approached by an Internet marketing company that has some version of ‘local’ in their name and promises to get you listed on the first page of Google for a monthly fee, then you need to come to this class before you sign on the dotted line. Learn tactics that search engine optimization companies charge upwards of $2,000 for to get you into “local search.” In most cases it takes a little knowledge, some elbow grease, and you can do the same thing yourself at little to no cost. After this class, you will know how to get your business on Google, Bing and Yahoo maps, listed on local directories, find places you never thought of to be listed, and have a road map of action items-even if your budget is $0. Read more

I teach a number of classes and in every class I get asked how important is it to be on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

I advise students that they first need to work on organic search for their website – make sure that their website looks professional and then work on expanding into the social media outlets.  Many of my students worry about Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and how they can manage so many sites and still run a business.  A recent report on Emarketer.com shows that in the B2B industries these mediums might not be as high on the list of sites to manage as making sure your own business website is bringing in organic traffic.

“While many business-to-business (B2B) companies have gotten turned on to the value of social media marketing and find it helpful for tasks like prospecting and lead generation, inbound social marketing for B2Bs may leave much to be desired.

A study by lead generation solutions provider LeadForce1 examined the behavior of visitors to B2B Websites who had been directed to the sites from social media, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Wikipedia. Visitors from the top social sites were generally uninterested in product or contact pages, suggesting they were not in the market for the company’s products or services.”

My feeling is that you should have a presence in all of these sites, I certainly see traffic coming from both Twitter and LinkedIn to the Maia Internet Consulting website and know that they have brought us business, however the most traffic still comes from our organic search results.

Read the full article at Emarketer.com


Need help finding keywords to add to your blog posts?

Here is a great blogging tool from Wordtracker.  You can compare words while you are editing your posts, see how many times you have used a keyword and do a little research without having to forget your train of thought.  It is quick an easy to add it to your Firefox browser.

Download it now – it’s completely free.

All our classes are structured toward the complete beginner so if you don’t know anything about these topics this is a great place to start.  Even if you have some knowledge things are always changing so there is always something new to learn.

Here is a list of our upcoming CFU classes for 2010 – check with CFU to see that they are still going on and please register ahead of time as we have both a max limit of 10 and min attendance of 2 for the classes to run.

A Crash Course in Local Search
Understand why Local Search is different from General Search.  Figure out where to list your business and come away with lots of other directories to get listed beyond Google.
Read more

A new chart out today by Marketing Sherpa shows that 39% of businesses find local search highly effective, while another 34% find it somewhat effective, so 73% of businesses are pretty much reporting that Local Search is working for them.  (Click images for larger view.)

For those that are not really aware of what Local Search is here is a quick look:

  • Local Search is any search made with the goal of finding something within a geographic location.  This is known as searching with local intent.
  • Local Search is searching for something (what) in some place (where).
  • Local Expert, Greg Sterling, defines Local Search as seeking information online with the intention of making a transaction off line.
  • Essentially, anything that you would traditionally look for in the print Yellow Pages becomes a Local Search which it is conducted offline.

Local Search in Google shows up in the map when you search for something in an area.

Other search engines have a similar results and need to be submitted individually.  If you are on Google Local Search you will still need to make sure you are on Bing and Yahoo.

The client in the example above, Swim Otters, had claimed her listing on Google Local but was still not showing up in the results for Swim Lessons Westminster, CO.  We worked on her listing to help her come up for various swimming searches in her area and removed duplicate entries for data integrity.  Simply claiming your listing does not mean you will show in the results.  Working with a search professional can make a difference.

Learn about Local Search in an upcoming class I am presenting at Colorado Free University on April 10th, 2009 from 9am – noon.    Cost is $57 for non-members of CFU and $45 for members with a $10 materials fee.

Click on the following link to sign up:  Local Search Class

Optimization your online video is just as important as optimizing your home page and interior pages on your website.  Recently comScore reported in their September 2009 U.S. Search Engine Rankings report, that YouTube is the second-largest search engine, higher than Yahoo or Bing accounting for 3466 mm searches in  September 2009, so creating online videos and having them available on YouTube should be part of your online marketing strategy.

I get asked a number of times about adding video to a site, many clients want to stream directly on their own site.  This is possible with WordPress and can look really nice and will increase the ‘stickiness’ of your site, keeping people engaged longer.  However, to gain any kind of recognition for your video in the search engines they should be on YouTube. Read more