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Monday, June 27, 2011


8 Ways to Optimize Video Content for Search

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SEO Tips for Video: Pick a Good Title and Description

This really isn't much different from picking a good title and description for a web page for SEO purposes. You want to be verbose, include your most important keywords, but to do it in a way that is user friendly and not simply cramming in the highest possible number of keywords.

For example, if this article were in video form, I would use a title like:

SEO for Video Content: 8 great tips to maximize the SEO benefit of video content

instead of

SEO Video, Best SEO tips, youtube video SEO, traffic from video, www.wpromote.com

Sadly, we still see way too many of these types of titles these days.

SEO Tips for Video: Use a Transcription Service

Since Google cannot look at a video and understand its content per se, associating a text transcript with your videos is a great tool to let the search engines – and video sites such as YouTube – get a better read of your video content. You can manually type up a transcript and upload it to a video service along with your video, or you can use one of a number of automatic transcription services that do it for you. Associating transcripts with your video is a key step in unlocking the content otherwise stuck inside of your great video content.

SEO Tips for Video: Consider Mass-Upload Services

There are very convenient resources such as TubeMogul.com that automate the process of submitting your video to all major (and even some minor) video sharing sites in one fell swoop.

Though these services are simple to use, it is still important that you think before you act; this relates back to the question of whether you are seeking to promote video to enhance search referrals to your site or you simply want to read the widest audience possible.

If you just are going for views, using these convenient services is a no-brainer. However, if you are looking to rank for the keywords related to the video, and you give up this content to the major video sites, most likely their pages will rank higher than your pages on Google, since their sites most likely already have far more site authority than your site has. If your goal is to improve your site's ranking by driving links and traffic to the page on your site, you may want to use mass-upload services sparingly or not at all.

SEO Tips for Video: Include Video in Your Sitemaps

If you are choosing to host video on your site, then it is critical to make sure the search engines know to index the pages that contain the videos as well as information about the videos themselves. You can accomplish this by creating a video sitemap.

A sitemap is a document that tells search engines about pages on your site so they have a better chance of being indexed (in Google's case, these are managed by using Google's "Webmaster Tools.") A video sitemap is a type of sitemap used to specifically identify and tag videos on your site. A good video sitemap will include the video file, a thumbnail image, and title and description information. If your site does not have a video sitemap, the search engines will be unable to include your video directly in related search results (though they could still index the page on which the video lives.)

SEO Tips for Video: Optimize Your Video URLs

Consider this SEO 101: Optimize the URLs of pages on your site by including in them information about the page itself (In other words www.store.com/maytag-dishwashers.html is a better URL than www.store.com/product12345.html.)

The same logic should be applied to the page that contains your video:

www.mysite.com/video/seo-tips.html is a stronger URL than www.mysite.com/seo-tips.html

SEO Tips for Video: Keep It Short

As brilliant as you think your video is, you should not expect anyone to watch a video that runs longer than 10 minutes. Personally, I consider 10 minutes to be a bit too long, as I am prone to tune out after more than 3 minutes unless the content I'm watching is truly awesome.

If you have 30 minutes of content and you just can't cut it down, then make it into a series of smaller videos. This has the benefit of keeping users' attention more engaged through each video. it also allows you to multiply the number of videos that you can optimize, tag, drive traffic to, and rank highly on Google for.

SEO Tips for Video: Spread the Word

Once you have created content worth sharing, tagged it, and submitted and uploaded it, it's time to get the word out. Videos attract an incredible number of in-bound links, which is key because in-bound links have a disproportionate effect on boosting your SEO rankings.

To spread the word, post a link to your video on your Facebook and Twitter accounts, allow and encourage commenting on your video, and make it easy for users to share your video on their Facebook, Twitter, Youtube accounts and personal blogs. E-mail your mailing list and link to the video. Encourage your employees, colleagues, friends, and family to help get the word out, too.

If your video is a bit more commercial and less likely to go viral, an inexpensive advertising campaign on YouTube or Google is always an option, and can often provide the much-needed spark to help a video gain an audience.

Credit: Inc Magazine

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Lot.my melancarkan: Lot.my Mall

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Alhamdullillah, setelah berusaha keras mempersiapkan Lot.my Mall, akhirnya kini ia secara rasminya telah di lancarkan.


Note: Lot.my Mall adalah tempat di mana semua produk peniaga di kumpul untuk. Ia umpama sebuah 'Pasaraya Besar' yang di penuhi dengan peniaga-peniaga yang menjual pelbagai produk.

Di Lot.my Mall, pelawat boleh membuat carian produk tertentu atau melayari senarai kategori produk. Dengan cara ini, bakal pembeli boleh menjumpai kedai anda dan produk-produk anda dengan lebih mudah.

Sebagai pemilik Akaun Premium , anda dijemput untuk menggunakan Mall ini untuk mengembangkan perniagaan anda. Ini adalah kerana Mall tersebut kini terbuka hanyalah kepada pemilik Akaun Premium, seperti anda. Malah, menggunakan Mall juaga adalah percuma - tiada caj tambahan dikenakan.

Jom shopping di Lot.my Mall sekarang!

Bagaimana Untuk Setting Mall di Akaun Premium

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Tidak berapa lama lagi, Lot.my akan memperkenalkan sebuah marketplace untuk peniaga Lot.my. Marketplace atau mall ini bakal memudahkan peniaga untuk memasarkan produk masing-masing. Ini kerana Marketplace yang di perkenalkan ini umpama sebuah pasaraya besar yang di penuhi dengan peniaga-peniaga yang menjual pelbagai produk.

Bayangkan peniaga tidak perlu melakukan apa-apa usaha kuat untuk mencari pelanggan, pelanggan akan datang dengan sendirinya ke “pasaraya” Lot.my. Ini kerana, usaha untuk memasarkan Marketplace ini akan di lakukan sepenuhnya oleh kami, peniaga dapat menjimatkan masa dalam usaha mempromosi, pelanggan akan datang secara automatik ke kedai peniaga.



Buat masa ini, Lot.my telah menambah beberapa ‘feature’ baru untuk setup bahagian Marketplace itu nanti. Jika anda pengguna akaun premium, anda akan dapat lihat ‘feature’ seperti screenshot di bawah :



Masuk ke admin panel anda kemudian klik pada Setting > Store > dan klik pada tab Mall. Jika anda mahu ‘show kedai anda di Mall’ tick pada ‘Yes’, pilih kategori yang sesuai dan kemudian upload gambar thumbnail untuk produk tersebut.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Peta Penguasaan Facebook Di Dunia

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Kelompok berwarna biru menunjukkan penguasaan Facebook di dunia Global.



Melihat kepada dua tahun lepas: Lebih banyak laman sosial lain yang menguasai di beberapa negara, walaubagaimanapun dunia sedang mula di kuasai Facebook. Peta yang terkini, Jun 2011, menunjukkan Facebook telah menguasai benua Amerika sepenuhnya, kecuali Brazil yang masih di kuasai oleh Orkut.

Kebanyakan negara di Eropah (Utara, Selatan, Timur dan Barat?, negara-negara Arab dan juga Australasia adalah di bawah "jajahan" Facebook. Malah India, negara yang pernah di kuasai Orkut kini telah di kuasai sepenuhnya oleh Facebook.

Peta-peta ini adalah hasil kerja seorang blogger dan pakar media sosial dari Itali, Vincenzo Cosenza.

Pada 2007, sebuah laman web media Gawker.com menulis: 'Laman web yang tempatan yang besar seperti Orkut di Brazil boleh di keluarkan dari peta kerana ianya adalah laman web utama dan tiada sesiapa akan berpindah ke laman web lain jika laman web utama negara di set sebegitu melainkan jika rakan-rakan mengikuti.


Peta: Facebook mengambil alih Amerika Tengah, India dan Amerika Utara.

Selain dari Orkut yang kehilangan India, Brazil kini adalah di kuasai penuh Facebook.

Walaubagaimanapun, statistik baru menunjukkan kemungkinan Facebook akan kehilangan takhta tidak berapa lama lagi.

Statistik baru itu menunjukkan 6 juta penduduk Amerika telah pun 'deactivated' akaun Facebook mereka bulan lepas, kerana risaukan privasi dan bosan dengan laman tersebut.
Dan statistik itu juga menunjukkan 100,000 penduduk UK sudah pun meninggalkan Facebook.


Dominasi: Brazil yang setia dengan Orkut, Russia dengan V Kontakte, China dengan QZone and Japan dengan Mixi


Peta dunia dari Jun 2009 hingga di sediakan Vincenzo Cosenza.

Penguasaan terbesar dari Rusia, yang masih setia bersama V. Kontakte, dan China dimana kuasa QZone. Japan masih bersama dengan Mixi. Hi5, yang popular di Mexico, Thailand dan beberapa negara Asia lain telah keluar dari peta. Manakala Bebo, yang di lihat amat besar dan popular 4 tahun lepas, kini tidak lagi di lihat dalam peta.

Berdasarkan ConsumersReports.org kajian bulan lepas, lebih kurang 7.5 juta pengguna Facebook adalah kanak-kanak di bawah 13 tahun.Statistik yang terkini memberitahu Facebook kini mempunyai hampir 600 juta pengguna di seluruh dunia.

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Monday, June 13, 2011


Tips Untuk Mendapatkan Backlink Untuk Kedai Online Anda

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Backlink merupakan perkara penting bagi search engine seperti Google, Yahoo. Biasanya, backlink adalah 60% dari keseluruhan usaha SEO kedai online anda. Melalui pembinaan backlink ini akan memberi kedai online anda relevan dengan kata kunci yang anda mahukan, contohnya, Lot.my mempunyai relevan dengan kata kunci “Ecommerce Malaysia”, jika pengguna search kata kunci “Ecommerce Malaysia” di Google ia akan memberi Lot.my berada di ranking pertama Google. Tetapi, bagaimana cara untuk mendapatkan backlink? Di sini kami kongsikan beberapa cara untuk mendapatkan backlink ke kedai online anda.

1. Produk yang unik – Mungkin anda mempunyai sesuatu produk yang tidak di miliki oleh pesaing anda? Cuba letakkan produk-produk yang unik untuk kedai anda. Jika ada letakkan ia di hadapan kedai anda, supaya ia akan mendapat perhatian dari pengunjung. Produk unik dan menarik perhatian selalunya akan di kongsikan oleh pengguna internet dan ini secara tidak langsung menambah link kepada kedai anda. (Contoh ThinkGeek.com)

2. Blog & Penulis jemputan – Setiap kedai perlu mempunyai blog, jika anda tidak mempunyai blog untuk kedai anda, anda patut mendapatkannya sekarang, kerana blog amat berguna untuk memasarkan kedai anda. Melalui blog anda sendiri juga, anda boleh menjadi penulis jemputan di blog lain untuk menarik pengunjung serta menambah backlink ke kedai online anda.

3. Video produk – Anda juga boleh menggunakan video untuk mempamerkan produk anda kedai anda. Melalui video juga anda dapat menambah backlink ke kedai anda. Cara yang paling mudah ialah dengan meletakkan video anda ke laman Youtube, kerana Youtube mempunyai pengunjung yang ramai. Letakkan link laman web anda di bahagian deskripsi video tersebut supaya mudah untuk penonton klik pada link kedai anda.

4. Peraduan – Peraduan mampu meningkat backlink sambil meningkatkan “awareness” pengguna terhadap produk anda. Jadi, adakan peraduan sambil mengajak peserta untuk meletakkan backlink anda pada setiap entri penyertaan mereka (blog, Twitter, Facebook)

5. Review produk – Review adalah sangat penting. Selain meningkatkan jumlah referral dan jualan, review juga dapat meningkatkan jumlah backlink ke kedai anda. Malah anda boleh minta peserta untuk review produk anda sambil meletakkan link kembali ke kedai anda. Ini dapat menambah pengunjung sambil meningkatkan ranking kedai anda.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Six Steps on How to Use Samples to Promote Your Product (Part 2)

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Have a Plan

When Ole Henriksen started his self-named product line in 1984, he batched out and labeled his own samples in the back room of his spa in Los Angeles.

"Sampling has aways been a big part of our culture," Webb says. "Ole as a man is so generous, I don't think he even thought of it as sampling, more of a gift for your skin."

Today, OleHenriksen still samples generously, but with more practicality.

"Sampling is expensive," Webb continues. "It's a balancing game based on the size of your market and what you're trying to do. You can't just say, 'I want a million.'"

You can, however, plan for a little extra. For each major product line or holiday special, miYim pads its sampling orders by 20 percent to account for unexpected events or requests. The company also saves money by planning its samples six-to-eight months in advance to avoid impulse spending. It also limits its audience to lower shipping costs.

"It's not like lipstick," Chae says of her product. "Our toys range from 11 to 35 inches. We don't want them to be shipped and disregarded. That's wasteful."

Additional packaging costs sometimes are the more strategic option, however. After starting with poured samples, POM soon realized it could better build its brand by giving away eight-ounce bottles.

"People can take the experience with them," says Six. "It's more expensive, but it's been more successful for us."

Strut Your Stuff

Sampling requires you think outside the box, both literally and figuratively. What you package your sample in matters for consumer appeal. POM uses an iconic curvy bottle to reinforce the brand image, miYim uses eco-friendly packaging to extend its mission, and OleHenriksen uses bright-colored packaging to distinguish its various product lines.

"We're very bright, we're very vibrant, and we make sure our packets resemble our actual products so our customers remember us," Webb says. "Be creative with your packaging. Make it stand out in a way that someone really wants to open and try it."

Creativity matters in the way you package your samples as well. POM outside-the-box sampling efforts have helped bolster the company's notability. Two years after introducing its product, the company created the POMtini for the 2004 Oscars, generating serious PR buzz.

"If you're going to do sampling, you can either do it very generically, or you can create an experience for your consumer," says Six. "We think the latter works better."

Turn Samples Into Business

Are your sampling efforts working at all? In order to determine if your samples are actually effective, you need to track its success. Various metrics are useful. For example, in its sampling efforts, Gordon Grade hoped its college samplers would try the product and then join their social network. POM used a similar approach after their POMx coffee campaign.

"We saw a lot of feedback on Twitter," says Six. "We could read what people were saying about us."

Promotion codes are another way to boost sales and track effectiveness. This June, OleHenriksen will participate in the Skin Cancer Foundation's Sun Safety Expo in New York's Grand Central Station, handing out samples to any New Yorker, traveler, or tourist walking by. It is the first time the company is participating in such a large-scale event, and to track sales, representatives will give away codes for free shipping on OleHenriksen.com with each sample.

"When your sampling dollars are really important to you, you really want to make sure you're tracking what's working and what's not," Webb says. "If we find that something like that doesn't work for us because we didn't have anybody come to our site and redeem the promo code, maybe we wouldn't do it next year."

In order for sampling to be successful, samples must become sales. Generous sampling is a waste of marketing dollars if no revenue comes from it. As a new company, Fitango is willing to give away as many samples as possible and work closely with their customers as they learn the product. But, the honeymoon will end soon.

"Our goal is to work with them, help them build these platforms, and then work with them to determine the price their services," says Muley. "Once we've convinced a small business to use our service, we will charge them what makes sense."

Sampling can be tricky, it can be tedious, and it can be taxing on your company. But, if in the end, your customer base grows, the effort will be well worth it.

"It's such an important part of the marketing mix," says Six. "If you want someone to try your product twice, they have to try it once."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Six Steps on How to Use Samples to Promote Your Product (Part 1)

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Got a product? Give a sample. Make sampling easy and effective for any product in any industry with these six steps.

Decide Why You're Sampling

For a toy, it's the feel. For a drink, it's the taste. For a fragrance, it's the smell. Whatever your product, you need to develop a clear idea of why sampling is a necessary part of your marketing or sales plan. Before you plot your sampling strategy, return to your mission and company's core values to remind yourself why your product is worth trying.

Five years ago, Hosung NY started miYim, a line of plush stuffed animals and accessories for infants and toddlers made from certified non-toxic, recycled cotton. At miYim, in-store samples of velvety toys are all about the "aww" value that comes from displaying examples, and letting customers touch and squeeze them.

"When people think of our product, they're thinking cotton canvas or jersey, but our toys are as soft that they are almost always surprised," says Serah Chae, president of Hosung NY. "Because of that surprise factor and the obvious cuddle factor, our business model requires very diligent sampling."

For newer companies, sampling gives customers a sense of understanding and experience with an unknown product before they commit to buy. Fitango, a start-up that develops "action plans" to motivate behavior for individuals and businesses. Its online marketplace, similar to Apple's App store, offers a variety of samples frameworks for free.

"We're young," says Parinda Muley, Fitango's vice president of business development. "It's in our best interest for customers to be as comfortable with us as we are with them. We're willing to take the hit if it means one more business is using our platform."

But even more frequently sampled products, notably cosmetics, strive for consumer comfort.

"Skin care products and makeup can be really expensive so you want to make sure you're making a well informed decision," says Stacey Webb, director of marketing at OleHenriksen, a natural skin care company based in Los Angeles. "Consumers are so savvy these days, they don't want to spend their money on anything they aren't sure about."

Pick Your Product

Once you know the why, you next need to decide the what. For new companies with a single product, like Dr. Drip Coffee, this decision is simple. For more developed product lines, a few more choices arise.

One option is to vary your samples. OleHenriksen rotates between offering bestselling products, new products, and hidden gems—products the company believes could become best-sellers after they are discovered. With each category, the skin care line still strives for mass appeal.

"You can't always control who gets the sample," Webb says. "Make sure it's going to be something that generally a lot of people will try, like, and see results."

For companies such as Fitango, which has with a potentially large and diverse market, providing differing samples allows the company to reach more of its target audience with separate marketing for segments like education, business, and leisure. For others, like miYim, limiting the samples to the newest products proves more effective.

"For the new customers, it's absolutely critical," says Chae. "But even with people who already know us, they still want to see what we can do differently."

Whichever direction seems right for you, make sure it's right for your consumer as well.

Find a Target Audience

Like any other sales tactic, targeting the right audience is critical for your sampling success.

POM Wonderful, the company behind pomegranate juices, teas, and bars, appeals to a wide spectrum of consumers. So, the company divides its market into several pillars to make its extensive sampling efforts more effective.

"We focus around entertainment, philanthropy, health and beauty, fashion, the arts, and epicurean," says Rob Six, POM's vice president of communications. "That's where we see the bulk of our consumer and we try to target our sampling strategy around events that cater to those pillars."

For example, POM utilized guerilla-sampling tactics similar to Dr. Drip's on campuses nationwide for the debut of the company's POMx coffee. For its original juices, POM samples at marathons and epicurean events, such as SF Chefs, transforming the product into both a refresher for runners and an ingredient for foodies.

Because it's hard to target a baby audience directly, miYim takes a different approach, sending regular samples to up to 100 mommy bloggers with huge followings.

"They want to physically give it to their two-year-old and let them chew on it and see how they feel about it," says Chae about the bloggers. "They review the product online, and that's been a very powerful PR tactic for us."
Not just for toys, using reviewer samples are helpful for hard-to-reach audience. Once you have an audience, you need a plan.

Credit : Inc Magazine