July’s SEO Newsletter: Google+, Google Places and Holistic Marketing

Hot off the presses, July’s SEO Newsletter is packed with helpful advice about new developments and services that no Internet marketer can afford to miss.

Internet Marketing Optimization: Understanding How the Disciplines Drive ROI

To successfully market your online business these days, you can’t just concentrate on SEO, paid search, or any other single discipline. This article not only explains all the various disciplines of Internet marketing and why you should care about them, but also how you can get them to work together to maximize conversions.

cycle of Internet marketing optimization

How does social media enhance your search engine rankings? What’s the relationship between site design and conversion rate optimization? Where do mobile users fit into all this? The different disciplines are more closely related than you think.

Google Places Optimization Best Practices

According to Google, one out of every five searches performed has a local intent, and 97% of consumers look for local businesses online. In this article we introduce a powerful tool for connecting customers to your business, Google Places.

Chances are, Google has already created a Place page for your business, so all you need to do is claim it and start customizing it. Read about how to maximize your visibility in Google Places, including ranking in local searches and using Enhanced Listings to include content like links, photos, and videos in your business listing.

A Guide to the Google +1 Button

Not content with just dominating Internet searches, Google is now in the process of rolling out its new social networking service, Google+, as well as a corresponding +1 button that, similar to Facebook’s Like button, allows users to tag and share online content with a single click. But how can you correctly implement this new feature on your site to take full advantage of social networking? And what kind of effect will the +1 button have on Google’s organic and paid search results? Luckily, Martin Orliac has written a short, helpful guide introducing the new button and Google’s guidelines for use.

All Access SMX East Pass for Small Biz Local Discovery Contest Grand Prize Winner

And last but not least, we’ve extended the deadline for our Small Biz Local Discovery Contest, and will accept entries through this Friday, July 22. All you have to do is submit an article that answers this question:

“How would you advise a small business owner on how best to use SEO, PPC or Social Media to drive conversions to a local business?”

The grand prize is a three-day all-access pass to SMX East 2011, a seat in the SMX East one-day SEO training with Bruce Clay, and a copy of SEO All-In-One for Dummies. The grand-prize winner will also be interviewed on the SEM Synergy podcast. You can read the official rules here. We can’t wait to read all the SEO, PPC, and Social Media strategies you have to share!

Bob Meinke is an associate SEO analyst, formerly part of the Bruce Clay team. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s in English and a minor in creative writing. Aside from his beautiful wife, Katie, Bob’s favorite things are unintentional irony and purposeful ambiguity.

See Bob's author page for links to connect on social media.

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4 Replies to “July’s SEO Newsletter: Google+, Google Places and Holistic Marketing”

Thanks for the read! I also found your link to the Google+1 guidelines button very helpful. I will be sure to check back soon!

If I were advising my clients on SEO, I wouldn’t tell them to put all their eggs in one basket. If you invest all your money just optimizing your site for Google, your one algorithm away from being out of business. How many people do you know who lost their shirt from the “Panda Update”? I would tell my clients to diversify, Bing and Yahoo can bring targeted traffic as well.. Optimize your site for all the search engines! Also I would look at other ways to generate targeted traffic, and not just the “Tire Kickers” from the search engines. Great post, I’m amaze how Facebook is teaching Google new tricks..

The think the high cost-to-time ratio of SEO is what a lot of companies balk at. We live in a deadline driven world where projects that don’t prove their worth up front are quickly abandoned. SEO is long-term, that is just something businesses have to get used to. But if they are willing to put in the time and effort, the ROI is there.


I think Bob Meinke also enjoys spending lots of time with his beautiful and new Fiance too other then is “awesome” kitty Andy! One of Bob’s favorite hobbies is RC planes and helicopters as well.


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