Why Long-Tail Keywords are Extremely Useful for SEO

Long-tail keywords are extremely useful for SEO. Basically long-tail keywords are opposite to head (or popular) keywords that more frequently searched by users. For example, “real estate” is a head term, but “affordable real estate in Brooklyn” is a long-tail keyword.

Why Long-Tail Keywords are Extremely Useful for SEO

Long-tail keywords are especially effective in large ecommerce sites, where thousands of pages are indexed by Google and other search engines.

If you optimize your website pages for long-tail keywords, you should very quickly begin to see results from it in sales and traffic because this strategy is good for selling products. The important thing about long-tail that many niche products have a potential to generate a huge volume of sales. The long-tail keywords help to realize this potential for website owner.

Just take a look at Amazon or eBay. According to Chris Anderson’s research, Amazon.com makes 57% of sales from keywords outside of “head” terms. Search for some niche products and you will figure out that long tail keywords are really helpful for selling.

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Interview with Dave Olson, Community Director of HootSuite Media, Inc

Today’s guest at MikeShakin.com is Dave Olson, Community Director of HootSuite Media, Inc. Hootsuite is my favorite Twitter tool. I appreciate that Dave took time to answer my questions. I also appreciate help of Mike Abasov, Marketing Ambassador, HootSuite Media Inc., to organize this interview.

Interview with Dave Olson, Community Director of HootSuite Media, Inc

Thanks for talking with us, Dave. Let’s start with what Hootsuite is. In a world of Twitter clients, what does the new and improved Hootsuite offer that is different or better than any of the competing tools available?

HootSuite is designed for social media managers and agencies who need to manage multiple accounts collaboratively with teams. We also aim to make a tool which allows you to manage all aspects of a social media powered campaign in one dashboard. This means you can broadcast messages across networks, monitor conversations with searches, understand audience behaviour, analyze click stats and much more - all from one tool. In other words, it’s specifically designed for professionals using social media to power outreach efforts.

How long did it take to get Hootsuite from brainstorming to final product? What was the hardest part of work?

The product is never “final” per se, and it was only a few months from idea to first version. We iterate rapidly with new versions almost monthly and frequent releases of apps and platforms.

A few months after the first release, came HootSuite 2.0 which added the columns layout among other tools. This year, we’ve released team collaboration tools, a new HTML 5 version and too many tools (including influence measuring, Google Analytics integration and customer insights) to list. We’ve also started on a crowd-sourced translation project to add more languages. So we’re never done, and the hardest part is wanting to go faster, faster, faster…

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The 22 Best SEO Extensions for Google Chrome

Google Chrome is an excellent tool for SEO. It’s fast and simple. You can use it in your everyday SEO routine - there are many different SEO extensions for Google Chrome.

The main thing is not to install all of them. Just try few of them and choose the best extension that will fit your needs and use it for your daily SEO tasks.

Here are the best Google Chrome SEO extensions that I found.

1. SeoQuake

SeoQuake download page.

I think that this one is number one. SeoQuake is a SEO extension (toolbar) for Google Chrome, it shows PR, Alexa rank, Yahoo Backlinks and other of SEO parameters, also works right in search engine result page.

Here is a full list of SeoQuake: Google PageRank, Google Index, Yahoo links, Yahoo linkdomain, Bing index, Alexa Rank, Webarchive age, Delicious index, Whois link, Page source, SEMRush rank, Nofollow links.

2. SeoQuake Lite

If you need light version of SeoQuake, you can download SeoQuake Lite here, it’s fast and simple.

Display the Google PageRank and Alexa rank of any webpages, in your browser (right-bottom).
It’s similar the SearchStatus for FireFox but it works in Chrome.

3. Chrome SEO

You can download Chrome SEO here.

This extension is one my favorite. Chrome SEO can help you with Competitive Analysis, Keyword Research, Backlink Checks, PageRank Checks and other daily SEO tasks.

More than 100,000 webmasters and SEO specialists use Chrome SEO.

Google Chrome SEO is an extension for the webmaster interested in SEO. It has huge list of features: Keyword Research Tool, Highlight NoFollow links, The number of Pages Indexed, The number of Backlinks, Current Traffic and Rankings, Social Bookmark counts, Cached Versions of the page, Domain Details like DNS, IP, Whois, Server Location.

Chrome SEO works with the following sources: Archive.org, Alexa Rank, Compete Rank, CoralCDN, Ask, Baidu, Bing, Delicious, Digg, Dmoz, Google PageRank, MajesticSEO, Open Site Explorer, Quantcast, SEMRush, SEOmoz, Linkscape, StumbleUpon, Technorati, WebCite, Yandex Quotation Index, Yahoo.

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6 Free Tools to check Social Media Backlinks

Using social media sites like Digg, Stumbleupon and Twitter is a great way to gain popularity and getting visitors to your web site.

I found these free online tools for monitoring your social media backlinks. You can also use them for analyzing social media backlinks of your competitors. This is very useful for discovering methods that another sites use for promoting in social media.

Socialscan.com - this free social media backlink checker is one of my favorite. This is a tool for checking a website link popularity among popular social sites like Delicious, Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit, Myweb, Technorati, Shadows, Bloglines, Simpy, Blinklist, Diigo and Furl.

Socialmention.com - one of the best social media backlink tools around. You can sort mentions by date, source, postrank and filter results. Socialmention is a real time search platform. You can receive free daily email alerts of your brand, company, marketing campaign, on a developing news story or a competitor. There is another great feature - you can display realtime social buzz on your site or blog.

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