Website Promotion Laboratory

How to tell real facts from marketing pitches?

Every week several new tools for web promotion and SEO appear in the market. Most of them can be useless for the average Web Promoter, but a few can bring significant value. Which ones? Hard to tell.

Every new product comes out with an impressive amount of cleverly designed marketing mumbo-jumbo, mixed with technicalities and dubious favourable testimonials. Knowledgeable testing is rarely performed. Objective reviews are hard to find.

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SitePromotion Law: To new Sites, Salesmen come First

One of Murphy laws says that if you promote a website, the first to come will be the salesmen that try to sell you Website promotion tools.

My websites are mostly about SEO and Site Promotion, and they collect many inquiries from companies that sell exactly the same services, offering me to transfer my clients to them. Sites from clients receive all the time inquiries from suppliers, providers, web hosting and web promotion companies.
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Good WordPress rankings

WordPress is an interesting platform for ranking articles in Google, because all postings are identical in several structural aspects. There are several plugins in WordPress that add positive factors for SEO purposes.

So far we achieved good rankings with some of our older blogs: DomainGrower and PromotordeSitios (this one in Spanish). However, some postings are very well ranked and others not at all. Why is that? It would be nice to know. And it would be excellent to have a formula for consistent good rankings in WordPress. Continue reading

Viral Marketing Campaigns

Viral marketing depends on a high pass-along rate from receiver to amplifier. If a high percentage of recipients forward something to a large number of friends, the overall growth quickly increases. If the pass-along figures get too low, the overall growth quickly diminishes.

Main features of the viral marketing actions:

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Sell software online

Steps for Selling Software online

Selling software is an activity that quite obviously, needs to be done online. There are significant advantages of being able to do all these steps in a few minutes: find a useful software product, learn about it, download it, install it, test it, and reach for the credit card to buy it.
Paradoxically, many software programmers are unaware of the huge resources for selling software online, and do not even have a web site. Or they have a nice one, with plenty of Flash animations, and no elements for web ranking.

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AdSense Income Calculator

Most of the web content we create for our customers is oriented to generate AdSense income.

This is a first approach to the issue of Adsense Income estimation. Most webmasters create sites with the intent of earning money from ads, and usually their expectations are overrated.

We designed an AdSense Income Calculator based in several factors known to influence AdSense revenue:

– extension of project (the more content, the more chance to earn from ads)

– language (English paying triple than Spanish, for instance)

– subject (cars earn more than bikes)

– Clic-thru rate (CTR). A measure of how attractive are ads for users. Hard to master, but critical for success.  There is a whole discipline called “adsense optimization” that addresses Adsense revenue at the time of writing and designing websites.

– Ad density (there is an optimal ad density, and it is dangerous to drift away from it)

– SEO (the site needs to rank top in Google, otherwise it will not earn money)

– age of project (ranking improves with time, provided we do not do anything punishable)

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We need an exact definition of plagiarism: suggested formula

Plagiarism is to copy a source, without proper recognition and authorization. Some degree of similarity is accepted: it can be a coincidence, an involuntary emulation, or an accepted practice. But an important degree of similarity is not accepted and constitutes an intellectual property violation.

There is no exact definition of when a work incurs in plagiarism, and in these times of Internet and easy cut-and-paste we need to be more precise.

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Making sites vs. making pages: different strategies to obtain conversions from Search Engine traffic.

When we create internal pages in a web site we do not usually expect that visitors will be convinced to buy the product just by reading them. They are, after all, units in a large set of pages called a site. The whole site is in charge of delivering the message and convincing visitors. However, the search engines rank pages for its individual content as defined by a few keywords.
At the beginning of the Web Marketing science, the idea of having a page was nice and useful, usually being enough for a promotion. Later, people started having complete sites, in order to provide more complete info and improve the chances of being found in the search engines. A site could sit in a sub domain, sometimes in large domains providing cheap or free hosting.
Having its own domain, with a carefully chosen name, became the next logical step.
Currently, it is cool to have a blog, for frequent and easy updates. And the savvy clients order a cluster of domains, with related names, sitting on servers with different Ips.

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Intelligent Agents on the Internet

This article was written in 2004, and a few thing might turn out outdated today. However, it has strong links to the Viral Marketing campaigns that we are offering here and in Ideotic.com. We have developed a couple of Intelligent Agents since then.

What are the intelligent agents?

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Viral Strategies for Internet Marketing

Viral e-marketing is a system that propagates the word about a product or service with minimum effort, using resources taken from the recipients of the message. As the viruses do, the viral marketed idea or product grows exponentially, for as long as it finds “food” or usable resources. Viral marketing is usually accomplished by information products that are freely distributed, carry the originators´ message and use the recipients resources.    Continue reading