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5 Tips How to Create Mobile-Friendly Blogs and Websites

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How can you, as an author or small publishing business owner, reach more readers?  Over half of the entire world’s population has a mobile phone!  Almost 190 million people in the United States own a smart phone. And 74% of them used their smart phone to access the internet in 2013.  According to Forbes, “87% of connected devices sales by 2017 will be tablets and smartphones.” Whether it’s creating an alternate mobile version of a website or creating a mobile-friendly web design, it’s important to make it easy for users to find you and your books.

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Your Competition Will Be Seen and You Won’t
More than one third of internet users worldwide used their mobile devices to research products or services they intended to purchase. Total Internet usage on mobile devices has exceeded that on PCs.  This shift follows a tremendous fall in PC sales.  There’s a skyrocketing trend toward more and more people using their mobile devices to go online. Once they arrive at your website, they should not struggle with a site that is unreadable, unnavigable or complicated. Adapt to these new realities of how people are using the internet to find out about you, what your business has to offer and why they should buy from you.
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So What Do You Have to Deliver?

  1. Provide Quick Access
    Tablets and smartphones require fast access to content on your website. You need to make it easy for users to load your pages in less than 5 seconds. 60% of users expect a site to appear withing 3 seconds on their phone.
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  2. Provide Short Landing Pages
    Reduce, reduce and reduce more… Long pages are not mobile friendly. Mobile users are unlikely to go through a page with a lot of details. Include the most relevant content better on your sales pages. Short headings and a limited number of lists will make it easy for your audience to go through the information.
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  3. Provide a “No-Zoom Page”
    If you optimize your website for mobile users, they should be able to see your sales pitch as soon as the page loads. Create a responsive website design, where visitors don’t have to zoom. Most users are used to zooming, but it can get tiresome. Most mobile phones do not support Flash, so it’s not a good idea to include it on your wireless pages, same with “frames” and “tables”.
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  4. Provide Value
    If your sales pages do not add value to website users, it will be impossible to convert them into customers. A great service or a great product at a reasonable price, great information and free advice, just to name a few.
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  5. Provide Simple Forms
    Shorten and simplify the forms you include on your sales pages. Try to limit them to just a handful of fields.
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Do the Math:
Its a no-brainer that your blog or business’ website needs to be mobile-friendly, and if your website is mobile-friendly, more people will access it, which will increase click-through and conversion rates for your business.  And it is not expensive to have your website optimized for mobile devices: Get it done for a couple of dollars, at http://www.Fiverr.com/Denis555, along with even more improvements to bring more people to your website.  Nowadays people browse, shop and make reservations via their smart phones. Your website or blog will be seen and not avoided.  70% of Facebook users in the United States now access Social Media via their smart phones – not on a desktop computer. Google also favors mobile-friendly sites, which impacts mobile, smart phone friendly search results.  Do you want to be a part of this trend?
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More Tips can be found here:
http://webdesign.about.com/od/mobile/a/write-web-pages-for-the-iphone.htm

http://www.imforza.com/blog/how-to-make-a-mobile-friendly-website/

 

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Marketing, Website & SEO

 

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5 Tips to Gain Readers With Great Headlines

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How to Choose a Compelling Headline
Most Popular Words & Phrases in Blog and Website Headlines – or Non-Fiction Books for That Matter: Your blog or website headline is the first, and perhaps only, impression you make on a prospective readers and lure them into your article. A compelling headline must promise some kind of benefit or reward for the online visitor.

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Most Popular are – in this Sequence:

  1. List Post, for example “Top 33 Websites …” or “99 Top Websites …”
  2. You / Your, for example “How Do You Decide…” “Your Success …”
  3. Free / Giveaway, for example “Free eBooks …” “Goodreads Giveaway for …”
  4. How To, for example “How to Choose a Compelling Headline”
  5. Secret, for example “The Secret to Becoming Successful and Happy”

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It doesn’t make sense to spend hours in creating high quality content and then put little thought into writing a good headline. If you want to attract more views to your website or your writing, then your headlines should also be optimized for search engines. Use likely search terms and front-load your headlines with the most important keywords.

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Dress it up With Emotion-stirring Words
Author Kathrin Tschiesche in Bookboon.com: “Frequently, when two headlines are relevant, clear and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) friendly, the headline that gets more clicks is the one that uses emotionally stirring words aimed at capturing readers’ attention. You too, can really ‘dress up’ your headline by adding a few compelling words to it.”
“For example, try to add the adjectives “eye-catching”, “sizzling”, “compelling” or “magnetic” to the word “headlines” and you achieve an appealing and attainable effect. If you are not sure which power words to choose – a variation of “fast”, “simple”, and “easy” are your safest bet.”
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Mark Thompson Compiled a Great List of 150 Compelling Headlines:
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# Tips To Simplify ______________
Greatest _________ Tips of All Time
Avoid ______________ Disasters
________________, What It Can Do For You
# Things You Didn’t Know about ______
# Reasons to Hate _________
#Amazing Blogs about ________
# Secrets about __________
How Does ______ Work?
How to be Great at _______
# ____________ Myths Exposed
_________ Myths vs. the Facts
# Deadly _______Mistakes You Might Be Making
# Shocking Facts about _________
# Questions to Ask about _________

Get them all at Stayonsearch.com

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Last But Not Least:
Keep your headlines short – no more than eight words. Most visitors will scan the first few words before deciding to read further – or to move on. If your headline / tagline combination is short but summarizes your content, visitors will be more likely to read on. Remember: On average, 8 out of 10 people will read your headline, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest. That’s why your headlines are so important for your writings’ success and to entice more than 20% of potential readers.

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The Magic of Keywords for Your Success

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Magic-of-Keywords

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Did you ever wonder why almost identical blog articles or books get different amounts of readers / popularity? If topics and quality of the content are comparable, then the reason is almost always the “right keywords” – or their lack of.

Don’t expect that only building high-quality web pages that offer a valuable user experience, invites Google’s Search Engines to discover your pages, and reward them with volumes of traffic. No, that’s not how it works!

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Keywords are the Kings of Internet Search
Using the right keywords is not only important for blogs and websites, but also for shopping sites, such as eBay or Amazon, looking for a job or hiring people, and posting and sharing photos. Everything you publish should be relevant to what people want when searching the web.
Focus your content on what people are searching for!

What words or phrases do people use to search for the topics you love to write about?  Don’t wonder why your traffic still isn’t climbing even though your writing style, quality and blog design are exceptional. The worst mistake is to ignore the keyword research and failing to use those words in your posts!
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How to Find the Right Keywords
Here are some examples of free keyword tools:

Google’s Keyword Planner
You must have an AdWords account (FREE) to access it. This Google Keyword Planner will show you statistics, such as average monthly searches, competition level (high, medium, or low), the average cost per click, and more. However, it doesn’t give you exact keyword suggestions, but suggests more synonyms and variations than many other tools available. To find it, go to your Tools and Analysis tab at your AdWords account.
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Wordstream
Enter a keyword to get profitable keyword suggestions from their FREE Keyword Tool. Wordstream has over a Trillion Keywords in their database, so try using long-tail keywords like ‘buy xbox 360′ to see exactly how people search for a particular topic.
Frank Watson from Search Engine Watch: “WordStream has launched a free keyword research tool that is better than Google’s limited one.”
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KeyWord Density Analyzer
Don’t spam your content with the same keywords. Five times is the absolute maximum for the same word. I once was offered a guest blog and found 39 times the same keyword within 700 words of content. Would I have used this text on our blog I would have gotten in trouble with Google’s spam policy, and maybe even lost our great ranking on Alexa.com.
This FREE KeyWord Density Analyzer helps you to discover spamming. Just type in your blog or website link and receive the word analysis of your content.
WordPress.com and Blogspot.com bloggers, as well as users of Bit.ly can easily see the words that readers used to find their blog or website, and conclude which search words are the most popular at the moment.
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Start right away and find out what keywords to target for each page on your website, blog or for your book description. The goal is to create an optimized page for search engines. You can do this by including the right keywords throughout your content, in your title tags as well as meta descriptions and ALT image attributes.  The right keywords are the foundation of your writing success!
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More sources:
http://www.seonick.net/keyword-research/

http://backlinko.com/keyword-research

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/3-free-seo-tools-for-identifying-target-keywords/61552/

http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/22842/4-Helpful-Tools-for-Identifying-the-Right-Keywords.aspx

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Social Media and SEO: Did You Know?

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It’s not enough anymore to have a popular website with good content. If you want better search engine results for your business, it’s time to look at how social media influences those results, before hitting publish on your blog.  Make sure that you have optimized your post for search engines so you will be building your SEO. Make a list of key words and phrases that customers will be using to find you.  Then create content that includes them in the headline, content and meta description. 

Andy Crestodina explains:  Social appeals to PEOPLE. Search engine optimization appeals to ROBOTS.  Social Media and Search Engine Optimization have the same purpose: a meaningful CONNECTION with an audience.

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Social Media and SEO

 

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Andy Crestodina wrote:

  • Social: Marketing with social media involves many short-lived actions. Most visibility and traffic happens within minutes. This is why social media requires a continuous, ongoing effort.

  • Search: Once it’s working, search traffic can lead to durable visibility, creating an ongoing, passive source of visitors. Depending on the phrase and the page, high rankings may endure for weeks or months.
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Don’t try to sell your book via Social Media:
Visitors on Social Media sites are typically less likely to buy since they were likely browsing through a social network when they found you. But they are more likely to share and spread awareness. On the other hand: visitors from Search Engines are more likely to be ready to buy, but less likely to share and interact. These visitors enter with a specific purpose, need, or question.

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More info and resources:

http://www.orbitmedia.com/blog

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/3-simple-changes-to-improve-your-articles/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/how-to-get-your-author-page-on-googles-page-1/

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The Key to a Successful Author Website

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No one will ever know your website exists – unless it is among the top search engine results, showing up on Google’s first page. There are billions of websites on the Internet, and millions more appear every day. So what basic steps can you do to get more traffic to your site?

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New & Updated Quality Content
The most important step is to create constantly new content, new pages or have a blog on your website that offers quality content. This is not only important to be found by search engines, but also a reason for visitors to return regularely to your website. Let your content write by a person who is trained to write for the Internet or learn it yourself. As web visitors don’t really read, but rather scan the pages, it is important to place a summary on top of the article to give them the most important info right away. The first paragraph has to catch the readers eyes. Articles also need to be divided by sub headings and listings.
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Links From and To Other Sites
To move up to the top of the search list, you need to have lots of links from other quality web sites to your page; submit your web pages to various sites that deal with your topic and encourage them to link their readers to you in return of the favor. All your external links should be set to open in a new window, leaving your site still on view.

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Content is More than Text:

  • Images
  • Audio
  • Photos
  • Twitter stream;
  • Video (embedded from YouTube or Vimeo, or self-hosted)
  • Content feeds (from other websites, or from your blog)

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Images
Adding one or more images helps to build visitor’s interest. When adding a picture also make sure to add an ALT tag to the image that describes the picture and has keywords that a search engine is also going to notice. Don’t let your web designer ever add an image without proper naming it! This helps tremendously your Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Instead of having this tag for an image: phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg.png – name it: Jon-Jones.png.
Another example: file593730.jpg or DSC_8405037.jpg is not helpful and totally meaningless to search engines who cannot “see” photos. Keywords in the photos name should be separated by hyphens, NOT underscores, and shouldn’t be squeezed into a single word, e.g. Antique-Leica-Camera.jpg.
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Submit Your URL to Search Engines
An important step to get better rankings in Google is to submit your URL to search engines for free. Eventually the search engines will find your site, but submitting will help expedite to the process. It might take up to some weeks until your site is indexed. Factors such as other websites linking to your site can positively affect this time. You do not have to add all of your URL addresses for your entire site, just the homepage address. Posting on Google+ helps a lot too, as every post goes directly into Google’s Search Engines.
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Sharing Plug-Ins
Visitors, who find your website or blog content valuable, can link it with one click to their own Google+, Twitter and Facebook site. They do not need to copy the post manually – and for you it is a great publicity! Your post might even go viral! Make it easy for visitors to share what you have written with their social networks, so that others can discover your content – and forward it to their followers and friends, and these also forward it to their friends and followers …. Get your site more exposure and traffic: an info graphic shows that blogs and websites with a Twitter button, will get 7 times more shares than sites without!
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Contact Buttons
Get more fans and followers for your social media sites on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and other popular social networks. Follow-Buttons work on your site, blogs, and even newsletters.

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Contact Form
Set up a comments box on your site for visitors to communicate directly with you through email. Ensure your visitors, that their email addresses are only used to respond to messages, and not being sold or used for any other purposes. Don’t place your email address on your site, to avoid getting junk emails. Reply to every e-mail as quick as possible.

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Sales Page
If you are selling your books directly from your site: is it fully secure, from the buyers perspective? Any web pages which require sensitive customer details, need to be fully encrypted. If your web page has no “https” in the address bar, it shows that it is not secure.

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Page Title
Most search engines use the title of your web page when displaying your site in their search results. Therefore, it is always a smart idea to put keywords into the title of each of your pages. However, keep the title short (at most 5 or 6 words), use words that a potential visitor may be searching for, and make the title understandable.

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Avoid Long Pages
When first visiting a web page, most visitors do not scroll down. Keep the important and eye-catching information on the first viewable page. If your page has a lot of information, create bookmark links in the first section so visitors can jump to what interests them. The average view time on a website is only a few seconds, get the visitors attention immediately with a fast-loading page.

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Web Statistics
In a great website planning article Ben Seigel wrote: “Visitor statistics provide insight into how people use your website. Here are a few questions to consider:

  • Where are visitors coming from?
  • See search engines, direct traffic, ads, links from other websites, etc.
  • Where do visitors live? Are they mostly local, regional, national or international?
  • How long are visitors staying on the website?
  • What is the bounce rate? How many users visit only one page on the website before leaving?

Google Analytics is one of the most commonly used Web statistics apps, and you will find answers to these questions in the high-level data it presents. Other software should provide these answers as well.”

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In an earlier blog post about custom-designed websites you will find a useful checklist for your website considerations.
There are ugly websites on the Internet that get tons of traffic, and there are beautiful designed websites that are barely ever visited. Make sure that you find a web designer who is trained for Search Engine Optimization, and who is able to bring your website over time to the top in your category. Book sales will follow.

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5 Tips How to Choose Your Web Name

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Picking the right domain name for a website or blog is an essential step to success. Your domain name is the identifier of your blog or site. Be careful on choosing it. You want readers to find you among millions of other writers, and you want your web site to be on Google’s first page.

For ambitious writers is is almost a “no-brain-er” to use their first and last name or pen name as a domain. Exceptions are the fact that there is already an author with the same name or if the name is very common, and there might be another writer, who has already registered it. It makes no sense to use .net or .org when .com is already taken.  Most people automatically type in .com and land at someone else’s website. Having your website confused with a popular site already owned by someone else is a recipe for disaster. 
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Put Yourself in the Shoes of Your Readers
The next best possibility would be the genre in which you are writing. Which search terms would you use to find a certain book? For example:  CrimeWriter or RomanceWriter, followed by your name / pen name.

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Art of Choosing a Domain Name

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.
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Keywords / Phrases
Have 5 terms or phrases in mind that best describe the domain you are seeking. Once you made this list, you can start to add prefixes & suffixes to create domain ideas. For example, if you are launching your author domain, you might start with words like “author, writer, the genre etc.” then play around until you can find a good match.
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Plurals, “The”, and “My” Forms of the Domain Name
If you can’t get the domain name you want, you could use forms like:

  • thewebsite.com
  • mywebsite.com
  • websites.com
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More Tips:
  • Make it Easy to Remember
  • Keep the Name as Short as Possible
  • Avoid Hyphens and Numbers
  • Avoid fancy names that do not reflect you or your books

In the modern Internet world, where people automatically turn to the Web for information, it pays to have a domain name that reflects your author site or publishing business.
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More Resources
http://ca.godaddy.com/business/10-tips-for-choosing-the-right-domain-name.aspx
http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/choose-right-website-domain-name-extension-var
http://www.thesitewizard.com/archive/domainname.shtml

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How to Get an Additional FREE Website

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… and use the URL as email signature, which contains all your Social Media links, your website or blog address and works even well as a short author bio.

The two founders Ryan Freltas and Tony Conrad and their small team created an awesome service with their free URL and website.
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When I discovered About.Me, I admired their sites’ clean design, was curious and immediately created a website, which was the easiest thing I have ever done on the web. Sheer fun!  I am amazed, thinking about how much money I paid once for software that was so complicated to use, that I gave up to build a single page.  And these folks at About.Me created such an easy program!
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OK, this will not replace your author website or blog, but it is a great place to send people to learn more about you as an author, find all your links to Social Media sites and your web presence and can follow you on all your sites with one click. In the future you don’t need to have a long link list for your readers: You give them one single link as email signature.  And last but not least: it is a Social Media site in itself.  You can connect with lots of people on About.Me.
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As more potential readers find you and your book’s cover on the Internet as better, and as higher your ranking on search engines!

Community
There are now 4.25M people on the about.me platform. We had 1.6M when we bought back the company, +264% growth versus 2012.
Places
We’re on every continent except Antarctica! There is at least one about.meuser in every country on the planet.
Views
We generated nearly a billion Profile Page-views last year, +1,111% vs 2012 and we’ll do a lot, like a lot more this year. To put our growth in perspective, we did 4M Profile Page-views in January 2013 and 148M Profile Page-views in December 2013. Said another way, we’re now doing as many Profile Page-views in 2/3 of a day as we were doing in a full month before we bought back the company.
Compliments
We generated over 3M Compliments in 2013, +486% in Q4 vs Q3. In December, we did as many compliments in a week as we did in the whole month of August.
Collections
Our users love collections, as shown by a 1,114% increase in Q4 vs Q3.”
Connections
We helped a lot of you forge new Connections, +341% vs 2012 and total replies are now doubling month over month.
Activity
Logins (+656% vs 2012), Active Users (+401% vs 2012) and Time on Site are at all time highs.

Get featured by inviting a friend!
See examples here and learn more About.Me and their fantastic performance.

 

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