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The History of Digital Marketing

In a world where over 170 million people use social media on a regular basis, every working professional is expected to be familiar with at least the core tenets of Digital Marketing.

In simple terms, Digital Marketing is the promotion of products over the internet or any form of electronic media. According to the Digital Marketing Institute, “Digital Marketing is the use of digital channels to promote or market products and services to targeted consumers and businesses.”

The term Digital Marketing was first used in the 1990s. The digital age took off with the coming of the internet and the development of the Web 1.0 platform. The Web 1.0 platform allowed users to find the information they wanted but did not allow them to share this information over the web. Up until then, marketers worldwide were still unsure of the digital platform. They were not sure if their strategies would work since the internet had not yet seen widespread deployment.

In 1993, the first clickable banner went live, after which HotWired purchased a few banner ads for their advertising. This marked the beginning of the transition to the digital era of marketing. Because of this gradual shift, the year 1994 saw new technologies enter the digital marketplace. The very same year, Yahoo was launched.

Also known as “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web” after its founder Jerry Yang, Yahoo received close to 1 million hits within the first year. This prompted wholesale changes in the digital marketing space, with companies optimizing their websites to pull in higher search engine rankings. 1996 saw the launch of a couple of more search engines and tools like HotBot, LookSmart, and Alexa.

1998 saw the birth of Google. Microsoft launched the MSN search engine and Yahoo brought to the market Yahoo web search. Two years later, the internet bubble burst and all the smaller search engines were either left behind or wiped out leaving more space for the giants in the business. The digital marketing world saw its first steep surge in 2006 when search engine traffic was reported to have grown to about 6.4 billion in a single month. Not one to get left behind, Microsoft put MSN on the backburner and launched Live Search to compete with Google and Yahoo.

Then came Web 2.0, where people became more active participants rather than remain passive users. Web 2.0 allowed users to interact with other users and businesses. Labels like ‘super information highway’ began to be applied to the internet. As a result, information flow volumes –including channels utilized by digital marketers- increased manifold, and by 2004, internet advertising and marketing in the US alone brought in around $2.9 billion.

Soon, social networking sites began to emerge. MySpace was the first social networking site to arrive, soon followed by Facebook. Many companies realized all these fresh new sites that were popping up were beginning to open new doors of opportunities to market their products and brands. It opened fresh avenues for business and signaled the beginning of a new chapter to business. With new resources, they needed new approaches to promote their brands & capitalize on the social networking platform.

The cookie was another important milestone in the digital marketing industry. Advertisers had begun to look for other ways to capitalize on the fledgling technology. One such technique was to track common browsing habits and usage patterns of frequent users of the internet so as to tailor promotions and marketing collateral to their tastes. The first cookie was designed to record user-habits. The use of the cookie has changed over the years, and cookies today are coded to offer marketers a variety of ways to collect literal user data.

Products marketed digitally are now available to customers at all times. Statistics collected by the Marketingtechblog for 2014 show that posting on social media is the top online activity in the US. The average American spends 37 minutes a day on social media. 99% of digital marketers use Facebook to market, 97% use Twitter, 69% use Pinterest and 59% use Instagram. 70% of B2C marketers have acquired customers through Facebook. 67% of Twitter users are far more likely to buy from brands that they follow on Twitter. 83.8% of luxury brands have a presence on Pinterest. The top three social networking sites used by marketers are LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

The digital market is in a constant state of flux. A Digital Marketing professional must find ways to keep up with this change. They need to be able to keep an eye out for emerging trends and the development of newer and smarter Search Engine Algorithms. After all, nobody can afford to get left behind in this race.

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Creating a website with CMS.

A CMS or content management system is built in such a tactical way that it suits first day work beginners for experienced web developers.

It is a software application that facilitates the creation and administration of online content. Most of them are open source and free to use.

If you know the basics of HTML, CSS or PHP, this is an advantage for you. It is not a big problem if you do not know it because these platforms are very intuitive. Here are three free CMS platform options that you can choose from based on your needs.

Quick comparisons

  • WordPress Joomla Drupal Features
  • Cost Free Free Free
  • Use 311,682 million 26,474 million 31,216 million
  • Free themes +4,000 +1,000 +2,000
  • Free Plugins +45,000 +7,000 +34,000

WordPress

WordPress, according to various statistics, is being used on the maximum number of small to medium-sized blogs and websites. However, many powerful websites prefer WordPress for its simplicity. WYSIWYG Editor is the only thing you need to learn to get your first content.

This platform is institutional for beginners, as well as highly developed by different kinds of web developers. It has many free plugins and themes in its own repository. As the # 1 CMS option, many third-party resources are available alongside.

 ADVANTAGE

  • Highly flexible and customizable.
  • Easy to use,
  • Tons of learning resources,
  • Excellent community and support

 DISADVANTAGES

  • Needs code for major visual customizations.
  • Updates can cause problems with plugins
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Joomla

Joomla is similar to WordPress in many ways. It is also easy to use, easy to install and can be easily expanded with the help of modules – the equivalent of WordPress plugins. As a result, it is the second best choice for beginners.

However, beginners may feel more intimidated to explore Joomla due to the number of options available. In addition to the menu on the left, there is also a menu in the top bar, just above the “Control Panel” logo. To avoid confusion, remember that some of the menu items in the left and top bars are similar, including “Content”, “Users” and “Extensions”.

Like WordPress, Joomla has a few styles and templates that can quickly give your site a distinctive look. But of the three content management systems, Joomla offers the easiest solution when creating a social network. With platforms like EasySocial and JomSocial, you are just minutes from your own social media website.

 ADVANTAGE

  • More technically advanced
  • Websites generally work better
  • Company level security

 DISADVANTAGES

  • Modules are difficult to maintain
  • Intermediate CMS: not as easy as WordPress, nor as advanced as Drupal
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Drupal

Experienced web developers attest that Drupal is the most powerful CMS.

However, it is also the most difficult to use. Due to its flexibility, Drupal is the second most used CMS in the world, but it is not a favorite among beginners. To successfully build a “complete” website with Drupal, you need to get your hands dirty and learn the basics of coding. Knowing your way around the CMS is also a challenge for beginners.

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Installing a new Drupal: Despite Drupal’s complicated functions, the CMS offers a simple and minimalist interface.
 

DISADVANTAGES

  • Steep learning curve at startup stage – recommended for advanced users

ADVANTAGE

  • Easy to learn
  • Great help portal
  • Updates integrate seamlessly
  • More built-in option.

Step 1: find the WordPress installer in your web hosting panel

Web hosting services generally have a quick installer to install WordPress and other common platforms.

So log in to your web hosting account and find out what installer you have. Popular names to look for are Softaculous, QuickInstall, or Fantastico.

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Some hosting providers (example: Iart) use installers built into their user control panel (the screen you will see right after logging into cPanel). In that case, just try to find the title that includes ‘WordPress’.


Step 2: install WordPress through the installer


Softaculous is the most popular automatic installer and appears in cPanel. I will walk you through the installation through Softculous. The other installers are more or less the same.

Click Softaculous and then click ‘Install’ on WordPress to begin installation.

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Here comes the important part.

Site settings
Set the options as follows, leave other fields in the default settings (to be ordered later) and click install.

  • Protocol: You must decide if you want to install http: // or http: // www. version of the URL. Whatever you choose, you won’t see much difference. From a technical point of view, http: // www. It is better in terms of flexibility and cookie management. Please note that if you have a valid SSL certificate and want to install WordPress on it, just select https instead of http.
  • Domain: select the domain in which you want to install the website.
  • Directory: Specify where you want to install the WordPress site. If you want to install it at your root URL (for example http://www.yourwebsite.com/), please keep it blank. If desired in a sub-URL (for example, http://www.yourwebsite.com/myblog/), specify the directory in the field.
  • Administrator account: Set your username, password and email that you will use to log in to your WordPress site.


If you’ve been successful in the last few steps, well done. Your website is live!

Now log in to your WordPress site. Your site’s login page will look like wp-login.php crawling the URL of the website you set up.

Step 3: install a theme and some important plugins

Next, you need to install a theme and any necessary plugins. Take a look at the left sidebar of your WordPress Dashboard.

There are tons of ready-to-use themes available in the WordPress directory.

To explore these free themes, go to ‘Appearance> Themes> Add New’, find the theme that meets your requirements, and click the Install button.

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You can also install third-party themes from the “Upload theme” section. For professionally designed paid WordPress themes, I recommend Elegant Themes (for its efficient code and beautiful front layouts)

For plugins, search for ‘Plugins> Add New’.

Find and install the plugins you only need. 3rd Party plugins can also be installed from the ‘Load plugin’ section.

Here I want to suggest some important free plugins. Search by their names in the WordPress plugin directory to find them. Note that installing only one plugin from each category is sufficient.

  • For SEO: SEO SEO, all in one SEO package
  • For security: iThemes security, Wordfence security
  • For site stats: WordPress.com Jetpack, Google Analytics for Monster Insights WordPress
  • For the creation of forms: Contact form 7
  • For performance: W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache

Step 4: you’re done!

Your site should be up and running in the last step. But there are a few more things that need to be resolved.

  • In ‘Settings> General’: configure your site title and motto.
  • Under ‘Settings> Reading’: what your home page should show and how many blog posts you want to show on a single page.
  • In ‘Settings> Permalinks’: set what will be the URL structure of your blog post.
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10 Tips for your web pages!

1.Take a compatibility test with mobile devices


Our first task to improve a website is to run some diagnostics and check the current status of your site. An important test is to check if it is compatible with mobile devices.

Since Google updated its algorithm, having a responsive website is essential in terms of usability and SEO.

Fortunately, Google offers you a tool so that you can check the compatibility of your website with mobile devices. You just have to write your URL to know if your site is responsive and, if not, they tell you how to do it.

Por lo general, basta con probar la página de inicio. Sin embargo, si tiene una página que difiere significativamente del resto del sitio (como un blog), puede ser una buena idea probarla individualmente.

2.Run a speed test


The next step on the list to improve a website is to perform a speed test. Page load speed is another factor that can make a big difference in the success of a website due to its impact on the abandonment rate. 40% of users will leave a website that does not load in three seconds.

Time to find out if your site is one of them. For this you can use Google PageSpeed ​​Insights. Again, you just have to enter your URL, press the button and the tool will tell you how your site is doing in terms of page speed and what you should do about it.

Otra herramienta con la que puede realizar esta prueba es Pingdom. Además de verificar la velocidad de su sitio web desde diferentes ubicaciones, le ofrece mucha más información sobre lo que lo ralentiza.

3.Enable Gzip compression


One of the small changes that can make a difference in terms of page load speed is adding Gzip compression to your site. What it means to compress your website files to make them smaller.

Smaller files download faster, resulting in faster page load. Easy peasy.

The speed test you did at the beginning will tell you if you have Gzip compression enabled or not.

Si su sitio aún no lo tiene, afortunadamente no es demasiado complicado de configurar. Puede pedirle a su servicio de alojamiento que lo haga, use un complemento como W3 Total Cache o WP Super Cache para hacerlo (lea nuestra comparación entre los dos), o hágalo manualmente.

 
For this last point, just go to your FTP server and search for .htaccess (note: you may have to show hidden files for that). And add the following code (Thanks to GTmetrix):

Compress HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Text, XML and fonts

  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / javascript
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / rss + xml
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / vnd.ms-fontobject
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-font
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-font-opentype
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-font-otf
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-font-truetype
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-font-ttf
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / x-javascript
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / xhtml + xml
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application / xml
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font / opentype
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font / otf
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font / ttf
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image / svg + xml
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image / x-icon
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / css
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / html
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / javascript
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / plain
  • AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text / xml

Remove browser bugs (only needed for really old browsers)

  • BrowserMatch ^ Mozilla / 4 gzip-only-text / html
  • BrowserMatch ^ Mozilla / 4 \ .0 [678] non-gzip
  • BrowserMatch \ bMSIE! No-gzip! Gzip-only-text / html
  • Header append Vary User-Agent

Save the changes and test once more to see if it worked.

4.A / B Test your call to action


Calls to action are one of the most important factors for conversion rates. Here, the smallest changes, like altering the color of a word or button, can literally make the difference between a sale and a lost customer.

Regardless of what your goal is, it’s a good idea to test your CTAs from time to time.

Fortunately, it doesn’t take too long and WordPress offers several tools for this.

Create a hypothesis about what might improve your call to action and create a test. Give it a couple of days to make the test more effective and choose the winning proposal. Your conversions will improve permanently.

5.Install an image optimization plugin


Images and photos often make up a large part of the weight of a page. For that reason, reducing its size as much as possible is a good way to speed up your website.

Además de usar siempre la imagen del tamaño que necesita y optimizarla antes de cargarla (por ejemplo, con TinyPNG), una de las formas más rápidas es usar un complemento de optimización de imagen.

WP Smush and EWWW Image Optimizer are great options. Not only will they automatically optimize any image that is uploaded to your site, but they can also do the same for existing images.

Just install one of the two tools and let them work for you.

6.Review / update previous content


Content is a central pillar for the success of any website. For that reason, many of us post new blog entries every day.

However, what about the above content? Yes, the things you wrote a few months or years ago. It is still relevant to your audience and attracts visitors. However, you could probably give her a facelift.

Updating old content is a great strategy to give it a second boost and improve a website. Google loves updated things and rewards you with better positioning. Your visitors do the same.

Here is how to do it:

Edit style and readability: If your content is a few months or a few years old, chances are you’re a better writer now.
Update the information: are the facts in the publication still true? Has new information come to light? Is there anything else you can mention? If so, edit it.
Add and / or update links: Are external links updated? Do you have additional or better sources to link to? Can you add internal links to relevant articles that didn’t exist when you wrote the previous post? Again, if the answer is yes, go for it
Optimize content for search engines: If you use Yoast SEO it will tell you exactly what additional steps will make your article more optimized. Also, they introduced the readability module last year, so your older posts are likely to need a review.

7.Refresh the “About” page


Continuing on the theme of updating existing content, the “About” page is often one of the most important on any website. People are curious to know who is behind what they are reading. For that reason it is a good idea to keep it updated.

Reviewing this page to see if it still reflects reality is one of the easy things you can do to improve a website in the blink of an eye.

8.Minify the Code


Minifying the code is one of those things that all the articles on web speed advise but that seems difficult to implement.

In case you don’t know, minifying your code means reducing the weight of your files by removing unnecessary bytes. In this way the files will be much smaller, which, as we have learned, makes the pages faster.

Fortunately, there is Autoptimize. Literally all you have to do is install the plugin, activate the minification and you’re done.

9.Add new keywords


In Google Search Console> Search Traffic> Search Analytics, you can find search queries that relate to your site. It also allows you to see their number of impressions, click-through rates and average search position.

This information is very useful for finding new long tail keywords for your content.

  • Ordenar la lista por posición de búsqueda
  • Desplácese hasta el punto donde la posición promedio es mayor que 10.
  • Haga clic en una consulta de búsqueda
  • En la siguiente pantalla, haga clic en Páginas para ver la URL de la página que está clasificada para esa palabra clave
  • ¿Por qué es útil? Porque ahora puede ir a esa página en particular y agregarle esa palabra clave. De dos a cinco veces suele ser suficiente. Además, le estás mostrando a Google que actualizas tus páginas.

10.Check 404 errors


Users are frustrated when they click on a search result or link and land on a page that doesn’t exist. The dreaded 404 error not found.

Even if you have a custom 404 error page, this error causes people to leave your site. For that reason, the last thing on our list to improve a website is to find and eliminate them.

To find non-existent pages on your site, use Screaming Frog, Google Search Console (Crawl Crawl Errors) or Broken Link Check. After that, it’s just a matter of configuring the Redirection plugin to send your visitors to more suitable pages.

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Create your restaurant’s website!

When it comes to creating a restaurant website, developers can choose from a number of great themes. But when one of the requirements is to be able to place orders, things get a little complicated. A good restaurant plugin is not easy to find and most likely not cheap.

 
The solution: the GloriaFood plugin


GloriaFood is a system built exclusively for restaurants that offers the possibility of making online orders and reservations. Its new plugin makes it very easy to set up a menu for a restaurant and add order and reservation widgets on a WordPress website.

The GloriaFood plugin is free, with no commissions or costs for unlimited orders and table reservations. Monetization is accomplished through other optional modules (which you can find in the full admin panel, outside of WordPress).

How the interface works


The idea is simple: you set up your restaurant account and then publish 2 widgets on your website: the “See menu and order” button and the “Table reservation” button. When the user clicks on the request button, the menu and the payment gateway opens.

The overlay is responsive and the menu behaves very well on mobile devices as well. Also, from a design point of view, the focus is on food images and the convert button, while everything else is fairly neutral. This makes it easier for the widget to be “mixed up” on the website, so that everything looks as one. And the same goes for the reservation button.

Mobile application to receive orders and reservations


All incoming orders and reservations are sent to an application (Android / iOS, smartphone or tablet).

When a new order arrives, the phone rings so that restaurant staff can review and accept it immediately, also providing shipping time. Similarly, reservations are confirmed in real time from the application.

Account and menu settings


Once you activate the plugin, you must create an account and configure it. This is where you should provide details such as the location of the restaurant and the type of services you offer.

Useful features (all free):

  • Different times to collect and deliver.
  • Multiple delivery zones with different minimum order values ​​/ delivery rates.
  • Orders for later with scheduled shipping.
  • In the menu you can include personalization details such as level of spiciness, garnishes, way of cooking food, etc.

How to publish widgets


With the installation and menu ready, it’s time to post the widgets on the website. As with any other plugin, you only have to insert the short codes in the pages of your website. You should also know that the buttons can be easily customized to suit your brand.

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How to create a web page without knowledge!

Currently all types of business require visibility on the Internet, whether with a website, an online store, or a blog, we must promote and show our business and even offer our services online. Although unfortunately we do not always have the necessary knowledge for this, there are three ways to create a website without writing code.

    1. WordPress


It is a very popular resource, using the visual and text editors of WordPress it will be very easy to develop the website with a few clicks. WordPress offers two types of editors to create content, one of them is the Visual Editor that does not require code, which allows you to format text in a similar way to Word documents. However, there may be cases where you need to edit your post’s html, embed a code snippet, or edit the structure of a link.

And although WordPress is free in principle, it will be necessary to pay for the template, the hosting, the domain name and the plugins.

     2. Website creator


Website builders are online tools with a graphical user interface that allow you to create websites without writing code. They turn your design into a functional website. They write the code for you, configure your accommodation, your database, email accounts and the domain name.

One of the most used web creators currently is Wix, it is a web creation platform that allows users of all levels to create impressive websites without having to touch a line of code, since it works mainly with drag and drop tools. drop online. Here is a small guide to use.

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How to optimize your website?

Website optimization is the process of systematically improving the performance of your portal to meet its objectives, whether it be obtaining more visitors, making the blog profitable or reducing the time you spend maintaining it. Web optimization can be used to make your website more attractive and useful to your visitors.

The importance of optimizing your website

Website optimization is important because it helps your page visitors have a more pleasant experience.

Each visitor enters your blog hoping to answer a question, find a solution to a problem, or complete a task of one kind or another. So when you optimize your website, you make it easy for your blog visitors to do those tasks.

For example, if you have an e-commerce website that sells shoes, you can optimize it to increase the number of purchases made by people who visit your online store.

In this way, your business will be more profitable and easier to manage. Likewise, you will save a lot of time and money in maintaining it.

But that’s not all, even if your website is not dedicated to commerce and is just a simple personal blog, it should also be optimized.

Think about it, a small and simple blog may not seem like much in the wide universe that is the web, but if you improve it, you can do wonders with it.

Whatever your role on the internet, or the role you would like to have, you can always achieve it through web optimization.

Such optimization may sound complicated, but we assure you that it is not, much less if you have the right analysis and the right tools.

Analyze the website
Website optimization is a continuous process of constant improvement.

This is given by knowing the behavior of your visitors, developing hypotheses about what changes in your site could cause the number of visits to increase, and then measuring and evaluating the performance of the changes made.

This process allows you to define the types of tools that are useful for optimizing your website.

You should be aware that there are qualitative and quantitative feedback tools. Both are important to find the best options that will allow you to optimize your website.

But before you start using the tools available to improve your page, the first thing you should do is analyze it. It is very obvious that not all websites are created equal, and because of this, they all have different problems.

So, do a thorough analysis of your website.

  • What are your strengths?
  • What are its weaknesses?
  • Do you need to improve speed or SEO?
  • Do you need to improve other things?
  • These are the main questions to ask yourself when you want to opt for web optimization.

If you need it, you can consult an expert to help you with this analysis.

On the other hand, if you prefer to do it on your own, at least take into account the opinion of your readers or close friends who know your website.

Remember that a purely personal analysis may not be very objective, and what is a problem for you, may not really be for the other.

So do not forget to look for different opinions, since they can help you much more than you imagine.

Free web analytics and SEO optimization tools

The optimization of a web page must be a continuous effort, which allows improving the interface, the speed and the content that you publish. Doing this will expand your online reach significantly.

High website traffic? Who doesn’t want to do that?

Many people talk about SEO as if it were something foreign or isolated from the field of digital marketing strategy, although often people seek to improve their SEO when they migrate to other websites or start a new page entirely.

The problem is that if you’re just starting to take SEO into account right now, we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve waited too long. This is because if you don’t continually monitor your website, you’re bound to make mistakes or let opportunities go to waste.

Even if you don’t have a lot of experience in the SEO world, it’s important to stay on top of things.

By doing a check from time to time, you can see how your web page is ranked on the net, if there are any increases in site errors, or how well your traffic volume and your position in search engines is increasing.

Google Analytics

Chances are, if you are reading this article, you have used or at least installed Google Analytics. And if you haven’t, then you should use it as soon as possible. This tool is a must have for all websites.

The most valuable SEO information is information that helps you better understand visitors and how they interact with your site. No free tool collects this data like Google Analytics.

It does an unmatched job of providing the information that helps you understand the number that matters most: the number of visitors that stay and interact with your page.

You can use Google Analytics to monitor your traffic performance on a monthly basis, and this allows you to compare that performance.

Once you notice a significant difference in your traffic, chances are you want to switch to another tool to find out what’s causing the changes.

Just like the dashboard of a car, it is a comprehensive and mandatory analysis tool that will help you steer your website in the right direction. You’ll be able to measure speed, condition and more accurately. Replace assumptions with real data – it’s useful, easy to use, reliable, and free.

Pros and Cons of Google Analytics


Google Analytics provides you with aggregated, historical, and collected data about your website, how people got there, and what people did on your blog.

Most of the other tools will be based on samples and estimates, and won’t give you the last part, i.e. how did the traffic behave on my website?

As for the downsides, Google Analytics used to give data on the keywords used by visitors and how they got to your blog. But that kind of detail is no longer provided by such a tool.

However, Google Analytics is not alone in the hard work of optimizing your website. Fortunately, there are other applications, plugins and tools that will also help you to make your blog the best on the entire network.

It is just a matter of finding the one you need the most, and the one that best suits your needs.

Other web analytics tools

SEO

To optimize the SEO of your page, there is no plugin more recommended than SEO by Yoast, one of the star WordPress tools. SEO by Yoast will take care of all the technicalities that come with SEO, and it will do it in the most efficient way possible.

SEO by Yoast can be a somewhat complicated plugin for those who are just starting out in this area, but there are numerous tutorials online that will facilitate their installation and management. So do not worry if you do not understand it at first, you will soon manage to handle it perfectly.

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Speaking of plugins, others that could be very useful are Smush and Image Compressor. These are also WordPress tools, and are dedicated to reducing the weight and size of images, without affecting their quality.

In this way, the images you publish on your website will load much faster, and the speed of your blog will improve.

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But images are not the only factor that can affect the performance of your website, since the cache can also slow it down and make the interface tedious to navigate.

If the cache is too overloaded, feel free to use WPoptimize, Optimization.io or Total Cache.

These three tools not only free up cache space, but also manage it to prevent you from exceeding your limit. In this way, your website will load at a much higher speed, since it will weigh less.

In conclusion


Don’t feel like you have to download all these tools and use them at the same time. As we said earlier in this note, analyze well what weaknesses and strengths your page has, and based on them work to improve it.

Nor can we fail to recommend the plugins offered by WordPress, which are undoubtedly the best on the net to optimize web pages.

There are free and paid, but they all have in common a good quality, and endorsement of the site that is offering them, as well as their creators. Don’t underestimate the power of WordPress, or the tools it offers.

Finally, always remember that things get better with dedication, patience, discipline, the right tools, and some help. In this sense, do not despair if the optimization of your website is not achieved immediately, since with hard work you can achieve this goal.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Digital Marketing

What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital marketing? Let’s start with the good news, in this case with the advantages, which if that were not enough are many.

Advantages of Digital Marketing
Among the benefits that digital marketing brings are the following Take note!

1- Information provision:
One of the main benefits of Digital Marketing is the disposition it has regarding information. And this is because both customers and the different users that may exist, can make their queries 24 hours a day. This to know about any product or service of interest, and may even choose to make the purchase online. For you and them it is good, they have ease of purchase and information and you do not have to work hard, sell more and serve better.

2- It is totally commercial
This worldwide marketing medium is, as the name implies, fully commercial. It can be said that it is one of the most commercial marketing that has existed until today. Of course on par with the development of technology.

3- Digital marketing is versatile
On the other hand, Digital Marketing is totally versatile. This is because all users can observe the advertisements through any type of device or electronic medium. Either through TV, social networks, Smartphone, among others.

4- Easy to identify
It is very easy to identify by all, due to the wide range of colors with what they present at the design level, and thus it is impossible not to notice it, since thanks to the apps they can be displayed on any Tablet or Smartphone.

5- Drive your company to expand
It plays a fundamental role in the recognition of a company, its expansion in the market is due to Digital Marketing. And not only nationally but also internationally. Thus achieving many probabilities of growth, becoming practically infinite.

6- It allows to save a little more
A point that can not be missed when talking about advantages and disadvantages of digital marketing, is money. In case of advantages, it allows a great opportunity for all companies to save their finances. This is because traditional marketing requires more investment and less scope is assumed.

7- It is easy to distribute
It is very easy to distribute. In this case, reference is made to the ease of placing certain advertising on the network. And when it is there it will last. Therefore it will be spreading so quickly, that in a matter of days many will know your company or business.

8- Anyone can make use of digital marketing
Anyone can use and send this type of marketing, and this is a key and important point, since this type of Marketing can be used by all users. If you have a mobile device and have profiles on social networks, from there you can create advertising and you would be immersing yourself in the world of marketing. Since by publishing the sale of a product or failing so that they know your skills, there you are making use of this important tool. Of course, the right thing is to be trained in all sectors of digital marketing.

9- Improve the quality of what is offered to the client
There is something that is inevitable. And it is that it allows certain levels of competitiveness to grow either between large or small companies. Since the same with just one Marketing campaign can bring endless benefits for them, which of course the most benefited are consumers, since they only expect the best offer and advertising.
In other words, digital marketing is very convenient for the customer. And as we entrepreneurs are interested in your comfort and that you are satisfied Digital marketing is our friend!

Disadvantages of Digital Marketing
Finally, and to end this class on the advantages and disadvantages of digital marketing, I will present a series of disadvantages, perhaps they are not many but it is important to take them into account.

1- There are customers who do not have Internet access
The first of these is that perhaps, there are many people who do not have Internet access, which means that there is a certain limitation between advertising and a number of users, who, due to the lack of a medium, cannot know the new. That is why it is important that you know your target audience (potential customers) to use the ideal medium.

2- Internet dependence And it can fail!
Sometimes the Internet usually has failures. Therefore the user can present certain inconveniences and therefore a very bad experience. It can cause it to move away, or failing that a bad image of the company is created in it. That is why it is recommended to vary, that is, not only to depend on the Internet. It is here that the number of contact telephone numbers is made available to the public, among other viable means to go and ask for information.

3- Digital marketing does not escape being ignored.
In a way, even if it sounds unheard of, it usually happens that this marketing is ignored. It is that on the one hand it is one of the most commercial marketing that can exist. But it is also ignored by many, because there are many users who instead of following advertising what they do is close it or failing that if it is on TV they change the channel, and this is disadvantageous for companies.

4- Discontent for not having what they saw on the screen
Another disadvantage is that there are many users who make purchases online. Which does not allow physical knowledge of the product you want to acquire. So many times discontent is generated. It is not the same thing they see on the screens than what comes to their hands! And it is for this reason that many companies (you should also consider it) use the practice of returning the product. This as a way to guarantee its good image to consumers. Since the idea is not to scare them away, on the contrary, the highest percentage of possible customers should be captured.

5- Discontent with online advertising

In a way it is usually the most criticized Marketing. Although this one is totally versatile. Because it is on the network, it receives opinions from all those who are immersed in that place, and there are a large number of users who think negatively about its operation, some products, since there are many who state that advertising usually affect the enjoyment of the proper use of electronic media.

6- The Internet generates distrust
Finally, there are many people who have a level of distrust over the Internet. Since they have a certain fear when making online purchases, because there are many who have been scammed and cheated.

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What is the Digital Marketing?

Digital marketing is the component of marketing that utilizes internet and online based digital technologies such as desktop computers, mobile phones and other digital media and platforms to promote products and services. Its development during the 1990s and 2000s, changed the way brands and businesses use technology for marketing. As digital platforms became increasingly incorporated into marketing plans and everyday life,and as people increasingly use digital devices instead of visiting physical shops, digital marketing campaigns have become prevalent, employing combinations of search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), content marketing, influencer marketing, content automation, campaign marketing, data-driven marketing,e-commerce marketing, social media marketing, social media optimization, e-mail direct marketing, display advertising, e–books, and optical disks and games have become commonplace.

Digital marketing extends to non-Internet channels that provide digital media, such as television, mobile phones (SMS and MMS), callback, and on-hold mobile ring tones. The extension to non-Internet channels differentiates digital marketing from online marketing.

The development of digital marketing is inseparable from technology development.
One of the key points in the start of was in 1971, where Ray Tomlinson sent the very first email and his technology set the platform to allow people to send and receive files through different machines. However, the more recognisable period as being the start of Digital Marketing is 1990 as this was where the Archie search engine was created as an index for FTP sites. In the 1980s, the storage capacity of computer was already big enough to store huge volumes of customer information. Companies started choosing online techniques, such as database marketing, rather than limited list broker.These kinds of databases allowed companies to track customers’ information more effectively, thus transforming the relationship between buyer and seller. However, the manual process was not as efficient.

In the 1990s, the term Digital Marketing was first coined,. With the debut of server/client architecture and the popularity of personal computers, the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications became a significant factor in marketing technology. Fierce competition forced vendors toinclude more service into their software, for example, marketing, sales and
service applications. Marketers were also able to own huge online customer data by eCRM software after the Internet was born. Companies could update the data of customer needs and obtain the priorities of their experience. This led to the first clickable banner ad being going live in 1994, which was the 
“You Will” campaign by AT&T and over the first four months of it going live, 44% of all people who saw it clicked on the ad.

In the 2000s, with increasing numbers of Internet users and the birth of iPhone, customers began searching products and making decisions about their needs online first, instead of consulting a salesperson, which created a new problem for the marketing department of a company.In addition, a survey in 2000 in the United Kingdom found that most retailers had not registered their own domain address. These problems encouraged marketers to find new ways to integrate digital technology into market development.

In 2007, marketing automation was developed as a response to the ever evolving marketing climate. Marketing automation is the process by which software is used to automate conventional marketing processes. Marketing automation helped companies segment customers, launch multichannel marketing campaigns, and provide personalized information for customers. However, the speed of its adaptability to consumer devices was not fast enough.

Digital marketing became more sophisticated in the 2000s and the 2010s, when the proliferation of devices’ capable of accessing digital media led to sudden growth.Statistics produced in 2012 and 2013 showed that digital marketing was still growing.With the development of social media in the 2000s, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, consumers became highly dependent on digital electronics in daily lives. Therefore, they expected a seamless user experience across different channels for searching product’s information. The change of customer behavior improved the diversification of marketing technology.

Digital marketing is also referred to as ‘online marketing’, ‘internet marketing’ or ‘web marketing’. The term digital marketing has grown in popularity over time. In the USA online marketing is still a popular term. In Italy, digital marketing is referred to as web marketing. Worldwide digital marketing has becom the most common term, especially after the year 2013.

Digital media growth was estimated at 4.5 trillion online ads served annually with digital media spend at 48% growth in 2010. An increasing portion of advertising stems from businesses employing Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA) to tailor advertising for internet users, but OBA raises concern of consumer privacy and data protection.

 

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Marketing Strategies to Fuel Your Business Growth

Growing a business isn’t easy. First, you need a viable idea. From there, you need to discover a profitable niche, define a target demographic and have something of value to sell them. Whether you’re peddling products, services or information, getting the word out has become increasingly burdensome. And without the right marketing strategies to fuel your growth, churning a profit and staying afloat is virtually impossible.

However, identifying the right strategies to market your business is often likened to rocket science. How do you get your message to the right audience and do it effectively? How do you boost visibility and increase sales while sustaining a profit with a converting offer? Today, with so much vying for our attention from social media, to search engine optimization, blogging and pay-per-click advertising, it’s easy to see why most are ready to pull their hair out.

The truth is that what got you to this point in business is likely not going to get you to the next level. If you’re feeling stuck, join the fray. Most entrepreneurs are so busy working “in” their businesses that they fail to work “on” their businesses. As a result of dealing with the day-to-day operations of a company that includes customer hand-holding, supply-chain demands and more, we often neglect to wield the right marketing strategies that will help fuel our business’s growth.

What does it take to do that? Simply put, you have to take a step back for a moment. You have to analyze and understand the basic mechanics of your message and how to effectively reach a larger audience without losing your shirt. The secret to all of this? No matter what marketing strategy you use, if you don’t have an effective sales funnel and optimize your conversions, you’ll just be throwing money away.

What are the best marketing strategies to use?
Most businesses are faced with a conundrum. It’s a Catch-22. There’s a clear need for increased visibility to drastically improve sales. But in order to get more visibility, businesses have to spend more money. When that well runs dry, what are you supposed to do?

There is no obvious and clear answer to that question that covers all situations. But there are things that can be done today, right now, even on a shoestring budget, to reach more customers without breaking the bank. However, it all boils down to time. If you lack the money, you sure better have the time to put in the sweat equity.

Either way you slice it, as long as the fundamentals of a sound business are there and you’re working tirelessly to build an authentic relationship with the consumer by sincerely trying to add value, then there are 10 go-to strategies you can use to market any business online.

1. Use social media.

You can’t ignore social media. That’s where all the so-called magic is happening. Some businesses have been built solely on the backs of social media. It can be intimidating at first. Sure. But as you build momentum, you’ll find posting on social media to get easier and easier over time.

Of course, you could also hire a social media manager if you have money to burn. But if you don’t, just be yourself. Be authentic. Post your thoughts. Post your products. Post anything that you find relevant and useful that would help your audience either learn more about you and your business, or about the industry that you’re in.

Use direct messages on platforms like Instagram and even Snapchat or Twitter to reach out to other successful businesses or even to communicate with potential customers who might be looking for your products and services. This is very powerful marketing.

2. Create video tutorials.

One of the most effective ways to get the word out on your business is to create video tutorials. Teach people something useful. Walk them through it. Hold their hands. Step-by-step tutorials are all the rage. The better you are at this, and the more value you provide, the quicker you can boost your visibility, and ultimately, your sales.

Today, YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world behind Google. Whenever someone wants to learn something visually, they head there. You’ve likely done it yourself countless times. So just ask yourself what you could teach in your business that would help consumers solve some pain point? What got you into business in the first place?

The hardest part? Hearing your own voice playing back and even seeing yourself. Now, you don’t have to appear visually on camera, but you’ll likely need to be heard. You get used to it over time. But you can’t ignore the visibility and reach of YouTube so get out there and start making authentic and useful videos today, right now.

3. Start blogging now.

Sure, you could start a blog. If you don’t have a blog for your business, then you need to start one immediately. But you don’t just have to blog on your own blog. Most people find blogging mundane because they lack the visibility. The truth is that your blog is going to be like a barren desert unless you know what you’re doing.

But this isn’t just about posting your ideas on your own blog. You should start authority blogging. Use platforms like Medium to post content. Answer questions on Quora and Reddit. Or get out there onto LinkedIn’s publishing platform. These are all authority domains that anyone can post on, which have massive audiences, giving you instant and immediate reach right now.

When you do blog, ensure that you blog effectively. Don’t post thin content. Think about adding value. Worried about revealing all your business secrets? Don’t be. Give away the farm. Give people so much value that you instantly become an authority in their eyes. This is one of the most powerful strategies you can use to market any business.

4. Understand search engine optimization.

This is an area of marketing that I’m incredibly passionate about. But it’s also an area that many people are deathly frightened by. Yes, SEO can be frightening. But it can also be powerful. And when you learn to leverage it and you learn SEO the right way, the sky truly is the limit.

There are companies out there who teach you how to use shady PBNs and other link schemes to “trick” Google. It might get short-term results, but in the long term, you’ll land in hot water. You can’t take shortcuts with SEO. Just like in business, you have to put in the work and the time if you want to see the results.

Some tips for doing this the right way? Don’t spam keywords. Hands down. This is one of the biggest mistakes most people make. Create your content for humans while also paying homage to search engines. But more importantly, ensure that whatever it is that you’re conveying is insightful, engaging, unique and adds a tremendous amount of value.

5. Leverage influencers.

Want to get the word out there and boost your visibility on social media without taking years to build the audience? Then you should certainly leverage influencers. But the key is to find the right influencer. You don’t have to go with influencers with millions of followers. You could opt for micro-influencers with tens of thousands or even a hundred thousand followers.

The trick? Find the right influencer in your niche so that you’re targeting the right audience. It’s not just about spreading your message. It’s about spreading your message to the right consumer base. If you can do that properly, then you can likely reach a sizable audience for not much money invested when you think about the potential profit it can return.

If your sales systems and products are in place, then this makes sense. If you have an offer that’s clearly converting, and it’s simply about more visibility, then this is likely the right marketing strategy for you right now. Assess the situation and reach out to influencers and gauge their pricing. Do small tests and see what works, then scale.

6. Build a great lead magnet.

So much effectiveness in marketing really does boil down to creating a great lead magnet. I’ve found that the right lead magnet presented to the right audience can have explosive results. The best way to do this is if you can identify the right pain points and present a solution in your lead magnet, then you’re well on your way.

What problem are consumers facing in your niche? What made you get into business in the first place? Ask yourself these questions before building out your lead magnet. The better you identify the problem or pain points at the outset, the better you’ll be at actually addressing that with a solution in your lead magnet.

What type of lead magnet should you build? That could either be an ebook, a cheat sheet, a checklist, a video and others. Of course, it’s not just about the lead magnet. You have to have a squeeze page with sizzling sales copy to get people to drop into your funnel. But it all starts with a great lead magnet. The better it is, the more effective you’ll be at reaching your audience.

7. Use Facebook ads with re-targeting.

One of the most powerful methods you can use to market just about anything these days are Facebook ads. With Facebook, you can reach a very specific audience and you can do it very easily. You can target by interest, age, relationships status, geographic location, and so much much more.

But the trick here to getting great results isn’t just about click-traffic. You have to focus on conversions and re-targeting through pixels. If you don’t know how to install the Facebook Pixel on your site, then you absolutely must learn how to do this right now. Even if you’re not running Facebook ads, you can build your audience with a pixel.

Pixels track everyone who comes to your site, and you can build custom audiences around them. For example, if you post content about how to learn to drive a semi-truck, and you track visitors with pixels, you can then market truck driving certification to people who have already shown an interest in that already because they visited that specific page. And your conversions will skyrocket.

8. Use LinkedIn the right way.

Do you have a video on your LinkedIn profile? Did you know that you can easily add one? Why not take the time to introduce yourself and your business. Link that to your profile description. This is an easy way to passively market your business, and when it’s done right, it can lead to shocking results.

If you have lots of connections on LinkedIn and you’re not really posting on there, start immediately. You can reach a large audience, especially when your posts go viral. This is a great place to convey the entrepreneurial journey. Talk about your challenges and tell stories. The more effective your stories, the larger your potential reach when you go viral.

You can also reach out to other businesses and collaborate with like-minded entrepreneurs on LinkedIn. It’s a great go-to resource for all things business and too many people overlook this.

9. Create an affiliate program.

Most people don’t understand the power of affiliate marketing. Affiliates can provide massive fuel for growth. But approaching the right partners isn’t always that easy. You have to have good conversion if you want the bigger affiliate to take you seriously.

I’ve found that navigating the affiliate minefield can be tricky. It takes persistence and it takes true grit to make it through. Most of us get discouraged after a few setbacks, but you can’t allow emotions to get in the way when it comes to affiliate. Build an affiliate program and start reaching out to potential affiliate who can assist you.

There are loads of websites you can use as well such as E. Brian Ross’s JVZoo, or Tim and Eileen Barber’s ClickBank and Commission Junction to get the word out.

10. Use Email Marketing Sequences

Part of any good sales funnel is going to be an email marketing sequence. These are the automated messages that go out to users once they subscribe to your list. Use your email sequence to build a relationship with the subscriber. Be authentic and transparent. And convey your journey.

Use the email responses and clicks to segment your list. For example, if someone clicks on a specific link, they’ve clearly shown an interest in something. Tag that subscriber to market to them later. If someone buys, tag them as a buyer. Identifying your buyers and the interests of your subscribers is huge for segmenting.

When you do send broadcasts, split test. Split test everything, in fact, You never really do know what’s going to be the most effective until you pull the trigger and really test it out. This will help you understand what your audience responds to better, making you a better communicator, and better able to sell to your customers.

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Benefits of doing business online.

You don’t have to run your entire business over the internet to benefit from online business opportunities. Small businesses might only need an email address to communicate with their clients, customers and suppliers electronically. Other businesses might use their website to conduct their entire business online.

The many benefits of online business include:

  • Global access, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Improved client service through greater flexibility
  • Cost savings
  • Faster delivery of products
  • Increased professionalism
  • Less paper waste
  • Opportunities to manage your business from anywhere in the world.

Customers may prefer to visit your website to find out about your products and services, instead of visiting you in person. They will also expect to see your website address and your email on business cards and other promotional materials.

Online business opportunities

How you manage your business online will depend on the products or services you offer. You may be able to use the internet to:

  • Run an online shop
  • Manage your suppliers
  • Communicate with your customers, and get their feedback on your business
  • Offer services online
  • Allow customers to make reservations or appointments online
  • Manage your finances, such as online banking, tax and employee pay
  • Research competitors.

Future opportunities

Keep in mind that your business, as well as the variety of online tools available, is constantly changing and evolving. While you might not plan to have a website immediately when you start operating, it’s still a good idea to think about whether you will need one at a later date and what you will use it for.

When you are planning the online aspects of your business, you should:

  • Research your competitors and other businesses that use online tools
  • Decide what aspects of online business will benefit your business
  • Review your budget to work out what you can afford
  • Familiarise yourself with any laws and regulations that will apply to your online business activities
  • Consider your requirements, including what software you need and what types of computer equipment you need to run it
  • Plan for risks, such as computer viruses, scams, data theft and loss of or damage to hardware
  • Think about what training you or your staff might need
  • Be realistic about the time and budget you will need to manage the online aspects of your business.