$300 or Free…um, er…Give Me a Moment

“You get what you pay for” is usually a pretty good dictum to follow. But the Internet often negates that truism. Certainly one of the most startling aspects of 21st century life, if you stop to think about it, is the amount of free resources available on...

Website Launch Flowchart

This flowchart is a detailed guide that covers optimized website design, development and multichannel marketing integration. Web design doesn’t exist in a vacuum nor does marketing. The most optimized, easiest functioning and best performing sites are those that...

Using Google Analytics to Track Social Networks

Ran Nir at econsultancy.com has posted a great, easy-to-follow tutorial on how to track links to your site (or your clients’ sites) from social media sites.For professional, proven results with your social media campaigns, check out Virante.

BackTweets Finds Links to You on Twitter

UPDATE (1/2012): BackTweets has been acquired by Twitter and the service is no longer available publicly. If you’re at all serious and savvy about using Twitter as a marketing tool, you probably do regular searches for mentions of your brand, using...

Are You a Social Media Failure?

[From imediaconnection.com] “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah WinfreyMarket research firm Gartner projects that more than 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies with websites...

Is Your Social Media Marketing Breaking the Law?

[From seomoz.org] The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has some rules about online marketing that may surprise you – they certainly surprised me.Recently, SEOmoz’s own Sarah Bird was interviewed by Eric Enge on a wide variety of contract and legal topics. As...

Social Media Marketing: Where are the Measurables?

(From clickz.com:) In its simplest form, SEO (define) is a three-step process: break down crawling barriers to help the engines efficiently index a Web site; craft keyword-targeted content that appeals to search engines and visitors alike; and, most critical, practice...

The What, How & Who of Selecting an SEO Firm

From searchenginewatch.com – Buying into SEO is a difficult process. Without at least a basic understanding of SEO, it’s really tough to tell the difference between someone who knows their stuff and someone who talks a great game without backing it up with...

On Click Pixel Tracking

One of the most common methods of tracking conversions and visits is through “Pixel Tracking”. Essentially, a single pixel image is included on a page that, when triggered, gives the user some form of cookie or results in his/her her browser IP / user-agent / etc....

Optimizing Body Text for Google

From thekeywordacademy.com: Before we can talk about how to optimize the body text of the page you’re working on, we should probably define what body text is. To put it simply, body text is the text that you can see on a web page. Everything you can see on this post...

Easy Linking for SEO Boost

From BizArticleZone.com: Search engine optimization is a process, one that must always be revisited and adapted as search algorithms are changed by the search engines. Seo is evolving much faster that SEO companies can adapt, and this is a fact not loudly stated and...

Who is Virante?

Virante is a leading interactive marketing agency that assists high potential start-ups and established Fortune 1000 organizations launch brands and build sales on the web. Its focus is in designing and launching integrated search marketing, CPC, email, blogging, and...