Help a Reporter Out

Help a Reporter Out (HARO) is a service that connects journalists looking for information with experts in a variety of fields. Interested users can sign up for free and receive emails a few times each day to sort through the requests from reporters and find topics relevant to their business. Each email will list the details and requirements for a particular story. Then e-mail receivers respond to the question being posed within the time frame while ensuring to meet any listed requirements such as response length or deadlines. These efforts can land  links on other web site or some major news sites. There is a premium option that allows for a more specific request per keywords. Success stories range from businesses being quoted in the Wall Street Journal to business growth.


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Tips for Better Local SEO

Local Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an essential and efficient strategy for businesses that want long-term success across search engines. With the rise of mobile devices, such as Apple watches, proximity-based searches will continue to grow in popularity, and local searches will be determined by hyper-specific locations. Since local searches often lead to in store visits or purchases, there is no denying the value of ranking locally. There are a few steps that will help with local SEO:

  • Claim your Google My Business page and  fill out all your essential business information. This allows a combination of social, search and Web initiatives into one dashboard.
  • Make sure to ask your customers for reviews for different recommendation sites. In some cases it may be appropriate to create a page on your website that shows all the review options, or you can send out emails to past clients asking for feedback.
  • Use social media to engage and generate traffic to web site. Use online conversations to attract your ideal clients.

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Quora: Question-and-answer website

Quora is a popular question-and-answer site with 80 million unique visitors. Questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users. Quora requires users to register with their real names rather than a screen name.  The site is essentially unusable if a user is not logged in and using cookies. Quora has turned into an interesting platform to gain exposure, generate leads, and ranks very high for many semantic long tail queries on search engines.

Effective users can follow topics related to their business and receive email notifications when someone posts a new question.  Taking the time to craft a thoughtful response by using same strategies in creating high-value, long-form content can boost your viewership. Over time, third-party listings such as these can contribute to high quality organic inbound traffic precisely because they offer the best user experience for that particular situation or topic.


Facebook Uses Feedback to Adjust the News Feed Algorithm

The goal of Facebook News Feed is to show users the stories that matter most to them. Historically, the actions people take on Facebook of liking, clicking, commenting, or sharing a post are the main factors considered to determine what to show at the top of each user’s News Feed. But these factors don’t always conclude that the content is meaningful to the member.

Facebook is seeking to change this. “As part of our ongoing effort to improve News Feed, we ask over a thousand people to rate their experience every day and tell us how we can improve the content they see when they check Facebook — we call this our Feed Quality Panel. We also survey tens of thousands of people around the world each day to learn more about how well we’re ranking each person’s feed. We ask people to rate each story from one to five stars in response to the question “how much did you want to see this story in your News Feed?” From this research using a representative sample of people, we are able to better understand which stories people would be interested in seeing near the top of their News Feed even if they choose not to click, like or comment on them — and use this information to make ranking changes,” explains Cheng Zhang, Software Engineer, and Si Chen, Software Engineer with Facebook.

How will this affect Facebook Pages

  • Pages might see some declines in referral traffic if the rate at which their stories are clicked on does not match how much people report wanting to see those stories near the top of their News Feed. This update helps rebalance those two factors, so people are seeing relevant stories to them.
  • Pages should avoid encouraging people to take an action (such as encouraging lots of clicks), because this will likely only cause temporary spikes in metrics that might then be rebalanced by feed’s ranking over time.
  • Pages should continue to post things that audiences find meaningful and continue using Page post best practices.

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