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About Neil Patel

Neil Patel is an Internet marketing consultant for ACS where he has lead Internet marketing strategies for companies such as Hewlett Packard and Samsung. Currently Neil blogs about his marketing experiences at Pronet Advertising.
AffiliatePrograms.com Launches New Website

AffilatePrograms.com just launched their new website. If you visited the site in the past, it pretty much looked like a directory with a forum. But now with their new design they have made a lot of improvements.

Reasons to Go to SMX

As many of you already know, last year Danny Sullivan and Chris Sherman kicked off the Search Marketing Expo (SMX).

The conference series started with SMX Advanced in Seattle and it was a hit. Compared to most conferences, people actually came away learning new information as well as actually being happy with conference food for the first time (no more boxed lunches).

Digg Burying Stories Internally?

We all know that the main reason why stories don’t hit the Digg homepage is because they get buried. Some say the buries are caused by specific Digg users who have it out for us while others just blame it on the content saying it wasn’t Digg worthy. Well last week we did a test on Pronet Advertising that shows Digg might be burying stories internally.

QuickSprout – Branding Yourself for Success
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Personal branding is something I get a lot of questions about. People often ask me what they should do in order to get an established name out there and be seen as a major influencer in their industry.

The reason they want this is because the second you accomplish this, the opportunities will come your way and you’d be amazed at the kind of business or money that just lands in your lap.

Engine Ready – An Alternative to Google Analytics

Last year I wrote a guide to web analytics that discussed various types of tracking solutions such as Google Analytics which has caused many people to ask me about solutions other than Google. I personally am a big fan of Google Analytics, but if you don’t want to use them for some reason or are looking for more advanced reporting, Engine Ready is a great solution at a cheap price. Here is why I like it:

How You Can ‘Still’ Get on the Digg Homepage

Lately a lot of people who used to get on the Digg homepage constantly have been complaining that they can’t make the homepage anymore. In most cases these people are doing the exact same thing as they used to do before. Here is how you can still get on the homepage:

Patel’s Calacanis Challenge Update

On Monday I blogged about the Jason Calacanis challenge and how he received a 21% increase in traffic with only 10% of the changes being made so far. Many people have been wondering what the 10% of the changes were and some have even blogged that it could have been a fluke.

Just to give everyone a better understanding of how I calculated the 21% increase, I first took the 6 days before SEO was done and compared it to 6 other days roughly 20 days after SEO was implemented. The data before SEO was done was a bit biased because on one of the days his traffic doubled because he wrote on the Oscars and the following day his traffic returned to normal. On that Monday, if he had normal traffic and did not blog on the Oscars his search traffic due to SEO would have increased by over 40%.

Patel Presents “Search Engine Smackdown” Game

Bored? Be bored no more because we have created a video game that will keep you entertained and teach you about the search industry. Search Engine Smackdown is a fun game where you can be the Google founders (Larry & Sergey), Yahoo founders (Jerry & David), or Microsoft founders (Bill & Paul) and duke it out with each other in a wrestling ring with Danny Sullivan. Here are some screenshots:

Social Media Traffic – Monetizing it

Have you ever been to MSN, Google or Yahoo and seen a "personalized" message pop up?

What Everyone Should Know About Being a Top Digger

Chris Winfield from 10e20 wrote an interesting article yesterday on how to become a top Digg user without doing anything shady. The purpose of the article is to teach you how to become a top user so you can increase your odds of promoting stories to the homepage. As a top Digg user, I feel that the most people don’t understand the difference between a top Digg user and a normal user.

A Little Help From Your Friends on Reddit

Reddit is one of the most difficult social sites to get your content popular on. It can drive thousands of visitors to websites and hundreds of links, but the question is how can you get to the top of the homepage so you can get the traffic and links?

We already know that good content and attractive post titles can really help get a story to the top of social sites. Another obviously important factor that helps a story get to the top is the amount of votes it gets. On most social sites, the friends feature can help a story get a large amount of votes in a short amount of time. If you are not too familiar with the friends feature that social sites have, it is the feature that allows one user to befriend other users.

Branding Through Social Media

Branding is important when it comes to social media marketing. If you are trying to use social media sites for exposure and traffic not only is it important to brand your domain name, but it is also important to brand your user name by keeping it consistent throughout all social sites.

The Perfect Ad Quest

Paul Slogan from Business 2.0 recently wrote a great article on the quest for the perfect online ad.

He discusses how although Google is the king of search, users only spend 5% of their time searching. With users spending 95% of their time on the Internet engaged in non-search related activities, how can you target them? I don’t think there is an answer, but here is how I would go about creating the perfect ad.

Perfect Digg Bait

The other day I was browsing the Digg homepage and noticed something really weird. It seems Craigslist made the homepage for an article that was about "why geeks and nerds make the best boyfriends" and to top it off it did really well.

Banned Domains Let Back into Digg

It seems Digg has unbanned a list of sites by letting them back in. From what I have noticed here are the sites that have been allowed back in.

Instant Messages and Digg Spam

Have you ever submitted a story to a social site like Digg and then messaged a few of your friends through AIM and told them to vote for it? There is nothing wrong with this but they probably know what you are up to, here’s why.

Usually when users vote on stories, they go to the homepage of a site such as digg.com, roam around, and then vote on stories they like. But when you spam your AIM buddy list and get people to click on a direct link to a Digg story URL it shows up in Digg’s logs that they came directly to that URL.

Social Media Headline Formulas That Work

Although content is important when you are trying to leverage social media sites like Netscape or Digg, the story title used for the submission maybe as important if not more important. Here are a few types of titles that I have found to be effective.

1. Increase Your [Blank] within [short time period]

Too Many Icons can Distract Your Visitors

Because of the popularity of Digg, Del.icio.us, Netscape and all the other social sites out there, social bookmarking buttons have been taken to a whole new level.

Digg – More Than Meets the Eye

Although the concept of Digg seems very simple, it is actually very complicated.

Make Your Content Del.icio.us

Del.icio.us is the most popular bookmarking service on the web. By getting on the Del.icio.us popular or hotlist page you could get thousands of visitors coming to your website within minutes.

Spammers Catch Wind of MyBlogLog

MyBlogLog is on so many popular blogs that it was just a matter of time before it started to be abused by spammers.

More to Digg than the Homepage

Sites like Digg are well known for driving thousands of visitors to a website within a very short period of time.