Create your own website & mobile apps from scratch & learn as you go. These are recommendations of great resources we've found across the web. If you want to design a site these are the best places to visit.
Many bloggers know that external links are the best way to improve SEO, Google Page Rank and traffic to your blog, but how do you get other sites to link up to you? You can learn some of the best practices for how to get external links, but applications like Tynt also help by prompting visitors to share links to your content without you having to lift a finger.
This infographic from Hubspot posted October of 2011 is surely as relevant today as it was then.
We've long known that business blogging, social media, and great content creation are the keys to successful inbound marketing
** To learn more about how often you should be blogging, curating or creating content and how your website traffic increases as your social media presence grows, check out this infographic, "Act Big to Get Big"
TDF Comments: This is a really interesting article that most of the people we know have probably already read. It's as timely as it is a little scary. So if you have no clue how to proceed in the mobile world you'd better start learning. Plus, it's ecoming increasingly more expensive to put your apps out there. Stay tuned.
In a nutshell, Jackson tells us that:
Web 1.0 companies never got social.
Web 2.0 companies will never get mobile.
Mobile companies will never get what's coming next.
We will never have Web 3.0, because the Web’s dead.
Read on, friend. You won't want to miss this one (just in case you did already).
Robin Good: Good article by Meghan Keaney Anderson on the HubSpot Blog. If you are somewhat new to SEO and to optimizing your web site, here's a simple and well illustrated six-step process that can you can follow.
"When it comes to getting your website found in search, little things can make a big difference. But sometimes it's hard to find the time -- or know where to start.
Here's an idea: Set aside 15 minutes in the next week to conduct an audit of what you think are 5 of your most influential web pages.
Then audit those pages with the following six steps to make sure you have all your SEO bases covered."
Here the six steps suggested (get the details on how to carry out each one in the original full article):
Step 1: Check Your Meta Descriptions
Step Two: Review Your Page Title
Step 3: Optimize Your H1 Tags
Step 4: Make Images More User/Search Friendly With Alt Text
5 Must-Have Tools for Content Creators and Website Owners...
The problem with all these toys is finding ones that work well AND save time. Lots of times, I find ones with one or two helpful features and this usually means entering the same information into multiple locations. Or, I end up tracking several applications at the same time.
With Conduit Mobile, you can Create Mobile apps, deploy, maintain, promote, and monetize them. No coding required.
Their platform is easy to use and looks great everytime.
We did a simple app back when putting apps in stores was kinda free. You can still make the apps for free... but if you want them in a store --- you'll need to pay for shelf space AND AT A MINIMUM you'll need to buy a mobile registration (ex., Android). The app didn't take long to build and while it's still simple... it's something to be build upon. It's worth doing so if you haven't done it yet -- get on it!
Conduit was free not too long ago and now they're beginning to charge via monthly plans (or you can pay a one time fee of about $1K to keep your app forever, they say) -- it's still free to make the app -- but if you want to keep it just the way you want it you'll need to pay a fee.
If you can write an email, you can create your own website!
This isn't your Daddy's website builder.
Also serves as a great editor for those who code. One-click toggle between HTML, Java, CSS (whatever code you want) and visual editors with all the stuff you don't want to have to think about organized to help you keep your sanity.
TDF: Designing a website is just the beginning. It's best to understand how you plan to market the site before you begin planning one. For those who are looking for insight and options, here are some good tips on curating content.
Fact #1: You don't need to be a content producer to market with content.
Fact #2: Not all curators work in museums and have elbow patches."
Interesting analysis on the role curation can play in a content marketing strategy, coming from... a content creator.
Sharon Hurley Hall is a professional copywriter & blogger who wrote this as a guest post on Unbounce's blog (and you can find her on Scoop.it here). While she makes a living creating content, she rightly shows how curation makes sense in a Marketing Strategy (which to me doesn't mean creation doesn't or that the two should be opposed when they actually complete one another as - I think - we both agreed in the comments).