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2018 - Joomla 3 - Google Analytics Verification on a Joomla 3 Template

How to Verify Your Joomla 3 Websites using Google Analytics.


Google Analytics allows Webmaster the ability to track page performance in real time. Google analytics does require a Gmail access as well as Webmaster site verification.



Google Analytics will allow you to track page views, devices and geography....

Traffic Data is stored and can be accessed years back should you require however this is dependent on the date you verify your website.

A few Joomla Templates allow webmasters the ability to paste the analytical property ID however the *head* page can be accessed by Template Manager - Select Template - Edit Personal CSS - Index.php should you be required to paste the Google Analytics Tracking ID.

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2017 - How to Upload Youtube Content Marketing Videos

Transfer the Videos to Your Laptop or Desktop... Preferred Format .mp4



Add #Hashtags and Fill in the Full Video Descriptions...

Agree to the Youtube Policies

Share across all your Social Media Platforms...

More... Live Lab Search Engine Optimization

How To Create a Blog

A Blog is the Best Method to Direct Traffic to Your Website
Your Blog must be Unique

Do Not Blog out of Your Business Scope


How To Create a Blog - Why Create a Blog


Twitter Verified Accounts



Please note that: @TweetSmarter is not verified, not a Twitter partner, we don’t work for Twitter, and we don’t run Twitter ads.

The upshot: Unless you’re famous and being impersonated, or an important politician or government agency, to get verified:
  • It costs $15,000 to be verified for 90 days -or-
  • You need someone who spends (probably more than) $5,000/month to ask on your behalf (many artists get verified this way without knowing how their agent or agency got them verified)
This is based on my experience, and a recent article from the holder of a verified  Twitter account that says specifically this is how verification works:
“…you need to spend a minimum of $15,000 ($5K over three months) in order to “buy” verified status from Twitter. Or you need to know someone who’s “in” with Twitter (read: spending ad dollars with them) who wants you or your business to get verified.”
(But: see below for some “loopholes.”) This has also been confirmed by AdAge, which states “A Twitter Sales Rep Said Getting Verified Costs $15K.” Elsewhere, Twitter is quoted as saying:
“Twitter currently verifies government accounts, accounts at risk of identity confusion or impersonation, and a select number of business accounts for alpha testing.”
“…Please note: Twitter isn’t verifying business accounts yet unless they’re part of the alpha testing program. If you are part of the alpha testing program and your request was denied, please visit your business center page for more information.”
“Verification is something we offer our active advertisers meeting the $5K/month minimum spend associated with our Platform Partnership.”
“…If you were to re-visit Promoted Products further down the road and were able to meet that $5K/month minimum, this verification would be reinstated.”

Twitter Will REMOVE Your Verification If You Don’t Keep Paying Up

This means that for some, if you don’t pay Twitter $5,000/month, you won’t be verified/will lose your verification!
Twitter told an account holder who had been verified, and then UN-verified:
“One way to receive verification is if you are being impersonated (i.e. celebrity, politician, etc). The other is if you are an active advertiser. When you are running Promoted Products, verification is a value-add similar to analytics and Brand Pages. Digital Trends (the name of the account that had been verified and then UNverified) received verification as an active and engaged partner on our ad platform. Since you are no longer advertising, you no longer have that value-add.”
Twitter specifically says that their “…verified accounts program is currently closed to the public” and that they are “not able to accept public requests for verification.” But, “If you’re one of our partners or advertisers, please follow up with your account manager for details.”

The “Loopholes”

It’s really hard to predict who can get verified. Twitter even verifies fictional accounts at times! Official Red Cross digital volunteers have also been verified in the past (in advance of Hurricane Irene).
Some people even get verified without knowing why, others with a legitimate request “try everything” with no success.

The Hidden Truth

Twitter lets their “partners” (mainly companies that spend a lot of money doing advertising with Twitter) request verification for pretty much anyone, and that’s why some people get verified without knowing why: their agent/manager/etc is connected with a Twitter partner and put in the request.
In that case, it’s the old game of “who you know.” Unless you want to spend a lot of money with Twitter yourself.
Of course, there are sometime conflicting stories. Take, for example, how @CharleSheen got verified so fast: His people worked through Twitter partner ad.ly. Or did they? Gullov-Singh (@Arnie) of ad.ly was directly quoted saying:
“…we got [Sheen] verified through Twitter….We know a bunch of people at Twitter, and we reached out to them…”
…but then Sean Garret of Twitter said this is specifically NOT true about Sheen. (I reached out to both for clarification. Hat tip to @Kim for drawing my attention to this.)

Can you buy a verified account?

Yes and no. Apparently even after you spend $15,000 you still have to ask, and Twitter can still turn you down.
And verified accounts that aren’t very popular—some with as little as 1,373 followers, as @nwjerseyliz points out, are likely verified through organizations that advertise with Twitter or work with Twitter partners, or they got in back when the system was public, and they were public or semi-public figures that had problems with impersonation.

What else can you do?

Realize that even in the past, they mostly only verified public accounts that were in danger of impersonation (“accounts who deal with identity confusion regularly”), so they are unlikely to make verification ever available simply by a request accompanied by proof.
If you have an official website, link to your Twitter profile from it—it’s the easiest way to prove your identity to followers. Don’t put fake “Verified” symbols on your background or in your username, such as “verified ✔”—it just looks lame. Real verified accounts will look like this:

Why Wasn’t My Account Verified?

The official word from Twitter is here.

Special features of verified accounts

On July 4, Twitter began allowing Verified Accounts the option to receive DMs from ANY follower. and in January 2012 they began distributing verified account information to third party apps.

Search Engine Optimization and Online Business Footprinting

Put Your Small Business on the first page of Google… So naturally curiosity will kill the cat… as Google to me always seemed to be an awesome cat and mouse tool… Could this really be done...?

Watch the SEO and OBF Video Below




SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and having a website alone is not sufficient… Online Business Footprinting is the activity businesses share utilizing online Tools - Apps and Software so before you go around paying 5k for a 3 month stint to an ‘expert’ here is how you can tackle the SEO basics for your small enterprise…

Your Business Domain Name
Your Domain name is most things, the be all and end of all of it all.

Avoid long domain names. Simple Domain names that encompass your business framework and the design of your business. You can opt for many different types (.com - .co.za - .biz - .info etc).

Good Hosting Costs Money – Expect to pay between R50 to R150 a month (+-1.2K (R1200.00) a year) for a reliable and good host. Also check the track record of the hosting company. You need a company that has been around as you cannot afford to lose your site(s) in the coming years. For some reason we cannot host with Google in South Africa…
(K=1000-thousand)






Learn the Basics of Web Designing

Primarily:

Menus and Articles and how they relate or function around your programme. Request access to the Back End of your site.




Also of benefit is the critical Meta Data and Keyword inputs.

Meta Data and Keywords
Location of services - for example with Inland Finder the company wanted to tag rural areas so rural people could find and access related services at a fraction of a cost… at the same time provide a platform for small businesses and entrepreneurs to advertise cost efficiently yearly... We had to assume the cheapest mobile device utilized in this limited geographical area would search... 

*Ezakheni Steadville Accommodation*



So we tagged *Rural Areas – Business Categories – Services Offered – Population Dynamics – Maps*


It would be impossible and highly a waste had we sourced domains for farm areas so we sourced the closest sizable towns with .info domains



The result… completely satisfied clients… Inland Finder allowed ordinary individuals and businesses the opportunity to be found online and networked to millions worldwide at any given time.

Dominate HTML Markups

Spread your Pages across all Social Networks (Facebook – Twitter – LinkedIn – Pinterest – Google+ - etc.). You could try setting up a google+ page for your business or understand how to get maximum benefits from your facebook business pages.

HTML Markups are the end part of your address links… Try and keep them consistent as this will help your overall SEO in the future.





“Dominate HTML Markups”



Create a Blog



A Blog is the best method to drive traffic to your business website. The earlier you start the better and always blog relatable content. Do not blog out your business scope. You want to look intelligent and not stupid…

We found Blogger to be useful and simple as the platform is owned by Google... There is also Wordpress which enables more functionality...






Link your blog to your social networking and spread your pages across all social networks. Not all networks will grow at the same rate. Always prioritize growing your smallest network first.




Make use of the provided analytical data tools to assess growth and post reach. Invite friends and people of similar interest which will in turn grow into communities over time.

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How To Rank No.1 With Googles New Hummingbird Algorithim


How I ranked at the top of Google… On accident.

Why new marketers shouldn’t be afraid of Hummingbird.





Hummingbird…

If you’re new to online marketing, you might have read quite a few anecdotes of how Google has ruined search with their latest update, Hummingbird. Black and white hat marketing forums were littered with stories of how their keyword packed pages that were once reigning the top of Google search are now in the dark abyss (read: second page of search results).

This was because Googlers got smarter. On an average, people were typing more words into their Google search results. People are no longer writing vague, short-tail keyword terms to find their desired information. They’re now writing keyphrases. Keyphrases have been what replaced keywords.


For example, if I were selling low-priced blankets (I’m writing in bed right now) I would want any customer who searched “Where to buy the cheapest blanket?” to see me immediately. This is what would be known as long-tail keywords in the old days. Essentially multiple keywords that people are less likely to type into search. While long-tail keywords were less competitive and can convert better because they’re more precise, they were also searched significantly less. Now these are keyphrases, and they just became a whole lot prettier.
 

My Story


I recently began a new startup. I admit, when I was first was thinking of writing the copy for the site, I was still under the old ways. The days of keyword density, blindly typing keywords and sifting through the results that Google returns for you in hopes that you can find a word that isn’t competitive but is also sought after. Fortunately, the Google keyword search tool is dead. If you are an old marketer, you probably read that last sentence and wanted to punch me in the face. I get it, but hear me out. With the Google keyword tool dead, this allowed me to write freely. Instead of having a specific keyword in my head to cram a million times into the <h1> and <title> tags, I stepped back and put myself in the shoes of my target customer.


When you fully understand who you are delivering value to, you’re able to deliver even more value without even thinking about it. Writing with keywords in mind can greatly dilute the quality of the content you are writing. With keyword density no longer being as an intense focus, I was able to write copy material that strictly delivered value. Something I like about the Hummingbird changes is that the keyphrases you type aren’t so strict. You can use synonyms and they will still add to your SEO score.





Within a few weeks, our site ranked at the front page for some relatively competitive search results. A few weeks more, we were at the very top search result for our targeted keyphrase in mind. Now, it’s hard to find a variation of even the most short-tail searches relevant to our industry without us being on the front page.

So what happened?
If ranking at the top of Google is as easy I just made it sound, then everyone would be able to do it. Well with some things changing, some stayed the same as well. What stayed the same was that Google still has to find a way to trust your site and make sure it consistently delivers high-quality content. It does this primarily in the form of linkbuilding and providing outbound links. After we were done creating our site and optimizing it for conversions, I started posting on high-traffic sites and using my charm to get blog writers to write about us.


This is where getting inbound traffic from sites like Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest, and such help a lot. These are heavily trusted sites in Google, and if users are matriculating to your site from these sites and spending quality time there, then this will boost your SEO score. In our case, our main driver to get us to rank high on competitive keywords was Reddit. We ran a series of promotional events and just really drove customer engagement on there which often led to users heading to our site. We have had less than ten Reddit posts and more than half of them hit the front page of our targeted subreddit. I actually have an anatomical structure to a successful front-page Reddit post, but that piece will come another day.


Bloggers, these people are your key to the top of the rankings. A while back I watched a
Fireside Chat with Airbnb Co-Founder, Brian Chesky and he mentioned how he started getting press for Airbnb. It was quite brilliant. He started by e-mailing bloggers with barely any readers who would have a higher chance of writing about him. They usually would and link back to his site. He would then write to bloggers with more readers. They would screen Airbnb by Googling them and seeing if they were actually legitimate. Eventually this process was repeated until the local CNN picked them up. While every step of this was great press for Airbnb, it also built their linkbuilding repertoire and SEO ranking because eventually more trusted and high-traffic sites started writing about them and linking back to their site. In my case, I copied this EXACTLY and it is one of the most important things I recommend to everyone I work and consult with.


I added to the blog fuel by writing blogs of my own. Pretty much all of the ones I’ve written so far for this company haven’t generated much traffic, but I got lucky on one. I wrote a juvenalian satire on a highly controversial news article written attacking the industry I am in. My post was a direct attack written for humor and gathered nearly 20,000 unique visitors on our site for two days. It remains one of the most upvoted posts on the targeted subreddit to this day. As you would imagine, this helped our SEO ranking quite significantly. My lesson for blogging, you don’t need to write everyday or all the time. You just need to write posts that are high-quality. In a parallel, would you rather watch a mediocre Game of Thrones episode every day of the week or one absolutely amazing episode once a week?


Lesson Learned

If you’re new to marketing, you’re at an advantage. You’re not plagued by all the previous thinking of altered keyword filled copy. You’re in marketing’s purest form. Just write to deliver value. I recently read something that greatly defined all of Google’s new changes which I think summarizes how SEO is done.


“You’ve gotta give to get.”




 Medium                                                    @willietran

Google Is Looking To Rank Sites Based On Accuracy Of Information



In the future, Google may value the accuracy of your content more than the quality of your backlinks, according to a paper (PDF) recently published by researchers within the company.



New Scientist reports that Google is working on a system where it can determine the trustworthiness of a page not by who is linking to it, or how many incoming links it has, but by the number of facts it contains.



I-C





A score, called a Knowledge-Based Trust score, would be computed for each page by cross referencing the content with facts stored in Google’s Knowledge Vault. The Knowledge Vault is a database of 2.8 billion facts extracted from the web, and is the primary source of information behind theboxes that appear on the right side of some searches.



The more facts contained on a page, the better it will rank. In instances where few facts are found on a page, Google will check the accuracy of other content contained on the site to determine how well it can be trusted overall.



In early tests, the research team says the Knowledge-Based Trust score has been able to reliably predict the trustworthiness of millions of websites. This sounds impressive on paper, and I’m sure the SEO community would appreciate an alternative to links as a ranking signal, but this concept leaves me with a lot of questions.



For example, not every website exists to report facts, so how will trustworthiness be determined in those cases? Well that’s when the research paper says Knowledge-Based Trust isn’t necessarily a replacement for current ranking signals, but a supplement to them.



I’m also concerned about pages written around new technology and new discoveries, with information that hasn’t yet been entered into Google’s Knowledge Graph. If Google started to rely on Knowledge-Based trust to rank web pages, would it then focus additional effort on revising and updating the Knowledge Graph?



That question, and many others, aren’t answered in the report — but I suspect more information will surface as Google continues its testing.




Matt Southern


Freelance Writer at MattSouthern.com Search Engine Journal






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