Monday, December 26, 2011

Increase Your Online Visibility in 2012!


As 2012 is almost underway, now is the perfect time to begin increasing your online visibility to make the most of the upcoming year. With an increased online visibility you will improve your annual profit and allow your business or company to have an extra boost by allowing customers and clients to find your services or products effortlessly.


Search Engine Optimization

Increase your profit and the success of your business with search engine optimization (SEO). SEO is used to increase your online visibility by ensuring that your website ranks the highest over your competition on a search engine's results page. With this increased visibility, your profit will increase as potential clients and customers find your business with ease.


Search Engine Marketing

SEO is often used in combination with search engine marketing (SEM). SEM is used to increase your online visibility, as well as increase your profit by "getting your business out there." With SEM, you will have a steady flow of incoming traffic to your website, as well as maintain a high search engine's results page ranking by using SEO.


The combination of these two methods is the perfect way to increase your online visibility for 2012. Alyssa Ast can achieve both of these goals for your website. To learn more about the SEM/SEM services Alyssa offers, contact her for a free quote today: alyssa_ast@yahoo.com

Monday, December 19, 2011

Is Your Website Ready for 2012?


Start 2012 Off Right with a Top Notch Website!

As 2012 quickly approaches, are you sure your website is performing its best to guarantee a successful business year? There are a few key aspects needed on a website to ensure you receive the highest traffic possible, increasing your business's potential. What better time to strengthen those key aspects than now to make sure you start the year off right!

1. Website Appearance
Your website's appearance is critical. If your audience isn't attracted to your website, they are less likely to remain on your site, which will encourage them to head to another source. Plus, they probably won't revisit your site in the future. Start the new year off with a fresh template and website look to keep your audience engaged with a site they will want to share and revisit.

2. Website Function
With the new Google Panda platform, your website's function is essential for ranking well on a search engine's results page. Evaluate how well your website is functioning. Is it easy to navigate? Are your ads placed correctly? Most importantly, is it user friendly? If you answer no to any of these questions, it's time to touch up your website.

3. Website Content
Has it been a while since you've updated your website's content? Is it dull and poorly organized? Make sure you have an interesting website with unique content before the new year hits. Your website should be updated with new content regularly. The content needs to be of interest to a targeted audience to promote your traffic.

4. Traffic
Is your website's traffic kind of sluggish? Or, are you looking to take your website's traffic to the next level in 2012? You can give your website's traffic a boost by updating your keywords/phrases and links. Don't have any keywords/phrases? Don't worry. It's never too late to start utilizing search engine optimization and search engine marketing. I promise, you won't be sorry you did.

Interested in spicing up your website for 2012? Contact Alyssa today for a free quote!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing Articles




Are you interested in learning more about search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM)? Maybe you're looking for SEO and SEM related content for your business? Alyssa can fulfill your needs!


Whether you're interested in learning more about SEO/SEM or purchasing SEO/SEM content, the articles below will help you out! Alyssa has created a series of SEO/SEM articles that are available to download as learning material, or can be purchased for usage or full rights.

Not finding the topic you're looking for? Email Alyssa today to request the topic of your choice!


Introduction to Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization
Search engine marketing professional organization (SEMPO) refers to the use of the combined methods of search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM). When these methods are combined, the potential success of a business increases as traffic is driven to websites be relevant sources.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

What You'll Find on the WM Network!




Alyssa Ast and Angela Atkinson began the WM Network in May of 2009. They had an idea for a small side project, which quickly took off. The network began with their first site, the WM Freelance Writer's Connection, and later expanded to include the WM Parenting Connection, the WM Review Connection, and the WM Pet Connection!

The WM Freelance Writers Connection

The WM Freelance Connection is a site designed for beginner and professional writers. The site offers tips, advice, information, and writing opportunities for writers from all backgrounds. This site often conducts interviews with published authors and journalists, as well as hosts guest bloggers and give aways. The WM Freelance Connection also offers a free Writers for Hire Directory. Some features you will see on the WM Freelance Connection include:

Stay up-to-date with the WM Freelance Connection on Facebook, LinkedIN, Twitter, and Cafemom!

The WM Parenting Connection

The WM Parenting Connection is another addition to the WM Network, which supports and promotes maintaining strong family units. This site offers parenting perspectives from parents to children of all ages and from all walks of life. The site covers everything from basic parenting information to controversial issues. Learn from real, everyday parents including single parents, step parents, and even new parents. Some topics you will see discussed on the WM Parenting Connection include:
Stay up-to-date with the WM Parenting Connection on Facebook and Cafemom!

The WM Pet Connection

Launched April 5, 2010, the WM Pet Connection connects pet and animal lovers of all types. With a diverse group of bloggers contributing to the blog, the information shared comes from real pet owners and animal experts of all types. The WM Pet Connection discusses everything related to pet owning including bringing new pets home and saying good-bye to long time family members. Topics discussed on the WM Pet Connection include:

  • Causes and Charities

  • Health Information

  • Dogs

  • Cats

  • Birds and more!

Find the WM Pet Connection on Facebook!

The WM Review Connection

The WM Review Connection is among the latest to join the WM Network. With a large contributing staff of bloggers, the WM Review Connection offers reviews of products and services, as well as much, much more. The WM Review Connection accepts requests to accurately provide quality reviews from business owners, service providers, and more! Some reviews you can find on the WM Review Connection include:

You can find the WM Review Connection on Facebook too!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Article for Sale: Introduction to Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization

Search engine marketing professional organization (SEMPO) refers to the use of the combined methods of search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM). When these methods are combined, the potential success of a business increases as traffic is driven to websites be relevant sources.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

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The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe

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'The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe' is a valuable resource for increasing web traffic and profit potential. Author Alyssa Ast provides the basics of SEO (search engine optimization) in a clear and concise format. This resource also explains how SEM works to improve traffic and SERP's ranking. The combination of these methods ensures website visibility and profit probability.


'The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe' is an inclusive and easy-to-understand explanation of SEO and all of the related topics. Author Alyssa Ast is an SEO and SEM expert and shares her knowledge in a clear and simple way that nearly anyone can understand. This is a valuable resource that any writer who produces online content in any form could use to increase not only website hits, but also income. Highly recommended!
Angela Atkinson
Freelance Writer and Editor

You can purchase this book in both ebook and print editions!
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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Fundamentals of SEO for the AverageJoe







By Alyssa Ast
Paperback, 44 pages
Preview Price: $5.99
Ships in 3–5 business days

'The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe' is a valuable resource for increasing web traffic and profit potential. Author Alyssa Ast provides the basics of SEO (search engine optimization) in a clear and concise format. This resource also explains how SEM works to improve traffic and SERP's ranking. The combination of these methods ensures website visibility and profit probability.


'The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe' is an inclusive and easy-to-understand explanation of SEO and all of the related topics. Author Alyssa Ast is an SEO and SEM expert and shares her knowledge in a clear and simple way that nearly anyone can understand. This is a valuable resource that any writer who produces online content in any form could use to increase not only website hits, but also income. Highly recommended!
Angela Atkinson
Freelance Writer and Editor

You can purchase this book in both ebook and print editions!
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.





Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Does Your Business Need a Media Packet?

So, you're looking to promote your business to increase its success, and are probably wondering if your business could benefit from a media packet. Yes, any business can benefit from a media packet. It's a simple, yet effective tool to use to promote your business among investors, clients, partners and customers.

What is a Media Packet?
A media packet is a promotional tool used to highlight the benefits and strong points of your business to send to potential investors, clients and customers. A media packet basically says, "Here's my business, and here's what I have to offer." If you've developed a strong business, the media packet will do the rest of the work for you.

A media packet can be as simple as a press release, or as complex as visual demonstrations. By creating a media packet, you can present this material to relevant sources to skyrocket your business to the next level.

Interested in creating a media packet for your business? Contact Alyssa today for a free quote!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up: Arizona News, Twitter and the Extinction of Libraries


Pregnant Glendale teen hit by police officer
Glendale--
A pregnant teen was hit by a car on Saturday, which was driven by a Glendale police officer. The 17-year-old girl was crossing a street in Glendale when the car driven by the officer struck the girl.

Valley morgue may start charging rent
Tucson--
The Forensic Science Center is hoping to start charging rent for bodies that have been left in the Pima County morgue for too long. It's hoped, the rental fee will resolve the problem with over crowded storage facilities.

$2 million spent defending SB 1070
Phoenix-- It's no secret that there's a lot of controversy surrounding the 2010 immigration enforcement law known as SB 1070, which is also costing the state a large amount of money to defend-- $2 million to be exact.

Teen drivers discover the dangers of driving distracted
Gilbert--
Tuesday, students at a Valley high school were given the opportunity to discover the dangers of distracted driving. Students used hands-on modules to discover what it's like to drive while distracted, such as driving while texting or under the influence of an illegal substance.

Twitter Addict
As much as I used to dislike Twitter, I must admit...I'm now a Twitter addict! I used to hate Twitter and avoid it, but now I find myself wandering over to Twitter whenever I can. The professional benefits of a Twitter account are numerous, and you can quickly see the results of Twitter use, which is why I've become a Twitter addict.

Busting SEO Mythes: You have to use a high keyword density
There are many SEO myths roaming around, one of which includes the common notion that a high keyword density is needed in order to produce benefits. But in fact, a high keyword density will actually harm your ranking and possibly get you flagged for spamming.

Will eBooks cause the extinction of libraries?
It’s no secret that the hardcopy sales of books have plummeted while the sales of eBooks continue to rise. Many companies have been hit hard by the wave of reading devices, and it looks like libraries may be next on the list. E-retailers are developing ways to allow users to lend books, which causes me to question, where does this leave libraries? With the demise of the Borders book stores, will libraries be next on the list once all of the kinks have been worked out for the lending of eBooks?




Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Targeting Your Customer


An essential aspect for your business's success involves correctly targeting your customer. When utilizing online marketing tools it's easy to ensure your targeting a relevant audience for your business. However, as simple as it is, it's equally as easy to target the incorrect audience, harming your business's success. There are many tools you can use to ensure you're targeting your customer correctly.
  1. Practice proper search engine optimization (SEO).-- Search engine optimization allows you to target the correct customer through search engines. By using keywords and phrases that are relevant to your business, you increase visibility to your business as potential customers and investors search for the related topic online. By ranking your business as high as possible on a search engine, you will beat your competition.
  2. Utilize link building with search engine marketing (SEM).-- If SEM is used with SEO, the benefits for your business increase dramatically. SEM involves increasing the internal and external traffic to and from your website. This is often done with linking building. It allows those who would benefit from your business to find your site easier as the URL to your website is found on relevant sites. Plus, it increases your ranking on a search engine's results page.
  3. Stay active on social networking sites.-- Social networking sites play a huge role in your business's success as these sites have become a valuable marketing tool. These sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, allow you to directly connect with the customers you're targeting.
Are you targeting your customers correctly? Contact Alyssa today to aid you with developing the correct audience for your business.

Monday, November 7, 2011

What Can Twitter Do for Your Business?


It seems like every time you turn around, someone is talking about Twitter. But, you're probably wondering what Twitter can do for your business? Plain and simple--great things! Twitter isn't just a social networking site. It's also a vital marketing tool that can help take your business's success to the next level.

What can Twitter do for your business?
Twitter allows you to reach a global audience. As a result, your marketing potential becomes almost limitless as you're able to directly target who will benefit from your business. Plus, investors and customers are ale to find your business with ease and connect with you on a more professional level; thus, increasing your success and profit potential.

Twitter is a simple tool that allows you to promote your business with a minimal amount of work. However, the more your Twitter account is maintained, the better the benefits become.

Interested in developing a Twitter account for your business? Contact Alyssa today for a FREE social marketing quote!


Monday, October 31, 2011

Article Featured on AT&T's Website!


5 Unique Ways to Go Green for Spring
Get a fresh start for spring and give back to the Earth.

Going green's the latest trend to preserve our Earth's natural state and to reverse the damage that has already occurred. Going green's often easier said than done because no one wants to cause an upheaval in their life by making changes. Luckily, there are 5 unique ways you can go green without causing major disturbances in your life. With Spring just around the corner, what better time to get a fresh start and give back to the Earth than now.

Continue reading!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up


Family of missing Glendale girl demands attention
Glendale--The family of the missing 5-year-old Glendale girl, Jahessye Shockley, are planning to march to the Arizona Capital in order to demand attention to the case. The march is intended to get state officials involved in the search effort as the family feels more can be done to find Jahessye.



A child's last wish turns into a childhood cancer support system
Scottsdale-- A Scottsdale family recently unveiled a new website that offers a support system for childhood cancer after losing their own daughter to cancer earlier this year. This newly formed website provides families with the latest cancer information all in once place, which is update every 30 seconds, creating a one-stop resource and support system.



9-year-old's mission to improve a child's time at the hospital
Phoenix-- Valley resident, Emily Fawcett has made it her mission to take the scary out of childhood hospitalizations at only 9-years-old by providing hospitals with toys. Emily became inspired to help children who must stay in the hospital after her own hospitalization when she was 6-years-old.



Just the Innocent Pawns
I don't understand the majority of my generation and their parenting tactics. Those who decide to reproduce, yet don't want to take on the role of actually parenting their children. They aren't willing to sacrifice their previous life to better their self for the sake of their children. As a result, the children end up suffering for their parents' actions because lets face it, in the eyes of many parents my age, their children are just the innocent pawns.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Current Articles for Sale




All articles are written by Alyssa Ast. Articles are search engine optimized and available for full or usage rights.






Pro Anorexia: Compulsive Eating Disorder Movement
Pro-anorexia (Pro-Ana) is a movement that supports the anorexia nervosa disorder as a lifestyle choice. Online support groups offer tips and advice for those with anorexia to promote rapid weight loss. Serious complications, including death, can result from this lifestyle choice.
Word Count: 909
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Full Rights: $50


Risks of Teen Body Piercings and Tattoos
Body piercings and tattoos are the latest rage among teens. Teens feel altering their body image allows them to express their individuality and to be accepted among their peers. However, there are physical and psychological risks involved with underage tattoos and piercings.
Word Count: 644
Usage Rights: $25
Full Rights: $45


Are Children's Vitamins Really Necessary?
Many parents give their child vitamin supplements to ensure their child receives the adequate amount of vitamins they need to grow and develop properly. However, most children don´t need extra vitamins in their diet, and by doing so, the child can be at risk for a vitamin overdose. Certain factors are used to determine whether or not a child needs vitamin supplements.
Word Count: 502
Usage Rights: $20
Full Rights: $40


Natural Remedies for Common Childhood Rashes
Rashes are common occurrences during childhood. Common childhood rashes can often be treated at home using natural remedies. Childhood rashes that may benefit from home remedies include impetigo and eczema.
Word Count: 580
Usage Rights: $25


Bee Pollen Health Benefits
Bee pollen health benefits have been used for hundreds of years among Eastern civilizations. Now more commonly used in the United States, bee pollen is claimed to treat and prevent a variety of conditions. However, this natural supplement must be used with caution because side effects and complications can occur.
Word Count: 344
Usage Rights: $17


A Guide to Careers in Medicine: How to Become a Medical Assistant
Becoming a medical assistant provides a stable career with ample salary potential and only requires a short training period. Medical assistants are in high demand and work in a wide variety of environments.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

What Can Social Media Do for Your Business Success?


A strong online presence is essential for a thriving business. Anyone and everyone can be found online, including your customers, investors, clients and competition. Maintaining your online presence through social media outlets will help set your business apart from all of the others by staying connected with those directly surrounding your business. Increasing your online presence allows your business to enter the vast internet world, promoting your business's success.


Benefits of Social Media
The benefits of social media surround the fact that you can connect with an unlimited audience. Plus, you're able to target your audience as well, allowing your business to succeed by connecting with people you may not have met otherwise. You're able to increase your customer and client potential because your business's name and services have the capability to reach a global audience-- if that's what you're striving for. Although social media may seem time consuming and of little value, social medial is a vital marketing tool every business owner needs.

Are you interested in creating a social media presence for your business? Contact Alyssa today for a free social media package quote!


Monday, October 10, 2011

What Will Increased Online Traffic Do for You?


Increased online traffic offers numerous benefits for companies and writers alike. Increased online traffic increases SERP's ranking, allowing readers and potential customers to find you with ease. This will increase your profit potential and personal growth.




Increased Online Traffic for Writers
Increased online traffic for writers offers numerous benefits. By increasing your online traffic, you will increase your readership. This gets your name and your writing abilities out to a much wider audience. If you earn money for page views, this will increase your income. With an increased online visibility, potential clients are able to find you easier to hire you for your services. An increased online traffic is an essential marketing tool for writers.

Increased Online Traffic for Companies
Increased online traffic is an essential tool for companies as well. Prospective clients are able to find your company easier with proper search engine ranking. By having your company rank on the top ten results page for a search engine, your customer potential sky rockets, increasing your profit and company gain.

To learn more about increasing your online traffic visit The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe for weekly traffic increasing tips, as well as marketing ideas.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Article for Sale- A Guide To Careers in Medicine: How to Become a Medical Assistant


A Guide to Careers in Medicine: How to Become a Medical Assistant
Becoming a medical assistant provides a stable career with ample salary potential and only requires a short training period. Medical assistants are in high demand and work in a wide variety of environments.
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Monday, October 3, 2011

How Can the Benefits of a Press Release Help Your Business?


A press release is a great marketing tool to use no matter how big or small your business may be. The benefits of a press release are numerous, and they add a certain level of credibility to your business. You should use a press release to announce new products or services your business offers. Press release distribution increases your customer and investor potential by reaching a wider audience with the increased publicity. It's a simple tool that will help your business grow.

Here are just a few benefits of a press release:
  1. Increased visibility.-- Press releases are published both online and in print by a number of sources, such as newspapers, blogs, websites and magazines. The number of resources available for press release distribution make it easy to increase your business's visibility with minimal cost. There are many free press release distribution sites that will allow you to get your business out there with little to no cost.
  2. Staying current.-- With the use of a press release, you allow customers and investors to stay up-to-date with the latest news and happenings related to your business. The use of this marketing tool allows your to inform customers and investors on a wide spread level with need-to-know information to help your business grow.
  3. Marketing Campaign.-- Press releases are an essential component to any marketing campaign. A press release is the foundation to your marketing campaign, which can serve as the introduction to the services and products your business offers when reaching out to new customers and investors.
  4. Increased credibility.-- Press releases offer a certain level of increased credibility. It's a professional tool that proves to your customers and investors that you mean business.
Press releases are inexpensive and fairly simple to create but must be written correctly in order to be effective. They are a must have for any business!

Interested in having a press release created for your business? Contact Alyssa today for a free quote!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Articles for Sale



All articles are written by Alyssa Ast. Articles are search engine optimized and available for full or usage rights.





Pro Anorexia: Compulsive Eating Disorder Movement
Pro-anorexia (Pro-Ana) is a movement that supports the anorexia nervosa disorder as a lifestyle choice. Online support groups offer tips and advice for those with anorexia to promote rapid weight loss. Serious complications, including death, can result from this lifestyle choice.
Word Count: 909
Usage Rights: $25
Full Rights: $50


Risks of Teen Body Piercings and Tattoos
Body piercings and tattoos are the latest rage among teens. Teens feel altering their body image allows them to express their individuality and to be accepted among their peers. However, there are physical and psychological risks involved with underage tattoos and piercings.
Word Count: 644
Usage Rights: $25
Full Rights: $45


Are Children's Vitamins Really Necessary?
Many parents give their child vitamin supplements to ensure their child receives the adequate amount of vitamins they need to grow and develop properly. However, most children don´t need extra vitamins in their diet, and by doing so, the child can be at risk for a vitamin overdose. Certain factors are used to determine whether or not a child needs vitamin supplements.
Word Count: 502
Usage Rights: $20
Full Rights: $40


Natural Remedies for Common Childhood Rashes
Rashes are common occurrences during childhood. Common childhood rashes can often be treated at home using natural remedies. Childhood rashes that may benefit from home remedies include impetigo and eczema.
Word Count: 580
Usage Rights: $25


Bee Pollen Health Benefits
Bee pollen health benefits have been used for hundreds of years among Eastern civilizations. Now more commonly used in the United States, bee pollen is claimed to treat and prevent a variety of conditions. However, this natural supplement must be used with caution because side effects and complications can occur.
Word Count:
344
Usage Rights: $17

Friday, September 23, 2011

What can a ghostwriter do for you?

Do you have something to say but aren't quite sure how to say it? Consider hiring a ghostwriter to transcribe the words in your head onto paper!

Basically, a ghostwriter creates content, but the byline for the content is given to someone else. There are many reasons a ghostwriter may be needed.

For example, maybe you have a story to tell, but you just aren't sure how to tell it or you don't write very well. Hire a ghostwriter!

Maybe you need content written for your website, but you just don't seem to have the time. Hire a ghostwriter!

A ghostwriter will create the professional content you're seeking for a set rate.

Interested in hiring a ghostwriter? Contact Alyssa today for a free quote!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up



Finding a Great Pediatrician
The right pediatrician makes all the difference when you have to take your children to the doctor-- for your children and your peace of mind. But, finding the right pediatrician can be difficult. I went through quite a few lemon doctors before finding the perfect pediatrician for my family. I quickly learned, you can't just point and choose one out of a phone book. I talked with other parents to see which ones they liked and which ones they didn't. I went to a doctor I had heard a ton of great things about, and ended up finding a doctor who works in his building was the perfect pediatrician for my family.



Mom accused of beating 4-year-old with belt
Phoenix--
24-year-old, Jessica McKyle Adams, was arrested on Friday after police received reports that she beat her 4-year-old son with a belt out of anger and frustration. The child's grandmother called 911 after noticing bruising and welts on her grandson's back and face.



Flooding in Coconino Country causes emergency
According to The National Weather Service, 1.3 inches of rain fell within an hour Wednesday, causing Coconino County to declare an emergency. Residents in the area were warned flooding was likely to occur in the area known as the Schultz Flood zone. Neighborhoods just east of Flagstaff were hit hard by the flooding, resulting in damage to local roads and a ditch, which was recently built to control flooding in the area.




Flagstaff Un
ified School District hit with a drop in enrollment
The 2011-2012 school year is underway for the Flagstaff Unified School District, with one major change--fewer students are attending FUSD schools. By the 10th day of this school year, more than 500 FUSD students were dropped from enrollment, which is far lower than the enrollment at FUSD schools at this time last year.



Google Panda Survival Tips
Just about every one has been hit hard by the release of Google Panda-- from long standing websites to small business owners. Many people remain anxious about how well their website will continue to perform and if they will even be able to stay afloat. Apprehension over these changes continues to grow, even months after the release of the new guidelines as websites continue to be knocked off of the 10 results page ranking. But, there are Google Panda survival tips you can use to climb back up the ladder to maintain a decent SERP ranking.



Boost Your Website's Traffic with Internal Linking
Internal linking is an essential component for maintaining onsite traffic with search engine marketing. Utilizing internal links on your website not only maintains traffic and search engine results page (SERP) ranking, but it makes your website easier to navigate, decreasing your bounce rate. Have you noticed your website's onsite traffic declining? You might want to think about having your website correctly optimized.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Boost Your Website's Traffic with Internal Linking!


Internal linking is an essential component for maintaining onsite traffic with search engine marketing. Utilizing internal links on your website not only maintains traffic and search engine results page (SERP) ranking, but it makes your website easier to navigate, decreasing your bounce rate. Have you noticed your website's onsite traffic declining? You might want to think about having your website correctly optimized.

Are you making the most of your website?

Internal linking involves carefully selecting anchor text to hyperlink your websites' pages to one another. When your content is correctly optimized, these hyperlinks will increase your site's traffic by boosting your SERP ranking. Plus, it increases your onsite traffic and lowers your website's bounce rate by making your website easier to navigate. You create a one stop resource!

Even though internal linking sounds easy, it does take a certain level of skill. Choosing the wrong links or anchor text will actually harm your website's traffic because it can be indexed incorrectly by a search engine.

Not sure how well your internal links are functioning? Contact Alyssa today for a free site review service.

Interested in having your site optimized with internal linking? Contact Alyssa for a free quote!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Current Articles for Sale




All articles are written by Alyssa Ast. All articles are search engine optimized and available for full or usage rights.





Pro Anorexia: Compulsive Eating Disorder Movement
Pro-anorexia (Pro-Ana) is a movement that supports the anorexia nervosa disorder as a lifestyle choice. Online support groups offer tips and advice for those with anorexia to promote rapid weight loss. Serious complications, including death, can result from this lifestyle choice.
Word Count: 909
Usage Rights: $15
Full Rights: $35


Risks of Teen Body Piercings and Tattoos
Body piercings and tattoos are the latest rage among teens. Teens feel altering their body image allows them to express their individuality and to be accepted among their peers. However, there are physical and psychological risks involved with underage tattoos and piercings.
Word Count: 644
Usage Rights: $15
Full Rights: $25


Are Children's Vitamins Really Necessary?
Many parents give their child vitamin supplements to ensure their child receives the adequate amount of vitamins they need to grow and develop properly. However, most children don´t need extra vitamins in their diet, and by doing so, the child can be at risk for a vitamin overdose. Certain factors are used to determine whether or not a child needs vitamin supplements.
Word Count: 502
Usage Rights: $12
Full Rights: $20


Natural Remedies for Common Childhood Rashes
Rashes are common occurrences during childhood. Common childhood rashes can often be treated at home using natural remedies. Childhood rashes that may benefit from home remedies include impetigo and eczema.
Word Count: 580
Usage Rights: $15

Monday, August 29, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up


ASU students warned police are cracking down on underage drinking
ASU students headed back to school last week with a new warning from police--they are cracking down on underage drinking. ASU is well known for being a party school, which includes excessive alcohol consumption by students, many of which are underage. For this reason, Tempe police are enforcing the legal drinking age in order to keep everyone safe.




Pima County fighting obesity with a new ad campaign
A new ad campaign in Pima County has joined the battle against the US obesity epidemic. The $2 million anti-obesity campaign launched in Pima County will focus on promoting a healthier lifestyle by making little changes to daily living. The campaign is funded by a portion of a $16 million federal grant.







Author/Writer Website Tips
You can't build a successful writing career without an author or writer website. A website allows your readers and potential clients to learn more about you and the services you offer, which makes it easier for people to find you and connect with you. Plus, a website is a great place to highlight your writing accomplishments.


Record-breaking heat wave continues for Phoenix
The Valley of the Sun is experiencing record-breaking temperatures this week, and the heat wave is expected to continue until Thursday, causing an excessive heat warning to be put into effect. Phoenix residents are being warned to take precautions to stay hydrated during this record-breaking heat wave.



Remove the stress from your life
Over the past several weeks, I've come to discover the importance of living a stress free life. Stress not only brings you down, but brings those around you down as well. Stress is certainly contagious. When you're around someone who is stressed out, the stress and negativity omitted from their body begins to cling to you, causing you to become stressed out and negative. This stress can have consequences in multiple areas of your life if you don't figure out how to remove the stress.


Search Engine Optimization: How to create killer titles
Many people forget that search engine optimization also includes optimizing the titles of content and web pages. Correctly optimized titles are essential for search engine result's page (SERP) ranking. Combining SEO with a catchy title, not only increases your online visibility, but also entices readers to pick your content over others.





Thursday, August 25, 2011

Find the Perfect Writing Job!


Did you know the WM Freelance Writers Connection offers a free job board to assist you with your writing job search? The WM Freelance Writers Connection's job board is updated regularly with a wide variety of writing related jobs. The job postings offer a wide range of jobs, including:
  • Blog writer
  • Editing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Journalist
  • Online Editor
  • Technical Writing
  • Web Content Writing
  • And more!
Plus, you can search the type of position you are looking for, such as:
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Contract
  • Permanent
  • Temporary
  • Internship
The job board isn't just for those seeking jobs either. You can also post an ad for only $10.00, which will run for 10 days.


So head on over to The WM Freelance Writers Connection's job board to find the writing job you've been searching for!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ask Alyssa your SEO or SEM Question!




Do You Have an SEO or SEM Question?


Send it to Alyssa!


Do you have a question about search engine optimization or search engine marketing you would like answered? Send your question to Alyssa at alyssa_ast@yahoo.com (subject line SEO mailbag) today! Have your question answered right here on The Fundamentals of SEO, plus get a little link love in the process.

Don't want to have your name published, that's ok too. Your question will still be answered anonymously.


Send your SEO/SEM question to Alyssa today!









Sunday, August 21, 2011

Get Your Book, Movie, Product or Service Reviewed


The WM Review Connection is now accepting books, movies, products and services for review. If you'd like one of the WM Review Connection's bloggers to review your products or services, contact us at wmreviewers@thewmreviewconnection.com.

Once you've arranged for your preferred blogger to receive a sample of your product or service, or a review copy of your book or movie, we'll publish an honest and detailed review, along with the links you would like included in the article. We'll include photos and personal accounts, as well as any facts and figures that need to be noted.

Plus, we'll publicize your review in a number of venues in order to help promote your product or service. Contact us today to have your books, movies, products or services reviewed.

Stop by www.thewmreviewconnection.com to meet our team of reviewers!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The WM Pet Connection- Share your story


Share Your Pet Adoption Story


Did you welcome a new pet into your home after adopting them? Let us hear it! Share your story with us about the trials and tribulations that have come along with welcoming a new pet into your home. Share the joy, the fulfillment, and the adventure you experienced from a pet adoption. Feature that special animal that has warmed your heart and became a member of your family.


With thousands of animals euthanized every day or left on the streets to fend for themselves, share with us your story about providing a pet with a better life. Maybe your pet could no longer stay with their original family, and you selflessly brought them into your home-- let us hear it!





Pet adoption stories will be published on The WM Pet Connection to feature your special pet that you love. Give your pet the recognition they deserve for being so wonderful.



To submit your pet adoption story, email alyssa_ast@yahoo.com or angieeigna@charter.net to have your pet featured on The WM Pet Connection!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up


Phoenix school teaching mandatory English and Spanish
When you think of public schools in Arizona, you often assume English is the primary language students are taught, with foreign languages being optional. However, this isn't the case with Squaw Peak Elementary, where the students are taught both English and Spanish in an effort to prove the importance of bilingualism. Half of the school day’s curriculum is taught in English, while the remaining half is taught in Spanish. Although many parents support the bilingual curriculum, it doesn’t sit well with some parents who feel schools in America should be English only.


Police warn drivers to slow down near school zones
Most Arizona schools are now in session for the 2011-2012 school year. Along with the new school year, police are warning drivers to slow down near school zones as they have stepped up their enforcement in these areas. The increased enforcement is strictly to keep Arizona children safe, not to harass drivers as they go about their day.




Select Arizona schools offer 'Move On When Ready' approach
Last year, the state Legislature approved the "Move One When Ready" initiative to encourage students to graduate high school. Select Arizona schools have adopted this new diploma program, which allows students to graduate early as long as they meet the core requirements. 14 Arizona schools have implemented this program in hopes fewer students drop out with the motivation to graduate two years early.



Celebrating The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe’s 1 year anniversary
Over this past year, I’ve learned so much as far as what it takes to self publish a book. I’ve watched my sales increase, then go almost obsolete, and then sky rocket beyond anything I ever expected being self published. I don’t think I fully understood what I was getting myself into when I decided to self publish, but it’s a choice I don’t regret.




Pay it Forward
I'm a firm believer in karma. I believe, what you do with your life is what you will get out of your life. Do good things and receive good things. Do bad things and receive bad things. Plain and simple. I believe, paying it forward is part of good karma. Doing things for people without expecting anything in return. Give back when you can just because you can, and because you never know when you will be that person in need.


Articles for Sale

Pro Anorexia: Compulsive Eating Disorder Movement
Pro-anorexia (Pro-Ana) is a movement that supports the anorexia nervosa disorder as a lifestyle choice. Online support groups offer tips and advice for those with anorexia to promote rapid weight loss. Serious complications, including death, can result from this lifestyle choice.

Risks of Teen Body Piercings and Tattoos
Body piercings and tattoos are the latest rage among teens. Teens feel altering their body image allows them to express their individuality and to be accepted among their peers. However, there are physical and psychological risks involved with underage tattoos and piercings.

Are Children's Vitamins Really Necessary?
Many parents give their child vitamin supplements to ensure their child receives the adequate amount of vitamins they need to grow and develop properly. However, most children don´t need extra vitamins in their diet, and by doing so, the child can be at risk for a vitamin overdose. Certain factors are used to determine whether or not a child needs vitamin supplements.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The WM Parenting Connection

The WM Network's second endeavor, The WM Parenting Connection, features seven parent bloggers, one for each day of the week.

The bloggers are a diverse group, and we offer seven expert parent opinions. We don’t tell you what we think you want to hear–we tell you the truth: the good, the bad and the ugly sides of parenting.

Our bloggers include experts in each of the following topics:

Family Dynamics
Babies to Big Kids
Family Health
Tweens & Teens
Step-parenting
Single Moms
Stay at Home Moms

Check out The WM Parenting Connection–a comprehensive resource written by real parents offering advice, tips, humor and real-life stories to delight, amuse, inspire and enlighten our fellow parents. Join us at The WM Parenting Connection as we trudge together through this jungle that is parenthood.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe eBook Give Away!


August marks the 1 year anniversary of the completion of The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe. As a special treat to celebrate this milestone, I will be giving away 3 FREE pdf copies of The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe!

Here's a little more info about the book :
'The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe' is a valuable resource for increasing web traffic and profit potential. Author Alyssa Ast provides the basics of SEO (search engine optimization) in a clear and concise format. This resource also explains how SEM works to improve traffic and SERP's ranking. The combination of these methods ensures website visibility and profit probability.

Here's what others have said about The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe:
Ast did an unbelievable job in compiling all information needed when working or searching online. Whether you're a blogger, web content writer or just searching for keywords, this is the book you'll need to read. Only a few key points topics Ast touches on explains include is how to optimize websites, basic knowledge of keyword density and how to back link. The book is filled with many more topics in an easy to comprehend style.
Dawne Prochilo

Many people still do not understand or use SEO, especially freelance writers. As a writer, you must know SEO if you want to write blogs and articles for businesses and professionals. Many businesses expect writers to understand how to use keywords and meta tags. They also expect writers to optimize website titles. If you don't know what keywords and meta tags are, buy this book! It's also a great "refresher" for those who are experienced with SEO practices.
Rebecca Sebek

So, how do you win your copy? Well, head on over the The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe Facebook page and like the page (if you haven't done so already). Then, simply leave a comment on the Facebook page with your BEST SEO tip. I will pick the top 3 best tips on Tuesday, August 23rd. Winners will be announced on the website and Facebook page.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Marketing Yourself and Your Writing Online- FREE ebook!


Receive a FREE copy of Marketing Yourself and Your Writing Online, simply by subscribing to the WM Freelance Writers Connection, a site for writers by writers. By subscribing to the WM Freelance Writers Connection, you won't just receive a FREE eBook, but also daily writing tips, interviews, job postings and the latest need-to-know information related to the writing industry. Learn from 7 experienced freelance writers, who are all in different stages of their writing careers, and find some new writing gigs, support and a friendly community of writers in the process.

Marketing Yourself and Your Writing Online
Next to great writing skills, marketing yourself and your writing is the key to building a successful freelance writing career. Learning how to market yourself and your writing online can be a big challenge. Even those who are already successful can become more successful with strong online marketing efforts. This eBook offers tips, techniques and advice from successful freelance writers who know what works!
  • Must-Have Social Media Marketing Tips for Freelance Writers
  • How Freelance Writers Should Use LinkedIn
  • Best Facebook Practices for Freelancers
  • Twitter Tips for Freelance Writers
  • How to Use SEO/SEM to Your Advantage
  • Email Marketing Tips for Freelance Writers
  • Learn to Market Your Blog Online
  • Boost Your Career With Bonus Online Marketing Tips
  • Special Appendix Section: Resources for Freelance Writers
Here's what others have said about this FREE book:
This has many useful tips on gaining notice for freelance writing possibilities. I recommend it for older writers who may be reentering the freelance field after leaving a regular writing or editing gig in the shrinking media world. What worked in gaining freelance work before needs additional tools and skills. This handbook lays out those tools in a clear and understandable fashion.

This is great book filled with insightful information about marketing your writing. It's up to freelance writers and writers in general to market their work. Writers who don't have team behind them will enjoy this book because it provides them with the steps and tools needed to market their writing. It will become your 'new' best friend. Also, it's great for those who like information that gets to the point. It's important to see the 'big picture' and not get lost within the details.

So head over to www.wmfreelancewritersconnection.com to get your copy now!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Aricles for Sale



All articles are written by Alyssa Ast. All articles are search engine optimized and available for full or usage rights.





Pro Anorexia: Compulsive Eating Disorder Movement
Pro-anorexia (Pro-Ana) is a movement that supports the anorexia nervosa disorder as a lifestyle choice. Online support groups offer tips and advice for those with anorexia to promote rapid weight loss. Serious complications, including death, can result from this lifestyle choice.
Word Count: 909
Usage Rights: $15
Full Rights: $35


Risks of Teen Body Piercings and Tattoos
Body piercings and tattoos are the latest rage among teens. Teens feel altering their body image allows them to express their individuality and to be accepted among their peers. However, there are physical and psychological risks involved with underage tattoos and piercings.
Word Count: 644
Usage Rights: $15
Full Rights: $25


Are Children's Vitamins Really Necessary?
Many parents give their child vitamin supplements to ensure their child receives the adequate amount of vitamins they need to grow and develop properly. However, most children don´t need extra vitamins in their diet, and by doing so, the child can be at risk for a vitamin overdose. Certain factors are used to determine whether or not a child needs vitamin supplements.
Word Count: 502
Usage Rights: $12
Full Rights: $20

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up


Taking My Writing in a Different Direction
After sitting back to reflect on how this past year has gone with my writing career, I've decided to take my writing in a different direction. Over the past several months I've been stuck in a rut. So I decided to reevaluate where my writing career is at and where it will be headed if I stay on this course. After careful planning, I've decided to go in a different direction. I feel as though I've wasted this year due to my own laziness, and it's time to get my butt in gear and make some changes if I want 2011 to become the year I dreamed of. At the start of the year, I said this is going to be MY year with big things in store, and so far it's not due to my own fault.



Falling into a Routine
You get to certain points in your life where you fall into a routine. At certain points you become comfortable and content with where your daily life is at. You flow with the steady rhythm of your life without a second thought as you live each day comfortably and happy. But eventually, you get to a point in life where your daily routine isn't what you expected or no longer satisfies your needs. You want more. You want bigger and better things. You want to accomplish more with your life, and where you're at currently with your daily routines no longer feels as great as it once had.


3 Signs of Bad SEO
It may not always be obvious that your site is poorly search engine optimized; however, you can spot certain red flags that alert you to bad SEO. If you spot signs of bad SEO on your site, you need to take action to correct the poorly optimized content if you hope to rank high on a search engine's results page.


LinkClimbing out of a writing rut
Over the past 2 years, my writing career progressed quite nicely. It was a steady flow of work that gradually increased, and each milestone I reached seemed to be better than the last. I was more than pleased with how well my career was moving along, but out of no where, WHOOSH, I fell into a rut and didn’t realize it for many months. Now that I’m aware of this rut I’ve fallen into, I’m trying to climb out without causing my writing career to move backwards to any permanent extent.




CDC announces Salmonella Poisoning linked to Ground Turkey
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a dangerous strain of salmonella is responsible for 76 illnesses in 26 states, including Arizona, which has been found in ground turkey. Although there is 1 death linked to the salmonella poisoning, the government has yet to initiate a recall of the ground turkey and hasn't released the producer of the meat. This has many people worried because the strain of salmonella responsible for the death and illnesses is resistant to antibiotics that are commonly prescribed.



Arizona schools fail to reach academic standards once again
Arizona schools have once again failed to meet the academic bench mark for the 2010-11 school year. 42 percent of Arizona schools failed to progress academically, which is higher than the 29 percent of schools last year.