It’s 2017: Time to Finally Remove “Link Building” From Your Vocabulary

It’s 2017: Time to Finally Remove “Link Building” From Your Vocabulary

Links have always been a hot topic in SEO. In fact, some would argue they are the hottest, as continued evidence suggests the links pointing to your site are the single most important ranking factor to organic success. So, two sentences into this blog post, the natural question you may be asking is, “If links are so important, why would you ask me to remove link-building from my digital marketing vernacular?” I sympathize with the confusion. It’s likely that links…

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11 Overused Words in Content (and Some Creative Alternatives)

11 Overused Words in Content (and Some Creative Alternatives)

Online content writers have a difficult job. They write for hours on end, often about complex (or downright mundane) subjects. After a while, the same words start popping up all over the place. I admit, I am guilty of this. I love the grammar tool Grammarly for many reasons. It allows me to be sloppy and misspell things, it corrects many of my lesser-known grammar mistakes, and it also tells me when I’m overusing a certain word. From my experience,…

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How Marketers Can Expand Their Minds in 2017

How Marketers Can Expand Their Minds in 2017

We are a learning obsessed team. We push ourselves and each other to learn more, every single day. I knew this when I walked in V9’s door. But, I never knew why, until recently. Through random conversations, I learned that about 20% of us are children of teachers. Lightbulb moment! As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the (teacher’s) tree – especially here at Volume Nine. In 2017, we want to learn even more–no resolutions needed. But I…

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Top B2B Digital Marketing Tools for 2017

Top B2B Digital Marketing Tools for 2017

I remember my first digital marketing conference: SES San Francisco. I was brand new to the search industry and quickly got into digital marketing overload. It seemed every session had insider tips, cool tools and frankly my eyes were quickly opened to the depth and breadth of inbound marketing. I remember one session in particular – this intense speaker did a crazy presentation of 100 tools in 60 minutes. If you are wondering how the heck he covered 100 tools…

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Most Impactful Changes we Saw in Digital Marketing in 2016

Most Impactful Changes we Saw in Digital Marketing in 2016

Like every year, 2016 was one for the books. Digital marketing changed in many ways, some of them convenient, some of them downright obnoxious. There were changes in SEO, email marketing trends, social media, content marketing, PPC, you-name-it. Digital marketing in 2016 was fast paced and forced our team to keep up. Here are some of the most impactful changes we saw. Video (Pre-recorded and Live) Online video consumption was the most explosive growth area in all marketing, and it’s not…

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Oh the Places We Went in 2016

Oh the Places We Went in 2016

2016 was a wild year for a number of reasons. Viral trends mixed with an intense political climate had us itching to get out of town–literally. And since Volume Nine enjoys unlimited time off, travel we did. Here are some of the highlights of V9ers and their epic vacations all over the world. Anne’s Hawaiin Hideaway “My husband and I went to Maui this year, it was my first time and I definitely found out why so many people fall…

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How to Create Eye-catching Images for Pinterest

How to Create Eye-catching Images for Pinterest

According to Pinterest, there are over 50 billion pins on the platform…that’s billion with a b. So on a platform with so many pieces of content, how do you make your pins stand out? I’ve put together a list of image tips based on Pinterest best practices and experience on the platform. While I understand it’s difficult to use all of these tips in EVERY image you pin, if you utilize a few when making your images, your close-ups, repins,…

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Top Digital Marketing Conferences of 2017

Top Digital Marketing Conferences of 2017

2017 promises to be a big year for digital marketing. From social media to PPC and all things in between, digital marketing is ever-growing and shifting. Stay up on the trends and changes by attending one of these top digital marketing conferences of 2017. MozCon Tickets Focus: Digital Marketing – multifaceted Location: Seattle, WA Venue: The Washington State Convention Center Cost: Between $850 – $1,400 Date: July 19, 2017 Organizer: MOZ ClickZ Live Tickets Focus: Digital Marketing tips & tools…

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The Facebook Funnel: Create a Social Media Strategy that Converts

The Facebook Funnel: Create a Social Media Strategy that Converts

“I don’t get any results from Facebook.” “The ROI from Facebook Marketing doesn’t exist.” “I’m posting on Facebook and not getting results.” I hear iterations of these frustrations from people on a daily basis. If you’ve had similar thoughts about the marketing you’re doing on Facebook, you might be going about it the wrong way. DON’T GIVE UP! THERE’S HOPE! Any good social media strategy starts with laying out realistic business goals. These goals will usually be as follows: Brand Awareness &…

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My Christmas Wish List, Inspired by the Highest CPC Keyword

My Christmas Wish List, Inspired by the Highest CPC Keyword

At about this very same time of year, 10-year-old Miranda began collecting every ad, gift catalog and local insert she could find. She was preparing to build her ‘Annual Christmas Request List’. Each year, she built it with no budget in mind, zero limits or research. Now, fast-forward 20 years, and I’ve learned that experiences are always better than things. This list doesn’t exist today, but, for this post, I’m going back to dreaming. With a twist. Items on my…

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