LinkedIn Tip #148 – How to Keep the Search Engines Happy!

25Jul

Are you one of those people with all kinds of characters and icons throughout your profile? Tell me, when you see a profile peppered with all kinds of icons, what do you think of that profile? Is the profile easy to read, or is it very distracting?

Here’s the schtick!

Last summer I had the opportunity of speaking with a Google representative who specialized with Google Searches. Here is what he helped me to understand.

Three Things:

  1. Copy no longer needs to be long copy.
  2. Keywords are king.
  3. The search engines do not like all the icons in LinkedIn profiles.

Length of Copy

It used to be that the search engines wanted to have at least 1500 words to search through in order to find all your keywords. Now, the search engines just want short copy of 250 to 500 words. Just remember to use keywords in your copy.

Keywords

Have you been wondering what to use for keywords in your blogs and on LinkedIn?

Here is a trick to use.

Think about what people would type into that search bar if they were looking for your type of product or service and did not know your name or the company you represent?

What would those words be?

If you are a realtor for instance, what would someone type into that search bar?

The secret is to specialize in a certain aspect of what you have to offer. I used to sell real estate before I had four children and was in the top ten of the entire MLS in Edmonton, AB. Know how I did it?

I specialized with FSBOs (For Sale By Owners). I watched what other realtors were not doing or avoiding and I did what they weren’t doing. So my keywords would include FSBO or For Sale By Owners. Sure I could sell any property to my clients that they wanted, but I learned that when you specialize, you get more business.

This was back in the days of Block Brothers. Remember them?

Now you know how old I am!!! EEp!

Use of Icons and the Search Engines

When people teach us to use these icons, we are making the search engines confused to say the least. The icons single out profiles by trying to figure the icons out, and the icons do it big time…at first. -But what the Google expert said was that this is actually down-grading your LinkedIn profile. The search engines get confused and then they blacklist your profile!

So at first, the profile gets lots of attention, but once the search engines cannot figure it out, they all blacklist the profile or any website that is using these icons.

Is this what you really want? “Not I, said the cat!”

Here is a tip for you. You know all your skills that you list on your LinkedIn profile? Try adding them in a sequential list at the very bottom of your “About” page. They are merely there to entertain the search engines.

Type in: Specialties: FSBO, For Sale By Owner, Marketing, Marketing Mentress, etc. -just as an example.

Remember that the more you can use appropriate keywords in your profile the more the search engines will love you.

You can join my webinar that demonstrates how to use keywords and set up a Killer Profile by joining my next webinar.

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LinkedIn Tip #146 – How to get more characters into your Headline.

25Jul

Just in case you haven’t noticed, I have a different headline!

YOU can have a different headline too!

Remember that you only have 3 seconds to create a great first impression on LinkedIn.

First Second: People check out your background picture and your headshot. Yes, those blue stars in the background are a default for all LinkedIn profiles. In order to make yourself different, you need to edit that and add a picture that is congruent with you and what you do.

Second, Second: People read your name…and just your name belongs in the name line. Not your silent partners from your university education…just your name. I read the entire terms of use for LinkedIn. I have also had clients get their profile sent to LinkedIn Jail for disobeying this very rule.

Third Second: People read your HEADLINE. This is where you need to rreeaallyy shine! You might be a “Realtor with Remax”, but how many other realtors are there with Remax? Your headline is where you need to concentrate on your specialty. For instance, when I was a realtor, I was in the top 10 of the MLS in my city, usually the top two of that list. The way I did it was to specialize with “For Sale By Owners.” I observed what other realtors were not doing and I did what they left out. I built relationships with “FSBO’s.”

You may be a business coach helping businesses. But just saying you are a type of coach is not enough. You need to dig deep and decide what you can do for people that other coaches are not doing. Remember that you are unique in every way from other people and only you can provide assistance the way you do.

Here’s the one of the biggest kept secrets to LinkedIn!

Do you have a smart phone? If you do, then you can do this.

Log into your LinkedIn profile on your smart phone. Then click to “Edit Profile.” Scroll down to the headline section and start typing. You can increase the number of characters in your headline from 120 to 220!!! Click to save your work and voila! You now have an even more beautiful headline.

Cool huh!

Check out my headline. When would you like some help with yours?

Make it a great day!

Christine Till

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LinkedIn Tip #143- Who is Ready to Retire?

25Jul

How old are you? Are you getting close to 60 years of age? –Or are you closer to 70? Do you have enough savings to carry your month to month living expenses for the next 30 years?

Yes! The Boomers are living longer than our ancestors. They are willing to invest in their health and their financial future, because they know that they will be living longer than their own parents did.

However, few Boomers can afford to do this.

In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 15% of the people living on the streets are seniors 55+ years of age! Were you aware of this? The number is even higher in the warmer climates.

Scarey!

If this is what is happening with the Boomer generation, then what can we expect for the young of the next generation? Are you / they prepared?

Now, this sounds like I am a Financial Planner, looking to sell you life insurance and investments. I am not. I am a boomer, just like so many others.

In the USA, 10,000 people are turning 60 years old every day! Many of these people are looking for something so that they can build a side income or find extra work.

I recently saw an article showing that 36% of the millennials are working side gigs while they are attending college or university. Any financial crunch will drive them to the point where more than 50% of them will be forced to work side gigs into their mid to late 50’s. According to this chart, these numbers rapidly increase as this population ages.

People are spending more than they bring in. If we cannot manage to spend less than we earn, then logically we will need to find a way to earn more money.

Am I right?

Did you know that most households would be able to pay all their bills without stress if they just earned an extra $300.00-$500.00 each month? Are you one of these people?

Many people are choosing to work extra hours at work whenever these are offered, or they take on a second job. How long will they be able to keep this up? How much will their families suffer from having parents away from home during evenings and weekends on a regular basis? (Eg: 60% of teen pregnancies happen after 4:00 pm. Is this what we want for our children?)

What can you do to achieve extra income without burning yourself out?

Who do you know that is looking for some way to fund their retirement?

I have found a way to earn the extra income you need, using LinkedIn.

Let’s chat!

Make it a great day!

Christine Till

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LinkedIn Tip # 117 – Are you Liking and Sharing?

19Apr

Are you wondering why people just “like” your posts?

I see people liking people’s posts all the time on all levels of social media. However, people seem far more hesitant to share a great post on LinkedIn than any other social platform.

Do you know why that is?

I do.

It isn’t because they are jealous of any competition.

The main reason people don’t share other people’s great posts is because they do not want to take away from their own marketing program.

Know what?

Those marketing programs are all very “me” centered.

Zig Zigglar always said: “If you help enough people get what they want, then you will get what you want.”

Are you helping people get what they want? Or are you helping people get what you want?

Think about it.

The schooling I have had and the books I read speak about building credibility and trust with our potential clients before they will ever buy from us.

If someone comes to my “store” and I don’t have the right fit for them, I always refer them to someone I know can help them. Those people remain my loyal friends and come back to me later for things that I can help them with. They are also more likely to refer me to their contacts as well.

The way social media works best is by sharing one another’s posts. There might be someone in my network, for instance, who can use something from someone I am connected with. By sharing a great post about a product or service from one of my connections with my network, I open up a whole other network of possible customers for them.

The product or service will not take away from me, because it is not something that I would use for my business, but I know that other people could use it.

“You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” That is the principle behind sharing other people’s posts on LinkedIn.

Also, take a moment to comment on the post as well.

When you do this, here is what happens. The person that you shared their post for will check out your profile and notice you every time you share and comment and like their posts. Pretty soon, you will notice that they will also start to do the same with your posts.

When you just “like” the posts from your network, you are telling them that you are hiding in a way by “holding your cards close to your chest”.

One thing you can do to help get the ball rolling is to post some great quotes. These will help people start to recognize you and create activity with your posts. Then throw in a few of your own blogs and one pitch about your company.

If you always post about your company and all the things your company does, you will also turn people off and they will perhaps “like” your post out of courtesy, but they will not comment on or share it.

The next time you are on LinkedIn checking your Home page, check out some of the other posts and make a conscious effort to check out profiles of people whose posts you like. If you are impressed with their profile, Like, Share and Comment on their posts.

I have built many great friendships as a result of doing this very thing.

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Christine Till

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