Yahoo Site Map A Useful Internet Marketing Tool

A website refers to a compilation of Web pages that can be typically accessed through a software package, commonly known as a Web browser (one example is the HTTP on the Internet). These pages, which are essentially documents that are in the HTML or XHTML format (HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language), are accessed from a ‘common root URL’ – or the website’s homepage (as most people know it). From this homepage, the visitor/Internet user can browse or look through the entire website either with the use of the hyperlinks or the URLs of the different web pages.

Viewed on computers and other devices that are capable of connecting with the Internet (such as PDAs and cellular phones), websites can be grouped into numerous types, depending on their use or the services that they offer. Some of them include the following:

? Archive site – maintains and protects electronic contents that are valuable to the point of extinction.

? Business site – promotes a business or a service.

? Commerce or eCommerce site – offers goods for sale.

? Community site – allows people with related and similar interests to communicate with each other (either through chat or message boards).

? Database site – searches and displays a particular database’s content.

? Development site – provides data and sources that are related to software development and web design, among others.

? Directory site – contains wide-ranging contents that are usually divided into categories and subcategories.

? Download site – allows users to download electronic contents, such as game demos and software.

? Game site – provides a ‘playground’ where people meet and play.

? Information site – contains data or content that have the sole purpose of informing visitors (not for commercial purposes).

? News site – dispenses or distributes news and commentaries (similar to an information site).

? Pornography site – shows pornographic videos and images.

? Search engine site – provides general information and serves as a ‘gateway’ for other sites and resources (can also be a web portal site).

? Shock site – shows images and other materials that aim to offend viewers.

? Vanity site – a personal site that is run or maintained by an individual or a small group, the contents of which can be of any information that the site owner wishes to include.

? Blog site or blogs – registers online readings and posts online diaries or discussion forums.

? Wiki site – allows users to collaboratively edit the contents.

Yahoo! is perhaps the most famous example of a very large website. The most popular and widely-used website, Yahoo! is a mixture of the different types of sites – it is a directory site and a search engine site, among others.

Because of the enormous (and diverse) amount of information that it contains, the Yahoo! site map is an extremely useful feature in the Yahoo! website.

A site map is a web page that lists the entire pages on a web site. Organized in a hierarchical fashion, site maps can be in textual or visual form (a diagram or an image).

The Yahoo! site map serves as a blueprint for the Yahoo! website. Similar to a book’s Table of Contents, the Yahoo! sitemap makes it easier for visitors or users to find specific information or pages on the Yahoo! web site without having to browse many pages, because the site map gives an overview or a visual outline of the Yahoo! web site, with each location provided with active links to enable the user to directly move to a specific location.

In addition, the Yahoo! site map allows web developers to put out links from across their sites, making it easier for search engine robots (or engine spiders) to find these pages.

Because the Yahoo! site map improves the search engine optimization of a site, this feature can be considered a valuable tool for online marketers, whose aim is to stimulate and direct traffic to their web sites.

Note, however, that the Yahoo! site map can only give you the ‘basics’. Because it is important for web marketers to ‘rank high’ on main search engines, an effective web marketing strategy that promotes your web site is also very much needed. Listed below are some search engine strategies to consider:

1. Write a descriptive page title at the top of your webpage that avoids ‘filler’ words like “the” or “and”.

2. Incorporate descriptive keywords on your home page, along with your business name. This is called “keyword prominence”.

3. Include a Description Meta Tag at the top of the web page. This refers to the sentences (1 or 2 lines, with a maximum of around 255 characters) that describe the content of your web page.

These are just some of the many techniques that you can employ to get more users to visit your website. The important thing is to focus on keywords – and let Yahoo! site map do the rest.

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Useful Facebook Marketing Tips For Your Business

It’s vital to learn how to market your business on Facebook. Without a Facebook presence, you look less legitimate and miss out on many opportunities to connect with customers. If you aren’t sure what to do, don’t worry. With a little education, you’ll soon be up to speed on how to market your business.

If you are using Facebook to market your business, make sure that you completely fill in the “about” section. This is a great way to communicate what your business is about. It is also an excellent area to put in contact information, locations, phone numbers and other helpful information about your business.

Don’t ignore direct questions from your fans. You’ve got to remember that being social is at the center of Facebook. If you tend to ignore direct comments and continue to post solely informational posts, then you are missing golden promotional opportunities. The more engaged you make your current fans, the more likely they’ll be to pass on the word about you.

Give your Facebook page a really strong theme. Know what your about and deliver it in the graphical look of your page. Remember, you have one chance at making an excellent first impression on your new Facebook guests. To turn them into real fans, you’ve got to deliver from the first page load.

While you want to remain professional anytime you are posting on Facebook, you should still let your readers see that they are dealing with a real human. Show your personality and feel free to express true emotions. If they feel like you are robotic and stoic, they will be less likely to want to deal with you.

Stay relative to your brand or niche whenever you post content to your Facebook marketing page. People visit your profile expecting to see pretty much the same topic discussed on a regular basis. If you tend to stray, they will never know what to expect and that can cost you viewership.

Create a contest on your Facebook page that only fans of your page can participate in. This will make them excited to come to your page. They may even tell family, friends, or co-workers, meaning you will have more visitors coming to your page. Of course, more visitors means more business!

Do not subscribe to paying services that claim they can help you get more subscribers. You have no way of knowing how new subscribers will be targeted. It is best to promote your Facebook page yourself to make sure all the subscribers are likely to purchase your products or share your updates with their friends.

Add Facebook sharing buttons on your website. Most blog platforms will automatically integrate these elements but you can easily find the code needed to add these buttons by visiting your Facebook settings. These buttons are a great way to encourage your readers to share your content while reminding them about your Facebook campaign.

As you can see, Facebook marketing isn’t that hard once you understand what you’re doing. Make sure to use the tips you just read consistently so that you can demonstrate to your customers that you’re serious about your business. Soon you’ll wonder why you ever tried to market your business without Facebook.