Does Social Media Marketing (SMM) Really Work? A Test and Free Tips to Get Your Information Online

By now you are aware of the buzz surrounding Social Media Marketing (SMM) and realize there is a great opportunity to market yourself and your business online. There are numerous options for you to get your information on major search engines by paying for online advertising and hiring SMM “experts” to assist with marketing your company, products and services. However, with a little effort on your part, you can get listed at the top of major search engine websites for free.

First let’s see how you stack up. Try searching your name, your company name, and your product or service on several of the major search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.). If you are not listed several times on the first page of each of these websites then you have come to the right place. 

I need to tell you that I am not a social media marketing guru. I am a small business owner, probably like yourself, that has learned and implemented some simple techniques to accomplish search engine result success.  Feel free to try by also searching for my name (Jimi Holt) and my company name (Erus Builders) on the same search engine websites. Three months ago you would not have found any information on me or my company by conducting the same searches. 

I am self taught and have learned from some of the best online marketing experts. You can have fast results if you put forth the time and effort to make it happen. Remember that your online presence is critical to the future success of your business so the time required should be looked at as an investment in your future income stream. Also take note of the links (websites) that were listed under the search results when you did the search for my name and my company. 

These are the same websites that you need to visit to set up your personal and company profiles (for free) to achieve similar results (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Squidoo, Google, MSN, Yahoo, Plaxo, EzineArticles, MySpace). This will also drive traffic from these popular websites to your personal website, blog or business websites so make sure you have them listed as links on the websites I have listed above. 

Good luck with your online marketing efforts and remember to have fun with it. Feel free to contact me with questions but you will find that the websites are very easy to set up and user friendly. Get your information out there, make sure it is good content, update it often, and let me know how it works for you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article.

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Simple Home Improvement Ideas For Your Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most popular rooms in your home. Although some people may see it as a purely functional room, you can still revamp the bathroom every now and then with the following easy and inexpensive home improvement projects.

And the good news is that you don’t have to be an expert to improve the look and feel of your bathroom.

– Dark wood gives an immediate contemporary look to any bathroom. Buy new storage units or replace your existing ones with units in dark wood. Have fun with this and co-ordinate the units with picture frames, toilet roll or toothbrush holders.

– Replace the toilet seat. Don’t wait till it breaks or becomes loose to change it. Change your current seat with a decorative, colored one that matches with your color scheme. They can be installed in just a few minutes and the room takes on a new look with it.

– Upgrade your faucet. It is amazing how just by changing the faucet, you can give your bathroom a totally new look. Modern faucets are a masterpiece in their own right and by choosing an innovative design, the faucet can easily become one of the main focal points of your bathroom. Taps are really the finishing touch to any bathroom and when chosen carefully they can add distinctiveness and individuality.

– Mirrors can really define the style of your bathroom. Replace yours with a striking one that compliments your current design.

– Replace your old sink with a vessel sink. Vessel sinks are the latest trend and they exude style and sophistication. These types of sinks are made of glass and convey European-style elegance and luxury. What’s more, vessel sinks are also very easy to install!

– Plants make a huge difference and can transform your bathroom from one that is purely functional, to one that is vibrant and fresh. If you have enough natural light, than your bathroom is the ideal place to grow lush green plants because they thrive in a humid atmosphere.

With the huge variety of contemporary and affordable bathroom fixtures and accessories available today, it doesn’t really take much to choose the items that fit into your current bathroom decor.

The bathroom is increasingly growing in importance and most people are recognizing the real “value” of this room. Because if you think about it, your bathroom is the room wherein you prepare yourself to face the day and go back to relax in at the end of your day.