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Steady attendance, serious buyers welcome spring at Atlanta Jewelry Show

Steady attendance, serious buyers welcome spring at Atlanta Jewelry Show

(ATLANTA)  - Steady attendance numbers coupled with ...

Bill’s Jewelers thrives by staying true to a family promise

Bill’s Jewelers thrives by staying true to a family promise

Bill’s Jewelers in Thomasville, Ga., has three dri...

Retail Roundtable: What’s the most unusual request you’ve had from a customer?

Retail Roundtable: What’s the most unusual request you’ve had from a customer?

“I started working in this business on September 1...

Estate jeweler starts foundation, jewelry collection for niece

Estate jeweler starts foundation, jewelry collection for niece

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NRF/IBM study sheds light on what Gen Z shoppers really want

NRF/IBM study sheds light on what Gen Z shoppers really want

“What do Gen Z shoppers really want,” the third and final installment of a global study co-sponsored by the IBM Institute of Business Value and the National Retail Federation, examines what this youngest generation considers to be “retail essentials”...

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Innovative Musical Leadership Program to open GIA Symposium

Innovative Musical Leadership Program to open GIA Symposium

The Music Paradigm’s world-renowned music and learning program imparts leadership lessons of the symphony maestro

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) International Gemological Symposium, Oct. 7-9 in Carlsbad, CA, will includ...

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Finalists and judges announced for 2018 Saul Bell Design Award

Finalists and judges announced for 2018 Saul Bell Design Award

Rio Grande, the organizer of the Saul Bell Design Award ( www.saulbellaward.com ), is pleased to announce the 45 finalists of the 2018 Saul Bell Design Award competition, as well as the two panels of experts tasked with judging the finalists’ work.

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GIA provides Melee Analysis Service

GIA provides Melee Analysis Service

Independently operated inside Stuller’s global headquarters

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller, Inc. is pleased to announce a new strategic service arrangement with GIA (Gemological Institute of America) by offering GIA’S Melee Analysis Service inside its glob...

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Medford Chason’s treasures

Medford Chason’s treasures

As the saying goes, “one man gathers what another man spills.” In his early teens, enterprising young Medford Chason and his boyhood buddy excavated a garbage dump near his family’s tobacco farm in Southwest, GA that was closed in the early 1900s. Ov...

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NRF/IBM study sheds light on what Gen Z shoppers really want

4 DAYS AGO
NRF/IBM study sheds light on what Gen Z shoppers really want

“What do Gen Z shoppers really want,” the third and final installment of a global study co-sponsored by the IBM Institute of Business Value and the National Retail Federation, examines what this youngest generation considers to be “retail essentials” as well as what delights and engages them. The st...

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WJA announces free first-year memberships for students

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WJA announces free first-year memberships for students

A Gemological Science International (GSI) sponsorship is underwriting the project

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) announced that it’s offering the first year of student membership free to students during 2018, thanks to a new sponsorship from Gemological Science Internatio...

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Innovative Musical Leadership Program to open GIA Symposium

10 DAYS AGO
Innovative Musical Leadership Program to open GIA Symposium

The Music Paradigm’s world-renowned music and learning program imparts leadership lessons of the symphony maestro

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) International Gemological Symposium, Oct. 7-9 in Carlsbad, CA, will include the debut - for the gem and jewelry industry - o...

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Jewelers Vigilance Committee announces 2018 webinar series

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Jewelers Vigilance Committee announces 2018 webinar series

(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) will commence an important live webinar series beginning in May of 2018. This series is designed to help members of our industry avoid legal risks and implement legally compliant business practices. Mark your calendars now so you can catch each of t...

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Finalists and judges announced for 2018 Saul Bell Design Award

4 DAYS AGO
Finalists and judges announced for 2018 Saul Bell Design Award

Rio Grande, the organizer of the Saul Bell Design Award ( www.saulbellaward.com ), is pleased to announce the 45 finalists of the 2018 Saul Bell Design Award competition, as well as the two panels of experts tasked with judging the finalists’ work.

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Joel McFadden Appointed Director of MJSA Council of Custom Jewelers

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Joel McFadden Appointed Director of MJSA Council of Custom Jewelers

MJSA, the trade alliance dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has appointed Joel McFadden as director of the MJSA Council of Custom Jewelers.

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GIA provides Melee Analysis Service

4 DAYS AGO
GIA provides Melee Analysis Service

Independently operated inside Stuller’s global headquarters

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller, Inc. is pleased to announce a new strategic service arrangement with GIA (Gemological Institute of America) by offering GIA’S Melee Analysis Service inside its global headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana. Melee use...

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AGS Laboratories now offers independent diamond cutter services

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AGS Laboratories now offers independent diamond cutter services

(LAS VEGAS) - AGS Laboratories has engaged Advanced Diamonds, a Las Vegas diamond cutting service, in an effort to further support the needs of clients and AGS members by offering laser inscription removal and recutting services.

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

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Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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The Marketing Minute: Pricing Strategy

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Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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Internet Marketing Strategies: Link Strategy

Links to your website provide two important benefits in getting customers to visit it. The first is if any of your potential customers are visiting the website that hosts your link they may see it and click through to your website. The other benefit is that Google and other search engine spiders will see your links and the more links into your site that you have the better page rank you will receive and the better chance your website will show up in searches which will help get more customers to your website.

Your inbound links are the single most important factor in determining your site's rankings. But not all links are created equal. Some have the power to dramatically boost rankings, while others can actually drag your rankings down or even get you penalized. Links from some websites could be 10, 20, or even 100 times as valuable as other links.

Link Exchanges Don't Work Anymore

In the past if you wanted a link to your website you simply exchanged a link with another website and you both would have a new link. Today, search engines are smarter and are actually penalizing websites for link exchanges. What search engines are looking for today are One-Way In-Bound Links coming into your website with no links back to that website anywhere on your site. When the search engine finds such links on your site it thinks this must be an important website and gives it higher page rankings.

Linking Triangles should also be avoided. This is where website A links to website B and B links to website C and C links back to A. Search Engines are smart enough to find such linking schemes and can penalize your website if you participate in them.

Another linking scheme that you need to know about and avoid is a new style of link exchange being promoted widely on the Internet today. This is where website owners will contact you asking for a link to their website from yours. In return, they will give you a link from a different website of theirs. You link your website A to their website B and then they link their website C to your website A. They explain to you that since their two websites are not connected in any way the Search Engines will not see it as a reciprocal link and will not penalize you.

They are telling you the truth in that respect, but what they fail to mention is that you are linking your valuable website to theirs giving them a lot of link juice. And in return they are linking some low quality website to your site which provides little if any value to you.

Anchor Text

Anchor Text is the actual clickable part of a link that is made up of words typed out on a webpage instead of a button or other graphic. These are a great place to put Keywords on a webpage. For example, you may have the words "Diamond Engagement Rings" in text in the side bar on your home page and those words are linked to the page on your website that shows Diamond Engagement Rings.

Keywords in Anchor Text Links tend to be given more weight than regular copy. Search Engines give a lot of extra value to the destination page, if that page is optimized for the same Keywords that are in the Anchor Text.

The extreme value Search Engines place on Anchor Text Links was demonstrated a few years ago. If you did a search in Google for the phrase ‘More Evil than Satan Himself' the top ranking website was Microsoft! The phrase ‘More Evil than Satan Himself' did not appear anywhere on Microsoft's pages much less in any of the important places we have discussed for including Keywords. So why did their website come up in the searches? The sole reason was because a number of websites put that phrase in an Anchor Text Link on their website linking to Microsoft.

A more recent example of the power of Anchor Text Links is a contest among several Search Engine Experts on the phrase "Coolest Guy on the Internet". The idea was to see who could get their website ranked the highest for that search phrase without including the phrase on their website. For a while these websites lead the search result pages for the phrase.

If someone could get a website ranked #1 in a search for a phrase that did not appear on their website, but just in an Anchor Text Link, imagine what you can do if you use Anchor Text Links in combination with other Keyword optimization techniques.

Do not use the same Anchor Text on every website. It would look very unnatural if every website that linked to you used the very same words. Changing the word order of your Keyword Phrases and using synonyms of your Keywords are the best way to add variety to your incoming Anchor Text Links.

This is one of the larger benefits to having your Keywords in your Domain name. If the website linking to you does not use text as a link to your website, your URL already has the Keywords built into it and you automatically gain an Anchor Text Link from the URL text link.

The enormous boost that well placed Incoming Anchor Text Links provide your website is the main reason that most successful Internet Marketers do not have just one website. Having multiple websites that you control spread out over the Internet gives you immense power to dominate Keyword Phrases in the search results.

Deep Linking Strategy

To maximize your links to your website and to receive the optimum value from search engines you need to employ a Deep Linking Strategy. Having all your links on the Internet pointing to your Home Page does not look ‘natural' to search engines. Links to your Home Page are not nearly as effective as links to a page deep in your website that pertains to the same subject matter as the web page from which the link originates.

Deep Linking simply means having links to specific pages deep within your website. For example having an Anchor Text Link for the keywords "Custom Design Jewelry" to your website would be good and much better than other type links. However, having that same Anchor Text Link, linked to the page on your website that tells about your Custom Designed Jewelry is by far the BEST type of link you can have on the Internet today.

The same is true with links from videos. Videos linked to your website are starting to out perform many other types of links. But again, links from videos to your Home Page are not nearly as effective as videos linked to a page deep in your website that pertains to the same subject matter as is playing in the video. For example having a link from a video about diamonds to your website's home page would be good. However, having that same video linked to the page on your website that tells about your diamonds is by far a better link and will help you get a better page rank.

For more information on marketing your store on the Internet, getting higher search engine rankings, or using the Internet to keep in touch with your existing customers go to www.Internet4Jewelers.com.


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