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Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty

Community & Branding Manager

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As Community and Brand manager, Ann Smarty’s work is focused on both regularly contributing to the Internet Marketing Ninjas blog and serving as an internal SEO resource for the team. Ann Smarty has been involved in various high-profile roles in the SEO industry for more than seven years. Her background includes working as Editor-in-Chief at Search Engine Journal and being a regular columnist at some of best-known Internet Marketing online publications including SEOmoz, Mashable, Social Media Examiner and more. Ann's search and social experience ranges from content creation and social media marketing to SEO reporting and consulting. Ann's expertise in Internet Marketing tools also helps in internal tool development and testing process.


A brief biography of Ann Smarty

I have been working in various areas of the Internet Marketing for 6 years. I come from Ukraine where I got a degree in English and German.

I started working in SEO field when still in high school: All I needed was a part-time job to train my English knowledge. I never thought that was going to be my career...

I have never had to look for a job ever since.

I have always enjoyed learning English and writing and thus I have found huge passion in SEO blogging. I have blogged in English (which is not my native language) for 4 years and have become a well known SEO authority and writer.

I've blogged on my personal blog seosmarty.com. I've also been a guest author at the most prominent Internet marketing blogs including SEOmoz, Mashable, Social Media Examiner etc. I've been interviewed for multiple blogs and books. I am contributor for Search Marketing Standard magazine, a premium online marketing publication delivered via print.

Throughout my Internet marketing career I've been involved in all sorts of related tasks and projects: I have a huge experience in team building (I managed teams both in-house for a Ukrainian company and from abroad as a Director of the large department in the U.S. company).

I have been successfully engaged in social media marketing as well and have built highly-networked and influential online presence and personal brand.

Currently I've joined Internet Marketing Ninjas as the Community and Branding Manager. My work is focused on both regularly contributing to the Internet Marketing Ninjas blog and serving as an internal SEO resource for the team.

My main goal is to to turn our blog into the leading free Internet marketing resource uniting SEO experts from all over the world.

I am also going to help operate all the communities we own: DevShed forums, Cre8site forums and WebmasterWorld forums.

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From Ann's Linkedin profile, Industry Testimonials

Ann is a genius in her own right. Her deep insight on online marketing has enabled her to carve a niche for herself within the industry. Widely respected, and acknowledged as one of the sharpest brains in SEO, Ann is a delight to work. Being a fantastic colleague and a super person comes naturally to her.
Rajiv Karran, Production Manager, BlueGlass Interactive, Inc.

It isn't just that Ann is very knowledgeable--which she is--but she's a great person to work with too: she shares her expertise freely and is always pleasant to be around online. Rare combination! Ann is also a superb team leader. It looks effortless when she gets everyone to do what they need to be doing, but anyone who has ever managed a team knows how difficult it is. She's great at what she does.
Patricia Skinner, Contributing Writer, Search Engine Journal

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Ann Smarty's Posts
01 Feb 2016
Ann Smarty

Here’s How to Link from Inside Youtube Video: Build Traffic from Youtube

For a few years now you can add clickable links (calls-to-action, additional info, contact details, etc) right inside your Youtube video to direct viewers to your site, project, product page, etc. The problem is, while the topic is covered quite well inside Youtube guidelines, it’s scattered so much around the place that you’ll have trouble finding answers to your questions even if you know what you are looking for. Let’s… [Read More…]


25 Jan 2016
Ann Smarty

Explore Related Entities Using Google Suggest (Google Auto-Complete)

One of my favorite SEO developments for the past years was the switch from “strings” to “things” meaning that, instead of optimizing pages for the exact-match strings of keyword phrases, we now realize the benefits of optimizing the page for “entities” and concepts. If you are willing to see the actual example of what I am talking about here, head straight to this awesome article by Bill Slawski and read… [Read More…]


18 Jan 2016
Ann Smarty

Linkedin Showcase Pages: Create More Brand Assets with LinkedIn Company Page

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for companies as well as individual professionals: Linked in pages rank incredibly well providing you additional reputation management assets to control your brand name search results. Thanks to Company Pages, you can create a powerful content-rich brand asset: An Additional Reputation Management Tool: Linkedin Company Showcase Pages Showcase pages are the extension of company pages. They are a way to “show off” your business and… [Read More…]


11 Jan 2016
Ann Smarty

5 Best Chrome Extensions to Diversify and Improve Your Social Media Updates

Social media is a very necessary and helpful tool for marketing, whether that is a brand or a personal account. Anyone who has seen someone reach “Twitter fame” knows the potential benefits. An active account can drive consistent traffic, improve ad revenue, and build a relationship that is unbreakable. People have created entire careers from social media accounts. Brands have some back from the brink of destruction on the back… [Read More…]


04 Jan 2016
Ann Smarty

So, How Many Official Facebook Apps Do We Actually Have (and Need)?

The other day I was looking at the iTunes app store and came across a list of Facebook related apps. To be honest, I was stunned. I had no idea there were so many official Facebook apps on the market, or that most of them were even necessary. You may be just as surprised, so let’s take a look at the many different apps that exist for using that popular… [Read More…]


28 Dec 2015
Ann Smarty

Social Media Discussions: How to Keep Sanity When Someone Disagrees with You

It may be my age or the craziness going on around the world (or both), but I’ve seen so much hatred on social media lately that it’s almost scary. People jump into argument with so much passion that it’s almost impossible to keep sanity. Yet, we have to: It’s essential to maintain dignity. In many cases, it mostly comes down to stopping the discussion before it’s too late. Here are… [Read More…]


21 Dec 2015
Ann Smarty

Google Employees Who Actually Reply to Help Website Owners

Google has had a long history working with webmasters and while we don’t always agree with what they say (for various reasons), our community certainly appreciates this cooperation. Here are most active Google employees who work a lot to talk back to us: Spread the word about this infographic: John Mueller Where to find: Twitter @johnmu Google Plus +JohnMueller Google Webmaster Central Help John Mueller is a Webmaster Trends Analyst… [Read More…]


14 Dec 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Still See and Show Twitter Share Counts for Any URL

A few weeks ago Twitter stopped showing share counts for a URL. While it may be no huge news for the rest of the world, many marketers have been worried that this will affect how content spreads… … For a reason The first research came out showing that since share counts were removed, URLs have been shared much less on Twitter. In fact, Sharing to Twitter declines 11% after Twitter… [Read More…]


07 Dec 2015
Ann Smarty

5 Extensions to Turn Your Browser Into Your Productivity Companion

Your computer is not your friend. Well, it is your friend, but it isn’t a very helpful one. Sure, it can access information at the press of a button. It has connected us globally, providing opportunities that we have never seen before in the history of civilization. But with all its benefits, your computer provides one serious con: it murders productivity. What you need are a handful of tools that… [Read More…]


23 Nov 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Monitor and Manage Comments and Likes on Instagram

Take a wander through popular accounts on Instagram. You will notice some common patterns emerging between those that are successful, and those that aren’t. No, it isn’t the number of photos (many accounts post thousands of images and barely break a dozen followers). It isn’t even the quality of pictures, either. What sets these successful accounts apart is the engagement. They have not just treated their Instagram like a mobile… [Read More…]


16 Nov 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Turn an Influencer into a Loyal Member of Your Site’s Community

When you are seeking visibility for a product, brand or website, social media is a clear necessity in your tool belt. Spanning across multiple websites, formats and audiences, the way you structure your website can make all the difference in the world as to your eventual popularity. Perhaps the easiest way to make the most of social media is connecting with influencers. Think of social media as real estate, whether… [Read More…]


09 Nov 2015
Ann Smarty

Social Media Etiquette: If There’s an Option, It Doesn’t Mean It’s a Good Idea

The social media has been around for a while but it doesn’t mean we all agree what is acceptable and what’s not. I’ve seen many people claiming that if there’s an option to do something, it must be acceptable. For example, “Blame Linkedin: They allow you to mass-email a connection invite to all your email contacts…” Now, as the one who once did that (i.e. mass-email all my Gmail contacts),… [Read More…]


02 Nov 2015
Ann Smarty

6 Social Media Analytics Companies To Keep An Eye On

Social media continues to grow and adapt into a more exciting technology than ever before. While it was once a purely personal platform, the business and marketing applications are ace. Now we have entire degrees dedicated to the practice, and firms popping up all over the world promising to help brands expand on and off the web. While many offer tools to allow you to measure your own analytics, others… [Read More…]