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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 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
29 Sep 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Use Twitter Videos

Twitter Video has been around for a while now. But it is still shockingly underutilized, probably because nobody is quite sure of how to best take advantage of it. Can such a casual feature really be applied to a strong social business strategy? Branding has changed a lot in the past decade. The Internet – and social media in particular – have made adapting to a new kind of audience… [Read More…]

21 Sep 2015
Ann Smarty

3 More Efficient & Time-Saving Youtube Search Tools Than Youtube

Youtube stores lots of valuable information. I find myself searching Youtube more and more often. It’s an awesome way to enhance your research, check your competitors’ visual tactics and even manage your own product reputation. For some reason, Youtube own search engine has always been somewhat lacking and white it has nice filters and supports handy search operators, it’s not quite usable. Here are three tools to make more of… [Read More…]

14 Sep 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Add Estimated Reading Time to Your Blog

There’s a great article on how you can improve your content engagement by showing the estimated reading time of your article. Basically, the phenomenon is explained by New Yorker back in 2013: The more we know about something – including precisely how much time it will consume – the greater the chance we will commit to it. Here are some evidence from those who tried that: David Michael Ross says… [Read More…]

08 Sep 2015
Ann Smarty

4 Tools to Find Trending Subreddits

Reddit is the content marketer’s goldmine: It inspires viral content, shows you what people seem to love sharing and offers a great venue to market content to get it discovered by journalists and bloggers. Building up your Reddit presence is tough: There are no shortcuts and Reddit Karma is fast to lose and time-consuming to establish. Participating in trending Subreddits allows you to easier interact and better understand what’s hot… [Read More…]

31 Aug 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Build Facebook Traffic Driving FAQ #ViralChat

Last week I was hosting for the awesome team of PostPlanner. I think we’ve shared pretty awesome information there, so I created these takeaways with some actionable tips to try! Here’s what we’ve discussed (click each question for more details!) What tips can you offer to move fans from Facebook to a website or blog? How can Facebook be used to drive traffic and ultimately build an email list? What… [Read More…]

24 Aug 2015
Ann Smarty

5 Easy-to-Create Infographics Types That Work for Any Niche

Inforgraphics have become the darling of the social media world. You can’t spend more than five minutes on Pinterest without seeing an infographic being pinned to hundreds of boards per image. Blogs are able to vastly improve their traffic by providing graphics in lieu of traditional written blog posts. They are popular and reach viral status easier. Not only that, but you can re-package other content to make infographics, and… [Read More…]

17 Aug 2015
Ann Smarty

HOW TO: Let Your Readers Share Your Images on Mouseover

Visual social media updates are huge right now: You have higher chances to generate engagement to your social media update if it contains an attention-grabbing image: Major social media networks (Facebook and Google Plus) give your update a boost if there’s an uploaded image (or video) attached to it An update with a catchy image will naturally attract attention and spur an action (like, comment, share). Plus, images open up… [Read More…]

10 Aug 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Repackage Webinars Into Lots of Awesome Content

Webinars are an excellent way to connect with users, directly engage, promote services, generate leads, and build authority. A single webinar can provide benefits for years to come. There is no doubt that webinars are incredible resources. But they don’t end at the webinar itself. You can repackage that content into new content, which will stretch even further. As you may know, I am big fan of repackaging and writing… [Read More…]

03 Aug 2015
Ann Smarty

Make The Most Of How You Link

Linking is art… You may fail to realize that but linking is much more than just providing more context to whatever you are writing about. Linking is the way to bring up your old content, make your site more trustworthy and, yes, build connections with niche influencers. Here are a few tips for you to make the most of how you link: Link In-Context There is nothing stopping you from… [Read More…]

27 Jul 2015
Ann Smarty

3 Tools to Quickly Create Awesome Visual Tweets

Visual tweets attract more clicks and shares. Despite various levels of skepticism (many people were claiming visual tweets to be annoying), visual tweets are getting more and more adopted. Here are three free tools allowing you to create stunning visual tweets in seconds. 1. Twit Shot (Online, Mac App, Google Chrome Extension) is a cool app that extracts an image from the given page and creates an instant visual… [Read More…]

23 Jul 2015
Ann Smarty

Google Panda is Slowly Refreshing: Download Our Free Panda Whitepaper by @JimBoykin

Ten months after the last Panda refresh, Google announced yesterday that they had actually begun rolling out another Panda refresh this past weekend. They proceeded to say that the rollout might last months. This means its effects will be drawn-out and potentially more difficult to diagnose. The refresh impacted between 2% and 3% of English queries. Due to the nature of this latest refresh, websites that have addressed issues following… [Read More…]

20 Jul 2015
Ann Smarty

Building Your Brand: Make it Personal

Getting your name out is crucial: Your brand name is your biggest most reliable asset. Whatever happens to your business, your name will remain yours. 1. Make Your Brand User Centric Your ideas may be great, your graphic artwork, technology and services may be outstanding, but, if you are talking to the wrong crowd: your brand will not grow. Everything about Apple’s marketing and branding is targeted toward someone in… [Read More…]

13 Jul 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Faster Collect Leads

Never underestimate the value of an email. Email marketing has proven itself again and again to be the one marketing avenue that consistently brings in the highest conversions for companies all over the world. There is a reason they are always pushing to get customer email addresses. No matter the size of your enterprise, you can benefit from building an email marketing list. The faster you do it, the sooner… [Read More…]