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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
18 Jul 2016
Ann Smarty

10 Awesome Image Creation Tools

Visual marketing is pretty much the be-all and end-all of promotion these days. It touches every corner of the web, which is why social media platforms have become so visual-centric. If you want to build an audience you need to give them something good to look at. Humans are just wired that way; we need something to catch our eye and excite us. Don’t worry, you don’t need to spend… [Read More…]


11 Jul 2016
Ann Smarty

How To Create Awesome, Eye Catching Instagram Content

Instagram is taking over the world! Seriously, according to a study by Hootsuite, in 2015 the average number of photo shares per day on the platform was 70 million. And this year there are even more users, so the number is climbing every day. Obviously it is a network with increasing influence. So you should be taking advantage of it, and the only way to do that properly is by… [Read More…]


05 Jul 2016
Ann Smarty

8 Companies That Get Content Marketing

There are so many businesses that just don’t “get” content marketing. They use it as a blunt force tool, without any finesse. You can always tell when their heart isn’t in it. Part of that is due to general quality and consistency in posting. But mostly it’s a feeling; they just aren’t trying understanding their own brand, and it comes through. On the other hand, these companies absolutely get their… [Read More…]


27 Jun 2016
Ann Smarty

8 Mobile Marketing Trends You Can’t Ignore

As we become more and more reliant on our smartphones, mobile marketing becomes more critical for the modern brand. The sooner we get on the mobile marketing train, the better off we are going to be. Certain trends have become obvious, and ignoring them puts a serious damper on our branding results. Here are mobile marketing trends that you absolutely have to pay attention to, and should consider implementing before… [Read More…]


20 Jun 2016
Ann Smarty

4 Useful Tools for Twitter Bio Search: Smart Relationship Building

Twitter is a great connecting tool. It’s much more open than Facebook (You don’t have to be anyone’s friend to get in touch) and much more active than Linkedin. Facebook does allow to send messages to non-friends but for some reason I only receive those using a mobile app. Also you cannot really tag people on Facebook unless you are friends. As for Linkedin, weirdly, I receive several messages a… [Read More…]


13 Jun 2016
Ann Smarty

Boost Your Social Media Following With Expert Quotes!

I would like to start this post off with, fittingly enough, one of many expert quotes about social media: “Social media allows us to behave in ways that we are hardwired for in the first place – as humans. We can get frank recommendations from other humans instead of from faceless companies.” ~ Francois Gossieaux, The Hyper-Social Organization: Eclipse Your Competition by Leveraging Social Media An oversimplification, maybe, but a… [Read More…]


06 Jun 2016
Ann Smarty

Which Twitter App a Tweet Was Sent From: Quick Tip

I see this question a lot: Ever since Twitter web interface stopped showing an app each Tweet was sent from. In fact, this information offers a lot of useful information: Which apps does your competitor uses to schedule updates? Was this update scheduled or published live? Which apps do I need to take a look at? Are there any useful features I am missing? How others create visual tweets? OMG,… [Read More…]


23 May 2016
Ann Smarty

Google’s “People Also Ask” (Related Questions): What Are They, and Why You Should Care

If you have recently put in a search term in Google, you may have noticed the results containing an expandable grid box. In this box are a series of questions involving the search term you looked for. Each of these questions can be expanded using a drop down menu to see the answer. The answers offer a link for continued reading in the page they have been drawn from as… [Read More…]


16 May 2016
Ann Smarty

5 Awesome Google Spreadsheet Addons for Keyword Research

Who doesn’t love Google Spreadsheets? For their awesome live collaboration features, fast performance and usability I consider them to be one of the best Google’s products. I have already listed Google Docs addons. In this article, I am listing some of the most useful Google Spreadsheet addons that can help you with keyword research: 1. Text Analysis Addon This is a freemium addon that comes with a ton of free… [Read More…]


09 May 2016
Ann Smarty

Who Tweeted My Article? Archive Your Promoters in Excel and Google Spreadsheet

If you have a solid content marketing asset to publish, you’d better use lots of great tools to promote your piece as well as to monitor those helping you promote it. If you archive all the tweets sharing your content, you’ll be able to identify your most powerful (and successful) promoters: These are your first targets to reach out to further build the relationship and turn them into your brand… [Read More…]


02 May 2016
Ann Smarty

Real Name Policies on Facebook, LinkedIn, Quora and Google Plus: Clarified

Since the start the web anonymity has been quite a hot controversy in social media world. On one hand, everyone has the right to remain anonymous online to avoid personal attacks. On the other hand, social media networks have been trying to promote “real” connections which resulted in many of them forcing “real name” policy on their users. Let’s see what the “real name” policy is these days: 1. Facebook:… [Read More…]


25 Apr 2016
Ann Smarty

10 Handy Tools to Create Mini Videos: Marketing Through Micro Moments

In our era of extremely short attention spans (Who else reads news on Twitter: It’s even worse than reading the headlines only…) micro-videos have been the most logical extension of social media evolution. And brands have been quite quick to keep up! Just watch one the millions examples now to get inspired: Are you still behind? These ten handy tools will give you everything you need to produce your own… [Read More…]


18 Apr 2016
Ann Smarty

Answer Your Customers’ Questions and Get Inspired with This Cool Tool

I have already listed some absolutely awesome tools that generate keyword research using Search Suggest features (Google, Bing, YouTube and more). Today I am bringing up another tool that should be added to the list. Answer The Public makes Google and Bing Suggest results truly inspiring by grouping and visualizing search suggestions. The tools makes a topic research actually captivating by giving you lots of insights into your core topic… [Read More…]