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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
24 Oct 2016
Ann Smarty

3 Helpful Apps to Visualize and Simplify Google Analytics Data

Google Analytics is an awesome platform. It’s the most advanced, flexible and the smartest website analytics software that comes for free. But it will easily take you days (if not months to figure out!) While digging deep into the data is important, you may want to leave it to pros while enjoying the simplified regular reports using the following tools: Whatagraph Whatagraph is a most indepth, yet easy-to-understand visualization of… [Read More…]

17 Oct 2016
Ann Smarty

How and Why to Plan Your Holiday Social Media Calendar

It is hard to believe it, but the holidays are already fast approaching. It seems like yesterday that the summer sun was blazing above us, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, followed by a brand new year. Do you have your social media posts planned for those months yet? I know, I know… you are thinking I am crazy, right? How could I be asking you about… [Read More…]

10 Oct 2016
Ann Smarty

How to Get Prepared for Google’s “Intrusive Interstitials” Update

A couple of weeks ago, Google has announced that exactly on January, 10, it will hit pages with “intrusive interstitials”. What does it mean? Let’s find out! What are interstitials? Interstitials are the web pages that show up before or after expected content page, usually as a popup or full-screen ad. They usually display ads or optin forms. Interstitials are considered a form of interruption marketing. Which search results will… [Read More…]

03 Oct 2016
Ann Smarty

3 Tools to Boost Social Media Traffic Conversions

Social media traffic is fairly easy and quick to generate. Facebook and Instagram ads, Twitter influencer campaigns, Tweet chats, etc. – there are tons of ways to drive quick traffic from social media. Social media traffic is tough to convert though. Social media users are lurkers: They were not looking for answers when browsing the web (unlike Google searchers). They seldom have time to pay attention. It takes a serious… [Read More…]

27 Sep 2016
Ann Smarty

3 Ways Twitter Update Will Change the Way You Tweet

A few days ago Twitter finally introduced its long-awaited “longer tweets” update. But how much do we really know about what really had changed? Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters. — Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016 Apart from the basic and the most important news that we can now type more before tweeting,… [Read More…]

26 Sep 2016
Ann Smarty

[Updated] Everything We Know about Google Penguin 4.0

Google Penguin 4.0 was officially announced on Friday and I’ve waited a few days to collect various questions and observations. I’ll be updating this post as more questions and observations are coming. So what do we know by now? From the official announcement: Penguin 4.0 is real time (and part of algorithm): Google will determine if a web page should be affected by Penguin filter as it crawls the page…. [Read More…]

19 Sep 2016
Ann Smarty

How To Make LinkedIn Your Newest Prospecting Tool

Linkedin is one of the most undervalued social media networks. Yet, it has great potential for lots of goals, including prospecting. Prospecting has become easier than ever on the social network, and the huge amount of information people provide makes it a unique source for those who use it right. Here is how you can use LinkedIn for the ultimate prospecting tool. Keep an Eye On Visitors You can see… [Read More…]

12 Sep 2016
Ann Smarty

How to Turn Twitter Into a Prospecting Super Tool

Twitter can be used for pretty much anything. You can launch a political campaign, start a non-profit hashtag movement, spy on your competitor, track down your long lost friend… it is a world of opportunities on a single open platform. It is no surprise that people have been turning to it for professional uses over the years. Prospecting is one that has been a little controversial, with some claiming it… [Read More…]

29 Aug 2016
Ann Smarty

Three Tools to Turn Your Brand Story into an Interactive Visual

The story of your business is one of your most valuable assets. People remember stories and eagerly connect to them. Stories spread and get cited. Stories build loyalty and trust. Make sure you make your business story known to the world. One of the most memorable ways to tell your business story is the visual one because media make content easy to understand and remember. Here are three tools to… [Read More…]

22 Aug 2016
Ann Smarty

How to Host a Successful Social Media Contest: Your Ultimate List of Tools & Resources

Hosting a social media contest may be your company’s most successful growth hack! So many brands are jumping into the tactic but it doesn’t seem to get old! Here’s the collection of most useful resources to help you host a successful social media contest: Designing Your Social Media Contest There’s a huge number of tools helping you to host a social media contest. I’ll list the one I tried but… [Read More…]

15 Aug 2016
Ann Smarty

Tweet Productively: Tools to Break Long Text into Tweets Easily

Twitter is a great platform, but the microblogging nature of it can be a flaw for many. In the beginning the use of 140 characters made sense. Now it is a little harder to conform to that size, and people are always trying to find ways around it. Luckily, there are tools that let you break down long texts, or circumvent the rule. These five are must-haves for your bookmark… [Read More…]

08 Aug 2016
Ann Smarty

5 New Sites that Evolve the Concepts of Reddit

Reddit has spent the last handful of years evolving into the super-content aggregation site that it is today. It has become so popular that other sites. Even news sources, are sifting through it for content ideas. They occasionally flat out lift the posts and republish them, a practice that has gained the ire and mockery of Reddit users across all subreddits. But in spite of its continued dominance, the website… [Read More…]

01 Aug 2016
Ann Smarty

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

Infographics 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…]