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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
28 Nov 2016
Ann Smarty

8 Crazy Useful Instagram Hacks To Try Right Now

Instagram has become one of the hottest social networks around. But did you know you can do more than just post photos? Here are eight insanely, awesomely helpful hacks to try right now. Change The Format Of Your Picture Once upon a time you could only use squares for your Instagram photos. Which was a real pain if you wanted something that didn’t fit well within those confines. Now you… [Read More…]


20 Nov 2016
Ann Smarty

The 10 Most Useful Twitter Tools and Chrome Extensions

With news of Vine’s demise recently announced, the question of the next big thing has been on everyone’s minds. What will Twitter come up with next? Will it turn a medium on its head in the way Vine’s little looping 6-second clips managed to do? Will it launch something incredible and life changing? It will be awhile before we can find out about their next move. But whatever happens, I… [Read More…]


14 Nov 2016
Ann Smarty

Three Tools to Build a Mobile Digital Asset

Some people call them “content upgrades”, I prefer the term “digital assets“; either way they are important to invest time and money in: Digital assets attract links and social media shares (And thus generate traffic and increase your site rankings) Digital assets build brand loyalty by letting your site users take your brand home with them (Download, bookmark, install whatever you have created for them) There are lots of types… [Read More…]


07 Nov 2016
Ann Smarty

How Businesses Can Use Instagram Drafts Feature

Instagram is quickly becoming the platform to beat in the world of social media. As of 2016, there are 500 million active users. While the applications are still not as solidified in the marketing niche as you see with Facebook and Twitter, it has becoming a uniquely valuable tools for brands looking to appeal to a generation moving further away from the standard networks. New Features Unrolled On Instagram: Saved… [Read More…]


31 Oct 2016
Ann Smarty

Search and Social: Scariest Moments of 2016

Happy Halloween! Has our industry scared you this year? have you lost sleep over some traffic dips or frightening rumor? Here are a few of the scariest moments in search and social industry for the year of 2016: January Another “Phantom” 2016 Core Algorithm Update Was Not Panda Everyone was waiting for either panda or Penguin to come, yet the unnamed algorithm scaring webmasters at the beginning of the year… [Read More…]


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. pic.twitter.com/I9pUC0NdZC — 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…]