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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
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…]


11 Apr 2016
Ann Smarty

5 Tools to Find a Gif to Express Your Emotion

Reaction Gifs are nothing new. These funny animated images have been used for years, showing up on imageboards like 4Chan long before they made their way to Tumblr and Reddit. Anyone who has been in a storytelling thread that uses green text has seen reaction Gifs used as MFW (My Face When) or MRW (My Reaction When). Though reaction Gifs aren’t always appropriate, they can be a great way to… [Read More…]


04 Apr 2016
Ann Smarty

10 Tools to Visualize Numbers and Percentages

Visualization is an important key to properly conveying numbers and percentages online. Human beings are visual creatures. We do better seeing representations than we do hearing or reading stats. Therefore visualization is the marketing goldmine: Graphs and charts are much more sharable than many other types of images. More importantly, graphs seem to trigger more clicks because people are curious to see the details. Charts and graphs make great visual… [Read More…]


28 Mar 2016
Ann Smarty

18 Tweetable Traffic Building Tips to Start Using Today!

Earlier this year we have started a new initiative sending our newsletter subscribers regular actionable traffic generation tips Subscribe to that list here and receive regular tips as well! To collect more input and inspiration I reached out to the industry peers to learn their most effective traffic building tips! I got 18 tips worth sharing with the world! 1. Get busy on Pinterest. Just like SEO, only tastier! Brings… [Read More…]


21 Mar 2016
Ann Smarty

Resizing Social Media Images: Easier Than You Think!

You know the saying “Use the right tool for the job”? That adage can easily be applied to social media on every level. For example, if you are looking for deep engagement with a solid ad campaign, Facebook is your best bet. For those more interested in quick-style connections and hashtag marketing, Twitter might be more their speed. But it is also relevant when looking at features within social platforms…. [Read More…]


14 Mar 2016
Ann Smarty

Free Youtube Video End Card Templates & Tools: The Easiest Way to Add Clickable End Cards

Youtube video end cards are custom created templates made clickable with help of Youtube annotations. The simplest way to explain how to create a video end card is: Grab a free template below Customize it in Photoshop (Or use an online editor) Use your video editor to add the customized template as part of your video* (at the end) Upload the video to Youtube Make the template parts clickable using… [Read More…]


06 Mar 2016
Ann Smarty

3 Tools to Rank in Google’s Featured Answer OneBox

Since 2014 there has been a continuous debate in our marketing world: Are those Google’s quick-box results good or evil? Most of us seem to agree that it’s probably evil because it steals clicks from the original site by serving the user with the immediate answer to their query. But how does it matter? The truth is, good or evil, it seems there to stay whether you like it or… [Read More…]


29 Feb 2016
Ann Smarty

What Google’s Four Ads Above the Fold Mean for Organic Search Results

A few days ago Google announced removing sidebar ads from search results and introducing 4 ads on top of organic results. While this change has been met with much skepticism and critique by brands which have been working on improving their organic search positions for ages, is it really time for despair? Definitely no and here are our arguments: 1. More people are likely to scroll down to organic search… [Read More…]