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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 ten 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 Moz, 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 10 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
30 Jun 2020
Ann Smarty

Find and Fix Mixed Content Issues with This Free Tool

Among newer SEO issues that have become a widespread problem is so-called “Mixed Content” issue. Let’s find out: What mixed content is How to spot and fix the mixed content issue What Is Mixed Content? Mixed Content issue occurs when a secure page serves non-secure content (images, videos, but also scripts, styles, etc.) Mixed content occurs when initial HTML is loaded over a secure HTTPS connection, but other resources (such… [Read More…]


26 May 2020
Ann Smarty

Free Mobile/Desktop Code Comparison Tool: Is Your Site Mobile-First-Index Friendly?

On March 5 Google announced what we all knew had been coming: The Mobile-First index is now the default for the whole web. Previously, you had to wait for a notification in your Search Console to be sure Google is using your site’s mobile version to index your pages. Now mobile-first indexing is the default for everyone. And while this has been coming for ages, the SEO community is still… [Read More…]


01 May 2020
Ann Smarty

The Free SEO Plugin You Have Been Waiting For

Google search results are getting richer and harder to deal with. You cannot copy URLs of search results until you click them. It is impossible to copy the list of URLs ranking on page 1. You cannot do much when trying to analyze search result pages. To make SERP analysis doable, we have come with a new Greasemonkey plugin helping you make sense of Google search engine result pages and… [Read More…]


22 Apr 2020
Ann Smarty

How to Adapt Your SEO Strategy to Survive the Crisis

In these uncertain and unprecedented times, when every business is facing some sort of a struggle (whether it is a lack of demand or the shortage of supply or something else), all of us are trying to figure out how to keep our businesses afloat. Can SEO be part of the solution here? For the most part, it can! Here are a few important steps to adapting your SEO strategy… [Read More…]


18 Dec 2019
Ann Smarty

The Ultimate Guide to Proper Youtube Video Tagging [Updated]

Youtube is one the biggest marketing channels out there, yet it is mostly under-utilized by brands. According to Statista, YouTube reached 1.9 billion users worldwide in 2019. In case you are preparing yourself for amplifying your video content through Youtube (which you probably should), here’s an extensive guide for you on Youtube tagging. According to YouTube, tagging is one of the most important ways to rank your video in YouTube… [Read More…]


17 Dec 2019
Ann Smarty

How to Grow Your Email List

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…]


10 Dec 2019
Ann Smarty

Google’s rel=”sponsored”: Are You Going to Use It?

A few weeks ago Google announced support for a new link attribute rel=”sponsored” (together with its sister attribute rel=”ugc”). In addition, they also mentioned that rel=”nofollow” attribute will become even fuzzier than it used to be as Google was going to start using it as a “hint” rel=”sponsored”: Use the sponsored attribute to identify links on your site that were created as part of advertisements, sponsorships or other compensation agreements. To… [Read More…]


03 Dec 2019
Ann Smarty

Keyword Research for Your Product Pages: The Ultimate Guide

Search traffic remains one of the major sources of traffic and conversions to any website. Keep your organic search visibility in mind when working on your most important “money pages” (i.e. those that drive direct sales). In this article I’ll go you through both basic and advanced keyword research tactics for your product pages that will also positively impact conversions. Keyword research lies at the heart of any marketing campaign,… [Read More…]


29 Oct 2019
Ann Smarty

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

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…]


25 Sep 2019
Ann Smarty

9 Mobile Marketing Trends You Can’t Ignore

As we become more and more reliant on using smartphones, mobile marketing becomes more critical for modern brands. 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 we hit 2020. 1. Omnichannel Marketing You have to keep in mind that not all mobile interactions start… [Read More…]


19 Sep 2019
Ann Smarty

International SEO FAQ: Multi-Lingual and/or Multi-Regional Optimization

Lots of online businesses and digital publications are going global these days and we have to thank the Internet for giving us this incredible opportunity. Yet, even though it has been around for years now, international SEO is also unbelievably confusing. There are a lot of “it depends” in this area, so I did my best to collect clear answers to a few possible cases. How to optimize for multiple… [Read More…]


22 Jul 2019
Ann Smarty

Slideshare Content Creation and Marketing Checklist

Want to make it on Sideshare? You should, it is one of the most under-praised yet powerful tools out there right now. Since LinkedIn stepped up and took it under their wing, it has even more social clout. Professionals that want to connect with other industry powerhouses should be jumping on board, stat. The problem is that not many users know how to make it really work for them. Which… [Read More…]


12 Jul 2019
Ann Smarty

How to Monitor a Website: Free & Awesome Website Monitoring Tools

You can invest ton of time and money into marketing your website but all your effort will be wasted if your site is down. Uptime is the biggest usability and conversion hurdle… The biggest, yet often most overlooked. How to Monitor a Website: Tools Don’t let yourself fall prey to the same mistake. Here are some easy to use monitoring tools that will tell you the second your users lose… [Read More…]