Right brained vs. left brained… Where do you fit in?…

Where does your marketing fit in?…

Are you even aware that this is how we all work.

Do you tend to live and work within one side over the other or do you have a good balance.

Most people tend to sway strongly toward one sire… which is yours?

Take a moment and read over the words on each side (you left brained people are probably alreday doing that 😉 ).

Once you read over them you need to actually think about each term used.  None of them are “good” or “bad”, but if any are used in exess then they do become a problem.  Think about it… if all of your focus is on analytics then how do you ever escape from those thoughts and make a decision to move forward.  Likewise, if all you do focuses around yearing or passion then you too may have issues as you do need some element of strategy and analytics to help you make a decisions.

Now I suppose the last way you could attack this would be to put people in place around you to compensate and cover the side of the brain on which you do not work.  That would be a huge help… provided you could actually make the move to get them in place.

Think about it.

Are you right brained or left brained? Once you know thjat then take some steps to make sure you properly incorporate the other half and you will find you are MUCH more productive in the long run.

Onward & Upward!


P.S. Did you notice that the title of this post is “left brained vs. right brained”… does it bother you that I switched the order between right and left.  If so, which side of your brain noticed that?

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Hi Guys,

Customer awareness is a very important element as we attempt to move forward an close out sales.  This can be an issue both online and offline with really the same science behind each of them.

The chart I have for you below is one that deals with “Leads” in the business to business area but really if we look at any of the factors involved it transcends being just a B2B and affects prospects in any type of market.

Marketing Sherpa

Each stage of awareness is one of the main pieces Eugene Schwartz discussed in his book “Breakthrough Advertising” (one of the greatest looks into masterful copywriting I have ever read!)

Eugene gives the stages of awareness in “customers” as follows:

  1. The most aware – customer knows of your product, knows what it does, knows he wants it.
  2. Customer knows of your product, but doesn’t yet want it
  3. New Product – customer knows or recognizes that they want what the product does… but doesn’t know that there is a product, yours, that will fulfill their want.
  4. New products that solve NEEDS – customer has a need they want fulfilled but isn’t aware of the connection between their need and your product.
  5. The completely unaware market.

Take a look at these and then look again at the chart at the top of this post.  You will see a lot of similarities.

Now, take these levels of awareness and pair them with my 5 levels of conversion and you will start to knock all of your prospects dead!

I have a great video I created some time ago that walks you through all of the levels of customer awareness.

Take a look at it here (click the big word below):

That’s all for today.

Customer awareness… Onward & Upward my friend!

Sam Knoll

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Yes… I said it will cloak all links you want cloaked from ANY of your blogs.

I am making this available to ALL readers of my blog for a SHORT time…

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Start cloaking your links my friends!

Onward & Upward!

Sam Knoll


Well my friends – I have taken another lapse in my posting.  All I can say is I have been REALLY busy which I suppose it what we all want… Right?

I feel I need to catch up and first finish explaining my post about on-page SEO factors and then I will get onto some other additional ideas.

Let’s keep going here and roll through the next 4 5 SEO items.

4. Keyword in H1, H2, H3 tags – This one is very easy to implement and in a sense you may already be doing it at least visually.  The bottom line here is your keyword needs to at least be tagged by an H1 tag and if possibly also by an H2.  What this will do is bump up the size of your keyword and make it bold to the human reader.  For the Search Engines it is clearly identifying exactly which term you feel is the most important on the page.

Now, you don’t necessary need H3 tag if you cannot accommodate it, but advisable to have it. Again, the human reader will not be aware of these tags at all but it is the SEO juice that you are feeding to the SE’s that is the key.  Quite simply, these 3 tags are the pillar to your On-Page score.

Please note that there is not much correlation between these actual heading tags with SERP ranking (not like your title) but it helps Google to define your document which in turn improves your PULL results.  We love PULL results… so much better than PUSH 😉

5. Keyword MUST appear in the first sentence on your page. Let’s be honest here… if by chance you cannot get it into the first sentence then the first paragraph will work.  Now, having said that why would you want to do that.  I thought what we wanted was top ranking.  If that word (or set of words) won’t fir within the first sentence then maybe you should reconsider what that page is about.

I would simply make sure it is within the first sentence.

6. Keyword MUST appear in the LAST sentence. If you understood the idea in the paragraph above them this is also a no-brainer for you.  If this seems at all difficult consider this.   All you need to do is add another line as a summary at the end of the page. When you have your keywords appearing in both first and last sentences, you are consistent and it confirms the topic of the page. Consider this.  it also makes forna good opening and good ending, Google likes this.

Now since I am behind (I think that is an understatement!) I am going to cover two more of the op-page factors.  This first one can take a little work but is also key to properly identifying what your page is properly about.

7. Keyword MUST appear 2% to 4% of the time.  Over time I have watched thew prescribed number used here climb as high as 8% to 10% but all tests that we have preformed have taken that number down much lower.

Here’s the deal… a good keyword density is generally within 2% to 4%. That said, do keep in mind that this varies across industries and types of sites. If you are working at beating out a group of already ranked sites I would recommend going in and checking on the keyword density that they are using.  If they are using higher percentages then I would work up closer to what they are using.

On a final note, please keep the percentage above 2%.  If you fall below 2% then how are the Search Engines supposed to clearly know what your page is about.

8.  At least ONE outbound link to an internal page with Keyword as anchor text.  Now this one I am very willing to bet you are NOT doing.

All you need to do is make a single link to one of your internal pages with your keyword as the anchor text. This makes it very clear to Google that your page is talking about the keyword and that you are referencing your own site for more information.   When it comes to on-page and off-page SEO, anchor text has been known to be one of the most influential factors.  This is too darned easy and you really must do it.

Now that my friends is the next 5 on-page SEO issues.  I will make sure that the next post comes quickly for you and go over the balance of the factors for you.  This is not difficult stuff but is missed by most website owners.  Don’t be one of them :-)

Let me know what you think of this post so I have the steam to keep going and pump out the balance of the factors for you.  Just put your comments below.

Onward & Upward!


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OK gang!

This one is pretty easy first to understand which pieces need to be affected and then to do it. This problem is… most people cut themselves short and don’t ever take the time to actually put it all in place.

Now, I said that this is not hard to do and it isn’t. It just takes making sure all of your bases are covered very carefully.

On-page Mandatories

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Now, as there are 13 different factors (and actually there are more!) that need to be affected I am going to revisit this post over the next few weeks to cover each of the different factors and explain each of them.
Today,  let’s start with the first three of them:
1. Keyword In Domain Name – this one is an easy one.  If we do a search for just about any topic we shall see that often the first ranked page (or one of the first) will have the search term within it’s name.
In terms of best domain names, .com, .net and .org are the best domains. The rest are a little harder to rank for as the SE’s don’t seem to give them the same credibility (OK… we won’t get into .org and .edu sites right now as they are a different ball game).
Now, if you can’t get a domain name with your keyword directly in it then try using hyphens between the words as the next best option. You can also add a prefix or suffix to the domain name, like or
If you do try one of the above please keep in mind that a name with a suffix seems to rank better than a name with a prefix added.  In short you want the target keywords to be at the front of the name.
There are many other factors that also need to come into play but if they are also in place then the site with the search term in it’s name will win out.
2. Keyword in Page Title Tag – This one is even easier than the last one.  All you need to do is have the actual target keyword (phrase) in the page title of the page.
This shows up in the tags within the pages actual code.  In short you MUST have a Title tag… period.
The tags on a web page do not hold nearly the power they did a few years ago but they are still important to hit properly.  In short we want then to be correct so the SE reads them and displays our page as we want it and taged with the terms we feel are important.
Google will read your title tag and use it to determine what your page is about. In short, the title tag is noted to have consistent positive correlation with higher website rankings.
It will  be extremely rare to find a page ranking well that does not have its keyword in it’s title tag.
3. Keyword in the URL – This is really only important in cases where you want to see internal pages ranking for specific terms.  In these cases you want the keyword in the pages name.  This works in similar fashion to the domain name itself.
Think about a blog for instance.  It will be much easier to rank for a term that is in the URL identifying the page as opposed to a year/month/day/ post number.  If you are blogging… and frankly for all sites please make sure the URL’s of each page properly identify the actual page topic.
Well that is all I am covering today.  In my next post I will go over the next 3-4 pieces of this little seo puzzle.
Onward & Upward until them my friends.
Sam Knoll
P.S. Please feel free to enter any comments you may have here as it is an important part of all of us learning together.

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