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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
29 Jun 2015
Ann Smarty

Everything You Wanted to Know about Pinterest Business Accounts

We all love Pinterest on a personal level, right? It is a fun idea, using visual media rather than the usual form of social blogging that we are used to. As far as business applications are concerned we all know we should be utilizing Pinterest as the valuable tool it is. But because it is so specific (It’s all about visual content!) it can seem a bit intimidating. How do… [Read More…]


22 Jun 2015
Ann Smarty

20 Sites to Diversify Your Visual Marketing

A big part of having a blog is filling it with plenty of quality, relevant content. The bulk of that responsibility will fall on your writing and whatever it is you offer as your niche. That will end up taking most of your time and effort, as well as maintaining the blog itself and promoting it. But having solid visual content is also important, whether as a header for a… [Read More…]


15 Jun 2015
Ann Smarty

While Waiting for Google Panda, We Are Giving Away Our In-depth Panda Whitepaper

On June 2 at SMX Advanced Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Gary Illyes announced that the next Google Panda update was going to happen within 2 to four weeks (Which sounds like one of these days already) Panda is one of the most complicated (in terms of recovery) Google algorithm updates. It may take months and months to recover and lots of work on on-site content. Are you worried? We’d love… [Read More…]


08 Jun 2015
Ann Smarty

3 Tools Analyze Pinterest Impact on Your Content Marketing

Is there anyone alive who doesn’t absolutely adore Pinterest at this point? It has been the fastest growing social media site of all time, is now a primary source for social marketing from some of the biggest brands in the world and just a unique and fun place to share visual content of all kinds. Similar Web provided a series of statistics on Pinterest as of this year. According to… [Read More…]


01 Jun 2015
Ann Smarty

Infographic Inspiration: 5 Sources of Interesting Stats

Our digital asset creation and marketing team is one of the most excited, hard-working and passionate groups of people I’ve ever seen. They spend hours brainstorming great content ideas for client websites I love to watch digital assets we create go viral. I keep thinking "that's it" but then they keep spreading! Thanks @NinjasMarketing teams! — Jim Boykin (@jimboykin) May 8, 2015 Thanks to that hard work, we’ve developed a… [Read More…]


18 May 2015
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…]


11 May 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Organize Tips and News You Consume Daily

Information is flowing around us all the time. Sensationalized headlines on trendy stories peek at us from the sidebar of Facebook. Enticing hashtags beckon us to discover their meaning. One news story leads to another, and another, and another. Within minutes of getting online in the morning, you can find yourself falling down the rabbit hole. How can you possibly keep track of everything? How are you able to organize… [Read More…]


04 May 2015
Ann Smarty

Emoji Icons (Smileys) in Search and Social Media

Love them or hate them, funky emoji icons (or smileys) confidently make it into our life: They are everywhere nowadays. What should we, as search and social marketers, know about them? 1. Emoji Icons Show up in Google SERPs Yes, as weird of the decision as it may seem, the search giant does really like emoji icons. We may argue if it’s a smart idea but that’s what we’ll have… [Read More…]


27 Apr 2015
Ann Smarty

5 Easiest Online Image Editing Tools to Rock Your Social Media Stream

Images go hot on social media easier: Images are sharable and eye-catching. Images make better Tweets, attract more plusses on Google Plus, grab attention on Facebook. Images also expand your reach to other social media channels like Pinterest and Instagram. But the key of social media sharing is that it should be productive: If you spend 30 minutes crafting one social media update each time, you won’t have any time… [Read More…]


20 Apr 2015
Ann Smarty

Quora Reviews: How to Use Them for Your Brand Reputation Managment

Quora is a very powerful, yet under-utilized marketing and brand building tool. Let’s not call it a tool though… Quora is the community. Quora is the crowd-sourced knowledge base. Quora may be the future of Wikipedia because it’s more flexible with anonymity and it has awesome built-in expertise metrics that can help search engines better understand the quality of content. Why search engines are not yet using Quora for better… [Read More…]


13 Apr 2015
Ann Smarty

Tweet This! How to Tweet Quotes: Tools and WordPress Plugins for Tweetable Quotes

I share almost everything I like and read on Twitter. I think Twitter is the link-friendliest network. I can share only 2-3 links on Facebook (not to be too annoying and linky) but Twitter is never tired of links. But tweeting an article title is boring: More often, when reading, I feel like tweeting what it’s said in the body. Tweeted quotes stand out, they always trigger an active discussion… [Read More…]


06 Apr 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Integrate Content Creation with Outreach and Relationship Building

What is the goal of your content creation strategy? Most people would fall directly back on the most obvious line: to increase traffic. But is that really the end goal? Anything can cause a spike in traffic to a website, and it doesn’t immediately indicate a result once it has. You could have 10,000 unique views to your blog a month, but it doesn’t mean anything if they are just… [Read More…]


30 Mar 2015
Ann Smarty

Guide to the Top SEO Tools | SEOchat Edition

SEO is among one of the biggest concerns for anyone who is running an online business or website. While there are plenty of marketing techniques that are important, particularly content and social, search ranking is still a crucial element to netting yourself a strong audience. After all, not everyone is going to come across your social media account or blog, but a few targeted keywords could bring them straight to… [Read More…]