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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 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 Nov 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Monitor and Manage Comments and Likes on Instagram

Take a wander through popular accounts on Instagram. You will notice some common patterns emerging between those that are successful, and those that aren’t. No, it isn’t the number of photos (many accounts post thousands of images and barely break a dozen followers). It isn’t even the quality of pictures, either. What sets these successful accounts apart is the engagement. They have not just treated their Instagram like a mobile… [Read More…]

16 Nov 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Turn an Influencer into a Loyal Member of Your Site’s Community

When you are seeking visibility for a product, brand or website, social media is a clear necessity in your tool belt. Spanning across multiple websites, formats and audiences, the way you structure your website can make all the difference in the world as to your eventual popularity. Perhaps the easiest way to make the most of social media is connecting with influencers. Think of social media as real estate, whether… [Read More…]

09 Nov 2015
Ann Smarty

Social Media Etiquette: If There’s an Option, It Doesn’t Mean It’s a Good Idea

The social media has been around for a while but it doesn’t mean we all agree what is acceptable and what’s not. I’ve seen many people claiming that if there’s an option to do something, it must be acceptable. For example, “Blame Linkedin: They allow you to mass-email a connection invite to all your email contacts…” Now, as the one who once did that (i.e. mass-email all my Gmail contacts),… [Read More…]

02 Nov 2015
Ann Smarty

6 Social Media Analytics Companies To Keep An Eye On

Social media continues to grow and adapt into a more exciting technology than ever before. While it was once a purely personal platform, the business and marketing applications are ace. Now we have entire degrees dedicated to the practice, and firms popping up all over the world promising to help brands expand on and off the web. While many offer tools to allow you to measure your own analytics, others… [Read More…]

26 Oct 2015
Ann Smarty

3 Ways to Trick Facebook Feed Algorithm to Get Seen by More People

Facebook calls it EdgeRank… I call it Facebook’s self-proclaimed right to decide which of our friends we need to communicate with. In any case, it works the following way: You don’t get to see updates from ALL of your friends (especially if you have many). Instead, Facebook prioritizes updates from friends who you tend to interact with more often. These interactions include mutual likes, comments, messages. Now, while this may… [Read More…]

19 Oct 2015
Ann Smarty

Are You Sure Your Brand Name Belongs to You?

Your brand is everything. It is the name of your business, the face of your company, what people turn to and recognize and trust. It is also one of the most difficult parts of having a business to begin with. Establishing the correct branding tone and making it work for you is a painstaking process that takes a lot of time and effort. The very last thing you want is… [Read More…]

12 Oct 2015
Ann Smarty

Awesome Facebook Ad Targeting Ideas to Play with

Facebook has what is probably the best ad tools of any social network. Yes, even better than Twitter. For literally a couple dollars a day you can gain real reach, and start generating solid leads that are easy to convert on your own website. But what makes Facebook ads truly special is not the ads themselves. It is the way they are used, thanks to the thorough targeting options they… [Read More…]

29 Sep 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Use Twitter Videos

Twitter Video has been around for a while now. But it is still shockingly underutilized, probably because nobody is quite sure of how to best take advantage of it. Can such a casual feature really be applied to a strong social business strategy? Branding has changed a lot in the past decade. The Internet – and social media in particular – have made adapting to a new kind of audience… [Read More…]

21 Sep 2015
Ann Smarty

3 More Efficient & Time-Saving Youtube Search Tools Than Youtube

Youtube stores lots of valuable information. I find myself searching Youtube more and more often. It’s an awesome way to enhance your research, check your competitors’ visual tactics and even manage your own product reputation. For some reason, Youtube own search engine has always been somewhat lacking and white it has nice filters and supports handy search operators, it’s not quite usable. Here are three tools to make more of… [Read More…]

14 Sep 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Add Estimated Reading Time to Your Blog

There’s a great article on how you can improve your content engagement by showing the estimated reading time of your article. Basically, the phenomenon is explained by New Yorker back in 2013: The more we know about something – including precisely how much time it will consume – the greater the chance we will commit to it. Here are some evidence from those who tried that: David Michael Ross says… [Read More…]

08 Sep 2015
Ann Smarty

4 Tools to Find Trending Subreddits

Reddit is the content marketer’s goldmine: It inspires viral content, shows you what people seem to love sharing and offers a great venue to market content to get it discovered by journalists and bloggers. Building up your Reddit presence is tough: There are no shortcuts and Reddit Karma is fast to lose and time-consuming to establish. Participating in trending Subreddits allows you to easier interact and better understand what’s hot… [Read More…]

31 Aug 2015
Ann Smarty

How to Build Facebook Traffic Driving FAQ #ViralChat

Last week I was hosting for the awesome team of PostPlanner. I think we’ve shared pretty awesome information there, so I created these takeaways with some actionable tips to try! Here’s what we’ve discussed (click each question for more details!) What tips can you offer to move fans from Facebook to a website or blog? How can Facebook be used to drive traffic and ultimately build an email list? What… [Read More…]

24 Aug 2015
Ann Smarty

5 Easy-to-Create Infographics Types That Work for Any Niche

Inforgraphics have become the darling of the social media world. You can’t spend more than five minutes on Pinterest without seeing an infographic being pinned to hundreds of boards per image. Blogs are able to vastly improve their traffic by providing graphics in lieu of traditional written blog posts. They are popular and reach viral status easier. Not only that, but you can re-package other content to make infographics, and… [Read More…]