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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
15 Dec 2014
Ann Smarty

6 Best Google Docs Apps for Writing Productivity and Collaboration

Google Docs has been one of the most powerful editing and collaboration tools for years. And it’s free! The built-in ability to create documents, invite editor and collaborate in real time is awesome. The rest can be achieved through helpful addons that are available all over the web. Sadly, there are not nearly as many of these extensions as there are for their flagship browser, Chrome, or as many apps…


08 Dec 2014
Ann Smarty

7 Best Flipboard Magazines For Online Marketers

Have you discovered the majesty that is Flipboard, yet? I am unabashedly obsessed with this content curation tool, and I have been spending way too much time playing around with it. For those who have not yet fallen in love, this is an advanced RSS feed that creates “magazines” of your chosen content. So you can completely customize what you see, and read it with flipped pages in your browser,…


01 Dec 2014
Ann Smarty

How To Find Trending and Inspirational Visual Content

Before we begin, we should probably get one thing out of the way: any image that you are seeing on the social web, which is generating a lot of comments, shares or views, is technically trending on the social web. Since social media is so expansive and popular, content may “trend” a lot easier than it did before. That isn’t to be confused with viral content, which has reached a…


24 Nov 2014
Ann Smarty

How To Put A Linked Call-To-Action Within Your Youtube Video

YouTube is one of the most powerful content marketing platforms. All we have to do is look at a few stats to understand the power of YouTube: Over 6 billions hours of video are watched by 1 billion unique visitors every month. YouTube provides access to 61 countries across the globe. Subscriptions happen in the millions every single day. Obviously, you want to be using YouTube as a marketing platform…


17 Nov 2014
Ann Smarty

10 Blogging Podcasts To Subscribe To

You have been trying for months to give your blog a new edge. You are trying every trick, creating good content, exploiting your social media profiles, connecting with other bloggers, writing regularly, establishing newsletters and pushing for email subscriptions, and the list goes on and on. Welcome to the world of blogging as it stands today; you both have endless tools to get noticed, and less of a chance of…


10 Nov 2014
Ann Smarty

Why Become a Social Media Network Early Adopter?

This autumn has introduced us to the new social media platforms – Ello and Tsu – both predicted to be Facebook killers (which we are all understandably skeptical about). But the dubious potential to kill Facebook isn’t really why both startups spur my interest: They both bring something new to the table, something that can change the social media world as we know it: Tsu shares its advertising revenue with…


03 Nov 2014
Ann Smarty

3 Awesome Free Keyword Research Tools (Based on Search Suggestions)

As-you-type suggestions can be an awesome source of content inspiration because they provide a valuable insight into what people tend to search for when typing in your base term. It’s nice to see different tools popping up that use Suggest data in different ways. Today I am sharing three of them: They are all free, require no registration and provide different ways to play with as-you-type search suggestions 1. Bulk…


27 Oct 2014
Ann Smarty

4 Tools to Easily Create Videos to Diversify Your Content Marketing

Videos work great for content marketing for three reasons: Certain demographics of users LOVE watching videos; Videos open up more marketing channels (Youtube, Vimeo, etc) Videos are highly engaging: People like sharing videos Now, the days when video content was so hard to create that most people were just shying away are over. Videos are no-brainer now. When it comes to video tutorials and mashups, I am simply using iMovie…


20 Oct 2014
Ann Smarty

How To Hire An Online Influencer For Your Company

Your company is looking to expand their content and social marketing strategies, or I assume so if you are reading this post. That’s great! Using content and social media to expand brand awareness and engage with your customers is a fundamental element of marketing in this digitally focused world we now live in. It is also one of the more stable means of advertising, thanks to a highly saturated market…


13 Oct 2014
Ann Smarty

10 Best Tweeting Tips to Take Home

Twitter is the number one tool for marketers everywhere. Yes, there are plenty of posts out there talking about other platforms, including somewhat more obscure ones. But we all know the truth: Twitter is King. It has a huge audience, an open platform, and an endless wave of opportunities for use. It is the perfect tool to be seen. When you use it, you have to stand out from the…


08 Oct 2014
Ann Smarty

Google Updates, Links, Content Marketing: @JimBoykin at #Pubcon

If you rank for a commercial phrase, you are much more likely to be under radar (the more valuable phrase, the more chances are you may be penalized) The data takes time to refresh. Panda Updates Penguin Updates (Penguin 3.0 is due any time now. October, 4 is the last time Google made a Penguin refresh.) Monitor your links, do pre-emptive link pruning and Disavow. Don’t use services that guarantee…


06 Oct 2014
Ann Smarty

A Detailed Look Into Instagram Hashtags

Hashtags are pretty much a permanent feature on the Internet now. We use them on social networks, and even on sites where they don’t work the way they were intended. That is just a part of the overall appeal… they have multiple purposes, one purpose decided through popular culture and the way users decided they wanted to apply it. While being around for ages, Instagram seems to really pick up…


29 Sep 2014
Ann Smarty

Quick Tip: How to Plus ANY Update as a Business Page on Google Plus

Switching between your personal account and your business page on Google Plus is not as easy and transparent as you may have thought (Facebook is doing a better job at that since recently). To act as a page where you have managing rights, you first need to click “Manage this page” ..and after that many people find themselves a bit lost: How to get back to actually me? How to…