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Why did we do this survey? As Google tightened the screws on SEOs lately by specifically targeting what used to be one the most important parts of SEO process, i.e. link building, we wanted to take the pulse of the SEO community. We wanted to know how SEO experts viewed this significant change implemented by Google that transformed the whole SEO landscape.

This has been the biggest SEO survey of its kind in this year so far. We conducted it on Twitter. It was not a general survey. We wanted to collect the opinions of only the experts in the field. The iMarketing Café team contacted more than 300 SEO experts around the world. We, as far as possible, expected them to define ‘SEO 2014’ in 140 characters (a tweet) and some of them really came up with great answers. We got a decent response from the SEO community even though the survey was not much publicized. All those who have responded are truly experts and have several years of experience in the SEO industry.

When I started my first business, I never understood the concept of a personal brand. I knew it was extremely important to brand my business, but I didn’t go any further to brand myself.

From that my experience, I learned a lot. Most importantly, I learned that people buy from you more than they buy from a business. From that point forward, I knew that building up a strong personal brand was crucial.

In the last few years, I’ve been able to successfully build my personal brand and continue to grow it every single day. In this article, I’ll share 7 steps to building your personal brand:

Rebranding is not a piece of cake. The process involves proper planning and execution at every stage and it carries high risks. Rebranding is though an expensive and risky exercise, if done right it can take your brand to new heights. Sometimes, rebranding becomes inevitable. It might be due to a reputation crisis or due to changing market situation or competition. Even changing customer profile or customer perception can drive brands to opt for rebranding. But when you go for rebranding you should be clear about your objectives and strategy. People often get emotionally attached to a brand, so you need to make sure that the changes carried out are sensitive to your target audience. Clear communication is the key.

In 2010 I wrote a post titled ‘Is social media a revolution or hype‘ in which I had mentioned about the large scale use of social media platforms and tools by marketers in the future. If you observe today, the social media landscape has dramatically changed over the past 2-3 years. Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have been busy innovating and introducing new features in order to retain and grow their user base. Competition has intensified with the arrival of Google+ and Pinterest. Pinterest surprisingly has gained immense popularity in no time. It drove thousands of ecommerce businesses around the world to make a presence on the platform; thanks to its millions of users, majority of them who visit the site for shopping inspiration. Pinterest has successfully established itself as a great ecommerce platform and has also been posing a serious threat to Facebook’s ecommerce ambitions. Google+ on the other hand has been steadily growing and has become an inevitable choice for marketers as it gets integrated to the Google’s search infrastructure. Other social platforms like Blogs, forums, discussion boards, video sites, slide sharing sites, Q & A sites, Photo sharing sites etc too continue to attract massive traffic and they have also become centers of large scale discussions and social engagements.