Friday, February 21, 2014

My Answer to Kirsten Yeajer's Bad Review on Yelp's Extortion Site

Yelp has been accused of Extortion of their users.  Read more about Yelp's Extortion accusation. All the positive reviews I've managed to receive on Yelp have been removed for one "reason" or another. There are two review on Yelp not displayed under "2 reviews for Doral Chamber of Commerce, Inc. that are not currently recommended" and "6 Reviews Removed for Violating our Content Guidelines or Terms of Service" all displaying 5 Stars.

So along comes Kirsten Yeajer, a Groupon voucher purchaser who attended my SEO class and posts this negative review:

"I took the Social Media Marketing class. It was nothing but a sales pitch for their $2000 course. This was a waste of my $19 and more importantly my 4 hours!

Manny just repeated himself over and over, stating the same basic information about FB, Twitter, YouTube and the like.

When one of the students would ask him a question, he would say, "That's in another course." etc...

Unfortunately Yelp does not give you an opportunity or place to answer their reviews. So I wrote the following email to Kirsten:  What would you have done? Comments below please! 

Dear Kirsten: 
I have read your Yelp review and I am very surprised!  I’m sorry you didn’t feel it was worth your while. However, I’ve received many positive comments about this course and others like it. I have to disagree with you in saying that we did not provide content and that the whole class was a sales pitch. The course offered 3 ½ hours of very practical content for only $19.00.  The course is normally between $47 to $97 and we offered the special Groupon deal for just $19, and most have told me it’s a great value even at $97!  
Remember, after we pay the Groupon fees we really get a minimal amount for each person, so I use this as an opportunity to promote our other classes, which are our livelihood. This is a common practice in our industry.
The other courses I was offering are ones that have been very beneficial to small business owners and employees in the area, including Certification courses they may need to maintain their licenses.
Again, I’m sorry you did not enjoy the class, however I can assure you there were many others who appreciated what we taught. Perhaps this particular class was too basic for you and you needed a higher level course. I would welcome you to come to one of our other business classes or courses, in which case I’ll provide you with credit for the $19 plus I’ll offer you a special discount.
Thanks for your feedback and I hope you’ll take us up on our offer.
Best Regards,   Manny-
Manny Sarmiento New Media, New Marketing, Inc.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Getty Images Makes Mom of 3 Kids Pay for Unlicensed Use of an Image!

   A lesson from my courses in Social Media Mastery, WordPress Web Design and Search Engine Optimization: Don't use images from Most images that appear on Google Images and other websites are copyrighted. Which means that, as tempting as it seems, you are not allowed to these images without permission or licensing them.
The Big, Mean, Money-hungry, Power-Hungry guys like Getty Images protect their images and don't really care about the circumstances! 

If you use a Getty Images or any other image or photo licensing broker's images, videos, fonts or other media without paying for them or acquiring permission, the Big, Bad, Wolfs, like Getty will come after you and they will demand compensation.

Here's to You Getty!
   This is the case with one of my colleagues. She works from home. Has a husband that is disabled and three hungry mouths to feed and clothe.  Well, inadvertently she used and image from the web as a temporary place holder while she found an image to purchase. She forgot all about the image..  Who can blame her when she has three kids to get ready for school and daycare, a husband who is disabled and a house to maintain.  Well, Getty Images sure didn't care!

   The image she used was for one of her clients.  It was a Getty Images image. Getty sent her client a $380 bill for "Unauthorized Use".  Her client is asking her to pay the Demand from Getty, which I understand.

She called Getty Images to ask for assistance from them... She got a big, fat NO!  

Now, I can understand Getty's position in all this... but come on!  Is Getty Images in such dyer financial position that they couldn't help this mother of three young children!  That borders on corporate ignorance, in my opinion!  When BIG business is so hard up for cash that they "just can't make an exception, I cringe at where the future of business is going!  

We know that Getty Images is a major player in Image brokering, which makes it all the worst!  It bothers me to see this ABUSE and CORPORATE GREED! 

Shame on You, Getty Images and Your Corporate Insensitivity and Greed! 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Why You Don't Need a Facebook Page for Your Business

  The first thing you hear from social media "experts" is that you need a Facebook Page for your business. But why do you need a tool where 99 percent of what you post is never seen by anyone? So you get a Facebook Page opened. You make it pretty by branding it with your logo, image, colors and slogan. You then tell all your friends and visitors to "Like" your page and you manage to get 300 Likes to your page. Now what? How is your Facebook page important to your business?... Well, it's not!

   A normal Facebook Page will only serve to use up your time and money, unless...  Unless your create an iFrame for your Facebook Page. An iframe page encompasses the C.C.E.(TM) formula.  The C.C.E.(TM) makes your Facebook Page a practical, real business tool for growing your database, getting your visitors to take an action getting them to engage with you.

The C.C.E.(TM) Formula stands for:

  • C - Capture
  • C - Call to Action
  • E - Engagement
   With this formula implemented on your Facebook Page you can Capture leads and add them to a CRM or other databases. You get the visitor to your page to take an Action. And you create an Engagement, or communication with the visitor. All this leads to real return on investment for your business.

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Figure 1.1 - Facebook Page iFrame

   There are many ways to create a Facebook Page iframe style page.  One of the easiest (and free) ways is an app from Facebook called Woobox. Woobox installs in minutes and lets you create and practical Facebook Page Tab where you can direct traffic instead of your Timeline, and get real results by putting the C.C.E.(TM) formula to work for you! See Figure 1.1 for sample.

   I teach many courses in Social Media Marketing, SEO, Internet Marketing, Marketing and business, and offer a Social Media Certification course, the Certified Social Media Marketing Specialist (CSMMS) program, which consists of 13 modules, quizzes and a project. The CSMMS program is designed to make you successful in your own Social Media Marketing business, or help you get a high paying job in these topics. 

You can get more information on the CSMMS program and .

Manny Sarmiento - CEO
New Media,  New Marketing, Inc.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Secret to Google Search, SEO and Getting Your Business Found Online

In my seminars I ask the question; "Would Anyone Here Like to Know the Secret to Google?" The answer is a resounding "YES".  So then I answer; "The Secret to Google is...". And I pause for a moment!  

Secret to Google Search Engine Optimization SEO
The Secret to Google is, that there is no Secret to Google. All that Google wants is that you provide them the following:

A Real, Relevant, Keyword Rich, Target Market website!

Google actually wants you to rank high in the search engine result page. Their main goal is to provide searchers the most Relevant, Real results related to the search term typed into the search box. It's not necessarily a "nice" thing they are doing with you in mind. By serving up the most relevant results in the results page, along with ads, Google assures their continued billion dollar revenue.

So there are two things to learn from this posting.

First, it is possible to get to the top of Google
Second, no one can promise you #1 on Google

And there are two things you need to do with your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy.

First, stop paying for monthly optimization
Second, learn SEO
Third, optimize your website the right way
Fourth, begin a real, practical Social Media Marketing Campaign

There are over 240 factors that Google uses to rank your website on a Google Search Result Page SERP.   These are a few of the most important ones:

It’s a beginning checklist to structure your website for Google and other search engines.

  • Unique Visitors
  • Relevant Backlinks
  • Keyword Rich Title
  • Keyword Rich Description
  • Keyword Meta Tag
  • <H1> <H2>
  • Keyword Image Files Names
  • Keyword Image Alt-Tags
  • Internal Links / External Links
  • Sitemap (two types)
Keyword Rich, Target Market, Real, Relevant Content 

If you are interested in learning more about SEO, Search Engine Optimization, join one of our SEO courses live in Miami or online. Or sign up for my Certified Social Media Marketing Specialist program and begin a new career in the most in-demand business tool in the world.

Manny Sarmiento - President –
New Media, New Marketing, Inc.

Manny Sarmiento is the CEO and Founder of New Media, New Marketing, Inc., an internet and Social Media Marketing consulting, outsourcing and education company, since 2009. New Media, New Marketing, inc. is the only internet marketing company with practical programs, including Social Media University, outsourcing education and Social Media Certification. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

How to Create a Website with WordPress Themes and Software - What is WordPress?

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. Features include a plug-in architecture and a template system. It was first released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little.

Why Use Wordpress?

  • Quick -- Design a Website in Minutes
  • Easy to Use / Functional
  • DIY - Possible to Do It Yourself
  • Professional Designs -- Thousands of Free Themes
  • SEO
  • Social Media Friendly
  • Inexpensive / Save Money on Changes 

Quick -- Design a Website in Minutes:

You can learn how to create a website fast and easy with free WordPress themes. If you have website content ready with a few simple steps and wordpress templates you can build a website within minutes.

Easy to Use / Functional:

WordPress themes and WordPress templates are easy to use. Once you have your WordPress hosting, which is just standard hosting.
WordPress website themes have plugins and widgets which perform different functions. Just like with smartphones there's an app for that, with WordPress there is usually a plugin for that. You can make your website very functional with WordPress.

DIY - Possible to Do It Yourself:

WordPress website design is so simple that you can definitely do it yourself. The hardest part about designing with wordpress themes is creating the content. If you want to learn how to create a website you can take one of our WordPress Training Courses. Get more information at .

Professional Designs -- Thousands of Free Themes:

You can have a professional looking by using predesigned WordPress themes or premium wordpress themes and plugins, available at a small cost.


WordPress websites are automatically SEO, Search Engine Optimization friendly, since they are built on a blog platform. SEO plugins and widgets can enhance the chances of showing up on Google, Bing and Yahoo at no additional cost.

Social Media Friendly:

WordPress plugins provide Social Media share buttons and social media follow me buttons. Some of the premium wordpress themes have built in social media tools that make it easy for the user to share your wordpress websites on their Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and other social media sites.

Inexpensive / Save Money on Changes:

WordPress sites are inexpensive to build. The only costs associated to your WordPress websites are your hosting fees, your domain fee and the cost of Premium WordPress Themes and plugins if you choose to upgrade to one.


You can learn how to create a website in minutes using free WordPress themes. Your website will look professional with thousands of free wordpress themes or premium wordpress themes. You can save time and money by making changes to your wordpress website yourself. WordPress Courses in Miami, Ft. Laud or online.


by Manny Sarmiento, President / CEO at New Media, New Marketing, Inc.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What is WordPress? - How to Set Up WordPress on 1and1, GoDaddy and HostGator

These are the instructions for setting up WordPress Website on your Internet Service Provider, ISP,, GoDaddy and Host Gator. 


WordPress® is a personal publishing platform, or content management system, that you can use to set up a blog on your website.
To Install WordPress on Your Hosting Account
1.    Log in to your Account Manager.
2.    Click Web Hosting.
Click one of the following, based on the type of hosting you have. You can tell this by the second word in your hosting's description beneath your hosting account's domain name, e.g. Deluxe Web correlates to Web (Hosting Control Panel).

1.    Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.
2.    In the Popular Apps section, click WordPress.
3.    Complete the on-screen fields, and then click OK:
·       Domain — Select the domain on your account you want to use.
·       Directory — Enter the directory after the domain name where you want to install WordPress. If you want the domain name itself to use WordPress, the directory field should only have "/" entered.
·       Enter a Username, a Password (and its confirmation), and an Email Address.
WordPress will be installed to your hosting account with the options you selected within 24 hours. When it is complete, you will receive a confirmation email.


Install WordPress via QuickInstall - Hostgator
1.     Login to cPanel.

2.     Scroll down to the Software/Services section and click on the QuickInstallicon/link.


3.     On the left, under Blog Software, click on WordPress


4.     Click on Continue.


5.     Fill out the Application URL, if needed.
Note: This is the path where you want to install WordPress. If you leave this field blank, WordPress will be installed to your main domain. If you use blog in this field, WordPress will be installed to Don't leave this blank if you don't want WordPress to be your main website or if you already have content on the root of your account.

6.     Fill in the rest of the fields and options (the email, blog title, first and last name can be changed later through the WordPress Dashboard)

7.     Click Install Now!

8.     After WordPress is finished installing, you should see a "Congratulations!" message like the one below with a link to click here. Click that link, and it will bring you to your newly installed WordPress blog!


Your admin password will be emailed to you at the email address you provided in step 7. Retrieve your password and then visit the URL to which you installed WordPress, adding /wp-admin
Visit our login tutorial for more information on how to log into WordPress.
Note: If you recently changed your name servers or DNS records, it is possible that you will not be able to access your new WordPress installation until the domainpropagates. This could take up to 24 to 48 hours.

Login to

Go to Website/Applications
                Click on “1and1 App Center”

Click on “Click & Build”

Click on “Install” in the WordPress Tab

Click “Install in Free Mode”

Accept “Terms of Use”

In General Tab /  Installation Settings
                Enter Name of the Site
                Select “Existing Domain”
                                Arrow down and select a domain

In Application Setting
                Create an Administrator LogIn (Cannot be admin”
                Create a Password
                Enter Administrator Email
                Enter Website Title
                Click “Continue”

In Database Tab
                Select “New Database”
                                Write a “Description”
                                Create a Password
                                Repeat the Password
                                Set Table Prefix
                                                Leave as Is or give it a new name
                Click Continue

In Webspace
                If only one site is hosted leave it as is
                If several sites are hosted click on “…” and create a “New” Folder

In Summary
                Click “Install”

You will see “Installing”. When WordPress installation is ready (15 min to 2 hours) 1and1 will send you an email, or you can refresh the page to see if the installation is ready.

Remember to select Linux Hosting and SQL Database Option for your hosting.

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