Monday, March 2, 2015

Online Marketing: Google Is Making Changes To Search Results

Online Marketing: Google Is Making Changes To Search Results
Starting April 21, Google will be expanding use of mobile-friendliness as a search engine ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices. You can easily receive a free site review, with a written report, to evaluate the mobile design of your site or blog - click here.

According to CNN Money, mobile computing has overtaken computing on traditional desktop and laptop computers as of January, 2014. That's right, mobile computing was responsible for 55% of all computing - 13 months ago. Why? Because the experience of mobile computing is getting easier, which is why Google is revising the way it does search results to focus more on mobile computing. Don't miss this significant search engine development. Today, make sure your web site or blog is current with an effective mobile design. Without a current mobile design there is a real possibility, you can lose your existing standing in Google search results.

To no ones surprise, Google announced mobile-friendly is becoming a ranking factor in the mobile search results very soon. This is the first time they actually pre-announced an algorithm release with a specific date.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

SEO strategy: five main points from Matt Cutts (video)

This is a simple, straight to the facts video telling you the most important
pieces of an SEO strategy.

Who is Matt Cutts?

Matthew "Matt" Cutts (born 1972 or 1973)leads the web spam team at Google, and manages the search quality team on search engine optimization issues.



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Online Marketing Class, early bird discount expires 24 hours

Online Marketing Class
My Blogging Success Class, how to improve your online marketing skills, will be held next week. It is easy to register and participate on the phone or using Skype.

The early bird discount ends tomorrow - Thursday the 18th.


Building confidence in producing content for your business is the most important aspect of online marketing. (Source: SocialExaminer)

If you want to achieve better online marketing results, this is your opportunity - learn the skills in class and do it yourself.

You will be given proven, exact ,and specific marketing methods on how to ....

1. gain readership of your blog.
2.  improve the number of page views on your blog and/or web site.
3. design an effective "Call To Action" and monitor it.

Those are some of the nuggets you will learn, after this class is over you will be educated and equipped (with free tools) to preform successful online marketing.

PLUS, you receive a free 90 minute consultation on your blog or web site. You benefit from my specific instructions, based on 15+ years of result driven SEO and online marketing, on how to carry out what we discuss in class - as it applies to you.


61% of U.S. online consumers have made a purchase based on recommendations from a blog. (Source: BlogHer)

PLUS, you receive a a money back guarantee. If you're not satisfied after participating in my class then I will refund you tuition - no questions asked.

On average, businesses that blog receive 434% more indexed pages in the search engines leading to more search engine visibility. (Source: HubSpot)

If you are serious about improving your online marketing skills, don't miss this 90 minute class - with a money back guarantee, and a FREE 90 minute consultation.


Class Information
Date
: 26 February, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (PST)
Method: Phone or Skype
Tuition: $155, Early Bird Price: $99
expires 18 Feb, 2015


To summarize this offer, you benefit from learning online marketing skills in the 90 minute class; where you receive proven methods, and a load of free tools. Then, after class, a private consultation on how to apply what we discussed in class to your situation. That is education plus 'hands-on' training from someone who has been doing this work for 15+ years.

Registration form http://www.ezwebmanifesting.com/contact/online-marketing-blogging.php.

Businesses that blog have 97% more inbound links. (Source: Hubspot)

If you have any questions, give me a call at (541) 200-5269.
Blessings, Steu

Monday, February 16, 2015

Online Marketing: tips and techniques class, special offer

Blogging Success Class, improve your online marketing skills with a money back guarantee.

Did you know that blogs are the third most important influence that affect consumer spending? (link to study)

Receive a free 45 minute consultation on your blog, or how to setup you blog, by enrolling in the class today. Simply type in "free-consulting" in the promo field.

Don't miss this beneficial marketing class on 26 February. The Early Bird discount expires this week.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Blogging - 16 statisitcs that demonstrate it's a potent marketing tool

1. 6.7MM people publish blogs on blogging websites, and another 12MM write blogs using their social networks. (Source: NM Incite)

2. 81% of U.S. online consumers trust information and advice from blogs. (Source: BlogHer)

3. Companies that blog have 97% more inbound links. (Source: Hubspot)

4. By 2013, it is projected that 128 million people in the US will be blog readers. (Source: MyMarketingDept.)

5. 92% of companies who blog multiple times per day have acquired a customer from their blog. (Source: HubSpot)

6. The most active demographic group for blogging is 21-to-35 year olds with 53.3% of the total blogging population. (Source: Sysomos)

7. B2B marketers who use blogs generate 67% more leads than those that do not. (Source: InsideView)

8. 23% of total Internet usage time is devoted to social networks or blogs. (Source: Dream Systems Media)

9. 61% of U.S. online consumers have made a purchase based on recommendations from a blog. (Source: BlogHer)

10. 33% of B2B companies use blogs. (Source: InsideView)

11. 37% of marketers say blogs are the most valuable type of content marketing. (Source: Content Plus)

12. 81% of companies consider their blogs “useful,” “important,” or “critical”. (Source: Hubspot)

13. Once you write 21-54 blog posts, blog traffic generation increases by up to 30%. (Source: TrafficGenerationCafe)

14. On average, companies that blog receive 434% more indexed pages. (Source: HubSpot)

15. Businesses that blog ≥ 20 times/month get 5x more traffic than those who blog ≤ 4 times/month. (Source: Hubspot)

16. Small businesses that blog get 126% more lead growth than small businesses that do not blog. (Source: ThinkCreative)


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Monday, February 9, 2015

Blogging - an effective marketing tool when done correctly

Blogging - an effective marketing tool when done correctly
Blogging is a surefire way to get your ideas, products, and content into the data stream that makes the internet what it is - a data superhighway.

For a business, blogging is a 'must have' in the marketing portfolio, especially with the growth of social marketing and its' integration into all aspects of the devices we use today.

A "blog" (derived from the term "web log") is basically just a website with two key differences: First, it's extremely easy to add information to it. A blog is like an online journal, so you just log in, type what happened today, post it, and you're done! Second, you can add a simple little feature that automatically tells a whole bunch of other websites that you've made an update to your blog--every time you make a change.

In fact, two of the most popular platforms for small business blogging, blogger.com and wordpress.com, are designed to have the look and feel of editing a Microsoft Word document.  Because blogging is so easy, and most blog platforms are free, there is no excuse for a business not to be using this marketing tool.

#1 Blogging helps drive traffic to your web site

This is the priority of every business, have 'strangers' learn about the products and services you offer. Blogging accomplishes this very easily when used with social media outlets. There are many tools and resources, some are free, that allow you to distribute your blog posts to a number of social networks like FaceBook, Google+, and Twitter.


 #2 Blog distribution tools are plentiful

The material in your blog establishes you as an authority. And, this is not a hard sell. By that I mean, you don't have to have a degree in marketing to write a blog post. Just be your self. Most successful blog writers use a conversational tone in their blogging.

The majority of the social platforms out there have a widget to post your blog.

Really, the hardest part - for many of the people I have worked with - is just getting comfortable with regularly writing blog posts. You do need to be consistent with your blogging. When you stop writing then the visitor stream tends to slow down, until you have a blog with several hundred posts that people can randomly find in the search engines.

 #3 SEO your blog posts

One aspect of blogging is making sure your content is presented in the best possible way for search engine comprehension. The better the search engines understand what you re offering, the better they can categorize it, thus the more it will show up in search engine results.

Learn more about these three topics and much more in my FREE Marketing Guide: Ten Secrets To Effective Blogging. Click here to get a copy now.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Net Neutrality - keep the internet free from govt and cable companies

Net Neutrality - keep the interent free from govt and cable companies
Keep the internet from being over regulated or purchased by the cable companies.

If you like using the internet, you need to take time and learn about what will happen if it becomes over regulated by the government or purchased by the cable companies.

Teachers and Educators, this is a real life scenario for engaging in classroom and/or self directed curriculum.

Resources to learn more .....

Fight For Our Future (non-profit) https://www.fightforthefuture.org/

http://www.stopnetregulation.org/stop-government-takeover-of-the-internet

NYT article http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/technology/in-net-neutrality-push-fcc-is-expected-to-propose-regulating-the-internet-as-a-utility.html

Friday, January 30, 2015

Onine Marketing: aka Data Sharing - FAQ

Onine Marketing: aka Data Sharing - FAQ
What follows are good questions I  received from readers on the Data Sharing post yesterday.  Thanks for taking the time to send 'em, intending my answers help you along your way in our digital world.

1.  Where is a good place to start with my online marketing?

I would start with the most popular - and most accepted - tools. Today those are Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, PinIntrest, and Google+. And, those tools are going to change over time. In a month, six months, a year there will be new tools. For example, today Google+ is predicted to outpace Facebook as one of the hottest tools. A year ago G+ was almost invisible.


In previous posts I described how you can connect your blog to publish your posts to most of those free tools.  Also, different age groups use different social marketing sites. Depending on what age group you are targeting, you will use the appropriate site/tool. A video presence, youtube or vimeo, is a great marketing tool for any age group.

In a recent Forbes article they are saying that 92% of business owners (up from 86% in 2013) realize the importance of social marketing.

2.  I run my own business, what are free tools I can use, until I can hire someone like you?

 First and foremost, start blogging. Next, push that content to a couple of the tools mentioned above. That is the number one strategy I suggest to everyone. 

Next, I would take an hour every day and participate in social communities. Not to be selling every time you share or chat with someone, but to be educating and connecting with people. If you can't blog, get over it, or hire someone to do it. If you are not doing blogging then you are just kidding yourself about wanting to do social marketing.

As far as ROI, writing - or paying someone to write for you - is not a big outlay in time or expense, but the rewards are significant in terms of creating news about you that will become search engine content - driving people back to your blog and/or site. Blog sites are free. This effort only cost your time to write. 

About now, people usual tell me they don't like to write. and I always reply, I never used to write either. In life, we all just have to change our behavior(s) in order to evolve. Is that simple.

Lastly, there are many social marketing tools to assist you in the category of "support." For example, there are scheduling tools to automatically send tweets about you. This kinda support exists for the major tools. There are pros and cons about using them, but that is for another post. To learn more just google 'free social marketing tools'.

3.  I have a Facebook account with lots of likes and over 100 friends. How do you rate this in a social marketing plan?

On a scale of on to ten, with ten being that you are walking on the highway to guaranteed success in social marketing, you are at about a two. There are a number of articles out there about Facebook losing audience share, especially among younger people. 

IMHO, just doing facebook - or any other tool - is like sending information to only one major city in the USA. That kinda effort severely limits you and your resources.  Instead of divide your time to marketing in multiple tools. Per my analogy, marketing in multiple tools is akin to marketing in different cities around the globe.  Bottom line, I would not put all my energy, for me or a client, just in any one of the tools mentioned above.


4.  As a teacher, I want to incorporate more real life examples in my classes. What did you do to get this done when you were teaching?

This is a tough question without going into a long chat.....

In my classes, which were science, I used a lot of project learning lessons. The instructions would always have some measurement that used technology, technology related to what was happening in the news at the time. Also, my students were not thinking like a business owner, the technology they like was their phones and those apps. I had to make sure to tie my technology question to that scope.

Apps are a powerful medium for business marketing. IMHO, apps are a more powerful tool in education. In one project, I had the students design an app and they came up with some creative ideas. But, that class was filled with very creative students. My other classes would not have done so well with that assignment.


5. You mention that links are not worth doing anymore? Can you say more about this? From what I understand links used to be a good advantage if you did it correctly.

Links used to be a good strategy: relevant links and reciprocal links.  Relevant being related to your content or to your local community. Reciprocal was a relevant link that had a link to your site and you had a link to their site. But, I think the ability to "like" content pages, or just images, has pretty much replaced that old link strategy.

And, there was a lot of fraud by the spammers and such on that old linking strategy. Heck, if you put 100 links on one page. which were relevant and reciprocal, your site got an immense boost in the search engines - really Google. But, those days are over now with the new search engine software updates.

You will be better off doing blogging or going out to communities/groups and making posts now. Start small and work your way up the scale. You'd be amazed what you can accomplish in social marketing - just applying one hour a day.

Hope that information is useful to you. Always happy to answer your questions when I have time.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Onine Marketing, aka Data Sharing, 10 Proven Techniques

The phone books are a great analogy to use when talking about SEO, SEM, and discovery marketing.

History

For most of the last 30 years I have been working with small business owners. Even at IBM doing technology projects, I was teamed up with business owners, along with other stake holders.

In the ole days there was one yellow pages book delivered to the house;   it was a monster big book. Of course, there was only the house phone, land line, in those days. Nowadays there are three or four yellow page books delivered to the door; they are all a lot smaller. Plus, there is no longer a land line in most homes today.

Pretty much every business owner understands the need for exposure in terms of marketing. Well, except for the occasional people I meet that are defiant and extremely proud to never have had a web site and/or never advertised. They make sure to tell me the number of years too - a real badge of courage for them I guess.  Kudos to those folks, but the rest of us need marketing to collect some people who want to use our products or services.

What Does Online Marketing Take

Today, there are (free yellow pages) Google and Bing. Yes, there is Yahoo, but it's pretty much a duplicate of Bing at this point. If you have any business savy at all, you know you want to be on the first page of search results for people seeking your the type(s) of products(s) or service(s) you offer. All research points to the fact that people don't go past the first page of search results.

Besides the SEO/SEM that we are used to reading about, there is this emerging trend of discovery marketing, which, IMHO, is already in full swing but not to the masses - yet.

In realistic terms, from someone who works in this market every day - me, the notion is deeply implemented now that having a web site and/or blog is just common sense .... when you want to accomplish any serious level of business marketing.  I thought we had passed that curve about five years ago but I really know we have today.

When I say web site and/or blog, I mean one of those, at a minimum, with your own domain name, which includes that it/they have some level of decent SEO, SEM built in.

IMHO, you can exclude any web site that is provided by a “free web site” provider. Why? Because 99% of those sites have zero SEO, SEM built into them, so they just fade into the billions of web pages already out there. Sadly, even most WordPress and BlogSpot sites are pretty useless in the search engines because the owner did a DIY job and just didn't build the content correctly for SEO or SEM.

The New Life Skill: Data Sharing

The bottom line is data sharing. Instead of marketing, call it data sharing. In this digital age, you must exercise some level of data sharing. Yes, it is all about you sharing your data with the world. Young people are much more adept at this because they are growing up with it. Older folks tend to be resistant, reluctant and full of excuses - instead of just doing it. They don't realize their inaction is a loss of beneficial exposure.

Fact

When you have decent SEO/SEM content then you naturally produce organic search results.

Research

Organic search remains the leading way USA adults find online information and websites according to a
Forrester Research survey.

Back to my point, the vast majority of the business owners with a web presence (web site and/or blog) do want some marketing, data sharing, accomplished. How do you get that results? Here are my 10 suggestions from over 15 years of working in producing measurable and credible web presences ….

Ten Proven Online Marketing Techniques

#1 Qualify your web presence by monitoring your SEO and SEM strategy and updating it as needed. However, once you make the links on your front page (home page), keep in mind, the more you change them the less attention they receive from Google. The first link strategy is MOST IMPORTANT, which is why SEOing an existing web site proves to be very tricky.

#2  Every day, use at least one discovery marketing technique and social marketing.

#3  Create your baseline measurements and record updates at least once weekly.

#4  Center your web marketing, data sharing, efforts around organic results because they have longevity, lasting through each engine software (algorithm) modification. If you need a quick hit of business, do search engine PPC (pay per click) like Google AdWords, but remember - relying on PPC as a cornerstone of marketing proves expensive; it will not last without continued financing.

#5 Local marketing results in Google, aka Pigeon algorithm, will be changing as Google’s commitment to small business is growing. Make sure you have your site coded for your geographic area.

#6  Double check that your web site or blog is viewable on mobile devices (phones, ipads). Use a responsive* format for this. If a user has trouble navigating your site they will just move on to another one.

#7 The semantics of your content is top priority in building and formatting your site. Google is producing search results based on analyzing the intent of your site, which is a few steps above keyword and key phrase strategy.  This is a MAJOR reason most web presences fail to achieve first page placement in search results.  Semantics is not what they taught you in school about writing term papers.

#8 Use HTML5 tags to help Google understand what you are providing. Don't overdue 'em.

#9 Monitor the speed of your web site/blog. Google will penalize you if you have a slow response time.

#10 Forget about building links. More importantly, spend that energy and effort on social marketing.

Those ten steps are a gold standard for your web presence success. Don't say you never got anything for free because you just did.

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Wishing you the best, Steu


Steu Mann has over 35 years of professional experience and several careers in business and education, including a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction. His office is located in Ashland, Oregon where he works with business owners in SEO and online marketing consulting. He can be reached at steu@ezwebmanifesting.com.

*Responsive web site is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

Monday, January 26, 2015

Online Marketing Trends: Discovery Marketing

Online Marketing Trends: Discovery Marketing
Put discovery marketing to work in your online marketing and keep pace with developing trends.

Web Site Design and Search Engine Optimization....

The marketing skills you have applied to your web site, or blog, quite literally will make or break your online reputation success.  It used to be that a web presence (site and/or blog) supplemented the promotion of your business. Not any more. Even if you only want to be recognized as a viable business, pretty much you need a web site. Last Friday, the Huffington Post reported that SEO, Search Engine Optimization, is the most sought after skill by all sized companies for their online marketing, second only to email marketing.


Successful SEO is more than icons on a page

A valid SEO strategy requires content that is built and maintained to meet specific marketing objectives. If you want to produce local geographic results your content is presented one way. To reach a national audience, or global audience, your content must be formatted differently. Plus, you need to know where to go and utilize online tools and communities to reach your target audience - maximize your online marketing.

The new buzz word, ‘discovery marketing,’ is slowly replacing the old buzz word of ‘search engine marketing.’ While search engines are still essential to any marketing strategy, there are a host of other social streams that will assist your online marketing.

The ways that consumers find websites, products, or answers have expanded from traditional search engines to include myriad social networks, content sites, and applications, among others. And the traditional search function is due to be even further disrupted by smart devices, machine learning, and context-aware content. Your SEO must take these new and developing trends into account - month by month.

To be successful, today, with your web presence you want to have a foundation of these three items:

1. a web presence that encompasses different channels where potential buyers can find you.
2. measurements in place, from the start, to report back what level of success you are accomplishing in 1) connecting to new potential buyers, along with 2) assessing your strategy.
3. method(s) to keep pace with developing trends in online marketing, so as to sustain your existing web presence or to expand it.


Hiring an experienced SEO expert

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When you search in Google you don't need to use the quotations marks.

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"medford electrician"
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"learn about orbs"
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What clients are saying

"Thanks for your work to redo our web site and get us to appear in the search engines. I appreciate your hard work."
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~ Robert, Rogue River Roofing Co.

"My husband and I could not be more delighted with the services Steu has provided us with so far.  Before We met Steu we had obtained website and SEO services through another company, Steu couldn't of come at better time as we were completely frustrated with our current website services.  Steu was 100% clear on the services he would offer through out of contract period and so far he has stood behind everything he said he would do.  I have and will continue to refer customers to Steu.  He has answered every email and phone call and has met every request based on our Companies needs.  If you are looking for a great website service and would like to see your business grow,  then I can confidently say you will want have Steu apart of your team..  Thanks for everything Steu!!!"
~ Lisa, Aztec Electric

May your SEO efforts bring you more business and more good times, Steu

Steu Mann has over 35 years of professional experience and several careers in business and education, including a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction. His office is located in Ashland, Oregon where he works with business owners in SEO and online marketing consulting.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

SEO Issue: G+ counts being reset to zero

SEO Issue: G+ counts being reset to zero
Background

One significant feature of social marketing is distinguishing how many people like your content. The trend was started back with FaceBook with their iconic "thumbs up" image. Nowadays the ability to "like" something on any page, post, or article is standard fare.

This ability to "like" something is so much a part of viewing the web that is has, in a way, become a sort of reputation builder. Think about it, when you go to a page and see a lot of "likes" you probably enter a silent judgement ....  the content is interesting, at the every least and maybe even informative.

Plus, this business of "liking" is an easy way to engage viewers/readers, which is fundamental to defining a web presence. It may not be a reliable stat as to the value of the content, but it does show traffic and engagement, two important pieces of every web presence strategy.

Issue With G+ Likes Disappearing

On almost any page or post you visit, you will see an ability to easily like it in Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (G+), and Twitter. While I prefer G+ over Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn I cannot continue to use it for myself or clients while the "like" count is randomly set to zero.

As someone who has worked on countless blogs for clients, along with my own blogs, I have noticed a function in G+ that will harm, hamper, and maybe dislodge a web reputation: the number of G+ likes being reset to zero. 

For example, this last week, on one post, there were 179 likes on Thursday. Friday morning there were zero. There doesn't appear to be a fix and it's a random problem, as far as I can tell from my research.

I have seen entire blogs where the G+  likes are wiped backed to zero on every post, and I have seen it happen in more than one blog ... and it has happened repeatedly.

An Example ....

Here is an example of a post from this blog: http://ezwebmanifesting.blogspot.com/2014/12/tutorial-improve-your-data-sharing.html

According to Stats counter there should be 22 G+ likes .....






















A few days ago there were 22 likes on the screen below - for this specific blog post. But, as you can see on screen shot below, taken this morning,  the G+ count is now 1.....

Solution

I found a forum post where they Google is requesting you provide them with some research about your blog: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/blogger/something-is-broken/other/windows/chrome/ITcxrjML660

Other than that, there is no solution, which is why - right now - G+ is pretty iffy to trust as a social marketing tool - IMHO.

While I have only tracked this issue with blog posts, it may well be happening to web site pages too, I am just too busy to track down all the numbers and analyze 'em.


If notice the G+ likes disappearing, I suggest visiting that forum link above to add your name to the list. And, you are welcome to like this post in G+, but there is a 50-50 chance your vote is gonna get erased.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Blogging Tutorial: how to update google doc content to preserve file link

Blogging Tutorial: how to update google doc content to preserve file link
Several people have asked me about ways to get around creating new links to a doc they have posted, so here is the answer for that one.

Let's say you have a newsletter and want to use the same link to publish your monthly newsletter on your blog.  This avoids the tribulations of making your readers/students always get a new link to bookmark you as a favorite ... in the event you don't have a web site where you can post the doc.

This is how you can accomplish that very easily. By the way, this applies whether you are updating a doc, spreadsheet, or image.

#1 Review my first blogging tutorial.

#2  DOCUMENTS & IMAGES

With the file opened that you want to update, go to the FILE menu and select OPEN
Blogging Tutorial


 Displaying the screen below ......
Blogging Tutorial

Next, upload the file that will make the content update. Bingo, you are done. Your file is automatically saved. Double check to make sure that the file is still published to the web and published as a link.

#3  SPREADSHEETS


 First, open your spreadsheet you want to  update.

Next, go to the FILE menu and select IMPORT.
Blogging Tutorial


 This displays the screen below where you will select IMPORT.....
Blogging Tutorial


After the file is uploaded, you see the screen below....
Blogging Tutorial


I think in most cases you will be selecting "Replace Current Sheet" but if the file you are updating has more content than one sheet, pick "Replace Spreadsheet."

If you choose "Create New Spreadsheet"  you will have to provide a new file link to your readers/viewers.

That's all you need to do. Google automatically saves your content.

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