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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for small businesses. This is an introductory presentation which covers the basics of SEO including on-page optimization, blogging, link backs and social media.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for small businesses. This is an introductory presentation which covers the basics of SEO including on-page optimization, blogging, link backs and social media.

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  • 1. 1  
  • 2. 2   Search  Engine  Op0miza0on   •  The  Search  Landscape   •   How  Search  Engines  Work   •   Building  SEO’d  Sites   •   Conduc0ng  Keyword  Research   •   Link  Building  Strategies   •   Social  Media  &  the  Web’s  Influencers  
  • 3. 3   The  Search  Landscape  
  • 4. 4  
  • 5. 5  
  • 6. 6   Value  of  Search  
  • 7. 7   Market  Share  (US)   ComScore Inc.
  • 8. 8  
  • 9. 9  
  • 10. 10   Click-­‐Through  Rates  
  • 11. 11   Local  Search  
  • 12. 12   Image  Results  
  • 13. 13  
  • 14. 14   How  Search  Engines  Work  
  • 15. 15   Key  Components  of  Google’s   Algorithm   —  Freshness  of  Content   —  Website  Op0miza0on   —  Links  back  to  your  website   —  Social  Media  Ac0vity   ‹#› 15
  • 16. 16   Freshness  of  Content  
  • 17. 17   Blog   —  Set-­‐up  a  blog  –  Wordpress  is  common  blogging  pla]orm   —  Plan  your  content  categories   —  Posts  consistently  –  1  per  week  minimum   —  Posts  should  be  300  –  400  words   —  Include  images  
  • 18. 18   Blog  Content   —  Answer  industry  ques0ons   —  Comment  on  industry  news   —  Provide  how-­‐to  based  content   —  Encourage  readers  to  comment  
  • 19. 19   Engage  and  grow  with  a  Blog   —  Pose  Engaging  Ques0ons  -­‐  At  the  end  of  a  post,  pose  a  brain-­‐ s0mula0ng  ques0on.     —   Get  readers  to  offer  0ps  -­‐  It  could  be  a  problem  that  you’re   facing,  or  something  your  customer  is  facing.  Make  it  a   contest;  publicly  credit  the  reader  with  the  best  0ps  on  your   blog  so  that  everyone  can  see.   —  Start  With  An  Engaging  Opener  –  Your  opening  should  engage   the  reader  from  the  word  go,  something  that’ll  ignite  their   curiosity,  mo0vate  their  thought  process  and  get  them   engaged.  Make  your  opener  funny,  insigh]ul,  wify  and   outrageous  if  need  be.   —     
  • 20. 20   Engage  and  grow  with  a  Blog   —  Make  The  Content  Graphically  Vivid  -­‐  Paint  a  picture  with   your  words,  and  draw  people  into  the  scene  you’re   pain0ng.   —  Write  in  your  speaking  voice,  as  though  you’re  chagng   with  friends.     —  Provide  A  Conclusion  –  sum  up  the  essence  of  your  ar0cle   in  a  short  conclusion.  Your  conclusion  should  ideally  0e   up  your  points  together  and  provide  a  short  glimpse  of   what  the  ar0cle  is  all  about.  
  • 21. 21  
  • 22. 22   Website  Op0miza0on  
  • 23. 23   Building  SEO’d  Sites   —  Crawlability   —  Understand  your  keywords   —  Claim/set-­‐up  your  Google  business  lis0ng   —  Op0mize  your  website   —  Measure  and  adjust  
  • 24. 24   Crawlability  
  • 25. 25  
  • 26. 26   www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py? hl=en&answer=35769
  • 27. 27  
  • 28. 28  
  • 29. 29   Choose  the  Best  Keywords  
  • 30. 30   “Long  Tail”  Keywords  
  • 31. 31   31
  • 32. 32  
  • 33. 33  
  • 34. 34   Keyword  Research  
  • 35. 35   Internal  Search  
  • 36. 36  
  • 37. 37  
  • 38. 38  
  • 39. 39  
  • 40. 40  
  • 41. 41  
  • 42. 42   Step  2:  Op0mize  Your  Website   —  Title  Tag   —  Body  Copy   —  Image  Name,  Image  Alt  Tag   —  Meta  Descrip0on   —  Search  Friendly  URLs   —  XML  Sitemap  
  • 43. 43   Page  Title  
  • 44. 44   Page  Title  in  Google  Results  
  • 45. 45  
  • 46. 46  
  • 47. 47   Use  of  keywords  
  • 48. 48  
  • 49. 49   Image  Names  and  Alt  Tags  
  • 50. 50   Meta  Descrip0on  
  • 51. 51   Tag  Length  
  • 52. 52   Duplicate  Page  Content  –  Bad!  
  • 53. 53   Use  301  Redirect  to  fix  
  • 54. 54   Duplicate  Page  Titles  –  Bad!  
  • 55. 55   Search  Friendly  URLs  
  • 56. 56   Not  Friendly!  
  • 57. 57   XML  Site  Map   www.sitemaps.org/protocol.php  
  • 58. 58   Step  3:  Google  Business  Lis0ng   www.google.com/local/add/businessCenter‎  
  • 59. 59  
  • 60. 60  
  • 61. 61  
  • 62. 62  
  • 63. 63   Step  4:  Link  Building  
  • 64. 64  
  • 65. 65  
  • 66. 66   Step  5:  Measure  
  • 67. 67  
  • 68. 68  
  • 69. 69   Social  Media  Ac0vity  
  • 70. 70   Social  Media   — Google  has  made  it  known  that  social  media  ac0vity   in  included  in  it’s  algorithm   — SMO  is  the  distribu0on  of  social  objects  (videos,  blog   posts,  tweets,  Facebook  updates)  so  that  they’re   op0mized  to  rise  to  the  top  of  any  related  search   query,  where  and  when  it  is  performed.     — SEO  +  SMO  =  Amplified  findability  in  the  tradi0onal   and  social  web.    
  • 71. 71   It’s  Huge   —  Facebook:  1,000,000,000  ac0ve  users     —  Google+:    540,000,000  ac0ve  users   —  LinkedIn:    150,000,000  registered  users   —  YouTube:  800,000,000  unique  visitors  last  month  
  • 72. 72   Gegng  Started  -­‐  Social  Media  Plan   —  Define  the  goals  for  social  media   —  increasing  sales,  brand  awareness  /  engagement  or  simply   more  people  who  “like”  or  “follow”  your  business   —  Create  your  plan  –  align  with  marke0ng  calendar   —  Iden0fy  the  most  important  keywords  for  your  business.     Use  these  consistently  in  all  posts,  tweets,  updates.       —  Set-­‐up  your  profiles  and  pages  and  start  pos0ng   —  Ensure  you  have  a  consistent  design/branding  across  all   pla]orms   —  Measure  and  adjust  –  traffic,  comments,  leads,  etc.  
  • 73. 73   Social  Media  Plan   —  Listen  to  what’s  already  out  there:   —  Set-­‐up  Google  Alerts  for  all  your  keywords,  your   compe0tors,  your  own  company  name,  your  personal   name,  etc.   —  Use  Social  Men0on  to  search  social  media  for  men0ons  of   your  organiza0on  /  compe00on   —  Use  Google  Search  and  Google  Blog  Search  to  find  bloggers   and  other  content  creators  in  your  space   —  Use  Muck  Rack  to  find  journalists  
  • 74. 74   Social  Media  Plan   —  Create  your  Content  Calendar  For  Pos0ng   —  Define  5-­‐6  content  categories   —  Set-­‐up  a  3-­‐month  calendar   —  Add  your  key  offline  events  and  any  milestones,  holidays,   etc.,     —  Align  with  your  marke0ng  calendar   —  Content  should  be  a  mix  of  original  content/images,  news   updates  and  curated  content/images  
  • 75. 75  
  • 76. 76   Social  Media  Plan   —  Set-­‐up  your  profiles  and  pages  and  start  pos0ng   —  Ensure  you  have  a  consistent  design/branding  across  all   pla]orms   —  Set-­‐up  Google  Analy0cs  to  monitor  web  traffic   —  Measure  and  adjust  –  traffic,  comments,  leads,  etc.   —  Set-­‐up  and  use  a  dashboard  (Hootsuite,  etc.)  to  manage   your  social  media  updates  
  • 77. 77   Why  Use  Facebook   —  Increase  visibility   —  Connect  with  customers     —  Increase  engagement   —  Promote  your  brand   —  Create  a  community   —  Promote  and  manage  events   —  Give  back  to  loyal  customers  through  special  offers  and   discounts  
  • 78. 78   Engage  and  grow  your  following   —  Write  interes0ng  and  relevant  posts  will  encourage   followers  to  engage  with  your  posts   —  Liking,  commen0ng  and  sharing  are  important     —  Facebook  uses  the  level  of  engagement  to  determine  how   many  people  see  your  posts   —  Reveal  the  human  side  of  a  company,  give  it  personality   —  Provide  useful  informa0on  that  people  won’t  get   elsewhere  (or  at  least  not  as  quickly)   —  Respond  to  comments,  complaints,  requests  real-­‐0me   —  Have  a  pla]orm  for  announcing  news,  promo0ons,   events  
  • 79. 79  
  • 80. 80  
  • 81. 81  
  • 82. 82   Google+  Page  –  Gegng  started   —  hfps://plus.google.com/pages  to  create  your  page   —  Follow  the  wizard  and  choose  the  most  appropriate   op0on  to  classify  your  business   —  Customize  your  page’s  profile   —  Promote  your  page  –  first  complete  the  profile,  share   some  updates   —  Op0mize  your  page   82
  • 83. 83   Google+  -­‐  Gegng  started   —  Circles  -­‐  When  gegng  started,  you  can  organize  those   you’re  connected  to  in  different  circles.    This  allows  you   to  tailor  your  company’s  posts  to  specific  people  who  are   interested  in  that  topic.  Now  your  page  looks  rela0ve  to  a   user  who  enjoys  nature,  as  well  as  another  user  who   enjoys  technology.   83
  • 84. 84   Engaging  with  Google+   —  Share  lots  of  photos   —  Think  about  your  business  –  what  images,  charts,  slides  can   you  share  to  ignite  conversa0ons   —  Share  fresh  content,  interact  with  fans,  etc.   —  Promote  your  Google+  page  on  your  blog  and  website   —  When  you  post  a  message,  photo  or  link,  ask  your   subscribes  to  share  the  content  with  their  Circles   84
  • 85. 85   Engaging  on  LinkedIn  –  Status  Updates   —  Share  links  to  interes0ng  ar0cles,  websites  or  video  you  have   found  that  some  individuals  in  your  network  might  appreciate.   Try  to  use  words  that  grab  the  readers  and  encourage  them  to   click  the  link.   —  Pose  a  ques0on  that  could  lead  to  solving  a  problem  you  have,   like:  "Anyone  know  about…?"     —  Conduct  an  informal  poll  rela0ng  to  a  topic  that  is  of  interest   to  you,  such  as:  "What  interest  rates  are  you  seeing  for  lines  of   credit  in  the  current  environment?"   85
  • 86. 86   Engaging  on  LinkedIn  –  Status  Updates   —  Men0on  a  person  or  a  situa0on  that  might  be  helpful  to  some   of  your  connec0ons,  like:  "I  just  met  with  John  Jones  from  ABC   Company  and  found  out  ….”   —  Talk  about  an  event  you  are  afending  or  have  afended  to   encourage  involvement  and/or  ques0ons  about  what  you   learned  there.   —  Use  the  "Like"  feature  when  you  see  a  helpful  update  from   one  of  your  connec0ons.  Doing  this  shares  that  update  with   your  en0re  network.  This  is  a  great  way  to  give  the  writer  of   the  helpful  update  exposure  to  your  network  that  he/she   wouldn't  normally  have.   86
  • 87. 87  
  • 88. 88   Company  Pages   —  Central  hub  where  millions  of  LinkedIn  members  can  go  to   keep  in  the  loop  on  company  news,  products  and  services,   business  opportuni0es,  and  job  openings.   —  Also  perfect  place  to  start  conversa0on  with  your  customers,   prospec0ve  clients,  job  seekers,  post  company  updates.   —  Post  industry  ar0cles  and  fun  facts.   —  These  updates  appear  on    your  company  page  and  also  the   pages  of  your  followers.   —  Have  followers  Like  your  post  so  it  goes  viral.   —  Analy0cs  pages  to  see  ac0vity  on  the  page.   88
  • 89. 89  
  • 90. 90   YouTube   —  YouTube  is  a  video  sharing  website  on  which  users  can   upload  and  share  videos  
  • 91. 91   Engaging  with  YouTube   —  Powerful,  on-­‐demand  communica0on  channel   —  Market  your  business  to  millions  of  people  at  virtually  no   cost   —  Build  more  personal  rela0onships  with  your  current  client   base   —  Inform,  Educate,  Entertain   —  Good  content,  plan  ahead,  don’t  blatantly  market,  keep  it   short   —  Curate  exis0ng  videos  if  you  don’t  have  your  own  
  • 92. 92   Engaging  with  YouTube   —  Setup  a  branded  channel  using  your  colors  and  logo   —  Allows  users  to  subscribe  to  your  content  and  the  op0on  to   search  just  your  uploaded  content   —  Engage  With  the  YouTube  Community   —  Check  out  other  videos,  favorite  appropriate  videos  and   make  suitable  YouTube  “friends.”   —  Use  tags  and  categories  to  iden0fy  your  videos   —  Add  transcript   —  Promote  your  videos  elsewhere  (blog,  FB,  etc.)   —  Run  contests,  giveaways,  have  calls  to  ac0on   —  Keep  your  channel  current  
  • 93. 93  
  • 94. 94   Thank  You!   Bridget  Gibbons   bridget@gibbonsdigital.com   Gibbonsdigital.com   @gibbonsdigital   ~.com/gibbonsdigital