A Simple Process for Choosing Good Keywords High Volume (many searches/month) Low Competition Ideal Keywords! (weak sites/pages in the top 10) High Value (large % of visitors convert)
AdWords: The Best Choice (Most of the Time) The AdWords Keyword Tool Can Be Found Here: https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal
Use Exact Match! Be Careful About Phrase + Broad Note the much higher numbers!
Analyzing the Top 10 to Determine Difficulty Strong, popularsites w/ targeted titles + content
Analyzing the Top 10 to Determine Difficulty Weaker, lesser known sites andnon-targeted titles
Keyword Difficulty ToolI use SEOmoz tool to drill down on difficulty: http://pro.seomoz.org/tools/keyword-difficulty/
Value of Visits? Use Analytics DataGood proxies for the value of traffic from these sources Via Google Analytics (http://www.google.com/analytics) which is free!
A Simple Process for Choosing Good Keywords High Volume Google AdWords (many searches/month) Low Competition (weak sites/pages in the top 10) Gut Feel (or KW Difficulty Tool) High Value Gut Feel (or Analytics Data) (large % of visitors convert)
Why Links Matter to Search EnginesWhat You Say What Others SayAbout Yourself. < About You.
What Matters in a Link? Editorially given From a trusted source Uses descriptive anchor text Points to the right pageBest primer I’ve found on link dynamics:http://www.seomoz.org/blog/10-illustrations-on-search-engines-valuation-of-links
What Matters in a Link? Rel=“Nofollow” URL (a tag that indicates search (the link target) engines shouldn’t trust/count this link) <p><a href=“http://www.marketingscoop.com” rel=“nofollow”> Marketing Resources Website </a> is a great resource for those seeking to learn more about online marketing and search engine optimization.</p> Surrounding Text Anchor text (may provide context on(tells the engine what this link is about) the link’s relevance)
Manual Link BuildingTactics like discovering the links of competitors, getting listed in directories, resource lists, submitting content,building profiles, etc. are all in the “manual link building” category (above via http://opensiteexplorer.org andhttp://www.majesticseo.com
“Natural” Link Building Many of these blogs will use the badge and link to the list, because it makes them look good!The AdAge 150 is a brilliant example of link building through the creation and sharing of aresource.
Link Building Post Penguin4 main anchor types of an inbound link profile - anchor text distribution ratio:•Naked URLs -Examples include: searchenginejournal.com, http://www.searchenginejournal.com, www.searchenginejournal.com, and http://searchenginejournal.com.•Brand Anchors consist of some variation of the brand name of the destination website: -Examples include Search Engine Journal, SearchEngineJournal, Search engine journal, and SEJ.•Brand-keyword hybrid anchors consist of some variation of the brand name of thedestination website mixed with a relevant exact-match or LSI keyword. E -Examples include: SEO blog Search Engine Journal, Search Blog Search Engine Journal, and Search Engine Journal, a search blog.•Universal/junk anchors consist of words that can apply to any destination website, or areuniversal in nature, such as “click here,” “visit this website,” and “here.”
Link Building & Social Sharing Resources There are literally infinite numbers of ways to build links – creativity is your only limitation!
FacebookCorrelation of Social Media-Based Factors (data via Topsy API & Google Buzz API) Amazing: Facebook Shares is our single highest correlated metric with higher Google rankings.But correlation is not causation!
What About Local SEO?•Just over a year-and-a-half ago, Google introducedBlended Place Search, merging its traditional organicalgorithm with its index of Local businesses from GooglePlaces.•We saw the number of "pure" Local results (thoseshowing traditional "7-pack" formats) go from aconsistent majority to a consistent minority.
What About Local SEO? NormalAlgorithm MapsAlgorithm http://www.davidmihm.com/local-search-ranking-factors.shtml
How Do I Get These Cool Results!?That’s my face! Rel author tag… http://www.vervesearch.com/blog/seo/how-to-implement-the-relauthor-tag- a-step-by-step-guide/
What About Those Awesome Video Results?! These are great fordriving clicks http://wistia.com/doc/video-seo
Tools to Help with Optimization http://www.google.com/webmasters/
Thank You! Want to get in touch?@mfleischner on Twitter or by email – firstname.lastname@example.org RESOURCES: Scoop Marketing Forum, The Marketing Blog
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