SEO Is Easy. Seriously.
Don’t make it harder than it is.
The secret to successful SEO is …
Provide quality content, and make it
easy to find
GOOGLE’S SEO PHILOSOPHY
“Focus on the user, and all else will follow”
Or, in Google’s words: …
What Google Cares About
Three keys to Google’s process that your SEO efforts
must address:
1.  Indexing: Can they crawl an...
It’s Really Just Standard Marcom
The Marcom World
o  Audience
o  Message
o  Medium
The SEO World
o  Keywords
o  Content
o ...
Keywords Are Not Yours
o  Keywords are the connection between what your
searcher is thinking and what you want to tell the...
Google’s Public Keyword Tool
o  https://adwords.google.com/select/
KeywordToolExternal
Publish or Perish
o  Content is King
o  You’re the expert; Google wants to help you tell your
story
o  They only care if i...
Keywords In Your Content
o  Make sure your content has the targeted keywords
•  No need to overdo it
•  Max 6% keyword den...
Maximize Link Value
o  Make sure links have descriptive anchor text
Do This
Not That
Links: The Map to Your Treasure
o  Links from relevant sites to yours tell Google that
your content is valuable
o  Similar...
Where to Get Links
o  Suggestions for link sources:
•  Partner firms
•  Contributed articles
o  Target the most authoritat...
On-Site Links Are Also Valuable
o  As you add new content on new pages, link to your
other pages of similar content
o  To ...
Some Valuable Detail
Top 5 Things to Do
1.  Keyword research,
including your competition
2.  Choose longer-tail
keywords t...
GOOGLE’S SEO PHILOSOPHY
Once you get the traffic to your site, make
sure you give them a reason to take an action
One fina...
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Presented by Parallel Path Corporation to viaVerio Resellers, May 4, 2010. Describes the basic techniques behind optimizing a website for improved placement on search engine results pages.

To learn more about Parallel Path Corporation, visit www.parallelpath.com.

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SEO is Easy. Seriously.

  1. 1. SEO Is Easy. Seriously. Don’t make it harder than it is.
  2. 2. The secret to successful SEO is … Provide quality content, and make it easy to find
  3. 3. GOOGLE’S SEO PHILOSOPHY “Focus on the user, and all else will follow” Or, in Google’s words: …
  4. 4. What Google Cares About Three keys to Google’s process that your SEO efforts must address: 1.  Indexing: Can they crawl and index your site? 2.  Content: Does the site have good, useful content relevant to the searched term? 3.  Credibility: Do others recommend or reference your site?
  5. 5. It’s Really Just Standard Marcom The Marcom World o  Audience o  Message o  Medium The SEO World o  Keywords o  Content o  Linking Marcom techniques should be applied on all outbound messaging; SEO techniques should be applied to all online communications
  6. 6. Keywords Are Not Yours o  Keywords are the connection between what your searcher is thinking and what you want to tell them o  Here’s how you find the right ones: •  You must put yourself in the mind of the searcher o  How do they describe their problem, not necessarily your solution? •  PPC data o  Will the keyword lead to a sale? o  All SEO efforts would benefit from PPC data •  Competitor websites o  Can you compete on core keywords, or focus on secondary ones? o  Look at traffic volume for the keywords on your list
  7. 7. Google’s Public Keyword Tool o  https://adwords.google.com/select/ KeywordToolExternal
  8. 8. Publish or Perish o  Content is King o  You’re the expert; Google wants to help you tell your story o  They only care if it’s relevant and fresh o  If you can’t generate it, outsource it o  Remember, content can also be videos, webinars, images, or podcasts Put yourself out there!
  9. 9. Keywords In Your Content o  Make sure your content has the targeted keywords •  No need to overdo it •  Max 6% keyword density •  Readability is more important than density o  If it’s offsite content, like a press release, make sure it links to the appropriate web page
  10. 10. Maximize Link Value o  Make sure links have descriptive anchor text Do This Not That
  11. 11. Links: The Map to Your Treasure o  Links from relevant sites to yours tell Google that your content is valuable o  Similar to the treasure map, linking is the most valuable aspect of SEO o  Off-site link-building is time-consuming, but doubly valuable •  Off-site links drive traffic to you •  Off-site links are votes for your relevance If Content is King, then Linking is the Queen, and may be more valuable than the King.
  12. 12. Where to Get Links o  Suggestions for link sources: •  Partner firms •  Contributed articles o  Target the most authoritative sites •  Relevant blogs o  Target the highest-traffic blogs o  Links from social media are the dynamic new element •  Relevant conversations point to relevant content
  13. 13. On-Site Links Are Also Valuable o  As you add new content on new pages, link to your other pages of similar content o  To do this right, start with a content strategy and map •  Create silos of content categories o  This map has two valuable aspects: •  It makes it easy to add content in an organized way .. •  .. which lets Google easily digest it, as well
  14. 14. Some Valuable Detail Top 5 Things to Do 1.  Keyword research, including your competition 2.  Choose longer-tail keywords that you can own 3.  Focus on one primary and two secondary keywords 4.  Align all on-page elements to keyword 5.  Build links Top 5 Things to Avoid 1.  Keyword stuffing 2.  Impediments to Google’s crawler 3.  Keywords nobody searches for 4.  Duplicating your content 5.  Invalid HTML and heavy code
  15. 15. GOOGLE’S SEO PHILOSOPHY Once you get the traffic to your site, make sure you give them a reason to take an action One final thought …
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