SEO Best Practices 2014
Pierre M. Fiorini, Ph.D.
Managing Partner
CF Search Marketing
About CF Search Marketing

•

Founded in 2007

•

2 Locations
– Miami, FL
– Portsmouth, NH

•

Chrysler Preferred Vendor s...
Overview
• SEO Overview/Terminology
– Case study On-Page SEO

• What changed in 2013?
– Case Study Link Profiles

• SEO Be...
What is SEO?
• Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - A way to
improve rankings in organic search

SEM

SEO
SEO Why Bother?
• FREE TRAFFIC!!!

SEM/PAID

SEO/FREE
SEO Why Bother?
• Also…
– SEO traffic is highly converting traffic

– People trust organic results more than paid
– Local ...
How To Do SEO…
• Essentially, 4 things to do…
1. ON-PAGE SEO
2. OFF-PAGE SEO
3. Generate Local Signals
4. Generate Social ...
How To Do SEO…
• On-Page SEO
– Things you actually PHYSICALLY do to your site…
•
•
•
•
•
•

Content for your site (Make/Mo...
On-Page SEO: Case Studies
• Audi Mission Viejo
– Clean, sleek design
– Needs more home page content
• Cities, services, et...
How To Do SEO…
• Off-Page SEO
– Things you do OFF your site…
• Link Building (i.e., links from bloggers, bookmarks, etc.)
...
Off-Page SEO - Example
How To Do SEO…
• Generate Local Signals
– Google Asks: How relevant are you for local searches?
(e.g., dodge dealers las v...
Local Signals Examples - Citations
• A great local signal coming from CitySearch:
– Audi Mission Viejo
How To Do SEO…
• Social Signals
– What is a “social signal”?
• Likes, Google+ Links, +1’s, mentions, tweets, re-tweets, et...
How To Do SEO…
• The pieces of the puzzle…

GOOGLE
ORGANIC
RANK

←

OVER
200+
Signals!
How To Do SEO…
• The pieces of the puzzle…

GOOGLE
ORGANIC
RANK

=

On-Page
SEO
Local
Signals

Off-Page
+
SEO

+

Social
S...
What’s Changed???
• Major Algorithm Changes
– Panda (2011 - current)
– Penguin (2012, 2013)
– Hummingbird Update (2013)

•...
Panda/Farmer Updates (2011-Current)
Panda Update Summary
• A major algorithm update hit
sites hard, affecting ~12% of
sear...
Penguin 1.0 (April 2012)
Penguin 1.0 (April 2012)

Manipulative
Anchor Text
Examples –
EXACTLY the stuff
Penguin 1.0 was
looking for…
dodge philade...
Penguin 1.0 (April 2012)
• Summary
– Targeted Manipulative Anchor Text
– ~3.1% of all queries affected
– 1st time EVER Goo...
Penguin 2.0, 2.1
• Penguin 2.0 (May 2013)
– Targeted ALL pages of the website
– Targeted same type of stuff (money kws)
– ...
Case Study: Link Profiles
• Untouched Link Profile
– Problem is NOT enough links (13 different domains)
– www.montrosemazd...
Hummingbird Update
Google’s Hummingbird Update (Aug 2013?)
• Hummingbird is a new search algorithm
that affects 90 percent...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond
• Improve On-Page SEO Strategy
– Unique Content (Panda Farmer update)
– No “SPAMMY” keyword l...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – On-Page SEO
• Make sure content is UNIQUE and WELL-WRITTEN

With Panda, all
sites are given...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – On-Page SEO
• Avoid “SPAMMY” keyword ladened text…
“Welcome to ABC Dodge. Your
Dodge dealer...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – On-Page SEO
• Create a GREAT User Experience…
• The Panda algorithm uses site metrics
to “s...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Off-Page SEO
• Make sure your links are as “natural” as
possible…
• Do Linkbuilding by:
– C...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Off-Page SEO
• Natural Links are “Holy Grail” for SEO folks…
• One approach is to use
“Info...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Off-Page SEO
• Natural links generated by infographic…

Blogger’s talking
about this site a...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Social Sharing
• “Share” your content on the social networks such
as Google+, FB, Twitter, ...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Social Sharing
• Traffic from Social Sharing
• 1000+ visits
from Social
Media sites
• Sendi...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Mobile Strategy
• Mobile traffic is on the rise...
• Mobile traffic will surpass desktop so...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Mobile Strategy
• The best mobile strategy is to make sure that
you show up in Google Map S...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Mobile Strategy
• How Business listings affect rankings…

• Make sure you are listed in the...
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – SEO/SEM Synergy

• Make sure you do SEM (PPC + Display) along
with SEO
SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – SEO/SEM Synergy

• Make sure you do SEM (PPC + Display) along
with SEO
– PPC & Display help...
Dealer SEO Checklist (5 point list)
1.

Are you adding content to your site on a monthly basis?

2.

Are your title tags o...
Thank You
• Please talk to my associate to do a review of
your website and your Internet marketing
strategies
– SEO Audit
...
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  1. 1. SEO Best Practices 2014 Pierre M. Fiorini, Ph.D. Managing Partner CF Search Marketing
  2. 2. About CF Search Marketing • Founded in 2007 • 2 Locations – Miami, FL – Portsmouth, NH • Chrysler Preferred Vendor since 2013 – Digital Advertising – SEO – Social Media/Reputation Management • Goals as a Provider – Performance – Service – Technology
  3. 3. Overview • SEO Overview/Terminology – Case study On-Page SEO • What changed in 2013? – Case Study Link Profiles • SEO Best Practices 2014 – – – – – On-Page SEO Off-Page SEO Social Signals Mobile Strategy SEO/SEM Synergy • Dealer SEO Checklist
  4. 4. What is SEO? • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - A way to improve rankings in organic search SEM SEO
  5. 5. SEO Why Bother? • FREE TRAFFIC!!! SEM/PAID SEO/FREE
  6. 6. SEO Why Bother? • Also… – SEO traffic is highly converting traffic – People trust organic results more than paid – Local organic traffic produces 2X as many leads as localized PPC traffic
  7. 7. How To Do SEO… • Essentially, 4 things to do… 1. ON-PAGE SEO 2. OFF-PAGE SEO 3. Generate Local Signals 4. Generate Social Signals
  8. 8. How To Do SEO… • On-Page SEO – Things you actually PHYSICALLY do to your site… • • • • • • Content for your site (Make/Model Pages, etc.) Title Tags Meta Tags Description Text Putting up Specials Etc.
  9. 9. On-Page SEO: Case Studies • Audi Mission Viejo – Clean, sleek design – Needs more home page content • Cities, services, etc. – Home Page Title tags need more geos – Not much original content about Makes/Models • Montrose Mazda of Kent – Reasonable amount of home page content – Title tags contain GEO’s – Not much original content about Makes/Models • Earnhardt Gilbert Dodge – Tons of Home page content – Geos in Title Tags – Original Content about Makes/Models
  10. 10. How To Do SEO… • Off-Page SEO – Things you do OFF your site… • Link Building (i.e., links from bloggers, bookmarks, etc.) • Citations (i.e., local directory listings) • Etc.
  11. 11. Off-Page SEO - Example
  12. 12. How To Do SEO… • Generate Local Signals – Google Asks: How relevant are you for local searches? (e.g., dodge dealers las vegas, dodge dealers [GEO], etc.) – Answer: Proximity, local mentions of your dealership • • • • Local sites (Parts, Pizza, Golf, University, etc.) Local Bloggers Local Social Sharing (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Reddit.com, etc.) Local Directories & Citations
  13. 13. Local Signals Examples - Citations • A great local signal coming from CitySearch: – Audi Mission Viejo
  14. 14. How To Do SEO… • Social Signals – What is a “social signal”? • Likes, Google+ Links, +1’s, mentions, tweets, re-tweets, etc., you get from Google+, FB, Twitter, Reddit.com, Social Bookmark sites, etc. – Google has definitively said that “social signals” count in their organic ranking algorithm – BUT, nobody knows for sure how much… • Google has limited crawl access to FB, Twitter, etc. • May be getting information from Google Analytics
  15. 15. How To Do SEO… • The pieces of the puzzle… GOOGLE ORGANIC RANK ← OVER 200+ Signals!
  16. 16. How To Do SEO… • The pieces of the puzzle… GOOGLE ORGANIC RANK = On-Page SEO Local Signals Off-Page + SEO + Social Signals
  17. 17. What’s Changed??? • Major Algorithm Changes – Panda (2011 - current) – Penguin (2012, 2013) – Hummingbird Update (2013) • Google Wants – – – – A GREAT user experience No SPAMMY on-page stuff Unique content Natural Linking • Bad links can actually hurt you now – Google used to ignore bad links for the most part… On-Page Off-Page Voice Factors Factors Search
  18. 18. Panda/Farmer Updates (2011-Current) Panda Update Summary • A major algorithm update hit sites hard, affecting ~12% of search results (huge!) • Panda seemed to crack down on thin content, content farms, sites with high ad-to-content ratios, and a number of other quality issues. • Panda has rolled out numerous times over the years – now incorporated into algorithm.
  19. 19. Penguin 1.0 (April 2012)
  20. 20. Penguin 1.0 (April 2012) Manipulative Anchor Text Examples – EXACTLY the stuff Penguin 1.0 was looking for… dodge philadelphia pa chrysler dealers tx I.e., “Money Keywords” (keywords used in AdWords)
  21. 21. Penguin 1.0 (April 2012) • Summary – Targeted Manipulative Anchor Text – ~3.1% of all queries affected – 1st time EVER Google went after this type of stuff – Google went after Link schemes – Targeted “Over-Optimization” – Only the home page was used in Google’s analysis – Google targeted “money keywords” • dodge dealers nm • honda brockton ut • Etc.
  22. 22. Penguin 2.0, 2.1 • Penguin 2.0 (May 2013) – Targeted ALL pages of the website – Targeted same type of stuff (money kws) – ~2.3% of all queries affected • Penguin 2.1 (Oct 2013) – Targeted same type of stuff (money kws) – ~1.0 of all search queries affected
  23. 23. Case Study: Link Profiles • Untouched Link Profile – Problem is NOT enough links (13 different domains) – www.montrosemazdakent.com • Natural Link Profile – Lots of links – www.reemantoll.com • “SEO Footprint” – The type Google Penguin goes after... – www.audimv.com
  24. 24. Hummingbird Update Google’s Hummingbird Update (Aug 2013?) • Hummingbird is a new search algorithm that affects 90 percent of all searches. • Examines the searcher’s query as a whole understands the meaning behind it. • For longer, conversational queries, Google now gives much better results – Voice search PREDICTION: Hummingbird will make long tail searches more & more important!
  25. 25. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond • Improve On-Page SEO Strategy – Unique Content (Panda Farmer update) – No “SPAMMY” keyword ladened text (Panda may factor this) – Create GREAT user experience to improve site metrics • Elevate Off-Page SEO Strategy – Content Marketing – Guest Posting on blogs – “Natural” linking (huge factor in Penguin) • Utilize “Social Sharing” • Implement Mobile SEO Strategy • Leverage SEO/SEM Synergy
  26. 26. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – On-Page SEO • Make sure content is UNIQUE and WELL-WRITTEN With Panda, all sites are given QUALITY SCORE – the better content you have, the higher you’ll rank (Panda Farmer Update)
  27. 27. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – On-Page SEO • Avoid “SPAMMY” keyword ladened text… “Welcome to ABC Dodge. Your Dodge dealer in Boston, MA serving Boston Massachusetts and the surrounding areas of Boston where Boston is a great city and we love the Red Sox in Boston where you can win FREE tickets if you live in the Boston area…” With Panda, all sites are given QUALITY SCORE – the better content you have, the higher you’ll rank
  28. 28. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – On-Page SEO • Create a GREAT User Experience… • The Panda algorithm uses site metrics to “score” your site • The site “Quality Score” is based on things like: • • • • Time on Site Pages/Visit Page Load Time Other factors… • Make Your Site Interesting to help these factors With Panda, all sites are given QUALITY SCORE – the better content you have, the higher you’ll rank
  29. 29. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Off-Page SEO • Make sure your links are as “natural” as possible… • Do Linkbuilding by: – Content Marketing • Hosting your content on real blogs (link back to your site) – Guest Posting • Posting as an expert in area on a real blog (link back to your site) – Establishing local relationships • Get links from them – Real “Natural Linking” • Infographics With Penguin, bad links can actually hurt you (Google used to ignore most of these)
  30. 30. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Off-Page SEO • Natural Links are “Holy Grail” for SEO folks… • One approach is to use “Infographics” • Generates tons traffic and NATURAL links to your site
  31. 31. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Off-Page SEO • Natural links generated by infographic… Blogger’s talking about this site and linking! NATURAL LINKS!!!
  32. 32. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Social Sharing • “Share” your content on the social networks such as Google+, FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, etc. • Here, an “inventory page” is being posted to Google+, FB & Twitter – This helps the page get indexed and ranked higher in Google
  33. 33. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Social Sharing • Traffic from Social Sharing • 1000+ visits from Social Media sites • Sending a strong “Social Signal” to Google
  34. 34. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Mobile Strategy • Mobile traffic is on the rise... • Mobile traffic will surpass desktop sometime in 2014
  35. 35. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Mobile Strategy • The best mobile strategy is to make sure that you show up in Google Map Searches • You can improve your positions in the maps by making sure you have updated “business listings” • Also, make sure you have a mobile site and make sure metrics like page load time, bounce rates, time on site are good • Google is ranks sites better if they have a “good user mobile experience”
  36. 36. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – Mobile Strategy • How Business listings affect rankings… • Make sure you are listed in these and have correct information! (address + phone no)
  37. 37. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – SEO/SEM Synergy • Make sure you do SEM (PPC + Display) along with SEO
  38. 38. SEO Strategies 2013 & Beyond – SEO/SEM Synergy • Make sure you do SEM (PPC + Display) along with SEO – PPC & Display helps generate organic traffic – When both an organic and PPC listing show up, people are 50% more likely to click on one of your links – PPC can generate social signals – Performance of website is always best when both SEO & PPC are utilized
  39. 39. Dealer SEO Checklist (5 point list) 1. Are you adding content to your site on a monthly basis? 2. Are your title tags optimized? 3. Are you adding meta tags – Description, Keywords, Microdata, etc. 4. Are you building links to your site? – What is the anchor text? – Where, what, & how many? – Are you establishing local relationships? 5. Are you building/updating citations? – Yellowbook, Judy’s Book, etc.
  40. 40. Thank You • Please talk to my associate to do a review of your website and your Internet marketing strategies – SEO Audit – SM/RM Audit – SEM (PPC, Display, Retargeting, etc.) Audit • Also visit BOOTH 1137 – Same row as Haystak, Cobalt, DealerX
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