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In this session we'll share the tools that we use daily to get great results for clients. Expect to learn a lot in a quick exchange of tools to help you evaluate opportunities and optimize your sites.

In this session we'll share the tools that we use daily to get great results for clients. Expect to learn a lot in a quick exchange of tools to help you evaluate opportunities and optimize your sites.

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    My 5 Favorite SEO Strategies Exposed My 5 Favorite SEO Strategies Exposed Presentation Transcript

    • My SEO Secrets Wil Reynolds, Founder, SEER Interactive
    • Online Success Recipe This Presentation REQUIRES Questions & Interruptions
    • How Google Knol is killing your content is king strategy What is Google Knol?
    • How Google Knol is killing your content is king strategy
    • How Google Knol is killing your content is king strategy What is Google Knol?
    • How Google Knol is killing your content is king strategy What does the previous page tell us about how these pages are ranked?
      • What info could Google pull from?
      • # of comments
      • Length of comments (hey thanks = spam)
      • # unique comments
      • Comment Velocity
      • Quality of commenters
      • Commenter velocity
    • How Google Knol is killing your content is king strategy
    • How Google Knol is killing your content is king strategy What does the previous page tell us about how these pages are ranked? What info could Google pull from? • Poster quality • Rating & rater quality • Content length • Freshness / versions (health) • Reviewers & reviewer quality • Similar content threshold • Inappropriate content flag (watch haters!)
    • How Google Knol is killing your content is king strategy Mostly impacts content heavy sites You MUST watch out for these ranking in your space Use Aaron Walls Rank Checker for your key terms and knol.google.com as the domain. http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/rank-checker/ Impacts “how to” and hot content Prepare for it by: • Watching, reading, commenting, voting •NOT BY WRITING • Watch hot trends (google.com/trends) and write about them quickly •People are sharing in the Adsense revenue, if these pages start ranking well someone is going to get PAID better be you! • Edit regularly, promote the heck out of them you’ll need a following, links, traffic to the page • Create a contest around adding to your Knol (Aaron Wall) • Don’t close it to editing (guess)
    • Tools to help you know what you are up against in SEO One of the biggest mistakes made by people who are doing their own SEO or hiring an SEO is not properly assessing the competitiveness of their landscape against and honestly assessing their skills. Depending on your industry you should know that David vs. Goliath is getting much harder to pull off - everyone has search in their marketing plans
    • Tools to help you know what you are up against in SEO How to spot low hanging fruit opportunities that require basic SEO Run a tool like SEO spyglass (paid) or linkdiagnosis (free) to get the spread of links to a competing site. Are most links low PR, how many do they have? How do you stack up (in the same tool).
      • Are mostly homepages ranked well or do you see many pages ranking with pages that are 2-3 levels away from the homepage?
      • Look for links from authority sites, PR 7 and higher
      • Are those ranking well household names
        • Search news sites are competitors getting a lot of press, are they partnering with big household names
          • Search Google News + archive
          • USE SEOQUAKE to get averages on PR, Links, etc
    • Don‟t Fall Victim… Beware of the SEO MYTH!! Every site ranks well for SOMETHING!
    • Linkdiagnosis
    • Linkdiagnosis What I get from this tool for my top competitors: High value backlinks What are the REAL odds that I’ll be able to get some similar ones? How many raw links do they have? What is the anchor text of the top high value links? How does your PR distribution compare to theirs? How do we compare on deep links? 2 THINGS I LIKE about this tool: • Sortable columns • Exportable to CSV for real manipulation (MACROS) Be Careful It doesn’t do any interpretation on focus / theme of site You’ll see Wikipedia / Amazon in the top of search results and you can bump them for stuff that is LONG tail for them but in your wheelhouse.
    • SEOQuake
    • SEOQuake What I get from this tool for my top competitors: Pagelinks (gives an idea on deeplinks) Domain links (domain link power) Indexed Pages Add in Gov Links, Stumbleupon, Digg, Google Trends Data, etc = Platform 2 THINGS I LIKE about this tool: • Sortable SERPS • Exportable to CSV for real manipulation (MACROS) Be Careful You can get blocked out of Google Sometimes to get the best out of the dataset change your search prefs to 50 results this is likely to get you the best overall idea of what you are up against.
    • Competitiveness Next Steps Now that you know the competitiveness of the landscape, you can make choices about what kinds of terms you can win with
    • Know what’s attainable Top of the Tail Middle Tail End of the Tail Buy Tickets Rutgers basketball Boston Theatre Tickets Sell Tickets tickets Things to do in Arizona Superbowl Tickets University of Maryland Chicago Jazz Concerts NCAA Tickets football tickets Duke Basketball Tickets BU football tickets Syracuse Basketball Fall out boy tickets Tickets Jimmy Buffet Tickets Eagles Tickets Trace Adkins Tickets Broadway Tickets
    • A real example  Stubhub  Tickets  By location - Philadelphia - Music - Jazz  Competitor  Things to do in (10 major cities)  Kanye West tickets  Third eye blind tickets  Use this strategy until you can COMPETE  Build linkbait (may take 4-5 attempts), press, a following, etc  Go after more difficult terms the following year
    • Quick KW Research pointers
      • Google gives us numbers!! & you can kick them out in a CSV  Google gives us top keywords driving traffic to our competitors using trends for websites (check against other tools)
      • Before you run off with the data, check the trend against your site…is it pretty accurate or way off?
      • MSN Adcenter Plugin - SPEED
    • Google Keyword Tool
    • Google Keyword Tool
    • Google Trends for Websites
    • Google Trends Pointers
      • With Google Trends for websites you can also find top keywords driving traffic to your competitors “Also searched for”
      • USE REGIONS to filter out foreign searchers if you don’t offer to a global audience or to find opportunities (PPC)
      • USE the year to find month to month trends, or spikes in the last 30 days to find more recent spikes
    • MSN AdCenter Plugin
    • Advanced Queries to find Links
      • Say THANK YOU to Ann Smarty & Rand Fishkin who inspired this slide
    • Google Advanced Queries
    • Google Advanced Queries
    • Google Advanced Queries
      • www.nicholas. duke .edu/blog/davids-blog/ duke - basketball /
    • Do you see what I see?
      • I SEE…
    • Do you see what I see?
    • Do you see what I see?
      • Who really like…
    • Do you see what I see?
    • Do you see what I see?
      • And have NO
    • Do you see what I see?
    • Do you see what I see?
      • I SEE CONTEST
      • I SEE LINKS
      • All from smart queries
    • Google Advanced Queries keyword "suggest url" / "suggest * url" keyword "suggest site" / "suggest site" keyword "suggest website" / "suggest * website" Keyword companies in “city” Keyword companies list Keyword companies directory (ies) inurl:forum / inurl:forums Wildcard “ Top * firefox” extensions – misses top extensions for FF “ Top * firefox extensions” – misses top 10 firefox extension top * firefox extensions – could bring back too many results Blogsearch link:www.competitor.com Search for sites mentioning you but not linking: Wil Reynolds –linkdomain:thinkseer.com –site:thinkseer.com Search for sites linking to several competitors but not you: linkdomain:copounsite1.com linkdomain:copounsite2.com linkdomain:couponsite3.com
    • Queries + SEO Quake
    • Queries + SEO Quake
    • 10 Ways to get .edu links
      • Ok here’s my quick and dirty ways to get them!
      • Guest speak at a class/club on Internet Marketing
      • Participate in the career fair at the schools who link out to participating companies
      • Post your internships on schools sites that link out, make friends with the career services people so you can BEG for that link if need be
      • Find professors who post and link out to the authors of publications in their syllabus if you can add value e-mail them and see if your case study or whitepaper could be used in their class
      • Offer employee discounts to professors, develop an “education” license or version
    • 10 Ways to get .edu links
      • Sponsor a marketing / technology or advertising club’s event make sure the club’s site is on the .edu and that the university links out to sponsors, there are 1000’s of university groups, from frats to golf club to Spanish club to linux club!
      • Do an advanced search on a local .edu with a word like guest speaker, or internet marketing or career fair, sign up for it in Google Alerts
      • Read the school paper, allow the editor to interview you or one of your executives as a local company or individual doing “good” in business.
      • Does your alma matter highlight graduates AND link out?
      • If all else fails donate money to universities that link out to donor pages – advanced query!
    • Thanks!
      • Wil Reynolds – SEO since 1998
      • SEER Interactive – Founded 2002
      • www.seerinteractive.com
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      • Call - 215-967-4461