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  • Didn’t need a sizeable company to do a lot- SEO could provide acquisition- Ad networks could provide you revenue- Outsource hosting and IT

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  • 1. 1
    Mani Dhillon
    • Long career in consumer and enterprise product development
    • 2. Previously at Electronic Arts developing mobile and online games, Cisco Systems developing consumer and enterprise networking equipment
    • 3. MBA, Northwestern University
    • 4. Currently General Manager, Urbanspoon
    Urbanspoon runs an online and mobile restaurant guide for diners and reservation system for restaurants
  • 5. 2
    Three friends set out to do a lot with a little . . .
    with the help of SEO.
    Ethan
    Creative Guy
    Adam
    Hacker Extraordinaire
    Patrick
    Expert in this and that
  • 6. Status
    Brainstormed 20 ideas that they could take on as a small team and since they were all passionate about food they decided to focus on that. They followed the basics of SEO (clean topology, relevant to top searches, others will link to)
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  • 7. Competing for major terms (Seattle Restaurants) was difficult. So they analyzed the searches that lead to the site and found that they could focus on neighborhoods and zip codes uniquely. Made landing pages for zip codes and neighborhoods and made profiles pages link to those pages.
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  • 8. 5
    SEO Link Bait – novel ways to present our data that others wanted to link to. The following presentation got us a lot of press
    • Restaurants at Night
    • 9. Bush vs. Keary and Steak vs. Sushi
  • Spoonbacks – Urbanspoon presents reviews from bloggers, critics and readers. Bloggers that participate in the Spoonback program get millions of users viewing their posts on Urbanspoon and then linking back to their blog. Another benefit is that both the blogger and Urbanspoon improve their Google Pagerank.
    Over 2,000 bloggers participate in the Spoonback program.
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