Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Workshop By Gabriel Goldenberg Gab @seoroi.com
Where We’re Going Today
Where We’re Going Today <ul><li>Where does SEO fit in marketing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interruption vs permission marketin...
Where We’re Going Today <ul><li>Under The 600 HP Hoods of Modern Search Engines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Content discovery...
Where We’re Going Today <ul><li>How do we do SEO? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Same as offline marketing campaign: </li></ul></ul...
Where We’re Going Today <ul><li>We will do group work to:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research – Keyword ideas and value </li><...
INTRO Image: PropsUnlimited.com
Interruption Marketing Via 10steps.sg
Via DimensionsGuide.com
Via Hongkiat.com
SearchEngineLand.com
An Experiment With Fonts & Font Size <ul><li>Group M, please visit seoroi.com/test-1 </li></ul><ul><li>Group R, please vis...
Do Ads Annoy You? Scam ads. Screenshot via BattelleMedia.com
Permission Marketing Via B2HMarketing.com
Via Calgary-city-maps.com
 
Search: The New Yellow Pages
Why do SEO? <ul><li>Highly Effective - Permission </li></ul><ul><li>98% of clicks on page 1.  When  did you  last click # ...
Under Search Engines’ Hoods
How Search Engines Work <ul><li>Finding out about content </li></ul><ul><li>Visit  </li></ul><ul><li>Decide what it’s abou...
Finding Content <ul><li>There are over a dozen different ways that search engines will discover new content </li></ul><ul>...
IsMarkDavidsonReal.com Full case study: http://www.seomoz.org/ugc/how-i-got-16-links-in-20-minutes-with-9
Crawling Content <ul><li>Q: How do search engines know what is on a webpage? </li></ul><ul><li>A: With spiders and robots....
The Index <ul><li>Where information on the web is stored. </li></ul>
Rankings <ul><li>Rankings depend on  Relevance  and Importance. </li></ul>
Relevance <ul><li>Relevance is the minimum threshold for a page to be  considered  to be shown.  </li></ul>Image via: Stua...
Relevance Signals <ul><li>Signals of a page’s relevance include  </li></ul><ul><li>Content on the page  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Rankings   <ul><li>Rankings depend on </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance and  </li></ul><ul><li>Importance </li></ul>Via Topspots...
Rankings <ul><li>It’s not enough to have a relevant page…  </li></ul><ul><li>You need to be The. Most. Important. Page.  <...
What’s  The Most Important Page?
The most visitors? Via VisualPhotos.com
The most known brand? Good analysis here:  http://www.seobook.com/potential-brand-signals Via BrandXCulture.com
The one paying Google the most?
The hottest designed page? Via Visual-Blast.com
Importance <ul><li>Importance in rankings  depends on what  others  say.  </li></ul>
Links Via Wasauna.com IPL.org
Factors In Link Building <ul><li>Amount </li></ul><ul><li>Prominence and location </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><u...
Social Signals <ul><li>Importance depends on social media signals like tweets and Facebook shares </li></ul>
Visitor Data <ul><li>Browsers and toolbars </li></ul>
Rankings Cat & Mouse
Penalties and Filters <ul><li>Penalties for guideline violations </li></ul><ul><li>Filters for geo, language, news etc.  <...
How do we do SEO?
How do we do SEO? Step 1: Research
Research: Keyword Ideas <ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Get 2-3 partners </li></ul><ul><li>Pick 3 products you’ve all rese...
Research: Keyword Ideas <ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><li>Switch products with the group sitting next to you </li></ul><ul>...
Research: Keyword Ideas <ul><li>Competitors </li></ul><ul><li>Google some keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Visit sites  </li></u...
Research: Keyword Value <ul><li>Individually: Write answers to these questions about your group’s products: </li></ul><ul>...
Research: Keyword Value <ul><li>Lego: Big mistake or PPC intricacies? </li></ul>
Research: Keyword Value <ul><li>CPC data, Surveys and Competitor Review </li></ul><ul><li>Compare keyword ideas with keywo...
Designing Sites for SEO
Keep It Simple <ul><li>Text links </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Flash & Frames </li></ul><ul><li>Use keywords liberally </li></u...
Clinique Revolution   Full disclosure: They are a current client.
Link Building  <ul><li>‘ Why would anyone link to me?’ </li></ul>
That’s What They Do <ul><li>Directories of websites and resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General: Yahoo </li></ul></ul><ul...
What is a “Hub”? It’s the center of a wheel.
What is a “Hub”? A wheel made up of pages and links.
Why Hubs Matter To SEO <ul><li>A Partial History of Google’s Algos </li></ul><ul><li>PageRank: Absolute scores </li></ul><...
Hubs Link Within A Field So Hub Links And Relevance Correlate <ul><li>Topical relevance can be measured using hub links </...
Tool: Competitive Link Finder
Tool: Competitive Link Finder <ul><li>Pros:  </li></ul><ul><li>See actual linking pages </li></ul><ul><li>Sorted by SEOmoz...
And Sites With Other Purposes’ Motivation? <ul><li>Sweeeeeeet content.  </li></ul>
News 500K links, per OpenSiteExplorer.org
Tutorials
Studies
Compliments or Controversy <ul><li>Jason Cherniak from Liblogs </li></ul><ul><li>Jason Calacanis of Weblogs Inc. </li></ul...
Practice: Link Analysis <ul><li>In groups, download these four CSV files and visit the URLs. </li></ul><ul><li>Why did the...
And If You Don’t Create Content? <ul><li>Suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>Customers </li></ul><ul><li>Friends  </li></ul>
Assumed: Initial Attention Distribution doesn’t happen on its own. You have to ask. And for many of us, that’s uncomfortab...
Why is it uncomfortable?
Why is it uncomfortable? Typically because we’re interrupting. Via 10steps.sg
The solution? Permission.  <ul><ul><li>Relationships: BuzzStream, ConnectedHQ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Media & Re...
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  • Ask how many people are in class and send half out Have remaining half open a click test page and show where they would click. Send them out and have other half come back in, and open a second test, showing where they would click. “ We’ll come back to the results in a moment. First, we need to discuss permission marketing.” Go back and forth between results pages, show similarity
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    1. 1. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Workshop By Gabriel Goldenberg Gab @seoroi.com
    2. 2. Where We’re Going Today
    3. 3. Where We’re Going Today <ul><li>Where does SEO fit in marketing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interruption vs permission marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who finds ads annoying? Who ignores ads? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why do SEO? </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Where We’re Going Today <ul><li>Under The 600 HP Hoods of Modern Search Engines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Content discovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Crawling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Indexing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Ranking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Filtering and Penalizing </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Where We’re Going Today <ul><li>How do we do SEO? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Same as offline marketing campaign: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Execute </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Measure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Optimize </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Where We’re Going Today <ul><li>We will do group work to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research – Keyword ideas and value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measure – Link building efforts </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. INTRO Image: PropsUnlimited.com
    8. 8. Interruption Marketing Via 10steps.sg
    9. 9. Via DimensionsGuide.com
    10. 10. Via Hongkiat.com
    11. 11. SearchEngineLand.com
    12. 12. An Experiment With Fonts & Font Size <ul><li>Group M, please visit seoroi.com/test-1 </li></ul><ul><li>Group R, please visit seoroi.com/test-2 </li></ul>
    13. 13. Do Ads Annoy You? Scam ads. Screenshot via BattelleMedia.com
    14. 14. Permission Marketing Via B2HMarketing.com
    15. 15. Via Calgary-city-maps.com
    16. 17. Search: The New Yellow Pages
    17. 18. Why do SEO? <ul><li>Highly Effective - Permission </li></ul><ul><li>98% of clicks on page 1. When did you last click # 53? </li></ul>
    18. 19. Under Search Engines’ Hoods
    19. 20. How Search Engines Work <ul><li>Finding out about content </li></ul><ul><li>Visit </li></ul><ul><li>Decide what it’s about </li></ul><ul><li>Store it </li></ul><ul><li>Rank it against other sites on the topic </li></ul><ul><li>Get the query and add query-based filters: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geo, personalized search, video, news etc </li></ul></ul>
    20. 21. Finding Content <ul><li>There are over a dozen different ways that search engines will discover new content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chrome / toolbar visits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Searches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tweets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PPC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More ways: http://seoroi.com/shotland-index </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. IsMarkDavidsonReal.com Full case study: http://www.seomoz.org/ugc/how-i-got-16-links-in-20-minutes-with-9
    22. 23. Crawling Content <ul><li>Q: How do search engines know what is on a webpage? </li></ul><ul><li>A: With spiders and robots. </li></ul>Via Examiner.com
    23. 24. The Index <ul><li>Where information on the web is stored. </li></ul>
    24. 25. Rankings <ul><li>Rankings depend on Relevance and Importance. </li></ul>
    25. 26. Relevance <ul><li>Relevance is the minimum threshold for a page to be considered to be shown. </li></ul>Image via: StuartDuncan.name
    26. 27. Relevance Signals <ul><li>Signals of a page’s relevance include </li></ul><ul><li>Content on the page </li></ul><ul><li>Clickable text (aka anchor text) in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>internal links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>external links </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The relevance of pages and sites that link to the page </li></ul>
    27. 28. Rankings <ul><li>Rankings depend on </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance and </li></ul><ul><li>Importance </li></ul>Via Topspots003.blogspot.com
    28. 29. Rankings <ul><li>It’s not enough to have a relevant page… </li></ul><ul><li>You need to be The. Most. Important. Page. </li></ul>
    29. 30. What’s The Most Important Page?
    30. 31. The most visitors? Via VisualPhotos.com
    31. 32. The most known brand? Good analysis here: http://www.seobook.com/potential-brand-signals Via BrandXCulture.com
    32. 33. The one paying Google the most?
    33. 34. The hottest designed page? Via Visual-Blast.com
    34. 35. Importance <ul><li>Importance in rankings depends on what others say. </li></ul>
    35. 36. Links Via Wasauna.com IPL.org
    36. 37. Factors In Link Building <ul><li>Amount </li></ul><ul><li>Prominence and location </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance of linking site, page, person </li></ul>
    37. 38. Social Signals <ul><li>Importance depends on social media signals like tweets and Facebook shares </li></ul>
    38. 39. Visitor Data <ul><li>Browsers and toolbars </li></ul>
    39. 40. Rankings Cat & Mouse
    40. 41. Penalties and Filters <ul><li>Penalties for guideline violations </li></ul><ul><li>Filters for geo, language, news etc. </li></ul>Via J-walkblog.com
    41. 42. How do we do SEO?
    42. 43. How do we do SEO? Step 1: Research
    43. 44. Research: Keyword Ideas <ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Get 2-3 partners </li></ul><ul><li>Pick 3 products you’ve all researched or bought online (suggest: not CPG) </li></ul><ul><li>Visit Google’s general keyword tool: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://seoroi.com/google-kw-tool </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enable Cost Per Click columns, months, and brainstorm keywords for each product </li></ul>
    44. 45. Research: Keyword Ideas <ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><li>Switch products with the group sitting next to you </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm & write down all keywords and modifers – 15 mins – note who came up with each keyword </li></ul><ul><li>Good work gets candy! </li></ul>Via layoutsparks.com
    45. 46. Research: Keyword Ideas <ul><li>Competitors </li></ul><ul><li>Google some keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Visit sites </li></ul><ul><li>Read navigation / sitemaps </li></ul>
    46. 47. Research: Keyword Value <ul><li>Individually: Write answers to these questions about your group’s products: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you bought this product/service before? If so, how many times? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How often do you buy this product/service? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you a new or returning client to the last place you bought from? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Put answers aside- we’ll return to them soon. </li></ul>
    47. 48. Research: Keyword Value <ul><li>Lego: Big mistake or PPC intricacies? </li></ul>
    48. 49. Research: Keyword Value <ul><li>CPC data, Surveys and Competitor Review </li></ul><ul><li>Compare keyword ideas with keyword value info from surveys and G CPCs </li></ul>
    49. 50. Designing Sites for SEO
    50. 51. Keep It Simple <ul><li>Text links </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Flash & Frames </li></ul><ul><li>Use keywords liberally </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the query </li></ul><ul><li>Organize for users </li></ul><ul><li>When in doubt, delete. </li></ul>
    51. 52. Clinique Revolution Full disclosure: They are a current client.
    52. 53. Link Building <ul><li>‘ Why would anyone link to me?’ </li></ul>
    53. 54. That’s What They Do <ul><li>Directories of websites and resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General: Yahoo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Niche: Hockey-Community’s Hockey Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discounts for students </li></ul></ul>
    54. 55. What is a “Hub”? It’s the center of a wheel.
    55. 56. What is a “Hub”? A wheel made up of pages and links.
    56. 57. Why Hubs Matter To SEO <ul><li>A Partial History of Google’s Algos </li></ul><ul><li>PageRank: Absolute scores </li></ul><ul><li>Offtopic pages can rank with high PR </li></ul><ul><li>Hilltop: Relevance within a field </li></ul>
    57. 58. Hubs Link Within A Field So Hub Links And Relevance Correlate <ul><li>Topical relevance can be measured using hub links </li></ul>Larry King Bob Vila PageRank: General Fame HillTop: Niche Expertise
    58. 59. Tool: Competitive Link Finder
    59. 60. Tool: Competitive Link Finder <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>See actual linking pages </li></ul><ul><li>Sorted by SEOmoz’s mozRank and mozTrust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cons: </li></ul><ul><li>Starts at $99/mo > competitors </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer results than competitors </li></ul>
    60. 61. And Sites With Other Purposes’ Motivation? <ul><li>Sweeeeeeet content. </li></ul>
    61. 62. News 500K links, per OpenSiteExplorer.org
    62. 63. Tutorials
    63. 64. Studies
    64. 65. Compliments or Controversy <ul><li>Jason Cherniak from Liblogs </li></ul><ul><li>Jason Calacanis of Weblogs Inc. </li></ul>Via DigitalTechNews.com Via Liberal.ca
    65. 66. Practice: Link Analysis <ul><li>In groups, download these four CSV files and visit the URLs. </li></ul><ul><li>Why did they get each link? What was remarkable? </li></ul><ul><li>http://seoroi.com/links-oatmeal </li></ul><ul><li>http://seoroi.com/links-wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>http://seoroi.com/links-degrees </li></ul><ul><li>http://seoroi.com/links-seomoz </li></ul>
    66. 67. And If You Don’t Create Content? <ul><li>Suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>Customers </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul>
    67. 68. Assumed: Initial Attention Distribution doesn’t happen on its own. You have to ask. And for many of us, that’s uncomfortable.
    68. 69. Why is it uncomfortable?
    69. 70. Why is it uncomfortable? Typically because we’re interrupting. Via 10steps.sg
    70. 71. The solution? Permission. <ul><ul><li>Relationships: BuzzStream, ConnectedHQ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Media & Reciprocity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribers – RSS and Email </li></ul></ul>
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