SEO Webinar - With Neil Palmer of IM3.co.uk In Partnership with HuddlebuyHow do I improve my website traffic with SEO? Covering: What is SEO? Why is SEO Important? Painting the Right Picture Best ways to implement SEO Industry Secrets Impact on your website design
What is Search Engine Optimisation?SEO is the term used for optimising your rankings within the organic searchengine results - natural / non-paidIn the industry we call these SERP’s – Search Engine Results PagesMost companies focus on rankings with GoogleIn the UK Google provide about 9 out of every 10 searchesSEO is ultimately about: ‘Improving your visibility on the Internet’This is achieved by following ethical steps to improve website relevance
Why is it so important to be ranked in the top positions?Distribution58.4 % ofclicks – top 372.4% top 589% 1st page
SEO - Painting a Picture For the Search RobotsGoogle includes over 600 ranking factors within it’s main algorithmAbout 10 of these factors account for 95% of ranking considerationsSearch engines want to see that you are an ‘authority’ on a particular themeDiluting a theme makes it harder to achieve great rankingsRanking algorithms often change - it’s important you keep up to dateIndustry blogs and forums have RSS feeds which you should subscribe toGood examples are: Google Webmaster Blog, Matt Cutts Blog (Top Google SEOGuy), Search Engine Land, Search Engine Roundtable, Web Pro News
Basics of a ‘SEO Campaign’Keyword research•Use a research tool such as Google Keyword Checker•Difficult generic phrases can take 9-12 months minimum to get top rankings•Long-tail phrases (more words) are easier but have less searches•Find phrases which are highly relevant to your products and services•Use a mix of a few difficult phrases and some long tail phrases•Try to start with just a few then add more when you are successful•Always remember: search engines want to see a theme – don’t diversity too muchMeta Data•Have a structured plan for which pages focus on your search phrases•Try to only target 2-3 phrases per page•If you don’t have a page to use then create one•These landing pages don’t have to be part of the website navigation
Basics of a ‘SEO Campaign’ - ContinuedOnsite keywords•Don’t fill your site with repeated words as this is considered ‘spam’•Mention them more than other phrases•Use them in your navigation wherever possibleLink building•Spend at least three quarters of your SEO time link building•Contact as many sites as possible with related content who may link to you•Submit articles to ‘article submission’ websites and generate free back-links•Make sure to use all your keywords when back-linking•Link to internal pages as well as your homepage – stick to the structure you set-up•Submit press release online for brand awareness and back-links at the same time•Internal linking is also very important•Link words and phrases from within your website content to other pages•Always use varying keywords within the anchor text
Industry Secrets a SEO Company Won’t Tell YouLink building is almost everything needed to be successfulBacklinks are the indicator - link:www.im3.co.ukPageRank doesn’t matterMeta keywords are not considered by GoogleLinks from theme related websites are ranked at least 10 times higher thanrandom linksDuplicate content will penalise or even block your rankings
The Impact of SEO on Your Website VisitorsWhilst optimising a website it’s important to consider on-page factorsConversion rates – always have a clear path to checkout or contactThe ‘call to action’ is the vital part of converting your trafficArticles and product descriptions can include this ‘call to action’ numeroustimes. Make sure people are consistently prompted to buy or contact youDon’t hide content away as Google knows where the text is displayedStick to ethical methods of adding content. Quality and engaging copy is theonly way to impress the search engines and your visitors
Top Tips for On-going Success Don’t use duplicated content for product or service descriptions Set-up a Google Webmaster Tools account to check for errorsList yourself on all the popular directories such as Dmoz and Business DirectoriesDon’t have duplicate meta data on your pages – check this with Webmaster Tools Blog once or twice a week about industry news or products Remember to link content on your website with relevant anchor text Update old pages – this is a ranking factor and dormant pages rank lower Link build for a minimum of 5 hours per week
Thanks for your time and good luck with your rankings!For help with your SEO or to outsource completely, simply request a free proposal email@example.com 0800 292 2410 Many thanks to Huddlebuy for their continued partnership with IM3.co.uk
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