Introduction Started on the web : Age 15 in 1998 (The year Google launched) College : to BTEC National Diploma Staffordshire University : BSc (hons) Computing science 2004 (The year Facebook was founded) Phones4u : Web Designer & SEO 2005 (The year YouTube was founded) Staffordshire University : Web Designer & Developer + lecture VIBE Audio : Web Design & Digital Marketing inLIFE Design : Managing Director 2010Designed / Developed for:
Search Engine Optimisation Facts & Fiction What is SEO Keywords Natural SEO vs Pay per click SEO What is Natural SEO How it works What you can do yourself (no cost) What most need a web guru for What is Pay Per Click SEO How it works Setting it up Useful Links
What we know Search Engines are now the most popular platform used for finding business SEO is an investment and proven to help to increase profit & company profile SEO is a grey area most don’t understand fully A lot of people are paying for useless or non existent SEO Services Wild West Medicine Salesmen Google scams Monthly SEO company scams Google blacklisting Promise results and move on, never to be seen again.
Keywords What potential customers enter into Google to find you Words relevant to your key area of business Relevant to location, services, productsThese are often less obvious than you imagine and can often be obscure You can find out what keywords send most traffic to your website You can also find out popular keywords related to your sector in generalBoth free services from Google - See useful links at the end.
What is Natural SEO More of an investment as its longer lasting Web Savvy people tend to click Natural links over paid links The foundations on which to build further SEO This should be the first step, before PPC Once in place PPC may not be needed Some of this can be done yourself or by employees for free
What is Natural SEO – Fiction FICTION In the old days you would just need to add a ‘keywords’ tag into the code and list your keyword. Google has advanced since then however some SEO companies still charge for only doing this service.
What is Natural SEO – How it worksGoogle have advanced and now use a number of algorithms to decide how they rankyour site, these include : How long your site has been running How often your site is updated How many relevant keywords are used throughout your site How the keywords are tagged (hidden in the code) as headers, links, paragraphs etc How many relevant incoming links to your website How many relevant outgoing links from your website Location : Search results near your location Social networking links (now less important) How well coding is written, adhering to current web standards Numerous other technical factors. E.g XML sitemaps If you are currently paying for monthly SEO make sure all these factors are included – ASK FOR A LIST
What is Natural SEO – What you can do yourself FREE How often your site is updated How many relevant keywords are used throughout your site How many relevant incoming links to your website How many relevant outgoing links from your website Location : Search results near your location Social networking links (now less important)A pro active approach to Natural SEO is Key
What is Natural SEO – What most people can’t do How the keywords are tagged (hidden in the code) as headers, links, paragraphs etc How well coding is written, adhering to current web standards Numerous other technical factors. E.g XML sitemapsThese are the foundations and provide the keyeverything else is based on. Without theseeverything else will not have full effectGood websites have a lot of this built in asstandard, as Google bots (the code googlesends out to rank search engines) read throughcode.. not a front end like we do..
What is Pay Per Click SEOWAIT : Do you need it at all?...
What is Pay Per Click SEO You get instant top page ranking Great for short advertising booster campaigns You can also get banners / links on content related websitesHow it works You Pay a set amount per click per keyword The price per click is dependant on the popularity of the keyword & competitors You set a capped limit you want to spend per day, week, month Each click ads up to your own set capped limit When the capped limit is hit you no longer appear top i.e 20p per click , with a capped limit of £5 per day will get you 25 clicks until your top spot disappears
What is Pay Per Click SEO – Getting started This can be set up yourself for free (besides your PPC spend to Google) A lot of people set this up wrong and then falsely believe it doesn’t work In order to work this requires research, manual keyword setting, Title checking and cost setting per keyword It is worth getting a Digital marketing agency can run these campaigns for you Be careful they are not taking a cut of your spend to Google – a set fee for the campaign setup is usually best
Overview Search Engines are now the most popular platform used for finding business and services – SEO can increase profit & company profile Beware of Medicine Salesmen : If you are currently paying for SEO ask for a list of what you are paying for, make sure you are not just paying them to do PPC. Natural SEO is the start – you can do some yourself and pay for other monthly services or pay someone to do everything for you monthly Website Coding – Is the foundation your SEO is built on, if this is good the rest will follow You may not need Pay Per Click advertising, check competition If going with Pay Per Click make sure you are doing it right
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