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Getting to the top of google

  1. 1. GETTING TO THE TOP OF GOOGLE What you can do in 2012 Jon Payne, Noisy Little Monkey
  2. 2. resultsbrand links social content
  3. 3. A SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE You do not want hand-outsNoisyLittleMonkey.com/Feedback
  4. 4. WHO IS THIS MUPPET?Jon PayneOver 12 years in Online MarketingNoisy Little Monkey LtdDigital Marketing Agency
  5. 5. consultreport research do train
  6. 6. Who trusts you?Over 80 businesses, charities and government bodies in Europe, North America & Africa
  7. 7. WHO ARE YOUWhat do you want?
  8. 8. We are not talking about SEO http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhruzek/4165799037
  9. 9. Things. Not strings.The band (their albums, tour dates, populargtracks), the team (their scores, the gossip), the animal
  10. 10. DIGITAL MARKETINGDigital Marketing = SEO + Everything
  11. 11. Digital marketing?http://www.sexypeople-blog.com/2010/04/swanson-family.html
  12. 12. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GRAPHS
  13. 13. Digital marketing? g Search Engine Optimisation
  14. 14. Digital marketing? Number 1 on Google gets you good graphs
  15. 15. Digital marketing? g Search Engine Marketing such as Google AdWords
  16. 16. Digital marketing?Ads in Search Results Pages give you good graphs too
  17. 17. Digital marketing? Creating content that g useful to your customers is
  18. 18. Digital marketing? gHelp and / or reward them for sharing it on relevant social media
  19. 19. Digital marketing? g Get ranked
  20. 20. Digital marketing? gGet search volume and you can influence Google suggest
  21. 21. Digital marketing?Traffic to the whole site improved by 22% in the following month
  22. 22. Digital marketing? This is your blog on digital marketing
  23. 23. Digital marketing? People entering the site via a blog post
  24. 24. Digital marketing? g Maps, reviews, emails
  25. 25. Digital marketing? g Conversion Rate Optimisation
  26. 26. Digital marketing? gPro Tip: Put a simple enquiry form on EVERY page of your website
  27. 27. WHO DOES IT WELL?
  28. 28. Bigup Yeo Chest g http://www.youtube.com/user/Yeotube
  29. 29. Bigup Yeo Chest Links from auntieLots of buzz g http://www.facebook.com/YeoValley & BBC Website 11/10/2011
  30. 30. Bigup Yeo Chest gMentions and links on Twitter indicate relevance, predictive search shows “branded search” volume
  31. 31. Bigup Yeo Chest g top of 13.5 million pages “for free”
  32. 32. Bigup Yeo ChestThis is what Google thinks you’reglooking for if you search for organic yogurt
  33. 33. HOW DO YOU DO IT? and on a realistic budget?
  34. 34. BACK TO SKOOLUnderstand how Google works
  35. 35. How does Google search work? g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNHR6IQJGZs
  36. 36. Links? gThe bits of a web page that, when clicked, will take you to another web page or fire off an event
  37. 37. Internal links www.yoursite.com/page-a www.yoursite.com/page-b gWhen page a links to page b, page a bestows some of its authority onto page b
  38. 38. Outbound links www.yoursite.com/page-a www.anothersite.com/page-bYou’re saying to your visitors (and Google), g “Hey, you can trust this other site, because I do”
  39. 39. YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD THIS ONE“The more links you have, the higher you will rank”
  40. 40. That’s bull! ghttp://www.flickr.com/people/oli/
  41. 41. Inbound links www.yoursite.com/page-awww.anothersite.com/page-b g Cool! So long as this other site is trusted and not nasty / spammy
  42. 42. Reciprocal links www.yoursite.com/page-a www.anothersite.com/page-b Beloved of ‘SEO’ companies. gUnless there is a ‘real world’ partnership , you could be penalised by Google
  43. 43. Links pass authority Local Chamber of Commerce Few people link to it, but those that do are trustworthy Link Farm BBC Loads of links to lots of links to it, but mainlyit, so it has lots of reciprocal and authority quite a few questionable links Your site g Cultivate links from trusted websites, they pass more authority
  44. 44. Links pass authority Business Local partner press Trade Local blog magazineBBC Your Local Chamber of Commerce site A diverse, but relevant, g of linking websites is best set
  45. 45. Don’t waste homepage links www.yoursite.com/indexwww.yoursite.com/stuff-the-customer-buys g Don’t waste ‘Google juice’ on privacy policy, terms and conditions, etc
  46. 46. Get inbound links to important pages www.yoursite.com/stuff-the-customer-buys www.anothersite.com/page-b Your homepage will always rank well, g give deeper, important pages some love so
  47. 47. I can’t get a link from Auntie Beeb http://www.flickr.com/people/el_momento_i_sitio_apropiados/ g model: su novia
  48. 48. Au Contraire Russell Smith Editorial Development BBC News Website @Russell__Smith• Links essential to online journalism• BBC strategy to double outbound links from 10m to 20m a month by 2013 g http://www.scribd.com/GuardianTech/d/38963534-BBC-guidelines-for-linking-%E2%80%93-Sept-2010
  49. 49. Thanks, Russell!http://www.flickr.com/people/el_momento_i_sitio_apropiados/ g model: su novia
  50. 50. Keep it natural Is this• Number 5 on Google UK reflected on news• Number 1 on Google UK sites, social media, searc• Number 8 on Google UK h volumes? g http://www.google.co.uk/search?&q=trampolines
  51. 51. HOW TO GET MORE LINKS quality and relevance are key
  52. 52. Who links to your competitors? http://www.opensiteexplorer.org/ g Apply common sense to these results!
  53. 53. Who mentions your competitors? g Type <“your competitors name”> -site:<their webaddress> into a Google search
  54. 54. Get involved, get links• Discussion forums (be a really useful engine)• Research (white papers, or mine your data)• Social bookmarking (reddit, stumbleupon, etc)• Comment on industry blogs• Why not start your own blog? g Actually, scratch that.
  55. 55. Get involved, get links• Discussion forums (be a really useful engine)• Research (white papers, or mine your data)• Social bookmarking (reddit, stumbleupon, etc)• Comment on industry blogs• Why not start your own blog? g Because your visitors and Google love fresh, up to date content!
  56. 56. GOOGLE READS ALL YOUR CONTENT quality and relevance are key (again)
  57. 57. How does Google determine relevance? Looks pretty, AND made with code and text = Accessible, good experience Looks pretty, but is all images.(Even the words, they are part of the image, as if you’d taken a photograph of a motorway sign). Not computer readable = Inaccessible, poor experience The code and text returns below, but this is really, really bad. g A site that is accessible makes the web a better place for everyone. This is a good thing.
  58. 58. How does Google determine relevance? g http://www.noisylittlemonkey.com/news/499/how-is-google-plus-changing-search-results/
  59. 59. Domain level indicatorsDon’t change your domain name to match g popular search without setting up 301 redirects first a
  60. 60. Search terms in the file path g If your website isn’t built like this, you need to get a new website. Seriously.
  61. 61. Search terms in the Page Title g This also shows on Google’s results page, so make it snappy, useful and attract the click!
  62. 62. Search terms in the Page Headline Make sure your site is accessible for blind people – this mustnt be an image! g AND don’t waste the space by saying ‘Welcome to our site’
  63. 63. Search terms in the Alt Text g Make sure your site is accessible for blind people – label all images
  64. 64. Search terms in the copy gUse synonyms and keep it readable for humans. Don’t just stuff search terms in here
  65. 65. A Meta Description which ATTRACTS THE CLICK Becomes this on Google g View Source to see it. Right click white space in Chrome / Firefox / Safari and select “View Source”
  66. 66. YOUR PAGE MATCHES A SEARCHwhen it is good quality and highly relevant
  67. 67. I don’t know how people search http://www.flickr.com/people/el_momento_i_sitio_apropiados/ g model: su novia
  68. 68. Maybe I can help? This is good for volumes. Ignore those numbers g http://www.google.co.uk/insights/search
  69. 69. Maybe I can help? This stuff is better than the AdWords Keyword Research tool! Ignore the regional stuff too. That data is definitely off. g
  70. 70. Thanks, Google!http://www.flickr.com/people/el_momento_i_sitio_apropiados/ g model: su novia
  71. 71. Aim low(ish). Seriously. Search Demand Curve courtesy of SEOmoz g
  72. 72. GOOGLE IS WATCHING YOU and your friends
  73. 73. What are you talking about? g Word cloud of @NoisyMonkey’s last 20 tweets
  74. 74. What are you talking about? Word cloud of Noisyg Little Monkey’s Facebook page
  75. 75. What are you talking about? g Word cloud of Noisy Little Monkey’s Google+ page
  76. 76. What are you talking about? Word cloud of Noisy LittlegMonkey’s Blog for the last 6 months
  77. 77. Who are you talking to? We’re talking to local businesses and international SEO experts. g Pretty much matches how we do business
  78. 78. And who are they talking to? g Matt and Jon are our main guys for Twitter, they reach out.
  79. 79. And what are they talking about? g Word cloud of @MrJonPayne’s last 20 tweets
  80. 80. Who shares your stuff? Sharing diagram ofghttp://theoatmeal.com/sopa
  81. 81. BEHAVE LIKE A TRUSTED BRAND not a ‘thin affiliate’
  82. 82. Who gives best price & service? g Google’s results
  83. 83. Who gives best price & service? g Figleaves?
  84. 84. Who gives best price & service? g underwear.co.uk?
  85. 85. Thin Affiliates…• Earn ad revenue - send visitors to other sites• Have little content, other than ads• Often employ – auto generated content – scraped content – poorly written content• Use doorway pages• Are built with low cost turn key solutions• Get a high bounce rate g http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66361
  86. 86. Real brands gHave real addresses, geographic phone numbers
  87. 87. Real brandsHave real about us pages,gthat link to relevant social networks
  88. 88. Real brands gHave employees on LinkedIn (& www.freebase.com)
  89. 89. Real brands gAre paid up members of trade associations and pay for link(s) on Yell
  90. 90. Real brands gGet branded search volume because of offline marketing & communications
  91. 91. REAL BRANDS GET THEIR SOCIAL ON But that’s a whole other kettle of slides
  92. 92. RESULTSAre you local, mobile, reviewable?
  93. 93. Local listing gVerify that you’re the business owner on Google & Bing to get in the maps
  94. 94. Local listing• Verify your listing ASAP!• Add nice photos / videos• Request reviews from customers• Submit to local directories• Create a business profile on – Bview – Qype – Yelp – Foursquare http://www.google.com/places/ g http://www.bingforbusiness.com/
  95. 95. Shopping listing Are you goingg click the No 1 result? to
  96. 96. Shopping listing• Verify Google product feed• Compare price• Optimise product names / descriptions• Utilise all feeds available – Images – Average review – Review count – EAN / Barcode g http://www.google.co.uk/merchants/
  97. 97. Also consider g Mobile, video, news, rich snippets
  98. 98. The game changer is here… g Google Circles in Gmail?
  99. 99. Local Listing Google+ gVerify that you’re the business owner on Google & Bing to get in the maps
  100. 100. Google+• Verify your listing ASAP!• Add nice photos / videos• Request reviews from customers• Submit to local directories• Create a business profile on – Bview – Qype – Yelp – Foursquare http://www.google.com/places/ g http://www.bingforbusiness.com/
  101. 101. Get your business on Google+ Google doesn’t mess with it’sgresults pages lightly. There are NO ADS!
  102. 102. Things. Not strings. ghttp://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/building-search-engine-of-future-one.html
  103. 103. TAKE AWAYS
  104. 104. Understand that SEO = NGreat content is what gets you great rankings g http://www.stochasticgeometry.ie/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/snakeoil.jpg?w=257
  105. 105. g CupidOK
  106. 106. Great content gets you old school SEO and brand awareness g
  107. 107. Take Aways• Do search term research (Google Insights)• Insert relevant search terms on each page – Or give to your web designer in a spread sheet• Use 301 redirects if you change domain• Use 301 redirects if you change URLs• Sign up to Google Webmaster Tools – Submit an XML sitemapNoisyLittleMonkey.com/Feedback Give feedback and view a copy of these slides + a printable tip sheet g
  108. 108. Take Aways• Get good graphs from Google Analytics• Improve pages that cause exits• Add a contact box to every page of your site• Create great content - attract links & mentions• Seed new content sociallyNoisyLittleMonkey.com/Feedback Give feedback and view a copy of these slides + a printable tip sheet g
  109. 109. THANKS! ?@NoisyMonkey@MrJonPayneNSFWjon@noisylittlemonkey.com

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