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Getting To The Top Of Google - May 2014

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The talk I gave at BRAVE on 15th May 2014

The talk I gave at BRAVE on 15th May 2014


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  • 1. SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION GETTING LOADS OF VISITS FROM GOOGLE
  • 2. NOISY LITTLE MONKEY • With a unique hybrid of search optimisation, social media marketing, creative flair and technical wizardry, we drive traffic, enquiries and sales Specialising in online activity, maximising conversions from offline SEARCH & SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
  • 3. consult research traindo report
  • 4. Over 80 businesses, charities and gov‟t bodies in EU, USA & Africa WHO’D TRUST A MONKEY?
  • 5. review links contentsocial brand
  • 6. This is Google‟s search page in 2001. Getting no 1 on here was easy. NO 1 ON GOOGLE ISN’T THE GOAL TODAY
  • 7. Getting No 1 on here? Which bit actually is No 1? THINGS. NOT STRINGS.
  • 8. INTRODUCING THE KNOWLEDGE GRAPH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmQl6VGvX-c
  • 9. BACK TO SKOOL HOW DOES GOOGLE WORK?
  • 10. HOW DOES GOOGLE SEARCH WORK? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNHR6IQJGZs
  • 11. LINKS? The bits of a web page that, when clicked, will take you to another web page or fire off an event
  • 12. INTERNAL LINKS When page a links to page b, page a bestows some of its authority onto page b www.yoursite.com/page-a www.yoursite.com/page-b
  • 13. OUTBOUND LINKS You‟re saying to your visitors (and Google), “Hey, you can trust this other site, because I do” www.yoursite.com/page-a www.anothersite.com/page-b
  • 14. YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD THIS ONE “THE MORE LINKS YOU HAVE, THE HIGHER YOU WILL RANK”
  • 15. THAT’S BULL! http://www.flickr.com/people/oli/
  • 16. INBOUND LINKS Cool! So long as this other site is trusted and not nasty / spammy www.yoursite.com/page-a www.anothersite.com/page-b
  • 17. RECIPROCAL LINKS Beloved of „SEO‟ companies. Unless there is a „real world‟ partnership , you could be penalised by Google www.yoursite.com/page-a www.anothersite.com/page-b
  • 18. Your site BBC lots of links to it, so it has lots of authority Local Chamber of Commerce Few people link to it, but those that do are trustworthy Link Farm Loads of links to it, but mainly reciprocal and quite a few questionable links LINKS PASS AUTHORITY Cultivate links from trusted websites, they pass more authority
  • 19. Your site BBC Local blog Business partner Local press Trade magazine Local Chamber of Commerce LINKS PASS AUTHORITY A diverse, but relevant, set of linking websites is best
  • 20. DON’T WASTE HOMEPAGE LINKS Don‟t waste „Google juice‟ on privacy policy, terms and conditions, etc www.yoursite.com/index www.yoursite.com/stuff-the-customer-buys
  • 21. GET INBOUND LINKS TO IMPORTANT PAGES Your homepage will always rank well, so give deeper, important pages some love www.yoursite.com/stuff-the-customer-buys www.anothersite.com/page-b
  • 22. KEEP IT NATURAL • Number 5 on Google UK • Number 1 on Google UK • Number 8 on Google UK http://www.google.co.uk/search?&q=trampolines Is this reflected on news sites, social media, sear ch volumes?
  • 23. HOW TO GET MORE LINKS QUALITY AND RELEVANCE ARE KEY
  • 24. HTTP://WWW.OPENSITEEXPLORER.ORG/ APPLY COMMON SENSE TO THESE RESULTS! WHO LINKS TO YOUR COMPETITORS?
  • 25. 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? Because your visitors and Google love fresh, up to date content!
  • 26. 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? Because your visitors and Google love fresh, up to date content!
  • 27. GOOGLE READS ALL YOUR CONTENT QUALITY AND RELEVANCE ARE KEY (AGAIN)
  • 28. gA site that is accessible makes the web a better place for everyone. This is a good thing. 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.
  • 29. http://www.noisylittlemonkey.com/top-5-trustworthy-and-free-seo-resources/ HOW DOES GOOGLE DETERMINE RELEVANCE?
  • 30. gDon‟t change your domain name to match a popular search without setting up 301 redirects first DOMAIN LEVEL INDICATORS
  • 31. gIf your website isn‟t built like this, you need to get a new website. Seriously. SEARCH TERMS IN THE FILE PATH
  • 32. This also shows on Google‟s results page, so make it snappy, useful and attract the click! SEARCH TERMS IN THE PAGE TITLE
  • 33. Make sure your site is accessible for blind people – label all images SEARCH TERMS IN THE ALT TEXT
  • 34. gMake sure your site is accessible for blind people – this mustn't be an image! AND don’t waste the space by saying ‘Welcome to our site’ SEARCH TERMS IN THE PAGE HEADLINE
  • 35. Use synonyms and keep it readable for humans. Don‟t just stuff search terms in here SEARCH TERMS IN THE COPY
  • 36. View Source to see it. Right click white space in Chrome / Firefox / Safari and select “View Source” A META DESCRIPTION WHICH ATTRACTS THE CLICK Becomes this on Google
  • 37. YOUR PAGE MATCHES A SEARCH WHEN IT IS GOOD QUALITY AND HIGHLY RELEVANT
  • 38. I don’t know how people search http://www.flickr.com/people/el_momento_i_sitio_apropiados/ model: su novia
  • 39. ghttp://www.google.com/trends/ MAYBE I CAN HELP? Compare volumes… ignore the numbers
  • 40. g Thanks, Google! http://www.flickr.com/people/el_momento_i_sitio_apropiados/ model: su novia
  • 41. Search Demand Curve courtesy of SEOmoz AIM LOW(ISH). SERIOUSLY.
  • 42. YOU NEED TO BE A WEBMASTER GOOGLE & BING REQUEST IT
  • 43. I FIND YOUR LACK OF SITEMAPS DISTURBING
  • 44. WEBMASTER TOOLS • Sign up in YOUR name (not your web developer‟s) • Follow the instructions to verify your site • On some CMS you can verify yourself – If not, send the files to your developer • Submit Sitemap.xml to both (http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/) • Learn some cool stuff! GOOGLE & BING WANT TO HELP YOU www.google.com/webmasters/ & www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster
  • 45. GOOGLE IS WATCHING YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS
  • 46. Word cloud of @NoisyMonkey‟s last 20 tweets WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
  • 47. Word cloud of Noisy Little Monkey‟s Facebook page in January WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
  • 48. Word cloud of Noisy Little Monkey‟s Google+ page WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
  • 49. Word cloud of Noisy Little Monkey‟s Blog for the last 6 months WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
  • 50. Sharing diagram of http://theoatmeal.com/sopa WHO SHARES YOUR STUFF?
  • 51. BEHAVE LIKE A TRUSTED BRAND NOT A „THIN AFFILIATE‟
  • 52. Have real addresses, geographic phone numbers REAL BRANDS
  • 53. gHave real about us pages, that link to relevant social networks REAL BRANDS
  • 54. gHave employees on LinkedIn (& www.freebase.com) REAL BRANDS
  • 55. gAre paid up members of trade associations and pay for link(s) on Yell REAL BRANDS
  • 56. Get branded search volume because of offline marketing & communications REAL BRANDS
  • 57. Google doesn‟t mess with it‟s results pages lightly. There are NO ADS! GET YOUR BUSINESS ON GOOGLE+
  • 58. REAL BRANDS GET THEIR SOCIAL ON BUT THAT‟S A WHOLE OTHER KETTLE OF SLIDES
  • 59. http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/building-search-engine-of-future-one.html THINGS. NOT STRINGS.
  • 60. TAKE AWAYS
  • 61. UNDERSTAND THAT SEO = N Great content is what gets you great rankings http://www.stochasticgeometry.ie/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/snakeoil.jpg?w=257
  • 62. TAKE AWAYS • Do search term research (Google Insights) • Insert relevant search terms on each page • Create great content - attract links & mentions • Seed new content socially • Improve pages that cause exits
  • 63. WANT MORE? DIGITAL BUFFET http://digitalbuffet.co.uk – Sign up tomorrow  JUNE 26th – ARNOLFINI – SPEAKERS FROM…
  • 64. WANT THE SLIDES? Search for Noisy Little Monkey Follow: @MrJonPayne Follow: @NoisyMonkey