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Keeping Content Searchable In Google's World
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Keeping Content Searchable In Google's World
Keeping Content Searchable In Google's World
Keeping Content Searchable In Google's World
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Keeping Content Searchable In Google's World
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Search engines, specifically Google, are continually making changes to the their algorithms to improve user experience. With a greater emphasis on quality content and social media, the responsibility …

Search engines, specifically Google, are continually making changes to the their algorithms to improve user experience. With a greater emphasis on quality content and social media, the responsibility of search engine optimization (SEO) has begun to shift towards public relations.

The following presentation was given by our digital media supervisor, Bob Burch, at the Northeast Regional Conference for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and teaches PR professionals the basics of SEO and how it applies to them.

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    • 1. Keeping Your Content Searchable in Google’s World Bob Burch, Digital Media Supervisor bburch@martinoflynn.com 9.28.2011
    • 2. Today’s Agenda• What is Search Engine Marketing?• Understanding The SEO Process - Finding the Right Keywords - Building a Search Engine-Friendly Website - Website/Content Optimization - Acquiring Relevant Inbound Links - Leveraging Social Media - Analyzing Performance• Key Takeaways for PR Professionals• Resources 2
    • 3. What is Search Engine Marketing (SEM)? 3
    • 4. What is SEM?• Search engines are generally the #1 source of traffic to most websites.• Because of this, a strong search Search Engine Marketing (SEM) strategy is essential to the success of your site.• There are two components of SEM: - Search Engine Optimization (SEO): the act of optimizing a website through content edits and inbound link development to improve organic or natural listings. - Paid Search / Pay-Per-Click Marketing: the act of purchasing sponsored listings on search engines in order to ensure high rank and visibility. 4
    • 5. SEO vs. PPC Paid Search Ads /Sponsored ListingsOrganic / Natural Search Listings 5
    • 6. Successful SEM = Aligning Goals Relevant Offer or Benefit Quality Info & Results to Click Search Search Consumer’s Engine Engines Search Query Marketers Repeat Searcher Conversion Source: Certified Knowledge Did I find the answer to my actual question? 6
    • 7. Principles of Search Engine Optimization• Architecture and design: - Give search engine spiders easy, user-friendly access to content through the site and page architecture.• Quality content: - Keyword-focused: use words and phrases commonly searched by your target audience. - Leads to link popularity: increase the number of objective, third-party, quality sites linking to your content. 7
    • 8. SEO Strategies Must Continually Evolve• The search engines (specifically Google) made many changes to their algorithms over the past year.• What’s changed? - Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) were given a face-lift - Personalized search - Greater emphasis on site usability - Greater emphasis on quality, not quantity, of inbound links - Greater emphasis on social media 8
    • 9. Integration is Essential• With an increased focus on quality content and social media, the responsibility of SEO is shifting.• Online marketers and PR professionals must rely on each other for support.• Constant collaboration is key.• Must leverage each other’s efforts to meet each group’s own goals. 9
    • 10. Digital InteractiveMedia Websites HD Pre Mobile Motion + Online Graphics Post-Poduction Marketing Email 3D Video Animation SEO Blogger Social Relations Networks YouTube PR 10
    • 11. Understanding the SEO Process:Step 1: Finding the Right Keywords 11
    • 12. Understanding the Search Process• People do not search to browse the Web; they are seeking an answer to a question.• Your website needs to provide that answer.• Keywords can take many shapes: The actual question Where do I find a plumber? The answer to the question Boston Plumbers Description of the problem Flooded Basement Description of the cause Broken Pipes Source: Certified Knowledge 12
    • 13. The Search Shopping Funnel• Basic process: Learn --> Shop --> Buy Consumer: Consumer: Consumer: Information Gathering Comparing products, Ready to Buy prices, & features. Keywords: Keywords: Keywords: Computer IBM Notebook IBM Series Thinkpad Laptop Computer Sony Laptop Sony Vaio Ultraportable Hi-Def TV Plasma TV Samsung hl-s61ssw Source: Certified Knowledge• Be sure to know your buying cycle: - For less expensive products, the buying cycle could last minutes. - In other industries, the buying cycle could take months. - Keywords can indicate where a user is in this process. 13
    • 14. Types of Search Queries• Informational: doing research (“HDTV vs. Plasma”) 25.0%• Transactional: ready to buy (“Buy HDTVs Online” or “Samsung PN58B550”)• Navigational: looking for a 7.5% 60.0% specific site (“BestBuy.com”) 7.5% Informa(onal Transac(onal Naviga(onal Ambiguous Source: Jansen et al. (2008) 14
    • 15. Tools for Keyword Discovery• SEOmoz Term Extractor - Analyze the content of any website to extract terms to target with SEM. 15
    • 16. Tools for Keyword Discovery• Google Adwords Keyword Tool: - After extracting terms, enter them into the Google Adwords Keyword Tool to identify related keywords, competition, and average search volume. 16
    • 17. Tools for Keyword Discovery• SEOmoz Keyword Difficulty Tool: - Determine how difficult it will be to rank organically for certain keywords by analyzing the sites currently ranked in the Top 10. 17
    • 18. Which Keywords are the Right Keywords?• Varies from business to business due to a number of factors: - Tactic (PPC vs. SEO) - Budget - Conversion rates - Goals• The key is to find the right combination of keywords that will help you reach your goals. - Test - Optimize 18
    • 19. Understanding the SEO Process:Step 2: Building a Search Engine-Friendly Website 19
    • 20. User-Friendly = Search-Friendly• Search engines are focused on offering up the most relevant results for their users, not just the sites that optimize the best.• By focusing on the user, you’re making sure that your site is optimized against future changes to the search engine algorithms.• More importantly, user-friendly = repeat visitors, repeat customers, and high ROI (return on investment). 20
    • 21. How Can You Tell If Your Site is User-Friendly?• 5-second site usability test: - Pick a key page on your site - Show the page to a prospect for 5 seconds (make sure he/she is not familiar with your site) - Ask the prospect: “What is this page about?” 21
    • 22. What Was This Page About? 23
    • 23. What About This Page? 25
    • 24. What About This Page? 27
    • 25. Know the PrinciplesPrinciples of Web Design:• Easy to read - Legible and scannable• Easy to navigate - Easy to identify where you are and where you can go• Easy to find - The site is easy to find by searching and has a memorable and easy-to-spell URL - Easy to locate specific pages on the site• Consistent in layout, design, and labeling - Contributes to a cohesive brand message and user experience - Contributes to ease and predictability of navigation• Quick to download - Actual AND perceived 28
    • 26. Determining Your Site Architecture• Group all of your content the way your users do, not based on how you would organize things.• List sections in order of importance within your navigation.• Choose navigation labels that match users’ search queries: - Problems vs. Solutions - High search volume• Make it easy for a user to jump to multiple sections and pages: - Embed links within body copy when other keywords are used - Bread-crumb links• Include your Call-To-Action (CTA) on every page (Buy Now, Check out, etc.) 29
    • 27. Understanding the SEO Process:Step 3: Website / Content Optimization 30
    • 28. On-Page Optimization Tactics• Each page should have an individual theme, with relevant phrases used in key locations: - URL - Page Title - Headline (H1 & H2) - Body Copy• Other items to consider: - Meta-descriptions: short description of the page, only visible on Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) - Alt-tags: 1-2 word description of any images to help them rank well in Google Image Search 31
    • 29. On-Page Optimization Page title & URL Clear navigation, Header Tag (H1) easy to identifycurrent section and Call-to-action page Relevant pages Body copy includes embedded links and covers problem/solution-based keywords 32
    • 30. Content Optimization for PR• Optimizing product pages and other important sections of your website is important, but this content is often static.• Google, Yahoo, and Bing take notice every time your site is updated and new content is added.• All content released by your company should be optimized: - Press releases - Blog posts• Add a layer of approval for SEO purposes, before posting or releasing content. 33
    • 31. Content Optimization for PR Page title & URL Title includes relevant keywords Body copy includes embedded links to relevant product pages 34
    • 32. Content Optimization for PRTitle includes relevant keywords Optimized copy with embedded outbound links and inbound links 35
    • 33. Content Optimization for PR• Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin 36
    • 34. Remember...• Whether you’re writing an article/blog post or optimizing a website, always put the user first.• Add a layer of approval for SEO purposes, before posting or releasing content.• Site optimization is important, but the quantity and quality of sites linking are often what determine which sites rank well. 37
    • 35. Understanding the SEO Process:Step 4: Acquiring Relevant Inbound Links 38
    • 36. The Power of Link Building Source: SEOmoz 39
    • 37. Quality Content is Key• Inbound links “break the tie”• Easy links: - Directories (free and paid) - Leverage existing relationships - These are helpful, but do not carry as much weight as impartial, third-party links.• Must create compelling, quality content that other sites WANT to link to. - Blogs - Articles - White papers - Videos 40
    • 38. Finding Relevant Links• Who links to my competitors? - http://www.opensiteexplorer.org/ 41 Source: SEOmoz
    • 39. Finding Relevant Links• Look for similar sites - https://www.google.com/adplanner/ 42 Source: SEOmoz
    • 40. Finding Relevant Links• Finding relevant blogs and forums: Blogs Source: SEOmoz 43
    • 41. Finding Relevant Links• Finding relevant blogs and forums:Discussions Text Source: SEOmoz 44
    • 42. Link Outreach• Once you have a list of link targets, the next step is to reach out to those targets.• Determine if any existing content would be relevant to the site owner or create new content.• Reach out to the site’s administrator / blogger: - Guest blogger / ghostwriting opportunities - Sponsorship opportunities - Reciprocal links (only if it makes sense for your company)• Don’t forget to ASK for the link. 45
    • 43. Using Proper Anchor Text• Getting a link to your site is great, but the anchor text is key.• Common mistakes: - “Click Here” - Company/Product Name - URL• Whenever is site is linking to you, be sure that the links are placed on important keywords. 46
    • 44. Understanding the SEO Process:Step 5: Leveraging Social Media 47
    • 45. Social Media and SEO• Google puts great emphasis on what users are saying about websites when determining the rankings. - Sharing of an article or page on Facebook - Re-tweet of an article on Twitter• Sharing options are always evolving: Read { Watched Listened Want 48
    • 46. Where Do PR Professionals Fit In?• Keep doing what you’re already doing: - Frequent posts, relevant content - Acquire fans, followers, etc. - Monitor discussions - Respond to comments - Participate in forums• All of this helps, but keep SEO top of mind: - Post relevant links when responding to comments (other products, FAQs, customer service, etc.) - Include relevant keywords, whenever possible 49
    • 47. Understanding the SEO Process:Step 6: Analyzing Performance 50
    • 48. Monitor. Analyze. Optimize.• Using a web analytics program (such as Google Analytics), start by establishing benchmarks: - Visits from search engines - Visits from referring sites• Monitor search engine ranking and traffic trends.• Analyze the performance of individual keywords:• Refine your strategy (target new keywords, update your content, review your link strategy) Initial Execution Applied Applied Strategy Learning Learning Insights & Insights & Learning Learning Refined Strategy 51
    • 49. Key Takeaways• Digital, Media, and PR must be integrated.• Make sure that any content released by your company is optimized, but always put the user first.• Always ask for a link (with the proper anchor text, of course).• Use SEO as an opportunity to grow individually and as a company: - Make yourself more valuable to a company - Push for additional services (blogger relations, social media monitoring, etc.)• Adopt an iterative mindset, test and refine.• Stay informed: - SEO is constantly evolving - What works today, may be irrelevant tomorrow - Follow blogs, attend conferences, etc. 52
    • 50. Relevant Resources• Great blogs and resources: - SEO Moz: http://www.seomoz.org/blog - iMedia Connection: http://www.imediaconnection.com/ - Search Engine Land: http://searchengineland.com/ - Search Engine Watch: http://searchenginewatch.com/ - Internet Marketing Glossary: http://www.laredogroup.com/free- tools-resources/index.asp• Conferences to consider: - Search Engine Strategies (SES) - Search Marketing Expo (SMX) 53
    • 51. Questions? 54
    • 52. To learn more about Martino Flynn, visit us at martinoflynn.com, read our blog, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or tune in to our YouTube channel. Presentation will be posted to our blog this week. Any further questions, feel free to contact me at bburch@martinoflynn.com 55

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