Teaching seo in a classroomPresentation Transcript
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Run through what we do today Who I am what I do Technical vs Practical definitions of SEO How Search engines work Why do we need SEO – some big numbers to impress you SEO research, plan, target and measure do a few tests at http://whichtestwon.com/etc How to do SEO with a case study – the new [client] campaign Outline the multi agency strategy and then look at specific goal measurement research plan You do SEO – goal, measure, research, plan Crazy but true
me Past clients Present clients
What is SEO - technically From Wikipedia Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the "natural" or un-paid search results. Other forms of search engine marketing (SEM) target paid listings. In general, the earlier (or higher on the page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine. As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work and what people search for. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search and video search. Optimizing a website may involve editing its content and HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Promoting a site to increase the number of backlinks or inbound links, is another SEO tactic.
Basically, getting websites into position #1 of the “free” listings
#1: that’s where all the traffic goes
What is SEO - practically
SEO is getting people to your website and getting them to take the actions you want (normally to buy something)
SEO turns out to be a lot of things
Think about what you put on the internet– do you want people to see it? Does this happen by magic or by science? Science can be researched, measured and replicated
How search engines work They Crawl the web Imagine the World Wide Web as a network of stops in a big city subway system. Each stop is its own unique document (usually a web page, but sometimes a PDF, JPG or other file). The search engines need a way to “crawl” the entire city and find all the stops along the way, so they use the best path available – links.
How search engines work When a person searches for something online, it requires the search engines to scour their corpus of billions of documents and do two things – first, return only those results that are relevant or useful to the searcher’s query second, rank those results in order of perceived value (or importance). It is both “relevance” and “importance” that the process of search engine optimization is meant to influence.
Why do we need SEO? Sales drop by £10 000 a week = £40 000 loss Sales drop by £7 000 a week = £42 000 loss Sales drop by £9 000 a week = £45 000 loss Brand keyword revenue was about 25% up over the same period
The pie is big, where do you bite?
Mobile growth - exploding
Mobile growth – lots to learn
How to do SEO Know your goals Measure onsite Measure offsite Research (lots of it) Plan Execute Measure throughout
Set up your ONSITE measurements Google webmaster tools Google analytics 3rd party error checking tools like SEOmoz Find your success urls to set up your goals
Google webmaster tools
Measure OFFSITE Google Keyword tools Marco Polo (private tool) SEOmozOpensite explorer
Research: Find your keywords Google keyword finder
Research: Find your worthwhile keywords
Research: find your competitors
Measure: track your competitors
Research: All the websites linking to TTL hompage
Research: the text used to link to TTL homepage
Research: learn from competitor backlinks Notes
Significant number of links from travel websites. Extra valuable as they also send buying traffic
Timebased events are where they have sponsored an event or were linked to as a travel reference from a conference that has now passed
A number of links were due to that fact that they could be used as an easy reference for train times
I will follow the Twitter users with the [client] twitter account
Now I know What keywords are important for me Who my competitors are for those keywords What works for my competitors Where they get their links from I’m measuring so that I can see the impact of my work over time … time to make a plan
A big picture – how it all comes together [Client] wants to push their [super cool] application over the next 6 months Saatchi does overall creative concept, negotiates rights for celebrity that matches their campaign, produces artwork, TV and radio A celebrity will be the face of the campaign (show storyboard) Online agency must support the campaign, make it more effective and show 6:1 roi for all work undertaken
Web Agency supplies online strategy SEO provides research and measurement to make sure it all works and measure success Agency has some knowledge – Soc Med is powerful, but better if incentivised. Rise in mobile. We also see what works for competitors A lot of money is going into promoting the term “[campaign term]” ++ Must make sure to rank for key campaign term! ++
How does onsite look? How does the [client page] look like that will be the landing page of the whole promotion? Put the url into Google. What does the search result look like?
What keywords do people use for [campaign term]?
This is how the new pages will look 1 Page title Current: [current] Change to: [new] 2 Metadescription Current: none Change to: [new]
Get to #1 ASAP - Seomozkeyword research Go to seomozopensite explorer and find out what its going to take to beat the current #1
The plan An incentivised social media competition with lots of partners Lots of links, lots of traffic, lots of social sharing stuff
Actual example Landing page redacted. This is a good example of one though
Remember: measure Seomoz – to measure links Majestic seo – measure link growth Google analytics – to measure traffic to this page
What if we don’t get to #1? PPC More links – PR Tweet and FB more for recency Buy links?
Now what is your business? If you are your business - what do you have to do to rank for your name? Search your keywords GKT Find competitors – how many links do they have in Seomoz? What will your onpage look like? What will your SERP look like? (seomofo.com) Where will you get links?
Crazy scenarios OMG you got caught taking cocaine at a nightclub, every news paper writes about you What will the search results for your name look like? OMG your most famous footballer cheats on his wife with a prostitute and gets caught OMG your girlfriend found out you cheated on her – and now image search for your name is? OMG one of your employees beats someone up and says they love Hitler