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  • 1. Search Engines and SEO By Tanner Petroff For
  • 2. Indexation  Search engines store what they can find in an index  Search engines are smart, but they can’t find everything on their own
  • 3. How Search Engines Pick Results  Search engines sort through the pages stored in their index to find the best results  Example search result – ‘Real estate’  Does this page have ‘real estate agent’ in the title?  Does this page have ‘real estate agent’ in the page content?  Are there other pages on this website that talk about ‘real estate’?  Are there other websites that link to this page?  How many? Are they high or low quality sites?  Do those websites talk about real estate?  Many, many more factors
  • 4. What Search Engines Can Read  Text, like what I’m typing now  Image ‘alt text’  Other code
  • 5. What Search Engines Can’t Read  Images  Flash animation
  • 6. Where Does SEO Come In?  Two kinds of SEO  On-Page Optimization  Everything on your website that you control  Off-site Optimization  Everything on other peoples websites that affect you
  • 7. On-site Optimization  Content  More is better, but it needs to be focused on keywords  Keywords should ideally be decided before building a website, but it’s never too late to start  Page Titles  Meta Descriptions  URLs & URL Structure  Markup
  • 8. Off-Page SEO  Links pointing to your site  Quality links  From a relevant website  Editorial links in blogs & articles  Press mentions  Bad links  Link farms  Comment spam
  • 9. So Where Do I Start?  SEO can be confusing  The landscape is always evolving
  • 10. Keyword Research  Use tools to help  Google AdWords Keyword Planner   Übersuggest 
  • 11. Audit Your Website  Edit page titles and meta descriptions to have keywords & variations  Important! No Keyword Stuffing!  Check URL structure and update to follow best practices  Fix any broken links or other technical issues
  • 12. Create Content  Create interesting, informative content designed to solve the problems of potential buyers      Blogs Infographics eBooks Whitepapers Videos  Remember your site’s keywords when creating content, but don’t worry about it too much  Add pages to your site focused on any keywords you don’t already have on your site
  • 13. Use That Content to Attract Links  Content aggregators    Guest blogging  Ask for social shares  Ask for links  Reach out to authorities & thought leaders
  • 14. Use ‘Anchortext’ When Possible  Anchortext is the text used to link to a new page or website  Anchortext tells search engines what a link is about  Use keywords as anchortext for most SEO benefit
  • 15. Measure and Monitor Performance  Google Analytics   Google Webmaster Tools   Moz Metrics 
  • 16. Expectations  Here are two real world examples of SEO results
  • 17. Expectations (continued)
  • 18. Expectations (continued)
  • 19. Expectations  The original graphs may look mostly flat, but both cases show great results  (redacted) saw a 55% increase in total traffic, leading to a 111% increase in online revenue  (redacted) saw a 69% increase in total traffic over an eight month period
  • 20. Summary  Find who you are marketing to, how they search      and what they search for Optimize your website to meet those needs Create content your audience will find interesting, and search engines can index Use that content to acquire links to your website Measure Repeat
  • 21. Questions?  Don’t be shy!  This presentation is on SlideShare  Link  I’ll send out a copy to anyone who may want it  Let’s go through a real world example and audit one of your websites!