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FireBootCamp Introduction to SEO by XEN Systems

An introduction to SEO and overview of using Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools and Bing Webmaster Tools

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FireBootCamp Introduction to SEO by XEN Systems

  1. 1. FireBootCamp Introduction to SEO PRESENTER: CRAIG BAILEY 7 MARCH 2014
  2. 2. Learn&Apply Quick presentations on the key SEO items Aiming for the 80% (from the 80/20) 07 MAR ?? MAR Introduction to SEO An overview of the basics of SEO, plus tools every web developer should be using. Advanced SEO A look at link building, social and other channels for improving your traffic. 2
  3. 3. TheBlokePresenting Craig Bailey XEN Systems o o o o o Digital Agency Online strategy SEO and SEM Social Analytics Training Developer background • • • Database developer Web developer Microsoft MVP 2007-2009 3
  4. 4. Today’s Goals Introduction to SEO Overview of how Google and Bing rank sites Recommended Tools Tools you should use The Importance of Content Why writing good quality content helps your rankings 4
  5. 5. Your Outcomes o Understand the basics of SEO o Set up Google account (if you don’t already have one) o Set up Google Analytics o Set up Google Webmaster Tools o Set up Bing Webmaster Tools o Understand the value of good content o Understand keywords and start thinking about your ‘customer’ 5
  6. 6. What is SEO? Search engine optimisation… ie optimising your site so that Google will rank it higher Maximise the number of keywords the site can rank for in Google Increase traffic to the site Matching the site to the right kind of visitors Actively monitoring the site for improvements, threats, issues, gains, opportunities 6
  7. 7. Why Build A Web Site? Drive Traffic Traffic comes from a variety of sources including: • Organic (Google, Bing) • Paid (AdWords, Facebook, LinkedIn) • Social (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest) • Referral (other sites) • Direct • Email campaigns Convert Customers Conversions can include: • New leads • New customers • Pageviews (engagement) • Awareness (branding) • Registrations Make Money Although there are exceptions, most web sites have a financial component to them. They are commisioned with the aim of making money for the company. If a client has paid a premium for a web site, they are usually expecting a premium return. 7
  8. 8. Marketing Marketing Online Offline Paid SEO (Organic is ‘Free’) Direct Social On-Page Off-Page 8
  9. 9. Google Algorithm o Uses hundreds of inputs/factors (for fun read this Moz blog post) o Constantly changing o Personalised (eg results are different depending on location and device) o On-page items: Page Titles o Off-page items: Good quality links o High quality content is important o Being a big brand is a big help! 9
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  13. 13. SEO Checklist Item System Required 01 Page Titles Code or CMS Yes 02 Page META descriptions Code or CMS Yes 03 Headings - H1, H2, H3 Content Yes 04 Configure Google Analytics Google Analytics & Code Yes 05 Check robots.txt Server Yes 06 Configure Google Webmaster Tools Google Webmaster Tools Yes 07 XML Sitemap Code or CMS Priority Optional 13
  14. 14. On-page Items Page items 1 Page Title 2 META Description Include most valueable keywords at the start Aim to make this a ‘Call to action’ statement. Avoid using terms like ‘Home’ in the page Title This is your chance to make people click on a search result. Include brand terms 14
  15. 15. Opportunity 15
  16. 16. robots.txt Used to block Googlebot 1 Staging 2 Go Live Block everything Block specifically User-agent: * Disallow: / User-agent: * Disallow: /login.aspx 16
  17. 17. XML Sitemap ‘Guides’ Google • • • • Guides Google to important content Include important content Exclude admin sections, Site Layout folders, protected membership areas Set to recreate regularly Google Webmaster Tools 17
  18. 18. Tools o Google Analytics o Google Webmaster Tools o Google AdWords o Keyword Tools o Other Tools 18
  19. 19. Google Analytics o Track visitor sources, behaviour, conversions o o You need to have a Google account – set up a Gmail account if easiest 19
  20. 20. Take a look at Analytics Analytics 20
  21. 21. Google Webmaster Tools o Check Site issues, XML sitemaps, robots.txt o 21
  22. 22. Google Webmaster Tools 22
  23. 23. Take a look at GWT Google Webmaster Tools 23
  24. 24. Bing Webmaster Tools o Check Site issues, XML sitemaps o o Use your Live ID (Microsoft Account) 24
  25. 25. Take a look at BWT Google Webmaster Tools 25
  26. 26. Other Tools o Google Places for Business o Bing Places for Business o Should I set up a Google+ account? o Search operators: 26
  27. 27. Keyword Tools o Uber Suggest (good, but tends to break a lot - o Term Explorer (has a limited free option - o Google Keyword Tool (requires an AdWords account) o Bing Webmaster Tools Keyword research (good, but limited to Bing search volumes) o SEObook Keyword Tool (free registration 27
  28. 28. Other Stuff o Links o Redirects o META robot tags 28
  29. 29. Links Links are the currency of the web Links are huge indicator to Google as to what a page is about and what it should rank for ‘Click here’ example Click here 29
  30. 30. Redirects 301 Redirects are super important! 301s redirect old URLs (that probably no longer exist) to the new site URLs. Eg: From: To: They can be added: 1. individually in IIS, OR 2. in bulk using IIS rewritemap.config files. Why Redirects are important Using IIS for implementing redirects 30
  31. 31. Redirects 301 Redirects are super important! Here’s the organic traffic graph for a site that went live and didn’t implement 301s. Why Redirects are important 31
  32. 32. META tags Meta Robot tags help keep pages out of Google’s index Set the Site Layout folder to: • Private Set the Site Layout Meta Tags to: • noarchive (ticked) • noindex (ticked) • nofollow (usually leave this unticked) Noindex = Google won’t include it in the Google search results Noarchive = Google won’t keep a cache copy of the page Nofollow = Google won’t follow links on the page 32
  33. 33. Questions o Can I buy links? (Don’t!) o What should I start with? (Brand terms) o Do social signals help rankings? (Yes, but minor) o Is blog commenting OK? (Yes, depending on quality) o Do meta keywords help? (No) o What are redirects? And are they important? (Yes) o Can I track conversions in Google Analytics? (Yes) o What about using JavaScript libraries? (Can be problematic, use ?_escaped_fragment_=, see this) 33
  34. 34. QuickSummary o Most sites are ultimately focussed on increasing their financial return o SEO is the process of optimising a site to improve its Google rankings o Page titles are important o Good content is important o Links are important o Use Google Analytics to measure what is working o Use Google Webmaster Tools to monitor site issues and queries 34
  35. 35. ContactInformation XEN Systems is a digital agency based in Sydney, Australia. We focus on the 4 S’s of digital: Strategy, SEO, SEM and Social, with an integrated approach to help your company reach and engage its target customers. XEN Systems PO Box 527 Chatswood NSW 2057 Tel : 02 8006 4428 Mobile: 0413 489 388 Email: @XENsystems Helpdesk 35
  36. 36. Thank You 36