7 Deadly Sins of Ecommerce SEO

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Has your site been punished by recent algorithm updates? It could be time to audit your SEO and make changes to help you climb the search engine ladder. Check out this powerpoint presentation from our SEO team to learn about 7 major mistakes that your site could be making, and how you can fix them.

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7 Deadly Sins of Ecommerce SEO

  1. 1. Alison Garrison Guliz Sicotte SEO Manager Director of ServicesConfidential and Proprietary Information
  2. 2. • Why SEO matters to Ecommerce • The Panda & Penguin Updates • The 7 Deadly Sins of SEO • Takeaways • Q&AConfidential and Proprietary Information
  3. 3. • Ecommerce is more competitive than ever • Organic traffic is targeted and valuable • Stores who rank are viewed as legitimate • 60% of consumers use search engines to research products prior to purchase* • SEO results compound over time *Source: EConsultancyConfidential and Proprietary Information
  4. 4. • Low “quality” pages – Over-optimized content, low-quality content & duplicate content – Poor user experience / weak engagement metrics • High bounce rate • Low click through • Little time spent on site • Low social media – Cloaking & deceptive redirect tactics • Low “quality” links – Excessive paid linking, link exchanges & off-site spam – Over-optimized anchor textConfidential and Proprietary Information
  5. 5. • Devalued: – Exact match URLs – Keyword frequency / keyword stuffing • Increased the impact of: – Search personalization – Localization / local results – Social media metrics – User generated contentConfidential and Proprietary Information
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  8. 8. • Relying on software to “optimize” your website • “Borrowing” content • Not improving upon thin content • Not updating content with reasonable frequency • Not sharing content via social media and syndication channelsConfidential and Proprietary Information
  9. 9. Reseller page Manufacturer pageConfidential and Proprietary Information
  10. 10. High ranking competitor pagesConfidential and Proprietary Information
  11. 11. • Craft useful, unique, descriptive content – Do not borrow content from another site, ie. manufacturer product descriptions. – Google snippets display product descriptions. Stand out from the crowd to convert. • Content is more than just text. It’s images, videos, infographics, spec sheets, product reviews.Confidential and Proprietary Information
  12. 12. Source: SeomozConfidential and Proprietary Information
  13. 13. • Utilize user generated content (UGC) – Boosts keyword relevancy – Produces valuable long-tail keywords written in user syntax – Constantly updates page content – Signals high user engagement • Regularly update content on your website – Write about new features, product comparisons, how-to articles, use social channels, ask customers for reviews, create videos • Share content on social networks and via syndication channelsConfidential and Proprietary Information
  14. 14. • Letting design trump content • No indexable HTML contentConfidential and Proprietary Information
  15. 15. • Letting design trump content • No indexable HTML contentConfidential and Proprietary Information
  16. 16. Office Depot misses the mark on making its highly valuable user-generated content indexable!Confidential and Proprietary Information
  17. 17. • Undiversified or no inbound link profile – Not engaged in social media channels – Exact match keyword anchor text Inbound link profile of a site Inbound link profile of a site NOT affected by Penguin affected by PenguinSource: Searchenginejournal.comConfidential and Proprietary Information
  18. 18. • Ensure your pages contain indexable HTML content • Know your anchor text distribution • Build a diverse and descriptive inbound link profileConfidential and Proprietary Information
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  20. 20. • It is unhealthy to obsess over… – Optimization in general – A single SEO tactic – “Rankings” or PageRank – A single keyword – A competitorConfidential and Proprietary Information
  21. 21. Don’t obsess over a single piece of the pie! 7% Link Profile 7% Keyword Usage 6% 42% Technical Optimization & Other Keyword Agnostic Factors 12% Traffic Quiry Data Social 26% OtherConfidential and Proprietary Information
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  23. 23. • For years, this worked! – Dominated SERP results – Made them a lot of $ and led to aggressive company expansion (more keyword rich URLs!)Confidential and Proprietary Information
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  25. 25. • Acknowledge that algorithms are complex! • Craft a multifaceted online marketing strategy • Take it easy with your keywords and exploit semantic indexing • Be outcome-focused not activity-focused • Regularly measure results so that you understand what is working and adjust your campaignConfidential and Proprietary Information
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  27. 27. • Excessive paid advertising • Disproportionate # of paid links • Trying to be Walmart • Diluting your product focus • Creating duplicate sitesConfidential and Proprietary Information
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  33. 33. • Take is easy with the advertising • Avoid / limit paid links • Don’t take a hatchet to your links • Don’t create duplicate stores • Don’t dilute your site relevancy with random productsConfidential and Proprietary Information
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  35. 35. • Trusting fly-by-night “SEO Experts” • Implementing outdated SEO tactics – Meta keyword optimization – Keyword density – Search engine submission – Link exchange – Exact match domain name – Non-varied anchor text, etc. • Doing the wrong type of work – Writing content for content’s sake • Improper use of redirectsConfidential and Proprietary Information
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  37. 37. • Stay up-to-date on SEO developments • Do your homework when hiring an SEO firm – Make a checklist of questions to ask – Show them the door if they guarantee top position, talk about outdated tactics, don’t touch your site, report on just rankings, charge by the link, etc. – If it’s too good to be true, run! • If you’re doing your own SEO, – Stick to best practices – Ask an expert, if you don’t know howConfidential and Proprietary Information
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  39. 39. • Unwillingness to invest in SEO • Trying it out • Not listening to your audienceConfidential and Proprietary Information
  40. 40. • Denial of reality - New business? - No data? • Denying what the data says - Unbranded SEO traffic - Inbound links - RankingsConfidential and Proprietary Information
  41. 41. • Set realistic SEO goals and measure performance • Use Google Analytics, it’s free! - SEO Queries report - SEO Landing pages report - Custom reports - Page Efficiency http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/best- downloadable-custom-web-analytics- reports/Confidential and Proprietary Information
  42. 42. • Use Google Webmaster tools. That’s free too! – Fix crawl errors and 404 pages – Analyze search queries – Analyze inbound links and anchor text – Fix duplicate content issuesConfidential and Proprietary Information
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  44. 44. • SEO is an ever-changing, experimental science – Time is an algorithm variable – A stop & start approach is not effective – There are only ten 1st page positions – You are competing with large established brands who have been involved with SEO for years • You eat an elephant one bite at a time!Confidential and Proprietary Information
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  46. 46. • Remember that SEO is an investment in your company’s future • Start with niche keyword terms • Become data driven NOT reactionaryConfidential and Proprietary Information
  47. 47. • Sloth • Invisibility • Obsessiveness • Greed • Ignorance • Denial • ImpatienceConfidential and Proprietary Information
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