SEO For Small Business Deck (Dabble)


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The SEO for Small Businesses deck we created for our first Dabble, hosted at 131 W. Seeboth, Milwaukee, WI. 9 Dabblers showed up to learn more about SEO and we presented for 2 hours. It was a marathon–like this deck.

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SEO For Small Business Deck (Dabble)

  1. 1. What is SEO?• Acronym: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)• Goal: Rank Organically For Specific Keywords• Job: Optimize Site To Send Proper Signals to major search engines• Challenge: Google uses over 200 signals to determine rankings
  2. 2. SEO vs. SEM• Organic (earned/free) vs. Paid (pay per click or pay per impressions)• Both target keywords• SEO = Inbound Marketing/Earned media
  3. 3. SEO vs. SEM• Paid (SEM) is a great supplement to organic – Users more likely to click when brand shows up in paid and organic• Downside to SEM: Price per click can get very costly!• SEM price driven by competition
  4. 4. Why SEO?• Over 20 billion searches a month (US)• Web Visible/Nielson Study: – 82% used the Internet to find local businesses – 80% researched product/service on the Internet before buying
  5. 5. How Search Engines Work• Index (collects, parses)• Crawl (links are the roadways) that spiders crawl• Store (lots of datacenters)• Serve Relevant Results (SERPs)
  6. 6. How Search Engines Rank• Over 200 factors – Basically by popularity – Content + Links! – Ranking Factors (SEOmoz)• Relevance + Importance – On Page (content on the site) – Off Page (links + social)
  7. 7. How Search Engines Rank• On Page – Relevance: What is this page about? – How Spiders See Your Site – HTML Elements
  8. 8. How Search Engines RankOff Page• Links – Authority of Links – Diversity of Links – Anchor Text – Follow/No Follow• Social Signals – Shares (by influencers)
  9. 9. How Users Search1. Experience Need (often through friends/social media)2. Enter in query in Google3. Browse for the best match4. Click on result5. Scan for solution6. Narrow query if inadequate answer is found
  10. 10. What Should You Do?
  11. 11. Discovery/Strategy Process1. Define Personas 1. Identify Who Needs Your Product/Service 2. Research Where They Hang Out Online 3. What Do They Share?2. Perform Keyword Research 1. First Broad (2-3 words in query) 2. Narrow (focus on long tail)
  12. 12. Keyword ResearchTools – Google Adwords – Google Insights – Google Trends – Trellian Search Term Suggestion Tool – Wordtracker – Soolve (instant search suggestion tool) – Ubersuggest
  13. 13. Keyword Research
  14. 14. Keyword Research
  15. 15. On Page (Foundation)• Create accessible site for users and search engines (HTML)• Optimize on page for targeted keywords – Juxseo• Setup Analytics with Conversion Tracking• Target Less Competitive Keywords Initially
  16. 16. Build Relationships (Links)• Make friends – In Person – Social media• Find link opportunities – Guest posts – Interesting content – Key Research – Data – Tools
  17. 17. Local SEO• Claim and Cleanup Local Citations – Accurate data – Correct category selection – Complete listings – Connect social (use location in Twitter bio) – Use competition to find listings – Forums with address
  18. 18. Local SEOTools for finding and managing citations•••
  19. 19. Build Content Around Needs• What issues does your audience face?• Back to keyword research• Track trends in your industry by following blogs and grouping in RSS – I use Feedly + Flipboard• Analytics will tell you everything
  20. 20. Build Better Content• Be aggregators/curators• Repurpose good information• Always link back to source and mention• Build content that your audience shares – Use Hipstafeed to check trending articles
  21. 21. Build Smarter Content• Target keywords with low competition• Build a content strategy to reach customers experiencing a need• Get “buy-in” from thought leaders before you create the content• Draw out influencers with content specifically for them
  22. 22. Monitor, Track and Learn Close attention to analytics
  23. 23. Monitor, Track and Learn– How are people finding you?– Which ones are converting?– How can you provide content for more people like that?
  24. 24. Your Sites
  25. 25. Permanent Baggage Content– Time lapse of making an item– Simple Handmade How To’s (think friendship bracelet)– Handmade blog – featuring guest artist (friends/links)– Infographic of handmade jewelry in US history
  26. 26. More Resources• Beginner’s Guide to SEO• Advanced Search Operators (for research)• Open Site Explorer (analyzing links)• Hubspot (learn inbound marketing)• Hustle With Data• Google Webmaster• Schema
  27. 27. Questions?@jonhainstock • @benbartling