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Link Building and you

Of the many steps involved in properly conducting a sound SEO (search engine optimization) campaign for a client, a step which seems to invoke some confusion is the link building portion of the campaign. Properly researched link building is just as important to your success as is the content on your website.

Because of the somewhat, misunderstood nature of link building, there are many fallicies which float around on the web about it. What sites to link to, which ones are worse, too many back links are bad for you, but too few isn’t worth the money.. And they go on and on. You can find some of these myths, demystified below.

Myth No 1.
It is bad for your website to leave your link on an “inner page” or inside page that is either new or has a very low Page Rank like PR0 which has a high Page Rank home page.

This is absolutely false. A solid strategy is to look for good quality sites to link to and most of these times linking is done through any of the many pages of such sites. Content doesn’t exist on only the front page of a website.

Myth No 2.
You should always obtain “relevant” links in the same niche as your website otherwise these non-relevant links won’t don’t help in your search engine optimization and will get you penalized by Google.

Ideally all of us should always try to obtain links belonging to the same niche, however it will not hurt you even if they come from sites belonging to entirely different niche. There is just no way that Google can exert much control over incoming links to your website. If this myth were true, many nasty people just need to start linking bad sites with their own competitors just to bring their sites down.

Myth No. 3
Building lots of backlinks too fast will get your penalized by Google.

Most people make this statement without defining what is considered too many links. The average marketer does not build links to the tune of tens of thousands on a daily basis. Only when this happens would we think it is too excessive and could raise an alert to Google, who may investigate if spamming has taken place.

Continue reading about the myths of link building..

BBC Finally bows to SEO

BBC News website to feature longer headlines on story pages, making them easier to find on search engines.

Not before time, I remember being called by them in 2006 for advice which they thought a bit expensive on the marketing budget at that time, obviously with dollars dwindling and more eyeballs on websites now they have had a change of heart.

“We estimate that about 29% of BBC News website UK traffic comes from search engines.”, says Steve Herrmann, editor of BBC News website.

The BBC will therefore allow its journalists to create two headlines for a story. While the shorter one between 31 and 33 characters appears on the front page and the website indexes as well as on mobile phones, the longer one – up to 55 characters will appear on the story itself – and in search engine results.

Search engine optimization has become a standard practice for most online organisations over the past couple of years, the guardian.co.uk included. As users began to find stories more and more via search engines or Google News, via personal recommendations on social media or in email, via links on Twitter or their RSS readers, news publishers wanted to be sure of reaching them.

“The practice of ‘search engine optimization‘ – making content in such a way that it is easily retrieved via search engines – is an important area for us and for others across the web.

So does the justification damage the use of language? Or does it only stop journalists from inventing too complex phrases that were not understandable anyway? Since search-optimized headlines will tend to include all the key words a user might type in when he or she is searching for a topic, the headlines may even be more useful.

In fact, in the news sector, the changes are minimal – as the BBC shows in an example: “Possible counter-bid for Cadbury” becomes “Ferrero and Hershey in possible counter-bid for Cadbury”. Might be a bit harder to scan on a front page, but the longer headline is definitely more informative.

May be the Canadian newspapers, TV and Cable companies here might eventually catch on

Don't Wait for SEO..

In today’s marketplace, businesses large and small cannot wait before they concentrate on their SEO program. Search engine optimization is one of those things that if you are starting it up now you might be a bit late to the party, but at least you got there. It is important to really get started as soon as possible and get things going with your SEO efforts because each day a business waits to get active in the search engines is another day your competition might be really ramping up their search engine marketing efforts slowly stealing away valuable visitors away from your business.

Here are some pitfalls in waiting on building a solid SEO program:

1. Time: SEO is a very time intensive marketing effort that really requires patience, so the longer a business waits with their website the longer it takes to really see results. SEO is a lot like planting a seed and watching it grow. If you want to see results from your efforts they are not going to happen over night. There are cost effective ways to get things started if you are on a budget so at the very least it is important to get the ball rolling. Many businesses are under the impression that search engine optimization works immediately or soon thereafter and this couldn’t be further from the truth.

2. Loss of Sales: Ignoring search engine optimization efforts for your business or website will result in a direct loss of potential sales. I don’t care what your business is, if you are trying to promote yourself online and you have some sort of business to offer whether online or through a brick & mortar you will benefit from SEO. A loss of website visitors is a loss of potential sales in my book. The opportunity costs of not getting active in the search engines for some businesses could be very high and almost painful to discuss.

3. More Competition: All it takes is another few websites to pop up in the search engines and start promoting themselves through a variety of search engine marketing efforts and you might really get buried in the search results. Not to mention your potential customers that could be lost to this newly found competition. More and more people in today’s marketplace are really starting to head online for newly found streams of income. It is important to realize that the potential for your space to get crowded online is very possible. If it hasn’t gotten busy already image if a handful of new competitors move into your space in the search engines and bump you out of the way?

SEO Task for Marketers, NOT Web Developers

SEO should really be left to a marketing brain not your webshop designer.

Having a clean coded website is very important but that clean code will only benefit you once you start trying to get your website ranking in the search engines.

Rankings alone do not generate business; marketing and rankings together generate business in a great way. Yes rankings are very important but if your website is not built with the user experience in mind also than all the rankings in the world will not allow your website to convert properly.

Buyers need to see more than a just a website ranking in search results. A press release written by a marketing person and distributed through the right channels could get you a story in an online or offline publication.

A press release written by a technical SEO person for the sake of rankings will most likely not get picked up anywhere and virtually no positive effect.

Search engine and visitor trust factor is something that not only the search engines need to see but also your audience. A potential customer will be much more inclined to purchase from you or give you a call if they see you in multiple areas, the only way to really be visible in multiple areas is to come to the party wearing your marketing hat.

A marketing approach to building your rankings will not just build your rankings but also build your business.

This was a snippet from PW story

SEO most effective says NY Times

Although the advent of real-time search could throw the industry into flux, experts say that search marketing techniques like search engine optimization (SEO) are still the biggest business on the web.

Miguel Helft, writing for the New York Times, says that “search advertising is probably the most effective form of marketing ever invented.” Because users are clearly demonstrating what they’re interested in, content can be scripted to powerfully appeal to those interests. Search engine optimization (SEO) can help guarantee that natural search results – as well as ads – are advantageous to companies.

However, despite the recent mega-deals that microblogging service Twitter has signed with Google and Microsoft, many are still unclear how real-time search will be monetized. Experts say that real-time queries will be less predictable and more highly specialized. Microsoft has downplayed any expectations of stratospheric profitability, telling the Times’ Helft that “[t]he goal is definitely to drive user value.”

A searchable Twitter may also provide search engine optimization (SEO) professionals and other online marketers with valuable trend information, as reported by Brafton last week.

Cost-Effective Brand Growth Through Search Marketing:

Often the success a company experiences in growing their brand rests in the resources they allocate toward marketing. How much and where are normally the questions that follow. In the past, the question of “where is my market” was often a major determining factor in deciding which form of media to choose. Are my potential customers reading the newspaper or trade magazines? Are they tuned into the radio? Will bus ads or billboards be enough to capture their share of mind? With 90% of consumers now searching the net before making major purchases, this age-old question has been answered.

The purpose of search marketing is to place a company’s website in a position of high visibility on the search engines for key terms that are relevant to they type of products or services that company may offer. Anytime a consumer is searching on the web for a specific product or service, it is because they are in the market to buy. The companies that invest in positioning their websites atop the search engines will have the first opportunity to present their products/services to that qualified audience, therefore giving them first chance at the sale. When optimized correctly for the key terms a company wants their brand associated to, their website acts as a 24/7 salesperson, capturing the attention of the consumer while they are in the market to buy. For this reason, search marketing is a very cost-effective strategy for any business in any geographic market.

Traditional media or mass media is much more expensive in comparison because it is looking to scream out a message to a large audience hoping some of them are in the market for what they offer. The louder the shout, the larger the expense, still with no guarantee that anyone in that audience will be looking for what they are selling. If a company shouts enough, of course the one effect is that people may gain recognition for their brand, which could lead to them using their company in the future. However, the effect is less than if you are there when the consumer is actively looking.

In addition to the repetition required for traditional media to be effective, it also is costly to shout across a larger market. On a local level, traditional media has a much greater opportunity for success with success measured as return on investment. However, once you move into national, and certainly global markets, search marketing is where a company will see the greatest opportunity to turn eyeballs and ears into qualified leads.

As a whole, a company will see the best return on investment by allocating their marketing dollars to an SEO professional that will position their brand directly to those consumers actively in the market for their products or services.

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The economy is a troubling factor however there are immense opportunities via the Internet. Search engine optimization in particular, when done well, can breathe new life into your sales volumes and help you maintain visibility with old and current customers.

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Internet Marketing is one of your most important aspects to having an effective website. We hear countless clients telling us that they have spent thousands of dollars on developing their website but they still cannot be seen online.

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SEO – Cost Effective Marketing

Some people think doing more with less implies doing a lower quality work with fewer resources, I would simply argue it means finding a way to work smarter, improve efficiencies and make your current investments work harder for you.

What does this have to do with SEO you may ask? SEO is lauded as bring one of the most cost effective forms of online marketing. Most, if not all companies have some form of career website that they’ve invested thousands of dollars in. If people not able to find your website, this investment is not living up to its full potential.

3 Reasons Why Companies Should Turn to SEO

1. Marketing Budgets Go First – In a not so hot economy, the advertising and marketing budgets or organization are generally the first to get cut. Knowing that your competition is reducing their marketing spend is the exact reason why increasing your marketing efforts will give you a great advantage. Research shows that companies that continue to market themselves during a down economy grow faster than companies that do not.

2. No Travel Budget for tradeshows – People that might generally attend out of town tradeshows to scope out new products and services find that their travel budgets have disappeared and are now having to turn to the internet to do their research. Companies out there that are still in a position to buy, but you need shows up in their search results in order to be given consideration. The way to ensure this is by optimizing your website via SEO.

3. Maximize Your Current Website Investment – “Buy” Instead of “Rent” – With limited budgets it’s important that you laser focus any current and new initiatives, targeting only those tactics that will give you the very best return on investment. One of those most impactful tools available is SEO. By optimizing your website, you are no longer wasting traffic from the search engines; you are investing in a long term solution that will allow you to take ownership of the search traffic that was yours in the first place.

Companies that adapt will survive and grow, businesses don’t grow by staying stagnant. Investing in SEO now will give you the best chance at pulling ahead of your competition in the future.

SEO Perils

I frequent a few blogs and forums about search optimization, it’s tips and tricks, and there’s recently been a disturbing trend which seems to be developing. It’s summed up best, with the quote below.

“..reading up on SEO search optimization methods 2 hours over the night and its pretty overwhelming the amount of different strategies for posting, content and back links from other websites I guess in some sort of partnership which I’m not too excited about. I am now looking for short cuts as I don’t have the time nor energy..”

It’s only a handful of words, a couple of sentences, but there are so many problems and misconceptions just within that. The post continues on, and the poster actually asks about black hat seo and how he can use those techniques to rank his site. As anyone who legitimately works in the sector can tell you, that’s a great way to get black marked by the big G.

A major problem with the post, is the thought that with no prior knowledge, the poster could just scour the internet, and in a night or two, could learn all they need to about optimization in order to implement it on their site. That idea, that fallacy, in and of itself, is one of the most dangerous in terms of the industry.

Search engine optimization is not a medium to be taken lightly, or to be mistreated when you do make the step into the arena. SEO can be your businesses best friend and staunchest ally, or, it can be your downfall.

A simple comparison, an amateur golfer and a pro golfer. Putting the two into a competition on a course, irregardless of difficulty, one would never assume that the amateur would beat the pro. Experience, time on the “job”, and knowledge, would propel the pro into the winners circle.

So instead of duffing around and filling your site full of divots, give the pro’s a call at Fresh, we’ll take you to the winners circle every time.

SEO is not a legitimate form of marketing

What is SEO
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Borrowing a definition from wikipedia… “it is the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via “natural” (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results.” SEO is a process which requires a time investment in order to see results. For faster results, one might try PPC, which you can setup and turn on in the same day.

Is this still true? over the last few days a web designer called Derek caused a little flutter online with his comment “Search Engine Optimization is not a legitimate form of marketing. It should not be undertaken by people with brains or souls. If someone charges you for SEO, you have been conned”

In the words of Aaron Wall at seobook
Uh-huh.

Well, I’m sure some SEO is undertaken by people without either brains or soul, but the same could be said of web designers.

It is true to say some web designers are clueless about the web, seemingly only interested in crafting pretty pictures. In Flash. They charge clients a fortune for it, and have no idea whether their self-indulgent nonsense will add any value to the clients business. It’s barely even a consideration.

That’s rather misleading. It might be true, but it’s still misleading. Some web designers, just like some SEOs, are pointless. That doesn’t mean all SEOs or web designers are pointless. Unfortunately, Derek thinks the entire SEO industry is a con.

Judging an entire industry by what some bad actors do is wrong.

I have to agree with Aaron, but got around to thinking that SEO should have a new meaning, Search Educating Operative.

Any front-end developer worth working with should be familiar with the basic tenets of search engine optimization, there is nothing evil about charging for what is obvious, the entire service industry is based on it. If someone else built a page and didn’t follow the obvious parts of SEO, charging to clean it up is perfectly ethical and provides a clear benefit.

A little more educating these people on the proper proceedures would help.

Like advertising, the worse your product (website) is, the more (SEO) you will need.

If web designers used more common sense in web development and writing quality content the less seo would be required.

It’s about education. We teach them how to write for humans rather than using internal jargon – again it seems so simple but you would be amazed at how many people don’t think about it.

SEO can also really tie into usability and accessibility. It’s us that tells them to not to write their entire website in Flash, put text as images, or hide links with javascript, etc.

In an ideal world, people would write their websites with content, usability and accessibility in mind but as they often don’t, this is where SEO comes in.

It’s unfortunate that there are a lot of shonky used car salesmen in this industry but there are some brilliant, clever people working in SEO trying to make the web a better place. It’s about creating quality content and good experiences and this is what we get our clients to do.

I think of SEO like usability – yes it’s common sense, but sometimes clients need you to come in and educate you on the best practice way of doing things

Danny Sullivan at search engine land said …

These SEOs, by the way, struggle with web developers who “think” they know SEO but don’t. Web developers who think that despite what an SEO tells them, a 302 redirect is the way to go. And thus the International Herald Tribune loses thousands of links because who wants to trust the scummy in-house SEO, right? I’ve got story after story of web developers and designers who think they know SEO but don’t, who cause major problems for web sites, and yet NO ONE ever writes a blog post blasting them.