In achieving success in the world of online business, SEO plays a very important role. SEO makes it possible for a website to rank on the top list in the search engine results page. A website at the top of the list will, of course, be visited by more people who are looking for the related information or products. It also works hand in hand in the online reputation management realm for a company or individual. Significant amounts of money are lost everyday because of misleading and erroneous information in search engine results. Read On
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As SEO continues to grow as a viable and affordable marketing method for many small- and medium-sized businesses, there have been numerous SEO companies and individuals that have started to trot out SEO certifications to enhance the “validity” of their online authenticity and work. Now, this isn’t necessarily a negative practice or a scam, but Read On
In the graph of ranking metrics that SEOmoz puts out, the largest slice of the pie (24%) is called “Trust and Authority of the Host Domain”. This means that just under ¼ of how you rank is determined by your site’s trust and authority. Why would the #1 most important factor in ranking be your site’s trust?
How much does Google spend each day to combat spam and other low-quality sites? I don’t know if I can quantify it without some help from the Big G, but I do know they have a whole team dedicated to fighting Spam, which is headed by Matt Cutts. That’s a whole team of overhead and salaries, potentially all over the world. With millions of dollars spent every year to combat spam, doesn’t it make sense to reward trust and authority as the largest part of the algorithm? This serves to naturally boost those with high trust and keep down those with spammy profiles. Read On
This isn’t exactly groundbreaking news, as I read about it a week or two ago from other sources, but today was the first day that Google’s new experimental feature that allows for “streaming search results” started to display for my personal use.
Basically, as you start typing in your keyword in the search bar, the search results below will change dynamically (or stream) as you continue to type. Kind of cool, right? Read On
I’d like to tell you about my experience with on-site SEO changes. We have had thousands of clients in the past to whom we have recommended keyword changes on their sites. Some implemented their changes right away, and some held off for a while. We monitored the performance of these campaigns and found a massive difference in the keyword rankings at the end of the campaign.
After 6 months, over 85% of the clients who implemented their on-site changes were ranked on the first page. Conversely, very few of the clients who didn’t implement found first-page rankings. This would lead us to believe that on-site factors would be the most important search ranking factor, right?
Since the information highway has no end in sight, it is more important than ever to take proactive steps to manage your company’s online reputation. The enormity of the web is a blessing and curse–it gives you the tools to monitor your reputation, but it also gives the same tools to anybody who wants to disparage your business.
Knowing how to use social networks and search engines can help silence unprovoked dissent. Despite the breadth of the internet, only one or two negative pieces of feedback will hurt your company’s image, which scares off prospective customers. Follow a few simple steps to ensure that your business’s online reputation attracts clients and generates revenue.
Have you ever gotten a new customer via a referral? It can feel delightfully effortless to have your best customers essentially do your marketing for you by recommending your business to friends and colleagues.
These personal and professional networks are increasingly moving online. Instead of picking up a phone and calling a dozen people to ask for a recommendation for a hair stylist or a business card printing company, people are surveying their Twitter followers, monitoring which brands their friends “like” on Facebook, and looking for reviews by trusted peers.
Over the last few years as an SEO guy, I have often performed on-the-spot analyses of a lot of sites. Let’s face it, sometimes it pays to be choosy about what kinds of accounts you take on. (For instance, if someone wanted to take on the keyword ‘buy movie tickets online,’ I would not want to compete with Fandango no matter how long-tailed it seems.)
I have become quite good at quickly evaluating sites, and would like to share my process: