January 28, 2015
To say that search engine optimization has gone through changes is an understatement.
What was once a shady practice in promoting your online business is now a full-fledged marketing framework that delivers value to your audience.
Below is an infographic from QuickSprout detailing the evolution of SEO over the years.
Tags: Content marketing, Search Engine Optimization, SEO, SERP
December 19, 2014
Image – Mike, Flickr.
It takes a lot of people a long time for them to choose a quality keyword for their website or for a specific blog post. There are tools like Wordtracker that allow you to test out keywords you’ve already thought up, but little that helps you actually choose a good keyword to test in the first place. Here are a few key principles you can follow in order to come up with a solid keyword fast.
Tags: keywords, SEO
November 5, 2014
Many people are under the impression that having a website, writing high quality content and boosting social shares will increase organic traffic to their website. With this mentality, you’re setting yourself up for disaster since you’re forgetting the fundamentals of SEO and how they relate to search engines.
Many bloggers will agree that on-page and off-page SEO will dramatically improve your traffic while building your brand. If you’re not getting the results you feel you should, then you should implement these simple but effective strategies within your content. read more
Tags: headlines, keyword research, SEO
May 20, 2014
Blogging is more than just blurting out your emotions on the Internet. It’s a style of writing that requires honesty, accuracy and a little flamboyance. Be careful, though. Your online audience could either make you a viral sensation or a complete bust almost overnight.
Like any form of writing, there are standards and styles to abide when blogging. If you want your blog to get noticed, you also have to optimize your content to be recognized by Google and other search engines. read more
Tags: blogging advice, copyright, SEO
March 3, 2014
When Google condemns something publicly, or makes a sweeping statement like “guest blogging is dead,” anybody who’s got an interest in Internet culture tends to sit up and pay attention. Google’s decisions and changes throughout the years have been driving forces in the blogging world, so you can imagine that the purported death of guest blogging has both professional and casual bloggers alike bracing for sweeping changes.
So What’s the Story? read more
Tags: guest blogging, Matt Cutts, SEO
January 3, 2014
If you have any inclination about SEO when you’re a blogger (which you should, as SEO can help increase your blog’s traffic and engagement), then you know that being sure you use the right main keywords when you are writing blog posts can help people find your content when they are searching for it via search engines. read more
Tags: Blogging, keywords, Search Engine Optimization, SEO
November 21, 2013
In order to be effective blogging in today’s Internet, writers also need to realize that knowing about search engine optimization (SEO) isn’t left to programmers are Internet marketers. It’s no longer enough to write amazing content and expect it to get thousands of hits every month, much less each day.
Bloggers should know basic SEO techniques and keep up with the latest search engine trends and news in order to be successful with their blog posts.
Best SEO Practices Increase Traffic
Knowing what search engines are looking for can help you maintain best practices, which should increase your chances of regular search engine ranking and indexing. For instance, did you know that Google recently released a new feature called In-Depth articles, which they give special preference to articles that are 1500 words or more? In addition, Google is also looking out for duplicate content, which is content that is appeared on a different website or the same website before, as well as relevancy of content (which is part of its freshness factor). All of these attributes contribute toward greater traffic to your blog. read more
Tags: black hat, Google, Search Engine Optimization, Search Engines, SEO, white hat
November 8, 2013
A little while ago I read this great post by Ken Mueller which got me thinking, “Where have I never been with my posts before?”
I was quite surprised to find that the answer was “The customer’s mind-set.” I have written posts in the past about providing great customer service and nurturing post-purchase, but never actually about how a business could be seen through the eyes of a customer. Most importantly though, how customers view the “little mistakes” that you decided to let slide or deal with later.
Here are ten little mistakes that I see quite often when browsing the web, and how they could be making your customers view your business in the wrong light!
Little mistake #1 – Not blogging or updating your social networks
It’s very easy to neglect things like your blog and social networks. What with more urgent work tasks, familial and social commitments and unexpected requests dominating many of our lives, the simplest solution is to try and alleviate the pressure by “just blogging tomorrow.” That tomorrow then becomes the day after, and the day after that and the day after that, as you can see from the lonely looking lambs in the example above (almost as lonely looking as the stagnant blog itself)!
It’s a vicious circle, and one that can leave both existing and potential customers seeing you as just as neglectful in other areas of your business as in your content. It can also come across as you simply not having anything interesting to say, so how could you have anything interesting to offer your customer too? read more
Tags: broken links, customer relations, keyword stuffing, SEO, social networks
November 4, 2013
Tags: keyword research, SEO
October 23, 2013
We all know SEO is important, especially for blogs because they get new content regularly. However, if you haven’t educated yourself enough on SEO, then simple mistakes may have a will long-lasting impact on your blog, even though you may have great content.
Even though you may consider yourself in the writing industry, if your content is being published online, then you also need to become an SEO expert. Otherwise, you risk undermining your content and not getting the exposure that you deserve.
Rambling Meta Tags
Meta tags that are too long are one of the most common problems that I see during my website Internet marketing audits that are completed for clients. If your meta tags are too long, then they will get cut off in Google (and other search engines ), leading to incomplete information for both the search engines and your potential readers. Title meta tags must be under 65 characters (including spaces) and description meta tags must be under 160 characters. Most SEO experts (like Moz) agree that 155 characters is a good maximum to shoot for.
When redoing meta tags, be sure to include more top keywords and a good description of what that specific page is about. In addition, for WordPress blogs, you can use a SEO plugin that will automatically optimize these meta tags (as well as complete basic SEO) for you.
Tags: blogger, Blogging, plugins, Search Engine Optimization, SEO, WordPress