A sound organic search strategy should be the core of every business's marketing efforts, but being found is just the beginning. Once you get people to your site, you need to convince them to stay, and show them what you want them to do.
Articles by Mark Jackson
SEOs are being asked to do an awful lot, and those folks who are the only SEO in-house have a lot of different duties to keep up with. But is it right -- or even smart -- to expect an SEO to be a jack-of-all-trades?
How many SEOs have suffered because of unrealistic expectations from clients? That situation can be avoided if you spend the time before an agreement is signed to have a frank and sincere discussion with your client about what they can expect from your efforts.
These larger Web sites have all of the natural elements that search engines look for. All they have to do is build a Web site that is remotely search engine friendly and institute some basic best practices for SEO and they'd enjoy the benefits that it has taken smaller firms years to accomplish. With proper consultation, these large brands could begin to dominate the SERPs, if they could just learn to get out of their own way.
During the last downturn, we witnessed Google become a leader in their space without a huge marketing budget. They had a better widget. To me, search marketing is the better widget, when it comes to the average marketer determining how to spend their now-limited budget.
Search engine optimization for multi-national companies' Web sites comes with its own set of challenges and pitfalls. Here are a few challenges that companies with an international Web presence face, and some advice for how to create an optimal Web presence that can do well in international search engines.
URL structure makes a difference in SEO, but it's just one of many things! Ignorant columnists making false claims about topics they don't understand are bogus! From what I can tell, writing an "interesting" and "provocative" column about SEO means facts are optional.
As an ethical SEO consultant, sometimes it's best to turn down some SEO projects, especially when the client has unrealistic expectations of the time and money necessary to succeed in a competitive market. It's best to be clear with clients about the time it will take for them to see SEO results.
Link research can take time, but there are several ways you can use a search engine to find quality links. Today we'll look at queries you can make using your favorite search engine that can help you find places to acquire links to your Web site.
This Web site recently launched and has several elements that need to be corrected to lay a sound foundation for future SEO success.
The more popular your Web site is, the better the likelihood that your Web site will rank. You need to maintain momentum in your SEO and general marketing efforts to keep a steady flow of traffic coming to your Web site.
If you're focused on ranking for that one major keyword, having a deep Web site full of great content is necessary to achieve authority in the eyes of the search engine. So, whether or not you intended to do it, you'll be optimizing for the long tail in order to achieve your goals.
If search engines want all SEOs to operate in an ethical manner, they should show us that they're penalizing the Web sites that abuse their guidelines, and reward those who follow their guidelines. Anything less makes it hard to justify following the rules.
Most ethical SEOs will tell you that paid links are a dangerous path to go down. Google will tell you that paid links will get you into hot water. At the same time, you see rankings which are obviously being generated through paid links. What's an ethical SEO to do?
You might be using social networks like Facebook or LinkedIn for the networking opportunities. And, you may use the connections and dialogue in work applications. For those of you whose responsibilities -- either directly or indirectly -- involve organic Web site optimization, let's look at how you can get SEO benefits out of social networking.
On the whole, 2008 will be remembered as the year of the iPhone revolution. This game-changing mobile device is opening eyes to the possible future of our industry.
Holiday phrases like "Christmas" show up in Google's universal search results, so there still may be an opportunity to show up. For other competitive keyword phrases, you'd be better off targeting New Year's, or even Valentine's Day.
As search engines have become more sophisticated, search engine optimization techniques have adjusted and evolved. Link generation is a key component of today's search engine results.
All your SEO efforts will be in vain if you haven't spent enough time focused on which keywords you want to target, don't understand their worth, and don't understand the competitive landscape associated with trying to rank/get traffic from these keywords.
Some SEOs aren't getting the message about Google's personalization of search results. Many are not seeing the writing on the wall: 2009 will likely see the end of the ranking report in SEO. It's time to acknowledge traffic, conversions, and ROI as the important metrics for any form of marketing or business.