Writing Good Search Engine Copy For Your Blog

There are two things you should keep in mind when writing good blog content for your website, firstly, copy should always be written first for humans and secondly for search engines. One thing you do not want to happen is to get so caught up in the SEO side of your writing that is becomes difficult to read from the user side. Don’t forget that writing requires some creative flow in order to keep your reader attracted and reading. Too much technical SEO in the writing can cause your readers to...

By Maciej Fita, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Organic Search.

5 Surefire Ways to Annoy the Search Engines

The search engines don’t take kindly to sites that try to manipulate the search results in their favor. Black hat SEO firms and spammers are constantly looking for new ways to twist the ranking factors. For instance, having a lot of links pointing to your site is important for SEO, so spammers get links from low quality, spammy sites to boost their link number. Never mind that these links are coming from spam blogs, they choose quantity over quality. 1. Throwaway domains Google specifically warns against...

By Nick Stamoulis, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

4 websites to help you find the best keywords

The other day James sent a tweet out to all the SEOs asking about being able to predict the potential traffic a keyword has. This is a tricky topic because it’s not so much about predicting keyword traffic, it’s about first selecting excellent keywords relevant to the niche in question and then possibly using tools to predict keywords. At least that’s how I’ve always recommended people do it. It’s a similar...

By imod.co.za, 11 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

SEO Advice for New Site Owners

I know it sounds strange—an SEO firm telling potential clients to NOT outsource their SEO? What kind of business sense does that make? Shouldn’t I be trying to get as many clients as possible? Here’s the catch, I only want to work with clients that I know I can help! Otherwise, it’s a waste of my time and their money. New site owners (even if they are lucky enough to the have the startup funding) shouldn’t be outsourcing their SEO for at least the first year of their site’s...

By Nick Stamoulis, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

How to Get Your Content Shared

Links have always been an important search engine ranking factor. The more relevant, inbound links pointing to a webpage, the better the chances are that that page will show up in a search result for the targeted keywords. In addition, social signals is now an important ranking factor as well. If people are sharing links to content in social media with one another, it tells the search engines that that content is beneficial.

What this means is that it’s not good enough to just produce content these days. ...

By Nick Stamoulis, 08 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search, Social Media Marketing.

Bing Discusses 18 SEO Factors In Detail

Bing SEO Factors

Let’s face it folks, SEO is not an easy process. It is a craft that morphs and grows almost every single day. As long as innovation brews and search algorithms are tweaked we will all have to roll with the punches of...

By Maciej Fita, 08 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Change Your Keywords to Match Evolving Search Behavior

The most important thing to remember when it comes to conducting your keyword research is that you have to understand your user. If you don’t understand how people are searching for your product, you’ll never be able to target the right keywords. For instance, you might call your product a “workforce analytics and planning software” but your potential clients are searching for “business intelligence software.”

While the two keyword phrases may mean the same thing (more or...

By Nick Stamoulis, 08 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.

Do You Need to Change Your URLs?

The URL is more important than you’d probably think when it comes to SEO and usability. After all, it shows right there along with the meta title and meta description that you so carefully crafted in a search result. It seems kind of silly to have a perfect looking title and description and a URL that looks like junk. The URL can contribute towards a user’s decision to click on the link or not. If it’s easy to understand and accurately conveys what’s on the page, users will be more...

By Nick Stamoulis, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Organic Search.

The Risks of Writing a Company Blog

In my 12+ years as an SEO professional, I’ve found that just about every business can benefit from publishing a company blog. It doesn’t matter if it’s B2B or B2C, or what industry your business operates in—a good business blog can be invaluable for your SEO and Internet marketing in general. There are probably hundreds of blog posts out there full of great reasons why you should start a company blog. (I have even

How Infographics Help SEO

An infographic is a visual representation of information. Instead of writing an article or blog post that covers a lot of ground and uses enough stats and percentages to make the reader’s head spin, you can create an infographic that ties it all together in a handy dandy image.

You may be thinking, “Wait, I thought that images didn’t have SEO value because the search engines can’t read them?” Well, this is true that the search engines won’t know what your infographic is...

By Nick Stamoulis, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

Growth of Social Media in 2011

I don’t think there is anyone who’d be reading this blog and not be able to say, with confidence, that social media hasn’t become absolutely massive. I mean, Google has allowed social media to have a +- 30% more impact on Search Engine Optimization – that’s enormous. I remember when Facebook/Twitter/FourSquare/LinkedIn and the others weren’t around, I’m not sure what a lot of people used to do online ;)

Well, I’ve come across a great infographic which walks us...

By imod.co.za, 04 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Organic Search, Social Media Marketing.

4 Ways to Get More Value out of Your Blog

Blogs are great because they provide a place for individuals and businesses to share their thoughts and knowledge to a wide audience in an informal and easy to use format. Unfortunately not all blog owners use their blog to its fullest potential. They brainstorm a topic idea, write about it, post it, and that’s it.

In order to get the most out...

Why Are You Buying Fans, Friends and Followers?

I came across this article on PCMag.com a few weeks ago. The story focused on an SEO firm that has started selling Google +1s. “Plussems, which is owned by SEOShop.biz, is selling 50 clicks for $9.99, 250 clicks for $69.99, and was selling a bundle of 2,000 clicks.” This isn’t the first time I’ve come across an SEO or social media marketing company that was selling bundles like this. I’ve seen companies promise...

By Nick Stamoulis, 02 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce, Organic Search, Social Media Marketing.

SEO Isn’t the First Priority for New Websites

Search engine optimization is obviously an important part of an online marketing strategy. It’s a smart idea to hire an SEO agency to handle the work for you, but for a new business with a new website it’s best to wait a few years. While you may be thinking, “An SEO company telling people to wait on hiring an SEO company? That doesn’t make sense”, hear us out.

By Nick Stamoulis, 01 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

Don’t Let Your SEO Go the Way of the Space Program

For all intensive purposes, the US space program is done and over. After 135 missions over 30 years, the last shuttle launched and landed this past July. Some blame the program’s slow demise on cost, others site lack of interest from both the public and corporations who could have helped shoulder the expenses. Whatever the reason, it seems like the US is done with “the final frontier.” Sometimes your SEO might feel a little bit like a space mission. You’re heading off into the...

By Nick Stamoulis, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

How to get your website indexed by Google in a day!

If you work in a world where it’s important to get your (or a client’s) website indexed (listed) with Google quickly, then I’m sure you’ve Googled this many times and ended up at a page which allows you to submit a URL. I’m also sure that when you’ve done this, you’ve still waiting a good amount of time before your site is indexed.

The good news is that Google’s new service, Fetch as Googlebot, has been launched and it’s a fantastic way of getting a new...

By imod.co.za, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

New Google trial showing Wikipedia snippets in the search results

Of the numerous and varies tests that Google keeps performing, this has to be one of the more interesting ones - snippets of information from Wikipedia, all neatly boxed up alongside the search results:

We stumbled across this yesterday and could only get this to work in Chrome, whilst not signed in. This must mean that it is in beta testing and they are likely monitoring click-through-rate to see if...

By Gareth Morgan, 29 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Data-driven marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

On Site Optimization Tip: Weigh Time vs. Return

SEO best practice dictates that a full-optimized site means every single page of that site (from homepage to individual product/service pages to the About Us page) has been properly optimized for SEO. This includes conducting keyword research, possibly rewriting the content, writing Meta tags and descriptions, customizing the URL, developing an internal linking structure and more. A smaller site could easily spend 40 hours or more optimizing itself. But what about a large site with 1,000, 10,000 or more...

By Nick Stamoulis, 26 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Organic Search.