More SEO Guides & Books Another excellent guide is Google’s “Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide.” This is a free PDF download that covers basic tips that Google provides to its own employees on how to get listed. You’ll find it here. Also well worth checking out is Moz’s “Beginner’s Guide To SEO,” which you’ll find here, and the SEO Success Pyramid from Small Business Search Marketing. … [Read more...] about What Is SEO / Search Engine Optimization?
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We know SEO is great for cost-effective brand building. Smart brand managers use SEO to deliver online ads at just the right time to engender trust and plant a seed that grows into a money tree. The right SEO strategy can even help a business secure funding, find investors, or build recognition for companies planning an IPO. … [Read more...] about The Financial Justification for Search Engine Optimization
If you let your search engine optimization company know about products or services you have in your pipeline, it can start searching for appropriate keyphrases early on. Then you can start getting traction ahead of time, rather than waiting until your product is already out to start your marketing on the Internet in that area. If your SEO firm asks you what is coming up for your business, let the company know about any initiatives up front. … [Read more...] about What Every Search Engine Optimization Company Should Know about Keyphrase Choice
In this model, a client recognizes that in an organic SEO campaign, they will be limited in the number of keyphrases that they can target by the amount of real estate on their website. With a PPC campaign, however, there is no downside to targeting thousands upon thousands of relevant "long tail" keyphrases, that is, search terms that are comprised of longer strings of words. Using the hybrid model, a company removes keyphrases from the PPC campaign on a granular level as they achieve top organic results for those phrases, but continue to bid on keyphrases that the site does not currently target. … [Read more...] about Search Engine Optimization and Paid Search: What Should Your Philosophy Be?
For the purpose of this article, I'm ignoring the multitudes of companies that decide to dump the job on somebody already in their organization (usually an IT person who already has too much to do) rather than hiring a search engine optimization company. It has been my experience that while some of these people eventually provide decent results, they are the exception. More often than not, the project never leaves the ground, or the effort is halfhearted at best. In a worst case scenario, your internal person may embrace tactics that no expert search engine optimization company would ever use because they can put your site at risk of penalization or outright removal from the engine indexes. … [Read more...] about Using a Search Engine Optimization Company vs. Hiring an In-House Expert: The True Dollar Cost