SEO IS NOT DEAD!

But it is changing, by the minute.

SEO is DEAD

SEO is not dead - Not yet anyway!

As with most Google Algorithm updates, the flurry of the “SEO is dead” posts, articles, tweets and rants have begun on Twitter, Facebook and 1,000’s of Blogs all over the Internet.  And as usual, they are dead wrong.  Although the fact remains that SEO (search engine optimization) is an ever moving and fluid entity, it is for all intents and purposes alive and well.  The latest Google Algorithm has indeed changed the landscape of SEO and honestly, maybe even more than any other single update in the history of Google.  But that’s okay.  Relax, take a deep breath and know that SEO is alive and well.

SO WHAT HAPPENED?

Over optimization happened.  Google has touted for years, “Build good content and you WILL rank well on your own”.  Guess what?  That was not necessarily true.  In late 2011 and early 2012, several key SEO industry executives took a look at a couple of websites, both of which were on the same topic and about the same domain age and size.  One site ranked in the top three on Google and the other was on Page 5 for the same keyword.  The problem is that the first website was about 20 pages deep and was NOT developing and promoting content on their website on a regular basis.  The second site was in fact developing great content on a regular basis, promoting that content via social media and yet they still ranked on page 5.  So the SEO execs drilled down a little deeper and did a link profile for both the sites.  Guess what they found?  That’s right; site #1 had a whole bunch of suspect links running back to their site.  In other words, it was obvious that the site had been “over optimized” and the links coming to it were of low quality.  This goes against everything that Google has promised webmasters for years. 

Okay…so what happened next?  We are not 100% sure, but the indication is that these high level SEO’s took this data directly to Google and showed them the results of the study.  Regardless of how this happened, there is no doubt that it DID affect the last round of Algorithm updates.  Sites that had a lot of backlinks but no content generation and promotion tools were dropped (in fact are still dropping) in the rankings.  Sites that had good SEO links, a content generation method and good content marketing efforts did not suffer at all, in fact some climbed in the rankings.

HOW DO I MOVE FORWARD

Well if you have not picked up on it yet, you need to develop good quality content, and share it through social media and social bookmarking sites.  That means blogging about your industry, products and services and your company.  Next, you need to get the word out as far and long as you can for each and every post using social media.  Social media is the best place to share this content because if you are developing great content others will share it with their friends.  If you have good enough content it might even go “viral”, which is SEO gold!  That combined with a good solid SEO program and good on-site SEO and you will find yourself ranking better in no time.

INFOGRAPHIC OF THE NEW SEO:

 

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The New SEO

Note that the “sweet spot” to rank well is much smaller on the new way of ranking.  Why is that?  Because the formula to rank has added a much more complex ranking factor in addition to the other already complex ranking factors of social signals, on-page SEO and Link-Building.  Now you have to do it all and do it all well in order to rank high in Google.  Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds and we can help you!

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ON-PAGE SEO

Finally, an eBook that addresses the needs of new and do it yourself web designers!  This eBook truly is “The Ultimate Guide to On-Page SEO”.  Everything you need to know to properly code and design your website so that it is search engine friendly and visible for the keywords that you want or need to be found for in order to be successful in your online marketing efforts.  And now, you can DOWNLOAD it for FREE, for a limited time only!

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  • Which HTML tags really matter
  • How to craft content that is search engine friendly
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Google's Panda Update 3.4 - Panda Refresh - How to win with latest Google Panda Update

"I eat SPAM for breakfast"

March 2012 – Google rolls out the latest algorithm update, Panda 3.4.  The number 3.4 is still in question as Google has only announced it as a Panda “refresh”.  According to Google, only about 1.6% of search results were significantly affected, still that’s a lot of sites.  Google also sent the update announcement via Twitter this time with a link to Blogger instead of just using their traditional media stream Blogger only.  Not sure why they chose this route to deliver the news, but it still got the word out pretty effectively.  You can read the entire Google update post here.  The curious thing is how dramatic the affects have been in this update for some sites.  Although they claim only about 1.6% we suspect it is actually much higher.  Our testing and current results are showing a significant hit with any site that is not actively publishing fresh content via a blog on a regular and frequent basis and sites that are “over SEO’d”.  What defines “over SEO’d”?  Any site that has an unbalanced link profile with a heavy load of links only to the Home Page.  Sites that are publishing a blog with fresh content rolling out regularly have seen a boost in rankings or have not been affected at all.  Of course by publishing a blog the site generates fresh content and a naturally diversified backlink profile and that is what Google is looking for as far as we can tell.

Panda Version 3.4 Update posted via Twitter

Panda Refresh Announcement

 

 SO WHAT’S CHANGED?

Well if you took the time to click over to the official blog post, you can see that they are pretty vague in the specifics of the update.  However, we have seen some significant indicators and several other well-known and established SEO news sites (Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Land and Search Engine News)are reporting the same indicators in their “Panda Refresh reviews”.  Here’s what we are seeing:

  • Diversified backlink profiles are winning – Having links from High PR sites as well as PR0 sites are more important than ever
  • Diversified anchor text is winning – Varying your anchor text and not locking onto one keyword
  • Having a mix of No-Follow and Do-Follow links is winning
  • Solid Blog Commenting – Commenting on relevant blogs and linking back to your own.  Linking out to other blogs and relevant resources from your own blog is winning
  • Content Generation and Promotion – Having a blog that is active in your niche community.  Sharing good content and attracting readers and commenters is winning
  • Social Media – Tying it all together with Social Media promotion, interaction and engagement with your fans is definitely winning
  • Diversified Link Profile – Making sure that the in-bound links to your site don’t just land on your Home Page, but link to relative content (landing pages, blog articles, etc.) and are as evenly distributed as possible is winning!

We’ve all been waiting for it, the day when 50 quality, industry related links outranks 10,000 spammy, forum profile links.  That day is here.  If you are already doing the above listed items on your website, then you most likely have already seen the benefit of your work, if not, chances are you have seen your rankings drop and in some cases significantly.  Don’t panic, re-read this post and go to work.  In no time at all you can be right back where you were or even higher in the rankings.

If you found this article helpful and you enjoyed it, please take a minute and share it through any of the social media share buttons located throughout the site. We love our social media friends and the shares we get and we certainly will return the favor when and where possible. You can also comment in the comments section below and regular commenters receive “Do-Follow” link status to help you with your SEO program!

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What does it take to rank number 1 on Google

Getting to the top of Google

Ranking Number 1 on Google is the goal of every website owner that ever considered, dreamed about or implemented an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategy.  The benefits can far outweigh the cost or effort.  Companies have literally been transformed overnight because of this achievement.  Check this post out if you have ever wondered What Organic Search Engine Optimization Can Do For Your Business.  That article is filled with data and statistics that can blow your mind, they are staggering to say the least.  So let’s assume that you are convinced.  You are ready.  You want the fame and fortune that can come from the claiming the #1 spot on Google for your best keyword.  What exactly is it going to take to get there?  A lot of hard work, a little luck and some patience.  But if you do it right….this is what you can expect to see one day:

How to rank #1 on Google

Position #1 out of 171 Million Results

 HAVE GREAT CONTENT ON YOUR WEBSITE

I know, I know….you are tired of hearing this.  However, don’t discard this as another content is king post, it’s not.  Bottom line is this, people visit sites and send their friends to websites and LINK to websites that have great content.  If you don’t have great content, now is the time to develop a new content development strategy.  This may include redoing, updating or revising your “on page” content or it may include installing and building a business blog and the beginning of content generation in that form.  Blogs are wonderful tools for developing fresh, unique content on a regular basis.  If you don’t have a blog and are not posting on it on a regular basis, you will lose in the search engine to someone who is.  WordPress is a 100% FREE platform that is SEO friendly and more importantly, user friendly.

HAVE GOOD ON SITE TECHNICAL SEO

Make sure your site is coded properly and that you are “search engine friendly”.  Here are a few things you should look at and make sure that you are 100% optimized for:

  • HTML Meta Tags – Meta tags like <title>, <Meta description=”XXX”/>, <Meta keywords=”XXX”/> are all still very important and you should definitely be using your best keywords in these tags properly and often.
  • On Page Content – Use your keywords in your on page content. 
  • Image ALT Tags – Make sure every image has <alt> tag descriptions with your chosen keywords.
  • URL Structure – Make sure your URL structure is clean and concise.  That your URL’s don’t use random character strings and that you do not have any broken links on your site.

LINKBUILDING

Assuming that you have great content and that your website is properly formatted, that still may not be enough to rank you on Page 1 of Google, never less position number 1.  You may have to perform some website promotion, otherwise known as link building.  When another website links to your site, Google sees that as a “virtual vote” from another webmaster and considers this the highest possible compliment.  So promote your site and get as many industry related and relevant websites as you can to link back to you.  Remember, quality of links is better than quantity.  You can literally outrank a competitor that has 10,000 low quality links if you have 500 high quality, industry related and highly relevant links from high PR and trusted sites.  Most people choose to outsource this particular function.  Finding, cultivating and tracking quality backlinks can be very time consuming and monotonous.  Finding a quality SEO service provider that offers Affordable SEO Services will save you a lot of time and a lot of mistakes and potential Google penalties.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Don’t like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Pintrest?  Think they are for younger website owners or teenagers and there is no place for your business on these social media sites?  Think again my friend.  Google and Bing have both proclaimed loudly that they are using social media signals to help rank websites.  What does that mean?  It means, the more Facebook “likes” you have, the more Tweets you have with links to your website, the more YouTube views and “likes” you have the better your rankings will be.  This is compounded to the “Nth” degree with Google+.

PATIENCE

Lastly, you do need to have some patience.  If you just launched a brand new website you can pretty much forget about ranking on page one of Google anytime soon, unless you are ranking for a very long tail keyword or a keyword that has ZERO competition, meaning it will have few (if any) searches for it and thus useless to you and your business.  It takes time to build trust and authority with the search engines, in some cases it may take a few years to rank for a highly competitive keyword, and that’s with the help of some good Professional SEO Services.  So patience is a MUST.  If you push too hard or get sucked into “black hat” techniques in hopes of speeding up the process, you may very well find yourself in the Google penalty box or worse, removed from the index altogether.

Follow these steps and you will be well on your way to some top rankings on Google, Yahoo and Bing!  If you did just launch a website and HAVE to be on page one tomorrow, then you need Google Adwords and you will need to be running a Google Adwords PPC (Pay Per Click) Campaign.  Our suggestion would be to split your marketing dollars on Adwords and SEO, that way you don’t get stuck on 100% Adwords for the life of your website.

If you found this article helpful and you enjoyed it, please take a minute and share it through any of the social media share buttons located throughout the site.  We love our social media friends and the shares we get and we certainly will return the favor when and where possible.  You can also comment in the comments section below and regular commenters receive “Do-Follow” link status to help you with your SEO program!

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There is "good vs evil" in SEO.

Long has been the battle between good and evil and many stories in our past have reflected this epic struggle, but none capture the essence as well as Star Wars in my humble opinion.  One of my all-time favorite quotes from the movie is by a well-known character, Yoda.  During one of the scenes when he is instructing a young Jedi (Luke Skywalker) he utters the words “Do or Do Not, there is no try”.  That has absolutely stuck with me since the first time I saw it in a small town movie theater in Mooresville, NC.   In the story there is a mystical “Force” that is within all.  It is a state of consciousness that is supposed to drive an individual toward an action or purpose.  In Star Wars, the Force can be used for good or it can be used for evil.  If you use the Force for evil, you are said to be on “The Darkside” of the Force and therefore evil.  Whether or not you use the Force inside you for good or evil appears to be a conscious decision each individual must make at some point in his/her life.  Once you make the decision though, you are bound by ethics and morale’s either that of a Jedi (good) or a Sith (evil).  That’s not to say you can’t change teams later, because you can.  But if you do, you then lose everything that you have come to know and love about the Force.

SEO Yoda | click-finders.comSo, what does “the force” and good vs. evil have to do with SEO?  Well just like in Star Wars, there are Good SEO’s (Jedi’s) and Bad/Evil SEO’s (Sith’s).  They each use “The Force”, which we will call Google, in their own unique and special way.  The Jedi’s use the force for good and promote websites using organic search engine optimization techniques that fall within the Google’s Webmaster Guidelines and by doing so, they increase the client website authority and ranking within the Google SERP’s (Search Engine Results Pages).  They make sure the website is coded properly, search engine friendly, optimized for the keywords that will yield the most traffic to the website owner and that are relative for the search terms it is optimized for.  They then promote this site using organic SEO methods (press releases, article marketing, social book marking and more).   For these Jedi SEO types, doing it right and within the guidelines is not only a morale victory, it’s an extremely satisfying and honorable endeavor.  All Jedi SEO’s (also known as White Hat SEO’s) work within the Google Webmaster Guidelines and by doing so ensure their client’s receive quality affordable SEO Services that will stand the test of time.

Darth Vader SEO | click-finders.comSith SEO’s on the other hand, practice SEO outside of the Google Webmaster Guidelines.  They work on the dark-side of the force for sure.  This is also known as “Black hat” SEO.  They perform such acts as keyword stuffing, invisible text and doorway pages (just to name a few).  They may even go so far as to buy links for their customer’s websites.  Each of these practices is strictly forbidden in the Google Webmaster Guidelines and performing these tasks or allowing someone to perform them for you could result in your website receiving a Google penalty or worse, being removed from the Google index altogether.   These SEO’s tend to promise extremely FAST results with little or no upfront cash and big payments due when they get you to page 1 of Google.  Be wary though…your page 1 ranking may be short lived.  Make sure your SEO firm is using organic search engine optimization methods that fall within the Google webmaster guidelines only and that you know exactly what their process is.  The more informed you are, the better the chances of you hiring the right SEO Services Company and thus having a successful SEO campaign.

So be sure when you hire an SEO Firm that you absolutely know what activities your new vendor will be performing for your website.  Not knowing could cost you a lot more than you bargained for, today and tomorrow.

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