Tag Archive for 'Search Engine Optimisation'

Internet Traffic Tip

Getting to the top of Google’s search listings is not hard, if you know what to do.

Here is one quick and easy way to get there.

  1. Use the Google Keyword tool to find a relevant four-word phrase in your industry that has several thousand searches per month. The more specific the phrase, the better.
  2. Create a short video (Maximum 2-3 minutes) with a call to action to go to your website. As we have discussed, you are better to send people to a landing page and not your home page.
  3. Upload the video to your YouTube channel. We teach how to optimise your video editing the title, description, tags, etc. contact us if you want to learn how to do this.
  4. View your video in a couple of different browsers. View them from start to finish, this is important!
  5. Embed the video in your blog and view the video on that page.

This gets you to the top of Google, but the trick is to STAY THERE. That requires on-going tips, tools and techniques that are beyond what we can offer on a blog. Click on the hyperlinks if  you want to learn business blogging strategies, how to turn browsers into buyers or generate more leads via the Internet.

If you aren’t leveraging these strategies, you’re either spending way too much time, money and/or effort. What we teach are the fastest, easiest and least expensive strategies to get free organic traffic to your website and/or blog.

The challenge is not to cheat and use black hat strategies that will get you knocked off the search engine listings.

BEWARE of the SEO service providers who “guarantee” listing results. They might GET you there, but staying there and NOT being penalised by Google is another matter. Trying to “undo” their tactics could cost you hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars. In one extreme case, the website was banned from Google which essentially killed the business “overnight”. A frightful thought.

The 3 things that should be in your monthly SEO agency report

Internet HTTP imageWhen we track down an SEO agency that finally fits the bill, conveys the right message and checks out against a pile of references they’ve thrown our way, the battle is won and we can now get on with the challenges of being a business without the online clap-trap, right?

Well, not really.

Leaving your online presence and eventual income charts in the sticky hands of an SEO agency is risky, even in the best of circumstances and relationships; SEO is an industry that changes quickly, with an average of two algorithm changes being processed by Google every day.

While they stay on top of things and fling us through reports, our eyes should scan the page and critically measure their performance, based on the three following indicators.

Are You Coming or Going? Traffic Comparisons

“So, (your name), as you can see here, your traffic numbers have improved substantially over the last few months, doubling last year’s figures!”

“But we didn’t have analytics tracking installed last year…”

Sound familiar?

*Crickets*

SEO professionals are trained, semantic artists, often finding the positive spin in a report and embellishing the details. Whilst shopping around, make sure you carefully select an ethical company like Search Factory to represent and hone your online interests.

If you’ve already taken the leap and plunged into a dotted line fiasco, ask to see a traffic comparison in an easy to understand format over the last month against the preceding month, the last three months, fluctuations over six months and comparisons to the previous year (if you have data dating back that far).

If they dance around these figures and neglect to provide you with meaningful information, something shady may be going on and your money may be invested better elsewhere.

Up, Up and Gone Away? Climbing the Rankings

When was the last time you set eyes on a keyword report that didn’t bore you to tears and lead you to tear your hair out with confused frustration?

Agencies can be fond of over-feeding clients information they don’t need to process, hoping to distract their focus from a complete lack of results across the board.

Make sure your report includes an easy to understand table of keyword rankings (and know which keywords you’d like to be ranking for!), complete with increased or decreased search volume, converting keywords and dead keywords.

A competent specialist will guide you through what everything means, pulling parts together into one cohesive picture that doesn’t make you want to throw your computer out the window.

If your agency doesn’t have time (or make time) to sit down with you and drill into keyword reporting, you need to question whether you are really their priority; there’s nothing worse than being taken for a ride and paying a premium mark-up for the pleasure.

Backlinks? What Backlinks?

Upon opening an SEO report, a range of indicators should automatically be indexed or at least apparent as the pages roll on.

If your reports lack any evidence of back-linking, from process to mention, pick up the phone and demand more information.

Chances are, your nominated SEO company has completely neglected a very important facet of ramping up sustained rankings. Think of the Internet as a mega-city; you have ghettos and caravan parks, middle class dwellings and specialists, expensive neighbourhoods and affluent areas – link building allows SEO agencies to tap into this embedded social hierarchy and put your brand in touch with the right people, managing not only your online reputation, but audience perception through association.

The absence of these negotiations is not only preventing your company from climbing a very competitive exposure ladder, it may work against you in the future, as you struggle to play catch up to competitors who have made smart choices in link building activities and grown a strong following or a database of highly ranked websites.

Don’t shoot yourself in the foot before you get started!

Everybody has an opinion. So what about the rest of us? What do you think SEO agencies should include on reports, or do you have a horror story to share with me? Thoughts, ideas, anecdotes are welcome!

About the author of this blog post

Jessica Hannah is a part of the team at Search Factory, a leading Brisbane SEO agency.

Organic search and click-throughs

According to recent studies, search engine users overwhelmingly click on organic results as opposed to paid ads by a whopping margin of 94 per cent to 6 per cent.

One study looked at both branded and non-branded search queries. On branded searches, the top search result received the most clicks, which makes sense, considering the search is likely to be navigational in nature:

  • Result 1: 80%
  • Result 2: 6%
  • Result 3: 4%
  • Remainder: 10%

On non-branded searches, however, the data indicates searchers are more willing to go well beyond the top 3 results (more than 50% of the time!):

  • Result 1: 35 %
  • Result 2: 15 %
  • Result 3: 11 %
  • Remainder: 39 %

With the natural tendency for users to trust organic listings over the paid counterparts,  one has to wonder why small businesses aren’t improving their SEO rankings to get listed higher and more frequently for the keywords their suspects and prospects are typing into Google.

The best part of all of this is that organic search results are essentially free – once you know what to do, it’s quite easy and a lot less effort than the alternative – Making enough money to pay for paid listings!

If you want to know how to turn browsers into buyers or leverage blogging for a small business, click on the hyperlinks or contact us.

We’ll tell you what your web design company won’t tell you….

Link Optimisation Tip

I recently published this 2-minute link optimisation tip to avoid a common mistake a lot of people make.

Google Caffeine

With Google Caffeine, Google now analyzes the web in small portions and updates its search index on a continuous basis, globally. As they find new pages, or new information on existing pages, they can now add these straight to the index. That means you can find fresher information than ever before—no matter when or where it was published.

Google Caffeine

Google Caffeine

Google Caffeine allows the indexing of web pages on an enormous scale. In fact, every second Google Caffeine processes hundreds of thousands of pages in parallel. If this were a pile of paper it would grow three miles taller every second. Google Caffeine takes up nearly 100 million gigabytes of storage in one database and adds new information at a rate of hundreds of thousands of gigabytes per day. You would need 625,000 of the largest iPods to store that much information; if these were stacked end-to-end they would go for more than 40 miles.

That’s what happens when you drink too much caffeine – you get hyper!

Google Searches Are Getting Longer

Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours came across new data that shows Google searches are getting longer and more specific. Attached are a few pointers on how you can adapt.

The data reveals that the percentage of clicks based on search term length is changing. Clicks made through searches over eight words grew by 8.3%, with searches over seven words growing by 5.3%.

In contrast, clicks made through searches using one word fell by 1.1%, with clicks made by searches over two words falling by 1.5%. Searches using three words remained flat.

The data isn’t surprising as the growth of the Internet as a business tool results in more users searching for more specific data, such as brands and product names.

Google reports that 20% of searches are absolutely brand new, meaning they have never been typed into the search engine before. Users are having to think about being more specific to get through jargon and get to what they really want.

This is important for you, as you must think about what keywords you can use in order to show up in as many searches as possible when your target market is looking to acquire your product or service.

One of the biggest trends ignored by small businesses is search-by-location. You must start to use keywords relating to your  location, as users are more and more searching for specific brands and products by suburb.

Not enough small businesses think about ranking for their suburb name, which is an extremely easy thing to rank for and people will use it in very specific searches. This is necessary even though Google is getting better with that sort of thing, with both maps as well as business listings.

At eight words, which is pretty high, think about the things people would be searching for and the combinations they would prefer…

That means you must consider what you think users will be searching for and that means not just what you think should be an appropriate keyword.

For example, Qantas probably use the keywords cheap flights, but they aren’t targeting cheap air fares. Similarly, you might want to use the words “cheap accommodation” but also consider most people won’t type that into Google, chances are they’ll type in “cheap hotels” or “cheap motel”.

As I’ve explained in previous blog posts, you must not get obsessed with adding as many keywords as possible, but instead should add the right types of keywords.

Google Adword strategies are beyond the scope of this blog post, I just wanted to highlight that BECAUSE searches are getting longer, you need to keep that in mind…

You can thank Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours for the initial source of information – by going to his site and having a look around – that’ll help his SEO!

SEO Tip: Linked In Recommendation Checklist

OK, while I have you here – start or keep giving recommendations to people on Linked In. If you haven’t done it yet – SHAME ON YOU!

Start GIVING them to clients so they will reciprocate and give YOU recommendations. Aim to give 1/day or /week when things are quiet. You’ll quickly start to see activity increase! Make sure when you accept the recommendations they give YOU, that the following are done. You’ll want to make these edits when you RESPOND to the Recommendation, not before. Consider it a mini-checklist.

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.com.au or .com?

How country specific domain names effect SEO and Google AdWords performance

Many people ask me what implications “domain name class” have on SEO and Pay Per Click (e.g. Google AdWords) rankings and results.

“Domain name class” is another word for “Top Level Domain”, or the extension on the end of your domain name (e.g. .com, .net, .com.au).  In particular, you should know the implications that country code top level domains (or ccTLD for short) can have on your search engine marketing efforts.

ccTLDs and Organic Search Engine Optimisation

Should your “main” website URL be a .com.au if you’re primarily targeting Australia?

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SEO Tip, Fluff Your Pillows, Not Your Words

This is one of my pet peeves, along with the misuse of apostrophes. Fluff your pillows all you want, but stop fluffing your words. You are losing priceless SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) value AND losing countless suspects and prospects that would otherwise jump into your boat. Get prospects to convert into paying clients with better articulation and choice of words.

Please excuse the expression but the following statements  SUCK. There I said it. I feel better now.

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Did You Drink Your Link Juice This Morning?

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), getting free organic traffic to your website or blog is all about what Internet Marketers call having link juice. Have you had your link juice this morning?

By now, you already know how powerful links can be when it comes to your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts. Simply put, a link is a shortcut to quickly get you from one website to another. If you can harness the power of the link, you can make your website or blog a force to be reckoned with. That means higher search engine rankings, more traffic to your site, and, eventually, more customers and more money in your pocket.

Ka-Ching!

Link Juice Defined

So you ask, what is link juice? In short, it’s the key to your popularity with the search engines. The more you have, the higher you can rank in the search engines’ results.

To understand link juice, you first need to understand another SEO term: Link Popularity. Continue reading ‘Did You Drink Your Link Juice This Morning?’

Traffic Building Tip

There are several reasons why you want to have a blog. You can review the recent posts on AustralianBlogs.com.au to find out what they are. With that being said, quite a few people have been excited about my blog posts, asking how to use them to their advantage. Here’s how:

Traffic Building Tip

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Every 1% percent improvement counts

I recently uploaded two YouTube videos that are ‘product’ description videos for my Marc-Ka-Ching Kube™, definitely a long tail niche marketing product.

BEFORE I even posted the videos on my site, there were 16 views of the first video with NO effort at all. The second one is a ‘non-publicised’ video for people who buy the Marc-Ka-Ching Kube™ that IS public on YouTube.

Having people automatically view videos is pretty cool by itself, but more importantly what the video does for me is increase the visitor experience ON THE PAGE. A 21 second video increases the visitor experience by orders of magnitude.

Search engines such as Google love that. They know that if people stay on a page LONGER, it’s a BETTER PAGE = a higher ranking.

Bottom line, every 1 percent improvement counts because it adds up at the end of the year!

Onward and upward!
Dr Marc Dussault

Australia’s #1 Exponential Growth Strategist

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