The Search Guru

Ready for a brain dump?

Oh thank you to COSE again! They were able to get Leslie Carruthers “the Search Guru” to give an amazing presentation on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in The Panda Era.

I was happy to hear from the expert herself, that our SEO¬†motto of good content and lots of links still holds true even after “the Panda”.

What’s new? A few things, first and in my mind the most expected was the increased importance of “like-able” content. In other words content and information that comes from Social Media and points either to your site or blog, or merely talks about you.

Another major change is the fact that junk pages – filler pages with low quality content or duplicate content – actually have the potential of bringing your site rankings down. Although more pages will help your site, having trash pages won’t.

Leslie’s top 4 Search Engine Tips

  1. Bake SEO into your site structure – be sure your developer understands SEO or hire someone who does
  2. Know the language of your visitors – but don’t use your “gut” – use keyword tools to search and determine what people are actually looking for and what is reasonable in the world of competition.
  3. Develop as many incoming links from “relevant” non-competing sites. Relevant is key. A baker linking to an oil change shop is not as good as a baker linking to a restaurant supply chain.
  4. Create fresh, relevant, interesting, optimized content!

I have about 6 more pages of notes but that’s all for now!

Have a terrific day,
Natalie

Search Engine Optimization
Web development and design

Oops! How time flies!

I am sure all of you have experienced the same problem as me. My plan says I need to write a blog every Monday, and send out a post on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter letting everyone in my network know I have completed by blog.

The problem, oops it has been almost 2 months since my last post!

Now I have a ton of excuses, working on other projects, clients come first, family emergencies, lack of hours in my day. But the truth of the matter is for some reason I just don’t see it as a high priority for me. Which is completely insane for a few reasons.

1. I am a social media expert – so people expect to see my social media online
2. I have been able unequivocally track new clients to my social media presence

So I know people are looking for me, and I know it works so why is it not one of my top priorities?

So the question is how can I motivate myself to do something I am not motivated to do?

So I am going to try a few motivational techniques on myself and see if they work. Over the next few weeks I will let you know what does, and what does not work for me.

Have a terrific day,
Natalie

Q & A: If I add keywords to my profile will it help me get more hits?

Normally I would say yes, that will help you, however if you are not using social media the way it was meant to be used, then adding a few keywords are not going to help you.

For example if you only have a few connections then making some minor changes to your profile is not going to make a big difference in the number of hits you get. The only people who are going to see the update you made are going to be people you are connected to.

If you have 30 connections and you make an update, you are not going to be reaching large numbers of people. However, if you have 300 or 500 connections or more! Then you make an update to your profile, that includes a keyword you think people would be interested in, then all of a sudden you will be making an impact on a large number of people.

However as I have mentioned before, if you are not involved in your social media:

  • if you are not building relationships with people
  • if you are not updating your status on a regular basis

Then no one is going to care that you added a keyword to your profile.

Like I have said so many times before, social media is about relationships. Think of Social networking as live networking.

If you go to the same networking meeting every single week, or even every month, you build relationships, you help people, you interact with them, they get to know you and what you do. If you then walk in one day and say “guess what everyone! I just started doing this” everyone is going to be interested in what you are doing.

However if you go to a group once never go back or only go for 2 minutes to drop off your business cards then stand up in the middle of that meeting and say “guess what everyone! I just started doing this” no one is going to care, because no one there knows you.

The only thing about Social Networking that is easier than real networking is that you can do it on your own time. You choose WHEN to update your profile, when to comment on people’s status, when to read what’s going on, or to pass on good information. Social Networking does not let you skip that part of networking. You still need the relationships.

Adding keywords to your profile will help you if you have built a strong community. If you add new updated information to your profile, and there are people who are following you they will see what you are up to, and hopefully pass it on to their connections if it relates.

Adding keywords will also help if people are searching for the product or services you add. However, if you are not connected in any way it is going to be difficult for them to connect with you, and if they have other people who are related, they will appear above you.

For example if you sell insurance, and only have 10 connections, and those connections only have 10 connections. However your competitor has 500 connections and those connections all have 300 connections (who have connections) if someone does a search for insurance, they will probably see your competitor above you, and they will see who they know, who knows them.¬† This gives them the advantage of being “familiar” to the person searching. It also gives the person searching the advantage if they want a referral, they know who to call and ask. If there is no one in their network that can vouch for you, or who even knows you, then they are going to be lest trusting of you and your services.

Optimizing for keywords is helpful, but only if you are “using” the social media.

Thank you,

Natalie

http://www.morrismc.com