Every day a new internet marketing technique comes along claiming to be “the next big thing” in search engine optimization technology. But you really have to sort out what exactly is the best opportunity for your particular blog site or online business will be to get that much sought after 1 million hits per month goal. Google the term “search engine optimization,” and you’ll find more than 7 million results, far too many to examine every one of them and trying to figure out which one will work for you, so what do you do now?
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Greg Boser, owner and operator of the web marketing outfit “WebGuerilla”, will do anything possible to manipulate the search engine rankings for his clients.”The search engines created the monster,” he said. “It only exists because Google’s algorithm places a lot of emphasis on link popularity.” That “link popularity” term has gotten a lot of media attention lately mainly because it is a way to break through the barriers that Google and other search engines have put up against small online businesses and blog sites that need to find a way to position themselves on the top 20 category listings for their business or blog site category.
You need a decent grasp of how links work in search engine optimization to understand how to use link popularity to your benefit. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves ‘important’ weigh more heavily and help to make other pages ‘important.’
These links from other pages connected to yours MUST have real value to them. You have to make sure that the pages you have linked to are relevant to your own website, otherwise when the spiders and robots examine your page content and they are not relevant at all to Page A, then they will not let your Page B get listed at all! Not a good thing for your overall internet marketing plan success. Let’s start with linking as the beginning of this top ten list now that you understand how crucial it is to your main goal of building large amounts of traffic to your blog site.
1. LINKING A lot of big internet marketing firms use linking as their main weapon against the major search engines today. They are able to manipulate Google and Yahoo! by submitting any page from your site to as many pages as possible that have to do with your main keywords on that particular page. The amount of quality on the pages you are linked to are as important as the quantity of the pages.
“I could create a blank page without a keyword anywhere present, or a 404 error message, and if I can get enough sites to link to it, I could get it to place first on Google,” Boser said, but the quality of those pages need to come from mega sites like Yahoo! and MSN, and by using those sites as your main link pages, you would only need five or six inbound links from them to rank your page on the top 20. But if you can get up to 5,000 links from less important sites, that will work as well, even if the pages you link from are online diaries, blogs, zany products, porn sites or anyone else who honors link exchanges. You just have to make sure the huge amount of sites you link to are the proper amount. If you’re working on quantity over quality, you must link up to 4,000 less relevant pages at the minimum.
For a good example of overall search engine manipulation, the #1 SEO site today is “Submit Express”, which delivers website submissions to over 75,000 search engines and directories. The company does not care what your business is, they just submit your pages to as many search engines as they can find, just delivering quantity over quality, which might not be right for you. This brings up an earlier point about how your company or blogsite needs a specific internet marketing plan that works for your business.
If your company or site is in the business of consulting, you should never use keyword manipulation to get your business listed in the major search engines because that makes you a bigger target. You don’t want cheap tricks to rise to the top of the search engines in any other way but the most legitimate so you don’t get scorned by your industry when everybody finds out the fraudulent or cheap ways your marketing consultant got you the #5 spot on Google.
But if you could care less about how people think you clawed your way to the top, another way of linking techniques that work is by “cloaking” your pages by hiding text in the background of your site in a way that users won’t see the text, but that specific text you used will target Google’s ranking technology, allowing your pages to rank right up there with the big boys in the Top Ten rankings. As you can see, there are a myriad of ways for you to manipulate your way to the top of the search engine heap. Just make sure you pick the right way in doing so.
2 RESEARCH YOUR KEYWORDS Using the proper keywords in any page you submit to the various search engines on the internet cannot be overstated in importance. If you can find at least three perfect keywords for your front page, and then use those keywords with a combination of techniques already discussed, you are halfway there to dominate your competition when it comes to a high ranking using search engine optimization. Use tools like “Yahoo! Search Marketing/Overture”, Google’s “Keyword Tool” and “SEOBook” keywords tool as well as any other keyword enhancement tool you can find on the web.
When you go to one Google’s keyword tool for example, and put in “Star Wars”, you will see that the keyword “Star Wars toys” is the #1 ranking on Google’s search engine. That means that more web surfers used the total phrase “Star Wars toys” when searching online for anything related to “Star Wars” more than any other term. Now going down the list we see “”battlefront Star Wars” as the next most popular term. Write that one down as well. This ranking will change weekly, so make sure you analyze the top five keyword search rankings on ALL of the keyword help web sites for determining your main three keywords you will use for your main page.
Remember to try to shoot for keywords that have higher search counts; over 20,000 searches for your keyword are good, but it all depends on the industry your company or blog site pertains to. If you want to appeal to a smaller group of rabid fans of anime, for instance, you would want to look for a keyword that is very descriptive of your website, but that is not necessarily the most popular. (anime clips) would be a great keyword to use because it ranks 20th down from the top in overall keyword rankings on Google’s keyword tool.
That particular keyword will appeal to all of the many maniacal anime fans that want to specifically watch clips of anime on your site. But you MUST have a good selection of clips to show to your visitors or they will get turned off to your site and never return. So remember to only use the keywords that relate specifically to information or content to your site for keyword relevance to work best for you.
How to Optimize Your Blog for Voice Search
The new year has come and we are just twelve months away from the year 2020. Why is that important? Because by 2020, nearly all searches are predicted to be voice, rather than text searches.
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In fact, Gartner found that 30% of those searches are going to be done entirely screen-less. Here are a few more numbers in case you are not convinced:
- 13% of households used voice search in 2017 and this number is expected to rise to around 55% by 2022. [Source]. Smart speakers have created an industry of their own and are easily integrated into American household. As the software becomes more streamlined and more applications are introduced, this could cause their adoption to grow even more.
- 72% of current voice search users claim to use it as part of their daily routine. (source: Google). Looks like searching voice easily becomes a habit! It’s definitely here to stay!
News organizations, radio stations, and websites have begun intensively marketing toward owners of smart speakers. Daily news, music, finances, your calendar and the like can now be read to you as you herd your kids to the car and off to school or before heading in to work.
In other words, voice search queries are going to be taking over the search world.
While voice-activated technology started making its way into our lives quite some time ago, the recent smart assistant technology boom caused the actual voice search revolution. Major brands are quickly investing in voice search optimization.
Is your website ready?
Adapting to the Algorithm
To see how important voice search is going to be we have to look at how Google in its current incarnation really works. When I first started in the SEO world, it was all about simple search keywords. But the exploitation of keyword stuffing pushed Google to further the benchmark and make things more complex.
Now when we look at keyword analysis and optimization, it is a completely different process than what it used to be. Not only have keywords become more varied, the way that Google sifts through the noise in order to provide answers for their users is amazing.
That is what has kept Google on top for so long; competitors like Bing just haven’t been able to develop a framework that is as effective and dominating.
Voice search is underlining this fact in ways that weren’t as clear before. When we type a search phrase we are more careful. We think through what we are going to say, we get phrase suggestions that might help us narrow down or change our language and we get a page of results that lets us refocus if needed.
Spoken words are more spontaneous and harder to predict. It’s not always possible to understand what the searcher really needs. Somehow, Google’s algorithm still works with this format, as long as the content providers are properly optimizing on their side of meet the demand.
So, how do we do it?
Think of Search Queries as Speech
A popular meme lately has been, “This is so sad. Alexa, play Despacito“. While tongue in cheek, it shows the way that speech is taking a handle in search and how we might use it properly.
Imagine you are sitting around talking to your friends. You decide to ask them a question, like, “What movies are showing this weekend?” It is a natural way to speak for you. But if you were to type in search terms, it would be something more like, “Showtimes Century 16”.
Searching by voice presents a new challenge to search engine optimization professionals: Optimizing for all possible ways a user can speak your query.
Optimizing for related terms, synonyms and neighboring concepts is more important than ever. TextOptimizer helps you do just that by running your query in Google and using semantic analysis to extract related topics and neighboring context to optimize your page for:
[TextOptimizer extracts related topics for your important keywords helping you optimize for a wide variety of queries]
The general concept here hasn’t changed, as you still want your page to appear on top of Google’s search result pages: It’s a fact that Google’s users seldom ever scroll past the first page.
Voice search is going to gravitate towards the simplest, top results for the user.
Once upon a time, that meant getting on the front page. Now it means making sure your content is set for featured snippets so you can go above the actual page results and gain priority in Google’s ranking.
Featured snippets are selected search results that appear on top of organic search results in Google and Bing. Featured snippets are what gets read to a user in response to a search query.
Articles, tables, images, videos, bullet lists… there are plenty of forms of content that appear in featured snippets.
To better target featured snippet opportunities, use Ahrefs: It allows you to filter search queries to those triggering featured snippets and lets you preview actual search results:
While Schema.org officially doesn’t help you get featured, a lot of SEOs have found that playing around with structured markup actually makes a difference. In any case, that won’t hurt, especially given it’s quite easy to implement using a variety of WordPress plugins.
/HowTo schema is predicted to be used by Google soon (since it’s already being implemented in some of the search experiments), so I’d start there. To show you the markup in action, try running this page through Google’s structured data testing tool:
Do you have a strategy to add? Let us know in the comments!
5 Effective Blogging and Marketing Strategies for Your Dental Practice
As bloggers and content creators, we are often creating content or managing social media and blogs for local practices and businesses in our area. If this is the case, you will definitely find a lot of value in this article — especially if you are working with a local dentist, or maybe even have a dental practice of your own?
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Local advertising and offline marketing is something everyone needs to consider when they have a brick and mortar location. However, one also needs to ask the question about online marketing and SEO if they are struggling to showcase how great their dental practice is.
For times like these, it’s important to know which marketing strategies would be most effective in bringing in new patients.
With so many types of marketing strategies out there, it can be hard to know what will work best for your business. With more people using mobile devices and Google than ever before, the common answer for this is to have a blog with niche-focused content that is already relevant for local search results.
Here are five effective content creation and marketing strategies that will help you grow your dental practice.
1. Focus on Local SEO
Chances are there are many different dental practices in your area, which means you need to stand out when potential customers conduct Google searches for a dentist near them.
Focusing on your SEO efforts, specifically, local keywords can help you attract new clients. This will help you rank higher in Google searches when people search for things like “dentist near me.” And what’s better is that it’ll boost your company when people use voice search to find local dental practices.
Make sure to do keyword research in advance. You should also focus on more specific keyword phrases like “wisdom tooth removal” to target searches. These tiny efforts can make a big impact on your discoverability.
Beyond SEO, you should also focus on the general optimization of your website. Make sure it’s clean, easy to use, and highlight your business’s value props. If you don’t know how to do that, check out Willow Creek Dental for website inspiration. Not only does the site design match the look and feel we are looking for, they also have great use of online video as well. Be sure to check out their site through the screenshot below.
2. Get Involved with Your Community
As a local business owner, you need to get involved with your community to attract new customers and keep existing ones. By showing community members you care about your community, you can win them over.
Not sure how you should get involved? Attend town events or sponsor a local sports team. You can even speak to elementary school classes about the importance of dental hygiene.
These dental marketing efforts may seem small, but they say a lot about you and your dental practice. And the more you show your business off in the community, the more likely potential customers are to remember you when they need dental assistance.
3. Invest in Your Social Media Presence
Social media is another great way to get involved in your community and strengthen relationships with your customer base–both potential and existing. Social media platforms like Facebook can help you quickly build an online community that you can keep in contact with.
Social media helps you start conversations with customers and share important updates with them. It also allows you to collect reviews and quickly answer their questions. All of these things prove your value as a business to them.
SproutSocial has a great resource guide that is full of dental marketing messages and methods that are currently being used on social media. The messages that perform best will be the ones that are most creative and compelling — like the one below.
4. Pay Attention to Content Marketing
Marketing isn’t only about showing people you’re there; it’s about proving you have something of value to offer them. That’s why you need to invest in your content creation efforts. Content like blog posts brings customers to your site and provides them with the information and reassurance they need to convert into patients.
It also helps you increase your overall SEO ranking, which will bring even more people to your site!
5. Embrace Physical Marketing Materials
While the Internet is a fantastic way to market your business, it’s not the only type of marketing you should be investing in. You should also be distributing physical marketing materials like postcards, mailed offers, and newsletters to convert local potential customers.
Send flyers with discounts to new residents to win them over. Distribute brochures highlighting your other cosmetic procedures to high-value customers. You can even send newsletters packed with content articles and FAQs!
Final Thoughts on Marketing Strategies for Your Dental Practices
When it comes to your dental practice, great service isn’t enough to make your business stand out. You need to invest in great marketing strategies to showcase your business and win over customers. By following the 5 tips in this article, you can make sure your dental practice is the one customers think of first.
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SEO Bloggers, Read This! 5 Tips for Newcomers to the SEO Business
The SEO industry is growing rapidly and shows no signs of slowing down. This means there are plenty of opportunities for newcomers to break into the industry.
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But simply having a general understanding of SEO isn’t enough to start a worthwhile SEO business. You need to have some insider knowledge that’ll put you ahead of other SEO companies.
If you’re new to the SEO industry and you’re ready to break through and have a successful business, read on for some valuable tips.
Do Your Research
SEO is constantly evolving, which means you need to stay up to date with the latest Google algorithms. If you don’t do your research you’ll be stuck doing SEO that is no longer effective in the latest Google update.
Not only should you do your research before you launch your SEO business, but you need to continue to do your research because SEO will continue to change. Don’t get left behind when it does.
Once you have a good understanding of the current state of SEO, you can start looking for clients to work with. Reach out to local businesses and tell them how your SEO company can help bring them more business.
You can use a helpful SEO proposal template to get potential clients interested in doing business with you.
Use Valuable Keywords
Anyone with the even a little bit of SEO knowledge knows you need to use power keywords that attract a ton of traffic. But it’s important to find keywords that also have low competition.
If you only go for high-traffic keywords, such as “SEO”, then your page will never rank and you won’t help out any of your clients. You need to find keywords that get a decent amount of traffic, but have low competition so your page will rank for those keywords and build authority.
Remember to not only use keywords and power words that are going to help rank your content in Google, but also to allow your audience to quickly read through your content and take action. This is one of the major differences between just creating content, and actually optimizing it for the best scenario possible.
Optimize Blog Content
Once you find quality keywords to use, you need to plug them into your blog titles and meta descriptions so Google will recognize that you’re using the keywords.
From there, you can plug in the keywords into your blog content, just don’t overstuff the keyword.
This advice is not only for you to use on your clients, but also for you to use on your own SEO business website. There are tons of SEO companies and you need to optimize your own blogs if you want to attract clients.
Link building is just as important to building SEO as using keywords in your own blog posts. It’s especially important for blogs that are just getting started and have very low authority on search engines.
For link building, you’ll want to link in your own blogs as well as in guest posts on other websites. Linking in your own blogs is easy. You just include a couple of links to other pages of your blog and a couple more to high-ranking external sources.
It can be more difficult to link back to your website from other sites, but it will be a huge help. Find websites that accept guest posts and contribute content to their site.
Include a link back to one of your sites to boost your site’s authority!
Help Your SEO Business Succeed with These Tips!
Now that you have these basic tips for beginners looking to start an SEO business, it’s time to put them into action!
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