SEO Tips To Work Into Your Strategy

SEO or search engine optimization is a funny thing for many reasons:  one reason being, because it’s an ever changing beast and another, because it’s fine line to walk. There is such a thing as over optimization that search engines will frown upon. If caught using black hat SEO techniques, your site could drop in ranking for a very, very long time. But that’s not what I wanted to dwell on. Here are some SEO tips and tactics we’re employing for our clients and what we think are some important SEO tips and tricks:

Authorship: This is about the written content on the site. While keyworded content was the way of years passed, authorship of good content is the way of 2013. Heavily keyworded pages that sound awkward aren’t the goal here. It’s about shareable, interactive, engaging and informative content that is authored, or tracked back, to a person within the company. It increases credibility of the content and makes it more personable.

Local sites: For brands that include localization, SEO and social strategy intertwine on this point. By claiming all your local pages and being active you can increase their placement within search engines, which benefits you. Think: Google local, Yelp, Foursquare, etc. You should have access to these sites and have a pulse on what’s being said on the networks like: what the reviews look like, responding to positive and negative reviews, uploading pictures, updating information, AND ensuring the website listed on these sites is your correct website.

-Shareable content: There’s a lot to be debated about content that popular vs. content that correct; meaning, just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s the best content for the search term or keyword. We think striking a balance is the key to an SEO strategy.  This means that heavy SEO should be balanced with engaging, shareable and interactive content. Include shareable and engaging content in conjunction with SEO friendly content. If you have pages that users find more interesting and engaging, use that to your advantage and include that page or that content in your strategy. Not sure how to do that? Click here.

-Responsive design: This isn’t a direct SEO technique, but the user’s overall experience on your website does help you with your SEO strategy. Responsiveness of a website speaks to a web design that works well and is appealing on all devices: mobile, tablet and PC. If a user can’t navigate your site on their mobile device or tablet, you risk them clicking away to your competition.

-Diversity of content: This isn’t specific to this year’s newer techniques, but we think it will become even more important. Do you have a strategy for creating varied content that is multi-purpose across platforms? Posting the same content on your website, Facebook, Google+ page, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, etc. is a waste of content. Of course there are exceptions to this, but the general idea is to vary the content you’re producing or changing up how it’s presented and having a clear strategy for where and how content is used.

-It’s not just about Google: Other search engines are gaining momentum and to overlook them and their users would be a mistake. Working SEO strategy on these is just as important. And don’t forget, even Youtube is a search engine. Click here to read about how to optimize your Youtube videos.

What new SEO tips and techniques have you noticed making the biggest impact on your sites?

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