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SEO Basics – The Basics of Search Engine Optimization

For many the concept of Search Engine Optimization can be completely overwhelming. For the beginner especially, it helps to understand at least a little bit of how to do SEO.seo-basics

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Online Marketing Tips eBook – Free Excerpt

Below is an excerpt from our eBook, the first chapter of the Online Marketing Tips eBook from SEO Writer Pro, which is now available at a reduced price at the Kindle Store.SEOWP eBook1

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Keyword Research and Analysis Package

How would you like to know the search phrases people are using to find you, rather than having to guess?

Are you using targeted keywords in your content?

Do you know what to expect from the keywords you’re using?

The search engines can only look for the information their client – the searcher – asks them for; the search phrase they use. Since knowing this information is critical to the success of your website, guessing at the phrase that a searcher might use to find you makes little sense. You need to know what those phrases are.

This is where keyword research becomes just as important for you and your website. At SEO Writer Pro, we have the knowledge and experience to help you discover the phrases that are being used to find the types of information you have to offer – with Targeted Keyword Research and Analysis, available at a single package price of just $499.

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Beginning with a list of 10-12 phrases you provide, you will receive:

  • A comprehensive list of high value targeted keywords to help you advance in the Search Results
  • High traffic, low competition keywords to target in your content
  • Keywords with high potential for advancement against your competition
  • Keyword-based Meta Title for your Home Page
  • Keyword-based Meta Description for your Home Page
  • Keyword-based Meta Tags for your website

Normally, this package would cost you $499 but, for a limited time, we will provide you with this invaluable research for just $399, guaranteeing delivery of your list of targeted keywords within One Week.

Keyword Research and Analysis Package
Keyword Research and Analysis Package
You will receive: • A list of high value targeted keywords to help you advance in the Search Results • High traffic, low competition keywords to target in your content • Keywords with high potential for advancement against your competition • Keyword-based Meta Title for your Home Page • Keyword-based Meta Description for your Home Page • Keyword-based Meta Tags for your website
Price: $499.00
Price: $399.00

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SEO is Dead – NOT!

Working as I do with a broad range of clients with extremely diverse perspectives about web content and online marketing strategies, it remains surprising when any of my clients makes the claim that SEO is dead; as happened recently. What was truly stunning is that the client in question should have known better, as she works in WordPress website design and implementation, as well as the promotion of WordPress websites on a daily basis.

After all, promoting WordPress as the preferred CMS for a marketing website includes the understanding that WordPress is very SEO-friendly, and particularly Google-friendly. Seems to be a huge contradiction to me. More on this below…

SEO it not dead, it just keeps changing

The following is part of a conversation I had with a Virtual Assistant after on online meeting among half-a-dozen VAs and me, in which we discussed improved strategies and expanded services we might make available to our clients for the New Year. As you can tell from the conversation, SEO services were not one of those improvements or expansions…

“However, I must say how disappointed I was in the follow-up conversation on Skype, where the value of SEO for client websites was discounted, to the extent that it was even said that ‘SEO is kind of dead.’ Frankly, I was stunned to read this, since this could not be further from the truth. For proof of this, take 15 minutes and type the phrase ‘SEO is dead’ into a search engine and just see the number of articles that are presented, and read a few.

While it should be obvious to all that SEO has evolved dramatically in the past couple of years especially, the vast majority of visitors to any website will use one of the three major the search engines to find the information they are seeking. (Google no longer has a monopoly on search, if it ever did.) And yes, the search engines are also used to find social media feeds like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

At a bare minimum, optimization of the Meta Data for every page of every website remains critical to the success of that site, ‘else how will the search engines direct fresh traffic to our clients’ sites? And, while Google has decided to make it extremely difficult to gauge the effectiveness of our optimization efforts, by denying us access to search information without paying for it through Adwords, it should be obvious that increases in traffic in response to an increased effort in optimization will be directly related.

I actually spend a great deal of my time helping clients optimize their pages for search, and I have seen those efforts improve traffic to my client’s sites dramatically, and quickly. This may, in fact, be due to the erroneous idea that ‘SEO is dead,’ which causes many to forego efforts at optimization.

I believe we do a real disservice to our clients when and if we accept this idea. SEO is not dead, and never will be, as long as search remains a part of creating a successful online business.

I think many people want SEO to be dead, simply because it’s not easy to do, and that makes it OK not to do it. However, optimizing web pages and content will always be necessary. We should really think of it along the same lines as site maintenance.

After all, when you pay for a tune up for your car, aren’t you trying to optimize its performance? When you get your hair done, aren’t you trying to optimize your own looks? When you use an attractive theme for a client’s website, aren’t you trying to optimize its appeal to visitors? The
examples are endless. It’s the same for a website or blog content. Performing SEO for our clients, i.e., making the pages and copy more attractive to the search engines in an attempt to attract more visitors, should be part of building and maintaining a searchable website for them.

There is a major contradiction in the argument as well, since we focus on WordPress websites. One of the major reasons WordPress is so popular is because it is so very Google friendly and, in fact, has strong appeal to all of the search engines. WordPress was designed as an SEO friendly CMS, and all of the themes and plugins that have been developed for it are designed with this in mind. To promote WordPress as the best CMS for a website, while ignoring the SEO value at the same time, is a huge contradiction – and it also ignores one of the greatest benefits of using WordPress.

The word ‘optimize merely means to ‘get the most out of’ or ‘achieve maximum efficiency, according to WordWeb, my desktop mini-dictionary. If we refuse to do everything in our power to ‘get the most out of’ our client’s websites for them, or refuse to even try, aren’t we letting them down, whether they know it or not? Whether they even understand everything we’re doing for them?

Hey maybe, since SEO has gotten such a bad rap, we should begin calling it something else; we can make the site more ‘searchable,’ or ‘visitable,’ for them.”

Needless to say, people being what they are, this conversation had little effect on any of the non-believers. Human beings become so committed to their belief systems, often regardless of the facts, that it can be impossible to change their minds. This is tragic, especially in the world of online marketing, where building traffic and customer loyalty to a business website is critical to long-term success.

Having said that, it still must be argued that SEO in definitely NOT dead, but merely changing, as it has done for decades and will continue to do for decades to come.

If you’re not doing everything you can to optimize your website for the search engines, or for those of your clients, I can guarantee you’re leaving business in the ether; business that could have been yours – or your client’s.

If you need help optimizing your business website for search, get in touch with me today. I can help.

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Another Great Testimonial from Andrea Kalli, VA Extraordinaire

I’d like to give HUGE PROPS to my content writer of choice for the many clients we support. Richard of SEO Writer Pro – Your Online Content Partner, you never cease to amaze me with your ability to tackle a wide variety of industries with informative and share-worthy blog posts and website pages. Your tenacity for digging in, researching, and conquering even the most challenging of industries does not go unappreciated! You make my clients shine, especially the current IT content project that is underway – a 6-month writing project covering 25 technology articles and 4 technology web pages. WOW, what an undertaking. Because of your hard work, my client is moving up in the search engines for their chosen keywords. Now THAT’S how you do it!”

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How to Create Google-Friendly Online Content

The past couple of years have been challenging for many who have tried to improve the search results for their websites by using approved, or sanctioned, SEO techniques and strategies. The seemingly constant changes to what is considered approved and sanctioned has forced many to simply give up, while others have been penalized for mistakes not of their own making. Here we try to explain some of the changes Google has implemented to their search algorithm in an attempt to focus their search results on quality content.

Some facts about the big Google updates

These updates, for example Panda and Penguin, were not actually updates in the true sense of the word. Instead, they were the implementation of periodic filtering of the algorithm Google uses to provide search results and, they were not just one-time happenings. In fact, this filtering takes place on a regular basis, sometimes monthly, as Google tweaks and refreshes these filters regularly.

In an effort to provide higher quality search results to their customer, the searcher, Google has implemented a couple of highly publicized “updates,” as well as a couple of lesser known filters…

  • Panda update – is essentially a filter which periodically examines the quality of the content on the individual pages of your site. If your content is thin, your entire site receives a “Panda penalty” and those pages lose ranking until the next time the filter is run – approximately monthly. If the quality improves, you will – eventually – see improved search results. Since the filter is run periodically, changes in your search results can only come periodically.
  • Penguin update – is an algorithm update designed to filter out “webspam,” or black hat SEO trickery. This filter will also run periodically, searching sites for traditional SEO no-nos, such as keyword stuffing, link schemes, cloaking, and intentional duplicate content.
  • Top Heavy update – is an effort by Google to penalize sites with “too much” advertising “above the fold.” The penalty is applied to the entire site, not simply to ad-heavy pages. If your site is top heavy with advertising, you’ve probably already been hit. The only way to recover is to remove the offending advertising and wait for the next round of periodic filtering.
  • Pirate penalty – is Google’s latest effort to remove content which infringes on another’s copyrighted content. If Google has received a number of “copyright removal notices” directed at your site, you are likely to receive a penalty from Google, resulting in a lower ranking in the search results. If the number of notices is large enough, your site may be removed from goggle entirely.

The good news is this; if you follow Google’s quality guidelines, you will not be affected by these filters. All you have to do is stick with what is known as White Hat SEO practices and you will be OK. If you try to “game” Google however, be prepared to suffer the consequences.

For a quick and easy, or perhaps down and dirty, look at where Google focuses its filters and the penalties it enforces, take a look at The Periodic Table of SEO Ranking Factors provided by the website Search Engine Land.

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SEO Band-Aids – How to Improve Website SEO

Here are just a few quick tips to improve website SEO, a few things that anyone can do. 

Refine your list of keywords

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