SEO: Heads or (Long) Tails?

August 31st, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

“Search engine optimizing for the “Long Tail” is fundamentally different from optimizing for the head. Therefore, itâ??s important to initially point out that the strategies and tactics for â??Long Tailâ?? SEO are more automated and extensible than for traditional SEO,” writes Stephan Spencer, President and Founder of Netconcepts. In this article about the “head” vs the “long tail,” Stephan writes about how you can capture the “long tail” to help your site.

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Should you buy Search ads for your brand keywords?

August 24th, 2007

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Originally published in Natural Search Blog

In this article written by Chris Smith, lead strategist for Netconcepts, he takes a hard look at spending your PPC budget on search ads that use your company’s brand name (and variations thereof) as keywords. Read more and find out why it’s important to promote your brand through paid search.

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Holiday Shopping: Wrap It Up

August 15th, 2007

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Originally published in ClickZ

While we may be having fun in the lazy days of summer, Patricia Fusco reminds us that it’s time to get ready for the holidays. She writes, “We know the holidays are upon us when a quick trip to the mall or a leisurely stroll down Main Street assaults our senses with dazzlingly festive displays. An e-commerce Web site is no different. It’s time to prep Web window dressings to reflect shifts in buying habits during the holiday season.”

To read advice on how online retailers should prepare their ecommerce business for the holidays, click here.

SEO: Is Your Site Holiday-ready?

August 1st, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

Those of you with school-age children may have been preoccupied with back-to-school, but now itâ??s time to start preparing your site for the holidays. The holiday shopping season is not that far off, so get on with implementing these traffic-building tips in order to achieve maximum search engine visibility.

Stephan Spencer, President and Founder of Netconcepts, offers five useful tips in this article from Practical eCommerce to ensure your online site is ready for the retail season.

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Red Envelope’s Website Critique

August 1st, 2007

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Originally published in Multichannel Merchant

In Chinese society, â??red envelopeâ?? refers to a monetary gift placed in a red packet because the color symbolizes good luck. That’s where Red Envelope got its name. Was the San Francisco-based gifts merchant lucky with the results of its Website critique? Well, while critiquers Amy Africa, president of Helena, VT-based Web consultancy Eight by Eight, and Stephan Spencer, founder/president of Madison, WI-based SEO-specialist agency Netconcepts, tried to handle Red Envelope’s site with care, they both found areas that need serious improvement. Africa reviewed the site’s content and functionality, and Spencer tested its search capability. Here’s what they had to say.

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For Your Reviews

June 20th, 2007

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Originally published in ClickZ

As an online retailer, you are probably already aware of the power behind product reviews. In this article, Patricia Fusco, lead strategist for Netconcepts, launches the discussion by explaining the difference between ethical and “artificial” product reviews. Having a clear understanding of what a “good” product review entails, allows you to strengthen a product page’s development in order for it to be good for search and great for users.

Read this article about product reviews here, and learn how to take control over your product sales through review management and product level search engine optimization.

SEO Report Card: Change Home Page Links

June 12th, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

This month’s selectee, Millcraftfurniture.com, is an outdoor furniture manufacturer operating a small (less than 100 pages) MIVA Merchant-powered ecommerce site. Its rankings are in the doldrums. The store does not appear in the first 100 listings in Google for critical terms “Adirondack chairs” and “Adirondack chair.” This site is buried deep in Google’s results for many other key terms, such as “outdoor furniture,” “patio furniture,” “garden furniture,” “porch swing” and “bench swing.” Millcraftfurniture.com does rank No. 2 for both “poly furniture” and “poly outdoor furniture,” but these two terms get little to no search activity, according to Yahoo! (specifically, the Overture Keyword Selector tool at Inventory.overture.com).

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Critique Part Three: Search Engine Optimization

June 4th, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

In this article, Netconcepts Founder and President, Stephan Spencer, contributes his critique of a snowboarding business called Daddiesboardshop.com, in order to flesh out opportunities for search engine optimization. Stephan gives technical examples as he writes about URL rewriting, page duplication, link building, pull-down menus and domain hosting to address major fixes that would help improve Daddiesboardshop.com’s overall search engine visibility.

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SEO Report Card: Error Pages Create Big Issues

May 14th, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

Stephan Spencer, Netconcepts founder and president, writes a site review for Modernmini–a modern-style baby store–in this article. His in-depth review covers ten specific examples, including how error pages can negatively effect a website, as well as other search engine optimization talking points. Find out how basic SEO techniques like keyword prominence and simple HTML tags can help this modern mom’s baby furniture store website.

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SEO Report Card: Need Pages At Product Level

May 2nd, 2007

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

“Hats off to Kyle for showing such initiative,” writes Stephan Spencer, Founder and President of Netconcepts in his latest website review for 17-year old Kyle Kano, owner and operator of “The Honey Jar.” Find out how to grow a small, home-based business into a tough competitor by adding product-level pages, link-building strategies, and intelligent body copy.

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