Content Optimization: Keyword Suggestion Tools

March 12th, 2008

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Originally published in ClickZ

In her article on content optimization, Director of Natural Search Consulting PJ Fusco discussed how important it was to have keyword themes. As she mentions in this article, where she reviews different keyword suggestion tools on ClickZ, PJ writes, “to be found for the right words on any site, you must undergo regular, extensive keyword research to understand what words people use when they search for your goods and services.”

From Google Trends to Quintura, get an inside look at these free keyword suggestion tools that can help you with content optimization for your site. Read the full review of these tools at ClickZ here.

Optimize Local Events with hCalendar Microformat

March 11th, 2008

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Originally published in Search Engine Land

I’ve run across a number of local business sites which offer event calendars of some sort, and many of these companies may not be aware that they can and should add hCalendar Microformat to their pages to further optimize them for both search and user experience. I’ve previously recommended hCard Microformat for optimizing local business sites, and hCalendar can offer similar advantages, particularly as the evolution of blended search results continues.

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Getting Google to Love Your Website

AMA Marketing Workshop — St Pete Beach, FL

March 10th, 2008

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During this rich presentation, spanning Search Engine Optimization fundamentals as well as advanced tricks and tactics that only the elite SEO experts know, you’ll learn how to…

  • Check your “Google Pulse”
  • Estimate missed opportunity costs
  • Ensure Google crawls 100% of your site, including dynamic pages
  • Design your pages to dominate rankings
  • Avoid getting banned by Google
  • Wield invaluable SEO tools you’ve not yet heard of
  • Build high-quality links from trusted sites, and boost your PageRank along with your rankings
  • Prepare for changes to come… and so much more!

Screencast on Website Metrics with Stephan Spencer and Avinash Kaushik

March 4th, 2008

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Join our founder and president, Stephan Spencer, along with renowned analytics expert Avinash Kaushik, in this archived webinar of an information-packed 101-minutes of website analytic tips and tricks. This webinar, for Lorman Education Teleconferences, was called “Website Metrics and ROI: Getting the Most out of Your Online Marketing Spend.”

Watch Stephan and Avinash’s webinar as a streaming Flash video »

Or, alternatively download/watch as a Quicktime (m4v) movie (77 MB).

Unraveling URLs & Demystifying Domains

SMX West — Santa Clara, CA

February 28th, 2008

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Can you find the same page on your site using different URLs? That might cause you duplicate content issues. Does your content management system put out parameters that block crawling? Own multiple domains pointing at the same site? Are you 301 redirecting them or leaving canonicalization to chance? Confused on even how to pronounce canonicalization, in addition to now being worried about it? Relax. This session looks at a variety of URL and domain name issues you should consider to increase your success with SEO.

Moderator: Detlev Johnson, CEO, Search Return

Speakers:
Brian Combs, Founder and Senior Vice President, Apogee Search
Cindy Krum, Senior SEO Analyst, Blue Moon Works, Inc.
Stephan Spencer, President, Netconcepts
Navneet Virk, Director of Search Marketing, Roundarch

SEO 2.0 For Web 2.0 Sites

SMX West — Santa Clara, CA

February 27th, 2008

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If SEO 1.0 is about ensuring that 1990s-era web design techniques (such as tables and frames) are modified to minimize search engine ranking issues, then Web 2.0 is all about addressing how you can make your sites search-engine friendly with new technology. CSS, AJAX and other dynamic design techniques can give search engines fits; SEO 2.0 is all about ensuring that Web 2.0 sites are as search engine friendly as Web 1.0 sites.

Moderator: Stephan Spencer, President, Netconcepts

Speakers:
Mikkel deMib Svendsen, Creative Director, deMib.com
Shari Thurow, Founder and SEO Director, Omni Marketing Interactive
Nathan Buggia, Lead Program Manager, Live Search Webmaster Central, Microsoft

Content Optimization

February 27th, 2008

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Originally published in ClickZ

In this in-depth article about content optimization on ClickZ, Netconcepts Director of Natural Search Consulting PJ Fusco, digs deep into this essential part of SEO.

Content optimization is about prominently incorporating targeted keywords and keyword phrases into the copy on each page to appeal to prospects searching for your goods and services. Doing so ensures your content has a chance to be found for all the right words. Ideally, these are highly searched terms and phrases that convert. That’s where keyword research comes into play when optimizing your site’s content.

Before you dig into keyword research to determine how well targeted your content is and what the size of your keyword market is, there are a few basic skills to add to your repertoire. Fundamental content optimization skills include:

* How to compile keyword research.

* How to measure content optimization efforts.

* Some basic copywriting knowledge.

* Basic HTML coding and basic SEO knowledge.

* A commitment to optimizing content — efforts will pay off!

For more about content optimization, read the full article at ClickZ here.

Online Retail & Blended Results

SMX West — Santa Clara, CA

February 26th, 2008

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The session focuses on how online retail listings from shopping search are being mixed into the regular results of the major search engines and how to better ensure your products are positioned in front of searchers.

Moderator: Vanessa Fox, Features Editor, Search Engine Land

Speakers:
Liana Evans, Director of Internet Marketing, KeyRelevance
Chris Smith, Lead Search Strategist, NetConcepts
Phil Stelter

Q&A Speakers:
Paul Dillon, Director, Live Search Shopping, Microsoft
Ken Kronquist, Director of Product Management, Yahoo! Shopping

Chicken Soup for the SEO Soul

February 13th, 2008

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Originally published in ClickZ

In this article originally written for ClickZ, Netconcepts Director of Natural Search Consulting PJ Fusco tackles some of the negative press that SEO has received recently. Her article addresses some of the reasons why SEO professionals get a bad rap. Simply many SEO professionals, even the ones who work here, at Netconcepts, can’t discuss the successful results from client implementation strategies.

If you haven’t had the luxury of working with an SEO expert who operates in complete transparency within the strictest current best practice guidelines, then you know that some SEO practitioners over-promise and under-deliver. That’s why these critics have lambasted and lampooned our industry. Yes, they did throw out the baby with the bathwater to make a point, but the point remains.

One of the big problems the SEO industry faces is clients who won’t allow us to name them publicly and discuss their results. We have one e-commerce client that’s showing 39 percent growth in year-over-year organic search engine referrals. Natural search results are driving more traffic to its site than ever before.

PJ addresses this issue more in detail in her full article at ClickZ. To read the article, click here.

How to Get on Google Maps Without an Address

February 11th, 2008

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Originally published in Search Engine Land

One of the top issues in delivering up local search results in a map-based format is what to do with businesses which have no street address. During the SMX Local & Mobile conference back in October, Dick Larkin asked Google Earth VP Michael Jones a question about this very thing: "What should we recommend to local businesses which do not have a local street address—how do they get into Google Maps search results?" Michael’s answer was surprising. I’ll give you his answer in a moment.

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