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SEO Audit in 5 Questions

Rand Fishking, at Moz.com, recently published a great video that explains the basics of conducting an SEO audit and developing a winning SEO strategy.

Quick List of Questions

  • What does our organization create that helps searchers find answers to their questions?
  • What is the unique value that we provide? What sets us apart from others in our industry/space?
  • Who will help amplify our message?
  • What does our conversion process look like?
  • How can we capsulate what we do in a way that helps the search engines to easily understand and properly index?

View video below for a fuller explanation

SEO Overview: Practice Marketing Guru's Approach to Effective Search Engine Optimization

search engine optimization

Listed below is an overview of the typical activities, strategies, and components that go into our SEO campaigns.

Initial Research & Strategy Development

Once we receive information from the client regarding the type of product or service they provide, what type of customer they are trying to reach, and who their primary competitors are, we are able to perform extensive keyword research and competitive analysis. With this research we are able to determine the keywords we will be targeting based on profitability, search volume, and a few other factors. We are also able to begin developing a custom link building strategy that will help us achieve our objectives.

On-Page Optimization

On-Page Optimization refers to optimization work that is done on the actual website. This work is performed in an effort to get the commercial search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo) to properly interpret your website and to “encourage” these search engines to index your website accurately.

On-Page Optimization includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Comprehensive website audit
  • Consideration of content quality
  • Consideration of keyword usage and keyword density throughout the site
  • Consideration of the website’s structure and the flow of the main navigational menu items, landing pages, and other internal pages.
  • Consideration of Schema markup or location tags
  • Optimized page titles Optimized meta data (descriptions and keywords)
  • Optimized headers (h1 – h5)
  • Optimized paragraphs
  • Optimized tags (alt, anchor, etc.)
  • Consideration of internal links
  • Consideration of the usage of bold and italicized text.
  • Consideration of blogs, news feeds, social media channels, etc.

Once the website audit is complete and all considerations are made, we will send a document that includes our lists of recommended edits and/or additions to the website. Upon approval by the website owner, the recommended revisions can either be made to the site by PMG or the client’s developer.

Note: Most of the on-page optimization is performed within the first month or two of the campaign. We do not typically make many changes to the website once the on-page recommendations are published to the site. We do this in order to send a signal of stability, dependability, and trustworthiness to the search engines. This does not mean, however, that new, “fresh”, content cannot be added to the site via a blog, etc. In fact, we would encourage adding such content on a regular basis. It just means that we would like to leave the established, static pages as consistent and stable as possible.

Off-Page Optimization

Off-page Optimization refers to the promotion of the website by efforts that are performed outside of the site itself. Oftentimes, the phrase “off-page optimization” is used interchangeably and synonymously with “link building”. However, it can involve more than just obtaining inbound links.

Off-page optimization can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Link building*
  • Optimized listings at strategic maps and directory sites
  • Optimized listings and profiles at strategic social media sites
  • Content promotion
  • Videos and other forms of media
  • Press releases published online
  • Citations and/or listings in curated, relevant directories

*Link building refers to the exploration, negotiation, and placement of links on another website that point to the client’s site. Link building remains one of the most important aspects of SEO. Unfortunately, it is also the most abused aspect of SEO. As such, Google and the other search engines take link abuse very seriously and will severely penalize a site that is found to be in violation. Therefore, it is important that an SEO company stay within the best practices set by the major commercial search engines and avoid automated link blasts, link schemes, etc. PMG’s takes a careful approach to link building that is manual, incorporates “no follow” links, relevant, and natural.

Off-page optimization efforts are made in order to build up the “authority” of the website. In basic terms, the search engines see links and citations that point to your site as “votes”.

Note: Once the on-page factors are established and published, most of our time, energy, and resources (money) are invested in link building. This involves the constant exploration of new linking opportunities, negotiating with site owners for link placement, developing content when needed, vetting link providers, monitoring the effectiveness of links, renewing links, etc.

New Content

In order to convince the search engines that our client’s business is not stale, irrelevant, or outdated, we highly recommend utilizing a blog feed or similar function in order to add new posts, new articles, or other new content to the site in a controlled way. Not all business types lend themselves to having a blog, but a blog-like function can be used to add new articles, seasonal updates, new media, news & events, and more.

We further recommend having a few social media profiles so the new site content can be “promoted”, and so that we send a positive social media signal to the algorithms*. Promoting the new content by posting a link to it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ accomplishes several purposes:

It keeps the social media profiles current It helps the new content get recognized and indexed by the commercial search engine It adds helpful “no follow” links to your link portfolio It provides the possibility that the post will also show up in the search engine results page (SERPs) It allow to new content to be seen by several people and could provide an opportunity for others to link back to your site.

*This use of social media, as described above, is quite utilitarian and is only meant to accomplish our SEO objectives. This kind of approach to social media should not be confused with a true social media marketing (SMM) campaign where compelling posts are made often and at peak times, users are engaged, advanced search tools are utilized, and more. We do provide SMM campaign services. However, they are offered at an additional fee.

Constant Monitoring of the SEO Landscape

The algorithms of the major search engines are updated on a very regular basis. Sometimes the changes are small and have no noticeable effect, but sometimes they are sweeping changes that make a tremendous impact on a site’s ability to perform well in the search engines. As part of our SEO campaign management, we constantly monitor the ever-changing landscape of SEO and utilize our extensive network of industry contacts and case studies to make sure our clients stay ahead of the curve.

We maintain an open line of communication with our clients in order to discuss the major changes and to consult accordingly.


We prepare monthly reports that track the progress of the SEO campaign. These reports can include the following:

  • Rankings report
  • Analytics report
  • Maps listing report
  • Progress and activity report

Using Social Media to Enhance Your SEO Campaign

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Social media signals are among the many factors major search engine algorithms use to determine the relevance and authority of a particular web page. Though social media signals may not be named among the most important signals, a healthy social media presence can certainly provide a boost to any company's SEO efforts.

Forbes magazine recently published an online article that discusses the benefits of dovetailing a strong social media campaign with an strategic SEO. In the article, the following items are mentioned as ways that a good social media campaign can have a positive impact on your SEO:

A following that steadily grows can send a positive signal to the search engines that your company is up-to-date, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and somewhat of an authority or influencer in your field. However, the algorithms seem to be able to identify spam accounts fairly easily, so avoid paying for thousands of likes, follows, etc.

Use your social media channels to share and promote the quality content you've developed for your site. Social media is a great way to share videos, images, infographics, and well-written, helpful articles. In many instances, content shared through social media has generated more traffic, increased time spent on page, encouraged inbound links, and has helped to increase following.

It is becoming more and more common for Google to display relevant social media posts in their search results page (SERPs). An informative Google + post, for example, is likely to show up in the results for several search queries.

Click the following link to read the source article and to gain a full understanding of how social media can be an excellent ally in your efforts to rank ahead of your competitors.


What is Digital Marketing for Small Business?

Warren Knight at Business 2 Community recently wrote a great, yet simple, article on the topic of digital marketing for small businesses. In the article, Knight discusses the usual components of a digital marketing strategy and takes a few paragraphs to describe each of them.

We've borrowed from some of Knight's headings below and offered a brief description of the digital marketing components he mentions. To read the original article in its entirety please select the following link: http://www.business2community.com/small-business/digital-marketing-small-business-01171355

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization refers to the process of improving the presence of your site in the major commercial search engines (Google, Yahoo, & Bing). An effective SEO campaign will result in your website being served up in the search results for search queries that indicate a motivated buyer (or qualified lead) that is looking for the product or service that your business provides. Most SEO campaigns can be broken into two parts... on-page optimization and off-page optimization. quality, trustworthiness, crawl-ability and index-ability

Social Media Marketing (SMM)

Social Media Marketing is the umbrella term for utilizing social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram, & Pinterest, to engage your target market, nurture relationships, and generate new business. Which social media platform is most effective will fluctuate based on the type of product and/or service for which you are marketing.

Email Marketing

This digital marketing approach is fairly self-explanatory. Sending thousands (or more) emails to targeted recipients can help you expand your brand awareness, educate a market, and generate a high percentage of leads. The strength of an email marketing campaign often relies on the quality of your list.

And Much More

Read about blogging, site promotions/competitions, paid search, and more by clicking below and reading the article at it's source.


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