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Every SEO-Optimized Page Needs These 10 Elements

Search engine optimization can be a big juggling act. There are many things you need to keep in mind. Drop just one ball and your rankings could tumble – Or never appear in the first place.

These are ten of the most important elements to a well optimized page. Get these ten things right and your chances of ranking well are exponentially higher.

Title Tag

Your title tag is the most important tag on your entire website. Google uses it to determine your primary keywords. It’s also the “headline” in your listing in Google, which users use to determine whether or not to click.

Have an attention catching title tag that also contains your main keyword. Make sure you optimize the title tag so that it is different on each page.

Header Tags

Your H1 and H2 tags carry more weight in Google’s eyes than any other text on the page. Make sure your keyword is in your H1 tags and that related keywords or LSI words are sprinkled throughout the H2 tags on your site.

The Page URL

Your page’s URL should have your main keywords in it. It should also be short and should tell people something about the page. For example, “/posted=39048” is not a good URL. On the other hand, “how-to-build-quality-backlinks” is.

Description Tag

Your description tag contains the text that appears below the title tag in your search engine listing. Again, people use this information to decide whether or not to click on your site. This tag won’t actually improve your rankings, but can help improve the number of people who click on your site once they see your listing in the search engines.

Facebook and Twitter

Social media metrics are playing an increasingly large role in SEO. Google takes many factors into consideration. They consider how many fans you have on your page. They consider who shares your content, as well as the authority of the people sharing your content. A share from Bill Gates is weighed much more heavily than the average person.

They can also “read” the content of social media posts about you. If people are complaining about your product rather than praising it, search engines can read that to a certain degree.

If you don’t already have Facebook and Twitter setup, now is the time to do it. It’s not just for social media traffic, it’s also for SEO.

Highly Targeted Web Content 

The quality of your website’s content is becoming a larger and larger factor. While Google bots still can’t “read” a website and independently determine the page’s quality as a human could, they do come close.

The Google Panda update utilizes artificial intelligence as well as hundreds of different metrics, including ads to content ratio, overall design, many linguistic patterns and so on to determine the quality level of your site and content.

Nobody knows what all these metrics are. Instead of trying to game the system, it’s best to focus on providing high quality content that people want to link to.

Multi-Media

Google loves multi-media. If you’re not using images, videos and audio in your website, you’re probably missing out on a large amount of ranking power.

User Generated Content

Having a lot of content generated by your users is one easy way to take the pressure to create content off your shoulders, while giving Google all the more reason to place you higher in the search engines.

If you have a blog, try to cultivate active discussion. If you have a normal website, try to make one section of your site a wiki. If you have a high traffic website, try creating a forum. Try to create as much crawlable user generated content as possible.

Embedded RSS Feeds & News Content

Google loves to see websites that are updated regularly. One easy way to add a constant cycle to your website is to embed an RSS feed.

Keep in mind that this RSS feed should consist of only a small portion of your website. Google doesn’t like sites that use “automated content,” meaning using only feeds to fill a site. Instead, Google likes high quality content sites that supplement their content with feeds from other people’s content.

Diverse Internal Linking Structure

Try to have an internal linking structure that makes it easy for users to navigate from relevant page to relevant page. By linking to relevant pieces of content, you also make it easier for Google to do its job.

There are two main schools of thought in internal linking: Silo structure or flat structure.

A silo structure means separating your site into different keyword categories and interlinking sites only within those categories. This keeps the link juice separated, almost like mini-sites in your website.

The flat structure setup means linking to relevant content across your entire website.

There isn’t a set consensus on which method is better. The key is simply to make sure that you are linking to other relevant pieces of content across your website.

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March 15th, 2012 by admin

SMO vs. Engagement: Why They’re Different and How You Can Rock Both

When it comes to social media, there are two factors that drive success: Social Media Optimization (SMO) and engagement. Often time’s these two are confused with one another. Though they’re related, they actually address completely different fields within the social media sphere.

So what is SMO, what is engagement and how are they different?

What is Social Media Optimization?

Social media optimization is the more quantitative side of the social media equation. It’s what allows marketers to tackle social media in a systematic and scientific manner.

Let’s say you’re trying to get a certain fan page to go viral. One way you can measure this in SMO terms is through what percentage of people repost your posts.

So if you post something on your wall and it’s “shared” by 1.5% of your fans, that gives you a benchmark metric to measure against. If you track this number whenever you post status updates, you can very quickly start to get a sense for what kinds of things get passed along and what kinds of things don’t.

This is just one example of SMO in action. SMO can track visitors to a page, the number of shares, number of likes, peak traffic times, best days to post and a whole slew of other statistics that you can use to optimize your campaign.

In other words, SMO is the systematic and scientific approach to getting more people to like your page, more shares and overall a more powerful brand effect.

What is Engagement?

Engagement on the other hand is a completely different ballgame. Engagement is the qualitative side of the social media equation.

It’s how engaged your fans are with your work. It’s how emotionally vested they are in your brand. It’s how excited they get about your product when they tell their friends about it. It’s how much they think you care about them.

Fostering engagement doesn’t come from statistics and calculations. Instead, it comes from regularly connecting with your audience in an engaging dialogue.

If you want to foster more engagement, make it a regular goal of yours to foster more activity from your users.

Ask them questions. Get them talking to you and to one another. Host contests that get them involved. Create games for your users. Ask for their feedback.

Pull them into your brand experience. Your users should feel like they’re part of your community.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

It’s important to realize that if you want to succeed on social media, you need to use both optimization and engagement.

If you only have optimization, you’ll have a very technically well run campaign, but it just won’t have that “buzz.” That “buzz” is what causes social media campaigns to take off like wildfire. It’s what gets people to stick around. It’s what people remember.

On the other hand, if you only have engagement, you’re probably not getting as many people to your pages as you could. If you’re not posting your updates at optimal times, if you’re not tracking what kinds of content your visitors like, if you’re not using systematic testing to determine what really works, you’re probably going to have a hard time succeeding in the long run.

In order for you to have a vibrant social media campaign that engages a lot of people, you need to have both optimization and engagement.

Start out in the area where you’re weakest. If you already have an engaged community but haven’t been tracking your metrics, work on your metrics first. On the other hand, if you already have a scientifically well optimized campaign but your user base lacks passion, start out by increasing engagement.

 

That’s the long and short of what SMO is and what engagement is. In the long run, you want to master both to get your campaigns to really take off. Your campaigns must make scientific sense, but they also need to capture the heart of your fans.

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December 1st, 2011 by zeeshan

Top 5 Sites Promoting the Spirit of the FIFA World Cup 2010

kaka I ain’t no soccer fan and I’ve never watched the World Cup, but this time, I felt an urge to watch it live on television, the result being no fights for the remote! For the first time, I feel the spirit of the football world cup, not because of an instant awakening, but because it’s all around – newspapers, television, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube everywhere!  Even in the online world, it’s almost impossible to stay away from the spirit of the FIFA World Cup 2010! Here are some examples of how a few websites are spreading the joy of the FIFA World Cup 2010 and how they have benefitted from it too.

1.   Oleole.com
OleoFireShot capture #096 - 'Football News, Blogs, Live Scores,  Results, Transfers, and Fantasy Football - OleOle' - www_oleole_comle.com has managed to bring the football community closer on the web. It was created in 2006 and has stayed active to witness and hold discussions on all major football Cups. The World Cup section offers live scores, travel info, and interesting facts about the game and matches. More than anything else, you have an ultimate community for football lovers to hold discussions which is full of football-driven content. You can join fan clubs for Football Leagues, podcasts, wallpapers, blogs and videos about football.

2.   Southafrica.info

We have seen South Africa tourism steer towards the World Cup as their new tourism mantra. World Cup 2010 is expected to be a turning point for South Africa in terms of tourism and development. Southafrica.info, a site which gives information for investors, tourists, citizens and South Africans abroad, has an exclusive page for the World Cup – www.southafrica.info/2010/. It includes an SA 2010 Fan kit which gives information about African culture and football, informative articles, match schedule and news about the World Cup.

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June 22nd, 2010 by admin

How To Promote Your Business On Social Media

social_mediaThere is little doubt that social media is truly revolutionary, the 400 million users of Facebook, the glitterati-twitterati and the numerous bloggers who found celebrity by dint of their blogs, they will attest to that. Hence, as a small business, you will want to take advantage of this concept and try to get as much benefit out of it as possible, which in this case is marketing. While trying to do so, you would want to also ensure that you don’t come across as a desperate company that is bent upon hooking customers every possible way. The trick is to maintain a fine balance between marketing and creating brand awareness, without overwhelming them.

Here is a checklist that will help you work out a social media plan relevant to your business and also guide you in your efforts to execute it.

Know What You Want From Social Media: On social media, brand awareness can go in either direction. rodin socialIf your social media plans don’t pan out, you can end up with a lot of unwelcome negative publicity on your hand. So, be clear about what you want to use the platform for, and how you intent to achieve it. Do you want to use it as an instrument to gauge customer reaction, or would you rather use it as a forum your customers can use to air their views and grievances? Unless you are clear about your expectations, your social media plan in all likelihood will remain a haphazard exercise that will leave you with zero ROI.

Test The Waters: if you are one of those people, still mildly bewildered by the very idea of Social Media (really, there is no shame in admitting it), my advice to you will be to take things slow. Pushing too much promotional information into their followers’ signal stream is a mistake that most businesses new to the space end up doing. You can start by building a blog or creating profiles in the more prominent social sites to touch base with your customers, then slowly ease into your interaction model. The goal is to lure in potential customers and familiarize them with the product, try not to go trigger happy (or more specifically in some cases, tweet happy), and inundate your followers with messages they’ll be forced to label ‘junk’. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 6th, 2010 by bhavya

Buzzing About Google Buzz

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The other shoe has dropped. Google has officially made a foray into the realm of social networks. (No, now is not a good time to bring up Wave, which Sergey insists is a success – yeah, whatever you say, Sergey.) On 9 February 2010, they unveiled Google Buzz – “a Google approach to sharing”. And apparently, the only solution for the problem of ‘oversharing’ of social expressions on the web. It is but the natural course of events, considering Google’s we-need-to-have-a-finger-in-every-pie attitude. And web domination is not (quite) web domination without a social networking tool.

Coming back to the topic at hand, what exactly is Buzz? From what I can see, it is a robust, not to mention ambitious, email application masquerading as a social networking platform, which also doubles as an aggregator – of status updates, images, videos and links – all in the name of social curation.

Now, how does it work? In a clever move that almost makes up for the mess that is Wave, Google has released Buzz directly into Gmail. So, the next time you log in to your account (this is when I interrupt myself  to say that only Gmail users get to use Buzz), you may just find yourself with a spanking new Google Buzz account. No need to sign up anew, no installation of any kind required. Just click on the Buzz tab beneath the Inbox tab and you can get Buzzing. As Google reports on their official Buzz page, they are still in the process of rolling out this service, and it may take a couple of more days before it is active in all Gmail accounts.

Buzz

When Buzz is active in your account, you’ll be taken to such a page when you log in.

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February 11th, 2010 by bhavya

Disappearing Networks And Other Facebook Phenomena

Over the past few months, some important changes have been underway at Facebook. facebookSome are already noticeable when one visits the site, but there are others yet to become apparent. If you have no idea what I am talking about, come a little closer, I’ll tell you, “Facebook’s ditching its regional networks!” (I know, it’s no scoop, but did you really see that coming? If you subscribe to the Facebook blog, you probably did.)

My reaction to this revelation, though, is largely that of indifference, it doesn’t affect me one way or another. Probably because my activities on Facebook have never been network based, I have always taken care to set my privacy settings at ‘Only Friends’, which ensures that only the people on my friend list have access to my profile and the contents. And to be honest, except for the fact that it could possibly indicate the geographical location of a user, I’ve found the concept of regional network rather useless. In my defense, even Facebook admits (sort of) that these networks turned out to be pretty useless, apparently only 50 percent of the users ever joined regional networks.

Facebook first mentioned of a change in status quo in their 03 June post on their blog:

“…To make the site easier to understand, we’re taking the first step towards removing these regional networks…since they did not adequately reflect a world where people choose exactly the audience with whom they wish to share…made sense for those who wanted to be more open when Facebook was small, but they lost their utility as the site became global…”

In addition to frequently publishing posts regarding the matter on their blog, over the months, they have also maintained an active discussion thread for users to comment, air views and give suggestions.

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December 9th, 2009 by bhavya

3 Mindblowing Online Tactics that took Obama to the White House

5th November ’08 was a historical day for the U.S & the world for more than one reason.

First, it was the election of the first ever African-American President, Barack Hussain Obama.

Second, and perhaps a bigger change over the long term was the crowning of the Internet as the king of all political media. It marked the end of an era of television that started with John F. Kennedy & the beginning of the Internet Presidency.

Barack Obama - online marketingObama & his team did a commendable job in coming up with an optimum mix of offline & online mode of election campaigns. The telling difference between him and the other was that he made his presence felt not only on television but also on the Internet.

Here are the 3 amazing tactics that Obama so effectively used to get himself to the White House:

1. Online Fund raising: With the great number of people online, there was a huge opportunity for funds to be raised on the net. The Obama team recognized this and realized that it would be easier for people to make donations online and with a sum of money they would be comfortable with. This strategy appealed to many and resulted in 94% of the funds coming in sums of $200 & less. A million little donors became the way forward.

This way, the Obama campaign was not dependent on a few rich people who would donate only to get some influence in the government. But instead, successfully reached out to the common man through the Internet, which helped them raise a little over a whopping $600 million in contributions, which poured in from over 3 million donors.

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January 21st, 2009 by admin