SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a fancy word for helping you get higher up in the search engine rankings. The higher up you are, the more people visit your site (assuming there’s people searching for the keywords you’re ranking for). More technically, SEO optimizes a website’s content and structure so it can be more effectively indexed (found) by search engines. SEO is typically used as an umbrella term to also include SEM (Search Engine Marketing), or promotion of your content once your site is SEO optimized. Collectively a search marketing campaign includes keyword analysis, competitive analysis, link building, social sharing, content marketing, conversion optimization, and other buzz words that can work together to help you get more traffic to your site. But don’t feel overwhelmed! Our SEO Series will take you through all this one concept at a time. And we also have expert articles for those already in the know. If you’re new to the game, begin with our What is SEO? article below.

Keyword Search Trends: Why Are They So Important?

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When it comes to online marketing and making the most out of your brand’s presence, it is important to understand keyword trends. Before starting any endeavor, there is data readily available that can show you the popularity history of a product, industry or specific term. The term keyword trends refers to the process of analyzing keyword searches to find which keywords are trending at the present time. Determining which keywords are currently trending for your product or service is important in being able to target marketing campaigns for the best results. Researching keyword trends is an important first step to determine if interest in your industry is going up or down…

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How To Transfer Your Website and Maintain Search Ranking

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There are many reasons to decide to move a website. These range from moving to a new server because you’ve decided to switch hosting providers, to simply redirecting your existing files to a new domain name. Either way, when you move your website, your search engine rankings may be affected. Here’s some common website moving …

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Redirect Folder to Subdomain

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The straightforward method of using .htaccess to redirect a folder to a subdomain is as follows: RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?example\.com$ RewriteRule ^folder/(.*) //subdomain.example.com/$1 [R=301,L] This works fine if you’re redirecting a folder that is not associated with a subdomain (ie. the subdomain example.com/subdomain is stored, from the server’s point of view, at example.com/subdomain). However, …

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HitTail: Find Keywords You Never Thought To Look For

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HitTail is unique when it comes to keyword tools. Instead of giving you a search box to find new keywords to optimize for like most keyword tools do (think Google Keyword Planner, WordTracker, Keyword Discovery, etc.), HitTail analyzes your existing website traffic (using a little script or plugin you install on your website) and automatically suggests keywords it thinks you have a good chance at ranking for. It even claims to be able to show you the “not provided” keywords hidden in Google Analytics. How good is HitTail really? Find out in our review…

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How Do Search Engines Find My Website?

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Search engines use robots (aka Spiders) to crawl the Internet for new and updated content. They follow hyperlinks to navigate around your website, as well as to jump to external sites that you link out to. When a search engine finds a page, it analyzes the page to find its identity and its prominence on the Internet. The prominence, or, as Google calls it, PageRank of a page, is decided by internal as well as external factors. Long story short, if a search engine likes your page, and you have not requested search engines not to index your site, it will index it in its massive search database (the database that is queried when people conduct searches via google.com). Getting your pages indexed is the first successful step in your search campaign…

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How To Optimize Your Web Page for SEO

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Learn how to optimize your web pages to help them rank higher in the search engines. Make it easy for the search engines to find, index, and organize your content to help support your link building efforts. You’ll learn how to structure your page using titles, headings, images, links and more for optimal flow of SEO juice…

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