Article by James Turner
As internet marketers, we are always trying to figure out what makes one page go ahead and rise to the top of the search engine results pile and what causes another to wallow in results purgatory.
The short answer is good content, good structure, and good design complemented by user behaviour that indicates the page is responded to well. What does that mean to you as someone trying to get your web page found?
Before answering that here are a few words from a recent talk by Matt Cutts of Google.
“The way that I often think about SEO is that it’s like a coach. It’s someone who helps you figure out how to present yourself better. In an ideal world, though, you wouldn’t have to think about presenting yourself and whether search engines can crawl your website because they’d just be so good…”
Mr. Cutts was, in fact, talking about how Google was working hard to improve search engines so they would be able to “crawl” a site and determine based on the site’s merits how it should be ranked as if they were human judges – well impartial and skilled human judges. His point is a bit unfair if a page is showing up high in search engines mainly because someone has done a great job using every SEO trick in the book, not because it’s useful to the person running the search. It’s a nice idea, and certainly, more and more sites get ranked higher because a site has good content, it’s well designed and holds the interest of people going to it. That said, there are only ten slots on page one of Google Search results and it really pays to be on that page, so ideals aside – it’s a war out there and you better be prepared to fight hard and fight intelligently.
If you use the metaphor of an SEO agency as a coach or team of coaches, then like any good coach they need to have many techniques they can apply to improve your website performance and they need to be skilled at adapting a unique training program for each website. Now as with a coach or personal trainer the results you get from working with them will be proportional to the time and effort put in and the skill of the SEO coaches you hire.
Some SEO firms tend to get very focused on one technique or another and that is dangerous for two reasons. Firstly, when Google or Bing inevitably change how they do things, and your website is reliant on only one technique, say Link Building, then your ranking may take a very heavy hit overnight which will result in a lot of lost business.
Secondly, this one-sided tactic is problematic because it’s generally more expensive than a well-balanced strategy. As with your personal health, your website is going to do better with a balanced “health” approach. Don’t rely all on fancy SEO tricks or purely on Pay per Click (which gets more expensive as competitors come in and stop the second your budget runs out), or link building which is constantly being reviewed by Google and often suffers when there is a search engine update.
Here are some very basic techniques that are easy to implement and will generally deliver good results. Use a balance of different techniques as your budget allows, and your requirements dictate.
Please, if you are making money by using internet marketing then reinvest it in more marketing! Your competition is not standing still so you shouldn’t either.
TIP #1: Use good organic SEO as your internet marketing foundation DO:
Tip #2: Use Pay-Per-Click (Also called AdWords) DO:
Tip #3: Build quality links DO:
Tip #4: Keep adding quality content DO:
Be sure to use social media such as Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. Not only are they strong marketing tools, but when used properly they help drive traffic to your site, increase its domain authority and broaden your audience. We have recently come out with a fair number of blog posts on how and why to use social media and will be posting several more shortly.
If you are interested in learning more you might want to check out this video: