Some people call SEO and Internet marketing an art, but it is more of a science. As Ian Wilson from Azzurro Blu explains, there’s a precise way to go about building traffic and buzz for a website, and it works. All that needs be done is to understand and find out how it works, and what things to do or not to do.
SEO Basics: SEO is more about a better visitor experience, and figuring out ways to attract new visitors.
From this viewpoint, it needs one to be an expert in a specific sector or field that the site caters to, rather than an SEO expert. All that really needs to be done is to be aware of the Google guidelines outlined in its webmaster section, and use a suitable platform like WordPress for a blog or joomla for a site that needs a robust CMS.
Keyword Tools: SEO begins with keywords, so before doing anything else, compile a list of keywords relevant to the website. All future activities, including those outlined below, depend in one way or other on this list. It is therefore imperative to get hold of a nice bunch of keywords with high query volumes that are actively being sought after by competitors.
An expert in SEO will be able to come up with a nice list of keywords without any help. But it works better, and is more scientific, to use a keyword tool. The most popular one is from Google, which generates keyword suggestions for Adwords users.
There are many more, though, that work just as well, including Wordstream and SpyFu.
Onsite Optimization: This part begins with associating each page with a keyword and doing the necessary bit to improve said association. This means adding the keyword onto page titles and URL’s. Ensure that keywords added into page content do not break the narrative or muddy the message of the page. Best way is to create entirely new landing pages, fully optimized for each keyword.
To make the whole process easy on a long-term basis, use a blog platform or CMS which can automatically generate titles and URLs and create a proper internal linking system, which is a good strategy for all Internet marketing practices. To enhance visitor experience, tweak the design templates, use bigger fonts and improve page loading speed with better back-end scripts and a faster web host.
Link Building: Incoming links have a great deal of relevance, when it comes to the search algorithm. The link building campaign will reach out to established websites in the community and acquire link deals based on the keywords and the site’s content. There are also a few tricks of the trade, and if three way link partnerships or sitewide and blogroll links don’t ring a bell, it would be best to get hold of a professional to take care of it.
Analytics: After a certain level, poring through raw server logs and the web host’s site stats tool is no longer enough. A growing website needs strong analytics scripts that can pinpoint everything from keywords to referrals, landing page information and visitor demographics, not to mention the all important ad clickthru’s and conversion data. All this provides direction by spotlighting areas with potential and others that need improvement.
In summary, SEO and internet marketing is not some secret recipe. But like everything else on the internet, there are ways to make it easier and tools and software that can be used. Other than that, it’s just plain hard work and talent, not to mention a useful product and/or service.