Archive for March, 2010

How Often Do You Send Out a Press Release?

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Press release frequency is a topic that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. It seems like every post I read on the subject of press releases has to do with how to write them, how to optimize them, and where to publish them. And while all of these things are important, the frequency of your press release distribution is just as vital to the success of your PR campaign as any other factor.

So, what’s the ideal press release frequency?

I recommend sending out a press release at least once a month. Now, I know what you’re saying: “But what if I don’t have big news to announce every month?” My response: You may not have “big news” every month, but you always have an interesting story to tell. You just have to know where to look for it and which angle to attack it from.
Now, why do I say you should distribute a new press release at least once a month? There are a few reasons.

  • • It’s the leaky faucet approach to PR—PR magnets (those who seem to always get PR) use the leaky faucet approach to PR. This theory is based on the premise that if you drop a series of newsworthy press releases consistently over a long period of time, the media will eventually cover your company. The idea is that you always need to remain in the awareness of the media, and by publishing newsworthy press releases regularly they’re constantly reminded of you. Sooner or later, your press release will be in the right place at the right time.
  • It’s important for SEO—Online press release distribution is an often overlooked, yet vitally important, tool that can help any SEO campaign. By optimizing your press releases for targeted keywords, your press releases can grab top rankings in Google and other search engines. The search engines just love press releases. In fact, I’ve had experiences where press releases stayed on the first page of Google for the targeted keyword for more than a year. And when you add in the backlinks that you can include in your press release, it’s clear just how powerful press release distribution is for SEO.
  • It helps educate your audience—One of the biggest challenges of any PR campaign is educating your target audience on who you are, what you do, and what makes your company different. By distributing press releases on a monthly basis, you can build brand awareness, and over time, your target audience will get to know your company. Ideally, this will lead to more leads and sales.

How often do you publish a new press release? Why? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

This article is written by Mickie Kennedy, founder of eReleases, the online leader in affordable press release distribution. Download a free copy of the PR Checklist – a 24 point list of Press Release Dos and Don’ts here: http://www.ereleases.com/prchecklist.html

Link Building with Google Alerts and RSS Feeds

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Link building is something a lot of people struggle to do effectively. The problem isn’t always knowing how to build links, it’s sticking to a couple of tactics and ensuring they yield results before moving onto  the next one. In this post I am going to discuss to one tactic you can implement straight away using Google Alerts & RSS Feeds.

1. Building Ideas

One of the biggest mistakes people make is treating link building as a numbers game. They build a bunch of links and never think about them again. You should treat every piece of content as a sales piece for the site you are promoting. The content should be topical and relevant to the industry you are in. It should be themed around popular subjects.. To get ideas for your content, build your own RSS Feeds as follows:

a. search.twitter.com

You can enter keywords in search.twitter.com and build a social feed for them. If you use RT “keyword”, it will tell you what people are retweeting. The feed is available at the top right hand corner.

b. Digg / Delicious / PopURLS

These 3 sites are not only great sources of information, but can be used to highlight popular content around your target keyword. All of them allow you to search on a particular keyword and sign up to that RSS feed. Again this will allow you to quickly scan through content and see what is being marked as popular.

2. Stalking Article Writers

Once you have decided on your content from step one, do some investigating on where this kind of content gets picked up. Go to Ezine Articles and find a similar article. Click into it and check right down the bottom for “Most Published EzineArticles in the <Selected Category>”. Select a couple of those article titles and punch into Google [intitle:”<Article Title>”]. This will build you a list of sites (link targets) that accept content you are going to write and also popular writers in your market. For each writer you deem the most popular (you guessed it), sign up to their RSS Feed on Ezine.

3. Tracking Your Links

You should now have produced a batch of content that is already been picked up my 3rd party sites in your market. What most people do wrong at this point is seed the content and then forget about it. This is where Google Alerts come in. Create an alert for every piece of content you seed out. Simply track the article title (in quotes). Within your Google Alerts, set these as “Feed” and pull them into a folder named for the keyword you are targeting. The default for these is “Email”

Now you have a bunch of great articles out in the wild being picked up by 3rd party sites. Each time an article is picked up, review the site and offer more unique content if it’s worth getting a better link from them.

This is just one easy tactic you can implement straight way using RSS Feeds + Google Alerts. There are literally dozens of like these.

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Top Generic Keywords or Longtail? Which Should You Go After? (Part 2)

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Longtail Keywords

The less competitive and more specific ‘longtail keywords’ are the epitome of opportunity. There is almost endless amounts of longtail traffic out there and if optimised in the right way, sites can capture a great deal of them. But is it worth spending time creating lots of content and optimising it to pull in longtail traffic?

Pros:
Firstly, websites don’t necessarily need to be all that powerful to rank for longtail keywords. This means that if you have new or weak site and you cannot compete for the top terms yet, you can always tap into the longtail search at some level. It is very difficult indeed to rank well for a whole host of generic terms as well, whilst there isn’t really anything stopping you ranking for many thousands of longtail terms. This post shows that in order to pull in more longtail traffic, 50% of the work you need to do is onsite work, compared to only 5% onsite work for the top level keywords. With this in mind, if you are not proficient in link-building, but can look after your onsite optimisation and copy, you can still perform well under your own steam, rather than having to outsource any offsite work. The most important thing to say about longtail search terms though, is that they convert much better. As mentioned earlier in part 1, longer keyword searches perform better than short, and so even though traffic might be lower with longtail, sales can still be higher.

Cons:
Longtail search terms can be something of an unknown entity when it comes to predicting just how much traffic they will provide. To a large extent we know that generic keywords will provide a least some traffic if we rank well for them, but there is no guarantee that longtail search terms will do the same. In order to get anywhere will longtail search, you need to have good amounts of unique copy on your site. You often play a law-of-averages game with longtail – the more content you produce, the greater the chances someone will search for longtail search terms found within it. Not everyone has the time or ability to produce large volumes of content though, and it can seem like a risky investment in resources if there is no guarantee of traffic. Lastly, long tail search habits tend to change more frequently than the large generic terms. For example a certain range or style of dolls house might be popular on month and then receive no search the next, but people will always search for the generic term “dolls houses”. This means that you might spend lots of time optimising for keywords that your research shows people are using, only to find they are redundant before your pages even get crawled.
So what is the answer then?

Annoyingly this really depends on many factors specific to your site. For example, how powerful is the site? What are you selling? How competitive is the market? Etc. What I have found from experience however is that a happy medium is often best. By all means go after the top terms if you think your site has a chance of ranking, but at the same time, make sure you site is positioned to capture as many longtail terms as possible. What I can tell you though, is the worst thing you can. That is, blindly throw all your efforts in one or the other month after month, without considering where your best ROI might come from. Unfortunately, I see many SEOs do this very thing all the time.

Duncan is a search and online marketing specialist in the UK. He is also passionate about travel and blogs for an Oceania cruises company.

Top Generic Keywords or Longtail? Which Should You Go After? (Part 1)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

There is a tendency in SEO to go blazing after the most competitive “glamour keywords” in an attempt to get them ranking high in the SERPS. This is certainly not a fool’s pursuit as there are benefits to ranking for such terms. However, more SEOs these days are waking up to the potential power of longtail search terms and some are even finding they give a much better ROI. So which should you be going after, the head or tail of the search term beast?

Top Generic Terms

The competiveness of top level terms within each niche varies. Trying to rank for “fishing equipment” for example, is likely to be a lot harder than trying to ranking for “tree surgery equipment”. However, as the SERPS become more competitive each day, it can require a lot of time and effort to reach the first page in even the smallest markets. So should we really be investing our blood, sweat and tears in trying to rank a few measly keywords.

Pros:
First of all, the most generic keywords tend have the highest search volumes. Therefore, if you can get into a good position in the SERPS, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get some traffic from them. Also, by going after the top level terms and building links using these terms in the anchor text, you’re likely to pull in a number of the longer-tail keywords at the same. For example, if you do a lot of work on the term “car insurance” and you see movement up the rankings, you’re likely to see some boost for terms such as “car insurance quotes” or “buy car insurance”. Additionally, ranking for top level terms often helps brand awareness and credibility. When most people see a site ranking highly in the SERPS for competitive terms, they are more likely to assume that site has quality and is trustworthy…if only they knew!

Cons:
As mentioned earlier, trying to rank for competitive generic terms often requires a great deal of time and effort and can be a little like trying to climb a mountain without actually knowing how high it goes. Whilst SEOs can make informed guesses about just what it will take to move up the next slot in the SERPS, no one can really know for sure and so a term you are plugging away at for months might not even budge an inch. Also, by narrowing your focus on such specific terms, it is very easy to ignore a whole load of terms on the next level down that can also provide good traffic in their own rights. Lastly, the more generic (often single-word) terms do not convert as well as longer-tail terms. Ignoring brand terms, this report shows that conversion rate increases with the number of words in the search query, all the way up to four-word phrases.

Tomorrow we’ll post part II of this this article.

Duncan is an SEO engineer from England. He is also passionate about travel and blogs for a river cruises agent.

Video SEO: 7 Quick Tips on How to Optimize Your Video for Search Engines

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Google has been more proactive in displaying videos, images, news, tweets, and other real time news items in search results.  Among all these pieces, video content is considered to be the one of the most valuable components because it can result in increased traffic and higher conversions for your business if it is done correctly.

Here are the 7 quick tips on how to perform Video SEO:

  1. As far as on-page factors are concerned, the video SEO is similar to webpage SEO.  Title of your video is the most important aspect of on-page video SEO.  If possible, it is best to have your main keyword as the early in your title as possible.
  2. Description of your video should have the relevant keywords as well.  If you are planning on hosting your video on third-party video platforms, write up your video description so that it has relevant keywords as well as a link to your website.
  3. For third party platforms like YouTube, it is important to choose as many relevant tags as possible.  Google will rank the videos both for your target keywords and your tags.
  4. Google’s algorithm is not sophisticated enough to analyze the content of your video, however, if your video does not offer any real value, it will result in higher bounce rate and fewer views and subscriptions, which in turn will negatively affect your rankings.  So don’t just create a video to get links, instead, think of it as a dynamic content.   Add engaging and relevant background music tracks to your video to keep your viewers attention.  Visit TheMusicBakery.com to browse cost-effective and engaging background music tracks.
  5. Distribute your video to mainstream video platforms.  One of the best video distribution services is offered by TubeMogul.  It encodes and distributes your video to dozens of video platforms and saves you a lot of time.   The best part is that it is free of charge!
  6. Fire backlinks to your videos.  If your video is related to any of the vertical directories, social bookmarking would help too.  It is best to start off with your YouTube video when you are building links and doing social bookmarking activities.  If you are uploading your video on your site along with the third-party video sites, make sure that your site has unique content (description, transcript etc.) compared to the third-party video platforms.  Offering a transcript of your video is helpful too.
  7. If uploading the video on your site, make sure to offer the “embed video” code to your viewers.   A well done video can serve as an effective link-bait and help you in increasing your authority and presence in your marketplace.

Video marketing is going to be one of the most effective marketing techniques in 2010 and beyond.  Best of all, it allows you to engage with your customers in a way that was never possible before.  Applying the 7 techniques mentioned above would definitely get you started with solid Video SEO.

About the author:
Amy Chokshi offers her consulting services to Phoenix Internet Marketing firm, Niche Solutions, LLC.  She also owns an e-commerce store where she offers beautiful collection of indoor fountains.

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