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Our 2018 List Of Content Publishers and Article Submission Sites

S. N. Articles_Site DA PA Alexa_Ranking Last_updated
1 22 30 1573921 November- 2017
2 82 85 157206 November- 2017
3 46 55 185861 November- 2017
4 88 78 11,989 November- 2017
5 58 65 55853 November- 2017
6 26 32 N/A November- 2017
7 38 48 246888 November- 2017
8 59 66 206443 November- 2017
9 26 38 778427 November- 2017
10 31 39 348815 November- 2017
11 34 42 172494 November- 2017
12 88 68 6453 November- 2017
13 62 69 261354 November- 2017
14 64 70 78769 November- 2017
15 33 40 730247 November- 2017
16 36 47 417098 November- 2017
17 56 63 124930 November- 2017
18 35 45 2393955 November- 2017
19 28 36 1413868 November- 2017
20 75 79 5013 November- 2017
21 63 69 45268 November- 2017
22 31 40 1239525 November- 2017
23 51 59 129702 November- 2017
24 56 63 520454 November- 2017
25 37 47 370234 November- 2017
26 18 30 1,441,319 November- 2017
27 42 51 1244300 November- 2017
28 46 54 1019261 November- 2017
29 22 32 1579664 November- 2017
30 52 60 428920 November- 2017
31 67 72 119790 November- 2017
32 82 85 4,356 November- 2017
33 46 52 31516 November- 2017
34 86 29 3089 November- 2017
35 39 37 3955841 November- 2017
36 32 42 313662 November- 2017
37 55 38 137874 November- 2017
38 48 41 5334459 November- 2017
39 26 1 2632852 November- 2017
40 92 93 6881 November- 2017
41 77 81 38890 November- 2017
42 82 85 60815 November- 2017
43 47 43 143,542 November- 2017
44 55 63 200679 November- 2017
By | 2018-01-02T23:46:56+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|SEO Educational Information|Comments Off on Our 2018 List Of Content Publishers and Article Submission Sites

SEO And Bitcoin

One of the perks of running a virtual business is that you can not only work from anywhere, but you can also work for businesses that are located anywhere.  If you look at Focus Internet Services as a virtual business, being that the work performed by us is done so by people living all over the world, then you can understand that we are not tied specifically to an office or specific location.  Naturally, many of our clients are more comfortable being able to meet a representative of the company in person, in the convenience of their office.  This has more to do with the sales process than the actual work performed by the business, making it easier for clients to discuss their projects at length in a setting that is more conducive to understanding than through phone or email.  Simply put, the clients want to know that you actually exist as a business and are not just some fly by night organization that is going to take their money and go out of business tomorrow.  They are generally convinced of this by offices and physical structures, as well as being able to meet you in person.  The actual business of SEO and web design is performed using the internet as a platform, which means that it can be accomplished from anywhere in the world and without ever meeting anyone in person.

Aside from the sales process, the difficulties of working with businesses that are not located in the same country that you are is the issue of payment.  Delivery of the services that are ordered are actually done through the internet from our computers to yours, or to the servers that your website is located on.  If we are doing link generation for SEO, the work is performed from our computers to the servers where the link is being generated.  None of these things are physically delivered, and because of this we can literally work from anywhere there is an internet connection.  Of course, it is more comfortable in our office and as a result we are more productive, but this is really just the comfortable environment again instead of the actual delivery of work.  That is done from any location.

So how do we handle the issue of working with companies that are not located in the same country as we are? Simple, we establish a working communication method that both we and the client are able to find beneficial, and then we establish the actual method of payment for the services.  The communication method will vary as to the client’s wishes, ranging from phone to instant messenger to Facebook messages.  The method of payment has been more difficult of an issue in the past than it is today.  Previously, if we were taking a check mailed from a foreign bank we would need to wait a longer time frame than typical before beginning work in order to make sure that the funds clear.  If we took a payment through a foreign credit card, we would need to expect that there may have to be some additional figuring of foreign transaction fees.  Now as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are becoming more mainstream we have begun accepting them as well.  This does not mean that we have not always accepted Bitcoin as payment, because we have.  Most internet based businesses have dabbled in cryptocurrencies and accepting them as payment for many years now, but essentially these types of currency must generally be converted into dollars in order to pay employees unless they are willing to also accept that same form of currency as their payment.  Within the ecosystem of web designers and programmers this will work to a degree, but ultimately we can’t spend Bitcoin to pay the electric company or buy office supplies at Office Depot.  So while we accepted Bitcoin to certain degrees from certain clients, we never made it an official way to pay us until the exchanges became more emainstream and we were able to convert cryptocurrencies more easily.  Now, more people understand what Bitcoin is and how it is used, and because of that we are able to more readily accept it as a form of payment.

One of the issues with accepting Bitcoin as payment is that it is not stable as a value.  The other issue is the fees that are paid in order to accept Bitcoin.  Other cryptocurrencies will generally have faster transaction speeds and lower fees through their blockchain system, but face the issue of not being as widely understood and recognized as Bitcoin, and therefore not as easily transitioned into US dollars to spend within our broader ecosystem of the physical world.  With regards to that issue, we must continue to accept the form of payment that may have the higher fees and take longer to have a transaction be finalized simply because it is easier to integrate with the physical world, or at least transition it.  The largest issue with regards to Bitcoin acceptance is actually the stability of the value.  Right now, you could accept a Bitcoin payment that will equal the value of $1,000 US dollars and in 15 minutes it might have a value of $500 due to market volatility.  Until this is better worked out, our process is to accept Bitcoin as payment to our wallets that are directly connected to an established exchange.  As soon as that payment is accepted we transition the Bitcoin to the exchange and sell it on the open market at the current price.  This system is far from perfect due to market volatility over the past few months, but it works well enough to allow us to continue accepting payments in Bitcoin for the work we do.  Since Bitcoin is not integrated into any central banking system controlled by any country, we can worry only about the exchange rate between Bitcoin and the US dollars for our purposes.  It is irrelevant to us what the price of Bitcoin will rise or fall to in the surrounding hours or days, as the receiving and sale of the Bitcoin at the current market value is what fuels our transaction.  On the customer end, it would make sense to either purchase the Bitcoin on an exchange at the moment you are going to send it to us for payment, or pull from a pool of Bitcoin that was purchased at a lower rate than the current market value.  The price you paid for your Bitcoin has no bearing on the transaction between yourself and us.  If you purchased your Bitcoin at four dollars and it is now worth fifteen thousand, you are getting a great deal on our services.  If you purchase your Bitcoin the moment before you send it to us, you pay us at the current market value.

Bitcoin gives us the ability to work for you, no matter where in the world your business is located.  It allows us to be your SEO company and help your website rank better, if you are located in the US, in Canada, in the Middle East r anywhere else in the world.  We want to work for you, and yes we accept Bitcoin as a form of payment.

By | 2017-12-22T23:56:08+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Featured, SEO Educational Information|Comments Off on SEO And Bitcoin

How Long Do You Keep Doing SEO?

One common misunderstanding about SEO is that you are not purchasing a position on Google.  The reason for this confusion is probably due to Adwords, and people who have purchased an ad on google confusing this with an organic position.  When you buy an ad on Google, your ad and website link will show up in a position that is associated with the amount of money you pay for the click.  If you want to make sure you show up at #1, you simply outbid everyone else and you will show at #1.  SEO is quite different than this, and many times companies sending you solicitation emails about guaranteeing you showing up on the first page of Google are actually referring to ads instead of organic positions.  Basically, anyone can purchase an ad but only the best websites with the best information on a subject will show up in the organic sections.  These positions are created through ongoing content and SEO tactics.

If you can guarantee placement with an ad, isn’t that better than SEO? The answer is if you care about how much it will cost you to be there.  Basically, in the ads sections your competition is everyone who cannot figure out how to rank organically, and therefor are willing to pay for it.  While you are absolutely paying an SEO company to build your rankings, the idea is that if you can get into a first page position organically for a hard to achieve keyword, the money that you would pay out in ad clicks to keep a first page position showing will be far more than the money you would pay to an SEO company for their work.  If an ad is costing you 10 dollars per click and there are potentially 100 people per day clicking on it, that is $1,000 per day that could be paid to an SEO company to work towards an organic position.  Lets say that company gets you into a number one position in exchange for $5,000 in fees per month, that will translate to about $25,000 in savings every month.  The value of a position is what it would cost you to get the same exposure placing ads, and SEO will almost always generate better results.

So how long do you need to keep SEO going once you have achieved the desired position? That answer depends upon the competition in the space.  If there is not a lot of competition and none of the competitors are doing any SEO work, then you might stay in that position forever with no additional work.  However if it is a competitive word you can rest assured that the competition realizes that by them not being in that position any more they are losing business to you, so they are going to ramp up their own SEO efforts to regain it.  This means that you will probably be doing SEO forever on your site, as long as you want to maintain your rankings.  If the rankings positions are generating more in revenue and business than you are paying to the SEO company to keep your position high, then you are making money and should not stop.  It is fine to try and scale back the work once the position has been achieved, but you should do so while watching for downward movement while doing so.  If you begin to fall, then more work needs to be done.

By | 2017-11-30T00:00:35+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Featured, SEO Educational Information, SEO Information|Comments Off on How Long Do You Keep Doing SEO?

Managing Your Keyword List For SEO

SEO is a process of attacking achievable goals within a projected time frame.  The goals and time frames are not guesses or dreams, but actual goals that are viewed as being potentially achievable within a viable time frame based upon an understanding of the competitiveness of the terms as well as the work that would be necessary to move the website closer to the first page for those searches.  This is going to be different in every case, as the competitive market is going to be completely different from area to area, or nationally.  In addition to this, other factors need to be taken into consideration like how much work has been done previously that would apply to that target term, and can that work be built off in order to speed the process up.  The crawl rate for a new website might only be every few weeks, so if the site is brand new you can only expect Google to actually visit it a few times a month, essentially meaning that work that is done today might only be noticed weeks from now.  All this must be taken into consideration when creating a SEO plan that is logical and makes sense.  Sticking to the format and the plan is critical for success, and the failure of many SEO campaigns comes from not seeing the progress that you projected, then changing the plans as a result.  A good SEO will have the ability to provide you with an ongoing plan of attack that hits projections fairly well.  Work that is being done for SEO on the competition’s websites can make this a difficult thing to predict, but generally you should see progress that is reasonable.

One of the main mistakes that is made by novice SEOs is attacking an unrealistic keyword list.  If there are many different ways to describe the products or services a business offers, a SEO rooking might create a huge keyword list that would show the client how many potential customers they could have if they were to rank for all of them.  This is a completely unrealistic way to approach the actual SEO, as each term is developed individually with content that is being created specifically for it.  While there will be an improvement from that work that applies to long tail words as well that Google understands are in the same field, you cannot expect each and every variation of something to move up at the same levels.  The actual target term will provide a roadmap as far as how the progress is going among all terms that are related, but dividing the keyword list into manageable amounts that can be attacked over time is necessary so as to avoid the casting too broad of a net and thus achieving nothing.  If you are shooting for too many terms, you will probably do only small amounts of work for each one and therefor never outrank your competition for any.  A seasoned SEO is going to look at the keyword list for a number of things including competition, existing work and budget.  The SEO plan is going to allocate how many hours each month the SEO judges will be necessary for each phrase to eventually outrank the competition within either the local or national space.  If too little work is being done each month for that particular term, either more hours must be allocated towards it or less keyterms attacked so as to provide more time.  The idea of SEO is a dedication to developing rankings for specific words, and if you are trying to rank for them all you will probably rank for none.  Distill your list down to however many terms can be viably developed over a six month period, and attack them individually.

By | 2017-11-30T00:00:42+00:00 November 29th, 2017|SEO Educational Information, SEO Information|Comments Off on Managing Your Keyword List For SEO

The Content SEO Strategy

If you receive an email solicitation from a company stating that they can get you to number one on Google within a month or so, you need to realize they are lying to you.  There are a couple of factors that come into play that make this kind of promise untrue, first being that Google doesn’t even crawl your site more than once every few weeks, or maybe once a week if you are a site that is very popular with a large amount of traffic already.  This means that any work they do on your site will probably not be seen for upwards of a week or two if it is on the index page, and longer than that if it is on a page that is deeper than your index page.  Google does not crawl your entire site every time it visits, and many times it only crawls the main pages that are found in the navigation structure itself.  You might get a full crawl once a month or so, meaning that if they are using a strategy where content is developed for the site in order to improve rankings there is a good chance that content is only seen after multiple weeks of being online.  Now lets say that they actually do put content into your site that has to do with the target subject you want to rank for, and Google does crawl that content within a month, doesn’t that mean that you could suddenly shoot up to number one? Theoretically yes, but there is almost no chance of this happening.  Google will generally crawl the site content and then the added SEO value will begin to move the rankings, but for a few pieces of content to move a site all the way into a number one position from anywhere else would usually mean there is almost no competition to overtake.  If you are shooting for something competitive, it is going to take time to see those rankings develop, usually a span of months to even years.  In highly competitive areas, it might take months of work to move you up one or two places, let alone all the way to the top.  Google looks for consistency over time, quality of content and value to customers.  Over periods of time Google begins to trust you more and more as a source of quality information, that does not happen overnight.

This is usually the point in a conversation where someone mentions that the company who has promised them instant rankings is not talking about content, and instead is just going to make some changes to the code of the website in order to rank better.  While web design itself and meta data changes to titles and descriptions can have an effect, they are also not going to shoot you up into the number one position.  Google is looking for the website that provides the most value and information to people, and some small changes to code is not going to suddenly make them realize that you were that best information all along.  You might see small bumps up based on redoing some coding on the site and filling in all the meta data, but it is not going to be enough to move you into the top positions unless you were already there.  That is going to take a content strategy.

A content strategy for SEO is the process of creating text content on the site that informs people about a topic, and gives them valuable information that they can use.  This content has to be unique if Google is going to give you credit for it, and it has to be well written.  The hardest thing to accomplish is that your content has to be better than your competition’s content, at least for the subject matter that you are targeting.  Simply rehashing the same content over and over without anything new isn’t going to get you much.  It might get you more volume of text, but it probably isn’t going to get you that trust as an expert on the subject by Google.  The content strategy itself should involve in-depth and well written content placed into your website and then referenced within content on the same topic that is outside of your website.  This is how Google develops trust through links, seeing that the subject is being discussed and then your site is referenced as a place to go for even larger amounts of information.  The sites that it is referenced on are important as well, if they are sites which are completely devoted to this particular subject they are worth more than sites which have many subjects.  If the sites are also trusted by Google on this topic, then the link to your site is worth more.  Think about it this way, if a website doesn’t rank for a topic, then the link from that website to yours is worthless for that topic.  If a website ranks for a search on a topic, then a link from that site has value to you for that topic.

There are many different valuations for links, but a well rounded content strategy for SEO needs them in order for Google to realize that the onsite content is valuable.  There needs to be a strategy in place that spreads the word to other websites that the content is out there and exists, as well as it having value to people.  There are different ways that different companies accomplish this, but if they are not mentioning it then you are probably not going to see any improvements when you use their services.  So why are they promising you that you will rank higher so quickly? They are promising you “the bump” and hoping to get a few months work.  Most SEO companies look at their clients as having a life span of a couple months to a year.  Most have three month contracts that they work under, which gives them three months to prove to you that their strategy works.  If you site bumps up within a few months they point that out as proof it will keep moving up and get a few more months out of you.  If it doesn’t bump up then they are expecting to lose you and then move on to the next.  Most SEO companies are not in the SEO business at all, and instead are in the “customer acquisition” business.  They pay high commissions to sales people who land new business every month, expecting to lose that same business within a short time when the client realizes that after the initial bump of a few positions higher, there is no more movement.

A good SEO strategy develops new content and links every month, and over time your site steadily rises in the rankings as Google begins to trust it as an authority on a subject.  A good SEO has clients that work with them for years instead of months.  If you are being made promises that your site will quickly climb to number one, pay close attention to how long their other clients have been with them.  If most of their clients are only with them for a few months and their websites are not currently number one, then it is because they fall and are fired by most clients.  Think about it, and make a good choice of SEO.

By | 2017-09-21T23:20:02+00:00 September 21st, 2017|SEO Educational Information, SEO Information|Comments Off on The Content SEO Strategy

SEO Is Not A One Time Thing

First and foremost, we should probably establish that all SEO programs are not going to be created equal, because they do not have to be.  The intensity of your SEO program is going to have to do with how competitive the space is that you are trying to capture.  What this means is that if you a re a local business selling a unique product with no competition in the area, you are probably not going to have to do a lot of SEO work to gain rankings in your local area.  If you are one of a hundred businesses selling the same products nationwide or worldwide you are going to need a lot of SEO work to gain rankings globally.  How much SEO is necessary is dictated by your competition at all times, which translates to the possibility of a business that has always enjoyed top rankings because they were the only game in town suddenly being outranked by a new competitor simply because the new guy has done more work than you.  Rankings are not permanent, and you can be knocked out of your top placement at any time by someone doing more.  The question is “how much do you have to do to gain those rankings, and will you stay in that position if you stop?”

If you are in the 5th position for a word that describes your business, it means that 4 other businesses are doing more SEO work than you are.  There are very specific things that Google is looking for on these websites, and they have fund more of them on the other 4 websites than on yours.  If suddenly you drop another position and are replaced by the business that was below you yesterday, it is because that business is now doing more than you were as well.  Rankings are constantly in flux based upon the comparison of the strength of your site vs the strength of everyone else’s, and the strength is determined by a myriad of different factors that can essentially be translated into only a few methods.

Websites rank based upon their level of expertise in a subject.  Google is looking for the website that has the best information on a subject, the information that is most useful to real people.  In order to be viewed by Google as the best in your subject area, you are going to need to create content about that subject.  Google is going to read that content looking for certain phrases or comparative terms, and then they are going to make a decision if your content is better than the content on another website.  This is accomplished by looking at links to your site, and even more specifically to links to that content.  You need to create content that is very specific, and has important information about the subject that is beneficial to people.  You also need to keep creating more content both on the website and off the website linking back to the site in order to develop a bigger link base.  Within the website, content on the subject that is created should be linked to the page that Google ranks on that subject, this builds up the internal link base and shows Google which page is the most important for that subject.  Externally, the links coming in to the website do the same thing, establishing the source of the good information that is being discussed outside of your site.  A simple link off another website will have almost no value to you, and instead those links must be within content on the subject itself.  There are debates about how much content is needed, but we prefer to always use at least 500 words on the subject because that is typically how much is needed in order to get  a point across.  There are no hard-set rules, but Google realizes that the longer an article is the more in-depth it usually is.

So how much content and linking do you need? The answer is “enough to get you into the top position.” There is no way of knowing how much your competition has done (although we can make guesses using scanning software.) There is no way of knowing how much they will do in the future.  The best SEO programs assume that there will be ongoing competition and that rankings are in flux, so we do a specific amount of work every month to keep building the strength, even once top rankings are achieved.

By | 2017-09-21T21:28:34+00:00 September 15th, 2017|SEO Educational Information, SEO Information|Comments Off on SEO Is Not A One Time Thing

Content Is More Important The Just Links For SEO

Lets face it, SEO is not what it used to be.  The process of “search engine optimization” used to revolve around creating optimal code, structures, keywords, links and descriptions, as well as analyzing code for errors.  The majority of SEO work once the site itself was cleaned up involved building links to the site, due to the fact that Google considered that if someone else was willing to link to information on your site, then that information must be good.  Basically, because Google could not understand what the information was about and therefor could not understand if the information was good or not, it relied upon a crowd sourcing of verification of quality.  The best method to crowd source votes of confidence was by counting the amount of links that went to a site from other sites.  Naturally, as soon as this was discovered SEO companies completely abused the process by creating automated methods of gaining links.

The evolution of link building came as a result of Google figuring out how to determine if a site that links to you is only created in order to provide links, or if they are real websites with legitimate interests in providing information.  Even more than that, Google realized that certain websites will provide information on certain subjects, and a link from them if your website is providing information on the same topic is worth far more than a link from a site that only provides generalized information.  Google began giving more weight to links from specific sources that are within the same rhelm as your website, and discounting those links that came from sources that appeared as though they were trying to manipulate rankings.  One of the main things that changed was the need for actual content.

A link from a website to yours is a good thing as long as it is not coming from a source that Google considers bad.  That link has value and will ultimately help you go up in rankings to a certain degree.  The art of SEO has become producing links that provide the maximum amount of this value, as all links are not valued the same.  For example, if you get a link from a website that is in the same business as yours, it is going to provide you with X amount of value towards ranking higher for that topic.  If that link has keywords in it that do not appear spammy or stuffed in for ranking purposes, the way that Wikipedia does it, then that link is going to have even more value.  The best type of link that you can get on that same website is one that has the text phrase or a variation of it and also is wrapped by a lot of content on the topic.  What this means is that SEO is now the process of writing articles on topics that you want to rank higher for.  The process will involve writing articles on topics that are on your website, and doing the same thing on other websites that provide links back to you as the authority.  This content must be well developed and provide quality information on the topic, as well as being engaging and useful to people who would be reading it.  The purpose of the link to to send them to a place where they can find even more information on that topic, exactly the way Wikipedia does.  The longer and more involved the article is, the better it’s value in the form of a link.  Simply dumping links into websites that are designed to do nothing but present links literally does nothing for rankings.  SEO is the process of sourcing areas where you can provide valuable information and providing it to people, then also providing them with a link back to your site where they can learn even more.

Naturally, it is going to be nearly impossible to find sources for excellent links continually, so SEO companies like ours will typically target sources of different values, then use the same process on all of them.  There is a continually growing link base happening at all times, some are good and some are less good, but it is always moving and growing.  That is the SEO process that works in 2017, and everything else is just wasting your time and money.

By | 2017-09-08T02:12:50+00:00 September 8th, 2017|SEO Educational Information, SEO Information|Comments Off on Content Is More Important The Just Links For SEO

The SEO Strategy In 2017 Is Content Marketing

SEO has changed pretty dramatically over the years, primarily shifting from an automated strategy of developing links using time-saving techniques like Scrapebox, content spinners and signature links on blog post comments to a strategy of content development and distribution.  This is not due to SEOs becoming more interested in the value of presenting quality information, but instead has happened due to the reaction of Google developing methods of discounting SEO techniques that cut corners.  Google is reactionary, meaning that they have a working algorithm that positions websites in certain places due to a variety of reasons and elements.  This algorithm is constantly being updated to discount the elements that are created using methods that Google believes are not “best practices.” The idea of “keywords” comes from the obvious fact that if you write about a subject you will probably use specific words that describe that subject.  If you create a link to content on another website in the method of Wikipedia, you will create that link using those keywords in an attempt to make the link easy to understand.  Once SEO companies realized that using the keywords numerous times within a piece of content gained higher rankings, or that using the keyword in links that went to a website made that website seem more authoritative on a subject, Google began the process of analyzing the weaknesses of the algorithm that were being exploited.  If using the keyword numerous times in the content was the weakness that was being exploited, Google changed the method of analyzing the content’s subject.  If links were being exploited, Google developed a better method of analyzing the value of that link to the subject without completely eliminating that aspect of the algorithm.  If meta-data is being exploited, Google eliminates the value of meta-data.  This process of continually reacting to the methods used to specifically develop rankings using the least work possible has lead Google to employ tactics for understanding content that are so evolved t this point that there is almost no point in attempting to game the system.  The best SEO tactic is to develop content on a subject that you want to rank for, and then post it to the website that you want to develop rankings for.  Essentially, “being the best” at a subject is the best way to rank for that subject.

This by no means is an argument against SEO, as you may have heard many times online.  Those frustrated with the inability to employ shortcuts to develop rankings fast and cheap have gone out of their way to spread the idea that there is nothing about SEO in 2017 that works.  This is obviously wrong, because Google is not positioning websites at the top of rankings randomly.  If SOMETHING is being used to judge the value of one website over another by a search engine, then “search engine optimization” is still an effective tool at getting to those positions.  The only thing that has changed are the things that Google is looking for, and the strategy you must use to convince Google that you are the best.  In the past it might have been the number of links that you had, and now that is no longer the case so you must abandon that strategy and move on to one that works.  The modern SEO strategy that develops rankings is content development, and the presentation of that content on your website.  There is no easy way to generate this content, you cannot steal it or borrow pieces of other people’s content then change it a little bit.  You can’t stuff keywords into that content and use tricks to make them more powerful like bolding the text or italicizing it.  Instead of concentrating on the tricks, just concentrate on the subject.  If you sell a product or service, you are an authority on that product or service.  Your competition that sells the same products are also authorities on that topic, and Google is going to put the website that it feels is the best authority on the topic at the top of the results.  Your job is to use your expertise in the subject to educate the public on that subject.  If you sell hammers on your website and want to rank for the phrase “hammers for sale” then write content on your website about hammers and selling hammers.  Write about what is unique about a hammer, and why you are the best choice for someone looking to buy a hammer.  Do more of this than your competition and you will end up at the top of the rankings.

The modern SEO strategy is actually a little more involved that just generating and posting content on your website, and actually involves how that content is distributed and how it is linked to by other websites.  Here is the best way to go about it in a nutshell.  Develop the best content on the subject that you want to rank for that you can.  Write it as professionally and in-depth as possible and then post it on your website in a position that is easy to find by people searching.  Then write other pieces of content on the same subject and post them on other websites that have a theme that has to do with this topic.  Posting this content to a website that has nothing to do with the topic just because they will let you post it there is literally wasting your time.  Google looks at the topic of that website to see if it is also an authority on the subject.  If it is an authority on hammers, then the posting of your content there has value.  If the website has nothing to do with hammers, then there is little value there, and Google will not give much consideration to the site.  Every place that you post content on your topic should be analyzed for the value it provides to you on your subject.  If it doesn’t provide any value and people would not go to that site looking for this type of information, then don’t waste your time.  When you have identified a website that has value to people on the topic you are writing about, then post your content and link back to your website from there.  Do not necessarily try to stuff keywords into those links, if it is totally appropriate then do it but if it isn’t then just put a basic link back to your site as the source of the info.  Get as specific as you can in these posts, meaning that if it is an article on the specific parts of the hammer, then link back to your site to a page that discusses the parts of a hammer.  Do not send every link back to your home page, because chances are that your home page is actually the least specific page on your topic in the whole website.  If you are convincing Google that the information is coming from this particular source, then name that source specifically with a link directly to that page.

The last step in completing the modern SEO strategy is “seeding distribution.”  This essentially means “getting the word out.” You want people to know that your content on your site exists, so you have to tell people about it.  Since social media is online, that is probably the easiest way to seed content that is online.  Go into social media profiles and talk about the content then provide a link to it.  Go into social bookmarking sites and spread the word.  Try not to just spam sites with links, and instead engage in conversations about the topic then reference the link where you discuss it more in depth.  Do this for each and every piece of content that you consider valuable, be relentless and do not try and hurry the process.  Basically, create the best content on a subject and then tell people about it.

Rankings in 2017 are developed using a content distribution strategy.  All content must be unique and trying to get credit for copied content is worthless to developing rankings.  Dumping a link into something that is posted on a million sites in the same format is going to get you only one link worth of consideration, whichever one Google finds to be the most authoritative on that topic.  SEO is about doing what works and not wasting time doing what doesn’t work.  Think about it that way, do the work and you will see the rankings develop naturally.

By | 2017-08-24T22:25:27+00:00 August 24th, 2017|SEO Educational Information, SEO Information|Comments Off on The SEO Strategy In 2017 Is Content Marketing

How Long Until My SEO Program Will Create Rankings?

One of the common questions that SEO companies are asked is “how long will this program take to produce results?” That is actually a difficult question to answer, because each case is unique.  What you have to understand is that there are many factors all in play at the same time, and all of these things effect how long it will take for you to rank on page one of Google (which is the goal.) What you have to understand is that SEO is actually a competition between your website and all of the other websites that are competing for that position in Google’s results.  The winner is going to be the webiste that satisfies Google the most with regards to the factors that are being considered, which is essentially “content” and “links.” A modern SEO program is essentially a “content creation” strategy.  This means that unique content on a topic that is being targeted is created and then positioned on your website, or on sites linking to your website.  The target topic is the thing you want to rank for in searches, and the content on that topic is positioned either on your website in order to convince Google that you are an authority on that topic, or offsite with a link back to your website.  This reinforces the understanding on Google’s part that you are an authority on the topic, because information on that subject that is found in other places on the internet is then linking back to your website.  This is a simplistic version of the way it works, but essentially that is what is creating the positions you have in search results.  If your information is  better than your competition, and the links coming in to that page are also better, then you will outrank them.

The question of “how long until I outrank my competition” depends on how much work we are doing targeting this particular subject and how much work your competition is doing on the same subject.  Basically, it comes down to the challenge of creating original content that is better than theirs, along with more links than them and better ones.  We can only speculate as to how much they are doing, because we cannot see everything that they are doing on their site, or how many links they have.  We can use software to analyze their website and get an idea of the links they have, but we cannot see everything, only Google can.  Software that we use will find some of the links they have, but will rarely find all of them.  All of these links are a factor with regards to rankings, so we  need to concentrate on doing more than them.  If there are many competitors in the space, and they are all developing content and links, we are going to need to do more than them all.

How competitive a keyword or keyphrase is decides how much work is necessary.  Something that is going to make a lot of money for the businesses that are on the first page is probably going to be quite competitive, as all those competing businesses understand the value of being on the first page.  This means that we are going to need to catch up to them all, and then eventually do more than them in order to outrank them.  One thing that many people assume is that we can just do a ton of work in a short time and then that volume will make us surpass the competition.  What must be understood is that Google is looking for “natural” things.  Google does not want to put the websites that are targeting rankings into their results, and instead they want to put the websites that provide the best information on a topic.  If you make it obvious that you are targeting rankings and your seo program is specifically to rank for a certain phrase, Google will actually push you backward in rankings as a penalty.  We must approach seo in a way that looks like the natural things that a business would do on a website, providing information on their expert topic over time and external websites linking to that content over time.  If all of the information shows up in a short time and then stops, it looks completely artificial and will not accomplish the goal.  A good seo program builds authority over time, and reinforces that authority by continuing to publish.

So the factors that come into play are essentially how much work are we doing vs everyone else that is targeting this same topic.  When you view it this way, it becomes more of a discussion of how competitive the phrase is vs how much work we  can safely do each month without appearing unnatural.  In many circumstances, the “how long will it take” discussion is completely decided by the client budget, which limits the amount of work each month.  If a phrase is competitive and we are only doing a small amount of work, we can expect it to take many months or even years to overtake the competition, if we do at all.  If we are using a projection of competition vs the safe amount of work that can be done, it will generally take somewhere between 6 and 9 months to see a page one ranking if a website is brand new.  If it has been established for a while it might take less, but generally it takes around 6 months to establish authority on a subject that Google has not considered you for at that point.  If you are already considered an authority it may be less time, however you also must understand that moving from a deep page number up to a first page is actually easier than moving from the top of page 2 onto page 1.  The real competition for a phrase is generally found on the first 2 pages or results.  So it might take 6 months to get rankings on page 1 and then another 6 months to move from number 10 to number 2.

Basically, the “how long does an seo program take” is answered speculatively.  We look over some factors like your existing website and the competition, and we make a judgment call as far as how much work we think we can safely do without garnishing a penalty.  If this amount of work is more than your budget allows, then the process will take longer.  If it is within your budget, it will probably take about 6 months or so to see results.

By | 2017-08-24T22:25:02+00:00 July 17th, 2017|SEO Educational Information, SEO Information|Comments Off on How Long Until My SEO Program Will Create Rankings?

SEO In 2017

SEO has changed quite a bit over the course of the last few years, and many people attempting to optimize their website in order to gain higher rankings will now find themselves frustrated as they try everything they have been told or read online, only to have their rankings remain stagnant, or potentially even dropping to lower levels the more SEO is done.  While there are many reasons that this can happen, we must keep in mind the SEO signals that provide value today along with those that do not.  We must also understand that the “content is kind” expression that has dominated our discussions of SEO over the course of the last few years has been replaced by “quality content is king.”  Lets take a look at how we got to this point, and how things have changed.

You used to be able to create rankings for specific keywords using a combination of meta-data, content and links.  In the early stages, Google concentrated on identifying low quality links, or those that could be easily manipulated in order to flush out websites who were trying to rank vs those who were legitimately providing quality information.  It used to be that you just needed links form other sites, and morphed into needing links from sites that were in the same genre of business as you, or maybe the same geographical location.  This was soon exploited by SEO companies and the focus shifted to links coming from high quality websites in the same genre of business that wrapped the link in text that was on topic for the keywords that were used in the link itself.  This became difficult to manipulate, and as such proved to be a viable ranking factor for Google.  In addition, Google began looking for text on websites that was on topic, and began devaluing things like titles and descriptions as it got better at understanding what the theme of the article was.  While titles and descriptions are still a viable ranking factor, they have very little weight now compared to the past, and obsessing about writing “SEO perfect” titles and descriptions is now going to not create the rankings boosts that it once did.  Chances are changing the titles and descriptions of your content and posts might move you up one place, but rarely is it going to create any more of a move than that.  Most of the time it will not do anything at all.

So what do we need to do for SEO in 2017? Concentrate on content both on your website and off of it.  Do not bother posting content that is less than 500 words, and make sure it is completely unique and hand-written.  We like to split our content 50/50 between onsite and offsite, and we like to link back from the offsite content to targeted pages within our site and not the front page.  Use a diverse set of linking phrases, and avoid using the exact same linking phrase too much.  Keep your text diverse and make sure that you post often.  Keep in mind that SEO takes upwards of 12 months at this point, where we used to quote 3-6 months we are now saying 6-12.  Google is using very developed methods of understanding your content and it is not going to shoot you into a number one position with one article on a subject.  You are going to have to be diligent, always have a point, and make sure you provide good information on the topic.

Do that enough and rankings will come over time.

By | 2017-06-26T23:39:08+00:00 June 26th, 2017|SEO Educational Information, SEO Information|Comments Off on SEO In 2017