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SEO Tip of the Day: Using Review Sites

SEO ProVisibility isn’t just about getting your website to rank well on search engines. One of the best things you can do to get your business noticed is to list your business on various review sites. This offers your customers the chance to comment on your product or services and to promote positive “word of mouth”.

 
Some sites to consider:
Yelp.com
Google Places
MerchantCircle.com

Check out SEO like a PRO – The Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization for a more complete list of review sites and directories.

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SEOmoz Beginner’s Guide to SEO: Review

SEOmoz is a great resource for those interested in internet marketing. Here is part one in a series of videos explaining their Beginner’s Guide to SEO.

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Link Building Strategies from the Pros

Link building is an often misunderstood practice. Rather than write an entire blog post explaining the best practices, I thought I’d give you a little something directly from the search engines. Here is a video from GoogleWebMasterHelp that sums it up nicely.

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SEO Tip of the Day: Keep Yourself Informed

SEO ProAn important part of SEO is knowing what’s going on in the industry and what kind of changes you may have to make to keep up.  Google’s official blog is a good source for keeping up with the search giant’s changes.

Some other helpful sources include SEOMoz and Mashable. Both of these sites offer valuable and up to date information on search engine optimization and social media marketing.

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Monitor Your Company’s Reputation with Google Alerts

Reputation Management is an important part of SEO. You want to make sure that what appears on the first page of search engines is what you want people to see. Every company will have one or two unsatisfied customers. Sometimes they will remain unsatisfied even after you’ve tried to correct the problem.

That’s where it can get tricky. If your particular customer decides to take his or her complaint to the internet, you’ve got some work ahead of you. However, if you can spot the complaint before it gets too much notice you’ll have greater control over your brand’s online reputation.

Google Alerts allows you to monitor select keywords and where they are appearing on the internet. For example, I have an alert set up for “SEO like a PRO”. Because I’ve chosen to monitor this particular phrase, Google sends me an email every time it gets mentioned somewhere online. This is also a very popular phrase though, so I do get a lot of alerts that aren’t necessarily related to this website or my book. I also have an alert set up for my name. It’s not a very common name so the alerts I receive on that one usually are about me.

To set up your own alerts, first choose the keywords you want to monitor, then go to http://www.google.com/alerts and select how often you’d like to receive the alerts from the drop-down. You’ll also be able to choose the type of alert (blog, video, etc…) and whether you want “only the best results” or “all results”. Enter your email address. Google Alerts will send you an email requesting you confirm that you’ve set up this alert. Confirm that you have and you’re done. From now on you’ll receive alerts and will be able to use that information to manage your online reputation more effectively.

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How to Use Anchor Text Links

Text links, or anchor text links, are links that are placed within the content of your website or blog. An anchor text link is a link that utilizes your keywords and/or is used to direct traffic to various pages within your website. These links are commonly found on blogs but are just as useful on traditional websites.

For example, if there was a sentence on this blog that looked like this: SEO like a PRO is a blog that teaches beginners the basics of search engine optimization and covers everything from keyword research to using meta tags, writing effective content, and more.

We would use it like this: SEO like a PRO is a blog that teaches beginners the basics of search engine optimization and covers everything from keyword research to using meta tags, writing effective content, and more.

In the example above, we’ve used two different anchor text links to direct visitors to relevant blog posts. This technique can be used to direct traffic throughout your website. When your keywords are included in the anchor text link, it also helps the search engines “read” your keywords and view those words as the ones most relevant to your site.

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Choosing Your Domain Name

A domain name is your website’s URL (http://www.example.com). When choosing your domain name, ideally you will choose one that incorporates your keywords. For example, this website is about learning to master SEO like a Pro. If you look at my domain name, you will see that “seolikeapro” is indeed in there. In this case, it is followed by .wordpress.com because the actual domain name seolikapro.com was not available when I first decided to start this blog.

You may run into the same problem. At that point, you will decide if you want to use a different domain name or, like me, you may decide that it’s the one most fitting to who you are or what you do and end up making adjustments. Perhaps you will go with a .org instead of .com. Perhaps you’ll use a service like WordPress or Blogger if you decide your website is closer to a blog than it is to an ecommerce website. Whichever way you choose to go, the one thing you’ll want to be sure of is your domain name. You’re going to have that name for as long as your website is online so pick one you won’t wish you could change later on.

To sum up:

  • Remember to try to get your keywords into your URL
  • Choose a domain name you can commit to
  • Remain open to alternatives (just in case)

 

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