SEO Is Worthless (Without a WordPress Blog)

By Ali Husayni , in Articles, SEO Tips, on February 17, 2012 | 27 comments

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – It’s our normal SEO practice to build a custom WordPress blog for our new clients and continually post on these blogs. However, recently we’ve come across new clients who are reluctant to have a blog hosted on their site. We tell these clients not to waste their time and money on SEO, and there are many reasons why blogs are vital to optimal SEO.

Let’s start with the basics of why search engines were built: because text existed on the Internet in an unorganized fashion. Search engine spiders indexed, organized and provided the text in an easy-to-use format for their users. Google rates and ranks sites based on three important factors: content, relevancy and popularity.

We have said before that content is king when it comes to SEO. After all, Google feeds and survives on content. Google also loves sites that feed it more quality content on a regular basis. As we explained before, a WordPress blog is the best platform for SEO.

Seo WordPress Graphic

Graphic Courtesy of Dpk-GraphicDesign.com

If you are competing with strong rivals, you can have an advantage over them by simply writing and posting articles on your site’s blog on a regular basis. “Regular basis” is a loose term – for some smaller businesses, writing once a month gives you that advantage. But the reality is that for most e-commerce sites, writing once a day may still not be enough. So, depending on your market, you need to decide how often you want to write.

No matter how often you post, always remember the most important factor for more SEO success: stick to your strategy and continue at it for at least six months to see the results. In the meantime, here are some of the most common areas of a blog that I am asked to explain to my clients.

Why Can’t I Use My Off-Site Blog?

You may have a blog that is hosted on blogger: example.blogger.com. Whatever you write and post on this blog will not affect your main site: www.example.com. Remember, your goal should be to show Google that www.example.com is being updated on a regular basis. Thus, your blog needs to be hosted on your site: www.example.com/blog/.

Why Do I Need A WordPress Blog?

There are many blog templates you can integrate with your site, but through our research and experience we have concluded that WordPress is the best for this purpose. Here are some reasons:

WordPress Easily Allows for Skin Changes

You can conveniently design and tweak the look of your blog with WordPress. You do need to know web-development to do so, but they provide you with all the tools you need. So, your blog will look like a page of your site.

Because WordPress is the most popular blog CMS, it has many users and many web developers behind it. Thus, you have a huge pool of free WordPress templates to use, as well as lots of plugins. Also, any time you get stuck on something, you can use the many forums on the topic to ask your question. It is also very likely that your question has already been answered by an expert, just look for your topic and search.

WordPress Allows for Permalinks

Permalinks are a great relevancy tool we use to optimize our clients’ sites. Keyword-rich permalinks help your page rank well for your intended keywords. WordPress allows you to easily edit your page’s URL using permalinks.

Here is an example of a keywords-rich permalink: http://www.mastergoogle.com/blog/facebook-and-seo-how-facebook-can-help-your-business.php.

WordPress Allows for Meta Tag Optimization

This is also important. You can write a separate title, description and keywords tags for each of your blog posts.

Google Loves WordPress “Tags”

You can give each post specific “tags” that are basically keywords related to the post (not to be confused with meta tags, which are part of the header code). WordPress creates a specific page for each tag and will group all the posts that have the same tags under it. The URL of this page also includes the tag: http://www.mastergoogle.com/blog/tag/google-seo.

Tag pages rank very well on Google search results because all the content under the tag page are related to the tag keyword.

Using the Blog Feed on Other Pages

Your WordPress Blog Feed could be used on any page of your site. That will help to freshen up your other site pages content since you’re updating your blog content on a regular basis.

Google Indexes WordPress Posts Immediately

When you post on your WordPress blog, Google is pinged and will immediately index your new post and place it in the search results. This eliminates the need for you to have to “submit” your new page to Google or “link” to it from other sites or just simply have to wait for Google to see the new post.

In general, Google loves WordPress sites and will rank sites with such blogs that are updated on a more regular basis better than the competition. If you have any questions, please leave a comment here or contact us directly.

Social Media Week 2012: Connecting Social Media Experts Across the World

By Jessica Bates , in Articles, SEO Tips, on February 14, 2012 | 3 comments

Nashville, TN – It’s day two of Social Media Week and 21 cities around the world are celebrating with lectures, events, discussions, and parties. Owned and operated by Crowdcentric, Social Media Week offers “a series of interconnected activities and conversations around the world on emerging trends in social and mobile media across all major industries.” Starting in 2010, the event went biannual, occurring every February and September.

As you can imagine, the social media conversation grows rapidly. The SMW website explains why the event moved to twice a year: “Engaging a global audience to explore the practical applications and business benefits of the most important communications revolution once a year is simply not enough.” Topics such as “Men are from Foursquare, Women are from Facebook”, “Social Media Governance and the Law”, “Blogging BootCamp for Business” and “Social Media for Business and Finance” are just a sampling of what the 60,000 plus attendees will find at SMW events across the globe.

Here at Master Google, we’ve talked a lot about social media and its relationship with search engine optimization. Between Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, it can be a full time job just keeping up with social media for your business. Master Google CEO and SEO expert Ali Husayni explains why a social media presence is so important.

“Social media outlets such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo- just to name a few- provide additional ways in which our clients can get their information out to potential customers. The great thing about posting items such as videos, articles and press releases to these sites is that doing so provides relevant links back to our clients’ sites,” Husayni says.

Social Media Week

For clients to find you easily, your business needs a strong SEO campaign. Once your content is optimized and your design is friendly, you’re ready to venture into the ocean of social media. Be careful not to overwhelm your audience with posts. If you’re on Facebook, spread out your posts instead of firing off eight posts in an hour. If you’re on Twitter, use hash tags when necessary, but don’t overload them. A post reading “#Writer #JessicaBates has a new #scifi book coming out in #March” will only annoy people. Be genuine. Twitter also thrives on mentions, so get personal. Ask your followers direct questions and learn what they like.

You can follow live SMW tweets from attendees and enthusiasts with the hashtag #smw12 or download the SMW mobile app on your smartphone. To see if you’re close to any Social Media Week events, visit the schedule and search for your city. Major participating cities include Hong Kong, Hamburg, New York, Miami, London, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Singapore, and São Paulo. Most of the events for the week are free or significantly reduced in price.

Don’t Waste Your Time: Avoid The Three Most Common SEO Mistakes

By , in Articles, SEO Tips, on February 11, 2012 | No comments

SANTA MONICA, CA — From tips about using White Hat SEO to providing Free SEO advice, our Master Google team writes this blog to demystify the SEO world for our readers. Keeping in line with our previous efforts, we want to continue to help you with your SEO efforts. Today’s topic revolves around avoiding three of the most common SEO mistakes. While there is an endless list of things to do and to avoid when it comes to search engine optimization, avoiding these three things are in the ‘do or die’ category when it comes to launching or continuing a successful SEO campaign.

Not Being Consistent With Your Information

Your website might be flawless, but remember that your online presence also includes your other online profiles. Update all of your content, on every platform (Google +, Google Maps, Google Places, Yelp, etc.), every time. Failure to do so will hinder your SEO efforts, according to a recent article by Ashley Zeckman of TopRankBlog.com.

“It is important that your Google Places profile contains the same information as any other profiles your company may have online. Google Places pages create another opportunity to build trust and consistency as part of your marketing strategy. Be sure to audit your other profiles and answer each question as consistently as you can,” Zeckman said.

Ignoring Very Present Social Media Influences

It has been almost six years since Twitter launched, and since then, its users have grown to giant proportions. An article from Time Techland dated September 2011 revealed that Twitter has 100 million active users. Facebook launched in February 2004, and as of January 2012, there are 800 million users.

Use these sites and remember that they really do impact your SEO efforts. These websites are places where people spend countless hours connecting with friends or acquaintances, and they much are more likely to find you if you are a part of the conversation. Eric Hammer from Quantum SEO Labs talked about the importance of social media in a recent article.

“[Social media] has really taken the concept of SEO and stood it on its ear because until now, you were trying to get Google to notice you. Now, for the first time, because of social media, you need to try to get human beings to notice you too and recommend you to their friends,” Hammer said.

In short, don’t be anti-social networks, because they help your SEO efforts.

Considering Search Engines Other Than Google

Yahoo! and Bing just can’t do what Google can, according to Master Google’s CEO, Ali Husayni. Just take a look at the fact that Google has taken over 67% of the global search market, and that is old news. The number is surely even larger now, as Husayni explains.

“From the SEO point of view, ranking on Yahoo! and Bing is much easier than ranking on Google. But those that rank well with Google also rank well with the other rivals. You could rank #1 on both Yahoo! and Bing and still lose a big chunk of your business to your rivals that rank well on Google,” Husayni said.

If an SEO company shows you successful campaigns with Bing and Yahoo!, then ask them about Google. Tell them that you only want to be at the top of Google. After all, just as you should be careful when selecting SEO tactics, selecting an SEO company is even more important. According to Husayni, an SEO company knows its game and ranks very well on Google for their important keywords.

Keywords to use when researching SEO companies include: SEO, Google SEO, SEO Company, SEO Services, Free SEO, Cheap SEO, Google Ranking, Top of Google, etc. (Master Google ranks on the first page for Top of Google, first page of Google, Google SEO guaranteed and many other keywords.)

“These keywords vary for different SEO companies; nevertheless they must have a strong organic presence on Google,” Husayni said.

To see how our SEO can help your website, Contact Us.

Building A Site Google Loves: Writing Great Content — Part 1

By Vonya Griffin , in Articles, SEO Tips, on February 8, 2012 | 2 comments

ORLANDO, FLORIDA — It seems like the importance of great content is touted everywhere, but there seems to be much less information about what constitutes great content. How do you know if your content measures up, and more importantly, if what you are writing is what will make your website one that Google loves?

“We have a great team of professional SEO copywriters who create the content that contributes to the ranking results clients like to see,” says Ali Husayni. “A couple of our writers are going to share their process for making that writing a reality and some of the characteristics great content will have.”Google Heart Illustration

To Write For The Search Engine or For The Reader?

That is the first and most important question. The first thing to understand about content generation is the reason for doing it, and—spoiler alert—that reason should not be just to get better rankings in search engine results.

“Writing the press release or article only with search engines in mind may very well help you improve your site’s ranking, but if it doesn’t generate new business, who cares?” says Lorrie Walker, the editor-in-chief at Master Google and the owner of a public relations firm in Tampa, Fla.

According to her the main purpose for writing website content, articles and press releases is to provide useful information for people who are seeking the kinds of services and products that the business provides.

“When I need a service, I want to find the best, most knowledgeable subject matter expert to provide that service for me,” Walker says. “If it’s someone local, I’m probably going to ask my friends and see if anyone has recommendations. But I’m also going to look at business’ websites and do my research. The more information you can provide about who you are and what you do, the better.”

Why Good Isn’t Good Enough

But jotting down some basic information about a company, a brief description of services and peppering in some keywords to SEO is not going to be enough to get top results in this era of the Internet.

“There are too many people producing content, many of them producing good content, to put up basic information on a website and expect to stand out,” Husayni says. “It takes a lot of work, but the opportunity is there for people who are willing to invest the time and energy.”

Three Characteristics Of Great Content

Walker says that when a company has written copy that is interesting, original and well-written, they have great content.

Website content must be relevant to what people are searching for on the topic and be helpful in some way by providing the information they wanted, answering the question or solving the problem. The only way to do this is to know the audience to write for and what they find interesting.

“Content should speak to them in a language they understand,” says Lanette Strong, an SEO copywriter. “They should leave the page with an accurate answer to the question they were searching for.”

That means if a company is trying to reach a layperson audience, they need to cut down on technical language and explain any terminology that a beginner in the subject would not readily understand within the context of the page.

“It’s not that we are dumbing down articles, it’s that we are helping readers get the information they were looking for without having to visit another site to get more clarification,” Strong explains.

Figuring Out What To Write About

The definition of interesting is ‘to arouse curiosity or interest and hold or catch the attention.’ That means companies need to look for topics that their readers might want to read about or would provide information they need. If a heating and cooling company is building a website to grow their residential customer base, they would want to focus on topics pertinent to homeowners like cutting energy costs, the latest equipment rebates or the benefits of upgrading to energy efficient systems. A company that is trying to get more commercial clientele or work with contractors would focus on different topics.

Strong says that researching what competitors are doing and staying abreast of current news is helpful when looking for topic ideas. Just make sure you can relate the topic to your company and put a fresh spin on it, she cautions, and Walker agrees.

“I think a good way of determining what to write about is to listen to your customers or clients or patients. What questions do you frequently get asked? Write about those topics,” says Walker.

Walker says that companies can also write about what sets them apart from their competitors, about business anniversaries or other milestones, including: awards or recognition from the community, new products or services and new employees and conferences employees attended or spoke at.

Half the battle of writing about a business or company is coming up with relevant topics and creating a well-defined goal for the press releases and articles. Stay tuned to read about out the next steps for creating great SEO content: sound writing mechanics, knowing how to use keywords effectively and giving Google what it wants from content while staying away from what can get a website penalized or banned.

Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress: Which Blogging Platform Fits Your SEO Needs?

By Jessica Bates , in Articles, SEO Tips, on February 7, 2012 | 25 comments

NASHVILLE, TN – Evaluating your SEO strategy may seem daunting, but one adjustment you could make (if you aren’t already), is to add a blog to your business’s website. Master Google’s CEO Ali Husayni emphasizes the importance of blogs to overall SEO efforts.

“Blogs seem to be an important part of any site because they get updated on a regular basis. I suggest site owners should write for their sites on a regular basis. The more fresh, quality and relevant content they post to their sites, the better chances of exposure and inclusion on Google search results they will have,” Husayni says.

Free blogging services make it easy to set up a blog and start posting content. There are tons of free blogging websites out there, but for today we’ll focus on Blogger (Blogspot), WordPress, and Tumblr – arguably the biggest platforms for blogging. (Some other popular ones include Weebly, TypePad, and Live Journal.)

Keyboard Blogging Typing As a blog enthusiast, I’ve tried out all three of these. I find Tumblr visually stimulating, but for SEO optimization, it seems Blogger (powered by Google) and WordPress are more content heavy and content friendly. All three platforms let users upload posts from their phones, schedule posts, and view statistics. While Blogger and Tumblr show Google Analytics and allow third party tools, WordPress only shows users WordPress Stats.

Blogger

Google’s free blog service, Blogger, allows users a simple and visually dynamic website that takes just a minute to set up. On your dashboard, you can view statistics of your visitors, save other blogs in your reading list, and add widgets to your sidebar.

Pros: In Blogger, you’re able to edit your template’s HTML and save those changes. If you code your own themes, you can upload them to Blogger. This makes it pretty easy to customize, assuming you know HTML, while still being free. No advertisements will show on your Blogspot blog unless you choose to monetize your blog. Within your Blogger dashboard, you can view your website optimized for a mobile phone.

Cons: One of the biggest complaints I’ve seen with Blogger is the inability to create a static landing page on your blog or website. There seem to be a few ways to overcome this through HTML, but they seem to be hit or miss.

WordPress

WordPress hosts many personal and business blogs as well, and users seem to agree that self-hosting your WordPress blog is the way to go, but you’ll have to pay to host it yourself. The free version seems to have good benefits as well. WordPress also has widgets, and the layout includes categories for you to add key words and tags, increasing your SEO reach.

Pros: WordPress, like blogger, lets users easily add tags to blog posts, allowing for optimized search results. Here you can also “team blog” by setting up titles for group users like Administrator, Editor, Contributor, and Author. These contributors can log in and upload posts, and then the Administrator can post them. WordPress also offers more storage space in their free version at 3 GB. (Blogger offers 1 GB in storage and 1 more GB in photo storage via Picasa. Tumblr offers 1 GB.)

Cons: WordPress doesn’t allow users to manipulate the blog templates in CSS without paying an upgrade fee. Your blog posts will also be accompanied with advertisements (unless you pay to upgrade).

Tumblr

While Tumblr is the baby of these three platforms, it has gained quite a bit of blogging street credibility.

Pros: With Tumblr, you can follow other blogs easily. From your dashboard, you’ll see a timeline of blogs that you follow, with the most recent at the top. This layout is optimized for comments and for sharing other people’s posts on your own blog (called “re-blogging” here). When you post something to Tumblr, you first choose the type of post, such as “quote”, “video”, “photo”, “text”, “link”, or “audio.” If you have an iPhone or Android, posting content through the Tumblr app is super simple. Tumblr also has many more free design templates than WordPress or Blogger.

Cons: Tumblr may not be the place to reach all potential clients. If you’re an artist or a photographer, i.e, someone with a visual portfolio, Tumblr might be the way to go. If you’re writing lots of content, Tumblr may not be the most text-friendly place to blog.

This is a very brief overview of these powerful services. It barely scratches the surface, and the best way to get to know a blogging service is to try it! There’s no harm in trying out a Blogger, Tumblr, and a WordPress blog, especially since they’re all free. See what format you like, what makes sense to you and your business. Combined with a fierce SEO strategy, like the ones implemented through Master Google’s SEO experts, blogging provides fresh content to move your business up the search results page.

Which blogging service do you use for your business? What advantages and disadvantages have you found with your preferred service?

Internet Surfing on Cell Phones Has Doubled: What You Need to Know About Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO

By , in Articles, SEO Tips, on February 6, 2012 | 8 comments

SANTA MONICA, CA – The time to make your website mobile friendly is now. Around the world, Internet surfing by way of mobile phones (excluding tablets), has almost doubled from last year. This year, 8.5% of mobile devices are surfing the internet, while only 4.3% were last year, according to the free web analytics company StatCounter.

The findings were published in a recent report by StatCounter Global Stats. Aodhan Cullen, the CEO of StatCounter, urges companies to realize that while the mobile audience is still relatively small compared to standard computer uses, it is growing so quickly that mobile-friendly sites are a must.

“While global Internet usage through mobiles is still under 10%, the pace of growth is remarkable,” Cullen says.

Still, as with any report regarding a rapidly evolving system, Cullen emphasizes that it’s important to remember that the mobile platform is constantly evolving, and so feedback from mobile phone and general Internet users is very valuable. Cullen extends an invitation to submit feedback using the detect tool that he provides a link to.

“As the mobile space is constantly evolving, we keep our detection under constant review,” Cullen says.

Mobile Phone Accesses InternetThe evolving nature of SEO, specifically of mobile platforms, is something that we at Master Google can relate to. We also work very hard to keep up with it all, but find our efforts worth it when a client hits a top spot on Google. Our CEO Ali Husayni agrees with Cullen that the rapid growth of cell phone usage for Internet surfing is a great indicator that this trend will play a bigger part in SEO in the near future.

“This trend shows the importance of having a mobile friendly site while making sure it ranks well with Google mobile search. Stay ahead of the game so you can stay in business,” Husayni says.

Super Bowl XLVI is Upon Us: How to Score a ‘Top of Google’ Touchdown with Your SEO Team

By , in Articles, SEO Tips, on February 4, 2012 | No comments

SANTA MONICA, CA — Search engines are a complex weave of algorithms and updates, which can be stressful when it comes to tackling SEO. Master Google’s CEO and SEO expert Ali Husayni shares that in an ever-changing SEO world, a great team is everything because the game is always changing. On the eve of the Super Bowl, we at Master Google invite you to stay ahead of the game. Husayni shares a few different Super Bowl related analogies to throw around this idea: how creativity and critical analysis join forces to play a big part in any SEO strategy, and in all SEO teams.

“The Super Bowl is extremely analytical. You have to know exactly who to throw it to, and at one correct speed. It’s precision that comes with a lot of practice with the team, and requires them all to be extremely smart. To win, you have to guarantee that when you throw the ball to the quarter back, it’s going to land in your teammate’s hands,” Husayni says.

Husayni’s Super Bowl analogies are outlined below, and include the importance of a strong team and persistence.

Super Bowl Survival Illustration

Illustration Courtesy of Digboston.com

Know How To Analyze Different Ideas from Your Team

Husayni has advice for the head of any team, which includes knowing how to utilize the different ideas of his team. Husayni analyzes his own managerial style, saying:

“I can analyze, see a trend and see where it’s headed. What I’m good at is looking at what other people suggest and taking it a step further, combining different ideas to come up with a specific solution to a problem.”

Every employee has a different perspective, so be sure to listen. After all, the solution to any problem often comes from a combination of ideas.

Be a Team Player by Knowing Your Strengths

It suits the Super Bowl topic well to say that when it comes to launching a successful SEO strategy, you have to be a great team player. Each individual needs to know their area of expertise on the field, and each one needs to be the best at what they do. The combination of this expertise and hard work is what’s going to make the team a winning one, according to Husayni.

“Each team member we have is an expert in what they do. What they do is going to make the entire process succeed, and let the ball land with Google, with a higher search engine ranking result for our clients,” Husayni says.

Always Strive for Accuracy: There are No Shortcuts for Effective SEO

An accurate team is a winning team, according to Husayni. We can’t control SEO efforts entirely, because just like a football game SEO has fluctuations. You may go forward and then a little bit back. To hit a 10 yard mark, you need to be persistent and be careful not to go back a couple of yards without noticing it. Husayni explains the importance of a team effort when it comes to carrying out a touchdown of an SEO campaign.

“Before the quarter back throws the ball, the rest of the team needs to protect him. While an SEO strategy is vital, if you aren’t throwing your SEO tactics out at the right speed, you can get red flagged from Google,” Husayni says.

To avoid an interception from another business on Google’s search results, remember that a lot of what Google does is common sense. Google hates spamming techniques, like Black Hat SEO. So remember, while it might be tempting to duplicate content or buy links, if you just copy and paste or try to buy your way to the top without hard work, Google will take notice. Don’t risk getting flagged to save a tiny bit of time.

“Because some SEO companies are always looking for shortcuts, they are also looking for black hat techniques. The client is very happy and then Google changes their algorithm, and the black hat techniques are revealed. Then they hire us.”

So enjoy the game and remember—it’s all about the team.

SEO Writer Recommends a New Place to Share Content: Pinterest.com

By Jessica Bates , in Articles, SEO Tips, on February 2, 2012 | 2 comments

NASHVILLE, TN – A comprehensive SEO strategy, like the ones we provide here at Master Google, give our clients the benefits of a bigger audience with a top spot on Google. Now the question is: how can you extend your social media marketing efforts to keep that audience?

We all have our preferred methods of social media to interact with others, including potential and current clients. Blogging tools such as Tumblr, WordPress, and Blogger give us a place to create content. But where do we share it? I’ve been on the Twitter and Facebook bandwagon for a while, but lately Pinterest has really caught my eye. It all started with a big move. See, my husband and I are currently working on our new house – painting walls and replacing fixtures before we move in. Recently, my aunt called me to inform me of something she saw on Pinterest. It was a cute photo of a man and a woman who painted a heart on their wall before they started painting their first home. She told me to check her pin board and see the photo.

Photo Courtesy of VisualPhotos.com.

Pinterest, the virtual pin board to both bookmark and organize cool things you’ve found online, is gaining popularity quickly. It’s easy to use, it has a simple, dynamic layout, and it’s highly visual. People love it, and this report can back up all the hype.

Pinterest Drives Traffic: Pinterest wiggled its way up the January 2012 Referral Traffic Report. This chart shows that for December 2011, Pinterest was responsible for 2.5% of total referral traffic. In January, that figure rose to 3.6%. In July of 2011, Search Engine Journal reports that Pinterest had only 0.17% total referral traffic.

For a reference, Facebook held 26.4% of total referral traffic in January. StumbleUpon came in second with 5.07%, and Google and Twitter took the third and fourth spots with 3.62% and 3.61% respectively. Ranking under Pinterest in total link referrals for January are LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.

I know from first-hand experience that this virtual pin board is insanely popular. Sometimes when I want to pin something, Pinterest is over capacity. It’s like when you really want to tweet something clever, but you see that fat whale on the screen. You’ll have to wait!

Are you Pinning? The coolest part about Pinterest is that you can create multiple boards and title them as you choose. You can also select a category for each board with a handy drop-down menu. (Hello, keywords!) So, what should you pin? Pin what you do; pin what you like. Solely pinning your own content doesn’t allow your boards to grow organically. Pin things you like, things that inspire your business, and things you’ve created. That way users will choose to follow your boards, potentially re-pinning your pins and sharing the link-love.

Get creative. If your company sells tires, you could create blog content on tire care tips or how to change a flat. If you make letterpress wedding invitations, pin images from your past designs and other designers you like. Informative pins, such as “how to” or “DIY” do especially well on Pinterest.

Pinterest user Laura Scott-Davis has a board dedicated to SEO and so does Patina Marketing. As you can see, graphics hit hard on Pinterest – it’s all about the visuals.

Use Photos: If your blog content is compelling and informative, people will find it, especially if it’s optimized for search engines. By including a photo (also optimized for search engines) with each blog post or web page, users can see a visual pairing to the content. Make sure your images are relevant, of course.

Make it Easy: Adding a “pin it” button to your content makes it ridiculously easy for users on your blog to add your content to desired pin boards. Here’s how you can get a button. Once your button is added, users can share your content with a simple click. (Users can manually add a pin to their pin boards, but embedding a “pin it” button will allow seamless content sharing.)

Now your content shows up on their board, and every Pinterest user that follows that board can now see your content and they have the option of “re-pinning” your content to their boards. The more users that re-pin your content, the more people have the opportunity to view your content and click the link, driving hits to your website.

While Facebook is a place where friends can chat, share personal photos, and connect with each other, Pinterest has a stronger niche for link sharing, especially in the Do-It-Yourself community.

A strong SEO campaign will drive folks to your website. Pinterest allows those users to virally spread your content through their followers.

As Master Google CEO and SEO expert Ali Husayni says:

“You cannot just sit and wait for others to link their sites to yours. That simply won’t happen.”

Don’t be afraid to share your content. Giving your customers easy ways to link to your content, through Pinterest or Facebook or Google+ can only work in your favor. Now, go forth and pin! Or, to see how our SEO can help your website, Contact Us.

Celebrities Transition from TV to YouTube: What This Trend Means for Your SEO Plans

By Jessica Bates , in Articles, SEO Tips, on February 1, 2012 | No comments

NASHVILLE, TN – The New York Times reported on January 29, 2012, that Food Network executive Bruce Seidel is moving to an unnamed YouTube channel for foodies. The channel will partner with Urbanspoon, a restaurant review website.

This seems to be a trend with big talent. Well-known actors such as Will Ferrel, Jim Carrey, and Zooey Deschanel have contributed to Drunk History, a popular web series on Funny or Die. Friends star Lisa Kudrow starred in Web Therapy, a semi-improvised web series. The flexibility that web series allow is attractive to many people.

In my home, my husband and I only pay for Internet service. We watch several TV shows, but we watch them online at our own pace. This fits our lifestyle better than scheduled television programming. Plus it’s cheaper than paying for cable TV. This shift of the way we entertain ourselves and the way we obtain news puts all our eggs in the Internet basket. Since the younger generations spend more and more time on the web, SEO is of utmost importance. The more time we’re on the computer and away from the television, the better your chances are to gain customers online through a powerful SEO campaign.

YouTube TV Image

Image Courtesy of Vator.tv.

With all the focus on YouTube and web videos, now’s the time to examine your business’s video strategy. Not all businesses need to post videos for their customers, but for some businesses, it makes perfect sense. Using YouTube effectively can increase the visibility of your business. If you own a bar, uploading quality videos of your trivia nights can gain attention. If your customers know you have a YouTube page and that their faces may appear there, it could give them an incentive to follow your YouTube channel or frequent your website to see the updated video.

Take your video content as seriously as you do your web content. Don’t make a video just because other people are doing it. Brainstorm what your business could offer its customers through a video that could be better visualized than read on a screen. Do you offer cooking classes? Maybe a short video on how to properly roast a chicken could benefit your potential customers. It’s possible that showing the warmth and originality of your chefs would entice people to sign up for a class. Instructional videos are especially useful, but entertainment also gets you clicks.

Viral videos are all the rage. If you’ve got a clever idea for a cool video, partner with a filmmaker to see your idea come to life. As we mentioned before, title your videos accurately, imbed your videos to your website or blog, and consider including a transcript of the video to increase Google’s ability to crawl your website.

Interesting and professionally filmed videos will look much better than a shaky video shot on your point-and-shoot camera. Quality is better than quantity. Combined with a professional SEO strategy, a strong video campaign can set you apart from the competition. In the SEO game, you have to stay fluid, ready for anything. Master Google’s CEO and SEO expert Ali Husayni agrees.

“The industry is constantly evolving and SEO has grown to encompass much more than on-site optimization. It’s really only five or ten percent of the total work,” Husayni says.

By producing videos, driving social networking, developing quality content, concentrating on search engine optimization, and giving customers a solid product, you should see more buzz around your business. But remember, a solid SEO strategy takes time, so stick with it, and keep on reading.

SEO for Mobile Platforms: What Strategy is Right For You?

By Jessica Bates , in Articles, SEO Tips, on January 31, 2012 | No comments

NASHVILLE, TN – These days, it’s common for people to search for information on their mobile phones. It’s so convenient to search for restaurants, stores, and services on mobile devices while we’re out and about. For users with smartphones like iPhones and Androids, our telephones are essentially pocket computers. So should we be tailoring SEO content to a mobile platform?

On December 15, 2011, Google introduced their smartphone Google-bot Mobile. It is Google’s hope that by indexing smartphone content separately, users will have better search experiences on their phones. The blog post, written by Yoshikiyo Kato, says:

“With the number of smartphone users rapidly rising, we’re seeing more and more websites providing content specifically designed to be browsed on smartphones.”

Courtesy of digitaltrends.com

In a Search Engine Land article about mobile searches in 2012, Michael Martin explains how users may want different information from searches across different platforms:

“The intention of inputting a search term on a desktop, feature phone, smartphone, or tablet can mean different things for the same keyword. For example, when typing in the term ‘tacos’ on a desktop I may want information or recipes; but on a feature phone, I may want to call a local taco shop; on a smartphone, I want directions to a local taco place, and on a tablet, I want to check reviews or what different items on the menu look like.”

For your business, it’s relatively easy to provide all this information to your potential customers. Having a variety of content, such as recipes, directions, menus, reviews, and photos, can be important on a mobile platform (and on a stationary computer).

A study by the group Meditative shows that images and reviews draw in your user’s eyes. For iPhone users, the study revealed that positive reviews on the Google Places app made a huge difference in which listing got clicks and which did not. While you need to register to see Meditative’s eye-tracking report, Search Engine Land breaks down the basics in this article.

Ryan Jones at Search Engine Journal doesn’t believe you need a different strategy for mobile SEO. Since our phones are just little computers, Jones thinks it’s easier just to design your website to work well on all devices – including phones, tablet computers, and traditional desktops and laptops. Jones writes:

“If you want something that is really native to a device, an app is definitely the way to go. Apps can access multi-touch features, rich media, in app purchases, gps, camera, and other aspects to provide a truly unique experience that a website cannot.”

My favorite websites that I frequent online all have apps. If your business could benefit from a mobile app, brainstorm ideas that would entice your customers, entertain them, or practically inform them about your business. Maybe your pizza place could commission an app to let users create their own pizza. Your personal training business could create a personalized workout app, complete with a nutrition and exercise routine.

While mobile screens are smaller than traditional computer screens, apps can give users a tailored experience on a smartphone. Apps with in-app purchases, such as the photography app Hipstamatic, drive users to their website with extended packages and the ability to purchase photography prints. The Pinterest app is just as useful as the full website for users to share things they like.

Focus on how your customers will find you, and keep up your tireless SEO endeavors. If you believe your business needs a separate mobile site, or even an app, evaluate what’s best for you and for your customers.

But no matter which form of technology is accessing your website due to your SEO efforts, all SEO strategies require three things to be successful, as outlined by Mater Google’s CEO Ali Husayni, who says:

“SEO takes the following three things: expertise, hard work, and patience. On average, our clients see the best results within six months to a year after we start a project.”

Master Google client CariniAir.com recently saw their site rise to the top of Google Places and other search result areas after working with us. Doug Cooper, the VP of Marketing for CariniAir.com, was thrilled with the results.

“Finally achieving the top spot on Google Maps for our most important keywords is a dream come true. Everyone at Carini Heating and Air is very excited and grateful to Master Google for their continued hard work and persistence,” Cooper says.