Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Social Media Optimization For SEO

Even though more than a few people are learning to use social media effectively, and social media consultants are popping up like weeds; most are not incorporating Basic SEO 101 tactics and thus leaving an enormous amount of money on the table... money that's not going into the clients cash registers.

Local Google Advertising
If you, as a social media consultant, want to use your social media skills to "get your small business client" represented on social media, that's great. Every business would benefit from having a web presence, having a web presence is much better than not having one. If that local business is wanting to get more customers, more inquiries, more leads, make the phone ring to put more money in their cash registers: they need to use these two tools:
  1. social media
  2. web presence
But use them towards the aim of Local Google Advertising.
By itself having a twitter account for your company or your clients company (and NOT SEO optimizing it for local Google search results) is NOT likely to put much money in the cash register for your client.
Having a company Facebook page for your client and not SEO optimizing it for local Google advertising is NOT going to have that company Facebook page show up in local Google search results... just being on Facebook isnt' gonna pull that off... Having a company Facebook page CAN produce local Google advertising IF you use Basic SEO 101 Tactics.

Basic SEO
Google Ranking How and Why
Everybody wants to be #1 in Google, that goes without saying, attempting to be #1 nationwide for a broad search phrase (aka keywords, search phrases are keywords) is going to take a whole lot of work (@$100 per hour which is what our SEO/ Social Media Optimization in Frederick Md team charges)
Some social media people think it's all about creating a sense of participation within a social network community. That is ONE good reason to participate in social media but to combine social media with SEO is one killer marketing combination.

So how does one Optimize their social media for SEO?
Treat each social profile you get a profile on as if it were a page within your website's domain. The titles you use for each blog post, for each graphic or photo you upload has to be the keywords you want that company to show up in Google search results for.

The same thing you do to SEO a website can be done to SEO a social networking profile!
You've got to choose which keywords you want to be found under, and often what the business owners *thinks* he or she wants to be found under and what their prospective clients are really typing to to find what they want to purchase have little in common.
Here's a "for example"

A doctor or a lawyer or plumber or landscape company would like very much to represent to their prospective customers that they are the sole provider of said service in a geographical area.
Customers are not stupid. No one searches for lawyer, the search for lawyerS plural they want to choose from a field of companies, they are NOT looking for just one.

You're much better off getting a SEO client to do keyword research for you than a social networking consultant. We charge $100 per hour of keyword strategizing and keyword research.
Google organic search results update roughly every 6 weeks, There is a finite quantity of Google Juice available to any one site at any given time.
... therefore we advise you choose no more than 3 keyword phrases for a 6 week period

When you Google your company name you *should* also see your company twitter and company Facebook and a few other social media profiles right next to your Google listing for your company website.
Increasingly, we're finding out, where a large part of the ROI in social media is when the keyword phrases your company needs to show up in Google for is filled not ONLY with your company website but ALSO in the same Google search results page your prospective clients see your company Facebook page and your company twitter and so on and so on...

Effective Area Denial
There are only 10 open slots in any Google organic search results page, if your company occupies 4 or 5 of the 10 available... that means your competition has to fight over the few you left open.

Local SEO from Frederick Web Promotions

Fees For Search Engine Marketing and Social Media Optimization:

Social Media Optimization: 8 hours of one on one consultation, create social media profiles with SEO ranking specifically in mind. First Hour is exploratory, we may or may not choose to represent you, we will discover if we can realistically do something for your product or service in this first hour. Fee $100.00 per hour or $700 if you live in or near Frederick Maryland  or we can do remote log in where we can both move the mouse and I can answer questions over the phone live

Google Places or Google Local Business Listing ranking
Many small businesses come to us with excellent ranking in the organic listings (sometimes called the natural search results or the main body of search results) but they are NOT ranking in the 3 pack of Google Maps. Google Maps is often the ONLY search results displayed on a smart phone. Increasingly people will start using their smart phone instead of a laptop, you need your company to rank in the top 3 or you will be virtually invisible. Fee for top 3 ranking in Google Places and one listing in the top ten Google organic listings $2000 annually

Keyword selection: one on one consultation to select effective keywords $100.00 per hour Typically our clients have a long list of keywords they’d like to be found under, we counsel you should pick no more than 3 keyword phrases, sell one thing and sell it well. You only have X amount of Google authority available to you at one time, attempting to spread a finite quantity of Google Juice over many keywords is counter productive in our experience. Every 6 weeks add 3 more keyword phrases to target, do NOT attempt all of them at once.

Managed Company Facebook Pages
Ghost write content for the supporting blogs we create, get each of them to rank in Google and create content for your company Facebook page and get the company Facebook Page we create and manage for your company to rank in Google:
$1000 to $3000 upfront: between $500 month and $1000 month for retainer fee and content creation/management. Fee’s vary depending on the competitiveness of your target market. We can hit any target, some targets are harder to hit than others. Typical Fee is $15000 annually ideally for criminal lawyers, divorce attorneys that want to dominate the local search pages for the geographical area they practice law in.

National Rankings: fees vary depending on competitiveness of the selected keyword phrase. Fees range from $14,000 annually $2000 up front, $1000 month to as much as $25,000

Regional Search Engine Marketing

785 Wembly Dr, Frederick Maryland 21701

240 397-9804

Frederick Web Promotions SEO Strategist David Bruce Jr Local Google Advertising- Google that phrase, then Call 240 397-9804 If you want YOUR company website to perform that well in Google.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Youtube Streamed 6.4 Billion Videos, Is Your Company There Yet?

Total Audience for Online Video Continues to Climb

Jan 12, 2010

Despite having achieved mainstream status a few years ago, the total audience for online video continues to balloon. And YouTube’s dominance in the category seems boundless, as the site delivered more than 10 times as many video streams as any other site in the U.S. last month.

According to the latest report issued by Nielsen Online, 137.4 million Americans watched Web video in December, a healthy increase of 10.3 percent versus the same month in 2008. Those viewers streamed over 10.7 billion videos during the month, representing an increase of 11.8 percent versus the same time period a year earlier.

While the number of streams per visitor showed only marginal growth, Web video viewers are watching longer clips on average; time spent (per viewer watching online video) jumped 13.2 percent to 193.2 minutes in December.

And while Hulu, the joint venture between News Corp., NBC Universal and Disney, continues to demonstrate tremendous growth—making it the No. 2 video site on the Web—YouTube continues to account for a disproportionate amount of the video consumed on the Internet. The Google-owned property streamed over 6.4 billion clips in December, per Nielsen, while Hulu streamed almost 635 million videos. YouTube also reached nearly 106 million unique viewers versus Hulu’s 13.6 million.

Curiously, Nielsen and rival comScore continue to report audience numbers for Hulu that are miles apart in scope. While comScore’s data places YouTube far ahead of other players in the segment, it estimates Hulu’s audience to be over 43 million users—roughly 30 million users more than Nielsen’s estimates. Similarly, according to Hulu, comScore’s data indicates that the site’s average monthly streams recently topped 920 million—almost 300 million more than Nielsen tracked.

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Every car dealership needs to have a youtube video... FOR EACH CAR on it's lot
Every real estate agent needs to have a youtube video... FOR EACH HOME listed

Youtube is reported to be the second largest Search Engine... that's right: People use Youtube AS a search engine, everything you can imagine is on Youtube, probably 3 or 4 times.

Can your prospective customers find your business on youtube?

Now you prospective customer are not likely to type in your company name, they don't know who you are (nor do they care), all they want is the product or service they're looking for.
So here's what you do:

Make a video for each product, each service you offer, scratch that... make a half dozen videos for each product or service!

What happens when you are in Maryland, and looking for a Maryland Janitor?

You get this:

And who do you see for the top 3 videos? Our client Commercial Buildings Maintenance Inc

Now what if you were looking to get your car reupholstered and you want to find a local company that does auto upholstery, and you live in Frederick Maryland... you'd want to see examples of their work, wouldn't you?
So head over to youtube and type in Frederick auto upholstery

And who has the top 3 videos for auto upholstery in Frederick Maryland?
Our client Joe's Upholstery Shop

Frederick Web Promotions can visit your place of business and record a 3 minute video commercial for your product or service for as little as $250.00 if your place of business is located within Frederick County Maryland

And you can get that HALF OFF just for joining our Facebook Fan Page! For a limited time

Frederick Web Promotions SEO Strategist David Bruce Jr

Local Google Advertising-
Google that phrase, then Call 240 644-7530 If you want YOUR company website to perform that well in Google.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Social Media Optimization - Something To Add To SEO

Social Media Optimization -
A Priority For Your SEO Campaign
By Julie Ann Ross (c) 2009

Social media optimization (SMO) is an imperative ingredient of your SEO campaigns. In the past, social networking sites were little more than an oddity. Today, several have received enormous ranking authority from top search engines. If you are not leveraging these sites to increase your exposure and communicate with your niche market, your search engine positions are vulnerable to your competitors.

In this article, we will describe the influence that social media optimization is currently having on search marketing. We'll also give you the rules of engagement for executing an effective SMO campaign. We'll explain what SEO social media is, and the advantage of hiring an experienced SEO consultant to spearhead your social media optimization efforts.
The Influence Of Social Media Optimization On Search Marketing

Search marketing has always relied upon exposure in the search engines to drive targeted traffic. For years, gaining that exposure was based solely upon the development of your site and generating links pointing to your site. Both are still important today. However, social media optimization has shifted the landscape of search engine marketing.

Google once maintained several disparate search platforms for blogs, videos, news, and similar types of "social" content. Each functioned as a separate search engine with its own set of natural listings. A few years ago, Google blended the listings from each platform into a system called Universal Search. Yahoo and Bing have since incorporated similar systems. Universal Search is now used as the primary index. That means blogs, videos, and news have been incorporated into the natural listings, pushing many sites off the first page. This is one of the reasons social media optimization has become a critical piece of search.

Another factor that has influenced search marketing is the increased ranking authority given to Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and similar sites. These too, have quickly gained control of a significant amount of search territory.

Social media optimization preserves your current natural listings while helping you to gain even more search exposure. By using blogs, videos, and social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, you can capture a greater number of organic positions.
Your Social Media Optimization Campaign: Rules of Engagement

There are several rules of engagement for launching and executing a social media optimization campaign. If you ignore them, your SMO efforts will be far less effective than otherwise.

First, you should do everything possible to encourage your audience to link to your site. Integrating a blog is valuable because your content can be updated over time, attracting loyal readers. Encourage readers to bookmark, tag and "Tweet" your blog posts by installing a button plug-in.

Second, link liberally as a resource for your visitors. Social media optimization is heavily dependent on helping others accomplish what they're trying to do. Once you engage your audience, help them find the resources they need by linking to them. Eventually, your site will become regarded as a resource hub, which will help you attract inbound links. That's a vital component of SEO.
Third, you must be able to identify your market. Social media optimization relies upon the connections you establish with niche communities. You need to target them properly in order to generate content and engage them. This is true whether you're engaging them through YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, or your blog.

Fourth, integrate tracking tools to measure and monitor the success of your social media optimization campaign. Track mentions of your site and company. Watch your site's progress in the natural listings for your main keywords. Generate linking reports showing inbound links pointing to your domain and specific pages. Tracking your metrics is critical in order to determine whether your SMO campaign is effective.

SEO Social Media Optimization Explained

Each of the elements of a social media optimization campaign that we have described thus far dovetail seamlessly with SEO. The ongoing content creation, tagging and bookmarking, attracting inbound links by being a resource for your audience - these are essential for pushing your website higher in the search engines' listings. SEO social media optimization leverages a new set of tools to accomplish the same goal as SEO: more exposure for your site on Google, Yahoo, and Bing. The challenge is knowing how to use those tools effectively.

The days of launching a basic SEO campaign within a competitive space and watching your site rise in the search engines' results are long gone. SEO has become far more complex than it was a few short years ago. This is why many companies have made the decision to hire an SEO consultant. Social media optimization has transformed SEO from a relatively straightforward strategy into a complicated science. Having an experienced hand at the wheel helps to navigate the uncertain terrain.

If you want to boost your exposure in the search engines' listings, consider social media optimization a priority.
About The Author
With 20 years in marketing, advertising and 10 years in internet marketing, Rostin Reagor Smith is on the cutting edge. Combining Social Media Optimization with more traditional SEO and SEM methods, RRS is a consulting firm specializing in enhancing clients' online presence and managing their public relations online. SEO, SEM and ORM, Online Reputation Management, are combined in this successful formula.

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Local Google Advertising-
Google that phrase, then Call 240 644-7530 If you want YOUR company website to perform that well in Google.