Off-Site SEO

                Search Engine Optimization has many factors in the google algorithm. What most people do not know is that the majority of where a website appears in the search ranks comes from outside of that website. We refer to this as offsite. Offsite content accounts for about 66% (Moz.com) of the total search rank for any given website. The best way to gain establish trust and authority to google is to be noticed on other trusted and authoritative websites. For example, how would I come to trust a new sports website? If ESPN (a website I already trust) links to a new website, then I will also give that new website the same credibility. However, not all links are created equal.

What determines the quality of a link? The best links are generated by trusted sites, with related material. High quality links will come from high quality sites. Diversity is also helpful for generating more link. There is a law of diminishing returns if you receive multiple links from the same domain. Strive for links from as many different domains as possible.

Common ways to develop these back links include ideas such as creating blogs about topics related to your website and mentioning them in the blogs. Articles can be created in a very similar action. Comment sections of other blogs/articles could also list your website off an already established website. However, one thing to avoid is what is called, “reciprocal links”. These can be two-way, or three-way link circles that result when websites link back and forth to each other. Reciprocal links are devalued so keep that in mind.

Keyword Research

Keywords are the frequent words or phrases that consumers enter into search bars when looking for a product. For example, when I am hungry, I often google, “Food”, just to see what restaurants are near me.  Food is then the keyword. Consumers will rarely type in exactly your product. In my example, I ended up eating a big mac from McDonalds. However, while I was searching, I did not even know that’s what I was looking for.

Keywords help advertisers in several different way. First of all, they let us tell google for what searches and bid auctions we would like to compete in. It is important that McDonald’s appears high in a search for, “Food”, however they do not want to show up if someone searches for hotels. This would be costly and would not have hope of generating many sales.

Another reason keyword help advertisers is that the keywords can let us know how far into the purchasing decision a consumer is. Someone who is searching the keyword, “Camera”, is more than likely just getting into the purchasing decision and could still be a long way away from making a purchase. However, if a consumer searches for, “Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm, on sale today”, then this consumer is going to most likely be closer to the purchasing point of their decision. We call the ladder keyword, a long-tail keyword. Long-tail keywords are rarer, and normally more costly, but that is because they are so closely associated with sales.

Some keywords will be obvious. McDonalds will definitely want to appear in food searches, and Cannon will definitely want to appear in camera searches. However, some keywords will be less obvious. Car manufacturers will not only want keywords around make and models, but also around qualities. Consumers could search something like, “Fuel Efficient”, or, “Electric Car”. Google has created a tool called the Keyword Planner Tool to help advertisers get keywords related to any given topic.

The keyword planner will show you related keywords, and their searches per month for any potential topic. The keyword planner also has unique features that let you narrow in on specific searches you are looking for. You can enter keywords as being broad match, phrase match, or exact match. You can also create negative keywords that will keep you out of some search results. For example, a company who is selling tableware may want to be in a search for, “bowl” but be excluded from any searches with, “Bowling”. The negative keyword can accomplish this. Broad match keywords are very vague. For example, a broad keyword such as red shoes, may trigger a search for blue sneakers. Broad match is meant to be vague, so advertisers do not have to specifically type in every possible keyword. Broad match searches are also considered to be consumers who are just starting their search for an item. You could target users in this phase if you are trying to influence purchase behaviors away from other brands.

The next possible keyword search is the phrase match keyword. Applying this modifier will make sure that your searches are much closer to the actual phasing of your keywords. This will now only be triggered by searches that have both the words red + shoe from the example above. This lends some flexibility to the searches while keeping them relatively close to your keywords. The tightest possible choice is exact match keywords. These will only trigger for searches that are almost identical to your keywords chosen.

Keywords can be tracked and monitored closely. It is possible to delete some keywords, and add others once the search data is filtered. You can even adjust how much money you would like to spend on each keyword. All of these tools are created to give advertisers complete control over exactly what and when consumers see ads.

Google Display/Video Advertising

Google is too often thought of as only a tool for search. However, google also does advertising in media such as display pictures, and videos. Chances are if you have been online before, you have seen a picture advertisement courtesy of Google Display. Display has many features to help advertisers get their pictures in front of the right audience, at the right time. Google Display can also be a cheaper way to advertise because you are charged by the thousands of times that your display ad appears.

Display ads are a great way for building brand awareness. Display ads can be pictured when consumers do not even realize they are there. But then the ads can be recalled when the consumer is looking for that product. Display ads can also be interactive, and when clicked direct consumers to a webpage of the advertiser’s choice. For example, an ad for the Ford F-150 can take consumers directly to the truck page on the website.

Another great feature of the Display ads is that advertisers can choose exactly where they would like them shown. You can make sure your pictures are only showing up next to related content. This helps make sure we are reaching our precise target market.

Video ads through Google also appear throughout www.Youtube.com. These ads are similar to display. They are great for building brand awareness. The ads are available in different forms that have features such as skippable after 5 seconds or must watch. These ads can also feature calls to action that can direct consumers to a webpage of our choice. Lastly, simian to display ads, video ads can also be very precisely targeted. You can choose to target by demographics, by location, or even by certain youtubers pages and videos.

Overall, Display and Video ads will be a great addition to any advertising campaign.