How To Archives : Bruce Clay BlogDecember 4, 2013
Pages rank higher in Google when they are tightly focused on a single topic. It’s unlikely that one page will rank high for a dozen phrases. So if we expect to rank, we need to pick a phrase and create a great page on that topic.
But what about just two phrases? Can we optimize a page for a primary and secondary keyword? Yes. Here’s a guide to targeting secondary keywords.
May 15, 2013
As a community manager and a blogger, I have 2 main needs for images:
1. Including them in BCI blog posts to break up text and add visual interest
2. Posting images to social media to share blog and other BCI content
What you’ll know by the end of reading this is:
- Where I get images, both free and paid services
- How to make a graphic-text mash-up using Google Drive that will get noticed in the midst of noisy Facebook, Twitter and Google+ streams
November 13, 2012
With a project profile created at the outset of the project, you have a constant road map to your content creation efforts. You’ll save time and mental power moving between projects. And you’ll have undertaken an exercise that brings you to a high level of intimacy with the brand and the people it wants to reach. Here’s my project profile cover sheet and an explanation of how and why you’d want to create them for your own SEO content projects.
Read more of SEO Copywriter Productivity Tip! Create Project Profiles.
October 10, 2012
While other addictions are more dangerous to your physical health, it’s hard to compete with Facebook as far as irresistible urges go.
A study conducted in Germany found Facebook to be as enticing as even the most primal desire, sex, and the most tempting substance, cigarettes. While Facebook’s addictive nature may not be as physiologically demanding, succumbing to its pressure is more difficult. It’s too easy to rationalize another visit to the network as harmless, and so we give in — over and over again.
Businesses can learn about what makes Facebook so addictive. Mimic some of Facebook’s behaviors to draw users back for more.
Read more of Lessons from Facebook: How to Be Irresistible.
August 9, 2012
Stale content got you down? When was the last time your website got a little TLC?
If you’ve been putting off a website refresh, stop it already. The time is now. And here’s how.
Define conversions: You may already have done this at some point but it’s worth doing again — from scratch. List the conversions you want performed on your site and then compare that list to your previous site goals. Maybe they’ve changed. Maybe you forgot about something that you needed to be reminded of. If you didn’t have a list of conversions as part of your website strategy from before, now you do. Let it guide your site design and content offerings.
Read more of Keep It Fresh: Steps for Updating Your Website Content.
May 11, 2012
The patient is crashing! Triage needed STAT! Is there a doctor in the house?
Yesterday the search engine optimization industry got fresh info from Matt Cutts on the Penguin situation. It’s been about two weeks since the bird first landed, enough time for SEOs to assess any damage and become familiar with the foul consequences of the update.
For those suffering under Penguin’s iron wing, a plan of action is needed to identify and remedy the causes of penalties and devaluations.
SEO experts have weighed in. Here are the steps for SEOs and webmasters to take to clean-up the link spam Penguin’s after.
Read more of Penguin Recovery Measures: Link Pruning Basics.
May 1, 2012
As technology advances and we upgrade our collective cache of abilities, some skills once reserved for specialists become commonplace. Well, there’s another skill that soon will be on the list of mandatory know-how: programming. We consume code all day; not knowing how to code is in many ways like knowing how to read but not write. We’re doing ourselves a great disservice by relegating ourselves to mere consumers not equal to a separate class of creators.
How can we as Internet marketers implement campaigns to their full effect if we don’t understand the language in which we are working?
Read more of Do Yourself a Favor. Learn to Code. (Then Teach Me.)
August 31, 2011
You have all these really great ideas on how to keep your brand engaged in social media, yet all those other things you have to do, all those work things, keep getting in the way. It happens to the best of us. The first problem? We have to realize that social media is work, and it should be viewed as part of the work week.
If you want to make strides in social media, you have to make time for social media. And that’s what we’re talking about today – taking control of your schedule in a way that makes social media work for your success, not against it.
Read more of How to Get a Handle on Your Social Media Schedule.
August 24, 2011
Fresh back from Search Engine Strategies in San Francisco and I’ve got a new appreciation for conference speakers. Why? Well, a few weeks back, Bruce asked if I would take over the expo hall theater presentation for him at SES. Not a big deal, right? About 75 percent of me wanted to say no, but that other 25 percent that was fed up with my fear of public speaking prevailed, and so I signed on.
Once it was over, I attended remaining sessions and even recalled past conferences with a new perspective on speakers. It’s not easy for people to get up there and do what they do –especially if they do it well. It’s certainly an acquired skill that takes practice. But, it got me thinking about the conferences I’ve been to I the past year, some of the things I think make a good speaker and some of the things that even seasoned speakers can improve upon.
Read more of The Dos and Don’ts of Conference Presentations.