Posts Tagged ‘Organic SEO’

Organic SEO: A Definition

Friday, March 5th, 2010

There are various definitions attributed to “organic SEO”. It is usually taken to be the search results that occur naturally or organically when a user types out the keywords in the search engine. It is considered to be those results that are content-based and come on the left side of the search engine page. Normally, when people mention organic SEO, they refer to the unpaid and algorithm-based results in a particular search engine. The phrase carries a shade of natural, and therefore positive, way of achieving high ranking in the search engines as against the PPC, the way of bringing the site to the front page through payment of money, and other similar short cuts.

Organic SEO is time consuming, yes. But then it can be relied to bring long time results and good ranking. Which is why most of the web masters choose organic SEO than any other way of SEO like PPC though they are said to the site to the front page faster.

There are several advantages for the organic SEO for the companies as well as the users.

  • Organic SEO involves white hat techniques and will adhere to the guidelines of the search engines. This eventually is safer for the websites. Black hat techniques can ban the sites if not used wisely.
  • Search engines keep changing their algorithms once in a while. A company that is following organic SEO techniques has no reason to worry since its website is on top because of its high-quality content and not because of technical loopholes.
  • Organic method is always cost-effective. Even though techniques like Pay per Click can bring your website to the front very fast and create benefits for you initially, it will end up paying more. Whereas, organic method brings the site to the top slowly but steadily and without any loss of money.
  • Organic SEO companies normally provide frequent reports on the progress of their work. They will keep doing a constant keyword evaluation. In short, the website would be kept active always.
  • Organic search results tend to be more informative and rich in content than the artificial ones.
  • Websites that are found as a result of organic SEO will have more inbound links than artificial ones.
  • Majority of the users rely more on organic results than the sponsored links.

This white hat technique of SEO has travelled a long way beyond the milestone where it started. Now there are many factors that can be included in organic SEO like analytics, social networking, video, Instant messaging (IM), etc. The more versatile online marketing gets, the more variety is added in SEO too. One thing is certain – whether the white hat organic optimisation brings more results or not, which it most often does, it certainly keeps your website safe and active and free from getting penalised.

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10 Don’ts of SEO

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Search engine optimisation is a marketing tactic that can make a huge difference to your website’s page ranking. However, as much as it is effective, it needs utmost caution too while using. Because, if not used wisely, SEO can break your business as easy and fast as it can make your business. Here are a few don’ts that you should remember in your SEO.

  1. Don’t take too long to start your SEO work. As soon as your business starts and your website is ready, start your optimisation. Or, if you are planning on a renovation of your current website, consider SEO from the beginning.
  2. Don’t take your SEO lightly. Think and plan carefully. Choosing an SEO company is not like choosing the colour of your interiors. It requires thorough research and careful planning.
  3. Don’t ignore your SEO once you employ an SEO company. Keep in touch with SEO process from the first to the last.
  4. Don’t submit your website to many search engines or directories. Because, more than quantity it’s the quality of the links that matters.
  5. Don’t make your website uncrawlable for search engine robots by incorrect robot.txt file or complex navigation path that can confuse the search engine spiders.
  6. Don’t use keywords more than necessary. Your website content should not only be search engine friendly but also look interesting and genuine for the users.
  7. Don’t ever adopt plagiarism. Duplicating content from other sites will not only not raise your page rank but might also remove your site from the search engine altogether.
  8. Don’t use multiple variables unnecessarily.
  9. Don’t practice cloaking under any circumstances. And in case you are wondering what is cloaking, it is designing your website so that search engines would see one content and the users would see a different content.
  10. Don’t use stock content that is written by a robot. It is always better to use custom content created exclusively for you.
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Choosing an internet marketing company

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Hiring Search Engine Optimisation Specialists:

Anyone can perform some degree of search engine optimisation on their website. However not all online shop websites have the time or IT knowledge to implement internet marketing techniques on their ecommerce website. In this situation, you may want to hire search engine optimisation specialists from among the many internet consultancies that exist out there. Below are some tips to avoid choosing undesirable SEO consultants.

Search Engine Submissions:

If the SEO company claims to be able to submit your site to hundreds of search engines then it is likely to be a scam. It is not necessary to submit to search engines as they will find your ecommerce website by using web bots to spider the web. If they do not focus on Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Live Search and Amazon’s A9 search engines then they are not focusing on important search engines.

Directory Submissions:

Directories such as DMOZ and Yahoo Directory are effective internet marketing techniques. The SEO specialist should be able to offer a comprehensive directory submission service covering directories that have categories related to your ecommerce solution. The better directories tend to be paid for.

On Site Optimisation:

If the search engine optimization company does not provide some kind of on site optimisation (as opposed to off site directory submission for example), such as structural changes, or changing of meta tag and title content then the company is providing an incomplete service and probrably should be avoided.

Black Hat Techniques:

Search Engine Optimisation companies that offer black hat optimisation techniques such as doorway passages or hidden text must be avoided because black hat techniques, once detected by the search engines, will get your site banned.

Blogs / Link Exchanges:

SEO companies that try to get traffic to your site by posting links to your site in blogs or message boards can still be effective although google has recently reduced the rankings of sites that rely too heavily on inbound links from poorly related webpages..

Guaranteed Results

Any SEO company that guarantees a top position is likely to be a scam or is promoting unusual keywords. No one can guarantee a top position on google for popular keywords and no one can fully know google’s ranking algorithm or have any kind of special relationship with google.
The exception to this are pay per click campaigns such as google adwords where a guaranteed listing can be guaranteed but incurs a high price for top positions and is not organic SEO.

On the other hand an SEO company can guarantee improved results. Any successful SEO campaign should be able to show improved results in the search engines compared to when your first started. This can be measured by the number of visitors, the keyword rankings in the search engines, and the number of purchases. A good SEO company should be able to provide monthly or quarterly reports that can be used to compare.

Good Communication

An honest search engine optimisation company should be able to provide details of what is or has been done to your website. Everything regarding SEO is in the public domain and there is no such thing as a secret with regards to SEO techniques that only one or two companies know about.

Organic versus Pay Per Click

Some internet marketing companies offer organic search engine optimsiatoin, while others offer Pay Per Click search engine optimisation. Many also offer both. It is important to know the difference between organic and advertisement based search engine results, and be aware that some sites are better suited for PPC while others for organic, depending on how competitive the ecommerce website’s area of business is. Pay per click is typically more expensive but also more reliable and would tend to send quality traffic to your website of potential clients that are likely to spend on your website’s products.

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