Go on - you know you want to - have a cheeky little eavesdrop on one of my phone conversations with a potential client. It wouldn't be unusual to hear me being asked if we "do" link building. The conversation starts all civilised and matey but at this point it gets a bit uncomfortable as I suggest that links should be earned - not built. I get that horrible sense of having said something really bad. My heart sinks too as I hear "I just want you to do some link building so my website can rank."
A recent post in a business forum I frequent asked the question, what are the best free SEO tools? The replies listed all the usual suspects so I threw something less expected into the mix. My suggestion? A text editor and your brain. Many moons ago I wrote a post titled The Best Free Link Building Software in fact if you search using the phrase best free link building software you'll see it ranks quite well and brings traffic to this blog daily.
Search Engine Optimisation constantly evolves, but this doesn't mean you need to constantly change your website to stay on the right side of Google. Rather it means the good guys are slowly winning out over the bad. Let me explain.
Most of us use Google every day and for many it can be a frustrating exercise trawling through irrelevant search results before finding what you need. Power users don't have this trouble, they know how to get what they need quickly by laser targeting their searches and here I'll show you, in plain English, how to do the same.
I regularly get asked to speak to groups of businesses about social media. It usually spills into a general chat about social media, search marketing and everything in between. One common theme when speaking to these groups (and feel free to ask me to speak to your business group) is confusion and fear. People are confused about what to do and they fear doing the wrong thing. There's also a general feeling that ignoring social media is a plausible strategy. If this is where you are, read on for some plain English help and advice.
It was George Burns who's attributed with saying 'Sincerity, if you can fake that you've got it made'. Perhaps it's always been this way but somehow I think it's been stimulated by the number of ways to fake it, and it's certainly true that thanks to Google, website owners a plenty spend every waking hour thinking about how to fake it.
Online reputation management is the on-going and pro-active process of protecting your brand online. If done correctly, ORM provides cover from all angles so that any instance of negative press reflecting badly on your brand is hidden away and buried beneath positive or neutral material, whether that be in the first pages of the search engine rankings or when browsing through social media and social networking websites. Adverse material can come from an unhappy customer, an ex-employee, an internet ‘troll’, or even from a competitor looking to damage your reputation to enhance the amount of business coming their way.