An online business who believes it holds an excellent product or service may be tempted to forego certain strategies that have proven their worth for many similarly-situated businesses. One of the most commonly set-aside ways of doing online business is providing search engine optimization advantage to the business site. This is largely attributed to the fact that the benefits of SEO are not seen instantaneously. What most site owners often fail to realize is that the benefits of SEO last longer than any other strategies done to increase the popularity of websites because of the very process it requires.
SEO is not a magic formula but it can be considered a formula to ensure steady increase in viewership and readership. White-hat SEO practices specifically recommend maintaining a site that gives users real value in terms of content, information, and choices. Black-hat SEO practices are generally frowned upon by the online community because of the element of deceit associated with them. In the context of aiming for customer loyalty, good SEO practices better serve the purpose.
As to the question of whether an online business can survive without SEO, there is a possibility that it can, but business owners are surely aiming for more than survival. Serious owners who are in the business for the long haul would want to be successful. In order to be successful in the online business world, consumers must be able to find the offered business. Good SEO practices make this possible.
Expecting to gain considerable financial rewards without doing what is necessary to achieve it appears more like a whimsical dream rather than a realistic goal. SEO is already here for the taking. There is no sense in putting the opportunity it offers to waste.
Search engine optimization â€“ we hear that phrase quite a lot these days. Maybe too much, actually. I have encountered countless business bloggers who believe that the primary reason they set up their blog is to increase their ranking when it comes to search engines. Their rationale is that a business blog (in addition to their web site) will increase their search engine ranking.
This is true â€“ there is not doubt about it. Yet if you focus solely on SEO as your purpose for your business blog, you are surely missing out on so much more!
A business blog is meant for more than increasing your own web siteâ€™s search engine rankings. Do not overlook this fact or you are merely wasting your resources.
I have written many posts on the benefits of blogging for your business â€“ all of them apart from SEO. Let me see, we have communicating with your readers, who by the way, are probably your customers as well. Then we have the idea of thought leadership â€“ establishing yourself and your company as an authority in your field. Being able to gain this status is definitely a plus for your company. What else? You can carry out market research through your blog, getting information from your customers â€“ both existing and potential.
I can think of so much more that business blogging has to offer. The point is, do not let yourself be sidetracked by merely one aspect of business blogging. You have the tool, you have the means â€“ make the most out of it!
At this point, most business owners understand the value of establishing an online presence. More than merely establishing a presence, though, it is rather important that business owners make an impact online. You need to build a strong online presence.
You’ve heard it once, and you will hear it again from me: Content is king. You may have a web site, and you may even have a blog. However, if you cannot offer much to your customers by way of content, there is no reason for them to keep coming back to your site or blog.
Providing fresh, relevant, and well-written content can be easy enough provided that you have enough time to work on your web site. However, as a business owner, you have tons of other things to take care of – core business activities. You might be able to squeeze in some time to write content, but wouldn’t you rather be focusing on those core activities?
This is the most compelling reason to outsource your content, really. The good news is that there are a lot of people who will do the job for you. You simply need to find an SEO copywriting service that can cater to your needs.
Another benefit that you get from an SEO copywriting service is that professionals will be writing your copy. This means that your content will be written especially with people who read online content in mind. More so, having SEO professionals do the job means that your content will be search engine friendly. This will help you greatly in placing well in the SERPs and in gaining more exposure to your sites.
Is your web site/blog not getting the traffic that you want? Maybe it is time to take a look at your content. Maybe it is time to outsource this task and get the results that you want.
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When we were all just getting started on the web, there was one almost universally accepted metric that measured your siteâ€™s search engine optimisation success – the Google PageRank. If you have absolutely no idea what PageRank is, it is a numerical grade assigned by Google to every website on the internet to measure the sitesâ€™ relative importance. The rule of thumb is that the higher the PageRank, the higher its search engine rankings.
That was a few years ago, though. When youâ€™re on the web, a few years can be a long time, and what was true then might not be applicable today. Weâ€™re seeing the beginnings of the real-time web, where we can see instantaneous tweets, blog and posts come out as they happen. Does PageRank still matter?
A few search engine optimisation practitioners would go as far as to say that PageRank doesnâ€™t matter anymore. Itâ€™s because no matter how many hours you work on a siteâ€™s PageRank; in the end, your websiteâ€™s PageRank is subject to the whims of Google. Such a subjective system, for them, is not going to work. On the other hand, other SEO specialists are saying that PageRankâ€™s importance has indeed diminished over the years, but you canâ€™t just ignore it – itâ€™s still a vital metric to measure your SEO success.
So how should we approach PageRank nowadays? Personally, I go with the second school of thought regarding PageRank – itâ€™s not as important as before, but it still matters nonetheless. Even Googleâ€™s employees are telling people to stop focusing on PageRank so much, because itâ€™s no longer the most important metric for them to track.
Personally, I focus on keyword optimization first and search engines second. I donâ€™t even spend energy trying to raise my PageRank, because thereâ€™s no guarantee Iâ€™ll get PR4 on my sites anyway. I just focus on content and building quality backlinks.
Weâ€™ve come to the end of this series about the Four Ps of Effective Business Blogging, as Tom Pick has explained. To recap the first three, they are Personality, Persistence, and Passion. The last of the bunch is something more measurable and quite practical â€“ Promotion.
With every business venture, promotion is one of the most important activities. To realize how important promotion is, it is necessary to go back to the core goal of the business activity. For blogging, why are you in the blogging business? Or rather, why are you maintaining a blog for your business?
The answer is simple â€“ you want to reach out to the countless people out there who could be potential readers. For business blogs, you want to extend your businessâ€™s reach and let the whole world know that you exist and inform them of what you have to offer. The main role of a blog is to achieve this goal and the main way by which you can do this with your business blog is to promote the blog.
There are many ways by which you can promote your blog â€“ SEO practices, making use of social networking sites, exchanging links with other blogs and sites, and so on. All these do not happen by themselves, you need to exert some effort in order to make your blog known to the world.
Promoting your blog is one of the most important aspects of business blogging. You want people to be able to find your blog amidst the plethora of other blogs in existence. Different people would have different takes on how one should go about promoting any blog. I ran across some really sensible tips in Business Blog Templates that you may want to consider as you look for ways to promote your own blog.
Have a clear objective for each post.
You always must ask yourself, what the aim of your post is and how it is going to help your site be promoted in search engines. And of course, you should understand that SEO isnâ€™t a one-time occupation. It requires time and permanent attention. Search engines use to change their algorithms, which means youâ€™ll constantly have to think of new ways to satisfy these requirements.
Consider seeking professional help.
If you believe that your business blog can do well without professional help, youâ€™ll have to be in the know of the latest SEO trends and become one of the regular visitors of SEO authority resources. Otherwise trust control over your business blog to your SEO specialist. Always try to consult people, familiar with SEO – professional advice will never be out of place.
Focus on originality.
Create original content, interesting to your readers. Never write for search engines. Always remember, that the content of your business blog must contain 95% of useful and interesting information and only 5% of SEO. All SEO specialists agree that content is the most powerful optimization tool. With itâ€™s help you can attract not only new readers, but new external links, which is another important SEO criteria.
Of these three tips that I found most interesting, I think the last one bears a lot of weight. Let us look into this point sometime in the future.
I recently read a blog post about blogs and how they can increase search engine visibility. I have to admit that the content was something that I have encountered before but the way it was presented by Dan Patterson was very simple and easy to understand. Though the entry was posted last year, the content is still relevant and I thought Iâ€™d share it with you.
He focuses on two main points â€“ changing content and link building. Letâ€™s look at changing content. This is a very important aspect when it comes to search engines. Remember that they use spiders to crawl web pages and these spiders want fresh content. That is the main reason they will come back to a web page even if they have already visited it before. So if your page has fresh content all the time, that means that spiders will keep coming back. Now common sense will tell you that your blog would be more likely to have new content than a static web page. Posting on a regular basis is a simple thing to do, with lots of benefits in terms of search engine visibility.
Link building, on the other hand, is also a huge part of blogging. If you have been blogging for quite some time, you probably are into the habit of linking out to other blogs and relevant sites. Though your business blog may have one overall topic, you can still relate to other sub topics, giving you more links. Of course, by doing so, you also encourage other sites to link to your blog. This, once again, is a good thing for search engine visibility (as long as the links are real and relevant).
So youâ€™ve got a nice business blog all set up. Youâ€™ve thought about it a whole lot and everything is just perfect. From the concept to the actualization, you think youâ€™ve got it down pat. Yet have you checked your blog stats lately? Do you have many readers other than yourself and the people in your circle? Or maybe you are not getting as many readers as you originally hoped for. Here are some tips that can help you make your blog more popular and attract more readers.
Donâ€™t overlook looks
I cannot emphasize this enough â€“ content is very very important, we all know that. Without good content, your blog is as good as dead. However, you cannot totally overlook the physical design of your business blog. You need to expend some effort on the layout and design of your blog. What do you need to consider? Think as if you were your readers. Declutter your blog and make it easy to navigate. Make it pleasing to the eyes and make it easy for them to find relevant content. More so, try to experiment a little bit and make your blog stand out in terms of physical design. Remember, there are countless blogs online, you have to do whatever you can to make yours stand out and attract more readers.
SEO is important
I am sure you have heard of SEO â€“ we have several posts on this topic. Search engine optimization techniques are an important part of establishing your online presence. You need to be able to reach out to people who may not know about your blog. For more details, check out our relevant posts on SEO.
A business blog can bring many advantages â€“ that is the general consensus. Yet many times, this sweeping statement is not really backed up with concrete ideas and information. Here is one incentive for businessmen who are not yet fully convinced of a blogâ€™s power to increase your presence online â€“ a blog can position you as an expert in the field.
Before delving into how a blog can do this, let me answer another question: â€œSo what if I can acquire expert status?â€ Isnâ€™t it pretty obvious? Take any topic under the sun â€“ say, English learning online. If the average person wants to know more about this topic, what does he normally do? Consult with someone he believes to be knowledgeable in the matter, right? In the absence of â€œrealâ€ people he can consult in â€œreal timeâ€ what does he do? He goes to his computer and searches for reputable sources online.
Now if you have expert status â€“ that is, if you gain that reputation of being knowledgeable in your field, you will have countless people knocking at your door.
So how can you acquire this status with a business blog? Simple, maintain an active blog with regular posts. Make sure that the content is updated and indeed accurate as befitting an authority in your field. Of course, you would also have to engage in some promotion so that your blog can be discovered by readers. If you are starting from scratch, your readership may be limited but with great content and proper marketing, you will be reaping the benefits before you know it.
After the celebrated resignation of former World Bank head Paul Wolfowitz who will be stepping down by June 30 due to his involvement in creating a compensation package for girlfriend Shaha Riza, US President Bush will be naming Robert Zoellick as his successor. His selection of Zoellick is expected to be approved by the World Bankâ€™s 24 member board soon.
Zoellick is a logical choice, owing to the fact that has garnered the moniker of establishing contacts in most parts of the world as President Bushâ€™ trade chief. Considering the situation that the World Bank is in right now, Zoellick has his work cut out for him.
But basing it on Zoellickâ€™s credentials, he seems to be fit for the job. With his experience in building stronger ties and relations from all parts of the world, his designation is expected to be formalized soon so that the World Bank can get back on the right track.
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