Follow Us:
SEO 101: Everything You Need to Know About SEO in 2013

SEOAs search engines and the algorithms they use change, so too do search engine optimization (SEO) best practices. My friend and go-to SEO expert, Kathryn McGeehan of MarketWise, recently shared valuable background information and numerous tips and tricks with me.

SEO in 2013 is all about Google simply because Google owns search – and that means we need to play by their rules. Google ranks sites based on:

  1. the number and quality of links to and from your site
  2. your site’s authority, aka the quality of your brand
  3. the quality and relevance of your content
  4. social metrics

Here are the 4 steps you need to take when building a successful SEO strategy in 2013:

1 – Start with keyword research

You want to use keywords on your site that share 3 characteristics: your audience uses them, they have low competition, and they add value to your site.

2 – Develop a content strategy that is SEO-focused

Revisit your website content and make sure you have content that is specifically focused on your keywords. Also be sure you are using keywords in your page titles and in links within your site.

2 ½ – Blog!

Google loves blogs that are frequently updated with fresh, relevant content, and that attract lots of comments. Google also looks at whether your blog posts get liked and shared on social media.

3 – Put together an inbound link strategy

This is a 3-part process:

  1. First, create link-worthy content that people will share, including YouTube videos, how-to guides, resource lists, case studies, etc.
  2. Second, pursue links from a variety of sites that includes a mix of  link anchor text (link anchor text is the word or words that are highlighted for a link).
  3. Third, build links overtime by inviting guest bloggers to your site, writing articles for press in your industry, and registering in valuable industry directories.

4 – Get social

For B2B companies, you need to use Google+ and LinkedIn when it comes to improving SEO. You can also try Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, depending on your audience and goals.

For B2C companies, use Facebook and Twitter, and try Google+ and YouTube. Again, remember this is for SEO purposes.

Have you successfully employed SEO on your website? How did your search engine rankings change?

Image courtesy of topseopicks.com


    Join the Small Business Forum Community
    The Small Business Forum is a place where small business owners can learn, ask questions, and share advice on how to succeed online