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5 Ways To Avoid The Online Competition Trap w/ Great @MarkTraphagen Note

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5 Ways To Avoid The Online Competition Trap
Never ceases to amaze me. Team +Curagami sees the Hatfields and McCoys squared off and fighting tooth and nail over nothing all the time. Here are 5 ways to avoid the Online Competition Trap (be sure to Read Mark Traphagen's excellent note in comments on the attached too):

* Use Google Adwords to discover REAL DEMAND for keywords (use exact an broad match too and if you really want to get depressed use "exact match" to see how few people are actually searching for that new widget you just created).
* Create something like our Curagami Keyword Efficiency Index (cKEI) to calculate where #blueoceans live (keywords or phrases with less competition but healthy search volume and YES these are getting harder and harder to find). Use "long tail" analysis to find these.
* Understand your "poker table stakes" keywords - words you have to have content for but won't win in this lifetime.
* Know what they are spending (use +SpyFu) and then SPEND DRAMATICALLY LESS because you've out thought them. One way to do that is look for a #contentmarketing "fighter pilot" in your space and toss them into your ecosystem (I did this with +Red Bull during my keynote to a group of #smbs at +FedEx conference and they found it eye opening to say the least). 
* Think about using new tools such as Curagami, tools that help create #community so you do LESS but win MORE hearts and minds. Would classify +Paper.li +Scoop.it and +Optimizely in this category of get more spend or do less tools.

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Improve Rankings with Semantic Keyword Research

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An all in one. It's really an extraordinary item for doing the right things to improve your ranking. If you have a blog with great articles, but not many visitors, apply the ideas in this article, it'll help you for sure. [note mg]

Think about semantic keyword research to help you focus your content and and improve your rankings.

 



***** Cool continue to believe semantic web holds keys to future. Marty
Via Martin Gysler, Neil Wilkins, Cyndee Haydon www.SandbarsToSunsets.com
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15 SEO Writing Tips [5 Infographic, 5 Marty]

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This is an infographic about current SEO thinking with tips and tools to help sites rank better on search engines.

 

Most people have a general idea of how to optimize their content for search engines. That search engine algorithms are proprietary and evolving inevitably causes different opinions on SEO. Of course there’s another school of thought that minimal keyword research and a green-light from a SEO plugin are enough to publish a piece.

 

This infographic challenges writers and some of the preconceived notions about SEO. It has a mixture of tips and tools to help you rank better in search...


Via Lauren Moss, John Boitnott
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Marty's 5 SEO Writing Tips

I've written about how to write for humans and spiders extensively at http://scenttrail.blogspot.com/2009/03/seo-writing-2.html , but here are 5 "quick SEO Writing tips" to add to this excellent infographic:

5 More SEO Writing Tips
* Write out "Stop words" (words like I, and, but, we, them, they spiders can't understand).
* Be specific - one way to write out "stop words" is to be specific.

* Short Sentences - helps eliminate connections (and, but, thus, so).

* Short paragraphs - helps humans read online.

* Use subheads (H2s) - Only ONE H1, but you can have multiple H2s.

 

You may not know about "stop words". I was taught to gauge quality score by putting total words on the top and stop words on the bottom. If you have 10 words with 5 stop words you would have a "quality" score of 2.

I don't have to do the math anymore. Now I WRITE long and edit out as many stop words as I can before copy sounds spamming. Seeing words like "it", "they" or "them" I rewrite by being specific about those things. Sometimes I have to use alternative words since to use the main word to replace a non-specific word like "it" may mean the copy is too keyword dense.

Any word with MEANING is better than a stop word. Write "natural" and train your editing eye to see and replace stop words, long sentences and dense paragraphs. Web writing is more Hemingway than Faulkner, so punch those words out :).

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, May 2, 2013 12:52 PM
Great comment MizWalidah. I wold modify one point. Instead of "continually optimizing your meta keywords and tags" I would find ways to ping in fresh content such as User Generated Content from reviews or comments. Once a website I've SEOed is inside of Google's algorithm changing meta values that matter (mostly the page's title) can HURT SEO. I change titles VERY VERY carefully since the first rule of SEO is DO NO DAMAGE. The QDF (Quality Deserves Freshness) movement post Panda and Penguin LOVES it when a page pings, so I love the 1% of visitors who are willing to comment, review or otherwise contribute User Generated Content.

I DON'T play with meta nearly as much as you imply since to do so can look SPAMMY and cause real harm. The most important idea is creating content other people want to share. This is why I love GAMES and CONTESTS especially for bands. High engagement content such as Contests and Games can help with SEO and they can help create a distinct brand all bands need. Appreciate your enthusiasm, but be careful about meta (especially title) changes. Marty
Coralie D.'s curator insight, May 3, 2013 4:32 AM

Infographie sympa sur la rédaction SEO... A lire et relire, c'est toujours utile ! ;)

Joe Wise's curator insight, May 21, 2013 5:31 PM

Any of you SEO gurus out there care to confirm any of this?