Free Traffic Seo Smo 101 (Search Engine Social Media Optimization) Presentation 1

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  • 1. Free Traffic
    • Social Media Optimization and Marketing 101.

2. Notes

  • The presentation will be available online.
  • All the research, charts, figures, and articles referenced will be available online.
  • Links and additional notes will be online.
  • Any direct questions should be directed to:
    • [email_address]

3. Before We Go On

  • What is Social Media?
    • Blogs
    • Social News
    • Social Networking
    • Online Video
  • Why Should I Use Social Media
    • Low Cost
    • High Return, High Impact
    • Compatible With Other Campaigns

4. 9 Industry Rules of Social Media Optimization

  • 1. Know your audience and how to target it. Use analytics.
  • 2. Create original content and dont be afraid to try new things (stay fresh).
  • 3. Increase your linkability by creating evergreen content (resources) and rewarding links.
  • 4. Make tagging, bookmarking, and sharing easy.
  • 5. Help your content travel through RSS, email subscriptions and newsletters, embeds, mashups, e-books.

5. 9 Industry Rules of Social Media Optimization

  • 6. Reward and thank helpful and valuable users, linkers, and traffic sources.
  • 7. Be real and genuine.
  • 8. Participate.
  • 9. Make SMO part of your process and best practices, develop a strategy and use the tactics wisely.

6. Some Notes:

  • Less than 10% of Fortune 500 companies know, understand the value, and correctly use social media.
  • Almost all social media campaigns are too generic and unfocused (dont have a clear goal or dont pay attention to specific communities and demographics).
  • Most social media campaigns dont last long enough to be valuable and expect too much in too little time.

7. Short-term strategy 8. Long-term strategy 9. Statistics that matter (Digg culture)

  • Audience preferences.
  • Popularity by container.
  • Popularity by keyword.
  • Popularity by day.

10. Audience preferences 11. Audience preferences 12. Audience preferences 13. Audience preferences 14. Demographics 15. Links by container 16. Links by keyword 17. Conversion rate 18. Two Main Components

  • Content
    • Copywriting.
    • Design.
  • Community
    • Participation.
    • Presence.
    • Connections and Conversations.

19. Content - Actionable Items

  • The 10-second rule: making your content pop!
  • Writing for regular readers, search engines, and social media.
  • Social media friendly site design.
  • High impact content above the scroll.

20. The 10-second rule: making your content pop!

  • The average reader reads about 240 words per minute, where as a diagonal reader reads (actually scans) closer to 15 words per second or about 900 words per minute, looking at the following aspects of your content:
    • 1. The title or headline of your post.
    • 2. The subtitles or subheadings within the post.
    • 3. Anybold ,underlined , quoted, or otherwise highlighted text.
    • 4. Pictures, graphs, charts, or images of any nature.
    • 5. A summary of the article.

21.

  • Questions you must answer before youre finished:
    • Do you really have something to say? Is it an original thought?
    • Is it possible to quickly summarize your point?
    • Is the point youre trying to make apparent?

The 10-second rule: making your content pop! 22. Writing for regular readers, search engines, and social media.

  • 1. The page title should be short and to the point. Titles lengths should average between 60 and 80 characters.
  • 2. Your keywords must be in your title, but the trick is doing this without making the headline unattractive and boring.
  • 3. If possible, use your key words in the beginning. Because these readers are scanning the search results for keywords they will want to see certain words pop out from the onset.

23. The Social Media Title 24. Example 25.

  • The formula:
    • [Number] [Adjective] [Key Phrase]
  • Examples (all different niches):
    • [10] [Impressive] [Parkour and Free Running] Videos
    • [8] [Remarkable] [Palace, Fort and Castle Hotels]
    • [20] [Eye-Catching] Pieces of [Recycled Urban Furniture]

Writing for regular readers, search engines, and social media. 26. Social media friendly site design

  • Your Site URL Structure and Hosting Service, Things to Avoid:
    • 1. Hyphens or numbers in your domain name.
    • 2. Keyword-stuffed domain name.
    • 3. Any non-dot-com domain name.
    • 4. Not self-hosted.

27. Social media friendly site design

  • The General Site Design
    • Take Down the Registration-Wall or Pay-Wall
    • Are You Overselling Advertisements (or Using All The Wrong Ads)?
    • Stop the Widgetization of your Blog
    • Show Some Interest in Your Community
    • Recognition
    • Access (to popular content, etc.)

28. High impact content above the scroll

  • Goal: Make the attention count, maximize conversions.
  • 1. Put serious thought into your title.
  • 2. Start with a striking visual cue.
  • 3. Have substance above the scroll
  • 4. Make an engaging opening splash
  • Ask yourself: Does my design draw attention directly to the content? Does it make older content easy to access?

29. No-impact content above the scroll 30. No-impact content above the scroll 31. No-impact content above the scroll 32. High impact content above the scroll 33. High impact content above the scroll 34. High impact content above the scroll 35. Two Main Components

  • Content
    • Copywriting.
    • Design.
  • Community
    • Participation.
    • Presence.
    • Connections and Conversations.

36. Community- Actionable Items

  • The social media manual.
  • How to be sharing without being overbearing.

37. The social media manual.

  • Start by learning about the site and its audience.
  • Know why you want to use the site (not just for self-promotion).
  • Dont be a troll, consider what the other community members want.
  • Participate in moderation.
  • Use your fans dont abuse your fans.
  • Give back to the community.

38. 5 Ways to share your content to higher exposure

  • Instant Messenger
  • Email
  • Using the share feature (share, shouts, site-mail, direct-messaging)
  • Micro-blogging/Lifestreaming
  • Google groups, Skype groups, etc.

39. How to be sharing without being overbearing.

  • If youre going to share, be open to have others share with you.
  • Share with those that share.
  • Share once.
  • Dont share randomly.
  • Get personal, share eloquently.
  • Dont just share, offer to help.

40. So, Wheres the free traffic?

  • 5 Steps to Free Social Media Traffic:
    • 1.Study the audience demographic.
    • 2. Create appropriate content.
    • 3. Socialize with the target community.
    • 4. Seed the content to the community.
    • 5. Understand the algorithm or promotion patterns.
    • Afterthoughts: Make sure your site can withstand the influx of traffic.

41. Sample Demographics 42. The Digg Algorithm

  • About the algorithm:
    • Recent participation rank of user and followers.
    • Voting activity on the site.
    • Submission category and activity in the category.
    • Speed of votes and diversity of voters.
    • Buries received.
    • Comments and comment ratings received.

43. The Digg Algorithm

  • Misconceptions regarding the algorithm:
    • Wrong: An absolute number of votes is required.
    • Wrong: You're doomed if your story isn't submitted by a top user.
    • Wrong: Number of friends is important.
    • Wrong: There is a 24-hour window for success.

44. Social Media and Search

  • The beautiful thing about social media optimization and marketing is that can sit right on top of your search engine optimization and marketing.

45. Using social media to increase search visibility. 46. Using social media to increase search visibility. 47. Using social media to increase search visibility. 48. Using social media to increase search visibility. 49. Using social media to increase search visibility. 50. Examples

  • A couple of examples of good social media content.
  • Note that the content is relevant to the blog, the root site, and is developed keeping the social media formula (as well as category and title keyword popularity) in mind.

51. Examples from Scratch 52. Examples from Scratch 53. Examples from Scratch 54. Calculating Return on Investment

  • Unique Visitors, Page Views, and Time Spent
  • Comment on the socialized page and comments on your site.
  • Cross-Pollination.
  • Explicit Conversions (Registrations, Subscriptions, Ad-Clicks, etc.)
  • Linkbuilding, Long-Tail Traffic, and SERPs ranking.
  • Branding and Mindshare.

55. 5 Essential Rules of Social Media Optimization

  • Embrace technology, transparency, and community, rather than fight them.
  • Know what youre doing, your audience demographic, and ultimate goals.
  • Focus your energy on specific niches and sites rather than hedging your bets.
  • Create value rather than expecting value.
  • Encourage and reward interaction and engagement.