Five Quick Facts About Google Hummingbird

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I’m sure you are asking yourself: Isn’t there more to Google Hummingbird than five tips?

Well of course there is!  I just happen to find it is much easier to read and retain information small bits at a time.  So let’s get started shall we?

Fact Number 1

If you’ve read anything about Google Hummingbird, you’ve heard the buzzwords Conversational Search.  Without getting too technical, what this basically means is Google is using the small microphone icon in the search box.  When you click on that microphone (assuming you have configured your computer correctly) you can verbally ask what you are searching for and Google will display your question in the search box.  What you may or may not know is Google Hummingbird is using Knowledge Graph for that query.

Fact Number 2

This is something you may have noticed with the release of Google Hummingbird, but may not have made the connection.  People have been writing longer blog posts.  This is where I have a problem, because I have a tendency to write short posts.  The content is still what I would consider value-added, however according to Google Hummingbird for good SEO the best length for a blog post would be between 550 – 1000 words.  What this means for you – if you have a typical content rich blog, you should be good.  If you have one of those sites that skims the first sentence or worse yet, just the title of a great blog with a link back to their blog so you can cash in on ads – Google Hummingbird is gonna cramp your style.

Fact Number 3

The more pages of original content you have on your site the more opportunity you have for search engines to find you.  Please note, you should NOT duplicate pages and only change a few words.  If you curate content from other pages, be sure to mix it up.  If you did bullets, change to numbers and change the order.  If you had a post with Top Ten, split the post in half.

Fact Number 4

Are keywords going away?  In a word, no.  In fact, not only are keywords still being used, what are also being taken advantage of to a greater extent are long tail keywords.

“Google Hummingbird will take a search engine query using long-tailed keywords and try to decipher the context of the question rather than chase the specific keywords within the question. The goal is to provide results that actually answer the question.”  source: Entrepreneur.com

Fact Number 5

Simple How-To’s rank higher than technical jargon.  If your niche is posting educational material, keep the terminology simple and easy to search.  According to Search Engine Journal, the term “How-To” doesn’t even take an advanced algorithm, so why not use “How to build a better mouse trap” instead of “Construct a mousetrap that is better than the one you have.”
So let’s recap:

  1. Google Hummingbird uses Conversational Search.
  2. Your post should be between 550 and 1000 characters long.
  3. Multiple pages of original content is good for search engines.
  4. Keywords are not going away and Long Tail Keywords are playing a bigger part than ever.
  5. Simple How-To’s rank higher than technical jargon.

Did you find this post useful?  Do you have anything you would like to add?  Do you have more questions about Google Hummingbird?  Be sure at let me know!

 

SEO for the Technically Challenged

What is SEO for the Technically Challenged?

Do you feel you just don’t get SEO a/k/a search engine optimization? I’ve been there. I know exactly the way you feel. If you take a step back and forget that it’s supposed to be scary and technical, and just think of it as a style of writing, you should be good. In fact, if you follow these 3 simple steps, you can painlessly help your on sight and offsite SEO.

 

1) Keywords: The keyword in this post is SEO, and in your post should be high-lighted in the following ways:

  • Your blog title should contain your keyword
  • H1, H2 or H3 Title

  • Hi-light your keywords with bold and italics within content of your blog
  • Alt txt in your image

  • Keywords should be repeated throughout your blog post that is enjoyable to read (notice I hi-lighted enjoyable) They need to be repeated enough, but not too much. If you’re not sure, there are plug-ins you can install on your blog to optimize it for SEO such as WordPress SEO by Yoast or Vibe SEO Pack, just to name a couple.

2) Commenting: In addition to keywords above, when you comment on other people’s blogs, you are leaving backlinks to your blog. The more comments you make, the more SEO “link juice” you leave. The more popular the blog, the better. (Hint you want to comment on a blog that allows you to enter your blog url (website addresss) not log in with your Facebook account).

3) Crosslinks: This is probably one of the easiest of the SEO techniques. Once you start blogging, it’s important to link your relevant posts or pages together. This is called crosslinking.

Watching the videos make these once thought scary SEO techniques easy to accomplish, so take a deep breath and optimize your site today! Now that wasn’t so scary was it?

 

 

SEO & Cross-Links: Do You Use Them?

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What Are Cross-Links?

Cross-links are the links between posts within a blog or links between pages on a website. If you want an example of a really successful site that uses cross-linking, think Amazon.  You look at one book, and they suggest others with links. Many blog themes have cross-links built in based on the category you place the post in.

your social media mogul cross-linking

Cross-linking helps the search engines decide how relevant a web page is to a particular topic.  You want to stay focused on the topic or related material you are writing about when cross-linking. For instance, this post is about SEO and cross-links, so I wouldn’t want to put a cross-link to a post about Twitter. This would not benefit this post in the search engine “crawl”.

Use Anchor Text

When you want to link one article or post to another, you will want to use anchor text. Anchor text is a feature many bloggers often don’t take full advantage of when creating cross-links. What you don’t want to put is “click here” or “more” as your anchor text. Your anchor text should be the major keyword or key phrase you are using throughout your post. If you don’t have any other posts or articles with those keywords or phrases, they should at least be the same subject or topic as your post.  As you will notice, this post has several anchor text cross-links that all relate to SEO.  I had not written about cross-links before, but I have written about SEO.

I’ve created a short video that shows you exactly how to create an anchor text link using WordPress.

Now keep in mind, cross-links are great for websites and blogs, but you don’t want to go too deep.  Search engines like the sites to be relatively shallow and wide.  If your pages have too many sub-sub-sub categories or broken links the search engines won’t find your content no matter how great it is.

Be on the look-out for other sites with great examples of cross-links.  Do you use cross-links?  Do you use anchor text?  How have you incorporated this into your social media strategy?  I’d love to to know!

 

How-To Review Your Favorite Blogs with Alexa

Show Your Favorite Bloggers You Care by Giving Them Reviews on Alexa

Did you know you could give reviews on Alexa?  I thought it was a pretty cool feature so I started giving reviews to fellow bloggers.  I researched the Alexa website to see if the reviews affected the rankings but I didn’t see any documentation supporting that one way or the other.   It’s still a nice way to give your favorite website or blog a “kudos for a job well done” or , if you don’t like a particular site, you can put that in the Alexa review as well.

The following video shows you step-by-step how you can give your favorite website or blog a review using Alexa.

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Support-A-Thon: Submit Your Free #Backlinks

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What’s a Support-A-Thon?

Well that was my question when I originally read the headline on Yomar Lopez’s blog.  I don’t know if he originally came up with the idea of thesupport-a-thon Support-A-Thon, but he definitely encourages us to take advantage of this marketing idea.  A Support-A-Thon is a free link exchange where participants actively help each other by posting links on each other’s social platforms.

What’s the purpose behind this Support-A-Thon?

As a participant (someone who submits your information) all you are asked to do is hand-pick a few other participants and share their links with your friends via your social networks.  Whether you choose to share by posting to Google+, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, makes no difference which social platforms as long as you share.  For the full story of how the Support-A-Thon works, please read Yomar’s post.

The following is straight from Yomar’s blog:

Why A Support-A-Thon Is For You

The goal here is to allow little-known business entities and creatives to share their online content with a wider audience.  This blog has gained great momentum and I’d like to share some of that traffic with you.  Of course, do not share your stuff here if you do not plan to support others here.  By joining our unofficial effort here, you pledge to…

  • Share the benefits, urgency, and highlights of any content you promote via the Support-A-Thon effort.
  • Never spam your links or the links of others.
  • Personally introduce content to the most interested, hand-picked targets.
  • Use StumbleUpon to Like content and share it to your network’s toolbars.
  • Cross-promote via a blog, site review, LinkedIn recommendation, etc., if you wish.
  • Leave quality comments on target content that will build conversations and add value to the content.
  • Introduce your favorite influencers to people personally, via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or other preferred social networks.
  • Promote the Support-A-Thon by using #supportathon where appropriate and perhaps blogging about it!

Link Building And Sharing Guidelines

When creating links outside of StumbleUpon (i.e. in blog comments, HTML-enabled profiles/bios, and discussion boards), it’s important to make them natural.  What is a natural link?  I’m glad you asked!

  • A link that leads to something relevant to the referring content.
  • A link with anchor text that describes the target content accurately and honestly.
  • A link given proper context so it does not seem like unsolicited spam or mere self-promotion (and people know what they’re clicking).
  • A link that adds value to the online conversation at hand.
  • A link that provides an action or connection that has been pre-approved.

Essentially, just like you are considerate and try to add value with your comments on other sites, you want to do the same with links.  If your links do not add value to content, have not been pre-approved, and break a site’s guidelines, chances are it is spam.

On the matter of pre-approval, most sites that enable links in comments, signatures, profiles, and other areas assume you know that it is meant to be used sparingly.  To avoid seeming like a leech, try to link to others and back to your top referrers more than you link to yourself.  Sure, this takes longer than other, more questionable link-building methods, but it ensures your links are not taken down.

So there you have it!  What a Support-A-Thon is and why you should participate.  I thought it was a splendid idea!  I love supporting others!  So please, post your information in the comment section.  Please know, however, I will be pre-approving the links in the comments so please, no spam, no “adult” sites, etc…

If you have questions or comments relating to something other than the Support-A-Thon link sharing, please post them on my Facebook fan page.  Thanks so much for your participation and support!