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Posts Tagged ‘SEO’

5 Things to Know About Choosing the Right Keywords

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The phrase is content strategy. And, whether you feel confident about it or not, my fellow flacks, this is slowly becoming your bag in PR. SEO is an ever-evolving thing. It’s like watching a child actor grow up — you know the brick wall is coming, it’s just when he or she will run smooth into the damn thing.

We are running into SEO and many flacks aren’t prepared because of all the many nuances behind keywords. What are they really? How do you use them? When is the best time to write them?

To wit, here’s our latest 5 Things listicle: What to know about choosing the right keywords. *High Five!*  Read more

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Five SEO ‘Secrets’ for 2014

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Whelp, if ever there was a secret to decipher the labyrinth of search engine optimization, that’s it. There are no secrets to SEO — only best practices. I applaud Google for one thing: The Web juggernaut is forcing PR pros, copywriters and Webheads to become better writers.

Sure, the sundry grammatical issue will sneak by a copy editor and land on a website, but thanks to the Google Zoo — Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird — there are no tricks to keyword spamming and stuffing. It’s all about content, content, content.

That said, there are a few things you can consider when writing your next release, press kit or website. Here we go…

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A Question for PR Pros: To Kill a Hummingbird?

google_hummingbirdIn a concentrated effort to keep hackers, black-hat dudes from Anonymous and other ne’er-do-wells living in their mother’s attic on their collective toes, Google decided to add another savage beast to its algorithmic zoo.

First, it was Panda. Then, it was Penguin. And now, it’s…Hummingbird?

With all these updates, many PR pros are happy relying on the usual tactics like a press release or a pitch. However, with the Internet superhighway building off-ramps to your agency, all flacks need to brush up on the ways these updates affect them directly.

Here are three ways Hummingbird will change the way you do your job:

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Upcoming Webcast: How to Get Your Press Release Read

megaphoneWant to increase the visibility of your press release? Once you hit “publish,” your news release is searchable on the Web. Boosting your Google search ranking and getting journalists to write about your news is a crucial skill for PR professionals.

Join Jason Chupick, VP of editorial news operations at MWW and founding editor of our very own PR Newser, for a one-hour webcast discussion on how to optimize your press releases. He’ll discuss simple hacks and strategies that will ensure that your news gets read. Learn how to choose the right keywords to bring your release to the top of search results, how to get the best quotes and how to use social media to amplify your voice. You’ll also have the opportunity to get answers to all your PR questions with Jason in this interactive webcast.

This session is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24 from 4-5pm ET. Sign up now to reserve your spot!

6 SEO Content Tips You May Have Missed

Everyone Pay Attention to Me Every PR pro has heard the news: The future of public relations is all about “brand journalism“, which is all about content, content, content. Of course, the quality of said content is paramount, because if readers don’t get your company/client’s message then the words themselves won’t be worth much in the end.

But search engine optimization also plays a big role in the art of content creation. If pages don’t show up near the top of relevant Google searches, then their value will be limited.

Now for a tiny bit of shameless self promotion: As Mediabistro employees, we recently had the opportunity to take one of our company’s courses on SEO best practices. We thought we were fairly familiar with SEO, but we learned a few techniques that go beyond the usual “include key words and phrases”, and we thought we’d share six tips that we would have missed otherwise.

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Using SEO to Address PR Problems

Against the backdrop of Segway owner Jimi Heselden’s death, the company has a few image issues to fight, SEO firm StuckOn suggests. With the Christian Science Monitor asking if it’s “safe to ride” and AOL News running a story on owners killed by their own inventions, StuckOn might be right in pointing out that the incident “could pose a public relations hitch for the company.”

Though it clearly has a stake in the game as an SEO company itself, StuckOn makes some interesting comments on ways to moderate what people find when they search. In addition to press releases, Web copy, and Facebook and Twitter status updates, an SEO company can “examine the main search terms that your business targets and modify them to minimise the chances of any negative press finding its way near the top of the search engine results pages.”

In the case of the Segway, StuckOn points to YouTube, which it says “has become awash with footage of people crashing the vehicles.”

[Image via Segway]