- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 059615707X
- ISBN-13: 978-0596157074
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
John I. Jerkovic currently manages a group of IT professionals at a wealth management company. His team works closely with the marketing (e-Business) team in managing close to 100 internal and external sites. A part of this work includes SEO. He's also had the opportunity to architect (and work with) several enterprise search solutions based on the Google Search appliance (GSE), IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition and Lucene. In 2009, John won two Web Marketing Association awards for outstanding achievement in website development. He maintains an SEO blog at http://www.seowarrior.net/.
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The author of this book, John I. Jerkovic does an excellent job not only detailing exactly how SEO works, but also why it works, what is good, and what is bad. The book starts out by proving certain SEO elements are legitimate, by using some perl program to perform a large amount of searches for popular keywords, then compare HTML elements of the top ranked sites to see what they have in common (keyword density, title element, meta tags, etc.) In my opinion, this alone was worth the money, as it clearly shows by real-world example, that SEO does work, and proves what elements are more important than others.
The material covered is very thorough (and at times, a bit too wordy), and will leave you with no questions unanswered. The author covers:
- tools to help you test your websites for SEO
- how to use google, yahoo, and bing searches to look for competitors
- how to use google, yahoo, and bing optimizations elements in your HTML pages to promote "organic SEO"
- how to avoid search engine spam
- how the nofollow attribute works
- how to create a sitemap
- how to write a robots.txt file
- where to look for relevant information on SEO
- how to use advertising to your advantage
- how to get money by showing ads on your website
- how to find and detect blackhat SEO
- how to use social media sites (twitter, facebook, etc.) to establish your brand
and a good deal of other topic.
The book is a bit thick, coming in at around 400 pages of content, but has quite a few diagrams illustrating google, yahoo, and bing webmaster tools (among other things), which take up ~5 -> 10% of the total pages. It is a very easy read, not very heavy on coding, but also not too high level.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who does web design themselves, and is interested in making their pages popular, but doesn't really know anything about SEO. The book teaches you everything you'll need to know, and takes you from nothing to everything in a few days.
If you're a web developer and/or designer and this book is new information to you, then you need to get clued up ASAP. This book is a lot of common sense spelled out in detail. It's a great introduction to SEO, but if you're a seasoned web developer there is little in the way of new information. Take my review with a grain of salt. I'm someone who believes books should offer something the internet could never give you. If that's not how you think, then this book may be worth it for you, as it is a good introduction to every aspect of SEO. If you choose to see this book as a central location that collates common sense in one place, then it's more of a 4 or 5 star book.
* The big picture,
* Internal ranking factors,
* External ranking factors,
* Search engine traps,
* Keyword research (excellent worksheets),
* Competitor research and analysis,
* Content considerations,
* Search engine spam.
* Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics,
* Social networking phenomenon,
* Search engine marketing.
4 stars: Overall
5 stars: Benefits and outcomes can be immediate
5 stars: New information, especially external ranking factors
1 star: Too much do-it-yourself PHP code