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"Rebecca's book is chapter-by-chapter gold for anyone who needs to understand how we find information on the Web." Kevin M. Ryan, Motivity Marketing, Inc., and Chairman of Search Engine Strategies Advisory Board In this book, leading search optimization expert Rebecca Lieb brings together more than 50 absolutely crucial facts and insights decision-makers must know to drive more web traffic through better search engine placement. The Truth About Search Engine Optimization doesn't deliver abstract theory: it delivers quick, bite-size, just-the-facts information and plain-English explanations that executives, decision-makers, and even small business owners can actually use, no matter what kind of sites you're running, or what your goals are. You will learn how to set realistic goals for search optimization... attract qualified traffic, not just "any" site visitors... incorporate search engine optimization into both new sites and redesigns... write for users... implement search-friendly content management... avoid problems with rich content technologies such as Flash and AJAX... create metatags that actually work... use public relations, blogging, and other techniques to drive traffic... budget and manage search optimization projects... and much more. This book reveals 51 PROVEN SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION TECHNIQUES and bite-size, easy-to-use advice that gets results including
  • The truth about page rankings
  • The truth about best SEO practices and SEO no-no's
  • The truth about link love, keywords, and tags
Introduction vii Foreword by Fredrick Marckini ix Part I: The Basics of Search Truth 1: Getting noticed by spiders, robots, and crawlers 1 Truth 2: Learn to do the Google dance 5 Truth 3: It's not about traffic-it's about qualified traffic 9 Truth 4: Your reputation is on the line 13 Part II: The Truth About Being Site-Specific Truth 5: SEO is an ongoing project, not set-it-and-forget-it 17 Truth 6: SEO is not an afterthought 21 Truth 7: SEO results aren't immediate or lasting 25 Truth 8: You don't have a homepage anymore 29 Truth 9: Think like a publisher, even if you're not 33 Truth 10: Site and page design count 37 Truth 11: Write for users and search engines will follow 41 Truth 12: Keywords are key 45 Truth 13: Use analytics and keyword research tools 49 Truth 14: Site stats share the bad news, too 53 Truth 15: Think twice about hot new technologies 57 Truth 16: Content management systems matter-a lot 67 Part III: Tag, You're It! Truth 17: What's in a title? Everything... 65 Truth 18: The relative importance of meta tags 71 Truth 19: Tag images, audio, video, and other media 75 Part IV: The Truth About Links Truth 20: Some links are more equal than others 79 Truth 21: Building links through online directories 83 Truth 22: Using SEO PR as a link strategy 87 Truth 23: The jury is out on paid links 91 Truth 24: Share and share alike: Reciprocal linking 95 Truth 25: Ads are links, too 99 Truth 26: Build your site in a good neighborhood 103 Truth 27: Blogs are a terrific link strategy 107 Truth 28: Putting the kibosh on link love with nofollow links 111 Part V: You Call That a Search Engine? Truth 29: Search is going vertical 115 Truth 30: Everyone is local somewhere 119 Truth 31: Get listed to get vertical 125 Truth 32: Optimize off-site searches 129 Truth 33: Universal search and personalized search 133 Part VI: Get a Social Life Truth 34: Blogs are built for SEO 137 Truth 35: RSS feeds "feed" SEO efforts 141 Truth 36: Users will create content for you 145 Truth 37: Tag images, video, links, and other media 149 Part VII: Search Ranking Truth 38: Being #1 ain't what it used to be 153 Truth 39: Don't live and die by PageRank 157 Truth 40: Wag the long tail 161 Part VIII: The Truth About SEO Management Truth 41: In-house or outsource? 165 Truth 42: Hiring a great search professional 169 Truth 43: Great SEOs sweat the small stuff 173 Part IX: Don't Be Evil Truth 44: Beware blackhat SEO 177 Truth 45: Search engines frown on keyword stuffing and spam 181 Truth 46: Don't cultivate link farms 185 Truth 47: It's very difficult to get unbanned 189 Truth 48: Moving to a new domain is stressful 193 Part X: Going Beyond Truth 49: Global SEO 197 Truth 50: Mobile SEO is more important than ever 201 Truth 51: Sometimes you don't want to be found 205 About the Author 208 Note: Appendix A is available for free and located online at --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Search engine optimization (SEO) is the art and the science of getting a website to appear prominently in organic search engine results when a search submits a query relevant to that website.

In other words, it’s about standing out from the crowd. It’s being front-and-center when a searcher raises his proverbial hand and says: “Hey! Over here! I’ve got a question and need an answer. Who’s available to help?”

Often, that question relates to “Where can I buy...?” or “Who can I do business with?” A well-optimized website, therefore, is something akin to the Holy Grail of marketing. It provides the right message to the right person at the right time.

And who’s the person in question? Well, everyone. Very close to literally everyone, given that the overwhelmingly majority of people in developed countries are online—and searching. Search long ago became the second-largest online activity (after email). Search has evolved from merely providing answers to stated problems and queries. Today, it’s the way most people navigate the Web. The major search engines are so good and so fast, search has largely replaced even the necessity of bookmarking favorite online destinations. In recent years, we’ve even seen the search bar come close to taking the place of the navigation bar in most major web browsers.

Even the most casual searcher has noticed that search is changing. It’s becoming deeper, more specific, more personalized, and more customized. Now, searchers can search for (and site owners can optimize for) shopping, blogs, video, images, local resources, books, or audio files. There’s almost nothing on the Web that can’t be found by, or optimized for, search engines, from the Big Three (Google, Yahoo!, and MSN) to a clutch of highly specialized search engines.

If marketers didn’t think being found on search engines was critical to their business strategy, the Big Three would hardly be so big. A company like 10-year-old Google rocketed from obscurity to becoming a multibillion market cap company because marketers are confident that investing in search engine advertising is a wise move. That’s why paid search advertising accounted for 41 percent of the $17 billion spent on interactive advertising in 2007. Search is the fastest-growing marketing segment of the Internet, which, in turn, is the fastest-growing channel in the history of media.

The purpose of this book is to introduce you to the basic precepts, principles, strategies, and tactics inherent in search engine optimization. It’s about how to make your website “findable” by the right person at the right time.

It’s not a book for geeks. It will not teach you how to write code, or get you up to your elbows in programming. But whether you’re a small webmaster or a chief marketing officer overseeing a search optimization initiative, you will learn tactics, strategies, and best practices for wrapping your arms around this whole search thing.

If you’ve got a business with a web presence, not being findable on the major search engines is akin to not being listed in the phonebook—only worse, perhaps.

How can you possibly afford to pass up the opportunity to be there when potential customers or clients come looking for you? At the same time, how can you ensure that they find you for the right queries? Your “steel drums” may be musical instruments, or they may be industrial parts. A properly executed SEO strategy helps you be conspicuously “there” for contextually relevant search queries. The goal, after all, isn’t just to attract traffic to a website, but qualified traffic. Both the site owner and the searcher alike benefit from solid SEO.

Finally, a note. Although this book deals with optimizing for all search engines great and small (including some you’ve likely never heard of), you’ll find a preponderance of references to Google, and with good reason. By May 2008, a mind-boggling 71.5 percent of all searches in the United States were conducted on Google (source: Compete). Yahoo! lags far, far behind with 13.3 percent, and the remaining 15 percent or so is splintered between MSN,, AOL, and others. If the tactics and practices in this book favor Google as the benchmark of all things search, that’s because it is. Google is bigger than the proverbial 500-pound gorilla. In search, it’s more like Godzilla. I’ve, therefore, made an effort not to favor Google in this book, but to present today’s market realities that will doubtless hold true far into the foreseeable future—and beyond.

Rebecca Lieb
New York City
October 2008

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  • Publication Date : February 13, 2009
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  • Print Length : 226 pages
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  • Publisher : Que Publishing; 1st Edition (February 13, 2009)
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