Three SEO Magic Bullets and How to Use Them
There are the 3 major things the world's best SEO experts rely on to get and keep the most coveted spots on Google, MSN and Yahoo. They are Stats, Spying and Shortcuts. And with very good reason. Stats quickly help determine where you should spend more time versus more money. Spying provides insight on how to best beat your competition. And shortcuts help you avoid the pitfalls and lost opportunities those before you had to go through.
There are the 3 very important things the world's best SEO experts rely on to grab and keep the most coveted spots on Google, MSN and Yahoo. They are Stats, Spying and Shortcuts, in that order. And with good reason... Stats quickly help you determine where you should spend more time versus more money. Spying provides the inside show on just how to beat your competition. And shortcuts help you avoid the hassles, pitfalls and lost opportunities everyone before you had to suffer through.
Search Engine Stats: Up to date Statistics show you who is searching where and what they are clicking on. This will help you make the best possible decisions on how to spend your SEO time and where to spend your SEM money (search engine marketing, including pay per click advertising.)
A.) The following information is based on the Nielson/Net Ratings of May 2008.:
59.3% Google 16.9% Yahoo 13.3% MSN 4.1% AOL
That's almost 94% of all searches going through just four search engines and well over half going through Google alone!
B.) Knowing exactly how much each search engine is used is the first big step. Now we know where to focus our time and effort. But that's only half the story. We need some reliable inside information to help us plan for search engine optimization and search engine marketing strategies. So we turn to a leader; the UK based company Neutralize.com. They confirm that users of Google versus those of MSN are almost exact opposites when it comes to clicking on natural versus pay per click search listings. Here's what their extensive research has revealed:
On Google, 72.3% of visitors rely on the natural listings that SEO helps you get.
Only 27.7% use the paid links you purchase as part of your SEM plan.
On MSN, the opposite is true. Only 28.8% of searchers click on the organic listings you get from search engine optimization.
But a whopping 71.2% can't wait to click on those paid links.
This information alone can be worth its weight in gold! I cite these numbers when I tell my clients paying me to optimize for MSN is almost a waste of money, since they would spend about the same on PPC and get instant results. But by the same token it helps them understand why they get so few clicks for paid listings on Google and it's more evident that SEO efforts are well spent here.
The Art of SEO Spying: If you want to beat your competition you really need to know what they are up to. Otherwise you're just guessing and that gets expensive.
So forget about guessing your way through or spending tons of time and money on research. Most of the info is free and the rest is available for just a few bucks if you want to give it a try. Just head on over to SpyFu.com and check out the free information they offer. Or, if you want the bigger picture go to https://www.spyfu.com/WhyBuySpyfu.aspx to see everything they offer, free and paid. If you decide the free information does not meet all of your needs, I would spend the $6 for a 3 day full access package and see if a regular subscription is for you.
Here's a blurb from SpyFu.com..."Want to know which of your competitors has the largest ad budget, or which term gets the most clicks per day? Use SpyFu's Advanced Search to find out. Advanced Search allows one to search by all the metrics provided on the site and allows you to focus on the data that's most important to you. What's more, you can save your Advanced Search results to Excel with the click of a button."
SEO Shortcuts; Top Industry Tools: Before we get into the details I want to stress that shortcuts should NEVER involve cutting corners. The shortcuts we will explore are based on discovering how the experts get their top results so quickly and then following in their footsteps. When it comes to SEO, the best shortcut to success is through the use of SEO software tools.
There are plenty out there so I'll just focus on two of the most widely used.
Both of these tools are fantastic but designed to accomplish very different things. One of the first SEO tools I used can be found at webposition.com. They have a professional version for $389 (plus $99 per year) or a standard version for $149 (plus $99 per year.) I only used the professional version because it had more than the standard. The reporting was my favorite function, since it was so nice to give to my clients, but I found it was really a better tool for working with PPC than doing any actual search engine optimization.
I switched to the little SEO lifesaver available from http://www.SEOeliteWeb.com and have been very satisfied with the great results. For $167 with free lifetime upgrades and no annual fees it's the best money I've spent so far. I like it because it's a real down in the trenches SEO tool that even handles linking and I can show my seminar attendees how to use it in a matter of minutes. And to be honest, I am a bit biased toward this product because even my least knowledgeable students get some nice top Google spots after a month or two by using it.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Scott Jason, president of http://BestSEOcopywriting.com , is an accomplished SEO consultant and SEO copywriter who has been getting top ranking results from Google, Yahoo and MSN for more than nine years.