8 Steps to Leveraging PR for SEO
Posted By Krista LaRiviere On January 9, 2012 @ 10:54 AM In Search, Social Media | 4 Comments
In the past year, Google made over 500 improvements to their organic search algorithm. Most were minor tweaks, but in 2011 there were three significant changes that either positively or negatively impacted how your web presence gets found. The algorithm changes were:
Public relations and press releases are an important part of any organization’s digital marketing mix. But did you know press releases are also the secret weapon in your SEO strategy ? A well-executed PR campaign can instantly improve your organic search rankings and your entire web presence .
Find out how your company’s press releases play positively into Google’s Panda, Social Signals and Freshness updates giving the most important search engine on the web exactly what it wants. Additionally, I’ve included 8 steps to leveraging your PR efforts for SEO.
A press release is typically issued by a company when it has relevant, newsworthy content to share with its stakeholders. It might be quarterly results, a demonstration of client momentum, new product or service enhancements, an industry award or expansion into new markets. For maximum exposure, a press release should be issued through a valid newswire such as: PRWeb, Business Wire, Canada Newswire or Marketwire.
What does this have to do with SEO?
When you look at it from Google’s perspective, a press release distributed through a newswire contains:
Add the concept of blatantly optimizing your press release for a particular keyword phrase that you are trying to rank for and you can crush your competition in the search engine rankings.
Air Georgian, a member of Air Canada Express, wanted to outrank their competitors for the terms “Corporate Aircraft Charters” and “Corporate Aircraft Charters Calgary”.
After some deliberate on-page, on-site optimization, their rank improved to the top 10 in Google. But with a deliberately optimized press release distributed through PRWeb.com (http://www.prweb.com/releases/AirGeorgian/Calgary-Jet-Charter/prweb8924830.htm ) combined with additional socialization in Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, plus social sharing icons in the press release and on the website, their rank jumped to within the Top 5 (and often #1) in Google.
What’s the next step, you’re wondering? Keep the conversation going: one week later, write a blog post optimized for the same keyword phrase including links to other relevant content on your website, and socialize it the same way you did with your press release. You can even post a video blog on the topic to rank high for the keyword phrase on YouTube  as well – don’t forget to include backlinks from the video description to your website. And socialize it. See how it all works together? That’s the impact of PR on SEO.
Want to learn more about how to prove the impact of PR? Download: The Guide to SEO for PR 
URLs in this post:
 press releases are also the secret weapon in your SEO strategy: http://www.gshiftlabs.com/guide-to-seo-for-pr-imc/
 web presence: http://www.gshiftlabs.com/resources/seo-3-0-web-presence-optimization/
 backlinks: http://www.gshiftlabs.com/understanding-backlinking-for-seo-the-dos-and-the-donts/
 Fresh, relevant, timely content: http://blogs.imediaconnection.com/blog/2011/10/20/the-3cs-for-outstanding-web-presence-optimization/
 http://www.prweb.com/releases/AirGeorgian/Calgary-Jet-Charter/prweb8924830.htm: http://www.prweb.com/releases/AirGeorgian/Calgary-Jet-Charter/prweb8924830.htm
 Getting Your Keywords Right: http://www.gshiftlabs.com/resources/getting-your-keywords-right/
 Socialize: http://www.gshiftlabs.com/social-seo-creating-a-conversation-with-your-seo-strategy/
 YouTube: http://blogs.imediaconnection.com/blog/2011/10/31/youtube-it-you-rank-for-it-improve-your-youtube-rankings/
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