Archive for Krista LaRiviere

5 Ways to Ensure Your Brand’s Content is Optimized for Mobile SEO

Posted by Krista LaRiviere on December 18th, 2013 at 11:58 am

Google's recent Hummingbird algorithm and the arrival of KitKat are forcing agencies and brands to stretch their search marketing minds and strategies even further - for the better. More focus on meaningful content and mobile engagement with content translates into a need for longer-term SEO and content marketing commitments. It is clear the days of quick wins and overnight successes in SEO are indeed an era that is well behind us.
In a previous blog post, Time for a New Definition of SEO, many readers commented with their own insights and opinions about the requirement for a new definition of SEO. The following concept seems to be prevalent:
“SEO is the long-term process of enhancing a brand’s opportunity for discoverability in search and social, throughout the prospect’s buying cycle and across any device.”
Understanding searcher behavior by channel, intent by geography, and engagement by content asset throughout the buying cycle is key to a brand’s web presence reputation.
Mobile Usage is Forcing a Shift of Search Strategies
It is projected that the number of mobile devices on this planet will surpass the population of the world in the very near future. As it stands, according to data available on Wikipedia, there are 6.8 billion mobile... Read more

SEO Reporting & Metrics: How To Prove Progress

Posted by Krista LaRiviere on June 11th, 2013 at 7:17 am

It’s the beginning of the month and it is again time to report to your clients or your boss on the SEO progress made last month. It is time to justify your SEO strategy, your efforts and yourself. Sound familiar?
With the challenging landscape of SEO comes the challenging landscape of SEO reporting, and I’m not just talking about merging SEO data sources into one excel file and adding a logo to try to make it look professional, presentable and understandable. I’m talking about how to make all the data points and metrics indicate real progress, and more importantly meet your clients’ or boss’ expectations.
Since the way we do SEO has changed, the way we report on it must change too. Effectively setting up the reporting metrics to prove progress may make the difference between meeting the clients’ expectations or not.
SEO reporting should answer these questions for your client:

Are our efforts helping us reach our organic search goals?
What SEO tasks were completed last month in relation to our goals?
What impact did these efforts have on the web presence for organic search?
What new opportunities were identified to optimize for organic search?
Are there any new competitive threats?

So how do you set up your... Read more

SEO Evolution: Sell, Discover, Deliver & Report on Highly Converting Keywords

Posted by Krista LaRiviere on April 16th, 2013 at 7:34 am

To produce strong SEO results and happy clients, focus your SEO efforts on traffic and conversions, not rank.

Inorganic vs. Organic Backlinking Strategies: Getting Back to the Basics

Posted by Krista LaRiviere on February 19th, 2013 at 8:35 am

The backlink within the practice of SEO is an ongoing topic of conversation for marketing, sales, delivery and reporting of SEO services. Even in a post Penguin world, SEO professionals are still asking questions such as:

What’s the best way to build backlinks that will have a positive long-term impact on a web presence?
Is quantity better than quality?
Should I buy backlinks?
How do I protect a web presence from future Google algorithm changes?
How do I know how many organic backlinks versus inorganic backlinks my web presence has?

In our post Penguin world, the right and wrong approaches to backlinking strategies should be very clear, yet I continue to hear SEOs talk about how backlinking is dead, where the best place is to buy backlinks, and whether backlinking even matters anymore. The fact is, the backlink is and will continue to be a fundamental variable in organic search algorithms and organic search strategies. Backlinks matter. Period. The only question you need to ask yourself is: Is this an organic backlink or an inorganic backlink?
SEO and backlinks on the web cannot exist without each other. It is worth getting back to the backlink basics and considering the origins of SEO and backlinking to understand the... Read more

SEO Buying & Selling Tricks that Create Unachievable SEO Results & Expectations

Posted by Krista LaRiviere on January 22nd, 2013 at 10:11 am

The techniques and tactics of “doing” SEO are forever changing and constantly challenging. For many SEO agencies, the marketing and selling of SEO services is a bigger hurdle than the task of actually obtaining improved organic search results for clients. Competing for marketing dollars while proving value through the sales process needs to be accomplished even before the insurmountable task of obtaining ROI through the Google search box begins.
From an SEO buyer’s perspective, it must be downright confusing and discouraging to obtain multiple quotes from SEO service providers that very clearly have differing price ranges and service methodologies, but not so clearly defined differentiating skill sets and experience.
So sellers attempt to make it easier for buyers to understand SEO proposals in order to ultimately get to a closed deal - a signature on a contract. In the meantime, are they undermining their own profession and setting themselves up for failure by setting unrealistic expectations with clients?
Or are SEO clients being unrealistic in their expectations of SEO results in the short term versus the long term, leading SEO service providers to drastic measures that may ultimately result in the client’s web presence being penalized in organic search? Or even results in... Read more