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Paul Naybour

Paul Naybour and SEO strategist and project manager for SBSEO. Paul will review your site and compare with with competitors to develop a clear and successful ranking strategy. Paul's Google Profile

Top 3 Best Directories to Register Your Small Business Website

Written by Paul Naybour on . Posted in SEO Tips

Directory listing have a key part in any SEO strategy. They are less important than they were in the past but they still represent a good way of building high quality links as part of an overall strategy. We have been doing research on which UK directory sites give value for money and we would recommend the following. They have good page ranks and high traffic.
Website Name Page Rank (PR) Alexa Traffic Rank Cost of a one-way back link listing Notes
http://www.freeindex.co.uk/ 6 5,916 Free Also offers lead generation
http://www.uksmallbusinessdirectory.co.uk/ which is ideal for UK small business    5 26,788 £50 per year
UK Business Directory – UK directory of Internet services and Internet providers    5 38,113 £24 per year No Follow Links
Page rank is the importance assigned to a page by Goggle. On a scale of 0 to 10 it measures how important a site is based on the number of other people who link to it. The higher the number the better for example the BBC is page rank 9. Alexa Traffic Rank Measures high a site ranks based on the number of visitors to a site, the lower the number the better.  

SEO TIP OF THE MONTH: Does a location improve your SEO

Written by Paul Naybour on . Posted in SEO Tips

The web can seem like a international anonymous place but location matters. Goggle and other search engines use location information on your website to place you site in a specific location. This can both drive local traffic and also improve the trust associated with your web site. Trust is a key measure based on stability of the IP address, length of time a site has been live and availability of the site. So make sure to include a address and phone number on your site.

Viral Marketing with Pod Casting

Written by Paul Naybour on . Posted in SEO Articles

Today everyone is talking about YouTube as a viral marketing tool, but don’t forget the humble pod cast. These can reach just as wide and audience and becuase of the way iTunes works you can easily migrate to the top of the list for a specialist topic area.  We started out pod cast channel on project management training in January 2009 as a bit of an after though, but to our surprise the demand for our podcasts was massive.  We expected a couple of hundered download but so far in just over a year we have see over 50,000 downloads and we a listed as number two on iTunes if you use “project management” as a search term.  We are now making pod casts for our corporate clients to host on their Intranet.

So why Podcast?

The subscription model in iTunes is very powerful at building a fan base, once a user subscribes to you channel they get future updates automatically this way you can build a following very quickly. If you publish new material every week then you listeners will get in habit of tuning in to hear the latest episode. Pod casts integrate well with social media like Twitter as they are easy to download and take away. Incoporating a good image can ensure that people have you log in front of them all the time they are listening.

How to make good podcasts?

Critical to good quality pod casts are both the technical quality and the content. We use a couple of good quality condenser mics and a US-144 digitiser in total a couple of hundred $. So many pod casts sound like they were recorded in over skype in the bathroom, with poor quality audio. We try to aim for BBC quality. Second content, you need a diverse range of voices and conversation, we generally have two people in discussion, but get guests as many times as possible. Our podcasts help people who are preparing for APMP exams and as such are quite specialists and unique but many businesses have a unique niche which can benifit from this type of marketing.

How to publish your podcast?

We use audacity software to edit and save out pod casts and then upload them to Libsyn.com for publication. Thus handles all the messaging to iTunes and keeps track of all the statistics.  We have also tried publishing to YouTube but the market is overcrowded. We would recommend pod casting a new way to viral market.

About Paul Naybour

Mr Paul Naybour is passionate about the use of project management for sucessful projects. He has a wealth of experience in helping organisations to improve project management and has worked on both sides of the fence with both clients and supplers. He is Business Development Director at Parallel Project Training, co-author of “Your Journey to Professional Project Management, How to Pass the APMP a study guide” and host of the free APM Project Management Podcast channel on iTunes which has over 7000 download since its launch in January 2010. We would recommend you listen to these free podcasts before this session.
 

The Importance of “do-follow” Links for Link Building

Written by Paul Naybour on . Posted in SEO Tips

Not all backlinks are equal, most blog, forums and some directories attached a “no follow” tag to back links to your site. This is very important because this tells the search engine to ignore the value of this backlink when deciding upon the ranking of your site. No follow links were invented to prevent Spamers from attacking sites like Wikipedia and YouTube and filling them full of spam. Building links to these sites will add no value to your link building activities. On the other hand some site still offer “do follow” links, how can you tell the difference?
  1. All the large social networking sites Linked-In, Wikipedia, Flicker, Twitter are no-follow so these are a waste of time for link building. Although viral marketing via a promotional video may be another source of traffic.
  2. Some article sites offer do-follow links and you can find a list here http://dofollow.info/dofollow-article-directories/
  3. Most blogs comments are “no-follow” but if you offer to write a guest post then often bloggers will include a do-follow link at the bottom of the text.
  4. Some social bookmark sites offer do-follow links including Digg.
  5. Some directories offer do-follow links, but it’s worth checking first.

So How can I check if a site offers “do-follow” links

The easiest way is to use Google Chrome as a browser. This will overlay a box over those links which are no follow, this way you can make sure that you only spend your time on sites that offer do-follow links. See the screen shot below from Wikipedia showing the no-follow links highlighted in a box.

Why Small Business SEO can give you a competitive edge.

Written by Paul Naybour on . Posted in SEO Articles

The growth in search engine use has been dramatic over the past three years with 64% more people in the UK using search engines compared to three years ago. A well optimises and performing site is the basic essential route to market for any small business. The market research chart below shows that shows 30% of companies now spend up to £5,000 on SEO each year, with some spending over £1million. These budgets are way beyond the scope of many small businesses. At Small Business Search Engine Optimisation we believe with some basic training and a bit of hard work, and support from SBSEO, you can achieve outstanding search engine rankings at a fraction of these costs. Just look at our portfolio of successes.

Small Business Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Simple Hints and Tips

Written by Paul Naybour on . Posted in SEO Tips

Search Engine Optimisation by DIY is it possible for small businesses?

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) companies can charge tens of thousands of pounds to help get you web site optimised and help you get that all important first page ranking. This is far beyond the reach on many start up or small businesses. They keep the tricks of the trade very secret. In fact the steps to good SEO are very simple. At Parallel Project Training we have been doing our own SEO since launching in October 2009, and in a very short time we get good first page results for some of our specific key words such as “APMP Distance Learning“APMP Study Guide” and “APM Project Management Training” ranking with companies with multi-million pound turnovers and major SEO budget. Without spending a fortune, just by creating an interactive and interesting site and some simple SEO tips.

Step by Step Guide to Small Business Search Engine Optimisation?

The six steps to successful small business SEO:
  1. Select your keywords with care.
  2. Design you website to clearly align with your keywords. (Other way around? “Design your keywords to clearly align with your website/business.”)
  3. Create good, dynamic content and keep it fresh. Perhaps consider adding a blog.
  4. Create back links by writing relevant articles, publishing press releases, joining relevant forums, commenting on blogs in relevant areas, publishing videos on YouTube and podcasts on iTunes. Pay to join some of the key directories.
  5. Build community customers who interact with your website using social media tools and use e-mail to keep them engaged.
Finally check out some of the high ranking back links your larger competitors are using. You won’t beat them this way but you may get some good hints and tips. Much of this work can be done by hand or by using free web tools. However I have found Web CEO is ideal for the small business. It takes you through each step and can keep records of you ranking and back link trends. The basic version as used by SEO companies if free version is ideal for a small business, http://www.webceo.com/

Tip number 1) Select your keywords to find you niche.

On one hand there is no point spending lots of time building a website if no-one visits it to see your work. On the other hand there is no point trying to get to the top of Google for really common search terms such as “holidays” if for example you are a small travel agency. So you are trying to find a niche that balance two things:
  1. Number of searches for your keyword(s) in a month (the more searches the better).
  2. Number of competing web sites (the less sites the better).
Many tools combine these to give a Key Word Effectiveness Index by dividing the number of searches by the competing sites. One of the best comes from Google Key Word Research Tool The higher KWE the easier it will be to get a good ranking and good traffic. e.g
Key Words Global Searches per month Number of competing sites KWE
sharm el sheikh holidays 418,300 1,200,000 83
Holidays 1,655,700 121,000,000 26
tenerife holidays 418,300 2,300,000 160
ski holidays 237,300 11,700,000 7
direct holidays 242,900 2,600,000 5
  This means it will be much easier to build a site which gets good traffic and has less competition if you focus on “Tenerife holidays” first, always assuming you sell Tenerife holidays. Even so you will have to compete with another 2 million sites, so it is well worth while spending some time finding the key words that relate to you business and have a reasonable amount of traffic but are not too competitive maybe “Tenerife walking holidays” for example. If you are a local business, then make sure you include your geographic location in the key words.

Tip 2: Design your site to communicate clearly to the search engines and your visitors what your site is about.

A number of key elements help the search engines understand what your web page is all about and your key words need to be included in these sections. Important elements are: Domain Name has a really important factor on search ranking. Consider setting up a site with the key words in the domain name e.g. www.tenerife-walking-holidays.com Meta Tags are descriptions in the header of the page which are not shown on the page but help the search engines to understand the pages contents. To see them in Internet Explorer, simply “right click” on the page and click “view source”. Most content management systems have fields where you can set the title for each page. These include:
  1. The page title
    This is the text that appears in the title tab for your page. It is also the title that Google will pick up so make it meaning full and ensure it contains your key words e.g. The key words have more importance if they come first but make it sensible and standalone summary of your page theme.
  2. Meta Descriptions
    These are labels that Google uses to understand you pages. They include the title, description and meta key words. The title and meta description are the most important and you key words should appear early and possibly several times in the description.
  3. Header
    Like headers in a word document then the headers on a web page tell Google and visitors what the site is all about. So you should make sure you key works are well represented in the headings (H1) and subheading used on you web page.
  4. Image Labels
    Images that you used on the web page have labels which are buried in the code. You can see these if you point at the image before you click on them. Again, your keywords should be shown in these image descriptions.

Tip 3 Create good content and keep it dynamic (add a blog to your site an keep it fresh)

Goggle loves websites which are frequently updated and have fresh engaging content. One way the achieve this is to set up a blog to post news and updated information about your company. A discussion forum can also generate lots of live content. Blogs are easy to establish and generating one post a week will significantly improve the quality of your site. It is easy to integrate a blog with you twitter account so that you can alert a community of new posts.

Tip 4 Create back links by writing relevant article, publishing press releases, joining relevant forums, commenting on blogs in relevant areas, and pay to join some of the key directories.

 

Generate real news press releases and publish then on some of the better PR sites such as www.i-newswire.com and www.1888pressrelease.com. It can be worth paying the $49 for premium release.

Avoid the cheap link sites all over the web, you will get a bad name.

Register you company on Google maps.

Advertise and swap back links with people in your local business network.

Write and publish articles which contain your key words on the main article sites

http://www.buzzle.com/

http://ezinearticles.com/

Search for relevant blogs and comment on articles including a back link to your site.

Tip 5 Build community customers who interact with your website using social media tools and use e-mail to keep them engaged.

Building you own online community can be a very powerful way of engaging with customers. Today it is easy to build Facebook like functionally into you website so that you customers and share the areas of interest. This can be as simple as a newsletter, user forum of a fully interactive community.

The Importance of Fresh Content to Search Engine Ranking

Written by Paul Naybour on . Posted in SEO Tips

We have just discovered the importance of fresh content to search engine ranking with one of our client sites Parallel Project Training. One small change to get fresh content on the home page has boosted our ranking from position 15 in the middle of page 2 to position 3 on the first page in Google. We already had a very active blog t which we post news and article almost every week. All we did was feed a summary of the first 50 words of these posts on the the bottom of our home page/Hey presto we had fresh content on the home page every week. Even better Google now seems to find the blog posts even faster. An easy change but a significant improvement in rankings. Another SEO tip from SBSEO

On-line facts

Next time you run a Google search, think about the fact that it’s just one of 2 million that Google will receive in that minute. In the same amount of time, Facebook users post 684,478 pieces of content. Crazier still, online shoppers spend an average of $272,070 every minute. That’s over $391 million every day — quite the chunk of change.

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