Video SEO Basics: Infographic by @Shakr

Video is one of the most forgotten aspects of SEO today. We’ve know about the positive effects of incorporating video in your SEO strategy for a long time, but it is still something that a lot of people overlook when trying to rank their sites.

The fact is that video allows you to tap into the second largest search engine (YouTube), helps increase conversion rates, makes your brand stand out in Google search, and make your visitors engage more with your content, both on your site and on social media channels.

The guys over at Shakr, a video ad template startup, created this handy infographic about the 5 most important YouTube SEO tips that will help you rank your YouTube videos in Google SERPs. Have a look:

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How To Use the New @SPYFU for Smart Competitor Analysis

The point of a competitor analysis is NOT to copy moves or strategies. Rather, it’s to FIND OUT what your rivals are good at to come up with better techniques.

There are hundreds of tools out there for competitor analysis. Some are free, most are not. One of our favorite tools is SPYFU; which we have been using since 2013 for our keyword research needs. They recently released a new version that lets digital marketers do more than keyword research.

Whether you’re new to SEO or are already an expert, use this tool for competitor research. Here’s how to perform competitor analysis on the three core elements of search engine marketing using the updated SPYFU.

Employ Clever Keyword Research

Don’t remove keywords from your campaign just yet. While modern SEO does not focus on them as much as we used to, they are still important for search queries and ranking. And when it comes to keywords, no one does it better than SPYFU. Faster, smarter, and more streamlined: you can quickly see which of your competitor’s keywords are ranking.

Go as far back as six years’ worth of data if you wish. Their new layout makes it easy to view how many terms gained in ranking, and which ones are losing. Plus, compare up to three competitors with their KOMBAT feature.

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There are three things you want to look for when using this tool: keyword gainers (those that are ranking), exclusive keywords (terms you rank for, but NOT your competitors), and shared keywords (terms your competitors are ranking for, but YOU don’t).

Your goal is to keep your keyword gainers on the first page of search engines, like Google. Next, work on your exclusive keywords so they rank on the first page (if they haven’t yet). Remember: these terms are unique to YOU – so leverage them properly. Then, look at the shared keywords from two of your biggest competitors. Use the EXPORT function to save this list for further study.

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Beat Them with Backlinks

What’s great about the new SPYFU is that it allows you to analyze the other factors of SEO, such as BACKLINKS. This makes it a one-stop tool for all your online marketing needs.

Now that you have a list of Shared Keywords, choose 5 – 10 phrases that you want to focus on, and then check on their backlinks. Use filters to refine your results. What type of backlinks are they? Why are your rivals ranking for them, but not you? Are they worth pursuing? How can you penetrate them?

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Your goal is to know WHERE they are putting these keywords, so that you can utilize this to your benefit. For instance: upon studying the keyword ‘seo companies los angeles’, we found that one of the backlinks points to an article from a high-ranking website. This means that our competitors are using informative posts to gain quality links using the given keyword.

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With this knowledge, you have two options: one is to post on the same website; second, is to gather similar sites and publish there. This gives you a chance to rank HIGHER for those shared keywords. Either way, now you know your competitor’s secret.

Less Stress – More Productivity

A smart competitor analysis eliminates the stress of creating new strategies and having to test them. Instead, know what has worked for the most successful brands, and experiment around those. Tweak existing tactics to suit YOUR business needs. There are limitless resources out there that a lot of companies are using all the time. All one has to do is to spot them.

Responsive Email Tips to Improve CTR and SEO

With mobile responsiveness becoming a major new search factor in 2015, it is important to ensure both your site and your emails are mobile responsive. The better you configure your email template to make it easy to get to your site, the more traffic it will drive.

Pages you link from your email need to be optimized for mobile devices. The more compelling the page and the easier it is to navigate from any device, the longer the time on page will be. Bounce rates can also be decreased.

Responsive Email Tips:

Put some serious thought into how you create your email template. Your most important call to action button should be easy to reach with a thumb on a SmartPhone.

Fortunately, email providers have made it easier to immediately see what changes to your template will look like on other devices. Watch the video here on how a mobile responsive email template builder works.

When designing your template, your call to action button is most important. Position it first. Decide whether your social sharing buttons are more important to you than your social network links and place them accordingly. (Ask yourself whether getting your readers to share your content more important than getting them to visit your social network account?)

How to Increase Time on Site

One of the easiest ways to increase time on site is to provide compelling videos, SlideShares or complex infographics. All of these will keep a reader engaged and on the page.

Choose your videos carefully. They need to grab the users attention immediately and keep it. The best bloggers will watch sometimes dozens of videos looking for the video that starts with a bang. If you produce your own videos, here are some tips:

  • Do not use a long introduction
  • Don’t start as a commercial for your business – your business info belongs at the end – not the beginning

If you don’t get their attention within the first few seconds you never will.

Similar tips apply to SlideShares. The best SlideShare will have a cover image that encourages interaction. Each slide should be visually appealing. Images are better than too much text. Stats compiled into colorful graphs work well.

Too often there are SlideShares with excellent information we don’t use because they aren’t easy to read or just too plain. If you want your information seen it must be attractive to your audience!

Reducing Bounce Rates

The key to keeping visitors from leaving your site after only viewing one page is to ensure they are presented with additional related content. This can be done manually within a page, but it is easier done automatically. 

Major sites use various services to present images that pull visitors to additional content. I’m sure you’ve seen images and link bait headlines meant to get that next click. The more curiosity you can create the more clicks you can generate.

Depending upon the solution chosen and how they’re configured, this concept may be keeping people on a site or used to generate income by selling space to advertisers.

Sites of any size can use TrenDemon to identify their top converting content and most visited content and automatically suggest additional pages for visitors to view.

Focus on High Traffic Pages

Put more thought into what images and links you offer from your emails. Optimize the landing pages to lead visitors to your best converting pages. Identify those pages using analytics.

Even if you use an automated method of encouraging visitors to visit additional pages, consider manually optimizing your top traffic pages and your best converting pages.

Update top traffic pages to keep them fresh. Ensure they include at least one image that will grab attention on social media. Push that image out periodically to each social network.

Use the tips in How to Build More Targeted Traffic to Your Blog to push even more traffic to your already highest traffic pages.

Learn From Your Results

How long visitors stay and where they travel within your site is largely under your control. Start noticing which images get the most interaction (likes, shares, retweets, and comments) online. What do they have in common?

Study your email open rates as well as your social media interactions and online stats. All of them can teach you what to avoid and what to do more often.

Continual improvement in everything you do makes a huge difference. Don’t just throw up that content and send out an email. Learn to hone your craft or be left behind by those who do.