At the bottom of this post you’ll find two (me thinks) classic infographics about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). They were made by Search Engine Marketing agency Greenlight in London.

These infographics show you in the glance of an eye what became more and less important in SEO over the years.

Without going into too much detail about all these different factors, I want to highlight one obvious and quite major change: the shift towards trust.

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Someone recently asked the question “What do I need to optimise? My whole blog, the pages of my blog, or my blog posts?”

Ever at your service, I will explain what the difference is between these three, from a Search Engine Optimisation perspective. First, an important note!

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Copywriting and SEO part 2Last Friday I wrote a post about Copywriting & SEO, giving you 6 tips to get your blog posts found more.

The essence of the post was that Google wants you to write for humans not for Google. Quality content is essential for your blog posts to rank high in search engines.

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Copywriting and SEOSearch engine optimisation can be like a big box of misty magic for communicators, PR’s and marketers. This ‘fear’ might stop you from starting a blog. Or, if you’re already blogging, it may well prevent your content from being found by your target audience!

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On this blog I’ve written a good few articles on Search Engine Optimisation. Lately I have noticed a significant increase in traditional marketing folks who contact me to learn more about SEO.

So, in addition to reading my blog (please continue to do so :-p), I thought it was useful to turn you on to some of my favourite SEO blogs.

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The one SEO meta tag you can't ignoreA while ago I wrote a post about the 10 most important On Page SEO Factors. On Page SEO is the stuff you can do to optimise any web page for search engines. That not only means a website page, but also a blog post!

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Just last December Google and Bing confirmed that links shared through Twitter and Facebook have a direct impact on rankings.

In a nutshell, this means that when an article gets retweeted or referenced a lot on e.g. Twitter, Google uses it as a sign of popularity and will rank the article higher in organic and news search.

Just last week Google announced that they have also made new improvements to Social Search.

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At we do communications we always tell our clients that Social Media and SEO are like yin and yang. They belong together. They don’t operate separately.

Social Media SEO Yin and Yang

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Through the eyes of GoogleA couple of months ago I did a blog post on how to check if your website is optimised for search engines.

Basically, you right click your mouse, select ‘view source code’ and search (Ctrl + F) for meta tags: if they ain’t there, you ain’t optimised.

But, as you have guessed there are more thorough ways of checking if your site is optimised for Google. The easiest is to start using a tool supplied by Google called Google Webmaster Tools!

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Google Rankings no prize for fourth placeAs a marketer on the social web, one of your first objectives is to be found by your potential clients.

And since search engine Google has a market share of 98% in The Netherlands, your website needs to rank high in Google.

But as the graph below indicates, ranking high in Google is not good enough. Nearly 88% of the clicks on Google Page 1 go to the websites that are on first, second and third place!

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