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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Dear people, over the past 6 months I have been posting about the different aspects of SEO, conversation, tools, social media channels, tactics, and more. This presentation below puts all of these into a useful and practical framework for you to head towards a social media strategy. It is also the core of our own services as a company. Take a look at the presentation below and have a think! You can also download it and share it with colleagues. Links to downloads at the bottom of this blog post!

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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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In some cases hosting your blog under your main website can be a good option. You would then need to make a choice between hosting the blog as a subdirectory (yourwebsite.com/blog) or as a subdomain (blog.yourwebsite.com).

Next week I will publish a post that explains the pros and cons of hosting your blog under the domain of your main –  corporate, primairy or root – website as oppose to hosting it completely separate under a separate domain (URL).

But in this post, I will first discuss the difference between hosting your blog under subdirectory or subdomain.

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Difference between blog and websiteI’m often asked what the difference is between a blog and a website. For many people active in online marketing, the difference between a website and a blog might seem obvious.

But nowadays, everyone – from PRs and communicators to business leaders and customer service managers – should have a clear understanding of the difference.

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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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Today, it is a simple marketing truth that if you want to get found by potential customers and clients on the social web, you need to know the basics of SEO (search engine optimisation). You need to develop and implement a keyword strategy. You need to apply that keyword strategy in your social channels – and your content!

This will help help potential customers find you rather than spending unnecessary marketing euros on advertising to find them.

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