Take Charge And Get Found With Do-It-Yourself SEO

Today’s guest contributor is a social media savant, Wendy Hanlan, from our neighbor up north.

If they can’t find you online, you are invisible.

hermit inside a chalet

Are you hiding in there?

Hidden like the skiing fanatic in a hut in the Rockies. Comfy in your chalet, but with no snail mail address or mobile, you might as well be packed in for the winter.

It’s the same phenomenon for a job seeker or business with no online SEO. You won’t be contacted. The phone won’t ring, the tickler from a recruiter won’t come.

What an unruly waste of energy when you can’t get found!

SEO (search engine optimization) is the hoop that search engines make folks like us jump through, in order to be picked up and displayed in their search results. While SEO can be incredibly technical, there are a few ridiculously simple moves that you can do RIGHT NOW to increase the likelihood of someone finding you when they are searching social media platforms. And you don’t need any technical skills at all, to do them.

The zen of search engines, for do-it-yourself SEO

Search engines connect people who are searching for specific information on the web, with those who offer that information. This is done by typing keywords—specific search phrases–into search engines.

There are only two types of search engines you need to know about:

  1. Specialized (i.e., Google, Safari, Bing)
  2. Internal Search Engines (i.e., LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter)

We’re going to cover Internal Search Engines in this article, and how to apply basic SEO strategies to them.

What keywords are best suited to do-it-yourself SEO?

Showing the head and long tail of keyword search

As you go out on the long tail of keyword search, terms get more specific.

Think about what you do and experiment with keyword phrases that your potential customers/ employers / peers would use to describe you or your services.

If you’re promoting something specific, begin researching the keywords that best suit that audience

Free keyword websites you can use

Google Insights – http://www.google.com/insights/search/

Soovle – http://soovle.com/

YouTube – https://ads.youtube.com/keyword_tool (Note: You must have a gmail account and be signed into it to access this tool.)

Tip: Type a keyword or phrase slowly into the Google search engine. Google will show you a drop-down menu that gives you the phrases people are actually using in their searches. It’s Google’s gift to you–grab ‘em!

Apply your keywords to your social networks

Once you’ve landed on the keywords that work best for you, you can begin the process of weaving them into your social media accounts.

Check out my keywords as an example.

suggestion box for google search engine

suggestion box for google search engine

The overall message I want to promote is my services as a social media manager. I am currently running a campaign that is geo-targeted to my hometown–Edmonton, Canada.

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DIY SEO for Facebook Pages

Do-it-yourself SEO for Facebook pages

Do-it-yourself SEO for Facebook pages.

Don’t block content on your Business Page. Google wouldn’t see it. (Make it visible.)

Use keywords in your Page title if you can and choose those keywords wisely–you can’t change them after you’ve accumulated 25 fans.

Company description–use all your keywords here but avoid making your description sound “spammy.”

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Tips: If you don’t currently have a blog, but you do have a Facebook Business Page, download the NOTES app for Facebook and use it as you would a blog. This will make you searchable.

Posts on your wall will also help with SEO. Include your keywords somewhere in the post and do additional keyword research that specifically relates to the post topic.

DIY SEO for Twitter

Do-it-yourself SEO for Twitter.

Do-it-yourself SEO for Twitter.

In your Twitter profile headline, use keywords. If you’re focused on personal branding, then use your full name. If you’re specialty-focused, make sure you include that keyword or phrase.

Tweets should include keywords as well. Keywords are searchable by Google on Twitter.

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Work your keywords/phrases into your BIO as well, without sounding spammy.

DIY SEO for LinkedIn

Do-it-yourself SEO for LinkedIn profiles.

Do-it-yourself SEO for LinkedIn profiles.

Use your keywords throughout. In your:
·      Profile Headline
·      Current & Past Roles
·      Profile Summary
·      Specialties
·      Experience

Tips: When entering your website, click on “other,” which will allow you to name the website. Here you can enter more keywords.

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When you name your profile picture in Word, make sure you include your whole name. That will make it visible on LinkedIn when you are searched.

DIY SEO for YouTube

Do-it-yourself SEO for YouTube

Do-it-yourself SEO for YouTube.

YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world. To effectively optimize your channel and videos on YouTube, use their keyword research tool.

When you upload a video to YouTube, you will be given the opportunity to put your keywords into the video description. As you’re typing it in, you’ll see suggested tags below the description box, which you should review.

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Tip: Make sure you’ve included your URL as the very first thing in the description (http://www.yourwebsite.com) followed by the video description.

Wendy Hanlan is a marketing and communications expert who offers social media management, coaching, and training for small business and online business professionals.

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons 2.0 Toprural

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  • http://www.MissingSecretToParenting.com denny hagel

    Great info! I can’t wait to try your tip about typing a keyword into Google! Thanks!

    • http://www.hanlancommunications.com Wendy Hanlan

      Hi Denny – yes, it’s super easy and quick way to find out if you’re on the right track! Should be step one when doing any keyword marketing.

  • http://www.superhealthyfamilies.com Jennifer Luna

    I Love, Love, Love this information. I was needing a good article that explanies in more simple terms for people like me. Thanks for your articles.
    Jennifer Luna

    • http://www.hanlancommunications.com Wendy Hanlan

      Hi Jennifer – once people see how easy it is to work with SEO, it doesn’t seem as scary anymore. You’re going to LOVE all that extra attention! Come back and report on your progress :)

  • http://www.everydayencouragement.com Jandi Theis

    Great information explained in easy to follow language! Thank you — I needed this!

  • Gabrielle Tougas

    Great information and well-presented. Love the examples and images. Looking forward to more helpful hints in the future . .

    • http://www.hanlancommunications.com Wendy Hanlan

      I appreciate your comments Gabrielle!

  • Robin Zane

    This information was well-presented, very informative and I hope to follow the guidelines, step by step. Usually SEO information is dry, and tough to get through. Featuring an image of a snowed covered ski house and the informal tone of the lead in paragraph drew my attention and I wanted to read more. In fact I printed it out and forwarded it to some colleagues.
    Mojo40-keep up the good work!

  • http://www.hanlancommunications.com Wendy Hanlan

    Hi Robin – glad you’re taking on SEO! You should notice a big difference right away, if you’re using the right keywords. Just play around with them until you hit the jackpot.

  • http://www.secondlivesclub.com Maryl

    This was more helpful than other articles I’ve read on SEO. I particularly like the Long Tail graphic. I just came across this article that I think has merit also, http://www.emineer.com/29-on-page-seo-factors. Thanks.

  • http://Www.hanlancommunications.com Wendy hanlan

    Hi Maryl – visuals do make the business of SEO so much easier to deal with. I do appreciate your feedback and the link to more helpful SEO info.

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