Q+A with SEO expert Pam Long of True Digital
We caught up with Pam Long and asked her to answer just a few SEO-related questions in advance of her upcoming webinar - Strategic SEO: Increasing Your Organization's Visibility. In this session, Pam will focus on the SEO challenges faced by association and mission-based publishers and organizations, and the Q+A below is just a small taste of the information she has to share, and she'll be taking your questions throughout the webinar!
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1. What's the biggest SEO challenge facing association/mission-based publishers?
You need to face the reality that there are organizations out there that have been generating content with the intent of being found far longer than many associations have had digital content available at all. You’re competing against the likes of Google Books and Amazon, who are very, very good at discoverability, have a ton of information, and have brand name visibility.
2. How can publishers use SEO to reach BEYOND their core audience to readers who don't know them well?
I’d recommend you set up a free Google AdWords account and run some terms from some of your publications through it, just to begin to get an idea of how many people are searching for terms related to the topics your content covers. You'll find out the average number of searches for each term, and you can slice and dice by country by language, etc. It's a great way to start looking at where the opportunities are to reach outside your current audience just by doing a little bit of keyword optimization within content.
3. What are some new factors Google is considering in search rankings?
Two recently added inputs you should be thinking about are...
- Does your site use responsive design?
- Does it load fast on mobile devices?
4. How does Google score sites, and how does this uniquely affect online discovery for book publishers?
Google doesn't give a score to the site as a whole, they give a score to each individual page. In terms of content derived from book, it is important to think of each chapter or each segment of a book as an individual piece of content, and each of the keywords within that need to be very specific to that piece of content rather than to the publication as a whole.
About our speaker:
Pam Long - Senior Digital Strategist for True Digital
Pam has been involved in search engine optimization for over 20 years... longer than Google has been in business. Working for a variety of agencies and interactive shops, Pam has developed extensive expertise in the particular needs of mission-driven publishers. Now at True Digital, she puts her marketing and tech strengths to work developing digital strategies, SEO/SEM programs and measurement tactics to analyze everything from search engine rankings and social media engagement to website conversion.