This is a great post for any new RainMakers as well as a great resource kit for some of you have been members for a while now. Thanks to Debbie Gartner for all of the outstanding information and hardwork that she put into the post.
It's great to see a community like we have here on Activerain, where everyone is so quick to help another.
A year and half ago, I had no idea what Active Rain was nor what SEO (Search Engine Optimization) meant. On July 3rd 2010, I wrote my first blog and a few days later became a Rainmaker. Things has slowed down for me that July 4th weekend, and while I needed to sell more jobs, of course everyone was away, so I couldn't make any appointments and I figured it would be rude to call custoners that weekend...so, what else could I do to somehow be productive.
So, I came to Active Rain...and I spent the whole weekend reading and learning. Since then, I have been an avid learner, or a sponge (in a good way). Now, thanks to Active Rain, the combo of my blogging/website/internet presence, this is now my LARGEST source of business. (It had pretty much been non-existent up to that point.).
So, where to start??? Well first, and foremost, subscribe to Katerina Gasset and read the first link below where she provides a comprehensive overview of what SEO means and how to do it. This is a series of 5 posts and it is written for people like you and me...people that run a business and need to learn SEO in laymen's terms. Once you have the basic undestanding of how it conceptually works, you will GET IT. Then, you will understand how to start implementing. Then, you can build on your knowledge base, so everything else will make sense.
Below is a collection of posts that I've found very helpful over the last year and half. I have reblogged most of these to share the knowledge, but now for the first time, I've collected them all in one place. This post is chock full of info...and you can't read it all at once. (and don't even try to). Instead, bookmark it (tip for newbies: at the bottom of the post there is a place where it says "bookmark" and then it will be saved here on Active Rain. Then, when you are ready, come back to it by going to your home page and selecting "blog bookmarks" on the bottom left.
There are so many knowledgeable SEO people here. There are too many to name and I'm almost afraid that if I start to do that, that someone will get mad at me for not including them. But, another, must subscribe to for newbies is Tammy Emineth. The writes in an easy to understand approach so it's easy for those are new to SEO. There are so many others here that are wonderful.
SEO is critical to making blogging work for you...so learn it! It will make you so much more effective and efficient.
So below is a series of wonderful post...it will help if you are new at this or a veteran. Hopefully, there is some new info here for eveyone.
SEO overview and techniques
SEO overview - Coming to a monitor near you (series of 5 posts starting with the basics) - Katerina Gasset
Organic traffic - There are only ten spots on page one on google - Katerina Gasset
How to write a good blog post for customers and search engines - Brad Andersohn
Important places to get listed on –directories, profile pages, etc
60 places to for your web profile - Eleanor Thorne
How many of these places are you on - Hubspot top 50 directories - Tom Arstingstall
Getting started on Active Rain
How to get started on Active Rain - Active Rain staff
How to complete your Active Rain profile - Part II - Active Rain staff
How to complete your Active Rain settings page - Active Rain staff
Tips about your Active Rain Settings Page - Active Rain staff
The Active Rain point system - Active Rain staff
Everything you ever wanted to know about Active Rain - The Active Rain manual - Carla Muss Jacobs
Optimizing your active rain profile
Enhancing your blogs w/ maps and videos
Google profiles, places, maps - Why are you not listed on these yet? - Hans Schindhelm
Embedding maps in a post - Missy Caulk
More SEO optimization tactics (more advanced)
15 Quick SEO tips for real estate bloggers - Justin Smith
SEO Optimization tactics - Victoria Lorusso
SEO tools you should know about - Brad Andersohn
Analyzing your stats on Active Rain
How to use your Active Rain Statistics page - Jason Crouch
Active Rain Statistics and Blog traffic - Brad Andersohn
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