How PR and SEO Can Collaborate

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How PR and SEO Can Collaborate

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PR and SEO go well together. PR has the good content and outreach that are essential in SEO, so these two otherwise separate marketing components can complement each other’s efforts to achieve the same goal. In what ways can they do this?

Sharing specialized knowledge

Most SEO specialists know that most marketing efforts work best when they work together. In working together, the two parties can educate each other on the hows and the whys of the favors they ask of each other. For instance, the PR people can teach those in SEO about media outreach. Meanwhile, the SEO specialists can teach those who do PR about the impact of online earned media on search engine rankings.

Optimizing Links 

The SEO team should help the PR team optimize links in earned media coverage. This means using keywords and URLs that need a ranking boost. They have the technical know-how regarding what the search engines like, what they’ll penalize, and what the company actually needs.

Managing Influencer Outreach

The SEO team has to coordinate with the PR team in terms of media outreach. There shouldn’t be any confusion regarding which team and which team rep should be contacting which media entity. For instance, the SEO team can deal with the bloggers and niche authorities while the PR team can be in touch with the mass media outlets.

Conveying The Same Message 

In a manner of speaking, it’s all about keeping their stories straight. With so many people serving as sources to the media and the public, all that they put out there have to agree with each other. Sending mixed messages can prove to be very detrimental. It’s not just about telling the same story. It’s also about being on the same subject. For example, it’s counterproductive to be promoting two different things at the same time.

Optimizing Content 

Creating content is no joke, so it’s most efficient to get existing content and revise it to cater to different audiences. For instance, an infographic can be turned into a series of articles and blog posts. The PR team, on its part, can pitch the original infographic to various media sources.

At the end of the day, these collaborative efforts between PR and SEO bring in better results, deliver a stronger impact, as well as render each team individually more effective at the same time. Coordination is absolutely paramount and communication is obviously key.

Non-technical ways SMB’s can boost visibility online

Simple SEO tips for any business owner

Looking for ways to boost your online visibility without hiring an expensive SEO firm? Don’t get me wrong there is a point where your business will need to hire someone like me to take over the SEO work needed to boost your websites visibility but if that is just not in the cards, here are a few DIY SEO tips.

Social Media / Directory Listings

Sometimes setting up social profiles is half the battle which is why all too often I see business owners only connected to one or two social sites. I promise you it is worth it to set up all of them, not only for SEO but for your online brand. Fast forward 5 years from now, you want to set up Pinterest for your Dental office and someone has the URL you want. Do it now, keep the content consistent, meaning same local phone number, same URL endings, same address etc.

Set up:
If you are on a tight budget, hire a high school student who can wiz through setting up all of the profiles you need, have them keep track of all of the username and passwords they set up

Next step: Complete set-up with (the reputable) directories for SEO
I love Moz Local for this. It’s $89 per year. They pull content from your Google business page and Facebook page and submit it to the “Good” directories (like Angie’s List, BBB, Super Pages Judy’s Book, Yelp Etc.) which is huge for local SEO.

You have just invested less than $200 for some really powerful links back to your site.

Public Relations

I don’t want to offend any of my PR colleagues out there by pretending I am a PR expert. But I have learned enough over the years from some of the best to put a “PR lite program” together for my clients. PR is the new link building in my opinion. 5 years ago link building consisted of SEO’ spamming the internet with fake directories, fake websites and fake links to get your website to the first page of Google. Google said, no thanks and penalized all of those black hat techniques. Some SEO influencers and speakers are even saying we should lose the term link building altogether.

What it comes down to is relationships. Every local radio station and TV station lists the reporter email addresses on their websites. Twitter is also a great place to connect with reporters. Spend some time researching do’s and dont’s of PR before you start reaching out but if you can make some good connections and eventually be featured, the link back to your site from the online version is powerful! Not to mention the great exposure. We don’t often think of PR as an SEO strategy but it is one of the strongest!

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