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SEO Results Can be Achieved More Quickly Than You Think

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 by Print This Post Print This Post

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As someone who has been involved with trying to rank sites in search engines for almost ten years, there is one phrase I hear all the time that has always driven me nuts:

“SEO takes a long time.”

While I can agree that a new site is not going to rank for a highly-competitive head term on the day they go live, there are still many terms they can rank for and start to drive traffic to their site right away.   Because of this prevailing thought within the SEO community, SEO’s and marketers in general are continuously missing out on seasonal opportunities where top organic rankings can be achieved.

Over the past year, we have worked with a client who is in a very seasonal business and we have been able to consistently beat their competitors by employing a few basic principles Christmas Inflatable.  These principles are not rocket science but they are highly effective.  The little secret which makes seasonal SEO so effective is that a few years ago the search engines implemented “freshness” as a factor.  This means that NEW content and NEW links carry a little more weight for a short period of time.  This period of time is generally seven to ten days.  This means that if site content and link building can be timed right, then top rankings can achieved over the seasonal period.

The results we have seen by employing these strategies have been pretty incredible to say the least.  Our top client employing this strategy just had the benefit of seeing an increase in overall site revenue from organic traffic over the last seasonal period, of in excess of 1,400%.  All this was done in a down economy and helped them to balance out other under-performing areas of their business.

Of course, there are challenges with getting sites to rank in natural search results but those typically lie more with the speed with which things can be

implemented and how much bye-in you receive.  It has always been my experience that there are keywords which are vulnerable and can be exploited by the savvy.  This is precisely why Matt Cutts has a job today and, despite the rhetoric, the search engines are still a step behind.  If you wish to be successful in the short term then just follow some basic guidelines, be realistic with keywords, trust the experts, and act quickly.

About Rick Egan

Rick Egan+ works in SEM, SEO, Display, Social Media, Landing Page Optimization and Digital Strategy, at The Search Agency - 11150 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 600 Los Angeles, CA 90064 as a VP, Group Account Director - Website: www.thesearchagency.com

Rick Egan works with partners to lead their Digital Strategy efforts. Working with a team of cross functional team of search marketing experts who manage overall marketing strategy and execution for client search marketing initiatives. Prior to joining The Search Agency he ran several startup ventures where his responsibility included Marketing, Finance and Operations. Other experiences included ten years with a fortune 200 healthcare company as a Senior Product Manager developing products such as mail based health programs for diseases such as diabetes, heart health and health risk appraisals. He also spent two years as the product manager for their medical provider website portal where the site was transformed from an information services site to an interactive site focused on making it easier to do business with the company. Rick has a Masters in Business Administration and has been involved with the internet and internet technologies since 1999.

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6 Responses to “SEO Results Can be Achieved More Quickly Than You Think”

  1. Jamieson says:

    Hey Rick,

    Great post. We have been experimenting with some “seasonal” SEO measures prior to a big conference for one of our products and we have been seeing better rankings and higher traffic to the site as a result. I agree with you, SEO certainly CAN be done quickly & effectively if you put forth the effort and plan accordingly.


  2. Rich Scaglione says:

    I totally agree. When we hear someone say that it takes a long time to achieve SEO results, they usually are referring to rankings for their “Top Tier” keywords. Although I do believe that with the proper strategy and persistence, you can achieve rankings for your “Top Tier” keyphrases, new sites and sites that are new to SEO prcatices should really be focusing on more of their “Long Tail” keyphrases. The combined “Long Tail” traffic is usually more targeted and can often be very beneficial when first starting out.

  3. Richard says:

    Very true, Rick. When I built my mom’s site, it pretty much ranked on the 1st page for everything that was on her site within eight days in a fairly competitive niche.

    SEO takes a long time if you try to cheat and if you don’t know what you’re doing.

  4. Andy says:

    A good amount of business can be lost if the website is not well designed and even a well designed website wont be able to serve the purpose, if it does not hold a good search rank.

  5. Thats a gr8 post Rick!

    Seasonal keywords can sometimes rank very quickly. But, again and again the problem which I have seen is the size of the company. Like for Toyota, Nissan. The biggest gap is delivering the idea of those seasonal keywords for which the business wants to rank needs to be delivered to their online marketing agencies or vice versa. For example, we are trying to rank for keyword “cash for clunkers” for toyota.com. But, right now paid is the medium which we are using because of the speed with which the market is reacting.But, working our way to rank it higher in search engines :)


  6. Jimmy says:

    “It’s a fact, and no fiction”


    Nice post, it is good to have other point of view from different people


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