SEO

Are PR agencies too shy to ask for links?

PR and SEO are getting closer together, with many SEO pros using PR techniques to support organic search campaigns. This is especially true in linkbuilding - where getting a link back to your web page from prominent online publications and blogs can greatly help SEO.

If you are involved in technology PR (either agency or client side) you’ll have come across press release wire services which help to pump out releases to large numbers of media who subscribe according to their interests.  But a recent post on the Econsultancy blog questions whether they are any use nowadays – given that journos and bloggers can probably find content and news using other means ( Google alerts, social networks, online communities etc).  While I agree that press rele

For a while now Google and Bing have been busily experimenting with various ways of incorporating social media signals into the way they determine which web pages rank highly in searches.  One school of the thought  says that if a page (link) is shared heavily on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc, it should rank higher. After all people must think it’s of a better quality right? 

Why PR agencies should buddy up with SEOLast month both Google and Bing revealed in an interview that social media activity on sites such as Twitter and Facebook can help specific web content to get listed higher in search engine rankings.  An example being that if a page is shared on Twitter by 'authoritative people' then that can help its performance in organic search results 'to a degree'.

Don't Panic BadgeThe growth of digital and social media means negative news or a full blown PR crisis has greater reach and can potentially (via search engines) stick around for much longer than it used to.  So I was interested to come across a really useful webinar last week in which Microsoft UK marketing manager, Cedric Chambaz, outlined a seven step guide for addressing a social media PR crisis.

If your PR agency doesn't practice SEO on its own site, can you trust them to help you with yours? That's the point of a recent post from Daryl Willcox (chairman of the media database and wire services) which highlights a study indicating that a large chunk of top UK PR agencies don’t appear to be using basic SEO principles on their own web sites - even though many claim to be able to help clients with search engine optimisation.