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Two easy tips for link building to improve SEO

You have probably heard the phrase “content is king” when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy for your website. While I would never denounce this self-evident truth in the SEO world, great content means less without links.

Links to your content are signs of trust to search engines. They tell Google, Bing, and others that your content is authoritative and worthy, especially when its other sites with strong reputations that link back to your website. These types of links are appropriately called “linkbacks”.

They are evidence to search engines that sites are shouting about what you’ve published and that others should take notice.

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Here are two tips for grabbing some low-hanging linkback fruit to improve your SEO and increase organic search traffic: Read more »

 

Project Management Quick Tip: Develop a start and end of week routine

This is the first of an occasional PICnet blog series: Project Management Quick Tip. These quick tips are lessons that we Project Managers have learned in our work to keep things on time, on budget, and most importantly, to make sure that we have happy clients.

We, the PICnet Project Management team, may not be perfect but we are constantly pursuing greatness – yes, greatness! We offer these tips from lessons learned in that pursuit.

Here’s our first quick tip that will hopefully help you in your own project management work:

Develop a start and end of the week (and day) routine

My to do list is healed and in use!

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What is SEO and what does it mean for your nonprofit?

Let me “start with the why”, as Simon Sinek proposes in his famous TED talk:

Why should you care about Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Put simply, SEO can bring more visitors to your site. For nonprofits, more website visitors can mean more volunteer or member signups, more donations, and more evangelists for your organization and your cause.

Search Engines Love Content by Go Local

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) sounds intimidating and complicated, but when you boil it down, it is much easier to digest. SEO consists of the steps you take to make your website more relevant in search results for specific terms or keywords. You may also hear this described as “ranking” higher in search engine (i.e Google or Bing) results. For a more detailed explanation of SEO, check out this brilliant blog post that relates SEO to graffiti.

When you perform a search on the web, regardless of your preferred search engine, an algorithm of that search engine spits out results based on the words, or “keywords,” that you typed. These search engine algorithms are constantly changing and evolving, but the factors that decided the ranking of the results tend to be fairly constant (i.e. keywords, page titles, credible links to and from the page, etc.).

The good news is that by making small, incremental changes to your website and the way that you develop content for your site, you can improve your website’s rankings in search results for specific keywords. And again, that means more people visiting your site, which will hopefully result in more volunteers, members, donations, and evangelists for your nonprofit.

Stay tuned for more blog posts on SEO tactics to improve your site’s search rankings… for free. In the mean time, check out these free guides to get you started:

Photo Credit: Go Local Search on Flickr

 

Derek, A Brief Introduction

Derek Hello! My name is Derek and I am proud to say that I am the newest addition to the PICnet team. Today officially marks my second day with the PICnet crew in Washington, DC as a Project Manager, and I could not be more excited to be a PICnetter! I am very much looking forward to helping our clients build and manage their Soapbox sites.

I am yet another accidental techie in the ranks here at PICnet, having been exposed to the tech world during my AmeriCorps VISTA service term last year. I am a surfer at heart and I love the outdoors and eating burritos. Here’s a quick list of some of my favorite things:

  1. Fast Company – my source for all things innovative and tech
  2. The Surfer’s Journal – this is how I fulfill my desire to be in the ocean while living in DC; incredible publication with extremely high quality articles and photography
  3. Permaculture/Resiliency – my vision for the future, design governed by principles found in nature
  4. Good – my “go-to” for inspirational ideas that have an impact
  5. Dawes – my favorite band right now and in my opinion, some of the best songwriters in the business today