Your flexible SEO strategy: Creation, execution and measurement in an ever-changing environment
Columnist Janet Driscoll Miller discusses some of the top challenges SEOs are facing today and outlines why an SEO strategy has to be a living document that changes based on search trends and algorithm updates.
Like any marketing channel, SEO is an investment. Whether you’re using in-house resources or hiring an agency to do the work, SEO isn’t free. To make the most of your SEO time (and perhaps direct financial) investment, it’s helpful to have an SEO strategy established to be your road map for execution.
However, one of the bigger challenges to creating an SEO strategy is that the search engines (primarily Google) are shifting ranking factors and introducing new updates fairly regularly. Therefore, an SEO strategy has to be a living document, allowing for regular modifications as search engine requirements change.
Those strategy or tactic changes then need to be communicated with the appropriate team members. SEO involves multiple departments and disciplines across an organization — it’s larger than just the marketing department. For instance, nearly four years ago, Google indicated that links in press releases should be nofollow. In cases like that, the SEO manager would need to communicate that change to the public relations team to ensure that they are aware of how to treat links in their press releases.
A few weeks ago, I hosted a webinar on SEO strategy. During the presentation, I asked the attendees several questions, curious to hear why they were attending and what was impacting their current SEO strategy this year. Not surprisingly, when asked what SEO challenges they are facing today, the top two issues were keeping up with Google changes and not having enough resources to execute the SEO tactics.