What is SEO?
(I keep getting asked simple SEO questions on Quora.. To save everyone some time.. i'm going to post some terms and explanations you need to know. Then link to here from Quora. =) *lightbulb - What If.... [saving this information for May 1st.])
How is SEO different From Social Media?
(another question that is asked daily.. SEO is Search and Social Media is "Online Interaction Between Humans: Public and Private" )
What about DAO, KBO and ORM?
(If you are a Brand.. this is the question you should have been asking since.. 2003.)
In the beginning there was UseNet and Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) Protocol.
Your subject line was how you got people to read your posts... fast forward to when everyone was weaned off AOL and on to the Internet itself, circa 1996-ish.. fast forward again to today, now we have the Internet in our pocket, with GPS and blazing fast speeds.. What was it like then?
This is how long it takes a webpage to load, or get to Yahoo to search for something.
(let me show you, please click play.)
Visualization of Modem Connection
Search - Search (also see Query below), is the action of taking one piece of information and comparing it to many pieces of information, usually associated with an object. There are two types of searches. Searching against an "Index", or searching against some type of "Classification" criteria. (see "Object Oriented Design", below)
Social Media - Social Media is human (and machine.. think about it.. eeek!), interaction across the digital ecosystem. If we check in, we are leaving a digital fingerprint/footprint on where we have been, what date, what time. These digital trails can develop patterns that can be used by advertisers, and criminals. (see Water Hole Optimization)
Digital Ecosystem - As in life, each organism is itself an ecosystem, an ecosystem is defined by one pivot point with then spreads out to encompass all interactions, actual, perceived, or desired. (By the Client. Begin with the End in Mind, what are there wants, needs for digital? where do they fit into the digital ecosystem? where are they absent?
A digital ecosystem for a user is different than a brand. The users path is to a brand. The brand path is about how users come to them online.. in digital. Facebook that is your a Digital Ecosystem that contains smaller ecosystems like your friends list... that is your ecosystem. The contacts on your phone, are part of your ecosystem. Some of those contacts are shared with or connected because they are also friends of your on Facebook, or maybe they sent an email to your Gmail account? There are several ways your ecosystem crosses networks.. Networks you need to be aware of like; LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.. Etc. Those are the ones we are going to discuss today.
Back to Search...
Rule #1 - In Search, a "User" either has an association with a "Brand", or they do not.
Users - You, me, them.. are you on the internet? Then you are a "user".
Brands - Again, You, me, them.. example: I am (Me - "Steve Plunkett - Sr. Search Scientist - personal brand), I work at (Rockfish - Company Brand), I do work for these clients, (insert a BUNCH of other brands), (see Rockfish Website for clients.) Then again, an agency should probably never reveal their ORM or Online Reputation Management clients, in my opinion. That is shared at the office. (We don't.) It is frequently counter productive to inform you that many companies pay people to change Google/Facebook/Twitter/Yelp - legally and ethically of course.. or at least that is the only way we or I will do it.. there are shady people on this planet.. i'm just not one of them.. that is my brand.. the Corporate Guy on the Black Hat Panel @ Pubcon - the scary one.. in the suit.. with suspenders.. 4 out of 7 executive say, "we are sure glad he is on our side".
In not mean or bad or scary.. i just protect my Brands.
Like a mother (insert fierce female mother animal you find scary)