Raleigh SEO

OMG – why is your site sitting on page 12??? What the heck? You listened to the commercial about putting up your website with an Intuit® or GoDaddy® site builder kind of website. (Incidentally, we DO like GoDaddy for domain name buying and hosting – check ’em out.) They told you that you would be magically found pronto. You didn’t see ANY reason to spend a few thousand dollars on a website by a professional web designer and certainly DIDN’T see ANY need to be paying one of these SEO people every month to work on your site. You were able to do it all yourself or better seek help from Lizardwebs.

SEO Raleigh
Should you do your own Raleigh search engine optimization?

How’s THAT working for you?

Probably not too good. You’re on page 12. You’re statistically invisible. You spent almost a month of your OWN time away from your REAL business to do that website and it’s not doing a thing. The web doesn’t work. You’ve been misled. This was supposed to be the magic bullet for my business. It ISN’T. Not if you went this way at least.

Some things are best left to professionals

And your website and search engine ranking are two of them. When you built your website with those gracious 5 pages allotted to you, how did you focus each page? What are the money keywords that you wanted to reach on them? Did you include your business location with the proper rich snippet formatting to let Google know you’re truly a local business (if applicable). Did you actually look to see if people are even searching for the terms that YOU think are important? Did you get your title tags right? Did you even INCLUDE a proper title tag that says something more helpful than “Home”? For more information on how search engines and seo actually works, check out this link to

These are just a few things that a search engine optimization company will normally do to and for your website. Bet you didn’t even know about some of those things did you? To top THAT off, there are a lot of things that we don’t even mention here – things that search engine specialists do without even thinking about it. It’s sort of like explaining to someone how to get to your local Walmart. You’d start off with “Go down here to this next corner, hang a left. Go to the first stop light, hang a right and it’s going to be about 2 miles down on the left.” People leave out the minutiae like, “Get your car keys. Walk to the car. Open the door. Get in car. Insert keys and turn clockwise. Put car in reverse… etc” With search engines, smart as you might think they are, they aren’t. They often don’t grasp intent – and when they do seem to grasp intent, it may NOT be the intent you had in mind.

Take out the Driving Blind thing

SEOs will usually leave out chance – at least the good ones will – and make sure the pages reflect exactly what your site needs to be found for. If you site yammers on and on about shoes, it might be an assumed thing that these are the kind that you wear on your feet. But if they are, what kind of shoes ARE they? Men’s, women’s, children’s. Dress shoes? Athletic shoes? But what about if those AREN’T the type of shoes at all? What if you sell BRAKE shoes? Does your website make it clear to the search engines that these are automotive parts? They work with cars and trucks? NOT men and women?

These are just some simple things to think about and to drive home why doing your own website and SEO work usually is NOT in your best interest – any more than doing your own car repairs (in most cases). In both cases, you need these “vehicles” to get you where you WANT to go. And if your vehicle isn’t set up the right way or in good condition – it’s just NOT going to get you there. Find out what kind of difference having a true search engine optimization company working on YOUR site can make..

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    Lisa Irby
    May 19, 2013 Reply

    What Google Wants! The Evolution of SEO - Chalkboard Style!

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    Mike Martin
    October 5, 2013 Reply

    Best video I have found online for SEO in 2013 real eye opener

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    Denis admin
    November 9, 2013 Reply

    Great video

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    Paulina Dragoeva
    November 10, 2013 Reply

    Thank you so much! It was very informative for me.

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    Don Fitzsimmons
    November 12, 2013 Reply

    I like your honest, direct style. Good stuff.

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    Jeremy Ng
    November 14, 2013 Reply

    I'm pretty new to SEO and all that stuff, but your video has given me a much clearer understanding of how and why it developed as such through the years. Thanks for this. :)

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    JAVAD Ghandi
    November 17, 2013 Reply

    I just learned that Im so out dated on SEO's ... :) Thanks for the info

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    Svein Arne Grønnevik
    November 18, 2013 Reply

    I learned a lot of useful SEO back in the late 90's and early 2000. I see I have a lot to learn today also. Thank you very much for this eye opening video, Lisa! :-)

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    Angelo Randazzo
    November 19, 2013 Reply

    Hi Lisa, great video (as usual !). I have one 'technical" question: which software/hardware do you use to make the 'blackboard' effect + the hand-writing ?

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    Salamatu Kamara
    November 20, 2013 Reply

    Yet again another good video. 

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    November 23, 2013 Reply

    I just found your video. Lots of good info. Time for me to get a blog. LOL Keep up the good work I'll be watching you.

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    AD Sudler
    December 1, 2013 Reply

    Nice video! 

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    Troy Johnson
    December 2, 2013 Reply

    This was a good overview of the overview +Lisa Irby Diversification was always key. The problem today is that the web is essentially controlled by a handful of companies. Diversification in an oligopoly is virtually impossible. In my space (books: Http://, I've seen MANY excellent sites, some with great potential, wither away and die simply because they were undiscoverable in search. Amazon, and all the other book sites, they own have not replicated what was lost. I created a website to highlight Black owned indie sites, but I'm afraid we no longer have enough real estate on the web to make a difference. In the late 1990's larger sites would link to a smaller site; In 2013, big sites don't link to small site or use "no follow." Making it virtually impossible for a new indie web to be found -- let alone generate a living wage for the owner. Your presence is encouraging. Let me know if they is anything you do that you've done that would like me to share with my network.

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    Jan Kadanec
    December 6, 2013 Reply

    Thank You!

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    Ron Noble
    December 7, 2013 Reply

    Hi Lisa I've been watching your videos and would like to say WOW! Many people post videos on You Tube including myself but most videos don't really teach the viewer anything and for me that does not work. Your videos on the other hand give actionable ideas and web url's that cause me to think and plan my own marketing effort. Thank You Lisa

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    Akhil Kumar
    December 13, 2013 Reply

    oh that was a great tutorial....thnks a lot +Lisa Irby :-)

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    Sabrina EagleWolf
    December 16, 2013 Reply

    Your are always so helpful and professional. thank you Lisa.

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    Wolfgang Brand
    December 20, 2013 Reply

    Lisa, this is funny. On the day you uploaded this video, Penguin 2.0 was starting to impact sites and two days later it was announced and complettly rolled out. 

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    December 22, 2013 Reply

    wqooo. this is like $300 value class, thank you so much +Lisa Irby 

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    December 27, 2013 Reply

    The more I research SEO, the more I realize I've been doing it wrong :/ Thanks for the tip about social media. I do Google searches for my site and find that my organization's social media accounts are ranked higher than the official site.

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    Kwanda Zulu-Jones
    January 5, 2014 Reply

    you are AMAZING Lisa!!! You and the way you teach is such a blessing :-) thank you. I just subscribed and have watched a couple of videos and I am blown away at how well i'm following and understanding better

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    DAngelo Allison
    January 10, 2014 Reply

    hey sub to my page ill sub back

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    January 13, 2014 Reply

    I swear Lisa you are awesome.

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    Abdul Ali
    January 14, 2014 Reply

    Thank you Lisa. I really appreciate your uncompromising style. Very informative.

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    EverSpark Interactive
    January 14, 2014 Reply

    This video does a good job in speaking about the past of SEO such as meta tags and how it relates to the future.

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