Your nonprofit is only as successful as its reach, and in today’s internet focused marketplace your reach is driven by your online presence.
Accepting donations, tracking volunteers, and promoting events are all done online and without a formal search engine optimization plan (SEO) plan, your nonprofit could be left out of a lot of online searches.
We all want our nonprofit’s website to rank #1 on Google.
But, how do I make sure it get there? And once it’s there, how do I ensure it stays there? Your website is your most powerful, and most customizable online asset. Taking the time to make sure it is optimized to resonate with search engines is worth the time and resources.
Is there a word more often used in the world of nonprofit technology?
Maybe "the cloud". Potentially "ROI". But "SEO" is a strong contender for most used buzz word.
The term gets thrown around a lot, but most people are unfamiliar with the word's origin. From what started as just an idea that likely started in a back office at Google, AOL, or Yahoo!, SEO has become a full fledged industry driving near billions in revenue every year.
So when someone asks you where the term ROI actually came from, show them this infographic!
If there’s one fact in life, it’s that everything changes.
That fact couldn’t be more true in the case of SEO. Only a few years ago, the most accepted practice was “link stuffing”, or the practice of putting as many links that point back to your website as possible on empty websites. The practice that once dominated the SEO community is now severely frowned upon by Google, and can land you some hefty penalties if you’re found to be an egregious offender.
2015 has proven no different for SEO. Search Engine Optimization is a rapidly evolving field that requires professionals to pay close attention to industry conventions to keep up and position their business for success.
Here are a few or the newest conventions your nonprofit should be implementing in 2015 accoriding to SEOHalt.
If you still have an intern running your Twitter strategy, you need to reevaluate your social media strategy. Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported Google search results will now integrate Twitter’s content in real time. That means 284 million users will now be indexed by the world’s largest search engine. Digital marketers need to rethink their social media strategies and how it could affect their non-profit’s search engine optimization, as Google has just made Twitter the must-have for every social media marketer in 2015.
Thanks to this integration, volunteers, donors and prospective clients can now find your non-profit on Google based on what has been said and trending on Twitter. The content your organization produces will be available not only to Twitter users, but to anyone using Google. Google has 3.5 billion searches per day in comparison with Twitter’s 288 million active users per month, meaning what your organization tweets has the potential for billions of social impressions.
Though this increased brand exposure could be excellent for bringing in new clients, donors and volunteers, it also means your organization needs to rethink how it approaches and prioritizes Twitter. It’s time to start paying attention to how your ads and organic traffic drive revenue and results for your non-profit, as traffic will now be highly influenced by Twitter and social media.
These changes makes the authenticity of the content you are tweeting even more critical for success. Organic traffic typically has a higher conversion rate, so organizations need to be more aware of what is communicated on Twitter about them. For the sake of your organization’s reputation and success, you will need to keep a more careful eye on how your non-profit interacts with its constituents and what kind of experience they have with you. Positive experiences can help bring in new traffic and participants for your organization and its mission. If clients have a less than ideal experience, however, their testimonial could reach billions of people and have a significant negative influence on your organization.
In order to maintain your mission and keep your non-profit going, your organization needs to produce high quality, engaging content on Twitter.
Google has a reputation for rewarding companies based on quality of content, not quantity, so watch what you post, strategically elevate your social cadence and carefully craft your Twitter and blog content to ensure you take advantage of this new digital marketing opportunity.
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