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We get a lot of questions about SEO here on WordPress.com, and no wonder — you work hard on your site and want to get the word out! SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO recommendations are intended to help your site rank higher and more accurately in search engines, like Google. Say you write a blog about sailboats. When someone Googles “sailboats,” how many pages of results do they have to scroll through before they see a link to your blog? The goal behind having good SEO is to increase your website’s SERP (Search Engine Results Page) ranking.

Ideally, you want your link to be on the first page of results. The best ways to accomplish this are:

  • consistently publish useful, original posts about sailboats; and
  • promote your blog in intelligent ways to people who are looking for information about your topic.

The more traffic your blog receives for sailboat-related searches, the…

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PR or BUSt

save our bus posterJust as I was getting used to the local bus service the council decided to cut it. That’s when my PR experience came in handy. Although successful, little did I know that I would need to do this all over again in six years time! Armed with a tenacious and fearless district councillor Chris Camden, our strategies secured the service. Well, for now anyway.

Highlights

Sandra Jones Sickels

Last year my boss , Sandra Jones Sickels (http://linkd.in/15WhY8s)  from The Haworth Press, New York, came to visit me in London. I haven’t seen her since the 80’s! I didn’t think she remembered me but I was delighted when she called. My mind was whirling, ‘where do I take someone special who has seen and done everything’? My husband recommended London Walks (http://www.walks.com/) and I thought that was a brilliant idea. We had a lot of fun and I hope I have remained in her good books!