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  • Writer's pictureMark A Preston

Unlocking the Mystery of SEO: The Best SEO Techniques for Your Goals

Navigating the vast sea of digital marketing, it's not uncommon for me to bump into intriguing questions from budding professionals and business owners alike. During a thought-provoking discussion with Callum Scott on Twitter, the pressing query arose: "What are the best SEO techniques?"


Allow me to demystify this for you.


SEO techniques

Understanding the Core of SEO


Before delving into the intricate facets of SEO, it's imperative to clarify one thing: SEO is not a one-size-fits-all solution. If someone asks, "What are the best SEO techniques?" The immediate response should be...


"To achieve what?"


Understanding this is pivotal because, more often than not, people are looking for results, not techniques. They've heard that SEO is the vehicle to drive them to their goals, but unless we grasp what the destination is, how can we select the right path?



Mapping Your Journey: Start at the Destination


When crafting an SEO strategy, a common misstep many make is to begin at the starting point. Contrary to this, I've found that the most effective method is quite the opposite. Here's a simple way to structure your approach:


  1. Define the Ultimate Goal: Before all else, understand your or your client's end goal. It might be generating a certain amount of revenue, increasing website traffic by X%, or capturing a specific number of leads.

  2. Quantify the Objective: If the aim is to produce a set revenue within a year, decipher the average worth of a customer.

  3. Work Backwards: Now, break this down. Understand metrics like the site's conversion rate and determine how many leads you'd need to meet that revenue goal.


By adopting this reverse-engineering method, the clarity of which SEO techniques to employ becomes luminous. The roadmap will no longer be shrouded in uncertainty but illuminated by purpose-driven tactics.


Final Thoughts


As I always emphasise,


"SEO isn't just about ticking boxes; it's about weaving a strategic web that aligns with your unique objectives."

The next time you're tempted to dive into the vast ocean of SEO techniques, take a moment to anchor your approach with your final destination in mind. This not only refines your strategy but ensures every effort propels you closer to your goals.


If you're eager to harness the transformative power of SEO, ensuring it's tailored to your aspirations, don't hesitate to reach out. Together, we can chart a course to digital success.

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About the author

Mark A Preston

Mark A Preston: SEO trainer & speaker with over 2 decades (since 2001) experience in the SEO industry. Host of 'The Unscripted SEO Interview Podcast'. Author of 'The Business Side of SEO' and 'The SEO Freelancer Survival Handbook', SEO Business Books.

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