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Introduction to your SEO guide

Hi, I′m Dan Richmond, and you′re about to get hold of my break–through SEO in Practice guide. I stay online 24 hours a day, so sure, I know today′s situation with SEO books. There′re just so many of them!!! And yes, I know someone may be skeptical. But I may ask SO WHAT? I′m serious about making this book the best practical SEO guide ever, and here′s the only way to prove this: check how it works.

So right now, in the book′s introduction, I′ll just try to answer the important questions you might ask me before you start. And then we′ll get straight to action.

Firstly, here′s a couple of words about why I wrote the book.

For ten years I′ve been a professional SEO, I worked out winning strategies using the try and error method. Now I believe I′m expert enough to put the best of my experience into a practice–oriented SEO guide.

I′ve seen hundreds of clients, and you can take my word: each day, they keep asking the same things. And after 10 years in SEO I know this for sure: the main question here is not what it′s about. It′s definitely


Now tell me honestly, among the hundreds of SEO books on the Internet, did you see any that teaches the exact simple steps to get to the top? So take me for a humbug if you like, this tutorial is unique. It answers the "what–should–I–do" questions my clients keep asking me for years.

I know you also have some general questions about SEO. Same thing, I answered them a million times and now′s yet another one.

The first problem you have to solve at once is:

To SEO or not to SEO?

If you check it on the Web, you′ll find there′re other ways to get traffic ( = visitors ) to your site and thus to make money. Say, pay per click campaigns (PPC) like Google AdWords, Yahoo! Search Marketing, or Bing Ads.

Here′s what I can say, and it′s not a personal opinion, but a common fact: PPC brings results fast, but you have to pay all the time. The sums get rather big. And you never know for sure, whether PPC will pay for itself, or it′s just money down the drain.

SEO is different, in terms of investment and effect. First you pay (and all of us SEOs know that real optimization costs are not that big), and some months later you start getting dramatic results. Yes, SEO pays for itself hundreds of times better, in the long run.

The amount of traffic that SEO may bring you is unlimited. You′d simply go bankrupt trying to get as many visitors with PPC campaigns.

Read what happened to one of my clients: in March 2006, they launched a new online gift store. At once, they started a PPC campaign and spent about $40,000 within 3 months. In return, it only brought $28,000.

At the same time in March, I started an SEO campaign for them. All in all, it cost less than $14,000 (including my charges, which are quite big). And, by December 2007, the estimated gain from SEO was $122,000, which is 4.4 times more than Pay Per Click could bring.

As you can see, even if you pay an expert to optimize your company′s site, this pays for itself dozens of times over! And if you do SEO yourself, your costs are so small, and your profits can exceed them by not even dozens, but hundreds of times!

Thus an ideal solution is, go ahead with SEO, and launch a PPC campaign at the same time, to get some traffic from it before your SEO efforts start bringing you real money. And remember: PPC brings pennies, compared to what you get with SEO.

The second question is,

Should I do SEO myself, outsource it to a freelancer, or pay an SEO company to do it for me?

What if you hire a freelancer?

Firstly, you can never trust he′s doing it right.

What if he goes the wrong way and your site gets banned? How are you going to control an outsourcer? Moreover, he will ask for a fat sum.

Read this Search Engine optimization guide, and you′ll know how to check what a freelancer′s doing at any moment and what it′s really worth.

An SEO company will charge a lot

(When I say a lot, I mean it!)

And, if you trust them to start your SEO campaign from scratch, they will do exactly the same things you can do with this book, or even less — but you′ll have to pay thousands of dollars, monthly.

Now, please think of yet another thing: my clients′ businesses gained over $37,000,000 due to web promotion. And believe me, the best part of these 37 mln could have been made without my assistance, had my clients read this book.

Read this SEO guide, and I′ll be sure that you′ll never pay an SEO company more than they deserve.

DIY is free, but requires knowledge and time.

Yet with this book in your hands, you′ll get all the knowledge you need. And it′ll save you a lot of time, firstly, because you don′t have to educate elsewhere, and secondly, because it teaches you to make abundant use of SEO tools that make it hundreds of times faster.

And, it′s not at all hard. All strategies I provide here were devised for real–world clients in order to earn real–world money. And here′s my word: to make a boom of sales, you need the simple universal things I teach here.

Call it a schedule, a manual, or whatever — this book is like taking you by the hand and guiding you, step by step, up to the point when you break a bank with your site.

Here′re four curious facts about web search:
  • When Internet users look for information, services or products to buy, more than 8 out of 10 rely on Search Engines, not simple surfing.

  • 85% of these searchers don′t click on paid links.

  • 63% of links that are naturally displayed at the top of Search Engines get clicks.

  • Being naturally found at the top (due to SEO, not to payment) converts 30% higher ( = brings 30% more money).

So here′s my idea:

as long as you start, do SEO (whichever way you like), and use this book. Mind it, with this guide you′ll be in fact doing things a professional SEO would do — and it′ll turn out easy and free!

After that, when your site is flourishing, you can afford to pay for very sophisticated SEO tricks. Yes, a grown–up site may need personal approach. So that will be the right time to hand it out to SEO experts (of course if you find that necessary).

One more thing we have to discuss now:

Who can do SEO or Who is this book intended for?

The short answer is: everyone. Anyone who could be my client will save a fat sum and gain much more — all with this book.

And among my clients, there were medical centers, financial consultancies, music shops, wildlife refuges and what–not. I knew a guy who was selling pottery on the web and a woman who founded an Internet community for people with lung cancer, a young lady who had an online art gallery and two brothers who owned a transportation business.

Thus if you have a website, you′ve come to the right place. And, it′s time to see how you can make it work, free of charge!

Now you′re mere seconds away from getting the first portion of my instructions.

So don′t delay, get down to your SEO guide right now, and push your website to the top!


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#1360 2010-07-18 00:28:16 Shawn Thomas

I have just read the introduction. If the rest of the guide delivers, I think my long exhausting search for answers is over. Well looks like I have some reading to do.

Will update comment after I am finished reading the guide.


#1344 2010-07-06 04:17:16 leave kan

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#1342 2010-07-04 12:05:01 Carole Mewhort

I think it's fantastic to have your SEO guide to help me! I truly need it. I am brand new to the the whole IM venue and am looking forward to learning the info you have so generously provided. I am a stay at home mom whose expertise with the computer is limited to email and surfing the web.

Because of this, I consider myself to be a challenge in teaching any type of the much needed skills to succeed in any way online.

Thanks again for providing SEO In Practice (especially for FREE)! I will certainly let you know how it's going.

I better go get started now....I know I have a lot to learn!
Carole Mewhort

#1347 2010-07-09 07:09:38 Dan Richmond

Hi Carole!

I hope the guide will be helpful! I've tried tmy best to make SEO as easy-to-grasp as possible.

#1352 2010-07-09 16:29:55 Carole Mewhort

Thanks, Dan, for the welcome. So far the SEO guides have been easy to understand and a real help for people in my position, starting a newbie. I am stopped right now at the section that asks for a website address. I don't have one yet. I am in the process of getting a domain, but I was thinking that I am going to have to wait until I actually have content on the site. Is that correct?

Thanks again for SEOInPractice. It really does make things more clear. I was suffering from information overload and couldn't put it all together. Thanks for making that possible!

#1336 2010-06-26 08:03:35 Shay Berkovich

So let's get started.

#1334 2010-06-24 17:07:33 Daniel Lorch

Hi Dan,

I first heard of SEO a month ago. I then brought on a consultant to help SEO my son's website. In order to understand and assist the consultant I was determined to learn about SEO. I am a writer and have learned such skills are valuable assets in SEO. Attempts to educate myself were a good start but it was slow going. My consultant recommeded SEO PowerSuites as a tool we should use. Soon I discovered your guide. The initial impact is like being plugged into a light socket. I read your table of contents and am energized about learning the SEO information that you have packaged for total newcomers like me.

Wanted to share my first impressions. Now back to study.


#1327 2010-06-22 03:08:51 Marvin Desoyo

Hello Dan,

I am glad i found your website. I am starting learning SEO right now, for my own Blogs. I really enjoyed reading your SEO guide, I bet this stuff can help me a lot.

Thanks a lot.

#1323 2010-06-16 10:57:59 sophie yuan

Dear Dan,

Thank you for advising, i will re-read your guide. Do you know any professional person who can offer SEO service? Thanks.


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#1316 2010-06-15 09:32:29 sophie yuan

Dear Dan,

I found top KEI keyword by your tools called Rank Tracker through competitive research function, and i wrote it on website title,website keywords,website description a month ago. i was wondering if those keywords are accurate. can you check it for me how well those keywords i typed? site:

Otherwise, i used those keywords to our b2b platform for advertising,then i did search, i just found several results, but type some keywords like shoes,handbags,t shirts,our products are not in good rank, it is usually on the second page or third page, it is very strong competition. So, how do i do? are they good keywords just have several results when we do search? when people are looking for something to buy online, do they usually use one-word keywords,two-word keywords or three-word keywords? i am confused.

Thanks a lot and hope to hear from you.


#1319 2010-06-16 09:45:56 Dan Richmond

Your website is really over-stuffed with keywords. Each page has so many different keywords on it that the search engine bots will not really know what exactly your site is about. The best way would be to optimize each page for up to 3 keywords, so each page is optimized for 3 unique ones. In your case, an online shop, you will need to work on each product's page.

There is nothing wrong with the keywords themselves, they get high traffic from Google and other SEs but they will require a lot of work - first onpage optimization then link building. You could go through this guide firs, especially the landing page chapter, and then see what you can do.

#1314 2010-06-15 09:19:32 Ben Lovegrove

Hi Dan,

I'm re-reading this book because, as with so many resolutions, I realise that I haven't done all the things I was going to do when I first read it.

SEO is an ongoing process and the situation changes month by month, but it's handy having this guide to hand to refer back to.

Can we rely on it being upgraded regularly?


#1321 2010-06-16 09:55:07 Dan Richmond

Yes, we update it if something major gets outdated. Moreover it won't get unnoticed and you will see comments from other SEOs contributing and sharing their expertise, so you can browse comments as well.

#1313 2010-06-15 08:42:29 Harendra Singh

I am Harendra and I just start my career in seo field and I want to more about the seo . How I can improve my skills and make myself good in seo field .

Harendra Gusain

#1320 2010-06-16 09:48:04 Dan Richmond


looks like the SEO book the introduction of which you are commenting on is just for you! :) Please read it and complete all the quizzes and then ask any specific questions you will have left.

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