- The Project Manager: Every team needs a leader, and every client needs one person that they can hold responsible. The role of the project manager is to ensure that all aspects of the online marketing campaign work together. It’s easy to have different team members focused on different aspects, but ultimately, the client has goals, and the entire team must work together to achieve those goals. If the team fails to achieve those goals, the project manager is responsible.
- Search Engine Optimization Strategist: Every SEO project needs at least one person who understands the ins and outs of search engine optimization. The SEO must have a good understanding of how search algorithms work and keep up to date on the latest algorithmic trends. However, they must maintain an eye for solid marketing practices to ensure the “SEO” doesn’t get in the way of the site’s ability to convert visitors into customers. Each project can have more than one SEO and each can have a particular focus. Some of the SEO jobs are keyword research, site architecture, on-page optimization and reviewing pages for performance while performing necessary tweaks.
- Content Strategist: The content strategist (a copywriter, editor and publisher all rolled into one) is one of the most important positions in an SEO pack. As search engines continue to look for ways to discount or even penalize sites with poor content or a lack of good content, the content strategist must make sure that all optimization efforts are implemented with an eye toward sales and conversions. While rankings are important, if the visitors don’t engage with the site or convert into customers, all the SEO is wasted. The content strategist integrates the SEO’s ranking strategies with the sales message needed to succeed.
- Link Strategist: SEO without links is like a wildlife safari without entrance roads. The link strategist is responsible for marketing the site to other webmasters and business owners, making the case as to why they would benefit by providing a link to your site. They can also provide research for engagement with bloggers and site owners for the purposes of writing guest posts, interact on blogs with quality commenting and even provide submissions to worthwhile directories.
- Social Media Strategist: Social and link strategists can work very closely together, as there are areas of overlap between the two. However the social strategist is responsible for developing and possibly implementing your social media strategy. They make sure you’re doing the things necessary to build up your online reputation, writing and promoting your content properly and engaging with your target market online.
- Analytic Strategist: You can never know if your SEO efforts are successful unless you look to see what’s happening. Rankings only tell you part of the story. While you can get a sense of the sales that come in from ranking increases, without analytics you’ll never know which keywords are really delivering and which are a waste of efforts. Analytics will uncover problems with your site and seek to improve your site’s conversion rates.
- Pay-per-click Strategist: PPC can play a vital role in your SEO campaign, let alone the value PPC can bring on it’s own. Using PPC for SEO allows you to set up short-run keyword testing campaigns to test the impact certain keywords have on your ROI. When the SEO says to go for Keyword A, the PPC may tell you that, based on testing, Keyword B is a more effective strategy and better for business profits. Using PPC to guide SEO strategy allows you to prevent spending time and money on a path that ultimately won’t pan out.
Whoever told you SEO was easy may not have lied, but they sure were not telling the whole truth. The reality is that SEO is rarely something that one person can do as effectively as a team. Each of the roles noted above take a significant investment in order to ensure your online marketing efforts are successful with today’s search engine algorithms.