Guest Post by Karen Cioffi


The following is a reposting of Karen’s guest blog on 4RV Publishing’s blog. Great advise.

SEO and Marketing: Basic Tips and Definitions

In its simplest form, promotion is a tool or strategy under the marketing umbrella. The marketing umbrella covers the creation or manufacturing of a product or service, R&D, distribution, and any other elements needed to get a product from creation to the consumer. Promotion creates visibility.

Utilizing online promotion means you will be using the internet, search engines, and SEO. SEO is the process of getting the search engines to find and rank your content. You obviously want a high ranking so when a searcher (potential customer) types in a search term (keyword) your site may be one of those on that first SERP.

Marketing and especially SEO can be confusing and seem like a daunting task to undertake, but once you understand the basics it becomes less intimidating.

SEO and Marketing Definitions

1. SEO – search engine optimization: “the process of creating and adjusting website content with the goal of improving search engine rankings.” (according to

2. SERP – search engine results page – the page results from a search query.

3. Keyword – “any word or phrase a searcher might use to describe or identify a desired resource on the Internet.” When using keyword in your title, it’s important to use the keyword in the beginning of the title. Rather than use “How-to-Guide for SEO,” opt for “SEO: A How-to-Guide.” (according to

4. Organic Traffic or Marketing – free strategies, such as Twitter, blogging, article marketing, etc.

5. Paid Traffic or Marketing – utilizing paid/sponsored ads, such as Google adwords, etc.

6. Ranking – your position (how high up) on the SERP: the higher the better. In other words, you want to be on the first SERP, or at least within the first few pages.

7. Anchor text – linking to other websites and/or pages directly from text within your content. This strategy should be used to bring the reader to your products, to other related articles you’ve written, to another site that has useful information pertinent to your post, and/or to link to a site you’re mentioning.

Providing readily accessible information and links through anchor text will give your readers more “bang-for-the-buck.” It will give the reader a broader reading experience, and she will definitely appreciate it – this builds a relationship . . . and trust.

Using anchor text links will also help search engines, such as Google and Bing, relate your content to other relevant content, and create a target for searchers to hit.

One last note about SEO, keep your keywords simple and concise. And, often it’s of greater benefit to use long-tail keywords. These keywords may not get as many search hits, but they do get a much more targeted audience; this leaves you with less competition.

An example of a keyword might be, “allergy relief.” Allergy relief is a very generic and heavily used keyword. In order to make it more specific and hone in on a narrower audience/searcher, you might use, “allergy air cleaners,” or maybe, “remedies for allergies,” or, “allergy sinus medications.” You want to narrow the playing field.

There are free tools to test out and analyze keywords; here are three of them you might try: 


Karen Cioffi is an author, ghostwriter, and freelance writer. For writing and marketing information visit

Author: diannegsagan

Dianne G. Sagan has written over 25 books and more than 300 articles in her 20 years as a ghostwriter and published her own work traditionally and indie. She writes fiction and nonfiction. She's an experienced speaker at writers' conferences in the region and an experienced facilitator for writers classes and workshops.

18 thoughts on “Guest Post by Karen Cioffi

  1. Dianne, thank you for hosting Karen.

    Karen, you are so right when you say new writers find promoting “daunting.” This is the kind of information I need. Thanks a bunch.

  2. You know how I love anything on promotion. How us writers need it, Diane.
    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Blogging writers resources at Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites pick

  3. Thanks, I copied the url’s for the tools you supplied.

  4. Still good advice, even though I read it on the 4RV newsletter. Thanks.

  5. LOL, this isn’t the article that was supposed to be here.

    Carolyn, Kathy, and Vivian, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  6. Dianne, Not sure what happened, but thanks so much for posting this article and being a part of my tour!


  7. Whether it’s supposed to be here or not, it’s a great article and I’m saving it. I’m way behind on reading email so haven’t seen the 4RV newsletters lately.

    Thanks. Have fun on the rest of your tour.

  8. Beverly, I’m so glad you haven’t read it yet! LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  9. It is hard to understand how all of this works, but each time I hear about it I understand a little bit better. Thanks!

  10. I hadn’t thought about keyword placement in titles. I thought it all count. Now I need to make some mental note for future titles. Thanks for sharing the knowledge!

  11. Kate, most of us writers have trouble with SEO. I’m glad my article helped a bit. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  12. Barbara, I’m so glad you found the info helpful. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Farrah, I do article marketing with EzineArticles and they have a lot of great info on important things to look out for. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. If you want to get a great deal from this post then you have to apply these strategies to your won

    • Thanks for the comment and you have a very good point. Karen is a very smart lady and does give great advice. I could do a better job at promoting my blog and applying SEO principles to this site. Alas, it is a work in progress. I appreciate your feedback and candor, catalinabuie@ yahoo.


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