Stream of consciousness SEO

July 21, 2009

Welcome to my mind …

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Some of its inner workings at least.

For a long time I have been thinking about starting a blog that provides a chance to share some of the things I have learned along the way about marketing and communications.

For many years (I started in PR early in 1987) I struggled with the label PR consultant – and even after being their parent for 17 and 19 years, my sons still don’t really understand what a PR person actually does.

That’s because when a PR person is really doing their job well, they are invisible. Ironic really – biggest marketing problem you could ever have – no visibility. But, the fact that the industry survives and thrives is largely due to referrals between those businesspeople in the know. And these days, a lot more profile due to the fact that bloggers are now being exposed to the PR practitioners skills.

So one of the interesting things about transferring my skills to the world of SEO and online content is that to an extent, SEO is really the same. If you are doing it well, it is seamless and invisible to the casual viewer.

Ultimately, great SEO helps website owners create awesome content that naturally draws lots and lots of viewers, keeps them in the site for a while, encourages them to come back, and inspires them to recommend your site to other people.

That’s what works.

So what do you do as a business owner if you don’t have that kind of website?

My suggestion is to spend some time with yourself (and your business partner/s, senior staff, stakeholders) really thinking about what it is that inspires you about your business. What keeps you in the game, what do you have to offer your clients or customers on a daily basis?

Once you have worked that out – and you might record it in pictures (of happy, excited customers perhaps), words, video or audio … then it’s time to really get creative about how to instil that inspirational content into your website.

If you are excited about what you have to offer, then other people will pick up on that if you communicate it well.

Thing is, communicating something exciting is hard to do with words alone.  The more ways you can convey that excitement via your website, the better.

  • Think tangible.
  • Think interactive.
  • Think compelling images that are worth more than thousands of words.
  • Then find the right web maestros to help you make that happen.

Get it done, then keep feeding it with your personal source of excitement and inspiration. Don’t just put it out there and forget about it. Treat your website like your children – it needs your care and attention every day.


So that’s it.

My first post in Stream of Consciousness SEO … and it was!

Look forward to streaming some more with you very soon.




  1. Congrats on the new blog Karen! Some really valuable and useful information on it… Much more practically oriented than a lot of the stuff we learn at Uni. And I totally agree about the “what do PR people do?” question… if they’re good you’ll never know what they do!

    Nowadays a good website is key to any business and often just cringe when I look at how horrible some websites are (especially some Ad Agencies websites!!! not the kiwi ones which are on the whole rather good).

    I’m looking forward to your future posts!

    Comment by MattDV — July 22, 2009 @ 9:16 am | Reply

    • thanks again Matt – I’d be interested to hear what sort of info you would most like to read – the range of possibilities is broad!

      Comment by proseotalk — July 22, 2009 @ 9:27 am | Reply

  2. I guess I can comment on my own post, why not! Thanks to one of my first readers who mentioned interior designer Sarah Richardson’s site as a place you can linger for hours – wonderful! thanks @mattdevilliers. Must say I have always enjoyed her shows on the Living Channel – she has fabulous taste.

    Comment by proseotalk — July 22, 2009 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  3. Great blog Karen, Look forward to reading more of your GREAT SEO tips and advice as I know how talented you are in this field 🙂
    Jayson 🙂

    Comment by Jayson Kingsbeer — July 22, 2009 @ 9:28 am | Reply

    • ta Jayson – looking forward to providing some news you can use … for your own site.

      Comment by proseotalk — July 22, 2009 @ 9:39 am | Reply

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