The March Madness Guide To SEO

The March Madness Guide to SEO

Have you ever wondered what makes a basketball team work well?

Is it the one superstar? How about the role players helping out? What about the leadership of a great coach? My opinion is all of the above.

Now, what makes a great SEO team? Is it the agency you choose, or is it the all-star SEO manager? Maybe you’ve just started working with your SEO team on your website, and you’re wondering what’s going on behind the scenes.

Since we’re just days away from March Madness 2013, I thought it would be appropriate to explain just how similar an SEO team is to a basketball team.

The Point Guard

The Point Guard

This is your SEO Manager. You want a great SEO manager directing the play of your efforts just like you would want a great point guard directing the play of the game, like Chris Paul (CP3). These are the ones who will guide the rest of the team in in getting points on the board, and making sure positive results are being made.

The Shooting Guard

The Shooting Guard

This is your SEO Specialist. Here is someone who is going out and finding all the best places to acquire high quality links for your site, and is making things happen just like a great shooting guard would do. You think of all the great shooting guards in the game, like Jordan, Michael or Bryant, Kobe, and they are the ones leading the team in scoring.

The Small Forward

The Small Forward

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Meet your Content Strategist. He or she will work with the copywriter just like a small forward and a power forward do on the hardwood. The content strategist must be creative, and be able to come up with topics and ideas that are unique and click-worthy. Just like Kevin Durant is able to create shots out of nothing, and you are often left with your jaw on the floor when you see his creativeness in action, a great piece of content can often do the same.

The Power Forward

The Power Forward

Here is your Copywriter. This position needs to stick to the fundamentals to get the job done in the most effective way, and the writing needs to be on point and consistent with your brand. Tim Duncan is the epitome of consistency, for example. You know what you are going to get out of him night in and night out, and the same goes for your copywriter.

The Center

The Center

This is your SEO Analyst. They will be using their strength (analytical expertise) to defend against the other team (competition). The SEO Analyst stays in constant contact with the SEO Manager, and regularly updates the team on the performance of the website and how visitors interact with the pages and content. Similarly, the Center will stay close to the basket, and will often anchor the defense.

The Coach

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Here is the Marketing Agency. A good coach is proven through a consistent track record and experience, and when choosing an agency you also should make sure they have a proven track record and have the experience. The great basketball coaches like Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan,and Chuck Daly all have their own effective ways of getting the most out of their players, and an agency should do the same with their employees.

The Referees

Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts, head of Webspam at Google.
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The search engines. I’m talkin’ about you, Google. Make sure to play by their rules and if you are not, you’ll end up fouling out and losing the game.

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  1. Pat says

    Now that I think about it, Matt Cutts and Joey Crawford are pretty similar in a lot of (Not necessarily good) ways..

  2. Tommy Landry, Return On Now says

    Nicely done Trenton! I’ve always been a big fan of sports analogies for search marketing and similar disciplines. This brought a bunch of offshoot ideas in to my head about winners vs. losers, “cinderella” stories, and the like. Cheers!

  3. Nazito says

    SEO basketball style, We do not see explanation like this every day. It made me remember the movie “The Mirror Has Two Faces” – There is a part in it where teacher use a baseball game to explain some math.
    Thanks for adding some spice to SEO

  4. Michael Lysiak says

    I really enjoyed reading your article and the way you explained it. I never would have thought of using a concept such as basketball to explain SEO. I think whether you’re a sports fan or not, and you need to learn about the components of SEO, you did a great job of breaking it down.

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