How do you perform SEO on press releases?

SEO isn’t something that you should be performing on your press release. What you should be doing is writing something for the end-users of the press release, which is journalists, possibly bloggers in your industry. By doing that you will have your important keywords in your release in a natural progression. If there are acronyms or buzzwords in your industry, you may want to initially mention the full name a bit more.

One of the things that we find ourselves doing when we write about press releases is that we use the word “release” instead of “press release” or “news release” — so one of the things that we are conscious of is to go back and edit our copy and use the full phrases a few times in the copy. And that’s it; that’s all you should focus on.

What we do at eReleases is to optimize press releases for search engines. We take care of the title tags, H1 tags, meta descriptions, and other things to make sure that the search engines can discover the release, but we don’t do any “black hat” or deceptive SEO stuff in an attempt to influence the search engines. The moment that you do that, you are likely violating the terms of service of the search engines. So we just make sure that it is coded in a way that is easy for the search engines to read and understand. When it comes to writing the press release, we don’t think you should even focus on the search engines, other than going back and briefly reviewing your keywords and making sure that they appear in a natural way. If you find that your keywords are appearing too often, you should go back and omit some of them, so that it doesn’t appear as though you are “keyword-stuffing” your press release, which will result in search engines ignoring or penalizing your content.

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