Ever since google introduced the concept of blended search, DAO is becoming a more important factor for Online Marketers. The Standard SEO is focused on optimizing content. while DAO (Digital asset optimization) is focusing on Multi Media content such as PDFs, Images, Videos, RSS, Reviews, Shopping and other types of “social” media. You can almost form a formula such as:
Social Media Marketing + SEO = DAO
What do i need to do now?
Simply put i would start running down your current target keyword list, analyze it and see what comes up in terms of Blended Media Results, are they already videos blended in the results? One thing to keep in mind is that the blended shelf results are much more dynamic then the rather static traditional Search Engine Results, just because your video is first in the blended results in the morning, does not guarantee you the same spot in the afternoon, you have to check often and see what comes up and what are the deciding factors. While optimizing your media, keep in mind your overall funnel position, for example if you are comparing different Camera Manufacturers, you may want to target customers that are positioned high in the purchase funnel and focus on keywords such as “DSLR Cameras”. But if you are reseller for specific camera models you may choose to target a more educated group of customers that have reached a deeper stage of the purchasing funnel.
How does this affect your traditional SEO?
One of the main differences is the traditional page fold as well as the Share of Shelf. Up until recently a Organic Search Engine Results Position of #3 placed you above the fold, today you will not have the same luxury as you can see on the screenshot below. All the results are being pushed down by larger site links, blended shelf results, featured ads and so on.
So what now?
Once you completed your initial keyword research you can start mapping the key phrases / words to matching media, instead of uploading DSC_03123213.jpg to photo sites, you may want to upload great-used-iphone-4.jpg. The same applies to video uploads in video sites and other social media sharing sites. Then you can retarget your ALT tags to match the media more efficiently. Do not use “used phones” be specific say “used iPhone’s” try to focus each media item on one key phrase. Research from Forrester and other sources has shown that 70% of all media uploads are named poorly and tags as well as sourrounding content do not match.