The SEO Flow Chart

In the past I made an online marketing mindmap that was fairly well received, and I am nearly caught up with work stuff, so I figured it was time to start playing with flowcharts. This flowchart describes the basic SEO process.

Perhaps a bit is lost in simplification, but I think this does a great job of conveying a lot of information in a limited space...a future version might expand the box about building quality signals into a flow chart of its own (and even that could have more sub-flowcharts built from marketing is sorta like fractals).

Some of the boxes are clickable, like the dance like a monkey box. :)



Let me know what you think of the above, and if you want a downloadable version here is a PDF version and here is a gif image. If you have a copy of SmartDraw (free to try, $199 to buy) then you could even edit the flowchart, perhaps to make the current one better, or to use this one as a template for making flowcharts for other industries.

If you find yourself running out of things to write about on your blog, mixing up the format helps give you a new take and fresh voice. And it is more fun playing with flowchart software than it is writing the 917,432nd post titled Learn All About Digg.

Published: November 3, 2008 by Aaron Wall in seo tips

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November 3, 2008 - 2:42pm

I laughed for almost half an hour, especially at the "End" which has two parts – one ends With Money another with No-Money.

Snippet of the Flow-Chart: Struggle till you get to the "Right" side of the End.

All's Well That Ends Well. :D

November 3, 2008 - 2:55pm

LOL, nice one, Aaron. Good stuff.

November 3, 2008 - 5:13pm

Surely the funniest bit has to be the "cry / snitch on competitors" - I bet you were giggling to yourself when you wrote that one, Aaron!

November 3, 2008 - 5:21pm

I want to see you dance like a monkey. Put it on youtube. I bet I can dance like a monkey better. Let's have a monkey dance off.

The gauntlet has been cast.


November 3, 2008 - 8:56pm

Heh this would be a great way to resolve conflicts. I'd pay to see this, at least $2, truly a great way to monetize dancing like a monkey.

Excellent. Bloody excellent. :)

November 3, 2008 - 6:45pm

You may as well add buy links to the "No" side of the flow chart for Do I have what is takes to compete. Up to you which side of the strong business ethics split you put it on.

November 4, 2008 - 12:39am

There are lots of ways to buy links...most of the ones I employ are fairly low risk. Link buying in itself is not bad or risky...obvious link buying with intent of manipulating search results is.

November 4, 2008 - 11:36am

this is the most simple to let people know what are the consequences of not choosing SEO (as end described), easiest way to find where are you lacking in seo planning.

its like fun at work. good going :)

November 4, 2008 - 1:17pm

That's the best IM flowchart I've ever seen, LOL!

November 4, 2008 - 9:12pm

Great stuff. I like the "Dance Like a Monkey" step.

Maybe "End" should be changed to a monkey holding a money bag with trail of bananas back to "Check Google Ranking" :) SEO is a constant journey, for us SEO monkeys.

November 5, 2008 - 6:34am

So good to start this great day with a good laugh. Thanks a lot Dudes.

November 5, 2008 - 12:13pm

'snitch on competitors' haha, you're so gangster Aaron :p

November 6, 2008 - 9:50pm

"snitch on competitors"...hmmm...Who would do such a thing...I wonder...cough (rand) cough...

Sorry, I had to go there with that one.

November 8, 2008 - 3:53pm


This is great (actually a little useful). Could you do a similar one for Keywords? How do you figure out what keywords to go after?

November 8, 2008 - 4:18pm

I might do one for keywords as well...though it would not be in depth as what we created when I partnered with Wordtracker to write the 50 Kick Ass Keyword tips guide...each tip could be thought of as its own step...and they could be clustered with mind mapping I have seen a reader show me that they had done that when they were done reading it.

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