All business owners should strongly consider SEO (Search Engine Optimization) a must when coming up with a business plan. We live in a technology-driven day and age. The majority of consumers will consult Google, Bing or Yahoo before their friend when trying to find anything from a primary care physician to a dog groomer. With that being said, all business owners should want to be on the first page of search engines when their potential customers go looking. The best way to accomplish this and increase your business volume is through SEO. We strongly recommend hiring a local SEO company to accomplish this because SEO requires patience and knowledge that the typical business owner does not possess! Before going out and hiring an SEO company, you should make yourself aware of some SEO basics, that way you are not going into this process blindly. We are going to go over some of the basics of SEO to get you started.
On-Page SEO Optimization
When you hire your local SEO agency, one of the things they will talk to you about is on-site or on-page optimization. Put simply, this deals with everything on your business website that can be changed or manipulated in order to improve your search rankings, such as your website pages, content, tags, titles and target keywords.
Quality of Content
This is pretty self-explanatory. The quality of the written content on your website is what will keep your customers interested and essentially will keep them coming back. The content needs to be original, well written and free from typos, errors, and mistakes. It also needs to be interesting, informative and easy to understand. Most people will not know as much about your product or service as you do, so laymen’s terms are best. We like to call this “dummy proofing” the content for the consumer! If all that were not enough, your content must also include the keywords your business is trying to rank for. Google weighs very heavily on quality content these days. As they say, content is king!
There are a couple of reasons site speed is important in SEO. The first one has to do with your potential customers. The speed that your site loads impacts a user’s experience. Surveys have found that if users have to wait too long for your site to load the majority of the users will go back and click on the next business on the list. Nothing is more aggravating than knowing what you want to pull up but then being left staring at a screen that has a partially loaded website or even worse your left staring at a blank screen. In those few seconds, you have potentially lost a customer. The other reason site speed matters is because Google says it does. Since 2010, Google has used page speed as part of their ranking algorithm. Google can and will penalize you for poor site speed.
In SEO terms, this means the credibility your site has established in the eyes of the Search Engines (Google). This is not achieved overnight because when your site is brand new it needs help to establish itself with search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. When you want to build authority, your best bet is hiring a local SEO agency because this is where things get complicated. The search engines themselves have never come out and given a straightforward plan as to how they determine a site’s authority. Most SEO professionals say that authority is a byproduct of many different factors. One thing is true, you are the company you keep, according to Google. They do base some of your site’s authority on what other sites are linked to yours and this can be good or bad, depending on the quality of your backlinks and referring domains. Also, Search Engines track your likes and shares on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and who the people or businesses are that are doing the liking and sharing. This is called Social Signals and plays a part in the current ranking algorithms.
These are just a few things to get you started if you are thinking about doing SEO or hiring an SEO agency for your business. Personally, with all the competition out there, Search Engine Optimization is a must if you want to thrive as a company in today’s digital world. It is important to understand what SEO can do for your business, whether it is a new business or if you have been in business 20 years. I can promise that without proper SEO you will lose a substantial amount of customers! Nobody goes to page 4 on Google and says “ I think I will use this company – they seem great”. The reality is, 9 out of 10 people will never get past page 1 and your business will never be on page 1 without a solid SEO strategy.
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