Okay, so you know your site needs SEO – it’s the only way to organically send you the much needed traffic to generte enough leads and potential customers that you know of (us too!) and while yes, PPC works today – it costs $$$ that as yet you just don’t have.
If you’ve ever “been there” then you know that the learning curve to try to come up with an SEO plan is a huge one…one that in all honesty takes years to develop and put into practice never forgetting too that what works today may not tomorrow.
That said, some new things we’re watching over in GoogleLand…the changes to their main algo are interesting as we track for our clients; those new “buy” buttons too are interesting…as is their method of ranking for “quality updates” too….we’re watching and testing too…
So today I thought I’d start and end with a great site that I know well – www.socialmediaexaminer.com – and it’s wide wide content on yes, Social Media.
But if you’ve ever been an entrepreneur, a person who has had their own business whether it be owning a restaurant or a SaaS company or even a food truck…the fact is, our most important asset is NOT the bricks or mortar or even our employees….in my world it’s your customers.
They “give” you every bit of the success you deserve and for that to make sense, you’d perhaps need to understand what CX is – and what it means to the SMB owner too!
Okay, been one of those weeks again, what with checking all the client sites for their “mobile-friendly” tag and whatnot…but at least it’s now Friday – so it’s time for a couple of great infographics, eh!
That’s not to say the week is over, mind you….we like all SEO firms continue to test and test again and yes then one needs to compare the test results to see if A beat B for this Call-To-Action or if adding an “s” to pluralize that keyword made a difference or what client competitors are up to in all types and kinds of channels…sigh…working on Canadian SEO is a long long struggle…but yeah, we love what we do!
Once again I find it an opportune time to revisit my own take – supported I would add by just about all of the top SEO experts, on Keyword Research – what works and what doesn’t! This excerpt is taken from my new eBook – “Online Marketing Success” that one can find here on amazon.com or amazon.ca!
First, you will need to attempt to define your Keyword phrases for your products or services; discover your competitor’s usage of their own keywords; develop a completely new set of keyword candidates for your own use and then re subscribe to the top 10 search engines.
We often are asked, if we would provide SEO Consulting to SME owners who are looking not for a full SEO Campaign for their site/sites, but just to work with same on a Consulting basis, to learn how to SEO on their own.
Many times, we realize that the costs for a full SEO Campaign are high, especially for start-ups with developing revenue streams and we understand that completely.
So to try to accommodate those SME founders/owners/managers, we also offer up a basic SEO Consulting agreement, based on the following particulars, for a minimum of 6 months.
Okay, so you’ve just gotten your first site up and running and you’re planning on doing your own SEO for same. Now, you’re thinking about the tons of bookmarks you’ve gotten saved to help with your DIY SEO Campaign and what comes first, in what order and why you need to even follow an order. Or maybe not.
Maybe you’re thinking that as 99.9% of all websites do NOT have an SEO Campaign if you just muddle along, you’ll be fine. Or maybe not.
Maybe you’re thinking that you need to outsource this SEO Campaign, but you’ve no way to reason about the candidates for same in judging whether or not they know what they’re doing – and by checking their lists, you can help narrow down the field. Or maybe not….
And see you all next week!
That said, we do offer this specialized On-Page SEO package to those clients who want their domain site totally optimized using best practices only and then will go off and do their own off-page optimizations as in getting links and citations for example.
This is often the best way to start-up your own SEO Campaign!
Simply put, evergreen content is the content on your site that does NOT rely on current trends while being an informational or reference material that somehow never goes out of date. Got that? It’s content on your site – whitepapers, blog postings – what have you that can fulfil a searchers “need to know” about the topic you’re covering…
Been thinking about this non-client request for help now since I got his email back in January of this year. He appears to be working for a legal firm in the southern Ontario part of Canada and his job must be acting as their “in-house” SEO guy. Or maybe he’s their web developer who somehow “backed” into doing the firms SEO too….I really dont’ know.
What I do know is that he’s made a “mess” of the firms attempt to be on the first page of Google for their chosen keywords and that’s not surprising considering the strategy he’s chosen to use – at least I think it’s his choice, as I never found out if this was his thinking or a previous SEO firm did this (not one that’s any good mind you!) or if he simply took orders on what to do from the law firm itself.
Okie-dokie…you’re an SMB owner and you’ve learned over the past few years that Google+ has some “weight” – some “heft” when it comes to your website’s rankings in google web search. Good. That’s a basic all of us SEO practitioners would agree.
You’ve also learned that besides your own Google+ page for your business, there’s the added need to post, often and with pix and on topics in your own channel and yes, on a very regular basis. Good. Nother marketing strategy to have under your SMB belt!
Okay, I know what you’re thinking….what do I mean by “URLs that Count” and the answer this time is pretty easy – I thought I’d list here a short master list of URLs that you can use to click-on, drop-by, read-from and get some of the most current & up-to-date LOCAL search knowledge to help out your own SMB site.
It’s all about knowledge, eh! That is, if you’ve a query or question, then think about where you’ll go to learn what to consider as honest advice on that channel. Got a query on your NAP when you’ve got 4 offices?
Got a query as to what keywords can help a biz get better LOCAL search rankings? Got a query as to fixing old duplicate pages in Google+? The list of issues I would add can be long…but there are some great resource URLs you can use to get at least a pointer on where to go to get help.
Ready? Okay, in no specific order….here we go…
Okay, you’ve got an SMB site, it’s local in it’s marketing circumstances and you want to know more about “citations” as your google reasearch has told you they’re important. If that might descibe you and your current stage of learning how to Canadian SEO your own site, then this post is for you, eh!
Here’s what I’m talking about today – that if you wish to get some search engine ranking notice and resulting traction, then you’ve got to learn about Citations – what they are, where to find the ones that count and what to do when do find same.
That’s a great question, I answered from the dais at a recent Seminar I was giving entitled “SEO 101″ and yet truly, I had no easy answer to give to the over 150 folks seated in front of me. And if you think about it, you’ll understand, eh!
SEO is tough. It’s like trying to hit a target that gets moved after you’ve taken your best shot at same – Google for instance says it changes it’s algo approximately 500+ times annually – or at least say 1.5 times a day. And we SEO practitioners try to stay abreast of what’s not only working now – but will work for our clients tomorrow and the day after that one and the day after that one…well, you get the picture, right?
So when an SMB owner stood up at that SEO 101 Seminar and asked point blank, if SEO was easy enough to learn on his own I really didn’t know what to say. Why is that?
Been one of those weeks…with Google last week notifying millions of site owners that their sites sucked when it came to mobile display and then letting the world know that this is also now one of the 200+ ranking factors, we’ve been busy eh!
Not to say by the way that your site MUST be mobile friendly at least if not RD (responsive design) built, but that’s an argument for other posts….
Today being Friday I’ve listed here some of the best Infographics we’ve found recently for your own SMB SEO DIY campaigns…how’s that for a string of Canadian SEO acronyms, eh!