You know the type of prospective clients who come to you know little about your area of expertise. You know that they expect champagne results on a beer budget. You know that they want it yesterday. And lastly you know after years in your channel, that they think they know best.
IF what I’ve just described to you is what you face in your SMB operation, whether you sell products or services, then you know that over here in the SEO world, we get the exact same type of clients too. They “know” SEO cause they google searched it and read a couple of posts on the first page. They don’t have the budgets to spend but then why should they as SEO is pretty easy, right? And they yes, want it yesterday…or to be fair, they want it tomorrow.
As usual it’s been a heck of a weekend what with fires to put out for an Australian client and some interesting new variations for google.co.uk we’ve been testing against – but that all said we did get three seperate and individual emails from SMB owners who basically asked the same question.
How can I find out what my competitors are “up to” SEO wise for their sites?
In other words, is there a way to do a website audit of a competitor to see how they’re doing SEO wise? And the answer for the hundredth time is YUP, there sure is, eh!
Not my idea, but a dang good one is what today’s blog post is all about, eh! There’s a new site that I’ve added to my weekly read list, over at www.blurbpoint.com and from what I can tell, these guys are okay.
Oh, it’s an offshore corporate site for sure, they’re in the SEO world, but more than that, they posted recently a great recap of the best 70 SEO practitioners comments on the question of when it comes to SEO WebAudits “Which are the three major elements you consider while performing a website audit?”
Okay, you all know what an SEO Website Audit is…right? It’s where as an SMB, you hire an SEO firm to do a complete inventory of all of your website – each page, each form, each whitepaper, each offer and everything else too…and then come up with a qualitative analysis of same.
You, as the SMB owner, would then study this long repport to determine what you thought were the various issues with your site and why it was not generating leads or converting prospectives into real live customers. Continue reading “Website SEO Audits:A Lesson in the Making” »
Okay, Xmas and New Year’s are done…and it’s back to work and for my “2012 hello there” message, I wanted to point out an obvious foundation to your business intelligence strategy. The simple thought that if your competitors are doing well, i.e. their rankings are better than your own or your clients, it might pay to do an SEO Audit of their own sites. Makes sense, right? Well, in my world, it’s a solid part of any new client intake, and let me explain why.
A large part of any new client and their own channel – is trying to figure out who the competition actually “is!” Ask the client, and then sit back and listen to how they position their own firm and it’s offer of services or products and where they think their competitors are in that channel – and more importantly, listen to their rationale on who those competitors are. Continue reading “New Year’s Welcome Tip: Check your Competitors, eh!” »
Every SEO worth her salt will tell you that any successful SEO campaign is based on the cornerstone of onpage optimization. However, when it comes to what onpage SEO techniques really work, there are 8 opinions for every 5 experts. When your business is at stake, you can’t just do something to optimize your site and hope that it works. You need to be completely confident that everything you do will help your rankings. Moreover, you need to be dead-sure, that you’ve done every single thing on the SEO checklist and your website is optimized across the board.