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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Facebook SEO

  1. Claim your personal/vanity URL – These URL’s are heavily weighted on search engines, so take your time and really think about what you want it to be. Be careful though… it’s tough to change once you set it.
  2. Keep your Facebook page name simple, specific enough but not too specific that its limiting (i.e. if you are a marriage counselor, focus your name around love or relationships, so if you go into other kinds of relationship/personal coaching later, your page name is still relevant.
  3. Use keywords strategically, in your about, mission, and company description sections (keep in mind that these sections can be re-ordered, so play around with this while you’re there!).
  4. Link everything together. Link your Facebook page to other existing channels (Twitter/ Instagram/ your website and blog).
  5. Optimize your Facebook business page status updates (your first 18 characters serve as your meta description, choose carefully because they will serve as the SEO title for that update).

But how do I know what keywords to use?

Research is paramount to help you determine the keywords you want to use. Keywords are used in your social media bios, post titles and content, URL’s – to use in your description, don’t just load your available text space with keywords, create a description that makes sense, while also incorporating keywords. You have more than one opportunity to use keywords, you also use them in blog posts and page updates.

How do I research keywords?

You know your business best. To start brainstorming keywords:

  • What do you sell? Do a search, what other keywords do you see?
  • Review industry publications, Amazon/eBay, other niche sites, online ads, niche forums – what words do you see consistently coming up?
  • And here’s an amazing tip – look at what comes up in autocomplete when searching in Google- you can see what’s being searched post often by looking at what is suggested, Amazon has a similar functionality, so look there too!

SEO Best Practice

Show Me the Money

Once you assign a dollar value to speed, it becomes crystal clear in terms of real costs why the enduring visitor perception and experience with page speed relates directly to customer service and brand value.

For example, KISSmetrics presented statistics from Akamai who studied the dollar cost of speed as it relates to page conversions. They found a 1-second delay in page response time results on average in a 7% increase in page abandonment. The kicker here is that page abandonment exponentially grows as seconds add up, so a 4-second delay results in about 28% page desertion, which means your sluggish website is hemorrhaging visitors and potential income at an alarming rate!

Maybe this doesn’t seem like a big deal if you measure things like downloads and other call-to-actions where speed is not considered a critical metric, but it is an important metric when applied to an e-commerce site making $100,000 per day.

Think about it; a 1-second page delay could potentially cost you $2.5 million in lost sales per year. Additionally, page speed is an important online metric for both perceived customer service and brand quality.

Check Your Website’s Speed

What does speed mean to website managers in 2018 and beyond? Don’t ignore it! Do everything in your power to increase the page speed of your website for both desktop and mobile sites. If your website is responsive, make sure it works well on every device imaginable. If you test your website and it’s found to be less than optimum, contact a competent web developer who knows how to optimize your website’s speed. It’s more affordable than most other SEO endeavors, and you have nothing to lose but customers-right?

Use Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool to see your score and take notice of any advice they may give you in the results. Secondly, take a look at the size of your page, as many sites are bloated nowadays. Try to shave off as much as you can by optimizing images, compressing code and loading fewer external scripts and ads.

Maybe it’s time to drop the most egregious designer “cuties” that bloat your website and go with a more minimalist approach. What customers love most about your site is the content and how quickly they can see it!

SEO or Content Marketing

– Keyword

A keyword is something that describes what you are marketing or what your business is all about. It doesn’t have to be a word it can also be a phrase as long as it describes what your business is all about. The words or phrases you choose as keywords should be placed strategically throughout your article so that the search engines can grab on to it quickly.

– Picking keywords

To choose ideal keywords, research on the top keywords associated with your business that are popular on search engines such as Google. Select the keywords that you like and most describe your business and then use them strategically in articles.

– Paragraphs and subheadings

Then you must have subheadings and paragraphs in your articles. These make the articles easy to read and also help in keyword placement. An article that flows from start to finish without breaks is tiring for a reader. It’s advisable to break down ideas into sizeable paragraphs with subtitles for easy reading.

– Keyword placement

Once you have the word, then you must be mindful of placement. Ideally, your keywords must feature in the title. Make sure the keyword is in the first paragraph and last paragraph. You should also put the chosen word or phrase in a subtitle or two of your article.

– Avoid keyword stuffing

Ensure that you do not pack your article full of keywords, this is keyword stuffing, and it is not allowed. Your article should have a good flow with the keywords placed in a sensible manner all through.

Local Business Marketing

1. SEO is an ever-changing landscape and what works today may not work tomorrow. In other words it’s not for the jack of all trades. As a business owner you would be well advised to dedicate any spare time you have to trying to get better at your business so you can get terrific reviews – not moonlighting trying to learn the latest website ranking tactics or how to beat the latest updates to Google’s or Bing’s search algorithm.

2. Bad SEO can harm rather than help your search engine marketing efforts. The search engines, especially Google are known to penalize websites for over-optimizing or for using spammy tactics designed to game their system. In fact, for local businesses, not optimizing your website at all may be better than for example spraying spammy backlinks all over the web to your web properties, or overly optimizing them.

3. Choosing the DIY route can get you trapped in a skills spiral -you learn to do one thing today and it leads you down another rabbit hole tomorrow – and a new learning curve. Before you know it you could be spending more time learning the web optimization game than running your business. Almost every month new tactics come along how to rank websites or how to drive traffic to your websites. You want to focus on your business – not run around chasing visitors to your web pages!

4. While your web properties are a good way to attract new prospects into your business, most experts agree that to multiply your profits, your time would be better spent “wowing and wooing” your existing customers. SEO isn’t the game changer it’s often billed to be, especially for local businesses. According to marketing guru Jay Abraham, author of “Stealth Marketing – How to Outmaneuver, Outwit, and Outmarket Your Most Formidable Competitors… Before They Know What’s Hit Them”, the key to staying ahead in competitive times is to tune up your marketing – “to make sure you’re getting new customers coming in, old customers coming back, and customers purchasing more.”

SEO will get you new customers but these are in many cases “bargain-hunters” -rarely your ideal customers. You get those through referrals, or by word of mouth marketing…

5. Lastly, even assuming you did the grunt work and learned the ropes of search engine optimization, a really good SEO should give you phenomenally better results, plus, outsourcing to a good provider is always a great return on investment because it saves you that most precious of commodities – time. Time you can use to get to know your customers better, to communicate with them, to improve their experience process when they buy from you.