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Demystifying SEO: The DIY Guide for SMEs

Don’t get discouraged!

Search engine optimisation is a big project for any brand that wants to stand out online. It sounds very technical, time consuming and costly. In this article we are trying to make this complex sound process easy for your to do it yourself. No technical skill needed, no more time wasting, you’ll spend every cent wisely and you’ll be visible online.

What you need to know:

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Listen to your audience

Search engine optimisation is a big project for any brand that wants to stand out online. It sounds very technical, time consuming and costly. In this article we are trying to make this complex sound process easy for your to do it yourself. No technical skill needed, no more time wasting, you’ll spend every cent wisely and you’ll be visible online.

Master Keyword research

Keywords are the words or phrases that your target audience searches for when looking for products and services or when trying to solve a problem in a search engine. Search engines like Google will match up the most relevant content to the search of their users and will provide the most relevant websites, blogs, images and videos on the result page.

As a website owner, don’t assume that you know what consumers want. Even people who have been in one industry for decades can be shocked by how their audience found them online.

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keywords seo google products blogs websites consumers industry images

Master Keyword research

Keywords are the words or phrases that your target audience searches for when looking for products and services or when trying to solve a problem in a search engine. Search engines like Google will match up the most relevant content to the search of their users and will provide the most relevant websites, blogs, images and videos on the result page.

As a website owner, don’t assume that you know what consumers want. Even people who have been in one industry for decades can be shocked by how their audience found them online.

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Study your competitors

Once you have your keyword strategy in place, identify the top competitors for each keyword and what they are doing to get ranked higher than you.

So take a look at your competitors with these questions: What content themes do they have that you are lacking?
Do they structure their site differently to target more valuable keywords?
Do they have interesting features to better engage their prospects?

Keep in mind that while competitive info can help shape your SEO initiatives, be careful not to rely solely on your competitors.
Your best website conversions will come from the visitors that are best aligned to your ideal buyer.

keyword strategy identity questions

Study your competitors

Once you have your keyword strategy in place, identify the top competitors for each keyword and what they are doing to get ranked higher than you.

So take a look at your competitors with these questions: What content themes do they have that you are lacking?
Do they structure their site differently to target more valuable keywords?
Do they have interesting features to better engage their prospects?

Keep in mind that while competitive info can help shape your SEO initiatives, be careful not to rely solely on your competitors.
Your best website conversions will come from the visitors that are best aligned to your ideal buyer.

Plan and Optimise your site

When you understand what consumers want and the keywords they use to find those products and services, make sure you identify the pages on your website that address those search queries.

One very important tip that hasn’t been implemented by most website owners is that there should be ONE TOPIC PER PAGE! You can certainly have a page that lists all your products and services, but you also need a website page for each topic.

When Google crawls your website, it wants to know what each page is about. It goes through the web page and picks up the keywords to find out what the website is about. Each keyword should have its own page dedicated to making sure that Google won’t ignore when your potential audiences search for this particular keyword.

You may wonder, does it mean the more pages my website has, the better it is for my SEO performance? The answer is YES. Having more pages than your competitors with relevant and planned out content will actually help you to stand out online.

The purpose of the given website page should be directly stated in all of the following areas using the keyword you are targeting:

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Plan Optimise understand identify keywords SEO stand out online content URL word count image name and alt text anchor text

Plan and Optimise your site

When you understand what consumers want and the keywords they use to find those products and services, make sure you identify the pages on your website that address those search queries.

One very important tip that hasn’t been implemented by most website owners is that there should be ONE TOPIC PER PAGE! You can certainly have a page that lists all your products and services, but you also need a website page for each topic.

When Google crawls your website, it wants to know what each page is about. It goes through the web page and picks up the keywords to find out what the website is about. Each keyword should have its own page dedicated to making sure that Google won’t ignore when your potential audiences search for this particular keyword.

You may wonder, does it mean the more pages my website has, the better it is for my SEO performance? The answer is YES. Having more pages than your competitors with relevant and planned out content will actually help you to stand out online.

The purpose of the given website page should be directly stated in all of the following areas using the keyword you are targeting:

  • Content – Stay relevant to your ranking keywords.
  • URL  Use SEO friendly URLs, to include clear keywords, which are what your are ranking for.
  • Word count – 500+ words of focused content on a page.
  • Image name and ALT text – Google is looking at that them when ranking images.
  • Anchor text – The anchor text, link label, link text or link title is visible, clickable text in a hyperlink, the words contained in the anchor text can determine the ranking that the website page will receive on Google. Make sure to get rid of “click here”, Google will never pick that up as an keyword and will never rank it.
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Link building is another useful tip that we highly recommend you to stick while preparing the content of your website. It’s not just who links to you that is important, but where you link to. There are two types of links you may use in your content, outbound links and internal links.

The outbound links affect both relevance and trust by Google. If you are linking out to on-topic sites from your content that is a good indication that the content is relevant to the terms in question. Also, be careful who you are linking to, linking out to low quality websites will send a negative signal to Google.

Internal links is a type of hyper link on a website page links to another page or resource on the same website or domain. A lack of internal links can seriously hamper a page’s ability to get crawled and ranked by Google.

Once you have successfully attracted visitors to your website, the last thing you’d like to see is them leaving. So make sure every outbound link opens a new tab on the browser and also use internal links to keep your guests stay longer on your own website.

link up content website outbound internal relevance hyperlink

Link building is another useful tip that we highly recommend you to stick while preparing the content of your website. It’s not just who links to you that is important, but where you link to. There are two types of links you may use in your content, outbound links and internal links.

The outbound links affect both relevance and trust by Google. If you are linking out to on-topic sites from your content that is a good indication that the content is relevant to the terms in question. Also, be careful who you are linking to, linking out to low quality websites will send a negative signal to Google.

Internal links is a type of hyper link on a website page links to another page or resource on the same website or domain. A lack of internal links can seriously hamper a page’s ability to get crawled and ranked by Google.

Once you have successfully attracted visitors to your website, the last thing you’d like to see is them leaving. So make sure every outbound link opens a new tab on the browser and also use internal links to keep your guests stay longer on your own website.

Upload Per Month (UPM)

Just like human beings, websites also have their heartbeats. Lots of businesses have their websites development but they don’t manage them. Then their websites’ heartbeat stops and the websites dies. Your audiences like to see new content, so does Google. When the spider comes to crawl your website, it picks up new stuff and rank for it. The spider will keep visiting the same website that it can always expect to have something fresh for it to crawl over. If fresh content is frequently posted at the same time by following a certain routine, even better!

As a website owner, you may find it unrealistic to post new content to your website all the time. Actually, you don’t have to! As long as you have it managed, be updated with something new regularly. Uploading once per month would be good enough for most websites. And the content doesn’t have to be text! For example, a new photo, a video with a nice clean headline and a short description would work.

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calendar date upm upload per month photo video audiences content

Upload Per Month (UPM)

Just like human beings, websites also have their heartbeats. Lots of businesses have their websites development but they don’t manage them. Then their websites’ heartbeat stops and the websites dies. Your audiences like to see new content, so does Google. When the spider comes to crawl your website, it picks up new stuff and rank for it. The spider will keep visiting the same website that it can always expect to have something fresh for it to crawl over. If fresh content is frequently posted at the same time by following a certain routine, even better!

As a website owner, you may find it unrealistic to post new content to your website all the time. Actually, you don’t have to! As long as you have it managed, be updated with something new regularly. Uploading once per month would be good enough for most websites. And the content doesn’t have to be text! For example, a new photo, a video with a nice clean headline and a short description would work.

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Famous in your neighbourhood

It requires a lot of effort and luck to be famous around the world, however, to be famous in your neighbourhood could be the starting point to you.

Just like to introducing yourself to the neighbourhood, you will need to identify yourself online and introduce yourself to whoever searches for your product or services around your location. NAP, stands for name, address, phone number is critical for businesses wishing to rank well in the local organic search results. Because search engines like Google take the data into account when determining which companies they want to show for geo-targeted searches. When adding your NAP online, make sure it’s identical, real and verified.

Join the local social party would be another way to make people around you know you better. A local business listing is an online entry that contains your business name, address and phone number along with other details. There are a lot of directories and websites like Yelp, Trip Advisor and Yellow Pages where local businesses can create free local business listings. So, join the parties, they are free!

neighbour starting point geo-targeted famous entry audience

Famous in your neighbourhood

It requires a lot of effort and luck to be famous around the world, however, to be famous in your neighbourhood could be the starting point to you.

Just like to introducing yourself to the neighbourhood, you will need to identify yourself online and introduce yourself to whoever searches for your product or services around your location. NAP, stands for name, address, phone number is critical for businesses wishing to rank well in the local organic search results. Because search engines like Google take the data into account when determining which companies they want to show for geo-targeted searches. When adding your NAP online, make sure it’s identical, real and verified.

Join the local social party would be another way to make people around you know you better. A local business listing is an online entry that contains your business name, address and phone number along with other details. There are a lot of directories and websites like Yelp, Trip Advisor and Yellow Pages where local businesses can create free local business listings. So, join the parties, they are free!

Use Landing Pages

A landing page is a stand-alone page on your website where visitors land from sources such as search engine, PPC, social media and email marketing. It’s a great too to drive focused traffic to your site and optimise conversions from search. Most landing pages typically use a form to capture and convert visitors. When creating landing pages, don’t forget to optimise for SEO with your keywords and use relevant content with a specific call to action (CTA).

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flight landing page seo convert capture and convert

Use Landing Pages

A landing page is a stand-alone page on your website where visitors land from sources such as search engine, PPC, social media and email marketing. It’s a great too to drive focused traffic to your site and optimise conversions from search. Most landing pages typically use a form to capture and convert visitors. When creating landing pages, don’t forget to optimise for SEO with your keywords and use relevant content with a specific call to action (CTA).

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Get your Business Verified and Reviewed

A Google My Business listing is absolutely essential for local search. It’s free to set up, it’s one of the best things you can do to improve your local SEO visibility. You will be able to upload your business info, location, images to your account, and get verified by Google. Furthermore, you will be able to receive and manage your Google reviews! Business reviews from clients can be seen as one of the most powerful ways of promoting trust and confidence in your business in the eyes of Google. When a potential customer Googles a product or service, guess which one they’ll most likely choose? The one with most positive reviews will definitely get more consideration.

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Get your Business Verified and Reviewed

A Google My Business listing is absolutely essential for local search. It’s free to set up, it’s one of the best things you can do to improve your local SEO visibility. You will be able to upload your business info, location, images to your account, and get verified by Google. Furthermore, you will be able to receive and manage your Google reviews! Business reviews from clients can be seen as one of the most powerful ways of promoting trust and confidence in your business in the eyes of Google. When a potential customer Googles a product or service, guess which one they’ll most likely choose? The one with most positive reviews will definitely get more consideration.

Get your Business Googled

Besides work on your onsite SEO, building your brand awareness offsite will drive traffic to your website. No matter which social media or promoting channel you use, the key is to create curiosity and reasons for people to search your business name on Google. When Google sees other people googling your brand, your business, they assume you are authority. Those are signals, reasons why you will rank well. If you want to win in the ranking game, create some good content that is going to be shareable and people are going to be interested in,  spend time on, and they are going to share on their social media or tell a their friends. Then you are going to boost your ranking.

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business googled google seo brand rank well good authority content

Get your Business Googled

Besides work on your onsite SEO, building your brand awareness offsite will drive traffic to your website. No matter which social media or promoting channel you use, the key is to create curiosity and reasons for people to search your business name on Google. When Google sees other people googling your brand, your business, they assume you are authority. Those are signals, reasons why you will rank well. If you want to win in the ranking game, create some good content that is going to be shareable and people are going to be interested in,  spend time on, and they are going to share on their social media or tell a their friends. Then you are going to boost your ranking.

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Result Driven Strategy

As you make changes to improve SEO, and promote your business on multiple channels, you will need insight into what’s working and what isn’t. Google Analytics is a free tool to help you to monitor your traffic, see which sources most of your traffic is coming from, learn which landing pages are converting the most traffic into prospects for your business, and measure the overall conversion rate of your website.

In addition to website analytics, you wan to make sure that the traffic you are driving eventually converts into new customers for your business. Tracking the lead source of each prospect in your CRM can tell you which sources your customers are coming from, and measure how many leads become customers by finding your website online.

analytics traffic engagements business monitor leads websites online

Result Driven Strategy

As you make changes to improve SEO, and promote your business on multiple channels, you will need insight into what’s working and what isn’t. Google Analytics is a free tool to help you to monitor your traffic, see which sources most of your traffic is coming from, learn which landing pages are converting the most traffic into prospects for your business, and measure the overall conversion rate of your website.

In addition to website analytics, you wan to make sure that the traffic you are driving eventually converts into new customers for your business. Tracking the lead source of each prospect in your CRM can tell you which sources your customers are coming from, and measure how many leads become customers by finding your website online.

We are here to Help

The DIY tips provided here are designed to give you a solid foundation to help you build an effective SEO strategy and be visible online. However, your industry may be a competitive and your business you may need some help along it’s journey to growth and success. Bradley Digital is here to help assist anyone big or small into getting more online attention.

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help seo strategy visable competitive growth and sucess

We are here to Help

The DIY tips provided here are designed to give you a solid foundation to help you build an effective SEO strategy and be visible online. However, your industry may be a competitive and your business you may need some help along it’s journey to growth and success. Bradley Digital is here to help assist anyone big or small into getting more online attention.