Archive for the ‘SEO’ Category

The Role of Online Directories As Part Of Your SEO

You can improve your SEO listings by submitting your site to a selection of online directories. However it is vitally important that when you are researching for suitable online directories to submit your site to, it is crucial that you only submit them to the directories that are of a high quality. Failure to do this will often mean that you are doing more harm than good and could even be damaging your search engine listings. Having said that, when submitted carefully and properly, online directories can have profound benefits to your SEO as I will recognise throughout the rest of this blog entry.

Submitting your website to online directories can be a great source of driving additional traffic to your website. Think of an online directory as a digital version of the yellow pages. Most quality directories will include your business name, your contact details including telephone, email and address, a business description and a link to your website. Therefore when people come across your business online if they are interested in the services that you offer they can click on the URL and be directed through to your website.

Not only is it important that your directory listing contains all the relevant and correct information about your business it is also important that you ensure that your website is of a high quality. Now that you have achieved the hard part of driving traffic to your website it is vital that you maintain the interest and convert those visitors into sales when they come through to your web page. (more…)

Optimising Your Content Using Keywords

Regardless to whether you are writing a new piece of content or refreshing/ editing some existing content it is crucial that you insert your keywords as part of your search engine optimisation strategies. Whether this is a blog entry or page on your website, inserting keywords can have a profound and positive influence particularly on your search engine listings. Your keywords show Google what your content is about, therefore optimising your content with keywords helps search engines decipher what phrases and keywords your web pages / content should list for.

KEYWORD RESEARCH

Firstly you should carry out keyword research to see what words/ phrases are suitable for your business. There are numerous tools and applications on the internet that can help you determine what phrases you should be including. Google has a keyword planner that is great for helping you do this. (more…)

How Pinterest Can Drive Additional Traffic To Your Blog

Pinterest is an up and coming social media channel that is now presenting social media marketers huge opportunity to drive increased traffic to their blog. For those who are unfamiliar with the social media channel Pinterest, it is dominantly an image based channel that allows users to post and pin their own striking and interesting images as well as pin (like) other users images that are of interest to them. It is then through these images that users can insert links to their websites / blog feeds etc. in the hope that when someone shows interest in your image they will then direct through to your blog feed by clicking on the like provided to find out more information or read about the pin.

So how can this be achieved?

Create a Pinterest blog board

Create a Pinterest board dedicated to displaying images included in your blog posts. Each time you write and publish a new blog entry as well as publishing the link on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Google +, make sure it becomes second nature to also publish it on Pinterest. Of course you will need to make sure that the image that you include in your blog entry is good enough to stand out on the image dominated channel. Although it might take that little bit of extra time to create that powerful image, the benefits and opportunity that Pinterest can present in terms of raising brand awareness and driving increased traffic to your blog, make that little bit of extra time seem worth it. (more…)

Embracing the Demand for Digital

 Digital marketing is rapidly becoming the lifeline of any business as the demand for businesses to maintain a substantial online presence is ever increasing. If your business cannot be found online then it is likely that you are seriously damaging your businesses progression. It is vital that you have a virtual / online presence that can represent and be the face of your business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In this blog entry we take a brief look at just some of the practices you should take to ensure your online presence is as effective as it should be.

Online content that is optimised with keywords

Regularly updated content

Consistent blogging

A strong presence on social media channels

Frequent email marketing

An adwords campaign (PPC) / paid search

Google Product Listings

Google analytics – to monitor strategies and improve
 
Keep an eye out for my blog entries over the coming weeks for more detail on each of these digital strategies that will help guarantee your online success and business progression.

 

How SEO And Social Media Can Create A Powerful Online Presence

For your website to stand the best chance of online success it is important that your website has not just great SEO but also a substantial social media presence. There is little point spending your time and resources on improving one of these contributing factors if you are only going to ignore the other. You need to produce a strategy that concentrates on marrying both your SEO and your management of your social media channels in order to stand the best chance of driving online traffic towards your website. This blog entry takes a brief look at both good SEO practices and social media management advice in order to help you achieve this.

Marrying your SEO and social media in terms of keyword optimisation

Keyword Optimisation – The content that you include on your website should always be optimised and be relevant to the industry that you are in. You should carry out a keyword report to find out what keywords your business stands a good chance of listing for. It is then up to you to implement these keywords into your online content so that search engines like Google can see what your website is about. Therefore when people are carrying out searches, if your content is optimised and contains phrases that people are searching for then Google will be more likely to list your website in a better position as it will see your website as being relevant to the phrase that was searched. (more…)

WNW Designs Friday Blog Round Up

In this weeks blog round up we have found some great blog entries with useful information about blogging, ecommerce, social media and more.

9 Reasons Why Blogging and Ecommerce are a Match Made in Heaven – This blog entry discusses the benefits that blogging can have on your business in terms of driving your online sales.

The Future of Content – Part 1 . Recognising that there are vast amounts of content readily available online, Clay Morgan discusses the need to develop more exciting and unusual means for displaying our content. (more…)

Using Majestic SEO To Search For Quality Inbound Links

Following on from yesterday’s blog about attaining quality inbound links today we are going to take a look at one of the methods to do this using a programme called Majestic SEO in more detail. Majestic SEO is an online programme that allows you to see where your competitors are getting their inbound links from. You can then make a note of these websites that are linking, carry out your own research of these sites and see if they would be suitable to provide an inbound link to your website. So how do you get started?

1. Create your account
2. Identify your competitors
3. Search for competitor links in
4. Order your results
5. Investigate the inbound linking websites
6. Apply for inbound links

1. Create your account 

Firstly you will need to go to www.majesticseo.com and create a free account so that you are able to start collecting data. When you are signing up to Majestic SEO you should bear in mind that the programme will permit you a limited amount of free daily usage, however to get an increased allowance of data search you will have to be prepared to upgrade your account and pay a small fee.

 

 

2. Identify your competitors

Now that you have your Majestic SEO account set up you are nearly ready to start searching for your competitors inbound links. However in order to do this effectively you will need to first identify exactly who your competitors are. You can use you keywords and carry out a various searches on Google to see what businesses are listing in a similar position to you. You should roughly be aware of what your keywords are… I usually aim to carry out a search using approximately 7-10 keywords so that my research is as thorough as it can be. For example we are a web design and digital marketing company, therefore some of our keywords include phrases like web design Devon, search engine optimisation, marketing Devon and so on. (more…)

SEO Practices: Inbound Links -The Basics

As part of determining what position your website should list in Google has invented a quality metric known as PageRank in order to help attribute a websites listing position. Search engines like Google will consider a variety of SEO practices that will help them determine where your website in affect “deserves” to be listed. There are many SEO practices that can help improve your PageRank quality score. For example including keyword rich quality content on your website is just one vital SEO practice. In addition to this other SEO practices such as attaining inbound links can be an extremely beneficial SEO practice that can have great success in directing more traffic through to your website.

However it is extremely important that these links in to your website are of a high quality and from a reputable site otherwise you could be damaging your SEO listings rather than improving them as search engines like Google will penalise your site if links are of a poor quality. For example Google will consider inbound links from spammy un-organised sites as bad quality inbound links. Therefore when applying for inbound links you should be very select and certain that the website offering the inbound link is credible, organised and well maintained.

Here are a couple of suggestions that might help you find suitable and high quality inbound links:

  • Use Google to search for local web directories. For example if your business is located in Exeter searching for an Exeter business directory would be a great place to start.
  • Use Google to search for industry specific web directories. For example if you are offering a window cleaning service you could search for a window cleaner’s directory. (more…)

What Is PageSpeed Insights?

“PageSpeed Insights analyses the performance of your web pages and provides suggestions to make them faster.” (Google)

In this day and age the speed of your website is crucial to its success. As users we have become very impatient on the web, if a page is not loading fast enough quite simply we look elsewhere for an alternative website that loads immediately. Therefore it is important to monitor the speed of your website to ensure that your website is functioning at a speed that is fast enough to maintain the attention of those visiting it.

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3 Steps To Search Engine Success – Producing Quality Blog Content

There are many actions you can take to ensure your blog stands the best chance of listing well on search engines. For the purpose of this blog entry I address 3 very simple steps you can take to kick-start your blogs listing success.

1.  Insert key words into your blog entry. By doing this you will be optimising the content which is a great way of showing search engines like Google exactly what your blog is about and what it should be listed for. Search engines will recognise these key words especially if they are repeated throughout the content. Then when someone searches for one of these keywords included in your blog entry it is likely to show up in search results.

2. Is your blog SEO friendly? Have you completed the blogs Meta Tags? Many blogging programmes like WordPress will allow you to add widgets, in simple terms you can add functions that will allow you to fill in the Meta Tags for your blog entry. Meta Tags are fundamental to search engine success. You should always make sure that your blog entry has a Meta Title, Meta Description and Meta Keywords. These help tell the search engines exactly what the content in your blog is about and often how useful it is going to be to those browsing the internet. Hopefully if you followed the advice above you would have inserted keywords into your blog entry as you were writing it. By filling in your meta keywords you can show search engines exactly what these keywords are and show them exactly what you want to be listed for. (more…)