Search engine optimisation (SEO) is defined as ‘the process of increasing the amount of visitors to a website by obtaining a high-ranking placement in the search results page of a search engine’.
With 1 billion search queries a day on Google alone, how do you get your brand noticed when only 6% of people even click onto the second page of results?
Many agencies promise you the proverbial SEO earth, and then fail to deliver. We won't promise to get you to #1 in Google; only Google themselves can do that. What we can do is improve your existing website to maximise its potential and more importantly, increase your brand's visibility online.
We've been working on the web for over 20 years, a lot has changed since the early days!
Our team has gained valuable experience creating and optimising websites for a variety of companies based in the north-east and also abroad - helping businesses to succeed. We know how to enhance your website to make it search engine 'friendly'. We will analyse your traffic data to find its strengths and weaknesses, and build upon them. We can check usability, conversion and bounce rates to see where we can improve your online presence in order to assist you to increase sales.
Gone are the days of paying for a few dodgy links and tricking search engines with keyword spamming, but there are still many internal factors which will help boost your website's ranking - so improving your websites structure and content should always be the first place to start.
Competition for sought-after keywords is often fierce, so maximising the quality of your website has never been as important, the goal of good SEO should be to create the best content for each keyword - higher rankings and increased website visitors will then follow.
Great SEO includes a lot of things, below is a list of some of the basic things which you should consider doing to improve your website! Improving your website should always be the first thing you do for SEO - Google won't rank a poor website at the top of its results pages and other websites won't link to rubbish content. Making sure your website is better than your competitors should be your first priority!
This is the most important point! Do this first, then fix all the other things, because without great content your page might as well not exist. Check what your competitors are doing - look for areas where their content is weak and do it better. Include keywords in your content that you want your page to be ranked for (but don't over do it).
The url of your page is important - it should be relevant to your page and if possible not include any query parameters, for example, if your page content is about SEO - a good url would be '/seo' or '/search-engine-optimisation' not '/page2'.
H1, H2, H3, P, UL, OL etc. etc. The structure of your page is important - it tells search engines which is the most important (and least important) parts of your page.
Title, Description and Keywords have been around forever - but they're still important, maybe not as important as they used to be, but they're still worth including, they should also be relevant to the content of the page (not the site).
Images are great for SEO - 'a picture tells a thousand words' after all, but make sure they're sized correctly - or you page speed will be too slow, have good alt text and titles - or google won't know what the image is, that they're named correctly and they're loaded only when they're needed.
Users love videos, there's nothing better than watching a YouTube video to learn how to do something, including videos on your site will help increase the time users spend on your site and decrease your pages bounce rate.
Search engine optimisation doesn't just include a few things, unfortunately, it's not just a case of creating a good page, fixing a few problems and then that's the job done. You should always be looking for ways to improve your content - we're sure your competitors will be! Below is a list of some other things you may also want to consider.
Link building isn't easy, it's hard and it's time-consuming, unfortunately, there isn't a magic site out there where you can simply enter your websites URL and suddenly everyone starts linking directly to your product pages and generating you sales.
It all starts with content - if you have no good-quality content, you'll likely struggle to generate backlinks (links pointing back to your website). You need to have something to offer, if you have no valuable content - why would anyone add a link to their website pointing back to yours? Unless you pay them!
And whilst paying for links is an option, (and in some cases even recommended) - you don't want to pay for every backlink, do you?
Let's say, your online business sells TVs - it's going to be hard to get someone to link to one of your product pages directly - that's going to offer little value to other website owners. But what if you wrote an in-depth article on 'The top 5 TV's in 2018 for under £500' wouldn't this be more interesting for them to link to?
The starting point always needs to be great content! You need good quality content, that's related to your business and that's suitable for other website owners to link directly to.
So you've written this great new article - it's got loads of images, accurate information and includes links to your product pages to make it easy for people to convert once they reach your site - what next? You need to find websites/people willing to link to your article.
As an example, why not do a google search for 'Best TVs for under £500' you'll likely find loads of similar articles to your own, including similar information (but obviously your article will be better - it needs to be!), why not find all the websites that link to each of those articles, contact them, give the reasons why your content is better - and suggest they link to your new article instead?
Or, why not do a search for 'Top 5 TVs in 2017' to find older articles, find the people who link to those, and email them and ask if they want to use your article for a similar feature this year - tell them why your article is great and send them a link to it.
This could generate you 50 or 100 potential leads which might be willing to link directly to your new article - sounds good. Now the hard part is convincing them that it's worth their time and effort to update their own website. The likelihood of a positive response will depend on a number of things, including - 1. How good your article is, 2. How good your website is, 3. How good your contact message is, 4. How easy it is for them to make the changes needed on their website.
Out of 100 potential leads, you may get 5 or 10 positive responses and new links! Which is great! So what next - you write another article and repeat the process, this time you make your article 'The best TV for less than £1000', you find a new list of leads, you email them, you get 5 or 10 more links.
Do this twice a month and in a year you could have 240 new links all bringing traffic to your website.
Does your business serve customers directly from a physical shop or storefront? Do you only offer services to your local community? or operate within a close distance of each of your physical locations? If you do local SEO is vitally important to your business' online success.
For example, if you're a dentist, florist or car garage operating from a physical location - or a restaurant with a few locations, then local SEO is ideal for you. It helps your business get noticed by people searching for your services near you!
Take our business as an example, we're located in Stanhope, wouldn't it be great if potential customers living within our catchment area, searching for products and services we offer (like software development, web design and seo) could easily find our website on search engine results pages. Wouldn't it be great if customers located in nearby cities like Durham or Newcastle are also able to find us? Optimising your website for location-based search terms is vital if your business relies on local customers! Location variants like County Durham and Weardale may also be searched for - so try to cover those terms as well.
More and more online searches are being done via Mobile, in fact in many ways, mobile browsing is king - having overtaken traditional desktop searches. If you've ever searched for anything using the browser on your phone you'll know that most mobile search results pages show a map with local listings before any traditional results - if you're not on that map (you should be and) you're missing out!
No - but Google My Business is an important aspect of local SEO, ensuring your GMB information is correct and up-to-date is important to let Google and everyone using it know where your business is located, using GMB helps to get your site listed in Google's advanced search features such as Local Search, Maps and Google+.
Don't forget about Bing Places - whilst it may not be used directly (by the vast majority of us), Bing search results are used more than you'd initially expect (Alexa anyone?)
Adding location specific content to your website is another important aspect of local SEO - including location keywords such as the town, city and county where your business is located naturally within your website copy is also important, as is adding schema 'Local Business' tags. Adding a Map and your full business address to your contact us page or website footer also wouldn't hurt.
Citation Site Listings - ensuring your business is listed on a variety of local directory sites, and that your information is consistent will also improve your local SEO.