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Some SEO advice about how to get your website more visible on search engines.  

Search Engine Optimisation is something that everyone is talking about currently, how to get to the top of google and how to beat your competition. 

SEO advice is slightly tricky to quantify, as search engines are regularly updating their search algorithm.  What works today may well not work tomorrow.

Many SEO agencies have new ideas and theories on cracking the system.

Website optimisation is an arms race, you are looking at getting it done.  

However every other company on the internet is looking to get to the top and there can only be one winner.  It requires constant work, it is not a one off project or campaign.  

Search engines constantly ‘crawl’ websites to see what new information is on them that there was not before.  

What new links are pointing at a website and then ‘re-jigging’ the search results. This will cause your position to change almost daily for your chosen keywords (see below).

Search engines watch out for social signals, are you posting on social media regularly. are people ‘tweeting’ about you on a regular basis?

What Is A Keyword

A keyword is a phrase or specific word that you want to be found for. 

For example, if you are an engineering business in London, your keywords could be ‘engineering’ or ‘engineering services’ or ‘London based engineering’. 

The idea is to have these phrases occurring throughout your website in articles, blogs and the main pages of the site.

Social Media For Business

The jury seems to be out a little with regards to the social media element around business.  Social media sites are growing:

  • Flickr
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Linkedin
  • Instagram

These are the more talked about sites however there are hundreds more and new sites springing up regularly that marketing companies jump on to be part of and ‘network’.

True that search engines do read them however most updates are about ‘we just bought some doughnuts for the office’.  Or ‘just had a really stressful day and looking to unwind lol’.  As opposed to business news that companies would be specifically interested in.

 Social media marketing sites are good places to build and develop relationships with companies and to communicate quickly.  For example, if you are a fashion designer and have just bought in a new stock of swimwear, then this is a good place to ‘tweet’ about it.

Using Web Optimisation Tools

Using tools like MOZ is useful as it can give SEO advice and insights as Google changes it’s algorithm.  

Rand Fiskin often gives video tutorials that are interesting to follow and get tips from.

Directory Submissions

On the internet there are hundreds, thousands of directories that you can get listed on. 

Most marketing directories have a very low PR (page rank – see below) so do not carry much weight.

However in mass volume can be beneficial (mass volume being tens of thousands of listings). 

Main directories that are talked about are:

  • DMOZ (the open directory) – free of charge but now closed
  • Yahoo Directory (they have just closed the Directory) – Chargeable
  • BOTW (Best Of The Web) – Chargeable
  • Joeant

These are some of the most well known ones, however all (except DMOZ) are chargeable. Search companies are giving mixed signals as to how much weight the listings do carry. 

How many listings you need to get yourself to the top and of course, you need to consider the amount of time it takes to list your business on tens of thousands of directories.  

However getting a listing on 99% of them is free, so it cannot hurt. 

There are a number of directories that are spam related and carry viruses.  So using an optimisation company to do the submissions may be a good option or ensuring that your firewall is up and your anti virus is running.  

There are automatic submission services that for $50 they will add you to 1000 sites.  This can be a good alternative; however these may be low PR sites and not carry much search benefit.

What Is Page Rank (or PR in Terms)

Google grades all websites that it finds from 0 – 9 in terms of relevance. 

If your website has just been launched, then you start with 0 and work your way up. 

The page rank of a site is based on it’s popularity; the more popular a website is, the more the PR will be. 

So sites like news websites, government websites (like Companies House) are high PR websites. 

To get a higher page rank, you need to become a more popular website, and this is what optimisation is about, becoming more popular. 

The way this is done is based on links, the more links you have pointing at you (from directories, other websites, blogs etc.) the more google will see you as popular and reward you with raising your PR.

There are a number of free tools on the internet to check what your page rank is (just type into a search engine ‘what is my page rank’).

Add Content To Your Website

A good bit of SEO advice is add new web content.  It has long been said that search engines love content, so the more information that you have on your website, the more you will be seen. 

This is why sites like wikipedia are so high in search engines, is because there is just so much content on them. 

If you add links to social media sites, then people can ‘like’ you or ‘tweet’ you.

Keep your site regularly updated, search engines like this as well as human visitors, so modifying the homepage, adding articles, new information is key. 

Pictures (although they look good) do nothing for search; however an article with a picture is ideal.  

Using video tutorials is also a good option.  In fact videos can help your SEO as it keeps people on your website longer, which Google sees as a good thing.

Search engines love videos, and linking them to Youtube will help.

Blogs are a good way of adding new content.  If you know your industry you can become a ‘go to’ person for information.  Getting new blog ideas is sometimes tricky however.

Speed Is Always A Factor

Website load speed has always been a factor when it comes to site optimisation.

Google has been focusing on your website load speed for some time now.  You can check your website with Page Speed Insights and also Think With Google.

Lots of things can effect your site load speed.  Coding, java script, your website hosting, videos.

Keeping an eye on your site load speed is good advice, you are ranked out of 100.

It Does Take Time!

Some SEO advice is be patient.  One thing to remember, is that as you are doing work to get your site up on the search engines, your competitors are doing the same also. 

Does SEO work for all companies?

It is an arms race and the only way you can win is to do more than they are.

Search engines do take their time to read websites and suss out what to do with them (it is not instant) so can take time to clime up the ladder of the search engine world.

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