SEO in 2017: The Year to get Found Online

SEO in 2017: The Year to get Found Online

Whether it is your product or service, or an affiliate sale you are pushing, getting noticed online is your way to a better bottom line.

Travel bugs and passive income enthusiasts like Pat Flynn show that there is money to be made online, and having your website is just the beginning. Pat has used blogging and podcasts to great advantage to get his brands created. Even sites like his affiliate security guard training and food trucker site use SEO, specifically article content that shows him as an authority in his field, and creates viral-like content sharing and linking.

In 2017, we are seeing more searches being made directly from smart devices, as well as through apps like Yelp rather than Google, and search terms being closer to spoken word. It is time you researched how people are looking for your product and service, and where, and ensure your brand is showing up.

Why are Links and Content so Important?

Search engines like Google and Bing need to deliver to their user the most relevant content to the entered search term, as well as ensuring the site they are sending the user to is safe, not-spammy, and a hub of information.

They judge this criteria using complex algorithms. Don’t try and understand them,  but know that to get found online, your website needs to contain useful information including, your contact details and services, location details, a good description of what you do and who you are, and adequate use of keywords and phrases in content, tags and metadata.

Years ago it was common to limit the amount of outbound links from your site, and focus on internal links and links to your sites from higher ranking sites. In 2017, Google is looking for information hubs, so having a good mix of internal content and links to useful sites helps. Having a blog with helpful guides and updates is great, while links to authoritative sites like Wikipedia and gurus in your field help too. Think about it from a search engine point of view. Your site needs to offer the most information for a user that will help them with their search enquiry. If Google or Bing believe your site contains helpful information as well as links to sites where you can find more targeted information, it will send the user there. If other people are linking to your site as a point of reference or authority, you will rank better as search engines believe you are an expert in your field. The bigger an expert you look, the better you will rank. Of course, there is a lot more to it, but this is the basics.

Building content and links on higher ranking sites can drive more traffic to your website, as well as help establish your brand name in the field.

Search engines penalise sites that are spammy, and look to be over optimising. To avoid this, build really useful content that people will want to read. Focus on the user, and include lots of helpful information. Keep your link anchor text natural with around 10% containing your keywords. Also ensure your website loads fast and has caching enabled and images optimised. All this will help you avoid search engine penalties and rank you better in search results.

2017 is all about mobile devices. Make sure your site performs on small screens too!

Our SEOBOT website helps you create content if you do not have time to create your own. It can also drop links and citations on high ranking websites leading back to your site. Our link building packages use a tiered linking structure to both avoid penalties on your website, as well as building a natural link layout. This structure looks a bit like that of a viral piece of content, with a combination of social signals and links. Find out more about SEOBOT at https://seobot.com.au

How to get found in more Places

The most important advice I can give you is to research your ideal client. Find out as much as you can through feedback or purchase reporting. Where did they hear about your brand, where do they live, what are their interests, how old are they, and all those personal questions.

We basically want to find out as much as possible. Why? Because lets say they listen to the radio a lot, you might think radio advertising is the ideal choice. But if they listen to community radio or channels like Triple J, you may miss them when you advertise on commercial radio stations.

Where did they find you? They may have found you online, although not necessarily on Google search. Perhaps they used an app on their mobile like Yelp or TripAdvisor to search for your product or service.

#stalking

Bottom line is, if you know where your customer is most attentive to product placement ads and listings, you can ensure that you are listed in those places and focus on building rank to out-rank your competitors in that listing.

Try something different every now and then with your advertising. Think outside the box. Perhaps a sports event or festival might be full of your potential customers, see if you can advertise or sponsor the event.

Xmedia Digital Solutions is helping clients just like you this year connect with their audience through social signals, creative content and press articles, as well as website optimisation and rank building. If you would like a piece of the pie, or get the basics sorted on your web presence, get in touch and lets talk about an online strategy for your brand.

Happy Marketing and Audience Stalking,

Dave.

Separate your Brand to your Opinions

Separate your Brand to your Opinions

A major downfall of many business owners is that they are not open to new ideas, new technology and options that they are not familiar with. Not only can this hold your business back, it can make your brand look a little out dated or behind the times.

Clear your mind of No.

It’s not about listening to everyone and doing what the others are doing in your field, it is considering all options and working out what would work best with your brand and audience.

Many people are undecided about social media, and choose not to have a Facebook account for themselves. This could be due to privacy concerns or the time restraints. That’s fine, but it does not mean your business should miss out. Social media is a great way to show a more personal side of your business and give insight to your audience about what you do. It also creates an informal channel of communication that can often lead to some great feedback.

Whether you are on social media or not, there is a high chance your brand might already be. People will turn to social media and talk about brands before they contact the business itself to discuss an issue. There is an old phrase,  if you aren’t talking about your brand on social media, someone else is.

Ok, so you read an article about online advertising and search engine optimisation, and you are clear in your head that you need ads on Facebook and Google, and those ones that follow people around the web. From things you have read, SEO is old school and no longer relevant, its marketing agencies trying to take more money from business owners and it no longer makes a difference.

You are more than entitled to having an opinion, my only advice would be to try it for your brand first. Split your marketing budget to try both the pay per click ads and the SEO campaign. Even if only for 3 months, you will soon know what gets you a better return on investment, and which will create more permanent and targeted traffic in the long term.

Everyone is an Expert Now.

It’s true, our world is full of keyboard warriors and instant gurus that don’t hesitate to shove their opinion in your face. Don’t believe everything you read.

Be sure to get the facts and do your research. Many stories online are money making ploys or sales funnels, others are Chinese-whispers, and even more these days are from uneducated people making out to be the expert in their field.

Why do people claim to know it all and offer you their opinions, advice and secrets? From a web marketing point of view, it sells. The internet allows you to be as big or small as you want, and one way to rank best on Google is to prove yourself as an authority in your field of work, as well as being popular.

This can be shown by creating authoritative content and guest posts on news sites, as well as increasing social signals through social sharing and promoted content.

As a business owner, it is important to get the facts, read the fine print, and more importantly, get multiple opinions. Don’t get dragged in to a sales funnel just because their sales pitch is perfect. It won’t always fit best with your brand.

Where to get the best advice for your brand.

So you have read lots of articles, visited forums, and compared pricing, what now? Talk to other businesses in your field, network through groups like Business Enterprise Centers and local marketing networking groups. Rather keep it to yourself? Research your competitors using keyword research tools, and backlink analysis. This will help give you an idea of what they are doing online such as creating articles, helpful tutorials and guides, search ads and social media page posts.

When you see what is working for your competition, consider the pricing and see if you can do something similar or more developed. Having a great marketing strategy will help your brand get in front of the right audience, and its essential to find out who your perfect client is and where they can be found.

In 2017, focus for online marketing will be on mobile users, as more people search from smartphones and smart devices, and use both search engines and apps to discover products and services. Be sure to optimise your stragety to include mobile search.

Xmedia Digital Solutions can help you target more of your ideal audience through targeted SEO campaigns, content creation and authoritative link building. We can help develop your brand in to the authority it needs to be to get both traffic and sales. Ask about a free marketing strategy today.

Yours  in marketing, and all the best for the new year,

Dave.

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