DIY SEO for Beginners
Do you want to give your Business a chance to grow? It’s actually relatively simple – if you know which are the right moves to do. Let’s walk our way backwords: in order to successfully scale up, you need consistent sales, right? To increase your sales, however, you need to increase your web traffic as well. But to do so, you need your website to be seen in the first place. And to gain visibility, your website must rank higher in the Search Engine’s first page. With 50% of customers choosing to buy from the top 3 google search listings, ranking higher on google with SEO is really a game changer! And the extraordinary results you can potentially gain are outstanding. This article aim to looks at what is SEO, and outline basic practices to help you getting your business underway with SEO marketing.
What is SEO?
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) refers to gaining and growing a page’s visibility in unpaid search engine results. To put it simply, SEO is marketing for your website, with the aim to be listed higher than your competitors. While having an awesome website is great, you need SEO for people to see your website which means SEO is not only important but crucial for a business website.
SO HOW DO I GET STARTED?
There are a variety of ways to improve your website’s ranking, however, if you are looking to DIY your SEO with little or no budget, here are some free tips for beginners to get started.
1) Learn and understand keyword research to determine the keywords you are wanting to target
A keyword aims to define what your content is about. That keyword can be then targeted through keyword research, and then implementing those keywords to effect on your website to help your site list higher than your competitors when that term is searched. A good way to visualise a keyword is thinking of it as a hashtag in a social media post. Your keyword will relate to your business product or service and be relevant to what you think your customers are searching for in google. Find the right keywords and your website will be steps ahead of your competitors.
2) Understand your competition. Should you compete for certain keywords with other business or target alternative keywords?
Just like any other aspect of your business, when it comes to keywords with SEO it’s important to know your competition. Keywords can become competitive and saturated, so very important to think about your competition when selecting your keywords. For example, if you’re the only builder in your town keywords will be less targeted, simply putting the keyword ‘builder’ and your location would make you stand out. However, this is hardly ever the case with most industry’s having heavy competition in their location. In this case, it may prove beneficial to seek less-common keywords to rank your website. An easy way to do this would be to list your specific services or point of difference when thinking of keywords. Finding more niche keywords will help your website rank helping you to compete with your competitors.
3)Plan and optimize your website and update regularly with relevant content
Updating your website is critical. There’s nothing more off-putting to a customer than to jump onto a website to see old content. Not updating your website regularly could lead you to make easy mistakes such as having the wrong trading times, wrong dates, or even have missing services you now offer. By updating your website regularly with necessary info, not only will your website be more appealing to your customers, but search engines will rate your website higher as it proves your business is still active and trading.
4)Ensure your business is claimed and up to date on Google My Business
When optimising your website it’s important to use all the available tools in doing so. One of the most important tools would be Google My Business. Google My Business provides you with the ability to list your business location on Google Maps and local search results. Through this tool, you can display information such as operating hours, contact details and links to your website.
5)Build Your Social Media Network
In 2021, social media is more prevalent than ever with people all over the world spend hours and hours everyday on their phones and devices. As a business, there’s never been a better time to build your social networks up to attract customers. Easy ways to build your network on social media are by continually doing the basics. Posting updated content, interacting with customers in comment sections and advertising promotions is an easy way to build your social media following. Once your social media is up and running, link your social media platforms to your website. By doing this your website can significantly boost not only it’s customers but it’s SEO performance overall.
Adding relevant links on your website help point users to relevant content. But why is this important? The more links a website has on it, the more important it will seem to search engines. However, it is important to do this correctly rather than just spamming irrelevant links. An easy and professional way to achieve this is linking to services you’ve worked with before. For example, installing lights in a restaurant, getting photography done for your product, linking these businesses within your website can help your website become more relevant and rank higher on search engines.
7)Integrate and begin to understand Google Analytics information.
It’s one thing to use SEO for your website, but it’s another thing to analyse the SEO’s performance. Analysing your SEO performance is critical as it will show you either why your business is succeeding or why it’s not performing well. Google Analytics is your go-to tool for measuring your performance. While Google analytics is powerful, it can also be overwhelming. Therefore, its ideal just to start with the basics and grow your knowledge with the tool over time.
8) Read useful and up-to-date online SEO blogs, articles for the latest tips and tricks.
Like everything in life and business, the only thing consistent in life is change. SEO is no exception to this. Keeping updated on SEO skills is a great way to keep your website relevant and ranking through SEO. Reading useful up-to-date blogs is key for this. After no time your understanding will increase and therefore your website will have a better chance of ranking higher on search engines.
Okay, so now you know a little about SEO and how important it is to consider in your marketing plan. Go out there and get started. If done correctly you may see some huge increases in your online traffic and business enquiries. Remember, SEO is a long-term, sometimes monotonous strategy, but will bring in free traffic to your business online.