SEO

Originally Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) was all about ranking as high as you could in the top ten blue links on Google. These would appear after the really obvious Ads at the very top, remember those? Google SEO benefits and the old adwords Now this is what Google results look like.......
  It's a whole different ball game. The competition, and also the opportunities, have increased significantly. You haven't just got 10 organic spots to appear in, you have images/videos, snippets (people also asked section), maps etc. But have you wondered why this is beneficial to your business? With all the competition out there, is it possible to succeed? Below, we have listed five reasons why we think SEO is beneficial and essential for ALL good Digital Marketing Strategies.

There are two main reasons why gaining inbound links to your website is important: links are a ranking factor and they generate traffic from both search engines and third party websites.

  You only have to read Google own developer blog titled "Good times with inbound links" to find information on this.

If you don't believe Google , as many don't, you can refer to 3rd party trusted sources such as MOZ's "search ranking factors" page . This outlines how Google understands how trustworthy a webpage is based on the number and quality of inbound links it may have directed to it.

Why? Because websites tend not to direct people away from their own site without good reason. Plus, and most importantly, Google knows that it's out of the hands of SEO's & website owners. They can't force quality websites to add their links, so Google has developed their algorithm to learn which sites to trust based on their content and link signals e.g. it's bad if a website links out to too many sites without many inbound links (spammy).

Having links from other websites also boosts the volume of traffic coming to your site outside of Google (and other search engines). Depending on where your customer are in the buying process, they may be using other sites - such as local directories, industry publishers, influential bloggers etc. to find answers to their queries. Being listed on resource pages listing the top businesses in your area for example, means that your customers can find you through multiple avenues.

But as links are so important it's no surprise that they can be difficult to obtain. It used to be the case that some SEO companies would attempt to 'game the system' by using 'black hat' link building tactics that no longer work. Search engines have got wise to these shady tactics, such as buying links, submitting to spurious directories, and spamming blog comment sections and online forums with links back to your site.

But this doesn't mean that you can't find ways of improving the quality and quantity of links pointing to your site...

Roundup Post

A roundup post is an article where the author interviews a few influencers or important people in their industry and asks them a question. This way the reader can see expert opinions and different views on a topic that is relevant to your field. A roundup post is also a great way to improve your SEO game. Because you are interviewing different people, a roundup post gives you the opportunity to attract a completely different audience. This means more traffic coming to your site, more conversions and better rankings on Google.

When it comes to SEO practice, it is important to always keep up to date with Google’s algorithms as their constantly changing nature means strategies have to change accordingly. Google’s most important algorithm change is RankBrain, which focuses on semantics as opposed to exact search matches. In other words, this artificial intelligence system is able to see what a website page is about and connect it to users’ searches.  

.A landing page is a page on your website that is designed to obtain a conversion, whether this is a sale, a download, a contact form or an upload. High-conversion rates on a landing page are on the basis of a successful online business. The more landing pages you have on your website, the more likely you are to get search traffic and conversions so never underestimate the power of an SEO friendly landing page. Websites with 10-15 landing pages, in fact, get 55% more conversions than websites with less than 10. Now that you know how important landing pages are, what makes a good landing page?

To be successful in the eyes of search engines, you have to please users first. The best way to attract users to your site is to find out what they want and create content based on your findings. Some great ways to find out what your actual and potential customers want include: