Key Steps for any SEO Campaign

Key Steps for any SEO Campaign

SEO is an essential strategy for any business owner. However, out of all the internet marketing strategies available, SEO takes the most work and time to get right. Once you lay the foundations correctly, you’ll have set the seeds for future traffic to arrive at your website. By creating an SEO-friendly website from the onset or from today, you’ll reap the benefits in the coming months and years.

In this article, we’re going to check out how to optimize your website for SEO using both on-page and off-page techniques. “On-page” means that the SEO you carry out will be integrated into the actual code of your website, while “off-page” means that you’ll be utilizing SEO techniques on other websites to benefit your own.

1. On-Page SEO

Follow this checklist to make sure that you have each of these implemented on your site.

  • Optimized Tags: Do your title, meta and heading tags include the keywords you are targeting? On this blog, we’ve written about keyword research extensively, so make sure to check out our other articles for an in-depth take on keyword research. This is a black-hat title tag, and may be penalized by Google: “Manchester Plumbing Manchester”. Why is this black-hat, you ask?
  • Well, it contains keyword stuffing, i.e. it includes the word Manchester twice and it doesn’t provide much help to the reader in terms of the services you offer. Always put user experience ahead of keyword/on-page optimization.
  • This is an optimized title tag: “Plumbing Services For The Manchester Area”
  • Keywords in Content: Sprinkle your targeted keywords sparingly throughout your homepage, including in the meta description, textual content and in paragraphs. However, make sure to use them sparingly. A little bit of keyword magic is the correct dose; you don’t want to abuse keywords by placing them everywhere you can. But make sure that you’ve included your keywords at least twice per page, whether they’re in the title tags or in the text. If you’re writing with user experience in mind, you’ll probably use them anyway.
  • PageTime: The time it takes for your website to load up is a major factor Google uses in ranking your website. If your homepage contains an excessive amount of Flash-based animation, video, and stylesheets which are stuffy and unclean, the result will be in a website that’ll take too long to load. Several surveys have found that if a website doesn’t load up in at most ten seconds, the majority of users tend to leave. This is a harrowing statistic, showing just how important Page Speed really is. There’s no use in ranking number one on Google for your keywords, when your website takes too long to load. You can test the PageSpeed of your website here: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
  • The tool will also give you suggestions on how to speed up your website (Suggestions are personalized and tailored to your website.)
  • Mobile Optimized: Is your website ready for mobile users? As a webmaster myself, over two thirds of my traffic is mobile. The statistic speaks for itself. If my website wasn’t optimized for mobile, I just might have lost out on all that traffic, without a doubt.

2. Backlinking

Once your website is on-page optimized, you’ll need to start getting links to your website. Google measures the credibility of your website based on the number of backlinks it receives as well as the content you produce. This core idea is what made Google such an accurate search engine, because it accurately measures the authenticity and usefulness of websites with a single metric. In recent years, this method of SEO has waned a little, because Google have accounted other metrics into raising or lowering a website’s status in the search results.

You still should have a few high-quality links pointing to your website. You can garner these through trying out the following:

  • Guest Posting: This involves writing an article for another website and then asking them to place a backlink to your website within the article. If your website is “Y”, you need to go to a website that is a similar industry to your own, let’s call it “Z”. You can then write an article for “Z” and ask them to embed a link to “Y” in the article. This is very popular, because it means that these webmasters can get content for free, and you get a link in exchange. Guest posting is no longer as popular as it used to be, but do it right, and you’ll definitely see results.

 

  • Make An Infographic: An infographic is basically a longform graphic that displays information or statistics in an appealing and attractive way. You can design an infographic through many free online tools including Piktochart, which is my favourite. Add statistics to the graphic and facts about your industry. Then, you can contact other websites in the same category or industry as yours and offer them the infographic in exchange for a backlink. Most of the time, these web-owners will be delighted to feature it on their website, because it’s entertaining and valuable for their readers. At the end of your infographic, they can provide a link to your website and also provide some information on your website. That way, you might get new customers and a valuable backlink!

3. Content Creation

Google highly values websites with high-quality articles. If you’re interested in gaining more traffic and raising your rankings in the search results, make sure to create high-quality content!

Here’s a checklist:

  • Any articles should be t least seven hundred to a thousand words minimum. This higher word count promotes a better user-experience to Google.
  • Include images and make sure that you have appropriate licensing for each image. In other words, don’t just go to Google Images to find images, as they are copyrighted and you’ll get into deep waters. Instead, try searching for images in the public domain such as those on Unsplash.com or Pixabay (there are hundreds more). These websites offer high-quality images for free and you’re allowed to use them on your blog without any licensing. Images greatly enhance the user experience and
  • If you know of a fascinating video to embed to the bottom or top of your article, it might help keep your users on your page for longer.
  • Make sure to always treat the reader experience first, before any SEO.
  • Sprinkle your targeted keywords throughout the article, but use them naturally!

You can create a variety of content from how-to’s to informative articles.

Content creation is an essential step to any SEO campaign, and it greatly enhances the user experience. Make sure that it entertains and informs; once your article is enjoyable to read, the majority of your work is done. All you’ll need is some backlinking and you’ll be well on your way to ascending the ranks. In the pre-Panda times, webmasters valued backlinking over high-quality content. The result was a lot of short, poorly-written articles that had thousands of backlinks, but didn’t offer a good user experience. Nowadays, articles with a small number of valuable backlinks and a long, enjoyable article is a lot more useful to Google.

Final Thoughts

In this guide, we’ve touched on some of the fundamental steps to any SEO campaign. If you want more information on any of the steps mentioned above, just do a quick Google search on them to learn more. There are many, many guides online that’ll help you to carry out SEO efficiently and effectively, and you can use the points mentioned above as stepping stones. If you never checked your website’s PageSpeed, for example, at least now you know of it and you can get started on researching what your site’s speed is and how to lower it.

SEO is Good for Your Business

Why SEO is Good for Your Business
There are people out there searching for your products and services and because of this it makes sense that you want to appear as high in the search engine rankings as possible for a target phrase. However, there are other reasons you would like to rank well in the Search Engines, other than just because you want them to click through to your website. In fact, there is a certain amount of value in simply appearing in search results for terms directly related to your business.

SEO Provides Your Business Credibility
It is known that people searching the likes of Google, Yahoo or Bing (and others) make mental notes of the rankings for the terms they enter into Google and other search engines. Even if they don’t consciously realise it they do. And in the minds of consumers, your ranking is a vote of confidence: “Google says this business is relevant, so that must be the case.”

Effective SEO Brings Your Business Traffic
The better your website is ranked within the major Search Engines, the more potential visitors you will receive. It’s that simple… By optimising your website and then promoting it properly, your website can open the door for your business to new site visitors, which can equal new business enquiries and more sales.

The Direct Submit Approach to Effective SEO
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s unpaid results, often referred to as “natural,” “organic,” or “earned” results. Effective SEO is often an involved and often time consuming process that requires a good deal of expertise, research and modification of your website. This process helps the likes of Google and Bing knows your website exists and hopefully ranks it well for the selected key phrases.

Our approach to SEO typically is built around:

» Key Phrase Research

» Website Analysis & Compliance

» SEO Promotion & Marketing

» Linking Strategy

» On-going Monitoring & Maintenance

Time to Get Your Website Noticed
Direct Submit prides itself on the underlying process by which we approach each and every SEO project we are involved with. We understand that each client will have specific, individual needs and our approach in creating and implementing the correct SEO strategy is vital to the success of the SEO project.

This approach and attention to detail is what has helped Direct Submit become a leading Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) company. Call us today on 0845 2722350 and get your website working harder for your business.

Business to Business Insurance Services

Business to Business Insurance Services
If you are already busy with the day to day running of your business tasks such as renewing your business insurance can sometimes feel like a real drain on your time, especially when there are so many different types of policy available and many insurance companies have regular offers and promotions making it difficult to tell which policy would be best for you.

 

Due to this more and more businesses are choosing to use the services of professional insurance brokers such as Weir Insurance to help take the strain of finding the correct business insurance. With a wealth of experience from helping their customers in Newcastle and Northumberland for over forty years at Weir Insurance they are experts in business insurance and are able to offer all the help and advice required to make sure you get the best insurance for your business.

Using their long-standing knowledge of the industry they will be able to help you decide the type of cover that you require and then find you the business insurance that is most suited to your needs, and if you need any further help or information at any stage they will always be happy to answer any questions or queries that you may have.

Regardless of the type of business that you have or the size of your organisation at Weir Insurance they will be happy to hear from you, even if you have an unusual business or another factor that will make it difficult to insure they will do everything they can to make sure they find you the cover that you require.

With many strong relationships within the industry and extensive knowledge of the types of policy that are on offer both locally and nationally they have all the knowledge and expertise required to find the best cover for most business and always aim to offer every customer the best possible service every time.

So if you need to find business insurance for your business why not get in touch with Weir Insurance?  They will be able to find you the best cover for your business for the best possible price and give you more time to carry on with other aspects of running your business

For further information please call one of our experienced insurance team today on 01670 365533 or visit the Weir Insurance brokers website. We have been helping our clients’ with their insurance needs since 1972. We talk to you about your requirements, work with you to figure out what cover you need (and what cover you don’t) and then use our relationship with dozens of insurers to find the best solution for you.

Good Keywords for any SEO Project

Importance of Good Keywords for any SEO Project

Keywords are integral to the amount of traffic your website can potentially receive. If your website isn’t embedded with money-making keywords, it won’t receive as much traffic as it could potentially receive.

Good keywords can help your website attract customers in the long term, and it’s essential that you target the right keywords when carrying out SEO. In this article, we’ll check out what “good keywords” mean and how you can conduct vital keyword research for your website. Keyword research will lay a solid foundation for your website, helping it attract traffic and customers for years to come.

Why Do I Need Good Keywords?

Each keyword is searched by a certain number of people each month. So the keyword “gardening tools uk” is searched by less than a thousand people per month. The more people search for that keyword, the more traffic the first website ranking for that keyword receives.

Websites are ranked in order of how relevant they are to the keyword. This means that they might have the keyword in their title, in the web content, and in other relevant parts of the page. If the article answers the question or addresses the keyword in an informative (or entertaining) way, it will rank higher in the search results because the bounce rate would be lower and the time on site would be much higher. (Google also factor user experience metrics into their rankings of websites in search results.)

Therefore, your website is actually targeted around a certain group of keywords. However, are they profitable keywords? We aim to check this out.

To see how many people search for a certain keyword per month, you can see this in the Google Keyword Planner (www.adwords.google.co.uk). There are many guides online which show you to sign up for the Keyword Planner. If you have an AdWords account, you will be able to access the planner quickly.

Type the keyword into the keyword planner and you will find monthly search estimates for each keyword.

If your website is targeted around a keyword which isn’t searched for by many people, there is no way that you can receive a lot of traffic.

Instead, target your website around keywords which receive a lot of monthly searches. Ideally, for a small business, this should be around 2000 to 5000 monthly searches if you’re just starting out, and for larger businesses, you might be able to target keywords with higher searches.

However, with local keywords, there comes an exception. If you’re targeting a local area, the monthly searches would naturally be a lot smaller. For example, “gardening tools durrow” would receive a lot fewer searches than “gardening tools uk.” It might only receive a hundred searches each month, but it’s still profitable because these are a hundred people who are highly interested in buying from a gardening shop in Durrow. These people are more interested in visiting a local shop in Durrow, than buying from a well-known gardening shop anywhere in the UK.

Check Your Competition

Once you have found keywords which relate to your website and get a sizeable amount of monthly searches, you need to check your competition.

The competition basically includes all the websites which rank for that particular keyword in Google’s search results. So the top ranking websites for “gardening tools uk” include Homebase, Fiskars and Argos. A small business would find it difficult to compete with these websites – so perhaps, they could try ranking for local keywords instead.

If the competition contains a mix of middle-competition websites (websites that are not very well known, but still have a Page Rank of 2 or 3) – you should try to rank for that keyword and beat that competition.

Where To Put Keywords?

Once you have a handful of keywords selected, you need to start creating content around them so Google will associate your website with these keywords.

You should place these keywords naturally into the homepage (where it looks natural, remember!) such as in the title tag, in paragraphs, in menu navigation and in sub-headings. However, don’t place too many of them into content, because it will look shady and you could be penalized! A good rule of thumb is: Use them where you would naturally use them.

You can also write blog posts about these keywords and create high-quality content about them that will genuinely help a reader. This includes how-to’s, tutorials, infographics, informative articles, list-based articles, and so on. Not only will you start ranking for these keywords, but you’ll also attract much traffic from social media, too!

These keywords are classified as “good keywords” because of the following:

  1. They receive a sizeable amount of traffic each month, which means that potential customers are continually searching for this keyword each month. That means a constant supply of traffic.
  2. The competition isn’t too high, meaning you can try and get to the first page using other content marketing and SEO strategies such as link building.
  3. These keywords are embedded naturally into the title tag, articles, web content, and “About Us” pages.

Summary

At first glance, keyword research looks like a complicated science, but in this article, we’ve broken it down into key, fundamental steps. It’s not that difficult once you actually break it down into a series of steps.

To summarize these steps once more:

  1. Make a list of keywords related to your website.
  2. Check for their monthly searches on the Google AdWords Keyword Planner.
  3. Identify keywords with a few thousand monthly searches if you are a beginning website or a small business that has only been online for a few years.
  4. If you are a local business, identify local keywords with a few hundred monthly searches or less (or more, depending on your local area).
  5. Check for competition. If your keyword is dominated by large-name, well-renowned websites, it would be difficult to compete with them.
  6. Start creating content around these keywords.

Conclusion

Keywords are the foundations for your website and they are the main piece of content that Google and the other search engines scan through when indexing their website. If you aren’t targeting profitable keywords, you won’t be able to receive as much traffic as you could potentially be receiving, so make sure to cast your net wide and search for keywords which are profitable and easy enough to rank for. This shouldn’t be difficult, thanks to the AdWords Keyword Planner.

Links in Large Scale Article Campaigns

Links in Large Scale Article Campaigns
Yesterday Google posted a blog about the use of articles and the inclusion of links within these articles. We in the SEO community have known this for a good while, but many still seem to think you can ‘stuff’ an article full of spammy type links and get some positive benefit for an SEO campaign.


So what exactly did Google say:

“Lately we’ve seen an increase in spammy links contained in articles referred to as contributor posts, guest posts, partner posts, or syndicated posts. These articles are generally written by or in the name of one website, and published on a different one.

Google does not discourage these types of articles in the cases when they inform users, educate another site’s audience or bring awareness to your cause or company. However, what does violate Google’s guidelines on link schemes is when the main intent is to build links in a large-scale way back to the author’s site. Below are factors that, when taken to an extreme, can indicate when an article is in violation of these guidelines:

• Stuffing keyword-rich links to your site in your articles
• Having the articles published across many different sites; alternatively, having a large number of articles on a few large, different sites
• Using or hiring article writers that aren’t knowledgeable about the topics they’re writing on
• Using the same or similar content across these articles; alternatively, duplicating the full content of articles found on your own site (in which case use of rel=”canonical”, in addition to rel=”nofollow”, is advised)

When Google detects that a website is publishing articles that contain spammy links, this may change Google’s perception of the quality of the site and could affect its ranking. Sites accepting and publishing such articles should carefully vet them, asking questions like: Do I know this person? Does this person’s message fit with my site’s audience? Does the article contain useful content? If there are links of questionable intent in the article, has the author used rel=”nofollow” on them?

For websites creating articles made for links, Google takes action on this behavior because it’s bad for the Web as a whole. When link building comes first, the quality of the articles can suffer and create a bad experience for users. Also, webmasters generally prefer not to receive aggressive or repeated “Post my article!” requests, and we encourage such cases to be reported to our spam report form. And lastly, if a link is a form of endorsement, and you’re the one creating most of the endorsements for your own site, is this putting forth the best impression of your site? Our best advice in relation to link building is to focus on improving your site’s content and everything–including links–will follow (no pun intended).”

You have been warned!

Content Marketing Ideas You Should Try Out

Content Marketing Ideas You Should Try Out

Content marketing is one of the most profitable ways to showcase your business to the web. By creating high-quality content, your website will gain more backlinks from other websites, thus boosting your rankings in Google search results. With pieces of content, you can build a bigger audience to your website through social media, also. The more traffic you can pull into your website, the more people will avail of your products or services.

For a website only starting out in content marketing, it can be a daunting challenge to start producing content worthy of backlinks. In this article, we’ll check out four ideas for content marketing. If you like a certain type of article, you can start experimenting with that on your blog to see if it pulls in any traffic.

In this article, we’ll take a look at types of content which is popular on the web today.

1. List Based Article

One of the most popular news websites is Buzzfeed, which creates list based articles. Recent studies into online marketing have shown that customers tend to click on titles with a number at the beginning. Perhaps, having a number in the title consolidates the amount of information. It also gives a quick overview on the number of items the reader can scan through.

Examples of these titles include:

  • 6 Reasons Your Swimming Pool Has Algae
  • 5 Exciting Themes for Your Next Party/Occasion
  • 7 Durable Apple iPhone Cases We Adore
  • 4 Ways To Clear Viruses From Your PC

As you can see, these titles help make it easy for the reader to click on and this can boost your click-through rates on Google search results.

Coming up with list based articles is easy, if you know a lot about your website’s niche. Just because your niche is in motoring or mechanics or window cleaning, it doesn’t mean you can’t create content on it. Broaden your scope and focus on the practicalities of your niche and key information consumers would like to know.

2. Infographic

Infographics are the latest trend and they can help you attract more traffic and backlinks to your website. An infographic does what it states in the title. It is a graphic which contains information. In a typical infographic, you can display statistics, facts, figures and images within the graphic.

Infographics have seen recent popularity in the last few years, especially with the rise of Pinterest and photo sharing sites.

You don’t need to be a graphic designer to create an infographic. In fact, you can create one through websites such as www.venngage.com, www.canva.com, or www.piktochart.com. All these tools are free and offer templates. All you have to do is insert your facts and statistics into the template, and you will have a ready-made infographic!

Once you’ve created your infographic, you can ask other websites in your niche to display it or link to the infographic on their website. That way, you are gaining backlinks to your website.

If you still want to create a textual article out of the article, just post the text of the infographic to your blog, and you will have a text article, also. If your infographic’s title is catchy and promises useful information, your infographic could garner hundreds of shares on social media, and many backlinks. Some infographics have even gone viral, resulting in millions of viewers. While that is very rare, it is quite possible that your infographic could attract new customers from both Google search results and from social media.

3. A How-To Article

This type of web article focuses on showing the viewer how to do something, whether it’s about baking cookies, or cleaning dust from their car’s interior. The scope can be very broad or it can be very narrow, depending on your niche.

Before you create titles for your articles, put a list of keywords through the Google Keyword Planner. There are many guides online which show you how to do this, but I most recommend Backlinko’s Guide to finding profitable keywords with this tool.

When you have found keywords with the planner that get more than 2000 searches per month, you can turn these keywords into titles. Some examples could include:

  • How To Bake Cookies In 10 Minutes: A Quicker Method
  • How To Clear Your PC of Adware In Thirty Minutes
  • How To Track Your Ancestry Using Online Research

When you are writing the article, you can keep the steps brief and concise. This is one of the advantages of the “how-to” article; there is no need to write long, winding passages. As long as you clearly state the steps in a concise way and the steps will help the reader, you have created a valuable asset for the online world.

Your article will start ranking alongside other guides, but if there is little competition, it might start ranking immediately.

Conclusion

Those who use content marketing as part of their SEO and business strategy will start seeing results in a few months. The effects of writing content may take a while to see, but once traffic starts to increase, you can expect that traffic to keep streaming in throughout the months.

Local SEO: Market your Business in Newcastle

Local SEO: Market your Business in Newcastle
If you want to make sure that your business is a really success why not consider contacting a professional internet marketing service such as Direct Submit to help you find ways to give your website a real boost? The use of search engine optimisation (SEO) and other internet marketing strategies is essential to any business if they want to be sure that potential customers and investors are able to find the products and services they offer easily and when employed properly can make a noticeable difference to the amount of traffic any website receives.

Whether you are a new business that is just starting out, or a more established company that simply wants to improve the performance of your website at Direct Submit they will be able to help you to find ways to ensure that your website is a success through the use of effective internet marketing methods. With a fully trained and friendly team on hand to discuss all your businesses aims and requirements you can be sure that they will be able to offer you a personal internet marketing strategy that is completely tailored to the individual needs and goals of your business.

Applying SEO to your website will help your page rank higher on the results produced by search engines such as Google making it far more likely that people who may be looking for the products or services that your offer will actually see your link and click through to your site, helping you to build your online sales and leads. Being on the first few pages of results is essential if you want to be sure that people are able to find what you have to offer, by applying specialist SEO techniques regardless of the size of your business Direct Submit will be able to help you improve your ranking considerably and raise your online profile.

Regardless of what products or services that your business has to offer having an effective website is essential if you want to be truly successful within today’s modern society, with most people using their smart phones and other devices to find the majority of the information they require if you can’t be found easily online your business will have major disadvantage compared to another similar business with a more accessible website and could be a contributing factor to how successful you become using the services of a company such as Direct Submit could prove to be a really worthwhile investment.

So why not take a look at the local Search Engine Optimisation and other internet marketing services that Direct Submit have on offer and see how they can help make your website really work for your business. No matter if you are looking for a one off consultation, a complete package including ongoing maintenance and performance reviews or a contract for a fixed term at Direct Submit they are always happy to help regardless of your needs or the size of your business and they always aim to offer a service that is always friendly and professional that delivers real results.

Established over a decade ago and operating from the North East of the UK, Direct Submit have become one of the leading SEO and Internet Marketing providers in the and around Newcastle. Our client retention rate is exceptional, currently over 80%, which shows our commitment to working with the client to make a project a success.

To speak to one of our Internet Marketing Consultants for advice on making your Web Marketing project a success, call us now on 0845 272 2350, visit the Direct Submit SEO Services website or visit the Direct Submit local SEO Services website. We look forward to your hearing from you soon.