If you've been ignoring the important topic of SEO, get on top of it now! You're leaving clients and money on the table. Read on to discover the basic essentials that will get you on the road to effective SEO for your business #SEO #searchengineoptimisation #websitetraffic #womeninbusiness #ladybosses #girlboss #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #womensupportingwomen #fempire #fempirecoach

 

If you’re a business owner, you need to get your head around the topic of SEO, or Search Engine Optimisation.
It’s critical to your business growth and success.

 

For the first few years in business on my own, I completely ignored SEO simply because I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t appreciate how important it was. If you haven’t paid much attention to it until now, I hope this article helps you to understand the basics and to take some critical first steps to getting on top of it.

 

SEO is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search results in Google and other search engines.Tweet it

 

SEO is also about improving the user-friendliness of your website to increase its credibility, so that search engines rank you more highly.  SEO is critical to your business because it’s how people find you. If you’re a remedial massage therapist working in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, you want to make sure that if someone in eastern Melbourne searches for a remedial massage therapist, you show up in the search results!

You might have heard the saying:

The best place to hide a dead body is on page two of Google search results.Tweet it

 

It’s funny, and also metaphorically very accurate! If you can’t find what you’re looking for on page one of Google search results, you usually just refine the search and try a different search term, right? So obviously, you want to do everything in your power to rank on page one of Google search results.

Google is increasingly the go-to tool to find anything on the internet for the majority of the population, so it’s important that you harness it correctly. Search traffic has grown by 2000% in the past 20 years. In 1999 Google processed one billion searches, and now that number is up to 2 trillion searches per year! The average person conducts 3-4 Google searches per day (for more mind-blowing stats on Google, check out this article 27 Mind Blowing Stats About Google).

SEO all starts with understanding the keywords and phrases (long tail keywords) that people are searching for when they’re trying to find a product or service that you offer. It’s all well and good to use fancy language and phrases on your website, but if people aren’t actively searching for those terms you’re using, you won’t appear in search results.

 

The first step in any SEO practice is to undertake what we refer to as 'keyword research'.Tweet it

 

There are some great free tools that are available to do keyword research such as the Keywords Everywhere browser extension, or the Keyword Tool, or the Answer the Public site. Take the time to research your keywords extensively. Spend at least 1-2 hours doing this if you can. And once you have an extensive list of commonly used keywords and long tail phrases that people are searching for in your field, you should keep them somewhere where you can access them regularly, and make sure you use them across your website.

There are two ways you can build your SEO capability – with ‘on-page SEO’ and ‘off-page SEO’.

 

Have you ever wondered how to get a basic handle on SEO to make sure you’re making it easy for people to find you and to get great rankings in search engines? Read on to discover the basic strategies of SEO that will get you a long way to optimising your business growth. #SEO #searchengineoptimisation #websitetraffic #womeninbusiness #ladybosses #girlboss #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #womensupportingwomen #fempire #fempirecoach

‘On-page SEO’ is all about getting those keywords into as much content on your website as possible – blog articles, page titles, picture descriptions.

 

You want to eventually have an even spread of keywords throughout your website, however the most important places so start with are your page titles, post titles, and meta descriptions as a minimum. If you can get your important keywords into titles and meta descriptions, you’re well on your way to maximising your SEO.

Obviously you don’t want to go overboard and do what’s called ‘keyword stuffing’. Keyword stuffing is trying to get as many keywords into your site as humanly possible. But it will ultimately work against you because it doesn’t look or sound natural, and your top priority should be making your website a positive user experience so that people spend longer on your site and become returning visitors (both great qualities for increasing your rankings in Google). Plus, Google algorithms are extremely clever and they can always recognise when someone’s trying to ‘keyword stuff’ – and it’ll work against you!

Other forms of ‘on-page SEO’ include things like proper URL structure, user-friendly 404 pages (for when a link is broken), mobile-friendly pages and a fast loading page (I can’t understate how important it is to find a fast host! I highly recommend Little Bizzy for fast-loading hosting and great customer service). Slow loading pages simply won’t rank highly with search engines and your potential clients will click away before your site has had a chance to load.

 

If your website takes longer than 3 seconds to load, you're losing clients and money. Website load speed is that important.Tweet it

‘Off-page SEO’ refers to the activities that are performed beyond the boundaries of the website, which include link building, social bookmarking, social media marketing, content marketing and more.

In my short video below, I give an overview of all the very basic tips and tricks you can use as small business owner with limited tech-savviness (like me!) to optimise your SEO so that you can easily win more clients on autopilot, starting now.

Make sure you’re doing these essential things and you’ll start growing your business with ease.

 

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is critical to your business success. While it seems complicated, there are some simple strategies that you can implement straight away to get your SEO moving quickly in the right direction. Read on to find out how. #SEO #searchengineoptimisation #websitetraffic #womeninbusiness #ladybosses #girlboss #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #womensupportingwomen #fempire #fempirecoachI hope these tips and strategies help you to get on top of your SEO and if you have any questions, please reach out!

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In service to helping you live your brightest life,

Kate De Jong
Fempire Coach for Thriving Female Entrepreneurs
[email protected]
katiedejong.com

 

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