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The Beginner’s Guide to SEO

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Most business owners have a very vague understanding of what SEO is. They think of it as “the Google thing” but are generally pretty indifferent to the idea of learning more about it or even implementing it themselves (thanks to a gazillion daily spammy emails)

But you’d be shooting yourself in the foot with this approach of only ever thinking about SEO if you feel the need to hire SEO specialists or only when your marketing budget allows it. There are plenty of things you can do for FREE that will put your business in a better position to be found online.

Understanding the basics of SEO helps you understand how the entire WEB works. It helps you get more out of everything you do online for your business, to maximize the impact of every piece of content you publish, from articles to videos and podcasts. No matter what you put on the Internet, helping search engines like Google understand what it is will yield a better ROI on the time and energy spent in creating and publishing that content.

“Social media may be trendy and more fun to talk about but Search actually puts money in the bank.”

So in this post, we will cover how to understand SEO, what makes Google tick and how you can get her to take you seriously.

Looks Will Only Get You So Far (Amen)

Think of your website as a car… your favorite sports car, like a Ferrari. And think of Google as the person you want to impress with that car. The result of how much Google gets impressed is your Ranking (your position in the search results for your keyword)

Google will rank you based on the ENGINE of that car rather than its design or look (thankfully)

The biggest mistake related to digital marketing that new business owners make, is that they invest a fair bit of time and energy and money into the design of their website, only to be disappointed later with the lack of phone calls the site generates. That’s because you made your car look pretty, but never bothered with the engine.

The SEO Engine of Your Website

So what are the parts of that engine and how do you build one that Google just cannot ignore?
In order of importance, they are:

  • Your URL
  • Your SEO Title
  • Your SEO (Meta) Description
  • Your Content

Note: Links are omitted from this list to keep it beginner friendly and limit to variables you can DIRECTLY control at no cost.

Help Google understand these 4 elements of every page on your website and you will be well ahead of most of your competitors. This gets you in the race!

Your biggest question right now probably is “How do I change my SEO Title and Description?”

This depends on the platform your website is built on. If it is WordPress, it is as simple as using a plugin like Yoast SEO, going to the Page you want to edit, scrolling to the bottom and editing the Google snippet. If you’re not using WordPress and not sure how to edit your SEO Titles, you can always… well, Google it.

This is what the Yoast snippet looks like when you’re editing your Page in WordPress:

Tip for the Advanced SEO Geeks: Go to Search Console (Webmaster Tools) -> Index > Fetch and Render and click on the “/” or the respective URL of any Page to see your Page EXACTLY as the Googlebot sees it. You will be surprised to find how much content is being blocked by fancy web design elements and that means Google is only seeing a portion of the website.

Make sure to include your main keywords in your Titles and Description. Just think about what phrases your clients or customers would type into Google. Do NOT just string a bunch of keywords together! It should still be legible and something people would want to click on.

If you’re a visual learner and like examples, check out this video in which I explain everything you need to know about tuning your website’s engine.

SEO 101 Video: The Blueprint for Local SEO

If you need help with finding your keywords, consider using a free plugin called Keywords Everywhere. It integrates with your Browser and shows the number of people searching for your keywords when you Google it.

Sorry, Your Story’s Just Not Good Enough

Ok, so now your car has a decent engine… well done!
But if you want to take Google on a ride, that engine’s going to need some fuel.

You see, changing your SEO Titles, Descriptions and content, as important as it is, is still just YOUR story about YOUR business.
Just as you would trust a referral or a recommendation from a friend or a family member, Google will trust you a lot more if other people are saying nice things about your business. In the world of the Internet, links are recommendations. As an SEO agency, our job is to find the best quality and most relevant sites to link to our clients’ websites, which increase their trust and rankings.

Building Foundation Links

Links are the fuel for your engine and they’re going to make your car actually go places.

I promised to keep things beginner-friendly… so what is a super-simple and easy way to get some great links to get Google to take you more seriously?

Well, think about it… what are some of the most powerful websites in the world?

Social media sites! And a lot of them allow you to create BUSINESS profiles and include links to your website.

You might have heard of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn… but did you know there are HUNDREDS of these sites?

So how about creating profiles on 30 of these websites and linking them to your site? They’re free and there is not a better and safer way to build the foundation of your website than building links from these ultra-powerful websites. Go to knowem.com to get some ideas for which sites you should build your profiles on. You don’t have to use their (over-priced) service. You can also order one of our SEO setup packages which have a one-time payment fee they all include creating social profiles (and much more!)

All of this you can do at no cost. So there is really no excuse to not making some effort to help Google understand your business and your content.

Wait… that’s not true. Excuses are actually plenty, but spots on the first page… there are only 10.

A.P. Web Solutions is a digital marketing agency, specializing in SEO services Melbourne. Check the Home page at www.apwebsolutions.com.au for more information.

Top 5 Proven SEO Tips to Make Your Website Sizzle Instantly

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Most of the time, SEO is a slow process and it can take months to see results from it. Compared to other forms of online marketing such as PPC or social media, it requires a lot more patience.

Looking for a deal? Find out more about SEO costs and pricing in Australia

BUT, not every aspect of SEO takes months to work. Check out these (relatively) quicker changes you can make to start generating more traffic for your business.

Create and Optimize a Google My Business Listing

You MUST have a Google My Business listing! You’re leaving money on the table if you’re not using this free service from Google. If you do not have one, watch this video to see how you can set one up easily.

And if you have one already, there’s a lot you can do to optimize this listing and get ahead of the pack. Check out our 101 video to learn how to optimize your Google My Business listing to increase your local rankings.

 

Improve Your Conversion

Traffic is only as good as it CONVERTS into phone calls, sales, and revenue
Make sure your PHONE NUMBER is visible no matter where the visitor is on your site. An easy way to do this is to make it prominent in the top right corner of the site, visible on all pages along with your Navigation Menu.
Have some FAQ’s on your landing pages (can be your Home page if you have a small site)
Address the most common questions your prospects have.
Add some Trust elements, display your qualifications, testimonials, News or Magazine publications of your business etc.

 

Add an SSL Certificate

Having an SSL certificate adds an https:// to your website, which would otherwise just be http:// (without the “s”). The “s” stands for Secure.
In October this year, Google sent out emails to website owners (you will have received one if you are signed up to Google Webmaster Tools) that if your website is NOT secure, Chrome will start displaying Warning Signs to visitors on your site (obviously a big No No). This used to apply just to sites that carry out transactions but now applies to ALL websites.
So get in touch with your web designers or Hosts or your SEO consultant Adelaide and ask them to install the SSL certificate on your site.

 

Improve Your Page Loading Speed

If your visitors have to wait more than 3 seconds for your site to even load, chances are… they’re going to hit the BACK button. As far as Google is concerned, that’s a vote against your site and affects your rankings.
Use the PageSpeed Insights tool to analyse your loading speeds. If it is below 60% (at least), it needs to be addressed.
One of the biggest reasons for slow speeds is over sized images. Make sure to shrink your images before they are uploaded to the site.

 

Make sure your website is Mobile Optimized

Mobile friendly and mobile optimized are 2 different things.
You can check here if your site is mobile friendly (and most are these days). But this does not mean it is mobile optimized.


Is the phone number prominent and clickable on a smartphone? Is there a Directions button your customers can click? These are the kind of factors that affect conversion highly on mobile as the screen is smaller, so the information presented must be concise with clear call-to-actions.

The resource link below has 5 videos that are all very beginner-friendly. The first one, in particular, explains SEO in a simple and easy-to-understand way and something you can implement right away. Others are about setting up your Google My Business listing, optimizing that listing, finding your keywords and powering up your website.

How Much Does SEO Cost in Australia?

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One of the most common questions from a business owner about SEO is “How much does it cost?”

It’s not surprising that people struggle to wrap their head around SEO pricing (or any digital marketing for that matter) because it is (unlike many other things you buy) and an intangible purchase. When you buy marketing material for your business, you can see it, touch it, feel it. Even if you buy a consulting service, you get the professional’s time which makes you feel like you got some tangible value out of your dollars. But when it comes to SEO, what exactly are you buying? It may not “feel” like a purchase for months when your rankings finally start kicking in.

seo pricing australia, seo cost australiaFurthermore, every SEO agency prices their services differently. There is no standardized pricing model or method. The only commonality is that it is almost always an ongoing monthly expense. So looking from the outside and without knowing anything about SEO, it can be a little difficult to discern dodgy SEO agencies from the professional quality ones that actually deliver on their promises. So let’s look at the Pricing in more detail and see if it can help us distinguish between the two.

The very first thing you need to understand about SEO is…

SEO is an Unregulated Industry

There is no central governing body or authority in digital marketing. No regulation or mandatory education or certification. Anyone can claim to be an expert. As such, Agencies have their own methods of pricing.

Here’s the damage that poor-quality SEO can do to your business:

  1. Get Google to impose a penalty on your website that will significantly reduce your positions in the search engine
  2. Deindexation. In other words, completely remove your website from Google (very difficult to reverse)
  3. Shortcut tactics that might get you some traffic in the short term but will eventually lead to one of the above scenarios.

SEO Pricing Models

Now, let’s get into the specific pricing models and how they can indicate if you’re going to get what you’re paying for.

Monthly Retainers

Certainly, the most common pricing model. You and the SEO company agree on a set of keywords and you pay a monthly fee till those keywords are ranked in the top positions in Google.

This model does make perfect sense because there is no set formula to rank that applies to all websites (well, there is but Google’s never going to reveal it… imagine if they did!), so SEO specialists have to constantly test what works and what doesn’t to stay on top of algorithm updates.

Due to the high number of variables involved in the ranking process, the hands-on nature of the work and the ongoing expenses of clean link-building, the service requires an ongoing monthly fee. This fee can range from $800 per month for lower difficulty keywords to $4000 per month (or over) for high-competition keywords. The higher your per-sale dollar value is, the more competitive your keywords are likely to be.

But this does not necessarily apply to all industries and locations.

The more niche your industry is (and the more remote your location is), the less search volume there will be for your main keywords and thus, competition is bound to be lower. In that case, paying a monthly retainer may not be necessary. You could purchase one-off SEO packages and may well end up getting ranked at the top.

Let’s say you’re not in a remote town but a major city and you have several competitors that are going after the same keywords. How do you know if that monthly retainer fee is actually going towards your rankings or a company that never intends to actually rank you for your keywords?

One way to find out is to see if they are quoting you based on the number of keywords or the quality/difficulty/search volume of those keywords?

You see, SEO is very much like real estate. If you want to buy a 3 bedroom house, the price doesn’t just depend on the size of the house but also largely on the location. The exact same house one of the top suburbs of the city is going to cost exponentially more than some run-down part of town. So what would you think of a real estate agent who offers you 2 houses in these very different suburbs for the exact same price? Scam alert, right?

Well, SEO works the exact same way. If a company offers menu-pricing for keywords such as $500 per month for 5 keywords, $800 for 10 keywords and $1000 for 20 keywords without even knowing what the keywords are, they have no intention of ranking your website.

Contracts vs Open-Ended Agreements

Everyone hates a contract. Several SEO companies will ask you to sign 12-month contracts to get started. Most “horror stories” you hear about SEO come from business owners who were disappointed with what they were getting for their money but weren’t able to get out of their contract.

SEO contracts vs non-binding agreementsWithout knowing the quality of the work you’re going to get, signing a contract is quite a risk when it comes to SEO. When it comes to Google, “bad SEO” doesn’t just mean lack of results for now. It could potentially mean not ever getting any results (by getting a penalty or invisible filter applied to your website that can keep you stuck on page 2 perpetually). Penalties are a rarity but these filters are quite common and generally the result of unsafe link-building.

A lot of SEO companies that get you to sign contracts mostly focus on sales and once they sign you as a client, their focus is on getting more clients while they outsource the SEO of your website to offshore agencies. These offshore agencies get a very small percentage of the fee and the only kind of links you can afford to get for those small amounts are spammy directory links.

In the world of the Internet, a link is an endorsement. In the same way that you would trust a recommendation from a friend or a family member, Google trusts you based on the websites that are linking to your website. The cheaper your links, the lower your trust (and rankings) will be. Check out our SEO 101 video about powering up your website to learn more about how links work and how you can build some good quality foundation links to your website.

Hourly SEO Consultation

The average rate for SEO consultation in Australia is $120 to $300 per hour. Not every SEO Agency offers hourly consultation. The rates can vary a fair bit, as they depend on the consultant’s experience and expertise.

This option may only be the right fit for you if:

  1. you have the means and the knowledge to implement the changes and the strategies the consultant will advise you about OR
  2. you are in the initial planning stages of your project or website and you want to know the right foundation to build your site on, such as URL structure, keywords etc.

In-House SEO Specialist

Some companies prefer to hire an SEO specialist in-house rather than outsource it to a digital marketing agency.

According to listings on Seek and Indeed, hiring an SEO specialist can cost you on average between $80,000 to $110,000 per year (plus other employee benefits, of course)

hiring an in-house SEO specialistEven IF these numbers were exactly the same as the cost of outsourcing, hiring an in-house SEO specialist is likely to yield a lower ROI on your investment. As stated above, SEO is an unregulated industry. Unlike doctors and lawyers who are obligated to attend educational events and conferences for their professional development, an SEO “specialist” is not required to do any of this. They don’t even have any official qualifications.

The amount of time and energy it takes to do the R&D in SEO to see what is working and what isn’t is too large for one person to keep track of, let alone studying anchor text ratios, link-building and a hundred other factors that come into play.

Other Considerations

  • Agencies that have an office location in a major city are likely to charge you more as they have higher overhead expenses.
  • Cheap SEO is a good indication that the person you are hiring or outsourcing has very little experience with ranking websites.
  • Tracking your investment in SEO is equally as important as the investment itself.
  • Understanding the tasks being done to improve organic traffic to your website can help you make better decisions. If all your SEO Agency is doing is create content and publish blog articles because they claim “content is king”, don’t be surprised when you don’t see an increase in the number of phone calls several months into the campaign
  • While content is very important, your website needs to have a certain amount of authority for that content to attract traffic. If you have ever hired an employee, think about an applicant who can talk a lot and say all the right things, but cannot produce any verifiable referrals. That’s what your website looks like to Google when you focus on blog articles and content production but don’t have any links. So make sure that strategic (but safe) link building is part of the package.

Conclusion

There are many ways of investing in search engine optimization. Google’s algorithms are constantly evolving but it is almost a certainty that we’re not going to go back to an algorithm in which you could rank for competitive keywords in a matter of days or weeks. In most cases, SEO takes time to work.

That means several months of waiting after you start investing in it and doing all the right things. So your best chance of getting an ROI on your investment is the monthly retainer model of pricing.

What is Local SEO and How Can It Help Your Business?

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A local business can easily grow their business and attract more customers by employing Local SEO strategies. This article will explain what Local SEO is and why the use of local search engine optimization can help your business with online visibility.

Local SEO is a tool you can use to market on the internet. Local SEO consultants will help a business by promoting the product and service they are offering to the customer at the exact time they are online looking for a product or a service. Local SEO consists of the use of a number of strategies. These include improving the rankings on the search engines like Google, business directories like Yelp, Foursquare, Superpages, Google My Business listing, Yellowbook, Bing Places for Business page, online reviews, localized content on your page, among other strategies.

Millions of people go online and use local search every day to look for businesses in their respective areas. SEO services can increase the chances of your business getting found by these potential customers.

Search Engine Optimization is a targeted method of marketing. You will be marketing yourself to people who need the products and services you are offering, unlike traditional forms of marketing where business marketed to people who were not even interested in what was being offered. This means your prospective customers will be seeing your business on their own terms.

10 Reasons Why Businesses Need Local SEO

1. The number of people going online to look for local business is increasing

The number of people turning to the internet to find business has continued to rise. These statistics paint the picture;
96% of people with PC conduct local searches
46% of searches on Google are local
64% of local customers turn to their internet (search engine and directories) to find local businesses
Half of ALL mobile searchers are looking for information like phone number and address of businesses
78% of all local mobile searches will end in offline purchase
(Sources: Business2community.com and searchengineland.com)

2. Local SEO is targeted and timely

get a free SEO report for your websiteThe main reason behind local search is finding a specific business. the second being to find a product or service. People searching are trying to find a specific business they can go to, but many of them don’t know any specific one in mind when they start the process of searching. By using local search tactics, an SEO company can position your business and promote the products or services you are offering when they are looking for your type of business. Connecting with your customer when they need you is the perfect chance. Not sure about how good or bad your website’s SEO is? Get a FREE SEO REPORT here to get an idea!

3. High Conversion Levels

Online directories such as Yelp, Foursquare, Citysearch, etc. will show the name of the business, phone number, address, and in some instances additional information like business description and menu. It is common to find local directories dominating the first page of the results. Local directory marketing will provide a higher conversion rate when compared to traditional forms of advertising. There are some directories that can provide up to 50%. What this means is that you will have one actual customer out of two leads by listing your business in as many directories as possible.

4. Mobile Internet is Growing

The number of smartphone users is on a rise, meaning people can easily search for local business while they are on the go. In Australia, the number of people using their phones to access the internet is higher than desktop, with smartphones at 51% and desktop 42%. Local SEO works on both mobile internet and PC. This means you cannot miss out on any potential customer.

5. Great Return on Investment

One great thing about SEO is the fact that there is very little wasted exposure, unlike traditional forms of advertising like leaflets, newspaper, and direct mail where you could reach out to people not interested in what you are offering. You will be reaching them when they need you. This is why working with an SEO consultant can be very cost-effective and efficient.

6. Only 44% of Business Have Claimed Their Google My Business Listings

Google My Business is a FREE listing that Google gives to a business that claims it. Getting listed will increase the chance of showing at the top of the search engine result page. The results you see at the top of the page in a “3-pack”, also known as the “map pack” are Google My Business listings:

Many businesses out there have not been able to realize the power of marketing online. This provides you with the perfect opportunity to get a head start over your competition before they find out and do the same. By the time they will be getting on board, you would have already moved higher in the search engines. And this is just one tool that you have at your disposal. There are several more that can give you important information that you can use to improve your position in the search engines. Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Essential SEO Tools.

7. It is Still Free (most of it)

You don’t have to pay for anything to claim you Google My Business, Bing Places for Business and many other business directories. This is free promotion for your business. Another free source of traffic that many business owners ignore, is Apple Maps, which enables Siri and Voice Search on iOs devices (iPhones) to find your business!

8. Only 20% of Adults Get Their News from Print Newspapers

Advertising on traditional forms is not a good investment because it is on the decline. The number of people reading newspapers has continued to fall, with some figures showing that there has been an 80% decrease in readers in the past 20 years. Why is this happening? Because people have turned to the online world for their news and local business information.
(Source: Poynter.org)

9. 88% of Local Consumers tend to Trust Online Business Reviews

Many businesses know the power of mouth, and how it can make or break a reputation. Work on your business’s online reputation by asking your customers to leave a positive review about your business, and this will, in turn, attract many customers.
(Source: Local Consumer Review Survey)

10. People Rely on the Internet to Find Your Business

Many people rely on the internet to find more information about products and services. You will miss out on these prospective customers if you don’t make an effort of appearing at the search engine result page. Putting in place Local search engine optimization strategies for the business to show up whenever a person searches for a product or service you are offering.

Grow Your Business With Local SEO

Search engines have been trying the best to provide their users with accurate local search engine results, and this is your chance to get free advertising. You need to take full advantage of local SEO to boost your business before your competition joins in too. All types of business ranging from cafes, plumbers, florist, accountant, etc can get the benefits of Local SEO. With that said, there are some industries and professions which get a higher ROI from an SEO marketing strategy and these are businesses which typically have a high dollar value per sale, such as lawyers and plastic surgeons.

Search Engine Optimization can be greatly beneficial for businesses that want to increase their bottom line and are willing to invest in their future. It does take more time than some other online marketing strategies, but it pays the dividends long-term.

A.P. Web Solutions (apwebsolutions.com.au) is a Search Engine Optimization agency, working with Australian businesses to help them scale their revenue and generate leads through Google traffic.

Google Updates: Security Warnings HTTPS & Google My Business Posts

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There have been 2 main updates from Google this month:

Google’s Security Warning

You MAY have received an E-mail from Google recently about the importance of securing your website with an SSL certificate.

converting your website to HTTPS, installing SSL certificate SEO update

If you have NOT received this email, it is probably because you do not have Google Search Console installed on your website, which is the only channel Google uses to communicate with website owners.

The email warns website owners that starting October 2017, Google Chrome (the most popular internet browser) will start displaying “Not Secure” warnings to visitors to your website, unless you have the SSL certificate installed (which converts your website from HTTP:// to HTTPS://).

This is another step from Google towards their long-term goal of making ALL websites secure with SSL certificates and marking all others as “not secure”. This 2014 blog post from Google’s official blog explains their long-term goal of making all websites secure with the https encryption and also hints that it is a ranking signal.

In the past, this applied mainly to websites that carried out transactions and where users had to enter payment details within the site itself. So it was mainly a consideration for E-commerce stores and such. However, this new update changes the landscape even for local SEO and businesses that do not transact from their website.

So jump on the safe side and install an SSL certificate on your website!

We are providing this service for a $150 one-time fee per website. If you would like us to do this for you, click here to pay by Paypal. And please note that you must provide Hosting information for us to be able to install the SSL certificate on your website. You can also ORDER THROUGH THIS PAGE.

Once you pay, we will get in touch by email requesting the information we need.

 

Google My Business Posts

Yet another great update from Google to enable businesses to make Posts that appear directly on the results page!

In other words, when people search for your business name, in addition to your Maps listing showing on the right, a “post” can also now appear just below it. These posts are much like Facebook and Twitter updates, except that they appear directly on Google and people do not need to follow you or even know about your business, to read them.

They can be used to promote events, discounts, promotions etc. Here’s an example screenshot, with the Google Post, highlighted in red:

A.P. Web Solutions provides digital marketing & SEO services to businesses Australia-wide. We have recently started working with a startup company operating from Tasmania and aims to revolutionize the options available for Australians to buy fresh edible products online. 

3 Essential SEO Tools Every Business Owner Should Use

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If you have ever felt too confused or overwhelmed by Search Engine Optimization, it may be because you do not yet understand how you could implement some of it yourself or what are the benefits of doing so.

Best SEO Tools in 2018

These are some tools that every business owner should know about and use so they can start making efforts in the right direction to getting more traffic to their websites. More importantly, they’re all FREE!

Keywords Everywhere

Instant Access to Keyword Search Volume

The first thing that you need to understand about SEO is that it’s all about TRAFFIC. Keywords are search phrases that people search in Google such as “plumber Melbourne” or “cheap plumber Sydney”. If you provide a service, the service+location is generally your main keyword.

But before you start working on those keywords, you also need to find out how many people are searching them. The Google AdWords Keyword Planner shows you this data but you need to set up an account and start an Ad campaign to get full access.

Keywords Everywhere is a plugin for Chrome and Firefox browsers that will show you the keyword search volume as soon as you search it in Google.


So enter your main keyword and look at the number of people searching. Note that the number displayed is the monthly search volume. If you’re not happy with it, try a different version of it or scroll down to Google’s suggested keywords at the bottom and look at those. Bottom line is, this is going to help you with your research so you can set the right target and go after it. The first step in SEO consulting is to determine the main keywords (and some secondary keywords) for the campaign and everything that is done beyond this point is built around those keywords.

Tip: Keep in mind that the data that Google shows you is only partially correct. Don’t be disheartened if you see low figures for your keywords. In most cases, if there are suggestions at the bottom of the results page, there are plenty of people searching regardless of what Google reports.

Page Speed Insights

Check your loading speed to improve user-experience

Have you ever felt impatient when you click on a link and the website takes forever to load? Frustrating, right? Well, your visitors feel the same way. On the Internet, “forever” can be equated to the difference between a site that loads in 2 seconds vs 4 seconds.

If you’re going to be working hard to get more traffic to your site, you better have a plan to convert that traffic into sales and revenue and your website not loading fast enough is definitely not conducive to that outcome.

Page Speed Insights is a tool from Google themselves. No better way to get information than from the horse’s mouth. Enter your URL and it will show a percentage-based score of how that page is performing. It will also give suggestions on what you could do to improve that score. If your score is in the Red zone, you need to make it a priority to get it up to Yellow at least.

Also, note that this score is on a URL by URL basis. In other words, just because your Home page gets a good score does not mean your entire website will. If you are trying to rank an inner page, you need to check its score separately. These are the sort of issues that a local SEO company would try and fix for your website to ensure that they are not holding you back in your rankings.

IFTTT

Automate Posting to Social Media

IFTTT stands for If This Then That and it is a great tool that can help you with several things, including your social media & SEO.

The way you use IFTTT for SEO is for your Blog. Most businesses these days have a Blog on their website which they use to post content. IFTTT can help you maximize the impact of producing that content. First, you set up several social profiles for your websites such as Blogspot, Tumblr & Weebly in addition to the usual ones you probably already have like Facebook and Twitter.

Then, you sign up for IFTTT and set up Recipes so that every time you post an article on your Blog, IFTTT will automatically post that article on ALL your social media platforms! This saves you the time of having to post that article manually on all your social media accounts.

Set up the Recipes so that the RSS feed of your Blog is the Trigger and posting on your social media accounts, is the Outcome.

How does this help with SEO? Well, when an article is posted on your Blogspot or Tumblr, it also LINKS to your website. So just by posting one article, you can get 10-15 good quality links to your website, which powers up your website. These are great foundational links for any business to have and increase your trust in Google’s eyes.

Click Here To Get a Free Video Analysis of your Website’s SEO!

A.P. Web Solutions (www.apwebsolutions.com.au) is a local SEO agency that helps businesses get found by their target customers through Google. As a local SEO Melbourne boutique agency, we focus on helping small businesses grow and scale their business with targeted organic traffic.

Why Do You Get Hundreds of overseas Phone Calls & Emails for SEO?

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If you own, operate or manage a business, you have most likely received hundreds of emails and phone calls from countries like India & Bangladesh offering Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services and putting you on the first page of Google so all your troubles would go away. And these are just the ones that made their way through your Spam filter!

To understand this, let’s take a look at the journey of SEO and how often it has been searched on the Internet through the years

As you can see, it is being searched far less frequently in 2016 than it was back in 2004. This is more than likely associated with the fact that Google was advertising and marketing their brand very heavily back in 2004 to get more and more people using their Search Engine rather than Bing or Yahoo. They seem to have won that battle and essentially become the CocaCola of Search Engines.

Now, let’s take a look at WHERE most of these queries are coming from.

Even after accounting for the difference in population, it is curious that the searches for SEO are coming from countries where search engines aren’t actually used as often as they are in countries like Australia and the United States, especially to find local businesses. The same kind of trend also applied to Pay Per Click (PPC) marketing.

The answer is because most SEO and Digital Marketing agencies based in Australia outsource their entire campaigns and work to overseas teams based in these countries. And several of these teams decide to market directly to businesses based in western countries as they realize the demand for Search Engine Marketing (SEM) is high.

So how does it affect you as the business owner?

Links are a major part of the equation when it comes to Search Engine Marketing and improving your ranking. When your website is linked to another, it gets categorized as being of similar quality. Think of it as good neighbourhoods vs bad neighbourhoods.

When these links come from bad neighbourhoods (which they will if you have the same team working on hundreds of clients at a cheap rate), they will not only hurt your rankings but also damage your website’s potential for ranking in the future.

So if you have ever wondered why the SEO industry gets a bad reputation, it’s because SEO Agencies outsource their work to the overseas team, who build bad quality links to the website. The business owner is then left with a bad impression of SEO and a damaged website, while the SEO Agency moves on to find other businesses.

Moral of the story is quite simple. If someone promises to rank you for the services you provide, make sure to ask them if THEY rank for the services THEY provide.

At A.P. Web Solutions, we do not outsource ANY work overseas and believe in building your online presence on a firm foundation rather than shortcuts that do not last long-term. Contact us to find out how our SEO experts can help you dominate your industry online!

Attend Our Monthly SEO Meetups In Melbourne

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Have you ever thought SEO was too complicated and everything you read about it makes it even more confusing?

The truth is that SEO can be simple, but not easy. First page rankings lead to traffic and traffic leads to revenue. So of course, it can’t be that easy!

If you want to learn the basics of organic traffic from the SEO experts and how you can help Google understand what your website/business is about, then check out our monthly Melbourne SEO & Internet Marketing Meetup. The events are held monthly, generally on the last Tuesday of every month at 6 pm. We make Search Engine Marketing & Internet Marketing as simple is it should be. Come along and feel free to bring a friend with you!

You can join the group and RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/SEO-Melbourne/

Here’s a short video with more details about the Meetup and what you can expect:

If you can’t make it to the next event, join the Meetup group anyway so you get alerts about our future events. The events are also a great opportunity for you to network with other business owners in the area and talk about marketing strategies, even make connections and exchange referrals.

Topics we have covered so far…

SEO 101: The Blueprint to Local SEO

At this event, we went over search engine optimization 101 that every business and website owner can understand and implement on their website. It involves helping Google understand the nature of your business, your product or service, areas you serve etc. The more clear this information is, the less confused Google will be about your business.

Check out the SEO 101 section for more videos!

Fact & Fiction of SEO

There’s a lot of noise out there in SEO! Anyone can claim to be an expert so the amount of misinformation on the Internet can render anyone wanting to learn about SEO utterly confused and overwhelmed.

SEO event and workshop in MelbourneAt this event, we covered the common myths of SEO and things you might read and hear about often, but do not actually help you rank. It’s not that these factors do not play a role at all in the algorithm, but that their weight is often insignificant and your efforts are best applied to more relevant factors that have a direct impact on your rankings.

When you get professional search engine optimisation services, these are the factors that we focus on to boost your rankings. It is only when your rankings get stuck and do not budge for a while, that you need to start looking at some of these smaller issues that could be holding you back.

Google Webmaster Tools: Tips & Tricks

There is a wealth of information available to you in your Google Search Console. This is information that Google is giving you themselves to help you improve the quality of your website. You do not want to ignore these!

At this event, we went one by one into the categories and sections in your Search Console, what each section means and how you can fix the errors if there are any.

Future Events

Do you have any suggestions for future SEO events? Is there something specific you would like to learn about search engine optimization? Don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know at info@apwebsolutions.com.au

A.P. Web Solutions (https://www.apwebsolutions.com.au) is a digital marketing agency that specializes in search engine optimization services for local businesses. As one of the top ranked Melbourne SEO agencies, we focus on tangible rankings, traffic and generating leads and phone calls for our clients.

What Are AMP Pages And What It Means For Your Business?

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Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) are part of a recent update that Google has been rolling out gradually this year. So let’s be futuristic and try to figure out how this could affect your business and your website in the months to come. We wouldn’t want to be hit by a Google penalty now, would we?

picture of cute panda artIf you followed Google’s announcements at all last year, then you have likely heard about the huge Mobile-Friendly update that hit in April 2015. For those of you that didn’t have Internet at the time, this update was when Google announced that they would practically be punishing websites that weren’t mobile-friendly by lowering their positions in the search engines. The main reason they did this is because they want to ensure the best possible user experience and since more and more people are now browsing the Internet on mobile devices, Google wants to make sure that websites that aren’t easy to navigate on the phone are not be shown in the first place.

Well, the AMP update is kind of an extension to last year’s “mobilegeddon” update. AMP is merely a very condensed version of your current web pages. When you have AMP installed on your website and someone tries to view it on their mobile device, instead of loading the regular version of your site (which would take longer and consume more data), it would load the AMP version of your website, which is more user-friendly and easier to browse. These are exactly the kind of updates that we keep track of at our local SEO Melbourne agency to help our clients stay ahead of their competitors.

Here’s what AMP Pages look like…

When 2 or more websites are competing for the same position, Google always prefers the one that provides the best experience to its users and it gauges that by how up-to-date and relevant your website is. So you’re likely to get more visibility for your business if you go AMP. If you’re ever in a position where you can’t understand why the traffic you’re getting to your website is not converting, ask yourself if your viewers are having a hard time finding the information they’re looking for. Is your site easy to navigate through? Is the Call Us button prominent and easy to find, if you even have one? Is there a Find Us button that gives them instant directions? Consider getting an expert’s take on what your website looks like and how it can be improved to attract and convert prospects into paying customers. Click here to find out more.

At the end of the day, traffic is only as good as the sales it converts into. The more user-friendly your site is, the more Google will reward you with organic traffic. And as far as your website’s health is concerned, organic is always better.

Can’t be bothered following Google’s ever-changing rules and algorithms? Hire an SEO consultant and let us take care of it for you. A.P. Web Solutions offers SEO services with guaranteed rankings. See apwebsolutions.com.au for more information!

Secret Sauce To Get Likes and Shares On Social Media

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Is your business active on social media? Are you getting as many Likes and Shares as you want?

Everyone knows that having their business on popular social media sites is very important these days. Multi-million dollar companies actually discuss their “Twitter strategy” during their board meetings. It’s no secret that social media is a great source of traffic, whether it’s through likes, shares, retweets, pins, +1s or numerous others.
The tough part, however, is to actually get the traffic, to get a following. Distribution (posting content) is not the hard part. Reaching your audience, is. Here are some of the themes that tend to go “viral” time and again on social media: –

  • Controversy / negativity
  • Sympathy and Empathy
  • Humorous

Now imagine you own an Organic food grocery store. Business is good. But you want to try and sell more, perhaps expand to other areas and open more stores. A friend tells you about this thing called the Internet and how you can use it to sell. So you hesitantly step into the 21st century and start becoming more active on social media. You start posting on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc with pictures of organic food, articles about its benefits, even discounts and offers. But you only get a few Likes and Shares. Far less than what you hoped for.

Now take a look at this picture…

picture of organic healthy meal on social media for branding
Imagine if you saw it on your News Feed on Facebook or your Twitter. It’s a nice picture. But you would probably scroll right past it. Back in 2004, it might have hit the spot. Today, simply because how overwhelmed you are by the barrage of daily stimulation, you’re likely to not even remember it in a few minutes unless you were REALLY hungry when you saw it.

But what if you captioned it with big visible text that read: “Share if you think the government should subsidize organic food products“. You would probably get more activity on your post. People tend to like blaming the government for almost everything.

Let’s turn it up a notch. What if you wrote: “Share if you think schools should only feed children with organic food“. What do you think your return is going to be on that one compared to putting up the post with a “30% discount” offer? Every parent would relate to it, share it, their friends who are also parents would share it and on and on. It is far more engaging than any article about benefits of organic food or how it prevents cancer. People aren’t on social media for more information, they can get that any time they want. They’re there to have their brains tickled and a social media consultant knows this (for the science nerds out there, think Dopamine stimulation)

Now don’t expect all these people to become your customers by next Tuesday. The point is, you are building a following, you are building your BRAND. People will buy when they are ready, as long as your brand keeps showing up occasionally on their Newsfeed. You do not need to interrupt their pattern by forcing your way into their lives with Ads. Speaking of Ads, did you know that a study of 10,000 people showed that 90% of them couldn’t even remember the right-hand side of a website? Because that is where Ad banners have lived since the Internet was born. Think about that the next time you pay $25 for a click.

Think outside the box. Create an inbound marketing strategy that will pay dividends in the long run. Use social media consulting services to your advantage. Look at what is trending and replicate it. Or keep bidding against your competitors to pay more for Ads. The choice is yours.