Google, Marketing

Increasing the SEO for your Edmonton Website

There are many things you can do to the back end of your website to increase your SEO.

Yes I am a certified Google Partner so when I refer to a search engine, I usually say “Google”. However, there are multiple other search engines such as Bing and Yahoo. I’m sure your parents are familiar with them.

How does Google find your Edmonton website?

Google is a Search Engine. It follows links. Google follows links from one web page to another web page. A search engine like Google consists of an index, an algorithm and a crawler. Every day, Google goes through every website and saves an HTML version in a gigantic database, called an index. This index is updated if Google went to your website and found some new content or changes made. The more often you make changes, the higher you will rank. This Blog just increased my SEO!

In order to show my Edmonton site, Google needs to find a link to my website from another site it already knows. That link will lead to the first crawler session and the first save in the index. Both internal links (within your own website) and external links (from or to other websites) will help the ranking of your website with Google.

Yes Google has an algorithm that decides what pages show first and in what order. These factors are constantly changing, so it is best to work with a Google Partner to find out which keywords are the best for your site. Testing and experimenting gives a good feel for the important factors of the algorithm and the changes in these factors.

It is important to own the first page of Google when people search for your company. People don’t often go to Page 2, let alone Page 11, so where you appear matters. You should own the first full page of Google with your Google My Business Account, Google Map listing, Website, and Social Media sites, along with other links mentioning your company, articles or blog posts. If you do not take up every result, your competition will be there, grouped in as a similar company, product or service as yours.

Now Google Ads will be the first few results, but you can set up Google Ads for your own company as a keyword if you want to appear there too.

What is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) ?

SEO is something I specialize in, it is a profession that optimizes websites to make them appear in a high position in organic search results. Organic search results are natural and unpaid. SEO fits a website into Google’s algorithm.

The On-Page factors that decide the ranking of your website are:

  • The quality of your code
  • The structure of your text
  • Useful, high quality, relevant content
  • Page load time
  • Image optimization
  • Header tags
  • Outbound links
  • Different multimedia
  • Broken links
  • Readability

The Off-Page factors that decide the ranking of your website are:

  • The links to your website
  • Creating a recognizable brand
  • Building links through guest posting and email outreach
  • Submitting your articles to high-quality, relevant directories
  • Having a presence on forums and other blogs
  • Leveraging social media and influencer marketing

There are many Plug Ins that you can install into your website, that can help in writing SEO friendly content. My favourite is Yoast, but here are a few options for you to choose from.

There are no tricks, that replace good content and a strong marketing strategy. Please contact me for help coming up with a plan for your SEO.

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Sarahvanmarketing@gmail.com

Marketing

Use Google My Business to drive customers to your website!

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Just Google it…

Google it! Your Search Engine Result is one of the main ways customers search for your business, or for products and businesses that match yours.

A Google Business Account is easy to build! In fact your customers may have already created one for you by leaving reviews or tagging your business in photos.

Step #1 Sign into your personal Google Account.

If you do not have a Google account you will have to sign up for one in order to create a Google My business profile.

Always write down your passwords in a safe place, try a file folder on your computer.

Create a Google My Business Account. Then create or claim your business listing.

Step #2 Market to your direct niche audience

Where are you located?  Perhaps an area of the City? Advertise to local Towns? Your Province? Country? International?

Step #3 Choose your delivery area

You can choose to list specific cities, postal codes, regions, etc. This can help boost your search results when people are using those same parameters.

Or

You can choose delivery within a distance from your business address you have provided. 1000 Km, 20 Km, etc.

Step #4 Try to find the type of business that best suits your company

Choose from the provided list. It is not very detailed, but come as close as you can.

Step #5 Verify your Business

This can be done by postcard, or sometimes by email, or phone number. Be prepared to get that code!

If you want to be able to alter your business page, or alter that information you have already entered you will need to verify your account.

After you receive your Google My Business postcard, you can follow the directions to verify your location, and your right to post on behalf of the business.

Step #6 Verify your listing using the provided postcard

If you chose to sign up using a postcard delivered by Google just so you can have a letter from Google to show your friends and family it will arrive in about 12-15 days. Now you can control the options regarding your business. Update all your business information; profile pic (Company Logo), cover image, about us, hours of operation (holidays), website url, industry category, contact number & contact email. You can add details about your products and services, all which will help your search results.

Your customers can leave reviews on your Google page. Keep on top of contact as lower rated businesses will appear below higher rated ones.

If you need a hand figuring it out, please email me! Sarahvanmarketing@gmail.com

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Google also has a free website builder where it will grab your information right from your Google My Business listing. You can customize the design a bit and publish it to the web. They have a few themes to choose from but your business must be verified in order to access or publish your Google website.
Good luck with your new Google My Business listing! If you need any help setting it up, or would like some custom images created please contact me! Sarahvanmarketing@gmail.com
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