When we hear the term SEO (search engine optimization), many envision a scenario that involves sitting down at a table with an agency representative, and being told about Google Ad Words and algorithm behaviors. Then comes the big fat check you write out to them. But such business transactions are beginning to go the way of the dodo, as more and more businesses are discovering the power of blogging for SEO purposes, fueled by keyword mapping strategies, link building, social media marketing, and competitive analysis (to name only a new). As an aggressive business owner, you may have already started the ball rolling by listing your business in an online directory such as Yellow Pages United. You may even have a Facebook page for your business. But knowing how to link these entities together, and market them THE RIGHT WAY takes precise training, industry experience, and an understanding of the science that empowers words to raise your organic placement online. Hiring a professional is the way to go—someone who only works with a set number of clients at a single time. No need to pay the big dollars to agencies where you are just another number in the system. Finding someone to partner with who will work intimately with you, and not charge those high-end agency rates, can be the best business decision you can ever make. And if they are booked at the time you call, wait for them. Such consultants always provide the best attention to detail, and offer the best quality work.
Load your Guns
Before you reach out to an experienced SEO consultant, be sure you don’t hand them an empty gun and expect them to shoot the apple from the head of business growth. There are some things you will already want in place. For starters, list your business in an online directory (such as the one previously mentioned). Find a Yellow Pages company that offers free web pages to their clients that are indexed to work with the search engines. You will also want to create a Facebook business page. If you have always turned your nose up at Facebook for being a “silly place where people post what they had for lunch”, then you need to familiarize yourself with Facebook and how it helps businesses grow. In fact, today businesses are reporting to have more customers finding them on Facebook than any other source. You will also want to have a Twitter account for your business, as it provides you with a great way to let customers know about special promotions you are offering. Once you have these three items in place, you are providing your SEO consultant with the platform they need to begin charting and growing your business.
Content is King
We have all heard this phrase coined by Bill Gates, and it holds much truth. In an article published by the unbiased strategic watchdog SEO News, the author stresses utmost importance of content, and how it dominates the realm of SEO. The author reminds readers that as Google continues to refine its algorithms, the search engine has grown even more proficient at identifying relevant content. The article continues to inform readers by stating that while keywords are still important, they need to be used with an increasingly light touch. Simply seasoning an article with keywords doesn’t work anymore, and it won’t elevate you to the pinnacle of SEO success. The article is adamant in relaying that the most promising sign in SEO is a commitment to quality content. With this in mind, you may have a great writing style and an impressive command for the English language, but “quality” extends beyond these fine points, and only a trained industry professional can deliver the highest results, and ensure growth in your company’s organic online placement.
Ready, Set, Grow!
Prepare and ready yourself by doing some basic research. Read articles on the power of social media for businesses. Take a look at your Yellow Pages options (there are numerous Yellow Pages companies out there). Then link Twitter and Facebook together, and link those avenues to your Yellow Pages site. The next move will be the easiest one to make: call a good dedicated SEO consultant who understands the market, the science, and who is willing to take your hand and help you grow every step of the way.
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