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Why isn’t my SEO working?

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Search Engine Optimisation is a big part of marketing strategies these days, but it can feel like you are throwing your money away, so I thought I’d outline some of the reasons your SEO might not be giving the results you want.

No one actually searches on Google for what you do

Although ‘Googling’ is a very popular way to find products and services these days not every business is going to find their customers trawling through search engines for them. This is especially true of some ‘consultancy’ type businesses, particularly when you are servicing a local area. These clients are much more likely to come by referral and you are better off investing your marketing budget in referral marketing than SEO.

You are optimising the wrong keywords

This is something I often come across when talking to new clients about their existing SEO. Do you know exactly the keywords your SEO efforts are optimising? And do you know how many people search for those keywords each month? If you don’t you may very well be spending money optimising keywords no one is searching for. Even relatively small changes can make a real difference. A recent search I did for a clients turned up that ‘antenatal class bournemouth’ has 10 searches per month, but ‘antenatal classes bournemouth’ has 100 searches! That’s a big different in potential clients all for adding ‘es’

You haven’t got your meta data right

So you have done your research and you know people are definitely search for what you do and you know the exact words they are searching for, but did that information get accurately translated into your website content. It is essential that your keywords appear in your website content – both the front end stuff that real people read and also the meta data that search engines read….if you don’t get this right you won’t be appearing.

Your website isn’t converting visitors into customers

Unfortunately being ranked in search engines is not the end of the SEO journey, now your website has to be good enough to actually convince these hard earned visitors into people who actually want to buy from you. There are a large number of factors to consider here, but the two most important are

  1. Does your website give them all the information they need
  2. Is it your website clear and easy to use

You aren’t spending enough to beat the competition

This one is a bit of a shame, because it may be that people DO search for what you do, but there is already huge competition out there spending a fortune on SEO and you just don’t have the budget to compete. Once again this is something you can find out right at the start when you do the all important keyword research and if you don’t have the budget to compete then find another marketing method that you can afford.

Of course it could be a combination of all of these factors. If you’d like some bespoke feedback and advice on your SEO contact me for a chat.


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Social Media Myths

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There is no denying that social media is an important part of any business’ marketing strategy, but there is so much information flying about, its hard to know what is true and what isn’t. So when it comes to social media here are some myths I can definitely dispel

You must be on all Channels

There are so many social media channels, some you have heard of; Facebook, Twitter and Linked In for example. Some you not be so familiar with, such as; Pinterest and Foursquare. Some that have pretty much been and gone like Google +. And finally some which you may not even think of as social media such as YouTube.

You many have heard that you need to be on all social media channels, but not only is this probably impossible (you do want to have some time left to run your business – right?), but it is also not at all necessary. Your best course of action is to check out the main channels and see which ones are best suited to your business. Then focus on doing a few really well.

Social Media is only for young people

It is certainly true that many young people are very keen on social media, some might say ‘addicted to’. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t reach an older audience via social media. All networks have a different demographic, not just in terms of age, but also in terms of likes and dislikes.

The best way to establish whether your target audience are using social media and which channels they prefer is to actually ask them! Then you can decide whether it will help your business communications.

You should post a couple of times a day

Unfortunately it is this attitude that is causing more and more people to switch off from social media and particularly from Liking business pages. People tend to get kind of annoyed if their feeds are full of ‘sales chatter’ from businesses, rather than cute pictures of cats and babies.

The ideal number of posts you should make will really depend on your business, but most businesses don’t need to post more than a couple of times a week.

It’s free

Well this is true to some degree, it is free to set up a Business Profile on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In etc. However when you take into account the time it will take to manage your profiles and the fact that time is money, it’s suddenly not so free anymore.
If you decide you need a professional to manage your social media, then there are certainly going to be charges involved. Having said that social media as a marketing tool can be a great investment, you just need to think of it that way.

Buying Fans and Followers works

This is a BIG no no! The best way to get people to Like or Follow your business is to engage them with quality content. Buying Fans may increase your numbers, but it will not work as a marketing strategy, because in general these ‘people’ may not be real people at all. Even if they are they are not going to be your target audience, they may not even by in the same country as you!

It may take longer, but getting real people to Like and Follow your business is the only way to make social media work

 

If you need help with your social media marketing, whether it’s just getting your cover image right or managing your whole social media profile we can help, just get in touch