Many of the methods discussed in this article are considered “search engine optimization (SEO).”
Some business owners shy away from SEO thinking it’s some huge monster that’s going to eat them alive.
However, SEO is something that can help them generate more leads, customers, and sales for a fraction of the cost of traditional advertising methods.
SEO is a process of optimizing a website to improve search engine rankings.
In a nutshell, this is the process of getting traffic to your website.
This is achieved through “on-site optimization” and “off-site optimization.”
On-site optimization should include the keywords that your business would like to rank for as well as a few other key components.
Keyword research is the most crucial part of the SEO process because the keywords you target mean everything.
Get it right and you will see major results!!
Get it wrong and it will be a waste of time, energy and money.
You can do keyword research in the Google Keyword Tool. Simply enter your main keywords into the tool and review the results.
The results will show what keywords people are searching for and how many times each keyword is searched for each month.
This is powerful information for you because now you know what keywords to target in your SEO campaign.
Off-site optimization involves getting relevant backlinks to your website as well as establishing a strong presence spread out all over the Internet.
This includes articles, press releases, videos, Facebook, Twitter, and any site other than yours. The more you have out there, the better.
All of these sources will contain a link back to your website will help your website rank higher in the search engines as well as giving you stronger online visibility.
You can even create a network of “mini-sites” for your business that targets different keywords and link back to your main website.
SEO is one of the most important ways to improve your profits while reducing your advertising costs. While you can try to do SEO yourself, most businesses opt to hire a professional SEO firm to help them achieve faster results.
Another excellent way to get great search engine visibility is by listing, claiming, and verifying your business in Google Places.
Google Places is a local business directory that allows you to profile your business and share information such as videos, photos, and hours of operation.
Google automatically lists most businesses in Google Places with very generic information – some of which is inaccurate.
Therefore, it is extremely important for you to claim and verify your listing.
This process will allow you to correct any inaccurate information as well as share additional information about your business.
In order to claim and verify your listing, you simply fill out your profile and then submit it to Google.
They will contact you via phone or postcard with a verification PIN number to activate your listing.
You will enter this PIN into your Google Places account to complete the process.
Google Places works 24/7 for your business when it comes to connecting with local consumers.
This powerful platform gives your business “credibility” in the eyes of local consumers. Complete Google Places profiles simply receive more attention than those that are not.
Google Places is also extremely mobile friendly. Mobile users are constantly searching for products and services in their local area while on the go.
Google Places allows your business to come up right on their mobile devices.
Your customers can even reviews of your business on your Google Places page. Even better, you can actually respond to those reviews and build a strong relationship with your customers.
This will look good to people who find your page before calling you up to do business. We will discuss reviews in more detail later in this report.
Google Places business listings come up in search engine results when someone searches for your type of product or service online. In fact, Google Places usually gets more attention than organic listings when it comes to local products and services.
Usually, the top 3 results gets the most attention so you should strive to rank your website as high as you can. Of course, the number one spot is the ultimate goal.
If you decide to setup your own Google Places account, here are a few tips just to recap:
- Be sure to fill out the complete Google Places page including pictures, videos, coupons, and any other information you can.
- Include relevant and accurate information about your business on your listing.
- Select the right categories when completing your listing for maximum effectiveness.
- Try to get as many customer reviews as possible. Offer something to your customers in exchange for them posting a review on your Google Places page.
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