How To Choose an SEO Company – 5 Hot Tips For Selecting a Search Engine Optimization Services Provider

The internet is broader, faster and increasing in user capacity every day. Competition is rife and no matter how niche your business is you need an SEO solution provider to help you become as visible to your target market as possible.

Navigating passed the cowboys and finding a real expert isn’t easy, but with a bit of commonsense you can find an excellent search engine optimization services provider at a great price. Most of the “How to find an SEO expert” advice on the web focuses on experience, client base etc. But just because an SEO agency hasn’t worked with major brands doesn’t mean they aren’t brilliant – it might simply mean that they specialise in small to medium sized businesses and prefer to work on a more personal basis. So here are a few things people generally don’t think of when vetting their list of potential SEO agencies.

1. Study The Website

Start with the website. A website is the face of a business and something a company should take pride in. A website speaks silently about a business and says everything about quality, professionalism, effort and in the case of an SEO agency website, their understanding of a ‘quality user experience’. By nature of the profession an SEO agency website should be Read more


Proof That Fortune 50 Don’t Care About Social Media – Waste of Valuable Time Or Necessary Pain In The B***?

Social Media is fashionable, but is it really that useful? 56% of Fortune 50 companies don’t seem to think so, which makes you wonder whether all this Tweeting and Facebook posting we do is just a waste of time.


Only 44% of these 50 have social media links on their home page, yet surprisingly the Twitter icon is more popular than the Facebook item. Is this because Twitter is newer and cooler? Perhaps further suggesting that this is a fashion thing we have going on here. What makes things even more interesting about these statistics is that only 4% link to a blog! I guess if you are one of the lucky Fortune 50 blogging isn’t really a priority, and Google loving fresh content is the last thing on your mind when you are negotiating multi-million dollar deals. Read more


5 Ways To Get More Traffic To Your Website

One thing we all want, whether we run a blog or an ecommerce site, is more traffic, and lots of it. So, without further ado, here are 5 ways to get more traffic to your website.

1. Targeted Content

Don’t just write blog posts/articles willy-nilly. Even though natural articles/posts always bring some traffic, eventually, Read more


What Is The ROI of a Social Media Fan?

This week I am on a bit of a social media tip, trying to uncover if it is all worth it or not. It seems to be quite a general theme at the moment, with a lot of data emerging trying to make head or tail of the impact social media has for a brand and a company’s bottom line. Thing is, much of the data is speculative at best, or survey based; I am yet to see properly measured analytics, i.e. social media activity vs. profit over a specific time frame. Personally I think quantifying social media is pretty much impossible, yet comparing an increase in blogging with leads which converted to sales, for example, is possible. If anybody has data like this to share/link to then please leave a comment.

In the meantime I would like to show you Read more

Is Your Website A Snail or A Cheetah? SEO Consulting isn’t Just About SERPs

What is your website performance like? Not sure, right? I didn’t think so. In fact most website owners don’t know much about the user experience of their website, and, contrary to popular belief, SEO consulting isn’t just about search engine rankings. For a start, you won’t rank well with a slow site. So as a search optimization company, one thing I always look at on my clients’ sites is user experience and how each page individually performs. Read more

Google Goes From Confident To Arrogant With Limited Search Results

It isn’t enough that Google thinks it knows what users are searching for, but in a new testing initiative, the search giant has gone a step further by testing limited results. Results are being hidden when Google is confident of what the user is searching for. There have already been complaints on WebMasterWorld where searchers claim a search for “BBC Football” only returned a single web result. Should this experiment become a reality, the ramifications for online business are huge.

The official line on this from Google’s Matt Cutts is, “Sometimes less is more with search results”. Another statement from a Kapoor in the Google display team reads, In an effort to provide the most useful results for searchers we are constantly testing new features. Putting users first has served us well so we continue to do that”.

Are we facing a future where Google becomes an Read more

How To Optimise A Landing Page For Google Adwords

Without knowing it, your landing page could be lowering your quality score on Google Adwords. Knowing exactly how to increase your quality score is impossible because Google won’t tell you exactly what is wrong with your ad(s), keyword(s) or landing page. However, there are a number of quality guidelines you can follow to ensure you aren’t hindering your own progress by breaking some of the cardinal rules. Remember, once you have implemented this checklist it will take a while for the Google Adwords bot to crawl your page and re-evaluate your score; so be a little patient.

  1. Check the speed of your page using
  2. Check for site validation issues using
  3. Check your site for hidden error pages
  4. Make sure your page has a keyword density of at least 2%
  5. Make sure you optimise headers (H1/H2/H3) with your keywords Read more