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

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

When it comes to internet marketing – SEO strategy “free shipping” is a great way to generate traffic, and did you know that a lot of people actually search for Read more

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

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

Google PandaGoogle has confirmed that a little over a week ago they carried out a data refresh of the Google Panda algorithm, and added that there were no additional changes. This refresh is an update of sorts but more of a reshuffle. I have come to call these “appeasing tweaks”, meaning the list of moaners who actually carry some weight in the web world is in, and Google then adjusts things so those big players get their rankings and traffic back.

There are some grumblings across the web from webmasters who have been hit again, and on assessment it seems affiliate marketers have yet again taken a bashing, seeing their review sites hopped over by blogs and random sites with seemingly less quality content. Largely, what we are seeing is Read more

Matt CuttsThe recent Google Panda updates supposedly had a stab at penalising ad-heavy pages, but an announcement from Matt Cutts has indicated that there is more to come in terms of stopping sites plastering pages with ads. Google’s Matt Cutts warns, “If you have ads obscuring your content, you might want to think about it,” asking publishers to consider, “Do they see content or something else that’s distracting or annoying?”

This latest dictation from the Ivory Castle has got the web community railed again as people accuse Google of being more than a little deceitful in their endeavours of late. Looking at the evidence it would seem that Google are only seeking to publish smaller sites using ad-heavy pages. This is fairly obvious after all the major sites hit by Panda were readjusted one by one. Not to mention that sites such as Yahoo!, MSNBC, WSJ, Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Mashable, The Huffington Post, and Techcrunch to name just as few, are all ad-heavy, and it’s hard to see Google penalising any of these sites. Read more

I often get calls from companies who are a little peeved at having wasted a large chunk of their marketing budget hiring an SEO consultant who simply didn’t deliver. Of course, as a search engine marketing firm this is great for me, but as a responsible business owner I feel it is my duty to point out a list of things you should check with a search engine marketing consultant before hiring their services.

  1. Can you tell me exactly how you conduct SEO?
    This might sound like a simplistic question, but a good consultant should be able to reel off a list of SEO techniques that have proved successful in the past.
  2. What are you going to need from me to be successful?
    This question will help you determine if he/she is going to take your money and Read more

There are over 200 factors that Google considers when ranking your web pages, yet they refuse to disclose even one. Not even a measly one out of 200 to give you at least a head start. Google claims this is because these factors change and evolve over time, so therefore a list produced today may well change by next month rendering all of your newly implemented SEO tactics useless.

So how does a search engine optimization agency know where to start when it comes to optimising your website? Well, as a community we kind of know that there are around 50 factors that haven’t changed in a very long time, factors that remain static no matter what Google does. Then, on top of these 50 factors we have our own personal trade secret techniques derived through research, analysis and experience. Read more

seo outsourceSearch engine optimisation and SEO in general is a multi faceted beast, there are so many ways to drive traffic and improve rankings, yet we often over complicate things by searching for some technical hidden bit of genius that no one else has discovered yet. So, how about this instead; if your website is suffering a lull and the buzz seems to have died down, consider looking a little closer to home and make a change that creates an emotional response.

Humans react strongly to change, even subtle change. Whether a web site undergoes a complete redesign or removes a previous function, your regular visitors will have a reaction – possibly positive or negative – but a Read more

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