How to Choose A Good SEO Agency

How to Choose A Good SEO Agency

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If you think it might be time to put an SEO Strategy in place,

but have no idea where to start, then here are some questions to consider before you call in the professionals.

 

What Do You Want To Achieve By Implementing SEO?

The most important step to take first is to understand for yourself why it is important for you to implement an SEO strategy for your business. If the only answers you can come up with are along the lines of “because I’ve heard I need it” or “because I want to rank at the top of Google” then I suggest you don’t have a clear enough goal.

 

If you can’t explain to yourself why you want SEO then you won’t be able to hire someone to do the job you want doing.

 

Instead, establish some goals that you want to achieve. It might be to increase the number of leads or phone calls you get by a certain percentage, it might be that you want to be known for a different service than people currently use from you, or perhaps you are launching a new product. If you know your goals, it will be easier for an SEO agency to provide the plan that meets your needs.

 

Get To Know Some Of The Basics Of SEO

I understand that the point of hiring an expert is because you need them to do a job that you can’t. However, in order to make sure you are getting the right job done, it makes sense to know enough of the subject matter so that you don’t get confused by jargon, and that you are confident enough to ask and understand relevant questions. Think of the last time you made a significant purchase, whether it was a house, a car or a new phone you probably did some research. Investing in a good SEO strategy for your business is no different, if you do your research you’ll be more satisfied that you made the right decision and that a good job has been done.

 

Ask Around

If you know anyone else who has a business, whether or not they are in a similar industry, why not ask them about who did their SEO? What did they like or dislike and what would they recommend?

 

Get In Touch

Find an Agency, or a few agencies, that you’d like to find out more about and get in touch! Talk about your goals and what you want to achieve and find out how they would approach the issue. Don’t expect specifics at this stage, a good agency will want to do a little research on your specific issue before giving you any solid feedback.

 

You should, however be able to get a sense of how they approach their work, if they are methodical or seem a bit slapdash. You’ll be able to get a sense of how knowledgeable they are about their industry, or whether they are just hoping for a quick sale. You’ll also get an insight into their personality and if you think they’re someone you’ll be able to work with.

 

Find Out What The Bigger Picture Is

SEO is not a “one stop marketing shop”, meaning that on its own it won’t solve all the problems with your online presence. If the SEO Agency is going to be tasked with revamping your site so that it’s better placed in the search engines, it could mean that more work is needed across the site in order to give you a better result. For example, if your website is old and outdated the technical structure you have just may not support a robust SEO strategy.

 

It might be that your website needs completely rebuilding in order to support your SEO campaign, if so, can the same agency do all the work, or will they want to outsource?

 

Experience

Whilst there are plenty of SEO Agencies around, not all of them are equal! It should go without saying that a good SEO Agency will be able to show you examples of how they have helped other clients achieve their goals. Be very wary of anyone who guarantees you a top ranking – this is almost impossible to guarantee through organic SEO, especially for competitive keywords.

 

There are also agencies that specialise in particular niches or industries, choosing someone who specialises in working with similar businesses to you can have an advantage that they are familiar with the key words and terms, or the disadvantage that they are already working for a competitor in your area. Always check whether or not they offer any exclusivity in their contracts.

 

How Do They Track And Prove Results?

One of the best things about online processes is that almost every aspect can be tracked and measured, this allows a great transparency to businesses who are relying on others, such as an SEO Agency, to complete work for them.

 

Find out how your chosen agency plans on tracking their progress against your goals. How will this be communicated to you? How often? What are their processes for ensuring goals are met, and do they adapt these without telling you?

 

The more you can understand about how your agency works, then the easier it will be for you to trust them to do the job.

 

Are You Ready For A Long Term Partnership?

Don’t ever think that SEO can be done once and the results will last forever. It is an ongoing exercise. Search engines constantly update their algorithms, your competitors constantly tweak their own websites and therefore if you want to stay current your SEO will always need to be worked on. Make sure that whoever you choose to work with you are happy with their style of working, as to get any real benefit you’ll probably have to work together for a minimum of 6 months. 

 

If you want to know more about our own SEO offering and the businesses we’re currently working with then get in touch! We’d love to hear from you! 

 

Google+ is Growing and Will Continue to Grow!

Google+ is Growing and Will Continue to Grow!

Google+ is Growing and Will Continue to Grow!

Globalwebindex have compiled results that show that Google+ is now the second largest social media platform behind Facebook with 343m users, representing a growth of 27% from the previous year and despite all the negativity that the press have published about it being a ghost town.

Part of this growth can be explained by the fact that Google are, some would say, forcing, others would say, gently persuading, users of its other services to connect their Google+ profiles in order to use certain features.

google + local growing

For starters every time someone opens a new Gmail account they are automatically given a Google+ page. If users want to leave comments in the Google Play store they have to be signed in with their Google+ account, if a user wants to leave a comment in Google+ local for business using the Zagat rating system then they have to be signed in to their Google+ local account, if the user wants to have their real name displayed on their YouTube account they have to be signed into their Google+ account and then there is Authorship. If a user who produces content online wants to make sure that Google knows who wrote that content so spammers can’t scrape and copy the content and out rank you then, you have guessed it, you have to claim your Google+ profile. You want to claim your business listing which incidentally already exists (oops did nobody tell you?). Google created over 80 million business pages in Google+ local for business that are sitting on that are out there on the internet right now, with no images, no videos and possibly negative reviews!? Well, now you know!

Google has made it very clear that Google+ is not just the future but the present of Google.

“Google+ is Google,” says Vice President Bradley Horowitz. “The entry points to Google+ are many, and the integrations are more every day.”

We all know the social layer is important to Google and Google+ is their way to access the bountiful advertising revenue that Facebook is currently enjoying by accessing the personal information of its users. What apps people like, what shops or business services people use, where they are, the people they know. The amount of information that Google can monetise in terms of advertising through personalised search is incredible and that is why they will continue to encourage web users to embrace Google+.

As a business owner the main benefit of Google+ is that, unlike Facebook, Google+ is not ring fenced, it is not a closed community. If you share something on Google+ then it is available in search. And that for me is the monumental difference.

Google is ultimately a search engine, arguably the best search engine, some would go as far to say the only search engine, and so everything they do will be tied to search.

So, if an individual likes an Italian restaurant and on Google+ they leave a positive comment saying how great the meal was and the service was fantastic then when one of their friend types “Italian restaurant” into Google a picture of their friend will appear along with the review that they left. In other words there will be recommendations from people you know, like and trust mixed within the search results in Google.

google+ local

Flip that the other way around. What if your closest friend, someone whose opinion you trust has a bad experience with a local property solicitors, they leave a bad review using Google+. 6 months down the line when you type into Google “solicitor for buying a house” and in the results you see a review from your trusted friend reminding you how poor a certain solicitor is, would you then go on to use that solicitor?

Google+ will integrate into more and more products and searches, meaning that the search results that people get back will be more personalised and tailored, including the thoughts, experiences and opinions of your friends. This will have a HUGE influence over the business and services that an individual uses.

Google+ is not just a social media platform, it is a means for Google to incorporate social into all of their other products and when all of these other products are part of our daily working lives then at some point or other Google+ will be part of what you do, how you do it and more importantly what your customers do.

To find out more about how you can leverage Google+ local to rapidly increase leads and sales for your business contact us today.

Sources

http://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/technology/19091-google-pushing-google-through-service-integration

http://globalwebindex.net/thinking/social-platforms-gwi-8-update-decline-of-local-social-media-platforms/

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324731304578193781852024980.html