Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
What is SEO? – basically it is encoding your website for Search Engines (mainly Google) with search phrases which people actually type in when they search for products or services like yours. Google matches searches with these ‘search phrases’ and Bingo! – they find you. This is how we all use the web these days for researching products & services and getting the best prices. Location is no longer a deal-breaker.
What is Organic SEO? – simply put, you don’t have to pay Google to get listed highly. All parts of the website are optimised for Google searches. See graphic at foot of page. I offer very effective “organic SEO” for SMEs.
If your website is optimised for search engines then people will find you when they look for your products & services – simple as. It works for start-ups or established businesses which don’t yet show on Google.
- Straightforward navigation and images which are marked up with ‘Alt Tags’ also help this process. Google cannot ‘read’ images but it can read Alt Tags.
- Importantly, I supply my clients with ‘backlinks’ to their site from mine – rapidly boosting Google Page Ranking and keeping websites high up on Googles result pages.
- I also read over any text on your website with a view to making it more results-friendly on Google, whilst staying readable for human visitors. See my copywriting service here.
- I don’t put ‘big video’ in the background of web pages as speed of loading is a major consideration for both Google and potential web visitors.
- 43% of web traffic comes from organic (non paid) searches. You can’t afford to ignore it. See below..
Example: STT Swings in Carlow – extensive SEO to boost online search results
Real-world SEO for small businesses:
How business is changing in Ireland – and why you should change too.
White kitchens are all the rage.
Since the M9 motorway opened, many Carlow businesses have begun to supply customers in Dublin. I have optimised the Stoneworld website for “white kitchen counter tops” and “Dublin” – with keyworded backlinks from my websites, Bagenalstown-based B2C company Stoneworld now enjoys a Google (non-paid) listing right beside Woodies (paid ad) and IKEA. Not bad for a small firm. I can do the same for your company. Give me a call or read more below..
Q. Why should I add SEO?
Whilst established businesses get repeat business or referrals, with effective SEO you also get website visits from those people who don’t already know about you. “As most purchases for non-essentials now begin with a web search, it is essential that your business is up there on Google to meet potential customers”. After that it’s up to you to compete on price and customer service – as you already know.
- ‘Organic’ SEO is the most cost-effective means of advertising your business when compared with print media or Google PaidAds. See graphic at foot of page. some firms offer multi-links to your site but I’ve found that ‘quality links’ are what Google likes.
- I only add keyworded backlinks from my 2 websites. Both sites are highly ranked by Google and within 1-2 weeks yield excellent results for my clients. See STT Swings below for an example.
- Social Media cannot provide the same results as SEO on Google.
Sample backlink for established Carlow outdoor play equipment company.
Job Brief: E-commerce website which wasn’t performing well Google, despite making & selling excellent outdoor play equipment. In collaboration with the owners, I have optimised their web pages for Google searches. Combined with my backlinks, this quickly boosts search results for the company resulting in more traffic, enquiries and sales from their website.
“swings ireland, ireland, slides ireland, slide Ireland , climbing frames, playhouse, swing, Slides, Tube Slide, Spiral Slide, Doll Houses , Backyard Fun, Outdoor Fun, Jungle Gym, Redwood Swings, Wooden Swings, Play Kitchens, Crèche, Playground, See Saw, Sand Pit, Toy Farm Houses, STT Swings, outdoor Irish made playhouses, tree houses, wooden toys, swing sets, wooden swing sets, Ireland, baby swings, playhouses, tree houses, swing sets, crèche equipment, playschool equipment, Montessori equipment, play equipment”
I’ve also optimised their website with the same search phrases. If you fail to do this on your website you will miss an opportunity to get much more traffic & enquiries.
More about backlinks
Backlinks are links from my websites to my clients’ website. My websites are highly ranked by Google and it follows links out from my site to client sites. As customers usually search for products rather than company names, I add linked keywords for product names which Google will pick up and list. This guarantees higher Google search listings very quickly. No paid adverts required !
- Natural Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), carried out in-house and ethically. Not Paid Ads or Social Media ‘noise’ but correctly-optimised, Google-compliant techniques which I have developed to get businesses listed highly and quickly. It’s cost-effective and works very well. This can also be carried out as part of my web design service for new websites. Please enquire
- I also offer a popular ‘SEO makeover‘ service for websites which perform badly on search (the bit your web designer forgot to add). This involves my talking with you to find the key search phrases for your business, writing search code and supplying keyworded backlinks from my own websites. The code is emailed to you (or you give me the login and I add it to your website). Your website will then dramatically rise up the Google listings. I have done this for Irish, NI and UK companies with quick results. The basic makeover costs only €450 for a limited time. Please enquire
3. Long-term SEO. The services outlined above will get your website up on Google and keep it there. After a while though, it is necessary to tweak the search terms in order to keep content fresh. Google looks for activity on a website so you need to make small changes now and then to stay highly listed. We can take care of this for you with a bespoke, long-term SEO package. Please enquire
Getting great search results for your business. An real-world example for a Kilkenny Start-Up business using our SEO:
Case Study: The graphic below shows how a Google search for “laser engraver ireland” will display the Paid Ads at top and right. The first ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ (non-paid) listing is for our client, Circle Laser a start-up business in the Hebron, Kilkenny. This is a result of our correct Google-friendly Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) which we do in-house using ‘ethical’ (Google compliant) means. We have proved many times that you don’t need Paid Ads to get listed highly and you’ll save money and time with Google-approved SEO from us. Contact me for a free evaluation of your website’s SEO
About me: I run a small business so I know what the realities are – keeping overheads to a minimum and adapting your product range to meet the ever-evolving market. Here are some question I get asked regularly:
Q: What about Facebook and other Social Media?
Well we recommend YouTube video to add links back to your site. A blog or Facebook page can be handy for feedback & interaction (if not sales) and I can set up a business FB page for you, but make sure that you monitor what gets posted so it doesn’t detract from your professional business image. TIP: Always keep your personal FB page separate from your company FB page and monitor it for enquiries – people leave enquiries and get peeved if they are not answered promptly.
Q: What about e-commerce?
Unusually perhaps, we don’t recommend it for most small businesses for the following reasons:
a) It will cost you a lot of money to set up, plus..
b) a lot of time (or money) to run it properly, so make sure you are prepared to invest a lot of effort if you decide on e-commerce. The returns are not all they are cracked up to be (see Wolfgang Digital research below) – less than 2% conversions (visitors vs sales). Your budget is better spent on effective SEO to get you up on Google, where people may be searching for your products & services.
TIP: You can accept payments via PayPal or credit card very easily these days, so why not do that instead? You can add e-commerce later on if it suits your business model.
The 10% myth
You’ll probably hear that “10% of your web visitors should be making a purchase” – this is patently untrue, as the chart below shows clearly, unless you are already a household name. Wolfgang Digital (who market the Guinness Storehouse amongst other huge clients and have a world-class reputation for SEO research) have shown the 10% myth to be a wild exaggeration. Read their 2016 results below their graphics, based on 87 million website sessions !
Irish web traffic research based on 56 million 'hits': Source: Wolfgang Digital, Dublin
Q. So what should I do next? A. Why not get me to look over your website and suggest SEO improvements? – No fee and no obligation.
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