You have a beautiful new website but it is nowhere to be found in search engines. You've heard of SEO, you kind of know that it's important but have no idea what it's about, who to call or what's involved...
- Why is SEO important
- What is SEO?
- SEO, PPC, or both?
- Why we're great at what we do
- Tools we use
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Right now, this very second, someone is using a search engine to find the types of products or services you provide. Recent research and surveys have found that:
- In June 2011 the value of internet business was $189 billion to the Australian economy. This was up from $143 billion in the previous financial year. Smart UpStart - ABS Statistics
- July 2012 - 15.6 million Australians were online – Compare that with Jun 09 where 12.4 million Australians were online. Nielsen Online Landscape Review July 2012
- 93.7% of internet searches are performed on Google in Australia. It is important for your website to appear on the first page of Google (see below) Australian Internet & Social Media Statistics July 2012
- 61% of people go to the internet as their source of research (July 2012). A large percentage of these people are looking for local businesses in search engines. Nielsen Online Landscape Review July 2012
- 58% of consumers begin a purchase on search engines, outpacing company websites and social media.
- 52% of consumers use telephone directories less than they did two years ago
If your website doesn't appear in the first page of search engine results for key searches related for your business, you're missing out on being visible to new customers.
Here's why it's important to rank highly in natural results:
- Rank #1 in Google for a keyword = 48%+ of clicks
- Rank #2 in Google for a keyword = 12% of clicks
- Rank #3 in Google for a keyword = 8% of clicks
- The Rest = 39% of clicks (6.5% for posititions 4-10 on average)
These are the CTR (Click-Through-Rates) on average according to CTR research from Nielson and GroupM UK. For branded results (e.g. results related to branded products of services) the percentage of click through is even higher! You need to be in those top 3 results to get the online visibility you need.
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a process & strategy we use to make a website more visible in Search Engine results. We don't pay for advertising on the search engines, that is called Pay Per Click advertising, instead we "optimise" your website so that search engines show your site on the first page of results for relevant searches.
SEO is not magic or a trick to fool search engines into ranking your website. Search Engine Optimisation is quite simply making your site valuable for visitors and therefore making it worthy of ranking in Search Engines. One other way to look at it is being the "best answer" to the questions people are searching for.
Things you should consider and understand as an SEO client:
- SEO is a long term strategy (think years) and takes time to see the full value - sometimes 12 -18 months.
- Good SEO is about getting targeted and qualified traffic to your website, not as much traffic as you possibly can.
- First page rankings may take 3 - 12 months for certain search phrases,
- In many industries There are many other businesses competing for ranking.
- Google, Yahoo and Bing are not there to promote your business. They make their money by providing the best answer to people's searches - good SEO makes you the "best answer".
- Be realistic about the keywords/search terms you think you should rank for.
- If you rank highly one week you may not next week – rankings fluctuate and are more and more personalised.
- If your site starts ranking well and attracts lots of visitors, ask yourself is your site ready and will your site help visitors complete your "most desired action" e.g. submit an enquiry, buy a product, pick up the phone and call etc.?
Often when a business comes to us to have a site optimised the problems are quite obvious. One of the biggest issues is content. The site isn't getting ranked because what’s on the site isn't worth ranking. We often get "But it's my website and people should be able to see it" – but then a visit to their own site lasts less than 10 seconds looking for an answer to a question or for a product or service that they were selling. They might find it too hard to find what they were looking for, not enough information or the information is laid out in a way that doesn't make sense. A search engine ‘crawler’ would see the same thing using a special algorithm to work out what the site is about in 10 seconds and hence cause the site not to rank.
What we do is help make your site valuable to users and therefore valuable to search engines.
If you want your website to be visible in search engines, you need a professional Search Engine Optimisation team working for you to deliver results. e-CBD provide a search engine optimisation service that is second to none in quality and results. Find out why you should go with us for SEO:
- We are honest, transparent, and will do the right thing for your site
- We are realistic, and give you realistic expectations
- SEO is always changing, so we are always researching the latest in industry developments
- We have over ten years combined experience in SEO
- A dedicated team of professionals with post-graduate qualifications in marketing and information technology
- Prices from as little as $300 a month
Read detailed SEO case studies about how e-CBD have helped other businesses perform better in search engines. If your a local Gold Coast business you should find out more about our local Gold Coast SEO services.
We have the tools and we know how to use them. Here is a run down of the tools and what we do with them to help your site rank better:
Google Keyword Tools
This is a handy tool for working out what keywords you should be targeting for your site. We also use this tool for Google AdWords Pay Per Click advertising. We interpret the results from this tool conservatively and make sure we have a broad picture of the "theme keywords" that will bring the right kind of people to your site.
Google Webmaster Tools
This is a very important tool for determining the success of your site at presenting itself accurately. It also helps to tell us if there are technical issues with the site that are causing problems with search engines indexing and ranking your site.
This tool helps us to track how visitors are getting to and then interacting with your site. We can find out what keywords are bringing the most visitors or which keywords are bringing people but causing them to leave (bounce) because they didn't find what they were looking for. We can find out where visitors are from down to the city, which pages are the most popular and many more pieces of information to help us better target our SEO efforts.
Stop losing business and start ranking where you should be! Call us now on 1300 733 088, or drop us a line via our online enquiry form and one of our friendly SEO team will contact you today. With packages starting at only $300 a month, you can't afford not to...