What Do Small Businesses Need to Know About SEO?

If you’re the owner of a small business that has a website, and you’ve looked into how to try to get a better rank with search engine query results, then you’ve definitely come across the term search engine optimization (SEO).  However, the problem face by all too many small business owners is that the suggestions seem to involve techniques that are much more complex than they are prepared to implement, or they are too expensive for the company’s advertising budget.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways that a small business can create winning SEO content and run a highly successful campaign, without spending a fortune.  The key is to understand your own specific target market, and create your keyword optimization and other efforts around it so that you will create results specific to the people who will become your customers.

If you are a florist in Barrie, Ontario, for example, and the majority of your business comes from people who would like to send flowers to local hospitals or other recipients in your city, then what keywords should you use?

The first options that came into your head may have been: florist, florists, flower, flowers, flower delivery, flower deliveries, flower arrangements, flower bouquets, and other terms that relate to your industry. Unfortunately, unless you have a tremendous budget and a full department of people working to obtain the top rank for those terms, the odds are that optimizing for them won’t get you far.  There are already thousands – if not millions – of sites who have made those same words their main focus.

Moreover, because those keywords aren’t location-specific, even if you could obtain top results for those words, the traffic generated would not be geared toward your target market.   You may only serve Barrie, but your traffic might come from people who are looking to send flowers anywhere on the entire continent or English-speaking world.  Therefore, even with tons of traffic, your bounce rate (the number of people who come and go within seconds without further examining your site) will be high and revenue will be low.

When you consider a keyword, try entering it into Google and see how many results come up.  If the number is exceptionally high, try creating greater focus.

For example, if you considered “florist in barrie ontario”, instead of just “florist”, then you’ll not only have a much better shot at not only obtaining a top rank, but also drawing the visitors who will actually find your site relevant to what they want.

Once you have the right keywords, you need to start incorporating them into your website and other SEO content such as a blog, articles, and social media posts.  This doesn’t mean that you should just create a lot of nonsense and stuff the keyword or key phrase in.  In fact, this will only frustrate your visitors and cause search engines to penalize you – causing great harm to your campaign.

Instead, hire a skilled and moderately priced SEO online writing services company that has writers who know how to use the most recent keyword optimization rules from Google to achieve top results.  This should mean that your writer will provide you with regular, well-written, fresh content that you can post on your site, blog, and other locations to bring value to both your prospective customers and the search engine crawlers.  Even with a small budget, the right writer should be able to produce fantastic results with your keyword.


About Julie B Campbell
Julie B. Campbell is a fiction author and freelance writer living in Canada. She is the the co-author of a published and soon-to-be top-selling fantasy young adult book series called Perspective (Book 1: "Love at First Plight"), along with co-author Amanda Giasson. Julie has previously written children's books such as "The Elephant-Wolf" and "Finding Manda's Sunshine". She owns her own professional writing services company called JBC Online, which was founded in 2002. Julie is also a rosacea sufferer and blogs about the subject, including topics such as natural rosacea treatments and her success with red light therapy and amber light therapy. Follow on Google+

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