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Etsy SEO Tips to Help Your Customers Find You

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is simply the optimization of your content in terms of quality and quantity to maximize your business’s visibility on search engines.

While there are elements of SEO that apply across all platforms and search engines, there are also those that vary considerably depending on the function or origin of that platform. For example, SEO is going to look different on Instagram than on Google results. This is due to the focus that Instagram’s algorithm has on connecting someone with results based on their previous searches and purchases.

Etsy’s SEO is unique in part because its algorithm may look different from other apps like Instagram and Facebook, which are owned and operated by the same conglomerate. While it may not be a social media giant, Etsy is definitely a major player in online sales, reporting 81.90 million active buyers in their 4th Quarter of 2020, which was a 79% increase year-over-year from 41.73 million.

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Etsy’s popularity has been steadily increasing since its launch, and with more and more businesses moving online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can certainly expect that trend to continue.

If your business hasn’t crafted an Etsy SEO strategy yet, better to start late than never! Etsy has a detailed guide that walks you through the following crucial elements of optimizing your shop and listings:

  • Learning how Etsy search works
  • Finding and using keywords
  • Adding relevant attributes
  • Maximizing conversions
  • Improving customer service
  • Understanding search traffic & analytics
  • Optimizing your shop
  • Perfecting titles and tags

It also tells you explicitly what its ranking factors in search are:

  • Relevancy: When tags, titles, categories, and attributes match a user’s search term, listings have a better likelihood of appearing higher in the search results.
  • Listing quality score: This essentially means how well a listing converts to a sale (the higher your conversation rate, the better). The number of people that view your listing and make a purchase increases that listing’s quality score and position in search results.
  • Recency: When a new listing is created, Etsy temporarily boosts it in the search results to help determine the listing’s quality score.
  • Customer and market experience score: This score is based on customer reviews, the completeness of your shop’s informational sections, as well as negative feedback.
  • Shipping price: Etsy boosts the search position of shops that offer free shipping because shipping price influences a consumer’s decision to buy.
  • Translations and language: Having all of your titles, tags, and listings in the language you selected when you created your Etsy account.
  • Shop location: In the EU, Australia, and Canada, local items are slightly favored in search results.
  • Shoppers’ habits: Etsy customizes its search results for buyers based on their previous searches and purchases.

Now that you have all of this information, what do you do with it and where do you start? We’ve got you covered with some quick tips you can use to work with Etsy’s SEO to help your customers find you:

  • Add Quality Images to Your Listings

According to a survey done by Etsy, shoppers rate the quality of images as the highest influencer in deciding to make a purchase. By appealing to what Etsy values in its ranking system, you can boost your SEO scores and make your shop more appealing at the same time by upgrading your listing photos. 

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  • Choose a Competitive Price 

Etsy shoppers mark the cost of the item as the second-highest influencer on whether or not they buy. It’s worth saying, though, that your product is worth what it’s worth—don’t sell yourself short! Think critically about the cost of your materials, expenses, and labor, and do some research into similar products to decide on a fair but competitive price.

Also, consider building the cost of shipping into the product and using this as a selling point. Research shows that the majority of people prefer not to pay for shipping rather than having their purchase delivered quickly—so factor the cost of shipping into your listing price and write it off as an added convenience in your description.

  • Offer Free Shipping

Not only is the shipping cost one of the major factors customers consider in making a purchase, but it’s also a ranking factor for Etsy’s search results.  Consider offering free shipping, even temporarily or during promotional events or holidays to boost your SEO rankings.

Another option is to create promotions that are incentivized by shipping for free. For example, offering free shipping if a customer buys more than two items or makes a purchase over a certain dollar amount. 

  • Prioritize Reviews

The importance of having an abundance of positive reviews for SEO is nothing new. But how do you actually accomplish this? It’s against Etsy’s user policy to offer free products in exchange for reviews, but sellers often have luck by including surprise gifts, personalized notes, and coupons when they send out an item and ask nicely for feedback. Making a personal connection with your customer base through social media posts and live streams can also make them want to connect with you in return by giving you positive feedback.

Another way you can address this is by responding personally to the reviews you do receive, even the negative ones. Having a negative review with an authentic response that non-defensively addresses and possibly corrects the problem can be more powerful and real to sellers than just having a ton of positive reviews.

  • Refresh Listings

When a new listing is made, Etsy temporarily boosts the listing in its search results to help determine its quality score. Take advantage of this by updating and refreshing your listings. However, keep in mind that this is a very temporary boost, so it might be something worth doing only during peak shopping hours, holidays, and promotions.

This also incentivizes you to keep editing and optimizing your listings to ensure they’re current and up to a high quality.

  • Ensure Relevancy

It’s crucial to ensure that your tags, titles, categories, and attributes utilize relevant and specific keywords. For example, naming your business after the service or product you provide will increase your SEO.

Because SeoTuners has “SEO” in the name, and as the first word, it would have a high relevance score on Etsy. Alternatively, if we called ourselves “Weilert and Durso”, we may not score as well. However, there are situations when naming your shop after yourself can be more advantageous, especially if you think this is how your potential customers will most likely be searching to find you. 

  • Completeness Matters

Etsy awards each shop a customer and market experience score based on customer reviews and the completeness of your shop’s “about” section. Score some easy SEO points by filling out everything fully on your shop’s page.

You also maximize your potential visibility by filling out as many tags, categories, and attributes as you can. You can add as many as 13 tags to each listing, and it’s recommended that you add all of them!

In order to come up with 13 tags that are relevant but varied, consider synonyms, different regional expressions, and long-tail keyword variations. If a keyword is already included in attributes, you don’t need to duplicate it as a tag. You also can skip plurals, misspellings, or multiple languages—Etsy handles all of this automatically, and you can actually be penalized in your search rankings for this.

  • Optimizing with Keywords

As always, an exact phrase match is going to give a higher search ranking than if the search terms are matched individually. This means that if you have used the keyword “SEO targeting” and that’s what your customer searched, it’s going to be more likely that your page will show up for them than if you simply had the words “SEO” and “targeting” separately somewhere within your listings.

Similarly, long-tail keyword matches boost your ranking the most. These are key phrases that contain three or more words strung together, for example, “SEO Ventura County” as opposed to just “SEO”. These are more likely to be strong matches because there’s going to be less competition and the people searching for that long-tail keyword have more specifications in mind, making them more likely to purchase something if you happen to match.

Additionally, the more that keywords show up throughout your page—including titles and tags for listings—the more your relevance score will be increased. However, this doesn’t mean that you should simply duplicate the same keywords as tags on the same listing, which won’t actually have any benefit. Using the same primary keyword for multiple listings also isn’t helpful, because you’ll end up competing against yourself in searches.

Frontloading your keywords also increases your chances of ranking higher. For example, if you know “SEO” is one of your best ranking keywords, you’re going to want to place it towards the beginning of your listing titles. Instead of titling a listing as “Get the Best SEO for Your Business” you might title it “SEO to Grow Your Business”. This applies to your item listings too—try to get those keywords into the listing as early as possible.

  • Finding Creative, Fitting, and Organic Long Tailed Key Words

The more specific and yet organically occurring keywords you can stumble upon, the better optimized you’ll be for SEO. When trying to come up with keywords for your business, try to put yourself in the mind of your target audience and think about what they might be searching for that would lead to your product and likely a purchase.

For example, Etsy users might use search terms related to occasions like “wedding gifts”, “white elephant”, or “first birthday”. Also consider what aesthetic, style, or lifestyle your product might appeal to, such as “minimalist”, “rustic”, or “antique”. You should also think about any problems your product might solve and the words a potential buyer might use to express this need, for example including words like “organizer”, “holder”, or “cover”.

Finally, consider using an SEO tool to research what keywords are most searched for such as Google Keyword Planner. There are also quite a few out there specifically for Etsy, including Marmalead, Keyword Scout, eRank, and Etsy Keyword Tool Dominator. Etsy even has its own analytics you can consult in your store dashboard.

Do you need assistance optimizing your Etsy store and moving up in the search rankings? Get in contact with us today. SeoTuners can offer an affordable solution for your business to increase exposure and SERP rankings with organic SEO strategies like keywords. We’re confident we have a solution for all your marketing needs. 

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Backlinks Aren’t Dead

Rick Grimes probably wasn’t pondering backlinks in 2021 when he said, “We don’t kill the living” in AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Oddly enough, Grimes’ quote can be applied to backlinks today. It beckons the question: Why kill backlinks if they’re still alive?

Don’t!

Backlinks aren’t dead – and there’s certainly no reason to squash them in 2021.

Backlinks, “inbounding links” or “incoming links” connect webpages through incoming hyperlinks and are created when websites link to each other.

Backlinks signal greater Google (and other search engine) authority, upping search engine rankings. Backlinks can be a leading benchmark performance indicator of stellar content marketing and SEO strategy.

In fact, the number of domains linking to a page was the top factor in correlating the highest rankings in Google, according to Backlinko.

Backlinks for the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2021? Fingers crossed.

The positive correlation coefficient between authoritative backlinks and website ranking is real: As your website develops authoritative backlinks, Google recognizes that and boosts your ratings. Your website is power-hungry for king or queenship as the top #1 spot on Google, right? Finding cutting-edge ways to maximize quality, authoritative backlinks to improve SEO can only help. Hard-earned backlinks can bolster a site’s ranking position and search visibility with Google.

Google’s algorithms are a beacon of constant change – but backlinks remain.

Sure, business owners may hear about the mélange of options to boost SEO in 2021. This may give the impression backlinks are not in-vogue, wandering aimlessly in Myspace forgotten-land.

Not true ­– backlinks are alive and well.

Backlinks remain one of Google’s top three ranking factors. Link building and backlink maintenance will continue to be a part of a successful SEO strategy heading into 2021.

There are many reasons why backlinks aren’t dead in 2021.

‘Yes’ votes still count. Backlinks represent “votes” for specific pages, according to rankings for Google and other search engines like Bing, Baidu, and Yahoo. They’re a signal to search engines that other web pages “vouch” for your content. It makes sense that more backlinks equal pages with boosted organic search engine rankings. Linking one website to another is still perceived by Google as votes of confidence and authority. Well-earned backlinks coming from topically relevant, authoritative websites remain beneficial.

Public relations still benefit from backlinks. Backlink development from websites with high authority such as Search Engine Journal, Wine Enthusiast, and Forbes Magazine certainly isn’t a one-recipe-fits-all situation, and it may require some top-level groveling from the public relations department. Leveraging public relations is all about offsite SEO building in this case. You can build brand mentions through your business connections or become a source for bloggers and publication writers, for example. Provide value to clients you want a backlink from.

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More resources, more backlink potential. As resources grow, your resource backlinks must keep pace. Resource link building adds value to the audience by asking, “How can I help my audience?” Resources can change, expand, be modified, or even be eliminated. If you’re a private entity, think about relevant outside resources for your client, as well as the plethora of business associations in your local area that you might be able to network within.

Backlinks still establish relevance. With tons of websites competing for Google's top search results, it’s evolutionarily advantageous to stand out amongst “unverified” sources. Keep two qualities in mind. First, seek backlinks from quality, authoritative sites. The degree of technicality in your field can oftentimes dictate whether it’s a common-sense decision or one worth investing in researching. Second, seek backlinks with a solid contextual connection – there are more now than ever before with the wide variety of businesses springing up. Relevant backlinks aren’t easily attainable. Supercharging SEO strategy with the correct backlinks can start with identifying ways to earn these authoritative backlinks – think of human networking potential as a valuable backlink commodity.

Business-related services need backlinks. Many local businesses provide professional services that need backlinks. If you’re a business servicing the public with medical, legal, financial, engineering, or science-related services, having quality backlinks is important as your search results will likely be narrowed according to a specific field of expertise. Specificity demands specificity in this case. For example, a medical products manufacturer in Ventura, CA may have a very limited demographic scope of potential buyers keying in on “silicon-based medical products,” so the power of backlinks that connect relevant sources within that field is even more relevant today than ever.

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Backlink analytics can help you. Edging out the competition requires knowing the competition. A thorough analysis of your competition’s backlinks’ performance can offer key insight into how to adjust backlink strategy to match performance – or how not to make the same mistakes. Traffic analytics will remain a steadfast portion of the diet of every business looking to capitalize on organic website traffic from backlinks. Curious how to build backlinks with authority? Analyze competitors who do.

The fact of the matter is that it’s all interpretation, as the exact logarithmic equation of how Google ranks content is a moving and complex target. Despite what some may say to the contrary, most internet marketing experts agree that backlinks will remain a ranking factor you should pay attention to – at least for the near future. There also appears to be an overarching consensus pointing to original, quality long-format content as a driving force in backlink potency.

Read ‘em and weep: Backlinks aren’t dead, according to data collected from many authoritative online sources for SEO and SEM. Here are some statistics that speak to their importance:

By the numbers: Backlinks

  • 2% of content generates links from multiple websites (Backlinko)
  • 92% of respondents said links will be an algorithmic signal in five years (Aira)
  • 69% said links will be an algorithmic signal in 10 years (Aira)
  • 69% believe buying links can positively affect Google rankings (Aira)
  • 71% said Google still relies heavily on links for ranking (Aira)
  • 52% expect organic search engine ranks to stay constant in the future (Aira)
  • 77% said it takes 1-6 months to observe any changes in organic rankings after a link-building effort (Aira)

You have now heard the “why.” It’s time for the “how.” How exactly do you improve backlinks in 2021?

If backlinks aren’t dead, then it’s in your best interest to feed the monster. Be sure to stay up-to-date with SeoTuners’ blog for more information on how to improve your backlinks.

If you’ve seen The Walking Dead, you know Rick Grimes drove his friends to survive against all odds during the apocalyptic, zombie-infested cult classic. If you think about it, maybe Rick was onto something – maybe it is best to let backlinks walk amongst the living.

Contact a Google Premier Partner

Small, medium and large businesses alike can benefit from a thorough analysis of backlinks. At SeoTuners, we understand the difference between quality and quantity, and our custom link building and outreach approach can help you earn high page authority. Based in Ventura, Calif., SeoTuners is proud to also service the greater Los Angeles County area. Contact us today for a consultation at (877) 736-1112.

PPC Strategies to Try This Year

The big question is: What’s trending for pay-per-click (PPC) marketing in 2021?

Buzzwords abound – a mixed bag of digital marketing predictions like “better responsive search ads,” “more automation,” “search engine diversification” and “mobile focus” dot the internet.

With consumers increasingly shifting spending online amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to tweak your business’s PPC approach.

Fine-tuning your PPC strategy demands constant adjustment to changing market conditions, consumer trends, and Google directives. Surely you want top recognition amongst the 3.5 billion daily Google search queries. In an increasingly competitive world, squeezing the most out of your ad budget is a no-brainer. But with new PPC strategies emerging all the time, it can be difficult to know which are worth paying attention to.

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Here are 10 PPC strategies you can try in 2021:

Tip #1: Bolster Content


Compelling content means understanding your audience: not just their wants and needs, but also where they spend money and time.

Consumers are becoming increasingly cognizant of originality, as more and more businesses turn to online advertising. Custom-tailoring content to be more in sync with specific consumer preferences, geographic areas, and niches will help distinguish your place in the market. Call it hyper-specific targeting or getting to know your exact demographic even more precisely with niche messaging – but it can help separate you from the pack as the number of competitors increases. Either way, pausing in 2021 to research your audience can only help your content.

A wide variety of opportunities exist for content-boosting:

If you’re having difficulty generating original content, consider outsourcing to a contractor with a vested interest in the particular field you’re working with or the demographic you’re targeting.

Tip #2: Automate to Save Time & Money


While human input will still be required, automation of PPC functions for intelligence-gathering will likely gain a foothold in 2021.

Evidence suggests that one of the biggest trends for PPC advertising in 2021 will be automation and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to streamline search engine marketing efforts.

What this means for businesses is that digital marketing experts will have more time for building PPC strategies instead of sorting through heaps of data. Be sure to ask just how much automation could save your budget as well as free up time to check off the other important things on your to-do list.

Tip #3: Keep Customers and Community First


As communities rebuild from the pandemic, businesses are finding creative marketing efforts that dovetail into community-wide recovery. Putting customers and community first can be a shot in the arm for public relations, and you just might gain clients and the support of your fellow business community while doing so.

Tip #4: Sharpen Your Marketing Precision

Precision target marketing is likely to remain an effective persuasion technique, and it’s important to constantly be examining your customers’ needs. As times change, consumer demands can shift.

Part of the beauty in PPC campaigns is the ability to target specific audiences with messages that hit home. Try adapting your messaging to do more than just sell a product – sell an idea that’s uniquely in tune with the changing times and customer needs.

Tip #5: Refine Keywords

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Wordsmithing isn’t easy – but your business will thank you for it. Try refining your keyword list using the following suggestions:

  • Add to long-tail keywords
  • Edit/shorten short-tail keywords
  • Locate keywords with poor performance – and fix them
  • Modify bidding strategy on keywords
  • Expand your negative keyword list

Tip #6: Be Flexible

Flexibility is at the core of survival in the evolving digital marketing-sphere.

As Google is predicted to limit search query data, restrict cookie-tracking and shift toward machine learning and data in 2021, it’s important to maintain flexibility.

Flexibility embodies taking your hands off the reigns and letting the technology shine.

Your marketing rep may be guiding automated bidding in place of direct control, as well as shifting his or her emphasis toward search query patterns, not search terms. This could mean more quality time spent on big-picture marketing planning efforts and less minutia.

The take-home is to engage new technology while remaining aware that your PPC marketing approach will likely change in 2021 – and beyond.

Tip #7: Be a Smart Bidder

As manual bidding becomes a thing of the past, smart bidding is taking over as a new norm. This machine-controlled automated bidding system utilizes machines to optimize conversions, saving marketers time and money.

Consider taking advantage of this new technology so your digital marketing efforts can focus more on strategies like analytics and SEO. While it’s always nice to have your hands on the wheel in manual bidding, automated bidding is something to look forward to in 2021 as a potential time and resource-saver.

Tip #8: Stay Social

Social media isn’t going away anytime soon.

In fact, today around 7 in 10 Americans use social media to connect with one another, get their news, share information and entertain themselves, according to a Pew Research Institute study.

Look for the standard paid advertising fare of Facebook and Google to expand in 2021 to include cross-platform advertising across other main channels like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Keep a keen eye open for emerging social media platforms like TikTok, whose more than 700 million active users are only expected to skyrocket to 1.2 billion in 2021, according to Datarateportal.

Expanding your horizons to include a wider range of social media marketing channels can help focus energy on mapping consumer spending locations.

Tip #9: Plan for the Future

Digital marketing is constantly evolving, and it’s important to stay up-to-date. Set aside time to consult with your marketing experts or compile a list of to-do considerations heading into the new year.

Research efforts might include:

  • Building brand awareness
  • Video ad creation
  • Bumper video ad creation
  • Paid voice search advertising
  • Visual searching
  • Remarketing

Tip #10: Choose a Google Premier Partner

Google Premier Partners are best equipped to manage your online advertising and PPC campaigns. With a demonstrated knowledge in Google Ad accounts, premier partners have a proven, legitimate track record of meeting ad spend requirements, delivering agency and client revenue growth, and sustained client base growth.

Whether you’re a small business startup, nonprofit, entrepreneur or e-commerce retailer, leveraging the latest PPC strategies to your advantage could help save you time and money. SeoTuners can help. Call SeoTuners today for an affordable, personalized, and hands-on solution to your PPC strategies.

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3 Reasons You Should Have a Google Premier Partner

If you are trying to get your business more exposure by the most effective means, especially during the global pandemic, it’s no surprise that you will need to harness the marketing power of the internet. Having boosted ad campaigns on social media geared towards encouraging sales will reach your immediate followers, but this is truly just the tip of the iceberg. Below the surface, it’s no secret that businesses that successfully market online earn a great majority of their impressions through Google. But what isn’t as commonly known are the intricate inner workings of how Google operates. While you could spend hours doing research and watching the tutorial videos on how to take advantage of Google’s ad capabilities, it’s time-consuming and nearly impossible while trying to run a business.  And when you start looking for assistance with your online advertising, you’ll find that self-proclaimed AdWords expert are everywhere with bold claims like, “We help your Google Ads increase performance for better ROI and more leads, guaranteed.” How do you know which agencies are reputable and will be able to work within your budget to get the advertising results you need?

This is where Google Premier Partners come in. Google Premier Partners are certified experts that have demonstrated Google Ads skill and expertise, met Google ad spend requirements, delivered agency and client revenue growth, and sustained and grown its client base. Google only grants Premier status to the top 3% of participating agencies worldwide, and it’s no easy feat to attain. It’s the crème-de-la-crème in terms of platinum-level status; you simply can’t achieve any higher at this time.

What does this new mean for you? It means that if you are looking to hire an agency that will be able to deliver superior advertising campaigns that stretch every dollar of your budget, then you are going to want to strongly consider partnering with a certified Google Premier Partner.

Here are three reasons why:

  1. Money Well Spent

Ever thought you could tackle something on your own, tried it, and were left with disastrous results? This unfortunately is a common struggle with ambitious business owners who think that doing something themselves will save money. However, having a professional who has earned the Google Premier Badge will ultimately be money well spent, minus the headache. To earn this designation, Premier Partners must have over 50% of their team pass Google’s rigorous professional accreditation that includes certifications in Google Ads Search, Google Ads Display, Google Ads Video, Shopping ads, Google Ads Apps, and Google Ads Mobile optimization. Additionally, Google Premier Partners are required to stay current in the ever-changing digital landscape by going through this process and re-certifying every year. Only 3% of agencies on the planet carry the Premier status and we are one of them.

Whoever you choose as your Google Premier Partner should be able to deliver a strategy that meets your financial needs – and make the money you do spend go further.

  1. Superior Results

When investing in a Google AdWords campaign, knowing what keywords to leverage to encourage growth can be tricky. It’s important to be able to think like a potential client or customer when putting this word list together, but a Google Premier Partner will also know the subtle nuances and unexplored possibilities that can skyrocket the success of your campaign. Those who carry this coveted badge of certification know the best way to approach a new project and retrofit their techniques and experience to suit their client’s specific needs.

Just because a company has acquired this badge, though, does not mean you should trust them blindly. You still need to do your research and make sure that a Google Premier Partner has the right expertise and other qualifying features that fit with the specific needs of your business.  They should also display a current badge to show that they are up to date on all of their training and are still currently certified with the Google Partner program. Self-proclaimed AdWords experts are everywhere these days which is why it is important to work with a premier Google Partner for the best results.

  1. Upgraded Access

Google Premier Partners are the only tier with access to a dedicated account manager - essentially a direct line to Google. Selecting a Google Premier Partner agency gives advertisers advantages other agencies cannot provide, like access to Google representatives when customers have concerns. This direct communication line to Google-trusted and certified experts is only awarded to Premier members.  Need first-line support? Partners can respond to client inquiries and ascertain how to fix operational or technical problems.  You’ll have your own personal liaison to Google with quick turn-around times and personal services that you can’t get anywhere else, which means less stress for you and more time to focus on the other aspects of your business.

When choosing your professional team of experts, be sure to take note of the differences between a Google Partner and a Google Premier Partner. Premier Partners offer more capabilities in problem-solving and have a greater scope of expertise they offer. Premier Partners also have a full cache of benefits available with their special status, including access to Google’s annual Partner Summit, product training and certifications, sales training, community membership and product updates, executive business training, and much more. What that translates to is an agency that has the ability to educate themselves in the process of providing superior customer service. Google Partners can also be of service however be aware that they don’t have the same experience or access to the same level of benefits that a Premier Partner can offer.

SeoTuners is proud to have achieved and maintained the coveted Google Premier Partner status. As a Premier badge holder, you can be assured that SeoTuners has met Google’s highest standards for excellence while serving our clients across the greater Los Angeles and Ventura County areas. Contact us today to find an affordable solution to increase your exposure on Google and beyond with custom marketing strategies for your business.

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Stay on Top of the Online Shopping Boom

It seems like ages ago when the everyday shopper could casually stroll into a store and make a few purchases, but COVID-19 changed all of that. We’re now in a time where we have no choice but to rely on the internet for a variety of things, especially when it comes to shopping during stay-at-home orders. The pandemic has certainly brought its fair share of challenges to large and small businesses alike, but those who have been able to pivot and take their sales online have been able to find the silver lining of the shutdowns.  As a matter of fact, it’s estimated that a whopping 23% of retail businesses will have shifted onto the internet by 2023. The internet landscape is getting more crowded - and at an exceedingly fast rate. This means that there’s no time like the present to start focusing on strategies to make sure that your business stays at the top of the search engine results and ahead of the competition.

Here are 3 SEO methods that will help you stand out from the crowd:

  1. Know the Value of Keyword Research

Keyword research can feel like a long and boring task but it’s still one of the best places to start. Thinking in the mindset of your customers can change how your business reveals itself in Google’s results for the better. Plus, it’s actually a lot easier than you think. Like a hashtag, your keywords have a certain amount of weight assigned to them based on the number of monthly searches across the internet. The higher the monthly searches, the more likely your business will appear. The system is built on what is called ranking difficulty. While doing your research, you should also keep in mind that there are two types of keywords - body and long tail.

Body Keywords are 2-3 word phrases that receive a greater than normal attention of search volume. For example: “Green Mask”, “Ceramic Cup”, or “SEO Company”.

Long Tail Keywords are longer combinations of words that have the tendency to be sentences in the form of a question, that also receive a greater than normal attention to search volume. For example: “Where can I buy green masks?”, “Online stores that sell ceramic cups”, or “Where can I get SEO help in Thousand Oaks, CA?”.

When keywords can be separated into their own individual searches, they don’t provide many results - or at least, not the specific ones you’d hope for. However, when you combine them together into phrases or questions, they move up in the search rankings and are more likely to drive traffic to your website.

It’s also recommended that you utilize the different pages of your website and make sure each specific page has its own set of keywords. This way you can tap into a wider variety of search results and capture more tailored attention.

  1. Have A User-Friendly Website

When a potential customer clicks on a link in the search results and comes to a webpage that’s crowded and hard to navigate, they will quickly move on to something better within the same searches of your business’s niche. You don’t want to discourage your profit streams by having a confusing homepage. Help it make sense by building what’s called flat site architecture. Flat site architecture is a comprehensible approach to web building that allows your users to get to where they need to go in 4 clicks or less. Each page alone warrants its own SEO, exposing the amazing features of your business more directly.

When this type of design is applied, you’ll find that there is a natural authority that your website creates based on page usage and the volume of that use. This creates a user-friendly index that is easy to follow and encourages new users to explore the many things that make your business stand out. However, if you have pages that are several clicks away, you are more susceptible to losing customers – and revenue.

A common staple of flat site architecture is internal linking. Internal linking allows users to swiftly find what they need, whether it’s on another page or an outside resource; These can include downloadable documents as well. When your website isn’t internally linked, you can accidentally drive your customers off your website and to someone else’s.

  1. Make Your Site Mobile Friendly

2016 marked the year that mobile phones became a primary search tool. It was also the year that Google started to provide a positive bias in their SEO’s algorithms towards companies that made their online stores mobile-friendly. Mobile friendly design means a lot more than having smaller graphics that fit on a small screen, it also requires a greater page speed. With low attention spans, it’s understandable that 74% of users leave when a website takes over 5 seconds to load – no matter what size the screen is. To alleviate the risk of losing those customers, you can do things like minify coding on your site and leverage browser caching.

There are various resources on the internet to help minify code, whether your site is coded on Javascript or CSS. It is recommended to get a professional that specializes in web design coding to help you.

You may have experienced a leverage browser caching warning at various points of your site management. By tweaking your approach to this, your site will save previous encounters in the form of static copies in order to make the site faster to frequent shoppers.

Whether you are an online store entrepreneur or a small business owner managing their own site, maintaining a top spot in the search results has never been more important. Need help making sure your online business stands out from the crowds in the world of search engine rankings? SeoTuners can help! Call SeoTuners today for an affordable solution for your business to increase exposure with custom SEO strategies. We are confident that we have a solution for all of your business marketing needs.

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Making Google Fall For You This Valentine’s Day

Google is in relationships with multiple businesses. And while it isn’t necessarily picky, Google definitely plays favorites based on the clever keywords you choose, your online reputation, and of course the amount of time you spend with it. Google is the main object of our desire because it has the potential to bring us more than enough business to take our breath away. And while you could settle for other search engines, nothing quite compares to Google’s swoon-worthy capabilities. It can generate leads, improve your reputation, and ultimately funnel more money in your direction all at the same time. What’s not to love? This trifecta of benefits, however, only happens when you make it to the top results on Google’s search pages.

Here are five tips to follow to help beat out the competition to win over Google’s affection:

1) Harness the Power of Blogs

For starters, Google needs to get to know you. What are your interests? Who do you serve? What are your passions? These are questions that help Google figure out your personality to direct you to the right customers.  Blogs provide a way to answer those questions and provide a clear picture of the character of your business. And don’t forget to add pictures. Who wouldn’t fall in love with your facilities, colleagues, and services in action? But the beauty from within, driven by your literary content, makes all the difference. Think of your business blogs like a love letter. The very words you use become the tags that can drive your company to the top of the searches.

Google wants to know if you’re an authority in your field, if you have a community of people interested in your niche, and what experience you’ve had helping your clientele. Don’t be intimidated if you’re company is just starting out, Google will always welcome your blogs whether your business is old or new.

2) Aim for the Local 3-Pack

Finding a match can be hard, especially if your potential suitors can’t figure out exactly where you’re located. The one thing Google and businesses have in common is that they both know the importance of location, location, location. In order to court Google properly and make it into the coveted top 3 list, otherwise knows as the Local 3-Pack, make sure that your Google My Business page has accurate information, includes photos of your business, and has recent customer reviews. While there are no guarantees, doing these things will certainly help attract Google’s roving eye.

And once you’ve become a part of Google’s local 3 pack, customers will be able to easily find you, greatly increasing your chance for a successful match.

3) Woo With the Right Words

In order to impress the classy tastes of Google, you have to be willing to spend money on them. Investing in the benefits of Google AdWords is a true item of commitment, so what words should you use to get this relationship off the ground?. Thinking in the mindset of the customer avatar you’re trying to attract is essential for making this affectionate gesture worthwhile. Keep in mind that adwords should be created in the form of a question since that is generally how users seek search engine help. One of the ways Google has adapted throughout the years is by putting their users needs and process of thought into consideration. This is especially important for your business needs. This type of virtual relationship with Google allows your business to be found by any prospect, even if they weren’t directly looking for your particular business. All of this to say, don’t cheapen your relationship with Google by missing this essential step. The minute your company owns those adwords, the number of clicks to your business’s website will send positive results your way.

Build Trust

Trust is not a word to be taken for granted. Google has had some trust issues with relationships in the past, so they developed an algorithm to make sure they can have confidence in your business. Creating your profile, serving customers in your network, and paying for the advertising is one thing, but the bigger step to establishing trust is to regularly update your content. Use pictures and videos to show your team, location, personality, clientele, and more, and Google images will work in your favor. This is especially crucial if you’re a small business. By consistently building up your relevant and unique content, your company’s reputation for successful activity will sell itself, leading to a higher ranking in the search results.

Analyze Your Relationship

Once you and Google have been going steady for a while, it’s time to take a closer look at your relationship to see if there is any room for improvement.  Google Analytics can help you do just that. It’s a very effective tool in Google’s arsenal that tracks data about the way visitors both find and use your website. It is a treasure trove of analytical information that can help you make the most of things like keyword optimization and fine-tuning your website. Using Google Analytics helps them and helps you – so it’s a mutually beneficial part of your relationship that’s definitely worth diving into.

No matter what your business’s current relationship status might be with Google, as these five tips show, there is always room for improvement.  Looking for some help wooing your way to the top of Google’s list? Call SeoTuners today for an affordable solution for your business to increase exposure with custom SEO strategies.  We are confident that we can help cultivate your relationship with Google, as well as customize services to assist with all of your business marketing needs.

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Global Clutch Leader

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We are very proud to announce that our company was able to snag a place on  Clutch’s global leaders’ list. Our team is very excited about the award and the opportunity to showcase our amazing SEO services to the rest of the world!

First of all, we would like to thank Clutch for the stellar award. We are truly grateful for this recognition! You can expect the same energy for every project that we currently handle and for future projects that we are going to take on. 

If you don’t know what Clutch is, well, they are a ratings and reviews platform that provides amazing information in the B2B market. They also help companies like us connect with businesses and enterprises. 

Being named a Global Leader means a lot for us. All we wanted to do is deliver great SEO. As we frequently mention, we are not one of those agencies that are the jack of all trades and master of none type. We are a company that knows SEO and we can confidently say that we are good at it.

Furthermore, we would also like to take this opportunity to say our deepest gratitude and thank yous to all those people that made this happened. To our valued customers and clients, thanks for sharing your awesome experience with us. This award wouldn’t be possible without your help and support.

Lastly, we would like to say that it doesn’t stop here! Our company will continue to push for better services in the future.

Are you interested in working with us? Give our office a call! Let’s start working together to reach your goals.

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Why Branded Keywords Matter

We’ve all heard of keywords and know they play an important part in search engine optimization (SEO) and a website's ranking. Monitoring your keywords provides a wealth of information and opportunity for fine-tuning your marketing campaigns.  However, there is a specific type of keyword that often gets overlooked: branded keywords.

While we all know the importance of @mentions and branded hashtags in the social media universe, did you know that branded keywords can also have a similar impact? While this type of keyword seems to fly under the radar, here are several reasons why they should be getting some undivided attention as a crucial tool in climbing the Google ranking ladder.

What is a Branded Keyword?

In order to understand their importance, you have to know what a branded keyword actually is and what sets it apart. Words or phrases that are directly related to your brand, product, or service are considered branded. One key aspect of these types of words is the fact that they are discoverable through social media as well as search engines. There are some common branded keyword types that you might recognize when browsing the Internet:

  1. Brand names

We’ve all seen these out in the wild. Take these brand names for example:

“Google”

“Wal-Mart”

“Target”

Sounds familiar right? These are obvious and distinguished brand names that will be prevalent in search results. It is important to note, however, the difference between branded keywords, hashtags, and mentions.

If someone tweets the word “Google” this represents a branded keyword. Tagging @Google in a tweet would be considered a mention while using #Google would be an example of a hashtag.

  1. Product Names

These keywords may not be as popular but can be extremely effective if used properly. Product names, also known as product lines, mention a specific product, service, or brand. The most recognizable example of a product name comes from McDonald’s, with terms such as “McRib” or “McDouble”. This gives their product a sense of identity. When people think of these specific items on the menu, they will instantly associate them with the McDonald’s brand.

Some other examples include:

  • Beefy 5-Layer Burrito (Taco Bell)
  • Double-Double (In-n-Out Burger)
  • Geek Squad (Best Buy)

There are also examples that include the company’s name along with the product. These are very easy to notice as seen in these examples:

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Samsung Galaxy
  1. Intentional Misspellings or Name Variation

You might wonder, why would a company misspell a word on purpose? Well, it’s surprisingly useful when applied in the correct situation. People tend to remember the spelling of these brands due to their uniqueness.

The term “Camelpak” (camel pack) has gained great popularity due to its unusual name. There are many people who will likely associate their products with camping or hiking due to this piece of branding. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts used alliteration to their advantage as they adjusted their brand name to something more distinguishable. This gives the company an opportunity to separate their products from the word “doughnut”.

There is a deeper meaning to these misspelled names, however, as their SEO potential increases greatly because of their special names. In the race to get a unique domain name, these highly-identifiable brand names shoot to the top of the search result rankings. Think about it, customers will likely search “Camelpak” due to its convenience instead of “hiking backpack”.

Why do Branded Keywords Matter?

A few of the examples above have shown the clear effectiveness of branded keywords, but there are more reasons why you should make the most of these distinguished terms.

Increased Potential for Meaningful Customer Interactions and Support

The reason why many companies look past branded keywords is that the business does not receive a notification when someone searches their name, unlike a mention or hashtag on social media.

By optimizing your keywords, you can find more avenues to interact with your customers, even if they have failed to tag or @mention your company. By keeping track of related keywords, you’ll be able to track the activity of your customers with more proficiency.

More In-Depth Analysis

Tracking your keywords and interactions more closely can help you see how you are stacking up against your competition. Once again, not everyone is going to tag your company, so it is important to monitor these keywords to receive true feedback.

This can also give you an idea of your competitor’s ad strategies. In fact, sometimes potential customers will directly search for competitors. For example, a customer might search for “[brand name] competitors” if they are not currently satisfied with their product. Doing this for your company is a good way to measure where your company ranks amongst the competition.

Better Understanding

Overall, these branded keywords will give your company the opportunity to market your brand while monitoring your effect on your consumer base. Taking an in-depth look at your customer’s experience with your product or service can be particularly helpful in your business’s attempt to grow. Branded keywords give your company the knowledge needed to have SEO success going forward.

Don’t make the mistake of overlooking the potential that branded keywords can offer. By making them a priority in your marketing plan, you will be sure to gain a competitive advantage that results in improvements in both brand awareness and sales.

Need help with harnessing the power of your branded keywords or improving your website’s search traffic? Call SeoTuners today for an affordable solution for your business to increase exposure with custom SEO strategies. We are confident that we have a solution for all of your business marketing needs.

 

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Five Reasons Your Website Isn’t Ranking

Building a successful website is not always as easy as it looks. Creating a good-looking home page and organizing all of your information on your site is a solid starting point, but sometimes that Google ranking just won’t move in your favor. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as simple as “if you build it, they will come”. In reality, it can be quite complicated to improve your rank on Google, and there may be things you are inadvertently doing that are having a negative effect on where you currently stand.

Why does my website need to be ranked?

In the ever-changing digital world, the importance of a high Google ranking has only increased. More companies are prioritizing the Internet to market their services, which makes gaining an advantage on the most popular search engine the key to success online. This is how your company can separate itself from the competition and get more eyes on your beautifully designed webpages. The majority of clicks come from the highest-ranked search results, so optimizing your keywords and content correctly will bring your website to the forefront. Understanding and taking advantage of a higher Google ranking will inevitably result in more business growth.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the reason your website might not be achieving the ranking results you desire:

  1. You’re Just Getting Started

Maybe you’ve recently launched a new website and you’re wondering why it hasn’t had a great deal of success yet. Rather than be alarmed, remember to have some patience in the beginning. Search engine optimization (SEO) takes time to develop – it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s likely that the algorithms Google uses have not noticed the validity of your site yet. Google also goes through a filtering process for new websites, as they make sure they are evaluated and examined thoroughly before they are fully validated. This process is called the Google Sandbox.

This period in the sandbox can last three to six months, so there is no need to worry if your website is still young. The best way to approach this situation is to produce the best content possible and to begin creating an effective SEO strategy for the future so that when you’re out of the sandbox, you’re raring to go!

  1. Your Main Keywords are Too Competitive

In some situations, it can be helpful to target broad keywords that show up in a variety of search results. However, if you’re a new company, you may need to be more specific to reach your target audience. For example, a new hair salon that tries to rank for “hair cuts” will struggle to show up in most users’ search results. It will take years of hard work to capitalize on this type of keyword optimization.

A much better approach to this situation would involve long-tail keywords or terms that are specific to your region. A hair salon might try for a search term such as “best hair salons near Thousand Oaks” to reach their target audience more efficiently. Optimizing your keywords specifically for your area is crucial for new or smaller businesses looking to improve their Google ranking.

  1. Your Pages are Loading Too Slowly

Now, this could be a big one. Keeping your visitors happy with a user-friendly website is vital because if they have a poor experience, it will shorten the amount of time they spend on your site. Google will notice the short retention times, which could serve as a huge detriment to your online ranking. Try comparing your site’s speed to your competitors by using something like Google Site Speed Test, which is easy to do and will help you see what you’re up against in this area.  While this component of SEO seems very simple, it’s essential to successful ranking.

  1. Make Sure Your Website is Indexed

If you are not familiar with website indexing, it’s time to learn. Indexing is the process of using keywords and metadata to allow for a more useful vocabulary on the Internet for on-site searching. Improper indexing or completely missing this step is a common mistake that almost always leads to poor search engine ranking. A website must be indexed to appear in Google’s search results. If your website is not indexed, there is no way for Google to know that your site even exists.

First, check to see if your website has already been indexed by searching “site:yourdomain.com” in Google. If Google has already crawled your website, you’ll see a list of results that are similar to your domain name. If you don’t get any results, then your site has not been properly indexed yet.

Next, you’ll want to install and set up Google Analytics and Search Console. Google Analytics is a brilliant tool that measures statistics about your website such as visitors, time spent, pages visited, and more. Google Search Console gives you the opportunity to monitor the different components of your site such as recent crawling data or any issues that may arise. Want to dive in deeper? Follow these steps to get started and make sure your website is indexed the right way so it can be found and move up the Google rankings. 

  1. Your Competition is Strong

 Your company is likely not the only one who is looking to improve its search engine ranking. You are not competing against Google and its algorithms, but also your immediate competitors.  They, too, are constantly trying to climb the ladder and become the company that pops up in the search results most often. Take note of the best practices that your competitors are utilizing and stay up-to-date with the most effective SEO methods to smash your competition.

If you’re interested in improving your website’s SEO ranking, contact us today.

SeoTuners offers affordable local SEO packages for your business and your budget. We are confident that we have a solution for all your business marketing needs.

 

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The Importance of SEO for Treatment Centers

Marketing your treatment facility is very important for reaching clients who need your help in treating their addictions. Handling the technical aspects of SEO (search engine optimization) should become a priority for your company in order to improve your online ranking. SEO plays a larger role than one may think when it comes to the digital marketing aspect of your facility. Let’s take a look at why optimizing keywords should be a priority for drug rehab centers.

Keywords

Keywords are central to the success of SEO optimization and extremely vital to content marketing. When an individual reaches out for help, they will often turn to the internet to search for their rehabilitation options. Common search terms may include “relief for drug use” or “rehab centers”. Various search engines will refer this individual to the most relevant and popular resources. As a treatment center for drug rehabilitation, it's imperative to make sure these keywords are prevalent in your online content. We have a very dedicated SEO team who is committed to getting your company’s Google ranking to the top of the food chain. We want your content to do its job by finding its way to the forefront of the consumers’ search results.

Long-tail keywords can also be very effective for your website’s search engine ranking. These are keywords that are quite specific and have the ability to find their way into detailed search queries. These are not always commonly searched terms, but their uniqueness allows them to separate from the competition. They also have the added benefit of higher conversion rates. This will increase the chance your website shows up in more informational searches, where your detailed webpages can really shine.

Finding good long-tail keywords can be very simple. Type in a few words to the Google search bar and see the recommended search items you receive. This serves as a perfect example of what to strive for in your keywords.

Content, Content, Content

Optimizing content with relevant keywords and research is another very important aspect of improving your SEO ranking because this is where you can make the most of your analysis. However, the quality of your content is the most important part of this process. Your content must be engaging and attention-grabbing to draw your target audience to the services offered by your treatment center. Also, creating a variety of content helps your website appear in many different searches, which is the ultimate goal of SEO optimization. Find the relevant topics that your market demographic will search for and create a plethora of interesting content to bring people to your webpages.

Point Them in the Right Direction

Creating great content is very helpful when it comes to building interest, but SEO experts can get people in your area headed in your direction. These experts can rank your treatment center in a particular area, making sure your webpages contain the correct city and region names. They can also offer services to help optimize your directories to ensure that your business is showing up in the common directories such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. By keeping this information up-to-date and consistent, your treatment center will be easy to find.

Know Your Audience

The common audience associated with those searching for treatment facilities include:

  • Parents
  • Children of addicts
  • Those who have loved ones in need of professional help
  • Teachers, mentors, and school administrators
  • People struggling with addiction
  • Those currently in the recovery process

The content you create should cater to this specific audience and be broad enough to reach all possible connections. Featuring important information for friends and family will create more traffic on your website and help those in need to get the assistance they deserve. Delivering content that gives people an opportunity to celebrate recovery is also a good idea.

Showing that your treatment center offers services for various types of addiction will also drive more people towards your site. An innovative technique would be to display dedicated pages for different drugs, opioids, and alcohol so visitors can find specific information and resources featured on your site. This helps create a sense of personalization on your website, which should be a main goal to achieve peak optimization.

Improved User Experience

We always want our users to have a good experience when browsing our website, no matter the target demographic. Your website update plan should involve the improvement of content, graphics, and design practices to make sure all visitors are reaching your pages as quickly and easily as possible. People want their information quickly, so making your services easily available is necessary to stay ahead of the game.

By improving the user-friendliness of your site, your search engine ranking will soar towards the top. It's easy for Google to track when users visit a site and when they click away. If they see that users are constantly clicking away from your site, that isn't good news for your Google ranking. Making your content easily accessible is vital to your website’s success.

By choosing SeoTuners for your SEO marketing, your treatment facility will get the attention it deserves. We truly value our clients and the good they are doing to help people in our community fight their addictions.

Our team understands that each treatment center is unique, and we’ll be sure to reflect this in your content. Our SEO strategists are comfortable writing about co-occurring disorders, integrative treatment options, relapse prevention, and aftercare. We feel that being aware of these small but pertinent details will allow us to deliver truly personalized results to our valued clients.

Call SeoTuners to learn more about our SEO process for drug rehab centers and how we plan to get you to the top of the search results!