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This is a very basic post about SEO offering tips to small business owners and a video that explains what SEO is in a very simple way so that anyone can understand it.
As a small business owner, you have most likely hear the term SEO – but do you really understand what it is?
You may have an SEO strategy in place and be using at least some recommended SEO techniques.
But are you aware of the real value of SEO to businesses, particularly small business like yours?
SEO is a powerful tool, which, if used effectively on a consistent basis, can provide immense benefits to your business.
Real Value of SEO to Small Businesses
SEO is incredibly valuable to your small business in the following areas:
SEO Helps Attract Local Customers
When people search for a product or service, they usually want a local store or service provider. “Google Places” is an SEO tool that considers your business location to be a critical factor in determining the result rank of your website. You can use your optimized Google Places page to provide essential information about your business and also mention your contact details.
Another SEO technique to help attract local customers is the inclusion of location in keyword phrases you target. Instead of opting for “Cardiologist” as your keyword phrase, choose “cardiologist in ABCtown”. This keyword has lesser competition than “cardiologist” and people who use such a specific keyword are seriously looking for this service in the said area. Thus SEO helps you attract more local customers, which is your desired target.
Increases Awareness of Your Business
It is a basic rule of business that awareness increases chances of sale. People are unlikely to even consider your products or services, if they are unaware of your existence. SEO ensures that your website attains top ranking in the Search Engine Results Page, enhancing your visibility and generating greater traffic for your site.
The most effective SEO tool to achieve this is your choice of keywords. Choose effective keywords and use them at an appropriate density throughout your content.
Reduces Expenditure on Promotions
Advertising in traditional media like newspapers, television commercials, or radio spots is expensive and may not be sustainable for a small business. It is a good idea to use your website as an advertising tool. Web hosting companies allow you to create Flash enabled interactive content on your site at nominal rates. Any special deals or discounts that you wish to promote can be part of your website content.
If your website is suitably optimized for search engines, it will draw relevant traffic and get the message across to your target audience. Thus, SEO allows you to reduce advertising and promotional expenditure without compromising on the reach of your message.
Importance of Consistent SEO Efforts
In any intensely competitive online marketing scenario, search engine rankings change rapidly. Constantly monitor your rankings and tweak the SEO inputs adequately to maintain consistent high rankings. Sometimes a drastic change in SEO strategy may be needed, but do it.
Over a period of time as your website consistently appears on the top while people search for information relevant to your product and service, you gain a reputation as an expert in that niche. And this definitely is beneficial to your business.
We would like to close this post with a short Search Engine Optimization video from our partner CommonCraft introducing you to the basic elements that make your website attractive to search engines.