Restoration owners are incredibly busy people.
While many restoration owners I chat with recognize search engine optimization (SEO) as an important marketing tactic, most don’t have the knowledge or bandwidth to execute everything that needs to be done to optimize their website for search. At the same time, many contractors I have spoken with have limited digital marketing budgets.
There are three key reasons SEO is so important:
First, 46% of all Google searches are looking for local information (Source: GoGulf). If you’re trying to reach customers in your area, SEO is important because it enables them to find you first.
Second, 97% of people learn more about a local small business online than anywhere else (Source: SEO Tribunal). People are searching for your services, and your website is the place where they will look first. That’s why it’s important to show up on the terms they use.
Third, “Near me” type searches grew by more than 900% over two years (Source: Chat Meter). This is another important reason to optimize your local search efforts. People are looking for small businesses in the area.
Now that you know what SEO can mean for the growth of your business, what’s the first step you should take? SEO can seem overwhelming, but consider these 6 Tips To Maximize SEO!
1. Build Your Website With SEO Best Practices
One reason restoration contractors struggle with SEO is because their website isn’t built with search in mind. Sure, your website might look good, but if it’s not structured correctly, you can lose out on a significant amount of search traffic.
When building your website, it’s important to create it with a solid website structure so search engines can properly crawl and index your web pages. If your website is already created, take time to look at your website with fresh eyes and make sure it has a logical structure. Start at your homepage and see if you can logically find — and navigate to — all your important pages quickly and easily.
Be sure to clean up any broken (404) pages that don’t work anymore. Such links are bad because they waste “link equity.“ That effectively means that votes (links) to your site aren’t counted because they lead to a dead end.
It’s also important to make sure your website is mobile-friendly. Not only does a mobile-responsive website improve the user experience, but it also contributes to your SEO ranking.
2. Prioritize Keywords
Keyword research is the second most important key to creating an effective SEO content strategy. You want to make sure your website is ranking for the search phrases that people use. The higher your business website ranks for relevant keywords and phrases, the more likely you are to be discovered by relevant customers searching for your products, services, or relevant topics on the search engines.
3. Optimize The Metadata For Your Pages
The next step for search engine optimization is to make sure all of your primary landing pages are optimized for the keywords you discovered. In other words, you must optimize your titles, meta descriptions, and body content for each page. Every page on your website needs a unique meta description and title. It’s also important that your metadata description doesn’t exceed the length at which Google begins to truncate them in the search results and entices users to click-through to your site.
4. Create A Content Strategy, Content, & A Calendar!
Content is another important leg that keeps your SEO still standing. You can climb up with good SEO and content marketing, but it has to be consistent. You can’t just publish a blog post every once in a while and hope traffic pops up. You need to show Google you have authority in an area by publishing consistent content around a precise range of related keywords and topics. Before embarking on an SEO campaign, it’s important to spend time building out a calendar for at least six months worth of content.
5. Build Authority For Your Website By Creating Various Backlinks
Backlinks are another important factor for SEO. Essentially, backlinks are other places that hyperlink back to your website. Within your website, you can leverage backlinks by hyperlinking back to a previous blog post or sharing links to specific products or services.
But the real value of backlinks come from outside sources. Local directories can be a great source of backlinks to your website—provided they’re also reputable directories. Events are another great way to link back to your website.
Sharing your content on social media can also lead to backlinks.
6. Use Your Google My Business Page
It’s incredibly simple to set up your Google My Business page and it can make a big impact. You should leverage every element of Google My Business pages to your advantage — images, videos, Q&A, reviews, and posts you publish.
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