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5 Top Tips for Designing a Small Business Website

small business websitePlanning to launch a new website for your business? There’s a lot to con­sider when designing a small business website. Have you thought about how its design may affect vis­ib­ility on Google or how people per­ceive your business?

Gone are the days where a free Geo­cities or Word­Press tem­plate could do the job for you.

The com­pet­ition is tighter now, with 71% of small busi­nesses already oper­ating a website of their own. Your site has to stand out amidst the sea of com­pet­itors. Get started the right way with these 5 top tips to create a good small business website:

1 .On-Site SEO is a Must

First and foremost, keep Search Engine Optim­iz­ation a pri­ority for everything you do on your site. Whether it’s designing how the site looks to the content you post on the pages and blog, SEO should be a part of the design philo­sophy.… Read the rest

How SEO Helps Your Business Grow

Search engine optim­iz­ation (SEO) is a digital mar­keting strategy that brings vis­itors to web­sites. It helps busi­nesses by increasing website traffic in an organic (unpaid) way. However, it keeps evolving, so it can be hard for stake­holders to keep up with the many updates. That can be frus­trating for those who rely on Google’s traffic to drive sales, so hope­fully the SEO infographic below will help.

SEO is also a huge topic. Factors that affect search pos­i­tioning include the quality of back­links and content, SSL security, page speed, click-through-rate, and more. However, one factor that remains con­stant is the extra value that cus­tomers bring when they find your business via organic search.

Vis­itors from unpaid, organic search are act­ively looking for what you provide.… Read the rest

Expert SEO Advice for Free!

Expert SEO adviceSearch Engine Optim­isation can make a big dif­ference to your bottom line, but as I’ve men­tioned on my SEO Plans page, it isn’t rocket science. Some of it can be quite tech­nical or labour intensive, but with expert SEO advice, a bit of DIY can make useful pro­gress on the basics.

The trouble is, there are a lot of factors affecting your site’s search pos­i­tioning, so even expert SEO advice will vary from one site to another. So, you need the right tools to identify which bits need work in your case.

That’s where my new SEO Audit Tool comes in. Think of it as your own auto­mated SEO expert. Give it a page URL to scan, and within a few seconds, you’ll have a nice report showing you what you need to work on.… Read the rest

5 Signs You Need A Local SEO Expert

Do you need a local SEO expert?Most business owners know that SEO is important. An estimated 80 – 90% of con­sumers check online before buying a product. So if you aren’t doing SEO right, you’re leaving money on the table and it would pay to get some reliable, expert advice. If you have local cus­tomers though, what you really need is a local SEO expert.

That doesn’t just mean an SEO expert in your area. It means someone who knows how to optimise a site for search terms that include loc­ation inform­ation. Like “yoga Newport” for instance (a key term for this client), or the even more com­pet­itive, “web design Newport”.

Why Local SEO?

For many busi­nesses, local SEO can be more effective than general, or “national” SEO. That’s espe­cially true for SMEs, because lots of us serve spe­cific areas.… Read the rest

SEO — Details Matter

SEO Details MatterIn SEO, details matter. In fact, success with Search Engine Optim­isation is largely built on two simple things — per­severance and attention to detail. The trick, of course, is to know which SEO details to pay attention to. A recent event reminded me of this, and happens to illus­trate a couple of basic prin­ciples of SEO, so I thought I’d pass it on.

An Unavoidable Upset

First, a bit of back­ground. As I’m a web designer based in Newport, Wales, you might expect me to get traffic from searches for “web design Newport” — and you’d be right. I like to be on Google’s front page for that search, and often am.

Still, you may also imagine that I’d be com­peting with web designers from every “Newport” in the world for that phrase, many of whom know a bit about SEO, too.… Read the rest