A content production schedule, what’s that? Even if you do not blog and pay a service to blog for you, or if you don’t blog at all, a content production schedule is key to improving your organic search placement over time.
Start first by evaluating your important traffic generating keywords
You can typically identify the top keywords for your website by reviewing what generates the most leads for you in Google AdWords or by pouring over your Google Analytics statistics.
Take time to build website or blog content that speaks to these important topics
If you convert on a particular keyword phrase, make sure you are using it in your content or build out new website content to specifically address these phrases. If you blog, consider using those important keywords in your blog posts.
Monitor your organic placement on your target terms
To see if you are moving up organically on your chosen terms focus for a full 30 days on building 12 blog posts or three website pages over 1,000 words each that speak to the phrase you are evaluating.
Make sure to measure placement before and at the 30 day mark. You may need another 30 to 90 days of hitting those same terms before you will start to see movement.
Plan your content ahead 30 days out
After you have evaluated your placement. Start a spreadsheet and create your page content or blog post titles that are keyword dense and then schedule time or have your writer create interesting informational articles that speak to these topics.
If you need help with a blog writing strategy for your website to boost your organic placement, make sure to visit our website to find out how we can help you with a content strategy that works.
Want to move up in organic (unpaid) website placement? Want to drop your ad spend in AdWords? You can if you stop doing these three things.
Taking no action on website reporting and analytics
It is great to evaluate your website, and every business owner should have an eye on Google Analytics and an organic placement reporting program, but you kill your ability to move up if you don’t take action from the data.
Not regularly blogging or building website content
You cannot move forward and improve your website placement if you are not building keyword effective content. If you are tired of your current placement, think you spend too much on AdWords, it is important to be doing something about the issue and the resolution would be content building.
Not getting the expert or consulting help you need
There is no reason to say, I cannot understand the reports, I cannot improve my organic placement. Paid consultants are expert help to plan a roadmap for your strategy and in many cases can even enact and monitor the plan. Many consultants like myself allow you to decide the hours of time you want to invest in services. If you ask me to help and you have candidly expressed your budget needs or issues, I am happy to create a plan that allows you to focus on things that really help move your site forward first and prioritize what you should do when you have the time or money.
Don’t just gripe or think things cannot change, get busy with a plan and professional help to turn things around and work towards the long term goal of organic placement improvement.
I invite you to visit my website to find out more about the web visibility services we provide at McCord Web Services. I think you will find us easy to work with and extremely knowledgeable.
I had a colleague contact me about a prospect the other day. They said their long time client wanted to promote a new service but they did not want to do pay per click, maybe remarketing or social media instead.
The prospective customer told me he had a new seasonal repair program for his business and wanted to get the word out and get his phone to ring for bookings – like now!
In my honest opinion as a internet marketing and web visibility expert pay per click using Google AdWords is the best way to promote a new service of this nature. Here’s why…
When you have a short time period to get results, AdWords delivers immediately. Social media promotion will depend on the size of your fan base. There’s no purpose posting a promo to Facebook and hoping to get results if you have 10 followers! Now Facebook pay per click may be an option and a good one for some prospects, but never drive traffic to your Facebook page – rather drive traffic to your website.
When you need to get the word out fast, AdWords delivers. Blog posting, social media postings are great but build slow organic momentum. I do not consider either strong and immediate lead generators.
Remarketing is great for most businesses, but not for immediate returns. But, remarketing IS an AdWords product and USES a pay per click model. It may take some prospects a week to build the 100 cookie list that is needed to show ads and for others it may take more than 30 days.
If you have less traffic you will not get an immediate response in fact ads won’t even show until you have the right number of cookies. Also remember even remarketing competes in the AdWords auction, your bid has to be high enough to get Display Network placement with Google.
For the majority of prospective customers, AdWords is the best fit for immediate lead generation. If you want to chat about your needs, I encourage you to visit our website to review our pricing and program and then give me a call to chat about your needs.
Many legacy website owners are now looking at upgrading their websites to leverage new technologies but what type of site should you consider as you weigh your options?
WordPress Websites Pros and Cons
I have a love/hate relationship with WordPress. I love the power and adaptability. I love the free plugins, but I hate the security problems and I hate the lack of really fine control both for SEO use and for image placements.
If a client decides that they want to do their own content updates, WordPress is perfect for them, but at a cost.
If a client does not buy a security monitoring service like WordFence or SiteLock, they may leave their expensive new website open to becoming hacked and banned on Google (until remediated from a hack).
Being secure costs money and WordPress is not a set it and forget it application. Be prepared if you decide to do your own updates that you need security software and need to do your own weekly site updates to keep WordPress secure.
HTML Websites Pros and Cons
For clients that are never going to do their own updates and do not need special plugin features from WordPress, I love a regular HTML version website. I love the control of page and image naming, the ability to have total control over site architecture, and the security of knowing that hackers do not typically use HTML websites as a platform to spew spam or malware.
HTML websites do not need regular security review, analysis and monitoring as WordPress sites do. But as technology changes they typically should be replaced about every five years.
If you need help with a SEO focused information-rich website for your service business and are not using ecommerce, pick up the phone and chat with me about your needs at 540-693-0385. I’d be glad to let you candidly know if our services would be a good match for your needs.
Remarketing is an important tool that is easy to set up in Google AdWords. However, make sure you understand some details before you do set up.
Some accounts will never be able to run remarketing programs. If you are in some types of insurance (workman’s comp) and are a physician, you may not be able due to privacy and sensitivity be eligible to use remarketing in AdWords.
If you cannot install the code on your website or don’t know how, use the remarketing feature from within Google Analytics to set your audience and then flow the data into AdWords by linking Analytics to AdWords.
Once your cookie set list hits 100 ads are eligible to show in the Display network. You’ve got to be at 1,000 cookies to show remarketing ads in search.
When you do set up and select the remarketing list, make sure to uncheck the box that allows “Targeting Optimization” which means that Google will show ads to more people than who actually have the cookie from your website. This last step keeps you bidding only on real remarketing not extended exposure in the Display Network which may bleed off cash from your program.
Take the extra time to link your Google Analytics account to your Google AdWords account and get the added bonus of being able to flow in Google Analytics Goals as conversions or valuable actions into Google AdWords.
Here’s what I do for many of my clients.
Once I have administrative Analytics access, I will set up Goals in the account. I like 3+ minutes on the site for duration and 3+ pages for pages viewed. If Analytics is properly linked to the AdWords Account in moments you can see these Goals in AdWords.
Go to AdWords then Tools. Select Conversions from the drop down, on the left sidebar select Google Analytics. You’ll be able to see your brand new goals. Choose which to import and then update in the conversion screen that opens whether you will include them in the conversions column for the account or not.
For accounts that are having challenges with conversions creating goals of valuable actions can give you another metric to consider as you evaluate if AdWords is working to drive valuable site traffic.
Here are some of the goals I like to use:
Views of the scheduling app for appointments
Downloads of an ebook
Downloads of the tuition cost
View of the business address and email if there is no contact form