For most search engines, backlinks are the ultimate ranking factor. Traffic to your site is directly related to the quality of the backlinks your website has. Ultimately the greater number of authoritative websites that link to you, the better rankings and traffic you’ll get. It’s always important to remember the power of Google rankings. When you surf the web, Google analyses your websites backlinks to understand how your pages are connected to one another and in what way.
Remember Search Engine Optimising (SEO) is a long-term game. To improve your site's ranking (SEO) we’ve made a list ‘10 Ways to Improve SEO’. Follow these suggestions and watch your website rise the ranks to the top of search-engine results.
- Publish relevant content
Quality content is the number one driver for your search engine rankings, and simply put there is no greater substitute for great content. When you create quality content specifically for your intended users, site traffic increases, which leads to an improvement in your site’s authority and relevance. For each page identify and target a specific keyword phrase and repeat this keyword phrase several times throughout the page.
- Update your content regularly
In addition to publishing relevant content, aim to update your content regularly. Remember search engines feel strongly about content. Regularly updated content is viewed as one of the best indicators of a site's relevancy, so be sure to keep it fresh. Review your content on a regular basis and make any necessary updates as needed.
- Boost pages with internal links
Internal links are links from one page on the same domain to another. When internal links are used strategically, they can significantly boost the performance of pages in search engines because internal links support the flow of PageRank around your site. In simple terms, the more internal links your page has the higher its PageRank, which is important considering PageRank is a confirmed Google ranking factor.
- Refresh content with diminishing traffic
Aim to complete regular content audits of your page. If you notice that organic traffic to one of your pages is decreasing, consider updating the content. Remember updating content doesn’t always mean rewriting the entire page. It comes down to your target keywords and their competition. Quite often all you need to do is refresh the outdated sections.
- Focus on metadata
When designing your website, each page contains a space between the <head> tags to insert metadata, or information about the contents of your page. The most important type of metadata is ‘title metadata’. This metadata is responsible for the page titles displayed at the top of a browser window and as the headline within search engine results. In terms of a good meta description aim to include generally two full sentences.
- Use ALT tags
A key piece of information that will go a long way in increasing SEO is describing your visual and video media using alt tags, or alternative text descriptions. The use of Alt tags allows search engines to locate your page, which is crucial especially for those who may only use text-only browsers.
- Replicate backlinks from outdated, low-quality pages
When you perform a Google Search, often click on the first result only to find a substandard piece of content. It’s likely you started thinking how this page is ranked number one. Moments like this present opportunities in the sense that if poor pieces of content can get tons of high-quality links and rank in Google, so can you. To do this, find the substandard pieces of content that have lots of links and get the people linking to them to link to you instead.
- Have a link-worthy site
Aim to focus on creating relevant links within the text. Rather than having a link that says ‘click here’ try writing out the name of the destination. If you think about a ‘click here’ link has no real search engine value beyond the attached URL, however if you write the name of the destination for example ‘Marketing Eye Blog’ the description is rich with keywords and will more likely improve search engine rankings.
- Optimise the page speed of important pages
Everyone has clicked through to a page that takes ages to load. In most cases you either repeatedly clicked the refresh button or probably clicked the back button and tried another site. Ultimately slow pages are bad for business and SEO. To improve page speed and keep readers on your site consider reducing image sizes and enabling browser caching. This will allow your users to load your page without having to wait very long.
- Improve the click-through-rate of your top-ranking pages
The title tag of a page acts as the headline of an article. Ultimately it is your job to entice the searcher to click through to the page. If you can write a title tag that persuades people to choose your page over the others, you’ve won. Aim to add powerful words to your title that tap into people’s emotions. Keep your title tags short and sweet to capture the reader's attention and improve readability.
The most significant blind spot that companies have to deal with is understanding what their customer's journey is. What is it like to purchase your business? Understanding your customer's journey is a crucial part of improving the overall customer experience. Without this insight, you will never know the obstacles or challenges that your customers might be facing in their decision to make a purchase. You need to deeply understand what it is about your brand that attracts customers, and what could potentially turn them away. Essentially, you need to walk in their shoes. Below, we have five steps to consider when creating a customer journey map.
The way that we market our businesses will always be evolving. In the last few years, B2B marketing has drastically evolved as the buyers have more access to more information. Years ago, people were attracted by ads for a product, which generated interest in that product. So, they would go and purchase that product based on the information they were given. Now, people have access to all the information that they could ever need, so the buying journey has changed. It’s less of a linear journey and more of a collection of moments that will influence the purchase of a product. Because of this, marketing must evolve. Below are four great strategies that your B2B marketing team should embrace in their marketing strategies.
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Marketing Eye worked with ACA Home Improvements to develop and design a full range of marketing collateral. Optimising and redesigning the website worked to elevate the company’s brand identity and client understanding of available services. In addition we helped to deliver a print strategy that included an informative brochure to enhance the brands competitive advantage and help strengthen clients' understanding of ACA’s products and services.
Content marketing has been hugely transformative for the entire industry, resulting in companies trying to reach their audience through their content marketing pieces. It might be hard for a lot of marketing teams to see the value in content marketing now, especially with this oversaturation of content that audiences sift through every day. But the truth is that content marketing in the B2B space is still just as vital as ever; you just have to be more proactive with the content that your company produces. 2020 should be the year that your company revitalizes and repurposes your content marketing efforts. In this blog, we have some tactics to consider when you revitalize your B2B content marketing strategy.
One of the best ways to reach your audience is by using every available resource. Content diversification is all about stretching the boundaries of your creativity. The biggest opportunities that content diversification gives you is the chance to reach more people and generate more revenue. Refuse the temptation to stick to one platform and connect with your audience on all the platforms they use. Give your customers the choice of how they can engage with your brand, and they’ll be more likely to engage regularly. Below, we’ve got a few points to consider when diversifying your content.
Now that we’re in 2020, it’s time to start thinking about the next generation of consumers: Generation Z. Born between 1994 and 2014, Generation Z will soon be flooding the market and the workplace. As the first generation to have immediate access to technology for most of their lives, marketers have to completely rethink their approach. If we want to tap into this new audience, we need to understand what they care about, how they consume information, and how to close the deal.
Content creation, in its simplest form, is storytelling. Telling stories is part of the fabric of humanity. Starting with cave drawings and folklore, the art of storytelling has transformed into the film industry, one of the fastest-growing and innovative industries today. People go to see movies to get swept up in the drama, romance, and action of the latest narrative. If people have an emotional response to these kinds of stories, what’s keeping them from connecting with your story? Crafting content through the lens of telling a story gives your audience a great opportunity to connect to your brand and your product. Everyone has an interesting story. You just need to figure out how to tell yours. Below, we have some ways that storytelling can dramatically improve your content marketing efforts.