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Should you become an SEO consultant?

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I’ve been working in marketing since 2003. I created my first website in 2000. Sometime around 2004 / 2005, I started to get interested in SEO. It was during this time that I was managing a magazine called Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine. It was also around this time that I started noticing the impact promoting press releases had on our website’s rankings. Read More

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Growing Your Business 5 in Easy Steps

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So you have been running your small or medium business for a year or so and you’re doing well. Maybe you have a bit of money in the bank and want to branch out? Or perhaps you don’t have as much money in the bank and want to grow your client base. Possibly you have just hit that sweet spot of fluency and are craving that challenge and friction entrepreneurs thrive off. Whatever your reasons, you know it is time to grow your business. Right?

Us GrowTraffic folks are SEO consultants, which means we have helped our fair share of businesses grow online (and offline-we can’t help ourselves, we’re passionate!). We have put out heads together and come up with the 5 most important first steps to take when deciding how to grow your business.

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SEO Consultants in Sheffield

By | Google, News, Search Engines, SEO, Sheffield | No Comments

Eh up, me Duck! SEO consultants extraordinaire, Grow Traffic, has arrived in South Yorkshire and its bloomin’ lovely! Sheffield, with its digital credentials, was the obvious choice for us to set up doing friendly SEO and with Rotherham, Doncaster, Worksop, and Barnsley right on the doorstep we are in the centre of a thriving region.

So put down your snooker cue, grab a pint of Pale Rider, gi’or wi thesen, and read on to see what SEO actually is and why you need it for your business.

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Why use thought leadership for content marketing

By | Content Marketing, Search Engines, SEO | No Comments

There are a lot of different ways a business can facilitate growth. In order to do this, businesses will grow their sales team, create new products, explore different markets, create a new brand or merge with or acquire other businesses.

But over the last few years, businesses have taken up the mantle of content marketing to share out the knowledge they’ve accumulated as a business. They do this to project themselves as thought leaders in their industry and to attract new customers through SEO or through arrangements with industry publications. Read More

Is SEO cheaper than PPC?

By | Google, PPC, Search Engines, SEO | No Comments

Every now and then someone says to me that PPC is really expensive and they’d rather go down the route of using SEO to generate enquiries or sales for their business. But as with all things marketing mix orientated, it’s never an all or nothing approach and it’s important to understand where each tactic fits into your plan. Read More

Authentic Realism: How Does Fake News Affect Influencer Marketing?

By | Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Thoughts | No Comments

Over the last year, we’ve heard a lot about fake news. Even before that there were questions about celebrities and social media stars connections with large brands. Who believes the photos in glossy magazines haven’t been airbrushed? Or that celebrities write their own autobiographies? Increasingly, the general public is getting wise to the reality of the people they aspire to be like. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a post and believed Clint Eastwood has died! So what does this heightened awareness of ‘the fake’, do for influencer marketing? Read More

Is marketing a science?

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Most departments within a business conduct their day-to-day activities based on the perceived rules, processes, best-practices, metrics and targets. However, many marketers often begin to fail at marketing when they start to fall in line with the rationale of most of the corporate world.

Think about most teams within a business; finance being the standout, but also operations, logistics, production etc. They’re all on the lookout for a winning procedure that can be copied, repeated and optimised. There tends to be a right and wrong way to do things in some departments. In some practices of business, if you do things in the wrong way, people will be injured or people could end up in prison. It’s all very scientific. If you speak to business owners and marketers about whether marketing is a science or an art you’ll get a range of different answers. Read More

Social Media and SEO for small businesses-how to choose the right social media platform to improve your rankings

Social Media & SEO for Small Biz: Get the Best of Both Worlds

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SEO and social media marketing are closely linked strategies, both aimed at attracting visitors to your website through organic means. Most social marketers will know that to do well on social media platforms requires a strong brand presence and high-quality content, which by coincidence, is also a great boon for your SEO. By putting effort into both, you can hope to simultaneously increase organic search rankings and maximise social reach for your small business. Listed here are some pointers that will help you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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Flexible Working for Freelancers

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For a lot of people, the word ‘freelance’ is synonymous with ‘freedom’ – and it’s not really hard to see why! We mean, you’re not contracted to work specific hours, you don’t have a set working environment and, as long as you have the right equipment, you can basically work from anywhere in the world. (As long as there’s Wi-Fi. Everyone needs Wi-Fi. Obviously.)

But with that freedom does come some tough decisions. Because, without things like a good working environment and some sort of a schedule to stick to, things can get a little bit out of hand – by that, we mean it’s easy to spend a whole day binge-watching a Netflix series rather than working. Come on, surely every freelancers done that at least once!

So, with that in mind, we’ve teamed up with Calibre Office Furniture, a manufacturer and supplier of high quality office furniture, to help you find the best place to work in. Once you get your environment right, you’ll find staying on track much easier. Read More

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4 Extra Bank Holidays? That Ain’t So Bad!

By | News, Rossendale, Thoughts | No Comments

I’ve got a rule that I don’t do party political when I’m blogging. So I’ll try my best to remain as objective as possible whilst speaking about the Labour Party’s 2017 manifesto pledge to increase the number of Bank Holiday’s to 12 if they are elected.

The reason I feel obliged to get into this debate is because I carried out some research on this last year as part of a campaign concept creation for a certain absence management software firm, so I’ve spent many hours getting a perspective on this.

The basic premise of the campaign was to educate business owners about the benefits of employees taking time off. I believed this would facilitate the creation of a campaign that wasn’t overly sales orientated, but which was well aligned to the core functionality of the product, and which was also contrary to the prevailing machismo of entrepreneurial literature – at least enough to make business owners sit up and take notice.  Read More

My Women In Business Group Mentoring Session

By | News, Rossendale, Social Media Marketing, Thoughts | No Comments

Well, I’ve had a rather exciting day today, so I thought I’d pen you a quick blog to tell you all about it. I know, I know; you don’t deserve me.

 

So, what have I been up to that’s been so important? I got a free lunch for one thing, and very nice it was too. Suitably vegetarian. Besides that – and possibly more importantly – I also got an incredibly useful mentoring session on how to make an impact in business. Plus, I met some lovely people too. What more can you ask for on a Wednesday in mid-March?  Read More

GT Featured In Invoice2Go Infographic

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I’m a little late in telling you about this – mainly because I forgot! – but yours truly has been featured in an infographic published by Invoice2Go. That’s right folks; fame at last!

Published on their website all the way back in December (told you I was a bit behind in telling you!), this nifty little infographic is part of a blog post entitled Supercharging Your Small Business: Top Tips For Starting Out, written by Chang Xing. The post features loads of useful hints and tips from small businesses all over the world…one of whom is GrowTrafficRead More

Marketing and the Peter Principle

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A good friend of mine is the CFO of a multi-billion dollar transnational and one evening we got into a relatively drunken conversation about how people are promoted to the positions they’re in. He introduced me to the concept that people are promoted to their level of incompetence. This got me thinking about how long I’ve got in my career, what my level of competency is and what I could do to ensure I don’t fall victim to the concept known as the Peter Principle. Read More