On Yer Bike!

A couple of months ago, GrowTraffic were doing a little bit of networking at our local Shout! Network Group and we were fortunately enough to hear a talk by Wendy Bell from Lancashire County Council (LCC) about the council’s Sustainable Travel Grants, which had recently become available to businesses in the East Lancashire Area. We thought ‘we could do with a bit of that’, so we applied and – guess what? We were granted a Sustainable Travel Grant! Fantastic.  Read more

Does content marketing work?

Both as an in-house marketer and as a freelance seo consultant, over the last 8 years, to a greater or lesser extent, I’ve always included a content marketing strategy in the online marketing efforts I carry out, whether it be to benefit SEO, social media marketing, to include in email marketing, or just to engage more with the audience that hits the website I’m working with. At the start of my time in online marketing nobody called it content marketing, we referred to it as online PR, or just blogging, later it become more sophisticated with other forms of content being included and it becomming more strategic and in the last few years everyone’s been calling it content marketing. Read more

Happy Easter from GrowTraffic

Happy Easter from everyone at GrowTraffic!

 

We’ve had a great start to 2015 and have been very busy helping our clients grow their businesses online, as well as making inroads into our local business community by doing a bit of networking (more on that shortly). All in all, we’ve had a rather hectic few months and are more than ready for this long weekend off; hopefully we can put our laptops down for a few days and spend some quality time with our families, as well as stuff our faces with chocolate! Read more

The Role Of A Freelance SEO Consultant

I’ve talked about the changing role of SEO Consultants a few times in my previous blogs, but I was talking to a client the other day whilst I was doing a quote and it became obvious quite quickly that this client had misunderstood the role that GrowTraffic would play; hence, I thought that I would reiterate the point. Not that any of my clients ever read my blog but hey, I’ve got nothing better to do. Not!  Read more

Do We Need A Family Social Media Policy?
Image courtesy of Nitrozac & Snaggy @ www.geekculture.com

OK, I’ve got an age old query for you here, lovely blog readers, about the things that you upload to your social media accounts and to what degree they should be controlled.

 

The Background

First of all, let me give you the background. In our family, I work from home as a Freelance SEO Copywriter. I run a digital marketing and SEO consultancy with my husband who has a day job as a Marketing Manager; it would be fair to say that our household is pretty digital marketing orientated.

Unavoidably, social media is a massive part of our lives; both my husband and I have personal accounts for multiple platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest etc.) and we also both manage the social media accounts for our own companies and often some for our clients too. Believe me, that is one heck of a lot of social media to keep track of and I dread to think how many hours of our lives we have spent glued to our phones or our laptops.

Naturally, we’re both also aware of the value of a good social media policy, especially in the context of a business’s online marketing campaign. Just for the record.  Read more

Happy (Sort Of) New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome to my first blog of 2015! Now I know what you’re thinking – your first blog of 2015? January’s nearly over, what have you been doing for the past three weeks? Well, unfortunately for me – and GrowTraffic too, as it turns out – I’ve been having a little holiday courtesy of the NHS and your favourite SEO Consultancy’s rankings have taken a bit of a hit as a consequence.

So I’m going to kick off this year’s blog posts with a little look at what has gone wrong and why; but instead of treating you to my usual 1,500 word moan, I’m going to start as I mean to go on in 2015 by putting my Positive Thinking Hat on and we’ll see what we can all learn from this experience. Let’s look on it as group therapy, and then we can pass around the sick bags once we’ve finished.  Read more

Facebook Still Beaten In The Traffic Stakes!

Shock horror, Google (only the biggest search engine in the world) is still the biggest source of traffic to your website! Well blow me over backwards. ‘So why are you writing this silly and obvious blog post then?’ I hear you cry! It’s because this headline has been haunting my social media feeds over the past couple of days and the need to get up on my soap box has been slowly creeping up on me again. Lucky you!

This particular episode started on Tuesday 11th November 2014, when that old favourite of mine, Matt Southern, wrote a little blog post for Search Engine Journal, called Google News Continues To Drive More Traffic Than Facebook, in which he in turn referenced another blog post on Digiday, called Google News: still a major traffic driver.

Both of these articles are well written and really interesting so I’m not going to spend my time here repeating them, as you’re all perfectly capable of reading them for yourselves. Having said that, in order to give you a bit of context, I will just have to briefly summarise their main points. Read more

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