As a business owner in the information age, you probably utilize a variety of digital marketing channels to help you grow your brand.
So you probably want to get more traffic to your website and increasing your rankings in Google is going to be one of the first places to start. If your business has been around for virtually any length of time, it’s more than likely that you already have some kind of website and that website probably already has had some search engine optimisation carried out on it and perhaps had some offsite work carried out as well. The thing is you’re going to want an expert in search engine optimisation to work on your website if you really want it to rank effectively and generate traffic through search.
If you are a small business owner working all the hours you can to grow your company, or you are an entrepreneur with some great ideas but no route to market, starting out can be a really tough time.
You have this superb product or service that you know everybody will love, you have an all singing and dancing website that you are truly proud of, you have invested heavily in to your ideas, but you just can’t quite put your finger on why you are not yet reaping the rewards for all your hard work.
It’s demoralising, demotivating and down right frustrating.
This is where you need some magic dust sprinkling to kick start your dreams and ambitions, that one lucky break as they say, could turn your dream in to a reality, your small business in to a FTSE 100, and you in to the next Richard Branson flying your own jet.
Well although SEO isn’t magic dust, it can certainly help to open up your business or your ideas to a global audience, giving you the leg up you were hoping for.
Write a blog on Algorithms they said.
What ARE algorithms? I asked?
And, with a heartfelt, ‘sorry it’s a tough one’ …research them, they said.
So, I did, and this is what I came up with.
Now, if like me, you are a complete algorithm virgin, but you want to find out about what exactly are algorithms, it will be worth reading on. Read More
How to maximise your SEO
Okay hands up, who knew the world of SEO, (Search Engine Optimisation), was so interesting, informative and on a serious note, imperative to the successful marketing of your business?
Happy New Year!
Having not written a GT blog for some considerable time, I have now been given the honour of writing our first blog of 2018 – and what an honour that is! I know, you’re jealous. I would be too.
And so, as it’s the start of a shiny new year and we’re all feeling positive and looking forward to all the good things that lie ahead (come on; it’s only the second week of January…we’re still positive!), the GT team are going to take it in turns to make some predictions on what this year may have in store for each of our areas of expertise. I know, the world and his dog are doing it, just bear with us…we need the keywords! 😉
So, as copywriting – or SEO copywriting, to be more specific – is my thing, I’m going to give you my predictions for SEO copywriting and content marketing in 2018, based on the questions I’ve most been asked recently. So, whether you’ve been content marketing for years or are a content virgin, you can make sure 2018 will be the year you finally start to grow your business online. Read More
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how blogs work from an SEO perspective and one of the core things I’ve been experimenting with recently is length. Specifically looking at blog word count.
There’s quite a lot of information out there about how long a blog should be and it’s something I’ve been experimenting with recently. Read More
Often in SEO, we discuss the issue of duplicated content. It’s something that many people working in the realm of digital marketing and copywriting are aware of, however, what do we know about the real impact of duplicated content?
Probably one of the most common myths in SEO is that duplicate content is penalised. Google reads the content of a page from an HTML perspective and when you take into account all the replicated elements shared between each page including templates etc most of the content on a page appears duplicated to Google. Read More
Google’s keyword tool was originally developed with Google Adwords users in mind. I’ve been using Adwords for more than ten years now and whilst it’s essential for this task, it’s also the basis for SEO research and many other business decisions including product development.
From the perspective of gaining rankings in Google SERPs, and thereby increase the number of visitors to a website through SEO, Google’s keyword tool can be used in a number of ways.
Before going any further I should point out that I’ve been in this game so long I still call it Google Keyword Tool when it’s proper name is now Google Adwords Keyword Planner.
The way we think about keywords has changed dramatically over the years. However many of us are still guilty of thinking about keywords too much. I think you could probably argue that our focus on keywords is a vestige of the bad old days of SEO and digital marketing. Read More
There’s going to be a huge impact to the way we do business and the way we carry out our marketing activities when The EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018. This got me questioning what the implications are for SEO consultants and SEO managers. Read More
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
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.
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.
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
So last week, on 9th November, we had a rather exciting evening here at GrowTraffic. After much build up and a lot of difficult judging (some may call it arguing!), it was finally the awards dinner itself for the 2016 Rossendale Business Awards, where GT were sponsoring the Creative Business category.
Held at the impressively large and well-appointed Whitworth Riverside, the evening was the culmination of much hard work by the event’s organisers, the Valley at Work business networking group, and was the perfect opportunity for Rossendale businesses to come together, let their hair down and celebrate another year’s great work. And what a celebration it was!
But in amongst all the other impressive businesses there on the night was the one that shone out the most for us, the winner of our Creative Business award in fact, the fabulous Kidult and Co. I met up with the girls earlier this week to talk about the business, their success and what it meant to win this award. Read More
Being a freelancer has always been hard work – it requires a lot of graft and dedication to pull off being your own boss and successfully running your own business – but these days the slog is potentially even harder than it was before. Not only do you still have to do all the things that you already had to do – such as all your own sales, marketing, accounts and, obviously, the actual work – but you also now have to compete against so many other people doing exactly the same thing that you do (albeit not as well, clearly).
The reason for this increase in competition is simple; the age of the freelancer has arrived. In recent years, the freelance economy has grown exponentially (so much so, that the freelance economy is now an actual thing) and there are now more freelancers than the human race has ever experienced before. But far from this being a negative turn of events, we at GrowTraffic think this is brilliant. We love a freelancer, so it’s a case of ‘the more the merrier’ as far as we’re concerned. But what exactly has happened to facilitate this sudden explosion in freelancing, and how will it affect the way we all work as a result? Read More
The modern world of online marketing is all about content marketing – anyone who tells you differently has found some magic beans or more likely is in a position of market dominance or just a really small niche. The thing is you’ve got to make sure you’ve got a joined up approach from everything from your brand to your content to your SEO. Read More