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Writing meta descriptions to boost SEO marketing

Marianna Muscat - Monday, July 13, 2020
SEO

There’s more to SEO marketing than choosing the right keywords. You should never underestimate the importance of meta descriptions. Those 150 characters are an essential part of optimizing your pages for Google. While the actual text in meta descriptions doesn’t factor into Google’s ranking algorithms, it’s still important because it helps to convince people to click on your search results. The more clicks you get in this way, the better your organic click-through-rate (CTR) will be – and this could lead to indirect improvements in your rankings.

So what is the secret to a good meta description? Here is a step-by-step guide. 

Be careful with the tone

The tone of the description must be straightforward and conversation while still being in line with your brand voice. This may seem like a delicate balancing act, but there’s no need to overthink it. The important thing is to encapsulate the essence of the page content in a simple and attractive way.

Include your primary keyword

This is a fun challenge for a copywriter: to include the primary keyword and a natural way that makes sense to the description. It’s vital to include the keyword in your description, as well as your meta title.

Include a call to action

Finish off your description with a tangible call to action for the reader. “Find out more…” or “Learn more here,” for example. A basic description of the content might be enough to attract a click but often, readers need that definite nudge.

Write in active voice

Passive voice has its place, but it should be a no-no in most marketing writing, especially in a meta-description, which is meant to be short, sharp and direct. So always stick to active voice.

Make sure the description matches the content

Don’t try to trick the reader into clicking with a description that doesn’t actually fit the content. Let your description be an accurate reflection of your page’s content. 

Remember that Google might cut you short

Although the maximum length for meta descriptions is 150 characters, only the first 120 characters usually get displayed in the search results. This means you need to be sure to get your main message across before that cut-off. 

Give each page a unique meta description

Don’t copy and paste one meta description across various pages. Each and every one of your pages must have its own meta description.

WSI New Media Marketing is a proud member of the global WSI digital marketing family. Contact us and see what we can do for your brand. As a leading digital marketing agency, we specialize in effective social media marketing, pay-per-click advertising, mobile content marketing, and SEO marketing. Contact us for more information.

The Affect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on SEO Trends

Ken Bowden - Monday, May 18, 2020
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The global reach of the COVID-19 pandemic is making an impact on every aspect of the digital marketing world, and SEO trends are not exempt from the changes brought on by COVID-19. Digital marketers have seen a shift in SEO trends. These are some of the current SEO trends that could influence digital marketing until the COVID-19 pandemic dies down.

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Using SEO to sustain your presence during COVID-19

Ken Bowden - Tuesday, May 5, 2020
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing the emergence of what digital marketing experts are calling the “infodemic”, but with proper SEO practices and a sincere desire to provide your audience with relevant, trustworthy information, your business can remain pertinent to consumers.

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SEO: Ranking during COVID-19

Ken Bowden - Thursday, April 16, 2020
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The world is currently facing a challenge like never before with the COVID-19 pandemic. Because this virus has permeated every part of our lives, SEO will definitely be influenced by the pandemic. If you’re trying to understand how you can switch gears to rank for the SEO keywords during the pandemic, here’s a list of our top tips.

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Why website load speed matters

Ken Bowden - Thursday, March 19, 2020

There is nothing more frustrating than navigating a website with a poor load speed or inadequate performance. Every aspect of our daily lives is fast paced, and a rapid, effortless user experience is essential to stay ahead in the business world of today.  

A website’s load speed is crucial to your online presence, conversion rates and even sales and it has a major impression on SEO rankings. All top website design companies will tell you that slow websites all have low conversion rates, high bounce back rates and unimpressive amounts of visits per page.

For your website to lead your digital presence, you need to avoid this at all costs:

  1. First impressions always count

Your website speed is the first impression you will make. It is vital that your customers (or readers) make a positive instant judgement about your business. In your customers’ minds, you are efficient, trustworthy and confident if your website proves to be professional and reliable.

  1. Your Users’ experience

One of the few ways you can set your website apart from others is through your users’ experience. With an efficient website load speed, this can be achieved by giving your visitors what they want and giving it to them quickly.

  1.  Website speed effects your Google ranking

Google takes website speed into account when ranking websites with a very small ‘signal’. This means that the average website won’t see much change but if your website lags, you will suffer. If your server is slower than two seconds, the chances that Google will pick up your content (or any other relevant changes) are slim and this could be harmful to your ranking.  

  1. Your site’s speed impact on paid searching

Google views a slow website’s speed as a poor user experience which in turn, brings down your quality score. When it comes to pay per click advertising (PPC), paying the most affordable rate for your keyword bidding is determined by your quality score. In paid media terms, your quality score is determined on how relevant Google finds your website’s landing page to a search term.

Your quality score determines what your cost per click is and your average position on the Search Engine Results Page. With a slow website speed or quality score, it will be hard for your website to show up in the top positions on the Search Engine Results Page. Your ranking also depends on how competitive the keywords are.

At WSI New Media, we will help you to benchmark your website and to improve it. We will analyze your website’s performance, eliminate all unnecessary elements ‘weighing’ it down and, optimize your website to ensure that you have the best and most efficient website speed to stay ahead of your game.

Contact us today for more information.

Your Small Business SEO Strategy Needs Long-Tail Keywords

Ken Bowden - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

We all know we need to select appropriate keywords to make our SEO strategies effective. There’s nothing new about that. However, you may not be using keywords to their fullest potential and, therefore, your website or blog may be lagging behind as a result. The problem with most keywords is that they tend to be generic and broad. Thousands of other websites will be using these short-tail keywords, and this means greater competition. If you rely only on short-tail keywords, you will be just one of many competitors, all fighting for attention from the same readers and possibly getting lost in the process.

The solution to reducing competition in this arena is to get more specific. This involves using long-tail keywords. Long-tail keywords enable you to tailor search items specific to your business, as opposed to those that would be common across your industry.

For example, say you operate  a heating and air conditioning business in the Greensboro area, and you specialize in heat pump installations. If you use a keyword like “heating services,” you are unlikely to get the specific search engine hits you need. If you extend it to something like “heat pump installer,” you’re being more specific and, in so doing, narrowing your offering. The result is that your website is more likely to come up in search results. If you go even further and create a keyword like “heat pump installer Greensboro,” you have now created a long-tail keyword that is especially likely to bring your website up near the top of the search results.

What this means is that you’ve reduced your search competition by a pretty respectable order of magnitude. If people in your area want your services, they are not likely to type in a generic search phrase that brings up results from elsewhere in the state or possibly from around the country – depending on which of your colleagues in other towns are putting more into their SEO and PPC strategies. Somebody searching for a heating technician in Greensboro is likely to be specific in their search. So, you’ve given yourself a competitive edge.

What this really comes down to is focusing on your unique selling point (USP).  This is an old idea in marketing. The concept of the long-tail keyword takes the USP into the digital realm, enabling you to differentiate yourself from your hordes of competitors. It requires you to think deeper about your business and refine your offerings, an effort that is sure to be rewarded with higher search engine rankings .

Contact New Media Marketing to assist you in creating a winning SEO strategy.

A Beginner’s Guide to Building Links for SEO

Ken Bowden - Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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Creating content that search engines can not only understand, but which also answers questions, unfortunately, doesn’t necessarily mean that your content will rank. In order to outrank competitive sites, you must earn links from authoritative websites by nurturing your audience who will assist in boosting your content.

  • What is Link Building?

Simply put, link building is the process of getting other websites to link back to your website. One of the many tactics used in SEO marketing, these links inform Google that your site is a quality resource. Google’s algorithms are not only quite complex, but they are also always evolving and, therefore, sites with more backlinks, tend to earn higher rankings.

  • How Do I Go About Building these Links?

To ensure the long-term viability of your website, you need to engage natural link building, in other words, earning these links rather than buying them. However, organic link building is not easy and it has been proven to be a time-consuming process.

  • Internal Link Building

There is a relatively easy way to build your links for free – internal link building. You need to consider the following when attempting to get your web page to rank:

    • Anchor text is one of the most important things that the search engines consider when ranking a page. It tells Google what your page’s topic is about. If many links point to a webpage with a variation of a word or a phrase, the page has a higher chance of ranking well for these types of phrases. Be careful not to use too many backlinks with the same anchor text, as this could indicate to search engines that you are trying to manipulate your site’s ranking. Be precise about the anchor text you want to use.  
    • The quality of the linking page is considered too. Search engines favor links from high-quality pages in boosting rankings over questionable sites. Ensure that your content is unique and engaging so that people will want to reference and link to your site.
    • Naturally, people will share the link of your home page, which makes it difficult for your other pages to achieve their own high rankings and to generate their own link equity. So, single out the page you’d like the anchor text to point to.
    • Set up a system for interlinking your pages by using a keyword research tool, which will provide numerous relevant and popular keywords. Assign keywords to your content and link your pages using targeted anchor text. This is the most important step as you need to ensure that you are linking the right pages with the right anchor text.
    • Place your site in front of your industry. Invite like-minded bloggers or individuals with a large social media following to review and to share your site.

Need help with your SEO? Contact us today for more information.

 

A Guide to Local SEO and Link-Building Techniques

Ken Bowden - Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Local SEO is about offering your website visitors a great user experience and having a strong visibility across as many local terms search terms and phrases as possible. In local SEO, local terms carry a lot of weight. So, your primary goal is to get links from popular websites, directories and businesses in the same area as you.

The best advice for building links is to build relationships with the local community. Another tip is to create content on your website that is helpful and educational. That way, you are contributing to education in your industry while simultaneously adding content that can be linked to by other websites.

The Importance of Business Citations

A business citation is simply the mention of your business on another website. Most of the time, a business citation will feature your business name, address, and phone number. It may also include a link to your website.

Business citations are important because they are used by search engines to help them decide how to rank businesses in their local search results. Search engines, and Google specifically, use business citations to verify the accuracy of a business. It is important that wherever your business is mentioned, the details are always accurate and the same.

There are many places that you can get business citations from, but the best and easiest place to start is online business directories such as Yell.com, Yelp, ThomsonLocal, and so on. Think of these directories as the modern version of the Yellow Pages that you used to keep by your phone. Only, now it is online and available on everything from a smartphone and tablet to a desktop computer.

As a small business owner, you may have been harassed by a media company promising to raise the profile of your business in search engines in exchange for a fee. Many times, these companies will simply submit your business to directories such as those mentioned above and charge you for it. With a bit of time and effort, you can achieve the exact same results by submitting your company’s information to relevant local directories yourself.

Need help with your social media marketing strategy or digital marketing? Then contact New Media Marketing in Greensboro today.

 

These Are the Key Areas Where You Should Focus Your SEO Marketing Campaign

Ken Bowden - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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SEO is all about trial and error, patience and dedication. There is no denying, however, that the work you put into your company’s SEO marketing is worth it! The question is, what are the key areas where you should focus your SEO marketing campaigns in order to see the best possible results? We shed some light on the topic below.

  • PPC Advertising

Yes, it is possible to get to the top of Google search results organically, in other words, without having to pay any money. However, embracing the power and convenience of PPC advertising is a much easier and more effective way to boost website traffic and conversions. PPC advertising is not only straightforward but also cost-effective as it allows you to dictate your budget from the start.

  • Mobile Marketing

It is so important that you make sure your website is properly optimized for mobile users from a design and an SEO perspective. This is because the mobile market share worldwide is 52.1% compared to the desktop market share, which is 44.2%. In short, there are more people that are viewing your website using their mobile device than they are their laptop or desktop.

  • Social Media

Your company’s social media presence has an effect on its website’s SEO. A solid social media marketing strategy is the perfect complement to a strong SEO marketing campaign.

  • Website Design

Your website needs to be easy to navigate, quick to load, and information-rich in order to score high in the SEO stakes. If it ticks all of these boxes and promises a pleasant user-experience, it is sure to see an improvement in its rankings over time.

Sometimes it helps to get a professional on board when it comes to successful SEO marketing. Here at New Media Marketing, our team specializes in effective social media marketing, pay per click advertising, and mobile content marketing. Contact us now to learn more.

A Guide to Local SEO and Link-Building Techniques

Ken Bowden - Friday, June 7, 2019

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You have a local business, but why aren’t you getting more foot-traffic into your local store? As many business owners know, link building is one of the most important steps to increasing your search rankings. The more links you have, the higher you are going to rank.

Local businesses, however, need to focus on building more localized links. Here are some pointers on how to do this:

  • The first thingyou need to do is check out Moz Local, which has a link of all the localized directories in the world. You can use Moz Local to get more local links, especially from localized directories. Some of the directories may be national or global, but they have localized sections within your city.
  • The next thing you want to do is check out your local Chamber of Commerce. Every city in the US has a Chamber of Commerce that helps promote other businesses within that region. These organizations also have websites, so why not reach out and ask them for the link? If you do business in the city, are paying your taxes, and are providing products or services to people in the community, why not get a link for that site? In most cases, they will say yes.
  • Your third step is to start networking with other businesses in your region. Some of the businesses in your location may be competitors, but many of them won’t be. If you are a plumber offering pool heater and water heater repairs, for example, and there is another company offering electrical or handyman work, you can cross-promote each other and link to each other’s websites. Many people who are hiring an electrician or handyman for household work may also need a plumber, so having your link on their website and your name top of mind can help both your businesses.
  • Go to Ahrefs, put in your competitors’ URLs, and it will show you who is linking to them. Reach out to each of these websites and start networking with them. Tell them that you noticed that they are linking to your competitor and introduce yourself as a company that has a similar business, but that also offers something extra (perhaps you have a warrantyon your products or offer a free quote, for example). Tell them that your service may be of use to their website visitors, invite them to go and check out your website, and tell them they are free to link to your website as well.

Need help with your local SEO? Then contact our SEO company today.

 

 

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