Mxt Media offers search marketing in Google, Bing, & YouTube search engines.
The best way to rank your site for a desired keyword—Small Business SEO, for example—is to prove to Google and the other search engines that you are the foremost authority on the topic—that’s basically the definition of SMB SEO, isn’t it?
What is SMB SEO?
You’ve done your homework. You’ve googled all the usual questions like “small business seo keywords” and “small business seo tips.” The blogs and articles are helpful, but there’s still something missing. Too much repetitive, half-sensical keyword salad like small business SEO services and business website SEO everywhere.
We can help. Here’s how.
A good SEO audit covers at least these 4 areas:
- On-Page Ranking Factors
- Off-Page Ranking Factors
If search engines can’t access your site, it doesn’t exist.
Web accessibility can extend into users, especially those with disabilities, but for our purposes, it’s just about search bots.
If search bots run into any of these problems on your site, they may not be able to index you properly:
- Robots.txt file
- Robots meta tags
- XML sitemap
- Errors (HTTP status codes 4xx & 5xx)
- Flash/JS navigation
- Performance/page speed
Step 2: Competitive Analysis
Who are you up against? What are they publishing? How well do they rank?
We’re up against other small business SEO companies, of course. And we’ve analyzed them and tailored our web pages to outperform them in a number of ways.
For example, our competition has 510 words per page, on average.
The latest SEO case studies say that the top 10 Google results average 2,000+ words per page. And many are even longer—in some cases, up to 8,000.
That reveals an opportunity.
We wrote longer pages than our competition. It’s only one factor, but it contributes to the goal: we’re more likely to outrank them. Without a competitive analysis, we would have missed that opportunity.
Step 3: Keyword Research
What are your customers searching for?
Search terms are customers’ way of asking for help. It’s not the keywords that count. It’s the motivation behind them.
A website that is well-optimized for search engines speaks the same language as its potential visitors with SEO keywords.
These words and phrases help connect searchers to your site. Keywords are one of, if not the, the main elements of SEO basics.
By way of example, here’s a list of the “people also search for” variants that we found while researching our main keyword for this page: small business seo—
- best adwords for small business
- biz builder seo
- metadata for small business
- ppc small business guide
- small business local seo
- small business meta description examples
- small business ppc management
- small business seo 2017
- small business seo 2018
- small business seo expert
- small business seo keywords
- small business seo strategy
- small business site title
- schema markup for small business website
- seo properties
- seo small business definition
- what does seo stand for in small business
We stripped out a few that were redundant or branded, but the end result is clear: 17 different phrases that Google thinks mean the same thing, or something very close to, our main keyword.
Including these 17 phrases throughout our body copy helps Google identify this page’s topic and it signals repeatedly that this page is a thorough, complete resource.
Step 4: Technical & On-Page
Title tags, meta descriptions, headings, alt tags. These things still matter.
A simple checklist, but mistakes could kill your SEO. This won’t win the SEO battle. But it could lose it for you.
Technically, on-page SEO refers to both the text/image/media content *AND* the HTML source code of a page. But, for our purposes, we lump on-page SEO together with technical SEO.
- URL structure
- Title Tag
- Meta Description
- Images & image alt tags
- Site Speed
- Mobile responsiveness
Step 6: Reporting
You can’t know where to go if you don’t know where you are.
Reporting is easy. Actionable reporting is incredibly rare. Get regular updates on visibility, reach, and delta. And what to do with the numbers.
Deciphering “(not provided)”
Since Google obscures the vast majority of searchers’ keywords and just lists them in Analytics as “(not provided),” we get creative. We lift the (not provided) veil a little by comparing landing page URLs & page titles.
What it tells you: This report sheds some light on general search terms/phrases driving traffic to a given page. (Shedding light is, unfortunately, the bet we can do since Google intentionally withholds this data!)
A starting point for page analysis, this report compares entrances and bounces for each page, along with unique visitors, pageviews, time on page, and any associated goal data.
What it tells you: is this page working? Do visitors stick around? Do they convert? Etc.
Measure referrals & performance across all traffic sources. This report displays visitors (unique vs. new), and “engaged visits,” plus associated goal data — all grouped by referral source/
What it tells you: which traffic sources are the best for your website? Is Twitter beating Facebook? How do social referrals convert, compared to email blasts?
Which content on your website is getting referral traffic? This report measures unique visitors to each page on your site.
What it tells you: what other websites are linking to your content? And which of those linking sites is sending the most visitors?