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15 SEO Tips for Small Business Owners.

David Price
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Not sure what to do about SEO? Like many other small business owners, SEO can be a minefield. With so much conflicting information and advice, it is easy to blow your dollars on expensive SEO "strategies" that leave you wondering why did I even bother?

So here are a few tips that you can do yourself without the help of the experts, if you invest a little of your own time and you have an easy to use CMS associated with your website. These tips should improve your organic ranking over time.

1.     Focus on a few key search phrases that you think are most relevant to your business. If you aren’t sure what to choose, do     some basic research by asking your friends, work colleagues or business associates what words they would search for when sourcing products or services that you supply.

2.     Look at what keywords or phrases your competitors are using, and try to differentiate your phrases from theirs, so that you can
gain a higher ranking than your competition for that phrase.

3.     Make sure your own and claim a Google places listing and a Google Maps listing for your business.

4.     Try to get customer reviews for your Google Maps listing as this will increase your ranking.

5.     The number of local searches is increasing exponentially, so remember to choose a word in your phrase that specifies your location ( eg Accountants Perth or  Physiotherapy Subiaco) and to optimise your website for local search.

6.     Submit as much information through articles, blogs etc to relevant web directories, online groups, forums etc as you can to increase your site’s relevance.

7.     Build links and link exchanges as the major search engines rank your site on the number of links and their relevance to your site PLUS the relevance of your site to the key words that you have chosen.

8.     Make sure your meta tags reflect your key words or phrases and that your site content is peppered with your key phrases.

9.     Focus on one key phrase per product or service offering.

10.  Ask your clients to link to your website and return the favour.

11.  Start a blog and start sharing.

12.  Make your web content interesting so that people pass it on.

13.  Send your website link to relevant industry websites or bloggers related to your business

14.  Make sure your web content is regularly updated.

15.  Use Title tags that accurately reflect your business and match with your key phrases. Keep them to less than 70 characters.

 

I am a Cambridge University Honours graduate with postgraduate business qualifications. I am also a qualified Secondary School Teacher having taught at schools including Melbourne Grammar School and Scotch College in Perth. Married with 4 kids, I am a cricket tragic. I love business, marketing, advertising, music, playing guitar and singing. My music can be found here http://soundcloud.com/plopconsortium/sets/tunes My linkedin profile can be found here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidprice2

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Comments (2)
This is a fantastic list David! For newbies to SEO, this is a MUST PRINT list. I've been doing SEO for many years and I agree with every single point listed. For those wanting an action plan on how to implement SEO and also links to some free tools, please check out my article "SEO Tips and Trick to help Aussie SMEs get more traffic from Google" - http://www.savvysme.com.au/article/543-seo-tips--tricks-to-help-aussie-smes-get-more-traffic-from-google . Thanks again David, for putting this list together.
Mark Vozzo Online Marketing Manager at Salesforce.com
Thanks Mark - I have already read your article and found it extremely helpful. Good stuff!
David Price Owner at Price Advertising

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