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This is our first podcast for our monthly Q&A  series. In this podcast, we will go over – Why is it so important to do a social media audit and get rid of old accounts?  – Does blogging help your SEO and how can you find keywords/phrases to blog about?  – Why is it important to mix up your social media content?  – What are a few tools we use to make our digital marketing life a bit easier?  – Why should you be running Facebook ads, even if you feel they haven’t been successful before.

SEO Mistakes to AvoidSo you have finally decided to incorporate SEO into your online marketing strategy. That’s great! You chose a keyword and started using it into your content. You have uploaded those contents one after the other, and now you’re hoping that your website will land at the very top of Google’s rankings.

If you want to increase your website traffic, it is important to have search engine optimization in mind when creating contents for your website. That plan starts by avoiding the mistakes most website owners make.

In this blog post, we’ll give you a roundup of the most common SEO mistakes people make. Most of these mistakes cause huge, deal-breaking, rank-destroying disasters.

Copying content

Google wants high quality, original content. If you think you can trick Google by stealing some pieces of content from your competitors, think again. Copying content is not only illegal; Google will punish you for it. In fact, it will push your site so far down no one is going to ever read your content.

Writing original, compelling content takes time and effort. But if you want your website to stand the test of time, then you need to work hard for it.

Bad content

Poor content will not only weaken your ranking, it won’t simply make an impact to your readers. For your content to flourish, we advise that you choose topics that are of interest to your target audience. Do your research and write articles that are informative, relevant and unique. Supply your audience with a steady stream of high-quality content and watch as your rankings improve over time.

Not using the right keywords

Some people use generic keywords such as health, weight loss, baking or love. These types of keywords are too broad. While they can help you reach a wide range of audience, chances are it’s the wrong type of traffic.

To improve your chances of landing on the top three spots, consider using more specific keywords. As an added bonus, this will help you attract prospective customers who might be interested in buying your products.

Keyword stuffing

This is a common mistake newcomers often make. While it is important to incorporate the keywords into your content, make sure you don’t overdo it. Otherwise, it’s going to sound spammy. You want the article to sound natural and not forced.

 

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People are looking for information, products and services on a daily basis. When a person wants to find something online, they go to search engines like Google or Bing and start by typing keywords or phrase. Thanks to these keywords, it becomes a lot easier for us to find the content we’re looking for.

An SEO keyword is the heart and soul of your SEO efforts. Choosing an effective keyword for your site is both a science and an art. It’s about striking the perfect balance between the number of people searching for a particular keyword and how much competition you have.

Here are a few tips for choosing highly effective SEO keywords.

Focus on what you’re writing about

If you want to get a high ranking on a keyword, it would be best to focus on something that you frequently write about. If you only intend to write about it once, then you are less likely to succeed.

Before you decide on a keyword, take a look at the contents and articles that you have written in the past. Now, make a list of the keywords and phrases that are commonly used by people to find businesses like yours.

Avoid items that are too broad

Strike a balance between broad and specific. Make sure that the keyword you choose is broad enough that a lot of people would search for it; while specific enough that you have a decent chance of attracting potential customers.

Single-word terms are usually a poor choice for optimizing. For instance, the word “Internet” is too broad. It’s not going to be very useful for getting the results you want. Keywords with 2 to 3 words are your best option.

Do your research

To make sure that you come up with the best keyword, you have to do your research. Start by typing some of the keywords on your list on search engines and see if Google will fill in the rest of the search for you. Based on these suggestions, you can see which phrases are most commonly searched.

You can also use other Google tools like Google Insight for Search or AdWords Keyword Estimator.

 

Search Engine Optimization - Magnifying GlassWhen it comes to achieving online marketing success, getting found is probably one of the biggest determining factors. Unless your site shows up on Google and other popular search engines, you’ll definitely have a hard time improving your web traffic, getting your content out and reaching out to people who might be interested in the products and services you offer.

In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to improve your search engine ranking. Read on and get your website well ranked in search engines.

Tweak your title tags

Your title tags are a supremely important way of providing search engines with relevant information about your website’s purpose and content. So don’t make the mistake of leaving the default “Home Page” title in the title tags. Otherwise, your site will only show up in search results when someone keys in the word “Home Page”.

Have high quality content

The best way to encourage people to visit your site is by consistently providing them with unique interesting and relevant contents.

Write articles about your industry, products or services and current market information that will be of interest to your target audience. Also, make sure that your texts are original. Or else, you might get punished for stealing others contents.

Optimize the right keywords

Find the most relevant and widely used keywords that relate to your business and incorporate them into your texts. Make sure to insert these keywords as seamlessly as possible.

Before deciding on a set of keywords, it would be a good idea to use Google Adwords to check how competitive your keywords are. Using broader keywords is also a good option.

Get help

If you’re managing a big site, we suggest hiring someone who really knows what they’re doing. A little knowledge may be helpful, but you may end up getting your site penalized or banned from search engines. Leave your site’s ranking in the hands of the experts.