Choosing a Web Developer

What do you look for when choosing someone to help you with your internet related marketing?

Who designs your website?

When choosing a Web developer, keep these questions in mind:

  • Does your web developer have the resources to build you whatever online tool you need for your site?
  • Does your web developer understand that a website is a marketing tool – not just a pretty picture on the internet?
  • Does your web developer talk to you about your sales process and how your website will increase sales?
  • Does your web developer have real world business experience?
  • Do they have the time and financial investment to be in business for the long term?
  • Are they dedicated to constantly upgrading skills in this ‘leading edge’ technology?
  • Will they be there when you need support and maintenance with your Web solutions in the future?
  • How long has your web developer been in business?

Finally – does your web developer believe that a good relationship is the core of a solid business.

Business Practices or Systems

Every business operates through a series of practices or systems. Practices are essentially systems that you create to accomplish an aspect of your business. Business Dictionary.com defines a practice as “Methods, procedures, processes and rules employed or followed by a firm in the pursuit of its objectives.”

A simple example of a practice is how you open your business each morning, unlocking doors, putting in your security code, setting up the cash register.

Another example of a practice might be the series of steps taken when someone signs up for your email list. They receive an opt-in email. They opt-in and receive a confirmation.

The messages tell the new subscribers what to expect, how to opt-out and how their privacy is protected. The practice therefore is a system of automated messages that clearly communicates what to expect and why.

This is a great example because practices need to be:

  • Effective – They need to accomplish your goals
  • Transparent – They need to be clear and easy for your customers and prospects to find and understand
  • Legal – They need to be legal so you and your customers are protected under the law

SEO Tips for Business Owners

While there are a variety of ways to increase targeted website traffic, every business owner should consider optimizing their website for the search engines.

Instead of putting all of your eggs in one basket, it’s best to drive website traffic through several sources. This way, you can cast a wider net, resulting in more traffic, and track the efficacy of each source.

Before you begin, you should understand the core concepts of Search Engine Optimization (aka Search Engine Marketing). In order to increase your website traffic and attract qualified prospects, you need to understand three things:

1.    Everything related to SEO starts with an understanding of what a “keyword phrase” is.

Anytime someone conducts a search on Google, or another search engine, they enter some text to start their search. In SEO terms, the entered text is called a “keyword” or “keyword phrase.”

If you know what keyword phrases your prospects are entering when looking for the type of information, products or services you offer, you will know what phrases to optimize your web pages for.

2.    Websites are not indexed or ranked by the search engines… each web page is indexed and ranked independent of any other.

This is commonly misunderstood but so vital to understand! Just because you have one web page that ranks really well in the search engines, that doesn’t mean that your others will also rank well.

Each page of your website must be uniquely optimized for a handful of keyword phrases… keyword phrases that are searched upon and those likely to attract your targeted audience.

If you pay close attention to the optimization of each page, you should see a dramatic improvement in terms of search engine placement.

3.    Like it or not, you’re competing against others!

Some have a harder time with this concept than others but the truth remains the truth… in order to get your web page listed on page one of Google, you have to kick one of the currently listed web page’s off!

This is valuable information because it will help you understand what you must do to achieve the ranking you’re after.

Thorough analysis of the web pages currently listed for a particular keyword phrase will tell you how hard it will be to overtake one of them. You need to pay close attention to a number of elements including:

How well is their page optimized for the keyword phrase?

How old is their domain (the older the better)?

How many links can be found that point to the page (the more the better)?

While there are other elements involved, these three are of primary concern. If you find you can outdo your competitor’s web page in at least two of the three areas mentioned, you can probably kick them off the page and take their place.

After ensuring you are optimizing for a keyword phrase (or phrases) that are likely to bring you the kind of traffic you want, you’ll often find it is the quantity of backlinks that make the real difference.

Of course, the quality of the backlinks is important too but if you are going to concentrate on one objective, it should be the building of links. Ensure your text links use the keyword phrases you are optimizing for and you’ll find you quickly climb the ranks of the search engines.

Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization, aka SEO, is the term that refers to the tactics you use to improve your website’s visibility in the search engines. Search engine optimization techniques focus on increasing  the organic, or natural, traffic that you receive based on your ranking within the search engines.

Primary search engine optimization strategies focus on Google as it receives over 70% of internet searches. The actual way that Google determines it’s search results (the Google Algorithm) is unknown, but through practice and observation our SEO specialists can get excellent results for your website.

The search engines will take note of your site and its content, categorizing it in a way that will allow it to show up in the SERPs (search engine results pages) when certain keywords are typed. You can arrange your site in certain ways, write content, and do other off-site strategies to increase your rankings.

Search engine optimization is achieved through a wide variety of methods. Our SEO professionals will focus on proper keyword research, clarity in the setup of your website’s headers, tags, file names and descriptions, external backlinking, internal cross linking, and quality content creation. This is a part of our procedures when we build your site.  We will work with you to create the site that your customers will find in Google.

Sites that are designed with ease-of-use and quality information in mind tend to do better than those built sloppily and without a solid plan. Another factor that has influence is that the site is updated regularly, and that it has links to it from other high quality sites.