Topic: Search Engine Optimization

The Role of SEO in Digital Marketing Pt. 2

SEO 2020

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At Insiteful Solutions, we work with clients in Markham and across the GTA to improve their websites and their SEO rankings. Now it is more important than ever to focus on your business’s SEO and how to activate it for success. Our last blog delved into the world of SEO and provided lots of tips that you could employ. This blog will cover some of the remaining points to keep in mind when you are developing your website and the all-important SEO.

Your SEO will Help Your Ecommerce Efforts

Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic global e-commerce was exploding. It is estimated that by 2021 online purchases will reach $4.5 trillion and will account for 17.5% of all retail sales. If you are a business, whether you sell online or not, you need to invest the time and effort into improving your SEO as it is estimated that 81% of people research purchases online before they make a final decision of what to purchase. Incredibly it’s also been reported that 75% of mobile searches end up with people visiting the store they researched within 24 hours and subsequently 30% of these visits result in an in-store purchase.

Growth in Mobile Traffic and Local SEO

At Insiteful Solutions, we have been working with clients for over 15 years addressing all aspects of their online digital marketing campaigns. One of the most important aspects of SEO is the growth of mobile traffic because so many people are using their phones to search things on Google or other search engines, the local search is an integral part to the success of a small or medium-sized business. Local SEO focuses digital results for a specific geographic area, this helps people close to your place of business find you faster. Your brand can work on messaging to target customers based on what town, city or province you happen to be located. At Insiteful Solutions, we will optimize your website content to link it to local citations and other relevant links to the location and sector your business operates in. We will also draw focus to your reviews on Yelp and Google and any other user review sites related to your industry.

Focus on Metadata

At Insiteful Solutions, we also work on your metadata. When you design your company’s website each page contains a space between the <head> tags to insert information about the contents of your page – that’s the metadata. You can review and update your metadata, this is often overlooked by businesses who still with their original site for far too long. Along with your content, your metadata should be refreshed at regular intervals.

Metadata is also connected to the ever-important keyword phrases that you develop to match your brand. The title metadata, for example, is responsible for the titles you see displayed at the top of a browser window and provides the headline within search engine results. At Insiteful Solutions, we will also help you develop your description metadata and keyword metadata. Your description metadata is the text that a search engine may use in your page search – it should be a brief informative description of what your website contains. Keyword metadata can be a few phrases made up of one to four words that describe what your business sells.

Keyword Use for ‘Click Here’ Links

Many businesses make the mistake of wasting links embedded within the text of your website. Including banal ‘click here’ links is a wasted opportunity as they have no search engine value; it is more helpful to use keywords related to your business will improve your search engine rankings as well as the ranking of the page you are linking to.

Alt Tags for Visuals and Videos

It is also important to use alt tags on your website when describing visual elements and embedded videos. For people that use text-only browsers or screen readers, this is very helpful and allows them to understand what is on your website. It also allows search engines to locate your page.

Indexing 101

Remember to check your indexing. Search engine indexing is the way in which a search engine collects, sorts and stores data for later use. This data is what informs the results for search engine queries. It is important to check your indexing to make sure Google (or other search engines) is capturing your data correctly. There are two ways you can check your indexing. The first way is to go to Google and type “site.yourdomain.com”, using this way will let you know quickly how many pages Google thinks your site has. The second way is to go to your search console and choose “index status”. Ideally, if you use both ways the numbers should match. By checking how your site is indexing you will be able to take advantage of Google analytics.

Investing in Your SEO

One of the main questions we receive from both old and new clients is how much should they invest in SEO and a quick second question is how long will it take to see results from their investment. At Insiteful Solutions we advise clients to think of SEO work as a long-term project whose investment will pay off in a few months; this wait time between and investment and results can often be off-putting to the people in charge of the SEO budget. But skimping on your SEO will be detrimental to your business in the long run. By working with SEO experts like Insiteful Solutions you will be able to work efficiently and economically to achieve your SEO goals.

At Insiteful Solutions, we work with clients to create brand new websites or improve ones they may already have. Having been in business for over 15 years you can be confident that as the GTA’s leading SEO experts we can lead you through the process of improving your internet search rankings which will result in more clients and customers buying your service or product. Contact us today to get started on your improved SEO results.

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SEO: What Is The Role of SEO In Digital Marketing?

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The Important Role of SEO in Digital Marketing

Insiteful Solutions are SEO experts. For over a decade we have been helping companies in Toronto and the GTA and across Canada build websites and develop digital marketing campaigns that propel them to success. Every company should have knowledge of what an SEO is and why it is vital to your company’s success in reaching potential customers. At Insiteful Solutions, we have worked with hundreds of companies to improve their SEO ratings and are always excited to pass on the knowledge we have to others.

SEO is an acronym for Search Engine Optimization. It is the practice of increasing the quality and quantity of traffic to websites by increasing the visibility of a website to gain spontaneous, un-paid, visitors to a website. It is vital for your company to invest in promoting your SEO efforts. At Insiteful Solutions we take the time to learn about your company, your desired customer and we analyze and implement unique strategies to make sure your company’s website ranking is as strong as possible.

You may not realize it but every time you do a Google search you are witnessing the power of the SEO. If you own, for example, a flower shop in Ottawa you will want your company to pop up on the first or second page of the Google search. If your company doesn’t appear until page 40 it is highly unlikely people would order from your shop. Investing in your SEO can’t be underestimated – if your customers can’t find you they can’t buy your product or service.

While Google isn’t the only internet search engine it is by far the most powerful. Recent estimates that there is a mind-boggling 3.5 billion global internet searches a day, and Google has a whopping 92% of this traffic. Dedicating resources to your SEO as part of your digital marketing strategy can also help search engines locate, crawl and index your website in their catalogue.

To increase your SEO you will most likely need to make certain changes to the design of your website and make sure the content you create is attractive to a search engine. With time and some effort, you can greatly increase your company’s chances of landing on the first or second Google Search Engine Results Page (SERP). Google (and other search engines such as Bing or Yahoo) want to provide the highest quality products to people who use their sites; if they produce search results for shoddy products people are less likely to use their search engine. This means that your website has to be one of quality and highly relevant to what an individual has searched for.

To make sure the people using their search engines find what they are looking for Google has devised a search algorithm that will scan (or crawl) different websites; from this, they are able to identify the most relevant websites that will be valuable for people. They also scan for related topics and keywords – this is how the search engine links up searches using related terms and keywords with websites. The search engine algorithm will also scan the site to figure out if it is user-friendly or not – the easier your website is to navigate the higher ranking you will receive on the search engine page.

There are numerous other factors that impact the success of your SEO:

One of the most important, yet often under-considered, factors in SEO success is the content of your site. Your website needs to contain up to date, relevant information about your business and the product or service you deliver. Beyond how this helps the Google algorithm identify your site as valuable, potential customers are more likely to spend time on your site if they see that it is constantly updated with quality material.

Before you start to create content for your site you will need to determine keywords and phrases related to your business. If you are, for example, a bakery in Toronto, you will want to include words related to a bakery: bake, bread, cupcakes, delicious, fresh etc. You will also want to include geographic parameters: Toronto, GTA, Ontario, Canada. Your keywords and phrases will help the search engine algorithms identify what you do and in turn inform people searching for, taking our example into consideration, bakeries in Toronto.

There are numerous ways you can create content for your website; its best to develop a variety of different forms of content. Everything you create should be well-written and most important, relevant to your company’s product or service. Here are some content ideas for your site:

Blog Posts

Blog Posts should be at least 1,000 words and be written in a clear, concise manner. The content of your blog post should focus on keywords and phrases related to your business.

How-To Guides

Creating and posting explanatory content can attract customers who wish to learn in-depth about your product. A How-To Guide is a way you can show potential customers how unique your offering is.

Articles

If there are informative articles published about your product you can repost them. People that look for the author’s name or topic will search and could find your site.

Videos

If you have videos of your product or service available embedding them into your website is a great way to increase visits to your site.

You also want to remember to include your keywords and phrases throughout your social media channels.

By investing time and energy into improving your SEO you can most definitely boost your search engine rankings and drive more business to your site. A proper SEO campaign can take weeks to months to actualize – so it’s important to get started today!

If you’re not happy with how your company is currently doing in your search engine ranking we recommend you give us a call today. At Insiteful Solutions, we apply our years of experience to each and every client and their SEO. We can help improve your ranking and drive business to your site.

Give us a call today (905-947-8235 x 102) or pop us an email so we can help your business grow.

Insiteful Solutions: Our COVID-19 Response

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At Insiteful Solutions we, along with so many other Canadian businesses, have had to adjust our operations to the current impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We were fortunate at Insiteful Solutions that our business transitioned fairly seamlessly to working remotely. Many of our designers and programmers were already working off-site and we were able to continue working with clients and address all of their needs promptly. Unfortunately, we have had to move our in-person client meetings to virtual – but this too has worked well and we’ve enjoyed more than ever working with our valued clients to help keep their businesses thriving during these challenging times.

If you need to reach anyone at Insiteful Solutions our phones are still staffed Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, please give us a call at 905-947-8235 or pop us an email at contact@insitefulweb.com.

At Insiteful Solutions we are sending our thoughts to everyone affected by COVID-19 and wishing that you all stay safe and healthy during this challenging time.

Our People

A strength of Insiteful Solutions is we have a large network of people who work together to create cutting edge websites and online marketing campaigns. Nothing is more important to us than our staff’s well-being. At the very beginning of COVID-19 we have adjusted all of our operations to function remotely; staff are working from home and we check in with them frequently and everyone is following social distancing guidelines. Our staff are available and eager to work with current clients on their existing sites and new clients to create website and online marketing solutions.

Our Clients

At Insiteful Solutions we are fortunate that many of our clients have been with us for a decade or longer. Their well-being is of paramount importance to us and we are dedicated to supporting them throughout this crisis. We want to make sure our clients have the best website possible to weather this current economic crisis and we constantly educate ourselves on current trends and opportunities that we can pass along to our valued clients. While some of our clients already had e-commerce built into their websites we want to make sure all of our clients can re-calibrate their business model to not just survive, but succeed, during the pandemic. At Insiteful Solutions our team of experts are here to help you pivot your business operations and drive as many people as possible to your online presence.