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Confused by SEO concepts? Wondering how to sift through all the jargon to find some simple answers? We understand your frustration. For many business owners and marketers, it is hard enough trying to keep your website ahead of your online competitors without getting side-tracked by confusing search engine optimization terms.

To help you get a better idea of some of the most commonly confused SEO concepts, we have put together a mini-glossary of the widely used jargon. Keep reading to find out more about ranking, algorithms, SERPs and other concepts.

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Confused by SEO Concepts? Here’s How to Sift Through the Jargon.

In no particular order, some of the most commonly confused SEO concepts include the following:

  • SERPs. SERPs is short for Search Engine Results Pages. This means where you are placed on search engines such as Google. Page one would be the first page of the search results (which is where you want to be), while page two and three mean that web users need to click to view your ranking. The harder it is to be seen on the first page, the less likely your website will be found. It’s worth noting that there are always exceptions to this rule. If you are not on the first page yet, don’t worry… this comes with time, solid SEO practices and a great deal of work.
  • Ranking. A ranking is essentially how well your website does online. A good ranking means that your site is found on the first page of the SERPs. Although many businesses think that they need to be right at the top, you are still doing well even if you are a few places down. Although not too far down! According to Advanced Web Ranking, the click-through rate for position 5 on Page 1 of the Google search results is only 3%, and it decreases for every position after that. So high up on Page 1 is where all the action is. A number of factors determine your ranking, including on and off-site SEO, content, industry and even the keywords you are using.
  • Algorithms. Algorithms are how your website gets to that all important first page. Every so often, Google updates their algorithms to ensure a better quality experience for consumers. Google is always trying to return the most relevant search result for a user’s search, based on their language, location and search history. Factors that are typically considered include quality of content, the relevance of the content, and others.
  • Penalties. If you have been trying to take shortcuts by buying dodgy links, or your website is loaded with poor quality content, and other elements that Google thinks have a negative impact on the user experience, you may face penalties. Generally speaking, penalties take the form of lost rankings. A website that may have been at the top of the SERPs may suddenly find themselves on page three if they have been penalized by Google.
  • Keywords. A more accurate term would be “search term”. Many people assume that keywords consist of a single word. In reality, search terms need to be as specific as possible or “long tail”. An example of a bad keyword would be something like ‘shop’. Because this term appears in many contexts, it would not help anyone find your specialty kids clothing shop online if they searched for this term. A better term would be ‘Durban shop’, but there are still countless shops in Durban, so this would not help much either. A term such as ‘kids clothing shop in Durban’ meanwhile would make it far easier for your shop to be found.
  • Keyword Density: This refers to how many times your keyword appears in your content. This is tricky because you want your keyword to have a good density on the page (around 3%) but you don’t want the content to sound overly repetitive for the user. It takes good copywriting skills to write content that is both keyword-dense & reads well. You can check your keyword density using this nifty free density checking tool.
  • Search volume. This refers to the number of searches done for a keyword over the course of a month. Although a higher volume can be a good way to find phrases that are frequently searched for, lower numbers for specific searches will generally have a better conversion rate since your site is more relevant to the searcher’s query.
  • Click Through Rate (CTR): This is how many times your website is clicked when it does show up for searches. Let’s say you show up on the first page for a search 100 times, and out of those 100 impressions, your site is clicked on 10 times. This means your CTR is 10%. Google wants your site to be relevant, so good CTRs mean your site is relevant to searches and will do better in the organic rankings.
  • Competition. This refers to how many other websites are using the same term and actively optimizing for it. Be wary of high competition phrases. Even if these have a high volume of searches, you will likely not be able to rank if many others are using the term as well. A low and medium competition will be easier for your content to be found. Just imagine, if there are 2 million pages returned for a specific search result, to get to the first page of the search results, Google has to decide that you are more relevant than 2 999 990 other web pages!
  • Backlinks: Google has confirmed that 30% of your ranking score comes from your backlink profile. This means the links that come into your website from other websites. Think directories, social media, and business listings.
  • On-SERP SEO: Is the optimization of any and all content on SERPs that you can either control or influence in some way (e.g. meta title, meta description, feature snippets).
  • Featured Snippets: A featured snippet is a summary of an answer to a user’s query, which is displayed on top of Google search results. It’s extracted from a webpage and includes the page’s title and URL.
  • Zero-Click SERP: A zero-click SERP is one where the answer is displayed directly at the top of a Google search result. The search intent of the user is satisfied without having to click any actual search result links.
  • Voice Search: Also called voice-enabled, allows the user to use a voice command to search the Internet, a website, or an app.

At WSI, we are passionate about making it easier for businesses just like you to get found online. We aim to make the process as simple as possible so that you don’t have to lose sleep (or waste time) stressing about getting relevant website traffic. If you have any questions on any of these SEO concepts, or you have a specific bit of jargon you’d like us to demystify, get in touch with your local WSI expert today.

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WSI was founded in 1995 and is an innovative digital marketing agency with offices in over 80 countries. We’ve spent over 20 years helping more than 100,000 companies and large global brands unlock the full potential of their business by leveraging the Internet and its many unrecognized opportunities. We’d be happy to help do the same for you and consult on your digital marketing strategy.  Simply give me a call or email me at rknutsen@wsiebizsolutions.net to learn more.

It has become easier for people to do their due diligence on their business due the continuing evolution of social media networks growing popularity of user review websites and more informative search results.  Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you are at the mercy of their party websites. Implement these 5 digital strategies to build positive brand authority and credibility for your business.

  1. Content Marketing

To build brand authority is vital to a well thought out content marketing plan.  The goal is to consistently publish relevant and valuable content demonstrating your expertise to:

  • Customers
  • Search engines
  1. Social Media Marketing

A big part of your businesses credibility hinges on your social media presence. Constantly monitor and engage with customers through the social sphere to ensure you are ready to make the most of positive feedback and resolve any negative comments quickly.

  1. Video Marketing

Make your content more engaging and memorable, demonstrating your expertise using online video, especially if you can inject some personality.  It also has the benefit of being mobile friendly.

  1. Personalized Marketing

Personalized marketing is about delivering the right message to the right person at the right time based on:

  • Email
  • Website
  • Social media activity

Use customer driven data to personalize each shopper’s experience making it easier to earn their trust.

  1. Reputation Marketing

Don’t let review sites dictate your reputation. Actively participate in the review process so you can improve customer feedback.  Publish positive reviews on your own site and promptly rectify disappointing customer experiences.

In conclusion, your business is sure to be part of the online conversation because of the wealth of content on the web.  Your goal should be to lead your customers through their buying cycle with great content and then be able to turn reviews, good or bad, to your advantage.

If you would like help to improve your online brand authority, get in touch.

WSI was founded in 1995 and is an innovative digital marketing agency with offices in over 80 countries. We’ve spent over 20 years helping more than 100,000 companies and large global brands unlock the full potential of their business by leveraging the Internet and its many unrecognized opportunities. We’d be happy to help do the same for you and consult on your digital marketing strategy.  Simply give us a call or get in touch with us at rknutsen@wsiebizsolutions.net to learn more.

The best ways to improve your digital marketing performance is by seeing how well you stack up against your competition.  Identify what they are doing well. It can provide you with the data you need to improve and gain competitive advantage.

Here are 5 key areas to focus on:

  1. Search Engine Visibility

First, identify your online competitors.  Who is achieving the best visibility on the search engines.  Who has presence on third party websites as well as their own.

  1. Top Performing AdWords in Google

AdWords are payed for, meaning, your competitors who regularly show up in the top google ad positions do it because they pay for keywords. They do it knowing they:

  • Gain in advantage
  • Positively impact their return on investment
  1. Top Performing Keywords

Identify what keywords your competitors are ranking well for in:

  • Organic search
  • Paid ads

You can then, prepare a list of the top keywords you should be targeting and outperforming them on.

  1. Best Performing Content

Dig up and deeper and plan your own content marketing strategy built around your keywords.  Learn what content is visible and where. It will guide your content creation objectives.

  1. Social Media Engagement

Research where your competitors are most active on social media. It will show you which social networks and what type of content is popular among your target audience.  Once you have this information you can use it to gain competitive advantage, improving on what your competition is doing.

Last of all, monitor your performance to continue making improvements.

If you would like to start using competitive research to gain advantage in your business, get in touch today.

WSI was founded in 1995 and is an innovative digital marketing agency with offices in over 80 countries. We’ve spent over 20 years helping more than 100,000 companies and large global brands unlock the full potential of their business by leveraging the Internet and its many unrecognized opportunities. We’d be happy to help do the same for you and consult on your digital marketing strategy.  Simply give us a call or get in touch with us at rknutsen@wsiebizsolutions.net to learn more.

Managing a digital advertising campaign correctly is the best way to drive new leads and sales to your business.   However, how do you know which online advertising methodology you should use and when?

Step 1 – Identify the Right Search Criteria

Selecting the correct keywords is key for a successful ad campaign. In addition to keywords, sophisticated advertising networks include various target metrics, e.g., location, interests, income, age and more.

Step 2 – Advertise On the Appropriate Ad Networks

When you understand your ideal customer and their varied personas, then you can make the most of your advertising budget by choosing to display your ads on the more responsive advertising platforms.

Step 3 – Install Campaign Tracking

Tracking keywords across networks and determining which combinations are converting the best allows you to optimize your campaigns. Additionally, by connecting your ads to your marketing automation process allows you to track and nurture leads over time.

Step 4 – Carry Out A/B Split Tests

Compare and improve your online ads by testing 1) offers, 2) landing pages, and 3) calls-to-action.  Measure the impact A/B testing has on your campaign results and improve your overall campaign conversion rate.

Step 5 – Measure, Improve, Repeat

You can’t fix what you don’t measure. By regularly analyzing your campaign metrics you can identify which strategies are driving conversions. Once you know this, you can align your ad spend to attain greater returns on your investment.

If you manage an efficient digital advertising campaign, you can increase leads and drive sales.

If you would like help setting up and managing an effective online ad strategy for your business, get in touch today.

WSI was founded in 1995 and is an innovative digital marketing agency with offices in over 80 countries. We’ve spent over 20 years helping more than 100,000 companies and large global brands unlock the full potential of their business by leveraging the Internet and its many unrecognized opportunities. We’d be happy to help do the same for you and consult on your digital marketing strategy.  Simply give us a call or get in touch with us at rknutsen@wsiebizsolutions.net to learn more.