Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does SEO stand for?
SEO stands for search engine optimization. Search engine optimization is the process of optimizing your website to receive more “organic” or free traffic from search engines.
2. What is LOCAL SEO?
Local SEO is similar to national SEO except that it focuses primarily on increasing organic traffic in your local area.
3. What is on page SEO?
On page SEO is the process of optimizing individual web pages to rank higher in organic search results. On page refers to both the actual text and content on the page as well as the HTML markup. There is both on page and off page SEO.
4. What is off page SEO?
Off page SEO refers to activities that can be done outside of the confines of your website to increase search engines rankings. Perhaps the most popular form of off page SEO would be backlink building. A backlink is a link from another website that leads back to your website. Backlinks are often used to reference relevant content on the given topic.
5. Why do i need SEO?
SEO is crucial to the success of any website. The primary focus of SEO is to rank your website higher in organic search results. Ranking higher in organic search results will drive quality traffic to your website. Organic search results traffic is free. Properly implementing SEO will significantly lower advertising costs while increasing local traffic with commercial intent.
6. How Much Does SEO cost?
The price of SEO can vary widely based on a number of factors. Some of the factors that will influence the price are: quality of agency, amount of work needed and geographic location. However, it is important to note that SEO is a highly specialized skill. You will get what you pay for. SEO should be looked as an investment into your business, because that is exactly what it is. As with any investment, the return is more important than the price.
7. Can SEO Help your business?
Yes. If done properly, SEO will significantly increase search rankings therefore increasing traffic and exposure.
8. Would my business benefit from internet marketing?
Yes. All businesses will benefit from internet marketing. Nearly 90% of consumers are looking online to find answers to their questions. 87% of consumers will search online to purchase products and services.
9. What is Google My Business?
Google My Business is a free service offered by Google to list your business on the internet. However, it is far more important than that. Claiming your business listing and updating all of your information can significantly increase local business. The yellow pages, phone book and 411 are a thing of the past. Your internet listing is your business listing to the world. In addition to being FREE, Google My Business offers a number of promotional and advertising opportunities for your local service area.
10. Is Google My Business Free?
Yes Google My Business is a free business listing service offered by Google.
11. What is Pay per click advertising?
Pay per click advertising or PPC is significantly different from traditional advertising in that you only pay for actual clicks on your ad or calls to your business. In other words, your ad can be shown 1 million times but if it is not clicked on than you’ll will not pay a cent.
12. What types of people do we work with?
We specialize in working with small business and entrepreneurs. That being said, we have a flexible team that is capable of handling websites both large and small.
13. Can my business benefit from social media?
Regardless of the industry that you’re in, your business will absolutely benefit from the use of social media marketing. In 2019 nearly ⅓ of consumers time was spent on social media. That provides an enormous opportunity to reach consumers in your local area.
1. What does it mean to rank in google search?
Ranking in Google search refers to the websites that are listed on the 1st page of the search results. Websites on the first page of the search results receive approximately 93% of all of the clicks.
2. What determines search engine rankings?
Google has approximately 220 individual ranking factors that are considered when ranking a website for a given search term. The most important factors to be considered are on page SEO, off page SEO and quality content.
3. What are keywords?
A keyword is the query (word or phrase) that is typed into the search engine. A keyword can be one word or an entire sentence. Each “keyword” will trigger a different set of search results. The entire internet and search engines in general are focused and built around keywords.
4. What is the difference between SEO & SEM?
SEM (search engine marketing) encompasses a variety of strategies combined. SEO or search engine optimization, refers to optimizing your website to specifically rank higher in organic google search results. Basically SEO is just one aspect of SEM.
5. Do I Need a blog?
Yes. While you do not necessarily NEED a blog it will be much easier to rank higher in google search with content to build a following and domain authority. A blog is extremely important in building a following to your website.
6. Does my website need to be mobile friendly?
Yes absolutely. Nearly 60% of searches are done on a mobile devices. That number will only continue to rise. If your website is not mobile friendly not only does it annoy consumers. But, Google also penalizes sites that are not mobile friendly. User experience is one of Google primary concerns. SEcond only to safety.
7. What does organic search mean?
Organic search refers to the free search results that are generated by Google for a given search query. The alternative to organic search results are paid advertising. You can distinguish the difference between the two listings because an advertising will have a small “ad” symbol on the left side of the ad. This symbol can either be black or inside a green box.
8. What is keyword research?
Keyword research refers to actively researching the keywords that you’re considering targeting with your website or blog post. Keyword research will help you figure out what keywords to target, search volumes, difficulty in both organic and paid advertising etc.
9. What is SERPs?
SERP is an acronym for Search Engine Results Page. The page that displays the results of the query that you searched for on Google or your search engine of choice.
10. Is my website indexed with google?
To check if your website is indexed by Google or other search engines, go to that search engine (google.com) and type “site:yourwebsite.com” and press enter. If your website has been indexed with that search engine, the pages that are indexed will be displayed in the search results. If no results are displayed your website has not been indexed. You can also implement Google Search Console to streamline any of your website needs.
11. What is schema markup?
Schema markup or structured data is a computing language that search engines use to easily identify specific elements of your website to include in search engines results. Some of the elements that will be “marked up” are your business name, logo, social profiles, reviews, videos, products or services and more. Implementing schema markup on your website will increase the opportunity for knowledge cards, rich snippets and review snippets in search results. Having snippets added to your site will allow google to prominently display your website in the search listings.
12. What is a backlink?
Backlinks refer to links from other website that link back to your website. Google uses backlinks as a factor to weigh the importance of a website. If a lot of other websites are linking back to your page Google would assume that to mean your page is an authority on the given topic. Building quality backlinks from a number of sources is another way to increase your page authority for your given niche. Page/domain authority is one of the heaviest weighing ranking factors in Google Search.
WEB DESIGN FAQ
1. What platform do we build websites on?
We use Wordpress to build all of our websites. Wordpress is by far the most popular content management system in the world. Because of its popularity, there are a large number of plugins, support documents and a large support community.
2. What is wordpress?
Wordpress is a content management system or website builder. Wordpress is essentially a web based open-source software that makes building a quality website easy.
3. What is a domain name?
Your domain name is the web address where your website is located. For example “Google.com” is Google’s domain name. Every website needs a domain name to be listed on the internet.
4. What is website hosting?
Web hosting is what makes your website accessible on the internet. Your web hosting is where all of your webpage files are stored and served to users from.
5. Do we write content for the website?
Content creation can be included in the package pricing if you ask us to do so.
6. How does payment work?
For the majority of our services payment is required prior to rendering our services. We provide a satisfaction guarantee to all of our customers. For web design projects 35% is due up front. The specific payment requirements will be outlined prior to beginning our services.
PAY PER CLICK ADVERTISING FAQ
1. What is Pay per click advertising?
Pay per click advertising is internet based inbound advertising that only charges based on actual clicks/calls from your advertisement. You’re not charged for impressions (times your ad is shown). You’re only charged for actual interactions with your advertisement.
2. What is Google Ads?
Google Ads, formerly known as Google AdWords, is a web based advertising system that offers search, display, shopping and video advertisements. Your ads are based on keywords that you target (keywords that trigger when your ad is shown).
3. What is Google Analytics?
Google analytics is a free software implemented on your website to measure how users interact with your website. Pageviews, sessions, time on page, user metrics, conversion metrics and much more. Google analytics is absolutely crucial in measuring metrics and dimensions that matter to the success of your business.
4. What is a conversion?
A conversion in Google Ads or advertising in general refers to an action the user took that is important to your business. For example a conversion for a business may be a form submission for a lead or calling your business. There are many different conversion that can be measured. A conversion can be any action you want your users to take when they view your website.