SEO Audits

SEO Audits

Why should a company use a professional SEO audit service?

  1. Keep your existing SEO company, honest. Verify those traffic numbers and rankings from a 3rd party auditing service. Most SEO experts use black hat and/or fake traffic to fool unsuspecting customers into shady  services.
  2. Keeping your website up to date and cleaned of any excess issues helps you compete online. A search engine optimization audit will find any hidden errors that are causing rankings to stagnate online.
  3. Looking to and/or have recently redesigned your company website? A technical audit can save your existing SEO rankings from tanking after a site redesign. This is the most common issue we see at our offices.
  4. Looking to hire an SEO expert or company? Let us vet their expertise. 97% of the digital marketing companies we test, do not pass. Protect your company and investment dollars before signing a contract.

Learn more about our website auditing services by calling 775-870-0488.

Over 89% of digital marketing companies are not qualified to generate quality leads for their clients.

View our guide on the worlds best SEO experts here.

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We tested all of the top competitors in our local Reno market to see what keywords they ranked for in Google, and were SHOCKED to learn that over 97% of these supposed SEO companies did not rank for buyer intent keywords! How is it that a digital marketing company, that sells SEO services does not use SEO to acquire new customers?

Buyer beware. Even large, well known ad agencies are promoting their digital marketing services and do not use SEO either.

A quick search for the keywords that the agency ranks for will tell the truth of how technical savvy they are at their own marketing efforts.

Example report for a local Reno marketing agency where they rank for keywords, on page 7,8 or 9…where no one every goes!

seo stats

Some local companies do not even rank on the back pages of Google search. They use billboards and/or online ads via Google PPC in order to get SEO clients. Very strange indeed. More and more businesses are becoming educated in how these marketing scams work. It is getting harder to trick businesses into shady marketing services.

Eventually these fly by night marketing companies will fall by the wayside.

Quick tips to vet your SEO company

  1. Check out their reviews in Google. Why Google? Yelp and Facebook reviews are easy to game.
  2. Track the amount of keywords the marketing agency ranks for. What page do they rank in Google?
  3. Check the ranking stats of their customers as well.
  4. Hire a 3rd party vetting service.
  5. Make sure this company is actually located in the US. A number of foreign companies have front offices in the US, but all of the “work” is done overseas.

Arm yourself with the tools that experts use.

Invest in a company that has the experience and proven track record of successful wins for their own website as well as those of their clients. Always verify that data. There are ways that these companies can fake traffic and analytics. If you have been paying a company for marketing work and not seeing more sales, something is wrong. Do not trust their stat reports, verify with a 3rd party expert that will explain your real world rankings.

SEO Companies that reach out to you, unsolicited are usually in desperate straights (they can’t SEO their own company website) so they steal email addresses online and send out fake emails like the ones shared on the Worse SEO Hall of Fame WebSite here: http://www.claytowne.com/beats-digging-ditches/seo-marketing-spam-hall-of-shame/

Most small businesses get 3 – 5 sales calls a day from spammers trying to sell their Google ranking services. Think about it, if they were good at SEO, they would not have to call and harass you and your staff every day.

Calls from Google to Push Your Ranking a Fraudulent Indicator

Google will never call a business to assist them to improve their search engine rankings. Google provide various tools and knowledge bases to help web masters, search engine optimization experts and other information technology professionals understand the nature of SEO, but they never call businesses unsolicited.

Google has a support team, and customer service department that businesses can call for assistance, but never initiate contact with a business via telephone. source: https://themarketingfolks.com/seo-scam/

Those same small businesses receive several emails a day from supposed experts who just happened to stumble across your website and found some technical errors they can fix for real cheap. These emails are also scams. Never click on those links or call the sales number. They will automatically add your number to a spam call list, selling it to the highest bidder.

SEO is an investment, just like other forms of marketing.  Make sure to work with a vetted expert and try to not think that just by hiring a young person to do your companies SEO or Social Media Marketing will help save the day. More often than not, these people are grossly under qualified for the position and will do more harm than good to your rankings online.

You can save money by doing a lot of it yourself, but you should plan to spend at least 1-2 hours per day marketing your company, writing content, engaging with your audience, and building online relationships.

A good budget for a national business or a competitive local business is typically in the $2500 – $5000 per month range depending on the competitiveness of your industry. For a quality company that isn’t looking to make massive profits on you, that kind of budget should produce good results. You may not reach all of your goals depending on the competitiveness of your industry or if there is additional work that needs to be done (site design, etc) but you should see measured improvement. source: https://moz.com/ugc/how-to-avoid-seo-digital-marketing-scams

SEO is still in the early stages of development. Most businesses do not even know what it is and how it can help or harm their businesses. This opens up room for sharks to surf in and make a lot of easy cash.

I once heard a meteorologist admit that forecasts that predict the weather beyond three days are essentially just guesses. “Then why do you still offer them?” the interviewer asked. “Because the audience demands them,” he answered. Left unsaid was “Because the audience doesn’t know any better.” That’s where SEO is now. The public is still largely ignorant of the truth about Internet marketing, and the stakes are so high that there are more than enough dupes willing to pay for SEO that doesn’t work.

It takes many forms. Fast talking consultants pitch SEO campaigns that cost $50,000-$75,000 to medium-sized businesses, and even though the business owners are skeptical, they often pay because they don’t know what else to do. Web development firms charge small businesses $500 a month for ongoing SEO maintenance, which means precisely collecting $500 for doing absolutely nothing. Marketing companies charge you to enlist popular bloggers to link to your site despite the fact that their blogs have nothing to do with what you’re selling. SEO “experts” charge you to submit your site to hundreds of fly-by-night Eastern European web directories in the name of link building. Most of these experts won’t explain to you what they’re actually doing, and almost none of what they do works. In fact, they’re more likely to get you penalized than to actually help you. source: https://techli.com/2013/12/the-truth-about-internet-marketing-part-2-seo-is-a-scam/

How to spot fake reviews on Amazon?

Fake reviews are one of the biggest hurdles in the way of a good online shopping experience. Like all other online shopping sites, the menace of fake reviews also plague the e-commerce giant – Amazon.

Though Amazon tries hard to weed out the fake reviews, however as a buyer, we need to play our part. Spending a few minutes before making a purchase is all it takes to not get scammed by those glowing 5 stars.

So in this post, I’ll help you identify fake reviews with a few tricks that help me make sound shopping decisions.

Note: As an example, I will be using this new MaxBoost Google Pixel 2 case that my analysis (and my gut) tells me has fake reviews.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE: https://www.hongkiat.com/blog/identify-fake-reviews-on-amazon/

SEO and SEM: What’s the Difference and Do I Need Them?

SEO and SEM: What’s the Difference and Do I Need Them?

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is fast becoming a US$80 billion dollar industry.

Search ad revenue – the major component of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) – may only be around half that amount, but $40 billion is nothing to sneeze at.

Yet despite how monumentally massive these industries are, there is still a lot of confusion around what these terms mean.

Let’s take a brief look at SEO and SEM, their differences and the definitions of each.

What is Search Engine Optimization?

SEO is a method of optimizing a webpage so that it will attract more organic traffic. By organic traffic, I’m referring to users who find a website through a search engine.

Technically, SEO caters to all search engines, including Duckduck Go, Yahoo, and Bing. In reality, however, virtually all SEO focuses on the kingpin: Google.

Google is notorious for changing their algorithms in a tireless attempt to make the searching experience as effective as possible for the end user. As a result, SEO techniques are evolving rapidly.

Two things remain constant, however: The concepts of on-page and off-page optimization.

What is On-page Optimization?

As the name suggests, on page optimization is undertaken within the website itself. Essentially, these are tricks of the trade that SEO savvy content writers and web designs use to improve the Search Engine Results Pages (SERP) ranking of their article.

  • Using targeted keywords in the title and headings of their article.
  • Peppering secondary keywords throughout the article in a natural way.
  • Achieving the highest possible page load time.
  • Including photos which have been SEO optimized by way of file size, file name, and alt tags.
  • User-friendly formatting with ample white space.
  • Social media sharing plugins.
  • Quality content that provides real value for the reader.

What is Off-page Optimization?

Off-page refers to techniques undertaken outside the website. Behind the scenes, if you will.

  • Link building by obtaining inbound links (backlinks) from other reputable websites.
  • Driving traffic through social media, A.K.A social signals.

What is Search Engine Marketing?

SEM is when a marketer pays a search engine (almost always Google Ad Words) to promote their product to a wider audience.

You’ve probably noticed results at the top of Google marked “[Ad].” These are an example of a pay-per-click (PPC) or cost-per-click (CPC) advertisement, which is a critical component of SEM.

SEM once referred to both SEO and PPC advertisements, although these days there is a clear distinction between the two.

Other aspects of SEM include:

  • Targeted advertising campaigns.
  • Advertisement groups with a focus on keyword variations.
  • Writing keyword rich ad copy.
  • Monitoring marketing metrics such as click-through rates and average costs per click.

SEO vs. SEM: Which is Better?

Each excels at different things.

SEO is more of a long game. The practice may not see instant results, but if done correctly, it can result in a considerable amount of organic traffic over time.

SEM, on the other hand, is capable of earning a website fast exposure which is great for short term campaigns or new companies looking to start trading with a bang.

Big online businesses incorporate both, as the two complement each other nicely.

SEO and SEM: Do I Need Them?

SEO is an essential practice for anyone looking to make money through a website. After all, if you can’t hit the front page of Google, then do you really exist?

SEM is a little more variable. If done right, it can drive massive short-term traffic to your business, but for a price.

Who Can Help Me Create an SEO/SEM Marketing Strategy?

Reno Web Design are experts at both SEO and SEM marketing. Get in touch with them today to discuss an affordable and effective online marketing plan for your business.

A Basic Technical SEO Guide for Website Design

A Basic Technical SEO Guide for Website Design

As most small businesses are set to spend around $75,000 on digital marketing this year, they need to make every dollar count in that budget. Using search engine optimization is a way to pivot your page to be found by search engines, which is as good as free promotion. Search engine optimization, notably technical SEO is important in making yourself known to users.

Here are five elements of technical SEO that you need to implement.

1. Page Speed is a Major Factor
When you’re using mobile, the speed of your page gets weighed into how good your site is as a match for users. It lets search engines know that it’s optimized, updated, and you’ve tried to streamline the code base.

If you’re thinking about user experience, page speed matters as well. When users rank how well a site works for them, they will factor in load time. If it doesn’t load within three seconds, they’ll consider it a bad match that doesn’t give them what they want. Isn’t that the ultimate aim of user experience?

2. Bot Instructions Are Case Sensitive
If you’re giving robots instructions for your site, you need to ensure that you take case into consideration. Instructions in your robots.txt file need to be all lowercase.

If you play with case, you change the way the information is going to be processed.

Web crawlers, the tool that search engines use to index every site on the internet, look for files on your main directory. If you hide them somewhere else, they may never get read.

3. You Need Infinite Scroll
You want your site to be designed in such a way as to load content as your user scrolls. When they’re going down your website’s pages, you don’t want the content to stop.

Paginated pages combined with a very long scroll will help users to keep reading and staying productive on your site. If new content is constantly available, you’ll rank much higher than your competitor’s site.

4. Sitemap is What You Want
While Google needs sitemaps to be in an XML format, that’s pretty much the only stipulation to worry about when setting up your sitemap. Your hierarchy or your structure can look however you want it to look.

When you choose a sitemap that works for you and makes sense, you make it easier for search engines to scroll through your site. As long as there’s simple logic, you can structure it however you please.

5. Your Homepage Matter
Your homepage needs to have everything that you want search engines to find out about you. Because search engines look at that page first, you want your site to be ranked fairly.

You can have other sites ranked as well so long as you include a link from your front page.

Understanding Technical SEO is an Advantage

If you want to have a strong advantage on your competition, you need to take advantage of what technical SEO has to offer. When you optimize your site for crawling and indexing, you make yourself that much easier to find by your potential clients.

If you want to audit your SEO ranking, check out our guide.

SEO Website Design : What do they look like?

SEO Website Design : What do they look like?

What Does an SEO-Friendly Website Design Look Like?

Your SEO probably stinks. Yeah, we said it, and we’re willing to bet we’re on the right track. You’re not struggling because you’re not trying, but rather because SEO is complex.

54% of small businesses don’t think they have the budget for SEO. We’re here to show that most of them are wrong. SEO doesn’t always mean extravagant keyword research.

Instead, SEO can refer to your entire website design. Everything from your links to your HTML affects your SEO. Though not many people know what they’re doing when it comes to an SEO-friendly website design.

Today, we’re bringing you our guide to SEO website design and how to ensure you’re maximizing your website’s visibility. Let’s get started.

On Page

On page SEO refers to any SEO aspect you can control. You can influence keywords, title tags, meta descriptions, links, etc. They’re the elements that make up the backbone of your SEO optimization.

Let’s go more into detail.

HTML

HTML formatting drives the design behind your website. Consider it the language your site uses to communicate with Google. Your HTML both paints a picture and informs Google what that picture means.

The best-designed websites heavily tailor HTML to help their SEO. Let’s look at the best of the best tips for HTML design.

Title Tags

Title tags are the headline link you see on the search engine results page. For example, our title tag is:

“Reno Web Design | Web Design, SEO, Marketing & Workshops | Reno …”

Always add a catchy title to your HTML title tag. Not only does it help draw clicks, but the title also tells Google about your website.

Headers H1, H2

Headers are the “titles” in your post, including the main “title” and the subheadings. They’re broken down into H1, H2, H3, H4 and so on. The larger the number the smaller the header font.

HTML headers should always contain both short and long-tail keywords. H1 tags contain the main keywords while H2, H3, and so on contain keyword variations and long-tail keywords.

Google looks at the keywords to help determine when to show your page. The best headers use a mix of specific and general keywords.

Meta Descriptions

Meta descriptions refer to the small amount of text that sits under search engine results titles. Metas give searchers a brief description of what your web page is all about.

Though they also give Google that same description. Google uses your meta description to determine what your page discusses. Always include relevant information and keywords.

SEO Friendly Link Structure

SEO friendly link structure refers to Google’s ability to crawl and then index your page. The search giant’s “crawlers” need an easily navigable link structure.

Keep your web URLs relevant to your page structure. Also, keep the sub-URLs categorized and descending from the main URLs.

Think of linking like a pyramid. The top should point to the lower links, which then point to even lower links. Just ensure pages don’t get skipped.

Your Own SEO Website Design

Building your own SEO website design is best left to the professionals. While you might make it work, why take the risk? Our team of SEO experts can have your website up and running in no time.

If you’re ready to get started, just contact us. We’re here to help you shoot for the top of the SERPs.

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