Month: November 2016

Effective Search Engine Optimisation

Effective Search Engine Optimisation

Effective Search Engine Optimisation
If you are a new business and you want to make sure that you website is a success it may be a good idea to consider using the services of a professional internet marketing service such as Direct Submit to help you. Making sure that your website gets seen by potential customers or investors that will be interested in the goods or services that your business provides is a potential hurdle that every business faces regardless of their size or length of time within their industry, however with the correct skills and knowledge any website can really improve its chances of considerably raising its online profile.

internetmarketingBy employing techniques such as search engine optimisation (SEO) Direct Submit can help you to reach the top pages of results produced by search engines such as Google, so people who are looking for the products or services that you provide are likely to find your page quickly and easily. This is a particularly effective method and popular of internet marketing because not only does it send more traffic to your website, the traffic that is generated is much more likely to be well targeted to your business and doesn’t require the use of any expensive and time consuming advertising campaigns.

As SEO can be a time consuming process that requires a lot of research, maintenance and adjustments to your website to be truly worthwhile so using the service of internet marketing company can be a really sensible investment. Any new business takes up a lot of time and requires a lot of work so why not let a professional with all the required knowledge and expert skills required to do a to quality job do it for you so you can pay your attention to other, more immediate aspects of your business. At Direct Submit they offer all service with very flexible terms giving you the option to simply hire them to set the initial process up or to continue to benefit from their support by taking advantage of the excellent maintenance and performance review services that are on offer as well.

At Direct Submit they are happy to offer help, advice and services to any businesses that are just starting out, no matter how large or small, with the skills and expertise to help any website become a success they will be able to offer you an effective internet marketing strategy that is completely tailored to your businesses individual needs by taking in to account other details such as location, customer target group, special offers, awards or achievements and many other factors. With a friendly, efficient and flexible approach to all their customers you will be definitely be pleased with the results that Direct Submit can create for you.

So if you want your new business to be seen online and have the best possible start why not talk to one of the friendly and fully trained team at Direct Submit to find out how they could help your company’s website boost its online profile?

No matter what products or services you sell you can be certain that they will be able to offer your service and excellent service that generates real results, check out their great past customer testimonials to see how many people have been left satisfied with the service they provide. Specialising in Internet Marketing Services, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Pay per Click (PPC) online marketing and over the past decade we have built up a loyal client base. The depth and breadth of knowledge we have built up helps set us apart in an increasingly competitive and crowded SEO market place.

To speak to one of our Internet Marketing Consultants for advice on making your Web Marketing project a success, call us now on 0845 272 2350 or visit the Direct Submit SEO services website today.

Grabbing the Prospects Attention

Grabbing the Prospects Attention

Grabbing the Prospects Attention
If you are not new to marketing, you have surely heard about the AIDA formula. AIDA is an acronym for Attention – Interest – Desire – Action; these four mental steps are necessary for you to inspire in your prospect if you are selling her your product or service.

Attention – attract your potential customer’s attention;
Interest – raise customers’ interest by focusing on advantages and benefits;
Desire – convince customers that they want and desire your product and that it will satisfy their needs;
Action – lead customers toward your targeted action: ordering, purchasing, or subscribing.

This formula may be used to convert your virtual website visitors into real local and loyal buyers so its well worth spending some time to make sure your website meets these requirments.

What is Local Search or Local SEO?

What is Local Search or Local SEO?

What is Local Search or Local SEO?
It’s not that long ago, if you simply entered “plumber” into Google’s search bar, you’d get results from all over the UK. Typically, whether you were based in Newcastle, Leeds, London or Edinburgh, you were quite likely to get the same top 10 search results. And let’s be honest, as local small trader in Newcastle this isn’t going to be of that much help to you?

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Google has made some major changes and now, search results are significantly influenced by the geographic location of the searcher. Many search results nowadays will include maps, pinpointing a company’s precise location. Helping personalise search listings and results, making it a lot more helpful and relevant to the person doing the search.

Many local companies rely almost entirely local, geographic specific business so it makes sense that ‘your business’ should be taking advantage of these search engine changes. This could potentially lead to significant increases in business enquiries and sales.

How Local Internet Marketing & SEO Can Help Your Business
The integration of geographic data in search results represents a huge opportunity for local business. These changes should help your site to avoid being forced to compete with businesses and providers all over the country – often irrelevant o the searcher, only those in your specific area.

This makes it infinitely easier to rank highly for your keywords, and it makes reaching your exact target audience more possible, too.

At Direct Submit, we specialise in online marketing and local SEO for small, local businesses. We’ve helped loads of local businesses to improve their websites ranking in the major search engines, helping attract more qualified traffic and bring in more sales on the web.

For more information on Local SEO, call us today on 0845 2722350 and get your website noticed locally.

Getting the Basics Right – Internet Security

Getting the Basics Right – Internet Security

Internet Security – Getting the Basics Right
Taking some simple actions and practising safe behaviours will reduce the risk of online threats to your business.

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Download software updates
Download software and app updates as soon as they appear. They contain vital security upgrades that keep your devices and business information safe.
Visit www.cyberstreetwise.com/software-updates for further advice on updates.

Use strong passwords
Use strong passwords made up of at least three random words. Using lower and upper case letters, numbers and symbols will make your passwords even stronger.
Visit www.cyberstreetwise.com/passwords for further advice on passwords.

Delete suspicious emails
Delete suspicious emails as they may contain fraudulent requests for information or links to viruses.
Visit www.cyberstreetwise.com/common-scams for further advice on suspicious emails.

Use anti-virus software
Your computers, tablets and smartphones can easily become infected by small pieces of software known as viruses or malware. Install internet security software like anti-virus on all your devices to help prevent infection.

Visit www.cyberstreetwise.com/security-software for further advice on security software.

Train your staff (& family members)
Make your staff aware of cyber security threats and how to deal with them. The Government offers free online training courses tailored for you and your staff which take around 60 minutes to complete.
Visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/sme to find out more and take the course.

For further simple tips on how to protect your business, visit www.cyberstreetwise.com

Looking at Quality Content

Looking at Quality Content

Looking at Quality Content
You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘quality content’ bandied around, especially in the context of ‘Google loves quality content’. But what does this phrase really mean? How can a machine learning algorithm determine whether an article is ‘good’ or not. Well it will never judge for personal taste of course, but there are some technical things you can do to make sure your content is deemed worthy, not just to anonymous digital spider crawlers but also real human readers too.

1) The most important element when it comes to creating content that ranks highly, write for human readers, not search engines. Increasingly Google is moving away from giving keywords top priority when it comes to ranking signals and is instead giving preference to the user experience.

How do you achieve this?

2) Don’t overstuff your page with keywords and phrases, while shoe-horning in as many variations as possible. Instead write something a reader can genuinely engage with and enjoy or learn from. This is what will keep a visitor on your page, navigate further around your site and ultimately share your very well written content.

3) Grammar and spelling: an obvious one sure, but it’s vital to double-check spelling and grammar with a thorough spell-check AND proof-read from a fresh pair of eyes. Google will probably spot multiple glaring mistakes, but more importantly if you’re making multiple typos then visitors will trust your content less.

Readability

4) It’s worth checking your content against the Flesch reading ease test. This will give your content a score based on how well it can be understood by readers. Although this hasn’t been explicitly stated by Google as a ranking signal, Yoast uses the test in its WordPress SEO tool and it’s certainly something to consider when you’re trying to improve readability.

You probably want to be aiming for a readability score above 60%.

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Yoast also offers a number of other recommendations to improve the readability of your text, these include:

5) Keep your sentences short. Make sure that no more than 25% of your sentences contain more than 20 words.

6) Keep your paragraphs short. Make sure each paragraph doesn’t exceed the recommended maximum of 150 words. It’s worth double-checking that any lengthy paragraphs are covering only one particular topic.

7) Use an active voice. Only 10% of your sentences should be written in a passive tense.

8) If using subheadings, make sure the number of words following each of the subheadings doesn’t exceed the recommended maximum of 300 words.

9) Try to make sure that roughly 50% of your sentences contain a transition word.

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Formatting

10) White space: when writing for the internet, break up your paragraphs as often as possible. Lots of white space makes reading text on mobile phones a heck of a lot easier (more than half of most websites’ traffic comes from mobile), and clearly formatted articles are used as a Google ranking signal.

11) Opening paragraph: this shouldn’t be longer than one or two sentences. Make sure the thing you’re writing about is mentioned in the first sentence (i.e. your focus keyword or phrase). I like to bold the first paragraph to make it distinct.

12) Subheadings: use plenty of subheadings to break up the text. Follow a logical order of h2 and h3 tags.

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h2 and h3 tags

13) Bullet points and numbered lists: these help break up the text and makes a page more readable. Remember: nobody ever skips bullet-points.

Length

14) It’s perhaps time to ditch the long-held notion that the minimum word count should be 300 words per post.

The latest research from Searchmetrics on ranking factors indicates that Google is moving further towards longer-form content that understands a visitor’s intention as a whole. Short posts naturally won’t be going into anything in great detail, so length is an obvious signal.

According to Searchmetrics, the average text length of the top 30 pages increased by 25% since 2014. Posts in the top 10 exceeded a word count of 1,285.

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SEO: Helping Market your Business

SEO: Helping Market your Business

SEO: Helping Market your Business
The use of search engine optimisation (SEO) and other internet marketing strategies is essential to any business if they want to be sure that potential customers and investors are able to find the products and services they offer easily and when employed properly can make a noticeable difference to the amount of traffic any website receives.

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Applying SEO to your website will help your page rank higher on the results produced by search engines such as Google making it far more likely that people who may be looking for the products or services that your offer will actually see your link and click through to your site, helping you to build your online sales and leads. Being on the first few pages of results is essential if you want to be sure that people are able to find what you have to offer, by applying specialist SEO techniques regardless of the size of your business Direct Submit will be able to help you improve your ranking considerably and raise your online profile.

Regardless of what products or services that your business has to offer having an effective website is essential if you want to be truly successful within today’s modern society, with most people using their smart phones and other devices to find the majority of the information they require if you can’t be found easily online your business will have major disadvantage compared to another similar business with a more accessible website and could be a contributing factor to how successful you become using the services of a company such as Direct Submit could prove to be a really worthwhile investment.

So why not take a look at the local Search Engine Optimisation and other internet marketing services that Direct Submit have on offer and see how they can help make your website really work for your business. No matter if you are looking for a one off consultation, a complete package including ongoing maintenance and performance reviews or a contract for a fixed term at Direct Submit they are always happy to help regardless of your needs or the size of your business and they always aim to offer a service that is always friendly and professional that delivers real results.

Established over a decade ago and operating from the North East of the UK, Direct Submit have become one of the leading SEO and Internet Marketing providers in the and around Newcastle. Our client retention rate is exceptional, currently over 80%, which shows our commitment to working with the client to make a project a success.

To speak to one of our Internet Marketing Consultants for advice on making your Web Marketing project a success, call us now on 0845 272 2350, visit the Direct Submit SEO Services website or visit the Direct Submit local SEO Services website. We look forward to your hearing from you soon.