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63rd Birthday of the Peak District National Park Celebrated by Google Doodle

peak district google doodleAs a digital marketing agency offering social media management, SEO services and web design in Sheffield, it’s always a lovely surprise to see what Google has in store with the latest Google doodles.

We love this morning’s doodle, which celebrates the 63rd birthday of the Peak District and Britain’s first national park.

The doodle features the sun rising behind a gritstone tor called the Salt Cellar, which has been formed over the centuries by years of erosion from the elements. The sun forms the second ‘o’ in Google, and the colourful illustration of the rolling hills features two walkers exploring the rugged landscape.

It goes without saying that we are massive fans of the Peak District, Sheffield is a fantastic city and it’s great to have such a beautiful national park right on our doorstep. Nice job Google!

10 things your SEO company won’t tell you

Don't get ripped off by poor quality SEO

Don’t get ripped off by poor quality SEO

So, you’ve either paid for or are considering paying for search engine optimisation (SEO services) but you don’t know what to expect or how to measure the results. This article dispels a few myths, and talk about the pitfalls to watch out for to make sure you get excellent, tangible results and value for money.

Don’t get your website penalised by Google, don’t get ripped off and certainly don’t spend more than you need to.

1. There are keywords and there are keywords

It’s easy to get to page one of Google. Here is a quick example: if you do a search for ‘jfjfjf’, right there in in position one, page one of Google there’s a YouTube video uploaded by someone called ‘GRRRRRR145’. If you’d like me to get you to page one, position one for the keyword ‘jfjfjf’, no problem. Of course I can do it for you… but what is the point? Just as I wasn’t searching for a video of a girl talking after breathing in helium when I typed in that phrase, neither will your potential customers be using that phrase to find your products and services.

These poor quality SEO companies might get you to position one, but it will undoubtedly be for the wrong phrases (keywords). It’s not a coincidence that there is no competition for these phrases – it’s because no one is searching for them and that is why it’s so easy to get you right up the rankings for them. This is all poor quality SEO companies will do when they promise you this.

If you’re going to get to for first position on Google it needs to be a relevant search phrase or there is no point.

2.The SEO effect stops shortly after you stop paying for it

The poor quality SEO companies will give you an endless list of SEO activity they will provide for you, but in reality, they’re just focussing on inbound links. Why? Because that’s not only easy but it’s the way it’s always been done and the only way most of these companies know how to do it.

The problem, however – and it’s a very serious problem – is that as soon as you stop paying for link-building, the effect starts to disappear. For example, high quality on-site SEO and articles linking to your site from high-quality sites will give you an excellent long-term increase in the Google rankings.

When it comes to link-building, focus on quality not quantity.

3. They’re trying to deceive Google

Google has become clever enough to spot the type of SEO that poor quality sites create for you – because it’s effectively attempting to deceive Google. Now, more than ever, trying to deceive Google is a very bad idea as you’re likely to wind up getting penalised for it. Inbound links should certainly be part of your SEO strategy but they have to be natural links from high quality (and preferably relevant) sites. The poor quality SEO companies unfortunately don’t discriminate between good and bad sites.

Not all links are valuable – poor quality inbound links can have a very serious detrimental effect on your Google rankings

4. You can’t pick an SEO company based on price

Cheap SEO isn’t necessarily bad SEO just as expensive SEO isn’t necessarily good SEO. That friendly, chatty guy you know has unfortunately just baffled you with bullsh*t. he’s told you that the SEO his company does is better than the SEO services provided by the ‘other’ companies, however, ultimately, you’re just going to get the same SEO as if you’d bought from the cheapest company you could find.

Unless you get regular reports with tangible results showing you clear methodology, you won’t know whether you’ve been paying for good quality SEO or poor quality SEO until it’s too late.

5. Google doesn’t want you to spend money on SEO

If you’ve paid for SEO services in the past, you’ve probably paid for the poor quality stuff. Loads of inbound links to your site from poor quality websites will of course get Google to your site more often – just as a scatter gun will more than likely hit something – however, this is effectively deceiving Google

Actually, you should think about it like this: Good quality SEO is about communicating clearly with Google to let it know the subject of your website, your products and services, your geographical target area, etc.

If your site is built properly from the beginning, including good quality content, your site will naturally communicate your products & services clearly and therefore organically reflect its importance in terms of communicating with Google – no need to further SEO, Google will already have a clear picture of your site and rank it accordingly. The problem with most SEO in its current form is that is attempting to make sites appear more important that they would otherwise have appeared. obviously, Google doesn’t want this to happen!

To conduct search engine optimisation properly you need to communicate clearly with Google, not attempt to deceive it.

6. There are good links and bad links

This is a very basic concept but I continue to be amazed that this is something people spend very little time asking about with their SEO company and therefore fall foul of it.

Linking from poor quality sites, link farms, sites with no page rank, sites that are not relevant to yours, etc. is as good as a waste of time. Google attaches very little importance to these sites and therefore doesn’t pass on any importance to your site when it finds you link.

Your focus needs to be on quality links from quality websites not quantity of links.

7. There is traffic and there is traffic

What use is a million visitors to your site if none of them are your target customer? Failing to do a comprehensive competitor and search analysis before beginning your SEO campaign might mean you get it completely wrong and wasting money could be the least of your worries!

Badly optimised images and a badly optimised site combined with a lot of traffic can, for example cause your hosting account to become suspended or maybe worse!

Optimising your on-site content and focussing on the correct key phrases from the start of your SEO campaign will mean you’re much more likely to get the right visitors to your site and you’re less likely to have server problems.

8. Google continues to become smarter at spotting poor quality SEO

From what I have seen over the past few years, I would say that this year is probably the last one you’ll be able to get away with poor quality SEO that focuses on link-building.

Google continues to become smarter and, as we’ve seen earlier in this article, it doesn’t like to be deceived… but more importantly; don’t deceive yourself that poor quality SEO is anything other than attempting to deceive Google!

Unless you know you’re getting high-quality SEO services, you are taking a very big gamble with your website!

9. Protect your professional image

Your reputation is vitally important and therefore you need to protect it. Allowing someone else to write and publish information about your company, pertaining to have come from you and without you having approved it could be asking for trouble.

Are you sure the articulate guy who sold you the SEO services in the first place is the one also doing the writing? How much do they actually know about your business? How much time is spent on quality control?

Simply focussing on quality as opposed to quantity gives you much more opportunity to make sure the information being published properly reflects your business.

10. On-site is your number 1 SEO priority

Every house starts with its foundations. Obviously, you don’t get the decorator in before it’s built – that would be silly! And this is the same with your SEO. Failing to get the basics done properly at the start means you’re throwing away your money.

Start with the foundations and build from there.

The irony is, simply getting the basics done properly in the beginning will often mean that you don’t even need to spend anything on any further SEO! 

For high quality SEO and making sure your web development is done properly, call us today on 0114 383 0711 or contact us through the contact page

Top 5 Things Your Website Must Have!

Here at Seven Creative marketing agency in Sheffield, we firmly believe that a great website and an effective marketing strategy have the power to transform a business. So, to help you out, we’ve put together 5 simple but very important things you need to do to have a successful website!

Compatibility with mobile devices

A recent study has shown that 93% of people in the UK use their mobile device to access the internet every day. In fact, more people actually log on to the internet through a mobile device than through a computer!

We come across lots of websites belonging to small to medium sized businesses that are simply not compatible with mobile devices.

As people move away from their desktops, preferring to browse the internet on the go on tablets and smart phones, your website needs work on these devices, and work well. If not, you and your business are missing out on a huge audience.

An email address and contact number on your homepage

This is an absolute MUST! An email link and a contact number must be displayed clearly on the home page of your website – if people want to contact you, don’t make them work for it, make it as easy as possible!

Email is a quick and easy way of getting in touch, and without a visible email address, you risk missing out on inquiries and sales.

It is also incredibly important to have a phone number listed on your homepage. Some questions are better answered by phone, and some people prefer to speak to an actual person as opposed to emailing.

Obvious contact details also go some way in establishing the reputability of your company, and can make visitor feel more comfortable. A visitor to a site without a phone number, for example, may even question your legitimacy.

A built in inquiry form 

A form-fill option on your website is the perfect way to allow consumers to request information. Information inquiry forms should be built into your site, connected to a CRM, an email system, and an ecommerce system. That way, the lead is not just being collected, it’s also being prepared for the business owner to communicate with and generate business via that lead.

Social-media-management-sheffieldLinks to your social media accounts

On 13 June 2013, the Office of National Statistics reported that the UK has the second highest proportion of social networkers in the EU, and 57% of internet users said that they used “social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter“.

So, by not using social media channels to market your business, you’re missing out on a huge captive audience and a very powerful marketing tool. You also run the risk of falling behind your competitors.

Social media buttons should also be displayed clearly on the homepage of your website, so that visitors have the option of connecting with you on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Effective search engine optimisation

As you’ll know by now, having a website is absolutely essential. But what’s the point of having a website if no one can find it? Search engines are used every day to find websites, and naturally, those that rank higher in the searches get visited more often.

Effective search engine optimisation will increase your website’s ranking in Google, therefore driving more traffic to your site, and resulting in more leads.

As a web design and SEO company in Sheffield, we know how important it is to have all of these points in place. If you are worried that your website isn’t up to scratch, is struggling in the search engines, or you are missing any of the above, don’t panic – we can help.

Get in touch via our website, call us on 0114 383 0711, or send us an email to info@sevencreative.co.uk.