1. Prioritize quality using long-tail keywords
SEO is not just about getting traffic to your website. It’s about generating high-quality leads that are easier to convert.
To do this, we need to talk about the 3 types of keywords: short-tail (single word-search), mid-tail (2 words), and long-tail keywords (3 words or more).
Short-tail keywords are commonly used for general topics. Long-tail keywords are phrases that are used to get more specific results. It brings the highest quality leads because they are used by prospects who are in the deeper part of the marketing funnel.
To enlighten you better, let’s try searching for the keyword “staffing” on Google. If you can see the generated results, you will notice that they are mostly definitions of the term. The volume of users who search for short-tail keywords is higher but they are not yet ready to engage because all they want at the moment is general knowledge of the topic.
Long-tail keywords may not generate as much volume as short-tail keywords but it produces more quality leads that are easier to convert into sales.
2. Stay current and provide value with blogs
Blogging does not only give your website fresh content, it also puts your expertise into a display and gives you a chance to truly connect with your prospect by educating, appealing, and providing value.
By putting yourself in the shoes of your audience, you can use keywords that they will be searching for. For example, one of your key phrases is “Sales Supervisor positions.” You can use the title “Top 10 Qualities to Look for when Hiring for Sales Supervisor Positions.” Follow through with helpful content and your blog will not just gain credibility, it will generate highly-qualified leads.
3. Create a wave of social signals
4. Be mobile-friendly
Most Google searches are now done on mobile devices. In fact, the numbers have risen to 63% in the past two years. But even before that, Google has foreseen the increase in mobile usage and announced a penalty for websites that deliver unsatisfactory mobile experiences back in 2013. Penalties are mainly based on faulty redirects and smartphone-only errors.
Faulty redirects happen when a smartphone user gets redirected to an irrelevant page on a smartphone-optimized website. To put it simply, a user gets directed somewhere he doesn’t want to be. It will cause confusion and may stop the user from continuing his search.
Smartphone-only errors are misconfigurations that prevent mobile users from accessing web pages that are available on the computer.
In 2015, Google launched a mobile-friendly update that boosts the rankings of mobile-optimized pages when searches are done on mobile devices. This shows how serious Google is when it comes to delivering a quality user experience.
If you really are interested in ranking on top, your website’s mobile-friendliness should be one of the firsts on your list. Chances are you will find most of your prospects on their mobile devices.
5. Get listed on citation websites
Business listing websites are also called citations. Citations include the name, address, and phone number of a business (NAP). Most of the websites offer an option to filter results based on the user’s current location which benefits local small businesses.
Make sure that you are listed in the top citations and your information is correct. If you are changing phone numbers or any crucial information, don’t forget to update your business list.