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7 Pro SEO Tips for Small Businesses

Learn to outsource when it gets too overwhelming and create quality content that is relevant. Slow and steady wins the race

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  • Starting and running a small business can be a stressful task
  • In today’s high-tech world it is important that we take ful advantage of SEO
  • SEO can be easily learnt and used to our advantage

Why Bother?

Starting and running a small business takes dedication. In today’s high-tech world, small business owners must not only keep their eye on their physical presence but also their presence online. If you are not visible online, you effectively render yourself invisible.

In this article, you are going learn 7 pro tips for small businesses. The goal is simple – it is being seen, to stay relevant and to generate more sales.

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1. Keep It Real: Ensure Your Content the Real Deal

Creating relevant and valuable content is what will attract your desired customer base. Readers can tell if the content is genuine or forced so be sure to aim for quality, not just quantity.

Search Engine Optimization is a strong tool for Small Businesses all over the world. Pixabay
Search Engine Optimization is a strong tool for Small Businesses all over the world. Pixabay

A quality site, on the other hand, will generate more backlinks, sending you a steady flow of new prospective readers and seo juice.

2. Backlinks are Powerful: Get Them

Backlinks are such a vital component of SEO and many refer to them as the building blocks. Search engines such as Google give more credit to websites that are referred to by other relevant websites. The more the merrier.

Building connections and finding quality authoritative websites that are willing to provide a backlink will force you to build your online presence and to set yourself up as an authoritative source. However, effectively getting backlinks and optimizing anchor texts is one of the most difficult aspects of SEO. And most importantly, it is one of the most time-consuming aspects as well.

Backlinks make for a powerful connecting SEO tool. Flickr
Backlinks make a powerful connecting SEO tool. Flickr

If you find yourself struggling, do not be afraid of using backlinking services such as http://www.seoguestposts.com. However, you decide to build your links, watch out for PBNs or other black-hat tactics as you could risk getting your site penalized.

3. Keep Your Content Current

Along the same lines, check out your old posts using analytics. Those posts that got a lot of views but did not rank quite as high? Give them an overhaul and boost their rankings.

Consider:
· Updating outdated and cringe-worthy pictures
· Make sure your taking advantage of title tags and meta descriptions
· Proofread- do not lose credibility due to poor grammar
· Ensure your links work

4. Keep on Linking: Internal/External Links

Linking is one of the most important aspect of Search Engine Optimization. Pixabay
Linking is one of the most important aspects of Search Engine Optimization. Pixabay

Pique your reader’s curiosity and encourage them to dig deeper by providing internal links and external links, both to your own less-read posts and those to other authoritative sites. Your readers are bound to appreciate your fact-based approach. As an added plus, this can help eliminate the whine of salesy language.
Besides just helping the reader, it is an SEO best practice to link out to authority sites and to link to your own website.

5. Connect through various media and platforms

Who said you are limited to text web pages? Connect on social media, create eye-catching videos and infographics. Visual learners will be drawn to these types of content more than your
1000 blog post!

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6. Keep It Fast: Increase your page speed

Increase your page speed and OPTIMIZE. For every second your reader waits for the page to load the chances of them moving on increases exponentially. The faster your site, however, the faster you can land and interest clients. Google also penalizes slow sites. This means the faster your site the better your chances are of being on page 1.

Fast updating on pages will increase the traffic. Pixabay
Fast updating on pages will increase the traffic. Pixabay

Some tips for increasing your site speed is reduce the size of your images, use website code that is not bloated (such as WordPress) and to use a CMD. If all of this seems too complicated, several speed-optimization tools exist to help you out.

7. Remember Patience is a Virtue

Building quality content and increasing traffic naturally takes time. There are no shortcuts in this business and if there are they are based on a scam and will only hurt your rankings.

Patience is indeed a virtue while using the SEO. VOA
Patience is indeed a virtue while using the SEO. VOA

So, stay patient and stay diligent. Learn to outsource when it gets too overwhelming and create quality content that is relevant. Slow and steady wins the race, in both Aesop’s tales and in search engine optimization.

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The Church And Priests Should Go Online: Vatican Experts

We had to learn to listen to younger people who live in that [digital] environment, and to understand from them what they find helpful and supportive

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Monsignor Paul Tighe from the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications talks to the Associated Press during an interview. VOA

Priests should get online if they want to connect with people who may no longer attend church but can still be reached via social media, the Vatican’s digital expert said Tuesday.

Monsignor Paul Tighe, who helped develop Pope Francis’ online presence, urged Catholic clergy across the world to embrace social media to reach believers and nonbelievers.

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“Young people are, unfortunately, less present in our churches,” Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, told Reuters at a technology conference in Lisbon.

“Social media is a mechanism that allows us to engage in conversations, to engage with people who otherwise would never come across us and who we are.”

Pope Francis has nearly 18 million Twitter followers and his posts are widely shared, but not all church leaders are following his example, Tighe said.

“In the beginning, some Catholics said social media was nasty and that we should stay out of it,” he said.

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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) blessing at the end of the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Apr. 1, 2018. VOA

“We have been trying to convince them that the digital arena is a hugely significant part of people’s lives.

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“We had to learn to listen to younger people who live in that [digital] environment, and to understand from them what they find helpful and supportive.”

It was the Irish bishop’s second year at the annual Web Summit — Europe’s biggest technology conference, which this year brought together 70,000 entrepreneurs and guests, including U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (VOA)