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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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Major Internet Group Supports ‘National’ Data Privacy Approach

Many privacy advocates have called for robust new U.S. data protections.

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A group representing major internet companies including Facebook, Amazon.com and Alphabet said on Tuesday it backed modernizing U.S. data privacy rules but wants a national approach that would preempt California’s new regulations that take effect in 2020.

The Internet Association, a group representing more than 40 major internet and technology firms including Netflix, Microsoft and Twitter, said “internet companies support an economy-wide, national approach to regulation that protects the privacy of all Americans.”

The group said it backed principles that would ensure consumers should have “meaningful controls over how personal information they provide” is used and should be able to know who it is being shared with.

Consumers should also be able to seek deletion of data or request corrections or take personal information to another company that provides similar services and have reasonable access to the personal information they provide, it said.

The group also told policymakers they should give companies flexibility in notifying individuals, set a “performance standard” on privacy and data security protections that avoids a prescriptive approach and set national data breach notification rules.

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Internet companies support an economy-wide, national approach to regulation that protects the privacy of all Americans. VOA

Michael Beckerman, president and chief executive officer of the Internet Association, said in an interview the proposals were “very forward looking and very aggressive” and would push to ensure the new rules apply “economy wide.”

He said the group “would be very active working with both the administration and Congress on putting pen to paper.”

The Internet Association wants new rules to be technology and sector neutral, which would mean any new privacy protections would cover anything from how grocery stores or other physical retailers use consumer data to car rental, airlines or credit card firms as well as internet service providers.

The White House said in July it was working to develop consumer data privacy policies and officials had been meeting major firms as it looked to eventually seeing the policies enshrined in legislation.

Data privacy has become an increasingly important issue, fueled by massive breaches that have compromised the personal information of millions of U.S. internet and social media users.

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed data privacy legislation in June aimed at giving consumers more control over how companies collect and manage their personal information, although it was not as stringent as Europe’s new rules.

Beckerman said “we definitely want to get this in place prior to California because California got it wrong.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also unveiled privacy principles last week that aim to reverse California’s new rules.

Under the law, large companies would be required from 2020 to let consumers view the data they have collected on them, request deletion of data, and opt out of having the data sold to third parties.

Many privacy advocates have called for robust new U.S. data protections.

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Laura Moy, deputy director at Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology, told Congress in July that lawmakers should not overturn new state privacy rules and federal agencies “must be given more powerful regulatory tools and stronger enforcement authority” and more resources.

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation took effect in May, replacing the bloc’s patchwork of rules dating back to 1995. (VOA)