Search Engine Optimization has become one of the best ways to get your website the kind of visibility and traffic necessary to keep your business thriving. Many smaller companies, however, may have never considered an SEO campaign, mostly because they feel that local and specialized businesses work different in search engine rankings than the larger, more competitive businesses do.
While Google admits that small businesses need to take a different approach to SEO than larger businesses would, it’s beginning to focus more on how small businesses can optimize their sites. Google has never intentionally overlooked small businesses; however they are definitely trying to focus on these businesses more and tap into the billions of dollars of revenue they’ve been missing out on. “Small businesses” are those with 99 or less employees, which make up more than 95% of U.S. businesses.
A recent Wall Street Journal article helped outline how Google plans to change its interactions with these small businesses. Google has been trying to push Google+ and may be able to push small businesses towards experimenting with this social media tool, as a way to not only promote Google+, but to find almost a niche market to advertise in for these smaller businesses.
Another way Google is trying to attract small businesses is with a more unified dashboard that makes interacting with all Google products easier and more user friendly. Since the majority of small businesses are actually sized more in the one to ten employee category, it’s very realistic to assume that some business are not advertising online because they have no one skilled enough to handle the undertaking.
Here are a couple more suggestions from Google for small businesses looking to work on their search engine position:
- Keyword Research
- Competitive Analysis
- Google+ Local Page Optimization
- Google Analytics tracking and reporting
- Fresh, Relevant Content
- Link Building
Luckily for many smaller businesses, if any of that looks like jibberish to you, you can always hire an experienced SEO company to create an integrated campaign for you. A company experienced in SEO in Austin will be able to evaluate your current standing, how to surpass your competition and how to keep you organically ranked. Even if you don’t have a huge budget for advertising, many SEO companies are willing to work with you on creating a smaller, and more focused campaign. The reality is that your competitors will probably be in the same position (budget-wise), so even a small budget can make a big difference, especially if your competition isn’t doing any optimizing themselves.
About the Author: Allison Schnur is the Marketing Manager of ArteWorks SEO, a full service Austin SEO firm located in Austin, TX. For more information about our top rated search engine optimization company please visit http://www.arteworks.biz.