97% of Americans look for local goods and services online so there is basically no type of business who can’t benefit from having a website and making sure it can be found by the right people. Appearing in organic search results on sites like Google, Bing and Yahoo costs nothing in itself and if you want to appear for locally focused terms it can be relatively little work to make sure you appear top or close to top of results using seo.
Seo ( Search engine Optimization) makes changes to your site and its content to make sure that search engines like Google understand your site’s content and can match it to search queries. Affordable SEO for small businesses may simply ensure that the site is visible, has no major errors on it and meets basic guidelines from Google, then an affordable SEO company may also find highly relevant search terms that people are looking for locally and add them to your site. Depending on how many rivals you have locally it may also be necessary to add some links on other sites that go through to your site to show Google that other sites recommend and trust you, the more relevant they are the better value and more affordable seo will be.
These 12 steps are based on Google’s advice to small business owners with websites they may not have time to invest in with SEO research but who want to make sure they don’t get penalized and make sure they do benefit from organic SEO.
301 permanent redirects
Use 301 permanent redirects to avoid pages appearing as duplicate content including with and without www. and with or without a / at the end of a URL. Duplicate content will be penalized in results, you should focus any link building at one URL ideally too.
Use Google Webmaster tools, validate and sign up for e-mail forwarding
Yes Google would want you to do this but it really is invaluable as once you set up Google webmaster tools and prove you own your site you can get a lot of information, not least alerts when Google find problems with your site; sign up for e-mail forwarding to get any alerts sent through directly.
As a small business finding time to do your SEO internally is one of the biggest barriers you will come across, unfortunately to do it well you need to work at it, this means setting aside time each day, either that or outsourcing it.
SEO is partly about trial and error, once you have it setup rather than just leaving it you need to maintain it and as a lantern will go out if you don’t keep turning the wick your SEO rankings will drop and die out if you don’t keep adding fresh content to your site.
Content creation has always been the best way to achieve good rankings, there have been other flashes in the pan in the past but Google want to see you creating high quality unique content on a regular basis for your website and you can then slip in a few keywords carefully to make sure you rank for the right terms.