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Google My Business (GMB) is an increasingly important part of local SEO. It is no longer enough simply to fill in your profile and leave your GMB listing as it is – your listing should be regularly monitored and updated in order to ensure that potential customers are seeing the correct information. One of the […] The post Why it’s so important you respond to GMB reviews appeared first on Artemis...
Google My Business (GMB) is an increasingly important part of local SEO. It is no longer enough simply to fill in your profile and leave your GMB listing as it is – your listing should be regularly monitored and updated in order to ensure that potential customers are seeing the correct information.
One of the most vital elements of managing your GMB listing comes in responding your GMB reviews. Anyone can leave a review about your business, so it is important that you respond positively to a good review, or provide information and your side of the story in the event of a bad one.
Here we take a look at some of the reasons that it is now crucial to your business to respond to any GMB reviews that you get.
The first reason to respond to GMB reviews is simple: freshness. From an SEO perspective (and from a customer’s perspective) it is good to see that the business takes an interest in what people say about it. It is an indicator that this is a real business with real people.
Google recognises when GMB profiles are updated, and responding to customer reviews is definitely a positive from the search engine’s perspective.
On the subject of SEO, responding to customer comments and reviews also gives you an unusual opportunity to optimise for keywords. When you take the time to reply to the reviews you should make sure that you find a way to add in key phrases for your business.
As with all aspects of SEO, you should never ‘stuff’ your keywords – just use them in a natural way during your reply.
It’s not only for optimisation reasons that you should be responding to Google reviews, however there’s a final SEO point to be raised here. Remember that Google likes to see reviews of websites – it’s an indicator that these websites are being used – it also likes to see businesses responding.
Ultimately, this is a feature that Google has added, so it is something that it wants websites to get involved with.
Of course, it is great to see positive reviews about your website, and you always want the feedback to be good. But it is natural for businesses to also receive negative reviews. Firstly, don’t take it personally – all businesses get negative reviews, and remember that a customer is 21 per cent more likely to leave a review after a bad experience than after a good one.
When you respond to a bad review, you have the chance to present your side of the story. This can actually be a great way to show this customer that you do care about their experience, and from a broader perspective, your willingness to interact with customers is a good thing.
It is important to also make sure that the reviews that you are getting are real. Responding to negative comments is important, but if you suspect that a review is not genuine, there are steps that you can take to remediate the situation. You can dispute GMB reviews that you believe may be fake, as posting a false review is a violation of Google’s policy.
It is always good to have people talking about your business – it means that you are making a name for yourself. Responding to your GMB reviews is an encouragement to your customers to leave comments. Customers enjoy it when they see their reviews responded to.
Managing your GMB listing has never been more important – but it can be a very time-consuming job, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience. At Artemis we manage the GMB listings of many of our clients, and we would be happy to do the same for you. For more information get in contact with our friendly team today.
Images are an extremely important part of your website, not only from an SEO standpoint, but also in terms of conversion rate optimisation (CRO). As you prepare your site to convert more often it is vital to take a look and what you are currently doing with images, and what you could be missing out […] The post Making better use of images for CRO appeared first on Artemis...
Images are an extremely important part of your website, not only from an SEO standpoint, but also in terms of conversion rate optimisation (CRO). As you prepare your site to convert more often it is vital to take a look and what you are currently doing with images, and what you could be missing out on.
Here we take a look at some of the ways that your website can use images (and make better use of them) to improve your conversion rates.
Image size can have a huge effect on CRO for a number of reasons. And one of the major challenges here is finding the right balance between small file size and high quality, both of which can influence your conversion rates.
From a size perspective, it is ideal to have images that are 100kb or less. Images that are much larger than this can significantly slow down your website loading speeds. When pages load slowly it has a very negative effect on conversions; one study found that pages that load in 2.4 seconds have a 1.9 per cent conversion rate, while at 4.2 seconds that number had nearly halved to less than 1 per cent.
However, of course it is also necessary to have images to the correct quality. In some instances, if you need high resolution images it can be acceptable to use larger file sizes – however, it is best to keep these images off of your key landing pages.
One smart way to use images to improve your CRO is to place calls-to-action (CTAs) in them. Making images clickable and including text in the picture can be a powerful way to foreground the next step in the process for the customer. It also gives you the chance to make your CTAs more descriptive, so that customers know where the next click will take them.
Having descriptive CTAs is recommended by Google as a valuable part of improving the user experience (UX) on your site.
If your business has any kind of professional accreditations or industry standards then it is a very good idea to show images of these on your website. Displaying your credentials shows off to potential customers that you are trusted at the service that you provide.
It also gives your website a more official and professional look – so ensure that these images are visible on your homepage.
It is important to use unique images wherever possible. Remember that some customers will engage more with imagery than they will with text, so you should try to use as many different images as possible when they are appropriate with the page.
However, it is also crucial that you shouldn’t overload your site with images. Aside from adding to the page loading time, it can also be overwhelming visually and have the opposite effect on your conversion rates.
Are you interested in learning more about conversion rate optimisation? At Artemis we have years of experience using images to improve websites. If you would like to learn more about what we could do for you, get in contact with us today.
Local SEO is absolutely essential to location-specific businesses. There are many things that businesses with real world premises need to be doing to help them climb in the rankings and get more traffic to their site. If your local SEO isn’t what it could be then it could be a great idea to perform a […] The post 12 steps to the ultimate local SEO audit appeared first on Artemis...
Local SEO is absolutely essential to location-specific businesses. There are many things that businesses with real world premises need to be doing to help them climb in the rankings and get more traffic to their site.
If your local SEO isn’t what it could be then it could be a great idea to perform a local SEO audit. This can help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, and get the little things right. Here are 12 questions that you need to answer in order to perform the ultimate local SEO audit.
Google My Business (GMB) has been one of the most important tools for business looking to optimise their local SEO. In your GMB listing you need to have up-to-date information for your address, opening hours, and contact information.
The number of no-click searches now hovers around 49 per cent – indicating that customers are finding what they are looking for without having to click on anything. From your business’ perspective this means that your GMB information needs to be perfect, as many who search for your website won’t be clicking on to it; just taking the details from your GMB listing.
Your photos are your chance to show off your business in the best possible light, so it is important that you upload fresh, professionally-taken photographs from time to time. This could be a way to differentiate your company from competitors, and leave potential customers with a more positive opinion on your business.
Make sure you have a range of photos including images of your premises, products, and even staff at work.
If customers are submitting reviews about your business on your GMB profile, this can be very good news. High quality, positive reviews from genuine customers improve the visibility of your business and lend credence to your work or products. But whether reviews are positive, neutral, or even negative, it’s a great idea to respond to them.
Google likes to see companies responding to reviews – but customers like it even more. It shows that you are a real business with real people, and that you care about making a good impression and being professional. Remember that negative reviews don’t necessarily indicate a bad business – it may simply be a customer with mismatched expectations, or perhaps a one-off mistake was made. Apologising, if appropriate, and being honest about the situation are the best courses of action.
Take a look at your GMB description. Firstly, ask whether it presents your business as it should. But additionally, consider whether it is optimised for the keywords and phrases that you are targeting. Your description is a free text box, so you can add plenty of information about your company while promoting major services and products.
If your business has more than one location, you need to make sure that all of these locations are setup correctly. This is a very common mistake for businesses, and it can cause real problems for customers who might struggle to find one of your locations. Alternatively, customers might not even be aware that one of your locations exists.
Regular posting is an important freshness signal for Google. GMB posts don’t take a great deal of time to create and post, but they show Google’s algorithm that your listing is regularly updated and managed. Additionally, GMB posts are a chance for you to promote your message to potential customers.
The last thing that Google wants to see is a website and a GMB listing that give customers mixed messages. This means that it is essential that you take the time to make sure that the information that you have written into your GMB listing actually matches what’s on your website.
Sometimes businesses will be so preoccupied with improving their GMB listing they’ll enter more up-to-date information without also updating their website itself.
Of course, an important part of your local SEO efforts is taking a look at what your competitors are doing. After all, if you are doing all the right things, but a competitor is doing a better job by putting more time or budget into the work, you will need to up your game if you want to succeed in the rankings.
Regularly check your competitors’ GMB listings to see how they compare with your current output.
Schema is becoming an increasingly important feature for local businesses. With LocalBusiness there are more specific types of schema that can be used as necessary and relevant to your company.
You can easily check your schema using Google’s own Structured Data Testing Tool – this can show you what you have and whether it is working.
Getting high quality links is well known as one of the most important aspects of SEO, but it is vital from a local SEO perspective that some of these come from local sources. Whether this is other local businesses, or local business directories, or authoritative news sites, having links from a similar location to your business is seen to be a big positive by Google.
Ensure that your website has references to your location not only in the text on the site, but across all areas that can be optimised: page headings, meta descriptions, and title tags.
Conducting a local SEO audit is just the first step in the process. Once you have completed this, you’ll need to continue maintaining your GMB profile, as well as performing regular updates and upgrades to your content. If you are looking for help with your business’ local SEO needs – Artemis has years of experience. Get in contact with us today for more information.
Five members of the Artemis team attended the September 2019 edition of BrightonSEO – one of the world’s largest SEO conferences. With around 4,000 people estimated to be in attendance, and more than 80 talks, there was plenty to see and learn. And while we didn’t get to see everything, we did enjoy some fantastic […] The post Best of BrightonSEO September 2019 appeared first on Artemis...
Five members of the Artemis team attended the September 2019 edition of BrightonSEO – one of the world’s largest SEO conferences. With around 4,000 people estimated to be in attendance, and more than 80 talks, there was plenty to see and learn. And while we didn’t get to see everything, we did enjoy some fantastic presentations. Here are some of the talks that we enjoyed the most.
Undoubtedly one of BrightonSEOs most renowned and popular guest speakers, Greg didn’t disappoint with his talk on entities and the future of SEO. With a slideshow brimming over with horror movie references, Greg talked about how brand building and traditional forms of marketing are set to become an important SEO issue – especially for local businesses. His recommendations were to focus on relationships and utilise Google My Business to its fullest extent.
Check out his SlideShare here, not only for the fantastic content but for a great list of films to watch!
Keen to dispel comparisons with his namesakes including The One Show host, and the American conspiracy theorist, Alex provided a practical look at supporting content – pieces that complement the main asset in a campaign. Rather than putting all of your efforts into one piece, Alex recommends creating multiple pieces of content that support and reinforce the main asset you are working on.
Stacey’s talk took a fascinating look at alternative ways to generate links other than link building; especially focusing on websites with smaller budgets. One key factor involved understanding seasonal events and how to tie them into your campaigns. And rather than putting money into infographics, you should look for new and interesting ways to present data – flourish.studio offers some great examples of this.
Highlighting that Facebook is putting a much greater emphasis on groups, Marie provided some great practical information for businesses that might look to leverage groups to their advantage. Companies can be linked to groups – but they should not use these groups as an advertising space. Instead, think of them as an open community.
Tim Soulo’s talk focused on the importance of semantics, and very interestingly showed how a piece of content can get a lot more traffic if you carry out proper keyword research into the topic, and ensure the piece goes into detail. He recommended that rather than targeting one specific keyword with a high search volume, it can be more effective to create content that is picked up by a broad variety of key phrases.
A highly engaging speaker, Paige’s glossary of SERP features was insightful for anyone interested in organic traffic.
This talk was a real showstopper. Dana discussed using the CID as a custom dimension in Google Analytics, which allows you to attach sessions to requests and improve attribution without having a big CRM or reporting tool. This help focus on what converts as well as actually sells; not just website ‘conversions’, but actually those that bring in revenue.
At Artemis we love to take the time to keep our SEO knowledge up-to-date, and given that BrightonSEO is only 10 minutes away from our base in the West Sussex countryside, we attend as often as we can. If you would like to learn more about what we can do for you, get in contact with the team at Artemis today.
Getting your site to rank well on Google for your top search terms takes a lot of time, talent, and effort – but just getting into a good position doesn’t mean that the hard work is done. You have managed to get a potential visitor’s attention by appearing in the right place; but they’ve got […] The post How to optimise meta descriptions for clicks appeared first on Artemis...
Getting your site to rank well on Google for your top search terms takes a lot of time, talent, and effort – but just getting into a good position doesn’t mean that the hard work is done. You have managed to get a potential visitor’s attention by appearing in the right place; but they’ve got other options to click on in the SERPs. You need to ensure that your listing is as enticing as it can possibly be.
Your meta description is the last chance that you have to make a great impression on this (potential) customer, and convince them to click. A simple test conducted by SEMrush found that a longer meta description increased the click-through rate by 36 per cent. So, despite the fact that meta descriptions are not considered to be a ranking factor by Google, they can be seriously important for your website.
Here, we take a look at 11 great tips to help you optimise your meta descriptions to get more clicks.
You need to consider the intent of the customer when they are making their search query. If the query is transactional (such as “book Barbados holiday”) you need to inspire the customer to click, showing off that the product you offer is the best in the listings.
If the query is informational (such as “best time to visit Barbados”), you need to give users an idea of the topics that are being covered to confirm what you’ve written about is what they want. It’s also an opportunity to show what content you’ve got which your competitors don’t.
There is no SEO benefit to having a meta description optimised with the key phrase that your page is targeting. However, when someone searches for a phrase it will be in bold in the description, making it stand out, reinforcing your meta title text, and therefore more likely to encourage a click on your listing.
It is important to ensure that you are optimising your descriptions for the right key phrases. Take a look at your Search Console data and establish which keywords you are appearing for which you are not currently optimising for. It may be the case that you can incorporate related keywords into your description.
Emojis in SERPs are very much a reality, and they can make a big difference to your click-through rate. There are a wide range of options if you’re trying to grab the attention of a user such as ticks, stars, eyes, and more. Of course, this will only be relevant to you if the audience you are targeting is likely to respond positively to the emojis you use.
It’s a great idea to take a look at what your competitors are doing with their meta descriptions. How are they constructing them, and what are they using them to say? Of course, it is important to note here that part of what you are looking for is opportunities – take notice of the things that your competitors aren’t doing, so that you can stand out in the listings.
Think of your meta description as an advert for your page – it needs to be a hook; a catchy line or two of copy to win over the market. The most effective meta descriptions are succinct, to the point, and remain within your brand style.
Don’t put miscellaneous information in your meta description. Having a phone number in it may seem like a good idea, but at this point the user probably doesn’t know who you are or have enough information (yet) to get in touch directly. So, take a different approach and ease them in. Remember, you should have your GMB set up to include the phone number if people are searching directly for contact details.
If you are targeting a location then you need to make sure that you have the name of the area, town, or region in your description. It reaffirms to the user that you offer a local service.
It is always recommended that you don’t go above a limit of 155 characters – any characters beyond this point will be cut off and leave your meta description looking unfinished.
It can be tempting to cram as much information into the meta description as possible, but remember at all times that it is only going to be humans reading it. This means that you need to focus entirely on what humans like to read.
It is best to make your meta descriptions dynamic, and you can do this by posing a question or suggesting an action. For example, adding in a CTA such as ‘book a free trial today’ helps a potential customer understand the path to converting.
As with any changes to your website, it is always best to test different variations of the changes (such as to your CTAs or wording choices) in order to find the solution that works best. You might be surprised at the things that work in your meta description – they may not be the first thing you think of.
At Artemis we specialise in all aspects of SEO, including the use of high quality meta descriptions. If you would like to learn more about what we could do for your business, please get in contact with our team today.
It wasn’t very long ago that the concepts of SEO and user experience (UX) were entirely unrelated disciplines. Today, however, they are intrinsically linked. Creating a fantastic UX is not only important for boosting conversions and increasing sales – it can also positively affect where your site ranks. As Justin Aldridge, Technical Director at Artemis, […] The post How to use Google’s insider tips to improve your UX appeared first on Artemis...
It wasn’t very long ago that the concepts of SEO and user experience (UX) were entirely unrelated disciplines. Today, however, they are intrinsically linked. Creating a fantastic UX is not only important for boosting conversions and increasing sales – it can also positively affect where your site ranks.
As Justin Aldridge, Technical Director at Artemis, says:
“It makes complete sense. Say the actual result for a search serves up a website in position four, it may actually be the most relevant result for the query, but the website isn’t necessarily the strongest, meaning that it doesn’t rank higher.”
This shows that Google is beginning to understand the difference between a powerful website and one that contains fantastic information. Aldridge clarifies:
“RankBrain can test and see the effects of serving up that website in a higher position. It can then see if users find it more useful than the results the main algorithm would normally serve up before it.”
Only around 55 per cent of companies are conducting UX testing on their website, and this can be a major issue because of how important good UX has become to all aspects of business. In fact, according to Google itself “RankBrain, the AI system introduced as part of Google Search in 2015, works by monitoring the semantics of user queries – and users’ behaviour when they’re presented with results”. This means that it is using every means at its disposal to understand how users want to interact with websites. It is important, then, to start investing more time and effort in UX.
Google is so serious about the importance of UX that it made available a range of ‘playbooks’ that help companies to improve their sites. These playbooks cover different types of sites across various industries, including finance, ecommerce, travel, and more. Something that this shows is how different aspects of UX are more important on specific types of site.
It is relatively rare for Google to share very specific advice and guidance on what webmasters should do with their site, so this is definitely worth paying attention to.
So here we will take a look at some of the insights that Google has offered, and examine how they can be used on your site to improve your UX, broken down into important sections for your site:
Google places a great importance on the CTAs on your most important landing pages. Google’s top advice here is that you should have descriptive CTAs – in other words, a CTA that explains what will happen when you click – and that your CTAs should be above the fold. Additionally, if phone calls are important to the business it is advised that phone numbers should be click-to-call.
There are also recommendations that automatic carousels and slides should be removed. There is some evidence to suggest that just 1 per cent of users will click on slider or carousel content.
In terms of optimising forms for a better UX, Google makes simple recommendations – literally. The advice here is to simplify the process as much as possible. Use autofill, reduce the number of fields and mark required fields clearly with an asterisk.
It is also recommended that if you have a dropdown on your form with more than four options, you should instead opt for buttons. Another option is to use steppers, sliders or open field input rather than having dropdowns with a large number of options.
You should show a consolidated menu at all times, and this menu shouldn’t take up more than one fifth of the screen. This consolidated menu should include a hamburger dropdown as well as a store locator button (if your physical location is important). Additionally, for the menu itself, all of the options should be visible on one page, and main product categories should be ordered by traffic volume, while subcategories should be organised alphabetically.
The site search feature can sometimes be overlooked by webmasters and SEOs, but Google’s UX playbooks reaffirm its importance. It is suggested that including a search feature is essential and that it should be easily visible on the homepage.
It is also considered important that your search feature should include auto-suggestions and spelling corrections, as these can easily return failed results.
The Google playbooks also make a number of suggestions for the conversions stage of the customer journey. Interestingly, one of the most important is that sites should not redirect customers to the checkout when they have clicked ‘add to basket’, as this can actually put potential customers off buying.
Additionally, it is important to ensure that customers are able to checkout as guests. This is because more than a third of customers will exit checkout if they find out that they need to create an account in order to buy.
Finally, it should be noted that when you are coming to make changes to your website in order to improve UX you should ensure that you always A/B test everything you do. This means having two versions of your site and deploying them over a fixed period of time, and then measuring the difference between the two. This can help you to understand whether your changes are having the desired effect.
If you would like to learn more about how great web design can improve UX please get in touch with the team at Artemis today. We’re specialists in SEO and UX, and would love to help you get more from your website.
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