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December 11, 2023
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SEO Checklist for Startups in 2024

If you’re a startup cofounder struggling to make headway with website traffic, a scaleup looking to reach a new audience, or someone right at the beginning of their SEO (search engine optimisation) journey, this is the blog for you.

James Laden
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CMO at Effer Ventures. Digital Marketing and sales expert. Co-founder of ttagz and The Affiliate Monkey
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Introduction to SEO for Startups in 2024

If you’re a startup cofounder struggling to make headway with website traffic, a scaleup looking to reach a new audience, or someone right at the beginning of their SEO (search engine optimisation) journey, this is the blog for you. Consider me your personal SEO expert, here to share a decade's worth of digital marketing wisdom (yes, including all my mistakes).

Why me? Well, I began in digital marketing over 10 years ago, with a particular interest in SEO. Back then it was all about having a good domain name (those were the good ol’ days). Now there's several key things you need to know, and a whole bunch of rubbish you should avoid! So buckle up as I guide you through the mystical world of SEO, tailored specifically for startups in 2024.

In the early days of my career you could get away with a relevant domain name and a 1k word blog post every now and then. Times change though, Google's algorithm* has grown up, and has some tricks up its sleeve to sort the wheat from the chaff, so if you want to start ranking on page one of Google, or even begin ranking among and above your competitors then this is the blog for you.

Let's start with the basics: SEO is about understanding your audience, creating engaging content (not just spewing garbage from chat GPT- yes, I’m looking at you!) And making sure you're doing everything you can to give the algorithm the best chance to categorise and present your content to the most relevant and widest possible audience.

In this guide, I’ll take you through the essentials of SEO for startups. From keyword research and website optimisation, to debunking SEO myths, I've got you covered. 

*I will sometimes refer to Google’s algorithm, just remember though, how the algorithm works is a closely guarded secret, even to Google. How much of an effect does this technique have? Is it better than the next one? Will Google switch it off tomorrow, or prioritise another technique over it? The answer is; who knows? Luckily SEO is more about common sense than anything else. 

  1. Introduction to SEO for Startups in 2024
  2. Keyword Research: The Cornerstone of SEO
  3. Website Optimization for Enhanced Performance
  4. Content is King: Creating Valuable and Relevant Content
  5. Link Building Strategies for Startups
  6. Local SEO: Capturing Your Local Market
  7. Monitoring and Analysing Your SEO
  8. SEO Myths Debunked: What to Avoid in 2024
  9. Advanced SEO Techniques for Startups
  10. The Future of SEO: Trends to Watch in 2024
  11. FAQs

Blog lesson No.1; Include an index, it’s a simple way to help your users navigate your blogs.

Keyword Research: The Cornerstone of SEO

Ahh, keyword research – the bread and butter of any SEO strategy, especially for startups in 2024. Imagine Google’s all powerful algorithm is a detective in a crime drama, and keywords are its clues. These clues are not just words; they are the gateway to understanding what your audience is searching for, their needs, and how they express these needs online. 

Back in the day, when I was just dipping my toes into the SEO ocean, keyword research was a lot simpler. Fast forward to 2024, and the competition over keywords is more fierce than ever, if you think you’re going to win Google with the keyword ‘Best SEO tool 2024’ then think again. It's not just about finding words with high search volumes; it's about uncovering the intent behind these searches and knowing what the competitive landscape is. I can help you with this.

No stupid question corner: A ‘keyword’ can be more than one word, think of it as a set of words people use to find content. 

1. Start with Your Audience: Begin by understanding your target market. Who are they? What problems are they trying to solve? This understanding will be your North Star in navigating the vast keyword universe. Something helpful to think about is: how are these people searching for (or Googling) the problem they have? By thinking this way you’re already ahead of your competition, and you can use this knowledge to begin planning what keywords you’re going to target. Speaking of which..

2. Use the Right Tools: For the love of god, before you go throwing money at the hottest SEO planner tool with all the bells and whistles, please check out Google's keyword planner (GKP). There's' tons of tools out there for keyword research like SEMrush, Ahrefs, but Google will always be the most accurate and up to date. GKP will help you find keywords that are relevant to your business and give you insights into search volumes, competition levels, and trends.

Figure 1: Google’s keyword planner.

My advice is to use ‘Discover new keywords’ and input several keyword ideas you have (just press ‘enter’ after each one). Also make sure you set your location correctly. You’ll want to look at the average monthly searches and cross reference this with the amount of competition. ‘High’ will be difficult to rank for, ‘Low’ will be easier. For example:

Figure 2: Too little searches, with a ‘High’ competition

Figure 3: High searches with a ‘Low’ competition - this is the one!

3. Look for Long-Tail Keywords: In the startup world, where competition can be fierce, long-tail keywords are your secret weapon. These are longer, more specific phrases that might have lower search volumes but higher conversion rates. For example, instead of "running shoes," try "women's trail running shoes for beginners."

4. Analyse the Competition: Don't forget to see what your competitors are up to. What keywords are they targeting? This can provide valuable insights and help you find gaps in their strategies. This is where a tool like SEMRush might come in handy. Wordstream has a free tool you can use to do the same thing, but I can’t speak for its accuracy.

5. Remember, It's an Ongoing Process: Keyword research is not a one-time task. It's a continuous process of analysis, refinement, and adaptation. The digital landscape is ever-changing, and so are the ways people search for information. What’s more, your business is changing. You’ll probably be adding new products or services that require exposure, so whenever you do, think about the new keywords that need to be targeted to boost it in the search rankings. 

Website Optimisation for Enhanced Performance

With website optimisation, speed is king and user experience is queen. As a startup your website is probably the main (if not the only) way people and businesses interact with you, so having a website that performs like a well-oiled machine is not just nice to have; it's essential. It's like tuning a race car before a big race – every little adjustment can make a huge difference in performance.

Figure 5: Yahoo’s website in 2005. It makes me shudder.

During my early SEO days all websites looked like garbage and peoples internet speed was so poor that speed was never a factor. Nowadays websites are expected to be slick, clean and responsive, and I learned the hard way that even the best keywords are useless if your website doesn’t live up to the expectations of your audience. Let’s break down the key areas you need to focus on:

1. Lightning Fast Loading Times: In the age of instant gratification, speed is everything. A slow-loading website is a surefire way to increase your bounce rate. Tools like Google's PageSpeed Insights can be lifesavers here, offering actionable advice to speed things up. You should be seeing all green. If not, maybe you should book a meeting with SEO RocketBlog lesson 2; Link back to your own website sometimes. 

2. Mobile Optimisation: With more people browsing on their phones than ever before, having a website that’s as smooth on mobile as it is on desktop is non-negotiable. This is not just about looks; it’s about functionality and ease of use. I can’t tell you how many sites I’ve been on with my mobile that have janky, slow loading elements! It’s a huge turn off.

3. User Experience (UX): The user journey on your website should be as intuitive as using your favourite app. Navigation should be simple, content easily accessible, and calls to action clear and compelling.

4. Quality Content: Remember, your website is the digital face of your startup. Ensure that the content reflects your brand’s voice and is valuable to your audience. This includes well-written text, high-quality images, and engaging videos. It’s not enough to churn out rubbish, Google's algorithm* looks at dwell time as well, so don’t go thinking that more words = better results. People will quickly learn your content is uninspiring and Google will punish you for it.

5. SEO-Friendly Structure: Make sure your website's structure is SEO-friendly. Use appropriate tags (like H1, H2 for headings), descriptive URLs, and ensure that your site is easy for search engines to crawl. This means including a robots.txt file in your website header, which is a bit more advanced. SEO Rocket includes this within its website audit. You can also create your own basic file with our robots.txt tool.

6. Security: Whilst it’s unlikely you website will be targeted for an attack, ensuring your website is secure (like using HTTPS) not only builds trust with your visitors but is favoured by search engines like Google, so it’s a no brainer to have this from the get go.

Website optimisation is easily overlooked and can snowball into a much larger problem if not dealt with. My advice is to make sure you build a website with professionals who understand web speed and have SEO in mind. Otherwise you could be in for a nasty shock later down the road.

If you’re looking to get a website like SEO Rocket built then I would highly recommend using Perspective Design. They are UX/UI masters and have created some truly beautiful websites, they also don’t charge an arm and a leg which is a bonus.

Content is King: Creating Valuable and Relevant Content

Look, I get it, you’re a startup and you want to get to the top of Google yesterday with content that's cheap (ideally free). I’ve been there. Now, I’m not here to tell you that GPT content is a load of crap, it’s actually a lot better than anything I’ve had written for me for under $30 (per 1000 words) on Upwork. When I first discovered GPT I thought it was going to be life changing, I could bash out 1000 per day and hit #1 on Google in no time. I quickly realised however that the content was basically all the same. If you’ve read as many GPT blogs as I have you start to get a familiar feeling. That’s because it’s a language model (not AI)- all it does is rearrange existing content and frankly it all reads all the same.

So, content is King. But let's refine that a bit for 2024 – not just any content can be king. It's valuable, relevant, and engaging content that wears the crown. I can’t say this for certain, but I suspect Google’s algorithm is already able to identify if a real person has written a blog.

This is good news for you though, it means that with a little bit of care and attention and yes (sorry) money- you can start outranking all your competitors who do use automated blog writing tools.

Here’s how you can create content that not only ranks well but also resonates with your audience. 

1. Understand Your Audience: It’s like preparing a gourmet meal; you need to know who you’re cooking for. What does your audience care about? What questions are they asking? What problems do they need solving? This understanding forms the foundation of your content strategy. Yes, this is EXACTLY the same as what you did for your keyword research- so you should already know this! 

2. Quality Over Quantity: It's tempting to churn out content just for the sake of it. Resist this urge. It's better to have fewer pieces of high-quality, impactful content than a sea of mediocre blogs. Remember, every piece of content should add value to your reader’s life in some way. It took me time to create this blog (over 10 years in fact). I had to do research, look at the latest trends and speak to peers. I didn’t want to just churn out the same garbage. Ask yourself- why would I want to read an article full of the same old crap? Answer: you wouldn’t.

3. Be Authentic and Engaging: People can smell insincerity a mile away. Your content should reflect your brand’s unique voice and personality. Don’t be afraid to show a bit of character – a touch of humour, or a pinch of quirkiness can make your content more relatable and memorable.

4. SEO Integration: Don’t forget about search engines when you write your content, it’s the people and the algorithm you’re trying to impress. 

Imagine your audience are restaurant customers, Google’s algorithm is the waiter, and you’re the chef-de-partie. Google will only take the food to people if you label it correctly, and people are only going to consume it if it tastes good. If they like it, the waiter (Google) will bring them more. Before long your recipe will be a permanent feature in the menu (i.e. page one of Google). So cook some good food and let Google do the rest. 

Use keywords naturally, optimise your images with alt text, and structure your content for easy readability (think short paragraphs, bullet points, and plenty of white space). I’ve decided to use numbered bullet points because there's a lot of content, but you could use whatever format works best for you.

5. Diversify Your Content: Don’t just stick to blog posts. Videos, podcasts, infographics, webinars – the more diverse your content, the broader your reach. Different formats appeal to different segments of your audience. Having a YouTube video that you created in your content is a really great way to show authenticity, introduce the audience to you, and show that you are an authoritative figure in the subject. Google’s algorithm loves it when you create links between content as well, so this is another great SEO play.

6. Update Regularly: The digital landscape is ever-evolving, and so should your content. Regularly updating your content keeps it fresh and relevant, which search engines love. One trick you should always do is around December, update all your blogs that have the year in the title to next years. You might see an initial dip, but the moment the new year starts and peoples search habits change your blogs will get a head start over the business who forgot to update theirs. 

Link Building Strategies for Startups

Link building: it's a bit like networking at a business event, but in the digital space. For startups, developing a robust link building strategy is crucial for boosting your website's authority and improving your search engine rankings. But it's not just about getting any links; it's about getting the right links. 

When I started doing SEO the name of the game was ‘spray it at a wall and hope it sticks’. That meant getting as many backlinks as I could on as many websites as possible. If you’ve been running your startup for any length of time and have a website with your email on you’ve probably been receiving the endless ‘Please check my new high quality sites for "Backlink '' service’ - that was a subject of an SEO email I received this morning. If you haven't got any of these then you’re lucky (or you haven’t checked your junk folder yet).

As ever the pesky algorithm smartened up, and while I can’t prove it (remember *), I noticed a huge drop in the reliability of using backlinking scalps over the past 5 years. Like I said, it all comes down to common sense, and Google obviously realised what was going on, this is a good thing for us though, it means with a little more work and research we can dominate our competition who are sticking to the old ways.

Here's how I approach link building smartly and effectively:

1. Focus on Quality, Not Quantity: One high-quality link from a reputable site is worth far more than a dozen mediocre ones. Search engines like Google have become incredibly savvy at distinguishing between high and low-quality links, so always aim for the former. Use ahrefs authority checker tool to assess whether a website's domain score is high enough to warrant getting a backlink on in the first place. 

2. Create Link-Worthy Content: The first step to getting good links? Have content that others want to link to. This could be original research, a comprehensive guide, an insightful blog post, or an engaging infographic. Essentially, create content that provides value and is shareable. If you have a sales landing page that you think is really top-notch, then use this as the URL. Also think about the keyword you want to use.

Top tip: The anchor word (which is just the word you use to put the URL on) doesn’t have to link to your homepage, it can link to any page you like. Furthermore, the anchor word itself can be anything you like. For example, if your startup is called FusionFZY, but you make an SEO tool in Portland, your anchor word could be: best SEO tool in portland. 

3. Guest Blogging: This is a tried-and-true method. Write articles for other websites in your industry. Not only does this provide you with a platform to share your expertise, but it also helps you gain valuable backlinks.How do I do this? You might ask. Firstly you need to find sites that would be willing to write content about you. These are going to be businesses that are in the same field, but not direct competitions. Think marketing companies, PR agencies, news platforms etc. Drop them an email and ask if they’d be open to a backlink exchange.

4. Leverage Partnerships and Relationships: Collaborate with other businesses, influencers, and industry leaders. This can lead to natural link-building opportunities. It's about fostering relationships where both parties can benefit from the exchange. You’d be surprised at the amount of businesses that are happy to do this. Don’t be pushy, just ask if they are interested in doing a content exchange and if so, that they would be happy to include a DO-follow backlink to your site. 

No stupid question corner: What is a Do-follow backlink? It’s basically a link which, by default, signals to search engine crawlers that A. the link is there and B. the website being linked too is reputable. So essentially it helps engines like Google make links between sites i.e. SEO. A no-follow link on the other hand has been altered to say: "Here's a link, but I'm not giving it my backing to improve its status in search engine rankings." This can be handy if you have an open comments section which you want people to engage with but don’t want to make it easy or reward people for putting links in it.

5. Use Social Media: While social media links themselves don't directly impact SEO (a perfect example of No-follow backlinks), they can lead to increased visibility and organic link building. When your content is shared widely on social media, it increases the chances of being picked up by other websites and blogs. Depending on what type of business you are will dictate which services you should focus on more. If you’re a B2B, then LinkedIn is the most important. If you’re a photographer, then of course Instagram is the way to go. This means you can leave the others to just tick over. 

Local SEO: Capturing Your Local Market

When you're running a startup, it's easy to dream of global domination. But remember, every empire starts with a single territory. That's where local SEO comes in, a potent tool in your arsenal to capture your local market. Think of it as being the big fish in your local pond before swimming out into the vast ocean. I will say that local SEO is far more important to startups with physical locations that those without. If you’re a pizzeria then of course you want local people to now about you. An ecommerce sock company on the other hand might not care as much. If you don’t think local SEO applies to you then feel free to skip to Monitoring and Analysing Your SEO.

Local SEO is about making your startup visible and attractive to those in your immediate geographical area. It's about being the first name that pops up when someone in your city or town searches for the products or services you offer. Here's how to make that happen:

1. Google My Business (GMB) is Your New Best Friend: If you haven’t set up your GMB profile yet, now’s the time. It's like putting up a giant billboard in the digital world. Ensure your profile is complete with up-to-date information, engaging photos, and your business category.

2. Reviews, Reviews, and More Reviews: Encourage your customers to leave reviews. Positive reviews not only boost your local SEO but also build trust with potential customers. Respond to reviews as well – yes, even the not-so-glowing ones. It shows you value customer feedback.

3. Local Keywords are Key: Your keyword strategy should include local terms relevant to your area. If you’re a bakery in Bristol, “freshly baked bread in Bristol” might be a key phrase, for instance.

4. Local Link Building: Building links with local businesses and websites can boost your local SEO significantly. It's like making friends in the neighbourhood. The more connected you are locally, the more visible you become.

5. Optimise for 'Near Me' Searches: With the rise of mobile searches, 'near me' queries have become increasingly popular. Ensure your content and SEO strategy accommodate these searches. For that aforementioned bakery in Bristol, they could use phrases such as “bakery near me in Bristol,” “best Bristol bakery nearby,” or “fresh bread in Bristol” within the website’s content. This could be included in the homepage, about us page, and especially in blog posts or articles that discuss local events or bakery specialties.

6. Local Content Matters: Create content that resonates with your local audience. This could be blog posts about local events, news, or issues relevant to your area and industry.

7. Don’t Forget About Local Directories: Being listed in local business directories can help boost your local SEO. Ensure your listings are consistent in terms of your business name, address, and phone number.

Monitoring and Analysing Your SEO

We’re almost at the finish line and now you’re on your way to becoming an SEO rockstar. There's just one thing, how do you know that any of these tips are going to help SEO if you don’t track it? That's why you need to set up a monitoring system to help you understand how you’re improving over time, otherwise you’re flying blind!

Let me just say off the bat, when I first started I was checking daily like a rabbit, I couldn't help looking at the SEO score, views and impressions, I was obsessed. What I learned was this: you’re not going to see any significant changes within at least a month. SEO takes time, you need to be patient. 

With that said, here's how you can effectively monitor and analyse your SEO:

1. Set Up Tracking Tools: First things first, make sure you have the right tools in your arsenal. Google Analytics (GA4) and Google Search Console are indispensable for tracking your website's performance. These tools provide insights into how visitors find and interact with your site, which keywords are driving traffic, and how well you're ranking in search results.

Figure 6: GA4 Overview

2. Regularly Review Key Metrics: Focus on key performance indicators (KPIs) like organic traffic, click-through rate (CTR), bounce rate, and conversion rate. These metrics give you a clear picture of what's working and what's not. For example, a high bounce rate might indicate that your landing pages are not relevant to your visitors' search queries.

3. Analyse Your Keywords: Keep an eye on how your keywords are performing. Are they driving the right kind of traffic to your site? Keep an eye on Google's Keyword planner to see if there’s any new keyword trends that you could capitalise on. Remember you’ll want to look for high traffic, low competition words.

4. Keep an Eye on Your Competitors: Competitive analysis is crucial. Tools like Moz’s Competitive Analysis can help you begin to understand where you stand in comparison to your competitors and identify areas for improvement.

5. User Experience Analysis: There are a million fancy ‘heatmap’ tools out there that claim to identify and improve the way that users interact on your site. Personally, I think this is overkill, and should only be considered if A. you’re a large company with tens of thousands of users and B. if you have exhausted all other SEO growth strategies and are looking to squeeze the most out of your users.

6. Regular Reporting: Create a reporting schedule – monthly or quarterly – to review and analyse your SEO. This keeps you accountable and helps you make data-driven decisions. I’d recommend building something on Google’s Locker Studio. It’s free, and will easily link to your GA4, Search Console, or any other attribution tools you use (like Excel) to monitor and record SEO movement. They have a bunch of templates that you can use to get up and running quickly. I found this video really helpful when I first set out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lturMFtmIsI

SEO Myths Debunked: What to Avoid in 2024

If there's one thing I’ve learned after doing this for over a century it’s that Google is a lot smarter than you think it is. It's definitely a lot smarter than me (and probably you too), this means any way you can think of to try and trick the algorithm has probably already been thought of and accounted for. There is NO way to get to the top of Google overnight and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

That being said.. I’ve tried all these before and failed so luckily you don’t have to waste your time with them. It’s time for a quickfire round!

Myth 1: More Keywords Equals Better Rankings

  • Debunked: Gone are the days of keyword stuffing. Today, it's all about relevance and quality. Search engines have become incredibly sophisticated and can penalise your site for overusing keywords. Focus on creating natural, engaging content that seamlessly integrates your keywords.

Myth 2: Backlinks Are All That Matter

  • Debunked: While backlinks are undoubtedly important, they're just one part of the SEO puzzle. Overemphasising backlinks while neglecting other aspects like content quality, site speed, and user experience can backfire. Aim for a well-rounded SEO strategy and remember- a good quality backlinks is better than 10 trash ones- I learned that the hard way!

Myth 3: Social Media Doesn’t Affect SEO

  • Debunked: While social media signals don't directly impact search rankings, they influence factors that do. Social media can drive traffic, enhance brand visibility, and lead to natural link building, all of which are beneficial for SEO. Just keep in mind that you want to focus on the social media platform that best suits your audience. 

Myth 4: The More Pages, The Better

  • Debunked: Having more pages does not automatically improve SEO. It's the quality that counts, not quantity. Focus on creating valuable, relevant content. Having numerous low-quality pages can actually harm your SEO, it also costs more to make, so don’t bother.

Advanced SEO Techniques for Startups

If you’ve made it this far, well done! Moving beyond the basics, it's time to explore some advanced SEO techniques that can give your startup an edge. Be warned, these techniques are not for the faint of heart, and you might just want to skip this altogether and move to The Future of SEO: Trends to Watch in 2024

Still here? Ok, as the digital landscape becomes increasingly competitive, it's these sophisticated strategies that can make all the difference. Let's dive into the deep end and discover how to elevate your SEO game. Not all of these will apply to your businesses, and I’m not going to go into a huge amount of depth here, just a brief overview.

  1. Featured Snippet Optimisation:
  • Aim to get your content featured in Google’s “Position Zero” – the featured snippet. This requires creating concise, well-structured content that directly answers specific queries. Utilise bullet points, numbered lists, and clear headings to increase your chances.

But wait- shouldn’t I be doing this anyway?! YES you should however the priority here is clearly answering the specific question in as concise a way as possible.

  1. Mobile-First Indexing:
  • Ensure your website is not just mobile-friendly, but mobile-optimised. Google predominantly uses the mobile version of the content for indexing and ranking. Focus on responsive design, fast loading speeds, and interactive elements that work flawlessly on mobile devices.

 3. E-E-A-T Principles (Experience, Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness):

  • Google values content that demonstrates experience, expertise, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness. Build your brand’s reputation by creating high-quality, research-backed content, and by having industry experts contribute or endorse your content.

A great way to start doing this is to include an author bio on your content which links to that person's Linkedin page. Their bio will also list the content they have previously written. My advice is to give each person in the writing team a different area of expertise, that way Google will begin to recognise them and is more likely to boost their content when the title and content is relevant. 

 4. Structured Data & Schema Markup:

  • Use structured data and schema markup to help search engines understand the context of your content. This can enhance the way your pages are displayed in search results with rich snippets, which can improve click-through rates.

The Future of SEO: Trends to Watch in 2024

SEO continues to evolve at breakneck pace. Staying ahead of the curve is not just about adapting to changes – it's about anticipating them. I’m going to gaze into my SEO crystal ball and try to spotlight some of the trends that are set to shape the future of search engine optimization next year.

1. The Rise (and fall) of automated content

  • Language models and content writing tools are already being implemented by thousands of businesses across the globe. Believe it or not I think this is a fantastic opportunity for you and I dear reader to dominate the competition with engaging content from real people. 

2. Mobile-First Continues to Dominate:

  • The dominance of mobile browsing is expected to continue, making mobile-first design and optimisation even more critical. Websites that offer a seamless mobile experience will have a significant advantage in search rankings.

3. User Experience (UX) as a Key Ranking Factor:

  • Google's focus on user experience is only going to intensify. So it’s important that we keep an eye on our site speed to make sure everything is working correctly.

4. Video Content's Growing Influence:

  • The consumption of video content is expected to keep soaring. Optimising video content for search, including the use of video transcripts and proper tagging, will be vital for engaging and retaining audiences. Like with everything though, video is a tool, and there's not point churning out poor quality content. 

5. Sustainable and Ethical SEO:

  • There will be a growing emphasis on sustainable and ethical SEO practices. This includes prioritising long-term strategies over quick wins, focusing on quality content, and ensuring inclusivity and accessibility in web design.

FAQs

Blog lesson 4; Include an FAQ section, it’s a great way to help users answer quick questions they might need clarification on, and it’s good for SEO as you can hit more relevant keywords. This isn’t a licence to go crazy, 3 or 4 is fine. 

Q1: How long does it take to see results from SEO?

  • The million-dollar question! SEO is a long-term game, and results can vary depending on numerous factors like competition, the current state of your website, and the effectiveness of your strategy. Typically, you can start seeing noticeable results within 3 to 6 months, but it’s a continuous process that requires ongoing effort.

Q2: Can I do SEO on my own, or do I need to hire an expert?

  • While it's possible to manage some aspects of SEO on your own, especially with the plethora of resources available, having an expert can significantly accelerate your progress. SEO can be complex and time-consuming, so if you have the resources, hiring an experienced SEO professional or agency can be a wise investment.

Q3: How important is content in SEO?

  • Extremely important! Content is the vehicle through which you engage with your audience and communicate your expertise, authority, and trustworthiness to search engines. High-quality, relevant, and consistent content is key to successful SEO.

Q4: Should I focus on global or local SEO?

  • This depends on your business model and target audience. If you're targeting a local customer base or have a physical location, local SEO is crucial. If you're aiming for a broader, perhaps international audience, then a more global SEO approach is needed. For many businesses, a combination of both is the best strategy.

Conclusion

It’s been a wild ride with SEO over the last few years. I keep thinking I’ve learned everything and then overnight the almighty algorithm will change and I’m back to square one, scratching my head and wondering what changed. One thing is for sure: SEO techniques should be common sense and straightforward. And at the end of the day your goal should be to produce content that people want to engage with, remember the restaurant waiter, if people like what you have to offer, they’ll come back for more, and Google will reward you for it. 

I hope this blog has served as a good guide for SEO. If you do decide you’d like to hire SEO Rocket then give us a call and we’d be glad to give you some honest free advice on what SEO strategies we could employ to help your startup or business. 

If not, then good luck! We’ll be posting regularly (but not too regularly 😉) about all things SEO, so keep an eye out for upcoming content.

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