FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS SEO?

Search engine optimization is more commonly known as its acronym SEO. Optimization is the basis of all SEO practices. Once your brand's presence (website, content and social media platforms) is optimized across the internet, you increase its online visibility. Your website will find its way to the first page of the search engine results pages (SERPs). Your online customers will find your business much quicker too.

HOW DOES SEO WORK?

SEO is the practice of making changes to your online presence, particularly your website, making it more attractive to search engines like Google and Bing. Search engines crawl (or scan) your website to understand what it is about. The best SEO practices make sure it is easy for search engines to understand your website. SEO increases the quantity of organic website traffic and the quality of your site visitors at no additional cost. It doesn't include any paid media or placement and it excludes direct traffic. With a robust SEO strategy implemented on your website, Google will identify it as an authority site and point users in your site's direction.

DO I NEED DIFFERENT SEO STRATEGIES FOR DIFFERENT SEARCH ENGINES?

There are subtle differences between the various search engines. However, you can usually focus on Google in your SEO strategy, since most of your target market will make use of this leading search engine. Also, the majority of organic traffic is from Google.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO IMPLEMENT AN SEO CAMPAIGN?

It's advisable to employ an experienced SEO agency or expert and this cost should be included in your marketing budget. The amount you should expect to pay is aligned to the scope of work needed to ensure success. A digital agency or SEO expert will charge after considering the project scope and once you have presented your predetermined expectations. The average hourly rate of employing an agency or SEO expert is approximately $150 per hour.

CAN I DO SEO MYSELF?

Yes, you can - it takes a bit of know-how and learning by trial and error, but it's possible to implement a basic SEO strategy across your website. However, SEO is time-consuming and to do it properly you need to consider both technical SEO and on-page SEO. What's more, you will need to keep up-to-date with the algorithms' changes to the various search engines.

WHAT AFFECTS YOUR SEO RANKING?

There are three factors that directly impact your SEO ranking, even if you’ve only implemented a very basic search strategy on your site. The factors to be aware of are:

Page Load Time -- If your website loads too slowly your visitors will bounce and likely go to a competitor’s website. Google (and all search engines) will rank your website lower because of a slow page load time. This is something to pay close attention as we draw closer to the major update confirmed by Google. The Core Web Vitals update in March 2021 will focus on three aspects that directly -- and dramatically -- impact user experience on your site. Page load time features in this update and is paramount to securing your ranking or reaching the top of the SERPs.

Keyword Selection -- Your keywords must be carefully chosen so your website and pages are listed under the correct search terms your ideal customer is looking for.
Content Creation -- If you create quality content on your website your audience will find your site quickly, easily and will stay on your site to learn more. This increases dwell time which boosts rankings on search engines.

WILL BLOGGING HELP SEO?

Blogging helps to boost your SEO strategy across your site but only if crafted with optimization in mind. Search engines are looking for the content on your website that will sufficiently answer users’ questions. So, by creating and sharing high-quality and in-depth blogs that address pertinent topics within your industry, you’re likely to be identified as an authority source of the searched topic. With on-page SEO tactics, search engines will find your blog more easily.

IS SEO BETTER THAN PAID ADVERTISING?

SEO and pay-per-click or other paid media options work together to boost your website and position your brand as an authority in your industry or niche. SEO often gives you a far better return on your investment by comparison to paid media options. That’s not to say that SEO is cheap and easy; it takes a fair amount of time and resources to get it right but it’s long-term rewards are immense and sustainable. Most times, SEO and paid advertising will work together to provide the best results.

HOW LONG DOES SEO TAKE?

This is entirely dependent on your goals and the search campaign tactics you employ. Most SEO experts will estimate four to six months before you begin to see results. Bear in mind this is when you begin to see the results not when you achieve your identified goals.

WHAT ARE SEO BEST PRACTICES?

SEO is a multifaceted practice that requires many different actions to be taken on a website for it to be optimized for search. Many people correlate SEO with high-quality content as search algorithms have highlighted content as an important ranking factor. Algorithms are looking for content that answers the users’ search intent. If your content speaks directly to your audience, your website will be served up to users by Google. But content alone isn’t good SEO practice. You need links from authoritative external sites pointing to your site in the form of a backlink and these external sites need to have a good domain authority score.

Also, best practice entails full blown on-page optimization which means optimizing your meta content, images and tags. And then, consider the technical aspect of SEO - does your website have great architecture? How’s the User Experience (UX)? Is it easily navigable? And have you made sure to link your pages internally?


WHAT IS DIGITAL MARKETING?

Digital marketing encompasses all aspects and activities of marketing an organization, business, or brand across digital channels on the internet. Digital marketing strategies and tactics are crafted to target specific online audiences across a variety of internet-connected devices.

Digital marketing includes optimization across search engines (the likes of Google and Bing), visibility and engagement on social media platforms, email marketing communications, website design and development and integrated applications to connect and engage with prospects and customers.

WHAT DOES A DIGITAL MARKETER DO?

A digital marketer is a marketing specialist who understands how to develop and deploy effective marketing strategies online. A digital marketer understands connecting with an online audience. They can ensure your brand engages with your consumer from the first point of contact through after-sales service.

WOULD MY BUSINESS BENEFIT FROM DIGITAL MARKETING?

Every single brand has to have an online representation of the business. However, your digital footprint won't have any impact if you don't market it successfully. Every business would benefit from an ongoing, comprehensive digital marketing strategy and the support of an expert marketing team.

HOW COST-EFFECTIVE IS DIGITAL MARKETING COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL MARKETING?

Digital marketing is cost-effective in that you can get your message directly in front of your ideal audience. Consider that traditional marketing casts a wide net across the general public. In contrast, digital marketing takes a targeted approach and engages the consumer with the right message at the right time. You can measure your digital marketing efforts and the costs involved quite easily and mitigate unnecessary spending. This is far more difficult with traditional marketing campaigns. What's more, the costs involved with hiring a digital marketing agency are dependent on the project scope.

HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY A SUCCESSFUL DIGITAL MARKETING COMPANY?

Look for a company that takes the time to assess your current and future marketing needs. A digital marketing agency worth its salt won’t promise immediate results because digital strategies take time to yield results. But it will boast a team of experts able to identify needs and gaps in your current strategy. What’s more, they will work with you to establish outcomes, align with your goals and offer consistent, transparent reporting. Be cautious about companies offering a quick fix. Choose an agency with proven successes, client testimonials and case studies and outstanding reviews across their services.

WHAT IS PPC?

PPC is the acronym for pay-per-click. It's a digital marketing tactic and it buys web traffic to your website. You, the advertiser, pays a small fee each time one of your ads is clicked on by a user. Search engine advertising is the most popular form of PPC. However, many other platforms such as social media giant, Facebook, now offer PPC ad models. You can promote your company in search results, on websites and across social media platforms. PPC ads can feature text, images and video.

WILL MY TARGET MARKET CLICK ON MY ONLINE PPC ADS?

Ads that appear in search results are targeted to meet a specific audience and often earn almost half of all page clicks. Users who click on paid ads are usually ready to make a decision and therefore more likely to buy a product or service by comparison to an organic visitor. With PPC ads, your ads are targeted for the online users searching for your type of business. This can make a significant impact on your bottom line.

HOW MUCH DOES A PPC CAMPAIGN COST?

The cost of running a PPC ad campaign varies. Different cost factors include your industry type, business type and business size. These will influence the pricing of your PPC ad campaign. Pricing can also be affected by the type of strategy you're rolling out. However, expect to spend up to $5,000 per month for a small-to-medium company. This price includes both your ad spend and professional services from your chosen PPC agency.

HOW DO I BUDGET FOR MY PPC CAMPAIGN?

Your PPC costs must be calculated based on your bid, your targeting and your ad quality. The amount of money you're willing to spend for a user to click on your ad is called your bid. You enter your bid into an ad auction and the highest bidder wins, so you could end up paying less than your bid amount, but never more. Targeting factors include all aspects of your goal, from the keywords you’re ranking for to the demographics of your audience. The more competitively you want to target, the higher the costs. For instance, bidding on a very competitive keyword costs more because it features a higher cost-per-click (CPC). Google also monitors the quality of your ads. If your ad quality is high, you can often maintain lower costs because Google will rank your ad ahead of competitors with low-quality ads. Understanding and accounting for all of these factors are how you determine your PPC budget.

WHY SHOULD I ADVERTISE WITH PAY-PER-CLICK ADS?

PPC is a flexible online advertising method that lets you create a budget and adjust it at any time necessary. Most importantly, you can target your ideal audience directly, which is impossible with traditional advertising or digital marketing campaigns. The insights gleaned from the data tracked from PPC campaigns is invaluable because it gives you a better idea of your users' behavior. Your paid advertising campaigns appear ahead of all organic results in search results, helping you to instantly outrank your competitors and support your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A WEBSITE DESIGNED?

The timeframe it takes to complete website design will vary based on the size of the website (number of pages) and the type of design required and if special effects or unique development aspects are required. What is essential to account for is the preparation period during which wireframes are built, the back and forth between the design and development team and final revisions and edits.

HOW DO I REDESIGN MY EXISTING SITE?

A website redesign is a worthwhile exercise if you want your website to meet the needs of your site visitors. Superior user experience results in your user will easily navigate and discover your website the way you intended. To ensure your website is built for user experience and remains relevant, you may need to consider a design update. The process includes an analysis of functionality, understanding of your current users and potential visitors, a competitor analysis, establishing goals, updating SEO strategy and optimizing the site with responsive design.

WHAT IS RESPONSIVE DESIGN?

Responsive design is a method that's fast becoming the norm. It is website design that scales to display on different devices regardless of their size or screen. This means your content on the site is always clear and optimized for user experience no matter the device your user is viewing the website on. It's a way to make websites look great on both desktops and mobile devices without requiring a separate mobile site. See some responsive websites we've created for clients.

WHAT IS SEO-FRIENDLY WEB DESIGN?

It is website design that accounts for search engine optimization (SEO) strategies. A website designer should create the site with SEO in mind so a digital marketer can optimize the site. In this way the website acquires increased traffic and will rank well on search engine results pages. Google crawls and indexes all websites and those optimized for search will enjoy a better ranking and higher domain authority.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY WEBSITE BE UPDATED?

This differs for different parts of your website. For instance, your content you can update as regularly as you feel suits your brand and messaging. Customers enjoy new, fresh content so you need to simply establish the frequency of your updates. Most websites have a blog page and this is where new, relevant content can be added to your website and most brands post weekly updates. If your content is optimized your organic search ranking will improve too. When you consider your security and functionality on your website, you usually have to update these every couple of months. Or when a new feature is required to ensure your website is compliant with search engines.To establish the frequency of these updates speak with your design and development team. They will check the health of your site and ensure all links and functionality are working correctly.