While you don’t have to become an SEO expert, as a small business website owner you should do your homework and understand the basics of what’s happening when it comes to marketing your website. Even if you hire an SEO consultant, it is important that you maintain control of your website and work with them to market it online.
The more involved a website owner is in the SEO process, the more positive the results. Here are some ways, he says, to become more knowledgeable and more involved:
1. Gain basic knowledge of SEO.
Too many business website owners know just enough about SEO to be dangerous, and they end up focusing exclusively on meta tags or ways to trick the search engines.
Meta tags are nearly useless and tricking the search engines could get your website banned.”
2. Maintain control.
As a business owner, you never want to relinquish control of your website, and make sure that whoever you hire to handle your SEO campaign gives you a detailed explanation of any changes they will make to your website and what those changes will accomplish.
If anything looks suspicious, don’t be afraid to question it.
3. Stay involved.
Website owners should play an active role in deciding what keywords their site needs to be optimized for.
Selecting the keywords that will give you the best return on investment requires more than just number crunching. It requires an understanding of your business and its customers.
Website owners should also be involved in any copy changes being made as part of the campaign.
Don’t rush things.
Depending on where you start, it can take up to four months before you start seeing the results of your campaign.
An SEO campaign is an ongoing venture. Focus on keeping your content fresh and building new links.
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