How long does SEO Take to Work

SEO timescales, this is probably one of the most common questions I get asked all the time: how long will it take to rank x keyword? This gives away so much from someone who has no idea about SEO or has very limited knowledge of SEO and what to expect.

I will always give a client realistic timescales for the work I carry out because it is simply not a couple of weeks and that is it done. There really is no point in taking on a client and telling them it will only take a month to rank then after a month you get that same client asking why the keywords are not on page one and so forth. Think about it, it can take Google several weeks to actually re-cache the website and pick up the onsite SEO changes that have been implemented. When it comes to links the timescales vary so much depending on the type of content on the site, how soon it is indexed etc etc.

SEO Timescales
How long does SEO take to rank

The scenario of ranking a website within 30 days is somewhat unlikely, but none the less, it can be done for lower competition keywords that either won’t get search for at all or have the odd one or two per month. There are several tools, paid for and free that can show you how often keywords are searched for in each country so why you would select a lower competition, low search volume keyword I am not sure. So make sure that you use one or a few of these free tools to determine what keywords you want to go after and then that way you will know that the traffic will be of greater volume and targeted because the keywords relate directly to the products or services you offer.

Most keywords out there that get a decent level of traffic aren’t going to be the easiest to rank, usually. There are several factors to take into account, firstly, the onsite SEO that you want Google to pick up on that you have changed, the competition whereby many of them probably have been carrying out SEO for a longer period of time, so this should be explained to each client so that they don’t think they will rank in a short space of time.

It is safe to say that there is not going to be a straightforward answer that will please every client as there is so much variation between niches and the level of competition in each nice, however, that being said SEO progress should be seen in about a three to four month period and possibly longer if the competition is strong. If you are a local business targeting local customer in a niche that hasn’t got much competition, then it is likely that you will see results much sooner, but in general I would suggest that you give your SEO three to four months to gauge whether or not progress has been made.

Unfortunately there are still clients in 2016 that I have worked with who expect to be ranking for 100 odd keywords on page one within the month, and because they are not there they have asked me to stop with the services. These are the type of clients you do not want to get involved with. Education about SEO plays a big part of any client SEO campaign and thus keeping the client up to date with a realistic expectation is vital.

From my past experiences, the clients who give their SEO a reasonable amount of time to get over the initial start of the campaign are usually the ones who are successful online. However, the problem that many clients have is often down to SEOs who they have used in the past that never produce the results and the client feels like they have effectively wasted their investment. For client who have been ‘burned’ in the past, I would urge you to do your research about the next SEO that you work with and look into their track record.

Optimising your Site for Search Engines in 10 Steps

Search engine optimisation is one of the main ways to get your website found, but making the search engines want to rank your site highly can be difficult. These ten steps will help you get well on your way to optimising your site.

Optimising your site SEO Hello
Optimising your site SEO Hello
  1. Find Relevant Keywords

Google’s keyword research tool is probably the best way to find keywords. It will help suggest relevant keywords, tell you how often they are searched (nationally and internationally), and how much competition there is.

  1. Choose the Best Ones

The biggest mistake is just picking the keywords with the highest search volumes. Think carefully about relevance, and which ones are likely to be used by people actually looking for your business. Think also about competition; you may get better results with lower search volumes but less competition.

  1. Place Them Strategically

There are a few specific places that search engines like to see your keywords. Aim to use them in the title, the first paragraph and at least one subheading. When search engines find keywords in these positions, they judge it to mean the page is more relevant to the search query.

  1. Have Quality Content

Your content should not overuse keywords; this is a common mistake and gets penalised by search engines. Neither should it be designed to appeal to search engines alone and be off putting to users. Quality, professional content will both attract search engines and engage with users.

  1. Write a Good Meta Description

On the subject of engaging users as well as search engines, your meta description will usually be used as the brief summary of your site that users see in search results. If you want your page to not only rank highly but attract clicks, use a good meta description.

  1. Use Page Titles Well

Page titles will also be shown to users in search results, as well as crawled by search engines. Include relevant keywords, and write them in a way that will also appear to users. They should be informative without being excessively long.

  1. Get Incoming Links

If a site has been linked to by other sites, then search engines assume this must mean the site is useful and worth linking to. They are therefore ranked higher and get more visitors. Build links from other sites through tactics like offering to submit articles for blogs.

  1. Use Outgoing Links

Search engines also like to see (relevant) links going out of websites, as this is often an indicator of quality content. Use a couple of links in your content, preferably leading to very reputable sites such as news outlets.

  1. Don’t Hide Content

It’s easy to inadvertently hide quality content from search engines. They cannot crawl images and videos, so make sure you give them something they can crawl. Always use the “alt text” attribute for images, and include transcripts of useful content given in video form.

  1. Update Regularly

Websites that are regularly updated with new pages or revised content appeal to search engines. This is a sign of a website that is actively-maintained and unlikely to contain out-of-date information. Having an on-site blog is a relatively easy way to add regular new pages.

 

The way in which Search Engines Operate

Search Engines Functionality

Search engines have main functionalities, two of the major ones being the crawling of the web and building an index once crawled. The engine then ranks the websites based on their criteria of providing the most relevance to the user.

The Process of Crawling and the Indexation

You could use the analogy of the World Wide Web (WWW) being a network of calling points in a large city subway. Each of these calling points has unique content (typically a web page, image, PDF etc.). The search engines need to find a way to ‘crawl’ the whole city and find all the calling points along the way. By using the best network available, being links.

This link structure of the WWW serves a purpose in a way to bind all the calling points together.

Search engines use robots, usually referred to as ‘spider’, ‘bots’ or ‘crawlers’ to reach the billions of inter connected webpages on the WWW by following links.

Learn search engine optimisation (SEO)

What is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)?

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the process of gaining higher search engine results positions (SERPs) by improving and promoting a website. The aim is to increase the amount of traffic the website receives. There are several aspects when it comes to SEO. On page factors and the actual content that is there to the different ways in which other website link back to your website. A basic form of SEO can be making sure that the website is structured in an easy way so that the search engine can find and read it.

Search Engine Optimisation
Search Engine Optimisation

Google want you to think about the end user of the website – your potential customers. Although building a search engine friendly website is desirable, Google do want you site to be user friendly.

Why you need SEO

Google, Yahoo and Bing are the three major search engines that we use today. The majority of the traffic coming from Google. Although traffic can come from social media and referral websites, the bulk of the traffic will come from search engines as this is the main methods people will use to search for things.

Search engines are ideal for business owners because they provide targeted traffic. No other form of marketing can do this. Therefore it is essential that your website can be found and your content is cached into their servers. Otherwise you could be missing out on some serious amounts of traffic.

The term ‘search queries’ relates to the words that users’ type into the search box. These search queries are extremely valuable. The traffic from search engines (primarily Google) are really make the difference from a company doing badly to doing very well. Targeted search traffic is a unique form of marketing. Invest wisely in SEO and it can pay off multiple times over.

Why your website needs optimised

There is no doubt that search engine robots are smart, however, they still need help. SEO helps you website be seen and read by the robots. Even with new technologies being created to help produce better search results. There is a base algorithm that is used to generate the results. Knowing what factors influence the algorithm in your favour are key. Get this right and rank your website highly will bring in the traffic. Make the wrong moves and you could get penalised!

DIY SEO

The basics of SEO are exactly that, basic. So, you can learn SEO and you probably will achieve some success. The amount of information about SEO is huge and is widely available, such as this resource.

SEO can be very time intensive, you will need to keep reading and learning and putting what you learn into practice. SEO can be costly especially if you do not know what you are doing. Why not put your trust in SEO Hello who have carrying out SEO for a number of years and have plenty of major successes.

Where are we now 2015?

A little update..where are we now

Where are we now
Where are we now

Since the last update, where are we now… Well seohello.co.uk site which runs on WordPress has been updated at least, to the newest version. But, still keeping the theme for the time being.

Keyword Positions

  • SEO Hello went from 1st to 140th to 2nd
  • SEO Glasgow went from 8th to 172nd to 154th
  • Glasgow SEO went from 7th to 245th to 161st

Not ideal, although it is somewhat better than the previous rankings in January 2015!

Getting Social

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Wow, I’ve fallen off the World Wide Web sphere of Google!

Fallen off the edge in terms of Google rankings
Fallen off the edge in terms of Google rankings

Okay, I know it has been a long while since last posting. Over two years! That’s passing several Google algorithm updates (Panda and Penguin) and the likes. The most noticeable are the drop in the rankings for this very website. Here are a few of them before (08/10/2012) and after (05/01/2014) – keyword positions:

  • SEO Hello went from 1st to 140th
  • SEO Glasgow went from 8th to 172nd
  • Glasgow SEO went from 7th to 245th

One can conclude that there will be virtually zero traffic from these results and also it shows that Google really does like up-to-date content. Let’s see what happens to these search engine result pages after indexing of this blog post?

Several actions need to be taken for SEO Hello such as adding our Facebook page, Google+ profile, Twitter etc etc. Not only will this create some new fresh authoritative links from well established sites, it’ll also get our brand out there. We recommend this for all clients as it helps provide exposure to potential customers and also the search engines (and in turn potential customers through better rankings). A recent post I came across has some great ideas to help launch a site. Although they are targeting business owners in the USA, the vast majority of the ideas can be implemented over here in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. Google Place listings are also very useful as they are given more viewing space in Google’s results pages. Along with reviews and pictures, depending on the competition, you are able to take up quite a lot of the page – ideal for any business!

Aside from the above basics, the site needs to be updated too. That will start with the newest version of WordPress and possibly a new theme/template. Google authorship would be in the list of to do’s and then focus on some social media optimising.

That about sums up this post as I have quite literally fallen off any sort of traffic searching potential client searches. Remember though, we shall see what happens after the indexing. Cue later post.

On Page Optimisation

Search Engine Optimisation Tips & Techniques to Increase your Website’s Search Engine Results Positions

If you’ve done your keyword research using one of the many tools freely available, such as Google KeywordTool. Analyse your competition to see what they are ranking for and gauge their success. Have a look into their link profile and develop your own link building strategy. On page SEO is just one aspect of the bigger picture, albeit a very important one, and as such you should spend time on this. Continue reading On Page Optimisation