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SEO Works: Key Statistics Every Business Owner Should Know

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is complex and always changing and shifting with updates to the various algorithms -- most notably, those used by Google. It also provides a bit of a different experience than other types of marketing, in that the return you see isn't always immediate. It's not the same as making a call and having a client place an order over the phone. However, since most people turn to the internet when they need a product or service, it's clear that SEO is more important than ever. It's critical to have a plan in place and to work consistently to achieve optimal results.

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5 Key Tips for Writing on the Internet

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You have a lot of things to consider when crafting your website content. How does it fit with your brand? What is your main goal? How can you address SEO? What information is your audience looking for? It can almost feel overwhelming.

All of these questions are important, and you definitely need to consider them when deciding what information you want to put in your content and what word choices you're going to make. But you also have to think of something else: how you want to write. What stylistic choices should you make? Should what you write online be vastly different than what you'd write offline?

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Best Practices To Gain More Quality Backlinks

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Off-page search engine optimization (SEO) is all about the tactics that you do outside of your website, including social media marketing and link building. With the latter, you maximize your efforts to acquire high-quality backlinks, which play a significant role in building your domain authority and helping your ranking in search engine results pages (SERPs).

Backlinks are also called inbound links because they direct or ‘link back’ traffic to your website from external sources. Search engines, like Google and Bing, continue to use backlinks as ranking signals.

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Only Half of Searches Lead to Clicks

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For many online marketing divisions, the click-through rate (CTR) may be the most important measure of success. Getting that search result in front of people is just the first step. Once you get your link onto the first page of the search results -- after all, most users never even get to the second page, much less results that are even further down -- you still need to get people to actually click that link and visit your site. Then the game shifts to trying to increase dwell times and keep them on the site, giving you a chance to make a sale. Your conversion rate is calculated by looking at what percentage of visitors make a purchase.

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Google Cares About the Quality of Your Content

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It's easy to get pulled into the trap of thinking of search engines like Google as nothing more than computer systems that you need to appease with your content. You start thinking exclusively about statistics and numbers: how many keywords to use, how to break them up, what the ideal word count looks like, where you should put your links, etc. And let's be clear: All of this does matter. It's all an important part of SEO, and it's a complex process to get it right. But don't think that these details are all that matter, as if you can write any content you want and rank well as long as you check off the right boxes. The quality of your content still matters.

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