Looking to Move to HTTPS? We’re Offering an Almost-Free Transfer

HTTPS, if you haven’t heard, is the way to go.  Websites that fail to offer their visitors and customers the basics in terms of secure browsing and e-commerce fall foul of all sorts of accusations – and while porting your site over or setting yourself up on HTTPS in the first place can mean additional costs, it just makes sense.  Think of it this way – if your online store becomes vulnerable to an attack and you stand to lose hundreds of customer records to an unwelcome visitor, are you fully prepared to take ownership for such a loss?  Maybe not.  Therefore, prevention is key – and getting yourself registered on HTTPS to ensure safe, impenetrable data transfer is the way forward – take it from us.  Google loves it, and browsers everywhere expect to be protected.  It’s time to take the bull by the horns if you haven’t already.

To help encourage take-up of HTTPS, we at SEOmers are proud to announce that we are to provide transfer and set-up on the secure protocol for virtually free – meaning that, providing you fulfil certain criteria, we’ll move you over to HTTPS for next to nothing.  What’s the cost, you ask?  Just £10 – minimum – which we ask that you donate to the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter (IWNS).

No one deserves to be made homeless – and with over a hundred (more than statistics show) people living rough on the streets of Ipswich with little means of getting themselves back on their feet, it is down to the fantastic work of organisations such as the IWNS to ensure that so many people – young and old alike – can get themselves on the straight and narrow.  The cause is very close to our hearts here at SEOmers – and we are therefore proud to be able to encourage minimum donations to the IWNS in return for HTTPS coverage.  Rather than let the cost go to the firm, we’d prefer that you make a donation to help those in need – and in return, we’ll keep your website safe.

We also ask that the site you wish to transfer to HTTPS be WordPress based with your own SSL certificate (most web hosts provide for free) – to demonstrate that you have active interest in keeping your visitors safe.  We also request that you provide us with access to your Google Analytics data and your admin/hosting dashboard – so that we may implement these changes for you.  Don’t worry – your privacy and security is assured.

Make a difference to people who are unable to help themselves – while ensuring your visitors are safe to browse and buy from you.  Contact us today on 01473 760140 email us at your convenience – or visit the IWNS website for more information on their incredible work and for more details on how to make a donation.

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SEOmers will take no more than three business days to convert your website into SSL/Secure. SEOmers will need admin access to your website and Google Analytics/Webmaster tools. If you are unable to provide this then contact us beforehand.

You have donated no less than £10 to Ipswich Winter Night Shelter (IWNS) before filling out this form, you will also need to forward or screen grab the confirmed payment from Ipswich Winter Night Shelter to SEOmers.

SEOmers will not share your data or disclose anything about your website to any third parties. SEOmers will not provide any other service, other than installing HTTPS/SSL on your Wordpress Website.

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Ranty SEO Blog post alert!!

We have been busy but sadly for the wrong reasons. Here are some screen shots of business owners Google Analytics. If you are unsure of what that is, analytics is a tracker to see how many people visit a website. Put it this way, if you have a website and don’t know if you have analytics installed then speak to someone because you will be losing customers every single day and not know about it.

What do these businesses have in common? They have all bought “SEO Ready” sites from local designers in Suffolk. These people are claiming that their wonderful design will turn into a cash machine the second it’s launched without any planning or historic review, it will have lots of traffic and everything will simply be amazing.

“SEO Ready” means nothing at all. However, a designer who claims they ‘do SEO’ can cost you thousands which can sometimes take MONTHS to recover after the damage has been done.

The one thing we see ALL THE TIME is that designers design, coders code but they rarely plan site launches correctly… That is the difference between making something pretty and understanding the consequences, before making ANY website changes at all.

PLAN EVERYTHING!! If you do not know how then speak to us BEFORE your designer could potentially ruin your online income. It takes us less than an hour to plan everything to work WITH your designer.

If you don’t know the difference between a good and bad designer then contact us. We will give you some questions to ask before you buy their services.

We’d like to state – We are not anti-designer. We are anti ‘have a go at it’ services that cause business owners big issues that people like us have to sort out. We work with some fantastic designers day in, day out.

So, take a look at the screen grabs below. This is what poor planning looks like, sadly.

 

Example One – a national website that was getting nearly two million visits every month. We personally helped the site improve from a few hundred visits to millions between 2013-2015 until the site was sold. The site appeared to have slipped with traffic after a year so the new site owner used a Suffolk based company to ‘refresh’ the site.  The unplanned ‘refresh’ caused the traffic drop as you can see below. The site owner waited for a few more months while the design company ‘had a go’ at fixing the issues. We spotted the issue within 17 minutes, sadly we weren’t contacted for well over 12 months so doubt we’d get the same PR buzz as we did back in 2014. The site owner decided to cut his £30.000 loses.

National SEO Rankings Drop

 

 

Example Two – A Suffolk business that accepted a proposal from a local designer who was chosen because they had so many mentions in a well known Facebook group called ‘Suffolk Business Stars‘. The agency that designed the site said to the client ‘you only get 500 visits a month so we don’t have to do anything’. The truth behind this client is that their average customer was worth £1500 at a minimum, they could only serve Suffolk, they will never get traffic into the thousands because of their localised audience. The new site was launched as ‘SEO completed’ without any research at all, they’d told the client they could manage the SEO which resulted in the issue below.

Sudbury Web Design SEO Issue

 

 

Example Three – Another local business, wrecked by a local Suffolk based designer. The average sale for this client was £150, they’d easily make 50 sales per month for their most high-end product. The peak season for selling their products is middle of March to end of April, with sales increasing to over 30 sales per week. Sadly. this income from their ‘shoddy website’ was lost due to being replaced with ‘an awesome website’ – The awesome website undone years of link building, PR and Social Media traffic… Purely because the designer ‘thought what would be best’ without any forwarding planning at all.

 

Long Melford Web Design

 

This post sounds like we’re having a go at designers, we’re not at all. We love designers, coders, PR companies and anyone who gives their clients everything they can to make sure that the person who is paying them, gets the return on investment, not run a massive loss. We love working anyone who needs our help, the same as when we call in graphic and web designers when we need their help.

If you’re about to invest in a new website then get in touch. We will be able to review where your website is now, and where you need it to go.

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We’re a Google Partner Again! 6 Exams, done

Sounds pretty neat, doesn’t it — but what does it actually mean? Well for one, SEOmers gets to have a special badge on the site. However, it really does means much much more than that.

Earning Google’s Partner badge means that we are an online company that’s trusted by Google directly, trained and certified in Google’s best practices.

We are not awarded by paying an entry or subscription fee. It is more than just passing a couple of exams, you have to PROVE what you can do, and have a proven track record that is verified by Google themselves.

Any marketing company, large or ‘one man band’ that runs or manages an AdWords or a marketing campaign can attempt to qualify to earn a Google partner badge, free of charge, no strings or entry fees. You learn your trade and have a good track record of getting your clients results, then take exams. We have done this for the last three years since SEOmers has been running.

You can check for yourselves but we’re one of the Most Qualified &  Certified marketing companies in Suffolk, according to Google themselves, feel free to check!

Here is a snippet of what Google states are the needed requirements to be a partner

  • Create and complete a Partners company profile
  • Get one affiliated individual
    • We have two certified and qualified people
  • Meet a 90-day ad spending requirement of USD 10,000
    • We have done this every month for over three years
  • You need to pass two of the AdWords certification exam
    • We have passed six exams. You can verify that on our Google Partner profile

Here is our public profile on Google and our certificates

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So WIX is awesome…Isn’t it?

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Many small businesses have either a snazzy looking website and no visitors or a lousy looking website and no visitors. The first problem is a result of an incomplete job by the designer/builder who didn’t engage in any meaningful SEO activity and the second is due to the business owner using a second-rate DIY site builder like WIX or Blogger that relies on a CMS patched together using 2005 SEO principles.

A belated welcome to 2016! We’ve Been Waiting for You

If you’re ready to join the present, you first have to understand why you should abandon the past. After all the past is a known commodity like that comfy old armchair with the cigarette burn holes and unspeakable stains. You need a reason to move. Well, here are a few reasons.

Subdomain Sites: If you’re using a web name like myshopname.wix.com or yoursite.blogger.co.uk then that isn’t your website, the content isn’t yours, you do not own it!

Want completely free? Well, most site builders will offer ‘free’ but on one condition…They slap adverts all over it!

Fugly Designs: Think of visiting a website as a kind of blind date. Even if you’re lucky enough to snag a few visitors they won’t stay for long if your site is ugly. Most sites using site builders like Wix or Vistaprint are extremely same old, rubbish and look like they’re from the 90s. They’re ‘ok’ for a kick start, maybe, but your conversion rate will normally be pants.

SEO, well, there isn’t much! Yes, if you want a blog then OK, a site builder will sometimes work but what about having a custom page/URL structure, what about custom Google Analytics code? Can you use canonical tags? 301 redirects? Can you do any of those without needing to pay an ‘upgrade fee’? (most self-hosted CMS’s offer as standard, and free!!)

Slow to load!! Google hates slow sites so why on earth would you put your site on a service that’s sluggish? Services like Vistaprint, Wix and other site builders are built for bulk, and quick cash cows as a sideline for advertising other services they offer.

Try leaving! Typically, unless you know how to scrap/pinch a website, its’ hard to move your site to a new host or provider, you often have to start again! Self-hosted CMS’s systems, like Joomla, can be taken over by any web designer or hosting company in the world without any issues at all.

If you don’t believe us, run a search on Google for things like ‘Top sites built with Wix’ – Most of the websites that are listed as being ‘stunning’ are not using Wix, they haven’t for months, sometimes longer! They’ve maybe picked up some traffic, found Wix to be a hassle and paid a web designer to do the job properly! Have a look, and you’ll see.

OK, you want more than WIX or Godaddy Site builders?

Rather than wandering the digital wilderness like some reject from a Jeremy Kyle episode, find your courage and embrace the present. Here are 3 of the most popular free CMS that can help with SEO and general website freedom:

WordPress: With WordPress, you’ll be able to easily add hyperlinks, header tags and the kind of easily crawlable content for your customers to find you. Your site will also load in a snap, look great and have a clear, sensible URL structure. If you can use Facebook then, you can use WordPress with ease! Any web designer will be able to take over and make it look exactly how you want!

Joomla: Joomla made social network integration part of the game plan. Messaging, event creation, forums, groups and more all play a crucial role in any effective website campaign today and Joomla allows you to integrate them into your site with simple, easy to use tools. A downside to Joomla is that the decent experts are few and far between.

Drupal: Drupal is technically advanced for the code geeks out there, loads as fast as lighting and is fully customizable and updatable. It’s maintained by a stable community so addons/plugins tend to be solid, unlike WordPress. You can trust what you’re plugging into your website, as long as its from their website.

The best free CMS’s enable you to create the type of engaging experience search engines today are looking for. Don’t get caught sleeping in the skanky old armchair offered by the WiX-ers of the world. Rise and take control of your company’s digital fate by using one of the best free CMS for SEO we’ve outlined here. Your online business will actually thank you.

This post is aimed at the small business owners who may be branching online. If you have a large website like a shop, consider using software like Magento or even Kentico. Your best option is to find as many designers that you can, build a list and get rid of the ones that you don’t’ get along with, drill them, find out what they can really do for your business. It will be more rewarding and cost effective that using any website site builder.

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WANT TO BE NUMBER ONE? GOOGLE YOURSELF

Googling yourself SEO can take a fair bit of experience to get your head around completely – while it’s essentially the ‘science’ of getting your website as near to the top of Google’s search rankings as possible, it’s never really that simple (no matter what some Guru’s are telling you). The fact is – and this might come as a shock to anyone that’s been told they can sit at the top of the pile and lord it over their rivals from a throne made of amazing SEO magic – Google rankings vary from person to person. SEO is more about increasing your chances of being seen by the right people, never a case of simply climbing your way up past every other website to plant your flag at the top of Mount Google search.

Why is this? Simple. Google tries its hardest to personalise the search experience for every last user (at least if they’re logged in). This means that their search history will influence the searches people make – no matter how embarrassing – their location, and even their IP address. Google archives all of these things for logged-in users so that it can, in any hope, find the most relevant sites for each person. The only way you’ll ever see a ‘bare bones’ Google ranking is by actively logging yourself out of Google, wiping your cookies and browsing in private mode. (They still track your IP though)

This is a worrying trend with unskilled, sideline ‘SEO’s’. Some small businesses may find themselves throwing money at hollow promises to ‘get them to the top of page one’ without actually knowing the implications of how the process works. SEO is much more complicated than many people give it credit for being, and even the most experienced SEO professionals will agree. With this in mind, let’s face it – any firm telling you that they can guarantee you top billing for your given keywords isn’t giving you much credit. Just because you have a beautiful website, it doesn’t mean people will find it, ignore web designers when they say such a thing.

Good SEO practice takes into account the fact that Google personalises so much of its experience – anyone tackling it properly will be well aware that a Grandmother living in Scotland will have vastly different search preferences and habits to that of, say, the lead singer of a Queen tribute band based in Sheffield. They may well be searching for the same things, however, despite their differences – and the aim with good SEO is to ensure that it enables a website to be seen by as many people as it possibly can. You can’t please all of the people all of the time – it’s an old one, but a good one – and it’s worth bearing in mind when it comes to search rankings.

What should you focus on?

Check your Google Rankings, no more than once a week – They change hourly, per person, don’t get too caught up. You can spend your time promoting your website instead.

Log out of Google – Don’t believe your ‘SEO Ready Web Designer’ when they keep claiming they’ve got you to number one. Wipe your history, even better use a private web browser. We’ve seen a pattern of self-taught ‘SEO Ready Designers’ running reports on incorrect rankings. Some don’t even do keyword research, or look to see who is ranking already, i.e., competition. Sorry but that’s not doing SEO, that’s guessing.

You can either improve your conversions or keep checking your keyword rankings every five minutes…..which is more rewarding? People leaving your website within a few seconds will cause your keywords to go down over time, so get the traffic and keep it and then get more.

You know you can gather traffic by good old fashioned blog posts? How about a video? Even thought about sponsoring a local charity? Think more than just keyword rankings, think of ‘real SEO’ as gathering traffic from as many places as you can…..quality traffic, the right traffic that you can actually convert into a sale.

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SEO Plugins that we use for WordPress in 2016

We use WordPress all the time for our own sites, and clients. We are often asked the same questions about which ‘SEO’ plugins are the best to use for websites that use WordPress as their CMS.

We do believe that a good developer is worth their weight in gold but for those on a limited budget, this video is for you.

A general rule of thumb is ‘The less plugins, the better’ so if you have a good developer then use their skill set!!

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Download Yoast now and use it on every WordPress site you own. This plugin, in SEOmers opinion, is as important as the WordPress installation itself. It’s also extremely easy to use. Its great for starter SEO for the small business.

Download Yoast

RB Internal Links

Although this plugin hasn’t been updated in sometime, it still should be included in every WordPress installation. This plugin helps with internal linking which is vital for usability SEO

Download RB Internal Links

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is the most powerful and comprehensive caching plugin available. This plugin handles everything from combine and minification for both CSS and JS to HTML linebreak and comment removal, disk caching, browser caching and more.

Download W3 Cache

Redirection

Not sure how to redirect by using something called a htaccess file? Redirection will make redirects extremely easy for you to 301 redirect an old URL to the new one. Never have a 404 (broken) page again!

Download Redirection

Related Posts

Related posts help your readers discover your own related content by automatically linking to it at the bottom of each post. We normally show no more than 5 related posts under each page, this is great for helping lower bounce rate.

Download Related Posts

Regenerate Thumbnails

Images can use up a lot of resource, both for storage space and bandwidth. Optimising those images is essential to boost performance whilst not sacrificing the image quality.

Download Regenerate Thumbnails 

Social Structured Data

Hate the way social sites use the wrong image or titles when people share your website? This plugin sorts out all of the social structure for Twitter Cards, Facebook Open Graph and Google+ META data.

Download Social Structured Data (Paid)

Revive Old Post

This plugin helps you to keeps your old posts alive by sharing them and driving more traffic to them from social networks. It also helps you to promote your content. You can set time and number of posts to share to drive more traffic

Download Revive Old Post 

Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker will check your website for broken links. It’s great for not only traditional SEO but usability for your web users.

Download Link Checker 

Social Locker for WordPress

Do you have a post that gets a lot of traffic but you can’t figure out what to do with it? Use Social Locker to “lock up” content that can be unlocked with a Facebook Like, Tweet, or +1. Great way to accumulate some social metrics. Do not abuse this and only use for the really good content

Download Social Locker (paid)

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We’re Google Adwords & Analytics Certified

After working with Google Analytics day in, day out, for years. Dan decided to get the Google certification out of the way. He surprised us all by making the choice to “give the Adwords specialist tests a go”…and he passed all of them! He even chucked in the YouTube advertising exam for good measure. Don’t get us wrong, the tests are not easy but when you do something around the clock, a test shouldn’t be a big issue. Dan hates tests, who doesn’t?

Here’s what he did in pretty much one swoop. The new office coffee machine made quite a difference in the office.

He was supposed to have taken them while he was employed at an award winning digital agency but clients kept taking the main preference, of course. The trend continued when he started SEOmers, clients come first. SEOmers has also expanded from a tiny rabbit hutch sized office in a business centre to our own two floored High Street premises in Hadleigh. We’ve been busy indeed.

We’re not 100% sure why he decided to fit 6 exams into one day when he was due to do just one but anyone who’s met him, knows he can be like that.

Whilst the same level of expertise will still be delivered as it has been, it does mean that Dan is now a certified specialist recognised by Google. SEOmers has reason to celebrate as one of the only fa\businesses to have this amount of certification in Suffolk.

Analytics Certified

Adwords Certified

Daniel Seomers

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