Importance of blogging

As the New Year looms ever closer, and this next one being a new decade too, marketeers all over are rethinking their strategy for the year. In the case of M3, we do the same, not just for us, but for our clients too.

This year we have been back to basics and revisited our Business Model Canvass. A lengthy team meeting over a working lunch helped us identify where we want to go as a business in 2020, and moreover what we want to be reputed for.

This we based not only on our strengths and great SEO and Paid Ads results, but also profitability, PITA (painfulness) factor, internal skillsets, and the type of business we really want to work with.

In addition we calculated our actual cost per hour at a capacity of 80% (which in truth is realistic for most companies, but feels like we are working at 180% capacity at times here!). This helped us identify which services we wish to promote this year.

Our business model for 2020 unearthed a particular strength in Search Engine Optimisation for our clients, and in particular for the health, manufacturing, engineering and recruitment market sectors (although in truth, we can produce excellent results for most business sectors).

Our business model not only identified that we are excellent at SEO and Paid Ads work for our clients, but also that we are very competitively priced for what we offer within our SEO packages and Paid Ads management fees.

So a campaign to promote our SEO and Paid Ads services is now underway, with SEO, Paid advertising and Email marketing being at the core of every campaign, we want to be known as the Search Engine Optimsation (SEO) go to company in not just Northamptonshire, Cheshire and the surrounding areas, but UK wide.

The Challenge with offering SEO Services

The problem we face is that people are unsure of what they really need, and some do not know what SEO or Search Engine Optimsation (Or sometimes called Search Engine Marketing) actually is, how it works and what it does for companies. People really do not understand what their money spent with us does for them unless we explain it by showing results.

The truth is that if we were to sell it as it is, people would never buy. The reality is that SEO is when a company like ours works with a company like yours to try to get your website found for the search terms that people are typing into Google to find products and services just like yours. So in fact what we are selling is a dream, rather than an actual hard product. In addition, because there are so many elements around that affect what we do (for example, your competition may do something that affects your results, Google may change its’s algorithm again, or the keywords that we researched a few months ago may change as people move around and start new jobs etc.), this means there are no guarantees either. In fact Google will tell you that if anyone guarantees that you will be found first on Google, then do not trust them as it is impossible to guarantee this.
So we have to show the value in what we do.

SEO Company that offers value

So when we work with a company like yours to get you found as high as possible on Google, we work through a number of things with you which include:

  • We research the words people are typing in right now to find products and services that you offer.
  • We look at your website to see if once we drive the right kind of traffic to your website, that it will convert into sales or enquiries.
  • We do the technical work on your website to ensure that the structure of the pages we are optimising will work for Google.
  • We look to improve the links pointing back to your website. We do not get masses of irrelevant links, but a few good quality and relevant backlinks that relate to your specific products and services.
  • We look at your Social Media posts to see how they can be improved for search.
  • We look at your content on the website and work with you to enhance this as well.
  • We report on all our activities undertaken, what we have achieved, and what may require more work.
  • We continually analyse what has worked for your specific website and adjust our campaigns accordingly.
  • We continually make recommendations that will help you improve not only your position on Google, but also tweaks to improve conversion based on factual analytics.

And all this for a reasonable, affordable monthly price.

We are not like the others! We don’t consider ourselves to be your SEO Supplier, but we do consider that we are an extension to your team, working with you to get the results you need to grow your business.

We are not the cheapest option, but we do offer great value for money.
If you are looking for a great SEO company to work with, in the Northampton, Cheshire and surrounding areas and further afield across the UK… then please do not hesitate to call us and we can talk things through with you.

Don’t be an SEO sheep, stand out from the crowd. We look forward to hearing from you.

Call 01604 328899 or email tracy@m3sm.co.uk

When it comes to content and SEO what exactly is it that Google is looking for?

What is the best length of content you should have on a page?
Should the content be written for SEO or for people? 
Even as an SEO expert company, everything changes so quickly that it can be hard to keep up. However, we are resolute in our continued development of our team, and ongoing learning is an everyday essential part of our job, and our knowledge is something we love to share.
Delivering training courses, webinars and seminars are all in a days work for us, and we simply have to be ahead of the curve. So with that in mind, let’s answer a few of those questions.
What exactly is it that Google is looking for?
We can of course only make an assumption here, but as a business, Google would be looking for market share, and to do that it must give the very best user experience to those who use Google as it’s search engine. After all, if Bing were better, then we would all be using Bing and Binging instead of Googling.
So, if you can imagine that to give it’s users the best experience, it should only show relevant websites to its queried search terms, and also websites that are secure, mobile friendly and quick to load.
That’s what we aim for when we are looking to optimise a clients website. Security, Speed and Mobile Friendly sites get ranked more easily than those which are not on https, are not mobile friendly and are very slow to load.
When we watch the changes happening in our SERPS results, we reverse engineer everything to work out what the latest change is all about, and in 2017 Website Security, Speed and Mobile Friendliness were key for SEO.
What is the best length of content you should have on a page?
This is one with an answer that you will all very much dislike us for. When you look at all the research, and we look at our own websites and the length of content on the pages and posts, it is obvious that the more the better, and in fact it seems that 3000 words is optimum. For now anyway). So get writing!
Should the content be written for SEO or for people? 
We think this is obvious, but we get asked this all the time, so perhaps it is not so obvious when you are not in the SEO and Content “Loop”, but content should be created with the user in mind, not for SEO. When you write about a subject on your website, that is related to your website, and you understand it, are passionate about it and can offer real insight and value to your client or prospect at different stages of their customer journey, then Google will easily be able to determine what is great content and what is not. In addition, if you are writing for people, then it will be more easily read, more engaging and more likely to be shared with colleagues or friends and family.
Remember we said that Google would most likely be looking at User Experience?
Well given that Google also have access to Google Analytics and Webmasters relating to your website, they can see how many pages that visitor has viewed, how long they spent on each page and therefore how engaged they were. This is key in determining if your site is relevant to a search query – after all, if you land on a website and it is not relevant – you flip straight off again.
We hope this helps and makes perfect sense, but if you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to make contact 

British Water Workshop – At Google.

Today saw M3 Strategic Marketing taking over rooms at Google in St Giles, London.
When British Water asked us to deliver a workshop all about Google to their members, what better place to hold it than at Google’s London H.Q. in St Giles. Being a Google Partner means that Google support us from day to day, which in turn means we can deliver that expertise direct to our clients, in this case British Water.

British Water Google Micro Moments
Google presenting “Micro Moments”

A full day of training on Synergistic Marketing, which pulls offline and online together, was delivered by Derek Bourne of Waterbourne Ltd, Michael Spence and Tracy Spence. In addition, Google delivered a presentation all about “Micro Moments”and played the “Higher or Lower” game with the audience too.
The room was bursting at the seams and British Water had a reserve list of people waiting in the wings, and no one cancelled at the last minute.
The workshop itself was jam packed with useful insights, suggestions of tools to help the companies in attendance, hints, tips and the questions flowed.
British Water Workshop at Google
Michael Spence – Moments of Truth

Unfortunately, the day itself was marred with the terrorist attack on Westminster that same afternoon, just a mile down the road, but it did not stop the learning.
British Water have asked us to deliver the same again but near Manchester, and we will also be delivering a series of smaller, more detailed workshops targeted at different levels of knowledge a little later in the year.

Thank you for an excellent training workshop on Digital Marketing yesterday. I think most attendees were overwhelmed with your knowledge and it is clear that we could have delivered a full day or two day training course!
Lila Thompson – International Director, British Water

Google SEO

Recently, Google released a new video all about SEO and how to hire an SEO expert near you! What is interesting is the number of SEO companies who are now actively sharing this video exclaiming that all along they have been Optimising websites using Google Best Practices and with you as a customer in mind.
Well, we totally agree and are also going to share this “How to Hire an SEO” video with you.

What is also interesting are the number of “SEO” companies who are not happy to share this, and we think this is very telling.
As a business ourselves, we want value for money and to work with companies who understand our business and want to help us grow and grow with us. We want  to work with companies who are transparent, honest and talk with us.
Why would our clients be any different? 
As Google says, SEO is not just about rankings and getting clicks on a website, if that were the case, my job would be easy. I could just sit here clicking away. But, SEO is all about the user experience from the starting point of their specific customer journey, to their onsite experience and ultimately the sale and even after sale service.
We work with all our clients to understand their business and their potential clients, to identify who wants what information at different times of their experience with our clients website, and to make that journey as simple as possible.
We are not about clicks, but we are about converting your website visitors into loyal customers, giving you lifetime value from each sale we achieve as a team.
Please do watch the video and contact us if you have any questions at all or simply request your FREE SEO web audit by clicking here >>

Outsource your seo

IS SEO taking over your life?

Finding that you are spending too much of your time on SEO and not seeing the results you want? Take back control of your working week by taking the decision to outsource your SEO.
Let us do the hard work! Search Engine optimisation is both methodical and time consuming. M3SM will work on your behalf to get you found on the search engines, leaving you to handle the new opportunities that come your way.
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the art of helping your website come closer to the top of the search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. A part of SEO relies on the structure of your website too, and Google are looking in particular at websites which are mobile friendly, websites which are safe and secure, and websites which load quickly. All of these are based around the user experience on a website, which if right, will increase the chances of website visitors becoming customers too.
Time & time again, we deliver great results for our clients, many of whom have been with us for years. We work hard to meet your goals, & ensure you get the sales leads or sales orders you need to grow your business. Take some time to look over our testimonials http://www.m3sm.co.uk/testimonials/
We take pride in working with various industries. Take a look at some of our case studies.
http://www.m3sm.co.uk/case-studies/
Making the final decision to outsource is very important so the first thing I would recommend to do it take full advantage of our free SEO audit. http://www.m3sm.co.uk/request-a-free-seo-analysis/
Simply fill out your information. We will then send you a full analysis report depicting where changes need to be made to improve how you are being found and customer experience on your site. Should you have any questions please email us on info@m3sm.co.uk
We invite you to spend some time to look at our website. http://www.m3sm.co.uk/
M3SM look forward to working with you in the near future.

Do you have Unwanted Website Traffic?

All sites are regularly attacked by hackers , spambots, spammers….
Using Google Analytics we can break down visitors to IP, Location, City  and we often find unwanted visitors from various parts of the world. The greatest numbers of attacks we are seeing currently are coming from Russia, China and India (not exclusively).

So what’s the impact?

Spammers create unwanted comments on your blogs, you can try blocking IP’s to prevent the same person spamming , but often harden spammers create new IP’s to prevent blocking.
Hackers will add x-scripting code, try logins, DDos attacks and more. They check for vulnerabilities and will try until they find a weakness to gain entry to your website.
A Spambot  is an automated computer program designed to assist in the sending of spam. Spambots usually create fake accounts and send spam using them, although in many cases it would be obvious that a Spambot is sending it. This has led to the development of password-cracking Spambots that are able to send spam using other people’s accounts. They  affect bounce rates and damages SEO results.

Can I stop them?

In short no. Not without locking your site down so tightly that you limit your audience to only people you know.

What can I do to limit these attacks?

One answer we have found is to block traffic from a whole Country. If we have no plans to deal with companies in Russia or China in fact we only want to promote ourselves in English speaking Countries and Europe. So if  we block all traffic from all other Countries it will reduce the potential of unwanted traffic and therefore lessen the risk and damage of a hack, and dramatically improve your bounce rate and automatically improve your search rankings results.

How can I achieve this?

M3 Strategic Marketing offer a solution that will not only help prevent unwanted attacks from specified Countries, but will ensure your bounce rate is reduced, meaning Google will see your website as being more relevant and will no doubt show the site for search more, thus helping your SEO Positioning too. The Wordfence Premium plugin enables you to block visits by Country, and is something we can download, configure and implement on your behalf based on your specific needs.
If you need help understanding your Google Analytics, or would like to discuss adding Wordfence premium to your WordPress website, please contact us.

Penguin is the designated name that Google has given to a series of algorithm changes designed to battle spam link tactics and monitor the quality of links to a website. The Google Penguin program started in April 2012 and immediately had an impact on website owners and the digital industry. Sites that were deemed to be breaking the rules by over-reliance on poor quality or spam links suddenly dropped from the Google search results, many of them are still struggling to recover.
3d Penguin offers you his magnifying glassWhilst there have been several updates over the last few years, the Penguin 4 update expected in 2016 is expected to make significant changes again. Penguin 4 is rumoured to be a ‘real-time’ update to the algorithm. This means that the Penguin portion of the algorithm will always be ‘on’ and updating. This means Google can analyse link profiles more quickly and will help keep sites from ranking well if considered poor quality.

So what can you do to be ready for Google Penguin 4?

The first priority is to analyse your website’s link profile and check whether those links pointing to your site are natural and beneficial. Are some obviously paid for or from incredibly low quality websites? If so, then these links could actually harm your website and you need to get rid of them. This can be done manually by contacting webmasters and asking them to remove the link, which can be a very time consuming process, or alternatively submit a disavow request to Google listing the links to your website that you don’t want it to consider.
At M3SM we have tools to analyse your current website link profile and can devise a plan to address any issues you may have with the quality of your links.

And then what?

Once any ‘spammy’ links are removed businesses should then have a plan to build decent, high-authority links to their website instead. ‘Good’ links will always remain one of the most important ranking factors for search engines.

How can M3SM help build ‘good’ links?

Here at M3SM we have always used ethical techniques to build high quality links naturally.
There are many ways to do this but important examples:

  • * Content – by creating real value for your website visitors with unique engaging content that offers solutions to people. The content may take many forms – blogs, whitepapers, videos, infographics – but the more valuable your content, the more links you’ll build.
  • * Partner with customers, suppliers and industry bodies. Links from relevant websites in your industry will carry credibility for your customers and the search engines.
  • * Business Directories will often provide a website link with your business listing. These listings are often free to complete and will potentially direct relevant industry visitors to you website.
  • * Social sites / Forums – if you have relevant content, comments or opinions there are now many online platforms where you can connect and link.
  • * Local organisations – particularly useful for local businesses – many societies, charities, sports clubs etc. are pleased to link with businesses involved in the community.

So if you want to understand how to benefit from Google Updates and Penguin 4 in particular please contact M3SM today. Working with you every step of the way, we’ll analyse your business and develop a bespoke plan to maximise your business.

Mobilegeddon - googlebot activity

Back in February, Google announced it would be making significant changes to the way it shows websites within its search results.
This was made live today, and has been dubbed “Mobilegeddon” because of it’s potentially disastrous effect on companies search placings.
Google went to extensive efforts to inform companies of these changes, through webmaster emails, but still this pre-warning has been mostly ignored by small to medium businesses around the world.
We know that this algorithm change is likely to be bigger than Panda or Penguin.

Mobilegeddon - googlebot activityHow will it affect your business?

Are you one of those who panicked and made the change, or did you do like a lot of others and ignored the change?
Those who invested the time and money to make their website mobile friendly may reap the benefits over their online competition. Those that did not make the change may in fact not notice much difference. It is not fully dependent on your website after all.
You may fin yourself surrounded by a new list of online competitors that perhaps you have not encountered before. Alternatively, your known online competition may have done exactly the same as you did, in which case not much will change for your industry sector, especially those in a niche area may find hardly any difference at all.

What can I do?

If you see the results start to drop, now is the time to contact us to make changes to your website and the way you are found online, before it is unrecoverable.
CONTACT US NOW FOR YOUR FREE SEO AUDIT REPORT

How to get on the first page of google

This is a question that gets asked over and over, and if there was a simple answer, then everyone would be doing it and we would be out of business.
Google run its impressive search Engine based on Algorithmic Calculations, and these calculations are tweaked at least once a day. So the answer is – there is no quick fix to get on the first page of Google.
HOWEVER…
How to get on the first page of googleWhat if you understood what Google is looking for, and how it’s business operates, then would you stand a better chance of understanding the process?
Of course you would! So, the question should not be “How do I get on the first page of Google”, but should be “What can I do with my web presence that means Google is more likely to show my website in the search results for a relevant key word or phrase?”
When thinking about the Google business, what do we now about our own business, and every other money making business in the UK, indeed in the world? The end game is to make money, it’s that simple.
How does Google make money? through it’s paid services such as Google Adwords.
When Google is asking a company to use and pay for its services, it is competing with the other search engines, and therefore needs to offer value for money. With any paid for advertising, whether on or offline, then the value is achieved through relevant reach. If you were to write an Advertorial in a relevant and targeted magazine, you would want to understand how many readers there are, so you can understand the potential reach. On Google, that reach is measured by user numbers.
So the more users on Google, the better their offering to the paid elements of the search engine, and therefore the more money they are likely to take.
Now we need to consider why a person would continue to choose Google as its preferred Search Engine. That’s simple, Google provide the results you are looking for, that are relevant to your search query, in a speedy way.
So, if your website helps Google Achieve this goal, then your website is more likely to be shown within the search results for a relevant key word or phrase for your product or service.
To do this, you need to provide relevant, fresh and engaging content that Google is prepared to show.
Relevancy – Stick to keywords that relate to your business – do not start discussing what you did at the weekend with the family (unless it is 100% relevant) on your blog.
Freshness – Write content on a regular basis, plan ahead by using a content plan.
Engaging – Make sure you are writing something that your target audience will be happy to read, something useful and helpful, something they may want to bookmark or indeed share socially.
If you need help, or simply wish to discuss this in more detail, please drop us a line on info@m3sm.co.uk
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