While we don’t call ourselves SEO (search engine optimization) specialists, we do take SEO seriously, and it pays off for our clients. We received this testimonial from a long time client, and it reaffirms that our approach to marketing, including web development, works.
“I was attending a conference with about 75 speakers and authors from across the country. One session was about “owned media,” which includes the domain name for our websites. The speaker asked us to Google our own name to see where we appeared on that search, if we ranked on the first page or, better yet, on top of that page.
Our speaker asked who found their site and name on the first page. There were only five of us, including myself, that showed on the first page. He then asked if anybody owned that first page, meaning are you the only search that is showing up on Page 1. There were only two of us, myself included, that raised their hand.
I would not be in this position on Google if it wasn’t for Trusty & Company’s SEO marketing through my website, through my newsletters, and anything related to the marketing that they have handled for me. A big thank you to Claudia and Tom Trusty for your excellence in SEO Marketing.”
–––Peter Margaritis, The Accidental Accountant and author of Improv Is No Joke
Wow, thank you so much, Pete!
While every client wants their website to be on the first page of every search engine, I’m not really sure they know how that happens.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is a precise process of setting up a site to improve visibility by search engines. While we are not an SEO company, every site we design is developed using current SEO best practices for organic search. (There is also paid search – another topic altogether.) Since Google owns about 75% of all search, we adhere to their guidelines.
White Hat versus Black Hat
We provide white hat SEO. For us, SEO is just another part of a client’s marketing strategy, not a stand-alone item. During our discovery meeting with a client we ask about their target customer, business drivers and conversion goals. We research competitors to garner insight into the market. Often we meet with staff members to better understand how they need each web page to interact with customers. No games, no fake content, no false inbound links – that’s black hat SEO. It is a deceptive practice, and we never engage in that.
It starts with really good web design that connects visually with your customer. While the site is being developed, we craft web-rich content that is search friendly and, more importantly, tells the company’s story to its audience. The coding of each site is designed to remove any barriers for search, so much of what supports SEO is not visible on the page.
After your site has gone live, the work continues. Search engines reward new and relevant content. They respond to valid inbound links from social media, professional directories and other sources. Google consistently revises their search algorithms, as many times as 500 in a year! That means you must be vigilant about reviewing site analytics and offering your customers new content.
Be wary of any company that guarantees top page ranking. Outsmarting Google isn’t easy, and trying can get your site shut-down!