Stop Wasting funds on SEO without knowing these 5 tips.

Many business owners and new start-ups really believe they know the true meaning of “SEO.” But quality SEO requires a solid investment of time, research, financial resources, and (sometimes) a big buy-in to see real results.

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What many do not understand, is the long term results that great SEO can drive into your business and marketing strategy.

Even the best-intended, most perfectly-executed campaigns can get derailed or just don’t work out as we planned. Many organizations waste costly financial resources in this area. SEO is clearly important for today’s business, but it is not essential and not worth the allocation of budget, unless you are willing to do this one SIMPLE thing:

PRIORITIZE

Many organizations or companies should prioritize their business vision and strategies in order for them to ma,ke the wise decisions to make it through. The economics of the area or the product fluctuates according to many factors. There as business owners, they should plan for the worst hoping for the best… but always with a strategy in place!

1. Define Clear Goals.

Clear and defined goals help everyone in an organization or corporation perform at their very best. The peak of perfection hits when all contributors are working on the same page, at the same moment.

The reality is that not every SEO professional and business owner is using the same set of metrics and blueprints. Some start slowly down one strategical path, while others jump head-first in the opposite direction.

The relationships among the content team should foster clarity, proactivity, and consistency. There can be no one-way streets. As the founder of ASTA, I have learned quite well the cadence and fluidity necessary between small business owners and the agency.

Some business owners lack the knowledge or the patience to see content creation as a business transaction – one that requires a lot of education and mutual support from each partner. ASTA is an expert, but that expertise comes along with years of experience, a commitment to communication, a clear vision with each business, and most importantly, good interpersonal relationships with all business owners.

2. Define Roles.

Collaborating efficiently can be one of the biggest challenges to moving your SEO efforts forward effectively. Roles should be clearly defined in order to get the most out of every strategy meeting and goal.

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Incorrectly or loosely defined roles, where pertains to copy writing, SEO strategy, web updates, social media management, and project management can result in detrimental financial losses for business or nonprofit owners.

It’s important to know who will be responsible for each piece of the puzzle, what each step entails, and the full scope of work for the campaign or business. If you choose a company like ASTA, great! Most likely you will meet the team first, then have strategic meetings and reviews every quarter in order to establish subsequent deadlines, review scope of work and strategy, and deep dive into metrics – aka results! And with everyone on the same page!

3. Work with a plan.

Smart business owners must take the time to develop a plan to ensure open lines of communications, strategic analysis and pivoting, and timely receipt and review of reporting to stay on top of what’s working and what’s not.

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As a business owner, great focus should be devoted to building a workable plan with concise but thorough details for action: the strategy. SEO strategies and processes change constantly. The goal is to get a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) out the door and get to the business of monitoring the impact on metrics.

Once you are armed with data, you can move forward. Being able to show the impact to KPI can help you get the buy-in for the resources you need.

Developing an agile SEO strategy will involve incremental iteration and the breaking down of complex and overachieving projects into small, frequent changes. This will enable you to properly measure continual progress.

This approach will result in better results and increased authority. Again, your plan must have the space and flexibility to constantly change according to what is working at the moment. For this reason, it is critical for your development team and business owner to be on the same page at all times.

4. CONTENT

Content – for websites, social media, or even for your marketing e-blasts – is a crucial part of the successful strategy puzzle. Content is the fuel for your SEO engine!

Many businesses struggle to run SEO projects for their clients where there is no defined resource for content or where the resource is defined, but the requests for content are not processed in a timely manner.

Business owners should be aware of the challenges and workarounds. It is easy to jump into an SEO agreement or spend time on campaigns that end up in overwork, double-work, or lost work, in the name of hitting marketing goals.

No one wants to spend $15,000 on a dead-end SEO project – say, a website or social media management project that ends up costing $25,000 to recoop.

Clarify the costs upfront, budget for them, and decide where your priorities lie. Not all decisions should be based on ranking or website design. There are many other ways to achieve your marketing goals!

5. Practice updated strategies and tactics.

Don’t feel compelled to “do SEO”. That typically leads to forced tactics and often actions that are misguided or no longer impactful.

If a company tries to sell you outdated or spam-like tactics as “strategy,” take a moment to look around, do your research, and align your current best practices to what your business or product needs.

Time, energy, and financial resources can be lost in no time by focusing on narrow or outdated SEO practices.

SEO has gone through extensive evolutionary changes over the years, and continues to do so every day.

While most traditional marketing tactics (for the most part) still hold true in digital marketing today, SEO changes have quite drastically changed the landscape.

Webmasters and “marketers” continue to misunderstand the role of keywords in general SEO initiatives. Some of these outdated practices are:

  • Metadata that is not properly aligned with the keywords represented, or the proper intent of the users conducting the searches for the high-volume keywords being targeted.
  • Google no longer relies on keyword density.
  • Writing for a specific “keyword density,” like many keyword-focused marketing tactics, is just missing the mark.
  • Loading up web-pages with keywords — especially the same high-value keyword we are aggressively targeting throughout the website — is going to help us show up higher in search, thus outranking our competition? No!
  • Write for humans, not search engine crawlers or any other robot. Search engines are advanced enough to understand repeated keywords, their variations, and the unfavorable experience of generally bad content.

SEO entails a lot of work, research, and resources that an established company should be investing in already. That doesn’t mean every start-up should set aside other priorities to focus resources here. But if you do, always look for professionals who can bring you knowledge, resources, and and a broad overview of current practices and strategies to help you determine the best way for you to get the most out of your budget.

If you need more information, write us below. We would love to hear your thoughts!

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WRITTEN BY

Diana C Ariza

Entrepreneur & Startups | Social Media |Non-Profit| Mom | Disabilities Advocate | Emprendedora | Nurse | www.ASTAbusiness.com

Facebook Ins and Outs for Business Owners

Over 1 billion people are consistently using Facebook on mobile every day.

Facebook is about people, and our mission is to make the world more open and connected.

Source: Facebook FY 2016 Earnings Report.

What Facebook is about for Business Owners

The goal of News Feed is to deliver the right content to the right people at the right time so they don’t miss the stories that are important to them.

According to Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings, Facebook is 85% accurate in broadly targeted global campaigns — and up to 90% accurate for US campaigns combining age and gender.

FACEBOOK HISTORY

Facebook launched in 2004, the goal was to bring people together. As they grew and connected more people with one another, they created the great opportunity to connect businesses with the people who mattered to them. Initially was a network to connect college students all over the world, now is one of the top Social Media platforms used for personal and business use.

Facebook launched sponsored groups in 2006 to connect users with the brands they love. Large retailers were able to direct-market to Facebook users through Sponsored Groups. Then Facebook revolutionized advertising by enabling people to engage with businesses.

Merge of Facebook Pages and Instagram Publications

Then, we see the merging of Facebook and Instagram in the last couple of months. Now is three who are merging.

While all three apps will continue to work as stand-alone applications, the underlying messaging infrastructure will be integrated. For example, a Whats App user could message an Instagram user, something that’s currently not possible.

The integration is projected to be completed by the end of 2019 or early 2020, according to The New York Times, which interviewed various people familiar with the project.

With this update, business owners or entrepreneurs will be able to message their customers, regardless of which messaging platform they’re using — the change would appear (in theory) to extend the reach of a Facebook Messenger chatbot to a significantly larger and more geographically, and demographically, diverse population, which creates a super-compelling case for businesses to engage, communicate and improve their reach with their customers via chat.

FACEBOOK PAGES

In 2007 Facebook Pages: which were distinct, customized profiles designed for businesses, bands, celebrities, and more to represent themselves on Facebook. Now is greatly used for any business owner, products or even Coaches who are replacing their websites, to get into the hype, of showing their marketing skills in these Pages.

Facebook Pages are a great tool for Start Ups to start their Land Pages access, to start building their audience and build their database of clients and prospects with a simple click away and cool questions for the customers. Business owners can have statistics, access and even connect to their Instagram posts in order to have fresh and updated content. Everyday we have new tools, new tendencies and very competitive market in the creation and maintenance of these Facebook Pages.

CUSTOM AUDIENCES

Custom Audiences was a powerful tool that Facebook released in 2012. Power Editor users could upload bulk data like emails, user IDs or phone numbers, and create a targeted Custom Audience. Audiences and the right classification for it, for your business is a great tool and an informed TARGET for you to start researching, if you are doing the marketing yourself. Sometimes it could get overwhelming, since there are many strategies and terms that could be difficult for the already busy entrepreneurs or business owners. Therefore, we recommend you to ask us or Diana C Ariza and we can help you and your business to have a basic version and view to work on.

VIDEO CONTENT

In 2015 Facebook 360 Videos and Photos offer a captivating way for immersive storytelling. Then Facebook Live is a way for people to broadcast to the world in real time via their mobile devices. It’s an easy, powerful way for anyone — including public figures and news publishers — to connect (2016)

Over 1.15 billion people accessed Facebook from mobile devices on an average day in December.

Source: Facebook FY 2016 Earnings Report.

FACEBOOK ADDS NEW REPLIES OPTION

Facebook option for specific messages within Messenger chat streams, which will help to clarify the conversation and make it clear who’s speaking to whom with each response.

FUTURE

By 2020, 75% of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video.

Source: Facebook Q3 2016 Earnings Report.

We should focus on creating a positive interaction with lead and clients through your business ads. For example, ASTA focuses on driving business results, such as brand awareness, preference, loyalty, and sales.