Mar 7, 2023
How do you reach your people who will fall in love with your product or service? How do they find their way to you?
It’s not enough to have an awesome looking website and great content. You need to get the attention of the search engines.
That’s where today’s guest, Matt Hepburn, SEO expert is going to help us out. He’s been taking a deep dive in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), for the past 13 years. He currently works for John Hancock managing the SEO for Manulife for all of Canada.
Matt shares practical, clear steps we can take to help push our rankings higher in the search engines, including what we should be doing, how to do it, and what we absolutely need to avoid.
What You’ll Hear:
05:54 What does Google want?
06:24 Our goal as business owners is to niche down in our industry
09:06 The importance of relevant links back to your website
09:39 First step to improve google ranking if you’re targeting geographically local buyers - Google Business Profile
12:15 It’s a different strategy if you’re an online business
13:10 Matt recommends having one niche per website
15:07 Get clear on what you are offering
16:18 Links are seen as “votes” by google
17:02 But the links have to be relevant to your content
18:40 ahrefs.com or semrush.com to see how competitive your chosen keywords are to rank
19:50 Links within your own site may helpful, provided they’re topically relevant
22:10 Think like your customer when planning your website; what would you be looking for?
22:50 It’s not just about the keywords!
25:42 Here’s what google does want to see
26:50 H1, H2, H3 tags
28:50 Avoid keyword stuffing
33:15 Since SEO is in constant change and flux, focus your content on the value to the user
34:15 Provide your content in different ways, ie audio, video, written, etc
35:40 SEO for podcasting
38:01 Applying SEO for blogging
40:24 The EMJ Podcast - The Entrepreneur’s Marketing Journey
41:07 Matt’s new podcast: Focus Visibility
41:40 A smart SEO step to take when you are going to be interviewed
43:18 Matt’s best tips for taking action
44:57 Take a course! Udemy.com
45:15 Google’s free tool for keyword research
43:35 MOZbar is a free google extension that will expand your research
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