What is SEO?
What is SEO; this is a topic on which you can find 100s and 1000s of articles. While SEO has been there ever since search engines primarily Yahoo started showing websites in search results it become even more important when Google started its own search engine.
SEO basically stands for search engine optimization which means optimizing your website well enough to appear in the search result when someone types in a search phrase. Let me explain this further. If you are a local carpet cleaning business in the UAE and want potential customers to find you online you would naturally want to come up on the first page for keywords carpet cleaning in Dubai or rug cleaning in Dubai.
If you are not showing up on Google for business-related keywords then definitely a competitor would be there in the search results and their site would be receiving visitors and leads. What this means is you are losing potential business and your competitor is getting business that could be yours too.
How to Begin SEO
When I say optimizing your website for the search engines it means conducting SEO on your website. This is technical work that you cannot do yourself because there are so many aspects of onsite SEO that a layman cannot take care of it all by himself. What you should do is hire the services of an SEO Dubai agency.
Some of the common onsite SEO methods and steps are having proper title tags, meta descriptions, image tags, and having a well-optimized robot.txt file and a sitemap. The ‘title tags’ are basically telling the search engines what are the most important tags for that particular page. A meta description is basically a short description of what information that particular page carries. Image tags are also an important yet often ignored section in onsite SEO. If you have some great pictures of your business carrying out carpet cleaning at a customer’s residence then do upload those images to your website and give a proper image tag to all your images. For example ‘carpet cleaning by ABC’ or you can also have before and after images. All of this work is carried out in the backend of the website and is best left to a knowledgeable and professional SEO Dubai agency.
What Next after Onsite SEO
Once onsite SEO is complete the next step in online marketing. Online marketing does not have to be expensive. Many small businesses shy away from online marketing because of two main reasons; one is they think online marketing is an expensive proposition and secondly they do not have an online marketing plan to follow.
Firstly opening a business page on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter or even LinkedIn does not cost a dime. You can create a business page on all these social media platforms in an hour or even less. Upload your business logo, address, website address, and other contact details and you are good to begin. Upload the same images that you have put up on your website and build up your online presence further.
If you are not sure about how to go about creating business accounts on all of the above social media sites then the next best option is to hire the services of a media agency in Dubai. The media agency Dubai will not only help you create your social media account but will also aid you with social media marketing and online reputation management.
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Many small businesses shy away from spending on SEO which is the primary reason why your competitor’s business grows and you lose business. Do not ignore the potential of SEO.