SEO Agency Blackpool, Lancashire – Search Engine Optimisation

SEO Blackpool Search Engine Optimisation is all about helping your website to be found organically through ‘Search’ on the major search engines such as Google and Bing. Our SEO services are the highest rated in the area and are aimed at driving relevant and high-quality traffic to your website., thus raising your online presence.

Oue SEO Agency operates from the seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire, and has a proven track record of success in digital marketing over the last 20 years. Check out our work and our client reviews.

As a highly reputable SEO Agency Company, not only do we offer a free consultation, we also stick to our principle of only taking on projects where we know we can make a difference.

Why is SEO important?

When you perform a Google search you will be presented very quickly with a list of search results. First, you may well see ‘sponsored’ results or Google Ads advertisements (these are covered by our Search Engine Marketing service). Below these, you will see the natural or organic results – which more often than not will be highly relevant to your search term. Being ranked highly on search increases enquiries and sales for your business and can easily be worth thousands of pounds a month.

Read this before you contact any SEO provider – ‘How SEO Works (or how it should work) – and what it costs‘.

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Choose an SEO Company with a Proven Track Record

There are many marketing companies out there who would love to take your hard-earned money for so-called ‘search engine optimisation services’ or ‘SEO Consultancy’. We’re not one of them. Being successful at SEO sounds glamorous, but it actually involves a lot of hard work. Many SEO companies will just ‘sell the sizzle’ and take money for months before you realise you have wasted resources. We’re a little bit different…

Firstly, we don’t work on any projects offering pills, potions, porn, gambling, or unqualified legal or medical advice. Secondly, we only work with established businesses or new start-ups with a great business plan.

One of our clients has over 160 No.1 positions (and growing) on Google UK for their e-commerce website – mind you, we have been working on their project for over 5 years! This results in thousands of relevant click-throughs to their website.

We are proud to be the highest-ranked SEO Agency in Blackpool, with dozens of exemplary reviews. Why would you trust your online marketing budget with anyone else? In our area, we are the top dogs, consistently achieving No.1 position on Google Search for ALL relevant search keywords related to our business services. Here’s the proof…

SEO Rankings

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CGain Local SERPS, Dec 2020

White Label SEO

We also offer White Label SEO Services to other web design and marketing companies. This allows them to concentrate on what they are great at – social media management, PPC, graphic design etc. – whilst bringing in experts such as us for aspects of SEO.

SEO Blackpool – How Do I Make My Website Rank Higher on Organic Search?

This is the question that almost every business owner asks! There are many steps involved and a huge range of factors which determine how highly a web page ranks for a particular search phrase. By strictly following Google and Bing Guidelines we help your website rank as highly as possible in organic search.

How SEO Works (or should work) and What It Costs

Search Algorithms Are Clever

Google’s search algorithm has hundreds of ranking factors, each with hundreds more sub-factors. It is constantly evolving and aiming to produce bang-on high quality results on search which are free of spammy, low-quality websites. Google now uses user experience as a major ranking factor, for example, and has come a long way from merely ranking pages full of stuffed keywords.  Read about Google’s updates to the algorithm here…

How Can My Site Rank Higher?

Simple. Content, Authority, Traffic and Infrastructure. If your site is lagging in the rankings it is probably deficient in one or all of these 4 most important ranking factors. This is where our skills in web development based on WordPress, the leading content management system, come into play.

Beware Of Snake-Oil Salesmen

There are many firms out there who will promise to upgrade your search listing rank to page 1 of Google. The vast majority are seo snake-oil salesmen who will take money off you for several months and deliver nothing of value. In many cases they can downgrade your website by using black-hat search engine optimisation techniques such as spurious link-building or keyword spamming. The days of spamming page content with keywords and having links from thousands of worthless directories, forums and blogs have long gone.

We perform website audits almost every week on behalf of clients to check the work done by so-called SEO experts. Very rarely do we find much evidence of any proper SEO work actually being done. Proper SEO work takes skill, time and effort.

Basically, if anyone says that they are an ‘SEO Expert’, just check where their own website ranks on Google, then ask for client reviews and recommendations. Without trying to blow our own trumpet, we rank on page 1 of Google for all our relevant search keywords and have the best recommendations and client reviews in the Blackpool area.

We Use Professional Tools

We subscribe to the top SEO tools in the industry such as SEMrush, Ahrefs, Inlinks, Wordlift, SchemaApp Tool and more. These tools help us to evaluate the SEO on your site, track rankings, analyse the competition and come up with ideas for new content.

Google Data Studio is our favourite tool for providing reports to clients. These are live and interactive, allowing our clients to see crucial data such as ranking positions, new backlinks acquired, visitor stats and other vital information.

Pay-Per-Click vs Organic Search Engine Optimisation

Pay-per-click online advertising (Google Ads) works very quickly and effectively when set up correctly. Organic SEO takes planning and patience, but when done correctly is well worth the effort.

We work very closely with Google to deliver highly targeted and effective Adwords Campaigns. Fortunately for us, most Adwords campaigns are run rather badly, we see budgets being wasted, the wrong keywords being used and a general misunderstanding of the basic principles.

We can make Google Adwords work efficiently for any business – and provide an excellent, measurable return on investment. As far as Organic SEO goes, it’s true, we have taken several local firms from nowhere to page 1 within a couple of weeks or so on local search terms (mainly by correcting website infrastructure and optimising content) – but generally you should be prepared to be in for the long haul on a professional organic SEO campaign.

A sensible plan for online marketing is to begin by combining a pay-per-click campaign such as Google Adwords with an ongoing SEO strategy. This offers instant results whilst building a foundation for the future of your business.

As your organic search engine rankings rise, relevant keywords can be turned off in Adwords – thus either saving your marketing spend or releasing some budget to target other keywords or strategies.

We currently have SEO Blackpool clients spending as little as £10 a week on Google Adwords and some spending hundreds per week. We ensure that all are getting amazing results for their spend. Our fee for managing a Google Ads Campaign start at just £250 per month.

#1 – KNOW THE KILLER SEARCH PHRASES FOR YOUR BUSINESS

To begin, you will need to know the keywords and phrases that your potential customers are using to find your products and services on the internet. One tool for this is Google Adwords – simply open an account and poke around. We us professional tools such as SEMRush and Ahrefs along with Google Analytics and Search Console to analyse your website and those of your competitors. We can quickly build up a list of the most powerful search keywords and phrases, along with – importantly – the amount of times each one is used per month.

Much guesswork goes into keywords, where there is absolutely no excuse to not actually obtain the facts. After all, there is not much point in spending hours and hours to optimise your website for a search phrase that might only get used a couple of times a month.

Once you have a list of the most important search phrases for your products and/or services, remember to check them regularly. Trends do change over time.

To save you hours of your time, we do offer a keyword research service. We use Professional SEO tools costing thousands of pounds per year to provide the very best analytics for our clients, giving them the edge over their competition. Ask for details.

#2 – CHECK WHERE YOUR WEBSITE RANKS NOW

You will need to check exactly where your site currently ranks for each keyword or phrase. The recommended way to do this is to use a tool such as ProRankTracker. For free, this tool will automatically give you regular reports on where your site ranks for up to 20 keywords or phrases. For around £10 a month, you can track up to 250.

20 keywords is ‘just’ enough for most small local businesses. Having 250 allows you to explore further and even to check the rankings of your competitors.

You could, of course, just do your own searches in Google. The problem here is that you will get skewed results. Google remembers who you are, which sites you visit and a whole host of other information about you. The chances are that your own site – which you visit regularly – will appear artificially high in your searches.

ProRankTracker will also suggest new keywords and phrases for you, based on your website content. A very useful tool, highly recommended. As standard, we set this up for free for all new SEO Blackpool clients.

#3 – INFRASTRUCTURE – Does your website tick all the search engine boxes?

Google (with around 80% of the search market) and Bing provide web developers with sets of guidelines which help us to create or upgrade a website with search engine optimisation in mind. Some 90% or more of websites out there do not comply with these guidelines, meaning that they are appearing much lower down the search rankings than they should be.

A search engine robot program does not care how pretty your website looks, all it cares about is being able to index it quickly and efficiently.

  • Is your page indexable by Google and Bing? If you ensure that your website is linked to Google Search Console, you can check this easily.
  • Do all your links work correctly? Check each link on each page. Broken links will cause your site to be marked down.
  • Is the HTML structure of each page correct (eg. meta-title, meta-description, h1, h2, h3, body)?
  • Does it load quickly? TIP – Use Google Pagespeed Insights to check, it will give you a score and most importantly give you tips on how to increase the speed.
  • Is it mobile-friendly? With mobile usage now exceeding traditional desktop computer usage on the internet, Google now ranks mobile-friendly websites higher when a search is performed on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Use Google’s Mobile Friendly Checker for this.
  • Is it using Google’s recommended Structured Data Snippets? These invisible code snippets help Google rank your website correctly. Check your website’s structured data here.
  • Is your content well-written? Google’s algorithm likes easy-to-read and well-structured text. We use some serious software to ‘grade’ the quality of written content on a web page which helps us to create killer content.

Contact us for an SEO evaluation of your current website. We can give you a list of pointers which, if acted upon, will guarantee short and long term improvements in your rankings.

We start EVERY SEO campaign by analysing your existing site, then FIXING every anomaly and error. A successful campaign only builds from a solid infrastructure.

Use this tool for some analytics into your existing website…

#4 – CONTENT – Is your content well-written, original and useful?

Content is King with Google and Bing. Your website content needs to show authority on the subject in question, be original and actually be useful to readers.

Consider exactly what your potential customers want to know, and give it to them. Do they want prices, advice, information, entertainment or something else? By entering a search query into Google and looking at the organic results on page 1, you can gauge the ‘search intent’ of that query – be it advice, a ‘how-to’, reviews, further information or to make a direct purchase.

Copying and pasting content from other websites is no good as eventually your site will be marked down for duplicate content.

Your content can be structured to include favoured keywords and phrases (the words your customers are searching for), along with related keywords and phrases. Content should be written for the user though, and not just with a search engine robot in mind. Spammy content will be downgraded.

Do not forget important content such as your address and contact information (!), your location (with directions if relevant), and statutory information such as ‘Terms of Service’, ‘Privacy Policy’, ‘Refunds’ (if you are selling anything from the website) and the legal status of your business (Ltd., Sole Trader, Partnership etc.)

Use your own images. If you can, use your own original images if they are up to scratch. If not, you can consider hiring a professional photographer or you can use a Stock Image Library – our favourite is the Adobe Stock Library (high quality images are just £5.99 each). Pixabay and other similar websites provide plenty of images for free, although generally these are of lower quality.

Never copy images from the web for your business website as you could be fined by copyright holders (many of whom actively search out illicit use of their images across the web).

No News is Bad News. For most businesses it will be relevant for you to have a News or Blog section on your website. Seach engines like finding new content every time they scan your site (typically every week or so).

If you are running an e-commerce website, adding new products or a special offer at least every week will do.

If yours is a brochure or information site, find some news to post every week. This could be in the form of client reviews, advice, information on a new service or product or a blog of how the working week has progressed and how you have helped your customers.

Video is Great! Video content relevant to your business is perfect – and loved by search engines. Film simple ‘how-to’ clips, product demonstrations, testimonials from clients or just a short tour around your premises. Videos can be hosted on your own website, or hosted for free on Youtube, then embedded into your site.

You can improve the content of your website yourself, or have your staff do it. Alternatively, contact us and we can come up with a monthly plan geared around optimising your website for search and creating new content.

#5 – LINKS – Relevant, High Quality incoming and outgoing Links

Links used to be the ‘be all and end all’ of SEO. Thousands of links into your website used to mean success in SEO – but now the algorithms have evolved.

Links from spurious websites actually harm your ranking. This most commonly happens after a business has paid an overseas ‘SEO Expert’ a few dollars to rank higher. This situation can take a long time to recover from and can cost far more to put right than the original deal.

Concentrate on High Quality Links both in and out. The obvious incoming links will be from Social Media such as a Facebook Business page, Google+ page, Twitter account, Google Maps, Youtube, Pinterest, Tripadvisor, Press Release sites and the like. Trusted directory listings also help to solidify your ranking, but beware of paying often extortionate amounts for these! Our service for Directory Citation Building is highly effective and very cheap at just £3 per listing. Links from suppliers, clients and trade bodies are excellent, these add considerable credibility.

If your content is really original, authoritative or entertaining then links to it will happen naturally. A great SEO manager will organise stunning content which appeals to your audience and will then invite other quality websites to link to it. This is a win-win, your site gets a quality link and the linking site gets new content.

If your News items or Blogs are up to scratch you can provide an RSS Feed. This is a bit of code which other websites can include on their pages to show your news or blog feed – with every item linking to your site.

A favourite strategy is to search the web for sites with broken links. Often you can enlighten the webmaster about the broken link and then suggest a new link for them on your site, covering that content.

NEVER EVER PAY FOR INCOMING LINKS! Google really does not like this!

For outgoing links, again the main ones will be to your Social Media accounts, but also consider trade bodies which you are a member of. For your news items or product info pages, provide a link to an authority relevant to the information. If you see a great article on your subject somewhere else, do not be shy about linking to it.

#6 – USABILITY, LOOK & FEEL

If you have done all the hard work above, it would be a crying shame if visitors are put off when they land on your site. Use friends and family, plus customers and suppliers to rigorously test your site and offer feedback. The pickier the better!

A menu system which works equally well on desktop and mobile devices is crucial. If your site has many pages, add a search box.

Consider your colour scheme and any other features which make visiting your website a positive user experience.

CTA’s – Calls To Action – are imperative and need to be clear and concise. CTA’s include links to other pages, sign-up forms, ‘buy now’ buttons, contact forms and simple ‘call me’ buttons.

Our SEO clients have regular independent user-interface checks. These checks, done by people unconnected with our or your business, will provide honest and common-sense reports about the good, the bad and the ugly on your website.

#7 – PAGE LOADING SPEED

With the massively increased usage of mobile devices, website page loading speed is now a huge issue. Google ranks faster websites higher, simple.

Use PageSpeed Insights from Google to obtain a speed score for your pages. In the Green is great, anything else does need looking at.

Reasons for slow loading pages

  • Non-optimised images. Huge images will slow performance. Images need to be processed and optimised before using on a website.
  • CSS stylesheets can be overly large. Ideally these should be minified or compressed.
  • Javascript code can slow performance, again this can be compressed.
  • Low quality and cheap hosting will have an effect on speed, especially shared servers which host thousands of sites. This is why we we only offer SEO services on websites hoted on our advanced servers.

Fortunately, most websites can be dramatically improved. We can make almost any site reach the green zone, ask for details.

#8 – ORDER A SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION REPORT

We can provide an expert analysis of your website’s infrastructure and search engine friendliness. There is no fee for this and you should recieve your hand-typed report within a few days.

We Manually Check

  • Your PageSpeed
  • Look-and-feel from a client perspective
  • Page indexing
  • Code infrastructure
  • Rankings for search keywords and phrases relevant to your business

We Advise and Recommend On

  • Simple improvements that can be made today
  • What you should be prioritising

Fortunately, most websites can be dramatically improved. Our recommendations will make any site perform better in organic search.

Why Is This Service Free?

Good question!

Firstly, we are not particularly pitching for work. We are busy enough and do not take on just anybody who makes an enquiry (no offence!). If, however, we think we can make a genuine difference and a significant return on investment for you, we will let you know.

Secondly, actively reviewing other websites keeps our skills honed.

Thirdly, we occasionally spot something really obvious which can have a major influence on your online success. This makes us feel good.

#9 – SEO BLACKPOOL, LANCASHIRE – WE SPECIALISE IN LOCAL

We can ofer a unique insight into local SEO in Blackpool. We know the facts and figures on monthly Google searches for every type of business in Blackpool and Lancashire – this gives you a real edge over your competition.

We Perform Advanced Competitor Analysis and show you…

  • The keywords your competition is ranking for
  • What they are spending per month on paid advertising
  • What traffic they have to their websites
  • Who links to their websites
  • New opportunities for your business online

Fortunately, most websites can be dramatically improved. We can make almost any site perform better in organic search.

#10 – WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO DOING SEO?

When done correctly, SEO can drive traffic and customers to your website fairly quickly, but it is really part of a long-term approach for business growth. Here are some alternative and complimentary methods that can be used for relevant industries.

  • Email Marketing – If you have an existing list of clients, email marketing is a highly effective method to grow sales.
  • Social Media – Growing a social media fanbase can work very well, especially if you can encourage followers to like, comment and share.
  • Offline Advertising – This covers methods such as print advertising in relevant publications, leaflet drops and exhibitions.
  • Google Ads – A sensible budget, used correctly, can drive enquiries and sales within days, at a cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

SEO, or Search Engine Optimisation, involves the enhancement of pages on a website so that they appear higher in search engine rankings for relevant search phrases. Professional SEO requires many different skillsets and disciplines such as coding, content writing, content outreach, link building and more.

Costs will vary depending on the campaign. You should budget from £300 per month. We have an article here which explains more

No. We only work on websites that we host ourselves. This is due to the technical specifications required for a successful SEO campaign. Our fast servers have all this in place, most other hosting servers do not. Check out hosting services here.

You can read our reviews! Or, do a search in Google using highly competitive terms such as ‘SEO Blackpool’, ‘Search Engine Optimisation Blackpool’ or even ‘Web Design Blackpool’.

This is dependent on many different variables including the industry you’re in and the competition level of your target phrases. As a benchmark, you should expect to see some progression by month three of your campaign, and start seeing solid results at around six months.

One of the biggest rewards in gaining an increased number of links pointing to your site is gaining Google’s trust. By earning/getting links from relevant and/or high in authority websites, Google will see the trust other sites have given to your site and will start to trust it themselves. The ultimate result of this is Google ranking your site higher for various keyword phrases in its search engine, usually resulting in higher traffic.

Simply, yes. Having your site on a secure server (which is what HTTPS signifies) is a sign to Google that users on the site can trust you. Most websites can obtain a free SSL certificate, and it’s quite easy to implement. This would be one of my first port-of-calls when looking at a new site from an SEO perspective.

On page optimisation is ensuring that various signals on the pages of a website send the appropriate signals to Google that help to improve rankings. Whether this be great content, improved page titles with reference to the topic written about, or inter-linking content are just a few examples of on-page optimisation.

Digital marketing is working together more than ever before and having a well-rounded strategy including different channels – including SEO and social media – is the key to create the greatest amount of online visibility. Whilst some industries will suit one digital marketing discipline or the other more, it largely comes down to where you audience is looking for your services. Paid options when applying social media marketing also mean that if you’re looking for a quick short-term return this could be the better option – again, depending on your product or service.

Image optimisation is a tale of two halves, the first being focused around ensuring the image is compressed as much as possible without loss of quality. This allows the image file size to be decreased, and therefore load quickly. You should also make sure that you’re serving images which are scaled correctly.The second half is ensuring that images have appropriate file names and alt text. For example, an image with a file name of ‘IMAGE1.PNG’ and an alt text of ‘IMAGE1’ isn’t useful for search engines, nor people using accessibility software. The filename and alt text should accurately describe the contents of the image – for example, ‘red-car.png’ and ‘red car on a road’.