Hi, this is Casey from Skubbs. We are a full stack digital agency. We develop websites, mobile apps, and provide digital marketing services – hyper local Search Engine Optimization among the main ones.

Today, I will run you through some of the SEO tools we recommend if you are going to be doing keyword research and on-page optimisation for your website.”

Ok, so without further ado, let’s discuss the tools:

Google Analytics

It all starts with a search. If you have a website, Google Analytics or GA is the most important and the first thing you should install because it shows you how the traffic is engaging to your website.

Google Search Console

Next, you want to uncover what are the keywords people use in order to get to your website from Google, and here’s where Google Search Console or GSC will come into play.

Google Autocomplete

Now that you have the essentials, it’s time to create a plan on how to draw potential customers to your site using the keywords they will often look for in Google and this is where Google autocomplete comes into play. Try typing head terms and you can see at the bottom of the page the common search phrases – hold those lists down because you will be using that as a reference later on when you start writing your blog, we will expand more on that topic in a couple of minutes.

Google Keyword Planner

Once you have the head terms, plug them to Google keyword planner and see how many permutations, top volume search and the cost per click amount you need to pay in order send the traffic to your site, this is paid search and we will cover this on another video but let’s keep our focus on SEO.

Ubersuggest, KW Finder and KeywordTool.io

Similarly, you can use Ubersuggest for checking keyword permutations, KW Finder, and Keyword Tool.io. But I recommend to stick to Google keyword planner for now because if you’re starting from 0, you can just simply enter your website and have Google suggest what are the best keywords based on the services you offer. Make sure your service pages or product pages are well written.

SEMRush

For intermediate users, SEMRush is the tool. Also, from here, you can do a reverse research on your competitors and what keywords they are using to get their customers.

Now that you have the list of popular keywords based on their monthly average search volume on Google, it’s time to optimize your site to increase the relevance. And by relevance, it means content, and the most common thing beginners do is they pepper the keywords as many times as they can around the website. WRONG! If this is 6 or 7 years ago, this might work, but with Google major algorithm updates like Panda and Penguin, your website gets easily penalized for keyword spamming.

So, what do you do? You go back to Google search console and look at the google autocomplete or the suggested related searches at the bottom and start writing 2 blogs according to those.

In the question of how often should I state the keyword, don’t sweat it – once is enough, what is important is the main idea: the context, because Google is the biggest encyclopedia and thesaurus in the world and it is smart enough to pick up what you’re writing is about.

Copyscape

Now if you’re outsourcing the blog or the page content of your website, you want to make sure it’s not a copy-paste of another article somewhere in the website because this can cause you duplicate content and it doesn’t sit very well in google ranking factor, for authenticity checking, there’s Copyscape for you.

Yoast SEO

Let’s move to the backend side. Meta data are how your site will communicate to Google with what the page is all about, it’s those snippet that you see on Google when you search for something before you click and visit the website to read more, most CMS based sites like shopify, magento, and wordpress have a pre-built SEO section for each pages and I highly recommend you fill this in properly. Yoast SEO, for example, is a good tool for this task.

ScreamingFrog

Speaking of pages, if your site has multiple broken links or dead end pages, it basically tells Google that it’s a low quality site and sending visitors there will only result in poor user experience – Google doesn’t want that! So in order to check any 404s, 301s, 302s, use a software called ScreamingFrog to crawl all site assets because most of these cannot be seen easily without a proper set of tools. Pro tip, you can easily export the sheet and start re-writing the meta data from there.

When providing SEO services in Singapore, what we noticed that helped cement trust with our clients is by providing that daily historical chart of their keyword rankings which clients themselves can access 24/7 as well as a competitor benchmarking where they can see clearly how they fare well in the competition. These metrics along with the user behaviour, conversion breakdown per channels, top performing campaign, and online to offline conversion tracking helps our clients to make a clear idea on how to acquire, educate, retain, and build loyal customers for their business.

These are among the tools that we use for SEO and if you are a beginner wanting to get your hands on doing Search Engine Optimization, this is where to get started.

Final thoughts

Now is the time that you have to get serious about growing your site traffic and being on the first page because everyone is spending more time online than ever! People are still searching for solutions to their multiple problems from their day to day lives. We know times are hard so we’re here to extend our help in the best way that we can.

If you need further assistance on SEO and optimizing your site to dominate the first page, check our SEO services or get in touch with us and we will run an SEO audit report at no cost, yes, it’s free. Simply go shoot us an SEO audit request through our email [email protected]

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In today’s digital landscape, having a website is not enough to get your voice heard unless you have an effective SEO strategy. Well, we all know how vital and important SEO is for your website; so how are you optimizing your website’s online presence.

Introducing On-Page SEO.

On-Page SEO is the practice of optimizing individual web pages to rank higher and earn more relevant traffic in search engines. It involves optimizing your website’s HTML code, content quality and content structure. When done correctly and effectively, you will be able to see a boost in traffic and a rise in your search presence – it’s a win-win situation!

So which are the On-Page SEO factors your website should focus on?

Have at least 450 words of relevant and fresh content free misspellings and poor grammar
Your target search phrase is included in either the page headline or sub headline
✓ Make sure your copy is reader friendly. Don’t oversaturate your content with your search phrase or you’ll be downgraded to spam by Google

Download our FREE Skubbs SEO checklist to get the FULL Ultimate On-Page SEO Cheat Sheet and you will be on the route to On-Page SEO success → https://skubbs.com/free-download-seo-checklist/ (ICYMI: you can also read our tips for Meta Optimisation)

Still need professional help with your SEO? Let our team of professional SEO experts handle all the technical work for you! With our proven methods and strategies, our team will be able to deliver the best SEO results for your website. If you have any queries, feel free to drop us a message at [email protected], we would love to hear from you!
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Although a quality meta description might not directly raise your website’s rankings, it plays an important role in attracting well-qualified traffic – and that’s ultimately what you want your website to achieve for your business, right?

The role of meta description and title tags is to inform search engines and users what your website is all about. They describe the content on every page of your website and explain how it is related to a user’s search query.

If you are still not sure of what meta is all about and how to incorporate them onto your SEO, here are 5 quick and easy tips that will help you:

  • Page Title: Your page title entry is shown in search engine listings and it should include your target search phrase. Also, the title copy, for maximum readability, should be less than 70 characters.
  • Meta Description Tag: A meta description, like page title, should be optimized for your target search phrase and, for better display, it should be no longer than 160 characters. Your meta description tag is where you put the page summary or introductory texts that entice search viewers to click-through.

Uncover the remaining 3 tips by downloading our FREE Skubbs SEO checklist to get your head start with Meta Optimisation: https://skubbs.com/free-download-seo-checklist/

Optimization doesn’t end once you’ve developed a website and put the pages in place. Meta descriptions and title tags are important elements for gaining user engagement and getting users to click through your website. They also play an important role to your website’s SEO performance.

Still need professional help with your SEO? Let our team of professional SEO experts handle all the technical work for you! With our proven methods and strategies, our team will be able to deliver the best SEO results for your website. If you have any queries, feel free to drop us a message at [email protected], we would love to hear from you!

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To have your website on the front page of Google’s search engine results is a coveted SEO goal for every new business owners. Landing on the front page of Google helps to open many opportunities for potential leads and sales as 90% of customers would click at least once on the first page results.

This is why business owners are constantly looking for ways to strategize and improve their search engine rankings because they understand that if their website is not visible on search engine pages or on the first page result, they are losing traffic and visitors – which ultimately leads to the loss of business revenue as well. So how can you get more clicks to your website to improve your search engine ranking and visibility?

Metadata

A way to get more website clicks and improve your site ranking is by writing effective and concise keyword descriptions on your website with Metadata. Metadata content appear along with your website title and serves as a brief extract of your website’s content.

Skubbs Meta Title and Description

Metadata consists of:

  1. Meta Title – The meta title of your webpage give users and search engines a brief description of your website’s content and it also appears at the top of the page tab on your website’s browser. Character text should not be more than 60 words.
  2. Meta Description – It is the short paragraph of text placed in the HTML of a webpage that describes it’s content and it often appears when people share your articles across other websites and social media platform. Character text should not be more than 300 words

Your meta content is the information that describes your page to search engines and it is also the blurb that shows up beneath your clickable website address on search engine results’ pages. The quality of your meta content influence the click through rate of your website so therefore it is very important to use it wisely.

Need professional help to solve your problems? Let our SEO experts handle and solve all your problems for you. Talk to us today at [email protected].

Google confirmed a small update to its algorithm in September 27, 2018. This update is a further enhancement to its prior major update dubbed “the Medic update” which affected medical, clinics and health-care related websites.

Effects of algorithm updates such as this one can be permanent for sites exercising questionable and blackhat practices as the update is meant to capture exactly those bad practices. On the other hand, sites that are clean from malicious behavior will usually regain the lost rankings in three weeks or once the updates settles.

If you’re one of our SEO clients, here’s what to expect

  1. There will be a decrease in keyword ranking BUT expect that this is only temporary while the algorithm re-calculate and weed out non-SEO conforming websites.
  2. We are prepared for this. Do not worry.

At Skubbs, our practices adhere to Google facilitated guidelines. We do not practice blackhat SEO.

Simply put, the only way to counter this algorithm shake is to move forward as usual and maintain the usual activities. Aggressive reaction to this type of algorithm changes can only lead to a more confused algorithm which could worsen the situation.

Our action items:

  • link building
  • blog updates
  • further page enhancements
  • monitor for improvement. We will keep you updated once the algorithm stabilizes on your website.

The Impact for non-conforming websites
Significant decrease in Organic traffic, drop in keyword ranking and position, diminishing visibility on relevant search terms or a combination thereof. If unattended, they can expect less and less enquiries / leads coming in from the website and, ultimately loss of customer and market share in Google.

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The online platform serves as an equal ground for all businesses, regardless of its scale, to promote their products and services. Indeed, the digital age has allowed startup companies to be at par with their far more established competitors in terms of advertising and promotion. We’ve touched this topic a couple of times in our previous articles, but we’re saying it again—one of the key activities that a business owner can utilize is search engine optimization or SEO.

As a business owner, you might ask yourself, “what can I do today to help improve my rankings?” Lucky for you, we have listed not just 10 but 13 things you can do to kickstart your SEO efforts.

1. Focus on what you are offering to your customers

Pinpoint the value you are offering. What can the prospect customers get from your business? By doing this, it will be easier for you to create content and choose target keywords that are most suitable for your SEO endeavours. It also creates a path for your customers on how they will find your business.

2. Fix your technical SEO issues

Good content is great. Eye-catching media, graphics, colours, and font are also a big plus. These are only a few of the essentials your website must have. However, one must not forget to go technical when making sure your website is SEO-ready. Establish a sturdy foundation before anything else such as the speed on how your page loads. Because let’s be honest, who has the time and patience to wait for a website to load? Also, this includes ensuring that you do not duplicate any of your content, all links are not broken, and each one leads to the correct pages.

3. Optimize your pages

Page optimization is putting out quality content that lowkey sneaks in your focus keywords. Furthermore, you have to pay attention to your titles and meta descriptions, making sure that they too are of quality and contains keywords that users will deem useful for their search. You might also want to optimize these areas for higher click-through rates (CTR), as they are the ones parsed from your website and used in search engine listings. The more enticing and relevant the texts are, the higher the likelihood of the searchers to click through to your page.

4. Be natural in adding keywords

The beauty of SEO is being able to wedge a keyword in a sentence without the keyword seeming off or out of place. It is recommended that you put in place a keyword without jeopardizing your content. You have to make an effort to seem completely natural. Don’t oversell or overdo it. SEO is a matter of making sure that your website is not just structured in a way that the search engine will understand, but also making it valuable for the readers.

5. Check out Google My Business

If you haven’t used Google My Business yet, then we suggest that you do now. It’s very easy to update and it can create big impact on your SEO efforts, especially if you have a brick and mortar business. The best part about it is that it’s free! To optimize it, you have to make sure that you are in the correct category of your business. One of the functions that you can use is its questions and answers feature. By staying on top of these, users can get more details about you in a snap.

6. Learn more about your competitors

Aside from focusing on your business, it’s also vital in this industry to check up on your competition. It’s a wise move to know about what they are doing, how they are doing it, and if these efforts are effective. Furthermore, other information you may check up on are what their current rankings are, how their website is structured, and the quality of their backlink profiles. Look for their weaknesses and something they may have missed or done incorrectly. From there, you can come up with a strategy that will make you the better option.

7. Get links from websites in your local area

An often overlooked move that business owners do is getting links to your website, especially coming from businesses just around the area. This helps improve your ranking, believe it or not. When you receive more traffic from these linking opportunities, there are more chances that you will receive quality leads that can possibly convert as customers. Think of it as a PR effort when you spread the word about your business.

8. Add Schema markup

Schema markup is a code that is put on your website to help search engines provide snippets of useful information about you to the users. These information includes components such as your address, business hours, phone number, and ratings.

9. Make use of reviews

Are you the type of person who would check the reviews of a movie first before watching it? Or do you ask your friends if they liked this new meal of your favourite restaurant? People nowadays often look up reviews first before trying out a product or service. Reviews are one of the leading local search ranking factors in 2017. At the same time, when you receive feedback from your customers, you not only improve your conversions, at the same time, you are also informed about how well you are doing in terms of your service.

10. Cater more to the eyes

Websites usually provide not only words but also images and videos. This is a great move to be ahead of the competition. It also gives the eyes a chance to rest and see something different for a change. Plus, with the advent of social media, these digital assets can be your way to gain social citations.

11. Try Paid Search Advertising

A quarter of the activities businesses need to do is SEO, while another quarter is paid search advertising (PSA). Since SEO may take a while before results kick in, you can try giving it a headstart. PSA is a great way to show the leads the front entrance. Organic results are great but a little paid help is also useful.

12. Have a link-worthy site

Visits from users are earned. You have to make sure that your website is worthy of these visits. The same thing goes with being link-worthy. Instead of having “click here”, why not input the title keyword as is? “Click here” has no search engine value while title keywords help improve your search engine ranking. Ultimately, produce high quality and link-worthy contents for they help generate natural backlinks and regular visits.

13. Use alt tags

When you are using images, make sure to use alt attributes. These will serve as the alternative text description if the image cannot be displayed. Utilizing this will help search engines and users understand the visuals on your page especially when viewed on text-only browsers or screen readers.

There you have it! With these 13 SEO hacks, productivity and results are bound to come your way. SEO shouldn’t be done just once. There’s a reason why it’s called optimization because it involves improvement over time. For the best SEO quality service, you may contact Skubbs at [email protected] and let’s make technology work for you!

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Keyword is one of the strategies which you can use to attract strangers and convert them into visitors. With a proper set of focus keywords, you can optimise and improve your primary digital marketing tools such as your website, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

Yes, keyword is the main factor to bridge your website and audience together on search engine results. But are you targeting the RIGHT keywords to your audience? After all, it’s not always about attracting visitors to your site but about getting the right kind of audience so you can potentially convert them into sales opportunities.

Back to Basics: What Are Keywords?

Keywords are the words and phrases that best describe the content and topics you write on your website. They are also what web users are searching for on their search engines. With these two combined, they are essentially what connects your website content to your target audience on the web.

To Find the Right Keywords, You Need Keyword Research

To benefit from keywords, you need to know how to find and use them. And to do that, you need to begin with keyword research.

So what is keyword research? It is the practice of finding the terms that people enter into search engines so you can use them for content creation on your website. Keyword research helps you to analyze and understand your customer’s head by finding relevant topics to include in your content strategy. When you know exactly what your customer is looking, you can easily optimize your content to deliver the answers they are looking for. When you get your keywords right, you also get to improve your search engine rankings – which improves your visibility on search engine results which also ultimately leads to more traffic and conversions.

Improve your effectiveness with SEO Tools

To kickstart your keyword research, you need a reliable SEO tool to guide and lead you on the right path. A SEO tool is essential to help you find new opportunities, analyze data effectively and help keep track of how your SEO can be boosted. There are many great SEO tools out there but the ones we would highly recommend are Adword Keyword Planner, AHrefs and SEMRush. These SEO tools are free on some level but are worth investing due to their SEO effectiveness and results efficiency.

Metrics To Consider in Keyword Selection

Now that you got most of the important components covered, the next step you have to take note is the SEO metrics to consider. If you are able to identify and monitor these metrics correctly, you get to increase your chances of getting on the top positions of Google and reap all the benefits.

  • Search Volume: Refers to the volume (or number) of searches for a particular keyword in a given timeframe. You definitely want to use rank keywords that people are already looking for on Google.
  • Keyword SEO Difficulty: The higher the value your keyword is, the harder it is to compete with others on the market using the same keyword. Therefore, your best chance is to get the lowest number (closest to zero) so you can increase the chances of making your website visible.
  • Current Ranking: To locate the current ranking of the keyword you use. If your keyword is within the first ten pages of Google, the chances of getting your website higher on Google search results are even greater.

The knowledge about these actual search terms can help inform and plan your overall marketing strategy. When you have master the art of finding the most effective keywords for your business, you will not only benefit from search engine traffic, you also get to to know your customers better than your competitors.

So if you want your website to deliver optimal results, then you got to fully understand how to research and use the right keywords. Let our team of professional SEO consultants in Singapore and Philippines handle all the work and deliver the best results for you. Speak to us today at [email protected].

You have a quality site promoting your business and services. You are also gaining a lot of online traffic. Well that’s great! But are you able to convert your traffic into leads? You see, when you convert traffic into leads, you get to increase your conversion rates, generate more sales, and ultimately, increase your business revenue. Sounds great, right?

Now the question is, how can you achieve that? Here are some ways you can do to increase your chances of converting traffic into leads:

  1. Landing Pages
    Having a landing page is one of the most effective ways to convert a visitor into a lead. Landing pages are designed to prompt visitors through various calls-to-actions that provide data in exchange for information. This can significantly increase your conversions.
  2. Calls to Action (CTA)
    Incorporating strong calls-to-action (CTA) allow your readers to know exactly what you want them to do next. Tools as small these buttons are powerful enough to make a great impact in your conversion success, so make sure that you make it valuable and persuasive at the same time. Also, you should take note that the placement of your CTA plays a huge part on the number of leads that will be generated from your site.
  3. Great Content
    Using high quality, interesting, and persuasive content is the key to attract web traffic and conversion of leads. After all, our mantra is that content is king. Also, it is worthy to note that using the right keywords is another main factor for higher conversion.
  4. Customer Reviews
    Having customers’ reviews are extremely influential in helping people make decisions on purchasing your products. When users see real reviews from other customers who have already tried your brand, it’s easier for them to believe that you are a reliable and trustworthy business that they can count on. According to a study by Zendesk, 88% of respondents said their buying decisions were greatly influenced by positive and negative reviews.

We hope the above information has been helpful for your next steps in converting your website traffic into leads. If you are not fully confident in doing it on your own, why not leave it to the hands of professionals here at Skubbs? Our team of SEO experts is here to help you. Talk to us today at [email protected] to learn more about our SEO services.

In the digital landscape, Google is king. Over 300 million searches are performed online on their site everyday and over 95% of the web’s traffic driven from their site alone. It’s no wonder why every blog and websites want to be on top rank of the search page results of Google as it is proven to send in a lot of high quality traffic.

So how do you create a website that is highly optimized and Google-friendly? With Google’s constant updates and algorithm changes, it’s important to always stay on top. Here are some of our top tips:

  1. Keep Your Domain Name and Descriptive Titles Clean and Simple
    The first thing that catches a user’s attention is the title of your web page so it’s vital to always write clean and descriptive website titles. Another important element is to have an easy to remember domain name.
  2. Create Original and High Quality Content
    The fresher your content is, the more likely Google it is for Google to index your site and potentially increase your website ranking.
  3. Improve User Experience
    With engaging and valuable content on your site, it’s also important to have a site that is user-friendly and mobile responsive.
  4. Make Sure Your Website Is Up To Speed
    Nobody likes a slow site — not even Google. Upgrade your website’s speed with a fast and reliable web hosting server that fits your budget and get the website ranking your content deserves.

Get your FREE website audit!
A website audit is a complete analysis of your website and it covers the factors that determine your site’s current visibility on search engines. Our team of SEO experts would love to help you improve your business’s website ranking by making sure your website is highly optimized and Google friendly. Contact us today at [email protected] to get your FREE website audit or feel free to speak to us to learn more about our SEO services.

One of the most challenging problems that small business owners faced when they have a new business website is to drive people to their website and gain visibility. So how can they transform and boost their online presence without spending any high costs on marketing and advertising?

Incorporate A Blog to your Website

A great solution to get prospect customers to your website is by starting a blog. Blogging is an influential, powerful and cost-effective tool and it is one of the main factors that drives traffic on the internet. The key in creating a successful blog is to curate and create high quality, entertaining and insightful information that would be helpful for your readers.

Here are 3 great reasons why you should start a blog:

1. Drive Traffic And Convert Them Into Leads
The goal for all websites is to attract more visitors. When you gain more online traffic, you can then convert them into leads and later on if not soon, convert them into sales. Having a blog on your website creates a platform for you to attract visitors and increase your visibility discovered when someone shares your blog article on their social network – this also helps to expose your business to a new audience that may know you yet.

2. Improve Your SEO Rankings
Having a blog can also help to increase your search engine rankings on search engine platforms. This is because whenever you create fresh and meaningful blog content that meets the needs of online searchers, search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing reward you by increasing your search engine rankings and online visibility.

3. Create An Online Community
When you create high quality, valuable and useful information to your readers on your blog, you are also strongly establishing yourself as an expert in your field. Having a blog also provides you a channel of communication with your readers and potential customers and this ultimately leads to increase sales conversions and brand presence. You can then turn your blogs into a material that you can send out eDM (electronic Direct Marketing) or most commonly known as email marketing in a form of newsletter so they can catch up on your latest posts and even forward and share it to those they knew the content will be of great use. Have you already integrated a newsletter subscription to your website? If not, we’re here to help!

Creating a business blog takes a lot of time, patience and dedication. But once you get started, you will be able to reap all your results and benefits! Do you need professional help with your website’s blog or are you looking to start one but not sure where to begin? Our dedicated and experienced Digital Marketing Team at Skubbs is here is to help you. Speak to us at [email protected].