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  • November 7th 2013
  • SEO

You’re not no. 1 – get used to it!

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are you on the podium on Google Page 1?

When someone recently said to me “our website is number 1 on Google for accountants in fleet”, I thought to myself “I bet you a pint of T.E.A. you’re not!”.

Google and any self-respecting SEO now talk about average rankings, and with good reason. As searchers, we all get different search results when we search for the same thing. Here are 3 reasons why:

1. Localisation

If you live in Cardiff and search for accountants, you probably want someone local. So Google serves up local accountants. The search result will be very different to someone searching in Fleet. Google will do the same for most local business searches – estate agents, hairdresser’s, dentists plus many more.

2. Personalisation

Google will use what you have previously searched for, to influence what search results you see. So if you regularly visit a website, then search Google for it, then Google detects you like this site and pushes up your search results. This is why so many businesses deceive themselves about what ranking they have. Because they’re always checking Google and visiting their own website!

3. Search Result Variation

Because Google are always changing their algorithm (how they rank websites), rankings will change monthly, weekly, even within the same day.

And that’s why average rankings are a better measure, along with number of unique visitor. You can find the average rankings in Google Webmaster Tools under the Search Traffic menu.

If you want to test your ranking, ask friends and family to check your ranking on their mobile or PC. Especially if they live in a different town to you. You’ll be surprised.

Client testimonials have always been a powerful marketing tool. Next week, we explore how to use them effectively online to get more business.

Now where’s my pint!

Geoff Roy
  • "As part of the service, the team at Leapfrog reviewed one of my websites for SEO and presented their findings in video format. I’ve never seen anything like this before and I could see the results of the tests and clear recommendations for action. I can thoroughly recommend this part of Leapfrog's service!!"

    Peter Clarke, PPG Proofreading
  • "One area in which Leapfrog has excelled is communication. Any queries are always promptly dealt with and we also receive excellent monthly reporting, with videos that clearly explain our progress. This is great as it gives us a clear picture of what’s going on."

     Leigh Emmerson, Voice Fairy
  • “Leapfrog provides fantastic video reports, to help explain the topline results. As SEO is a hidden science, this has made the whole process a lot clearer.”

    Rebecca Couture, Rebecca Couture Millinery
  • "When it comes to organic SEO, Leapfrog's your company. Thanks for everything you've done for my business."

    Paul Deach, Deachy Social Media
  • "Over a 6-month period, we’ve improved from a position of no ranking at all, to achieving page 1 rankings for our key search term. In a highly competitive market, this is really impressive and has already increased our organic traffic by more than 400% over a 6-month period. We can definitely recommend Leapfrog to other businesses struggling to get seen by Google."

    Leigh Emmerson, Voice Fairy
  • "Leapfrog Internet Marketing has been key in supporting my clients, providing SEO services to allow them to achieve increased and more qualified traffic to their sites. I've worked with Geoff and the team on several different sized projects and am very pleased with the results achieved. I highly recommend Leapfrog Internet Marketing for your online SEO needs."

    Oliver Schlieben, Digital Marketing Strategist
  • “The company is really helpful and approachable and you’re never made to feel embarrassed when asking questions.”

    Rebecca Couture, Rebecca Couture Millinery
  • "Leapfrog Internet Marketing has been a key resource in providing insights and strategies within the SEO arena. Their work is always of a very high standard and always delivered on time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Leapfrog to any business."

    Drew Griffiths, Mosaic
  • "I've been benefitting from Leapfrog’s expertise and experience for several months now and really value the way in which they make knowledge so accessible. We've worked on improving website authority and content, list building and social media optimisation. A great company to work with and very good value."

    Chris Farrance, Frontier Digital Business Consultants
  • "Month-on-month we’ve seen fantastic improvements. Over the first 6-month period, search traffic has increased by over 550%. We've achieved page 1 rankings for at least 85 keywords relating to our key products, the site is now found on Google nearly 5000 times per month and an additional 800+ users visit the site monthly."

    Rebecca Couture, Rebecca Couture Millinery
  • "The team at Leapfrog has been able to keep an eye on our site, using their specialised knowledge to not only spot any invisible problems that will affect SEO and site speed, but also identify any coding errors. This kind of value-added benefit is a great asset and makes a real difference for our company."

    Leigh Emmerson, Voice Fairy
  • "Leapfrog Internet Marketing have been working on our website for 6+ months now and we have certainly seen the benefits of professional SEO. Organic leads have significantly increased in line with our Google position and ranking. I’d highly recommend Geoff and the team at Leapfrog Internet Marketing."

    Mark Dalton, The Tech Lounge
  • “We’re really happy with Leapfrog Internet Marketing. We feel every step has been clearly explained, the communication is excellent and we’ve seen month-on-month improvements that have converted to enquiries and those all-important sales. We’ve definitely received the return on investment we were looking for.”

    Rebecca Couture, Rebecca Couture Millinery