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 Post subject: Google search help
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 19:55 
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My wife has started a new photography business but when we google 'baby photographers in -our_location-' she doesn't appear in the results. How do we make that happen?


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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 19:58 
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Have you added it to Google as a business listing? (It’s free to do so, here: https://business.google.com/create)

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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 20:11 
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Mimi wrote:
Have you added it to Google as a business listing? (It’s free to do so, here: https://business.google.com/create)

Yes, it's added there and if you search for the business name it comes up, but not if you look for business of that sort in this area.


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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 20:26 
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Has she added loads of SEO bobbins to her site? How long has her site been live?

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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 20:29 
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Links from her businesseseses social media accounts help rankings too, if she has any.

I’m sure more SEO savvy beexers will help more than me.

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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
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Zardoz wrote:
Has she added loads of SEO bobbins to her site? How long has her site been live?

She doesn't know much about SEO and neither do I! Site has been live for just over a week.


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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:39 
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That's not very long - these things do take a little time.

SEO is a dark art, though, and it's something you can't do without. Either one of you had to learn, or you need to hire someone that already has.

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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
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Yeah, a week isn't long really. It's worth getting the site added to Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools as a starting point and if your site has sitemaps, providing the URLs to Google/Bing for them to spider regularly.

SEO doesn't seem to be as much of a dark art as it used to be - if your site has good content (which includes the words you want to be found for) and is quick to load, that will help a lot.

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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:27 
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In my experience, website traffic is miniscule in comparison to social media profile these days. What's your Instagram and Facebook profile like?


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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
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In my experience, website traffic is miniscule in comparison to social media profile these days. What's your Instagram and Facebook profile like?

Instagram and Facebook are setup and building a following but a different photographer at the other side of the county announced they’re stopping due to health reasons so we wanted to make sure that if someone Google’s for a photographer in this county, they find her page.


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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 16:57 
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In my experience, website traffic is miniscule in comparison to social media profile these days. What's your Instagram and Facebook profile like?

I strongly disagree (as someone who ranks very highly for competitive keywords/phrases related to my profession)

First question sdg - has the site actually got the words "baby photographer in XYZ" on it a few times?

Was the site professionally done or have you put it together yourselves? I'd be happy to give some pointers if you can share the URL (privately if neccessary)

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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
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Jem wrote:
Trooper wrote:
In my experience, website traffic is miniscule in comparison to social media profile these days. What's your Instagram and Facebook profile like?

I strongly disagree (as someone who ranks very highly for competitive keywords/phrases related to my profession)


I find it can vary a lot depending on the site and industry. I do the bare minimum of social media for ConsoleMAD (I just post links on Facebook/Twitter back to news posts on the site and the occasional Instagram photo) as I'm rather old-fashioned and would rather focus just on a website, mailing list and contact form. However, lots of people seem to prefer to get in touch with me via the social media platforms than the site itself. I've had a couple of instances too where they've not even known the website exists - they found me via social media and asked if I have a certain game and I've had to point them to that game on the site. I have put a lot of time into getting ranked for the phrases I target, so it's probably a case of the SEO and social stuff complementing each other.

For the day job website, where it's more dry corporate stuff, very little interaction comes from our social media channels.

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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
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so it's probably a case of the SEO and social stuff complementing each other.

Exactly. :metul:

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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:24 
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devilman wrote:
Jem wrote:
Trooper wrote:
In my experience, website traffic is miniscule in comparison to social media profile these days. What's your Instagram and Facebook profile like?

I strongly disagree (as someone who ranks very highly for competitive keywords/phrases related to my profession)


I find it can vary a lot depending on the site and industry. I do the bare minimum of social media for ConsoleMAD (I just post links on Facebook/Twitter back to news posts on the site and the occasional Instagram photo) as I'm rather old-fashioned and would rather focus just on a website, mailing list and contact form. However, lots of people seem to prefer to get in touch with me via the social media platforms than the site itself. I've had a couple of instances too where they've not even known the website exists - they found me via social media and asked if I have a certain game and I've had to point them to that game on the site. I have put a lot of time into getting ranked for the phrases I target, so it's probably a case of the SEO and social stuff complementing each other.

For the day job website, where it's more dry corporate stuff, very little interaction comes from our social media channels.


This is the interesting thing. For an industry such as website design I'd expect 99% of traffic to be via a website, for the beauty industry 99% of our traffic is via instagram (so much so that we had a contact on or web chat yesterday, and neither of us could remember how to login or what the password was, it's been so long since we used it).

Photography probably sits somewhere inbetween. My prediction is Instagram is where the majority of the traffic would come from (word of mouth, visual social medium, demographic of the customer base) but probably in the 70/30 range if I was to guess.

Basically, i'm telling all you luddites to get with the times, boomers!


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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
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I'll make her some pamphlets at mates rates and also draw a baby getting photographed by a monster or a robot or a robot monster on the cover for free.

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 Post subject: Re: Google search help
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Trooper wrote:

Basically, i'm telling all you luddites to get with the times, boomers!


I'm getting there - my MySpace page should be ready in the next couple of years. Then I'll look into that Google+ that I've been hearing about.

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Trooper wrote:
devilman wrote:
Jem wrote:
Trooper wrote:
In my experience, website traffic is miniscule in comparison to social media profile these days. What's your Instagram and Facebook profile like?

I strongly disagree (as someone who ranks very highly for competitive keywords/phrases related to my profession)


I find it can vary a lot depending on the site and industry. I do the bare minimum of social media for ConsoleMAD (I just post links on Facebook/Twitter back to news posts on the site and the occasional Instagram photo) as I'm rather old-fashioned and would rather focus just on a website, mailing list and contact form. However, lots of people seem to prefer to get in touch with me via the social media platforms than the site itself. I've had a couple of instances too where they've not even known the website exists - they found me via social media and asked if I have a certain game and I've had to point them to that game on the site. I have put a lot of time into getting ranked for the phrases I target, so it's probably a case of the SEO and social stuff complementing each other.

For the day job website, where it's more dry corporate stuff, very little interaction comes from our social media channels.


This is the interesting thing. For an industry such as website design I'd expect 99% of traffic to be via a website, for the beauty industry 99% of our traffic is via instagram (so much so that we had a contact on or web chat yesterday, and neither of us could remember how to login or what the password was, it's been so long since we used it).

Photography probably sits somewhere inbetween. My prediction is Instagram is where the majority of the traffic would come from (word of mouth, visual social medium, demographic of the customer base) but probably in the 70/30 range if I was to guess.

Basically, i'm telling all you luddites to get with the times, boomers!

Instagram seems to be mainly industry networking. When someone has a baby, I think recommendations or seeing photos shared on Facebook are the first port of call and then googling for a baby photographer in the area is next.


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