When we agree to work with a new SEO client, we conduct thorough research before we begin any work.
Delivering results for our SEO clients quickly is not just about the number of backlinks they need to acquire or about writing content. Every SEO strategy we write for our clients is unique based on the research we carry out. At CTO Digital, our team of SEO enthusiasts believe that successful SEO campaigns begin with thorough research. In this article, we’ll walk you through the essential research steps we take for each new client, ensuring that our strategies deliver results quickly.
Keyword research is the cornerstone of any successful SEO campaign. We start by identifying the keywords that are relevant to your industry and audience. This section will discuss:
- Tools and methodologies for keyword research
- Long-tail vs. short-tail keywords
- Identifying high-conversion keywords
- Local SEO considerations
Keyword research is the first step in understanding what your target audience is searching for. By identifying the right keywords, we ensure that your content is optimised for the terms that matter most to your business. Tools like Google Keyword Planner, SERanking, and Ahrefs help us discover keyword opportunities and search volume trends.
When it comes to keyword selection, we consider both long-tail and short-tail keywords. Long-tail keywords often have less competition and can lead to higher conversion rates. However, short-tail keywords may have higher search volumes and can be important for broader brand visibility.
High-conversion keywords are those that are more likely to lead to a desired action, such as making a purchase or filling out a contact form. Our research focuses on identifying these keywords to maximise your ROI.
For businesses with a local presence, local SEO considerations are paramount. We ensure that your keywords are optimised for local searches, including location-based terms that help you connect with your nearby audience.
Understanding your competitors is crucial for outperforming them in search engine rankings. We delve into:
- Competitor analysis tools
- Identifying your top competitors
- Analysing their strategies
- Uncovering gaps and opportunities
Competitor research is about more than just keeping an eye on your rivals. It’s an essential part of crafting a successful SEO strategy. By analysing what your competitors are doing, we can identify strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan that sets you apart.
We use a range of competitor analysis tools to gain insights into your competitors’ strategies. These tools help us identify who your top competitors are in the online space. We then delve deeper into their strategies to understand what is working for them.
Analysing competitor strategies allows us to uncover gaps and opportunities. By identifying keywords they may have missed or areas where they fall short, we can capitalise on these weaknesses and gain a competitive edge.
Call to Action Checks:
A compelling call to action (CTA) can significantly impact your conversion rates. We explore:
- Crafting effective CTAs
- CTA placement and design
- A/B testing for optimal results
- Ensuring alignment with campaign goals
The success of an SEO campaign isn’t just about getting visitors to your site; it’s also about converting them into customers or leads. This is where the call to action (CTA) comes into play.
Our research focuses on crafting effective CTAs that resonate with your audience. This includes the wording of the CTA, its placement on your site, and its design. We understand that different audiences may respond better to different types of CTAs, so we tailor our approach to your specific target demographic.
A/B testing is a crucial part of CTA optimisation. We test various CTA variations to determine which ones yield the best results. This iterative approach ensures that we continually improve and refine our CTAs to maximise conversions.
Furthermore, we make sure that your CTAs align with your campaign goals. Whether you want users to sign up for a newsletter, request a quote, or make a purchase, we craft CTAs that guide visitors toward these desired actions.
Contact Form Checks:
Your website’s contact forms are often the primary means of interaction. This section covers:
- Evaluating the user-friendliness of contact forms
- Ensuring proper functionality
- Integrating contact forms with CRM systems
- Optimising for mobile users
Contact forms play a critical role in facilitating user interaction and lead generation on your website. Our research ensures that these forms are optimised for maximum user engagement.
First and foremost, we evaluate the user-friendliness of your contact forms. Are they easy to find and use? Are they clear and concise? We optimise the layout and design to make sure that users can easily get in touch with your business.
Ensuring proper functionality is essential. We conduct thorough testing to verify that contact forms work as intended. This includes checking for any technical issues, such as form submission errors, and resolving them promptly.
Integration with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems is another aspect we consider. This integration streamlines the process of capturing and managing leads, ensuring that no potential customer inquiries slip through the cracks.
In today’s mobile-driven world, mobile optimisation is crucial. We make sure that contact forms are responsive and user-friendly on mobile devices, as a significant portion of web traffic now comes from smartphones and tablets.
Website Technical Audits:
A well-structured website is essential for SEO success. We discuss:
- Identifying technical issues using audit tools
- Fixing crawl errors and broken links
- Optimising meta tags and headers
- Implementing schema markup for rich snippets
Before implementing any SEO strategy, we conduct a thorough technical audit of your website to ensure that it’s ready for optimisation. Our research in this area focuses on addressing the foundational elements that impact your site’s performance in search engines.
We employ audit tools to identify technical issues that may be hindering your website’s visibility in search results. These issues can include broken links, crawl errors, duplicate content, and more. By resolving these issues, we ensure that search engine crawlers can easily navigate and index your site.
Optimising meta tags and headers is another crucial aspect of technical research. We fine-tune meta titles, descriptions, and header tags to improve click-through rates in search results and provide a clear hierarchy for search engines.
Schema markup implementation is a powerful technique that enhances the appearance of your search results. We research and implement schema markup to create rich snippets that provide users with additional information about your content, products, or services.
Website Speed Checks:
Website speed directly impacts user experience and SEO rankings. We address:
- Measuring website speed using tools
- Strategies for improving page load times
- Mobile optimisation for speed
- Content delivery network (CDN) considerations
In today’s fast-paced digital world, users expect websites to load quickly. Slow-loading pages can result in high bounce rates and lower search engine rankings. Our research in this area focuses on optimising website speed for a seamless user experience.
We employ various tools to measure your website’s speed performance. These tools provide insights into areas that require improvement. Once we identify speed-related issues, we implement strategies to enhance page load times.
Mobile optimisation is a significant consideration. With a growing number of users accessing websites on mobile devices, it’s crucial that your site loads quickly on smartphones and tablets. Our research ensures that your website is optimised for mobile speed.
Content Delivery Network (CDN) considerations play a role in global website speed optimisation. CDNs distribute your website’s content across multiple servers worldwide, reducing latency and improving load times for users in different regions.
Content Strategy and Optimisation:
- Researching and planning content topics
- Ensuring content aligns with keyword strategy
- Optimising content for search engines and user experience
- Incorporating multimedia elements (images, videos, infographics)
Content is king in the world of SEO. Our research extends to content strategy and optimisation, ensuring that your website’s content aligns with your SEO goals.
We research and plan content topics that resonate with your target audience. By identifying trending topics and addressing common pain points, we create content that attracts and engages visitors.
Our content optimisation efforts include aligning content with keyword strategy. We ensure that your content incorporates relevant keywords naturally and effectively to improve search engine visibility.
Incorporating multimedia elements like images, videos, and infographics enhances the user experience and keeps visitors engaged. We research and incorporate these elements strategically to enhance your content’s appeal.
Backlink Analysis and Strategy:
- Evaluating your existing backlink profile
- Identifying high-quality backlink opportunities
- Competitor backlink analysis
- Strategies for natural link building
Backlinks are a critical factor in SEO success. Our research extends to backlink analysis and strategy to improve your website’s authority and ranking.
We evaluate your existing backlink profile to identify areas for improvement. This includes assessing the quality and relevance of existing backlinks and disavowing harmful ones.
Identifying high-quality backlink opportunities is a key part of our strategy. We research and outreach to authoritative websites in your niche to secure valuable backlinks that boost your site’s credibility.
Competitor backlink analysis helps us understand your competitors’ link-building strategies. By identifying their successful tactics, we can develop our own strategies to outperform them.
We focus on natural link building strategies that adhere to search engine guidelines, ensuring long-term success and avoiding penalties.
Local SEO Research (if applicable):
- NAP (Name, Address, Phone Number) consistency checks
- Local keyword research
- Google My Business optimisation
- Local competitor analysis
For businesses with a local presence, local SEO research is essential. Our research includes:
NAP (Name, Address, Phone Number) consistency checks to ensure that your business information is accurate and consistent across online directories and platforms.
Local keyword research to identify location-specific keywords that help your business appear in local search results.
Google My Business (GMB) optimisation to maximise your visibility in Google Maps and local search listings.
Local competitor analysis to understand the local landscape and identify opportunities to outrank your competitors.
User Experience (UX) Research:
- Analysing website navigation and user flow
- Identifying and addressing usability issues
- Mobile responsiveness and mobile-first design
- User behaviour analysis using tools like heatmaps and user recordings
User experience (UX) is a critical component of SEO. Our research extends to UX to ensure that your website is user-friendly and encourages engagement.
We analyse website navigation and user flow to identify areas where users may encounter obstacles or confusion. By optimising the user journey, we improve the chances of conversion.
Identifying and addressing usability issues is essential. We conduct thorough testing to identify and rectify usability problems, such as slow-loading pages or broken links.
In today’s mobile-driven world, mobile responsiveness is crucial. We ensure that your website is responsive and provides an optimal experience on mobile devices.
User behaviour analysis tools like heatmaps and user recordings help us understand how users interact with your site. This data informs our optimisation strategies.
Content Gap Analysis:
- Identifying gaps in your website’s content compared to competitors
- Creating a content strategy to fill those gaps
- Prioritising content creation based on search intent and relevance
Content gap analysis is a valuable research step that helps us identify opportunities to create content that your competitors may have missed.
We identify gaps in your website’s content compared to competitors. This includes topics or keywords that your competitors may be ranking for but you are not.
Based on this analysis, we create a content strategy to fill those gaps. This strategy outlines the type of content to create, the target keywords, and the messaging to address user needs effectively.
Prioritising content creation is essential. We focus on creating content that aligns with search intent and relevance, ensuring that it provides value to your audience.
Reporting and Analytics Setup:
- Setting up analytics tools (e.g., Google Analytics, Google Search Console)
- Defining KPIs and goals for tracking
- Regular reporting and performance monitoring
- Adjusting strategies based on data insights
Finally, we ensure that your SEO campaign is measurable and adaptable by setting up reporting and analytics tools.
We set up tools like Google Analytics and Google Search Console to track website performance and user behaviour.
Defining key performance indicators (KPIs) and goals helps us measure the success of your SEO campaign. These KPIs may include organic traffic growth, keyword rankings, conversion rates, and more.
Regular reporting and performance monitoring are crucial. We provide you with detailed reports on campaign progress and adjust our strategies based on data insights.
This is Why CTO Digital CAN Deliver Quickly
By conducting thorough research in these critical areas, CTO Digital ensures that our SEO campaigns are built on a solid foundation. With a focus on keyword optimisation, competitor analysis, user engagement, technical excellence, and site speed, we empower our clients to achieve rapid SEO success.
Our commitment to research and data-driven strategies sets us apart in the world of SEO. Ready to take your SEO to the next level? Contact us today to get started.