5 SEO Blunders Small Businesses Make

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a critical component of digital marketing –  learn what not to do.

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Hey there, fellow entrepreneur! Are you ready to dive headfirst into the exciting world of SEO? Or, as I like to call it, the “Search Engine O-lim-pics” (get it, because it’s a competition? No? Okay, moving on…)

Listen up because we’re about to go on a wild ride through the land of search engines, where keywords are king and backlinks are queen. But be warned; there are some treacherous pitfalls along the way that could leave your website stranded in the middle of cyberspace.

So, buckle up and hold on tight because we’re about to embark on a journey through the crazy, confusing, and sometimes downright confounding world of SEO. It’s like a rollercoaster, but instead of loops and drops, you’ll be navigating through algorithm updates and SERP rankings. Fun, right?

Don’t worry, however. We’ll guide you through the twists and turns, the ups and downs, and the highs and lows of SEO. We’ll help you avoid small businesses’ most common mistakes so you don’t end up like that kid who got stuck on the kiddie coaster (we’ve all been there).

So, are you ready to take on the challenge? Are you ready to dominate the search engine results pages and leave your competitors in the dust? Well, then, grab your helmet, and let’s ride!

#1 Blunder - Not Doing Keyword Research

First off, let’s talk about keyword research. Keyword research is crucial because it helps you understand your target audience’s language and behavior. By identifying the keywords they use, you can optimize your website’s content, meta tags, and other elements to align with their search queries. 

Don’t be the fool who blindly guesses which keywords to target on your website. That’s like driving your car blindfolded – it won’t end well. Use keyword research tools to find your business’s most relevant and valuable keywords. Trust us; your website visitors will thank you for not bombarding them with irrelevant keywords.

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#2 Blunder - Ignoring On-Page Optimization

Let me tell you a story about a squirrel named Bob who lived in the park. Bob was notorious for hoarding nuts in one spot. He thought he had hit the jackpot, but little did he know he was attracting all the wrong kind of attention. Suddenly, the neighborhood dogs caught wind of Bob’s stash and raided it faster than you can say “acorn.” Moral of the story? Don’t be like Bob.

The same goes for stuffing your website with keywords and creating walls of text. It’s like hoarding too many nuts in one spot – nobody likes it, and it attracts the wrong kind of attention from search engines. Instead, focus on creating high-quality, engaging content that provides value to your audience. Think of it as spreading your nuts across the park – it’s better for everyone involved. Remember, less is often more when it comes to on-page optimization.

On-page optimization is crucial because it helps search engines see the relevance and quality of your content. Optimizing your on-page elements can improve your chances of ranking higher in SERPs for your target keywords. Ensure your content includes relevant keywords and that your meta tags (title, description, and header tags) accurately reflect your content. Use images and videos to enhance your content, but optimize them for speed and accessibility.

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#3 Blunder - Neglecting Local SEO

Listen up, my fellow business owners! It’s time to get local and get loud with your SEO game. Don’t be a squirrel hiding in a tree, thinking customers will magically appear just because you have a website. No way, Jose! You need to take advantage of all the local SEO tools at your disposal, like your Google My Business listing and local directories.

Think about it – if a customer is searching for a product or service in your area, make it easy for them to find you. Don’t be the squirrel who hides its acorns so well that they forget where it put them. Get listed in those directories and encourage happy customers to leave reviews. Also, ensure your business’s name, address, and phone number (NAP) are consistent and accurate on your website and other online directories. And remember to network with other local businesses. Everyone benefits! So, let’s get those local customers scurrying to your doorstep!

#4 Blunder - Not Building High-Quality Backlinks

Ah, backlinks. They are an important ranking factor for search engines and can help improve your website’s authority and visibility. Backlinks are vital because they tell search engines that other websites find your content valuable and trustworthy. Gaining more high-quality backlinks means search engines will consider your website an authority in your industry. Backlinks are like the popular kids in high school – everyone wants to be their friend. But let’s be honest; not all backlinks are created equal. Sure, you could try to be friends with every kid in school, but that will only do a little for your reputation. In the same way, building tons of low-quality backlinks will not do wonders for your SEO.

So, what should you do? To build high-quality backlinks, create valuable and shareable content on your website. Reach out to other websites and ask them to link to your content. Guest posting on other websites is also a great way to build backlinks and increase your website’s exposure. And focus on quality over quantity, my friend. Instead of being friends with every kid in school, try to befriend the cool kids with a good reputation.

In the same way, try to build high-quality backlinks from reputable websites. That will do wonders for your website’s credibility and boost your SEO. Just remember, spammy backlinks are like the bad apples in school – they can ruin your reputation and harm your website’s credibility.


#5 Blunder - Focusing Solely On Rankings

Let’s talk about rankings, shall we? Don’t be like a squirrel constantly checking if its nuts are still there. The higher your website ranks in SERPs, the more likely users will click on your website and visit your business. So, rankings are important because they determine your website’s visibility and traffic potential. However, you don’t want to be like a pirate obsessed with finding treasure and forgetting to enjoy the journey. Keep an eye on other important metrics like click-through rates, bounce rates, and conversion rates. They’ll give you a better understanding of your website’s performance and how you can improve it. User interaction and experience can be significantly enhanced by using and understanding these metrics. Trust us; it’s more rewarding than burying your head in the sand and obsessing over rankings like a crazy squirrel.


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Well, there you have it – some of the most common SEO mistakes small businesses to make. But don’t fret, my friend. If you want to take your SEO game to the next level, call Squirrel Marketing & Graphix. We’ll guide you through the wacky world of SEO and help you climb the rankings like a squirrel up a tree!

And if you’re still unconvinced, think of us as the squirrels of the marketing world. We’re quick, nimble, and one step ahead of the competition. So don’t let those other slow-moving marketing companies hold you back – choose Squirrel Marketing & Graphix, and let’s get your business climbing to new heights!