If you run an online business there are three ways to drive traffic to your site:
By and far the best long term option for consistent traffic to your site is Search Engine Optimisation, if done right this will deliver long term visitors to your website. But it’s difficult to know if your SEO is actually working or not.
Here’s a quick list of how you can track whether or not your SEO is actually working for your website:
There are a whole lot more metrics you can use to track your SEO such as:
All of this requires that you are using Google Analytics to keep an eye on the performance of your website. If you are not using this FREE tool you should start right away!
The number one metric you should be reviewing is how much traffic to my website am I getting from organic traffic?
This is defined as how many people are coming to your website from search engine traffic where you have no paid for the placement.
The more traffic you get from organic search the better.
The next step is to see whether or not the visitors you are going through the organic traffic are actually making you money.
In floristry conversion could be:
We know through significant experience that about 50% of conversion for florists actually happen over the phone. So it may well be useful to keep a manual track of where people found you if they call you on the phone.
Another important way to track your SEO campaign is to track the ranking of the keywords you are actively working towards.
There are a number of free and paid tools on the market but can also simply type the keyword into google and see where you are on the organic list.
The ranking will change constantly so don’t be too alarmed if it moves up and down one or two spots every day.
Most florists target specific geographic areas and this is known as Geotarget (have a read of our article here)
To review how your SEO is doing Google the following:
Your Business Name
The Suburb of your business and the words flowers / florist
If someone else is higher in the rankings for your suburb - flowers or florist that means you need to do more work to convince Google that YOU are the most relevant website.
Moving on from the local business visible, you should also check how your landing pages are performing.
Landing pages on a florist website can be a mix of Product Categories such as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s day Sympathy Flowers etc to the SEO Suburb Landing Page.
If you have created SEO Suburb Landing Pages then you should be tracking several things:
There are a whole lot of other more complex metrics that you can use to work out how your SEO is working for you. But the 5 items above will tell you the most about the actual performance of your SEO campaign.
Are you interested in finding out if we can help you with your SEO? Why not contact us.