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3 Ways to Help Your Business Get Found Online

Posted by Deborah Young

1424-Man-Sitting-With-Macbook-Searching-Google_640x427You can have the prettiest website or the best products in the world, but if people can’t find you online you may as well turn out the lights and go home. And these days “getting found online” better include getting found on mobile devices

I can hear the groans from here. You’ve got a business to run, and that already takes up 110% of your time and effort. How on earth are you supposed to find time for this? All I can say is that a little time and effort now can pay big dividends right now — and bigger ones down the road

There are a million-and-one ways to make it easier for your business to get found on Google (and the other search engines). Let’s keep it simple today and look at three.

Content Optimization

Yes, this is where search engine optimization comes into play — and today it’s all about relevancy. Is your content providing a benefit to the reader? 

Here are three key things for your optimization ToDo list:

  1. Create unique and relevant content.
  2. Optimize your site for mobile.
  3. Tie your content to a Google+ profile!

Social Media

Are you rolling your eyes? Stop that! You should be involved with social media because your target audience — no matter who that is — regularly uses at least one social media platform

What 7000 Businesses Discovered About Social Media And guess what? It doesn’t have to take over your life. You can get the job done by spending as little as 3 hours per week.

How do you do that? You think about it in terms of social media management tools, and you wear three hats:

  1. The Data Hat: Reach, engagement and conversion
  2. The Creative Hat: Content creation
  3. The Facilitator Hat: Fill the funnel

Local Business Directories

It’s hard to get on the first page of search results for very competitive keywords. One way to get around that is to rank your business highly within a local business directory. 

Why is that? Search online for some of the important keywords for your business. Chances are you’ll see some of the “big dog” directories like Yelp or Angie’s List or Superpages or Yellow Pages taking up the top slots. People click on those links, and if your business shows up at the top of the list within that directory … score!

So, here’s your quick and dirty action plan:

  1. Create or claim listings for your business within appropriate business directories
  2. Optimize those listings
  3. Establish a presence on Google+. 


Get to work on this ToDo list and before you know it your business will get found online and begin to enjoy the limelight of the Internet instead of hiding in a corner. 


About Deborah Young

Deborah Young

Deborah is a reformed tennis bum and inbound marketing strategist whose main professional purpose is to support local business owners, experts and entrepreneurs by helping them understand the impact and importance of online marketing. She is one happy camper when she can help clients be more visible on the Internet, increase their own customer base and become more profitable. How can she help you?

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