Search engine optimisation (SEO) has been the marketing mantra of every business that sets foot in the digital domain. Successfully leveraging SEO involves business harnessing the full potential of marketing, which eventually leads to a huge turnover.
But harnessing the full potential of SEO is not as easy as it could seem. With Google’s ever-changing algorithm based on user behaviour and trends, SEO and paid advertising also get more competitive. Therefore, knowing what challenges you might potentially face can help you successfully leverage SEO to scale the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) for better visibility.
Here are 5 critical challenges that you must address to get your SEO strategy right.
Expecting Immediate Results
One of the main challenges a company faces is in its mindset.
SEO is called a strategy for a reason – it will not yield overnight results. A Forbes article even revealed that most companies only start seeing results from SEO 4-6 months into strategy implementation. Once you begin seeing results, they grow significantly over the next few months. Maintaining high-quality content creation and output is vital for such growth.
Lack of Resource Allocation
Since the internet is free, many companies believe that digital marketing and SEO strategising do not take skill. However, the kind of results you get from good quality SEO implementers is unparalleled, even if the cost is high.
Budgeting for SEO allows you to pay for keyword research, backlink analyses, competitor analyses, etc. These metrics help you determine where your company stands in your niche.
Optimising Only Written Content
Allocating some percentage of your SEO efforts to fixing technical issues shows the search engine that you care about delivering value and not simply churning out content.
Not Identifying KPIs
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are metrics companies use to determine the effectiveness of any digital strategy. They can be as few or many as you desire and help you meet your goals. They also come with understanding why you are implementing a strategy.
If you do not decide which metrics to track or choose impossible metrics like tracking keywords to revenue, you will not see results. You need to know what is essential for your company and choose your KPIs accordingly.
Shifting Focus to Social Media
While it may seem that social media marketing is a replacement for SEO efforts, this is far from true. You may believe that social platforms are all that matter. However, SEO and social media strategies work in cognisance for enhanced results and better ROI when done correctly.
These are some of the most common challenges and mistakes newcomers face when strategising SEO. Avoiding them improves your chances of seeing results from your strategy and garnering a considerable ROI.
The most important thing to remember about SEO is that its value is cumulative. Unlike paid mediums where there comes a moment you can stop doing paid campaigns on social platforms, the traffic generated through SEO continues increasing as you further optimise and establish your website’s SEO authority.
By Sahil Kakkar, Founder and CEO at WEBIQ
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