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5 Ways To Improve Your Company Website’s Online Visibility

5 Ways To Improve Your Company Website’s Online Visibility

The number one challenge for most business websites is a lack of online visibility and traffic. No matter how great your content is, chances are very unlikely that anyone will accidentally stumble upon your company website. Here are a few actionable tips to help increase your online visibility and ultimately your bottom line.

1. Produce Linkable Assets

Obtaining inbound links is key to improving your website’s online visibility and it’s easier to do so if you have content that is useful, shareable and worth linking too. It’s much more challenging to earn links to your website if you only have sales and service pages.

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A linkable asset may include an interesting infographic, a list of resources or perhaps the result of a unique study. The most effective linkable assets are interactive, relatable and have an emotional impact. If it’s not something you would feel proud sharing on your personal Facebook account, then it’s probably not a good linkable asset.

2. Optimize On-Page Elements

In order for your website to rank, you’ll need to focus on on-page as well as off-page elements. On-page elements include optimizing your site’s title tag, H1 tag, internal linking structure and meta description. Meta descriptions no longer have an impact on direct rankings but they are visible in the search results and should be crafted to be compelling and descriptive. Your on-page text should be optimized around your primary keyword and its synonyms without sounding unnatural or engaging in keyword stuffing.

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3. Optimize For Speed

A site’s load speed affects search engine rankings as well as your bounce rate. According to a study conducted at Umas Amherst, subjects were willing to wait just 2 seconds for a page to load before leaving. After 5 seconds 25% of subjects had left. Having a website that loads instantly is crucial if you want to maximize your search engine rankings and keep visitors on your website.

One of the main ways to ensure fast loading times is to pick a reliable web host with a history of excellent uptime, a fast load time and timely customer support. Stick with established brands and avoid super affordable fly-by-night hosting companies with prices that seem too good to be true. Reading hosting reviews can provide you with more insight in regards to which companies provide the best uptime and service.

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4. Build Relationships

Paid links are frowned upon by Google and sites who participate in link schemes may be blacklisted at any time. Outreach will allow you to connect with social media influencers and other websites without stepping on Google’s toes. A study conducted by Twitter shows that consumers trust influencers more than their own friends. Influencers can include bloggers, Youtube personalities and contributing authors at well known online publications.

Influencers already have an established reputation and are better at reaching core demographics. As a result, influencers are more trusted by their peers compared to company advertisements. Pairing with an influencer can boost online visibility by exposing your brand to all of their followers.

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5. Get Mobile

Nearly 60% of internet access is mobile which means that you are losing out on tons of traffic if your site isn’t tailored to mobile users. In addition to using a responsive WordPress theme, you can also make your site more mobile friendly by adding a search box. This will allow users to search for information faster since mobile sites tend to have fewer navigational options. Since the content will be condensed on a smaller screen, you’ll also want to make your content more scannable and readable by using headers and shorter paragraphs.

Conclusion

The online marketing space is a competitive arena where every second counts and every relationship you build can impact your bottom line. In order to be competitive, online business will need to master technical elements in addition to searching for new link building opportunities.

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Last Updated on July 22, 2019

10 Killer Cover Letter Tips to Nail Every Interview Opportunity

10 Killer Cover Letter Tips to Nail Every Interview Opportunity

A cover letter is an introduction to what will be found in the resume. In a cover letter, the applicant is able to use a conversational tone, to explain why the attached resume is worth reviewing, why the applicant is qualified, and to express that it’s the best application the reader will see for the open position.

Employers do read your cover letter, so consider the cover letter an elevator pitch. The cover letter is the overview of your professional experience. The information in the body presents the key qualifications, the things that matter. The cover letter is the “here is what will be found in my presentation”, which is the resume in this case.

Something really important to point out- a cover letter should be written from scratch each time. Great cover letters are the ones that express why the applicant is the best for the specific job being applied to. Using a general cover letter will not lead to great results.

This doesn’t mean that your cover letter should repeat your most valuable qualifications, it just means that you don’t want to recycle a templated, general letter, not specific to the position being applied to.

Here’re 10 cover letter tips to nail every interview.

1. Take a few minutes to learn about the company so that you use an appropriate tone

Like people, every company has its own culture and tone. Doing a bit of research to learn what that is will be extremely beneficial. For instance, a technology start-up has a different culture and tone than a law firm. Using the same tone for both would be a mistake.

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2. Don’t use generic cover letter terms — be specific to each company and position

Hiring managers and recruiters can easily identify generic cover letters. They read cover letters and resumes almost every day. Using words and terms like: “your company” instead of naming the actual company, and “your website” instead of “in your about us section on www.abc123.com”, are mistakes. Be as specific as possible, it’s worth the additional few minutes.

3. Address the reader directly if you can

It is an outdated practice to use “To Whom it May Concern” if you know the person that will be reviewing your documents. You may wonder how you’ll know this information; this is where attention to detail and/or a bit of research comes into play.

For example, if you are applying for a job using LinkedIn, many times, the job poster is listed within the job post. This is the person reading your documents when you “apply now”. Addressing that person directly will be much more effective than using a generic term.

4. Don’t repeat the information found in the resume

A resume is an action-based document. When presenting information in a resume, the tone isn’t conversational but leading with action instead, for example: “Analyze sales levels and trends, and initiate action as necessary to ensure attainment of sales objectives”.

In a cover letter, you have the opportunity to deliver your elevator pitch: “I have positively impacted business development and growth initiatives, having combined two regions into one and achieving 17% in compound growth over the following three-year period”.

Never use your resume qualifications summary as a paragraph in your resume. This would be repeating information. Keep in mind that your cover letter is the introduction to your resume- the elevator pitch- this is your opportunity to show more personality.

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5. Tell the company what you can do for them

As mentioned above, this is your chance to explain to the company why you are the best person for the open position. This is where you tell the company what you can do for them: “If hired as the next (job title) with (company name), I will cultivate important partnerships that will enhance operations while boosting revenue.”

Many times, we want to take the reader through the journey of our life. It is important to remember that the reader needs to know why you are the best person for the job. Lead with that.

6. Showcase the skills and qualifications specific to the position

A lot of people are Jack’s and Jill’s of all trades. This can be a great big picture, but not great to showcase in a cover letter or resume.

Going back to what was mentioned before, cover letters and resumes are scanned through ATS. Being as specific as possible to the position being applied to is important.

If you are applying for a coding position, it may not be important to mention your job in high school as a dog walker. Sticking to the exact job being applied to is the most effective way to write your cover letter.

7. Numbers are important — show proof

It always helps to show proof when stating facts: “I have a reputation for delivering top-level performance and supporting growth so that businesses can thrive; established industry relationships that generated double digit increase in branch revenues”.

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8. Use testimonials and letters of recommendations

A cover letter is a great place to add testimonials and information from your letter of recommendations. Mirroring the example above, here is a good way to use that information:

I have a history of consistently meeting and exceeding metrics: “(Name) rose through the company and became a Subject Matter Expert, steadily providing exceptional quality of work.”- Team Manager.

9. Find the balance between highlighting your achievements and bragging

There is fine line between telling someone about your achievements and bragging. My advice is to always use facts first, and support that with an achievement related to the fact, as shown in the examples above.

You don’t want to have a cover letter with nothing but bullet points of what you have achieved. I can’t stress this enough — cover letters are your elevator pitch, the introduction to your resume.

10. Check your length — you want to provide no more than an introduction

The general rule for most positions is one page in length. Positions such as professors and doctors will require more in length (and they actually use CV’s); however, for most positions, one page is sufficient. Remember, the cover letter is an introduction and elevator pitch. Follow the logic below to get you started:

Start with: “I am ready to deliver impeccable results as (name of company) next (Position Title).

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What you know and like about the company, what initiatives, missions, goals resonate with you: “I read/listened to an interview that your Chief of Staff did on www.abc123.com. His/her statement regarding important up and coming employee engagement initiatives really resonated with me”.

Overview of your qualifications and experience: “I have a strong background in developing, monitoring, and controlling annual processes and operational plans related to community relations and social initiatives”.

Highlight/ Back up your facts with achievements: “I’m a vision-driven leader, with a proven history of innovation and mentorship; I led an initiative that reduced homelessness in four counties and received recognition from the local Homeless Network and the County Commissioner”.

Close with what will you do for the company: “As your next (job title), I am focused on hitting the ground running as a transformational leader who is driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to the growth of (name of company).

Bonus Advice

When applying for a job online or in person, a resume and a cover letter are standard submissions. At least 98% of the time, both your resume and cover letter and scanned via ATS (applicant tracking systems). You can learn more about that process here.

The information provided in a cover letter should be written and organized to be compatible with these scans, so that it can make to a human; from there, you want to make sure that you capture the recruiter and/or hiring managers attention.

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