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Top Benefits of SEO You Should Understand

Top Benefits of SEO You Should Understand

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be defined as the process of optimizing online content so that search engines will place your site among the top search results when members of your target audience search for certain keywords. SEO is also defined as the process of making changes that improve the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s results. In my previous posts, “An In-depth Guide To Search Engine Optimization (SEO)”  and “3 Tips To Know How To Hire A Good SEO Company,” I have explained what SEO is all about. However, today I will be discussing the top benefits of SEO for promoting your content.

Many people are only interested in SEO because they have heard everybody talking about it but know nothing about the benefits. Certainly, one of the reasons you should consider SEO is that your competitors are probably using it to outsmart you. But SEO will also directly benefit your business in many ways.

SEO has become widely used as an online web marketing strategy because of its success. While the great things about SEO are vast, here are just some of the benefits.

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Increase Brand Credibility

Certainly, one of the reasons many bloggers and site owners decide to invest in SEO is because they want to increase traffic to their site. Having a blog with many followers or a popular site with a high Google ranking will also increase your name recognition and enhance your credibility. This is as a result of the trust people place in Google. Since achieving a top position in search engine rankings will cause potential customers or readers to respect your brand more, having your website in one of the top positions translates to more exposure for your blog or website. Also, when your content appears on the first results page for your targeted keywords, not only do users associate your brand with those keywords, but they will trust you more, since companies on the first results page are generally perceived to be more trustworthy.

Increase Traffic to Your Website

Achieving top positions on the major search engines’ result pages will bring your website many more clicks, so ranking in these top positions can bring about significant improvements in website traffic and in revenue for your business. SEO also concentrates on creating helpful and keyword-relevant name tags and META explanations, which display in the result pages. Having improved tags and descriptions helps you to increase your click-through rate, which also promotes increases in qualified web traffic.

Better Returns on Investment

No doubt about it, investing in effective SEO will provide a better return on investment than running expensive ads. Investing in an SEO service is also more cost-effective than pumping your money into AdWords, PPC and others. SEO is one of the most cost-effective marketing strategies because it targets users who are actively looking for your products and services online. Because it targets your ideal customers, investing in SEO is more efficient and effective than investing in any other marketing strategy you can think of.

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SEO is not just for a particular type of site. No matter your niche, be it e-commerce or something else, you need trackable records and quantifiable results to determine your return on investment resulting from SEO investments. However, those in niches other than e-commerce will determine these trackable records from the lead conversions on their sites, while those running e-commerce sites will look at the various channels users take before they make a purchase (that is, the path customers take before buying anything). With this, you can calculate your SEO return on investment.

After you’ve read the above points, I’m sure you can now see that there are many reasons for you to work on SEO for your content. If all the other points don’t interest you, I know that the potential for increased website traffic and for better returns on your investments will surely attract you.

Identifying a Great SEO Provider

A well-rounded SEO strategy requires keyword research, website content generation and optimization, backlinking and more. According to Dotcom SEO Expert, it is very important for those who outsource their SEO services to look for specific qualities in the provider they choose. The three top questions the site says you should ask are:

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Is the provider effective? A company with a high reputation and good qualities will have case studies available from past customers. Look over those case studies to learn how effective and efficient the company’s services are.

Who is the provider? It is pertinent to know who will actually be working on your content. You need analyze the provider by looking at their past records. Taking this step will save you from hiring a poorly-performing company for your service. Look at several companies so that you can choose the best and most reputable one. 

What type of reporting is available? A good SEO company will offer reports that prove their services are worth the money. Look over the analytics and ranking reports to be sure. A firm without such reports may not be a trustworthy one. These reports lend credibility to a company.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, SEO is a mighty tool for content marketing and for helping customers find you online, no matter what type of business or website you run. However, there are still some mistakes you must avoid. Here are some of the SEO mistakes you should be sure to avoid:

  • Over-usage of keywords
  • Non-keyword-focused content
  • Duplicate content
  • Grammatical or spelling errors
  • Links from non-credible sources

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How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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