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Can I get my website on the first page on google

Can I get my website on the first page on google

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I started my practice less than one year back

I get calls regularly from companies promising to get my simple wordpress website on the first page and not using google adwords.

I am very sceptical as if I could get my website on the first page - I probably could retire in 5 years time :-).  Sure its most accountancy practices dream to get on the first page and if it was so easy then everyone would try.

These companies even have evidence of getting their clients on the first page (not sure how though) and have seen the evidence.  

Any thoughts ?

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David Winch
By David Winch
10th Jun 2013 13:02

Congratulations!

Congratulations - you are on the first page of the google results.

I just searched for jim100 and THIS was item 8 on the first page.

Can I send you my bill now??

David

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The triggle is a distant cousin of the squonk (pictured)
By Triggle
10th Jun 2013 13:07

Have you tried Google Maps/Bing Maps? It's free.

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Glenn Martin
By Glenn Martin
10th Jun 2013 13:18

SEO is a dark art

I am currently going through tthe final stages of launching my website and now looking into this.

It really depends on what you want and how much you want to spend as far as I can see.

The first 4 spaces are usually sponsored and you have no chance of beating yell.com etc.

If you are looking at an area of say 10 miles around your office I suppose it would be possible using google maps.

if you are after coming top of searches like "accountant north east" "accountant Newcastle" it would cost a lot of money and it depends who you competing against.

If you are on pay per click there is nothing to stop your rivals using all your clicks up until your cash is gone.

I operate in a small provincial town so i am hoping to get near the top in that area and leave the cities to the big boys.

 

 

 

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PAH Accounting Devizes Wiltshire
By Phil Hendy
10th Jun 2013 13:47

SEO is an art but not as difficult as you may think

Page 1 for what?

I certainly would not want to diss any SEO experts as there is definitely a skill involved; however, the key question to ask should always be what are your key search terms. i.e. what would someone type in for you to come up on page one. 

For accountants and bookkeepers generally localisation is the key. My main search terms would be accountants in Wiltshire or Accountants in Devizes. This is therefore where you need to focus. You will find it much easier than you think if you use Google Maps, Bing and just some basic text on your site. 

I would say template sites don't tend to rank as well so perhaps getting a website built based on a template design would be very useful.

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By Steve Holloway
10th Jun 2013 14:01

Move to the Isle of Wight!!

Out of interest I typed in Accountants on the Isle of Wight and lo and behold I am on the front page. Never paid a penny in SEO!!!

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By Rachael White
10th Jun 2013 14:19

HI Jim,

Just to pass on what Adam Tinworth, a well-respected SEO trainer for journalists told me at a session a few weeks ago: "If anyone promises to get your website on the front page of Google, tell them to get out".

Apparently, each and everyone's Google front page experience will differ - it's determined by people's location, language, cookies, browser, a massive number of factors. 

You can, however, improve your site's visibility and increase its chances of appearing in Google searches by employing a variety of 'white hat', or good, SEO practices. 

I'd suggest using both Google Webmaster and Analytics - get yourself set up with them first and track most searched for terms, etc. 

Best of luck!

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Glenn Martin
By Glenn Martin
10th Jun 2013 14:37

Well Done Steve

You are an SEO master without even trying.

Can you do the same on mine.

Did you use accouting websmiths as i think they build a lot of what google looks for into your site

when they build it.

 

 

 

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Replying to The Black Knight:
By Steve Holloway
11th Jun 2013 15:08

@ Glenzy

Glennzy wrote:

You are an SEO master without even trying.

Can you do the same on mine.

Did you use accouting websmiths as i think they build a lot of what google looks for into your site

when they build it.

 

Yes it is an accounting Websmiths production ... so that probably explains it!

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By MJ Green Accountancy
10th Jun 2013 15:27

There are a few things that you can do tobump yourself up the listing but you'll never appear at the very top without paying.

 

You need to sign up to as many advertising/directory websites as possible and use lots of keywords.

 

The more links there are to your website, the better. If you search for accountants in my area, my firm shows up on the first page because I invested quite a lot of time in to what I have just suggested. The downside is that every time you sign up to one of these directories, you will receive several days worth of marketing calls.

 

Google maps as someone suggested above is another one that is worth signing up to.

 

Don't be too quick to dismiss Google Adwords though, I've used it and picked up far more in recurring fees than it has cost me. The downside of this is that you tend to get lots of CV's sent in as even though you can specify that you don't want your advert to run on employment websites, Google seem to ignore this.

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By petersaxton
10th Jun 2013 15:59

Do it yourself

I have been to a local Chamber of Commerce course on SEO and I've bought a book on SEO. The rules change all the time. It might not be easy to use a lot of the advice given. I'm going to improve my website soon - hopefully! - and I'll read up on some of the advice but I'm not going to get too worried about it. If somebody phones you up saying they can get you on the first page of Google then you'd be a fool to be impressed. Most likely they are crooks. David Winch showed you exactly how worthless the claim is.

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By morgani
10th Jun 2013 16:13

SEO I have tried in the past but I have found the results not that great and it is constantly changing.

I have though had plenty of success with Google Adwords and this is now pretty much our only form of advertising.

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By JC
10th Jun 2013 17:09

Not entirely ...

@MJ Green Accountancy

You need good directories & not just any old rubbish silos that simply collect domain names. Using rubbish will get you downgraded & is gererally regarded as more harm than good

Organic (blog, articles, syndication etc...) is still the best way and the most permanent, but it takes time and some cannot be bothered.

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Replying to bettybobbymeggie:
By petersaxton
10th Jun 2013 17:23

Adwords

JC wrote:

@MJ Green Accountancy

You need good directories & not just any old rubbish silos that simply collect domain names. Using rubbish will get you downgraded & is gererally regarded as more harm than good

Organic (blog, articles, syndication etc...) is still the best way and the most permanent, but it takes time and some cannot be bothered.

Exactly. Thinking about SEO when designing your site is sensible but unless you enjoy it then Adwords seems an easier way than organic.

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Man of Kent
By Kent accountant
11th Jun 2013 15:39

Not rocket science but is it worth it?

I've done all of my own SEO and I rank on page one for 8 keyword phases which include xero and accountant and a geographical reference specific to my location.

On four of those pages I'm ranked no.1.

Now given that xero accounting software is very topical and popular, plus the fact that I'm an advocate and user, I think this is pretty good.

HOWEVER (big however hence the shouting) - if you can't do this type of SEO yourself I think you would be far better off spending your money on other sources of marketing.

Why? Well despite this web 'presence' I still get relatively few enquiries from the internet, perhaps 2 a month.

Given that it would cost say £300-£400 a month to get these types of rankings if I were to pay for it, for a far better return you should spend that cash on a different form of marketing such as telesales, email marketing, direct mailing or going to networking events (my preference).

This and some reasonable content on your website, which you should be able to do yourself will get you a page 2 or 3 ranking where prospects can check you out after coming into contact with you through a different form of marketing.

 

 

 

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21st Sep 2013 08:16

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I have used this site for ranking.

 

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