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WordPress Maintenance Services UK SME AWARDS

WordPress Maintenance Services UK Enterprise Award Winners

Now in its fourth year, the SME UK Enterprise Awards continues to recognise SMEs of all sizes and across the UK who are endeavouring to bettering business in their industries. Whether it’s by nourishing rich internal cultures to promote employee satisfaction, by offering next-level customer service, or through an enduring dedication to innovative products – British SMEs are truly the lifeblood of the country’s economy and business landscape. Ultimately, and without question, they deserve to be recognised as figureheads of change, and drivers of creativity.

WordPress Website Care Plans UK Nationwide

Its been a tough year for us all but one thing that has stood at the forefront for ThriveWP is our customers. This is why we offer a broad range of WordPress monthly maintenance packages which are affordably-priced and aimed at Sole Traders, SME’s and Small Business Owners. What are you looking for?

Free WordPress Care Advice

FREE initial advice, we are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, do give us a call on 07949 281978 or if it’s out of office hours Send A Message online.

Despite everything, we will always value our customers as I am sure every business does but especially now in 2021. We all need to realise that our companies are not built by us but by our customers, and happy customers are what ThriveWP deal in. This is why we offer White Label WordPress monthly maintenance plans, for agencies, developers and designers that are looking to outsource support.

We have worked very hard in the last couple of years to improve upon our services, from WordPress Malware removal grow our skills and offer a 4-week turnaround for Developing New WordPress Designs. 

Proud Award Winners

It’s my real privilege and an absolute pleasure to win this award in recognition of the service we provide here at ThirveWP.

This award has recognised our hard work and dedication. Which of course wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful customers, so to you all I thank you!

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WordPress AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages and Google Ranking

A project led by Google to dramatically improve the speed of your website pages loading time on mobile devices. Customers don’t have to do anything as AMP works automatically, loading a lightning-fast version of your posts. This means readers will get your content even faster on mobile when they come to your site from Google search.

AMP project

Want to see what it looks like? Open this post on your mobile device and at the end of the URL add /amp and this post will be served via AMP.

Speed matters these days and AMP is trying to improve this for mobile users. You can learn more about AMP here.

For now, enjoy the faster-loading posts on your websites!

The first release of this WordPress plugin on customers sites only supports posts currently but pages will come further down the line.

Are you wondering why your posts don’t seem to be faster? AMP is something that we as users can’t control.

We put the functionality in place, but then it is mostly up to Google to take advantage of this and serve your posts via AMP

Google Ranking and Mobile Responsive WordPress Websites

Before AMP hit the headlines, we all heard talk of mobile SEO and how mobile devices are taking over traditional means of browsing the internet. Mobile ready websites also known as responsive in that the design of the site can adapt depending on the device your using has been an essential must-have since 2016.

Additionally, Google has been focusing on mobile-first indexing since 2018. What this means is in the days of old, Google would crawl the desktop version of your site and often service that up as a search result.

In 2021, by taking advantage of the Google Search Console  ‘Inspect URL’ feature for new content, or old content that’s recently been updated is a little-known background SEO trick. This forces Google to crawl and index new blog posts that you’ve just published, or simply because you’ve changed the way your homepage content is worded.

Now that mobile is the primary device of many Google now uses mobile-first indexing. They will now index your mobile site or mobile version of your website over the desktop version. If you are using a responsive design, meaning that your site adapts to any screen, then you have nothing to worry about. If however, you are using a separate mobile design you better be sure its top notch as Google will be serving this version over the desktop version in its rankings.

WordPress website redesign with SEO in mind

So what do you do? Well if you’re with ThriveWP, we will make sure during the planning phase of your website creation that we talk about what your preferred theme is and ensure that it is mobile ready/responsive. Take advantage of our priority service for Developing New WordPress Designs. 

We won’t allow any sites to go live with us that are not mobile ready. We want all our customers to get the very best not only from the look of their website but also the experience their visitors get, in turn resulting in more business!

Google Loves Responsive Design and for SEO we will look at what Google is saying about mobile responsiveness and their rankings in Google search results. Google is now using mobile friendliness as a search ranking signal. This means if your site is mobile friendly you are already one step ahead of your competitors who don’t have a responsive website.

Local Business Ranking In Google

It’s no secret that the internet is getting bigger every second of the day. Each day there are hundreds of thousands of new websites launched.

The internet is now a massive part of our lives, but many local businesses are not taking full advantage of this.

I have put this guide together to help local business owners understand what goes into this thing they call SEO.

You’ll be surprised to know it’s not rocket science. There is no secret magic formula that some will have you believe especially those SEO experts that spam your mailbox!

Local SEO as its known is different from general SEO. With local SEO you are targeting a specific area rather than say a particular product.

Note: Many of the below SEO optimisations we include in our WordPress Maintenance letting you concentrate on your business and building on the foundations of SEO that we lay.

SEO is not a one-shot deal

Many people still believe that SEO is something you can do once and that’s it. This is not the case, think of SEO more like marketing; it’s something you should be constantly aware of and working on.

Don’t get pulled in by the so-called SEO specialist

As noted above you will many times over, come across so-called SEO specialist.

There are of course those that do provide an excellent and experienced service but is it needed? Often If you can work a computer and have a fair understanding of your target market and the internet, then you can do your SEO.

Don’t believe those SEO specialists who spam your mailbox!

We get at least one email a week from them suggesting they can get us to number 1 on google. Funny that we already are, they really did their homework!

EDIT we got one 10 minutes after publishing this post! If you want to learn more, get it from the horse’s mouth.

Google has a great public channel for website owners with many helpful videos.

SEO is not a hands-off solution

If you’re to take it seriously, then you need to be actively involved in marketing your website on the internet. We noted above that it’s not a one-shot deal.

You need to be creating good well-written content across all platforms. And continue building upon this over time. Remember google is ever changing! They will always be changing their algorithms, how they rank sites and us as the website and business owners have to be aware of these changes so that we can continue to rank.

Just recently Google has put significant weight on mobile-friendly sites as an example.

Dubbed as #mobilegeddon among webmasters, Google now actively ranks mobile-friendly sites in mobile searches higher than those that are not mobile friendly.

You see there is no magic key, we are all in Google’s hands, and we have to play their game and by their rules.

How do I optimise my website for SEO?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, it’s important to note that there is a lot of upfront work that needs doing on your website.

We like to call it the foundations, much like a house without its foundations you’re likely to run into trouble.

There is some groundwork on your website and code that need to be done first, take a look at on-page SEO for your cleaning business websites. SEO has many elements; It’s not just about your website alone of course or if you have a facebook page. It’s all of these elements put together.

Consistency is gold!

This is important, especially for local businesses!

You need to make sure that you have a consistent Business Name, Address, Phone Number across the internet, also known as citations.

Anywhere you list your business like directories, your social media, google business pages and your website needs to have the EXACT same Business Name, Address, Phone Number.

When we say exact we mean it. Even one letter or number difference and Google sees this as not the same.

The more often Google finds your business information listed consistently online, the more it trusts that the information is accurate and it ranks your site higher in local search results.

It’s equally important that this information is on your website in the correct way, created in HMTL schema markup.

Website structure and layout

Putting yourself in the user’s shoes is important.

We all know how impatient we have become as online consumers.

We want what we are looking for right away. If we get slowed down by bad website design, fancy popups or slow loading websites we move on even if it only takes a second longer. The internet has made us hugely impatient!

It’s important then to ensure that you have your website structured in such a way that users can get exactly what they want right away.

  • Clear and to the point information on the homepage.
  • A clear call to action on the homepage e.g contact us, get a quote, learn more about a service, etc.
  • No having to click through a tonne of links to get to what the user wants.

You will be surprised at how many users are not bothered about all the pretty bells and whistles. They just want clear, concise content fast, no messing.

Website pages

We’re not telling the customer a story here.

They want to know what service you provide, where you offer it, and how much it costs. All your customer wants to find is a cleaner that covers their area, is professional and affordable.

They don’t care if you have an expensive website, that you have lived in the area for years or any other pointless information.

With this in mind, this is generally how we would suggest structuring your pages.

Keeping in mind what your customer is searching for. If I were searching for a window cleaner, I am more likely to be searching “Window cleaner in area” it makes sense then that you play to this, as Google will list your site for that search term.

For example, if your business were called clear view window cleaning, you would want your main homepage title to be like this
Clear View Window Cleaning – Window Cleaners in area you cover.

So the searcher will search window cleaner in area and your site is more likely to come up. They are less likely to be searching clear view window cleaning if they do however you have that in the title as well!

Page titles

  • Window Cleaners in (one or two main areas you cover)
  • Conservatory cleaners in (one or two main areas you cover)

Page URL mywebsite.com/conservatory-cleaners-area

Page content

  • Heading of page e.g Conservatory cleaners in (one or two main areas you cover)
  • What is your service?
  • What are the benefits of this service?
  • How much does it cost? Or how can they get a quote
  • How does it work/what methods do you use.

Keep in mind we are not writing a story.

ranking your local business online

Google My Business

It makes perfect sense that if you use google my business, the big Google is likely to favour you.

Here I will outline some of the important aspects of using this service which again we set up for all our customers on hosting packages.

If you want to be in the above local listings, then read on.

Google my business is what feeds these listings. Remember when we said above about having a consistent Business Name, Address, and Phone Number?

This will be the result of doing that and using the correct schema markup on your website.

In the above image, you will also see rating stars under those listings. That’s because those services have gotten reviews from customers on their Google business listing.

Reviews on your Google business service don’t affect rankings as such, but they do in a roundabout way! Let me explain. Although these reviews are not a direct ranking factor in googles algorithm, they do help with ranking.

You see traffic is a ranking factor. People tend to trust services with reviews more, especially if you have lots of good reviews.

They are more likely to go with you than another listing that has no reviews. With this, you are then gaining more traffic which is a ranking factor so, in a roundabout, way reviews do help ranking although not directly.

It’s important then that you utilise your google my business page and get customer reviews.

Citation Building

Hold your horses, before you go spamming your link all over.

The days of link building as we used to know it are far gone and actually, can damage your site and reputation.

It’s not to say link building is dead, we just need to do it the proper way!

Citations are a very important factor in local SEO and one not to be overlooked!

Citations, what are they?

Citations are defined as a any website page that mentions  your business name and local address This is also effective even if there is no backlink to your website.

An example of a citation might be an online Yell directory where your company details are listed, but not linked to.

Businesses with a greater number of citations can rank higher in search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo) when compared to companies with fewer citations.

Top 30 UK citation website directories and sources.

I have done all this, and my site is still not ranking.

As previously noted we are all in the hands of Google. If you have done everything you can, then there may be a few things to note.

Domain age/authority.
If your site/domain is brand new, it is going to take time. That time all really depends on google. It takes time to build up links for google to crawl your site and others you’re listed on.  Read more about Domain Authority.

Competition
It may be that you have a lot of competition in the area you are targeting.

In this case, it may be worth seeing if you can narrow down the target area. So maybe you have targeted London, and all your content and pages target London.

That is a huge area and if there are a lot of other services also targeting London you’re going to struggle, try narrowing down your target area. It’s not to say you can’t still serve those areas and still list London as a whole on your site.

You just need to target your pages to an area that is still in London but has a little less competition.

Google.
Google is all seeing, all doing, all-knowing. Sometimes for no apparent reason, we drop in rankings or suddenly go up. This at times can be because they have updated their algorithm or that they had a glitch.

Essentially if you can do all of the above then it’s over to Google. Remember as noted before, SEO is an ongoing process so don’t just do all of this and leave it. Continue to pursue getting reviews. Listings online and actively engaging in social media.

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