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I am doing a shameless plug for my carpet cleaning web guy since he has hooked me up with a local lead generation solution and I am dominating my competition. The guy I work with is Bill Schultz and he and his wife own a digital marketing company in Wisconsin. I told him he could use me as a reference as long as he doesn't build out any additional solutions within a 45 mile radius of my service area. Since he has been so good to me I told him I would promote his business. He only works with two carpet cleaners every month. Here is a link that he sends to prospective customers in an area he goes into. If you need help growing your business and need a low cost solution for getting online and dominating online; I suggest you give me a call. Good Luck!

Full disclosure, he said he would give me $100 for anyone I send him. If you reach out to Bill, let me know so that I can get $100 from him ;)

http://www.carpetcleanmarketing.com/

To answer your question I know that he preaches authoratative content on the web page, lots of citations for the map pack, and internet votes for organic search!

Good Luck!
 

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My best friend is an SEO guy, and from what I know google is a robot, yes. However it is so advanced now in 2016, that you pretty much have to treat it like a human.

Google wants to rank the best at the top, period. So you have to show google that you are the best and deserve to be there...

I don't want to start going off on this subject too much though, as I'm not the expert :)
 

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Hi Cleaners!

What have you guys done to improve the SEO of your cleaning website?

We have been:

- Back linking
- Starting to use social media(twitter, facebook)
- media releases

What other techniques have you guys used?

Cheers
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We've tried it all! And in combination - it works. Our plan was:

1) to have very good on page optimization with good cross linking between our pages.
2) get decent backlinks (this was tough to do and we really learned a lot about what makes a good or bad backlink).
3) Get listed in as many directories as possible.
4) Get as many social media links as possible. (seems now to have the lowest return on investment).

Overall, we were able to move our site http://besthoodcleaning.com from total internet obscurity, up to ranking on page 1 for many keyword phrases related to our industry, restaurant kitchen exhaust hood cleaning.

Has it taken long? Not really. We moved to Page 1 in less than 3 weeks and now are fine tuning everything to move to the #1 spot in our local market. I'm doing a spreadsheet tracking our progress for 25 keyword phrases. Maybe I should share it here?
 

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yoast Seo Is helpful

I am building my own website through word press and i am trying to wrap my mind around seo I have found word press to be extremely easy to configure with no codes needed drag and drop websites how ever learning a little makes the site super versatile any ways there is a free plug in that helps you manage some standard seo for your website pages and posts the plug is called Yoast. The basic free version cover a lot of basic stuff and obviously there are premium versions with advanced features. Any ways I have found the plug in useful I'm no Web Master. Just thought I'd share my methods!

I am also on a mission to get links to my web page. just curious...? is a guest blog post on a site like this one with links in that post back to my site. considered External links or back linking? Thanks
 

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We've tried it all! And in combination - it works. Our plan was:

1) to have very good on page optimization with good cross linking between our pages.
2) get decent backlinks (this was tough to do and we really learned a lot about what makes a good or bad backlink).
3) Get listed in as many directories as possible.
4) Get as many social media links as possible. (seems now to have the lowest return on investment).

Overall, we were able to move our site from total internet obscurity, up to ranking on page 1 for many keyword phrases related to our industry,

Has it taken long? Not really. We moved to Page 1 in less than 3 weeks and now are fine tuning everything to move to the #1 spot in our local market. I'm doing a spreadsheet tracking our progress for 25 keyword phrases. Maybe I should share it here?

Bunga -

Thanks for providing the steps you guys went through to increase your visibility! We're going through these same steps at the moment and are experiencing the challenges and successes that you outlined above. Overall, we've had a very similar experience.
 

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First and foremost is content. Google lives and dies by relevant content. For example, if you do a search for "carpet cleaners in Frostbite Falls" and you get a bunch of results for "birdwatching in Nova Scotia" you're going to think - this search engine sucks and you will start using a different search engine. Google wants to remain the dominate search engine so they are hyper focused on returning the most relevant content for the search query. Google wants to be the dominate search engine because then people will buy ads to get the exposure and that is Google's main source of revenue.

So you must create a website that Google's crawlers view as relevant. One of the main ways to do this in local SEO searches is to have more content. Google likes to see at least 1000 words of content on your page but to really help you rank shoot for around 1500 words or more per page. The next thing is have one specific page per topic, like a Carpet Cleaning page, a Carpet Stain page, a Pet Stain page, etc. Then focus your content on that page's topic. This increases your chances of ranking for different results.

If you use Wordpress doing a blog is a great way to rank. You could have you Carpet Stain page and a blog post on "tough carpet stains" both rank on the first page of Google. The more real estate your take up on the first page the more people will call.

Also mobile friendly sites are becoming huge. Over 50% of searches are done on mobile devices and if your site isn't mobile friendly Google will slap you.

Also don't over use headlines. Google looks at headline as a clue as to what your page is about. If you have a lot of headlines it becomes hard for Google’s crawlers to properly categorize your page. Also if you have conflicting headlines it will cause you to lose rank because Google won't know which headline is relevant to the content. I like to limit one headline per page and have the headline included keyword phrase for that page and the location I'm wanting to rank for. You can look at my website here for an example of that carpetcleanerstcharles.com
 

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Bunga, what do you mean by decent backlinks? Can you describe your criteria?

I don't want to speak for Bunga but in general a good backlink comes from a relevant site (If you are a carpet cleaner a link from a site on rock climbing has little relevance) it has a page authority (PA) of 10 or higher (you can Google page authority to learn more about that) and the site has a fair amount of traffic (say over 1,000 visitors a month - but normally a good PA will have traffic.
 

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I am building my own website through word press and i am trying to wrap my mind around seo I have found word press to be extremely easy to configure with no codes needed drag and drop websites how ever learning a little makes the site super versatile any ways there is a free plug in that helps you manage some standard seo for your website pages and posts the plug is called Yoast. The basic free version cover a lot of basic stuff and obviously there are premium versions with advanced features. Any ways I have found the plug in useful I'm no Web Master. Just thought I'd share my methods!

I am also on a mission to get links to my web page. just curious...? is a guest blog post on a site like this one with links in that post back to my site. considered External links or back linking? Thanks
Yoast is great. The only thing I don't like is they aren't keeping up with google. Google is testing longer titles and yoast keeps telling me my title is too long. Google took parts off of my site and added it to my title. So I fixed the title and it fit perfectly, but yoast keeps saying the title is too long. They also always tell you to add the keyword to this and that. Google doesn't want you to do that anymore.
 

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ive noticed it seems to ask me to over load keywords

(yoast) i've noticed it seems to ask me to over load keywords... plus it doesn't recognize different versions of the same phrase to make the key word phrase fit into the sentence appropriately it seems like it isn't picking up on those variations at least not with the free versions idk what the premium versions are capable of!
 

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Try hard to link your Google Map page to get into the 3-pack in search results. Do that and you can worry way less about website SEO.

1. Go to Google Maps, enter your business name, find your Map listing, click on Share, then click on Short link, and copy that link. Then you can use that link everywhere, even here on this forum. Also put that link on your website or embed your Map on your website, it's like a citation, a recommendation, to Google. If you have a Google Plus page, embed your Map there too.

2. Also have everyone you know go to Google Maps, enter your business name, and have them click on Save. This signals Google that your business is important to people. Just don't ask too many to do this all at once, ask maybe 2 or 3 people a week. Too much activity of this kind in too short of a timeframe doesn't look natural to Google.

3. Ask for reviews -- Google will greatly reward you for reviews, and people click more on listings with more reviews. Currently you need at least 5 reviews to get those valuable red stars to show in your listing.
 

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I contract for SEO with really excellent results. Service company SEO is very different from traditional SEO and this guy (insideedge [dot] com) really knows how to do that. My duct cleaning business covers an area of about a 20+ mile radius and I don't even live in the middle of it. Hard problem to solve but he has done it.

Eric
Air Health Services / Bellingham, WA
 

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Just tacking on to this in case it helps, but I use serps(.com)/tools/keyword-research/ for keyword finding! Really helps, especially when looking at the volume
 

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Create a page called "covered area" for all areas covered. Write a lot of articles and keywords. Create another page "latest projects" and list all your latest commercial projects

It will boost your popularity fast
 
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