SEO is sometimes used interchangeabley with internet marketing. While online marketing consists of more than search optimization, SEO remains one of the foremost digital marketing tools. For this reason, investing in a skilled and affordable optimization service can really boost your roofing company’s search visibility. Since the object of an online presence is to extend brand awareness, and generate leads, ethical methods of achieving those goals should be pursued considerably. Reasons SEO is important for roofers include:
- Brand Development: Establishing a company identity
- Search Visibility: Appearance on Google SERP’s
- Traffic Relevance: Generating relevant traffic
To grow a customer base online, SEO is an important part of the process. In fact, search optimization is what generates traffic, which can subsequently be converted into customers. Of course, having an engaging call to action closes the deal so to speak, but search optimization opens it. Google is the single greatest source of roofing leads in modern marketing, and it is the top resource for most consumers in 2018. While they might be looking for websites, they are often using Google to find them. The same is true of local services, such as roofing, which is why local and off site SEO are equally as important as on page optimization. Call (800) 353-5758 to discuss why SEO is important for roofers.
What if My Roofing Company Doesn’t Use SEO?
Ignoring search optimization can severely hinder your online presence and its ability to grow and develop. Worse yet, investing in a website and not optimizing it for Google, defeats its fundamental purpose, and you end up paying for nothing. Since your company website’s object is to attract potential customers, failure to implement optimization, discourages that attraction, and renders your digital investment, effectively useless. There is no Google Penalty for “not optimizing” so to speak, but its lack of meaningful traffic will emulate a penalty anyway. Absence of SEO causes:
- Bad Impression: Unkempt websites reflect poorly on your company in general
- Low Traffic: Lack of website traffic
- Wasted Spending: Paying for a website that doesn’t generate leads
The counter argument to everything detailed above is “Why even have a website at all?” Some companies will in fact try to sell roofers on the concept of a landing page as a replacement for a traditional website. The idea is to generate traffic through PPC advertising and to link the landing page, which will serve as the converter of traffic to customers. While PPC advertising is a very effective marketing tool, having a landing page only does not reflect well on your company, and makes it look spammy. PPC works best in collaboration with strong website design, on page and off site SEO, as well as local optimization. This full spectrum of presence promotes business growth.
White Hat Vs Black Hat SEO
The first part of the acronym SEO, “SE” is a dynamic entity. Search engines, and most specifically; Google are always evolving and finding ways to improve their functionality. Because of this, the latter part of the acronym, “O” is dependent on the search engine’s current algorithm. The good news is that Google has outlined strict Quality Guidelines in which all websites should adhere to. Tactics that once generated traffic through manipulative behaviors, no longer have that positive affect, and instead cause your website to incur a Google penalty for black hat SEO.
Ethical and encouraged optimization techniques are known as white hat SEO. They are considered acceptable if not commendable by Google. Google’s initiative to improve user experience, especially for mobile users, is a good reference point from which to optimize. Posing the question “what would Google think of this tactic” is instructive and can help SEO’s keep techniques within Google’s sphere of acceptance. Usually blurring the lines between black hat and white hat SEO is dangerous territory. To discuss the importance of SEO for roofers, call us today at (800) 353-5758.