Andonette Wilkinson
September 16, 2022

7 Surefire SEO Strategies for Search Success

SEO Strategies can be pretty frustrating, and it can take longer to get results. While that’s true, there are some strategies you can implement to make pretty rapid improvements. This post will look at SEO trends and share our SEO Strategies.

SEO: The BAD news.

Ok, so there is some bad news. While SEO is definitely ‘owned’ content, it’s not a ‘once saved, always saved’ thing. Plan a long-term digital marketing strategy.

Yes, some things improve with age, like a domain name, but it’s a highly competitive game. You can’t just work on it for a few months and then forget all about it because soon, the thundering hooves of your competitors will be right behind you.

Moreover, remember. Page two is where they bury the bodies.

SEO Strategies: the good news?

You can do things on the fly that can get you pretty quick results. You don’t need to be an SEO Specialist.

We aren’t talking about page-one results for highly competitive keywords here, but you can get pretty decent results within one to three months.

How to rank in a relatively short time

A bit more bad news. SEO Strategies are more than just content and adding keywords. Search engines are far more sophisticated than that. It’s time to catch up and think about them the right way.

As a marketing agency, we have to admit we are only just following our advice and implementing these SEO strategies.

Be Wordy.

You have to write lengthy posts is the bit no one wants to hear. To rank, you need to write quite lengthy quality content. Believe it or not, the average page on Google that ranks number one for any given key phrase is 1890 words.

When creating content, Your post should be the correct length for its topic. Remember, it’s all about user experience.

After your words, the SEO world tells us that your internal links are the two most critical ranking factors after content alone. So many people don’t think to do this or even link to the relevant pages.

Let’s say you are an image coach. I’m using this example as one of my clients is a business coach and life & image coach, and I’ve just been chatting with them about how to give those pages a boost.

So our client, of course, wants to rank in organic search for keywords around their services and the common questions people ask. I mean, that’s the goal here.

So, every time the word image coach, image coaching or something related to that is used in the content elsewhere on the page, I advised linking back to the image coaching page. This will send all vital Google juice back to the relevant page and can start to make a difference.

Ranking On Google: A short history

Although the 90’s web guy (we all know that guy) might still stuff meta tags with keywords, that doesn’t work now. It worked well up to 2010, and some search engines still allow meta tags, but Google stopped using these as a ranking factor long ago.

Link Building became the next big thing after this. The web, however, has grown exponentially, and with it, the manipulation of search engines. So in 2013, the next big thing and a buzzword we are all familiar with came about: Content Marketing.

Every marketer was telling their clients the same thing. Content is King! Content, content, content and more content! The way forward was to create loads of text-based content, share it around, get a few backlinks and boom! Bloggers were everywhere, especially that revolution of ‘mommy bloggers.

There are millions and millions of blogs—over a billion. So once again, everyone is competing for that top spot. After all, you can’t get all ranks on page one.

So although long content is good, it’s not in itself a ranking factor because you are just swimming in a sea with billions of other lengthy web pages.

What Does Google Want From Me?

Don’t be fooled by thinking you need great content, links and domain authority.

There are plenty of fantastic sites full of great content that have suffered. Neil Patel writes about them in this article.

Neil also provides some excellent tips that we implement in our SEO.

The Seven SEO Strategies for 2023

  1. Don’t include dates in your URL
  2. Use Semantic keywords
  3. Link To Popular Content
  4. Improve Click-Through Rates
  5. Keep your old content updated
  6. Use Your Brand
  7. Persevere

Don’t include dates in your URL

Google will see them as outdated. In which case, it will file them in the annals of time and obsolescence. If you have dates, you might want to consider removing them. Patel’s traffic jumped 58% in 30 days when he did this.

Use Semantic Keywords

Two words, people. Keyword Research! This is where you need the Google Search Console. I’m personally obsessed with the search console. If you don’t have it set up, do it now. It’s quick and easy. You need to have analytics active.

Once hooked up, check the performance tab. This is my happy place. It tells you what you appeared for in the search. Clicks and impressions, over time. It’s pretty insightful. For example, we are a digital marketing agency, and we get clicks from people searching for our clients. – We aren’t too bothered about ranking for those terms. (though we like seeing people search for our clients)

Anyway. Choose your best ranking search term that isn’t your brand and isn’t irrelevant. Ours happens to be “Digital Agency Manchester“. All good so far because that’s something we definitely want to rank for. Second, ours is “digital marketing agency in Manchester” followed by “digital marketing manchester”. You get the drift, right? (also, you can see us sending link juice to our home page)

If you click the term and click ‘pages’, you can see which pages rank for that particular search term. Again, this is a Neil Patel tip, and he suggests his website, ‘Ubersuggest’. Enter your keyword, and see what comes up.

By the way – our SEO is rubbish, like lots of marketing agencies. But I’ve just started working on it, so watch this space.
* update, since writing this article, we now rank position 8 for a digital agency in Manchester. Yay!

Manchester is a local keyword, which is good. That makes it easier. To rank for. It gets about 1k monthly searches and does have a bit of intent there. Or maybe not, who knows? Perhaps all the search traffic comes from web agencies searching for themselves. There are a lot of us.

Ubersuggest will give you a list of related keywords. Try and get those on your page too. Check they are worth it by looking at the search volume.

In a month or two, you should start to see some action in the SERPS. When we introduced this strategy, our monthly impressions went from a measly 10k to 76k and climbed in weeks. It really does pay off.

Make sure, though, your SEO Strategies aren’t just aiming to ‘keyword stuff’. Only put relevant related keywords in and put them in with care. By the way, this method is called latent semantic indexing, and it’s one of the factors of modern PageRank.

I’ve noticed Google really likes this strategy, and if you work hard, they will reward your efforts. They already show your page for a particular search term, meaning if you show that page some extra love and follow their rules, they will respond in kind.

Instead of linking your most recent posts in your blog sidebar, link your most popular or cornerstone content. If you blog frequently, it’s better to have those topics you want to be found for giving you all-important link juice rather than the blog post about you hiring a new staff member.

If you haven’t done this, DO IT. – It can provide some pretty fast results. When I read Neils’s tips, I did the same, so I will update this article when I get some results.

Improve Click-Through Rates

Impressions are great, but we want clicks, and we want them now. Working on our SEO Strategies made my impressions go up tenfold, but an immediate result of that was click-through went down. Click-through is a percentage of impressions, though, so it was to be expected.

Rand Fishkin ran this great experiment and proved that Google cares about who clicks on what.

If there’s a position one result, but everyone clicks on position 2, soon Google will decide that the second result deserves to be at the top.

So you are there, page one; it’s the final hurdle. How do you get your site higher than the one above you? One word: Clickbait… “Number 7 will blow your mind”. Ok, clickbait may be becoming vital, but all it is is sound principles taken a bit too far. So let’s apply the good ones.

Compare your search result metadata with the results above you and see if yours has the same appeal. When creating copy for Google Ads, relevance and catchy copy are essential to get those all-important click-through rates. SEO Strategies are no different.

Match your meta title and description to the search term. Arouse the users’ curiosity. Using a number is said to be quite evocative. “Ten SEO Tips: Number 7 got us on page 1 in 30 days”. Is it more intriguing than ‘Read our top tips on SEO’ right?

If you’re stuck, tabloids and magazines have this down as an art form. Look at what they do.

Keep your old content updated.

Like raising a child, you are in it for the long haul regarding SEO Strategies. Stop doing it, and it will all go downhill. Basically, this is a straightforward strategy. Just go over your old content and update it.

Make sure the info in it is relevant. Link it to newer material, run it through Ubersuggest or LSI Graph and resubmit it to search engines. Minor or major, Google loves to see fresh and updated content. Occasionally it may be wise to delete something altogether.

Use Your Brand

If you’re a local company and not an online brand, people may be more likely to find you for what you do rather than who you are. Wouldn’t it be great, though, if people searched for you by name?

This is where paid ads can really give you a boost, too, speeding up that all-important brand awareness phase. We know from our Google training that it takes someone between 7 and 10 times to see your brand before it even registers. Google Ads and Social Media all have their advertising platforms for this.

Getting people engaged is tricky, but people will return if you keep posting useful and relevant content. And eventually, they will remember who you are.

A couple of things you can do is use push notifications. This allows users to subscribe to your content without being spammed by email. They get a browser notification when you publish something new.

Give it a try. If you use WordPress, there is, of course, a plugin for that. Eventually, if you get some traction with this, you will start to see new visitors for every new piece of content you push out there.

It can feel a bit pushy, but they are called push notifications for a reason.


So these are our top SEO Strategies and quick fixes to give your organic traffic a short-term (and long term boost), but remember, with SEO, you’re in it for the long run.

Want to create killer SEO Strategies? We are an agency led by ex-googlers and google trained marketers. Typically our clients see double the return they were seeing before working with us. Don’t try to go it alone! Talk to us today if you want quality lead gen, conversion rate optimisation, or even a review of your existing strategy.

Andonette Wilkinson

Creative Director of Made By Factory. UX Designer & SEO Nerd, Andi is also a a keen member of Neurodiversity in Business, Former board member Manchester Digital and speaks and writes on a variety of web-related topics.