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Financial Advisors: Is an SEO firm for you?

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According to imFORZA, 93% of online searches begin with a search engine. As a Financial Advisor, it is important to utilize this powerful tool to your advantage. When users search through Google, 18% of organic clicks go to the first link that pops up. Through the use of an effective SEO strategy (search engine optimization), you can improve your website’s ranking in order to receive more organic clicks.

As an Advisor, you don’t always have the time to fully dedicate yourself to focusing on your website’s SEO.  After all, it can be very time consuming and complicated. Luckily for you, there are many firms out there who focus purely on SEO.

So what is an SEO firm and why should you care?

Simply put, an SEO firm’s aim is to help companies get business from search engines. Through content creation, building high quality links, analyzing results and adjusting accordingly, a good SEO firm can help you rank higher in search engine rankings and increase website traffic from your target audience. Other ways to help boost your SEO include:

  • Meta descriptions
  • Headlines
  • H1tags
  • Link building
  • Using relevant keywords
  • And many more

Some key benefits to hiring an SEO firm include:

Saves time, money, and resources

To really see results through SEO, you must have a good understanding of how search engines work. As a Financial Advisor, your time is money. By hiring an SEO firm, you can get the results you want while still being able to use your time to focus on your clients, business, and different elements of your website such as content creation.

Helps you better understand your clients

When it comes to the Internet, everything is measurable. An SEO firm can provide you with useful insights about your audiences, prospects, and clients – from their needs and challenges to their online behaviours.

Improves your website’s user experience

With the help of an SEO firm, your website can become more accessible and user friendly. A big benefit of SEO is that it can increase the usability of a website. A more user friendly website leads to better user experience and in turn can generate more sales and conversions for you.

 

An SEO firm can do wonders for your website by increasing your reach, traffic, and conversion rates. However, not all SEO companies are what they seem.  There are many SEO companies that have bad reputations for engaging in shady tactics that could actually get your website penalized by Google, or other search engines.  For something as important as your online presence, make sure to invest the time and research to find an SEO company with a good and honest reputation, and one that cares about the long-term success of your business.

Advisors: Why just having a Website isn’t enough

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As a Financial Advisor, you’ve taken those first steps to start building an online presence and that’s a great start.  But, with so many other Financial Advisors taking on the digital world, having a website simply just isn’t enough anymore.

Think of it this way: If you were to open a retail store, would you expect that just because you opened a store, people will flock to it, and you will experience instant success? Of course not. You have to work on building your inventory, increasing your visibility, and marketing and advertising it.

Similarly, just because you have a website, doesn’t mean that clients and prospects know about it or can find you. Just like opening your own retail store, you need to continuously build your websites inventory (content), spread awareness and visibility (SEO), and market and advertise it. The more active you are digitally, the stronger your website (and your business) will be.

As a Financial Advisor: you can’t assume that because you have a website, people know about it.

Constantly updating your website creates 2 key benefits:

  1. Your visitors are happier and more engaged

Having new and fresh content will not only engage your current audience, but it will motivate them to keep coming back. Continuously updated content will ensure that you have repeat visitors and subscribers (if you have an opt-in option for visitors who enjoy your content). Also, if they are engaged and happy, the chances of them sharing your website with others greatly increases, which in return could increase your websites total visibility (and hopefully client base).

As a Financial Advisor, the financial services industry is continuously changing – from new policies and regulations to changes in season. If your content and information is out-dated, your audience will get little value out of it, which could effect the perception of your brand and practice. Frequently updating and adding content, especially content that is aimed to solve your prospect and client challenges, can help you build credibility and trust with your visitors, while increasing your digital visibility.

  1. Search engines LOVE dynamic content

When content, on your website, is continuously added and updated, that means that your website is constantly changing – it’s dynamic. When search engine crawlers come to your website to audit if anything has been updated or added, they report their findings back to Google to determine your ranking on their search engine. By updating your website, a crawler’s report back would be something along the lines of “Yes, this is an important website because it’s frequently updated with fresh, useful and good quality content.”

So, why should you care? This means that Google will send crawlers to your website more frequently, helping you rank higher for keywords that you may be focusing on to reach your target audience.  As a result, this will help increase your websites visibility and attract more prospects to your website.

As a Financial Advisor, you need to think about different ways you can get found, capture your traffic and keep those who have left your website, coming back. Take a minute and ask yourself:

  • When was the last time I updated my website?
  • When was the last time I wrote a blog for my website?
  • Does my website rank highly at all for words or phrases like “Financial Advisor, Toronto”?
  • What kinds of words or phrases would my target audience be writing in a search engine that could lead them to my website?

It is important to think about these questions as you are building your online presence. Whether you write a new blog, update your information, or add in a new widget, take some time out of your day to update your website. Remember that continuously updating your website will greatly benefit your digital presence in the long run and more easily connect you with your future clients.

10 Tips to Successfully Optimize your Financial Advisor Website: Part 2

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As a Financial Advisor, having an online presence is important in order to reach new prospects and establish yourself as a thought leader. With so many Advisors making the shift to creating an online presence, just having a website is no longer enough. When creating a website, it is important to implement an effective Search Engine Optimization strategy. In this 2-part series, we will go through 5 more ways to help optimize your Advisor website.

6. Reputable Links

It is widely recognized that websites with reputable links are highly preferred by customers. Bad backlinks include links from websites that are irrelevant, spammy and ad-heavy. These diminish your Advisor website’s appeal and thus makes it feel less credible to visitors and search engines. The more relevant and reputable the links are on your website, the higher your website’s ranking will be.

7. Fast Page Load Time

A one second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions (Kissmetrics). When searching for information, most customers look for something quick and concise. A great way to avoid long page load times is to ensure the size of images you use are small – try for 690 pixels or less.

Having a responsive web design is also a key factor, as many clients want to be able to access your website on any device. This ensures that clients are provided with an optimal viewing and interaction experience. Doing this can help you decrease bounce rates on your website and help increase your conversion rate all while increasing your search engine ranking.

8. Use catchy titles for your content

Viewers often skim through titles of articles and posts until one catches their eye. Having a catchy title is the key to driving more traffic to your Advisor website. A title that sparks curiosity determines whether a reader chooses to read your content or to skip over and read someone else’s. So be sure to create a title that is eye-catching, concise and unique.

9. Add fresh and relevant Content

As Bill Gates once said, “Content is King.” Without unique and fresh content, your Advisor website will blend in with the crowd. When viewers visit a site, they are looking for timely, relevant and new information. Ensure that your content is always up to date with the current events and trends as this shows that you are on top of trends and it can also help to increase traffic from your target audience.

10. Include a Landing Page

An attention-grabbing landing page is vital to increasing traffic to your Advisor website and can improve your search ranking. A landing page is a single web page that appears when a customer clicks on your website through a search engine or other websites that have linked to you. Landing pages are a striking factor in the process of generating leads as they can leave your prospects with a memorable experience, and thus should include a CTA so the customer has the option to get into contact with you.

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SEO is crucial to your overall digital success as a Financial Advisor. A strong SEO strategy can help increase relevant traffic to your website. Use these 10 tips to get started on strengthening your Search Engine Optimization strategy.  In no time, you’ll start to increase targeted traffic to your Financial Advisor website.

For more tips for success, check out part 1 of this series.