Week 5: MerchantCircle Upgrade and Blog Commenting

My Google rankings have gone up a few notches this week, but we’ll see if my improved rankings stick. Last week, my website was at #13 for the keyphrase “web design in atlanta ga” on Google. This week, I’m back inside the top 10 and on the first page. As for “web design atlanta ga”, I’m at #11 for that keyphrase.

Take a look at the following screenshot to see my average rankings generated by the SERPs.com keyword tracker.

Week 5: Web Design in Atlanta, GA Google Rankings Screenshot

I definitely can tell my rankings are improving as my phone calls and inquiries for web design have increased noticeably. As mentioned in previous posts, almost all of my new web design and SEO inquiries are through Google. I always ask the leads what they typed in Google to find me, and 99% of the time, they tell me that they typed in “web design in Atlanta, GA” or some variation of it. They’ll type that keyphrase or something related to it even if their business is in a far away city like Newnan, Stockbridge, McDonough, Fayetteville, LaGrange, or even Temple (which is more than a hour away from me).

Sticking to the subject at hand, I did a few things last week to improve my visibility on the internet such as….

Upgrading to a Premium Plan on MerchantCircle

merchantcircle-logoMerchantCircle is a local business directory like Kudzu and Yelp which allows members to leave reviews of businesses. After reading one of their newsletters, I decided to give their premium service a try. I upgraded to the Monthly Plus package. It was the middle of the pack package. Rarely should you go with the cheapest service as you get what you pay for.

The Monthly Plus package allowed me to have more backlinks to my website and be listed in more cities. I went and updated my business description as well. You can click here to see my MerchantCircle profile which is free of ads with my plan.

Commenting on Relevant Blogs and News Websites

I try to keep up with the web development and SEO industry. As you may know, Google is constantly changing up their algorithm, and it’s getting harder to get by with black hat SEO techniques. Many people have complained of their websites disappearing from Google. Luckily, I haven’t been affected (knock on wood). Another method I’ve used to bring relevant backlinks to my website is commenting on blogs or news articles in my industry. WebProNews constantly sends me newsletters about SEO news with a link to their full article. Most of the time, I don’t click on the link, but if the article is interesting enough, I click on it to read more and give my thoughts on the topic.

You’ll see a form similar to the following when you leave a comment.

WebProNews Comment Form

You have the option of leaving a website URL whenever you comment. Be sure to actually show interest or your comment will be marked as spam. The blog or article writer will be more than happy to see a legitimate comment on their article or post. I know I love it when people leave legitimate comments on my blog posts.

Speaking of comments, please feel free to leave one below.

1 Comment

  1. Tom Nguyen on July 10, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for commenting, Ashley!

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