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Are you struggling to decide which is better SEO or PPC?

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4 Mins Read – By Team Ninja 

Well, you have come to the right place. It’s a common question that most business owners would ask. Before moving on, there are many websites that talk about the definition and distinctive difference between SEO and PPC. In here, we are going to share our insight on both and when to use it to your advantage. Let’s go!

By simplified definition, SEO is a long term marketing strategy that takes some time to optimise and build while PPC is a much faster process for people who want to advertise their services/ products almost instantly on Google platform.

SEO is useful when you want a more consistent online presence on Google without worrying that one day your online presence disappear unless you do it the Black Hat way. It works very well especially if you are in a competitive industry when the auction biddings on Google are high. It can save you a lot of unnecessary cost such as competitors clicking on your ads. However, you have to understand though it may seem good to have it is also important to know that SEO requires a long term effort on your website for Google to deem it as useful and relevant and thus give you high ranking. Therefore if you don’t have the luxury to wait for it to grow. It may not be the best choice for you at the moment.

PPC, on the other hand, can be a much faster way to obtain leads if you have some marketing budget to spare. But one thing you need to know is if you choose to do it yourself, make sure that the keywords that you are bidding is relatively affordable according to your budget and there are searches on these keywords. Otherwise, it can be a waste of time, resources and money.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you better decide between both.

#1 Do you have the budget? 

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If you have little to no budget, our suggestion is to do either on your own first. Find online videos that teach about SEO/PPC. Information is everywhere now. It’s also a skill to be able to find the resources on your own to save some money in a time of crisis like now; COVID-19. A good place to start is YouTube. 

Tip for SEO – Be sure not to use copied content 

Tip for PPC – Be sure to do A/B testing to see which ads work better and turn off the ads that don’t work. A good timeline is to wait at least 2-4 weeks to gather data to compare. 

If you do have the money to spare and you are not an SEO/PPC expert. Our suggestion is to outsource the work to the digital marketing experts to do it for you. This will help you to release some of your times to focus on your main business. 

#2  Can you afford to wait?  

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One question to ask yourself if you are the business owner to assess your business situation, can it survive for at least 9-12 months with the current assets? If the answer is yes, do SEO, the returns are much higher as the online presences are more consistent which mean your website is more likely shown to the targetted audience without worrying your ads may disappear once your ads spend is used up. Also, studies show that people prefer to click on organic results more than paid ads.

However, if you can’t wait that long, a good alternative is to do PPC to get instant results.

#3 Long term or Short term business? 

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If your marketing plan is just to advertise a certain product or service for a short period – says less than 6 months and then move on to the next project. PPC will be a more suitable choice.

If you will be in the game of business for a longer period, then doing SEO will help you build web authority and online branding that have higher returns in the long run.

Finally which to choose? 

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Depending on your marketing strategy, budget, resources and how fast you need to execute your marketing plan. All these will be considerate factors for you to make a decision when you are still starting your business.

Of course, if you have been in business for a long time and have enough budget. Best is to do both, the more marketing channels you reach, the higher chance of you getting more potential customers.

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Have You Have Done This To Your Website?

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2 Mins Read – By Team Ninja 

So, what is exactly is duplicate content and why it’s not advisable. In this post, you are about to find out ‘what deem as duplicate content in the Google algorithm and how to avoid/minimize doing it. 

Duplicate content is about content found on multiple pages under one domain. That is to say, if you have several pages that show exactly the same, or very similar, type of information.

This may include simply copying an entire section of text and content and then copying it to a new page or rewriting the previous content without adding value or rewriting.

What does Google say? 

Duplicate content generally refers to substantial blocks of content within or across domains that either completely matches other content or are appreciably similar. Mostly, this is not deceptive in origin …” – Google

There are plenty of legitimate reasons for having copied content within one website. It can be about customer reviews, company presentations linked news and more.

Google advocates the use of a rel = canonical tag to point to its original content.

The important thing that you need to bring with you is that your text should be unique and offer new value for ranking on Google.

Does Google penalize duplicate content?

There is no Google penalty for duplicate content. If you take an article from DN and then post it on your website, you will not be penalized from the Google page. This is something that many have believed is the case and is a common SEO myth.

However, Google filters out search results that are duplicate versions of the same content if they are broadly similar. Google then chooses to display a canonicalized (source) and URL to display in the search results.

What Google really dislikes!

What Google doesn’t like that can negatively impact your SEO is if your website has “thin” content, duplicated (rewritten) content or almost exactly the same content. What you really need to know is that Google has smart algorithms that can determine whether your text is unique or not.

Also, be careful to write profound texts that are in-depth and really respond to the viewer’s intent in a profound way from multiple perspectives.

 

Conclusion: 

If you are copying text from other sources, be sure to source well correctly! If you unsure or need help in optimizing your content to SEO-Friendly. Be sure to check us out –  SEO Management Company  and reach out to us for advice. If you have managed to scroll down to read this part, you are amazing. Till then. Please check out our other posts. 

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You May Have Unintentionally Harmed Your Website

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5 Mins Read – By Team Ninja 

Warning! You are about to enter the danger zone. Be prepared to see what’s in for you. 😉 

In the last post, we talked about Black Hat Practices and why people still use it despite the consequences. In today post, we are going to expand more about what kinds of techniques are considered Black Hat in Google’s algorithms. 

Scroll down to find out more.

#1 Keyword Stuffing 

By definition, it means unnecessary repeating keywords in your website. 

For example: if you are selling wallets online and you have a website page that goes like this. ‘Selling authentic leather wallets, it is one of the best wallets you will ever need. A leather wallet that holds all your cash and coins without worrying it might fall off. It will be your best investment of the year to get this lucky authentic leather wallet. Here is the ‘Add to cart’ button to get your authentic leather wallet now!” 

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Notice that there are a lot of repeating of ‘authentic leather wallet’ in one paragraph. This is something that you should avoid making the same mistake. Not only it doesn’t help much in your search rankings, but Google will also deem your web page as spam. A big ‘No no’. 

#2 Duplicate Content 

By definition: taking the exact content from other sources and put it on your website. 

Now you may think it is okay if you credit the sources that you took the content from. Still, from Google’s point of view, that’s is copy and pasting content that already exists.

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Google may think: “why I should give you higher ranking?” Some things for you to ponder on. If you are interested in finding out more about duplicate content, we have another article on this topic. Click Duplicate Content to find out more. 

#3 Article Spinning

By definition: A way to to go around duplicate content, people invented article spinning or content automation.

This is when someone takes the material and changes the text “just enough” by adjusting most of the words. By using synonyms to replace as much as possible, the article is different but is still a duplicate. 

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It may seem that not much harm was done on your website. However, it does give a poor user experience which not what Google wants as well. 

#4 Cloaking

By definition: Showing Google spiderbot and web users two completely different results. This is often done to cheat Spiderbot achieve the desired rankings. 

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Example: Showing a page of Flash Videos or images to web users while serving HTML text to search engines. 

Another example is by inserting text or keywords into a page only when the User-agent requesting the page is a search engine, not a human visitor.

Conclusion: 

There you have it, these are the top 4 Black Hat SEO techniques that are commonly used. What should you do if you realised that you are making these mistakes unintentionally? If you are not an SEO expert, it is always recommendable to seek one or a SEO Management Service Company for advice. If you have managed to scroll down to read this part, you are amazing. Till then. Please check out our other posts. 

Are Black Hat SEO Practices Worth The Risk?

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3 Mins Read – By Team Ninja 

Ever came across the phrase ‘Black Hat SEO’? So what exactly what does it means? In this article, we are going to explore the definition of Black Hat SEO and why some people still use it despite knowing that there will be consequences involved.

It is often perceived higher-ranking status means a step ahead to lead generation and increase of sales figures. Therefore, it is not surprising that some people might resort to using Black Hat SEO to achieve their goals faster. 

So, exactly what is Black Hat SEO Practices?

Black hat SEO is a practice that violated the search engine guidelines to achieve a higher ranking in the search result. 

How does Google detects it?

Google creates the search engine bot, also known as Spiderbot, which is programmed to crawl and index websites. It is also to catch and penalises sites that are using black hat SEO. 

Why do people still use Black Hat SEO? 

Doing White Hat SEO# is going to take weeks or months for Spiderbot to crawl. Therefore, those who do not have the patience to wait will resort to using it. 

Such unethical SEO practices are to cheat the spiders and bots that which can lead to search engine penalising a website. For instance, through the use of deceptive SEO, a website can be ranked low or even banned from the search engines.

Our recommendation, as a rule of thumb, the best practice is to focus on setting up your website through proper and acceptable practices.

Fun fact: Do you know that Google carries out these updates for over hundreds of times in a year? This is to ensure that the search results provide relevant and updated information, that why Google is one of the preferred search engines in the world for web user! 

Definition: 

#White Hat SEO refers to using techniques that follow the search engine guidelines

So what’s next? 

We understand it may be overwhelming for you to research on your own to find out what are the common mistakes that most website owners make. Therefore, in the next article, we list down a few common black hat techniques used by many to rank their websites higher but nowhere to be found later on. Stay tuned to check if you might unintentionally do the same.

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How SEO Benefits Your Business?

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5 Mins Read – By Team Ninja  

If you are a business owner in Singapore, you have likely heard a lot of people telling you to shift your focus towards SEO. Well, that’s not it, many SEO based companies have even approached you to seek services from them. You may be wondering why? Or maybe you already know about it.

Well! That’s because it has now become an essential part of everyday business. Without which it seems simply impossible to stand out of the crowd and make your company rank on the top list of search engine. This may seem quite technical, but it is in real life definitely quite important.

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How To Get Organic Traffic?

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Ever heard of Organic Traffic?

Here is the comprehensive information you need to get on the road to professional quality Search Engine Optimization, or also known as SEO in short.

SEO is a marketing discipline focused on growing visibility in organic (non-paid) search engine results. SEO encompasses both the technical and creative elements required to improve rankings, drive traffic, and increase awareness in search engines. There are many aspects to SEO, from the words on your page to the way other sites to you on the web. Sometimes SEO is simply a matter of making sure your site is structured in a way that search engines understand.

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