It’s hard to overstate the importance of Google for small businesses. While big brands are using their big budgets on flashy advertising strategies, Google provides an avenue for the underdogs to get their content out there by optimizing their sites for organic search. It doesn’t matter how big your budget is if your site isn’t coming up in your customers’ Google searches!

Google offers a number of helpful tools to help small business owners turn their sites into well-oiled traffic machines. Two we’d like to recommend that you look into are:

Google Analytics
Google Analytics is all about gaining insight into how people use your site so you can adjust your strategies to keep them happy, and bring in even more visitors in the future.

Use this tool to:

– Learn what content on your site is most popular with visitors, and which content needs your attention in order to improve interactions.

– See how social your site is by checking on interactions like social shares, and see which of your social profiles is bringing you the most traffic.

– Set up and track conversions to see how your visitors are interacting with the goals you set — whether that’s sales, reservations, or filling out a contact form.

Google Webmaster Tools
These tools are a great way to improve your site’s visibility and bring in more traffic from the web’s most popular search engine.

Use this tool to:

– Verify your site with Google so that it can be indexed. Verification isn’t necessary to get crawled (this will happen on its own later if you don’t verify), but verifying does give you access to great tools and products from Google.

– Understand how your site appears to Google, and fix problems that Google may be having in ‘seeing’ your website.

– Take control of how your site displays on Google by submitting your sitemap. Let Google know which pages you think are top priorities and how often they should be indexed. While you’re at it, you can also tell Google how you’d like your URLs to appear.

Today we’re looking at Google tools specifically, but you can get similar functionality with Bing Webmaster Tools. Looking to learn more about SEO optimization for your page? Check our the good people of SEOmoz.

Read The Series: Your Small Business Toolkit

– Your Small Business Toolkit [INFOGRAPHIC]
– Quality Tools for Quality Communication
How To Get More Website Clicks with Heatmapping Tools
Helpful Google Tools for Your Small Business Website
Let’s Be Practical: Organization For Your Small Business
Photo Editing Options For Small Business Owners
Tools For Small Business Owners with Something to Sell
– New Social Media Management Tool from Pagemodo
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Your Most Important Tool: A Small Business Website
Your Small Business Toolkit: Resources for Busy Entrepreneurs

3 Responses

  1. Reply
    Tiara
    Apr 14, 2013 - 06:15 AM

    Hi there this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have
    to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

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      Sarah
      Jul 02, 2013 - 12:48 PM

      Hi Tiara – Most blogs to use a WYSIWYG editor that works like Microsoft Word, essentially. Most also offer the option to edit HTML also.

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    Archery Software
    Sep 26, 2013 - 06:45 AM

    A helpful google does not always materially impact the end result, specially when properly analyzed. Thanks for sharing. I like this one Sarah.

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