You run a therapy practice to support teenagers and adults alike navigate difficult transitions or challenging times.
In order to do that, you need to attract new clients to your practice. That’s where search engine optimization comes in.
> (Here’s The Definitive Guide to SEO for Therapists if you’re interested).
If you want to attract new clients through search engines and provide support to more people, it’s important that you first get to know those search engines a little better.
This talk was given by Paul Haahr, Software Engineer at Google for 14 years, was given a presentation at SMX West 2016. It’s all about how Google works from his perspective as a Google Ranking Engineer.
And here are the main takeaways.
Paul admits that they’re seeing the majority of their traffic on a mobile device. That means the majority of searches are being performed on mobile phones.
Takeaway: if you want your therapy practice to compete in the digital space, you’ll have to ensure your website is mobile friendly. Make sure Google thinks your site works on mobile here.
Google is giving people search results based on their location. That means Google will help people who are searching for therapists and their services in your area find you if your website is optimized correctly.
Takeaway: Make sure your website is optimized for your local area. If it’s not, your local competitors will take the new clients who should have requested an appointment to see you.
This is the #1 metrics for how Google ranks webpages when a search is done, so it’s what you need to keep in mind for the content of your website.
Relevance and quality – does a page usefully answer a user’s querey?
Paul defines high quality as follows:
And how does he define low quality pages?
Takeaway: When you’re writing for your website, publish content that’s super helpful for potential and current clients. The more content you write, the more authority and expertise you’ll gather and Google will start to take notice.
If your website is correctly optimized to make Google’s algorithms happy, it will become a help you provide support to more people. Imagine how easy running your practice would be if all your clients found you online and contacted you directly.
Many of our clients here at TM found us after they did an online search to see if anybody with expertise in the therapy world built websites or ran marketing campaigns. That’s why we preach the same to the practices we work with – there’s a lot of traffic out there to be won!
Take some of these points into account the next time you’re changing the content on your website. Being at the top of search results is important, but what we should all pay attention to is if our website is answering the burning questions our audiences have. That’s how you provide real value (and bring in new clients)!