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For almost all of Ready Steady Go SEO's story, Birmingham SEO has been at the centre of my search engine optimisation and search marketing activities. This was due to the company having a Birmingham base - equidistant between Kings Norton, Northfield and West Heath in south Birmingham, on the Worcestershire border. This has meant that the biggest number of clients I've worked with has been in and around Birmingham.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name's Guy Willett and I've been working in digital marketing for over 15 years and I'm the founder of Ready Steady Go SEO. Since starting my SEO agency in 2016 I have made it my mission to provide cost-effective SEO to SMEs. So if you're looking at Birmingham SEO services on a pay as you go basis then allow me to elaborate why I think we should be talking.
There's plenty of SEO companies in Birmingham, so why choose Ready Steady Go SEO to be your SEO service provider? The key difference is that I undertake search engine optimisation very differently to most SEO agencies you'll encounter. Why? Well, the simple answer is I don't come from an SEO agency background.
In fact, for many years I was, like you, an end client, who just didn't get value for money from the SEO agencies I hired. All too often I was locked into contracts where very little seemed to be done and even less seemed to happen in terms of results. When I questioned this, I'd frequently be met with a wall of techno babble or just told that I'd just need to wait just a little longer to see results.
Which made me think.
Why can't I get SEO in Birmingham when I want them or when I can afford it?
Why can't I obtain SEO campaigns where I know what's being done and how it will benefit me?
Why can't I buy individual SEO packages where I can judge their impact prior to further expense?
That's when I started undertaking SEO for my own companies and not only got some great results but also really enjoyed doing it. So much so that after a few years I decided to become a freelance SEO consultant who has in the last four years worked with over 75 organisations improving their online visibility.
The reason for this success is simple:
I consult with you to understand your short & longer term goals
I then give you a plan with separate SEO projects in this plan
You choose as and when you want the work done to suit you
So what makes your Birmingham SEO services so different?
No contracts or retainers
Since work is done on a project by project basis you choose to work with me as and when you want. You're not committed to using me in anyway beyond the current project I'm working on for you. This means I have to deliver value EVERY SINGLE TIME. Additionally, it means I'm always looking at what value I can deliver for you in future projects we discuss.
Single point of contact
No Account Managers, just the same person you meet is the same person who will carry out the work for you. So there's no layers of communication for misunderstandings to arise or an aptitude gap between who you speak with and who undertakes the work.
Working with you on a project basis means that there is clarity in why I'm doing the work and the anticipated results. This way, there aren't any unexpected surprises and I'll report back to you with results throughout the project.
Quick wins & long term goals
It's fair to say that the overall process of search engine optimisation is a long term and ideally on-going activity but certain SEO activities can have a lot quicker impact than others. For instance, you can see the impact of the on-page optimisation of title tags, metadescriptions and header titles in a matter of days or even hours depending on when your site is next indexed by Google. However, the impact of backlinks can take many weeks or even months for their full benefit to be felt.
White hat SEO adherence
I adhere to Google's webmaster approved white hat ethical guidelines so you can be confident that the risk of receiving a Google penalty, or future penalty, has been minimised.
SMEs a speciality
The majority of my career has been spent working in SME environments which has given me a good understanding of both the drivers and constraints that your typical SME faces. That's why my SEO services are geared towards
working within tight budgetary constraints,
showing a quick ROI
as little financial commitment as possible
All work done in-house
No work is farmed out to third parties so I have complete control, and responsibility, for the SEO projects I undertake for you. In addition, this also means I that all the work undertaken is entirely your property.
Since I offer project based SEO services I charge a day rate and this day rate can be broken down to the activity undertaken by the hour if needed. The difference between this approach and an on-going, possibly cheaper cost in the short term, is you know what work is being done which can be demonstrated. However, you'll always find cheaper SEO providers than Ready Steady Go SEO but I'm confident you won't find better value for money or ROI
Techno babble free zone
I speak your language because I come from a client and not an agency background. I take pride in and enjoy spending the time with clients explaining the concepts and scope of work so there is a clarity in their understanding and expectations. I've never hidden behind the 'I could explain it to you but you wouldn't understand' smokescreen you may have encountered with other SEO providers.
Lets identify new clients with new keywords
Let me take the time to report these to you
Work with myself, as 75+ other clients have
Why being on page one of Google is not enough!
You have no doubt received e-mails from at least one SEO agency, if not more, promising to get you to page one Google search results for one or more search terms. However, this might not be quite as compelling a claim as you might think.
The truth is, the top 3 positions receive over a third of the traffic! So a boost into the top five can see a huge improvement in search result visibility. However, a more strategic SEO agency will also look at both short term and long term opportunities; for instance, smaller more highly converting long-tail keywords and Google’s local listings.
Of course, it's possible you're already on page one for certain keyword search results? If so don't be too complacent! If you appear towards the bottom you might only be seeing about 3-4% of that traffic.
Another factor to consider is what is the volume of searches for that keyword? Do you know? If you don't, I can share this information with you. This is something that many SEO agencies wouldn't dream of doing since they might not want you to be aware that they've focused their efforts on a page one result for a keyword that no one has searched for in the history of the Internet!
It's also important to understand the intent of the keyword. Does it fit well with my offering? Are they likely to proceed further or even convert? Where are they in the buying cycle if they type this?
Additionally, don't forget that organic search results are now only one of the ways that you can reap the benefits by appearing on page 1. There are rich snippets, map packs, and many more opportunities.
I'd urge anyone to scrutinise and research your prospective SEO provider before taking the plunge. By all means ask for references and approach former or current clients to get their feedback.
Of course, also look at their online reputation as well I'm very proud of the feedback that I've received setting up Ready Steady Go SEO and feel free to look across GoogleMyBusiness, Bark, Yell, Bark or Trustpilot to see how people feel about the work undertaken and advice given. See below for just a sample of the feedback I've received.
One particular review platform I'm proud to be featured on is Clutch. This isn't just because of the glowing reviews but also because clients are approached and are interviewed independently so their feedback is all the more impartial and welcome.
A B2B top digital marketing provider for two successive years
Happy to provide references from the 75+ clients worked with
Don't just take my word for it.... Here's a sample of some client testimonials
Owner, GoogleMyBusiness review
“FANTASTIC service, Guy has helped me achieve so much in so little time. definitely worth looking into if you wish for your business to thrive and go further. Thanks again.”
Owner, GoogleMyBusiness review
“Having spent some time talking with Guy, I can honestly say that this gentleman has already added a significant value to my business. Very highly recommended, complete transparency and expertise. Thank you so much.”
MD, GoogleMyBusiness review
“The project has been one of the best things I've achieved in the last 12 months. They take something to the uninitiated and stops it from being a black art. The previous people that did this work for us tried to blind us with facts, details, and figures, and it would be largely irrelevant because when it came to the crunch, we were on top of a ranking on a search term that is never searched for. It was great to be top of a ranking, but what's the point when the search term is never searched for?..”
Owner, GoogleMyBusiness review
“I have had an excellent experience working on my website's SEO with Ready Steady Go SEO. Following initial discussions, they provided a very detailed report about the opportunities for my business. In subsequent phone calls, they explained the report to me in detail and I was able to take some clear actions which had positive outcomes for the profile of my website..”
Managing Partner, Clutch.co review
“Guy is a true professional. Not only does he know what he’s talking about, but he is able to explain everything in layman’s terms. He took the time to get to know us and our business in order to set clear objectives and goals for maximum exposure and promotion wherever possible.”
Owner, GoogleMyBusiness review
“Using Ready Steady Go SEO has been a breath of fresh air when compared to my previous experience of search engine optimisation agencies. They removed a duplicate Google listing for me in 48 hours when previously I'd been waiting weeks for it to be removed despite numerous requests to the previous SEO company. Even more impressive, they got two important key-phrases organically listed within 3 months from below page 2 not only onto the first page but to first and second positions on the first page! I'd have no hesitation in recommending Ready Steady Go SEO to any SME that's looking to compete on a level footing against bigger organisations.”
Owner, GoogleMyBusiness review
“Guy presented a detailed and insightful analysis of how to improve my websites' performance in both face-to-face meetings and remotely. He demonstrated an appreciation of my industry and tailored advice and SEO work accordingly. It was just the kickstart my business needed and I would recommend him to any small businesses looking to create an effective presence.”
Owner, GoogleMyBusiness review
I've started to work with Guy around a year ago. He has the patience I require to understand certain things and that's what I value the most as I can see results by doing things on a step-by-step basis. With his consultation, we can always find what's the next step and by doing so we can actually see results. His SEO services are recommended to anyone who wants to improve their online presence. Thank you Guy!
Ready Steady Go SEO - by the numbers
Years SEO Experience
An experienced Birmingham SEO specialist
Birmingham has been the main area that I've had the pleasure of serving for the past 4 years. This has involved me working extensively across both in the centre of Birmingham in the West Midlands as well as for a number of clients who are situated in suburbs as well as in the centre of Birmingham. The range of work has been exciting and diverse including the following -
plumber in Northfield, south Birmingham
financial consultants in Kings Norton, south Birmingham
signage contractor in Aston in the center of Birmingham
automotive finacial consultants in Acocks Green
estate agents in Harborne, north Birmingham
independent funeral directors in Kings Norton
bespoke packaging manufacturers Duddeston
Benchmark your competitors with your free SEO report!
I believe in helping you to make informed strategic decisions. It's vital that reflecting my findings with you at each step helps ensure continued success and no more so than at the outset of our communication.
This starts even before working with you with a free no-obligation report and 30-minute consultation that focuses on:
Current keyword ranking
Potential other keywords
Average monthly search volumes
Your backlink profile (mentions of your site elsewhere on the Internet)
Analysis of your local listing status
Social media profiles
What makes this an even more valuable document however is I can share the same information for your competitors too which can give insights into new keywords, backlinks, and overall strategy that you might wish to adopt.
Additionally included in the report
Conversion Rate Optimization
Discover if you're ranking for keywords that you're not leveraginig that might not be exploited
Real-Time Keyword Analytics
Though the report can show keyword rankings the consultation can also show live rankings for discussion
Online Reputation Management
Full analysis as to your online reputation that may present highlight issues the organisation may need to addrress
Tell me your key services/products
Tell me the regions/audiences you serve
Share with me 3 competitor websites you feel may rank better than your own
Timings to see ranking changes depend on the SEO service
Ensure you understand the activities being undertaken
Beware agencies not prepared to explain what they intend to do
SEO takes ages, right? Think again!
Well yes and no. It's my experience that a lot of SEO agencies want you to believe this since it means they can expect you to continue paying over a long period of time without expecting any results. The truth of the matter is that different SEO activities have different timescales to have an effect. For instance, on-page optimisation can have a ranking impact within the time it takes for your site to be re-indexed by Google, as little as 48-72 hours, if not sooner!
Other activities say backlinking, can take many weeks if not months for their impact to be wholly felt since the age of the backlink is an important factor. So let's be clear, depending on the SEO activity being undertaken should have an impact on timescale for you to expect results.
One important consideration, however, is you may get ranking improvements from entirely unethical 'black hat' techniques'. This may get results for you fast but may likely be unsustainable and more importantly leave you at risk of receiving hugely rank damaging Google penalties. This then makes it all the more important to understand the type of SEO campaigns are being undertaken on your behalf.
Improved the rankings of a wide range of over 20 generic keywords to 1st-page…
SEO is more than just ranking for keywords - it's about strengthening your brand!
It comes a surprise to many prospects to discover that, on average, 80% of the traffic they receive organically comes from people who were looking for them anyway.
What do I mean by this? Well, the vast majority of non optimised sites receive almost all their traffic from people who were looking for them by their company or brand names.
Being aware of this makes it all the more important for so many of your non-website assets to be as claimed, optimised and populated as much as possible to maximise phone enquiries, website visits and even visits to your physical location.
Consider for instance your GoogleMyBusiness. This is much more prominent on Google searches, particularly on mobile devices where it is frequently shown above the organic results. Additionally, this asset is much more attention-grabbing than your own site in the organic results so it makes sense to invest time and effort into optimising this vital piece of real estate! Below are just a few things to consider.
Does it have real pictures covering your team, exterior, interior and at work shots?
Do you have glowing lengthy reviews that have been responded to?
Do you showcase all your products and services?
Do you post regular news, event and offer items here?
Is your company name, opening hours, address etc all consistent with your data on your website?
All of these things help not only in your presence on the map pack but also make for a convincing portrayal that means your prospects will likely then go on to visit your website.
I'll identify the essential listings in your sector
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The plan was always to focus on offering SEO to the B2B SME community in the Midlands. Things don't always work out that way though do they?
I'm delighted to say that in the four years since starting I've very much been a victim of my success!
This has involved working with companies as far afield as the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and Romania and even further afield including the United States and New Zealand.
In addition, I've found myself working for business sectors I hadn't planned on working with including B2C as well B2B organisations. These have ranged from accountants and estate agents to pharmacies, physiotherapists and florists.
Working with the B2C community has also meant working on fully transactional sites for the likes of confectionery wholesalers to personalised wooden gifts manufacturers.
The diversity hasn't ended there. My work portfolio has included content creation, social media marketing and even on the odd occasion website design!
All of this has also meant a huge amount learning various content management systems and software applications that I've had to address from your common or garden WordPress site to more specialist platforms like Umbraco (as illustrated in the diagram).