Working here truly is like being in an SEO playground!
A1 SEO Glasgow is by all accounts a technology firm. This being the case we do allow ourselves to geek out and are equipped with state of the art SEO technology. Working here truly is like being in an SEO playground!
Screaming Frog is our weapon of choice for all technical SEO work. This tool lets the team at A1 SEO Glasgow crawl your website in a way that mimics the way search engines like Google crawl your website. Using Screaming FroG allows us the team to to quickly troubleshoot issues at scale and fully scope out projects.
When it comes to link building, there is no real competition (in our humble opinion). Ahrefs allows the team at A1 SEO Glasgow to quickly profile links at scale based on quality. With this tool we can also spy on competitor’s link building and outreach strategies allowing us to reverse engineer them. Pretty cool right?
SEMrush is the tool we use for keyword research. Ahrefs has a decent keyword research tool but we prefer the user interface of SEMrush’s Keyword Magic tool. Honestly, we do a lot of switching about between the two. We also use SEMrush’s top level site audit. Something we use before diving into Screaming Frog
Google Tag Manager
Google Tag Manager, or GTM for short, allows us to keep all of your marketing scripts in one place. This means we won’t be annoying your development team and can quickly edit codes and deploy scripts with relative ease. GTM is also used for creating events and tracking conversion. This helps us demonstrate clear ROI across all SEO projects.
Accuranker allows us to track your ranks in near real-time. Most SEO’s use Ahrefs, SEMrush or MOZ to track ranks. However, these tools are updated infrequently. Imagine you lost a key ranking and didn’t know about it for a few days? That’s why we use Accuranker. Their ranks update daily and are thus more accurate.
Google Analytics is the industry standard analytics package. Paired up with Google Tag Manager we use Google Analytics to measure traffic, monitor conversions and see what is working (and what isn’t) on your website. Our SEO campaigns are backed by data. This means our campaigns are constantly evolving.
WhatConverts is an enterprise conversion tracking suite. A1 SEO uses this to attribute phone calls to marketing channels (so we can justify ROI on SEO and PPC). It’s simple but genius – depending on marketing channel a different number is displayed that redirects at lightning speed to your actual number. Every time the tracking number is called it counts a lead and assigns it to the correct channel.
Google Ads is used for PPC campaigns. It is an interface that is as simple or as complex as you want it to be. We run client campaigns on Google Ads and monitor profitability. The management fees we charge are to cover our time improving profitability through bid adjustments, landing page optimisations and a whole host of optimisation factors.
Bing Ads is a PPC platform for bidding on Bing with a smaller market reach and much less functionality. Bing Ads does remain slightly untapped as a lot of paid search professionals stick to Google Ads. Part of your budget should always go towards testing. We always reccomend putting something into Bing Ads. The ROI might surprise you (in a good way)!
Why we don’t use Moz…
We never really got the whole MOZ hype. Going back 4 or 5 years we were using this and the MOZ blog is one of our go-to places for technical SEO questions. However, Ahrefs has a much larger backlink index, Accuranker is more, well, accurate and everything else (plus a lot more!) can be done in SEMrush, which in our humble opinion has an easier interface.
Other Non-SEO Tools We Use
If you run a smaller business, chances are you will be using MailChimp. We love Mailchimp’s user interface and would recommend anyone building a mailing list to give it a try. There is no need for costly design bills as you can create simple, beautiful emails. The platform is very user friendly.
Pardot is an advanced (and very expensive) marketing automation tool that we have experience working with. Pardot allows you to automate common email marketing tasks alongside tracking customer behaviours. There are some key issues to address if using with Google Analytics.
What marketer cannot use Facebook Ads? We’re not talking about boosting posts. We have extensive experience running targeting Facebook Ads campaigns within the funnel marketing framework. We do not offer as a service but can advise.
Our Favourite Content Management Systems to work with
All content management systems are simple enough to work out. Granted, some require more costly development time than others, however, we work with anything. This being said, we do love working with the below.Remember, the CMS that you are using will have no effect on your SEO. However, how your CMS is set up will. For example, WordPress, whilst great, can really slow down your website with unnecessary code. On the other hand, working with WordPress and fixing other SEO issues is generally easier so will generally cost you less.
WordPress is the CMS we work with most of the time. Being easy to use technical and on-page SEO projects take less time than other platforms. WordPress is perfect for small to medium businesses. Althrough not as felxible as other CMS, you can still create beauftiful websites on WordPress.
Magento is inventory management on steroids. Magento has serious weight behind it. Favoured by medium to large to massive-scale operations, the scope of products, thus pages, that Magento can manage gives it a solid advantage over other ecommerce platforms.
Umbraco is highly customizable, secure and fast. Like seriously fast when compared to the baggage of redundant code that comes with WordPress. This CMS is favoured by larger organisations. However, as it is so customisable, technical and on-page SEO projects do take longer.
Shopify is a good CMS to get you started. Granted there are some restrictions but Shopify out the box is fairly SEO friendly and with a few tweaks we can push your ecommerce site up there with the best of them. Shopify is favoured by small businesses but does scale nicely.
In 2019 we started to see an increase in the number of static HTML websites. The performance benefits are obvious and it is great having that level of control. Just bear in mind that fixes to static HTML websites may take more time than CMS based websites.
Drupal is a highly customizable and secure out the box. Similar to Umbraco, Drupal does not carry the same level of redundant code typically associated with WordPress websites. However, being more customisable means that SEO projects take slightly longer and cost a bit more.
Once you get past the dodgy Russian user manuals, OpenCart is a powerful, scale friendly ecommerce platform. There are a lot of technical considerations that you must get right. We are one of the few agencies in the UK with extensive OpenCart experience.
We work on the odd WIX site that eventually moves over to WordPress. WIX is generally not the best for SEO but some SEO consultants would be surprised. WIX has a slightly tarnished reputation but since early 2018 they have made massive strides in SEO ease of use.
Trusted by Local Business
Over the years we have had the privilage to help some of Glasgow’s most beloved brands grow their search presence. Below is a selection of some of those brands.
We have seen unbelievable growth year on year since working with Graham and the team. The initial process was simple and Graham worked hard to put complex SEO terms into plain English for our senior management team. Organic revenue started to increase dramatically after 4 months, continuing to this day.
Having worked with A1 SEO for a number of weeks now, they've helped my business grow a lot within that short space of time. SEO, PPC and more, highly recommend.
Exceptional at what they do, we needed a tonne of SEO and Digital marketing help and Graham and his team did not disappoint! 10/10.
We've worked together with several local SEO clients over the last period and Graham is not only astute, he brings a wealth of knowledge. He does what he says on the tin. Would recommend 100% and look forward to working together again to improve our clients rankings in the SERPS!
We used A1 SEO for our client, USC Hydraulics', website and were surprised by the results that the company delivered for us within a short space of time. The knowledge from the team was second to none after prevous experiences with SEO companies. We now rank much higher on key search terms in our industry and the long term stategy we have in place is working.
Graham is by far the best in SEO he not only goes out his way to help you but knows exactly what he is doing. Nothing is too much trouble for him. Thumbs up from Discount Pet Supplies
Outstanding knowledge of current SEO strategies and best-practice; A1 was really helpful in identifying the root causes of our ranking problems to deliver sustainable improvements, rather than artificial short-term boosts.
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