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Vancouver SEO Specialist
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Well, it’s not an accident.
It’s what I do.
Since high school, I’ve ranked businesses just like yours on the first page in the most toughest niches.
Such as Furniture, Fintech, 3D printing, Online Education, Pharma and more.
My name is Jibran (Pronounced Jib-ron) Qazi and I’m the founder of Hunter Canada. I’m a Vancouver based SEO specialist who specializes in helping businesses achieve real growth.
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Although every SEO has their own style and their own set of tools and techniques that they like to use, my entire SEO process is done in 4 steps.
In a nutshell, it’s all about fixing what’s wrong (Site architecture from the inside / backend), improving on what we can (On-page, Content, etc) and then working with what we have to push your site up to the first page for your chosen keywords (By building links or better known as Off-Page SEO).
So when someone types in the keywords you want to rank for, your site shows up and the user takes the desired action.
Once this ball starts rolling, we then get into advanced strategies and start making a serious dent in your niche.
Of course there is so much more to the entire process but in a “nutshell”, this is all there is to it.
Once we connect (In person, phone, Skype, etc) and we agree on moving forward, the games will begin.
Anyways, here are the 4 steps I mentioned earlier in a lot more detail:
- Site Structure and Negative SEO Audit
- On Page
- Off Page
- Advanced Strategies
This is exactly how I will take on your project (Your website).
Site Structure Audit
In the first 30 days, it’s all about setting your site up for success. You’ll see me move stuff around in the backend and make more “Technical” changes, setup keyword tracking, etc. If this step is finished in the first few weeks, and the changes indexed, you should start seeing some positive upward trend in the overall keywords at this very stage. Fixing what’s wrong with the site from a technical level.
So Google can crawl your site freely. Link building (Step 3) begins at this stage as well. I like to wrap this stage up within the first 30 days so I can fully concentrate on Off Page (Link Building) and the overall growth of the site.
On Page Optimization
The upward movement of your keywords should be more apparent at this stage. Optimizing existing content, adding ‘alt’ tags on images, using ‘Headings’, etc. Goal is to organize your current content and make it count in the search engines.
Like all the tasks, this one is an ongoing one as well. However, I like to optimize at least the main pages in the first 30-60 days so we can position ourselves under the proper keywords.
Off Page Optimization
Around the 90 day mark, you should start to see some solid movement in the overall traffic. Although this stage starts from day 1, my overall goal is to get here 100% asap.
After I’m done with Step 1 and step 2, I focus strictly on Step 3 which is acquiring links. The life blood of any site. As I mentioned earlier, this is where I like to be as soon as I can as getting good links is the most hardest part of SEO. Link building starts from day 1 (During site audit phase). If link building stops, you rankings will fall.
This is where we start to drill down on certain high volume keywords or other strategies that will help the business grow faster.
Phase 1: Site Structure and Negative SEO Audit
This is commonly known as a ‘Site Audit’ but I like to call it ‘Site Structure Audit’. I think it’s more specific and focuses on the problem more.
Plus there are so many of these so called ‘site audit’ services out there that it has killed any integrity behind this phrase.
Anyways, this is where I will see what’s wrong with your site’s architecture and your existing backlink profile (Negative SEO issues, redirect chains, etc) and try to fix them as soon as possible.
Let’s start with the site architecture . . .
When your site structure is broken or has internal conflicts, it means the ‘link juice’ isn’t being passed around properly.
Link juice refers to the “points” you receive when other sites link to you. Think of it as Google’s voting system. The more sites link to you, the higher your rankings are going to be.
Obviously the entire process is much more complicated than this but this is the main idea.
So to get things going, I will kick things off with a tool called SEMRush.
I will run your site on it and do a full audit. This will tell me exactly what’s holding your site’s progress back (Especially the technical errors).
Some of the most common issues that are uncovered are:
- Internal Broken links / pages – Also known as 404 Errors.
- Redirect chains (Don’t even get me started on these . . .).
- Duplicate content – Google penalizes sites if they are repeating the same content in different places on the site.
- Duplicate titles – Similar issue as above.
- and the list goes on . . .
Anyways, the whole idea is to fix any existing problems first before moving forward.
If your site’s architecture is still an issue, we will run your site on other more advanced tools such as DeepCrawl, Screaming Frog etc.
Let The Tracking Begin
In the initial ‘Site Audit’, I will also set up a few tools to monitor the current status and future movement on your site.
Reports including but not limited to:
- Benchmark Report.
- Keyword Tracking.
- Weekly Site Health Crawl.
Here is an example of a “Benchmark Report” of one my existing clients. It’s not sexy but it’s to the point and does the job.
Although each business presents it’s own unique metrics, in most cases, I track the following:
- Organic Sessions from Google.
- New Organic Sessions.
- Bounce Rate.
- Average Time Spent.
- Referral Traffic.
- Direct Traffic.
- Conversion Rate.
- New Top 3 Positions (New keywords on the first 3 positions on Google).
- New 4-10 Positions.
- New 11-50 Positions.
- Clicks (Google Search Console).
of course tracking is quite important so I will set up all of these for us during this ‘site architecture audit’ phase.
Usually in the first week or so.
This is to check how your keywords are performing.
Definitely a must – DUH!
We will monitor what keywords are working and will create a new keyword list (Converting keywords with low competition) to gain some ground quick.
Site Health Crawl (Weekly)
This regular ‘crawl’ will help us find and fix broken links, pages and other unforeseen errors. This crawl helps us ‘maintain’ the site’s functionality which will makes it ‘easier’ for Google to crawl us. Best part, there is also the ability to compare the changes from the previous time we ran a crawl. So we know exactly what’s improving and what still needs improvement.
Negative SEO Audit
I also do a Negative SEO check before I begin any kind of work. It’s part of my preliminary checks. If your site is under a ‘NegSEO’ attack, taking care of these bad links will automatically become a priority.
Regrettably, Negative SEO is as common as ever.
In fact, I haven’t had a single site that I’ve worked on which ended up on the first page for it’s desired keywords that DIDN’T get hit by Negative SEO. It’s just part of the SEO landscape now.
Whether you are a small car rental company or a massive VC funded tech startup, when you end up on the first page, someone will try to attack you.
What is Negative SEO?
Negative SEO is when spammers try to link to your site from various low quality sites (Porn, Child Porn, Penis enlargement sites, etc).
If your site is under a Negative SEO attack, I will inform you immediately as getting rid of these links is the first priority.
Good news is I’m an expert at finding and disavowing these bad links (Working in the Pharma industry teaches you a thing or too). I’ve brought several sites from being spammed to becoming a total ‘model’ website (Including clients in the 3D Printing and Educational space).
In fact, a lot of the domains that I buy for testing now and then are sometimes under a negative SEO attack.
Since I know how to clean them quick, it’s not a big deal for me.
Negative SEO is annoying and time consuming, but not something I can’t take care of.
I’m a big believer in prevention so I implement “Backlink Alerts” on all my sites.
Right off the bat.
This gives me the time to disavow any bad links before they really take effect.
It’s always good to stay ahead of the game.
These days, this is a must.
Not just so we can see all the new links coming in but also to monitor any bad ones (Negative SEO).
Here is what a “Backlink Alert Report” looks like:
You’ll be getting these emails on a regular basis (If you choose to receive them).
I monitor them anyways.
This is how far I’ll go with reporting and we won’t move forward until your site’s current architecture is on point.
Although I do start link building from day one (Most important part of SEO in my opinion), I will need to sort out your site’s architecture simultaneously.
After all, what’s the point of building links if they are not really helping us right?
Phase 2: On Page SEO
This is where I optimize the site with your typical ‘Title Tags’, using headings, sub headings, etc.
I also look for any duplicate content that we can take care of (That we may have discovered) in Step 1 (Site Architectural Audit) and will use smart ways to increase your current search engine footprint.
Again, depends on the site and the niche.
For example: One of my latest clients had tons of blog posts but they were around 300 – 500 words. So I combined the ones that I could (The ones that made sense of course) and re-published those posts (Added the proper 301 redirects as well).
At the end each post was well over a 1000 words.
Our traffic continues to be on the up and up.
Bottom line is Google loves long authoritative copy.
I also like to see if there are some other forms of media that might be missing like PDFs, Infographics, Videos, Audio, etc.
From my experience, the more different types of media you have, the more of an authority you become.
Eventually, Google starts ranking you like one as well. Again, this is more of an ongoing thing.
So at this stage, is basically tweaking content and adding the proper keywords where they should be.
After the initial keywords are placed throughout the site, I will start working on a more ‘advanced’ keyword list that will help us rank and increase conversions faster.
As the days go by, I will start ‘sprinkling’ keywords from this list as well.
Keyword research is also an ongoing thing.
As the landscape of your niche changes, so will the keywords.
Phase 3: Off Page SEO (Link building)
Although I start link building from day one, this is the most powerful (Also the most difficult) stage. Lucky for me, I actually enjoy link building a lot.
My goal is to wrap up the first two phases in the first 30 days and get to this stage as soon as possible.
Link building is something I really enjoy because it get’s results.
I love getting results. It’s one of my core values.
I get all my links from where most SEOs get them.
- Blog Comments
- Web 2.0s
- Guest Posts
All the usual suspects.
There is no secret “trick” to getting up there.
The only secret is HUSTLING and putting in the work.
My only simple ‘trick’ is I go after sites that have a DA of 30 (+/- 5) or more. Basically super quality links.
Since I’ve been doing SEO for so long, I have my own growing list of trusted authority sites that I use on a regular basis for all my clients (Guest Posts, Forums, Citations, etc).
List that I’ll be using for your site as well for some quick and consistent results.
Phase 4: Advanced Strategies
This stage depends on the business or the market you’re involved in.
As you start marketing a site and begin to understand the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of a business, most of the time, these things reveal themselves.
I like this stage because it helps bring out my natural creativity.
For some real out of the box fun and incredible results.