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Insurance marketing online means dealing with algorithm changes constantly

October 11, 2013

Google changes their algorithms constantly to keep the Internet populated with relevant material, but it affects your online insurance marketing. Do you know what to do about it?

If you don’t, you are not alone. There are so many changes in what you need to do to get ranked well and stay there, that you almost need to be a search engine optimization (SEO) specialist to be on top of it all. If you run your own agency, there is not enough time to do that.

Recent changes, thanks to Google’s Penguin updates, have made insurance agencies very concerned about their rankings and what they are supposed to do for future marketing efforts.
While it is scary to try and figure out what to do next, it’s best just to sit tight and approach things calmly. First, analyze just how much the latest changes impact on your marketing plans. It is entirely possible that there are not many changes to be made. If you do not know how to analyze the changes and what they mean, search for and hire an established SEO company with experience in the insurance industry.

What really affects your insurance website is what you do in terms of press releases. The news release is not, contrary to what some think, dead. Now, since the latest changes, you get to spend time focusing on quality content without stuffing it with keywords. Yes, content is still the most important thing you need to provide. Keep the rest of the information, such as your agency name, and provide relevant links to your insurance website. Write about things that interest those looking for insurance, newsworthy topics that capture people’s attention.

Not into social networking? You need to be. Being involved in social networking does payoff in terms of SEO, and that is the whole point of being online —- to promote your insurance agency and get good SEO rankings. Your best social choices? Facebook and Google+. Make no mistake, Google is watching social interactions, and if your insurance agency is a part of that scene, keep up the good work.

You might hear the term “content marketing.” It’s the latest in thing to do. However, it is not new. Google has always placed a high value on active blogs and web pages that are updated often. Really the only thing you need to consider when writing insurance articles (and if you can’t write, hire it out) is what you focus on and how it should be distributed. For distribution, just frequently add fresh content to blogs and your insurance website and remember to stick with it diligently. Remember to use a wide variety of text linking to different pages on your website, not just the home page.

Search Engine Optimization Boosts your Insurance Marketing Efforts

May 14, 2011

You may have the best insurance marketing website in the world, but if you do not have it properly optimized for the search engines and Web 2.0 compliant, you will not be converting visitors to buying customers. It is just that simple.

Perhaps websites and the WWW are Greek to you. Do not worry about it; there are a lot of people who do not know what to do to make their websites perform properly in the world of online commerce. They are happy to have someone else do that kind of work for them; an insurance search engine optimization company that knows the insurance business, because they do it every day. That is a real bonus for you and your online insurance business.

Just think of it this way. You have an insurance website and you want traffic to visit it, and not just visit, but stay or come back and buy a product from you. If you do not have anything on your website that is relevant to them, why would they hang around? If you do not have information they need about insurance policies, pricing, comparisons, articles, a blog and an instant quote function, what do you have to offer visitors that they need? These are tough questions, but ones you need to answer honestly before you put your insurance website up online.

Gone are the days of the cute and clunky websites that people had fun with and put up online because they could. The Internet became a hot place to do business and these days, you need to have your insurance marketing website look very professional. It needs to have information customers need to make buying decisions, a way for potential clients to contact you with questions, articles that outline how they can find reasonable insurance and a blog that gives visitors a glimpse into who is running the site. If people feel they know the personal you, they tend to want to buy from you.

While insurance marketing is not rocket science, it is an art, and one that you need to do with flair and attention to detail. If you do not have time to do that and find the right keywords and key phrases, write fresh material every week or so and update your blog and change your content regularly, then it is a smart business move to find a company that can do it for you – behind the scenes, so you get the credit and the business. Think about it for a minute. It will save you time and money and make you money when your customers start.

Ready to Quote is aninsurance marketing company. ReadytoQuote.com specializes in marketing insurance websites online. Learn more at ReadytoQuote.com.

What Does $3,000 a month get you in the Yellow Pages?

May 3, 2010

Agencies have started asking that very question. It appears that one of the oldest paradigms in insurance marketing has been shattered. For years Agency owners have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars supporting the phone companies and their marketing allies who publish Yellow Pages and other directories.

Insurance marketing gurus have always advised agents to post a large ad in the local Yellow Pages and just wait for the phone to ring. Seems solid, right? Well that was a great strategy in the 1980’s and early 90’s. Now, it could be a costly mistake.

Many agents, still not knowing what to do month after month have paid up to $20,000 a month and have seen their returns dwindle. That is why many are turning to the internet through ReadytoQuote.com’s more effective and more affordable online marketing solutions.

Honestly, when was the last time you yourself used the Yellow Pages to buy something? You need a STRONG web presence with a persistent and consistent ongoing effort to rank high in search terms that people are using to buy insurance.

To learn more about insurance marketing, insurance search engine optimization, insurance web design, insurance website or insurance agency marketing, visit ReadytoQuote.com or call 1.800.504.8593.