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    "We went to our first meeting expecting a networking group of sorts, but were pleasantly surprised to find that instead, ConnectingDoorz is a means for new business owners to voice their concerns to people in similar situations and gain feedback and support."

    Dan & Rodeo – Rodeax

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    "Cathy has put me in touch with potential clients and introduced me to her substantial network of contacts. Friendly and approachable but outstandingly professional with it, she has been a valuable person to know."

    Sam Barnes – Sales Director at Radius

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    "Cathy’s experience in networking and openness to share her contacts and expertise is invaluable and should not be missed by anyone looking to grow their business."

    Alex Minchin – Zest Digital

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    "At ConnectingDoorz there is no judgement, no pressure and everyone in the group is incredibly helpful and welcoming."

    Dan & Rodeo – Rodeax

A refreshing twist on Business Networking in Oxfordshire

 

We know that in the early stages of running your own business or when you work alone it can be lonely, confusing and tough at times! How do we know that – because we’ve been there!

Equally in the good times it’s motivating and empowering to share your successes with others who are rooting for you.

One of the biggest challenges for any new business is where to go for support, advice, inspiration and a regular business boost. ConnectingDoorz offers all of this plus many other business networking opportunities by opening up our little black book to you. It’s full of successful entrepreneurs, savvy business owners, development specialists and many others who have an altruistic approach to helping small businesses achieve more.

ConnectingDoorz is not a traditional business networking group. We take it as a given that when like-minded business professionals meet in the right environment networking will happen naturally. Our focus is on helping you build a trusted network of experts, mentors, business coaches, peers and friends offering knowledge, development, experiences, encouragement, support and not forgetting some fun along the way.

If the mere mention of the words business networking fill you with fear or you've tried it unsuccessfully in the past then our Naked Networking workshops will help. Run by experience networker Cathy Dunbabin they draw on 20 years of successful business networking and training and include everything you need to become more confident, effective and success in your networking.

 

Hot off the press

Demystifying SEO

One of the most engaging elements of the ConnectingDoorz meetings is the guest speakers we have who share their stories honestly and impart the lessons they have learned from starting and building their own businesses.

We call this part of our meetings ‘Lightbulb Moments’ as ConnectingDoorz members often take away valuable insights, ideas and motivation for their own businesses.

In this blog we will share some of the top tips from one of our May guests Aaron Rudman-Hawkins a specialist in SEO in Oxford who runs The Evergreen Agency a leading Oxford SEO Agency.

 

A brief bio

After more than 10 years working in the digital marketing space and gaining a wealth of real-world experience helping businesses of all sizes to launch and grow their brand awareness online Aaron launched The Evergreen Agency in 2013 . Over the past 5 years Aaron and his team have helped over 50 small businesses reach the very top of Google and dramatically increase their traffic, sales and enquiries.

Aaron specialises in helping small and medium sized businesses increase their online visibility and brand awareness. They guide their clients through the many digital marketing options available help them make informed decisions regarding Facebook advertising, retargeting and all other applicable aspects of digital marketing.

The Evergreen Agency are not only a local SEO company in Oxford, their client portfolio covers a wide range of clients and industries, not just in the UK but across the world. Aaron also speaks at conferences, hosts live workshops and participates in the wider SEO/digital marketing industry whenever he can.

When not working you can find Aaron tending his garden allotment and potting seedlings in his greenhouse or out for long walks with his wife and baby boy Henry.

Light bulb Moments

Aaron shared his 7 simple steps to a successful online presence for your business.

#1  Set up these free tools

Google Analytics - This free web analytics service offered by Google tracks and reports website traffic allowing users to review online campaigns by tracking landing page quality and conversions.

Google Search Console - Google Search Console (previously Google Webmaster Tools) is a no-charge web service by Google for webmasters. It allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites.

#2   Go Secure

Google rates websites with SSL certificates higher than those without. An SSL certificate costs in the region of £50-£100 per year but will give your rankings a boost as well offering visitors to your site reassurance that their data is secure. A secure site will show in the address bar as https://.

#3  Check if your website is mobile optimised

From March 2018 Google now only ranks your website from it’s mobile version. Use Google’s mobile page checker (a free tool) from your desktop to check if your website’s mobile version is up to scratch.

#4  Localise your website and it’s content

Including locations in your website content and description helps Google push your site up the rankings when your target customers are searching for your services.

#5  Set up a Google My Business Profile

Google My Business is a free and easy-to-use tool to manage your online presence across Google, including Search and Maps. If you're just getting started with local SEO, your Google My Business listing is a great place to focus your early efforts.

#6  Create some local citations

Use national and local online business directories to create credibility in the eyes of Google for your website. A couple of good directory to start with are Thomson Local  & Yell.com

Search out niche directories and geographic specific ones and aim to add your business listing to 3-4 a month.

#7   Ask for reviews

Google loves a good review and if you can get a few on your Google My Business listing it will boost your search engine ranking.

What our members thought…

"The presentation we had from Aaron was fantastic. I have always been an advocate of letting an expert do what they do and have always left things like SEO to the web designers but the information Aaron gave us not only opened my eyes to what I could do to help my online presence but also made me interested in SEO which, believe me, always made me groan. I will certainly be implementing Aarons advice.”

Hemma Mason – Hemma Mason Photography

If you want to know more about SEO Oxford and The Evergreen Agency the please do contact Aaron:-

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theevergreenagency.co.uk