SEO For Pest Control
SEO for pest control businesses (or exterminators) is when an exterminator applies search engine optimization to their businesses website, with the goal of improving their online position for relevant keywords to the services that they provide.
What is SEO for pest control businesses?
One of the main things pest control businesses can do to improve their SEO is upgrading the content on their website to give their customers a better understanding of what their business does, the services they provide and so on. Upgrading the content also helps search engines understand in more detail what the exterminator does in more detail, and help improve their position in the SERP accordingly.
Also important for the SEO is having good backlinks done so the pest control business increases their level of online authority. When doing backlinks, it’s imperative that only high quality, relevant and legitimate backlinks to their website are done.
As n exterminator or pest control business, some of the first links that you could have done would include local business directories, under the pest control or exterminator sections. These do not provide that much ‘’link juice’’, but it does help Google and other search engines show that the business is linked into the community well.
Other great backlink opportunities for a pest control business would be ones from training schools and other places that provide education for the industry. A pest control that provides work experience opportunities or apprenticeships to students of a TAFE or other education body can ask them if they are able to provide a link back to the pest control businesses website from theirs. University and .edu websites can provide very high quality backlinks, which can set a local pest control business apart from their competitors, as it shows that even the schools give this particular extermination business authority on the subject of pest control work.
Why is SEO important for pest control businesses?
It is a well known fact that The best source of new customers for exterminators is by far referrals from happy customers. The existing happy customer that is referring their friends and family (or business associates) to your pest control business is literally doing all of the work when in comes to selling your services. Now, what is the next best source of customers? That’s an easy one, SEO.
SEO places your pest control business in front of potential clients who are actively seeking your services. With advertising on the other hand, people are being bombarded with adverts for your business, when they are busy searching online for other things. This is one of the reasons that SEO for exterminators is extremely important if they want to maintain a healthy customer base.
Pest control work is also quite a competitive industry in local towns and cities across Australia. With an exterminator having both individuals and businesses as customers, the industry can be quite profitable. For example,
if a residential customer requires some infestation of insects fixed in their home and they are very happy with the customer service and work, and it so happens that they own a business that requires an ongoing exterminator, then they will more than likely use them for their business as well. Also, its well known that customers will refer an exterminator to their friends and family if they are happy with their work, as people generally take quality of work and customer service very seriously in this field. It’s for these reasons that it is extremely important that pest control businesses have their website ranking well in the SERP by using SEO.
The Stages of SEO Done For Exterminators
Doing SEO for an exterminator can be quite complex, however we have broken it down into 4 main steps. They are as follows:
Before any SEO work can be done, an audit of the exterminators website needs to be done. This audit consists of:
Technical audit: The technical audit will consist of having the website put through a tool such as Ahrefs or Semrush, and having technical factors analysed such as H tags, redirects, indexability, link profile and so on to see if there are any technical issues that need to be fixed that will hinder SEO efforts.
On Page Audit: The on page audit consists of analysing the actual content of the website to see if there is enough content to satisfy readers and search engines, analysing the meta descriptions to see if they are attracting potential pest control customers, title tags, images and more. Basically, the on page audit relates to the parts of the website that potential customers can see.
Determining whether as a pest control business you are targeting a local or national demographic
Before keywords can be selected for the SEO plan for the exterminator, it first needs to be determined who it is that will be targeted by businesses SEO. For example, if the exterminator is in a small town like Tamworth NSW, and only services customers in that area, then we know for the next step of planning that the keywords need to include ‘’Tamworth’’ in them. However if the pest control business services the entire country, then the following step is a lot more complex, as there could be many hundreds of keywords used to reach the target demographic.
Choosing appropriate keywords for your extermination businesses website’s SEO plan
Knowing the target demographic, it’s extremely important that the correct keywords are selected for the exterminators SEO plan. As mentioned before, if the business is servicing a local town such as Tamworth, then the keyword selection can be quite simple.
However if there are multiple service areas, such as cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and so on, then multiple landing pages would need to be created, and relevant keywords would be grouped together to be on the same page. This is done so that each landing page can target a certain area, along with smaller suburbs within that area.
For a pest control business that services multiple capital cities, this is very important as they would want to capture as much organic search traffic as possible, to bring in as many new customers as they can. Below is an example of keywords that would be grouped together on a landing page. For this example, the exterminator has an office in Sydney, and therefore a landing page has been made for the Sydney office:
Main Keywords: These are the short tail keywords that are the most broad and relate to the term pest control and the main city, Sydney.
“Pest Control Sydney”
“Sydney Pest Control”
Secondary Keywords: These keywords relate to the main city Sydney, pest control, and also sub services that the business provides.
“Termite Inspection Sydney”
“Cockroach Pest Control Sydney”
“Ant Extermination Sydney”
Auxiliary Keywords: These keywords relate to smaller suburbs within the main city Sydney that people also search for, that the exterminator services.
“Pest Control North Sydney”
“Pest Control Barangaroo”
“Pest Control Surry Hills”
“Pest Control Darlinghurst”
By incorporating all of the relevant keywords into the content of the landing page, the pest control business is essentially telling Google that when people search for an exterminator in all of the areas listed, that it is a good idea to serve the extermination businesses website in the search results.
Listing your pest control business on Google My Business
It is very important that all businesses, especially exterminators, list their business on Google My Business. This essentially means that when a person searched for a pest control business in any given city, the business will be displayed on the map section of the search results. This section of the search results is the first thing people see when searching on Google for an exterminator, so if a business can be listen here, they can get a very large amount of traffic. Being listed correctly in GMB, a pest control business can also be found on Google Maps when searching an area for someone in pest control. Also, the exterminators reviews are displayed underneath the business name, so potential customers can see instantly if they have good reviews or not.
What other industries does Extension Group help businesses in Australia with?
Extension Group provide SEO for Australian businesses in virtually all industries. If you have a website and your competitors are ranking higher than you in the SERP, then we can help. Some of the industries that we commonly work with though include (but are not limited to):
Child Care Centres
How To Get Started on SEO with Extension Group
We have a simple 4 step process which we go through with our customers to get set up to help with their SEO. First, we will have a quick 5 to 10 minute chat about your business and what you are looking to achieve with SEO. Then, we will work out a strategy to be able to achieve these results for your business. From there, depending on the product that you have chosen with us, we will assist with the following steps whether it be build you a new website or update your existing one, and then finally once you are making money from your SEO, you can decide whether or not you want to stay with us.
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