Google search has over 1 billion users! These are people in your community searching for your practice. So how do you get to the top?
It's call search engine optimization and it's how you market your chiropractic practice online.
Somebody types in "your city chiropractor" it'd be ideal to come up number one. If you're on the fourth page, you fundamentally do not exist. Hate to break it to you.
So what are some Google tips to help get you up to the first page?
...it's not using a headline of "wellness awaits you."
OK. So I've ranted about this before I'll rant about it again. "Wellness awaits you" is not a compelling headline. I just want just to want to get that out there. Nobody in town right now is saying, "I am desperately looking for wellness, and if it awaits me in this clinic, I am motivated to spend cash and sign up for the first visit possible." Nobody even knows what that means! Chiropractors fight about what wellness means, never mind the public.
So how do you build a compelling headline?
It depends on your practice type. If you want to do acute care and auto accident cases will speak to that with your call to action. If you're going to take care of CrossFit athletes, or as they are commonly known as "new patient generator gyms" (kidding) then speak to them. Speak to their pain points, their issues. Make sure that you are creating a compelling headline and a persuasive call to action at the top of your website. That's absolutely crucial.
Next is a very commonly overlooked aspect of SEO- imaging sizing. Most people don't think about this.
You might say to yourself, "well I'm going to use a company, and I'm not going to build my own website."
Cool, don't build your own site, you still should know this information. Most of the web building companies do a terrible job or don't pay attention at all, to image sizing. So you want to be at least able to speak to the person and tell them, " I want these things taken care of."
So why does this matter? If your images are big, it takes a long time to load your page. A longtime means about two seconds. Google will push you down in their ranking. Even if you have everything else right and your image size it too big, Google forces your webpage down in raking. It takes even two seconds to load, it's hurting you. Your page needs to load in less than one second, and image sizes are the number one reason why websites load slow. The good news is there are a bunch of tools out there for free that squash pictures to 10 percent of the original size and its impossible to tell the difference.
Finally, Google loves fresh content.
Nobody wants to go to a Web site desperate to find relief, and it looks like they literally have to like dust off the top of the website due to inactivity. Also, don't be the guy/girl that decided to post 25 things in three weeks and that hasn't touched it in two years. That's not compelling.
Consistent updates with fresh content on your social media and your website are crucial to gaining valuable exposure and search engine optimization. And there's plenty of tools to help you schedule those things out. So don't go feast and famine. Make sure that you are continuing to put out content even if it's once a week. The search engines like to see that, and so do prospective patients. I mean, would you go a doctor if their website looked like it was created 15 years ago and hasn't been touched since? I don't think so.
If content creation is complicated for you- pick up a free sample content pack at The Smart Chiropractor. We'll send you over some excellent evidence-based content to get started.