Yelp and SEO

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Many therapists may not think of Yelp as an important part of their private practice. But, having an optimized listing can actually help Google recognize your practice as a trustworthy source for potential clients. There are a variety of things to address on your Yelp listing. But, due to the unique nature of the mental health field, it can sometimes be difficult to understand the most vital points to address. So, today we are going to discuss what goes into an optimized Yelp listing for private practice owners. Without further ado, let’s learn how you can make the most of your listing. 

Claiming your Listing and Adding Important information

Before you start optimizing your listing, you must ensure you have either created a new listing or have claimed it if it already exists on Yelp. This will be the only way you will can have the ability to change or add additional information about your practice. After doing so, you can then add vital information about your practice. This should include essential points like:

  • Your name, address, and phone number (NAP)
  • Hours of operation
  • Business description
  • Physical address
  • Site URL
  • Notable locations/businesses that are nearby
  • Primary services offered
  • Business categorizations
  • History of the business

While ensuring that these points are addressed is important, there are others that may not be applicable due to the nature of owning a private practice. For a majority of therapists, services are offered in the form of psychotherapy instead of products that are being sold. As a result, this may be a part of your Yelp listing that you should leave intentionally blank. Yelp won’t count it against you if you don’t list products if you don’t offer them. The nature of therapy is unique, and this is also reflected in the many different businesses that use Yelp such as restaurants, mechanics, hotels, etc.

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It is important to ensure you are adding as much accurate information as possible to make the most out of your Yelp page, but making things up for the sake of having more to offer than your competitors will not benefit your listing, or your practice. If anything, this may cause more confusion for potential clients searching for your practice, and result in a loss of credibility. Everything you add or update will be reviewed by Yelp moderators to ensure accuracy, so take care to make sure you are adding the correct information. 

Adding Photos

Another important thing to include on your Yelp listing is photos related to your practice. This can include anything from images of the interior of your practice, the clinicians that clients can expect to work with, or exterior photos of your practice to help visitors better identify where you are located. Reviewers can also include photos with their comments, which can be a welcome source of engagement.  

Yelp Page Upgrades

It is also worth mentioning that it is possible to actually pay for upgrades to your Yelp listing. These upgrades include additions such as a Call to Action to make it easier for potential clients to reach your site, removal of competitor ads, adding your practice logo, and business highlights. These can help promote the exposure of your practice, but they are in no way a requirement when optimizing your Yelp listing.   

Responding to Messages and Reviews

For therapists, getting reviews in an ethical way can be a tricky subject due to the nature of this profession. But, when you start receiving them, it is vital that you respond in a timely, ethical way, whether they be positive or negative. Responding to reviews serves as a chance to foster engagement, and take constructive feedback into consideration. So, create a response that addresses the issue and takes ownership, but also shows appreciation for the comment and the input of the reviewer. 

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Every now and then, there may also be reviews from unhappy clients or unrelated actors looking to get a reaction. They may be unhappy with services or want “review bomb” a business. Reviews that only seek to harm your reputation can be removed, but they must be addressed carefully by reviewing Yelp’s content guidelines. The line between critical feedback and defamatory comments can be thin depending on the situation, so it is vital to do your homework before deciding to remove anything.

Updating Your Yelp Listing Over Time

Finally, it is also important to mention that you should check in on your Yelp listing over time. Update it as things change with your private practice. This ongoing check-in can happen when responding to reviews. Doing so will help sure your page stays active in the eyes of Google, and potential clients. Plus, this gives you the opportunity to update your listing to include keywords that you may want to focus on. Thus, further improving your ability to show up in the search results for specific services.

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Our team of SEO specialists can support you in making the most of your Yelp listing. We can also help improve your place in the Google search results. We are honored to offer SEO services for therapists across the country and internationally. To start your SEO journey with Simplified SEO Consulting, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Book a free 30-minute consultation call.
  2. Meet with an SEO specialist.
  3. Start better managing multiple practices

Other Services Offered with Simplified SEO Consulting

Simplified SEO Consulting offers a variety of services to help improve your Google search rankings. Our team can offer support in optimizing your site with our Done For You SEO Services. We also offer DIY Online SEO Courses, and a 12-week Done With You Intensive SEO Program. Feel free to read other posts from our blog for more helpful information!

About the Author

Photo of Sterling, an SEO Specialist at Simplified SEO Consulting that specializes in all things technical SEO!Sterling Humburg-Cage graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Psychology in 2020. He integrates what he learned in school into his work as an SEO Specialist with Simplified SEO Consulting. Sterling prides himself on helping current clients & alumni problems solve difficult SEO issues.  He’s great at giving clients multiple options about how to approach a situation and responding quickly to client concerns.  Since he started, Sterling has met frequently with our alumni and provided them extra problem-solving support. He often goes the extra mile to do outside research and make sure private practice owners have everything they need to rank well on search engines long term for the keywords their ideal clients are using!

Your practice is growing, and so are your responsibilities

An image of many pins in a board being connected by twine. Google My Business in counseling can feel difficult with multiple locations, but Simplified SEO Consulting can help. Learn more about improving SEO for therapists and more. Expanding the reach of your practice can be hard to accomplish, but very rewarding. Along the way, you may learn that managing more than one listing for your practice can be a difficult experience. Having more than one office location Google My Business listing can feel like a nightmare depending on the number of locations and listings you have. Managing multiple listings in an effective way often requires strategies for success that are different from managing a singular location. 

Many of the same principles that apply to managing a single Google My Business listing still apply, but there are a number of other things that should be taken into account. Addressing and organizing your Google My Business listings can help you better manage each of your practice locations. So, today we are going over some of the most strategic decisions you can make to help make Google My Business easier to manage with multiple locations. 

Verifying More than One Location

The verification process for a single location often involves Google sending a postcard via mail with a code to verify they have the right address. While this would technically work for multiple locations, it is by far the most convenient option. If you have more than 10 locations, you will need to use bulk verification to manage them. This will allow you to manage them in a more centralized, convenient way. In fact, these location groups even allow you to create bulk posts to go out to every Google My Business listing rather than having to post to each location one by one.

Google My Business also comes with the ability to use bulk edits as well. If info about your practice changes, you can use Google’s bulk edit tool to update all the listings in a location group at once instead of going through them one at a time. But, you must be careful when doing so. Since any changes you make go out to each location, any mistakes or inconsistencies will also spread to each and may harm your site’s creditability in the process. 

This is why it’s important to keep your NAP information updated and consistent. Focusing on having the right information will help improve the credibility of your practice, and ensure people can get in contact with you if need be. In addition, you can also personalize each post with location indicators for the area the practice is located. By doing so, you can help improve your local SEO presence, helping you connect with those around you who may be more likely to benefit from your services.

Can you Schedule Posts in Advance?

It is also possible to schedule posts to your Google My Business listing to be uploaded at a given date. However, this isn’t an option that is native to Google My Business. This may involve outside support from a third party to do so. But, this extra support can help you save hours in preparing posts to go out on a regular basis.

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Even though some of the smaller details present on Google My Business can be easy to overlook, taking the time to fill them out can have big benefits in making your listing more competitive. Doing so will give Google more important information about your practice, and may include adding important labels, services, and photos to represent your practice. This is also why adding categories is such a vital part of your Google My Business profile. So, take the time to let Google know about these details by personalizing them for each of your office locations. This may include different services specific therapists offer at a given location, different hours of operation, or any other important information pertaining to your practice. 

Should I Have More Than Google My Business Account?

For the purposes of managing multiple locations, you will likely only ever need one account to manage each of your locations in an effective way. Having more than one account may be beneficial if you manage more than one type of business. But, for therapists that only offer therapy services, one account is all you should ever need!  

Transfering Location Groups

With all the moving parts that go into Google My Business, it can be easy to make mistakes early on that can make things more difficult down the road. One such scenario is when Google My Business listings are created under the wrong account. You may have encountered this, and feel stressed about deleting an already established listing, but you don’t actually have to! Google My Business also provides the ability to transfer your listings from one account to another. Having only one account will make it easier to also keep track of vital info like your name, address, and phone number. Plus, other important practice info. And, you can also grant additional account managers access to the listing, making it even easier to collaborate and synchronize each of your office locations.

Expanding your Practice

Last but not least, it is also important to note that you can add new office locations to your existing location group. It helps to take a moment to review your NAP info when adding a new location as well. Google is always looking to have the most up-to-date and accurate data. So, suggestions for edits may be taken into account through third-party data. This means that there is a chance your business information has changed without you knowing, and may take a double or triple check to ensure everything is correct.

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The team of SEO specialists at Simplified SEO Consulting has the training and experience to provide support with a variety of services. We would be honored to help improve your SEO and grow your online presence. To start your SEO journey, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Book a free 30-minute consultation call.
  2. Meet with an SEO specialist.
  3. Start better managing multiple practices

Other Services Offered with Simplified SEO Consulting

Simplified SEO Consulting offers a variety of services to help improve your Google search rankings. Our team can offer support in optimizing your site with our Done For You SEO Services. We also offer DIY Online SEO Courses, and a 12-week Done With You Intensive SEO Program. Feel free to read other posts from our blog for more helpful information!

About the Author

Photo of Sterling, an SEO Specialist at Simplified SEO Consulting that specializes in all things technical SEO!Sterling Humburg-Cage graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Psychology in 2020. He integrates what he learned in school into his work as an SEO Specialist with Simplified SEO Consulting. Sterling prides himself on helping current clients & alumni problems solve difficult SEO issues.  He’s great at giving clients multiple options about how to approach a situation and responding quickly to client concerns.  Since he started, Sterling has met frequently with our alumni and provided them extra problem-solving support. He often goes the extra mile to do outside research and make sure private practice owners have everything they need to rank well on search engines long term for the keywords their ideal clients are using!

Google provides a variety of resources to help you better understand how your site is performing on the web. Many of these resources such as Google Analytics (GA) can offer invaluable data. But, this tool isn’t without occasional errors that can throw a wrench in your efforts to improve your site. So today, we are diving into some of the more common issues you may experience while using Google Analytics.  And, how you can go about solving them!

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It is first worth noting that the data Google Analytics offers isn’t native to your site. To start allowing Google to track data, you must first use your Google account to sign up for Google Analytics and set up your account. After doing so, you have to ensure the tracking code is installed on each page of your website. This may sound like a pain to do, but there are a few ways to simplify the process depending on the site builder you are using. 

Installing the Google Analytics Tracking Code

Making sure the tracking code is on each page of your website has become a much easier process with the help of a few other tools often used alongside Google Analytics. The most straightforward method is still embedding the source code into the website. But, this process can be difficult and confusing depending on your familiarity with the technical aspects of your site. If done and cause issues if done incorrectly. As a result, we like to advise against this unless method unless you feel comfortable enough to do so, or if there are no other options. 

Alternatives to Install Your Tracking Code

But, one of the best options is the Google Tag Manager. This system allows you to add measurement codes and tags to your website or app. You only need to add the Tag Manager code to your site, and you can use the services available with the Manager. Another useful tool is the google analytics plugin itself. This will differ based on the website builder you are using but can offer a simple way to integrate the tool with your site. 

Using either of these can help you ensure the tracking code is ending up where it needs to be. However, based on the complex your site and practice are, there is a chance you may still run into other issues along the way. 

Data Issues

In the process of reviewing your Google Analytics data, you may find what is reported is nowhere near what it should be. This may manifest in the form of a very low bounce rate, inflated page views, or a variety of other ways depending on the issue. When this data fails to reflect the accurate metrics of your site, it can lead to a great deal of confusion and frustration. But, using the Google Analytics troubleshooting tool can help you get to the root of the issue. In many cases, these issues will relate to:

  • Data missing from reports
  • Pages being reported more than once
  • Internal traffic appearing in reports
  • Bots/spam skewing reported data

An illustration of a screen showing website data. This could represent Google Analytics in counseling and the effects it can have. Learn more about how to rank on google for therapists by contacting simplified seo consulting. 65202While these issues may be different, each involves becoming familiar with creating filters on Google Analytics. Creating filters will allow you to address each of these issues by changing what data you see in your reports. There are a variety of filters that can help your site in many ways. So, becoming familiar with them can go a long way in helping you curate the data you want to see on your site.

When Other Properties Affect Your Data

Depending on the size and scope of your practice, you may also experience issues related to the data of other websites appearing in the wrong report. This can occur if you have multiple Google Analytics properties on the same account and is often a result of the wrong tracking code being installed on the site. Using Google Analytics to track the data for multiple websites can be convenient. But, you must take extra care that it has been configured correctly. Otherwise, you run the risk of skewed results.

One of the best ways to go about solving this involves logging into your Google account. From here, you can go to the property in question and see if it matches the tracking code installed on your site. Another important thing you may want to enable is cross-domain tracking. This will allow you to track data across multiple sites from the same Google Analytics account. But, you will not have the same access to the data you have with a single site. Instead, you will be able to access data including:

  • Pageviews
  • Unique visitors
  • Average session duration
  • Traffic between pages      

Taking this into account can help you better understand how best to track the data on your site, and help avoid errors in what is being reported.

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Google Analytics can provide invaluable insights about your site. But, the data isn’t always as accurate as one may believe. So, understanding how these issues can arise can help improve the reliability of your data and the overall health of your site. It can feel like a lot to take into account. But, remember that there is always support available should you need it! 

Begin Working with Simplified SEO Consulting

Our team of SEO specialists can help you improve your SEO and other technical aspects of your site. We have supported many private practice owners in creating healthier websites, and we would love to support you as well! To start your SEO journey, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Book a free 30-minute consultation call.
  2. Meet with an SEO specialist.
  3. Start improving Google’s rankings and meet your practice’s goals!

Other Services Offered with Simplified SEO Consulting

Our team at Simplified SEO Consulting is happy to offer support in a number of ways. We can offer support in improving local SEO for therapists as well as DIY Online SEO Courses. In addition, we also offer Done For You SEO services, and a Done With You 12-week Intensive SEO program. Feel free to visit our blog to learn more today!

About the Author

Photo of Sterling, an SEO Specialist at Simplified SEO Consulting that specializes in all things technical SEO!Sterling Humburg-Cage graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Psychology in 2020. He integrates what he learned in school into his work as an SEO Specialist with Simplified SEO Consulting. Sterling prides himself on helping current clients & alumni problems solve difficult SEO issues.  He’s great at giving clients multiple options about how to approach a situation and responding quickly to client concerns.  Since he started, Sterling has met frequently with our alumni and provided them extra problem-solving support, often going the extra mile to do outside research and make sure private practice owners have everything they need to rank well on search engines long term for the keywords their ideal clients are using!

You may have heard it time and time again. Wix doesn’t always produce the best SEO results, especially in highly competitive areas. However, we have as mental health SEO specialists have seen some good rankings in areas like Wisconsin, Florida, Oregon, California, and such. Usually, we recommend Squarespace or WordPress. However, to those who love their WIX website, we are here to support you. There are ways to boost your website to get the most out of SEO. 

Why Would Someone Work with a Wix Website?

There are many reasons practice owners find themselves on a Wix website. Usually, individuals are here because they are trying SEO for themselves. Therapists know that SEO is great for private practices and referrals, however, SEO can be expensive. So individuals build a site and do some baseline SEO to get on the map. Others have already invested in SEO and have been on Wix for a while. Honestly, if you know how to maneuver around Wix, it can be a great platform to use.

 Here are some of the benefits of working with a Wix website. 

  1. It’s free
  2. You can customize your site 
  3. Honestly, it’s easy to use
  4. Has a clear and easy to understand website walkthrough
  5. Wix does offer support on the platform. 

Work on the basics for Wix and SEO

Remember that SEO takes time on any platform. We recommend in-depth SEO for about 6 months. We need to begin with high-quality content and good keyword research. These are the building blocks of the site. Make sure you have at least 500 words of content broken down into subheadings ( heading 1-3 only). Then make sure you are doing basic readability, this can make or break communicating your message to your clients. Additionally, add photos, internal and external links. 

Nuances with Wix to Know



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Wix can be interesting to optimize and it is important for SEO, that we have the opportunity to add in Alt text. On other sites like Squarespace and WordPress, you can add an alt description and title. On Wix, you can only add an alt title. So make sure you are placing the focus keywords here with train tracks | separating the content. Add in 3-5 zip codes as well. Place 3 or more photos to get the best results on WIX. There is an option to add a tooltip to your site which works as a caption or alt description. The only issue with this is that it will show up on the page or blog itself rather than being an invisible description for a screen reader. On blogs for Wix, it is ever so slightly different. There is an option to add a caption and a title. However, just like the tooltip, the caption option will show up on the blog. If you are ok with this, then by all means add it on there to enhance your SEO, otherwise just focus on the alt title. 

Here is an example of a good alt title you could utilize: Corner of Wix Website | Wix and SEO | Is Wix Good for Blogging| Is Wix A Good Website| SEO for Therapists | Rolla 65402 | Columbia 65201 | Kirksville 53501

Important Point About Photos

Another issue we often see on Wix websites is that individuals will use backgrounds in place of photos. You may be wondering, “how is that not a photo?” The thing is we want to ensure that we are adding photos in for the purpose of optimization ( locations, zip codes, focus keywords). If we are not able to add in these elements, then although it may be appealing design-wise, it doesn’t enhance or offer value to your SEO. If you absolutely want these background photos or headings on your pages, make sure you still include 3 independent photos, that have the opportunity to be optimized. 

Meta Descriptions:

On Wix just as on any site, you have a certain length that your meta title and description should be. Wix actually has a shorter requirement and it will display on your preview of the meta when you type it in. Therefore, Make sure that you can see all of the text you intentionally want to be viewed by potential clients. Anything over this limit will show up as dots and can be off-putting from a user experience standpoint. Place the focus keyword, locations, and a zip code for your meta title. Then add in an attention-grabbing meta description incorporating keywords and locations. 

Font Size and Subheadings

There have been many sites I have seen where it looks like individuals have places Heading 1-Heading 3 as we would want on a site. Formatting can be unusual on Wix if you are not familiar with it. The good thing about Wix is that it offers more options to change font size, type, and colors. Make sure you have only one heading 1. It can be easy to assume that on Wix the headings are not interchangeable, however, you can easily modify it. If you like the font and size of an h1 for other headings, great news, you can mimic it on Wix and change it to an H2. Be careful that you’re not adding in Heading 4- 6 because Google doesn’t register this as a valid heading to read to someone using a screen reader. 

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  • Individuals report having low rankings. Wix did fix this error back in 2016, but even so, Wix is a closed-circuit site, so adding additional plug in’s is not possible like on wordpress.
  • While you do not need a ton of tools to rank well for SEO, Wix doesn’t have as many options like Squarespace and WordPress
  • Does not offer advanced SEO options. Since Wix is a beginner-friendly SEO site, it does not have the in-depth options for SEO like other platforms do. With this in mind, that is why we say that we often see plateaus in SEO on a Wix site because you can only take it so far. 
  • Is not always mobile-friendly. It is important to have a mobile-friendly website. Most people are searching for therapy services via their phones. If your site does not look flattering or appealing on a phone, individuals will bounce right off. 

What Wix Does Offer

  • Since Wix is meant to be beginner-friendly, you will be able to use their SEO tools and be guided through some baseline SEO for your site. Such as setting up your home meta description, connecting your site map, and seeing your site analytics. 
  • Doesn’t require coding. One of the biggest reasons individuals find themselves on Wix is because while wordpress is the gold standard of websites, it does require some familiarity with coding, and knowing how to build out certain features. It can be challenging to use if you do not have a web designer or enough experience. 

More Features Wix and SEO Include:

  • Default and custom title tags, meta descriptions, H tags (H1, H2, etc.)
  • SEO patterns to automatically update sitewide default settings 
  • Custom URLs for every page
  • Alt image tags to optimize photos on the page
  • Already optimized mobile-friendly templates
  • Google Analytics & Search Console integration
  • Canonical tags
  • HTTP 
  • XML sitemap
  • Schema markup
  • Structured data
  • Social share settings
  • Instant indexing

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  • Do keyword research, but get specific. You will rank better for long-tail keywords with locations before short-tail. Example: PTSD treatment and trauma therapy in Columbia, MO before trauma therapy near me
  • Submit site maps, and indexes anytime you make any changes to your site. 
  • Use the SEO Wiz tool. This is kind of a requirement to be able to do any type of SEO on your Wix site
  • Create quality content on your service pages and blogs
  • Optimize for Locations in paragraphs, subheadings, and alt text
  • Write quality meta titles and descriptions. This makes you clickable.
  • First things first create a quality domain name. Add keywords, brand-specific names, and locations. 
  • Add quality slugs to your pages. Slugs are in the URL and add rankings to your overall SEO. Example www.
  • Check to see if your site is mobile-friendly. Wix has options to view on the desktop and on mobile options. Additionally, if you index your pages and you find there are errors. Google search console can tell you what needs to be fixed. 
  • Periodically check in on your data and see where you are maintaining and where you can improve.

Begin SEO for Your Wix Website or Learn About The Best Strategy for Your Practice!

Want to know more about how to get the most out of your Wix Website. Try our Done for you Program. Keep your eyes out for a Wix and SEO Webinar by our Training Director Danica Wolf in the near future. If you need support, we are here to help. Our skilled and passionate team of SEO specialists is here to make sure your SEO journey is tailored to your brand and identity. Simplified SEO Consulting would be excited to help you on your SEO journey. To get started with our service follow these simple steps:

  1. Schedule a consult with our Client Success Specialist or Consult Team 
  2. Learn more about our wonderful team of SEO Specialists.
  3. Start getting the best return on your SEO investment from a skilled team!

Other Services offered by Simplified SEO Consulting    

Simplified SEO consulting offers a wide range of services that can help you begin working with your people. We offer. Done for You SEO Service packagesonline courses, and SEO training opportunities. Our most popular course includes our “Top of Google” Online course, and we have 12 weeks (about 3 months) of intensive SEO for therapists who want to learn with a guide. Additionally, we are offering a limited-time SEO Mastermind group if you want a great training opportunity for a steal, this is for you. For those looking for a more specialized package, we also offer an SEO strategy package. To get started, schedule a consultation with our Client Success Specialist today!

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As an SEO specialist at Simplified, Jasmine is an SEO services consultant and helps new clients become oriented to our services. If you are ready to begin SEO services, then get in touch and schedule your free consultation today!

Jasmine Jaquess is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. Currently, she is seeing clients in practice as part of her internship. Her interests include working with athletes, high functioning anxiety, mild eating disorders, and more. Currently, she serves as the Client Success Specialist in new client consultations with Simplified SEO Consulting. Plus she is one of our Mental Health SEO Specialists. She specializes in platforms such as Squarespace and Wix. If you’re ready to see how Simplified can serve you, schedule your next consultation. If you are ready for a no-nonsense effective SEO strategy, we can help!

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First off, it’s good that you found it! It is so important to keep an eye on backlinks and monitor any additions or changes in your links. And, you especially want to

 know when unfamiliar sites, such as a porn site, are linking to your private practice website. Sadly, this is a very common issue. So please know that you are not alone if you’ve encountered this issue. 

Unfortunately, your website is on the world wide web, and anyone who wants to can add a backlink to your site. Furthermore, they don’t even need your permission! Spammy links are super annoying. Plus, they actually hurt your SEO, too. The good news is that we can get rid of them.

Cleaning Up Your Backlinks

A blank screen on a laptop- Simplified seo consulting can help with removing backlinks from your private practice website | spammy backlinks | backlinks from a pornsite | seo for therapistsIf you’re just starting out on your SEO journey, you may not know about how to even check on your backlinks. That is completely okay! When you start out creating and working on a private practice website, there’s a lot to learn. One of the tools we offer as a part of our Done For You SEO Services is a backlink checker, called the Majestic tool. If you are a current client of Simplified’s and you’re wondering about the backlinks to your website, request to discuss this with your SEO Specialist on your next call. 

However, if you are not a client of Simplified SEO Consulting, there are other ways to check out the websites linking to your private practice website and get rid of the bad ones. 

Getting Rid of Bad Backlinks 

There are two main ways to get rid of bad backlinks that are hurting your SEO. 

  1. You can certainly reach out to the site owner of the bad link and ask them to completely remove the backlink. Getting it removed is the best option for your SEO, but it is relatively hard to do. Finding the owner of the site, getting contact information, and getting them to respond is highly unlikely. 
  2. You can try to disavow the link. In doing this, you are telling Google that you don’t want to be associated with that link and that is not something you want for your site. Disavowing backlinks is considered to be a semi-advanced SEO technique.  If you’d like to try it on your own, check out this site for more information on how to do it!  However, please keep in mind that it may be helpful to get a little support from a professional (example: meeting with one of us for a strategy session or at least watching our Building Backlinks DIY course.

If this all seems overwhelming, remember that our SEO services can do this for you!  Photo of a keyboard and SEO words written on paper. Simplified SEO Consulting can help you navigate all of your SEO needs. Private Practice therapists can use SEO to boost their rankings in Google. Backlinks can boost your SEO, but the wrong backlinks can hurt.

We offer a “Building Backlinks” course that teaches you how to disavow those spammy backlinks. Further, the course mentions our favorite ways to do so. Remember that if you are a Done for You SEO client, your SEO specialists will send you this course during your 5th month of SEO work… for free! We can also offer help disavowing backlinks either as part of our “point” system when we’re working on your SEO, teach you how to do all of this during our 12 week intensive SEO training program or we even offer help with backlinks as a service to our SEO alumni.

Regardless of your work with us or not, it is important to keep tabs on your backlinks and remove them at least once per year to keep your SEO rankings at their best. Continue to check on those links from time to time and try to keep up with the bad ones. If you notice there are more bad than good… consider checking out how to earn quality backlinks for your site. This can help boost your SEO and make you feel a lot better about backlinks in general! 

One of the  first questions you likely have when you’re learning to optimize your private practice website is where to search for keywords. It’s hard to know what people are actually looking for. After a quick Google search, you have probably realized that are TONS of keyword tools out there. But, you’re not ready to pay for them, so now you need to know what free options are out there. We get it! After all, that’s where we were at the beginning of our SEO journey too. So, today we will discuss some great free keyword research tools and give you some helpful hints on where to begin when searching for keywords that fit your practice.

Why do Keyword Research:

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If you’re new to SEO keyword research may be intimidating and time-consuming. So you may be wondering, why bother? Well simply put, SEO tells you what words, phrases, and questions people are searching for on Google. So this tells you what to target on your page. We infuse keyword research into all parts of our work including meta descriptions, alt text, photo titles, the copy, page title, subheadings, and more. Basically, keyword research provides us a foundation for our work as SEO specialists.

Free Keyword Research Options:

Look at Your Intake Paperwork

If you’re just getting started, the best place to begin is your intake paperwork. Look at the issues your clients are presenting with. Note the language they’re using. What pain points are they writing down. Anxiety? Depression? Sadness? Stress? Make a list of these terms… they will come in handy later, I promise.

Use Google’s “People Also Ask:” Feature

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As an example, I searched for “free keyword research tools.” At the bottom of Google, they gave me a list under the heading “people also asked” where they listed related terms that include “best keyword tool, keyword planner, and SEO keywords.”

Google Adwords Planner

If you’ve read our blogs, you likely know there’s a distinct difference between SEO or SEM (like Google AdWords). So, while we do not personally use this tool as SEO consultants, we do recognize its value when choosing keywords to optimize for. Specifically, the thing we’d suggest paying most attention to is the search volume in your area.

Click here to access the Keyword Planner

Google Trends

Google trends is a super cool tool that shows you what keywords people are searching for in your area. You can use google trends to compare keywords and see how keywords change based on major events in the area you’re searching for (like coronavirus for example).  This is especially helpful if you’re writing timely blogs about things that are currently in the news and want to see what terms people are using right now.

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We love Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest free (as of June 2021) keyword tool! This tool will give you a few crucial pieces of SEO information. It provides a domain overview, other top SEO pages, keyword suggestions, content suggestions, and backlink information. It’s a wonderful place to begin your keyword research.

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Semrish’s free keyword magic tool. This tool is a simple yet detailed way to search for keywords. The free version (there’s a paid one too) gives you twelve searches per day. You can see how your intended keyword performs as well as related keywords you may want to consider tracking.

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The free version of Moz is very similar to Semrush and Ubersuggest. Here you can search for an intended keyword and get suggestions and understand the search volume and keyword difficulty. Another cool feature, they give you a “priority score ranking between 1-100 so you can see how important this term is to target.

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Wordstream offers a free search option. One cool factor that we like about this tool is it allows you to search by location so you can see how keywords are performing state by state. You can also enter websites’ URLs to compare how they perform SEO/SEM wise in a side-by-side comparison.

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Answer the Public

Want to know what phrases your ideal clients are searching for? Well, look no further than answer the public. This website will also you to type in a phrase or word like search engine optimization for example and it will spit out a list of search queries relating to that term.

But beware, the free version only allows you to do two searches per day. Also, don’t try using your phone on WiFi to search, it won’t let you… we’ve tried.

Click here to use Answer the Public

YouTube Autocomplete

On YouTube, you can begin to type in a word or phrase and see what pops up as a suggestion. For example, go to YouTube and type in counseling, do you see what it suggests? Those are things you may want to consider targeting or at least blogging or vlogging on.

Want more help? We’ve got you covered!

Feeling perplexed about keyword research and don’t know where to begin? Don’t have the time to invest in this endeavor?

We get it. It can feel like a lot. But, we’re here to help. As skilled SEO specialists, we’ve done a lot of keyword research. Plus, we all have a background in mental health to draw upon. So, this translates into choosing great keywords to target on your private practice website. If you’re ready to begin optimizing your website and getting to the top of Google, we would love to speak with you.

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To begin optimizing your therapy website follow these steps:

  1. Make an appointment for a free 30-minute consultation with a member of the Simplified SEO Consulting team
  2. Learn more about our packages and training opportunities
  3. Start optimizing your webpage and watch your site rank better on Google!

About the Author:

Cory Moss is a Simplified SEO specialist based in Kansas City. She specializes in working on readability for therapist websites. She really enjoys helping her clients get to the top of Google and attract their ideal clients.

In SEO land, URLs have been a hot topic. There’s a lot of information that has been circulated around URLs. On top of that, URLs are more of a ‘techy’ component of SEO. URLs have a role in SEO. There are factors that contribute to having an ‘SEO-worthy‘ URL. Below are 4 things to keep in mind to achieve this.

1. URL Anatomy

To ensure that we’re all starting at the same point, let’s talk through the anatomy of a URL. To demonstrate this, the URL for one of Simplified’s blog is shown below.

https://– protocol

simplifiedseoconsulting– domain

.com- top-level domain

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As we can see, each component of the URL has a title. If we were missing any piece, we wouldn’t have a functioning URL. Instead, we would get our favorite thing: 404 error.

With that in mind,  the slug is often considered to have a larger impact on SEO than the other components. This is because you have to select the slug each time you create a new page (or post, etc).  So, take advantage of that!  Next, we’ll cover how to do this.

2.Creating an SEO-worthy URL slug

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When creating a URL slug, it’s important to keep SEO in mind by incorporating as many keywords and location indicators as possible. Keywords are vital in URLs for two reasons.

  1. Keywords are the words that people are searching for. If they are included in our slug, our page is more likely to show up.
  2. Google knows that users are searching for these terms. So, there’s a better chance that Google will boost your site higher than other sites that have ‘irrelevant’ words in the slug.

You’re probably wondering what this looks like in real life.

Let’s think about an online therapy page for a clinical practice in Texas. After doing some keyword research, here are the results that I found.

The results indicate that “online therapy” has the highest search volume (5,300 searches over the last 30 days). ‘Online counseling’ is the second highest (1,900 searches in the last 30 days).

Another option is ‘teletherapy.’ However, the keyword research shows that significantly fewer people are searching for ‘teletherapy.’ According to the tool we use for keyword research, approximately 900 people in all of Texas have searched for ‘teletherapy’ over the last 30 days.

So. . .

With all of this in mind, it would make the most sense for us to include ‘online therapy in Texas’ in the slug for our page. This is because it has the highest search volume compared to all of the other keywords we could have included. Again, keywords are vital to SEO as they are the words that are searched the most by our ideal clients.

3. Make sure to remove special characters and numbers

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Special characters include backlashes, square brackets, space, exclamation, double quote, number sign, and other characters. The Internet Engineering Task Force refers to these characters as unsafe characters if they are in a URL. These characters are considered unsafe for a variety of reasons. These are considered unsafe because these characters have other “jobs” for coding. If they are used incorrectly, it can result in your URL not operating correctly. This can result in a critical error on your site. And, unfortunately, critical errors can have a significantly negative impact on SEO.

Overall, the big takeaway is that it’s best not to add anything besides letters (and maybe numbers- if it makes sense).

4. Changing existing URLs.

So, there’s a good chance that you’re reading this blog and panicking a little bit. You’re probably thinking about some of the URLs on your site that don’t follow the rules discussed in this blog. So, you might as well change them and fix the problem, right?

Eh, not exactly.

Changing URLs is tricky and it has to be done correctly.  Unfortunately, changing a URL can so easily be done incorrectly. To change a URL correctly requires a few things so you avoid having a bunch of 404 errors on your website.

One of those things is 301-redirect. A 301 redirect permanent redirect that passes full ranking power to the redirected page. This way, users are still able to access all of the pages on your site. Think of this as moving to a different address. When you move, you should provide your new address to the post office so your mail is sent to you. Because if it isn’t,  you could miss something really important.

An additional consideration to be mindful of is the impact that this can have on your SEO.

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It is not uncommon for SEO to drop after this change happens. This is because Google will likely take a little while to ‘readjust’ to your URL for that page. Essentially, to give you the SEO credit for your page. It may take a little while for Google to associate and adjust to the new URL. So, we often advise our clients that their SEO may bounce around for a while. However, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom! Changing your URL properly can be beneficial in the end. Of course, if all the things are done the way they should be. If you’re considering this, we encourage you to seek out a professional who can point you in the right direction.

I hope you learned a thing or two about URLs!

At Simplified, our goal is to help you establish SEO in the manner that fits your goals the best. For some, that will be getting to know all things URLs! With that in mind, our SEO Specialists would love to help you dream and scheme of where your SEO journey is heading. Our SEO Specialists have a variety of different experiences and can bring this to the table! We offer a variety of different services, including Done For You and Done With You services. If you’d like to get the SEO party started, follow these steps:

  1. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation with us. 
  2. Get to know our team of highly skilled and experienced SEO specialists.
  3. Add the skill of URL optimization to your toolbelt!

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About the Author

Alyssa has been a member of the Simplified family for the past year. And, is now stepping into a role providing training and additional support for folks learning SEO. A recent MSW graduate, Alyssa loves the world of mental health and technology. In addition, Alyssa has a growing interest in using social media to grow a practicethe importance of live feed, and building backlinks. She wrote a two-part blog post series about the importance of blogging for SEO. This series addressed the importance of blogging and original content. In addition, she is co-hosting a blogging masterclass that will soon be available for purchase. Stick around for some more hands-on opportunities!

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Hello there, all my WordPress using friends! Out of all the plugins our team has used on WordPress, Yoast has to be the most helpful in terms of helping improve your site’s SEO. Today, I’m going to be going over a few tips to help get both those lights to green for any page you may want to work on!

First Things First

Before we get into it, I should say that the things we are talking about today may be actually off on Yoast if you only have basic permissions. Some website designers will actually turn certain features of Yoast “off” for some users.  Essentially, they understand that therapists can sometimes get so obsessed about making sure everything is green across the board that they will do things that aren’t in the best interest of their page. Needless to say, it can lead to some unnecessary overcomplications in some areas. If you don’t see any of the colored indicators mentioned in this blog, just send an email to your website designer way asking for them to turn on full access to Yoast. Anyways, let’s talk about the plugin itself!

Yoast: A Brief Overview

This handy little helper creates little colored light indicators towards the bottom of the WordPress editor, and on the side. The color of the light corresponds with the “grade” Yoast gives your big two scores: SEO, and Readability. The gradient starts at red, which indicates that many changes need to be made. It then transitions to orange, yellow, and then green, indicating you have optimized your page well!

When using Yoast, you should notice two lines of text at the bottom of the “Publish” section on the right side of the WP editor. They should say Readability and SEO. The color of that little y symbol is one of the things you’ll want to focus on. The other part of the plugin is sitting under the main content of your page. Here you will find the two results of the analysis Yoast has done on your site, which is readability, and your focus keyphrase.

First, Let’s Talk About How to Improve Your Yoast SEO Score

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Under you the main content of your page, you should see the Yoast SEO snippet, and a little preview of how your page will appear on Google. Included in this snippet should be different suggestions on how you can improve. It is scored on a color scale of red (needs improvement), orange, yellow, and green (great). Keep in mind the suggestions it gives you are from a robot, so don’t stress too much. Most of the time when we optimize it will end up green. However, sometimes that orange or yellow grade is there for a good reason.

What are some of reasons I might not want my SEO score to be green on Yoast?

Now, there are actually a LOT Of reasons your score might not be green.  But below are a few of the things that might cause your Yoast SEO score to be orange that we’re actually totally ok with.

Reason #1: Using related terms in your meta description.

Yoast suggests that you add your key phrase to your meta description. However, you might already be using your key phrase in your SEO title. This gives you the opportunity to use related terms and use more of those other keywords/terms you’d like to rank for.  For example, I might say “Addiction Recovery” in the SEO title but my meta description refers to “counseling for addiction.”  Ultimately, I want to rank well for both terms so it’s great that I managed to get in both between the title and the meta description.

Reason #2: Your key phrase isn’t in your first paragraph

Sometimes, it just doesn’t make sense to include your key phrase in that first paragraph. In fact, your goal is typically to connect with the audience in your first paragraph. Having good pain points can help out a lot more than making sure you cram the keyphrase in there somewhere. So, it holds you back a little bit on Yoast’s SEO score but can help your blog be much more effective if you’re not overly focused on getting that keyphrase in the first paragraph.

Reason #3: You didn’t include external links

While having external links can help give you credibility, not every page actually needs them. It’s more important to have internal links to other relevant pages or blog posts you’ve created, so potential clients spend more time on your site!

While Yoast isn’t absolutely right about everything when it comes to what is best for your site, a lot of the suggestions it gives can really help you in optimizing pages! If you are optimizing a site on your own, be sure to take a look. This also goes for our second big score, readability.

How Yoast Can Help You Improve Your Readability Score.

Our team has found getting readability to green can be a bit easier than SEO, so we like to get as close to the green light as possible if it isn’t already. Oh also, a quick shoutout to Cory, our readability queen. She has helped us really focus on readability, and making sure clients are getting the best return on investment. We appreciate ya!

On the other hand, readability can also be difficult to change in some situations. Some pages might cover a topic that is so technical, getting that green just might not be possible. Yoast will also provide suggestions to improve readability. You can also read this post on how to improve readability for more ideas!

Here are a couple of suggestions for improving your Yoast readability score:

  • Avoid run-on sentences, keep them shorter if you can.
  • Try and avoid technical jargon.
    • While you may be treating experts and professionals, having more technical language might not be the best thing to include. In the panicked or stressful moments someone may be looking up your services, they just want to know that you understand their pain and can provide help.

We understand and respect that clients may not want the wording of their copy to change too much. In this case, you can help to improve readability by adding subheadings and breaking up paragraphs. However, we have noticed that not working on readability does have a noticeable SEO impact. Having a more readable page will result in more movement on your site. For more support, read this blog post Cory wrote all about improving your readability.

So….do both lights on Yoast need to be green to have good SEO?

So, do both lights NEED to be green? No. It’s totally fine to have one that is orange, instead of green. Just make sure you’re looking through the suggestions Yoast is giving you so you make an educated choice about whether or not to follow each piece of standard Yoast advice. That said, Yoast certainly can make it a lot easier to figure out how to navigate many of the more technical parts of SEO, and for that, we’re thankful!

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Let Us Handle Yoast! Begin Optimizing Your Website with Simplified SEO Consulting

Improving your SEO by using Yoast doesn’t need to be overcomplicated. In fact, we make it simple! We offer a variety of SEO services and learning opportunities to best suit your needs. To get started optimizing your private practice website, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Book a free 15-minute consultation with Simplified SEO Consulting,
  2. Speak to one of our SEO specialists. During a free consultation call, we will help you determine what service or package is the best fit for your private practice
  3. Rank better on Google and get more clients!

Other SEO Services offered by Simplified SEO Consulting

Simplified SEO Consulting is pleased to offer you a variety of SEO services designed to meet your needs as an owner of a private mental health practice. Every business is unique, so we know there are a wide range of SEO needs.  Our team of SEO Specialists want to meet your needs no matter where you are in this SEO process. Our most popular services are our Done for You SEO Services. With this package, our team of SEO specialists will do in depth, comprehensive optimization on several key pages of your site each month until you have accomplished your SEO goals. However, this is not the only service we provide.  Our founder, Jessica, taught herself SEO and believes every mental health professional has the ability to do their own SEO if you have the time/motivation/energy to learn.  If this is you, we offer DIY online SEO courses or a 12 week 1:1 SEO intensive.

Additionally, we offer an SEO Strategy package. This is great if you are still in the early stages of developing a website or have a really well established website that you need to help figuring out exactly what the next step might be. Lastly, we offer alumni packages for former clients who already rank well and want to maintain those rankings. So…what’s holding you back? Whatever you are looking for, our team is here to help. So, schedule a free consultation. Together, we’ll figure out which SEO service will get your business the best return on investment!

Contact us with specific questions, or book a free SEO Consultation to decide which service is best for your practice.


About The Author

Sterling Humburg-Cage is a member of the 2020 graduating class from the University of Missouri. He is intent on using his B.A. in Psychology to help provide the best results as an SEO specialist

Often times, our therapists come to us because their ideal clients aren’t finding them on Google. They’ve put time and energy into creating their website. There’s inspirational quotes, pictures of nature, people smiling; the whole nine yards. In addition, they take suggestions from other people on how to increase traffic to their website. They’ve thoughtfully hired other therapists to be part of their group practice. Often, because of the unique skill set or treatment modality.

All of this, and still nothing.

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You’ve put some time and effort into boosting your internet presence. Unfortunately, the calls to your practice aren’t indicative of that. You’ve heard of SEO, what I will lovingly refer to as the secret underworld of website rankings. However, you know there can be a financial commitment and you might not be ready for that. For these situations, there is an option you can consider: Google Ads.
Important consideration: Much of this information is relevant for Facebook ads. However, there are some differences since it is a social media platform. But for this purpose of this blog post, I won’t be referring to Facebook ads.

What Is A Google Ad?

Google Ads, or Google Adwords, is an online advertisement platform developed by Google. It works by advertisers bidding to display brief advertisements on Google. In your case, it would be brief descriptions of the services your practice offers. By participating in bidding, your “advertisement” will be put in front of more web users. These ads can be placed in search engines, like Google. In addition, they can be placed in non-search engine websites.

How Do Google Ads Work?

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While you are paying for them, Google Ads can help your website rank higher than your competitors’. Of course, this is assuming that you’re spending more money than your competitors for these ads.
While it’s not guaranteed, Google Ads can get your website (or “advertisement”) in front of more people scrolling through the internet. This can happen relatively quickly. It’s important to consider how competitive and/or saturated your specific market is. In addition, Google Ads can help you get more people to visit your website. To make it clear: it is not guaranteed.

When Should I Invest In Google Ads?

What a great question, I’m glad you asked! Google Ads absolutely have a place when building your practice. As previously mentioned, Google Ads can help your website get in front of more people scrolling through the internet. So if no one is finding your website, this is an option. With what we know about Google Ads, below are a few times that have the best return on investment.

In The Early Days of Private Practice

A great time to invest in Google Ads is when you’re building your practice. This could be in the beginning stages of your practice when you first create a website. This is helpful for a few reasons.
  1.  It can help increase the traffic to your website.
  2. Increasing the traffic to your website has the possibility of increasing client conversion.
  3. The more people that visit your website + the longer people stay on your website = impact on Google rankings. Often, this means that Google will begin to ‘trust’ your website.

Noticing Dips In Your Rankings

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Another time to consider investing in Google Ads is when your rankings dip. This applies to practices that are established and have pretty consistent rankings. Usually, they’re on the first page for their specialty. And, are reaching their goals in terms of client calls and conversions. Sometimes, these practices can have dips in their rankings or calls. Because like other businesses, there peaks and valleys. When that happens, investing some money in Google Ads can help boost their rankings. Investing in Google Ads in this situation is typically a quick and temporary fix.

When You Shouldn’t Rely On Google Ads

Yes, Google Ads have a time and place. They can help your practice in the early stages and can give a little boost if you start to dip.

However. . .

There is not a causal relationship between Google Ads and consistently high Google rankings. What does this mean? Investing in Google Ads does not mean you will consistently rank well. Basically, your website can disappear from the first page when you don’t pay for these ads. Why is this the case? Because Google Ads only work in your favor while you’re paying for them. After you stop paying for them, the Google Ads disappear.

Another Option: Investing In SEO

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Yay, investing in SEO! So, what’s the difference in Google Ads and investing in SEO? The difference is the longevity of your website ranking well. Investing in your SEO using the techniques we use as SEO specialists will give your website staying power in Google. This includes adding links, keyword research, writing quality meta descriptions, and much more. This is important because the results gained from our optimization will stay with your site.
Basically: when we are optimizing your site, we’ll put out all the stops to get on the first page of Google. We’ll make sure your website converts clients and can “stand the test of time.” When you stop paying us for optimization services, we leave with the work we’ve done (an optimized website). Now, your website will continue to show up in Google without you having to spend hundreds of dollars on advertisements.

So Why Am I Telling You This?

Is there a possibility that some people read half of this blog and decided to invest solely in Google Ads? Maybe. Are there some people who read this and are confused why an SEO company would talk about the benefits of another service? More than likely. So why did I do this?
Our goal at Simplified SEO Consulting is for our clients to be informed consumers. We want our clients to make the best decisions for their practices. And sometimes, this means pulling back the curtain and talking about what else can help. Could we ‘talk smack’ on other advertisements that use different techniques than we do? You betcha. Will we? No. Because in the wise words of Destiny’s Child, “(our) mama(s) taught (us) better than that.”

Moving Forward With SEO Services

So, hopefully, you read this blog and decided you want to learn more. Or, you read this blog and thought it was a bunch of gobbledygook. Either way, we would love to help you reach your SEO goals. To get started with any of our services, follow these steps:
1. Sign up for our free 7-day SEO course.
2. Schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.
3. Get on the first page of Google. . . and stay there.

About the Author

Alyssa Kohne is in the process of obtaining her Masters in Social Work with a clinical concentration from the University of Missouri- Columbia. She has been doing SEO with Simplified for the last few months. Recently, she participated in the two-part backlink webinar through Simplified. Additionally, she wrote a comprehensive guide on all things backlinks.   She recommends both!

Hello! If you’re getting ready to set up Google Search Console, that means you’re ready to start tracking your SEO data. How exciting! Google Search Console is a powerful tool that allows you to see how your site is performing. Basically, this tool gives you insight into the things Google is looking at when they determine your ranking. Ultimately, this can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses from an SEO standpoint.

Google Search Console provides you with tools to give you insight into how your website is performing

therapist works on SEO on their laptop. They want to get to the top of Google so they get help from Simplified SEO ConsultingI love this tool because it helps me gain insight into what people are typing into Google when they find a site organically. You might be wondering, what’s an organic search? An organic search is a word or phrase someone types into Google to find an answer. For example, when someone types “counseling in Kansas City” they are engaging in an organic search. Furthermore, it also tells you what pages people are seeing and visiting on your website, they refer to this as “impressions” and “clicks.” An impression is when your page shows up in an organic search, and a click occurs when someone physically clicks on the URL or link to your page from an organic search.

It has some other pretty cool features too! It tells you what your page speed performance is. Remember, having a slow site negatively affects your SEO and your user’s experience on your site. No one wants to wait for a site to load. It can tell you if you have any errors on your page, and if there are any security issues on your website.

Google Search Console can help you get credit for all the great SEO work you add to your pages

In my opinion, one of the coolest factors of Search Console is the ability to submit sitemaps and request indexing when you’ve made changes on your page. I know I’ve thrown some technical terms at you, so let me dive into these two terms and their importance.

  • After you set up Google Search Console, the first thing you need to do is submit the sitemap(s). According to the SEO tool Yoast, a sitemap is “a roadmap of your website that leads Google to all your important pages.” This is important because it’ll tell Google all about the pages and posts you have on your website and will give you credit for them. Generally, you’ll only have to do this once when you first sign up for Console.
  • Every time you make a change on your website, especially if it is an SEO change, please visit Google Search Console and request indexing for that specific page. We do this to tell Google that a page has changed and they need to crawl it so you get the good SEO credit.

Hopefully, I have convinced you that registering your site with Google Search Console is worth it. Now, I would like to walk you through the process of setting up Google Search Console and submitting sitemaps.


How to Add Your Website to Google Search Console

How to Add Your WordPress Site to Console:

  1. Install the Yoast plugin.young private practice owner is interested in learning more about seo services for therapists. She gets help from simplified SEO consulting
  2. Go to Google Search Console
  3. Create an account 
  4. Put your website’s URL into the box labeled URL Prefix (the one on the right) and press continue. 
  5. Get HTML verification code
  6. Go to the backend of WordPress 
  7. Paste the HTML verification code
    • SEO > webmaster tools > console > paste and save
  8. Hit Verify in Google Search Console
  9. Add sitemaps:
    • SEO > Features > XML sitemaps > click on question mark bubble > see XML sitemaps > copy XML sitemap
  10. Enter sitemap on Google Search Console
  11. Sitemaps > add sitemap > enter
  12. Repeat for EVERY XML sitemap

How to Add Your SquareSpace Website to Console:

  1. Go to Google Search Console
  2. Create an account
  3. Go to the back end of your SquareSpace website
  4. Add search console
    • Home menu > settings > connected accounts > Google Search Console 
  5. Log into the same account used to create an account on search console
  6. Click Allow
  7. Add XML sitemaps in Console
  8. Go to the sitemaps section and in the box that says add sitemap type sitemap.xml and submit

Begin Working On Your SEO with Simplified SEO Consulting

business man works on his SEO on his computer. He gets help from Simplified SEO ConsultingThank you for reading my blog and learning more about Google Search Console. As always, if you have questions, please reach out to the Simplified SEO Consulting Staff. We would be happy to discuss SEO strategy and our services with you in a consultation video call. To begin working on your SEO and get your website to the top of Google, please follow these steps:

  1. Book a free 15-minute video consultation with a Simplified SEO Consulting staff member
  2. Speak to an SEO specialist. During your consultation call, we will answer your questions and tell you more about our SEO services.
  3. Begin optimizing your webpage and see it rank better on Google!

Other Services offered by Simplified SEO Consulting

Simplified SEO Consulting is excited to offer a variety of SEO services to mental health professionals and private practice owners. We know you may not want to optimize your own website, so we offer the Done for You SEO Service package. With this package, our team of SEO specialists will do the SEO work for you. Also, we offer alumni packages and al la carte SEO services. If you are interested in learning SEO, we can teach you the tools you need to rank better. We offer SEO training packages including our “Top of Google” online course and 12 weeks of online video training. Lastly, if you are just beginning your website journey (or considering a redesign), we offer an SEO Strategy package as well.

Reach out to our team to ask any questions, or book a free SEO Consultation to decide which option is best for your private practice. We look forward to speaking with you!