Many of the companies I speak with are looking for the same thing – a silver bullet. In the SEO world, there really aren't many silver bullets to be found, however, the concepts to succeed are pretty straight-forward. One of them is to differentiate yourself from your competition. I wanted to share with you one of the more creative ways we've seen this done and to explain why it works.
Nottawasaga Mechanical, located in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, came to us with an idea about two years ago. They wanted to host a charity vote on their website, called Nottawasaga Gives Back. Now, you may be thinking, "Okay… other than showing people how nice of a company we are, what does that do for my business?" To answer that question, consider the following.
Notttawasaga Mechanical reaches out to a handful of charities in their area. They ask that each charity back-link over to their website and encourage
their patrons to go to the website and vote. At the end of three months, they announce the winner of the charity vote and award them a donation of $1,000. The cycle then repeats itself.
This is marketing genius. Firstly, from an SEO perspective – you're getting high quality links from .org websites in which Google places a high value of trust (FYI, .edu websites are up there, too). Additionally, you're getting…