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Contractor SEO

SEO Concept Copy

Great News: Your Website Can Now Rank # 1 On Google Within 90 Days Or Less And Convert Like Crazy!

Our weird, unique, and effective way to rank #1 on Google in the ever-competitive home service is contracting markets for the frequently searched keywords Guaranteed!

Dear Home Service Contractor,

Do you want to rank your home service company #1 on Google and bring a steady stream of qualified leads?

(Of course, you do)

Then we will reveal all the secrets of how your business can reach the top of Google search results without getting penalized!

You’ve probably heard about SEO but don’t know how it can help your business.

As property owners become more digitally inclined, getting found on search engine results is becoming more crucial.

Here is why:

Ranking in the top spot on Google can make or break your home service business.

Research shows that prospects looking for your services online won’t surpass the first four or five listings on the Search Engine Result Page.

But SEO is outdated, right?

Some marketers argue that SEO died long ago, together with Panda and Penguin, right?

Common Myths Revealed About SEO 

You only need to create a Facebook and Instagram page to promote or market your business online. While that might be true to some degree,

The truth is the #1 highest-converting.

Most profitable, qualified online leads come from organic (free) search listings.

And if your website doesn’t appear when potential clients search for your services online, they may even conclude that you don’t exist.

So, if you have put all your marketing dollars in paid advertisement (Facebook /Google Ads) basket,

Then these shocking statistics will make you go nuts:

THE AVERAGE RETURN ON INVESTMENT ON

SEO HAS INCREASED TO 345% IN TWO YEARS

On the flip side, the cost per click on Google Ads has tripped in 4 years. And it is not Google alone.

The average Cost per Click (CPC) on Facebook ads has increased by more than 170% in the last year.

And it is expected that the price for paid ads will continue to increase in the coming years.

Since the market cost, your business on these platforms is becoming unbearable.

What Next? 

Have you worked with SEO companies that promised great results within a few weeks, only to find your website buried on Google’s fourth or fifth page?

They were overpromised but delivered shitty results.

Or even if (by some magic) they were able to rank your business #1 on Google

 It was for an irrelevant keyword phrase that brought little to no traffic

Like “Right-handed contractors in Murfreesboro, TN.”

That was one of the black hat hacks these fly-by-night SEO amateurs use to rip you off your hard-earned dollars!

 You see,

 Apply for a $1000 free strategy session with one of the Growth Coaches today. 

Sad stories contractors tell us when they come to us:

“We have created quality content, but property owners can’t find it online.”

 “I don’t even understand what the SEO agency is for since I can’t find my site when I conduct a simple Google search.”

“Our website is near the first page of Google search results.”

Most SEO Agencies Fail To Get It Right All The Time

They focus on driving insane traffic, pixie glitter, boosting rankings, and not income/revenue.

Don’t get us wrong; these metrics are equally important.

But the truth is: that rankings and traffic alone won’t pay your bills.

You can take the traffic and rankings to the bank or use them to pay your staff salaries, office rent, or raw materials.

And strange enough, they can’t help you buy a new sports car for your wife

So, in the end, the only thing that matters is the profits and revenues you obtain from those rankings or traffic.

Not rankings or insane traffic that so-called SEO geeks promise you!

This is the harsh reality.

It is like the ancient tribal language that most people have forgotten over time.

Particularly the so-called contractor SEO agencies.

Such agencies are more concerned with ripping you off your advertising dollars than claiming they want to build long-term relationships.

Surely?

You may be thinking.

SEO is neither a tactic that will generate overnight success nor a system to trick Google into awarding higher search rankings, and it needs diligent work, focus, and maintenance.

How To Rank #1 On Google, Crush The Competition, And Boost Your Sales Beyond Imagination 

So we understand that you have tried SEO, either on your own or hired an agency.

We know that you’ve been promised insane traffic, top spot rankings on Google, and countless new clients.

And we understand some agencies have skinned you alive.

So instead of focusing our energy and time explaining why we are different.

From these antics that left your business with more excuses than solutions.

Unlike the so-called “SEO gimmicks or experts,” we have decided to risk our $1000 savings to show you what sets us apart in the market.

That’s right, we are the only service contractor SEO agency crazy (or confident) enough to generate results, or we work for free.

Secondly, we are not a fly-by-night SEO Company that began a few months ago.

We have been in the home service marketing game for more than ten years, and that’s like twenty thousand years online.

Besides, we have been ranked as the #1 fastest growing SEO agency for home service contractors in the US for consecutive years.

But most importantly, hundreds if not thousands of customers have ranked #1 on Google and as experts in their respective trades, from roofing, and plumbing to HVAC, amongst others.

Guaranteed #1 Google Rankings With The First Three Months, Or Don’t Pay For Our SEO Services

Yes, you got that right.

At Blackstorm, we can’t sit back and watch your business lose clients to the competition.  

We have opened doors to accepting new clients with our $1000 free strategy session.

If you are reading this, it implies that we have a few slots available.

So click the link below to grab your spot.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is SEO, and why is it crucial for your home service business?        

SEO is the process of creating code and web content that ranks on top of the search engines like Bing or Google. It is an incredible tool to help prospects find your business when looking for online services.

 If your business doesn’t rank on the first page of Google for search terms related to your industry, then you are losing tons of leads, clients, and revenue to your competitors- guaranteed! Regardless of the kind of home service business you want to grow, SEO should be part of your internet marketing strategy to boost your revenue.

What is included in your SEO services package?

SEO services for home service contractors from Blackstorm Design+ Marketing incorporate the following:

  • An aggressive competitor analysis: This is where our professionals will analyze how your site ranks against the competition, including new keywords and SEO strategies that aren’t working, and build a custom SEO strategy to drive relevant traffic to your home service business’s website.

 

  • On-page Content and off-page optimization:  We employ white hat strategies to make your site easily found by Google and accessible to prospects online.

 

  • Local Search Engine Optimization: Drive massive traffic to your website and increase your brand’s online visibility with local SEO.

 

  • Monthly Reporting: Meet your Blackstorm account manager monthly to evaluate your SEO performance and analyze new growth opportunities.

 

  • Continuous Tweaking and Tracking:  Our mantra is always “create, test, tweak, repeat.” We will not rest until your calendar is fully booked with service appointments.

How long does it take to rank a website #1 on Google? 

This is where most SEO geeks will say, “we cannot guarantee results and that it depends on the level of competition and your budget,” But not us. We don’t want to leave our clients guessing.

If you hire us, you can generally expect to see results for competitive keywords within 90 days, or don’t pay us.

What Makes Blackstorm Design +Marketing the Best choice for home service company SEO agency?

We are not only experienced but certified in the services we offer.

We have helped countless service contractors like you dominate local search listings and make more money.

We are fantastic (see above).

We understand our stuff.

Do you outsource your SEO project to freelancers?

At Blackstorm, we don’t outsource our SEO tasks. We have a team of experienced SEO professionals with many years of home service marketing experience.

Does SEO Work?

Any business owner who says “SEO is dead” or “SEO doesn’t work” is simply one who has wasted his hard-earned dollars by working with an expert/agency that doesn’t understand their shit.

We come across these scenarios all the time:

A home service contractor approaches us after getting ripped off by cookie-cutter SEO agencies.

The contractor signs up for a month-on-month contract and does not know that they are the ones getting rolled. Since the expert (only logs into WordPress and updates a Meta title or description) takes their dollars for several months, generates shitty results, and walks away scoff free after the contractor realizes their shit.

At Blackstorm Design + Marketing, we work with roofers, plumbers, and electricians with national, global, and local SEO. We have ranked our customers for the most profitable keywords in their niche time and time again. Our in-house SEO professionals have decades of experience ranking contractor websites on the first page of Google or Bing. If you don’t believe our word for it, check out our testimonials on our website.

How Much Does Home Service SEO cost?

The cost you are going to pay for the home service search engine optimization services will vary based on various factors, including:

  • The quality of your current website and the amount of work required to optimize it
  • The difficulty of specific keywords being targeted
  • Where your business is situated
  • How long do you need our services

Be wary of cookie-cutter SEO professionals that have a set price list. This is a major red flag because it shows that they have one-fits-all solutions, which may not work in your business.

 

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Contractor Graphic Design

Home Service Branding Services Copy

Breaking News: Branding Strategy To Level Up Your Home Service Business Revealed!

 

Improve Your Entire Customer Experience, Win New Clients, And Schedule More Appointments With a Strong Home Service Brand. 

 

Your Home Service Business Branding Connects You To Your Clients And Vice Versa!

 

Dear Home Service Contractor,

Do you want to improve prospects’/clients’ perception of your home service business? 

If so, you need to partner with a reputable branding agency to help your home service business stand out from the competition. 

But what does home service branding mean, or why is it crucial for your business?

Branding is the process of establishing a positive, strong perception of your home service business to prospects or clients.

 

Ok, sounds good.

 

Should I have my business logo designed by a freelancer and be good at branding my home service company?

 

Listen.

 

Not every cookie-cutter solution will give your business an edge over the competition.

 

When branding your business (both offline and online), you need to partner with a performance-driven home service branding agency like Blackstorm Design + Marketing.

 

A strong home service branding is more than a good logo; it encompasses everything from slogans and customer service style to promotional materials like business cards, staff uniforms, and branded stationery. 

 

It inspires customers to remember your business and feel confident that your services will meet better than those other home service contractors offer online.

 

Without proper branding, your business will not attract property owners searching for your services online. 

 

Breaking news: BRAND YOUR HOME SERVICE BUSINESS NOW OR CLOSE THE DOORS.

 

I am sure you have ever come across the cliché:

 

“Go bold, or else go home.”

 

If you think I am kidding, here are the stats:

According to the American Small Business Association, half of the launched businesses fail after five years. 

 

As a home service contractor, such statistics should serve as a wake-up call to understand why such businesses fail and how you can prepare for the future success of your business.

 

Are you feeling frustrated?

 

Keep your cool, buddy!

 

Over the last decade, Blackstorm Design + Marketing has helped home service contractors, like you, with premium branding services to get recognized by clients and leave the competitors begging for mercy!

 

Don’t take our word for it; see some of the branding services we offer to home service businesses in the US:

 

Brand Book Design

A brand book, also known as a brand style guide, is a document that stipulates particular guidelines for promoting brand identity in all internal and external communications.

 

To build a memorable home service brand, you must be consistent in your branding. 

 

Your business must use the same fonts, logos, images, and colors.

 

And that’s why having a brand book is incredibly important to your business.

 

At Blackstorm Design +Marketing, we understand that your logo is the first thing people will see when they visit your website or brand online. 

 

It forms a huge part of your brand identity, differentiates you from the competition, and makes your business memorable.

 

And since you will use the logo design in virtually all your marketing collaterals from your website, business cards, and social media pages. 

 

Remember each of these platforms/places has different requirements on how they will accept your logo (in terms of file sizes and dimensions)

 

That’s why we offer different logo design variations to fit every marketing collateral your home service business intends to use.

  

Here are some of the logo design variations that we offer:

 

Horizontal Logo Design Variation

A horizontal rectangle is typically the ideal shape of a company logo. A horizontal logo design variation can be used in your corporate invoice, website, and other stationeries where the vertical format doesn’t fit.

 

Square Logo Design Variations

You will require a vertical logo variation where the horizontal format doesn’t fit well due to space limitations. Avatars and favicons are two major places where you may require representing your home service company with a square version of your logo design.

 

Icons

Icons are an extension of your home service company logo design, and they can be used to mark your clients/work touchpoints without engraving your logo on everything.

 

Apart from the variations in your logo design, we include some unique features to elevate your home service brand, including but not limited to:

  • Well-defined font sizes
  • Digital graphics 
  • Website/blog featured image

At Blackstorm Design + Marketing, we help your brand appeal to prospects through our social media kit, which several features including:

  • Profile picture for web or social media platforms
  • Social media cover photo
  • YouTube
  • Facebook 
  • Two post templates.

 

With many customer engagements (both online and offline), you shouldn’t forget to include branded stationery as part of your home service brand identity. Our experienced graphic designers will help to brand your office stationery, including door hangers, envelopes, letterheads, and business cards. 

 

Do you know that there are free moving billboards across the US where you can advertise your home service business?

 

If you have a business van, then you have a chance to market your home improvement services to prospects/clients who live in your neighborhood and beyond.

 

Did you know as your company vehicle will drive around, you could miss hundreds of property owners seeing your brand? 

 

That’s why our graphic professionals will help you brand your vehicle to promote your home service business wherever it goes. 

 

Our unique company vehicle wrapping services will get your brand noticed by prospects.

We will also help you develop unique building signs that will help promote your business even after you have offered services to your clients.

 

And since branding touches every aspect of your home service business, don’t forget to include swag in your strategy. Our talented graphic designers will put your brand swag in the office pens, tumblers, hats, and polo shirts!

 

Simply put, branding is everything. It will take only seven seconds for prospects/clients to know what kind of reputation your home service company has on social media and Google.

 

Property owners can schedule service appointments with you based on their impression or go straight to your competitors.

 

You have to nail your company branding to stand above the crowd. 

 

Luckily, that’s what we do at Blackstorm Design + Marketing. 

 

We study the competition and triumph them over with unique branding services that rock prospect’s/client’s worlds.

 

Then the contest is over. Your business will receive countless service calls off the hook.

 

We know;

 

You didn’t put much effort and time into creating a home service business, only for it to roam in the shadows of the web without anyone noticing it. 

 

At Blackstorm Design +Marketing, we are a mix of experienced website developers, graphic designers, SEO experts, social media professionals, digital marketers, and branding specialists with the skill to launch new home service brands, fix the old ones, and everything in between.

 

Do you want to invest in your home service company branding and reach out to prospects ready to spend money on your business?  

 

If so, schedule a free strategy session with one of our branding specialists to start today.

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Contractor Public Relations

Home Service Contractor PR Copy

Breaking News: A New Tactic To Increase Customers’ Trust In Your Home Service Business Was Revealed.

 

Create a Great First Impression, Build Your Company’s Online Reputation, And Get Email Subscribers On Autopilot. 

 

Get more home service clients /leads by managing your online reputation, advertising on social media, and automating your email marketing campaigns. 

 

 Dear Home Service Contractor,

 

Do you know that most of your prospects evaluate your services or company using unsolicited reviews and social media accounts even without visiting your website?

 

If you are not using social media platforms or online directories to market your home service business, you are losing many wallet-out clients to the competition. 

 

Want to know how many such clients you are sending to your competitors?

 

Here are the stats: 

 

88% of prospects/clients trust online reviews just like they do with personal recommendations. 

 

Over 97% of customers first read online reviews to judge a local home service business.

 

2.6 billion people are logging in to their Facebook account every month!

 

89% of home service marketers use emails as a primary technique for generating qualified leads online

 

What next? 

 

Good news: Your business can tap into this massive pool of homeowners or businesses ready to spend thousands of dollars like sailors on vacation.

 

How can you do this?

 

(*scratching your head*)

 

Our experienced team can help you set successful social media advertising, online reputation, and email marketing automation campaigns targeting your prospects based on your location, interests, gender, and more!

 

 At Blackstorm Design + Marketing, we see social media advertising, email marketing automation, and online reputation management as an integral part of your internet marketing s strategy. 

Just a decade ago, advertising on social media was super easy. Create posts your target audience wants and interact with them. 

 

Then ten years later, things changed. 

 

What worked a decade ago doesn’t work today.

 

For example, Facebook only displays your content to less than 1% of your target audience unless you pay some dollars to boost your account. 

 

Most home service marketing agencies haven’t kept up with the changes. Instead, they publish social media content regularly without even getting a comment, share, or like. 

 

At Blackstorm, we take a different approach to social media advertising. 

 

 We go to the platforms that your target audience frequently uses.

 

Unlike other marketing agencies that focus on clicks and impressions, we track the actual metrics that affect your bottom line. 

 

We know that social media likes, comments, or shares alone won’t pay your bills, but sales will keep your company afloat for many years.

 

Our social media experts will ensure that your brand message gets Infront of property owners likely to require your services. 

 

Schedule a free strategy session with one of our Growth Coaches to market your home service business on social media today. 

 

Expertly-Crafted Emails Can Improve Your Conversions By 400% 

Do you know that your competitors are getting smarter, using marketing automation systems to create customized ads, landing pages, and emails? 

 

If you are not investing in an email marketing system/software, you lose tons of paying clients to the competition. 

 

Our email marketing services will help support your sales executives, stay on top of mind during the whole sales process, and qualify leads better.

 

Find out how our experienced internet marketing team supports email automation campaigns for home service contractors. 

 

Talk to one of our growth coaches today. 

 

Schedule a free strategy session online with one of our email marketing experts. 

Silence, please: Your home service business has only seven seconds to make an impression on your prospects or clients.

 

Make it count if you only have seven seconds to create a great first impression!

 

This is because you won’t get a second chance to make that impression, which applies to all facets of life, and your home service business is not an option.

 

Those seven seconds can break or do your business. 

 

At Blackstorm Design +Marketing, we see online reputation management as an integral part of marketing your home service business online for two main reasons.

 

First, having many online reviews on your home service business website can help you rank higher on Google search results.

 

Secondly, since customers first read online reviews before making a hiring decision, having tons of positive reviews on your website can make clients trust your business and consequently close a deal. 

 

At Blackstorm, we take proactive action to manage your home service business’s online reputation. 

 

Instead of waiting for clients to review your business, our experts will develop a plan for generating positive reviews, easing the pain of bad publicity and negative reviews, and creating a solid home service business reputation online.

 

As a renowned online reputation management agency, we have partnered with contractors in the home service industry. We know how maintaining an excellent reputation in the modern digital business landscape is.

 

One tactic to help manage your online reputation is making your website rank on top of the search engine results. 

 

Ranking your home service business on the first page of Bing or Google search results could lead to more followers and an increased customer base.

 

Online reputation management for your home service business needs comprehensive planning and execution. A good reputation takes time to build, but not an impossible mission.

 

One poor experience can cost your business future fortunes, so you should try to manage your online reputation and act promptly when bad publicity arises.

You can’t just build a social media page or website and expect your clients to leave reviews. 

You require a solid home service business online reputation management strategy to develop a lasting relationship with your clients and persuade them to take the desired action. 

Strengthen your brand’s online reputation and improve your client’s retention rate with our custom home service business online reputation management solutions tailored to your unique needs.

Talk to one of our Growth Coaches online and start your home service business online reputation management project!

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Contractor Public Relations

REVEALED: A New Tactic To Increase Customer’s Trust In Your Home Service Business

How to Create a great first impression, build your company’s online reputation, and get email subscribers on autopilot.

Get more home service clients/leads by managing your online reputation, advertising on social media, and automating your email marketing campaigns.

customer review satisfaction

Dear Home Service Contractor,

Do you know that most of your prospects evaluate your services or company using unsolicited reviews and social media accounts even without visiting your website?

If you are not using social media platforms or online directories to market your home service business, then you are losing tons of wallet-out clients to the competition. 

Want to know how many such clients you are sending to your competitors?

Here are the stats: 

  • 88% of prospects/clients trust online reviews just like they do with personal recommendations. 
  • Over 97% of customers first read online reviews to judge a local home service business
  • 2.6 billion people are logging in to their Facebook account every month!
  • 89% of home service marketers use emails as a primary technique for generating qualified leads online

What next? 

Good news: Your business can tap into this massive pool of homeowners or businesses ready to spend thousands of dollars like sailors on vacation.

How can you do this?

(*scratching your head*)

Our experienced team can help you set a successful social media advertising, online reputation, and email marketing automation campaigns that will target your prospects based on your location, interests, gender, and more!

Digital Marketing

At Blackstorm Design + Marketing, we see social media advertising, email marketing automation, and online reputation management as an integral part of your internet marketing s strategy. 

Just a decade ago, advertising on social media was super easy. Create posts your target audience wants and interact with them. 

Then ten years later, things changed. 

What worked a decade ago doesn’t work today.

For example, Facebook nowadays only displays your content to less than 1% of your target audience unless you pay some dollars to boost your account. 

Most home service marketing agencies haven’t kept up with the changes. Instead, they keep publishing content on social media regularly without even getting a comment, share, or like. 

At Blackstorm, we take a different approach to social media advertising. 

We go to the platforms that your target audience frequently uses.

Unlike other marketing agencies that focus on clicks and impressions, we track the actual metrics that affect your bottom line. 

We know that social media likes, comments, or shares alone won’t pay your bills-but sales will keep your company afloat for many years to come.

Our social media experts will ensure that your brand message gets Infront of property owners likely to require your services. 

Schedule a free strategy session with one of our Growth Coaches to market your home service business on social media today. 

Expertly-Crafted Emails can Improve your Conversions by 400%

Crafting the perfect business email

Do you know that your competitors are getting smarter, using marketing automation systems to create customized ads, landing pages, and emails? 

If you are not investing in an email marketing system/software, you lose tons of paying clients to the competition. 

Our email marketing services will help support your sales executives, stay on top of mind during the whole sales process, and qualify leads better.

Find out how our experienced internet marketing team supports email automation campaigns for home service contractors. 

Talk to one of our growth coaches today. 

Schedule a free strategy session online with one of our email marketing experts now. 

Silence, please. Your home service business has only seven seconds to make an impression on your prospects or clients.

If you only have seven seconds to create a great first impression, make it count!

This is because you won’t get a second chance to make that impression, and that applies to all facets of life, and your home service business is not an option.

Those seven seconds can break or make your business. 

At Blackstorm Design +Marketing, we see online reputation management as an integral part of marketing your home service business online for two main reasons.

First, having many online reviews on your home service business website can help you rank higher on Google search results.

Secondly, since customers first read online reviews before making a hiring decision, having tons of positive reviews on your website can make clients trust your business and consequently close a deal. 

At Blackstorm, we take proactive action to manage your home service business’s online reputation. 

Instead of waiting for clients to review your business, our experts will develop a plan for generating positive reviews, easing the pain of bad publicity and negative reviews, and create a solid home service business reputation online.

As a renowned online reputation management agency, we have partnered with contractors in the home service industry. We know how it is to maintain an excellent reputation in the modern digital business landscape.

One tactic we use to help manage your online reputation is by making your website rank on top of the search engine results. 

search engine results

Ranking your home service business on the first page of Bing or Google search results could lead to more followers and an increased customer base.

Online reputation management for your home service business needs comprehensive planning and execution. A good reputation takes time to build, but not an impossible mission.

One poor experience can cost your business future fortunes, which is why you should try to manage your online reputation and act promptly when bad publicity arises.

You can’t just build a social media page or website and expect your clients to leave reviews. 

You require a solid home service business online reputation management strategy to develop a lasting relationship with your clients and persuading them to take the desired action. 

Strengthen your brand’s online reputation and improve your client’s retention rate with our custom home service business online reputation management solutions tailored to your unique needs.

Call us

Talk to one of our Growth Coaches online and get your home service business online reputation management project started!

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The Ultimate Google Tag Manager Guide for Roofing Contractors in 2020

Many prospects that land in your roofing website end up abandoned, sales dropped contacts, and incomplete conversions. Facebook and Google provide remarketing tools that help your business market your services and products aggressively to attract more conversions. Once a potential client visits your roofing website, remarketing tools analyze their behavior and present ads at other moments to improve their user experience. This results in more promising leads and significant connections. This post will explain everything that roofers need to know about Google Tag Manager.

What is Google Tag Manager

What is Google Tag Manager?

Google tag manager is a great tool that helps roofing contractors gauge how their website performs, like what areas need improvements, what areas are generating good results, or generally an overview of your website’s functions. It is a management system developed for HTML and Javascript tags used to track your roofing website’s performance. 

A thorough understanding of the Google Tag Manager requires some experience in coding and roofing website design. The tag manager helps to track all your roofing website performance under one dashboard. 

 

Google Tag Manager Guide for Roofing Contractors

Basic Google Tag Manager Terms that Roofers Should Know

 

As a roofing contractor, you need to know what is working in the digital marketing space to make an informed decision. Without further ado, let us explain a few definitions and terms that pertain to the Google Tag Manager.

Containers

Synonymous with the account structure in Google analytics, a roofer can create a GTM account to manage multiple mobile apps or roofing websites. When managing individual properties, roofers will create what is referred to as containers.

A container serves as a method of grouping tags. Using the Google tag manager interface, roofers can incorporate all the supported tags in one container.

Think of a container like a shopping basket where you throw all the items you want to purchase. Within the Google tag manager, you can find the snippets that you can apply throughout your site. 

Tags for Google Tag Manager

Tags

Tags have various uses, including monitoring form submissions, generating heat maps, conducting surveys, putting cookies that help in retargeting, and tracking how clients interact with your site.

Tags can also monitor particular events or actions customers take, like downloading files, adding items on their cart, or clicking on specific links.

Roofing websites often leverage multiple tags, and they normally hire developers to manage them. With Google Tag Manager, roofing business owners can disable, edit, or add tags right from the GTM interface, thus eliminating the need to hire web developers.

Triggers

Triggers (aka rules) are conditions that, once met, tell your tag to fire or activate. Clients’ actions taken on your websites-commonly, referred to as events-can only be analyzed using pre-determined triggers. Common events that will cause triggers to include page views, form fills, and link clicks. Triggers within the GTM interface automate your tagging efforts, and thus roofers can spend less time adding tags to their roofing website.    

Filters 

After defining the kind of tags you want, you can refine your results further with filters. Categorized into “values” and “operators,” these factors are particularly tailored to the trigger.

  • Operators define whether a numerical event is important enough to cause a trigger; for instance, greater than ten or less than two. Operators normally specify when a tag should fire based on a certain event like time spent on a web page or number of successful clicks.
  • Values specify when a tag should be fired based on a satisfying condition. It may contain a particular URL or words like “thank you.”

Variables 

These set conditions signify when a trigger should make a tag to fire, containing details that a trigger requires to evaluate beforehand.

Why Should Roofers Use the Google Tag Manager?

Here are the several advantages that roofing contractors can enjoy by setting up and installing Google Tag Manager in their websites:

Google Tag Manager Eliminates the Hassle of adding Tags to your Roofing website.

Before the Google Tag Manager was invented, every time a tag required is editing, adding, or deleting, a website developer had to be outsourced to hard code the roofing website. The Google Tag Manager container code can contain various analytics and marketing tags placed on your roofing website’s pages. This means that you only require a few clicks to remove, add new tags, or edit, and you can perform all these tasks in a user-friendly GTM interface. Google Tag Manager has made the process of adding tags easier since they are controlled from one place. 

Google Tag Manager Reduces Reliance on Web Developers 

By far, the major advantage of Google Tag Manager is that it helps roofing contractors implement tags without relying on website developers. Website developers are usually occupied with high priority projects, so they may not have all the time to help with your tagging needs. But since the Google Tag Manager helps you bypass the source code, you can quickly edit or add tags.

Google Tag Manager Makes Tracking of Your Roofing Business a Breeze

Google Tag Manager helps roofers perform the same task that took several days or weeks within minutes. It comes with various built-in functions and tags that make tracking of your roofing website a breeze. 

Google Tag Manager is Pretty Easy to Use

This is one of the major perks of the Google tag manager; no prior programming experience is needed. Roofing contractors can easily add tags, make updates, deploy tags, and test every change without requiring performing complex website coding. This provides autonomy to your team and streamlines the process, thereby improving the launch times, thereby giving your IT department enough time to concentrate on crucial matters like why your roofing website is so slow. 

Saves Time on Google Tag Manager

GTM saves time

Google tag manager saves roofers time by allowing them to track the codes on their own. You don’t need to hire a marketer to send the tracking code to a developer, only to have it installed a week later since the developer was too busy with other projects. Roofers don’t have to email back-and-forth when they require tracking other events during the week. All tracking codes (also known as tags) can be deleted, edited, or added via the Google Tag platform. 

It is Free!

Before we forget, Google tag manager is free and is ideal for small and medium-sized roofing businesses. However, large roofing companies can upgrade to the premium version of the Google tag manager.

Make Your Life Easier By Partnering with Blackstorm Roofing Marketing Today! 

The learning curve of understanding Google Tag manager is steep; however, once you master the basics, tracking all your marketing activities becomes a breeze. Fortunately, the Blackstorm Roofing Marketing team can manage website analytics and events tracking on your behalf and deliver a simplified data analysis to see the progress you are making on your roofing business. Here are some of the common events that we will track on your roofing website; 

  • Engagement with maps: we will monitor how often customers with a Geo-map embedded in your roofing company location.
  • Form Submissions: Tracking the number of clients that submit a subscription or contact form. 
  • YouTube Views:  Monitoring the number of website visitors who play the video embedded on your site.
  • Clicks on External links:  Tracking the number of visitors who click on your social media profile or on Yelp to review your business.

At Blackstorm Roofing Marketing, we aim to provide a substantial ROI for our clients by utilizing the data provided by Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager to hone, revise, and improve your roofing website regularly. 

Google Tag Manager Installation 

For optimal results on your roofing business website, professional Google Tag Manager is always recommended. Blackstorm Roofing Marketing is ready to offer expert implementation, planning, and management of your GTM efforts to ensure that you get the most leads from your roofing website. However, our services don’t end here. We also provide search engine optimization, pay per click, retargetingreputation management, and website design services to make sure that we cover a full spectrum of digital roofing marketing so that qualified leads can be generated through multiple platforms. 

Social Media Tag Management

Social Media Tag Management  

Facebook also provides a remarketing tagging option that allows roofers to remarket to prospects who have visited your roofing website, Instagram, or even Facebook page. This increases your conversion rates and increases the chances of making a roofing sale. The Blackstorm Roofing Marketing team has the know-how and experience to manage your social media remarketing and tagging campaign for increased company website traffic, advertising return, and awareness.

Custom Google Tag Manager Installations can also improve tracking performance and the online system’s performance. Basic installations do not allow variables or event tracking and remaining of data layers. Thus, investing in a roofing marketing company with an in-depth knowledge of GTM, along with JavaScript and HTML code, is highly recommended. 

When you consider all the Blackstorm Roofing Marketing team’s benefits, you find a roofing marketer that can achieve as much at a competitive price.

If you need a partner to manage all your online marketing campaigns, please schedule a free strategy session with our growth experts to get started today! 

 

 

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15 Graphic Design Terms that Every Roofing Contractor Must Know

 

Increase Your Website Visibility, traffic and Generate Leads with Roofing Graphic Design

Graphic design is used in conventional marketing campaigns like fliers and billboards, and more importantly, it is applied in all internet marketing campaigns, from social media marketing to roofing website design.

If you are a roofing contractor that’s working with an internet marketing agency for several advertising campaigns (particularly roofing website design), it is crucial to understand fundamental graphic design terms.

Why?

In order for a roofing marketing agency to implement your roofing website design efficiently, it would be advisable if you could read from the same script. Not only will the designers appreciate it, but this will make things smooth for all the people involved- and the final draft will meet or surpass your expectations.

Without further ado, let’s explore some basic graphic design terms and what they stand for.

White Space

Every designer’s dream, white space, is essential for any website design. It allows various elements of a design to keep users engaged in your Roofing website. It is also referred to as negative space. Roofing websites that use lots of white space appear more elegant and lighter. At BlackStorm Roofing Marketing, is to make your roofing website look uncluttered and straightforward to deliver content that your clients will appreciate and enjoy.

Grid

This is something that designers use to keep your website evenly spaced. When designers apply the grid, it lets them develop organized, consistent designs.

Wire Frame

This is something that a designer develops to assist plan a proposed design. It is sent to roofing clients for approval before a particular design is built.

Scale

When you alter the size of something while keeping it scaled, this means that you shrink or grow the elements without increasing its proportions.

Texture

Texture refers to the actual feel and looks of your roofing website design. On digital design, texture implies a design that evokes a texture that might appear in natural materials.

Stock Photos

Instead of outsourcing a professional photographer, many times, designers will opt to use stock photos.

Stock photos are professional images that you can buy online. Generally, you can buy a license to download professional pictures, but some websites will offer it for free.

Saturation

Saturation refers to the intensity of a particular color in your design. When you boost the saturation of a certain design element, it becomes clearer, but when you reduce the saturation, your element appears faded.

Contrast

Contrast refers to several design elements. Contrast generally implies the amount of difference between the two things. For instance, the contrasting color of white is black. Features like smooth and rough are different elements, as well as dark and light. In the world of roofing website design, contrast can mean any of these elements.

Cool Colors

When you check your color wheel, half of the colors are known as cool colors. Such colors include indigo, violet, blue, and green. These colors relate to the feeling of relaxation and calmness.

Color Palette

A color palette is a group of colors that you select for your roofing website design. These colors collaborate to evoke your brand message and image.

Pull Quote

Pull quote assists crucial sentences in your content to stand out on your roofing page. Mostly, they are excerpts extracted from the body copy of the page and adds some interest in your design project.

Tracking

Tracking refers to the spacing between typed letters. When tracking is loose, the messages are farther apart, but when it is tight, the letters are tightly packed.

Leading

Leading is a term that denotes the amount of space between lines. With loose leading, the lines are farther apart, while tight leading squeezes your tracks together.

Alignment

Alignment refers to how elements are lined up in your roofing page. Centre, right, left are the main types of adjustments that offer endless design opportunities.

Typography

Typography refers to the use of various typefaces to develop aesthetically-pleasing roofing designs.

Need some Help With Your Roofing Graphic Design?

Visual appeal is not the only factor to consider when designing roofing graphics. Graphic design improves your brand development and awareness. Potential clients form a first impression of your business based on your graphic design representation. Do you want your customers to perceive your roofing brand as visually stimulating and engaging? BlackStorm Roofing Marketing will help to brand your roofing business appealingly.

In a competitive field like roofing, the devil is always in the details. Modern roofing websites apply some form of on-page SEO incorporated in them. However, many of them use stock templates that produce SEO elements that are cluttered, uninteresting, and common. Using well-optimized, original roofing graphic designs throughout your website will set your business ahead of the competition.

Apply your knowledge of basic roofing graphic design terms, and partner with BlackStorm Roofing Marketing to achieve the roofing website of your dreams now!

Feel free to schedule a free strategy session with our designers to get started on your project today!

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PPC for Roofing Contractors: How to Make Most out of Your Paid Search Marketing Campaigns.

 

Improve the visibility of your roofing website, get new leads, and book more jobs with PPC ads. 

Google Ads (Adwords) is a crucial marketing medium available to roofers throughout the U.S, as long as it is appropriately utilized. On the flip side, it can be a waste of your marketing dollars if managed by a novice roofing marketer without prior experience in paid search marketing campaigns. Getting leads, converting clients, and attracting clicks is the ultimate goal of many roofing contractors online, and achieving any of these objectives needs marketing savvy, leave alone the three tactics stated above.

Pay per Click advertising is an integral part of a comprehensive internet marketing strategy that brings instant results. You can achieve various goals with PPC, and some of the main reasons why roofers need to use these ads are driving relevant traffic to your roofing website, improving visibility, increasing conversions, and getting new leads. In the long run, however, most roofers use such ads to grow their business online. While PPC is simple to execute, it requires some preparation and planning; fortunately, this post will show you how to make most of your roofing PPC campaigns.

How to Create a Successful Roofing PPC Campaign in 8 Simple Steps

Start by Optimizing Your Roofing Website

Before you launch any roofing PPC campaign, you must look back and craft a useful landing page that will resonate with your ad. Here is why it’s so crucial; when property owners’ click on your PPC ad, it is because your ad content intrigued them and they want to explore more. If the link they click directs them to a generic or unrelated page in your site, like your homepage, that prospect is likely to bounce and go to your competitors.

A click on a roofing PPC ad portrays a willingness to explore more about your ad, which explains why you need to create a landing page that coincides with the content in your ads. For example, if you are running a PPC ad providing free roof inspections to homeowners, then your landing pages should provide more details about the offer or something else that resonates with content in the advertisement.

Besides, you should optimize your landing page for performance because if property owners 

Click on the ad only to be directed to a page that loads slowly, or is hard to navigate, then they are likely to bounce back. Invest your time now to improve conversions so that property owners who will come later will be able to follow through. Here are a few tips that you can use to maximize your roofing website conversions:

    • Use compelling and clear calls to action

 

 

    • Write attention-grabbing and persuasive headlines

 

    • Write copy that’s straightforward and clear

 

    • Use images and videos strategically to retain the attention

 

    • Make information simple to digest by using stand-out quotations, bullet s, and visuals.

 

Research Your Roofing Keywords and Select Them Wisely

Keyword research is a crucial element of a successful roofing PPC campaign because it is the lifeline of the whole process. Without keywords, search engines like Google or Bing will not know when to display your roofing ads. Besides, selecting the appropriate keywords can guarantee the success of your roofing PPC campaigns and help you achieve a higher click-through rate, more traffic, and conversions.

Here are a few tips that will help you get the right keywords for your PPC campaign;

    • Examine the keywords your competitors are using

 

    • Consider what you would search if you were a property owner looking for roofing services or products

 

    • Use keyword research tools to refine your search for appropriate roofing key phrases

 

    • Be more specific with your keywords rather than generic or vague

 

    • Select local keywords when possible

 

Another crucial aspect of keyword research is negative keywords because these will exclude the keywords that you don’t want to use in your campaign. For example, you want to promote a roof repair service but don’t sell roofs, and then you would use tents as a negative keyword to exclude searches for that product.

Choose a Bidding Strategy

There are various bidding options that roofer can choose from, and picking the correct one will depend on several factors, including your PPC management experience, budget, and objectives. One of the first options you will have is to decide whether to use automated or manual bidding. If you are new to roofing PPC, it is advisable that you start with manual bidding as it allows setting a cap on the cost of each click. The major drawback of manual bidding is that it does not give you a chance to optimize your bids.

On the other hand, automated bidding reduces the time you spend managing your PPC campaign, but you will be required to pay more. When it comes to automated biding, you will have several bidding strategies available to help you make most out of your roofing PPC campaign.

On Google Adwords, such bidding strategies include:

    • Cost-Per-Click: Here, you will pay Google every time a prospect/ client clicks on your ad.

 

    • Cost per thousand viewable impressions (vCPM) bidding:  You pay Google each time your ad appears one thousand times to prospects/ clients.

 

    • Cost per Acquisition (CPA) bidding:  You will pay Google every time a prospect clicks on your ad, but the amount of money to be paid will be determined by the cost of acquiring a client in your niche or a similar conversion trend from your roofing website.

 

    • Cost-per-view:   You will pay Google each time your video ad is viewed or engaged in YouTube.

 

Necessarily, you can choose any of the above-discussed strategies depending on whether your goal is to increase traffic, visibility, or conversions.

Set Your Budget

Budget is a crucial part of any roofing PPC campaign, but the good thing with this type of advertising is that you can still work with a limited budget, and you can control the dollars you spend on the ad. In fact, if you are just starting out with PPC and don’t have enough marketing dollars to dish around, you can even get started with a minimum investment of $30. When setting your budget, it is crucial that you look at your competitors and the right roofing keywords that you want to target. Unless you have a huge marketing budget, you should always look for ways to optimize your campaign to prevent wastage spend.

Create Your Landing Pages 

Landing pages are crucial to the success of your roofing PPC campaign since they are the pages that provide answers or solutions to prospects /clients. While you might be tempted to link your ad with the homepage of your roofing website that will offer a poor user experience because it will not give users the exact answers they are looking for.

Instead, create landing pages around specific keywords to give in-depth details about your ad content.

When you answer a prospect’s question, you just don’t give them details; you prove to them that you are a reliable and smart source of information in the roofing industry. That implies they can trust you, and once they believe in you, they can quickly become clients.

Write a Killer Roofing Ad

Once you have crafted your landing page, decide on a bidding strategy and budget, and carefully select your roofing keywords, now, creating your killer ad is finally here. One of the crucial things to remember is to keep it brief and to the point since you do not have much room or time to grab the prospects.

Another vital thing is to have an end goal in mind and write an ad copy based on that goal. For example, if you want to increase sales during a storm or hail damage period, your ad should reflect a roof repair or installation storm damage sale. You need to be creative to grab the attention, pique property owner’s curiosity and hold their interest.

To help grab property owners’ attention, think of a unique value proposition that will make your ad stand out from others, and describe how your service or product will benefit them in one sentence. Now that you have created a killer ad make sure you encourage customers to take action after reading your ad.

Don’t Forget the Call to Action.

Now that you have grabbed the attention of prospects, you can motivate them to convert using a clear call to action. ”Call now,” “schedule a consultation,” and “register now” are persuasive examples of compelling, clear calls to action that tell prospects exactly what to do to become clients. While it may appear redundant to have a CTA on an ad, they assist in acquiring clicks and, by extension, customers.

Without a call to action, there is no reason for running the ad because it merely tells clients what to do next. The call to action should be sweet and brief, but it must also be concise, compelling, and clear.

Track Your Ads to Ensure Performance.

Once your roofing PPC campaign is set up, and you are working hard to improve conversions, your work does not end. This is when the real work begins, which includes monitoring your ads, measuring performance, and making tweaks as necessary to improve results. Part of the reasons why PPC is vital to the roofing marketing industry is because it is simple to track results. You can know the exact times your ad appears somewhere, the number of clicks, and who clicks on your ad. With all that data, you can make most of your roofing PPC campaign and improve other marketing tools.

Some of the most crucial metrics in roofing PPC are click-through rate, bounce rate, and impressions. Impressions refer to the number of times your ad has appeared in searches. The term “impression” refers to a prospect/ client viewing your ad.

Click-Through Rate (CTR) refers to the percentage of prospects who click on your ad after seeing it. So, if a prospect sees your ad but doesn’t click, it is just an impression. If your chance sees and clicks on your ad, then that goes towards increasing your CTR. Your goal should be to obtain a high CTR as possible.

Lastly, the bounce rate is the number of prospects who see and click on your ad but leave without doing anything on your site. Generally, a higher bounce rate of over 90% implies that people are not getting what they want from your roofing website, and you are offering a poor user experience. You need to go back to the drawing board and revise your PPC ads to lower the bounce rate and get more leads/ clients online.

 

BlackStorm Roofing Marketing Manages PPC Accounts Every Day

PPC can be overly daunting because it needs some knowledge of how the process works, research, and planning if you want to make most of your campaigns. The important things to remember include choosing a bidding strategy, setting a budget, and optimizing your landing pages. Then comes the laborious task of researching and selecting the right keywords.

At BlackStorm Roofing Marketing, we have a team of passionate PPC experts who continuously meet and surpass the expectations of our clients, and they want to offer the same for your roofing business! We stay abreast of the latest PPC news so that we can use the new trends and strategies to help your roofing business earn more money.

If you want to make most of your PPC campaign, work with a roofing marketing agency that understands your business and has a track record of helping roofers improve their PPC advertising campaign performance. When you partner with us, we will help your business get more booked jobs and leads through PPC as we have helped thousands of roofing contractors throughout the country.

From selecting the right keywords to the ad copy, competition analysis to customer interest, and many things are bound to change in the roofing market. That’s why you need to hire an agency that will stay abreast of these changes to succeed in PPC advertising.

If you need help growing your roofing business online with PPC strategies that work, then schedule a free strategy session with our growth experts today.

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How To Become A Licensed Roofing Contractor

 

It’s a situation that we are all too familiar with, lousy weather, and wind wreaking havoc and pulling our shingles from our roofs. Not only does this have a negative aesthetic impact on the house, but this can often also lead to leaks and drafts, nobody wants that! As a  solution, many homeowners would simply call a roofing contractor to fix the issues. There is no single, industry-wide standard or certification for becoming a roofing contractor; this process often differs hugely depending on your jurisdiction and its own specific rules for the process.

In this article, we will explain the process of how to become a licensed roofing contractor in detail, summarizing the different processes involved depending on where you reside. This process can differ significantly from state to state; it’s, therefore, essential that you find the correct process for your location; this is not a “one size fits all” situation.

Do Roofing Contractors Need a License?

While, as previously stated, there is no single, industry-wide qualification, certification, or license for roofing contractors, the construction industry has also grown into one of the most strictly regulated industries in the United States. As such, each state has its own, unique contractor licensing laws, specialty classifications, and specialty contractor application requirements, making this a process that differs greatly from state to state.

Essentially, what it comes down to is whether the contractor has the intention to carry out residential or commercial roofing work. For example, in states such as Minnesota, a residential contractor is only required to carry out their Residential Roofer New License Application in order to begin work. Whereas, when a roofing contractor in Minnesota specializes in commercial roofing work on the state level, they must also carry a license on a local level in order to do so legitimately and legally.

As of writing this article, 32 currently states require a license for residential and commercial roofing contractors at the state level, meaning that this is an essential part of the process in these said states. The remaining 18 states, however, require a contractor’s license at all levels, that being the state, county, and municipal level. Any given state could, therefore hypothetically require licensure at two of these levels, or even at all three if they were so inclined.

How To Become A Qualified Roofer

There are a wide variety of other requirements that you may need in order to become a roofing contractor. These requirements may include, but are not at all limited to:

  • Proof of your worker’s compensation insurance.
  • Proof of your unemployment insurance.
  • Proof of passage of residential, commercial, or industrial examinations that have been carried out.
  • Proof of your liability and property damage insurance
  • Proof of submission of your surety bond.
  • Proof of the designation of a qualifying party or construction supervisor license
  • Your own copies of the Articles of Incorporation or Partnership Agreement.

Steps to Become a Qualified Roofing Contractor

Learning How to Roof

An essential step, and often the first taken toward becoming a licensed roofing contractor, is ensuring that you have all of the physical, roofing skills down and ready. To be a contractor, you must be a versatile worker, willing to confer with your clients over the specifics of a job and venture outside of your comfort zone. You must present a friendly and approachable personality to your clients, assuring them that they can come to you with any of their questions or concerns. Many learn to roof “on the job” or through practice, while others choose to go the route of taking a class at a technical or community college that may be appropriate for the job. While the latter may be a more time-consuming method, the skills that you will gain for not only this trade but likely a variety of others, more than make up for this time spent and can be a huge asset to your career in many ways.

Insurance

It is of the highest importance when working as a roofing contractor, to have adequate insurance for both yourself and your business, this is in order to protect yourself and your business from possible lawsuits, usually involving matters such as personal injury or property damage. The National Roofing Contractors Association has added a special section to its own website that is dedicated to roofing contractor insurance. The page explains what you will need for the process, as well as providing a list of companies that can provide them.

Joining a National or Regional Association

A very important step that many contractors take after being granted their license is to join a national or regional roofing association. Not only does joining one of these associations improve your credibility, making you stand out amongst a sea of other contractors, but it also keeps you informed and in the loop on all of the latest developments and happenings from within the roofing industry itself, should there be any changes in rules or regulations, you will be the first to know if you become a member of a national or regional roofing association.

Roofing License Requirements from State to State


NOTE: This information is provided as a service. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct and up-to-date; however, it is not expected to be taken as legal advice and you must always check with local authorities before making any business decisions. Requirements and regulations are subject to change at any time.


Alabama:

In order to become a Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractor in the state of Alabama, you will first need a state license. This state license is issued by the Licensing Board for General Contractors, to be eligible, there must be commercial projects to the worth of $50,000. Alternatively, you can also be eligible for residential jobs worth $10,000 or more. On top of this, you will also need to pass a trade exam, in addition to a business and a law exam. You must be able to provide Proof of completion of at least three roofing projects from within the past three years of your work.

Alaska:

In Alaska, roofing contractor work requires a state license from each of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. In order to obtain a non-residential license, you will need to be able to provide Proof of liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and place a bond of $5,000. Alternatively, to obtain a residential license, you will instead need to complete the Alaska Craftsman Home Program within two years prior to applying for the license, as well as passing an exam.

Arizona:

In order to begin roofing work in the state of Arizona, you’ll need a state license; this will be issued by the State of Arizona Registrar of Contractors, or ROC. Roofing is classified as a specialty profession in Arizona, with specific licenses needed for both residential and commercial work. As well as this, you will also need to pass a trade exam, provide your financial statement, and finally, you will need to provide Proof of worker’s compensation, as well as a surety bond.

Arkansas:

Any type of construction work that is found to have a value of $2,000 or higher requires a state license in Arkansas before it can be carried out. In Arkansas, there are commercial and residential Home Improvement contractor licenses; both of these licenses are granted by the Contractors Licensing Board. If you are attempting to apply for an unlimited license, you must then provide a financial statement, and Proof of worker’s compensation insurance on top of this.

California:

In order to obtain a roofing license in California, you must be licensed to work on roofing projects worth more than $500 within the state of California. To be able to be granted a roofing license in California, you must pass an exam. However, before you apply, you will also need to be able to provide at least four years of roofing experience within your past ten years of work. You will additionally need a $15,000 surety bond in order to obtain a roofing license in California.

Colorado:

In Colorado, roofing contractors fall under the title of “general contractors” and are therefore not required to hold a state roofing license at all. It is required that you have a business license, however. It is also very important to check your own local requirements, as the regulations may differ from place to place.

Connecticut:

In Connecticut, roofing contractors are not required to have a state license, however, if your business does operate under the title of “home improvement contractor,” you will then also need to be registered with the Department of Consumer Protection. There is a yearly fee for registration with this department.

Delaware:

In the state of Delaware, for any roofing contractor job that is worth more than $50,000, you must register with and get a business license from the Delaware Division of Revenue. As well as this, a Class B Asbestos Abatement Certification is also issued by the Division of Facilities Management; you will need to complete an approved training course in order to receive this specific type of license.

Florida:

In order to become a roofing contractor in the state of Florida, a license is required to be certified to work anywhere in the state. This “Division 2 Contractor License” is to be issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. You will also need to pass an exam, and in order to be eligible to take the exam, you must show four years of experience in your specific area. You will also be required to provide Proof of financial stability, as well as Proof of insurance.

Georgia:

Any roofing project worth more than $2,500 in the state of Georgia requires a state license. Said license is issued by the State Construction Industry Licensing Board in Georgia. In order to be licensed, you will need to pass a trade exam, in addition to a business and law exam. You will require pre-approval for this exam, demonstrating at least two years of experience, as well as completion of at least two projects in your area, and finally Proof of insurance.

Hawaii:

In the state of Hawaii, a C-42 Roofing Contractor License is required to begin roofing. This is issued by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional and Vocational Licensing. You will also need to pass a trade exam, in addition to a business and law exam. I order to be eligible to take this exam; you will need to show at least four years of supervisory work experience in the past ten years.

Idaho:

In the state of Idaho, roofing regulations do not require a contractor to hold a state license. Instead, you are required to register with the Idaho Contractors Board. There are no requirements for experience, education, or examination by this board. However, you will need to provide your business information, as well as Proof of insurance.

Illinois:

How To Become A Licensed Roofer in the state of Illinois? A license is required in Illinois in order to begin roofing. This license is issued by the Department of Professional Regulation. There are three types of licenses, you must apply for the license of the type of work you plan to do primarily – Residential, Commercial, or Commercial/Industrial, though you will need to pass the Residential license exam before you can apply for this. In order to qualify to apply, you must pass the state exam, if applicable, you must also show Proof of insurance and provide a $10,000 surety bond.

Indiana:

The state of Indiana does not require roofing contractors to hold a license. However, there may also be local requirements that apply to you, so do be sure to check on these before you begin any roofing work.

Iowa:

In Iowa, any construction contractor, of any kind, who earns more than $2,000 per year, is required to be registered with the Iowa Division of Labour. There is no state exam, but you must be able to show Proof of unemployment insurance. A state license is only required for roofers if you’re working with asbestos.

Kansas:

While there is no requirement for roofers to have a state in Kansas, you must hold a roofing contractor registration certificate; this is issued by the Kansas Attorney General. You must also be able to provide Proof of liability insurance, as well as worker’s compensation insurance.

Kentucky:

There are no set roofing contractor requirements of licenses required in the state of Kentucky. However, you may personally wish to become certified with the Kentucky Roofing Contractors Association (KRCA) for its added benefits.

Louisiana:

The state of Louisiana requires a state license for any building construction work worth more than $75,000, as well as for home improvement or repair work worth more than $7,500. It is the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors that issues these commercial and residential licenses, and home improvement registration. You will need to pass a trade exam, in addition to a business and law exam. You will also need to provide Proof of general liability, as well as worker’s compensation insurance.

Maine:

In the state of Maine, roofing contractors do not require any specific state license, unless they are working with asbestos. In which case, you will be required to attain a Conditional Asbestos Abatement License from the Department of Environmental Protection.

Maryland:

In Maryland, general contractors, including roofers, do not need any kind of state license in order to carry out their work. However, certain types of roofing work may fall under the banner of “Home Improvement”, which does require a state license. This license is issued by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission, or MHIC. In order to apply for this license, you’ll need to be able to provide two years of work experience and pass the exam. You will additionally need to provide Proof of insurance.

Massachusetts:

In the state of Massachusetts, roofing contractors are required to be licensed by the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards. This is known as the Construction Supervisor License; however, if you work primarily on existing structures, you will also need a state registration as well. There is no exam for this, but there is for the Construction Supervisor’s License. You will need to pass the exam and additionally be able to provide three years of work experience.

Michigan:

Roofing contractors in Michigan are required to hold a state license from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. This roofing license falls under the title of “Residential Maintenance and Alteration”. Before you are ready to apply, you will also need to complete 60 hours of education, as well as then passing an exam.

Minnesota:

As previously explained, in the state of Minnesota, there are different requirements for residential and commercial roofing work.

How To Become A Certified Roofer In Minnesota, you’re required to hold a state license if the total of your yearly work is above $15,000. This license is issued by the Department of Labor and Industry in Minnesota. In order to attain a license, you will need to pass the residential roofer trade exam; you must additionally provide Proof of insurance, as well as posting a $15,000 surety bond.

Mississippi:

In Mississippi, if your residential roofing services are worth over $10,000, you will require a Residential Roofing License from the Mississippi State Board of Contractors. You will also need to pass a trade exam, in addition to a business and law exam. You will also be required to provide your financial information and show Proof of insurance before you can be approved.

Missouri:

There are no specific state requirements in Missouri for roofing contractor work. However, it is important that you check local requirements for your area as these may still be in place and need to be adhered to.

Montana:

In Montana, there are similarly no set requirements for roofing contractors. However, roofers, along with all other construction contractors and subcontractors with employees, are required to register with the Department of Labor and Industry. In the case that you have no employees, you can still register if you so wish, but you are no longer required to.

Nebraska:

While there are no specific requirements for roofing contractors in Nebraska, roofing contractors, as with all other general contractors and sub-contractors who perform construction or repair work in Nebraska, are required to register with the Nebraska Department of Labor.

Nevada:

In Nevada, it is required that roofing contractors obtain a C-15a Roofing Contractor License, this is issued by the State Contractors Board. In order to be pre-approved to take the necessary exam, you will be required to provide at least four years of experience in the past ten years. Education may also be used as a substitute for some of these years of experience. You will be required to show your finances, obtain a bond, and finally show Proof of worker’s compensation insurance. You will only then be approved to take the trade, business, and law exams needed.

New Hampshire:

Unless you are working directly with asbestos, a roofing contractor license is not required in order to work as a contractor in the state of New Hampshire. Though, as always, local requirements should be researched beforehand.

New Jersey:

While you are not required to carry any form of contractor’s license in New Jersey for roofing, you are required to be registered. On top of this, from March 2018 onwards, you no longer require a construction permit in New Jersey for roofing jobs on one- and two-family homes in particular.

New Mexico:

In New Mexico, roofing contractors operate under the title of “Construction Contractors,” meaning that they need a state license in order to begin working. In order to then take the required exam, you must provide two years of experience in your given area. You must also pass the trade exam, in addition to the business and law exam.

New York:

In the state of New York, you are not required to have a state license in order to begin carrying out roofing contractor work. However, as previously mentioned, there are still local requirements often, and these should be fully looked into beforehand.

North Carolina:

In order to work as a roofing contractor in the state of North Carolina, you will require a state license, though this is only for any jobs worth $30,000 or more. This license is issued by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors. You will need to be pre-approved before you are able to the exam. To do so, you must demonstrate a minimum working capital, which is appropriate depending on the size of the jobs you wish to bid on in the future.

North Dakota:

If you wish to carry out roofing jobs worth more than $4,000 in the state of North Dakota, there are a number of requirements involved. There are four classes of licenses that are issued by the Secretary of State of North Dakota; these mostly depend on the size of the jobs you plan to embark upon. There is no exam requirement in this state, though you will need to be able to show that you don’t owe any taxes, as well as being able to provide Proof of worker’s compensation insurance and liability insurance.

Ohio:

As with a number of the other states list, there are no state licensing requirements in order to be roofing contractor work in the state of Ohio. As with previous entries, we advise that you still be sure to check your local requirements before you begin work.

Oklahoma:

You are not required to carry a state license in order to carry out roofing contractor work in Oklahoma. However, you do need a Roofing Contractor Registration. In order to be registered and be granted the equivalent of an Oklahoma roofing license, you will be required to provide proof of worker’s compensation and liability insurance.

Oregon:

In the state of Oregon, roofing contractors require a state license to begin working. You will need to finish your pre-license training and pass a test before you are granted a license from the Construction Contractors Board. You will also be required to provide Proof of general liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.

Pennsylvania:

There are no requirements in the state of Pennsylvania for roofing contractors to have a state license before they begin work. However, we still advise that you enquire into the local requirements for roofing contractors in your area before you consider beginning work.

Rhode Island:

In order to become a roofing contractor in the state of Rhode Island, a state license is required. This license is granted by the State of Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board. In order to become licensed, you will need to pass an exam, as well as complete at least ten hours of roofing education per year. You will also need to be able to proof of insurance and be bonded.

South Carolina:

In South Carolina, roofing contractors require a state license before they are able to begin work in this area, unless they fall under the title of “Residential Speciality Contractor, to do so you must be registered with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. In order to register, you first must provide references and a surety bond, so long as your work is expected to be worth more than $5,000.

South Dakota:

In South Dakota, there are no requirements for roofing contractors to carry state licenses. We advise that contractors in South Dakota still research their local roofing contractor requirements before beginning work, as these may differ.

Tennessee:

In the state of Tennessee, as of January 2014, all roofing contractors are required to carry a state license in order to perform any projects that are expected to be worth more than $25,000. In order to do so, you must first pass a trade exam, in addition to a business and law exam. You must then also provide a financial statement and provide Proof of general liability, as well as worker’s compensation insurance.

Texas:

In the state of Texas, there is no requirement for its roofing contractors to carry any sort of state license to carry out their work. There is, however, a voluntary licensing process through the Roofing Contractors Association in Texas, if this is something you are interested in looking into.

Utah:

All kinds of construction contractors, roofing contractors included, require a state license issued by the Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. To do so, you will need to pass a trade exam, in addition to a business and law exam. In order to become eligible to take this exam, you must first have four years of work experience. In addition to this, you must also be able to provide Proof of general liability and worker’s compensation insurance.

Vermont:

In Vermont, there is no requirement for roofing contractors to carry a state license in order to be doing their work. As always, we do advise that you look into local contractor requirements for your area before beginning this work, as this can affect it.

Virginia:

For Virginians, it is a requirement for roofing contractors to have a state license, issued by the Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. In addition to this, you will need to pass a trade exam, as well as a business and a law exam. In order to become eligible to take this exam, you must first have four years of work experience in this area; you must also be able to provide Proof of general liability and worker’s compensation insurance.

Washington:

In Washington State, there is no requirement for its roofing contractors to carry any sort of state license before they begin carrying out their work. There is, however, a requirement to register with the Department of Labor and Industries Contractors’ Registration Section if you reside within this state.

West Virginia:

In the state of West Virginia, roofing contractors are required to attain a state license in order to begin their work. This license is granted by the Division of Labor West Virginia Contractor Licensing Board. You will need to be able to pass a trade exam, in addition to a business and law exam. As well as this, you must also be able to provide Proof of worker’s compensation insurance.

Wisconsin:

In the state of Wisconsin, there is also no requirement for roofing contractors to be granted a state license before carrying out their work. It is important to note, however, that if you work closely with asbestos, you will then require to be certified by the Asbestos Unit Bureau of Public Health.

Wyoming:

Finally, in Wyoming, there are no requirements for roofing contractors to attain a state license before they carry out their work. We maintain that it is important, if you reside in this state, to look into your own local requirements as well as just the state ones.

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On-Page SEO Checklist for Roofing Contractors in 2020

 

Get Free Leads, Improve your Roofing sales and Crush other Roofers online with On-page SEO

If you want to optimize your roofing company’s website, on-page SEO is the best place to start. On-page SEO techniques help roofing contractors to get free leads online by appearing on the first page of Google for several keyword phrases. The ultimate goal of on-page SEO is to help search engine crawlers to understand the context and meaning of your roofing pages.

The two essential on-page elements are HTML and content. When using a CMS such as word press, these two elements can be changed. Like any form of internet marketing, On-page SEO has evolved due to the continuously changing Google algorithm. This post will explain the importance, techniques, and checklist of on-page SEO that roofers need to know. Without further ado, let us dive in!

Why Your Roofing Website Needs On-Page SEO?

On-page SEO is crucial because it offers search engines with several signals to help them know what your roofing website is all about.

During the ranking and indexing process, search engines try to associate roofing websites with specific search terms and keywords prospects type in the search box.

It is through on-page SEO that roofers can guide search engines on which keywords they want to rank for in the search results.

Furthermore, it is known as “on-page” since any optimization done directly improves your customer’s experience.

Google, with its thousands of sophisticated algorithm, is now good at:

  • Knowing what prospects/ clients are searching for when they type in the query box
  • Providing results that satisfy the user intent (shopping, navigational or informational)

This post will take you through the most crucial on-page SEO techniques/ factors that will guarantee higher rankings.

7 Essential On-Page SEO Factors That Every Roofer Needs to Know

Now that you understand why on-page SEO is crucial for your roofing website, you need to start optimizing your pages to get valuable results. Let us explore the most important on-page SEO factors that will guarantee good results if properly implemented.

Create Valuable Content that will keep Leads on your roofing Website

Any on-page SEO guide will show you that high-quality content is the backbone of any successful internet marketing campaign. Content drives search engine traffic to your site, gets clients/prospects to engage with your page, and keeps them glued to it.

Content comes in various forms like e-books and blogs. You should cover as many roofing topics as possible to drive leads to your business.

When you create roofing content, you must go in-depth and provide your prospects/ clients with valuable information. By creating high-value content that matches your prospect’s search intent, you will drive massive traffic to your roofing page and increase its dwelling time.

These two signals (dwell time and traffic spike) will send a good signal to Google that your page is relevant, and thus Google rewards it with higher rankings. It is a great on-page SEO technique that helps to boost search rankings of your roofing website.

Optimize Your Title Tags to Rank in More Relevant Searches

When prospects find your roofing website in the search results, they first look at the title of your page. The title plays a critical role in determining whether they will click on your page or move to the competitor’s site. Your title optimization is the most crucial on-page SEO technique that will get prospects to visit your site.

As you develop the title for your page, make sure that it is detailed enough to attract prospects. It should explain to the prospect what they will get in case they click your link.

Let’s say you wrote an article about siding colors. Which article title would appeal to your prospects most?

“Make your house beautiful with siding colors “or “5 types of siding colors that will improve your curb appeal in 2020.”

Prospects are more likely to pick the second one. This is because, in the second post, prospects are going to explore the five types of siding colors.

The second title also hits the keyword “types of siding colors.” Keyword integration is a crucial part of your title because it makes your post more relevant to searches.

Not only do search engines look at your title to help rank your page, but also your readers look for the keyword to see if your post is relevant to your search query.

Title optimization is one of the best on-page SEO tactics you can use to improve your site rankings and show up in relevant search results.

Use Internal Links in Your Roofing Page to Keep Leads in Your Site Longer

Whenever you create new pages, you want to link up to other sites within your content. These are known as internal links since they keep leads within your site instead of sending them to other external websites.

Internal links help to improve the user’s experience. They offer your audience with important information that helps them to understand the topic better. This improves your dwell time and increases your search engine rankings.

If you are looking for an on-page SEO technique that will skyrocket your rankings, begin by linking internally in the content. You will keep leads on your roofing website longer and thus improve your rankings in Google search results.

Improve Your Page Loading Speed to Keep Your Prospects/ Leads Happy

Everybody wants to get information fast. When prospects perform searches, they want to click on a link and see the page start to load instantly. In fact, 83% of prospects expect your roofing website to load within three seconds or less.

If your roofing website takes minutes to load, prospects are likely to abandon it and turn to your competitors. Recent studies show that 53% of prospects will leave your site if it takes more than three seconds to load. You can lose almost half of your search engine traffic if your site takes too long to load.

To make sure leads remain in your site, try to improve the page loading speed. There are several things you can do to improve your roofing website loading speed;

  • Minimizing the size of the image files
  • Minify CSS, HTML and JavaScript
  • Reduce white space while coding
  • Cut down the number of redirects in your site
  • Use a content distribution network
  • Leverage browser caching

If you don’t have the time to boost your site loading speed, you can rely on a roofing marketing agency to improve your page loading time. At Blackstorm Roofing Marketing, we offer high-quality roofing website design services to help you improve your page loading time and keep your leads longer on the site.

Create SEO-Friendly URLs

Your URL is an important part of SEO. When Google crawls your roofing website, it reads your URL to understand your content. If your URL is vague, search engines will not be able to index your site or help prospects to remember it.

The URL helps search engines to determine the relevancy of your page. It is a great place to incorporate your keywords to boost your site rankings.

Your URL should have a hierarchy and be clear to prospects. Prospects don’t want to find a URL that is mixed with letters and numbers.

Here is an example of a poor URL: www.roofingcompanywebsite.com/46532kjl/

A roofing URL like this is unclear and scattered. The random letters and numbers don’t have any meaning to Google. Your prospects also will not comprehend the numbers and letters for a long time.

Instead, a good URL should look like this: www.roofingcompanywebsite.com/siding/james-hardie-cement/

This URL structure is defined and clear. There is a good hire achy too. The URL goes from siding a general category to James Hardie Fiber cement, a specific siding type. It’s defined and clean; therefore, search engines can easily read your roofing website.

Prospects can also remember it naturally. It is much easier to remember siding to James Hardie cement than to cram a combination of numbers and letters. Your prospects can also see the topic clearly, and thus they are likely to read and convert.

By creating a clear and defined URL structure, you will get more leads on your roofing website and help Google to index your page properly. It is an excellent way to improve your on-page SEO and increase your site rankings in the search results.

Make sure that Your Roofing Website Incorporates a Responsive Design to Keep Your Prospects Happy

Your prospects/ clients will access your roofing website from multiple devices. You must create a great user experience across those devices. If you want to on-page SEO correctly, make sure that your site has a responsive design.

Imagine a prospect trying to access your desktop version on a smartphone. They would have to zoom out and in to read content, and the whole post would look scaled incorrectly and disorganized. That does not give your prospects a positive user experience but instead discourages them from your site.

As a roofer, you must invest heavily in a responsive design to offer prospects/clients a positive experience of your site. Responsive design makes sure that your roofing website adapts to whatever mobile devices your prospects use. Whether it is a tablet or Smartphone, your roofing website will adjust to fit the size of your screen.

Meta Descriptions

Meta descriptions have been a crucial optimization point for roofing contractors. Meta tags and descriptions explain what your roofing page is all about; they are typically displayed underneath the SERP’s beneath your title.

While Google still denies that Meta descriptions don’t help in rankings, there is some evidence that better descriptions help.

Optimizing Meta descriptions properly can help to:

  • Increase Click-through Rate
  • Guarantee of best results
  • Perception of what your roofing website offers changes.

The meta description must incorporate your roofing page keywords. This description is what will appear as the small paragraph under the heading when search results are returned to your prospect. This is the first information that your prospect comes across, so make sure it persuades them to open your site.

On-Page SEO Checklist for Roofing Contractors

Search engines consider more than on-page optimization when ranking your site, but there are definite characteristics of a page that Google looks for when indexing or ranking sites. Here are the most crucial things to look out when you want your roofing website to rank high in search engines:

  • Make sure that you have one page per specific target keyword
  • Make sure that your Meta descriptions are unique and complete per page
  • Your content should be sales-driven and informative at the same time.
  • Use H-tags properly
  • Make sure your content is 100% unique
  • Start a roofing blog and update it regularly with content that supports your service pages
  • Make sure that you have an XML and HTML site map
  • Use a content plan that is simple to digest with images, bulleted lists, and videos.
  • Make sure that all the images on your roofing website have proper alt tags and titles.
  • Don’t stuff your content with roofing keywords
  • Make sure that your Google Analytics is working properly and connected to your Webmasters tools account.
  • Add professional certifications to your roofing website like BBB, Yelp amongst others.
  • Keep your plugins and content management system updated.

Start Optimizing Your Roofing On-Page SEO Today

On-page SEO will help your roofing business to develop a better site for your prospects/ clients and keep them glued to it longer. If you optimize your roofing website, your prospects/ clients will spend more time getting to know your business and the services you offer. Your roofing business will continue to rank higher in search results and reach more relevant traffic/ leads.

At Blackstorm Roofing Marketing, we have more than ten years of experience optimizing roofing websites for On-page SEO. We have a team of SEO experts that will make your roofing business rank higher in search engines. They will help to drive more traffic to your page and generate a steady flow of qualified leads in your business.

If you are ready to improve your roofing SEO through on-page SEO servicesschedule a free strategy session with our experts to see how our team can get your business on top of Google search results today.

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First 3 Things That Doctors Should Know About SEO Before Hiring An Seo Firm

SEO is the catalyst for all successful businesses online. Not just online but also offline because investing in SEO practices like Google My Business, and Citations also make it easy to scale your offline business. Boosting website SEO rankings for medical professionals is a puzzle that’s not easy to solve.
Well, as a medical professional, you know that over 70% of your potential clients will first search online before reaching out to you. The problem with SEO rank is that the web is saturated with similar contents that pushing yours to the first page so you can funnel these prospects to leads isn’t easy anymore.
Besides doing your job, and managing the business at the same time is a daunting task. To succeed, you will need an external marketer to spur you forward. Here is where SEO for doctors experts come in.

What Is SEO?

The initials S.E.O stands for Search Engine Optimization. It’s a special process that follows a unique algorithm to rank websites higher or lower in the search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, etc. The ranking here makes you visible, so potential prospects find you faster. This leads to your site getting more clicks. SEO marketers refer to this as organic traffic.
Not all SEO marketers are equal, though. Besides, the ranking algorithms change frequently. Therefore before hiring an SEO marketer, here are the things you should know about SEO.

1. SEO Can Be Tedious

Increasing a website’s SEO ranking doesn’t happen in a second. It can take quite a long time to get you high up in the search results. There are, however, lucky chaps who managed to do it quite faster. The solid reality, however, is that SEO is a gradual process, and in some cases, it can be very costly.
It doesn’t matter whether your a veteran medic or you manage a budding clinic. Increasing your SEO rankings can be slow, and sadly enough, if you’re looking for instant results, you may get disappointed. There’s, however a way out. To get on the same page with SEO, you need to understand your audience, know the basics of website design, and how a website works.
There are other deeper SEO aspects like the meta tags, meta descriptions, and keyword research, etc. that you have to master. After getting all these right, optimizing your website for SEO becomes simple and fun. The process is however extensive with a lot of adjustments here, and there, therefore, it’s likely to take you a lot of time to get the final results.

2. SEO Is Just A Fragment Of A Fruitful Strategy

Most clinic owners think that it’s only SEO that does the magic which is not true because lots of other factors need to go into your marketing strategy. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t essential, though. It’s an integral part of any fruitful marketing strategy, but it forms just a tiny fraction of the whole process.
To get it right with SEO, and your entire marketing strategy, it’s crucial that you don’t overlook other essential marketing aspects like;

  • Content Creation.
  • Email Marketing.
  • Reviews.
  • Referral Campaigns.
  • Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Marketing.
  • Phone Call Tracking.
  • Social Media Marketing and more.

However, some of these strategies still use SEO practices. You should make sure that these tactics are used on your website. SEO will just complement what the strategies can achieve.

3. You Should Base On Content Creation Over SEO

Note that, to engage your audience, you don’t need just SEO. Instead, you will require engaging content. Because of that, if you want to come up with a robust SEO plan, it’s prudent that you base on coming up with original contents regularly.
Use the contents to engage with, and showcase your expertise to the potential clients because they want to hear from you. They want to hear your take on trending medical discoveries, and news, they want to know that you’re someone who understands their pain points.
You can deliver these contents in various forms like; videos, social media posts, infographics, and blog posts, etc. After creating these contents, you can now freely focus on creating SEO optimized web pages. With the right mindset, and approach to SEO, your business is going to flourish.
Do you want to learn more about how to utilize SEO to spur client engagement, and increase lead conversion? We got your back. We have all the expertise you need to claim strong niche authority, and boost your lead conversion.