Ep 144: Get More Website Visitors with SEO with Meg Casebolt
These days, it has become a necessity for any business, including yoga businesses, to have a website. However, it’s not enough to just have a website. We need to make sure that our websites get found by people who are looking for what we offer, and that’s where SEO comes in. It sounds scary and intimidating, but is so critical to getting more visitors to your website, and Meg Casebolt breaks down just how you can get started with making your website more SEO-friendly.
Meg Casebolt is an SEO strategist, Google Ads consultant, and (currently inactive) certified yoga teacher. She came to yoga in 2001 as an exercise routine, and has been practicing ever since. After receiving her certification in Bhakti Yoga, she taught yoga for 2 years from 2014 to 2016, before transitioning into her current role, so she has a unique and intimate understanding of yoga businesses. Meg describes herself as the “Supergirl to your SEO strategy stress”, and since 2013, has been helping business owners show up in search results, get more leads & sell more products with intentional, strategic content.
It’s important to start with the basics, so Meg explains what SEO is, and why optimizing your website for search engines is so important. She shares how to set up your website to help you get found on Google (both as an industry expert and a local teacher), as well as why Google Analytics and Google Search Console can be such powerful tools. Meg also has some insight into specializing and niching down, and how that can help your website rank in Google.
If you are looking for some great advice on steps you can take immediately to update your website and make it Google-friendly, this is the episode for you.
[5:36] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode – Meg Casebolt.
[7:20] Who is Meg and what is the work that she does?
[8:15] When did Meg become an SEO specialist?
“The first thing that you need to do is know what people are searching for.” ~ Meg Casebolt
[12:37] What do yoga teachers need to do to help their websites get found? Set up a Google My Business profile!
[17:03] Another thing you can do to stand out is to get reviews!
“We’re really quick to complain, and we’re not so great to share praise, but when you ask for the review, people will give it to you.” ~ Meg Casebolt
[19:05] Meg explains why it is so beneficial to have a Google My Business account, regardless of whether you have a physical location or not.
[22:36] The next thing to look at is your website. Meg recommends Google Analytics and some other handy tools to help you get started.
“I’m going to start again with looking at what’s working. That’s always what I do first.” ~ Meg Casebolt
[25:36] What is the difference between Google Analytics and Google Search Console and what kind of information goes Google Search Console provide?
[29:10] How often should you be checking in on your Google Analytics and Google Search Console?
[30:39] Shannon shares some details about the things that surprised her when Meg did an analysis of The Connected Yoga Teacher website.
[34:18] How can you put out content that is SEO-friendly so that people can find your website?
[37:32] What are some tips for tailoring your content to boost your page ranking in search results?
[42:52] It is important for you to list the location of where you are teaching yoga on your website!
“Let your geography be your superpower!” ~ Meg Casebolt
[44:33] What are some things that Meg has noticed about how yoga teachers can improve their SEO?
[46:23] Tip: You have to be found for one thing, before you can be found for everything.
[48:17] Start small and work on these aspects that Meg has covered before diving in more to avoid overwhelm!
[52:56] Meg and Shannon discuss outsourcing SEO to a professional.
[55:35] Get in touch with Meg via her website or Instagram.
[56:10] What is the action step that you are going to take to improve your SEO?
- Meg Casebolt, Megabolt Digital
- Meg’s Resources:
- Meg Casebolt on Instagram
- The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode: 107: Launch & Promote Your Yoga Offering with Abby Herman
- Google My Business Profile
- Set Up Google My Business with Helena Spears (Facebook Live Video)
- Google Analytics
- Google Search Console
- Aqua Yoga with Christa
- Yoast SEO
- All-in-one SEO Pack
- Pelvic Health Professionals
Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity and Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training
I love this episode! so much to listen to, I’m about to listen again for the 3rd time! Little tweaks that I can make to my website here and there. Thank you 🙂
Thank you so much for this fantastic episode! I have done all of the steps with Google as I have set up my new website this week. And you were right Shannon – I LOVED Meg’s website so much!!!
Thank you for sharing that Dawn. I knew you would like Meg’s website 🙂