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Invisible Website? This Might Be Why…

Your website is your practice’s digital storefront: it’s what people “pass by” as they surf the Internet looking for the information or services they need. Ideally, your website’s home page offers enough information and value to keep visitors from passing at all, but that’s only half the equation. Getting them there in the first place is the other half.
So how is your website doing? Is it attracting new online visitors each week? Is it translating to increased patient inquiries at your physical location? Do you see your site show up on the early pages of online search results?
If you answered “no” to any of the above, then you might be left wondering where you’ve gone wrong. Perhaps you’ve spent a significant amount of time or money (or both) setting up a sleek and functional website for your hearing practice. If so, you’re likely frustrated if it’s not getting the attention it deserves. Just like the sign outside of your physical practice, your website is fairly useless if it’s not catching the eyes of potential patients moving about online.
Making your website an active vehicle for patient inquiries is a much bigger topic than just getting people to your site in the first place, but it’s hard to deny that it’s the most important step. If your website seems to be invisible online, consider some of the most common reasons below.
Lacking Content
Search engines like Google are looking for websites that offer a good experience for its readers. They also are crawling through websites searching for specific keywords being used in a search query. If your website is lacking in detailed content, and specifically lacking in those commonly-searched keywords relevant to your field, then you can expect your web pages to rank poorly in the search results—potentially ending up too far down to ever be noticed.
Luckily, this is a fairly easy issue to fix: simply add more keyword-rich content to your website. This becomes especially important on main pages like your home page and your services page. Even better would be to create a distinct page, full of informative content, for each service you offer. It’s worthwhile to note that content that has been intentionally (and often awkwardly) “stuffed” with keywords does not fare well in the world of search result ranking. A golden rule is to approach everything content-related on your website with your visitors’ best interests in mind. “Would they like more information about this topic?” Likely yes. “Do they want this information well-organized and not crammed into one long page?” Yes, yes they do. In general, any site that is providing great value and rich detail for their visitors will be ranked better than sites that are not.
Improper Keywords
Keywords are those specific words and phrases that people are searching for on Google and other search engines. It’s possible (and highly recommended) to research the most common keywords related to your field and then target those specific keywords and phrases (called “long tailed keywords”) throughout your website (which we discuss in depth here).
Keyword research is a topic that can go as deep as you want—or have time for. Consider that keyword optimization is its own specialty within search engine optimization (SEO) practices. Fortunately for the world of hearing health, the related keywords are fairly straightforward and obvious. Choosing the wrong keywords for your website might not be so much about using an unrelated word as it is about using too broad of a word. For instance, placing a very common word such as “hearing” throughout your content would be much less effective than placing “hearing aids” or “rechargeable hearing aids” in your content. If you have yet to use keywords to optimize your website’s ranking in search results, be sure to visit this post to get started.
Broad Page Titles
Page titles (also called title tags) are the main text that describes each page of your website. Besides the main content on each page, page titles are the next most important text for search engines. Your page title is what shows up in your browser’s URL bar (or title bar), on the search results page of a query, and in any external links back to your website (i.e. on social media websites, etc).
To make the most of this commonly seen description of each page of your website, it’s important to craft keyword-rich titles that give just enough information about the page’s content. So instead of naming a page a general title like “hearing information,” consider a more descriptive and savvy title such as, “hearing loss and hearing loss treatments.” The latter incorporates two common keywords and also gives more detail about what content exists on that specific page.
Unindexed Website
Search engines are able to effectively search the enormous amount of information online by a process known as “indexing.” This is when search engine software collects, categorizes, and stores information about each website. Websites that have been correctly indexed will be easy to search through when keywords present in their content are searched online. But what if your website hasn’t been properly indexed? Or worse, not indexed at all? You guessed it—your website will be hard to find, so this is an issue you’ll want to resolve immediately.
To see if your website has been indexed or not, simply type “” (inserting your website’s domain) into the Google search bar. The number of search results should roughly reflect the number of pages your website has. For instance, if your website has 12 pages, you should expect to see at least 9-10 search results. If there’s a large discrepancy, however, your site might not be properly indexed. This can be a tricky issue and potentially related to any number of things like errors in your website’s root files, an outdated sitemap, incorrect URL parameters, connectivity or DNS issues, and more. Unless you feel equipped to explore further, we recommend reaching out to professional help if it seems your site isn’t being indexed properly.

Making sure that your website is easily found online is just as important as having a website at all. At audiologyplus, it’s why we package complete digital marketing solutions instead of just building websites. We know that you’re going to need a lot more to have a successful presence online, so why not get it all at once?  We also have several a la carte services to provide support for businesses that already have websites. If your website or practice could benefit from some enhanced digital strategies, be sure to contact us to learn more.

Keyword Research to Optimize Digital Presence

Choose Wisely: How Keywords Can Make or Break Your Online Presence

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could tailor your website’s content and marketing strategy down to the very words your target market is already using? Even better—imagine you could identify the words and phrases used most frequently by those interested in hearing health? This kind of information would enable you to specifically target potential patients by showing them you have precisely the information and services they’re interested in.
Well, you’re in luck: Not only is this information readily available, but using it within your website and your greater marketing strategy can make all the difference in the number of people you’re reaching with your website and your services.
In digital marketing, this approach is called keyword marketing or targeting. It can quickly become a complex and deeply analytical topic among professional digital marketers, but remains an effective strategy even when just the basics are applied.
Keywords, as you may have guessed, are those specific words your target market is using in search engines like Google to learn more about a topic. The most popular phrases used are referred to as “long chain keywords.” As a hearing healthcare professional, you can discover the most popular keywords and long chain keywords people are using when seeking information about hearing loss, treatment, or hearing health in general. All in an hour or less! This is what we like to call a “digital marketing no-brainer.”
Just what will these strategically placed keywords do for you and your practice? The most important benefit of selecting your words carefully, within your content as well as on the backend of your website’s infrastructure, is it being an effective way to boost your ranking in the results page of a search query. In other words, keyword targeting helps tremendously with your website’s search engine optimization (SEO).
As we’ve drilled into your mind with all of our articles, proper SEO is as critical as having a website is. It’s what ensures that your beautiful website will actually be seen by the people it’s designed to serve. Keywords are a relatively easy and effective foundation of any SEO plan.
Using keywords to your advantage is straightforward: you research the most popular keywords and then place them strategically throughout your website content, metadata (information in the background of your webpages), and everywhere else you’re creating content for your business, both online and offline. After all, these are the words that your potential patients are already using—so why not grab their attention by taking those words out of their mouth and expanding upon them with the answers they need?
Step One: Keyword Research
Your approach to researching the best keywords related to your hearing services can be as shallow or deep as you want or have time for. No matter how far you take it though, there are some basic strategies you should prioritize to ensure that you don’t miss the most important keywords and phrases being used.

  • Category Headers
    Begin your research by visiting some of the leading hearing healthcare websites online, (i.e. and make note of the common navigation items and blog categories. These are naturally going to reflect what your target market is interested in and looking for more information on.
  • Google Search Suggestions
    Type the main word related to your services (i.e. hearing) into the Google search box and then refrain from pressing Enter. A drop-down list of suggested entries will then reveal commonly searched words and phrases related to the main word you entered. For instance, if you type in “hearing” and wait for the suggestions, you’ll likely see that “hearing aids” is the first suggestion. Make note of these.

  • Google Keyword Planner
    There are several software options for a thorough review of keywords and the various metrics associated with them, but one of the easiest (and free) tools to use for entry-level detail is Google Keyword Planner. Simply enter the list of keywords you identified from the previous two steps and hit the “Get Ideas” button. You’ll be shown an incredibly useful list of most popular keywords related to your entries, including the average monthly number of searches.

Content Optimization
Now that you’ve successfully identified the most searched keywords and phrases for your specific field, it’s time to place those gems into your content. The trick here is not to overdo it. In fact, content that has been “over-optimized,” as it’s called, by placing too many keywords within it not only looks contrived to the reader, but is even recognized as such by search engines, which penalize content that appears “spam-like.” Unfortunately, this can actually harm your overall SEO strategy and should be avoided.
So the rule here is simple: keywords should be placed wherever they naturally fit in. Luckily for the hearing healthcare field, it’s nearly impossible to write valuable content for prospective patients without mentioning the most popular hearing-related keywords (i.e. hearing aids, hearing loss, etc.). Working in those long tail keywords requires a bit more finesse, but if you focus on keeping your natural tone throughout your content, they will fit in seamlessly as well.
No content should be left un-optimized: website copy, blog posts, metadata (page titles, page descriptions, image titles and ALT text, and so forth), any social media profile descriptions for your business, social media updates, and even offline marketing materials are all excellent options for using those trending keywords for your field.
It’s important to remember that your approach to marketing your services is to not only demonstrate your knowledge and expertise in hearing health, but also to appeal to potential patients with the kind of language they can relate to. There’s no better way to do that than to incorporate the words they are already using.
As a digital marketing firm, we liken keywords to gold. They can be incredibly valuable and, at times, can take some sincere digging to unearth the very best ones. Our approach to content and website optimization involves a multi-layered keyword strategy to ensure the best results possible. If you think your website and overall digital presence could benefit from professional optimization, contact us to learn more about how we can help.