Where’s My Salon When I Search in Google? Understanding S.E.O.

By Kelly Ehlers | 07/16/2012 4:52:00 PM


Search Engine Optimization (S.E.O.) is an online marketing tactic to improve a website's position within a search. Which doesn't really seem necessary for clients who know and love your salon now does it?

However, think of the swing clients, or fresh, new clients who have just moved to the area. When they search "Hair Salon Madison, WI" or "Hair Cuts L.A." you want to be the at the top of that Google search result! Think of it as similar to top of mind awareness for your salon...in today's world Google does much of our thinking for us, so if your salon is at the top of Google's mind, you're at the top of the clients mind as well.

Now, S.E.O. is not the simplest of topics to understand, so I'll just scratch the surface of the deep wide world of S.E.O, but I'll give you a little fuel to start your fire.

There are two main categories to explain S.E.O. organic and paid.


Having good organic S.E.O will result in your salon ranking in the top of a Google search for your salon name, or services in your area. You can also manage what search terms that you would like to rank high for and cater your S.E.O. to those terms as well.

Good S.E.O for salons

For example: If you searched Modern Salon in a Google search, Modern Salon magazine is the very first result. Organic search results are based on something called the Google Algorithm, which is an equation that decides what order the search results will appear in. The equation is filled out by robots that search the web for "answers" to your Google search questions.

Recently Google changed its algorithm to a more human experience. Now the algorithm is said to preference content rich sites that provide answers, facts, and fresh new information. Search Engines also look for important, legitimate sites to link back to your site as a source. The more outreach to other sites, the higher you will climb on the search ladder.

Search engines also value social media. Social media will help your search because your content will be constantly updated, and full of the keywords that make you important to the salon industry.


Paid search results are not completely considered search engine optimization, but it is a way to better your search rankings. To do this, search for websites by keywords. Then when a user searches that keyword, a paid website will appear at the very top of the search in the yellow boxes, or on the side of the organic search listings.

Kelly Ehlers, Social media expert, talks S.E.O for salons, with tips for DIY SEO.

Because S.E.O. can be an overwhelming and confusing concept there are many agencies that specialize in getting your page to the top of Google search. However, if your salon does not have the budget for a fancy professional strategy, there are some best-practice do-it-yourself options that anyone can tackle.

- Make your site content rich, with legitimate, applicable information. Look at a website like a big beautiful advertisement for your salon. Write all of your content to your audience, and then evaluate your site: why are your clients coming to your site? Is it meeting your needs?

- Keep up your social media presence, and continue to link to your site. The more social media postings and activity, the better!

- Be sure to add descriptions, to videos, photos, and blog posts that Google can read.

- Evaluate your user experience. Is the information for your salon on the front page or buried deep within the site? Can clients easily navigate your site?

- Set up a Google analytics account. This will tell you who is coming to your site, to which pages, and why. To do so go here:http://www.google.com/analytics/

As always if you are looking for more information please feel to contact me or one of my team at evokebrands.com – we work on S.E.O. for a variety of brands and salons across the country and are always happy to help!

As always, feel free to contact me at: kehlers@evokebrands.com with any questions or comments.

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Kelly Ehlers is a recognized leader and expert in social and mobile media for the salon and beauty industry. Her firm, Evoke Brand Strategies, specializes in providing innovative digital solutions for salons, stylists and brands looking to connect with their customers in today’s technology-driven society. By combining traditional PR and relationship building with today’s social platforms, Ehlers bring a fresh perspective to the industry.

Having literally grown up in the industry (her mother was a successful salon owner for 40 years), Ehlers’ unique perspective combines years of PR, marketing and social media knowledge with real-world salon experience. In February 2012, Ehlers launched her newest venture, StyleSync, teaching small businesses, salon owners, stylists and students how to easily utilize social media to grow their businesses and personal brands.

For more, go to www.evokebrands.com, and follow her blog at www.stylesync.me.


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cory j    
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Makati, Philippines  |  July, 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I also write for a SEO company ( www.digitalmoz.com) and my expertise is about plastic surgeries. It has taken us some years just to have that client in the top spot. It really takes time, dedication and effort and proper link building techniques to let them be on top. I think that people who are interested in the industry mus always practice white hat SEO just to be for the future, just in case.

Kelly Ehlers    
Madison, WI  |  August, 17, 2012 at 09:47 AM

Cory! Thanks for sharing! You are absolutely correct - SEO does take ample time and is a tactic that must always be part of your overall digital strategy...Thanks for sharing your input! Kelly www.evokebrands.com www.stylesync.me

The Root Salon    
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www.therootsalon.com  |  August, 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM

This is a great article. We just spent the whole past spring inproving our S.E.O. and boy was it worth it!

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