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Xero In: Google is the new landlord for small business

Posted 6 years ago in Small business by Beeny Atherton
Posted by Beeny Atherton

“The biggest online landlord now would have to be Google. I’m afraid of this big Google landlord, to the extent that I’m more than happy to grow my business; be very, very relevant in what we do; and describe exactly what we do on our website. This creates authentic relevancy, so our website does actually naturally rank.  

“That’s the thing with this business of SEO and trying to beat the system… basically you’re in battle with Google.”

– James Stevens, founder, Roses Only

In today’s episode of Xero In, co-hosts Rob Stone and JV Douglas are joined by James Stevens, founder of online rose and gift delivery service Roses Only. The trio discuss the fact that, with so many retailers moving to the web, Google is really the new landlord for online businesses.

Traditionally, vendors have had to pay more for shops or stalls in areas with more traffic. The prime space in those areas is the most expensive. Well, says James, Google is the search engine with the most traffic, and page one of Google is prime real estate. This means small business SEO is more important now than ever.

“There is no negotiating and it’s no different to any large landlord. The analogy is they provide you with an opportunity to display your wares; you (on a 24/7 basis) have to keep tendering for that spot so that you can keep showing your wares.”

Small business SEO is vital if you want to appease the landlord – aka, Google.

Of course, ranking in Google doesn’t just mean paying the most – it’s a whole lot more than that. While you can pay for advertising in Google, you also need to put in the work when it comes to search engine optimisation (SEO) for your website.

“And if you’re not in that top three in Google search, you may as well not be anywhere,” finishes James.

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If you enjoyed this podcast, check out last week’s episode on creating and maintaining culture with Angus Kennard of Kennards Hire.

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