4 Proven SEO Tips to Drive (Almost) Free Traffic

Welcome to Honey Whale’s guest post on the Bob Go blog! We are a dynamic SEO & Shopify agency rooted in South Africa, dedicated to empowering small to medium businesses with top-tier SEO, PPC, and eCommerce development services. With a global client base and over a decade of industry experience, Honey Whale stands as a leading force in the eCommerce and SEO sectors across Southern Africa. 

In this post, we’re excited to share four pivotal strategies that emerged from our recent presentation at Bob Go’s headquarters for the 2023 Everything Ecommerce Event. These insights are tailored to unlock a surge of organic traffic (free) for your website, leveraging our deep understanding of the digital landscape.

In an era where 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine, mastering SEO is no longer just an option but a necessity for businesses aiming to thrive online. At Honey Whale, we understand the pulse of this ever-evolving digital landscape, and we’re here to guide you through it. Follow these basic tips and tricks to ensure you’re optimizing your site & content for Google and before you know it, you’ll start ranking higher and higher!

Tip 1: Building Blogs and Pages for Maximum SEO Impact

Long-Tail Keyword Research:

Start by identifying long-tail keywords with a KD% below 20 and a search volume above 50. Tools like UberSuggest, or SERanking,  linked here, are invaluable for this step.

Did you know that long-tail keywords account for 70% of all web searches? This highlights the immense potential they hold in driving targeted traffic to your site.

Analyzing Top Search Results:

Examine the top 3 organic search results for your chosen keywords. Note their headings, meta-titles, and meta-descriptions.

Content Development:

Create content that mirrors these successful elements but with an additional 200-300 words of unique content. While AI tools like ChatGPT can assist, remember to keep the content authentic and human-centric.

While leveraging existing successful content as a model is a smart strategy, the uniqueness of your content is what sets you apart. In fact, websites with original content are more likely to rank higher on Google, as unique content provides more value to users.

Tip 2: Forcing Google to Notice Your Updated Pages

Regularly updating your website content and prompting Google to re-index your pages can lead to a 111% increase in organic traffic, as fresh, updated content is a key ranking factor for search engines. Here’s how: 

Google Search Console Use:

Log into your account and use the ‘Inspect URL’ feature for your page.

Requesting Re-Indexing:

After updating your content, click “Request Indexing” to prompt Google to re-crawl your page.

Tip 3: Step-by-Step GMB Optimization

Optimizing your Google My Business listing can significantly enhance your local SEO efforts. Businesses that actively manage their GMB profiles are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers.

Step 1:

Ensure your business profile is complete with a logo, accurate category, and contact details.

Step 2:

Regularly update your operating hours, service areas, and appointment links.

Step 3:

Add a compelling business description, possibly using AI tools like ChatGPT for assistance.H3: Step 4:
Engage with customer reviews and keep your posting schedule active.

Tip 4: 10 Rules for Optimizing Your Website Content

Effective Use of Headings:

Ensure proper use of H1, H2, and H3 tags, focusing on your main keywords.

Meta Title and Descriptions:

Ensure your meta-title contains your main target keyword. While meta-descriptions aren’t as crucial for ranking, you might as well write compelling meta-descriptions that include your primary keyword.

Content-Length and Internal Linking:

Aim for a minimum of 1,000 words and include internal links to other pages on your site. Whilst there is no set amount of words to include, it’s best to ensure that you answer the topic or question at hand as well as possible – whether that means using 300 or 3000 words. 

External Linking and Image Optimization:

Link to credible external sources and convert images to WEBP format for better performance.

Content optimization is not just about pleasing search engines. It’s about delivering value to your audience. Websites that follow these optimisation rules often see a significant increase in user engagement and dwell time, key factors in SEO success.


In the ever-evolving landscape of digital marketing, applying these SEO strategies is more than just a step towards increasing your website’s visibility and traffic; it’s about building a resilient and sustainable online presence. At Honey Whale, we’re committed to not just keeping pace with the latest trends but also setting new benchmarks in SEO and digital marketing. Whether you’re looking for expert SEO services, Shopify upgrades, or comprehensive digital marketing consultations, we’re here to help. Let’s embark on this journey of continuous learning and adaptation together, and unlock the full potential of your online presence. Your path to digital success starts with Honey Whale.