Hi, I'm Brendan, Principal Consultant here at The Search Engine Shop.
We started this company in late 2008 as an SEO only company. Very quickly customers started asking for more and more and the business evolved to offer a suite of services for small businesses to help them rank higher and get more traffic from Google, get more new customers and grow their business using the power of the web.
Through our in-person workshops, our services and one on one consulting we've worked with over 2000 businesses since we started in 2008. Today we actively manage the online assets for several hundred businesses. Our clients range from solopreneur businesses doing $100k-$500k a year in revenue, right up to businesses doing several hundred million dollars a year.
About 80% of our clients are Australian businesses based all across the country and we have team members in Australia, Asia (Bangkok office coming soon) and North America.
Talking business at one of our business workshops, this one was held at Murdoch University in Perth
How our hosting product came about...
At some point in 2011 I started getting really frustrated. Our clients were seeing awesome results from our SEO and Adwords campaigns, but then suddenly their website would be offline and down for several hours and often entire days at a time.
Usually they either got too much traffic and went over their bandwidth quota or their web hosting company decided to do maintenance and screwed something up. In other cases their website was sloooooowwwwww......if you're anything like me, when you come across a slow website you lose patience very quickly and click away elsewhere.
Downtime = death for Google rankings...
Google hates slow and unreliable websites (just like your customers do) and a website on bad hosting will never rank number 1 in Google.
You're probably already well aware that today, for almost all businesses, regardless of whether they're selling online or not, Google and their website is a key part in almost all their sales. Whether that's people who are not yet a customer and searching for a product, service or solution provider, or existing customers or people who already want to buy from you looking for you on Google Maps or looking for your website to get your number to call you.
This problem with slow and unreliable hosting was starting to have a significant negative impact across a large number of our clients (both on us and the client) and was creating continual fires that we needed to put out (metaphorically, not literally!) and usually on the weekends too.
To solve this problem we spent nearly a year testing a number of Australian hosting companies but just couldn't find any that were fast, reliable and within a price range that was commercially viable for most of our customers.
After literally spending hundreds of hours on this problem it was clear the there was an opportunity in the marketplace for exactly the type of hosting we were looking for, so we built it!
Australian Based, High Performance, High Uptime, Search Engine Friendly, Managed WordPress Hosting
We built this solution specifically to solve the problems we were facing. Our hosting product is:
1. Australian based because the closer your web hosting server is to the visitor the faster the website will load ->> that said, we using cutting edge services from MaxCDN and Cloudflare so that sites on our platform load lightning fast worldwide.
2. High performance to ensure no more problems with slow websites AND to ensure the website could handle 1000s of visitors at a time without any speed degradation.
3. Search engine friendly which was a critical requirement because some hosting is poorly configured from a tech perspective and can seriously hurt your Google rankings.
4. Managed, which really means that everything that should be taken of is actually taken care of...no surprises, no hidden charges and no quota limits that take your site offline by surprise. If something isn't right we'll fix it or reach out and discuss it with you and solve the problem together.
Four Different Hosting Plans To Suit Your Budget & Individual Business Requirements...
We have four different hosting plans depending on your requirements, if you scroll down you'll see what's included in each one along with the price at each tier. You can pay either monthly or yearly and if you pay yearly you get a 20% discount.
There's also a bunch of the most commonly asked questions too but if there's a question that isn't answered on this page please feel free to drop me a line on my direct email at [email protected] and I'll be able to answer for you. If we need to, I'm happy to tee up a time and schedule a call so we can discuss in more detail.
Look forward to working with you.
Principal Consultant - The Search Engine Shop