Looking for one of the top digital marketing strategies to help potential clients easily find you? Then you’ll want to read the rest of this article on SEO for accountants.

In this article, you’ll find out:

  • What SEO for accountants is
  • Why it’s important for your firm’s growth
  • 14 practical tips & tricks to boost your website to the top of Google

Let’s go!

What is SEO for Accountants?

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is the process of optimizing your website to show up favorably in Google’s search results when a user types in certain search terms in their search engine.

In order to determine where and how your website will rank in search engines for any given search query, Google uses a series of extremely complex algorithms which look at hundreds of different ranking factors.

Google is a business:

They want to make sure their users quickly get the high-quality and relevant information they’re seeking.

This means that if we want to use Search Engine Optimisation as a strategy to rank higher and be visible in Google’s search queries in order to acquire new business, then we’ll have to play Google’s game.

Why is SEO Important?

One word:

Traffic.

And no, not this kind of traffic.

traffic jam

But the kind of traffic that organically brings visitors and new business to your website without the need for Facebook or Google ads:

website traffic seo for accountants
My Future Firm website traffic

The more visitors to your website, the more chances you have to turn those visitors into potential clients.

If marketing is important in your firm, you’ll want to tap into Google’s massive estimated audience that’s performing this many Google searches every single second:

google searches per second

And the accounting firms growing the fastest are leveraging SEO techniques to generate a ton of traffic and grow a super big online presence.

Here’s a report I ran showing how the online bookkeeping and tax service, Bench, is slaying it with Search Engine Optimisation:

bench seo

Thanks to their SEO services and strategy, they get 470,000+ website visits each and every single month!

And their top traffic page is a blog post on the “net income formula” which generates 23,000+ website visits in search engines each month.

That’s because they’ve used SEO strategy to get this blog post of theirs to the #1 position for the “net income formula” search term:

seo for bookkeepers

This has been achieved by design through some smart SEO strategies.

With all this traffic, they have a huge opportunity to convert a percentage into new clients.

A great SEO strategy allows you to grow a lot faster if you get it right compared to most other marketing strategies because we tap into one of the largest audiences in the world.

Now that we know what SEO is and why it’s important for your accounting firm, let’s look into my favorite tips that you can leverage to make SEO work in your accounting firm.

14 SEO Tips for Accounting Firms

Here are 14 tips on how to get your firm’s website ranking high on Google:

Tip 1: Setup Google My Business

46% of all Google searches are seeking local information, which means, when someone’s looking for a local accounting firm, they’ll type this into Google:

local seo for accountants

As you can see, my previous accounting firm, Xen Accounting, shows up early on in the search results and on Google’s recommended map. That’s because I had previously optimized the website for local SEO search results.

Optimizing your local SEO profile and getting yourself on the map starts with setting up and completing your Google My Business account.

If you’re interested in leveraging quite possibly the easiest SEO strategy on this list, over and above my others SEO training, you might want to check out my full training on how to optimize your local SEO search profile in my Future Firm Accelerate membership:

local seo for accountants training

Tip 2: Write Quality Blog Content

Your blog is a great way to drive traffic to your site if you can optimize your posts for SEO purposes.

If your blog post is highly relevant, is of high quality, and satisfies search intent, Google is much more likely to want to rank you on their first page.

Google search is very smart, so it knows what blog post is of high quality and what will satisfy search intent, and what won’t.

So focus on quality, rather than quantity to help get your blog posts to the top of the search engines.

I teach how to write high-quality, SEO optimized blog posts in my Future Firm Accelerate program as well:

future firm accelerate blog strategy

Tip 3: Research Relevant Keywords

You could write the absolute best blog post in the world, but if no one is interested in that topic, that blog post will be useless from a strategic standpoint since it will net you no traffic.

To solve this, use a keyword research tool to show you how many searched for a keyword (ie. a search query) in Google each month and to tell you how hard it will be to get your blog post ranking on Google’s first-page search results.

As an example, using the free ahrefs keyword generator, you can see that this “how to do a cash flow projection” keyword provides the following result:

keyword research for accountants

This means that 100 people search for this keyword each month (ie. decent volume), but according to this tool, it’s a medium difficulty keyword (ie. 23/100), so unless you’re a seasoned blogger, you may want to look for another keyword that has a lower difficulty score.

This is strategy is at the heart of your SEO marketing efforts.

Tip 4: Get Backlinks

A backlink is a hyperlink from someone else’s website to your accounting website.

Here’s an example of a backlink from Xero’s blog page back to my site:

seo for accountants backlinks

A backlink gives a signal to Google that others are talking about you and that your website is valuable, useful, and credible. The more relevant backlinks you have, the better it will be for your SEO to help push you higher up the rankings.

Not all backlinks are created equally though. Before jumping into this SEO strategy, I’d recommend a bit of research on this topic.

Tip 5: Write Guest Blog Posts

I used to write blog posts on blogs other than my own (ie. a guest blog post) to help gain exposure in the early days. But today I write guest blog posts primarily for one reason: backlinks (see tip 4 above!).

So pitch yourself to write on some prominent blogs in your niche and then make sure that your article has a link back to one of your web pages to help improve your SEO profile.

Tip 6: Use Internal Links

In tip 4 you learned about what a backlink is, which required you to get a hyperlink back to your site on someone else’s site.

Internal linking is even easier.

An internal link is just a link from one page on your website to another page on your website.

You can see in the example below, that my Future of Accounting blog post links to my Accounting Automation Guide blog post:

internal linking strategy

For example, let’s say you have a really important blog post on your site, and there are 15 other pages on your website linking to it. This tells Google that this is a high-value article and that they should pay closer attention to it, which can improve your chances of ranking higher on Google for that page.

Tip 7: Optimize Existing Content

Have you written a whole bunch of blog posts months or even years ago?

Good news! We can optimize those to show up more favorably in Google’s search results.

Here’s a nifty tool called Surfer SEO that I’ve been using to optimize not only current but past content as well:

optimize blog post surfer

Pop in the keyword you’re targeting (in my example, it was “tiered pricing”) along with the contents of your blog post, and the tool will analyze the current top 10 Google results and let you know what other keyword and content you should add to your blog post to improve your SEO score.

It’s a pretty neat way to help with your organic search results.

Tip 8: Speed Up Your Accounting Firm’s Website

Google wants its users to have an excellent experience and that won’t be possible if they send their users to websites that are slow as molasses.

Use Google PageSpeed Insights to see how fast (or slow) your desktop and mobile website is.

Previously, my website was super slow, but then I worked with a company that helps improve site speed and can happily report this score 🙂

google page speed seo for accountants

Tip 9: Technical SEO for Accountants is Important

You’ll probably need some help in this area, as improving your technical SEO, is, errrr… technical.

Technical SEO is the process of making sure that your website meets the requirements of modern search engines.

Again, it’s technical, but your web developer should be able to assist in this area.

Here’s a pretty good guide on the topic.

Tip 10: Use Yoast to Tweak On-Page SEO Optimizations

On-page SEO refers to the process of optimizing specific web pages with the goal of ranking them higher in Google.

And luckily, there are a few simple optimizations you can make through the use of a free WordPress plugin called Yoast.

At the bottom of each blog post, Yoast will show you the things you’re doing right and the things you can improve for a given keyword:

yoast seo for accountants

And if you don’t understand their suggestions, just click the respective links in the tool and you’ll get instructions.

Tip 11: Improve Your Meta Descriptions

A meta description is a blurb that appears under your web page link in Google:

accountants meta description example

A poorly written meta description that doesn’t generate interest in your content will result in low click-through rates, which tells Google that your content might not be worthwhile.

Analyze your meta descriptions to see which ones might need to be tweaked to get more people clicking on your links.

Tip 12: Make Sure Your Site is Mobile Friendly

Since almost 60% of Google searches are from a mobile device, Google wants to make sure its users are receiving a good mobile experience. This will also boost your website visitors.

Google your site on your phone and see how your website looks. If it’s hard to read and not set up properly for mobile, then speak with your web developer or digital marketing team to get this sorted.

Tip 13: Get Google Reviews

In tip 1 of this article, I discussed how local SEO for accountants strategies can help you and how you can get started.

One of the biggest ranking factors when it comes to local SEO though, are gaining Google reviews:

google reviews for local seo

Ask your loyal clients to leave you a Google review or make it a habit to ask for a review as soon as you land wins for your clients. Business leads and potential clients can be generated by good reviews.

Tip 14: Seek a Professional SEO for Accountants Audit

This might be confusing for most accounting firms. So if you have no clue where to start on your SEO journey or if any of the above confuses you, you might need to find a professional SEO company that can start by performing an SEO audit of your site and who can help you make improvements as you go. This could be a dedicated team that focuses on SEO or any digital marketing agency that offers SEO services.

Beware though: I see a lot of SEO services that are generally just a load of hot air.

Which SEO for Accountants Strategy Will You Try First?

Maintaining SEO for accountants is an important part of digital marketing especially if you are just starting your firm, and it is vital that your firm capitalizes on that. I hope you found this article helpful to find new clients with these strategies!

Which one of the 14 SEO tips did you enjoy most?

Which one will you try first for your accounting firm?

Let me know by commenting below 🙂