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Boost Your Online Presence with our Expert SEO Services

Are you struggling to rank higher on search engines? Do you wish to increase your online traffic and generate more leads for your business? Worry no more, as our SEO services are here to help you achieve your goals. Our proven SEO agency process, refined over our 10+ years in business, guarantees results for your website. Our digital marketing agency identifies the keywords your customers are searching for through keyword research, capitalizing on every opportunity to improve your search rankings.

With our strong focus on communication, you'll always know exactly what we're working on and the return it generates for your business.

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We offer a variety of SEO services to cater to your specific requirements: 

Local SEO Plan

Targets Google My Business and local citations to boost your local presence and local SEO search rankings.

Solo Plan

Focuses mainly on on-site SEO and content optimization. Best for ranking your site organically and ecommerce SEO.

Roadie Plan

A comprehensive plan with an emphasis on on-site SEO and technical SEO. Best for websites with crawlability issues.

Legend Plan

A holistic package covering all aspects of SEO, including on-site SEO, technical SEO, and off-site SEO for maximum effect.

All plans include keyword research, keyword tracking and optimization, competitor tracking, content optimization, and more to ensure your website stays ahead of the game in search results.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not a one-time job as optimization rules are always changing. With our team of fun-loving nerds, we stay on top of the latest trends and make adjustments as needed to keep your site on top. Our service ensures easy-to-understand reports and a long-term strategy for ranking on your chosen keywords.

Our Process: Onboarding, Strategy, and Execution

We begin by understanding your business through onboarding forms and researching your digital footprint, target audience, and competitors. With a detailed SEO strategy and plan in place, we start executing our plan - building, measuring, learning, and repeating.

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Since early 2011 We've created and deployed SEO Strategies that have improved our client's website ranking. Using only white-hat SEO techniques, our SEO team follows a proven process that will ensure we match the right content to the right user at the right time.

As a local SEO company, we understand the local market, local businesses and your competition more than anyone. Our customized approach to digital marketing helps attract customers to your business, generate leads and increase profitability.

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What is the difference between us and other SEO companies?

When it comes to SEO companies, not all are created equal. Our Search Engine Optimization service stands out from the competition for one simple reason: our dedication to results. We don't just promise increased website traffic or higher search engine rankings; we deliver them. Our team of experts stays up-to-date with the latest industry trends and algorithms to ensure your website is optimized for success. Plus, our personalized approach means we tailor our strategies to fit your unique business goals. Don't settle for mediocre SEO companies when you can partner with the best. Choose the best SEO agency (that's us) for unparalleled results.

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Our services have brought massive success to our clients, such as:

  • A 2,180% increase in SEO traffic over the past two years just through organic search results.
  • Designing search-friendly web development with valuable, indexable content and industry-leading web design.
  • Implementing on and off-page SEO strategies to increase local visibility.

Our client's satisfaction and success stand testament to the quality and effectiveness of our search engine optimization services.

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Ready to dominate search engine rankings and skyrocket your online presence? Get in touch with our SEO team today to learn more about our Search Engine Optimization services and we'll help you select the perfect package for your business to reach the top of the search engine results pages. Let us unravel the mystery of SEO for you and help you achieve unparalleled success online and in the search results.

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Derek is smart and excellent choice to help with anything pertaining to your website and he's funny!
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Learned about useful tools that we can apply to our business page.
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Derek led the most informative webinar I've ever attended on Facebook marketing. This guy really knows his stuff!
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We personally use DesignLoud for all of our marketing needs. It helps knowing we have a dedicated team handling this for us so that we can focus 100% on patient care. They are quick to respond and handle any issues when they arise.
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The management and staff at DesignLoud are great to work with--knowledgeable, responsive, and very skilled in what they do. I highly recommend DesignLoud.
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I have had a website for years but it wasn’t until DesignLoud recreated it that it became the perfect tool it was meant to be. Since then I have gotten more inquiries than I ever have. The company is run by excellent people that actually listen to your needs and respond fast. The customer service is outstanding. The knowledge base runs deep and the greatest part is that they never seem to stop learning. Every time I turn around they are adding more to their repertoire. I highly recommend DesignLoud for ALL your website needs and then some!
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Why is SEO a good investment?

First, let's look at the alternative. Traditionally digital marketing and an advertising agency requires you to spend money in order to make money. 

For example, you're running ads online or have a billboard advertisement. The problem is that when you stop paying for this, your sales pipeline will dry up. 

Alternatively, with SEO, when you rank on the first page of Google and other search engines, you're generally there to stay. 

That means you don't have to continue funding this advertising engine in order to get consistent, qualified leads. 

With our SEO packages, and us as your SEO company, the leads will never end.

What is the process like and what can I expect?




  • Baseline SEO Audit and Report – Thoroughly audit and document existing rankings, link profile, internet presence, and social media. This baseline report will be updated and sent to you on a monthly basis. The report will include:
  • Keyword Rankings 
  • Popular Pages
  • Visibility Compared to Competitors
  • Organic Search Analytic Overview
  • Backlink Profile
  • Website Audit – Conduct a thorough review of your website to determine your current site's strengths and weaknesses and identify potential challenges.
  • Local SEO Audit  – Check and update the local listings to ensure the accuracy of contact information and content for local seo.
  • Client Onboarding Meeting/Call – During our kick-off meeting/questionnaire, we will:
  • Learn about your company, competitors, customers, and target demographic
  • Review the Baseline SEO Report and Website Audit
  • Discuss historical and present website SEO efforts
  • Identify key metrics of success (traffic, conversions, etc.)
  • Set goals (traffic, primary conversions, secondary conversions)
  • Information Exchange – Client to provide website access (i.e. FTP, WordPress login) and access to any existing web tool accounts (i.e. Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools)
  • Keyword Research, Analysis, and Selection – Research keywords and related phrases to identify primary and secondary keywords.
  • Develop Onsite SEO Marketing Strategy – Review Website Audit and create a comprehensive strategy to improve the site's overall onsite SEO.
  • Develop Landing Page Optimization Strategy – Analyze existing keyword target pages and create an optimization strategy that focuses on these pages.
  • Develop Content Strategy – Create content strategy including release frequency, topics, resources, and writers.
  • Develop Website Authority & Link Building Strategy – Evaluate current backlink profile and authority metrics to develop off-site SEO strategy including:
  • Citation Cleanup (Directories, Company Listings, Etc.)
  • Backlink Analysis and Cleanup
  • Link Building Strategy and Budget
  • Create SEO Strategy Brief – Summarize all strategies into a single SEO Strategy Brief that will be updated and sent to you on a monthly basis.
  • Target Keywords and Landing Pages
  • Onsite SEO Strategy
  • Landing Page & Web Design Optimization Strategy
  • Content Strategy/Schedule
  • Website Authority and Link Building Strategy


Once we have planned your overall SEO strategy, the next step is to optimize your website. During this stage, we will make sure your website and all landing pages are properly optimized for search engines. In addition, we will ensure there is a relevant and properly optimized landing page on your website for each targeted keyword phrase outlined in the strategy brief.


  • Monthly SEO Audit and Key Metrics Report – Audit existing metrics and prepare monthly report.
  • Implement Overall Onsite SEO Strategy – Implement overall onsite SEO strategy as outlined in the SEO Strategy Brief.
  • Implement Landing Page Optimization Strategy – Create and/or optimize landing pages to focus on target keyword phrases.
  • Prepare to Implement Content Strategy – Onboard writers and submit topics for professionally written, keyword targeted blog/site content.
  • Implement Website Authority & Link Building Strategy – Create foundation links using techniques outlined in the Website Authority & Link Building Strategy, and make any necessary onsite changes to support offsite optimization and link building.
  • Review Social Media Strategy (If applicable) – Review Social Media Strategy and make any necessary onsite changes to support these efforts such as default page titles, descriptions, and graphics.
  • Update SEO Strategy Brief – Create checklist of completed items, update SEO Strategy Brief, and send to client.


Once your site is optimized, it is time to re-review your internet presence and start getting the updated page information out to the search engines.


  • Monthly SEO Audit and Key Metrics Report – Audit existing metrics and prepare monthly report.
  • Review Onsite SEO – Review onsite SEO and make necessary adjustments.
  • Review Landing Page Optimization Strategy – Review landing page optimization and make necessary adjustments.
  • Implement Content Strategy – Begin adding fresh content, according to the schedule defined in the Content Strategy.
  • Continue Executing Website Authority & Link Building Strategy – Continue building links and search engine authority, using the methods outlined in the Website Authority & Link Building Strategy.
  • Update SEO Strategy Brief – Update SEO Strategy Brief, and send to client.


The first three months laid a solid foundation on which to build your website's authority with the search engines. 

To keep the momentum going, it is essential to continue posting and promoting fresh content on a regular basis and monitor and fine-tune your SEO strategy each month.


  • Monthly SEO Audit and Key Metrics Report – Audit existing metrics and prepare monthly report.
  • Monitor and Fine-Tune Onsite SEO – Review onsite SEO and make necessary adjustments.
  • Continue Executing Landing Page Optimization Strategy – Review landing page optimization and make necessary adjustments.
  • Continue Executing Content Strategy – Add fresh content, according to the schedule defined in the Content Strategy.
  • Continue Executing Website Authority & Link Building Strategy – Continue building links and search engine authority, using the methods outlined in the Website Authority & Link Building Strategy.
  • Continue Executing Social Media Strategy (If applicable) – Implement the Social Media Strategy as outlined in the SEO Strategy Brief.

Update SEO Strategy Brief – Create checklist of completed items, update SEO Strategy Brief, and send to client.

What is the difference between SEO and Social Media Marketing

Google Ads or Social Media Marketing are great for bringing leads to your doorstep immediately. These are people who are actively searching for a solution to their problem.

SEO is about sustainability, it's more of a marathon than it is a sprint. Proper SEO takes time but once you reach the first page for your desired search terms, you're likely not going anywhere anytime soon.

In fact, most of our clients utilize SEO and Google or Social Media Marketing at the same time. That way they start generating leads immediately while their SEO is climbing and it's easier for the return on investment from Paid Advertising to pay for SEO services.

Using this approach, you now potentially take up real estate on the first page in 2 - 3 positions (your ads, your local listing and your organic SEO listing).

How long does it take to see results from SEO?

There is no easy answer to this question. It all depends on your company, how competitive the landscape is and how competitive the keywords are. We generate what's known as "long-tail keywords" for easy wins while your more competitive keywords climb in the ranks.

Generally, you can see results in as little as 1 month. In most cases, it may be 3 - 6 months before you reach the top of the first page for more competitive keywords.

Why should I hire an agency for this instead of another SEO Company?

While working with our agency you can expect that we have the systems and processes down to provide you with an exceptional experience while working with us.

You don't have to worry about us taking vacations, not answer phone calls or emails or all of a sudden disappearing on you.

While working with other Search Engine Optimization (SEO) companies is certainly not a bad thing, these are risks you essentially carry if you don't work with an agency.

We're also able to provide support on many different areas of your digital marketing because we have experts in their fields and 10+ years of experience.

What does "NAP" stand for?

This stands for "Name, Address, Phone number" and is important because you want all of your directory listings to be consistent with the same NAP to not confuse Google or your customers.

What are "Citations"?

"Citations" is another word for Directories. The more citations your business has the more legitimate you look to Google and your customers. Most of the directories also provide you with a backlink back to your website.

What is On-site Search Engine Optimization?

On-site Search Engine Optimization includes but is not limited to:

  • Meta Descriptions
  • Site Depth
  • Meta Titles
  • Rate of Audience Engagement
  • Content Quality
  • Redirects
  • Content Length
  • Duplicate Content
  • Content Freshness
  • Social Tags
  • URL Structures
  • Broken Links
  • Internal Links
  • Outbound Links
  • Keyword Usage
  • Image Title Tags
  • Image alt tags
  • Site Depth
What is Off-site Search Engine Optimization?

Off-site Search Engine Optimization includes but is not limited to:

  • Keyword & competitive analysis
  • Backlinks
  • Link building & outreach
  • Digital Marketing
  • Tracking and reporting
  • Social media & social media marketing
  • Article submission
  • Directory listings
What is Technical Search Engine Optimization?

Technical Search Engine Optimization usually includes but is not limited to:

  • Site Speed
  • Mobile Friendliness
  • Crawlability
  • Meta Security
  • Secure Forms and Data Entry
  • User Experience
  • Website Updates, Web Design and Web Development for improved user experience
Do you offer more than just Wilmington SEO services?

At DesignLoud, we may have started in Wilmington, NC, but don't let that fool you. Our SEO clients hail from all across the country! While we have dozens of local businesses in the Wilmington area who are excited to have their websites ranking high on Google searches, we also work with regional and national businesses who want to expand their reach far beyond the Cape Fear region. Luckily, our team has the expertise to help businesses of all sizes implement effective SEO strategies that hit the mark. Whether you're just getting started or looking to revamp an existing website, our Wilmington SEO services are a one-stop-shop for all of your digital marketing needs.

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