I relied mostly on word of mouth for my website because I served a very local clientele. When I had some requests from people who lived nearly 900 miles away, they explained that their mother lives in the same town and told them about my website. That alone made me realize that I was missing out on the bigger picture and had me doing an online search for SEO small business. I realized that if I could get my site on the front page of search engine results, i might actually be able to have a wider customer base.
The only reason I even understood what had to be done is because I do a lot of online research and purchases. It is very rare when I will go the second page on a search engine results page. Actually, it is very rare for me to go to the bottom of the first page. I usually find what I want within the first several results, and I knew that I needed to get my own website in that position on the first page of search results too. I had put myself in a very small mind position, thinking that I could only serve local customers, but I now had a nationwide mindset.
I was able to find a company relatively quickly. I did what I do with any other thing I am looking for. I looked at the first few results, and I was impressed by one company more than the others. It did not take long to secure this company's services, and they had me on the first page of search engine results faster than I thought possible. I went from having a modest business to one where I had to hire several people to help me out. That is more than I could have imagined!