SEO Agency Portsmouth

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Why Vertical Leap?

We are a professional, established SEO agency based in Portsmouth, Hampshire, helping companies get found online and generate qualified leads.  We offer a wide range of SEO servies from mobile and local SEO through to enterprise and international. If you want to appear in the search results at the very time your prospects are searching for your products or services, we are the number one choice.

Vertical Leap started life in 2001. We moved from our original office to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2009. For over 20 years we have provided professional SEO services in Portsmouth and the Hampshire area. We have the local experience to provide the top SEO services in the region.

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4.9★★★★★ from over 110 Google reviews

We offer the best SEO service in Portsmouth and the wider Hampshire area, and our Google reviews reflect this. Our customers praise us time and time again for our high levels of professionalism, knowledge, quality of service and responsiveness.  Check out our reviews here.

Whether you’re a one-man band flower shop or a large corporation with offices worldwide, we promise to deliver the best possible SEO service for your budget to ensure you achieve maximum visibility online whenever potential customers are looking for the services/products you provide.

Our Portsmouth SEO services

We offer a wide range of SEO services to help with all aspects of your search marketing. These include local SEO services, page optimisation, penalty recovery and mobile SEO. By combining SEO specialists with the best SEO technology in the industry, you will be in good hands.
To find out more about our SEO services, click on the links to the right.


Speak to our Portsmouth SEO team today

Amazon SEO

Increase your visibility and maximise sales on the world’s biggest eCommerce platform.
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App Store Optimisation

Our app store optimisation services will help you get found in the major app stores.
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eCommerce SEO

Professional, high quality eCommerce SEO services to help you sell more online.
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Enterprise SEO

SEO services for large businesses that have big or complex websites.
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International SEO

Ensure customers in the countries you operate can find and engage with your business.
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Local SEO

Local SEO services to help you get found at a local level and drive more footfall to your door.
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Mobile SEO

Effective mobile SEO services to ensure your website is visible in the mobile-first era.
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Penalty Recovery

We'll diagnose and fix penalties and protect your website for the future.
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Podcast SEO

Ensure your podcast ranks well in the search engines and build a loyal audience of regular listeners.
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SEO Audits

Our SEO audit services will identify issues before they damage your search ranking.
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SEO Consultancy

Professional, SEO consultancy services from industry-leading SEO experts.
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SEO Training

Professional SEO training courses from some of the best SEO minds in the industry.
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Technical SEO

Fix problems with your website that are preventing it from doing well in the search engines.
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Voice Search

Identify new keywords and ensure your content is optimised for spoken queries.
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Website Migration

All the support you need when updating your website to ensure no drop in performance.
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Get in touch today!

If  you’re looking for local SEO services, contact our Portsmouth SEO team on 02392 830281 or email [email protected].

SEO Portsmouth case study for Hughes & Salvidge

Portsmouth SEO case study

We have worked with Portsmouth-based demolition specialists Hughes & Salvidge for many years. Our SEO & PPC teams have helped them create a strong nationwide presence. Results include a 147% increase in organic traffic and a 45% decrease in PPC costs.

Vertical Leap have been fantastic with supporting us with ongoing SEO services. They are very knowledgeable and willing to help with any queries. Thank you!
Verisona Law, Portsmouth

How we can help with your SEO

We’ve managed SEO strategies for hundreds of local businesses over the years. We see, first-hand, how the evolution of search impacts companies here – both good and bad. We know the goalposts in SEO work are always moving. We’re here to help you overcome these challenges and exploit new opportunities.
Are you a Portsmouth company looking for local SEO services? Or a large company based in Hampshire with a national audience? Our SEO Portsmouth team will help you turn search rankings into profitable business.
Do you only operate in the Portsmouth or Hampshire area? If so, we will focus our efforts on building your local search presence. We’ll run SEO campaigns for target audiences in the surrounding areas. We produce localised content to maximise reach across the entire customer journey. This means we can take full advantage of the high buying intent local searches have.
Does your Portsmouth business operate across the country? We’ll build your local SEO presence around your stores or physical locations. These local search strategies drive visits to your business locations. We’ll build a nationwide SEO presence to help you increase brand awareness.
Does your business operate online? We’ll optimise online channels at a national level to maximise reach. We’ll also run local campaigns to increase profitability in certain geographical areas.
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SEO agency Portsmouth case study

79% increase in table bookings from ‘near-me’ searches

SEO Portsmouth - our proven delivery process

At Vertical Leap, we use a data-driven process to deliver SEO services to our customers. First, we get to know your business and what you need from an SEO strategy – this usually starts with a casual chat and a cuppa at our office or over the phone.
Next, we audit your website to detect any technical SEO issues that need addressing such as broken links or duplicate content. We also assess your existing SEO and content marketing to identify what isn’t working well. We use Apollo to run these processes, removing most of the time and cost involved in analytics. Apollo gathers data about your site, analyses your competitors and surfaces AI-driven insights.
Communication plays a key role throughout the relationship with our customers. A key benefit of hiring an SEO agency in Portsmouth is having us in the local area when you need us. At the same time, we don’t want meetings and consultations to take up your valuable time which is why we produce monthly reports showing you what’s happening with your SEO strategy, plus, how it’s working towards your business goals. This way, you’re always informed and able to view the reporting data. Plus you’ll feel confident that you’re getting the top Portsmouth SEO services.

Our SEO Portsmouth promise to you

Small Portsmouth business or international? We can help increase your visibility online. And more visibility means more qualified leads for your business.  Our SEO experts will ensure that people find you when they are searching online.

Our SEO methodology

Our tactics tie in with the key areas affecting the performance of your campaign.

  • Relevance: Content should match what people are looking for.
  • Authority: Being visible in many places increases trust and authority.
  • Site health: Search engines favour well-kept, working, and fresh websites.
  • Competition: The activities of your competitors will affect your performance.
  • Usability: Search engines prefer to recommend websites that offer a good user experience.

We then use our Fix, Boost, Fill technique to apply what your site needs to make it grow. And when you grow, these techniques scale to fit your requirements.

  • Fix what’s broken – Technical SEO to make the site more accessible for search engines.
  • Boost what you have – Improve how well existing content and keywords perform.
  • Fill the gaps – Create a strategy to find areas for which the website has no visibility.
Keep in mind also that SEO is an ongoing activity. If you want to stay at the top you need to work hard to maintain your position otherwise competitors will soon take your place. Competition in the search results is fierce so you need to find new and niche opportunities. This is key to getting the edge over your competitors.
The pandemic revealed the true value of SEO. As companies paused their advertising campaigns, SEO continued to bring opportunities. In difficult times, SEO proved to be a lifeline for many businesses.

Other digital marketing services

Over the years, we have added more digital marketimg services to our portfolio. As and when you need them, we can scale up your online marketing campaigns. Popular add-ons are:
Strategic content to enhance your brand story and share on social media. We can take care of planning, creation, publishing and promotion.
We are a Premier Google Partner and all our PPC specialists are Google-certified.
Data-driven analysis to improve the performance of your website or other digital products.
Beautiful websites built with the highest levels of user experience.

Our clients

Help for Heroes
Mitchells & butlers
Sarah Raven
Waste Group

Find out how we can help your business

Whether you’re looking to increase your visibility online or improve conversions through your website, we offer a range of services including SEO, PPC, web design & build, conversion rate optimisation, content marketing and social media management, all of which can be tailored to your specific needs. To chat to one of the team,
email [email protected], call 02392 830281 or fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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Portsmouth - a thriving city to be part of

Portsmouth is one of the oldest port cities in the world and a major contributor to the UK economy. In 2019, the city’s port alone generated £390m and an ongoing expansion project will contribute a further £206m per year to UK GDP.
Portsmouth was named the UK’s most entrepreneurial city in 2020. It had the highest increase in startups (33%) in the country during the pandemic. London still leads the pack in terms of total new businesses created. But Portsmouth jumps ahead of every other city in the UK when the figures are adjusted for population size. This makes Portsmouth the most exciting place for entrepreneurial spirit.
Portsmouth’s ties to the Navy have driven technology innovation in the city. Information and communication technology (ICT) output increased by 188.9% between 2000 and 2018. This is more than any other sector.
Portsmouth offers entrepreneurial zeal and a thriving technology sector. No surprise that it attracts top marketing talent from around the UK. Many take the short 73-mile journey from London to make the island city their new home.
Technology aside, Portsmouth’s history is defined by the crucial role it plays in UK trade. This takes on a new significance now that Britain has left the EU. While the city and its port have faced heavy disruption from Brexit, it remains a centrepiece for international trade. The local economy is supported by its diversity as a manufacturing stronghold, a robust real estate sector and a resilient tourism industry. This is despite the added impact of Covid-19. In fact, cruise operators are bringing record sums to Portsmouth’s economy in 2021. And the city expects further growth in the coming years.
Portsmouth is proving its ability to navigate the toughest economic challenges. Its growth is faster than most parts of the UK. According to the New Statesman’s Brexit Vulnerability Index, Portsmouth is one of the least vulnerable locations to Brexit disruption in the UK. It ranked at 366 out of 379 locations.
Whatever the long-term outcome of Brexit may be, Portsmouth will continue to play a key role in the UK economy and its global connections.
If you’d like help with your SEO, contact our Portsmouth office on 02392 830281.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re looking to hire an SEO agency in Portsmouth or the wider Hampshire area, here are some tips to help you decide which one will be the best fit for your company:

  • Ask for case studies of companies who’ve had similar challenges to you
  • Visit them in person – you want to see that they are a good size so that your campaign is always being covered and can easily be scaled up when the time comes
  • Ignore any SEO guarantees they offer you such as page 1 of Google – no agency can guarantee search engine results!
  • Understand their pricing models and ascertain what can realistically be achieved for your budget
  • Speak to their customers and find out how happy they are with the services they’ve received

There isn’t a set price for SEO – it depends on the current state of your website, what you want to acheive, how soon and how competitive your industry is. Small one-man band businesses might pay £700/800 a month for a quality SEO service, whereas a restaurant chain with many locations throughout the UK might pay upwards of £20k per month. For a bespoke quote, contact us on [email protected] and we’ll be able to give you price based on the aforementioned factors.

As with the pricing question above, this depends on a number of factors including the current SEO state of your website, what you want to achieve, how much budget you have and how fierce the competition is in your industry. As a general rule, you should start to see positive signs in three to four months but sometimes it can take over a year to get the results you want.

Unfortunately, there are many SEO agencies out there who are happy to take your money and not do what they say they will. We’re different as every task we compete is logged in our system which you can log into at any time. This means you have complete visibility of what’s happening on your campaign at all times. We also put objectives in place and review our performance against them with you on a monthly basis so that you can always see where we are in the roadmap.

Absolutely! We are lucky enough to have some of the finest minds in the SEO industry working at Vertical Leap – they are authors of SEO books, they speak at national events, they deliver SEO training to blue chip companies and they regularly write articles for the top SEO websites in the industry.

Whilst we can’t speak for every agency in the capital, SEO agencies in Portsmouth will generally be cheaper to hire than those in London. This absolutely doesn’t mean that the service is of a lower quality (see above question) – rather our property overheads are lower so we are able to pass these savings on to our customers.