We rank you higher on Google

We make your phone ring more by getting more people to your site and showing them you’re better than the competition.

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We outrank Google

You can rank #1 too

We’re a small Kentucky SEO agency but we go head-to-head with industry leaders for some of their own keywords nationally — and beat them.

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Market Research

We get baselines for where you’re at in the market and do a deep dive into your competitors.

Web Design & Development Services

UX & Web Design

Get a beautifully designed website that loads quickly, converts users, drives revenue and nets you an ROI. 

Search Engine Optimization Services


The most beautiful website in the world doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t rank well. Your website shouldn’t be a billboard in the desert.

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PPC Advertising

Dollars in and dollars out. PPC advertising on Google will net you customers quickly while we ramp up your SEO campaign.

Social Media Marketing Services


Leverage Facebook’s insane machine learning & excellent retargeting capabilities to stay top of mind with your target audiences

Website Analytics Services


We’ll track, review and use the data we collect from your site to iterate & optimize your campaign to keep driving results.

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Well-structured process, outstanding SME skills, patient with subject matter newbies. Outstanding thought partner.

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Client Results

Our clients
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Even during COVID-19, our clients are still growing. Two have opened new locations in new cities.

While others are playing it safe, our clients are capturing market share and leaving the competition in the dust.


increase in organic traffic for a home services company year-over-year.

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increase in organic traffic for a new Ecommerce shop in 1 year.

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increase in organic traffic for a health coaching company in 12 months.

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increase in organic traffic in the legal industry for a local SEO client.

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first page rankings nationally for a coaching company.

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our values

Trying to find the right fit?

Here’s why folks work with us.

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We have a reputation to uphold. You’ll see a measurable growth in organic search traffic or we’ll work for free until you do.


Your campaign will be set up and run using our proven process that delivers results for our clients time and time again.


Your campaign will be set up and run using our proven process that delivers results for our clients time and time again.


Your campaign will be set up and run using our proven process that delivers results for our clients time and time again.

We're not for everyone. Your ambition must match ours.

Marine Corps General James Mattis said, “No better friend. No worse enemy.” That’s an adage we live by.

Unlike many big marketing agencies, we won’t work with your local competition — we’ll beat them.

When you partner with us we are 100% invested in the success of your business.

We’re not for everyone and only work with businesses that want to be the best and dominate their market.


What I’m really astounded by are the 3M calls, which must have come from Skyler as we are no longer advertising elsewhere for them. That’s a lot of calls.

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We won't work with your competitors. We'll beat them.

If you take a look at your competition you’ll often see the same agency running marketing for all of them. 

Only one person can rank at the top.

When you partner with us we won’t work with your competition. We’ll beat them. You can focus on running your business, we’ll focus on keeping the pipeline full.


Ardent Growth created immediate and meaningful results for our company. Skyler has a really refreshing and straightforward approach that demystifies SEO.

Kevin Cahill, CMO

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We're very competitive. We take your success personally.

We just like beating people. We’ll create competitive creative assets that others are too lazy to invest in — the kind that net you a higher return on your investment and build your brand for years to come.


Skyler and his team at Ardent Growth are Search Engine Optimization experts. They helped us establish and substantially grow our organic search traffic. The Ardent Growth team is results-driven and operates in a well-researched, strategic way.

Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO

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You'll never have a problem getting a hold of us.

Your customers expect you to be easy to get a hold of. Ours do too.

We’re business owners just like you. There is no such thing as a 9 to 5 for people like us. 

Our clients can call or email us any time and we guarantee you’ll get a meaningful response within 24 hours.


Ardent Growth was able to think of new and creative ideas to help us improve our conversion. We went from getting about 80 leads per month to nearly 400 which has doubled our revenue year-over-year.

Jordan Welling, CEO

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We're a small business just like you. You're not just a number.

If you’ve ever worked with the big brands you know that they’ll promise you the world when you first sign-on…then quickly pass you off to a junior account manager.

That won’t happen with us.

If you like the idea of working with another small business that’s focused on you and your customers, then you’ll love working with us. We keep things small because we keep things specialized.

You’ll work directly with a senior strategist and get direct access to the founder.

You own everything.
The way it should be.

We’ve seen too many clients get burned by unethical agencies that attempt to control access to site assets — essentially mortgaging their own importance.

That ends here.

You’ll own all of the source code and data. We’re just stewards.


Schedule a time to chat with us. You’ll know if we’re a good fit after just one call. 

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Some of Our SEO Deliverables

We primarily focus on Google when optimizing sites for our clients. Why? Because Google currently commands 92.04% of the search engine market share globally. That means 9 out of every 10 people who search for things use Google.

Our SEO Audits are Broken Down into 3 Main Parts

Technical Search Engine Optimization

Matt Cutts, the former head of search quality at Google, stated awhile back that there were over 200 ranking variables in Google’s algorithm. Optimizing a web page for all of these variables can be difficult, especially since Google doesn’t disclose them to the public.

Our SEO team is composed of computer scientist/data scientist that uses machine learning and statistical inference to determine which items carry the most weight in relation to your competition and how Google perceives your local area.

Content Quality

We also evaluate the general quality of your content using the same standards that Google has its Website Quality Raters go by. Based on this, we focus on the items we’ve come to understand will impact your website’s ability rank well and generate organic traffic the most:

  • Expertise

  • Authority

  • Trust

Backlink Quality

The quality of your backlinks are important. We’ll analyze where they’re coming from and ensure any of your past efforts were didn’t violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.

Website design isn’t just about how it looks. Good customer experience is important but the structure and content of the site needs to be built in such a way to rank well on search engines, like Google, as well. At Ardent Growth, we do both as a part of our Paducah SEO campaigns.

If you already have an existing site our Paducah SEO team will analyze your company’s website by considering the factors it takes to rank well on Google.

The content we create for our clients is meant to benefit their users first and foremost. We approach our design by putting ourselves in the shoes of the user. We analyze the layout across multiple device types (desktop, mobile, tablet) to ensure everything functions well.

We take into account the fact that Google tracks how people interact with your site:

For instance:

  • How long did the user stay on your page (i.e. dwell time).

  • What actions visitors take on your pages (e.g. did they scroll, submit a form, write a comment, etc.),

  • Did the user bounce (i.e. click the back button) from your page and return to the Google search results?

The experience for the user should be engineered in such a way to give them what they want.  It should also be very easy for the to find additional information on your site if they wish to. This is all primarily influenced by your site’s navigation and layout.

The content you have on the page should be engaging while also taking SEO into account. This means properly tagging images, video, structuring headings/copy correctly, schema markup, and so on.

We will ensure that everything is set up and optimized properly to ensure users enjoy your site because if they enjoy it then Google will recognize that and give reward you with higher rankings in the search results.

Google stated that page speed was a ranking factor back in 2010 and updated those guidelines with a 2018 update to the algorithm called the Speed Update.

While these updates were meant to only impact the slowest of web pages that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to just ignore it.

Page speed is important for Paducah SEO. Think about your experience whenever you visit a page that loads slowly. How often have you been frustrated by this or even given up and tried something else?

It is our goal to ensure that doesn’t happen to your website.

Your website’s load time on mobile is critical. Especially since Google indexes webpages based on the mobile version of their site (called this the mobile-first index). Most websites that rank well are loading in under 3 seconds.

If we find that your website loads slowly we’ll optimize it and take care of that for you.

You can check this for yourself by using Google’s very own page speed insights tool.


Google does use site security as a ranking factor and officially recommends that you install a secure socket layer (SSL) certificate on your site to ensure the data transferred back and forth between you and the user is protected with encryption via the HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). So yes, it is important when it comes to Paducah SEO.

Google Chrome even shows users when your website is not secure by displaying a warning sign in the address bar. This warning from Google causes visitors to trust your site less and can result in a loss of potential leads.

Your Paducah SEO marketing message should be consistent across all channels. This means no matter where people find you on the web they should see the same basic info. This includes your listing on Google My Business, other directories, and your social media pages.

We want as many avenues open to get in contact with you as possible but more importantly we want to ensure the information is accurate across all of them.

Research suggests that consistency of your Name, Address, and Phone number across all listings is positive correlated with rankings in the search results.

Keyword research is the heart of search engine optimization. At Ardent Growth we take special care while doing keyword research and keyword evaluation to ensure we’re targeting the optimal keywords for your business.

First off, we follow Google’s SEO Guidelines and do not engage in any Blackhat SEO tactics.

You’ll often think you know exactly which keywords you want your website to rank for but we’re willing to bet that you’ll be surprised.

We don’t approach keywords from a gut perspective. We use exhaustive techniques and advanced tools to determine which keywords exist that you may have never thought of. Business owners often only thing about terms that people search for right before they’re ready to buy but in today’s online world you need to catch the attention of people early which means thinking like they do.

People first become aware they have a problem before they begin searching for solutions. That’s where you can leverage informational content to educate people and give them answers to their problem along with potential solutions (yours included).

This approach makes the more likely to purchase from you when they’re ready to buy because you’ve already built a little rapport with them.

Proper keyword planning targets both:

  • Short-tail keywords

  • Long-tail keywords

Each page on your site should be optimized to focus on a single theme. We ensure it does this by mapping out which pages are optimized for a particular set of keywords using the principles of information architecture.


Targeting short-tail and long-tail keywords is the standard approach to keyword research because it allows you to balance out the pros and cons of each category.

Short-tail keywords often have huge search volume but they’re highly competitive, making them harder to rank for, and they do not convert nearly as well as long-tail keywords.

Long-tail keywords have a much lower search volume but you can bet that when someone searches for one they are highly likely to convert.

Here at Ardent Growth we use half a dozen industry leading keyword research tools to identify which keywords will be profitable for our clients.

Yes. Once you hire us to manage your SEO campaign we will also examine how your current keywords are ranking as well as how much search traffic they’re generating for you. While you may think you’re ranking for some great keywords the truth that they’re driving little to no traffic to your business.

Once we evaluate everything we’ll provide you with a complete report on how your keywords are ranking, how each one impacts your business, and our recommendations on how to optimize things for ROI.

On-page SEO is something a lot of folks think they know how to do but the reality is that they only know how to do a small portion of it. On-page SEO involves everything from carefully crafted copywriting in your titles and meta descriptions to highly technical caching, compression, and schema markup processes.

A lot of folks wonder what the difference between on-page and off-page SEO is.

On-Page SEO is the process of optimizing the content present on your site in order increase your organic traffic from search engines.

Off-Page SEO is the process of using external websites to influence your reputation in the eyes of Google. This comes in many forms such as social media, online directories, other websites linking to yours, video hosted on YouTube, podcasting, etc.

We can think of it like trying to publish a book. On-Page SEO would be like writing the book, creating an index, editing it and ensuring it flows well. Off-Page SEO would be everything you do after you publish it to promote it.

Search Engines are designed to give you the best results back based on what you search for. To do this, they attempt to interpret what a page is about by reading the text and analyzing the structure of content.

Ensuring your pages headings (h1, h2, h3…h6) are set up properly makes it easier for search engines to understand your content.

Optimizing your page’s title tags is a delicate balance between serving users and serving search engines.

The title tag is the main text that actually appears on Google when it shows up (the blue link).

At Ardent Growth, we optimize title tags to ensure they are:

  • Descriptive and useful

  • Optimized with your primary keywords without being spammy

  • Optimized to catch the searcher’s attention to increase click-through rate

Underneath the title tag is your meta-description. This is the text doesn’t directly affect your rankings but it can definitely affect your click-through rate. The description should be no more than 160 characters long and is best written by someone with some copywriting skills.

If your meta description contains keywords or similar keywords to the ones the user searched for they will be bolded. That will help your listing stand out against the others.

The media elements of your page play a significant role in impacting how a user experiences your site. You want to use engaging photos and videos where they make sense. Do not simply use placeholder images for the sake of having an image.

The problem with images and video when it comes to SEO is that they directly impact your website’s load time. Take this into account, according to Google, 53% of users visiting a website from mobile will leave the site if it takes more than 3 seconds to load.

Additionally, Google estimates that the probability of a mobile users bouncing from a site increases 123% for pages that take 1-10 seconds to load.

As such, it’s our job to ensure that we can include the rich media that users enjoy while also keeping the load time fast. This involves a lot of technical SEO techniques and tricks but there are some basic principles that we adhere to as well:

  • Use efficient image and graphic file types: e.g., GIF, JPG, and PNG

  • Use media on where it’s needed. It’s common for website owners will include too use too many videos or images because they think it “looks pretty”. This is the #1 reason why we find a client’s side is loading slowly and hurting the site’s traffic.

  • Video and image files should be compressed.

  • Use responsive image queries so that we’re using the right amount o resources based on the user’s device.

  • Use descriptive file names, titles, captions, and alt tags for images and other rich media to help Google understand what it is about.

  • Use high-quality thumbnails for videos instead of auto-playing them. You should always let the user decide when they want to watch/listen to content.

Your website has a reputation with Google. One of the primary factors that influences this reputation involves how other sites link to you, how you link to other sites, and how your link internally within your own site.

By ensuring you’re internally linking to pages that are highly relevant to each other you help Google understand what a cluster of content is about.

We check for and ensure optimal internal linking occurs during the information architecture phase of our website quality audits.

Most businesses find link-building to be the hardest part of SEO. This is the one form of SEO where you have to rely on other people helping you out by endorsing your content/page.

The most important part of link building is to ensure the backlinks you are receiving come from high quality websites. Random links from around the web get filtered out by Google’s algorithm.

Link building involves a lot of manual work but it is still one of the most powerful tactics when it comes to ranking on Google.

Having high authority websites endorsing you is extremely powerful when it comes to Google trusting your website enough to rank it higher. Google’s job is to return the best results to searchers and it places a heavy importance on ensuring it recommends authoritative/high-quality sites in its results.

Think of it like a trusted friend who’s a mechanic recommending a certain auto product to you. You’re more likely to trust your friend than some random person, right? That’s because your friend has recognized authority in the space. Google uses backlinks to help establish this authority for web pages and when they link to other pages they are essentially passing on a bit of their authority to the recommended page.

There’s the right way to do things and then there’s the wrong way to do things.

Backlinks should be from high-quality contextually relevant sources. This means links from random blogs, advertisements, comments, or private blog networks is a no-go. Not only will most of these be dismissed by Google, if you’re violating their webmaster principles and get caught you can expect your website to receive a manual penalty, causing it to be de-indexed from the search results.

Properly backlink building involves a lot of manual outreach. You have to have content worth linking to first if you want to achieve any worthwhile success with this.

Here at Ardent Growth we use a suite of tools to help us identify ideal candidates to reach out to.

All links that we help your site build will be 100% white-hat reputable links.

Keyword research is pointless with content marketing. 61% of consumers are influenced by content. The key is that it has to be high quality. The good news is that content marketing costs 62% less than traditional marketing and generates about 3 times as many leads.

I guess they say “Content is King” for a reason.

The primary effort of content marketing is to provide visitors with something they will legitimately enjoy. This helps build your authority with both your users and search engines.

High quality content is also easier to build links to. When performing outreach to get links you need to have something “link-worthy” otherwise you’ll be banging your head against a wall.

Additionally, high-quality content can and will begin generating backlinks all on its own with people who find it really engaging.

Long-form blog posts and videos seem to be performing best right now. From a blog perspective you’re better off focusing on information content that is useful to your audience.

This means avoiding content like, “10 Reasons Why You Should Hire My Company.” No one cares about that. You’re far better off thinking about a problem your customers often face and creating content that will help them with this problem.

Don’t worry if you can’t come up with ideas or feel too busy to do all of this. We’ll handle it all for you from start to finish.