Do you run a website or do you plan to have one? Whether it is e-commerce, blog or informational website, your primary goal is to attract as many targeted visitors as possible. Organic search is one of the main sources of traffic and it is comparatively free. Unfortunately, if the search engines (including Google, Yahoo and Bing) don’t consider your website authoritative or relevant enough, you won’t get a chance to be seen in a search engine results page and consequently don’t get any search engine traffic. Our article will cover the most useful and easy to implement things you should know about SEO.
What is SEO
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is a methodology of obtaining a better placement in a search engine results page (SERP). First 4 results after the search query are ads. The next placements after the ads are the best; according to the study, conducted by Moz
the top 5 results account for 67.60% of all the clicks for the given search query. So, speaking the human language, SEO is a set of rules which helps your website appear on the first page of search results.
Let’s say you have a pizza delivery business in Brooklyn. If you google “pizza delivery Brooklyn” you will get more than 11 mln. results.
No matter how delicious your pizza is and how fast your delivery is, if your website doesn’t appear on the first page of search results you won’t get almost any organic search traffic to your website. Competition is fierce, but you know what piece of the pie you are fighting for.
A couple of useful SEO definitions
- the word or phrase that a user enters into a search engine. For example, “pizza delivery Brooklyn”. Keyword is one of the fundamental elements of search engine marketing.
- long and very specific search queries. For example, “the best movie to watch on your first date”
– the 160 character snippet that summarizes a web page's content. It is very important to have a good META title and description tags, because they are the first thing the users see in SERP when they decide whether they want to visit your website.
Page rank (PR)
- a value between 0 and 10 which shows page’s authority and importance on the given keywords. This calculation is a part of the algorithm Google uses to determine how high your website appears on the search page.
- visible text of a link. Anchor texts show search engines the relevance of the link to the content of the page referring to it.
Search Engine Optimization Tools
- free service that tracks and reports website traffic
Google Search Console
- free service that helps you optimize visibility of your website
- a tool to research keywords
SEO Checklist 2016
SEO is a complicated process which is based on understanding Google’s ranking algorithms. However, it is hardly possible to follow all the rules set by Google. Our checklist offers the most important and easy to implement tips.
- Research your keywords.
Your aim is to understand which keywords are already working for you, which ones are strong enough to put your website on the first page of SERP and the keywords which will potentially increase your SERP ranking. The above-mentioned Google tools will help you with that. When you have a list of keywords, you need to optimize your pages for these keywords. Here are a few things to do:
- Use the keyword in the title of the page
- Use friendly URLs that show the structure of your website and include primary keywords, for example https://www.bitrix24.com/features/crm.php
- Use not only the keyword, but also its variations throughout the text
- Use the keyword in the meta tags, especially the meta description
- Use the keyword as the anchor text
- The chosen keywords should become the centerpieces of your content
SEO friendly Layout
- Title tags should be 65 characters or less. Longer titles will be cut off in the search results page.
- Titles should be consistent with the content
- Meta Description tags should be 160 characters or less.
- Use H1 headings
- Your website should be mobile friendly
- It should work on multiple browsers
- Use social plugins, such as are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+
- Your content should be unique, written by humans for humans
- The length of the content should be over 500 words, ideally around 1000 words
SEO is too complicated to hack, so don’t even try to outsmart Google. But if you create customer-centric content, your website is mobile friendly and secure, you are on the right track. Good luck!