Now, when you run a website, you should strive to have a serious and well-thought-out SEO strategy. With this, you can bring more customers to your website. Not only that, with organic clicks, a visitor is more likely to convert into a customer. Simply put, with SEO your business can thrive; without it, you will l have to spend a lot of cash getting people to your site. With this in mind, you must understand how to have the right mindset in regards to your onsite SEO. Here is the ultimate checklist for your onsite search engine performance.
In the past, a writer could write a lot of content and ignore the rules. For example, when selling shoes, some site owners would use the phrase “Nike shoes” dozens of times in a short 500 word article. However, when using it too often (more than 2 percent) you will end up angering Google as they will assume the content is nothing but spam. To combat this, you should go through all your Web pages and make sure your content is not too heavily relying on one or two main keywords.
At the same time, you should change the wording to similar keywords. In this example, a site owner should change “Nike shoes” to “Nike footwear” and so on. With this, you will not end up with a problem as Google will assume your content is legitimate, and not a simple attempt to drive traffic to your site. This is probably the number one reason many site owners saw their pages fall off the first page of Google. Simply put, when you try to game the system and trick Google, you will not succeed in the long run. No, with naturally written content, you will have a better chance at landing on the first page. At the same time, your customers will enjoy reading pages not stuffed of keywords.
Without a doubt, if you have any duplicate content, you are going to struggle to gain in the rankings. In fact, if you do this, you may not have any traffic from search results. To test this out, you should head to Google and search some of the phrases in your content. If other websites show up, you will have a problem. Of course, if you have the money, you can also use Copyscape. With this, you can run your content through the system and make sure it is 100 percent unique. If it is not, you should change a few words and try to make it readable and interesting. Remember, Google came down hard on people who did this, and you must avoid duplicate content. The only exception is when you want to write a product description as it is often hard to avoid the same keywords. Either way, with a quick search, you should uncover your worst fears or confirm you do not have any duplicate content.
Believe it or not, if your pages load slowly, you will kill your SEO results. To check this out, you should head to one of the many online portals which allow you to test your site speed. Now, with this information, you will have to make changes. To do this, you should resize any large photos which hog bandwidth. Also, you should make sure your videos do not load automatically. Just as importantly, you need to check out your code and find any errors in it. With bad code, your site will load poorly, and you will have other issues. Fortunately, when fixing this, your customers will enjoy faster loading pages and your site will do well in SEO. Without a doubt, this is an often overlooked step. This is a serious mistake as you can catch your competition by surprise when you have a faster loading site than they do.
One overlooked aspect of SEO is the page title. At the top of every page, you should have a unique title related to your content. This is less important for the contact us page or other essential parts of your site. On the other hand, for product description pages or others, you will want to ensure your title works for the situation. For example, if you give music lessons, your page title should have words related to music lessons in it. Then, when doing this, Google will take notice and likely understand what your content is about. When done in the right way, you will have an easier time going up in the ranks as this is a huge metric google keeps in mind when valuing a website.
Believe it or not, you can hurt your cause with a dead link or two. For this reason, you should go around your site and make sure all the internal links work. Luckily, there are online solutions; these allow you to check your site links in seconds. To take matters further, at least to make your clients happy, you should check out your external links and make sure it still goes to a live page. Often, it will not, especially if you link to a news article or some source that may change over time. Either way, when checking links, you can help your SEO outcome and please your customers who will grow frustrated when a link does not work.
Sadly, if you have too little amount of content, you may not register much on Google’s radar. To change this, you should fill up your website with plenty of great content. To do this, you must try to have a lot of pages full of interesting information. Furthermore, make sure to keep your page length long. While it is okay to have a short page for product descriptions, you should keep other pages longer. If possible, most of your pages should have more than 500 words. With this, Google can accurately determine what your site is about and you can answer your customer’s questions.
If you want to gain the attention of a search engine, you should have the right keywords. Just as importantly, if not more, you should have your keywords in the top part of the content. By putting them in the first few paragraphs, you can show Google and Bing what you are trying to sell. Otherwise, if you put it way down at the bottom, you will have a problem as the bots crawling your site will not know how to value the content.
With this short guide, you will have an easier time improving your site and landing on the first page. While this is important, you must also understand how to track your results. For starters, you should know which keywords you are aiming for. Then, you should know where you are on Google. After a week or two, you should check your results and see if you have moved up or down. If nothing happened, do not worry, you may have to wait another month or so. Then, to take things further, you should make sure to track visitors as this will tell you what search terms they used and how they landed on your site. Without a doubt, when following this guide to the fullest, you will have great success on Google.