26 May How To Optimize Your Site To Improve Your Rankings
Website Optimization, often referred to as On Page SEO, is the first step to improving a website’s search engine rankings. Optimizing a website is critical to a sites SEO success because this part of the process tells the search engines what a website about and where to place it in the searches. Over the past couple of years Google’s Panda and Hummingbird algorithm has changed the on page process. No longer is optimizing a website is just about adding keywords to a website.
In this article I will share 6 search engine optimization tactics that will increase your website searchability and improve its overall SEO.
6 SEO Optimization Tips that will Improve Your Website Rankings
Optimizing your website is more than just adding keywords to content, Title and Meta description. SEO is just like any form internet marketing it requires a step by step strategy in order to get effective and lasting results. Below are 6 tips to maximizing and optimizing your website:
1) Quality Content
Focus on creating quality content that provides value to the reader and is relevant to the keywords. The quality of your content can make or break your results. The first step in the content creation process is always the big “WHY”? What the objective of your content? Does your content satisfy one of the 3 E’s? Does it educate, entertain or empower?
During the content creation process keep in mind that Google is trying to understand the intent of keywords that user types in to the search box and then match that intent to high quality relevant content.
Here’s great video from Matt Cutts on thin content with little or no added value
2) Keyword Placement and Usage
Avoid overusing your targeted keywords, remember Google trying to understand the user intent and match the search results to relevant articles. As a general rule of thumb your main keyword should be in the page title (H1), Meta title, Meta description, first sentence, last sentence.
Use different variation of the keywords, for example: for the keyword Financial planning – financial plan, planning your finances, financial planner, Finance planning. Also the keyword does not need to run next to each other for example: keyword San Diego real estate – Contact our offices for the best real estate services in the greater San Diego area.
3) Unique Title and Meta Description
Just because your website is in the top spot on Google doesn’t 100% guarantee that people will click on it. Keep in mind that users can see your Title and Meta descriptions, so you want to treat it as you would any sales or promotional copy. Make your Title and Meta description so enticing that user can’t help but to click to find out more.
4) User Friendly Website
The search engines also considers the user experience when it comes to ranking you’re your website. Make sure that your site has a good overall appearance, easy to navigate and provides great user experience.
5) Site Speed
Over the years a speed of a website has gained more and more importance. Basically Google viewpoint is that poor performing websites provide poor user experience. Remember with Google it all about providing users with a good experience. Ideal page load time should be under 2 seconds, any longer a user will abandon your website which increases bounce rate and causes you to get dinged by Google.
TIP: Use Google Page speed tool to test your site speed.
6) Rank Your Best Pages
Focus on trying to rank your best pages, for example your home page and service/product page. No index and follow user information pages such as your contact page and about page. This allows you to concentrate your link juice to the pages or post you really want to rank for in the search engines.
By utilizing these tips and following Google’s SEO best practices will not only improve your search engine rankings but will allow you to create a solid website foundation that you can continually build upon.