Simple SEO Tips For Better Rankings
If you have a new business website then these SEO tips can help rank your website for keywords in as little as 4-6 months time. For more advanced SEO or highly competitive keywords, you can hire a SEO agency to set everything up for you. Let’s get started on these top SEO tips:
1. Write high quality content on a consistent basis
High quality content is better than large quantities of average content. How do you know if the content is high quality? Make sure that what you write about is informative, interesting, adds value and include images or videos with the text. Write high quality content consistently to ensure more traffic and better rankings.
2. Write content that is relevant and targeted to your audience.
If you operate a website selling organic socks, write relevant content about organic cotton and how to look after them. Don’t try to stray from your main subject: organic cotton socks!
3. Keyword research for search volume and competitiveness.
Use Google Keywords Planner to help you find relevant keywords that gets searched a lot and use these as your website keywords.
4. Write good meta descriptions that tell the search engines what your website page is about
A meta description is the html description that summarizes what your page is about. For a web page about cleaning your organic cotton socks, the meta description can be, ‘how to clean and look after your new organic cotton socks.’
5. Write titles with the focus SEO keywords
The title of your web page should contain the keywords. If your web page is about organic cotton care, the title must contain ‘organic cotton care’ in it.
6. Make sure that the URLs are search engine optimized -with the main keywords
The URL should contain the main keywords for that page.
7. In the first paragraph of your content, make sure that the main keywords are found there.
The first paragraph of your blog or website content should contain the keywords near the beginning to communicate to the search engine what your page is about.
8. Be careful about keyword stuffing
Instead of stuffing keywords into your content at every opportunity, incorporate them in a natural way that flows when you read the text. A keyword density of around 9% is ideal.
9. Optimize images on your website for SEO
When using images, and you should be using images in your content, use your keywords in the alt description. If your page is about cleaning organic cotton with the keywords, ‘washing organic cotton,’ write this in the alt description of your image to accompany the text.
10. Use -hyphen in URLs, not underscores_
An URL for the title ‘Washing your organic cotton’ should be ‘washing-organic-cotton,’ and not ‘washing_organic_cotton.
11. Use Robots.txt files.
This is a file at the root of your domain site that indicates those parts of your site that should not be crawled by search engines.
12. Use no more than one H1 tag per page.
One H1 tag is enough to communicate to Google what your page is about. More than H1 will present a problem of prioritizing what the subject matter is about.
13. Structure your page using H1, H2 and H3 tags accordingly.
For example, the page structure for a piece of content about washing organic cotton can be:
<h1>Cleaning organic cotton</h1>
<h2>What fabric cleaners to use with organic cotton?</h2>
<h3>How to make your organic cotton socks last longer</h3>
14. Make sure that your website is user friendly and clear to understand
When a visitor clicks through to your website, they should know immediately what it is about, where the contact information is and how to find different sections of the website that interest them.
15. Check for broken URLs and fix them, or delete from the pages.
The http response 404 not found error is the sign of a broken link. Using a link checking tool such as Screaming Frog SEO spider, you can crawl the website and find any broken URLs.
16. When building links, build slowly and link to relevant, high quality websites.
There are so many things written about link building, it will require a few blogs to cover it! Generally, avoid building links too quickly (it would appear manipulative to Google) and link to high PR sites related to your website. Using Open Site Explorer, you can research website backlinks and any reputations relating to trust.
17. Use Google+ in your social marketing.
In a Google search ranking factors test, it was found that Google +1s had the single highest correlation with Google search ranking (0.4).
18. Use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn for your business website.
The biggest social media platforms for reach and targeted customers are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. You can search for demographic of audiences with Facebook, engage target customers with eye-catching images on Pinterest and use search hashtags for Twitter and Instagram. LinkedIn is suited for contacting professionals in specific industries. The greater your social presence, the more traffic directed to your website and the better your search engine rankings.
19. Links from .edu and .gov sites are very reputable and great for SEO
Websites on .edu and .gov domains have the advantage of age, trust and domain authority every link builder wants.
20. Create a sitemap for your website
Using XML sitemap generator you can build a sitemap quickly. A sitemap is important in telling Google and other search engines about your site content and organization. You need to update your sitemap often.
21. Video marketing using YouTube is effective
YouTube videos are 53 times as likely to rank for Google than simply text alone. This makes sense when you consider that Google wants website visitors to find the most relevant and information rich content. After creating your YouTube video, you should embed the videos on your website as well.
22. Use paid search marketing
Google adwords and PPC (pay per click) will direct more traffic to your website. Do not buy traffic because it will not be targeted for conversion. Traffic is vanity whereas actual sales are what you should be aiming for.
23. Delete/redirect any duplicate content
Duplicate content confuses Google and does not translate to user friendliness. Use a 301 redirect from the page with duplicate content to the one with the proper content. You should redirect any duplicate content URLs to the proper canonical URLs.
24. Use internal linking to other pages within your website
Internal links will connect relevant pages to each other in the same website. Do not link pages under your main domain website for the sake of internal linking. It must be helpful for the reader. A page about cleaning organic cotton under the domain www.organiccottonsocksshop.com can link to another page about colourful organic socks under the same domain name.
25. Check that your website is mobile friendly
Mobilegeddon has made it harder to rank for websites that are not mobile optimized. If your pages are static then consider installing AMP for your pages. You can check if your website is mobile friendly using Google’s Mobile Friendly Test.
26. Optimize website content for natural language search
With the emergence of voice control and search, Internet users are turning to digital assistants to retrieve information. Instead of over optimizing single keywords, website content should be optimized around natural language search queries.