Tips and strategy for On-Page and Off-Page SEO
The competitive world of the Internet creates a need for leverage for smaller businesses that wish to compete with larger ones. The smaller businesses will never catch up to the large companies marketing budgets, so how can they really compete? One way, SEO, on-page and off-page optimization that offers authority, brand building, traffic, and of course, profits. In 2014, the world of SEO shifted dramatically with all of the Google updates and algorithm changes, so what you may have once knew, today means very little.
Start with Keyword Analysis
Keywords are still part of the SEO world, that has not changed, but how they are used has changed. So, before getting too involved in what to do with the keywords on your page, you need to first find out what ones are best to use.
Google Planner is a free tool that offers help to locate keywords that match your needs. It displays the keywords search volume, and offers keyword ideas based on your initial search. The tool provides basic information that is required to make an educated decision on keyword usage.
High Search Volume with Low Competition – This is your ideal keyword scenario. Finding this combination is not easy, but when you do, the pay offs can be huge. Larger businesses in your industry have most likely cornered the market on the main keyword you have been using, and as said before, you are never going to catch up to their marketing budget, so stop competing for that word. Find one that is less competitive, but that still offers a high search volume. You can still use the main keyword that is in high-demand; just do not focus your campaign around it.
Long Tail Keywords – Google is all about answering questions these days, so use long tail keywords that ask, or answer a question.
On-Page Optimization Tips
Once you have your keywords sorted out, it is time to start building and optimizing your website. Google does not allow you to simply stuff your page with keywords for rankings anymore; you are expected to be an authority, so prove you are one!
Write to Read, Not to Rank!
Whenever you write an article, create text for a landing page, or even post a social blurb, make sure it is something that is worth reading. Google requires that ALL content be informative, unique, and useful. Having your website stuffed with useless keyword-stuffed content is about as effective as a chicken trying to fly South! It is more important that your content be interesting and descriptive, than it is for it to contain a keyword or keyword phrase. That may sound counter-productive to old school SEO buffs, but with the changes Google has made, that is exactly what is required!
All content that is created for your website MUST be 100% original. Duplicate content will destroy your reputation, not only with your followers, but with Google as well. The title of the article or blog you post should be catchy, but still relate to the information within the article. If the reader clicks on a title “Lose Weight Eating Chocolate”, and they start reading about how to lose weight by eating salads and fruit, they are not only going to leave the page, they are going to leave with distrust about your site, who you are, and what you have to say. So, if you promise weight loss with chocolate in your title, your article better deliver just that!
Content Title Quick Tips:
Tags, Headings, Descriptions and URLS
The small things on your page add up to huge SEO benefits. Many website owners forget, or neglect to add the proper tags, headings and descriptions for their on-page SEO. Below are a few quick tips that need to be addressed on your page if they have not been already.
Meta Descriptions – Write a short description of your content. Keep it around 156 characters for the best results.
Optimized URL – The content URL should optimized to match the meaning of the content on the page.
Headings and Tags – Make sure proper headings are in place, h1, h2, h3, etc. This helps the reader stay focused on your content, gives the ability to quickly scan to important parts and looks nicer on the page.
Focus Keywords – Use tags to highlight specific keywords or keyword phrases to add focus for the search engines.
Image Tags – Use proper Alt tags on all images, and always use images in your content!
Off-Page Optimization Tips
Optimizing your website with off-page SEO techniques is just as important as optimizing for on-site SEO. There are several areas outside of Google that people go to locate information, so make sure your marketing to those areas as well as to the search engines.
Social Media – Social media platforms are used to build brand awareness, establish authority on a topic, and of course, to drive traffic to your website. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pintrest, Google+, and many other platforms are out there just waiting to hear from you!