SEO

SEO
Creating an effective web presence
is about more than just your website.

 
If you want your site to be found, search engine optimization (SEO) must be an integral part of the initial build and routine maintenance of your site, as well as any and all content you place on the web. Essentially, it’s the way to ensure your pages are visible and ranking high on search engine results pages (SERPs).
 
The majority of web traffic is organic, stemming from search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, so knowing the most current SEO best practices is the difference between page 1 and page 2 visibility.

The main objective of your website is to be an authoritative source in your industry, which means content is as valuable as alt tags and image names. If you can’t produce enough content on a particular page, not only will search engines ignore you as an authority on the topic, but chances are, so will your audience.

INTUITIVE SITES CREATE A POSITIVE USER EXPERIENCE

When creating a new website, or updating an existing site, there are some basic principles that must be followed to increase, and maintain, your organic ranking. Key ones include:
  • • Site architecture and navigation for indexing
  • • URL structure
  • • Keyword research and use
  • • Resolving 301 and 401 redirect issues
  • • Meta tags, meta keywords, meta descriptions
  • • Title tags, headers and link alt text
  • • Image descriptions and alt text
  • • Content optimization
  • • Site promotion, backlinks and social media
  • • Mobile site responsiveness

ONGOING MAINTENANCE & MONITORING

A ‘set it and forget it’ mentality just won’t fly in today’s shifting digital environment. SEO must be a continual effort to capitalize on how potential visitors are searching for the products, technologies and solutions you provide.

Continually researching and monitoring your rankings and traffic lets you stay ahead of any issues that could impact your results or lead opportunities. And don’t forget about the user experience—another big factor in SEO algorithms—that should be a key consideration to optimize a site for the user as well as search engines.
75% of users never scroll past the 1st page of search results

OPTIMIZED CONTENT INCREASES RANKINGS

A crucial piece of the SEO puzzle is having unique, well-written online content that actually provides relevancy to the reader. Search engine algorithms can detect the type and value of content nowadays through context. Knowing when and how to use headers, optimum word count per page, strategic use of links and relevant, properly tagged images all create a better user experience for your readers as well as increase your ranking with search engines.

According to Google’s SEO Starter Guide, “Creating compelling and useful content will likely influence your website more than any of the other factors.”

Content that’s duplicated across internal and external channels turns into website cannibalism, diminishing the content’s effectiveness. Unique content is a must for any page, but especially on blogs or social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube, where content is created at a much faster pace than core topic pages on a main website. It’s essential to write from a fresh perspective as more posts are devoted to a topic.

Other areas to watch for include sparse content, desktop content missing from mobile sites and even the placement of copy on the page. It should come as no surprise that even Google recognizes that content “below the fold” gets read less often and thus is taken into consideration when ranking.

SEO ACROSS THE BOARD

SEO doesn’t stop at the website, the process must be integrated into all necessary areas of your marcom strategy to achieve the best overall results. The tactics and phrases applied to your website can benefit other areas of marketing as well, so it’s important to rely on a team that’s well versed in current marketing initiatives relevant to your business.

Knowing the difference between “keyword stuffing” and the appropriate use of relevant keywords and phrases is an art that needs to be practiced across all content areas.

For pieces destined for placement on partner sites, such as trade publications or industry associations, integrating SEO methods helps build out backlinks, increase keyword ranking and, most importantly, can amplify the trust search engines (and your web audience) place on your site.