Search Engine Optimisation or SEO for short is the process of improving your website content to increase its visibility for searches of keywords. Every day, people do more than 2.2 million searches on Google, therefore showing up on the front page is essential.
Search engines such as Google use bots to crawl websites. These bots collect information about each page it crawls and puts that page into an index. The algorithm then analyses the pages in the index and determines the order pages appear in the search results for a particular query. They rank pages on lots of different factors including page speed, relevance, content and more.
There are some simple ways to instantly improve your search engine ranking…
Understanding keywords is the first easy step to improving your site’s SEO. Keywords can be singular words or long-tail phrases which attract organic and relevant search traffic. Successful use of appropriate words brings your websites higher in search engine results.
This is an organic and FREE way of boosting your SEO, ideal for businesses with a limited budget. In addition, your page content should revolve around one primary keyword and several secondary keywords that are relevant to the topic. But don’t keyword stuff, your content should be written in a way that flows naturally – googles algorithm will spot any attempts to stuff.
Effective header tags will help structure your content. Every page should have unique content, with the most important information at the top of the page. Google looks at how your page is laid out.
Alt text describes what is on your image, this means it will be accessible for a bigger variety of people. Image optimisation helps your content rank higher on Google Search. Optimising these also helps with the visibility of your site and accessibility. Having a slow loading speed on your pages and not understanding why? the reason might be your image and video sizes. Make sure you use appropriate file sizes and formats.
The design and development of your website should respond to your audience’s behaviour, and with more people viewing sites from their tablets or phone, your website needs to be fully responsive.
Mobile-friendly sites always perform better than non-responsive sites. Being mobile-friendly is more important than ever as recently released results revealed that 60% of Google searches come from mobile phones and tablets. A responsive website will open up traffic opportunities and doesn’t limit your standings in the search results.
Improving your site speed automatically increases your site’s SEO rankings. Slow load speed is a negative user experience, which drastically reduces customer conversions. Site speed is imperative for Google’s SEO ranking algorithm, the search engine retrieves data about your site through search bots. These Search Engine Spiders ‘crawl’ through your website picking out keywords, titles and descriptions to use as your search result information. Therefore, the slower your website, the fewer pages the bot can ‘crawl’ through, the less information they have can preload.
Top tip: You can increase your page speed by removing non-essential elements such as unused plugins.
Create high-quality content on topics your audience wants to read about. There are a variety of ways to push out content including; blog posts, articles, tutorials, infographics, videos and more.
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