SEO, or search engine optimization, determines how visible your company’s site is online, or in other words, how highly your company’s site or web pages rank in search results on engines such as Google. 91% of US internet users utilize a search engine every month, and the top 5 results of every search receive 75% of the clicks, so maintaining a high SEO and ranking higher in these search results is extremely important to receiving user interaction. Below are five tips for improving your site’s SEO…
1. Search Competition
Searching Google for your competitor’s sites is a very effective starting point for improving your own company’s SEO. By searching your company’s industry name or topics or products within your industry will allow for the sites with the highest SEO’s in the industry to load at the top of the Google search. By clicking through these sites and paying attention to keywords throughout competitor’s sites, as well as the overall organization and set up of their sites will allow you to start in effectively developing ideas for your own company’s site and starting off with a relatively high SEO.
2. Develop a Keyword and Create a Meta Description
Your site may have one or more keywords throughout depending on what information will be included in your company’s site. These keywords may be in your site’s menu topics, as well as throughout any writing on your site. Including these keywords in your meta description can be extremely helpful in improving your SEO when your keyword is used in a search.
A meta description is the short paragraph shown underneath your site’s title and url that allows users to read into the site page without actually clicking on it. Your meta description can greatly impact how many people actually click through to your site. It is very important to include commonly used keywords in your meta description as this will improve the SEO, and encourage users to click on your site.
3. Include Off-Page Links on your Site
Your site will include both off-page information, referring to elements that are on someone else’s site, as well as on-page information, referring to elements that are on your site. Statistics show that 75% of SEO is off-page, and 25% is on-page, meaning that your SEO is mostly determined by the other sites used in your site’s information, rather than the information that is on your site directly. Search engines will recognize the link back to off-page sites and consider your site as relating to that off-page site. Therefore, finding sections throughout your site where you can link back to outside sources and websites with higher SEO’s will in turn increase your own company’s SEO. An example of this might be the link I have included in this blog, linking back to another extremely popular business blog.
4. Utilize Social Media Interactions
Including your company’s site link and information on your company’s social media accounts is a great way to get more user interaction on the site, and therefore improve your site’s SEO. Search engines keep track of which sites get the most user traffic, and are therefore more popular, and will show the sites with higher traffic higher up in the search results. Below is an example of how to link back to your site on Instagram and Facebook. Including the site link in your company’s Instagram bio or profile on Facebook and including the site link in social media posts or informing viewers that the link is in the bio in posts.
5. Perform SEO Maintenance Regularly
Search results are constantly changing, and search engines are constantly changing the factors they use in sorting search results. This means that your site’s SEO is also changing, even without the site itself changing. Keeping track of changes in keyword popularity, changing meta description accordingly, as well as updating links to off-page sites when the information changes, or there are newer, more popular sources to link back to will help you maintain your site’s SEO.