Optimization is an ongoing effort. The Internet is in a constant change of state and you should be too. It can be a challenge to keep up on the latest tactics and best practices for SEO and as such we’ve put together these top 10 website optimization tips to take a little weight off.
1. Monitor Your Current Status
It’s important to know where you stand before you jump into anything else. Check your websites PageRank, Alexa rank, and the number of indexed pages on Bing and Google. Additionally, checking traffic (by total and by source) and goals will give you a baseline understanding of your current status on the web so you can create goals and benchmarks for the future.
2. Keyword Research
Even if you’ve already conducted keyword research in the past, it’s important to update your findings on a consistent basis. Whether you work in an ever-changing industry or one that hasn’t changed in decades, the way people search is and always has been evolving (think trends, nomenclature, industry speak, customer speak, etc.) Search query data will show you how your customers are evolving and searching for your products and services. These data insights will help you continue to target traffic-generating terms related to your customer.
3. Internal Link Strategy
Beyond your website navigation, your site should include contextual links that point to other pages throughout the site within your copy. Also, make sure all the links on your site include optimized title tags. Think about how each page touches the customer in their purchase journey and add next step links accordingly.
4. Create a Sitemap
The sitemap is where people go when they can’t find what they’re looking for. It’s an organized list of all the content on your site. It’s also used by search engines so they know all the pages on your site and can index them.
5. Search Friendly URLs
Make your URLs search friendly using those keywords you discovered in your keyword research phase. This will give you a better chance at ranking higher in the search engine results pages (SERPs) for those targeted terms.
6. Title & Meta-Description Tags
Review your Title and Meta Description tags on every page of your site to make sure they are also optimized using your keywords. Keep in mind the title tag should not be more than 70-80 characters max and the description tag should not be more than 170 characters max.
7. Image Descriptions
Check your image alt tags and descriptions. Are they optimized with the keywords you want to rank for? If not, go through and add optimized alt tags and description to every image. You might even want to try naming the image itself with your keywords.
8. Social Media
Social media is an integrated part of SEO in today’s search landscape. Make sure your social profiles are accessible from your website. Also, allow visitors to share your web content easily by adding social share buttons to every page. You’d be surprised how many companies mess this up. You find an article you like and want to share it, click the Facebook icon, only to be taken to their company profile. FAIL! Really take the time to ensure the social sharing features are working properly on your site to boost your SEO strategy.
9. Link to Other Sites
Linking to other sites is a great way to start nurturing relations with other publishers. In the future, they will be more inclined to link to you if they know you’ve linked to them. Just don’t be spammy. Be authentic and you will be successful.
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