Search engine optimization is the process of making sure that the content on your website, no matter the industry and audience it is for, is good enough for search engines to give it a high ranking.
When you employ search engine optimization, your website’s chances of showing up as one of the top search results increases. This is important because anyone who does a search on the likes of Google is bound to click on the topmost (or second.. or third…) search results. When your visibility increases and your website becomes one of those top links on the search results page, you have a chance of getting that visitor to turn into a paying customer.
Now, this is very important, whether you are an individual or a business because most searches on the internet start with a search engine. In this Blog Series (no relation to the phrase with the other phrase that is BS) I will go through all that you need to know to get in the game and win some loyal and paying customers. With that said, strap in – it is going to be a fun little ride! Let’s get going!
With social media and online activity taking over our lives, it has become a necessity for businesses to work on the many strategies that make their online presence effective.
Companies now work on hiring professionals whose entire job is to come up with different tactics that help businesses increase their online traffic. This traffic is, more often than not, dictated and routed from search engines like Google. And to please them, search engine optimization has become a fundamental part of the operation.
Now, a lot of this redirection of traffic is meant to happen organically. If you are a tech-savvy individual who is able to keep up with the changes in the many algorithms employed by search engines, you will be able to make sure (to some extent) that your website never falls off the radar of said search engines.
Strategies that involve such organic ways of building traffic are also a preferred technique no matter what kind of website you run because these strategies bring more customers naturally to the product or service a business offers.
The alternative is doing your own “organic SEO” is to do paid advertising. Paid Advertising does not guarantee as high a conversion rate in the long run compared to organic strategies to build traffic. I like to say, Paid Advertising will get your traffic quickly, and Organic SEO will get you traffic long-term.
This is apart from the fact that paid advertising is usually marked as an ad in the search results and when people realize it is an ad, they are less likely from clicking on whatever is in front of them. This means that it takes a lot more work to get your viewers to engage with paid advertising.
One way to increase incoming traffic to any website is to engage in search engine optimization. Research has shown that this increases your website’s chances of growing traffic by 20 times when compared to paid advertising whether you look at the numbers on a desktop or a mobile. (Actually, the type of device you use does have an impact… more news later on this).
SEO strategies are not just a practical way of getting more attention from search engines but are also a marketing strategy that continues to reward you over time. The only thing you need to remember is to stay up to date with the ever-changing rules and regulations set forth by some of the big names in the search engine community. Sometimes this is easier said than done.
This includes keeping tabs on including the correct keywords for every bit of content you publish on your website because these keywords help search engines give your page the high ranking it deserves.
This ranking plays a big role in the order in which search results are displayed for any given user query. This, in turn, gives your website the visibility you are shooting for.
Make your content interesting and relevant and over time you will see that something as simple as adding the right keywords will help your traffic skyrocket. In comparison, paid advertising needs to be funded continuously and doesn’t always guarantee the results you hope for.
But this is not just about strategy. Including the right keywords essentially started off as a way to tell the search engine what your content is about and how it should be indexed.
It was an efficient way for the search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, to categorize your content when a user is looking for similar information. While that is still valid in theory, many more developments have taken place in the space of search engine optimization.
A question that every new business, especially the small- and medium-sized ones asks themselves is if they need to hire an SEO specialist to get this part of the job done.
The first thing you need to consider is the time and effort you are willing to put in. It also depends on how complex a website you are going to run. If it’s not an elaborate one, you can start off by doing some basics yourself.
If you do have expansion plans, it doesn’t hurt to consult an expert or hire an agency to get there. The quality of services provided by them are different in terms of scale and quality. So, you need to know a few things before you know which one is good and right for your operations. I will go through that too at a later stage in this book.
Among the many basics you need to know are the fundamentals of how search engine optimization works. For that, you need to understand the parameters the existing search engines like Google and Bing use to rate your website.
Every search engine uses crawlers to gather information about the content on the internet. This index goes through an algorithm designed by the search engine and checks to see if your website matches the query entered by a user.
When you optimize your website for a search engine, what you are doing is making sure that the content on the website has all the requisite information and metadata that any person who is looking for such information is likely to type into the search bar. This metadata includes the right title, description and tags that are relevant to the corresponding content. This needs to be relevant and informative. This last part is a little bit more technical, so I will save that for another post.
If you need help with your SEO, give us a call and we can have a conversation on what you need to do.