Search Engine Optimization Business

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Introduction

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a discipline used by digital marketers to improve the visibility factor of their website in search engined. Fully optimized SEO websites are usually on the first page or listing (also known as the Search Engine Results Page or SERP) of the non-paid search results. A website will only be indexed if there’s regular traffic and it keeps on improving the site rankings.

SEO is not all about getting a website optimized for search engines, it also includes the optimization of user experience in visiting the website.

SEO -Search Engine Optimization is therefore, a strategy to increase traffic or visitors to a website but also to give the user a better search experience. Ultimately the strategy involves having a high-ranking placement in the search engines first results page or SERP. A high ranking is to appear on the first page without having to scroll down the page.

What do search engines look for in a website?

‘Relevancy’ to user searches is the major factor that search engines look for in a website.  These are metered based on…

a. Content – as in title page, sub-headings, and the body are structured by a theme.

b. Performance – search engines favor websites that are secured, optimized for mobile, everything works and fast to load.

c. Authority – websites used by the government and well-known institutions are considered authoritative. Once you get a reference from these sites, your website gets an authority boost.

d. User experience – factors like how the site looks, how safe it is, how easy to navigate and the site’s bounce rate.

Things that search engines don’t want to see in a website

Search engines have their own spiders to crawl on to a website to evaluate it. For you to have a good SEO ranking, do not do the following…

  • Purchased links – do not trick the search engines and buying links from authoritative websites.
  • Stuffed Keyword – keywords are repeated (stuffed) in web pages.
  • Poor user experience – poor user experience can increase bounce rate. Bounce rate is the time when a user visits a website then bounces out immediately.
  • Don’t put too many ads on your website. Make your website easy to navigate and aim for an outstanding user experience.

Know your game and stay focused

Focus on your digital marketing strategy. These questions could help you stay on the right track:

  1. What are your goals?
  2. Is it just for click-bait or for the people that really need it?
  3. What is a conversation to you? Useful when you are writing content.
  4. Do you know your assets and liabilities?

The much more the merrier

Advertising on other channels will extend your reach. In fact, you could use different online and offline channels that will help achieve greater results i.e more traffic to your online presence.

a. facebook

b. email

c. LinkedIn

d. twitter

e. Offline – TV, newspaper and radio ads

A consistent presence on these online and offline platforms will help boost your branding efforts. Users that are subscribed to these channels will know your branding presence and at the same time, they will recognize and be trained directly to the phrases that you are optimizing.

Optimization for other devices

Don’t just optimize the site for desktop users. Well-0ptimized SEO sites are also compatible with mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and other gizmos capable of accessing the internet.

Providing rich multimedia content to your website instead of displaying heavy text can be advantageous. Videos and images can help rank up your page if being strategic. Sites with Flash and PDFs should observe the best practices of SEO so the search engine crawlers can see your website. Optimize non-text content so it will be indexed by the search engines. Search engine crawlers give credit to sites that play by the rules.

The 3 Main Search Engines are…

The main search engines are Google, Bing and Yahoo. But Google is the biggest owner with 95% of mobile searches and 2/3rds of all search traffic. However, Bing and Yahoo are still significant.

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Please feel free to leave a comment or feedback or if you would like any help with your online business, please drop me a line, I’m here to help.

regards

Rina

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4 thoughts on “Search Engine Optimization Business

  1. Indeed, SEO is very important in getting your websites known to the huge group of audience especially so when there are lots of new websites/videos uploaded every day. Up till now, I am still facing a rather low traffic as I have not fully mastered such skills, which i see it as a pity. Thanks for sharing here.

    1. Thank you for visiting and for your comments. As you build out your site adding content, and the search engine spiders evaluate your content and find relevance, you will start to see an increase in traffic. The search engines are aiming to bring to their users a great search experience, so if you are giving your readers a great experience too, this is a win win situation for you and the search engines!

  2. i think you highlight an important area here.

    I think one of the problems people encounter when trying to develop their website, is the need to get swamped with SEO!

    Yes, it is important for Google to be able to understand your site, and it needs to be organised following the rules that are in place but this sometimes takes away the attention on writing content for readers.

    Even if your site hits the number one spot in the SERPS, it will do not good at all if your readers are bored or find the information uninteresting.

    It is essential to build a report with your readers.

    There needs to be attention given to both SEO and to your potential customers.

    I think a lot of people are going to find this information here interesting and useful!

    Thanks

    Chris

    1. Thank you Chris for stopping by. Yes as you’ve pointed out it is indeed writing for your readers and giving them a great experience that should be first and formost. Just to make a point I want to mention that your online business can still generate revenue without SEO ranking by having a presence on social media networks such as facebook and alike. So while there can be a lot of emphases on search engine optimisation, it is one of many tools to generate traffic to your website. Your content helps to convert some of that traffic into sales.

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