With more than 1 billion websites online today, how is it possible to ensure yours is the one customers go to when researching your products and services? There are a number of creative ways businesses are driving strong visitor traffic and we'll be covering these in later blog posts. But today we're focusing on the kings of the castle, search engine optimisation tips.
It’s no surprise that most buying decisions begin and end on search engines. So being on page one of Google, Bing and Yahoo for the most popular and relevant keywords is a sure fire way of driving solid traffic volumes. But with everybody scrapping for those sacred top places, it’s the little things that really make a big difference.
Here’s 8 search engine optimisation tips to ensure you reach the top fast:
##1. Focus on the keywords customers are searching It sounds simple, but have you done your research around the keywords your prospects are searching? There are a number of very helpful tools, including Google Keyword planner and Google Trends, that can help you understand the exact terms prospects are looking for. You need to make sure those exact keywords appear on your web page in a quality fashion. Some search engines can handle a few synonyms, but you will have to compete with all those other sites who have specifically placed those words on their site.
##2. Keyword density – don’t go overboard! Remember, it is quality over quantity – you should ideally be aiming for a keyword density of between 1 and 5%. Anything over 6% you face a risk of Google considering your content spammy and penalising you. The major search engines like natural content and will know when you are trying to abuse the search terms!
##3. Quality over quantity Another element to add to the quality over quantity issue, is to make sure that your SEO keywords don’t come across too robotically – after all, your customers still have to read the content and if it doesn’t come across as engaging then you might lose them before you’ve even started. Make sure your content really means something to your users and/or your clients with a website which is able to organically weave in the keywords you need. Ensure the readers are engaged and proceed into further pages as a higher bounce rate can negatively impact your SEO efforts.
##4. Don’t forget long-tail keywords Keywords don’t always mean stand-alone words, they can include short phrases too. Again for example, your customer might not just search for “marketing” or “marketing services” they might look for “why do businesses need marketing services” or “how can marketing services work for my business”. Of course, these are much trickier to drop in to your text, but a professional copywriter or marketing agency should be able to help you with this. It is worth investigating, because, the longer your keyword phrases are, the less likely your competition is using them, and when you find a key term that matches your key audience you can expect significant increase in your traffic. A successful website could be considered like an iceberg. Above the surface is the core selection of focus keywords. Below the surface is the hundreds of long tail phrases being targeted by blog posts and other areas.
##5. Make the most of your SEO content Whilst you are investigating keywords you might also want to think about making the most of other elements that are valuable for SEO. For example, make sure that any meta data is updated with the target keyword. Most SEO specialists recommend targeting just one keyword per page. Also, you can use image alt text and create internal links as well as relevant external inbound links.
##6. Use LinkedIn The world’s largest professional social network is now a valuable publishing platform in its own right. In theory, this means you should be making sure you are posting as frequently as possible, however, bear in mind once more that this should be quality over quantity. If you get it right though you could experience a significant increase in traffic to your site, as well as raise your profile further within your industry – especially if you have a decent number of followers.
##7. Remember your mobile A final tip is in relation to where your website sits in terms of the online and mobile world. Mobile devices are getting more and more popular and more people are accessing information on the move than ever before. This means you have to make your website accessible on these platforms, but, instead of developing websites for every type of device, why not consider responsive web design? This can adapt more easily to the size of the browser on every device, resulting in a better overall user and SEO experience.
##8. Let CANDDi do it’s thing SEO savvy businesses love using CANDDi with their search engine optimisation tips because of the powerful and unique intelligence the tool provides around the keywords that specific prospects are searching and their behaviour on the site. After all, it is crucial to be targeting the keywords that deliver greatest prospect behaviour and best chance of ROI! If you are running an SEO programme, the CANDDi team are pleased to show you the specific features that will turbo charge your results. Just call for details.
We hope you found these search engine optimisation tips useful and are here to offer any advice you need implementing these into your website.
Thanks for reading!
Paul Clarke CANDDi