The following may seem to technical for content creators, but you need to know the basics of SEO and how it will get your content found by the search engines or lost forever on page 20 0f the search-engine-results-pages (SERPS).
There is an easy way to manage these processes. It involves a plugin called Yoast WordPress SEO that I use here on this site. I highly recommend this plugin as a simple but effective way to implement the following recommendations.
So, let’s get started.
1. Place keyword-rich page titles on each of your pages.
Page titles often show up in search engine results – so you could say they’re pretty important!
Page titles are found between the <head> and </head> sections of HTML coding, within <title> </title> tags:
Avoid making the mistake of using the same page title for each page, regardless of relevance. Go through each page of your site and substitute irrelevant titles for relevant ones. A tip here is to ask yourself what a customer want from the page, and which keywords would they use to help them find it. Some page title tips:
- Make them no more than 60 characters’ worth of letters, numbers, spaces and symbols.
- Don’t be too clever with the title. Communicate for understanding.
- Place your most important words at the beginning of your title. Remove articles such as ‘a’, ‘an’, and ‘the’.
- Use dashes (-) to join ideas together.
2. Include a “meta description” on every page of your website.
A meta description is the text that appears underneath your page title, in the search engine listing’s blurb as shown here:
This meta description gives you an opportunity to entice and attract visitors to your site through an inviting, ‘keyword’ summary of what your site offers. Here’s what the coding for meta descriptions should look like with the keywords in bold:
<meta name = “description” content= “Tips for writing and editing sales copy that generates conversions”>
Meta descriptions should be no more than 20 words.
3. Use natural sounding words when you write your link text.
Write longer text for your links as these enable you to insert more keywords, and allow you to be more specific about what’s on offer in the page where you are asking people to click.
4. Make your headings and subheads keyword-rich.
Every three or four paragraphs break up your content with subheads that contain desired keywords. Similarly, your headings should be keyword rich. If, for example, you’re a web designer, the subheads on your pages (keyword: web designer) could look like this:
– Navigation labels and on-site searches for web designer
– Trust-building elements for web designers.
5. Ensure every image, photo or illustration on your site has its own ‘alt’ tag.
An alt tag is a little tooltip that pops up when a visitor hovers their mouse over an image. To see what they look like, hover your mouse over any of the images on 24x7inbound.comj. Alt text presents an opportunity for you to insert your keywords – you may need the help of a designer to do this at first. Another way to add extra keyword value to your images is by making sure every image has a keyword-appropriate caption. Captions are, unlike alt tags, permanently visible.
6. Expand your on-site linking horizons.
Commonly overlooked areas for placing your keyword-rich links are sidebars, footers and navigation links. Many sites have two navigation menus: the first is the standard one that runs across the top of your screen and which is worded for the customer – eg, ‘About Us’, ‘Our Services’, ‘Contact Us’, etc.; the second is usually placed unobtrusively in the footer, worded for search engines.
This basic SEO is dry and boring stuff but is the essential step of being found.