The 6-Step Process for Optimizing your Website for Search Engines
“To skyrocket your on-page SEO, all you need to know is how to communicate with search engines to provide the information they need to make your pages rank higher.” – 6 Ways to Immediately Amplify Your On-Page SEO, HubSpot
With more people than ever discovering new products or services on the Internet, it’s become critical to the success of modern company’s to implement powerful on-page SEO practices in order to stand out in the search engines.
The problem is, many companies have no idea how to optimize their web pages for on-page SEO.
Well, today is their lucky day!
Below we’ve listed the 6 best practices used here at IMPACT for optimizing your website content for on-page SEO.
1. Optimize Your Page Titles
When it comes to overall importance, nothing is more critical than your page title or title tags.
It’s the first thing search engines read when scanning your website. Page titles are critical because they’re basically telling the search engines what you’re trying to get found for.
Here is where many companies drop the ball with their SEO strategy.
It’s important to optimize your page titles with the appropriate keyword you’re trying to rank for. Simply titling your page, “Home”, or “Services” is going to severely impact the success of your campaign.
Instead, you should be titling your pages based on the keywords you’d like to get found for.
For instance, if you’re an ice cream shop located in Wallingford, Connecticut, you wouldn’t want your page title to be, “Bonini’s Ice Cream.” Instead, your page title should be something like, “Soft Serve Ice Cream in Wallingford.”
2. Optimize for Local SEO
How important is optimizing for your location?
After typing in “soft serve ice cream” into Google, I received 5,530,000 search results.
When narrowed down to “soft serve ice cream in Wallingford, CT,” only 6,830 results.
Far less competition, which makes it much easier for your company to rank high. It also ensures that the right people are finding you.
As a local shop, you’re not likely to get any business from California; therefore it’s important you optimize your keywords and web pages with geographic locations, ensuring strong local SEO.
3. Keep your URLs Clean
Simply put, your page URLs should reflect the page title.
All those URLs you see with an endless amount of numbers and symbols? Horrible for SEO.
Search engines like Google actually use URLs to understand the content for your pages. So choose a URL that’s simple, yet reflects the content for that specific web page.
4. Optimize Your Images
Here at IMPACT, we’re big on creating content that’s very “readable,” meaning, we’d like our visitors to enjoy scanning through our website content.
This means including images, bullet points, headers, and anything else necessary to make our web pages visually appealing.
Obviously images go a long way here, as they’re an excellent way of making your content more appealing. However, if you use them correctly, they can also be more appealing to the search engines.
There are two ways of doing this; one is to give the image a relevant file name, preferable containing the keywords you’re trying to get the page to rank for.
For instance, any image contained in this Ebook should contain the file name, “how-an-inbound-marketing-agency-does-SEO.jpg.”
The second way to optimize your images is to include alt tags, allowing you to include keywords using a small piece of text to be included in the code of the image.
5. Include Title Tags & Meta Descriptions Using Keywords
As discussed in #1, it’s important to give your page titles keyword-rich headers. The title shows up on the tab of the browser you have open as well as the title when listed in search engines like Google.
There’s a 75-character limit, so get creative and be sure to optimize with keywords.
The meta description of the page is the brief description displayed beneath the title of your page in search engines. This has a 150-character limit, and is important not only to optimize for keywords, but to also make attractive enough to entice users to click on your page in the search results.
6. Create Internal Links
This is especially true for blog articles, but should also be applied to your other web pages as well.
When your creating content for your blog article or web page, link to some of the other blogs or pages on your website. This leads your visitors to even more content on your website, while also providing yet another SEO opportunity by including keywords in the anchor text of the link.
Optimizing Your Website for Search Engines
By employing these steps, your on-page SEO will see great improvements, allowing your web pages greater visibility on the search engines.
If you’re still having trouble getting started optimizing your on-page SEO, contact us today at IMPACT and learn how we can help!
About John Bonini
As the Marketing Director of IMPACT from 2013-May 2015, John lead the IMPACT marketing team. He also wrote for the HubSpot Blog, Social Media Examiner, and Convince & Convert among others. In his free time, John enjoys playing guitar, high-fives, and anything with marinara sauce.