We rely on Google for everything from remembering who the artist of the latest pop song is to finding a pizza parlour in our neighbourhoods. It’s easy to think of Google as a website that we use to find information. But, small business owners often forget to consider how others are using a search engine to find their products and services.
There are a few tools that you can use to get your website found in Google’s search results. Simply follow these four easy steps:
- Submit Your Site to Google
Google isn’t the omnipresent being you think it is. While Google will inevitably pick up your website’s pages at some point, you can speed up the process by submitting your site on the Google Search Console. This is the digital equivalent of tapping Google on the shoulder to say that you are alive and ready for them to index your site.
- Link to Your Website
Another nudge to Google’s crawlers is to leave a link trail online. When blue hyperlinks start appearing online, Google sees it as a command to process and index your new pages. A great way to achieve this is to share your website links on social media, do a guest blog on a popular industry website linking back to your site or ask friends in high (blogging) places to give your brand a shoutout and a link online.
- Do Keyword Research
If you don’t have the budget to hire an SEO expert, use the Google Keyword Planner to review search rankings for keywords, phrases, plurals, singulars, misspellings and long-tail keywords related to the products and services you offer. Visit competitors’ websites to see what keywords they are using. These keywords should be included in your content, metadata and image alt tags.
- Optimise for Mobile
Google penalises websites that are not optimised for mobile users. If your website doesn’t dynamically change to accommodate different devices, then you will have a hard time ranking well for your chosen keywords.