While it’s no secret to anyone with even a passing knowledge of digital marketing that search engine optimisation (SEO) is the lifeblood of successful online business, what is not so commonly known is how exactly to make your online presence SEO-friendly. Yes, we all know about keywords and so on, but there is more to it than that. Here are three absolutely indispensable tips to keep your website and/or blog truly optimised for search engines:
Don’t Write for Search Engines
We’ve come to think that users follow search engines and that the best way to maximise your online presence is to manipulate bots and algorithms through the use of the right keywords. The best approach is actually the opposite. You need to write with your end-user in mind, with the intent to offer quality, useful content, usually with a purchase or other action as your ultimate object. If users find your content helpful, search engines will follow their lead. Keep your keywords in mind of course, but write for people first, not for search engines.
Link to Other Sites – And Have Them Link to You
Like the previous point, this comes down to the quality of your content. Great content that people demand will attract the notice of your peers and even competitors and other stakeholders. The more reputable among these will give credit where it is due and link back to you. Customers, reviewers and others will do the same. You should always return the favour, as well as linking back to sources that are relevant to your content. This creates a network of inbound and outbound links that search engines will pick up on and reward. So, don’t only focus on internal backlinks, spread the love and make the circle bigger.
Don’t Forget Your Meta-Description
Most bloggers get their titles, body content and keywords right and then forget about the meta-description or throw it in as an afterthought. This is a fatal mistake. Both users and search engines will punish poorly written meta-descriptions, or ones that are too alike. Remember that this is the first thing users will read of your content in the search engine results. If they are not impressed, they won’t click through. In addition, search engines don’t like repetition or duplication. If you have a tendency to copy and paste, Google will not be your friend. Put more thought into your meta-descriptions and make them unique and enticing.
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