Search engine optimization (SEO) is mostly about following guidelines.
Here's one page from Google that is worthwhile checking out whether you are new to SEO or have some experience. It's called "Do you need an SEO?". It will answer some questions about the SEO service provider business and has some very useful links to SEO documents. Right at the top of the page are two very good ones. The first is a link to Google's "Search Engine Optimization Starter Guilde" and the second is a very cool one page document entitled "Google one-page SEO Guide". The second one is a download only so we won't include the link. For the most part SEO can begin with these two documents.
Four levels of implementation.
- None. Just don't do it. Just build your website and let the chips fall where they may. The truth is that for some websites that is all that is needed.
- Simple. During website construction or revision take the time build basic but thoughtful content with keyword and search phrase terms. This would include doing some light research to find a set of keyword and search phrase terminology. That set of data should be included into the titles of pages, navigation menus, and content.
- Competitive. During website construction or revision build into your site ALL of Googles' recommendations, make a good research effort for keywords and search phrases, integrate with social media, host your site professionally, and add into your site relevant SEO tools.
- Aggressive. In competitive market segments this may be necessary. Do all of the above plus severarl more requirements such as blogging, news item postings, and the development of a Google Analytics program to track visitor behavior and modify your site to give the visitor what they want.
The level to which you should go will depend on the competitive nature of your business environment. You don't want to spend more time or money than is necessary but remember, you have people trying to beat you. For new websites or those undergoing revision we suggest you start with a Simple program and increase your involvement as is needed.
SEO is mostly a technology guidelines based undertaking.
On-the-page SEO involves developing quality content while following a number of suggested guidelines. Among them are:
- Well written content at as simple a level as possible.
- Keywords and search phrases researched using common tools.
- HTML structured with titles, headers, and meta information.
- A clear and logical structure through menu navigation.
- Thoughtful use of graphics and photos.
- Optimized for web server performance.
- Optimized for crawling and indexing by search engine bots.
Think of your website as being like a book that has a title, table of contents, chapters, and index. Well organized is how Google likes it. This is what is considered "on-the-page seo".
You may also want to do some "off-the-page seo" which would include:
- Inbound links - links from other sites to your site.
- Social networks - developing a presence on select social networks and linking to your site.
- Guest blogging on other related sites.
To do it all may seem like a lot of work and sometimes it is. It depened on the nature of your site and the business needs it is addressing. The good news is that you can often do it in stages and then wait and see what the effect is before moving on.
Contact us to discuss your website SEO project.