How to Search Engine Optimize Your Content
Posted on 02/12/2018
As an entrepreneur, small business owner or professional marketer, it’s important to recognize the power of search engine optimization in today’s technological world. If marketing helps grow your business, then search engine optimization helps grow your marketing efforts.
When people think of “search engine optimization” they often imagine keywords popping up on a screen, so search engines can better scan a website then use those keywords to move the website higher up in search engine rankings. However, although keywords are a valuable component of SEO, there’s a lot more to keep in mind. A website's optimization is integral to improving marketing efforts and growing the business. Here’s some key pointers for how to search engine optimize your content.
1. Analyze the target market.
Finally, analyze your target market through an initial keyword search. Develop a preliminary list of search items you believe might be relevant to the website. Start with the question: if you were looking for this business, what would you type into a search engine? Generate a few ideas, connecting phrases and words to start out your optimization process.
2. Research the ideal keywords.
For instance, if a business works in plumbing, they might prefer to refer to a worker as a “repairman.” However, perhaps the keyword that is more commonly searched is “plumber.” Issues like this are things to take into consideration when searching for your ideal keywords. Focus on search volume and relevance to your cause to identify the keywords you want to use throughout your content.
3. Focus the content around 1-2 keywords.
Search engines like Google scan all of these key components when searching through your content for keywords to include in their search results. Focusing your efforts on a few choice keywords on every page will have farther-reaching results than stretching yourself too thin and trying to integrate multiple keywords on every single page. Plus, it will seem more natural and flow better for your website visitors.
Once your website has been properly optimized, it’s important to maintain continual testing and measuring, to make sure your keywords are still ranking where they should, and therefore your website ranks where it want it to in search results. Search engine optimization can seem confusing, but once a business has it figured out, it serves as an integral part of marketing efforts to help grow the cause.
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