As more companies realize that the phone-book is a thing of the past they are turning to Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). However when you do some research on SEO you find a daunting amount of information on how to go about improving your website. In addition to the people trying to sell you services, you will also find a host of poorly written information that is misleading or often just plain wrong. So how do you go about starting your SEO activities? This article will give you some typical approaches to improving your site.
One of the first things people realize is that SEO is not a quick process. It can often take several months to see search ranks move significantly and you should be prepared to commit. While you can expect local results for non-competitive terms to move quickly with the right strategy, be willing to accept a strategy will be long-term.
The first step to starting or reviving an on-line campaign is going to be proper research. Keyword and key-phrase choices are easily the most important steps to properly marketing your site. WordTracker has a free tool with the option to upgrade and the Google Adsense Keyword Tool is also very useful to identify good keyword choices that have decent volume. Do sufficient research on your location and phrases since it’s the foundation upon which all future marketing is built.
Organic SEO changes to actual copy on your webpage are also easy and can boost your ranks. The right phrases in the right places can mean Google will see you are relevant to the topic searched for. Page titles are probably the most important factor and should be unique to the page you are attempting to market. Meta descriptions on a page are also key and tell the users and the engines more about the content on your page. And finally, you should include your targeted phrases and words on the page itself where relevant.
Another big on-page factor is using the proper anchor text. Linking to a different page or back to your home page with the words “Home” or “Click Here” is worthless from an SEO angle. Instead use anchor text that includes your targeted keywords or phrases. You can also ensure that your internal pages include properly anchored links to other pages on your site in addition to the home page as this will also improve your search engine visibility.
Great content on your page is also a huge factor. Take the time to write or hire someone to create unique engaging content. Not only will your site search better but human readers will want to read what you’ve written. You can attract a lot of attention to a poorly constructed website that users will click away from as fast as possible. Proper Internet marketing consists of converting traffic to customers so make sure when people click your search result they won’t be disappointed.