On-page SEO: Taking Your Site To the Next Level

July 13, 2011Leave a reply

When you want your website to be found by potential customers, search engine optimization (SEO) is a necessity.  The sooner you are fluent in SEO the better.

There are two separate categories of SEO:

On-page SEO pertains to how friendly your site’s content is to internet search engines.  It comprises roughly 25% of how search engines score and rank your site.  This is a relatively easy thing to improve.

Off-page SEO is connected to your site’s overall web “authority”.  This authority is determined by what other websites say about your site.  Improving your authority takes a bit more effort.  We’ll cover this in greater detail in a later post.

For now, let’s focus on the basics of getting your on-page SEO squared away.

Hubspot offers a free Website Grader than will analyze your site for SEO effectiveness.  The higher your score, the more effective your optimization is.  Don’t be upset if your SEO score comes back lower than expected.  On-page SEO is relatively easy to improve and requires much less effort to get favorable results.

Other key elements of on-page optimization include:

  • Page Title-the text at the top of your browser window when viewing a web page.
  • Meta Description-the brief site description in Google search.
  • Headings-paragraph titles or text in larger or bold print.
  • Cascading Style Sheets(CSS)-the back-end code of your website.
  • Images-especially images with keywords in the file name.
  • Domain Info-search engines favor sites that are registered for longer time periods.
  • MOZ Rank– a general measure of your site’s online authority.
  • Google Crawl Date-fresh content invites Google to crawl your site regularly.
  • URL Structure-this structure is about how different URLs connect with each other.

Like the old commercial that stated “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”, our goal isn’t to trick search engines.  We’re simply creating an easier path for the search engines to find your site so they can direct more prospects to you.

Contact the Website Architects for a free website persuasion analysis.

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