Of all the vast number of elements within SEO which exist, the ones you have the most control over are those which pertain to your own website. This is often overlooked as business owners head out into the internet seeking to create backlinks from every conceivable location.
However, if they focused closer to home, they could give their SEO a boost simply by implementing a few simple tactics which can help rankings and in turn increase traffic.
The first needs to be done before the website exists, and that is to obtain an optimal domain name. Always go for a dot com if it is still available, and if it isn’t, try dot net or dot org. If your business is only going to target within your own country then a country extension such as .au for Australia or, .co.uk for the United Kingdom is perfect.
Still with domains, it is always best to have a domain that matches the keywords you want to target. Google has reduced the power that an exact match domain gives your site, but testing shows it is still a positive in terms of your website’s SEO.
Next, we come to the title of your website, which is the text people can see at the top of their browser when they land on your site. Google’s algorithm reads the title of sites as part of their understanding of what it is about so placing one or two important keywords in your title is always recommended. For example, if your company sells accounting software the title could be ‘Domainname.com – Accounting software for Small Business’.
The next on-page SEO task should be to write your website’s meta description. It is yet another way search engines determine what your website is about so some thought is required when setting it up. Use keywords, without cramming them in and also remember that the meta description is the text that gets seen in search engine results.
For this reason, it should briefly describe what your website is about and do so in such a way that it entices the person searching to click through. An example of a meta description could be ‘ The #1 rated accounting software for small and medium businesses. Sign up today for your FREE TRIAL’
Whilst backlinks from other sites will help your SEO, linking internally between the pages of your website also helps. The search engines will use these links to crawl your site so the more you have the better. Create links in a logical fashion so that visitors to your site can navigate throughout it easily. Another important job is to regularly check to see if all your internal links are working properly.
All these SEO techniques should be simple enough that they can be done by just about anyone. However, such is their importance, if you do not feel comfortable with doing them then seek out an SEO expert who can do them all for a very small fee.