Search engine optimization is exactly what it sounds like—optimizing your content and your web pages for best search engine performance. If you have a website and create content online, relying on SEO can help generate tons of traffic for your content.

Now for those unfamiliar with how to best optimize your content for best SEO results, there are some key steps you should consider looking into. We have listed 5 important things you need to take note of when creating a reliable SEO strategy for your content.

Analyze Your Current SEO

Have you checked how your current site and content performs with search engines? For all we know, you might already have your SEO perfected, but just need time to build up the rankings. After all, you don’t jump up to page one overnight.

There are tools online that will allow you to check and see how well you’re performing in terms of optimizing your content to attract search engine bots. For example, if you use WordPress as a blogging platform, there is a plugin called “Yoast.” It will analyze the content you have written and will inform you of ways you can improve it to enhance your SEO.

You also have an option of scanning your company’s web page to see how well it is optimized. Sites such as Website Grader will scan your site and inform you if anything needs to be adjusted.

Keyword Ranking

What keywords are you going to rank for with the content you produce? Have a look at what content you already have created for yourself. What do you think an individual should type into the search engine to reach your content?

Learn about your content consumer and how they search. You need to realize that the words they would use to reach you are the keywords you need to rank for. Be specific as you can, since typing only a word or two will have more competing content.

Relevant Content

Your content should be relevant and engaging to the reader. Any valuable content out there will automatically catch the eye of search bots, giving you better chance to rank.

Sporadic and inconsistent information can be confusing not only to your reader but to the search bots that browse your content.

When uploading new content, make sure it has relevance with the overall theme of your business. Having content that fails to incorporate itself well within your ‘big picture’, will struggle ranking as something trustworthy and of value.

External Links

Linking to outside sources is good to boost your SEO. Providing outlinks in your content not only boosts your credibility among search engines, but also adds support to the information you’re presenting.

  • Your site will not contain all possible information. Outlink will take the reader to other relevant sources of information you may not possess.
  • Linking to other reputable sites will help improve your SEO standings.
  • Linking out can help you develop a positive relationship with other credible sources. They will be more inclined to drop links to you as well. When you have others linking to you, it will greatly benefit SEO efforts.

Headlines

You are probably well aware what headlines are and their function. They can effectively break apart different ideas, or topics throughout your content. But did you also know that incorporating keywords in your headlines can make you more visible in the SEO sense?

Just because I mention this to you, doesn’t mean you have to go out there and add all the keywords to your headlines. Implement this but be reasonable with it. Doing too much can do your SEO more harm than good.

Conclusion

In the end, you need to know your consumer and how they will behave while searching for you. Always consider your reader when creating content—writing with a human reader in mind will benefit your SEO efforts.

Search engine optimization is one of the best marketing tools at your disposal. Consider these tips when you build up an SEO strategy and you’ll see how it enhances your online traffic.

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Uwe Dreissigacker is the CEO of InvoiceBerry.com, an online invoicing software for small businesses and freelancers. His experience in the online business world ranges from AdTech to FinTech and online game publishing. When he’s not busy running his company he enjoys everything tech as well as travelling in Asia and Europe. Follow @invoiceberry on Twitter and Facebook.

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