An Essential SEO Checklist

Anyone who owns or intends to own a small or medium sized business knows that advertisement is crucial. While word of mouth is generally the best option, internet advertising is incredibly important as well. If your website cannot be found with a simple web search, you are wasting precious resources and losing new clients. With search engine optimization you will be able to solve this problem.

Tip #1: Improve the company you keep.  Optimize your presence on search engines by getting other (reputable) sites to link to your site. If other legitimate sites are linking to you, search engines will see that you are an established presence online. Seeing that you are more in demand, the search engines place your site in a higher position.

Tip #2: Make sure your HTML pages have keywords in the the name. If, for example, you are running an art school and you offer classes for kids, think about what terms parents will use when signing up their kids. Use words like “kids-art-classes.html” rather than something like “childrens-art-instruction.html” to make your page more visible to people who are actually doing the searching.

Tip #3: Local search is important.  If your website provides a local service, it is important to use the name of the area that you serve as one of your keywords. For instance, use “our Bend pizza” instead of simply “our pizza.” This will make it easier for people who live within your particular market to find your site.

Tip #4: Monitor your placement.  In order to know if your efforts to optimize your site’s appearance in web search results, it is important to monitor your page rank, which can be done with the Google toolbar. It is also important to monitor what keywords your visitors are entering in their search to find your site.

Tip #6: SEO is never set-and-forget.  SEO is not a one-time thing, so you always need to work maintenance on your blog or website. Check constantly for broken links, images that won’t load, and videos that have been removed from the host source and other broken paths on your pages. Search engines penalize sites that display broken links, so stay diligent here.

Tip #7:  Look for publicity on Social Media.  Try to get your site mentioned on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and popular blogs. Social media can be a great search engine optimization tool as networks of people can make a website very popular, very quickly. Every time somebody links to your site on a social media site, the chances of your website showing up on the first page of search engine results increase.

Tip #8: Check each page of your website and make sure it has a META description. If it doesn’t, then you need to edit the page and add one. The description often shows up in search engines, so use action statements that grab the searcher’s attention. This is also a good place to use strong keywords. Check existing META descriptions and improve them if needed. Limit the description to 155 characters.

Tip #9:  Look for easy wins first.  Research your keywords before you start the search engine optimization process. You need to know which keywords are more likely to bring visitors to your site, and which keywords are being used most often for the products that you sell. There’s no point in optimizing your website for a term that web users never search for.

Tip #10: Focus Topics.  Generate many pages that focus on specific things individually, rather than putting a slew of content all on one page. Search engines may categorize your content as spam if they do not see a logical organization of your ideas and subjects, so bucketing subjects into different pages will make your site seem more legitimate to search engines.

Tip #11: Copy from the best.  Study popular websites to see what techniques they are using to optimize their websites for search engines. They probably offer special features or resources that set them apart from other sites. They most likely have an intricate navigation system. Duplicate some of their ideas on your site so that it is viable against your competition.

Follow the tips in this article to increase your business as well as improve your web traffic. This is an inexpensive, if not free way to immediately improve your business, client base, and overall profit. Be sure to not overlook this essential aspect of your web presence.