5 Ways to Improve How Your Website Ranks in Google
When it comes to finding success online, there are a lot of things that you can do to make sure your website is getting as much traffic as you want. Technology is moving at blinding speeds these days, and if you’re interested in keeping up with the newest developments when it comes to things like online marketing, you’ve got to make sure that you’re plugged in, and to a pretty serious degree.
For most websites, success begins with something called search engine optimization, also referred to as SEO, for short. This is the process by which certain aspects of your website are tweaked and adjusted to make sure that your site shows up in the search results when certain keywords are entered in.
The ultimate goal is to wind up presenting your site to people who might not have even known they were looking for it in the first place. Plenty of strategies can go into a great SEO campaign. If you’re looking to improve your site’s rankings on Google, here are a few things that you can do with relative ease.
1. Load It with Great Copy (…and Great Content in General)
Every website needs content. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “Content Is King,” you’ve heard the truth. Not only is content the ruler of the Internet because it’s basically the reason people actually go online (that and shopping, of course), but it’s important because it’s going to get your website noticed by the search engines in the first place.
When you’ve got a ton of great content on your website, two things happen. First, you get a lot of quality traffic, because people want to enjoy that content. This, of course, only makes Google think that you’re more important. Secondly, you get the chance to embed your website’s keywords into said copy, which further boosts your visibility when it comes to Google’s search results.
2. Optimize for Long-Tail Keywords, Too
Keyword optimization can be pretty simple, but it’s not really supposed to be. Of course, if you’ve got a sporting goods store, you’re going to try and optimize your website for a keyword like “sporting goods.” However, by also making sure that you target so-called “long tail” keywords (“used sporting goods for cheap online,” or “inexpensive baseball gloves for kids,” for example) you can make sure you’re raking in searchers that are using more specific entries.
3. Provide a Great Site Map
The Google “crawlers” are very important to you when SEO is concerned. A “crawler” is the algorithm that “crawls” the Internet and decides how high your website is going to rank. One of the things that Google’s crawlers really like is a site map: it helps them easily and quickly understand how your website is all set up. You’re going to need one of these if you want your website to do well in the Google rankings.
4. Make Sure Your Inbound Links Are of High Quality
A big part of search engine optimization is backlinking (or link building). This term refers to the process of getting other websites to post links which point back to your site (“inbound” links). In the earlier days of SEO, a company could simply post a ton of links from any random website.
These days, however, the crawlers are a lot more highly-developed, and your website can easily wind up being penalized for unnatural links. Make sure that any backlinks pointing to your site are coming from other websites that are actually relevant to what you do.
5. Expand Your Online Presence
You can give yourself some quality backlinking all on your own by simply spreading your presence online as much as you can. If you’re a locally-based business, go online and get yourself listed on as many local directories as you can. Make a page for your company on all the relevant social media channels.
Start a blog. When you’re posting content and engaging fans in multiple places on the Internet, in ways that make sure to point back to your main website all the time, you’re going to rank a lot higher in the search engine results.
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