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Top 10 SEO Tips - How to improve your Business

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A team of business and technology journalists and editors who write to help Australia’s community of small and medium businesses access the technology and know-how that helps solve problems and create opportunities.

Smarter Writer
Smarter Team

A team of business and technology journalists and editors who write to help Australia’s community of small and medium businesses access the technology and know-how that helps solve problems and create opportunities.

Highlights
  • Over the years, getting ranked in search has evolved to a sophisticated model that’s near impossible to trick.
  • Start blogging, making sure you add variety to your content mix.
  • Provide products and services that your customers will love and talk about on social networks and review sites, making it easy for Google to reciprocate with a better rank.

SEO for business can seem like a foreign concept, but there are real benefits to having a smarter site. Here’s our top 10 tips to improve your SEO for your website.

Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO for short, isn’t a new concept. If you’ve got a website, you’ve no doubt thought about the benefits of SEO and how you could make your site rank higher in search engines like Google, DuckDuckGo or Bing.

A lot of SEO for business has changed over the years, though. Getting ranked in search has evolved. It used to be from something that was easily manipulated – by spamming various links and stuffing websites with keywords – to a much more sophisticated website optimisation model that’s near impossible to trick.

Because Google holds the majority share of search traffic, much of current on site SEO practice focuses on ranking factors that influence your Google page rank.

And today, Google takes into account hundreds of factors when deciding how to rank your website for specific keywords. Here are ten of the most influential ones, and how you can take advantage of small business SEO.

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1. Develop your business’s SEO keywords

Your business’s SEO keywords are a set of words that set your business apart from the rest. They are the queries that searchers will type when they’re looking for you. To come up with keywords, start with general and obvious terms that apply to your business. You should then test these meta keywords with a online keyword tool to get other, related terms that apply to your site. You should also include long tail keywords that are specific to you.

Once you’ve made your list, check their search volume and start using these words throughout your site. But not too much: a rough guide to work with is 2 per cent keyword density – that is, 2 per cent of all words on your site can be keywords. Too much more and your strategy might work against you.

2. Write good website copy

SEO copywriting is all about content optimisation, and it starts with your headline. Your headline’s purpose is to attract people to click on your website or blog post. If you’re unable to create attractive headlines, your search rankings will suffer, putting all of your good hard work to waste.

It really pays to take the time to identify who your target audience is, research your competitors and use an SEO keyword planning tool for your SEO content.

Thankfully, there are a few online keyword tools that can help you develop SEO friendly content and rank better, such as Google Keyword Planner, Ahrefs, KWFinder, SEMrush and Ubersuggest. All of these tools show how easy or difficult it is to rank for a specific phrase, the volume of traffic a keyword gets and the number of backlinks your competitors have. In turn, they’ll help you to succeed with effective SEO content writing.

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3. Develop a mobile friendly website

Many modern website designs already take mobile friendly web design into account and can scale to any screen size. But, if your website doesn’t look right on your device, it’s a good idea to have your in-house developer optimise your site for mobile devices and tablets. Furthermore, it’s always a good idea to double check that your mobile friendly site works perfectly on all major browsers, such as – Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and even Opera.

The advertising options combined with Facebook's targeting tools is a great way you can reach your audience and achieve your marketing objectives – from driving brand metrics like awareness, consideration and purchase intent, to driving a direct response such as an app install, or to make a purchase online or in store.

4. Create a blog 

A consistent factor for appearing in search is how frequently you produce content. If you publish relevant content that your target market finds useful, you’ll encourage new and repeat visitors to your site. When you create your own blog, SEO is more than just writing quality content on a regular basis. You should always try to add some variety to your mix. Consider adding short-form content, long-form content, case studies, infographics, or even quotes from trusted thought leaders and influencers. This will help to ensure that when you make a blog your brand always remains relevant.

Publishing content on a regular basis signals to Google your site is live and active, and the frequency of keyword material in your blog will have you ranking for keywords and sentences you didn’t even think of.

5. Use social media

Embracing social media engagement platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can be good for nurturing relationships with your target audience, but there’s a downside. If you’re inactive on social media platforms, your lack of inactivity will show up in a Google search. This means that if you haven’t tweeted for a year, and you have 10 followers, your customers will see this when they search for your business.

Instead, leverage the power of social media marketing and generate content, like a social media promotion, that compels people to share and talk about you. You’re proving to the world (and Google) that you’re in demand and relevant.    

6. Don’t overthink your website content

It’s very easy to get caught up in the technicalities of SEO and forget why your website is there in the first place. While it’s important not to discount the hundreds of technical SEO requirements for greater rank opportunities (way too many to mention here), a bigger factor is how much value your web content provides people who come across your website.

By simply providing top-quality products or services, effective website content, efficient conversion processes, clear communication and outstanding customer service, you’ll see the resulting positive sentiment towards you and your brand content splashed on social networks and review sites. This makes it easy for Google to reciprocate with a better rank.

7. Title tags and heading tags

A title tag is the copy that shows up as the link in search results and in your browser’s tabs. It’s good practice to include your brand name and words that are specific to the page. Keep it short so it fits, too.

Heading tags tell search engine crawlers important information about a page’s contents. Use H1s for headlines and H2s for subheadings. H1 is the most important for crawlers, so use it only once per page – think of it as the main headline.

8. Meta descriptions

The term ‘meta description’ might sound complicated, but it really isn’t. Simply, it’s the two lines of copy underneath your website’s clickable link or URL in search results. Without this copy, the search engine might use random, meaningless copy from your website. Keep the meta description to under 155 characters and make it a call to action, like ‘Find out more about our…’ or ‘Start your no-obligation trial today!’. Or get inspired from other meta descriptions by searching your favourite brands and businesses.

To change the meta description you need to edit your website’s HTML, but if your site is built on Wordpress or Squarespace you’ll be able to do this easily.

9. Behind the alt text for images

What’s in an image isn’t that important from an SEO point of view, but the code behind the images is: the image alt tag, image title and filename. Alt text is basically a simple description of an image, like ‘Man smiling at tablet screen’. An image title is the text that appears when you hover your cursor over an image. It should be more specific than alt text, such as ‘Businessman smiling at iPad’. The filename is just that: the name of the file. Make it descriptive, lower-case and hyphenated – for example, ‘businessman-smiling-tablet.jpg’.

10. Last but not least: URL structure

Using the most relevant words in your SEO URL structure is another way to get keywords in the sights of search engine crawlers. Make sure each page is a logical extension of the resource ‘path’ – the part straight after the domain name, starting with a forward slash. Like image filenames, keep it all lower-case and hyphenated, such as ‘smarterbusiness.telstra.com.au/customer-experience’.

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