You’ve started your own small business, built a great website and now you need to find a way for customers to know what you have to offer, but you don’t have a lot of marketing dollars. A daunting task awaits you. There are a lot of things you can do that take time, but don’t cost you any money and you are probably aware of several of them. You can post regularly on the appropriate social sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and so on.
Did you know that you can SEO your own website? If you are not afraid of getting into the back end of your site, we have some simple pointers that are the first steps to getting found in the Search Engines.
Google Is Still The Biggest Player
Most of our clients have over 90% of organic clicks to their website come from Google, so we optimize for Google. Google likes several basic things:
- Rich Content
- Lots Of Content
- Optimized Meta Data
- Natural Language
While many folks like to keep the content on their websites brief and the pictures and videos extensive, Google likes words. They like lots of words that talk about the products or services you provide. You need to give Google those words.
So, the first thing you need to do is find out how people search for your type of business. SEO companies like our have tools that we pay for to provide lists of appropriate keywords that people use to search. Most companies do not want to invest in that type of software. A simple way to build a keyword list is to search for your product or service and see what Google suggests below the search line. You can also go to the bottom of the page and see the ‘Searches relate to’ section. Then search with those terms and build a list of top methods that people use to search for your company.
For example, if I search for ‘hybrid batteries’ the related searches include:
Lots Of Content
Companies that provide SEO services, like Get Found Fast, can invest in products that help us to write content that is robust enough to compete for the front page real estate in Google. We see competitors for our clients with 1000 to 1800 words on a page they are trying to rank. The issue for most companies is that they need to market effectively and succinctly to the customer.
How can you get all these words on the page and not turn-off a prospective client? Put the content below the fold, i.e. keep the well-designed user experience at the top of the page and then add a section just before the footer to include several paragraphs with the relevant, rich content to give Google the verbiage they need to know what your company is all about.
Optimized Meta Data
Meta Data is just a fancy word that tells Google and the other Search Engines what is most important on the page.
The first place that Google looks is at the Title Tag. So, if you want to get found for your Company Name, put that in the title tag. Your website will have an area that relates to SEO and will give you a place to put the title tag for every page. If you are trying to sell Used Hybrid Batteries Online, then that would be the first part of your title tag.
The Second place Google looks at is the Meta Description. This is usually next to the Title Tag area on the website. Each page has a Title Tag and a Meta Description. The Meta Description is the brief sentences that show up below the website url in your search results. Make the description brief, captivating, and include you most important keywords.
An example for a company selling hybrid batteries might be:
XYZ can save you money with competitively priced refurbished hybrid car batteries. We specialize in Toyota Prius, Honda Batteries and the best replacement battery options..
The Third place Google looks is at your headers. At the top of the page, include an H1 tag that includes one of your most important keywords. Then before each of you paragraphs include an H2 or H3 with secondary keywords.
In years past, companies would fill their pages with keywords and repeat the most important keywords on the page many times. Google doesn’t like that anymore. Google likes to see well-written natural content and the spiders that crawl your website will pick up all of the relevant keywords throughout the page. If you are selling hybrid batteries and want to mention all of the important brands you would not need to say ‘Honda IMA Battery, Toyota Prius Battery, Lexus Hybrid Battery’ and so on. You can mention all your brands and then talk about the hybrid batteries elsewhere on the page. The Search Engines can put the pieces together for you. The point is, write well and write naturally.
These suggestions are just the beginning of good website optimization. There are many other steps that those of us in the industry do to optimize a site. If you find this too overwhelming, we are happy to review your site and let you know what needs to be done to your website to give you the best shot at getting found by the Search Engines. Get Found Fast specializes in all areas of digital marketing nationally and has a great reputation as a top Denver SEO provider.