After hosting, site design, and e-commerce, SEO ranks as one of the prime concerns of website administrators. Although hiring writers to conduct keyword research and produce SEO may eventually be a good investment, it is important to remember that there are many simple steps that anyone can take in order to boost their website’s search engine rankings. Here are a few of the basics of SEO.
- Quality. Google (as well as its competitors) are always updating their algorithms with one objective in mind: ensuring that their search engines pull up the highest quality, most relevant content. In case you haven’t noticed, they are getting pretty good at it! This is why the best SEO advice anyone can give is to simply produce high-quality content that really answers the questions your visitors have. Keywords and SEO-friendly formatting is obviously important, but there is no sense in trying to “trick” Google into giving you good rankings by filling a poorly written web page with keywords and expecting results.
- Diversity. No matter how good the writing in your website is, you will not achieve maximum SEO results without also including a diverse array of content in your website: i.e. images, video, audio etc. Text is certainly the bedrock of SEO (as search engines still lack the capability to index the content of videos and audio), but text alone is not enough.
- References. Remember those research papers you wrote back in high school and college? If you were to write one without citing any sources, your teacher or professor would have certainly failed you! Search engines work in a similar fashion. By citing your claims and linking appropriate content to high-authority websites, you can boost your credibility and pass the SEO test with flying colors! Similarly, if other websites link their information back to your website, you can boost your own authority and, thus, you search engine rankings.
- Freshness. Websites that are updated frequently are given a boost in SEO rankings because they are more “fresh.” While updating each page every day is not necessary (or even a good idea) posting regularly to a blog is a great way to stay ahead of the crowd!
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