"Why doesn't my website come up in Google when you type the term <fill in blank with your product>??"
If I had a dollar for every time I've been asked that, I'd be a wealthy man! Every business wants to come up first, or at least on the first page when a search for their key product or service is typed into a search engine like Google. This is, in fact, important because web searchers typically scan no lower than the first 6 results given for any search before making a decision on one of those web pages to visit.
Join me in this episode of the Halftime Mike podcast as I dive into the details you need to know to optimize any blog post or web page you publish!
It's all about keeping it practical, doable, and leading edge so you can grow more leads and sales online!
This week I fly solo and dive into the basics of SEO. This is for the small biz owner and marketer who doesn't want all the Greek and geek talk, but wants a simple "How to" that they can implement to help their content be maximized for best search ranking.
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The key is in knowing what helps a page rank well and what should be done on every web page for search engine optimization (SEO). Since Google is the most dominant Search Engine with average monthly search shares of 63-70% (of all searches done on the web in a search engine), it makes sense to pay attention to what Google outlines and to changes in their algorithm that impacts search rankings.
Yes, that's right. Google has a very in-depth programmatic method that helps them evaluate any web page or blog post and ultimately determine its ranking for keyword phrases.
I'll keep it simple by saying that Google is most interested in returning the best quality, relevant results for the searches that users input into their search engine. It makes sense. Google wants people to find the best answer for the question they type in. Since "Search Engine Optimization" started years ago, the role of SEO specialists was to help their clients come up on top for searches of key terms they wanted to rank for. This led to some SEO work that tried to manipulate Google's search ranking method, and Google subsequently would modify the search method based on their new technology and to overcome and punish sites that were trying to "game" the system.
Google wants to combat methods that try to artificially increase the rank of content when the content on a web page is not worthy of that ranking. It's an ongoing challenge and Google has made multiple shifts in the past couple of years with algorithm changes to keep things pure. Each time they do, some SEO tactics need to shift, while some core "quality content" items remain. We'll leave the more in-depth SEO tactics that are current to another time and focus on the more timeless search ranking keys that every website owner and Internet marketer should implement.
When trying to have your website and a web pages rank for certain keyword phrases, the most basic key is regularly adding new, quality pages or blog posts to your site. Google is looking for active sites that are regularly updated. Second, when you post a new web page or blog article, the key items to focus on are:
Keeping these 7 SEO basics in mind when writing web pages and blog posts can help your content rank well in search engines. Search ranking is a ever-changing arena, but these keys have remained constant for years and serve as the foundation that every page should start from.
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