Top 7 Must-Know SEO Tips for Online Business Owners

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There are many things to consider when producing web content for your business, but search engine optimization (SEO) is inarguable one of the most important. Improving your SEO is absolutely vital to the success of your business. While your web content needs to be original and high quality, and should include different formats and web friendly layout, it is useless without SEO. Most people use search engines to find their web content, and studies show that they tend to click on one of the first five results. SEO is the essential element that improves your ranking with search engines and ensures that your content is easy for your audience to find. Improving SEO doesn’t only make it easy for your existing readers to find your content, but can also help drive traffic to your site and expand your reader base.

1.   Employ Efficient Strategy

SEO is holistic, as search engines become a lot smarter in how they dissect web content. There are unfortunately no magic buttons or words that you can insert into your content in order to fuel SEO.

Instead, whenever you post anything you need to consider everything that search engines will take into account when they crawl through your post.

Spelling and grammar should be flawless, as you would assume, and posts shouldn’t be less than 300 words. Content should not be duplicated, and studies show that subheadings are looked upon favourably. One aspect that not many businesses spend enough effort with are inbound and outbound links. You should absolutely include links in your pages that connect to other posts, or even connect to external sites that can back up what you’re saying. Having links to your page from other websites can massively approve your SEO, however this is something you have less control of. Concentrate on making smart links to previous posts and you will find your SEO improves and your audience stay on your page for a lot longer.

2.   Make Sure Your Content Is Well Written

Adopting content marketing a part of your business strategy is normally welcome as a relatively low cost instrument. However, one thing many businesses fail to consider is that content marketing requires a huge investment of time in order to be successful. As explained above, to have any chance of fuelling your SEO you need well written content, and this needs to be regular and original. Writing multiple blog posts every week takes a lot of time, as does promoting them in order to make those posts successful. This is practically a full time job by itself, and is way too much to add on to someone’s existing workload. For this reason, many businesses are now exporting the content writing to professionals who work on a freelance basis. Some businesses prefer to place an ad, and interview candidates for long term work via sites such as Upwork and Contently. Others prefer a more automatic service, where you simply select what you want, and then your task is assigned to a professional, as is the case with Scripted and even assignment writing service.

3.   Use Online Editing Tools

If you do choose to write your content yourself, there are still plenty of places to find help. For example, writing guides are readily available on Australian Help, and e-courses and tutorial videos are available on Academized. As it’s well-acknowledged that SEO is improved when content is around a thousand words, you can keep track of this with Easy Word Count.

4.   Have Patience

It can easily take a whole year to start seeing results from your content marketing. Even when SEO is done properly, it is not a short-term fast track option that will immediately make you number one on a search engine. Instead, you need to commit to posting regular content, gradually gaining regular readers and building up an email list, learning which keywords, times, and dates are most effective for your website. SEO is like a long term investment in the values your company is built on – focusing on keywords and building a natural following that will organically increase your audience and rankings. While this isn’t what most businesses want to hear, it is the truth, and you will eventually reap the rewards of taking time.

5.   Engage In Social Media Marketing

Social media should absolutely be utilised when fuelling your SEO as it floods the internet with clicks to your site, and drives traffic your way. This indicates to search engines that your content is favoured by readers, and therefore improves your rankings. While it is free to set up pages for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, paying for Facebook ads can also be a great investment.

6.   Concentrate On Keywords

Keywords form a huge part of SEO, and it is imperative to conduct research on the keywords you are using. You should review analytics, compare keywords, and long tail search traffic. But don’t overstuff your content with keywords –  this actually reduces your rankings with search engines – and check out what keywords your competitors are using. The location of your keywords is also essential, as keywords in the title, introduction, and subheadings have proven to be more effective than when they’re scattered throughout the post.

7.   Make the Most of Guest Blogging

Bringing guests into your blog, and being a guest blogger for others is a great way to expand your audience, attain external links, and appear more authoritative on your subject. Make connections with other bloggers in your industry. It’s super simple to collaborate. The benefits of online marketing are endless, however getting SEO right is essential for achieving success in this field.

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Sharon Conwell

Sharon Conwell

Sharon Conwell has been a content manager and ghost writer at over 20 online projects, now she is a part-time educator and freelance writer. She’s specializing at content creation and optimization. She loves coffee, tulips and her Shih Tzu named Bobby.
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