|What is SEO?|
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is the process of improving a website for search engines so it ranks higher in search results. The higher a page is in ranking the more visible it becomes to potential visitors.
So what does it mean in practice?
Create good contentHigh-quality content is the single most important thing to make your site search engine friendly, according to Google. So what qualifies as good content?
Good content describes what your site is about in an interesting and attractive way. It is informative, useful text that includes the keywords that you want associated with your site. It also has a nice layout, with titles and headlines to make it pleasant to read and includes some images.
Rule of thumb: Keep in mind that you are writing for your visitors, not for search engines.
Learn about the quality guidelines Google recommends
Give your site a logical structureSearch engines need to be able to navigate your site and recognize what it is about, that's why it matters how your site is organized. Make sure all your pages are linked together and have a descriptive URL, title and meta description.
If you use images on your site, include an alternative text. This "ALT text" is a short description of what the image is about. Also remove any links that stopped working.
Read what Google has to say about a simple URL structure
Have other sites link to yoursIf other people link to pages on your site, this is an indication for search engines that the information on your page is important or interesting. This will result in higher ranking. Links also generate more traffic, because you can get visitors via other ways than search engines.
Google distinguishes between natural and unnatural links. Natural links develop over time because other people like content on your site. Unnatural links are created with the intention to manipulate search engines and should be avoided.
Learn more about what is considered unnatural linking
Make your site mobile friendlyMore than half of all searches Google gets are done from mobile devices, so it has become very important that your site looks good on a smart phone or tablet. Search engines rank mobile friendly sites higher than sites that are not optimized for mobile devices, even if the person searching is using a desktop.
Do the mobile friendly test by Google
Need help?There is a lot of documentation on the internet with tips, guides and research on how to make your site more search engine friendly. In this guide we have explained the basics. Try one of the links below for more in-depth information.
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