By this time in your life, you’re probably tired of hearing certain words thrown around when it comes to your website:
And then there’s the worst of them all; the dreaded SEO. What is SEO even about and what does it have to do with the content on your site? Well, I’d tell you, but everyone knows that the first rule of SEO club is you don’t talk about SEO club.
That’s only half a joke. ;-P A lot of the practices behind SEO are kept under wraps by the big search engines that you’ll find yourself attempting to cater to. There are, however, some things that they’ve allowed the general public to get a grasp on, and it’s in those tips and tricks that you will find better visibility for your site.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It deals with the visibility and accessibility of your site (and, therefore, your business) by determining where you will rank on search engines. Though there are countless layers to the SEO world, the biggest layer involves engaging, keyword rich content.
While SEO can seem like some sort of exclusive club (it must be nice up there in the top five results for Google), it isn’t as harrowing as you’ve been led to think. It is, however, absolutely essential and a huge responsibility for your business. Content, from everything written on your site to blogs and all the jazz in-between, is a great way to grow your site’s influence and avoid feeling like you’re being left out of some elite group.
Unfortunately, the politics of SEO may seem very high-school. Your site will rank higher the more relevant and important it proves itself to be with a search engine’s spiders (creepy crawly things that peruse your content to assure you’re worthy of your rank). Content that is to the point, but well written, has the power to attract a broader audience. It’s that broader audience that helps you rise in the ranks.
Updating your site regularly (everyday if possible) keeps you under those lovely SEO Spiders’ radar. They’re a finicky bunch and like frequent activity. Being diligent in updating your site can help them realize their eyes should be on you (and that you should be ranked higher).
Spiders have trouble with photos, as there’s not much code to crawl through. It’s important to label your photos and add an alt description. This gives them something to latch onto, and gives you another boost. There are plenty of other tricks, including using headings in your content and linking to other amazing sites (avoid the terrible ones), and it’s well worth it to learn as much as you can.
So remember to put some personality that will spread throughout your content. The right content will do just that, while encouraging the reader to share. It’s up to you to use SEO to the best of your abilities for your world domination plot (or, of course, to get your site some much needed traffic).
And as always, get at us here at Trulium if you need help getting your SEO in order.