Guide to SEO Success

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Search engine optimization is really about strategic planning, content strategy, and creating an experience that will resonate with your audience. SEO is not just one thing; it’s an overall strategy that will help you build your brand and market your products and services through using content.

Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization

It’s also about marketing that content, as well as using other methods to build traffic. Here’s a quick guide to SEO success:

Know Your Audience — In order to create information that your audience wants to see and learn, you need to know who they are. Try creating audience personas to cover all the different segments of your audience — from your cold prospects, to your warm leads, to people who have already purchased from you.

Create Valuable Content — When it comes to SEO, content is king. Today, content marketing is the main SEO opportunity that works well to build your brand, get more traffic and make more sales. The content should be valuable to your audience and not written for search engines.

Earn Links — If you have links from other authorities’ websites to yours, it moves your website up in the search engine results. But, you can’t have just any links to your website. They must be earned links via social media, guest blog posts, videos and other means. Do not pay to get links; this doesn’t work and can actually get your site blacked out from SERPS.

Structure Your Website Correctly — For SEO to really work, it’s not enough just to have excellent content. You also need your website to have a linking structure and design that loads quickly and works across all devices. You want keywords in the URLs, keywords in the anchor text, and in titles of every page and every piece of content you publish.

Keep Abreast of Google SEO Guidelines — Things change quickly in SEO, with every update that Google and other search engines make. Sign up to receive Google updates on their webmaster guidelines. The information you can learn from Google will work for every search engine.

On-Page SEO — This includes title tags, images, keywords, content, and internal links. Understanding how to use each of these is important because it will make a difference behind the scenes to get more traffic to your website.

Off-Page SEO — This refers to earning external links via content marketing, social media, guest blogging and more. The point is you need to earn the links in an organic manner. As mentioned, do not pay for links or pay to play guest blogging. Earn the links through the natural things that you do to engage with others online.

Promote Your Content — One of the things that people miss out on when it comes to SEO is that they create tons of content and then forget to market it. You may market your products and services, but you also need to market your content for best results.

Using these SEO tips will increase your chances for search engine success if you do them all regularly and patiently. SEO is not an overnight solution to traffic generation. If you want something that’s overnight you’ll need to run paid ads. However, SEO can not only help you get traffic, it can also make the traffic stick around due to the fact that your website is easier to navigate and has the right information.

Posted by Staci Salazar

Blogger, Brand Ambassador and Vlogger who produces family lifestyle content focusing on travel and cars. Together with my husband, Colby, also a full-time blogger, we raise our 5 children in Dallas, Texas and share our life on YouTube at Growing Up on a Shoestring. We have been full-time online influencers for 7 years.