SEO Tutorial Series – 9 Things to Consider for Your SEO Campaign
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a vital skill that must be utilized to gain maximum benefit from a website. CourseVector has created this SEO campaign guide to help you understand the importance of your SEO campaign and how to avoid costly SEO mistakes.
SEO Campaign Tips9 Things to Consider for SEO
What do you want your website to do?
Websites can inform, sell, entertain or any combination thereof. Determining why your site exists first, before moving forward, is an imperative step to a successful SEO campaign.
What is the behavior of your customers?
Determine how your customers behave. SEO is an ‘inbound marketing’ strategy that focuses on attracting customers through relevant and helpful content. Knowing what your customers are searching for allows you to optimize your site for what your customers want.
Do you have a sitemap?
A sitemap is important for SEO because it makes it easier for search engines to crawl your site and find all your website’s page. Without a sitemap, search engines may not find all the pages on your site.
Do you have a robots.txt?
The search engines need to be able to find your sitemap, and robots.txt points the crawlers in the right direction. Think of robots.txt as the receptionist of your website.
Does your website design look nice?
Nothing deters a customer quicker than poor website design. Design needs to be user-friendly and attractive to keep users engaged.
Are you prepared to write content?
Your site needs to be populated with well written and optimized content. Keyword density, optimized meta descriptions, schema, etc. Your content should not only appeal to the users of your site, but it must also appeal to search engine crawlers.
How long will it take?
SEO is a patient game; you’ll need to be patient to see results. SEO campaigns can take as long as six months to start seeing ranking improvements. Your site needs tender love and care for the SEO campaign to be successful.
Should you call a pro?
If you want something done right, hire a professional. SEO is always changing and what may be relevant today will be obsolete tomorrow. Unless you have to time to monitor search engine algorithm updates trust SEO to the professionals.
Mistakes To Avoid In Your SEO Campaign
Quality content on any website is necessary. Even sites that use images should utilize the keyword in the file name, alt-text, captions, and surrounding text to avoid thin content. However, be careful not to overdo it. Use the SEO Overview Tool to analyze the relevant strength of your material.
Incorrect configuration of the Content Management System (CMS)
Every CMS requires at least some configuration for SEO. Be sure to look into the necessary steps to configure your CMS for SEO. The Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin has been downloaded more than 40 million times and with an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars. This plugin will generate an XML Sitemap, clean up permalinks, and remove any redundant or unneeded code from your website.
Acting on Rumors
There are many myths concerning SEO online yet there are many legitimate sites that provide accurate information about SEO as well. As stated above, use the tools provided by the CMS or Google Webmaster Guidelines to ensure accurate information.
People want to believe they can buy likes on Facebook and 3000 backlinks for $10. Social media should be an essential part of your total marketing strategy, but buying likes and links should not.
Not Investing Enough in SEO (time or money)
Most website owners know they have to invest in SEO to bring people to their site. Therefore, they often try SEO services that promise number 1 ranks on search engine results pages (SERP) but are short on delivery.
If you need quality SEO services checkout CourseVector, there is no better return on investment (ROI) than well-orchestrated SEO. Have you ever tried optimized page creation, article publication, infographics, directory listings, blogs, videos, explainer videos or press releases to build SEO for your site? We will explore every legitimate avenue to drive traffic to your site. For quality lead production that will not break the bank, fill out the contact form to receive a free marketing plan for your business and get started on your SEO campaign today.
Investing in SEO after the Site is already built
SEO is a continuous process that should begin well before any code is written. Most website developers do not know enough about SEO, just as most search engine optimizers do not know enough about designing a website. That is why at CourseVector we have SEO and content writers who provide the SEO input, including blogs for your site before the process begins and track SEO for the website as long as you remain with us.
One of the top methods of building inbound traffic is having an informal, informative blog about your product or services.
SEO marketing that attempts to gain conversions by covering a portion of a web page is now being frowned upon by Google and should be avoided. This is particularly prevalent on mobile web pages as a pop up that takes 10% of the screen on a desktop might cover 90% of the mobile screen. Google has always frowned on pop-ups as being distracting to the visitor and CourseVector agrees.
CourseVector’s SEO Services
By following our simple SEO campaign guide and avoiding common SEO mistakes, will ensure your website SEO campaign operates smoothly and efficiently leading to more traffic and potential customers. Our SEO experts know which techniques to use to rank higher on SERPs, but measuring the outcome and the conversion can be troublesome. Using the right reports to track the efforts makes the task a lot simpler.
- Keyword Research Reports:
- difficulty to rank in the top 10
- cost-effectiveness of competitive keywords
- Competition Analysis Reports:
- competitors’ SEO strategies
- competitors’ keywords
- competitors’ keywords to target
- competitors’ links
- Website Audit Reports (on-page optimization):
- Keyword density
- Page titles
- Meta tags
- Broken links
- formatting tags (HTML)
- validation errors (HTML)
Utilize those reports to compile a keywords list or matrix, determine which backlinks owned by competitors are worth pursuing, and make the improvements necessary to rank higher. These reports should provide information for future SEO.
- Keyword Rankings Reports:
- determine causes of monthly increases and decreases
- check keyword ranks against previous and best ever results
- Competitors’ Rankings Reports:
- compare against your site’s SEO and copy their efforts if they have consistent growth
- Link-Building Reports:
- Anchor text
- Link source URL
- Link destination URL
- Link’s PageRank
- # of external links
- # of backlinks
Contact us today to get started on your websites SEO campaign.