By John Eberhard

I’ve been doing search engine optimization (SEO) for over 20 years. It has changed a lot in that time period, in terms of what you should and should not do. Today I advocate a comprehensive list of things to do for SEO:

  • Keyword research: The goal is to find keywords that fit the topic of the website and its products and services, that have a decent number of monthly searches, and have relatively low number of sites competing for them.
  • Meta-tags: Write meta-tag titles and descriptions for each page of the site and each blog post. These are the hidden tags that search engines can see that helps them figure out what your site is about, and they are what appears when your listing comes up in search engine results.
  • Rewrite Page Content: Today we use an AI tool to rewrite the text on pages of your site. We select 1-5 keywords relevant to that page and the tools ranks it in terms of how well it will rank on search engines for those keywords, on a 1-100 scale. Then we work to get it as high as possible, at least over 70.
  • Write New Blog Posts: We use that same AI tool to write new blog posts for your site that are ranked over 80-90 for keywords we select.
  • Link Building: We have several actions we can do to increase the number of links to your site, which Google and other search engines still list as a primary factor in ranking how well your site ranks for a given keyword.
  • SEO Audit: We run an SEO audit four times a year on your site, then fix any errors found. A common error today is that the pages of the site load too slowly. This often requires changing or removing certain content such as large pictures or video backgrounds. Sometimes it requires moving to a new hosting company, as a number of hosting companies today have terribly slow servers.
  • Toxic Links Removal: There are certain sites that Google and other search engines consider “toxic.” We determine the list of those and get them removed, twice a year.

The ways you measure the results, i.e. how well you are doing with search engine optimization actions, are:

  1. How well your site ranks for the keywords you’re going for, on Google, Yahoo and Bing. I keep a list of how many keywords the site is ranking #1 for, how many in the top 10, the top 20, and top 50, on all three search engines. Are those numbers increasing?
  2. How much traffic you’re getting on the site. Is that traffic increasing? If your business is very seasonal, is it increasing year over year?

If you want to increase your ranking in search engines and get more web traffic, call us at 661-441-2429 or fill out a form here.