75% of people never scroll past page one of search engine results.
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Why Optimize Content?
57% of B2B marketers say SEO generates more leads than any other marketing effort.
This means if your content isn't SEO-friendly, it won't be found by your customers.
47% of consumers consume five pieces
of your content before engaging with your sales process.
It matters for B2C companies, too: 81% of people do online research before making a big purchase.
72% of online marketers rank content marketing as their most effective SEO approach.
This means you could lose leads without even knowing it if your content is subpar.
What is SEO, Anyway?
Most SEO tactics that you've heard of can fall under one of the below categories:
Content Development and Presentation
When you’re looking to put out content for SEO success, the content itself is king, first and foremost. The content is more than your product: it’s your brand and your image, and without great content, even the best SEO tools won’t bring you a win. Your content must prove that you’re an authority on your topic; readers use search engines to find answers or learn new things, and they look for experts on the topic. It needs to be high-quality content that provides value to those browsing; it should be trustworthy and unique. You’ll want to have a regular schedule you stick to because growing a library of related work helps you rank higher in search engine metrics.
Equally important is how you present your content. This isn’t just content marketing - the strategy you use to get your content seen - it’s also about user experience and site accessibility. Your page should be straightforward, and visitors should find it easy to use. The look and feel of the site should be professional and in line with the topics you’re writing about. Navigating the site should be simple so that users can easily move from topic to topic.
Technical SEO includes a number of things you do on your content pages once you have the content in place. Technical SEO helps Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other engines search and index your pages to include them in search results. It starts with fixing the title and meta descriptions in the code for each page, which helps search engines understand how to filter and index each page within their own system. It often involves the website’s structure and files like an XML sitemap that can help show a search engine where they should look.
In addition, things like speed and security are often added here, as they’re controlled at the owner’s end. Most search engines prefer sites with good security that load quickly, and most users do as well. It’s all weighed by importance in that split-second it takes an algorithm to produce results.
Link Building and Online Presence
Two kinds of links regarding SEO are talked about. The first type is reference links: hyperlinks to a related source or article that can support your point within the content you’re delivering. Including hyperlinks to similar articles shows your readers that you’ve done research into your topic and that you know what information is available. For search engines, this acts a little bit like a bibliography in a research paper: it shows where you’re getting your information. Linking well-established, credible sites helps convince users and engines that you know what you’re talking about.
The second kind of important link is backlinks. This is what happens when someone on another site links back to you from a page. This implies that these other pages are using your page as a reference — which can significantly increase the amount of credibility a search engine gives your site. They need to be reliable backlinks, too; Google, for example, has built-in ways to tell when a content creator is cheating with backlinks, which puts you lower in the search engine results. Building up credible backlinks is one of the best ways to increase your page’s ranking in search indices.
This is done by moderating your online presence. For example, you could look for affiliates posting about similar things and offer your content as a reference. You can ask to do a guest blog on a more established site; this often helps you link to your blog and other content from an authoritative site. In addition, look to build up the rest of your internet presence. If you have a physical presence, adding your business to Google Maps establishes your existence online and adds to your authority. Using social media to crosspost articles doesn’t count as a direct backlink, but it helps spread your content, and social media shares do count in search engine calculations.
Nearly all good advice you get about improving your site's search engine optimization will fall under one of these three pillars. Finding SEO success is about focusing on each pillar until all three are strong enough to increase your site's search metrics.