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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your SEO Score

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You want to make sure you have the best chances of getting organic, targeted visitors who are actually looking for your products and services.
Here are 5 simple ways to improve your SEO score.

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1. Publish Relevant Content

Quality content is the number one factor in your search engine rankings and there is no substitute – this is especially true when doing SEO marketing. Quality content created specifically for your intended user increases site traffic, which improves your site’s authority and relevance. Fine-tune your web writing skills and present yourself as an authority on the topic you are writing about. Show people that you know what you’re talking about, and that you can be trusted on the subject. Whether it’s sports or cooking, parenting or gardening, establish yourself as the professional with great content that is relevant to the viewer’s interests.

Keywords

Identify and target a specific keyword phrase for each authoritative content page on your website. How would your potential readers search for and find this content? What terms would they search for?

  • online masters in engineering management
  • what is biomedical engineering?
  • title IX education resources
  • photographing northern lights
  • how to apply for scholarships?
  • when is the FAFSA deadline?
  • what is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?

Multiple Keyword Phrases

It’s very difficult for a webpage to achieve high search engine rankings for multiple keyword phrases – unless those phrases are very similar. A single page may be able to rank for both “biomedical engineering jobs” and “biomedical engineering careers”. Ranking for “student affairs” and “dean of students” or “gender discrimination” and “violence reporting procedures” with a single page is unlikely.

If you want to rank for multiple keywords phrases with your website, you will need to make a separate webpage for each keyword phrase you are targeting.

Placing Keywords

Once your keyword phrase is chosen for a given page, consider these questions:

  1. Can I use part or all of the keyword phrase in the page URL (by using keywords in folders)?
  2. Can I use part or all of the keyword phrase in the page title?
  3. Can I use part or all of the keyword phrase in page headings and subheadings?

Answering yes to these questions can improve your SEO score. Be natural and user-friendly, though. For instance, you do not want the word “engineering” to show up three or more times in the URL or have the phrase Northern Lights repeated in the page title and also every heading. Readability and usability still trump search engine optimization.

Content

Beyond page URL, title, and headings, content is most influential on search engine rankings. Repeat your keyword phrase several times throughout the page—once or twice in the opening and closing paragraphs, and two to four more times throughout the remaining content. Be authoritative. Strategically link to relevant sources and additional information—both within your organizations broad website and even to other websites which are useful.

Don’t forget to use bolditalics, heading tags (especially an H1), and other emphasis tags to highlight these keyword phrases—but don’t overdo it. You still want your language and writing style to read naturally. Never sacrifice good writing for SEO. The best pages are written for the user, not for the search engine. Read more about SEO marketing to help you find new content opportunities.

2. Update Your Content Regularly

As you can already tell, we are highly adamant about great content. Search engines are too. Regularly updated content is viewed as one of the best indicators of a site’s relevancy, so be sure to keep it fresh. For the best SEO score, audit your content on a set schedule (quarterly, for example) and make updates as needed. Don’t fill it with useless information if it’s not relevant to the subject at hand.

Blogging

Writing additional content, rich with keyword phrases, on your blog can also boost your search engine rankings. Blog posts can even be shorter updates about the specific topics you are targeting. Be sure to link your related CMS webpages and blog posts when it helps give the reader a better picture or additional information about the topic.

3. Metadata

When designing your website, each page contains a space between the <head> tags to insert metadata, or information about the contents of your page. It’s very important for you to review and update metadata as your site changes over time.

Title Metadata

Title metadata is responsible for the page titles displayed at the top of a browser window and as the headline within search engine results. It is the most important metadata on your page. Use well-thought-out page titles rich with keyword phrases.

Description Metadata

Description metadata is the textual description that a browser may use in your page search return. Think of it as your site’s window display—a concise and appealing description of what is contained within, with the goal of encouraging people to enter. A good meta description will typically contain two full sentences. Search engines may not always use your meta description, but it is important to give them the option.

Keyword Metadata

Keyword metadata is rarely if ever used to tabulate search engine rankings. However, you should already know your keyword phrases, so it doesn’t hurt to add them into your keyword metadata. You’ll want to include a variety of phrases. As a general rule, try to keep it to about 3-7 phrases with each phrase consisting of 1-4 words. A great example would be “computer science degree.”

4. Have a site worth linking to

A webpage which is content-rich, authoritative, unbiased, and helps visitors learn more about what they are interested in is most likely to attract links from other websites, which improves your SEO score.

Improve your authority and credibility by adding relevant links within the text. Instead of having “click here” links, try writing out the name of the destination. “Click here” has no search engine value beyond the attached URL, whereas “Arkansas Tech Enterprise Program” is rich with keywords and will improve your search engine rankings as well as the ranking of the page you are linking to. Always use descriptive links by linking keywords—it not only improves search engine optimization, but also adds value to your readers, including those with disabilities or who are using screen readers.

5. Use alt tags

Websites with a good SEO score will always describe images and videos using alt tags, or alternative text descriptions. For one thing, they allow search engines to locate and index your page’s media content. An alt tag basically tells the search engine what it’s looking at in a video or image. Perhaps more importantly, alt tags allow people who are visually impaired to access and navigate your site more efficiently. Inclusion is important, and websites should do everything possible to remain accessible.

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