Search Engines look at hundreds of factors when ranking websites but they fall into two basic categories;
- Website relevancy (mostly concerned with on-site factors)
- Website authority (mostly concerned with off-site factors)
When someone makes a search query on Google (or another search engine), they first determine which sites in their index are relevant to the query then they rank the websites based on a combination of their degree of relevancy and their level of authority or trustworthiness. The higher ranking websites have the best combination of high relevancy and high authority.
Increasing your website relevancy involves determining which are the best keywords to target then incorporating them into your webpages in the right places, namely;
- Page Titles
- Page Headings
- Img names and alt tags
If your industry, or the keywords you choose to target, have very low competition then working on your website relevancy (on-site SEO) may be all that you have to do. If a search engine finds that several websites are relevant for the same search query (keyword), it needs to decide which website it should rank higher and which lower, it does this by looking at the ‘authority’ of the different websites. The more competitive your market is, the more you have to work on increasing your website authority.
Search engines look at many different factors to determine a website’s authority but the most important ones are;
- Incoming links – quality over quantity
- Social signals – likes, tweets and +1s
Once you have your website relevancy under control, its time to start trying to get links to and social shares of your webpages. A good way to kick this off is to start a blog and write regular (2-4/month) articles and sharing them on social media. The idea is that interesting and informative content will attract links and social shares. You can also try and get links from;
- Local business directories
- Industry specific directories
- Resource lists
- Guest blog posts
- Local charity sponsorships
- Blog rolls
- Adelaide Experts
When you write an article for Adelaide Experts you will be improving your website’s authority and creating a page on our website that is relevant to your business and has the potential to refer customers to you.
The first step, once you have registered for an account, is to fill out your profile which will give you an ‘author box’ at the bottom of each article that you write. The author box can include links to your website and your social profiles. You also have the opportunity to add links within your article. These linking opportunities will help to improve your website’s authority both on your subject matter and as a local Adelaide expert.
To get started, register for an account.