SEO Optimizing Content
Offer quality content and services
Interesting sites will increase their recognition on their own
Creating compelling and useful content will likely influence your website more than any of the other factors discussed here (1). Users know good content when they see it and will likely want to direct other users to it. This could be through blog posts, social media services, email, forums, or other means.
Organic or word-of-mouth buzz is what helps build your site's reputation with both users and Google, and it rarely comes without quality content.
Anticipate differences in users' understanding of your topic and offer unique, exclusive content
Think about the words that a user might search for to find a piece of your content. Users who know a lot about the topic might use different keywords in their search queries than someone who is new to the topic. For example, a long-time baseball fan might search for [nlcs], an acronym for the National League Championship Series, while a new fan might use a more general query like [baseball playoffs]. Anticipating these differences in search behavior and accounting for them while writing your content (using a good mix of keyword phrases) could produce positive results.
Google AdWords provides a handy Keyword Tool that helps you discover new keyword variations and see the approximate search volume for each keyword (2). Also, Google Webmaster Tools provides you with the top search queries your site appears for and the ones that led the most users to your site.
Consider creating a new, useful service that no other site offers. You could also write an original piece of research, break an exciting news story, or leverage your unique user base. Other sites may lack the resources or expertise to do these things.
Write easy-to-read text
- Users enjoy content that is well written and easy to follow.
- writing sloppy text with many spelling and grammatical mistakes embedding text in images for textual content.
- embedding text in images for textual content - users may want to copy and paste the text and search engines can't read it.
Stay organized around the topic
- It's always beneficial to organize your content so that visitors have a good sense of where one content topic begins and another ends. Breaking your content up into logical chunks or divisions helps users find the content they want faster.
- dumping large amounts of text on varying topics onto a page without paragraph, subheading, or layout separation
Create fresh, unique content
- New content will not only keep your existing visitor base coming back, but also bring in new visitors.
- rehashing (or even copying) existing content that will bring little extra value to users
- having duplicate or near-duplicate versions of your content across your site - more on duplicate content
Create content primarily for your users, not search engines
- Designing your site around your visitors' needs while making sure your site is easily accessible to search engines usually produces positive results.
- inserting numerous unnecessary keywords aimed at search engines but are annoying or nonsensical to users
- having blocks of text like "frequent misspellings used to reach this page" that add little value for users
Optimize your use of images
Image-related information can be provided for by using the "alt" attribute
Images may seem like a straightforward component of your site, but you can optimize your use of them. All images can have a distinct filename and "alt" attribute, both of which you should take advantage of. The "alt" attribute allows you to specify alternative text for the image if it cannot be displayed for some reason (1).
Why use this attribute? If a user is viewing your site on a browser that doesn't support images, or is using alternative technologies, such as
a screen reader, the contents of the alt attribute provide information about the picture.
Another reason is that if you're using an image as a link, the alt text for that image will be treated similarly to the anchor text of a text link.
However, we don't recommend using too many images for links in your site's navigation when text links could serve the same purpose.
Lastly, optimizing your image filenames and alt text makes it easier for image search projects like Google Image Search to better understand your images.
Optimize your Cabanova Wesbite Images for Search Engines:
To learn how to optimize your images for search engines click here.
Use brief, but descriptive filenames and alt text
- Like many of the other parts of the page targeted for optimization, filenames and alt text (for ASCII
languages) are best when they're short, but descriptive.
- using generic filenames like "image1.jpg", "pic.gif", "1.jpg" when possible—some sites with thousands of images might consider automating the naming of images
- writing extremely lengthy filenames
- stuffing keywords into alt text or copying and pasting entire sentences
Supply alt text when using images as links
- If you do decide to use an image as a link, filling out its alt text helps Google understand more about the page you're linking to. Imagine that you're writing anchor text for a text link.
- writing excessively long alt text that would be considered spammy
- using only image links for your site's navigation
Use heading tags appropriately
Use heading tags to emphasize important text
Heading tags (not to be confused with the <head> HTML tag or HTTP headers) are used to present structure on the page to users. There are six sizes of heading tags, beginning with <h1>, the most important, and ending with <h6>, the least important (1).
Since heading tags typically make text contained in them larger than normal text on the page, this is a visual cue to users that this text is important and could help them understand something about the type of content underneath the heading text. Multiple heading sizes used in order create a hierarchical structure for your content, making it easier for users to navigate through your document.
Customizing the headings of your Cabanova Website Text Content
To learn how to customize your text click here.
Imagine you're writing an outline
- Similar to writing an outline for a large paper, put some thought into what the main points and subpoints of the content on the page will be and decide where to use heading tags appropriately.
- placing text in heading tags that wouldn't be helpful in defining the structure of the page
- using heading tags where other tags like <em> and <strong> may be more appropriate
- erratically moving from one heading tag size to another
Use headings sparingly across the page
- Use heading tags where it makes sense. Too many heading tags on a page can make it hard for users to scan the content and determine where one topic ends and another begins.
- excessively using heading tags throughout the page
- putting all of the page's text into a heading tag
- using heading tags only for styling text and not presenting structure
Write better anchor text
Suitable anchor text makes it easy to convey the contents linked
Anchor text is the clickable text that users will see as a result of a link, and is placed within the anchor tag <a href="..."></a>.
This text tells users and Google something about the page you're linking to. Links on your page maybe internal—pointing to other pages on your site—or external—leading to content on other sites. In either of these cases, the better your anchor text is, the easier it is for users to navigate and for Google to understand what the page you're linking to is about.
Links and Anchor Text on your Cabanova Website
Learn more about how to link a text from here.
Choose descriptive text
- The anchor text you use for a link should provide at least a basic idea of what the page linked to is about.
- writing generic anchor text like "page", "article", or "click here"
- using text that is off-topic or has no relation to the content of the page linked to
- using the page's URL as the anchor text in most cases
- although there are certainly legitimate uses of this, such as promoting or referencing a new website's address
Write concise text
- Aim for short but descriptive text-usually a few words or a short phrase.
- writing long anchor text, such as a lengthy sentence or short paragraph of text
Format links so they're easy to spot
- Make it easy for users to distinguish between regular text and the anchor text of your links. Your content becomes less useful if users miss the links or accidentally click them.
- making links look just like regular text
Think about anchor text for internal links too
- You may usually think about linking in terms of pointing to outside websites, but paying more attention to the anchor text used for internal links can help users and Google navigate your site better.
- using excessively keyword-filled or lengthy anchor text just for search engines
- creating unnecessary links that don't help with the user's navigation of the site.