SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is an important component in the world of digital marketing. If you have a particular blog or website, of course you want traffic to increase, right? Well this is where the role of SEO.
SEO is a series of techniques carried out so that websites are easily found by information seekers through search engines (search engines), especially Google.
Meanwhile, according to Kent (2006) in Search Engine Optimization for Dummies, SEO is a technique to get a profitable position in search engines that match the keywords that are on the website page.
From these two meanings, it can be concluded that SEO is related to efforts to optimize a website so that it appears on the front page or top ranking of search results. In this way, the web or blog will be visited frequently.
Google has various indicators to determine which websites deserve to be in the top position. The following are eight main indicators that are used as a reference for optimizing SEO;
1. URL Structure
We recommend that you create a simple URL structure to make it easier for search engines to recognize the website and the main topics discussed. The URL simply contains the domain name and the title of the article.
2. Domain Security
Google tends to direct searches to websites that have good security standards. Good domain security can be seen from the ownership of SSL (HTTPS) in the domain. With SSL, data transfer on the website becomes more secure and encrypted.
3. Content Topic
You must have several main topics that are interconnected to form a good website structure. Then create content based on those topics.
The more content that discusses a particular topic, the more likely it is to appear in the first ranking of search results for that topic.
4. Search Intent
A keyword can refer to two different things. So what is meant by search intent is what most searchers want for a particular keyword.
For example, when typing the keyword ‘Apple’ on Google, what appears on the top page is a technology company with the Apple brand, not Apple.
This is because there are more users who search for the technology company when typing in the keyword Apple, not Apple fruit.
Therefore, before creating content, adjust it with the search intent.
5. Content Structure
You should create structured content so that readers can find information easily. The trick is to use headings and subheadings for key points. Also add graphics, images, etc. that help readers understand the content. The more time a reader spends on the blog, the greater the chance that the content will reach a high position.
Meta tags consist of title tags and meta descriptions. The title tag is the title that appears in search results. Try not to make the title too long. Meanwhile a meta description is a short description that describes the content, usually consisting of 120–130 characters.
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Backlinks are links posted on other websites that point to your website. The more backlinks to your website, Google will consider the site popular. Because it gets referrals from many other sites. Then automatically, the site is considered an authority and has high credibility.
Google will promote sites that have authority and credibility in the best ranking search engine results pages (SERPs).
Learnmore: 4 Ways to Build Quality Backlinks for Free
8. Website Speed
The speed of the website, both on desktop and mobile will be assessed by Google to determine ranking in search results. The idea is very simple, Google prioritizes ranking on pages that can provide a great user experience.
So, whatever it is possible to improve the user experience for the better, it is the most important SEO factor.
Originally published at https://ayiko.hashnode.dev.