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Your SEO Checklist – 10 Key On-Page Factors

As you all may or may not know, SEO or Search Engine Optimization has taken a turn with Google recently and how they’ve affected some people’s current rankings. Whether it is true or not there’s been a lot of talking about link networks getting personalized by Google therefore effecting those websites that were using the link networks to build links from.

One thing is for sure though, basic optimization is still very effect if done the right way. Below you will find the top 10 SEO on-page factors that are still very effective today.

1. Domain Name (Age and keyword relevance in the domain name)
A Domain can play an important role in your SEO due to the age of the domain and the relevance of that Domain name. A brand new domain for example lose-weight-fast-now-start.com (Just for example) that is less than 1 years old compared to weightwatchers.co.uk that is 10 years old Google will see this domain name has more Authority in this particular market and therefore any content that get’s posted will rank pretty easily for the keywords they target.

2. Title Tag (Is your Keyword In your Title Tag)

Your Title tag is still one of the most important SEO factors today. The title tag is what you see at the top of your browser and the first title headline in your Google listings.

3. Page Name (Example yoursite.com/keyword.html)

Google and other search engines need to know what your content and page is about. Having the main keyword in your page URL is very important for on-page optimization. If your content is about SEO then the keyword needs to be in the URL also know as the permalink. for example www.yoursite.com/seo.html.

4. H1,H2, and H3 Tags (Headline Tags in your Article Content)

The H tags are also very important to tell the search engines what your content is about. For example if you use WordPress then you can hi-light the title with your main keyword in it and select either H1, H2, H3 all the way to H6, H6 being the least important. This tells Google what your article is about.

5. First Sentence and last sentence (example: your keyword in the title, middle, and footer of your content)

Over optimizing your content does not do you any favors to the eyes of Google. You don’t really want to have your keyword more the twice in the content 3 at the most. You want to have your main keyword in the Title, In the Body of your content and maybe in the footer but make sure the content reads naturally don’t force the keyword in your content if it does not make sense.

6. Page Load Time (Google Punishes SLOW – Mill seconds count) (WordPress is ok for this)

Speed can play an important role in your SEO. If your website loads slow then Google and other search engines will punish you for this. You want to compress your images properly. If you use WordPress then this is done for you when you upload images to the database. Also WordPress’s code is super clean so your website will load fast depending on how may plugins you use.

7. Content Length (around 500 – 1000 words long)

You might not know this but having short articles rather than long descriptive article does play an effect on your SEO. Google love’s long well written descriptive content. So try to increase your content from the usual 300 words to 700 plus words or more and try to use images in your content.

8. Image Names and Alt Tags (Assign the keyword, Alt Tags to that image)

Naming your images properly within your content plays a key role in optimization. If your image is a picture of a car then your will want to name your image “car.jpg” instead of the usual “image39tjsd.jpg” some people have images disabled in their browsers so it’s important to let people know what the image is without them having to see it in its full view.

9. Bold and Italics (Use on H1, and H2 Headlines, and make keyword bold or italics)

Bolding and italicizing your important points of your content can have an effect on optimization too. It tells Google if you bold this particular keyword phrase then it must be important.

10. Internal links (Link to other pages within your website)

Linking to other relevent and useful content on your other pages can create you more links for you website. If you have an article about “how to do niche marketing” then you can hi-light the sentence or keyword phrase as anchor text and link to that page within your content this will build more links to your website.

There are a lot more SEO factors that come into play when optimizing your article and website. If you use WordPress then you can save countless hours and money trying to do all this yourself.

Here is why WordPress is so much better for SEO reasons:

WordPress CMS (Content Management System)

  • Easy to update
  • Templates and plugins optimize for you
  • Readily Available Themes
  • Fast-loading CSS
  • Adding Content is as easy as typing (No HTML Skills Required)

Here is why I don’t like using normal HTML static websites anymore.

  • Difficult to update
  • Optimization must be done by hand
  • Design is 100% custom
  • Clunky code, slow loading
  • Need to know HTML and FTP to add content

 

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One Response to “Your SEO Checklist – 10 Key On-Page Factors”

  1. Marc A. Donald #

    That’s a well written article Danny !! On-Page Optimization has no discussion anymore when it comes to its factors, what matters now and lots of websites isn’t paying attention to it is the links structure, make sure to add your keywords in the url and create a well organized url structure so your website may show in the SERPs as rich snippet.
    Thank you,
    Marc A. Donald

    April 17, 2013 at 1:51 am Reply

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