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Is SEO Helping Your Website

In today’s market, every business can and should have a website for customers and colleagues to reference for contact information, at least. For those of us who wanted to have the essentials on our websites, we expand the pages and have our products and services listed with details of the packages and maybe even a shopping cart. All a website represents is an online, interactive brochure for your company, with as much detail to make a visitor feel informed and confident in your ability or quality of product to place an order or make a phone call.

The first step, of course, is to get the website built. There are so many options, bells, and whistles that come with websites these days but there are some cornerstones that need addressing if you are going to have a user-friendly and well functioning website.

Every great website has: a home page with a clear and concise message, services or products pages with lots of details, an about page with information about the company, its capabilities, its policies, and commendations if nowhere else, and a contact page with phone numbers, emails, fax, maps, and even a form for questions or comments to be submitted.

Once your website is built, it can function beautifully and the design can look amazing but these things will not get people to your website and get you business. The only way to get people to your website, besides you handing out business cards and people typing in your business name, is through search engine optimization.

Search Engine Optimization, commonly referred to as SEO, is the practice of developing the code and content of a website to make it easier for the search engines to read and rank the pages. The higher a website ranks for a keyword, the more likely a user is to click on it. Making an effort to optimize a website will pay off in the long run through increased website traffic and sales.

There are several factors that are straight forward to improve your visibility on search engines and some that are obscure even to an expert SEO specialist. Ask yourself these questions when going through your website and things will turn around. Are the keywords you want to rank for used often enough on a single page? Search engines only rank one page at a time. Does each page have straight forward and keyword rich meta data? At the top of browser windows and on the tabs within the browser, each page should be different and specific to that page.

While SEO works on improving website visibility, people become aware of a website and use word of mouth, social media, or email to pass it along. More importantly, SEO should NEVER be considered finished. It is an ongoing effort that takes time. A brand new website will not rank first on any phrase overnight. Through patience and persistence, a business owner will be able to watch their website soar through the ranks in a matter of weeks and even more in a matter of months.

Obviously it is better to start a website with a search engine optimization in mind but 99% of websites can be optimized just fine after the website is built because it’s not a design element. SEO is in the coding and the content and content should be changed on a regular basis anyway to stay current. Search Engine Optimization helps companies reach customers they never knew they could. All it takes is that first step of talking to an SEO company to get your website working for you.